AskMen sat down with a Carlton Blues player and MindMax ambassador, Ed Curnow, to chat about why professional athletes often run into problems with their mental health, and ways they can help themselves build mental resilience.What Sort Of Mental Health Issues Can Affect Professional Athletes?What Can Professional Athletes Do To Prepare For Life After Sport?
A new roundtable report from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC) involved academics, media medics and representatives from national liver associations from across seven European countries.The report, ‘Looking after the liver: coffee, caffeine and lifestyle factors’ highlighted the potential role of coffee consumption in reducing liver diseases such as cancer and cirrhosis.Meta-analyses suggest that coffee consumption versus no coffee consumption is associated with a 40 percent reduction in the risk of liver cancer, depending on the dose.Meanwhile, research from the United States and Italy found that coffee consumption is consistently associated with a reduced risk of cirrhosis.
New Delhi : November 14 is marked as World Diabetes day.Our food is the main source of glucose and glucose is used by the bodily cells as a source of energy.Type 3- Gestational diabetes is the third main form and occurs when pregnant women without a previous history of diabetes develop high blood sugar levels. Precautions to be taken: As per various health experts, the basic thumbrule to keep diabetes at bay is to have regular morning breakfast.
Work In Timed Bursts“A technique I use to power through tasks I’m procrastinating over is the Pomodoro timer,” says productivity expert Lee Garrett.That’s one pomodoro (the name comes from the Italian for tomato, after its inventor’s round red kitchen timer, in case you’re wondering).A study by the University of California found that workers tend to be happiest when doing mundane tasks – probably because it provides the dopamine hit created by accomplishment without the stress of more challenging work.The secret is to plan it for your slumps: rather than waste your post-coffee 10am buzz on ploughing through invoices, save that for the 3pm lull and use your creative bursts wisely.3.
So if you’re struggling to get out of bed in the morning, let alone out the door, spark yourself into life with the promise of these treats.Ingredients (Makes 12 muffins)275g self-raising flour50g oats1tsp baking powder100g sultanas2 eggs100g runny honey2 mashed bananas100g cashew butter (smooth or crunchy)50g melted butter200ml milkMethodPreheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5 and line a muffin tray with 12 paper muffin cases.Mix the flour, oats, baking powder and sultanas in a large bowl and set aside.In another bowl, beat the eggs, then gently beat in the honey, mashed bananas, cashew butter, melted butter and milk.You should end up with a gloopy liquid.Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients mix, then pour in the wet ingredients and quickly combine.And any enemy of light and fluffy muffins should be an enemy of yours.Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.Cool on a cooling rack – do not eat the muffins straight from the oven, as tempting as that might be.Meridian Smooth Cashew Butter is made with 100% cashew nuts and no added palm oil, 1kg, RRP £17.99, check price and buy on amazon.co.uk
Since your alarm went off at 6:15 a.m., things have been a blur.Straight from morning coffee to the gym, then the office via a crowded train, and then post-work drinks.All of those to-dos set to a soundtrack of white noise or blasting playlists, without much time to truly decompress.Silence is truly golden, and most of us aren’t taking enough time to take a step back and hush up.A study published in the journal Heart found that two minutes of silence can be more relaxing than listening to relaxing music, using changes in blood circulation to the brain and blood pressure as indicators.
With the looming cold, wind, rain and potentially snow, your feet need something sturdy and warm to hibernate in, so hardwearing boots or shoes are as an essential part of your winter wardrobe as scarves and gloves.The distinctive work boot is ideal for the winter, although a new generation of stylish hiking boots are beginning to invade its style patch.Here are a few of our favourite styles designed to keep feet protected from the cold as well as looking stylish.Ridgemont Monty Hi Are these hiking boots or high-tops?buy on ridgemontoutfitters.comTimberland GT Scramble Boots These robust, waterproof boots might look more suited to the great outdoors than the classic Tims, but wear them with a pair of turned-up selvedge jeans and no-one in the pub will mistake you for a rambler who’s become separated from their pack.buy on schuh.co.ukRM Williams Suede Boots RM Williams originally created footwear for the Australian outback but its boots have become a cult hit on these shores.
All of us have experienced anxiety at some point in our lives, but this doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to recognise when anxiety goes from a short-term emotion to a long-term mental health issue.Made In Chelsea star Sam Thompson suffered with anxiety for a year before he realised what was wrong.Coach spoke to Thompson during Mo Mission, a Movember Move fundraising challenge in which a team of celebrities took on a series of SAS-style challenges over a 24-hour period.How long did it take you to recognise that you were suffering from anxiety?Fucking ages – like a year!And then after a year I managed to figure it all out with the help of family and friends.Who was it you spoke to who helped you realise it was anxiety?It was actually my mum.Then I went to the doctor and she told me I had anxiety and gave me the way to deal with it.
There is no better time to stock up on sporting gear than during the discount-filled festival that is Black Friday weekend, and if you’re on the lookout for Nike clothes or shoes in particular, there’s an extra 30% off all sale items if you use the code BF30 at checkout on their website.You’ll have to move quick though, as stocks will dwindle fast and you might not be able to nab the right size or, more importantly, your favourite colour, if you dilly-dally.You can check out the full list of Nike’s Black Friday deals on men’s shoes and clothes, and we’ve picked out a few of our favourite items included in the sale below.Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 One of the most popular running shoes around, and with good reason – the Pegasus 34 is comfortable and cushioned enough to cover long distances, but light enough to fly through shorter runs as well.Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 34 Running Shoe ReviewNike Flyknit RacerFor those who want a faster, lighter shoe than the Pegasus, look no further than this racing flat, which is just beautiful, especially in the multi-coloured colourway.LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 At the other end of the scale to the Flyknit Racer is this incredibly comfortable long distance running shoe.
Long Story ShortBad news, mountain man.That’s the thrust of a story on Citylab penned by Hoehun Ha.Ha and his colleagues found that for every 100 metre jump in altitude, suicide rates increased by 0.4 per 100,000 people.The condition can have a negative effect on the body’s metabolism of serotonin.
Why Is This Important?A new study from the Brazilian Society of Cardiology has found some seriously troubling results about the side effects of steroid use.Long Story ShortAs more and more men (of all ages) are using steroids for everything from bulking up to fighting inflammation, the findings of a new study carried out by the Brazilian Society of Cardiology are of the utmost importance.The study set out to find a possible link between anabolic androgenic steroid use and coronary artery disease or plaque buildup, which is a major problem because if a piece of said plaque breaks off and gets stuck in your bloodstream, it can block the flow of blood to your heart and result in a heart attack.The Brazilian Society of Cardiology monitored the health of its 51 patients through blood samples that measured lipid levels, including high-density lipoprotein (HDL) a.k.a.
Intrinsic staining occurs inside the tooth’s enamel — the tooth’s external protective layer — and usually develops during childhood, when your teeth are growing and your enamel is still forming.Intrinsic staining can be caused by things like getting a really high fever, taking the antibiotic tetracycline, or consuming water with excessive amounts of fluoride.But your reaction to these events, and whether you develop these stains or not, will depend on your genetic predisposition, Grbic tells BuzzFeed Health.“That’s why patients will try to hide them by getting laminates — a thin layer that covers the surface of a tooth, generally used for aesthetic purposes, or a crown that covers the entire tooth.”Extrinsic
When suffering physical health problems, men will often delay visiting a doctor until they cough up a lung or their leg turns completely black, so it’s perhaps not surprising that they show similar reticence about seeing their GP when it comes to their mental health.Women were more likely to go, but still 54% of them did not seek help in the same situation.Even with more persistent problems people still hesitated to visit a GP, with only 38% seeing a doctor within a month and 21% saying they waited for more than six months before booking an appointment.Furthermore, when people are diagnosed with problems, they are uncomfortable about sharing the information with their employer, even though work-related factors are one of the top triggers of mental health issues.According to the research, 59% of workers diagnosed with a mental health problem would not want any evidence of it on their work sick record.RECOMMENDED: Would You Talk To A Colleague About Your Mental Health?GPs questioned in the research also said that one in six people ask for their stress, anxiety or depression issues to be concealed when the doctor writes a sick note for their employer.These are all alarming stats, but do little to help people open up about their problems, so here’s some practical advice about seeking help, courtesy of mental health charity Mind.Seek help if you…Are finding it difficult to cope with your thoughts and feelings.Find that negative thoughts and feelings are having an impact on your day-to-day life.Want to find out about available support.RECOMMENDED: 10 Symptoms Of Stress You Shouldn’t IgnoreWho should you get get help from?Whoever you feel most comfortable speaking to, which could be:Your GP, in person or over the phone.Your friends or family.A mental health organisation online.The Mind website is a good place to start, and the charity also has a helpline.What should you say?While there are no wrong way to describe your feelings, some of these pointers may help communicate your situation.Be honest and open.Focus on how you feel, rather than what illness you suspect you may have.Try to explain how you’ve been feeling over the past few months or weeks and anything that has changed.Use words and descriptions that feel natural to you.Try not to worry that your problem is too small or unimportant – everyone deserves help and your doctor is there to support you.Tips for dealing with and preparing for an appointmentWrite down what you want to say in advance and take your notes in with you.Give yourself enough time to get to your appointment and if you’re feeling nervous, let your doctor know.If you’ve talked to your family or friends about how you feel, you might want to take someone with you to your appointment or practise what you might say to your GP.Use anything you need to describe how you feel – highlight or print out any information you’ve found that helps you explain how you’re feeling.Take your time.