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Puffy Eyes In The Morning? This Might Indicate You Need To Adjust Your Lifestyle

Puffy Eyes In The Morning? This Might Indicate You Need To Adjust Your Lifestyle

Remember those mornings when you were sure you had slept well, and you knew that you had slept for at least 8 hours, but when you woke up and looked in the mirror you noticed how puffy your eyes were? And yet you are 100% sure that you did not cry while sleeping.

So why is it that you have puffy eyes? For sure, you want to get to the bottom of it because you do not want to use up another stick of concealer ever again.

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Mainly, the cause of puffy eyes is fluid retention (or mild oedema) which is common and most of the time usually harmless. However, puffy eyes can also be caused by deeper reasons. The good news is, the more watchful we are of little things that our body might be telling us, the more that we can do to prevent it.

Here are some of the reasons we may have puffy eyes:

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1. Too much intake of sodium

As reported by Medical News Today, having too much salt in our body causes oedema or swelling. To balance this out, we need to drink enough water and limit our salt intake. If we have a lot of sodium and not enough water, our body holds on to excess fluid to prevent dehydration, which causes puffy eyes. Puffy eyes caused by too much sodium are easy to get because high levels of sodium are always within our reach. Most of our sodium intake comes from processed foods such as microwaveable meals, bread, bacon, and drinks. The fewer processed foods we eat, the lower our sodium intake. According to the Center for Disease and Control Prevention, sodium is very accessible in food products such as pizza, breads and rolls, poultry, soups, cheese, etc. So be careful and make sure that you choose the unprocessed and low sodium varieties for your food choices. Let us lessen sodium intake and always drink lots of water.

2. Lack of protein

According to the Harvard Medical School, lack of protein in the blood — which can be caused by malnutrition, kidney and liver disease — causes swelling in our body. The Kidney Fund says that this is due to low albumin (which is a protein) in our blood. The albumin’s job is to get rid of extra fluid. So make sure that you eat a healthy diet so that your body can produce all the albumin it needs.

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3. Bad kidney function

Puffiness around the eyes, especially in the morning, may be a sign of kidney disease. How does bad kidney function show up in puffy eyes? According to the Medical News Today, it is because the kidneys might not be eliminating enough sodium in the blood. As mentioned above, too much sodium causes oedema. Kidneys can also let albumin leave the body, causing yet more issues with extra fluid.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, other symptoms of a chronic kidney disease include nausea, feeling tired, vomiting, swollen feet and ankles, lack of appetite, dry and itchy skin, pain in the back and pain in urinating. So if you have some or all of these together with puffy eyes, please go see a doctor to get tested for kidney disease.

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4. Eating too many carbohydrates

A study for the National Institute of Health showed that a high carbohydrate diet results in more insulin secretion and sodium retention. And the more sodium in our bodies, the more water retention we have. Staying away from processed food and carbohydrates will give us a lower chance of getting oedema. The American Heart Association recommends getting carbohydrates in as natural a form as possible — like getting carbohydrates from potatoes instead of bread.

We are what we eat, and what we eat affects how we look and how we feel. Little things in our appearance can signal a lack or an excess of something in our bodies. The good thing is, we are in control of what we eat. So let us watch for signals that our bodies are sending us because this is the first part of taking care of our bodies.

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Last Updated on November 20, 2018

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail

A new year beautifully symbolizes a new chapter opening in the book that is your life. But while so many people like you aspire to achieve ambitious goals, only 12% of you will ever experience the taste of victory. Sound bad? It is. 156 million people (that’s 156,000,000) will probably give up on their resolution before you can say “confetti.” Keep on reading to learn why New Year’s resolutions fail (and how to succeed).

Note: Since losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution, I chose to focus on weight loss (but these principles can be applied to just about any goal you think of — make it work for you!).

1. You’re treating a marathon like a sprint.

Slow and steady habit change might not be sexy, but it’s a lot more effective than the “I want it ALL and I want it NOW!” mentality. Small changes stick better because they aren’t intimidating (if you do it right, you’ll barely even notice them!).

If you have a lot of bad habits today, the last thing you need to do is remodel your entire life overnight. Want to lose weight? Stop it with the crash diets and excessive exercise plans. Instead of following a super restrictive plan that bans anything fun, add one positive habit per week. For example, you could start with something easy like drinking more water during your first week. The following week, you could move on to eating 3 fruits and veggies every day. And the next week, you could aim to eat a fistful of protein at every meal.

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2. You put the cart before the horse.

“Supplementing” a crappy diet is stupid, so don’t even think about it. Focus on the actions that produce the overwhelming amount of results. If it’s not important, don’t worry about it.

3. You don’t believe in yourself.

A failure to act can cripple you before you leave the starting line. If you’ve tried (and failed) to set a New Year’s resolution (or several) in the past, I know it might be hard to believe in yourself. Doubt is a nagging voice in your head that will resist personal growth with every ounce of its being. The only way to defeat doubt is to believe in yourself. Who cares if you’ve failed a time or two? This year, you can try again (but better this time).

4. Too much thinking, not enough doing.

The best self-help book in the world can’t save you if you fail to take action. Yes, seek inspiration and knowledge, but only as much as you can realistically apply to your life. If you can put just one thing you learn from every book or article you read into practice, you’ll be on the fast track to success.

5. You’re in too much of a hurry.

If it was quick-and-easy, everybody would do it, so it’s in your best interest to exercise your patience muscles.

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6. You don’t enjoy the process.

Is it any wonder people struggle with their weight when they see eating as a chore and exercise as a dreadful bore? The best fitness plan is one that causes the least interruption to your daily life. The goal isn’t to add stress to your life, but rather to remove it.

The best of us couldn’t bring ourselves to do something we hate consistently, so make getting in shape fun, however you’ve gotta do it. That could be participating in a sport you love, exercising with a good friend or two, joining a group exercise class so you can meet new people, or giving yourself one “free day” per week where you forget about your training plan and exercise in any way you please.

7. You’re trying too hard.

Unless you want to experience some nasty cravings, don’t deprive your body of pleasure. The more you tell yourself you can’t have a food, the more you’re going to want it. As long as you’re making positive choices 80-90% of the time, don’t sweat the occasional indulgence.

8. You don’t track your progress.

Keeping a written record of your training progress will help you sustain an “I CAN do this” attitude. All you need is a notebook and a pen. For every workout, record what exercises you do, the number of repetitions performed, and how much weight you used if applicable. Your goal? Do better next time. Improving your best performance on a regular basis offers positive feedback that will encourage you to keep going.

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9. You have no social support.

It can be hard to stay motivated when you feel alone. The good news? You’re not alone: far from it. Post a status on Facebook asking your friends if anybody would like to be your gym or accountability buddy. If you know a co-worker who shares your goal, try to coordinate your lunch time and go out together so you’ll be more likely to make positive decisions. Join a support group of like-minded folks on Facebook, LinkedIn, or elsewhere on the internet. Strength in numbers is powerful, so use it to your advantage.

10. You know your what but not your why.

The biggest reason why most New Year’s resolutions fail: you know what you want but you not why you want it.

Yes: you want to get fit, lose weight, or be healthy… but why is your goal important to you? For example:

Do you want to be fit so you can be a positive example that your children can admire and look up to?

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Do you want to lose fat so you’ll feel more confident and sexy in your body than ever before?

Do you want to be healthy so you’ll have increased clarity, energy, and focus that would carry over into every single aspect of your life?

Whether you’re getting in shape because you want to live longer, be a good example, boost your energy, feel confident, have an excuse to buy hot new clothes, or increase your likelihood of getting laid (hey, I’m not here to judge) is up to you. Forget about any preconceived notions and be true to yourself.

  • The more specific you can make your goal,
  • The more vivid it will be in your imagination,
  • The more encouraged you’ll be,
  • The more likely it is you will succeed (because yes, you CAN do this!).

I hope this guide to why New Year’s resolutions fail helps you achieve your goals this year. If you found this helpful, please pass it along to some friends so they can be successful just like you. What do you hope to accomplish next year?

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