Entries by Jonathan Turnbull

Delaying your period safely

If you want to delay your period temporarily, perhaps for an event or a holiday, there are now plenty of options to do this safely, as long as you follow the instructions from your doctor or pharmacist.

It may be that you want to delay your period just for a short time due the convenience factor, or perhaps they are becoming painful or inconvenient and you just need some time to be able to sort things out in life without dealing with periods as well.

Norethisterone is a prescription only medication which you can safely use if you want to delay your period for around two weeks. You need to take it for three days prior to your period being due, and can take it for up to 20 days. Your period will then start a few days after you take the last dose.

 

How does period delay treatment work?

It works because it contains progesterone – the natural hormone found in women’s bodies. Taking the medication means your progesterone levels are kept high, which stops your body from shedding the womb lining, delaying your period.

It is a prescription only medication but can be obtained from your GP or by using an online prescription service. It is important to declare any other health issues or medications before taking Norethisterone as it can interact with some other medications.

Some of the common medications which interact include St. John’s Wort – a natural herbal remedy – as well as some antibiotics, HIV treatments, some cancer treatment and some types of pain relief. You should always tell your doctor about any other medication you are taking before using Norethisterone.

 

Are there conditions which would prevent it being safe?

It shouldn’t be used by women who have had a history of thrombosis, or have a family history of blood clots, so always check with your doctor prior to taking Norethisterone. If you are ordering it online you will need to fill in a very detailed online questionnaire so that your doctor can assess the safest way for you to delay your periods.

It’s important to realise that Norethisterone is only for occasional use and should not be used regularly or long term. It is also not a contraceptive and should not be used as one – it is only designed for temporary period delay.

 

Can I delay my period using the pill?

It is also possible to delay your period by using the combined contraceptive pill, by taking two packets in a row and not taking the seven day break, but you should speak to your doctor for medical advice before doing this.

It is safe to do this occasionally but it can have side effects including bleeding and spotting and a bloated feeling. You should never take more than three packs in a row in this way and always talk to your doctor if you have any concerns or questions.

If you are using the mini pill or the phasic pill then you should not use these to delay periods as they work in a different way. If you are taking either of these types of pills then you should speak to your doctor about how to safely delay your period. These pills work with different hormone levels, in a different way to the combined pill.

If you are experiencing problems with period pain or discomfort, or you have any other period-related problems which are leading you to wish to delay your period then you should speak to your GP before taking any prescription medicine.

 

What about side effects?

There are potential side effects from taking Norethisterone, and there are some health conditions which would prevent you taking this medication safely, so you should not use it if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have experienced any unexplained vaginal bleeding.

It is not suitable for you to take if you have a history of blood clots or your family has, or if you have experienced liver problems. It is important not to use this medication if you have ever had a heart attack or angina, if you suffered from an itchy rash or jaundice during pregnancy, or if you have porphyria. It is also not suitable if you suffer from pruritus.

It can also cause side effects although these are quite rare. You should always read the patient information leaflet to make sure you are aware of the possible side effects. Potential effects include stomach problems, libido changes and bloating.

While it is possible to delay your period safely in a number of ways, you should seek medical advice before using any kind of prescription medication to do so, to make sure it is safe and appropriate for your particular circumstances.…

20 Things Each Mountain Biker Should Carry to a Trail

Whenever you go bike riding, you need to know that you’ve got everything covered, and that you shouldn’t really worry about anything, no matter what happens to you. Well, you can do that if you carry these 20 things with you on a trail – these are the necessities you need in order to be safe and to make your ride easier and better.

1 – Back Pack

Of course, the most important thing (other than a bike) is a back pack. A back pack will allow you to carry the tools with you which will allow you to repair any problem on the trail without having to go home. Make sure you get the one with a waterproof one with an extra carrying capacity, so you can put whatever you need in it.

2 – Water Bottle

If you’re going on a short ride, you don’t really have to carry this with you, but when it comes to the longer ones, you really ought to. Also, you never know what’s going to happen to you, and that is why it’s important to carry. And it won’t even bother you – just put it in your backpack.

3 – Wind Breaker or a Rain Jacket

There is a good chance that the weather is going to chance once you start riding your bike, and especially in the mountains. So, take whatever you can to stay dry and warm, and that includes these jackets. They can be packed up and really don’t take that much space, meaning that you can carry them in your back pack. They don’t weigh much and don’t get in the way, but could be a real life saver.

4 – First Aid Kit

This is something everyone should carry with them, and especially the mountain bikers. Who knows what kind of an accident could happen, and it’s always good to be prepared for it in advance. The kit does not have to be extensive; just some bandage tape, scissors, gauze pads, antiseptic wipes and steri-strips. Also, carry some band-aids with you; they’re perfect for small cuts

5 – Mini Pump

This is pretty obvious, but not many people actually carry their pumps with them. You should always bring a mini pump to a trail, because the mountains can be pretty rugged, and who knows what could happen to your tires. It is always smart to have something that’s going to pump them back up, and the mini ones are great because they don’t take much room.

6 – Shock Pump

You don’t have to carry a shock pump all the time, but take it with you whenever you can. You might need to change some settings on the go while out on the trail, and this thing will make it possible for you. Also, it’s good to know that it’s there in your back pack, just in case.

7 – Spare Inner Tube

This inner tube does not have to be anything special, but just enough to help you come back home. You never know what the terrain is going to be like, and when you blow out a tire, it is good to know that you have a spare. Also, because you have your mini pump and tools with you, you’ll be able to replace it and carry your ride.

8 – Tire Levers

You don’t need these things all the time, but sometimes you do, and that’s why its good to carry them with you. Make sure they’re made of quality material, because they do break rather easy.

9 – Patch Kit

We’ve already mentioned that you could blow out a tire anytime, and that is why it’s always smart to carry a patch kit with you. This doesn’t really have to be anything special; just something to help you continue your ride. Sometimes, you puncture your tire several times during one ride, and that is why a spare tube won’t save you – even it can be punctured, and that is why it’s important to carry a patch kit.

10 – Derailleur Hanger

These things are known to break rather easily, and that is why you really ought to carry a spare in your back pack. Make sure you get a spare that is the same model as the one you currently have, because they can be really different. Some people even say that the rider ought to carry two spares if they’re going on a longer ride.

11 – Multi-Tool With Pliers

This is something you definitely need, because it allows you to carry pliers that offer many other features, like a file, a bottle opener, a knife, a screwdriver, etc. It can be really useful on your ride.

12 – Pocket Knife

During your ride, there may come a time when you need to cut something or find yourself in a terrible survival situation. That is why you need to carry a pocket knife with you. This knife has to be strong and durable, and of course, sharp. You can use it to hunt for dinner, make a shelter, cut fire wood, etc.

13 – Bicycle Multi-Tool

You need to know that you’ve got everything that can help you fix your bike in case it gets broken in any way. That is why you need a chain breaker and a good set of Hex wrenches, or even better – to have them combined into one awesome multi-tool! Try to look for the one that is going to cover as much bicycle tools as possible, and also, the one that has the best quality.

14 – Chain Pins and Quick Links

Quick links can easily fix a link break in your chain, and the chain pins can help you work something out in order to make it back home. So, make sure you bring these things with you on your trail, because they can offer a lot, and don’t really take much space, weigh a lot or get in the …

All You Need to Know About Biker Jerseys

Cycling is a sport that pretty much anyone can watch or take part in, because there really aren’t any rules; you just need to ride a bike and be a good sportsmen. That being said, even though everyone can take part in this sport, not everyone really understands why bikers choose to wear those jerseys. Well, there is an answer to that, and we are going to give you some reasons to why they do that. So, let’s start listing them, shall we?

The Materials

One of the most important reasons why cyclists choose to wear the cycling jerseys is the fact that they are made of a special material design for sweating. So, if the cyclist is feeling extremely hot, he’ll normally start to sweat a lot, and wearing an ordinary cotton printed T-shirt does not help much due to the fact that it attracts all that moisture. Then, that gets pressed against your skin, which could make you cold, or even give you a cold!

Well, such a thing does not happen with the cycling jerseys which were especially designed for sweating. The fabric used for this us usually a synthetic one for the Summer jerseys, and merino for the Winter ones. These kind of jerseys allow the cyclist to breathe normally and draw the sweat far away from the skin.

The Fitting

We’ve all noticed how the cycling jerseys are really tight fit and they are like that due to the fact that there can’t be any loose clothing that is going to flap around in the wind. You can get some cycling jerseys that aren’t as tight as some people think, but there are those extremely tight-fitting ones as well. The good thing about the most simple jerseys is the fact that they don’t really cost that much – you can get them for around £30, and they’re great for beginners; you’ll later figure out if you need a more tight-fitting or a loose-fitting one.

The design of the cycling jersey is the way it is due to the fact that the cyclist needs to lean forward; jerseys used in other sports have no need for that. That is why these kinds of jerseys have special silicone grippers, or just some tighter fabric near the bottom of the jerseys and around the sleeves; this was not placed there to allow you to lean forward better, but to keep your jersey from riding up. So, when buying a cycling jersey, try it out by leaning forward; if it doesn’t ride up, it’s a good jersey for you.

The Pockets

No one really thinks about the pockets on the jerseys, but the cycling ones have two or three of them. They are usually on the rear, and are extremely useful – they are mostly used for storing some additional lube, an allen key, etc. They also allow you not to carry a backpack for smaller commutes, meaning that you’ll travel more lightly. And due to the fact that these jerseys are waterproof, you can even sore your phone there, or your credit cards, wallet, home keys, etc.…

8 Tips for Cycling Through Europe

Cycling can be really relaxing and stimulating, but some people might feel slight nervousness during their first cycling through Europe, mostly because they’re still not sure of how it works and how different is it from cycling in their home country. Well, in order for that not to happen to you, we give you 8 tips, that are definitely going to help you with this. So, let’s see them.

Tip 1 – Cycle at Your Own Pace

Experts in this field say that cycling through Europe is all about the experience, and that is why you ought to ride your bike at your own pace, and do whatever feels good doing: stop whenever you wish to stop, slow down whenever you wish to slow down, take a second to admire the scenery, etc. Remember that you’re doing this all for yourself, and torturing yourself won’t help anyone.

Tip 2 – Ride Before you Departure

It is really important to be physically fit for your cycling vacation, and that is why the experts say that you ought to ride before you departure. By doing this, you’ll be getting rid of this fear, and will be boosting your confidence. It will prepare you for your European cycling vacation, and is healthy for you – two birds with one stone!

Tip 3 – Ask Questions

Never hesitate to ask questions, because your tour guides are going to be locals. They’ll know pretty much everything you wish to ask, and especially all about where to eat or refresh yourself, what are some of the interesting local historical landmarks, where to take the best pictures, etc. There are no dumb questions, so ask away!

Tip 4 – No Overpacking!

You’ll be doing a lot of riding on these tours, and therefore you should not overpack. You need to know what are some of the necessities you need with you, and all the other stuff would just weight on your bike. Take some money, a camera, a phone, some water, and don’t forget sunscreen, and that’s pretty much all you need while you’re riding. Also, keep in mind that there are some swimming stops along the route, so you might consider taking your swimsuit as well.

Tip 5 – Relax, Stop Worrying, and be Happy

People usually think that the organisers don’t help out at all, and that the rides have to do pretty much everything on their own. Well, this couldn’t be further from the truth. You’ll get help with anything bad happening to you, including bicycle repairs, luggage transfers, detailed maps, meals, bike equipment, etc.

Also, ensure you have an European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from the NHS or from an approval application service similiar to myEHIC (e111).

So, to put it simply, you don’t have to worry about anything, and can just ride on happy.

Tip 6 – Stay Hydrated!

This tip is really important, because keeping hydrated is half the heath while you’re biking. Bikers need to drink plenty of water, take frequent stops to rest up under a shade, and rest up whenever they get a chance to. This will keep you healthy and in perfect condition to go through your cycling vacation.

Tip 7 – Be Adventurous

Enjoy the slow pace of these European cycling routes, and use that time to discover the beautiful countryside you’re in. Don’t try to do too much in the small time you have before you, it can lead into this becoming a stressful situation, which is not something you want out of your vacation.

Tip 8 – Learn Some Words in New Languages

Before you start your cycling trip, make sure you learn some of the basic phrases in the languages used in the countries you’re planning to cycle through. Most people know some phrases in Italian, French or Spanish, but it’s always interesting learning new languages. Why not learn a few phrases in some Germanic, Greek, or Slavic languages? It can be fun, interesting, and it’s going to go a long way with the locals who love it when guests learn a thing or two about them and their culture.

How to choose an electric bike

 

Having an electric bike is great, but in order to have a bike that satisfies all your needs and does whatever you want it to, you need to know how to choose the best one there is. That is why we are going to give you some tips that should help you choose an electric bike perfect for you.

Don’t Consider the Price First

Whatever you do, don’t choose an electric bike based on its price. There are more determining factors, and the price should not be the most important one. Don’t get the cheapest model out there, and then regret it the rest of your drive.

Think About What You Want

You are buying the electric bike for yourself, and therefore, you should first consider what kind of a bike you’d love and what are the things that it needs to have. Consider the range the bike needs to travel, ask yourself if you’re going to use the electric bike for commuting or just using it for recreational rides, consider if you’re going to use it to haul heavy loads or not, if you’d like a step through or a crossover. It is important to know what you want out of a bike before you get it: are you getting it to save some money, do you need it to get fitter, or just to save some time while commuting?

Electric bikes go on batteries, and therefore it is important to note that these things need recharging every now and then. So, you should also ask yourself what’s the necessary longevity of the battery for your electric bike.

The Electric Bike Features

There are some features that you need to be familiar with in order to choose the best electric bike out there for you. First of all, you need to know if the bike is easily adjustable, or if you’re going to have to go through hell every time you wish to lower the saddle. Also, some of them weigh a lot, and think about the weight of the bike you’d need to make it perfect for you and your needs.

Sometimes, these things break down, and you’re going to have to repair them. That is why it is important to know is there are any available spare parts of if the company offers support anywhere near you.

And finally, you can even choose if you’d like a completely new bike, or the one that has been already used. There are some good used ones out there, but ultimately, it is all up to you; and knowing that the new ones are less likely to break down, we would consider this option.

Some Advices

The first and the most important advice is to try the electric bike out before you buy it. Take it for a test drive, and only then will you be able to see if your really like it. Also, we recommend trying out more than one electric bike, and if possible, try one that’s pedal-assisted, and one that’s throttle-assisted. Then, see which one you like best.

But, before you can try it out, you have to find a dealer. It is always better to ask around before you go to the first one you come in contact with; it will give you some information about the dealer – how good they are, are they honest, if they are expensive, etc.

The Cost

Now, we’ve mentioned that the cost should not be a deciding factor, but it should also be considered. These electric bikes usually cost anywhere between £500 and £2,500, meaning that there’s a huge price range, and a huge range or products out there. Therefore, finding one that suits your budget, as well as your other bike demands, should not be a proble…

Do dietary supplements help of hurt?

We lead fast lives nowadays, and our daily diet leaves out a lot. Researchers have recently discovered that we lack many of the essential nutrients in our diet, and that includes vitamins A, B, C and D, as well as potassium, calcium and magnesium. Therefore, it is no wonder that so many people take food supplements from Supplements Direct in order to fill out the missing spots. On the other hand, there are those people who take these supplements to get a health boost in order to prevent various diseases.
It is no difficult matter to take a bunch of pills and get as much nutrients as you need, but this doesn’t actually mean that we are going to get better health in return. Some of the supplements can be rather dangerous, and especially if people overdo with them.

What Is the Right Amount?

A lot of people have been asking this question, and now they’re going to get an answer to this question. When it comes to calcium, for example, you only need 1,000mg, and that should not be over-exceeded. The dosage of Iron ought to be 8ms, and Folate ought to be taken only in the amount of 400mcg. When it comes to vitamins, the daily level of Vitamin A ought to be 700mcg, Vitamin B6 1.5mg, Vitamin B12 2.4mcg, Vitamin C 75mg, Vitamin D 700IU, and Vitamin E 15mg.

How Should We Get Nutrients?

More and more good news regarding supplements have been coming, and they seem to be quite healthy. They can ward off various diseases, strokes, cardiovascular problems, cancers, Alzheimer’s, but a person needs to be sure of what supplement they’re taking. However, the problems with these news is the fact that they come from observational studies, which don’t tend to portray the results accurately.

The main issue why the people who take supplements have better health probably lies in the fact that these people take better care about themselves and regularly work out, eat a lot more healthier food, and are health conscious. In fact, when tested accurately, it appears that these supplements are more riskier than beneficial.

How Should We Get Nutrients?

Well, the best way to get your nutrients is to start eating more nutrient and healthy food from Clearspring. This means that you ought to eat more fish, fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods. These things have something that a simple pill cannot give you, and you know that they’re good for you.

Calcium can be found in dairy products, sardines, and orange juice. Folic acid can be taken though cereals, beef liver, lentils, or spinach. If you’re in need of Iron, just eat chicken livers, oysters or turkey meat. Omega-3 is in salmon, flax-seed and sardines, while the fatty acids can be found in soybean and walnuts. Vitamin A can be ingested through potato, spinach, cantaloupe, carrots and tomatoes, while the Vitamin B6 through chickpeas, chicken breasts and salmon. Vitamin B12 is really important, and you can find it in clams, cereals, trout or beef liver. Vitamin D is found in tuna, salmon, yogurt or milk, while Vitamin E in wheat germ oil, sunflower seeds, peanut butter and almonds.

Final Decision

Before taking any weight loss or dietary supplements, make sure that the benefits of it far outweigh the potential risks it can bring. That is why you need to do some research on the supplement and see if it’s good for you. And until you do that, make sure you consult a doctor, and, of course, stick to healthy food mentioned here.…

Doing other sports can make you a strong cyclist

The question is what does the word “Sports” means to you? Fun? Entertainment? Playing? On the other hand, it may mean nothing to you in which case, you ought to consider that what should be changed. Sports can be defined as any activity, which is involving skill, plus physical exertion in which a team or an individual competes with one and other for staying fit and entertainment.

Everything we do in life has a purpose, which serves us in the past, present and future. Sports are no different from the libraries, libraries help people in the mental health and sports helps people in the physical health. That is how the sports are compulsory for everyone.

cycling-655565_640Cycling is known to be one of the major sports for staying fit. If you want to be a perfect cyclist, then how can one supposed to do that without being able to do other sports. If you can jog for an hour then you cannot cycle.

Playing sports teaches you how you can organize your time, helps you to stay fit, builds relationships, and boosts friendships. Through sports, you can build a strong bond with your team or sports buddies. Through sports and athletics, you also gain a skill, which can be acquired on a track, court, or field. Sports benefit you in so many ways, leadership skills, building friendships, better health etc.

You always need friendship in life. Sports give a great way to do that. You have so many people around you when you are playing any game or any kind of sport, that’s how you create a bond, which is otherwise not very easily to be made. Many times, the friendships you create on the field, results into the longtime friendships making them a lifetime buddies.

Whenever you are playing any sport, the people on the sideline are very important. This includes parents, siblings, spouses etc. They are always there to show you sport.

Sports teach you a great way to be a leader of yourself and body. Leading yourself to better things is one of the best leadership skills you can get from sports. So if you want to be a cyclist or any other athletic, you should be able to perform other sports too.

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Cycling Fitness

Let us use less technology and do more sports. One of the best types of sports is cycling. The first thing you have to do is to stay fit to do anything because if you are not fit then it is not possible for you to be able to perform any kind of activity.

You can make yourself prepare to be a cyclist through some ways.

Do some core workouts

Make a habit of doing daily exercises. If you are not able to go to a gym or do not have a gym in the surroundings. You can do exercise at the home. Take a mat; go to any place in the house, put on some music and exercise. It will be no different from a gym.

Go for a run

Well to go running, you do not need to have some specific things except a ground, roadside or any piece of land. In that case, you cannot make an excuse for not go running. Running boosts up our internal system and flow of blood in the body. This makes our metabolism better and makes us able to perform better in daily life.

bike-1517763_640Mix it up

Taking new routes while running or cycling is always more fun. To make cycling exciting, sometimes you can take new routes, new roads, which will help you, explore new surroundings, and it is always exciting to go to new places.

Slow yourself down

Taking the break is a compulsory part of doing any sport. If you will keep doing anything for hours because you think that is how to stay motivated then this is wrong. Take a break and enjoy a cup of Kimbo Coffee. If you don’t take a break, you get tired after some time and the activity starts to get irritating. While doing exercise, your body needs a small break.

Ride into a headwind

Anything is more fun when you have friends around. Cycling is a healthy activity and also entertaining but it goes to a level up when you are cycling into a head wind. All you have to do is to focus on the track and put all the effort in the paddling just like everyone in the wind is doing.

Lengthen your commute

A great way to spice things up is to increase the distance your commute from one point to another occasionally. That way you will be prepared for any route for cycling.

Set goals

Every day you have to set some goals that are what I am going to do today. In the morning, decide that you are going to eat healthy, exercise and take proper steps needed to be a proper cyclist.

Ride more frequently

The last step is to never stop trying. If you feel like that cycling is getting difficult then take a break but never decided to stop cycling and keep yourself motivated.

Look after your body

Cycling can take a toll on your body, so make sure you look after every inch of your body. After a long race ,visit a chiropodist to look at your feet and they can also advise you on how to look after them before and after races. They may also recommend insoles which could get you your fastest time yet.

Cycling is the best thing to keep you motivated for any other activity of the day. In the start, cycling can be hard but in the end as it can be said: “A day is no good when you don’t ride”.…

Cycling Nutrition

Without proper nutrition, nothing is possible. Taking proper nutrition does not mean that you have to starve yourself but in fact, it means that you have to eat healthily and eat good food. Sure, it seems fun to just put on some oversized clothes and eat peanut butter straight from the jar but this is not what you want for a long time. Unhealthy food makes you slow, difficult to process, and lazy. For being a cyclist, the important thing is to keep a healthy diet. There are many things that professional cyclists eat to stay fit. Otherwise you’ll end up paying for Live in Care London much younger than you think! So keep healthy, please.

Porridge / Oatmeal

After waking up in the morning, porridge is the best thing to eat empty stomach. It is a great way to start the day. If the start of the day is healthy, then it is for sure going to be a good day.

Fish

From all the seafood, fish is the great thing to eat to gain proper nutrition. Fish have the high-quality protein, which is needed for the muscle training. Fish is one of the best sources for good protein intake.

Omelets

Nothing beats the energy you get from eggs. Eating a plate of few nicely cooked omelets is the best thing to eat in the breakfast. If you are going to work or school, then the breakfast should be healthy to get you keep energized for the whole day.

coffee-1576552_640Coffee

Coffee, because you have to survive in winters. The lucky thing is that coffee is nutritious, otherwise, there would be very fewer people with proper nutritious diet. Coffee beans keep your mind fresh, which helps your mind to stay awake the whole day. Plenty of UK suppliers to choose from. A1 Coffee seem to be the real deal.

Beetroot

Beetroot is considered one of the healthy intakes by professional cyclists. You can eat it in any form. Add it in your food, your salad or even grind it up and make a juice. Well keep it away from your clothes and you will be fine.

Nuts and Seeds

If we are talking about nutrition, then we can’t forget nuts and seeds. Nuts and seeds have the energy of a whole meal. It gives you the enough needed calories for riding a cycle.

Coconut water

Coconut is tasty is any shape. You can eat coconut in any form, just as it is or as coconut water.  It contains very fewer calories and a large amount of nutrition.

Rice

Rice is considered as the best before workout food if you are trying to make yourself in the cycling world. Rice contains high levels of energy, which quickly make your metabolism right. You should eat rice before or straight after a ride.

Vegetables

Vegetables are the thing that parents are telling us from the childhood to eat. Vegetables contain a lot of minerals and vitamins and very less sugar, which makes vegetables one of the healthy things to eat in the day.

Taking proper and healthy food is a benefit to your body. It gives you enough energy you needed and plays an important role in doing any activity or any exercise.…