What type of Lifestyle do you have? Would you like to find out how you could improve yours? Would you like to live a life of vitality and glamour combined? Healthy lifestyles can dramatically improve our health, our appearance, our confidence and the way we look to others can be enhanced by healthy lifestyles. The second part is about how toxic noise is threatening our health.
You will find new energy to complete everyday tasks and challenges, plus all the other activities you want to participate in and enjoy life. In my years in college, I learned already that it comes from your healthy lifestyles.
Adapting to our surroundings e.g. your job, the environment you work in, where you live – a city, town or village, the type of building you live in – tower block, house, bungalow or flat. Everything around us has an effect on our healthy lifestyles.
So How Can You Achieve, Improve or Develop a Healthy Lifestyle?
Healthy Lifestyles are achieved by a combination of different actions and activities on an everyday basis. These actions can be very subtle or quite drastic dependent on your current lifestyle now.
A certain amount of consistency and continuity will develop into new habits very quickly and you will definitely start to feel a difference very soon if you persevere.
Making a choice is key to achieving a healthy lifestyle. We all have choices to make which will affect both our own lifestyles and the lifestyles of others around us e.g. our children, our partners, family, friends, and colleagues. These choices will be with us all of our lives and they can have a major impact on how our life develops the older we become.
Healthy Lifestyles are made by making the right choices. The best part about making choices is that they are usually flexible and you have the power to change them -especially if you have made a few wrong ones in the past. You can always improve yourself by the choices you make. Choosing to have a healthy lifestyle could be one of the best choices you ever make in your life!
Diet and nutrition
These are extremely important for weight management and developing healthy lifestyles – not just for ourselves but for our children, partners, families, and everyone we associate with. I will be covering this topic in far more detail. But who knows, maybe one of these years, dieting could be a thing of the past.
This is another key element for developing our healthy lifestyles. This topic covers a massive area. Anyone can participate in some form of exercise. You can be a total beginner, everyone has to start somewhere – a regular member or you can be a serious sports person who trains very hard to attain peak performance and strives to reach their personal best.
Our modern lifestyles are packed with stress in some form or other and if we do not alleviate this stress in some way it can cause our healthy lifestyles to deteriorate quite drastically and make us quite ill. One of the consequences could be the loss of hair, especially in women! The choices we make and how we react to situations will have a huge impact on our stress levels.
This is so good for helping you to “chill out” and enjoy life to the full. You could be pampered, enjoy a hobby, spend time with your children or have a pet. Relaxation is very good for reducing your stress levels and it helps your mind put everything into the correct place. A combination of all the above points will help us to achieve our Healthy Lifestyles.
TOXIC NOISE LEVELS
Hearing loss affects some 28 million individuals in the United States only. Around 11 million of these hearing impairments are to some degree caused by damage due to loud sounds.
THE SCIENCE OF SOUND
Sound can be described by three physical properties to which humans are sensitive: frequency, amplitude, and time pattern. Although extremely high-frequency sounds (a high-pitched whistle, for example) can damage hearing, the two most important factors to consider when determining if a noise is toxic are amplitude and time pattern.
Amplitude: We measure the loudness – or amplitude – of a sound in decibels (dB). Because the full range of audible sounds is so large, the decibel scale is often weighted in favor of those sounds most relevant to a discussion of toxic noise. These are classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as “A-weighted” (dBA) sounds. The human ear is sensitive to sounds as low as 10 dBA (whisper) and as high as 180 dBA (rocket launch). Most everyday sounds are between 60 and 100 decibels although most people are not aware of these numbers though that’s only a minor thinking error we can make.
Time Pattern: Time pattern refers to more than simply the duration of a sound. Environmental noise can be divided into four categories: Continuous, impulsive, intermittent, and fluctuating. A few examples of these sounds are a telephone dial tone (continuous), a gunshot (impulsive), a ringing phone (intermittent), and city traffic (fluctuating). Time pattern is as important as amplitude when determining noise toxicity: a high-amplitude impulse can actually be less harmful than an extended low-amplitude continuous sound. Read also this post on the importance of early detection of domestic violence and how to stop that.
HOW WE HEAR
Humans hear via highly specialized cells in the ear called hair cells. When sound enters the ear, the eardrum transmits it through the three middle ear bones—the malleus, the incus, and the stapes—to the cochlea of the inner ear. The cochlea is filled with fluid and conducts vibrations into the basilar membrane, which covers the cochlea and is lined with hair cells. The rippling of the basilar membrane stimulates thin rods of a protein named stereocilia – the “hairs” of hair cells. The movement of the stereocilia starts a series of electrochemical events that generate a brief electrical discharge into the fibers that make up the auditory nerve.
All the elements of the hearing mechanism are delicate, but hair cells are especially fragile. Hair cells differentiate from other cells in the body and begin to perform their special function while the fetus is still in the womb. No new hair cells are made after a child is born – the 30,000 hair cells that are created in vitro are the only ones a person will ever have. The sooner we diagnose hearing trouble in newborns, the better their chance of recovery and read also this post about breast cancer myths and facts.
The extreme sensitivity of hair cells is what gives us the ability to distinguish between two very similar tones (a violin that is on pitch and a violin that is slightly flat, for example), but their sensitivity also makes them vulnerable. Loud noises can destroy these hair cells permanently.
TOXIC NOISE ENVIRONMENTS
Noise is all around us. At unsafe decibel levels, exposure to loud noise can be toxic and permanently damage hearing and also to other dangers such as a heart attack. There are four main environments in which we are at risk of exposure to toxic noise: home, workplace, recreation, and travel.