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Heartbreaking reason for two-year-old's constipation

<p>A two-year-old boy in the UK has been diagnosed with stomach cancer after suffering from constipation for over a week.</p> <p>Kodie-Joe was rushed to hospital on February 15th in the UK after suffering from constipation for eight days.</p> <p>Multiple tests were conducted as well as a biopsy which revealed that the little boy had a "high grade" neuroblastoma in his stomach.</p> <p>Cancer had spread quickly into his bone marrow and the two-year-old Kodie-Joe not begins an intensive round of treatment which includes radiotherapy, immunotherapy, chemotherapy and stem cell therapy.</p> <p>He is also undergoing surgery as well as multiple blood transfusions.</p> <p>His aunt, Shae Robson, has shared the story on a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://au.gofundme.com/f/kodiejoes-cancer-journey" target="_blank">GoFundMe page</a><span> </span>for the family as they struggle to cover the costs of his treatment as well as plan to go on a holiday this year.</p> <p>The diagnosis is a "worst nightmare" scenario for the family as it only gives Kodie-Joe a 50-50 chance of survival.</p> <p>“We’ve been told he has a 50 per cent chance of survival and if he survives then there’s a 50 per cent chance it’ll come back,” Ms Robson wrote.</p> <p>“We are absolutely devastated.”</p> <p>“I’d like to raise as much money as possible, half of the total to help out with the costs of travelling to and from the hospital every day, the costs of staying in hospital for multiple weeks as well as caring for their baby at home to take as much financial stress away from us as a family at this already awful time,” Ms Robson wrote.</p> <p>“The other half of the total raised will go towards paying off their caravan holiday they have booked for September so that they have something to look forward to without the worry of paying it off and to give us all a well-deserved break.”</p> <p>The GoFundMe page has currently hit its goal.</p>

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15 vertigo treatments to finally cure your dizziness

<p>What is vertigo?<br />It’s the feeling of false movement – as if the world is spinning like a carnival ride and you can’t get off.</p> <p>It is a symptom of many conditions and diseases that target the inner ear, according to the National Organisation for Rare Disorders (NORD). They include:</p> <ul> <li>benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)</li> <li>Ménière’s disease</li> <li>ear infections</li> </ul> <p>Other conditions that can cause vertigo involve the central nervous system. These include:</p> <ul> <li>concussion</li> <li>multiple sclerosis</li> <li>alcohol or medication toxicity</li> <li>stroke</li> <li>viral meningitis</li> </ul> <p>The vertigo treatment that’s right for you will likely depend on the root cause of your condition.” An accurate diagnosis is essential, especially to rule out central nervous system causes. Diagnosis most commonly includes an MRI of the brain. Audiology tests of the workings of the ear can also be helpful,” says neurologist, Arif Dalvi.</p> <p>Consider vestibular rehabilitation<br />Many of the conditions which cause vertigo affect the vestibular system, a pathway located within the inner ear which regulates balance, equilibrium and spatial orientation. According to VeDA – a group focused on inner ear disorders – vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) can be effective at reducing vertigo and dizziness. VRT is an exercise-based program customised for each patient. The exercises focus on improving balance, reducing dizziness and dealing with other symptoms of vertigo. Your doctor will refer you to a physical therapist for this program.</p> <p>Try the Epley manoeuvre<br />“For benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a vestibular exercise called the Epley manoeuvre can be helpful,” says Dr Dalvi. BPPV is the most common cause of vertigo, and it’s the result of calcium crystals (otoconia) coming loose in the inner ear. According to the Mayo Clinic, the manoeuvre (also called “canalith repositioning“) is best performed by a medical professional because of the risk of neck or back injury. By laying back and then shifting the head, the process moves the crystals to a less sensitive area where they can be reabsorbed by the body. Your doctor will prescribe the Epley manoeuvre for right or left side BPPV.</p> <p>Change your diet<br />When migraines include vestibular symptoms such as dizziness, loss of balance and vertigo, they are called vestibular migraines. Alterations in your diet may be a good initial vertigo treatment. Changes in diet that help prevent migraines can reduce or even eliminate vertigo and other vestibular symptoms associated with this type of headache, according to VeDA. “From a dietary standpoint, it is important to avoid alcohol, foods high in salt, and excessive caffeine, as any of these can make symptoms worse,” says Dr Derek Bennetsen, emergency physician.</p> <p>Gently ride out the storm<br />Your vertigo may clear up on its own. Sometimes, says Dr Bennetsen, all you need is to lie down and remain calm and quiet. “Vertigo may be alleviated by remaining still, and limiting changes in position as much as possible,” says Dr Bennetsen. In a dark, quiet room, lie still taking care not to move your head or even your eyes, he says. Even if your symptoms resolve on their own, you’ll still want to get checked out, he advises.</p> <p>Take an antihistamine<br />As the name suggests, antihistamines block the effects of histamine, which can cause allergic reactions, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and vertigo. Internal medicine specialist, Lisa Ashe, recommends trying over-the-counter Benadryl or the prescription meclizine.</p> <p>Migraine medicines may help<br />A study published in Otology &amp; Neurotology in 2018 suggests that preventative medications for migraine, including tricyclic antidepressants, were effective in decreasing dizziness and vertigo in patients.</p> <p>Try sedatives<br />According to The American College of Cardiology (ACC), sedatives may reduce the spinning associated with vertigo by calming down brain activity and reducing anxiety. Dr Ashe recommends benzodiazepines, such as Valium, Ativan and Xanax. These medications may be a particularly effective vertigo treatment for reducing vertigo caused by inner ear problems, the ACC notes.</p> <p>Diuretics for Ménière’s disease<br />Ménière’s disease is an inner ear disorder that can trigger vertigo. Doctors often prescribe so-called water pills – diuretic medication – and a low-salt diet, says Dr Bennetsen: “This is because the condition is thought to be the result of an excessive build-up of endolymph fluid, in the inner ear.”</p> <p>Antiviral medications may help<br />Do you get earaches? Inner ear infections can lead to dizziness and – unlike middle-ear infections – a virus may be responsible. Occasionally, a systemic viral infection like mononucleosis, herpes or the flu can lead to vertigo, according to Cleveland Clinic. “Viral infections may respond to antiviral medications, alleviating symptoms,” says Dr Dalvi. Examples of anti-viral drugs include Tamiflu and Acyclovir.</p> <p>Drink more water<br />You need water – and so do your ears. Dehydration is a cause of dizziness, says the Mayo Clinic. Dr Bennetsen also recommends avoiding substances that can deplete fluids such as alcoholic beverages, salty foods and caffeine.</p> <p>Surgical solutions<br />In some rare instances, surgery may be the only treatment that can ease your symptoms of your vertigo. Dr Dalvi says an acoustic neuroma – a benign tumour – can grow on the vestibular nerve between the inner ear and brain, disrupting balance and hearing. According to the Mayo Clinic, your doctor may monitor this slow-growing neuroma, choose to treat it with radiation or advise surgical removal. Another rare source of vertigo is a malignant brain tumour.</p> <p>Check your medications<br />Many popular prescribed medications can trigger side effects like dizziness and vertigo. Or drugs can interact to disturb your balance. Let your doctor know about over-the-counter meds you take and don’t forget to include supplements and herbs. According to the experts at the Mayo Clinic, prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs that may cause dizziness include:</p> <ul> <li>antidepressants</li> <li>anti-seizure drugs</li> <li>blood pressure-lowering drugs</li> <li>sedatives</li> <li>tranquilisers</li> </ul> <p>Healthy habits may help<br />A healthy lifestyle is another vertigo prevention strategy that you need to do no matter what the cause. Try reducing stress and making sure to get enough sleep. Eat a diet full of produce and lean proteins, and stay active (given your condition).</p> <p>Bone up on vitamin D<br />Falling short of this vital nutrient can harm your bones – your body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium. Patients with the most common type of vertigo (BPPV) who were deficient in vitamin D may have benefitted from supplementing with D, per 2016 research in Auris Nasus Larynx. Patients were less likely to suffer a relapse of symptoms. (One limitation, however, was the lack of control group in the study.)</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Corey Whelan. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/15-vertigo-treatments-to-finally-cure-your-dizziness"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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12 reasons you might have a migraine (besides hormones)

<p>You consume “trigger” foods<br />According to Headache Australia, foods such as cheese, chocolate and processed meats may trigger migraine headaches. However, the foods that cause migraines often differ depending on the individual; surprising foods such as snow peas, olives, and soy sauce have reportedly triggered migraines in some people. Be your own expert by keeping a log of the foods you have eaten before a migraine attack. Doing so can help you determine which foods to avoid in the future.</p> <p>You drink sugary or caffeinated drinks<br />Sugary, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks are also on the ‘Migraine triggers’ list. These drinks can result in dehydration and also contain preservatives that increase blood flow to the brain, both common causes of migraines.</p> <p>Your sleeping patterns have changed<br />Many migraine sufferers find that missing sleep or getting too much sleep can trigger a migraine attack. If the migraines are temporary, there’s probably no need to make a change, but if they persist it might be time to regulate your sleeping pattern.</p> <p>You’re at risk of a stroke<br />If migraines are unusual for you, they could be a sign that you are having a stroke. “Migraine headaches can masquerade as a stroke because they have the same neurological symptoms,” Ralph Sacco, MD, professor of neurology at the University of Miami, told Reader’s Digest. “I tell people to treat it like a stroke and call for help; let us figure it out.” Vision problems and numbness in your arms and legs are also migraine symptoms that could signal a stroke.</p> <p>You’re stressed out<br />Yes, it’s true – stress at home or work could be causing that intense, throbbing migraine pain in your skull. But here’s the good news: research has shown that meditation could be a solution to chronic migraines. One study at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre found that adults with migraines who participated in a meditation and yoga program for eight weeks had shorter and less debilitating migraine headaches than those who received standard medical care. The members of the first group also tended to have less frequent and less severe migraine attacks, and reported having a greater sense of self-control over their migraines.</p> <p>You’re sensitive to sensory stimulation<br />Flickering lights and strong-smelling perfumes could be triggering your migraine. A study published in Nature Neuroscience found that when the membranes around the central and nervous system get irritated, pain receptors are stimulated in the brain. For sensitivity to light, wearing sunglasses – even at night – can limit this irritation.<br />You have hidden heart problems<br />Studies have found that those who suffer from frequent migraines could be more prone to vascular problems like heart attacks and heart disease. Researchers stress the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle that lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as quitting smoking.</p> <p>You’re dehydrated<br />Migraines can strike when your body loses too much water. Make sure you are drinking the recommended 2.5 to 3.5 litres of water per day to decrease your risk of a migraine attack.</p> <p>You have a brain tumour<br />If nausea, vomiting, motor weakness or changes in memory, personality or thinking accompany your migraine, you could be at risk for a brain tumour or brain cancer. Talk to your doctor right away if your migraine worsens.</p> <p>You’re near bad weather<br />Certain weather patterns are associated with the onset of migraines, according to researchers at the University of Cincinnati. Their study found that migraines were 28 percent more likely to occur when lightning struck, perhaps due to electromagnetic changes.</p> <p>You have caffeine withdrawal<br />Although caffeine withdrawal is commonly known as a migraine trigger, researchers aren’t quite sure what causes the headache. Some believe it may be due to a signalling chemical, called adenosine, whose receptors are typically blocked by caffeine intake. But caffeine headaches don’t normally occur unless the individual has been used to drinking many cups of coffee a day, according to everydayhealth.com. Thankfully, caffeine withdrawal only lasts for a few days, and cutting back on caffeine gradually instead of quitting cold turkey can limit the painful side effects of withdrawal.</p> <p>You’re genetically inclined to have migraines<br />Sometimes, all you can do is chalk up your migraines to your genes. A 2013 study at the University of California linked migraines with a certain genetic mutation in humans. It found that a significant proportion of migraine sufferers in the families they studied either had the mutation or were the offspring of a mutation carrier.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Brooke Nelson. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/conditions/12-reasons-you-might-have-a-migraine-besides-hormones"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em>​</p>

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"I hope I make it": 7-year-old works to pay for her own brain surgery

<div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Liza Scott, 7, has set up a lemonade stand inside her mother's bakery to raise money for her much-needed brain surgeries.</p> <p>“She has three cerebral malformations,” her mother Elizabeth said. “One is what they call a schizencephaly. So it’s a cleft in the frontal lobe in the right side of her brain, and we think that’s what causing the seizures.”</p> <p>Liza started having Grand Mal seizures and weeks later, doctors discovered that she had an "extra special brain".</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840067/liza-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/947a013cda2d4bf88832369e30bd05eb" /></p> <p>“In most every instance of these rare malformations doctors only see one malformation — in Liza’s case she has 3,” Elizabeth wrote on<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.mightycause.com/story/Lemonadeforliza" target="_blank">Liza’s Mightycause page</a>.</p> <p>Liza is getting her first round of surgeries next week, which she is scared about, but her mother is trying to calm her down.</p> <p>“I can’t handle it. So, I hope I make it,” Liza said. “My mom keeps saying I’m going to, but I feel like I’m not.”</p> <p>Her mother, Elizabeth Scott, set up the Mightycause page as she is a single mother and needs financial help to pay for the surgeries.</p> <p>“As a single mom and the financial supporter of both of my children, this is not something you can budget for,” Scott said to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://whnt.com/news/i-hope-i-make-it-7-year-old-alabama-girl-selling-lemonade-to-fund-her-own-brain-surgeries/" target="_blank"><em>WHNT</em></a>.</p> <p>The page has gone viral and at the time of writing, $230,844 has been raised for Liza and her much-needed surgeries.</p> </div>

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15 body signs no one tells you will come before menopause

<p>Unexpected symptoms<br />Changes like bruises and extra hair are just a few of the unexpected symptoms of premenopause and perimenopause, the latter being the last four or so years before a woman enters menopause.</p> <p>Breast pain<br />Pesky menopause changes and hormonal fluctuations can cause cyclical breast tenderness (ranging from bothersome to unbearable) even when Aunt Flo isn’t due for a visit. What’s more, since perimenopause causes irregular cycles, it’s nearly impossible to know when your breasts are going to begin throbbing, according to the National Cancer Institute. Your breasts may also feel “more lumpy” than they did before, notes Ellen Dolgen, Menopause Mondays blogger and author of the free eBook, The Girlfriend’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving During Perimenopause and Menopause.</p> <p>Unexpected bruises<br />Perimenopause causes some women to become a bit clumsy – and those minor bumps can quickly turn into big bruises. This is because fluctuating hormones can make skin thinner, making you bruise easier.</p> <p>Dry eyes<br />Strangely, excessive tearing is a sign that your eyes are desperately trying to make up for a lack of moisture. And you can thank menopause changes and plummeting hormones for those “Cheech and Chong”-style eyes, Dolgen says. Hormones affect the ocular tissues and the composition of tears your eyes produce, resulting in excessively dry eyes and changes in vision (going from near-sighted to far-sighted, for example).</p> <p>Chin hair<br />Don’t be surprised if your tweezers become your new best friend, Dolgen says. For a lucky 15 percent of women, “super human” hair on your chin, upper lip, or cheeks is an all-too-common symptom of perimenopause. And, perhaps what’s worse, the hair on your head may become thin, dry, or brittle.</p> <p>Heart palpitations<br />The sudden speeding-up or irregularity of your heart rate is a common yet not often talked about symptom of perimenopause. Studies show that epinephrine and norepinephrine, the neurotransmitters that regulate heart rate and blood pressure, tend to fluctuate in menopausal women, David Portman, MD, a gynaecologist and Women’s Health expert told everydayhealth.com.</p> <p>Urinary urgency or leakage<br />Pee a little when you do jumping jacks or leak when you cough or sneeze? Gotta hurry up and go right now? It’s likely due to stress urinary incontinence (SUI) or urge urinary incontinence (UUI) – both common menopause changes. Lower oestrogen levels cause the lining of the urethra to thin, says JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, executive director of the North American Menopause Society (NAMS). And weakened pelvic floor muscles, often a result of a vaginal childbirth, are also to blame.</p> <p>Dry skin<br />Less oestrogen equals acne and dry and thinning skin for many women in entering menopause, which Dr Pinkerton likens to “reverse puberty.” It’s also common to experience flare-ups or new cases of allergies and eczema during this time, adds Dolgen, whose swears by coconut oil for softer skin and smaller pores.</p> <p>Body odour<br />Of course, the excessive sweating that accompanies night sweats and hot flashes can create an unpleasant odour. But there’s another explanation, too: A drop in oestrogen levels tricks your hypothalamus gland into thinking you’re overheated, signalling your body to sweat more.</p> <p>Migraines<br />Migraines may start for the first time, or worsen, when you start going through menopause because of new hormonal fluctuations, says Dr Pinkerton. The good news, however, is that hormonal migraines usually stop or vastly improve after menopause, when levels are consistently low. In fact, only 5 percent of women suffer migraines after age 60, according to the Migraine Research Foundation.</p> <p>Vaginal dryness<br />Sex-stifling vaginal dryness was one of the most difficult symptoms for Dolgen. “Your vagina takes a trip to the desert and takes your eyes and skin along with it,” she says. Menopause changes, such as lower oestrogen levels, cause thinner, drier and less-elastic vaginal tissue and decrease blood flow to the area. The result: vaginal dryness, itching and painful sex.</p> <p>Hot flashes<br />Sure you’ve heard about hot flashes, but you may not know that they can be different for every woman. Some even experience them for decades, starting in perimenopause. Caused by a drop in oestrogen levels, which affects the gland that regulates body temperature, hot flashes can happen during the day or at night – or both. They can be mild, lasting seconds, or severe and stick around for a half hour or longer.</p> <p>Weight shifts<br />Whether you call it meno-pot, meno-pudge, or middle-age spread, extra fat in the abdominal region is a reality for many women in perimenopause. “A woman’s weight throughout her menopausal journey is impacted by five factors: hormones, diet, exercise, stress and genetics,” Dolgen explains. And you can also lose muscle mass – 0.6 percent per year or more if you’re not physically active and don’t get enough protein, Dr Pinkerton adds.</p> <p>Irregular periods<br />Is your period shorter and lighter one month and heavy with cramping the next? This is part of perimenopause, explains Pinkerton. In addition to being a nuisance, irregular periods also up your pregnancy risk. “The second highest unintended pregnancy time for women is during your 40s,” Dr Pinkerton says. “And pregnancy remains a risk until you haven’t had a period for a year.”</p> <p>Bone loss<br />The less oestrogen your ovaries produce, the more bone loss may accelerate. This can put you at a greater risk for osteoporosis, or bone thinning, which increases your risk of fracture. “You can lose up to 20 percent of your bones during the first five years of menopause,” Dr Pinkerton says.</p> <p>Fuzzy thinking<br />Hormonal changes – along with premenopausal symptoms like mood swings and sleep problems – may make you more forgetful and less focused. Stress also plays a role. “It’s hard to relax, especially when you’re going through the trials of perimenopause,” Dolgen says, “but it’s important for your mind and body to decompress.”</p> <p><em>Written by Susan Jara. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/conditions/15-body-signs-no-one-tells-you-will-come-before-menopause?pages=1">Reader’s Digest</a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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“Never talk like that about a man”: Jelena Dokic hits back at cruel comments

<p>Jelena Dokic has opened up about receiving cruel criticism about her weight while working at the Australian Open.</p> <p>The former world No. 4 has been interviewing tennis players competing in this year’s tournament and took to Instagram she put on some weight during Melbourne’s lockdown.</p> <p>However the 37-year-old told people to “get over it” on Tuesday night.</p> <p>“I am sharing this with you all because even though I have the best supporters in the world that send me thousands of messages of support, I have also received a few comments body shaming me and seen an article in the media about my weight and physical appearance,” Dokic wrote with two images of her before and after COVID-19 side by side.</p> <p>“I have always been honest with you all about my struggles and my weight battles. I have talked about my weight and not a lot of people have done that publicly.</p> <p>“Now I am also going to be honest but I also feel like I need to address the negative attention around what people think I should look like.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLWSPSqhO0r/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLWSPSqhO0r/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by JELENA DOKIC 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺 (@dokic_jelena)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“And here is my message to you, GET OVER IT.”</p> <p>Dokic retired in 2014 lost 53kg after reaching 120kg between 2018-2019.</p> <p>She revealed in a social media post her battle with depression over her weight.</p> <p>“Leave me and my physical appearance alone. I really don’t know why people and the media have the need to comment on someone’s physical appearance, especially when it comes to women,” she said.</p> <p>“You would never talk like that about a man, it’s always about women and their appearance.</p> <p>“While I am nowhere near my heaviest, I am also completely honest about the fact that I have put some weight back on in the Melbourne lockdown.</p> <p>“It was very hard mentally for me in the world’s toughest lockdown for six months and not being able to see my loved ones for 15 months.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7ev0YaBvyv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B7ev0YaBvyv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by JELENA DOKIC 🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺 (@dokic_jelena)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I have even had some depression and anxiety creep back up and it’s been a battle.</p> <p>“To all the body-shamers, online trolls and the media that have body shamed me, you should be ashamed of yourselves. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.</p> <p>“How about a bit of kindness? How about a message asking me how I am doing? Instead of talking about my weight, why don’t you talk about all my accomplishments? Does my weight determine my worth?</p> <p>“It’s so easy to judge others but why can’t people just be kind? We should be talking about inner beauty and not the shallow outside looks.”</p>

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"You've just made this even harder": Chris Hemsworth's body double reveals struggle

<p>Chris Hemsworth's body double has revealed he's eating seven meals a day to try and keep up with the Hollywood heart throb's size.</p> <p>Bobbly Holland Hanton has revealed the Thor actor is making his life harder as his size keeps growing by the day.</p> <p>“Everyone is like ‘Wow look at the size and him’ and I’m like yeah that’s brilliant, I’m that guy’s double’, so I text him, I’m like, ‘Thanks very much dude, you've just made this even harder’,” he told Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa.</p> <p>“I train with him a lot, we train all the time, we’re on the same diet regime and training.</p> <p>“He’s the biggest though he’s ever been so I have to be the biggest I’ve ever been which is a challenge but I’m up for it.”</p> <p>Hemsworth eats seven meals a day and they need to be the right meals at the right time, which means his stunt double has to do the same.</p> <p>“Every two hours we are eating, it’s become a chore, I don’t enjoy eating at all, every two hours it’s like get calories in, training twice a day, it’s full on,” he told the show.</p> <p>“We’re training so much, we are packing on so much size, it’s difficult on the body.</p> <p>“I find carrying around the extra weight is difficult and hard to maintain on the ligaments.”</p> <p>The pair first worked together on<span> </span><em>Thor: The Dark World</em><span> </span>in 2013 and have gone on to feature in several movies together.</p> <p>Becoming close friends, Holland Hanton has previously said Hemsworth is like family.</p>

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“Slept through the whole pandemic”: Teen wakes from year-long coma

<p>Jokes were thrown around last year about "skipping 2020", but for one family it was an unfortunate reality.</p> <p>UK teen Joe Flavill was just 18 when he was hit by a car in Burton on March 1 last year, causing a traumatic brain injury.</p> <p>Until only a few weeks ago, he was in a coma - just a few short weeks before the UK entered its first COVID-19 lockdown.</p> <p>But even though he was completely unaware of the pandemic wreaking havoc around the world, Mr Flavill ended up contracting the virus while in hospital.</p> <p>Although he regained consciousness a few weeks ago and is gradually becoming more responsive, his aunt Sally Flavill-Smith said they weren't sure how much he understood of what had been happening in the world while he had been "away".</p> <p>"We also don't know how much he understands as his accident was before the first lockdown and it's almost like he has slept through the whole pandemic," she told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/burton-news/teenager-coma-before-covid-pandemic-4915032" target="_blank">Staffordshire Live</a>.</p> <p>"It's hard as we know he is more alert, but how do you explain the pandemic to someone who has been in a coma?</p> <p>"A brain injury is very much the unknown, so we haven't been given an idea of what to expect really."</p> <p>Ms Flavill-Smith is helping raise money for Mr Flavill's recovery and to support his mother, Sharon.</p> <p>"He has been following commands, for example, touching his left and his right ear when asked to do so, he is able to move both of his legs, he is answering yes and no through blinking and the most amazing step is that he has shown us his incredible sense of humour," she wrote online last week.</p> <p>The family hopes that soon Mr Flavill will be able to undertake physiotherapy, which has been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic.</p> <p>He had been studying for his A-Levels (roughly equivalent to an ATAR) and was a passionate sportsman.</p> <p>He had been achieved a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award, which he would have been due to receive at Buckingham Palace in May last year.</p>

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More unforeseen long-term effects of COVID-19 revealed

<p>Almost a year into the global pandemic, doctors and scientists are still coming to terms with a concerning phenomenon.</p> <p>It's not a mutant strain or a side effect of the vaccine, but the aftermath of the disease that is crippling those diagnosed.</p> <p>Weeks after they were expected to recover from the virus, many are suffering from complications caused by COVID-19, which is affecting their entire body, from severe fatigue to memory lapses to digestive problems, erratic heart rates, fluctuating blood pressure and hair loss.</p> <p>Many of those who are suffering from the after-effects had minimal symptoms when originally diagnosed and doctors assumed recovery would take about two weeks.</p> <p>And then there are the “long haulers”, suffering a condition experts have deemed “post-acute COVID” or “chronic COVID”.</p> <p>“Usually, the patients with bad disease are most likely to have persistent symptoms, but COVID doesn’t work like that,” Oxford University professor of primary care, Trisha Greenhalgh, told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/doctors-begin-to-crack-covids-mysterious-long-term-effects-11604252961" target="_blank"><em>The Wall Street Journal</em></a>.</p> <p>The lead author of an August BMJ study, Professor Greenhalgh was one of the first to define chronic COVID-19 patients as those whose symptoms span multiple organ systems and last over 12 weeks.</p> <p>“The disease itself is not that bad” for them, she explained, yet cognitive issues and heart problems sometimes persist for months.</p> <p>While other outbreaks such as the Spanish flu and ebola have had long-term symptoms, what makes COVID-19 different is that it doesn't just impact the lungs, but the heart, kidneys, nervous and digestive systems.</p> <p>“I haven’t really seen any other illness that affects so many different organ systems in as many different ways as COVID does,” medical director for Mount Sinai Health System’s Centre for Post-COVID Care in New York, Zijian Chen, told the<span> </span><em>WSJ</em>.</p> <p>“We thought it was a virus that, once it does what it does, you recover and you go back to normal.”</p> <p>Turns out, that isn't the case, he added it "is really scary".</p> <p>One explanation for what’s causing the virus’ second act is that inflammation continues to affect organs or the nervous system even after it’s gone, researchers said.</p> <p>“Even those who had no symptoms and were young and fit … even in those patients we saw abnormalities,” director of the University Hospital Frankfurt’s Institute for Experimental and Translational Cardiovascular Imaging, Eike Nagel, said.</p> <p>“You don’t realise how lucky you are with your health until you don’t have it,” 43-year-old lawyer, Elizabeth Moore, told the publication. Since contracting COVID-19 last March, she has struggled with memory problems and gastrointestinal issues, losing almost 14kg.</p> <p>At the end of April, “I thought I beat this thing. I was ecstatic,” she said. But after testing positive for coronavirus antibodies in May, Ms Moore said her health took a sharp turn for the worse, leading to tachycardia (racing heartbeat) and fluctuations in her blood pressure.</p> <p>While those symptoms have improved, the mother-of-three is still dealing with the gastrointestinal problems and a recent test found her stomach lining is inflamed.</p> <p>“I feel like there has to be some sort of next step,” she told the<span> </span><em>WSJ</em>. “Because I’m not ready to accept this as my new reality.”</p>

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16 things to never do at the gym

<p>Don’t be that person<br />It makes sense that you get ‘in the zone’ at the gym, enjoying your ‘me time’ and doing your utmost to make the most of your fitness time. But gyms are still public places! You still need to be respectful of others, and that means avoiding these behaviours that’ll make your fellow exercisers give you the stink eye (perhaps literally). Of course, now with the rampant spread of COVID-19 leading to some gyms being closed and others enacting strict rules to reduce the spread, there is a whole new set of gym faux pas.</p> <p>Don’t leave a mess behind<br />So, you need a mat, Bosu ball, an assortment of free weights, a foam roller, an incline bench, and a few kettlebells to complete your workout? Great – but when you’re done, remember the cardinal rule of any gym. “At the end of your workout, or as you’re done with each piece of equipment, put everything back,” says Dawn Bartolini, a lifestyle and weight-loss coach (who happens to have lost more than 45 kilos). “Your mama doesn’t work here!” On that note, put everything back where it belongs, not where it’s convenient.</p> <p>Don’t grunt the entire time<br />Look, we get it: you’re lifting sooo much weight. But no one is impressed: “Lifting heavy weights is hard, but if you’re grunting on every single set – you’re a tool,” says trainer, James Shapiro. “No one is impressed, you’re awarded no points, and no one will talk to you. Please relearn how to breathe properly, which will also help you make greater increases in strength and lean muscle.”</p> <p>Don’t make the locker room public<br />There’s really no need to catch up with your boyfriend on video chat while you’re touching up your makeup in the locker room. Please move this to the top of your list of things to never do at the gym, says Eve Dawes, trainer and yoga, spin, and Zumba instructor. “Do not FaceTime in the locker room. We are trying to shower and get changed, not be part of a peep show.”</p> <p>Don’t set up camp by the weight rack<br />There’s an unspoken ‘no-lift zone’ in every gym, and it’s called the weight rack. In fact, consider one and a half metres all around the weight rack off limits for your workout. “If you start a set of bicep curls while standing right in front of the rack, you block the entire gym from accessing the weights,” says certified personal trainer, Dani Singer. “Grab the weights you need, and find an open spot on the weight floor to perform your workout. Stay out of the weight rack area, unless you’re grabbing or returning your weights.”</p> <p>Don’t praise a stranger’s progress<br />Just as you would never assume a woman is pregnant, you should never offer unsolicited praise to fellow gymgoers –­ even if you think you are being kind by giving them a compliment. “I am not a skinny woman,” says Jeanette DePatie, a plus-sized, certified fitness instructor. “I have had several people come up to me over the years and say things to me that they believe are encouraging – like, ‘good for you!’, ‘Stick with it, and you’ll lose the weight in no time,’ or ‘It’s so great that you’ve started on your fitness journey.’ Obviously, they are completely unaware that I’m a 20-year licensed fitness teacher who is not exercising to lose weight. Don’t assume you know where somebody is in their exercise journey or that you know why they are exercising.”</p> <p>Don’t be a machine hog<br />There are only so many machines and pieces of equipment to go around at a gym – and during peak times that may mean you have to remember the lessons you learned in the sandbox during preschool. “Be courteous of others when you’re using the equipment,” says certified personal trainer, Michael Kuang. “If you see someone waiting to use the same thing, tell them how much longer you will be. Or better yet, offer to let them work in between your sets.”</p> <p>Don’t throw your weights<br />Unless you’ve joined a power-lifting or CrossFit gym, there’s no reason to bang your weights down on the ground in between sets. “Besides giving people a heart attack when a 100-kilo bar slams to the floor, you are seriously putting people at risk for a broken foot,” warns personal trainer, James Cappola. “If you are in a regular gym with a general population, you have to act accordingly. Don’t be the guy who comes in, attempts to lift a 100-kilo barbell, and then throws them to the floor because the last few reps are too much.” Either use a spotter or use less weight, bro.</p> <p>Don’t crowd the squat racks<br />If you aren’t doing a compound exercise – like a squat, deadlift, or shoulder press – then stay out of the squat racks. “This isn’t the place to do your bicep curls, because you can use dumbbells or other bars specifically for that,” explains Nick Rizzo, who has spent six years as a competitive powerlifter and four years training others. “This applies to all other types of random exercises you see people doing in squat racks.”</p> <p>Don’t belt out a tune<br />You’re in the zone and your playlist dishes up your favourite tune. What do you do? Start singing? No, thank you. You’re not at home in your shower and everyone outside your headphones can hear your hums, whistles, not to mention profanities as you try to rap alongside Cardi B. “Please, no singing at the top of your lungs,” says Bartolini. “Nobody needs to hear your ‘na-na-nas!’” Yes, you can have fun during your workout, but not to the point of distracting others.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Jill Schildhouse. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/fitness/16-things-to-never-do-at-the-gym?pages=1"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Billionaire launches scathing attack at Serena Williams over her weight

<p>Serena Williams' husband Alexis Ohanian has accused Madrid Open owner Ian Tiriac of being racist and sexist after he told the American athlete to retire.</p> <p>The former Olympic tennis star turned billionaire Tiriac urged the 39-year-old to retire due to her age and weight.</p> <p>“At this age and the weight she is now, she does not move as easily as she did 15 years ago,” Tiriac said on Romanian TV. “Serena was a sensational player. If she had a little decency, she would retire.”</p> <p>This isn't the first time Tiriac has taken aim at Serena's weight.</p> <p>In 2018, when asked about the state of women's tennis, he took aim at the champion by saying: “With all due respect, 36 years old and 90kg …”</p> <p>Serena then responded: “It’s an ignorant comment and it’s a sexist comment. Maybe he’s an ignorant man.”</p> <p>And now, after Tiriac's most recent comments, William's husband and father to their three-year-old daughter Alexis Olympia, has hit back on Twitter.</p> <p>Co-founder of Reddit Ohanian mocked 81-year-old Tiriac.</p> <p>After a quick Google search, Ohanian discovered Tiriac had not won a single Grand Slam single, tweeting: “Safe to say no one gives a damn what Ion Tiriac thinks.”</p> <p>Ohanian added: “Had to Google it … turns out my 3 year old has more Grand Slam victories than this.”</p> <p>He then responded to a fellow Twitter user, who tried to defend Tiriac.</p> <p>Ohanian wrote: “Keep defending your racist, sexist clown.”</p> <p>He later added: “2021 and no holding back when a racist/sexist clown with a platform comes for my family.”</p> <p>Williams needs just one more Grand Slam title to equal Margaret Court’s incredible record.</p> <p>She also boasts 16 Grand Slam doubles titles and four Olympic gold medals.</p> <p>Tiriac, meanwhile, never made it past the fourth-round at a Grand Slam in singles.</p> <p>He did win the 1970 French Open doubles title, however.</p>

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Sister dumped from bridal party after lockdown weight gain

<p>A bride-to-be has caused controversy after admitting that she dumped her sister from her bridal party after she gained weight.</p> <p>The bridezilla revealed she asked her sister to step away from her bridesmaid duties after she put on 10kg during lockdown.</p> <p>She further went on to explain that her older sister struggled with eating disorders her whole life, but still tried to defend her actions.</p> <p>But after she was slammed over her decision, she eventually confessed to wanting to "protect her wedding day".</p> <p>Sharing on Reddit, the bride-to-be admitted the move had divided her family.</p> <p>“My sister Julia was overweight growing up while the rest of us (five girls, no brothers) were always petite,” she said.</p> <p>“No one in our family ever treated her badly for her weight, though my mum did try to help her diet several times throughout our childhood for purely health reasons.</p> <p>“She was hospitalised for her eating disorder for the first time when she was 18, and she’s been in and out of treatment facilities since then.</p> <p>“Pre-pandemic, Julia seemed to be on a recovery kick again. She looked healthy, seemed to be eating normally. I was hopeful she could keep it together and felt okay about asking her to be a bridesmaid at that point.</p> <p>“That was the last time I saw her though (Feb 2020), until I saw her Friday for Christmas Day.</p> <p>“Julia has gained a LOT of weight in that time, probably 10kg, which is a lot because she’s short. This is a huge red flag to me because prior relapses have been preceded by weight gain, which seems to trigger another relapse.”</p> <p>The bride-to-be said it was then she made the decision to dump her from her wedding.</p> <p>“I [decided] it makes more sense for her to not be a bridesmaid. That way she can wear whatever she wants, be skinny or fat, show up or not, and it won’t affect the day as a whole,” said said.</p> <p>“So I texted her after Christmas to ask if she was doing okay. Sure enough, she admitted she’d been having body image issues since gaining weight during lockdown.</p> <p>“I kindly asked her to step down from being a bridesmaid, explaining that it was for her own good and I was only doing this because I cared about her. She seemed upset but agreed to step down.”</p> <p>The decision ended up causing a heated debate amongst family members, with even the bride's fiancé joining in, saying she was harsh to dump her sister over her weight.</p> <p>“Now our dad is furious with me, saying Julia is heartbroken,” she said.</p> <p>“My mom and sisters are all on my side here and agree Julia not being a bridesmaid is what’s best for everyone.</p> <p>“So I wasn’t that worried about being in the wrong here—until my FIANCÉ said I was wrong and basically called me out for even bringing up her weight with her.”</p> <p>She added that while she was worried for her sister’s mental health, she was also concerned about her wedding day.</p> <p>“Yes, of course protecting my wedding day is part of my consideration here,” she said.</p> <p>“God forbid one single day doesn’t revolve around her I guess.”</p> <p>Some Reddit users slammed the bride.</p> <p>“The obsession over the wedding pictures is disgusting. Why does a wedding have to be an Instagram event?” said one.</p> <p>Added another: “Bride sounds so self-centered. Thank god the fiancé talked some sense into her.”</p> <p>Said a third: “With family like this, it’s no wonder she has an eating disorder.”</p> <p>But others disagreed, with one saying: “Maybe she went about it the wrong way, but her feelings are valid. Also what girl doesn’t dream a perfect wedding day, it’s natural to overthink all the variables that play into it.”</p>

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Mother’s warning after dangerous COVID side-effect

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>British doctors are scratching their heads after a seven-year-old boy battles a rare disease in the ICU which is linked to the boy's COVID-19 diagnosis.</p> <p>Logan Walsh contracted COVID-19 alongside his mother, but medical workers believed the pair had recovered from the disease six weeks ago.</p> <p>Doctors were immediately concerned as Logan's organs started to fail, his skin blistered and he developed heart murmurs, which are symptoms of Paediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PIMS-TS).</p> <p>PIMS-TS is a rare and life-threatening condition that doctors believe was brought forward from COVID-19.</p> <p>It's not the first time doctors saw children develop this syndrome after catching COVID-19 and Logan's mother is urging for health experts to be more aware of this dangerous side-effect.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839310/blisters-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a9f396f1e5eb499f9b14f379f4d0c7da" /></p> <p>“The doctors told me they were seeing children and teenagers who had already had COVID-19, showing no symptoms when they had it and then coming in later, just like Logan,” she said.</p> <p>“They go on all the time about how this pandemic only affects the elderly and often say it doesn‘t seem to affect children.”</p> <p>“When this first began happening (to Logan), not all doctors were able to recognise it, and the link in the condition to COVID-19 is only just starting to be taken seriously.”</p> <p>Thankfully, Logan is recovering after a stay in the ICU where he was given steroids. He was sent to rehabilitation to relearn how to walk.</p> <p>“As his joints and muscles had swollen, Logan now requires physio to help with rehabilitation, and to walk again,” Ms Walsh said.</p> <p>“Thankfully, the initial treatment eventually got his condition under control.</p> <p>“Logan is recovering slowly, and made it home on Christmas Day.”</p> <p><em>Photo credits: Facebook</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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9 signs you’re drinking too much water

<div class="author"> <p>Dietitians constantly remind us that drinking enough water is absolutely vital in order for our bodies to function properly. And it is – unless you drink too much of it. Though most people look out for the signs of dehydration, over-hydration is equally as dangerous. Drinking too much water can result in water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia, causing the inside of cells to flood due to abnormally low sodium levels in your bloodstream. In severe cases, water intoxication can lead to debilitating health problems such as seizures, coma and even death.</p> <p>You constantly have a water bottle in hand<br />If you carry around your water bottle all day and immediately refill it when it depletes, you may be drinking too much water. Constantly adding water to your body can result in low sodium levels in your blood, which can cause all of the cells in your body to swell. According to exercise professor Tamara Hew-Butler, this can become particularly dangerous when your brain starts to swell. “Your brain can only swell about 8-10% before it reaches the skull and it pushes your brain stem out,” says Hew-Butler.</p> <p>You drink water even when you’re not thirsty<br />The best way to know if your body really needs more water is to be consciously aware of whether or not you actually feel thirsty. “Our bodies are so programmed to fight against dehydration because we’ve always been living in fear of scarcity or not having enough, so we have all of these built-in mechanisms to protect us against that,” Hew-Butler says. “One of these mechanisms that all animals have is thirst. Thirst is every body’s individual monitor that lets them know if they need more. The more water you need, the thirstier you get.”</p> <p>You continuously drink water until your urine is clear<br />If you’re drinking a healthy amount of water, the colour of your urine should be straw-coloured to transparent yellow. Though most people believe clear urine is the healthiest sign of hydration, having urine with no pigmentation at all may be a sign that you’re drinking too much water. For most people, eight to 10 glasses of water a day is considered a normal amount. This suggestion varies depending on an individual’s height, weight and exercise patterns.</p> <p>You urinate frequently, including during the night<br />You may be drinking too much water if you find you often wake up in the middle of the night to use the toilet. According to the Cleveland Clinic, most people urinate between six and eight times a day. If you find yourself urinating more than ten times a day, you may be drinking more water than your body needs. Other causes include an overactive bladder and caffeine. To prevent night time urination, have your last glass of water a couple of hours before bed to give your kidneys time to filter the water through your body. (Frequent urination could be an indicator of diabetes insipidus, too.)</p> <p>You feel nauseous and may experience vomiting<br />The symptoms of over-hydration look a lot like those of dehydration, according to Hew-Butler. When you drink too much water, your kidneys become unable to get rid of the excess liquid, and water starts to collect in the body. This can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms, often including nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.</p> <p>You have throbbing headaches throughout the day<br />Headaches are both a sign of over-hydration and dehydration, similar to nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. When you drink too much water, the salt concentration in your blood reduces, causing the cells in the organs throughout your body to swell. When your salt concentration is low, your cells grow. When you drink too much water, your brain actually grows in size and presses against the skull. This added pressure can cause a throbbing headache and more serious health problems such as brain impairment and trouble breathing.</p> <p>You notice swelling or discolouration in your hands, lips and feet<br />In many cases of hyponatremia, people will experience noticeable swelling or discoloration in their hands, lips and feet. When all of the cells throughout your body swell, your skin will start to visibly swell as well. Those who drink too much water may gain weight suddenly due to swelling and excess water in the bloodstream. If you’re drinking more than 10 glasses of water each day and notice swelling or discoloration in your hands, lips and feet, consider cutting back on your water intake and see if your symptoms subside.</p> <p>Your muscles feel weak and tend to cramp easily<br />Having a healthy, fully functioning body is all about balance. When you drink too much water, your electrolyte levels drop and that balance is compromised. Low electrolyte levels can cause a number of unpleasant symptoms, including muscle spasms and cramping. You can prevent muscle problems by replacing a couple of glasses of water a day with coconut water, which is full of electrolytes and 100 percent natural.</p> <p>You feel tired or fatigued<br />Your kidneys are responsible for filtering the water you drink through your body and making sure the fluid levels in your bloodstream stay balanced. When you drink too much water, your kidneys have to work even harder, creating a stressful reaction from your hormones that leaves your body stressed and fatigued. If you’re constantly drinking water and find yourself struggling to get out of bed, it may be because you’ve added unneeded stress to your kidneys.</p> </div> <div class="author"> <p class="p1">Written by Lianna Roth Hursh, medically reviewed by Dr Michael Spertus. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/tips/9-signs-youre-drinking-too-much-water"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</p> </div>

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"Bringing the heat": Rebel Wilson flaunts slimmed down figure after 30kg weight loss

<p>Rebel Wilson has lost 30kg during her “year of health”.</p> <p>The week, the actress showed off her incredible figure as she spent time with Mrs Canada Globe, Lorelei Higgins.</p> <p>The 40-year-old wore skin-tight leggings with a black blouse, showing off her trim figure.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram to share multiple photos and videos, the two were seen spending time together at Wilson’s LA home.</p> <p>“Mrs Canada and I bringing the heat,” Rebel captioned a photo of the pair hanging near the outdoor fire pit.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIxCv53L6VA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIxCv53L6VA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Rebel Wilson (@rebelwilson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“World peace,” she added as a hashtag.</p> <p>The Pitch Perfect star has been on a health journey this year, after setting a goal of reaching 75kg.</p> <p>Last month, she proudly announced that she had smashed that goal, showing the number 74.6 on a scale.</p> <p>“Hit my goal with one month to spare!” she wrote in the caption. “Even though it’s not about a weight number, it’s about being healthy, I needed a tangible measurement to have as a goal and that was 75 kilograms.”</p>

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17 butt exercises that are better than squats

<p>Step aside squats; there are plenty of other butt workouts that are better for isolating the glutes. Don’t get us wrong, squats aren’t an inherently bad exercise. They are excellent for your quads, the front thigh muscles of your legs, and your back muscles, too. Squats improve the overall strength of the lower body, and the movement also allows you to maintain tension in your glute muscles. (Your glutes are three muscles that make up your butt: the gluteus minimus, gluteus medius, and gluteus maximus.)</p> <p>But the classic squat move might present a few challenges and shortcomings, especially if your goal is to work on your butt. For some people, squats put too much stress on the knees and back. And to get the most glute activation out of a squat, you need to know how to squat correctly. Your butt must be lower than parallel with the floor – a range of motion not everyone can achieve. Squats focus on going up and down. In everyday life, however, we also move side to side. So, it’s important to target other muscles that are part of the glutes to move well.</p> <p>Squats should just be one tool in your arsenal for glute growth. Here are other glute exercises that experts recommend implementing into your butt workouts.</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Bodyweight deadlifts</strong></p> <p>Five different strength training experts say deadlifts are one of the best butt exercises. Plus, there are tons of different variations of this movement. Kelly Vargo, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and an instructor for the department of exercise and nutrition sciences at George Washington University, recommends a traditional deadlift. “This exercise is a home run for the posterior chain as it recruits the core, hamstring and glute muscles,” Vargo says.</p> <p><strong>How to do a deadlift:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start this exercise in a neutral position standing with feet together, core engaged, shoulders relaxed, and a slight bend in the knees.</li> <li>The next step is to hinge at the hips and begin to bend forward. It is important to keep the shoulders back, almost retracted to counteract the tendency to round the shoulders forward, which is harmful to the back. Slowly continue to bend forward, keeping the hands close to the front of the legs and pushing the hips backward. There should be tension building in the hamstrings.</li> <li>Continue to bend forward until your shoulders start to round or until you get to the floor. Slowly extend the body and hips back into a neutral position.</li> </ol> <p><strong>Kettlebell, dumbbell or barbell deadlifts</strong></p> <p>For more challenging butt workouts, add some weight to your favourite moves. Although squats and deadlifts may look similar, they target different muscles, according to personal trainer Henry Halse. “The deadlift involves your hips more because you’re lifting the weight off the ground and standing up with it,” Halse says. “The biggest hip muscles are your glutes.”</p> <p><strong>How to do a kettlebell, barbell, or dumbbell deadlift:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start with the weight on the ground between your feet. Stick your butt back and arch your lower back as you go down to grab it.</li> <li>Grab the weight with both hands and lift by driving through your heels.</li> <li>Then, stand up tall before lowering the weight back to the ground.<br />Advertisement</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Bodyweight Romanian deadlifts</strong></p> <p>Sports physical therapist Leada Malek says that Romanian deadlifts use all the glutes and hamstrings to help protect your back and perform the movement well. If you work on your technique and activate your core, you’ll see awesome results with this movement. Make this movement easier by stopping halfway to parallel, Malek recommends.</p> <p><strong>How to do a Romanian deadlift:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Make sure to select the appropriate resistance band for your current ability, then place the band under your feet and stand with a slight bend in the knees and feet a comfortable hip-width apart.</li> <li>Grip the band with your knuckles facing outwards. Hands should be slightly less than shoulder-width apart.<br />Push the hips backward and maintain a neutral or straight spine as you hinge down, stopping just before parallel with the ground.</li> <li>Keep the core engaged as you initiate from the glutes and extend the hips to stand back up.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Dumbell or kettlebell Romanian deadlifts</strong></p> <p>Kettlebell or dumbbell Romanian deadlifts are a more hip-dominant exercise than the squat, according to kinesiologist Jeremy Ethier. That means the move favours the glutes more and enables you to apply more stress to the glutes in a slightly different way than other butt workout exercises. The movement provides an excellent glute stretch, too.</p> <p><strong>How to do a dumbbell Romanian deadlift:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Hold a dumbbell in each hand by your sides. Brace your core by preparing as if someone were about to punch your gut.</li> <li>Next, hinge over at the hips by pushing your hips back like you’re ‘closing a car door with your butt’ and lower the dumbbells. Keep your knees just slightly bent and your back flat as you come down.</li> <li>Once the dumbbells reach about shin level (or as low as you can while still keeping a flat back), squeeze your glutes and thrust your hips forward to stand straight up again.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Glute bridges</strong></p> <p>Glute bridges are another popular butt move with exercise experts. Ethier likes them because a study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine found that they are more effective for glutes growth than the traditional squat. “It’s also a great alternative to squats for the glutes since it enables you to provide a ton of work onto the glutes in a manner that’s very easy on the knees and back,” Ethier says.</p> <p><strong>How to do a glute bridge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lie on your back with your knees bent, and your core braced. Without arching your lower back, squeeze your butt muscles to get them engaged.</li> <li>Then, lift up while keeping your glutes contracted.<br />At the top, squeeze your glutes as hard as possible for about 5 seconds before coming back down and repeating.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Single leg glute bridges</strong></p> <p>Take glute bridges to the next level and turn them into a glute isolate exercise by performing this move with one leg, Halse recommends. “Since you’re lying on the ground, you don’t have to concentrate on anything other than squeezing your butt,” he says. “Plus, you don’t need to get your quads and hamstrings involved.” Make it even tougher by holding a weight like a dumbbell in your lap.</p> <p><strong>How to do a single leg glute bridge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lie on your back with both feet flat on the ground, 15cm from your butt.</li> <li>Lift one leg straight into the air.</li> <li>Press through the heel of the foot that’s on the ground and lift your hips up as high as you can. That’s one rep.<br /><br /></li> </ol> <p><strong>Lunges</strong></p> <p>Good butt workouts are incomplete without some form of a lunge: this move is transformative, which is just one reason to make it a staple in your glutes workouts. There are many different variations, but the traditional lunge is worth doing, according to Vargo. “Lunges fire up the legs, strengthen the core, promote balance, and recruit the glute muscles,” she says. “These exercises are a win-win for shaping legs and glutes.”</p> <p><strong>How to do a lunge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start in a neutral position standing with feet together, core engaged and shoulders relaxed.</li> <li>Step forward with the right foot.</li> <li>As the right foot lands on the ground, simultaneously bend both the right and left knees. Lower your centre of gravity until your back left knee gently touches the ground. Ensure you are in an upright posture with the core engaged and shoulders relaxed.</li> <li>At this point, press off the floor with the right, front foot, raising the centre of gravity and bringing the right foot back next to the left foot into the original starting position. Repeat with the left foot stepping forward.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Lateral lunges</strong></p> <p>Always try to include a lateral movement in your butt workouts because the glutes are responsible for not only forward and back motions of the leg, but side to side motions, too, according to Halse. Not only is the lateral lunge his favourite exercise, but it’s a quick workout move that can transform your body.</p> <p><strong>How to do a lateral lunge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Hold a weight down in front of your legs with both hands.</li> <li>Step out to one side, stick your butt back, and reach the weight down towards the ground.</li> <li>Then, stand back up and step your feet together. Alternate legs on each rep.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong>Reverse lunges</strong></p> <p>Hone in on your butt without putting tons of stress on the knees and lower back with this exercise. Plus, if you choose to squat, this is a great complimentary movement as it better activates the glutes and hamstrings, Ethier says. Make sure to focus on your form to avoid exercise injury.</p> <p><strong>How to do a reverse lunge:</strong></p> <ol> <li>If you like, hold a pair of dumbbells at your side.</li> <li>Take a long step back and bring your back knee towards the ground until it just about touches the ground. Avoid rounding your back as you do so and keep your front shin vertical over your front foot.</li> <li>Then, push through the heel of your front foot to rise back up to the starting position. You should feel your glute of the front leg work as you do so. Repeat with the other leg.<br />Need a little cardiovascular workout? Try this at-home HIIT workout.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Hip thrusts</strong></p> <p>Personal trainer Morgan Rees and physiotherapist Lauren Lobert Frison both suggest hip thrusts for good butt workouts. You can use a barbell, resistance band or your body weight to perform the movement. You’ll need a bench or a chair about 30-50cm off the ground, depending on your height.</p> <p><strong>How to do a hip thrust:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start with your butt on the ground, knees bent up, so your feet are flat on the floor, and leaning against a bench or chair. Line the bench up near the bottom of the shoulder blades.</li> <li>If you’re using a bar, place it along the hip’s crease. If you are using a glute resistance band, set it right above the knees.</li> <li>Keep your hands either behind your neck, in your lap, or resting on the ground, according to Frison.</li> <li>Keep your spine neutral, neck aligned with the spine (do not look down towards your feet), and press your glutes towards the ceiling lifting your butt off the floor, Rees says.<br />You don’t want your back arched at all at the top. You want your lower leg to be vertical at the top, so you may need to adjust your feet to be closer or farther away from your butt.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Kickbacks</strong></p> <p>Perform this glute isolation exercise that Rees and Frison recommend for stronger butt cheeks.</p> <p><strong>How to do a glute kickback:</strong></p> <ol> <li>This can be done with a cable machine using an ankle strap attachment, a band, or a dumbbell behind the knee.</li> <li>Place your knees and arms shoulder-width apart, hands on the floor.</li> <li>Place the resistance band above your knees or a dumbbell behind one of your knees.</li> <li>Press your foot towards the ceiling maintaining close to a 90-degree angle the entire time.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Clamshells</strong></p> <p>Ethier and Malek love clamshells to work your butt. “This exercise is important to target a glute muscle that tends to get overlooked in bigger movements like the squat,” Ethier explains. “It’s called the gluteus medius and plays an important role in hip stability and helping with the overall shape of your glutes.” Malek adds this move also works hip abductors and hip external rotators, which are key balance muscles and help with knee stability so you can avoid injuries and knee pain.</p> <p><strong>How to do a clamshell:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lie on your side with your knees and hips bent. Use one arm to make a pillow for your head. With your other hand, place your thumb on the bone in the front of your hip. Wrap your other fingers around the upper part of your butt. This muscle is the gluteus medius, and you want to feel this muscle working as you do the following movement, Ethier says.</li> <li>Next, while keeping your feet together and core braced, open up your top knee like a clamshell so that the knee of your upper leg rises towards the ceiling. Maintain a bent knee level with the ankle. As you do so, avoid rotating your hips.</li> <li>Hold at the top briefly before coming down and repeating for more reps. If this move is too easy, add a resistance band around the top of the knees, Malek suggests.</li> </ol> <p><strong><br />Side-lying hip abduction</strong></p> <p>Target the same critical butt muscle, the gluteus medius, with this movement. “This muscle is the balancing muscle in the glute group that helps keep us straight,” Malek explains. “It also plays a large role in controlling our trunk with hip hinges and bending over, which helps protect your back.” If this movement is too challenging, practise holding this at the top instead of doing repetitions.</p> <p><strong>How to do a side-lying hip abduction:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lie on your side, legs stacked.</li> <li>Straighten the top leg, and lift it slightly behind the torso. Be sure to avoid rolling backwards. Lower your leg, and repeat.</li> </ol> <p><br /><strong><br />Step-ups</strong></p> <p>This glute exercise makes sure you’re working both sides of your butt. It requires stepping up and isolating the glute muscle of each leg, Vargo explains. If this move is hard to do with good form, lower the step or chair’s elevation. But if this is too easy, Vargo recommends adding in weights or increasing your pace.</p> <p><strong>How to do a step up:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start in a neutral position standing with feet together, core engaged and shoulders relaxed. Step up with the right foot on the chair (or whatever tool for elevation you are using).</li> <li>Press down on the surface of the chair with the right foot, raising the centre of gravity and bringing the left foot onto the surface of the chair.</li> <li>Step back off the surface of the chair with the left foot followed by the right foot, finishing the repetition in the beginning neutral stance. Repeat this with the left foot, Vargo says.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <p><strong>Split squat</strong></p> <p>The need to keep your balance during this movement makes it such a dynamic exercise for your lower body, especially your glutes. This is basically a single leg squat or stationary lunge, a good addition to your butt workouts.</p> <p><strong>How to do a split squat:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Start in a standing position. Your back knee should be relatively perpendicular to the ground and can be elevated on a bench for support.</li> <li>Slightly hinge forward, keeping the front foot firmly placed on the ground. Keep your shoulders back as you hinge forward and lower yourself towards the ground and back up.<strong><br /><br /><br /></strong></li> </ol> <p><strong>Hook-lying hip abduction</strong></p> <p>Hip abduction occurs when you move the leg sideways and away from your body, Frison explains. The muscles used in this movement, hip abductors, not only involve your glutes, but they also help people perform basic everyday activities like walking.</p> <p><strong>How to do a hook-lying hip abduction:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Lying on your back with your knees bent, so your feet are flat on the floor, bring your knees apart and then back together.</li> <li>You will want a strong band around your legs, either just above or just below your knees. You can also do this sitting if you prefer, Lauren says. Don’t let the band snap your knees back together; control it on the way back.</li> </ol> <p><strong><br /><br />Sidestep</strong></p> <p>Sidestep (or crab) targets your glutes with a resistance band.</p> <p><strong>How to do a sidestep:</strong></p> <ol> <li>Stand in an athletic position (slight knee bend, flat back) with and a resistance band around your legs (the higher up it is, the easier it will be so it can be anywhere from your upper thighs to around your feet).</li> <li>Take a large step sideways, keeping your toes pointed forwards. Follow with the other foot, keeping tension on the band the whole time.</li> <li>Repeat, walking sideways, and then go back the other way.</li> </ol> <p><br /><br /><strong>Bonus: Jump squat</strong></p> <p>OK, so this is technically a squat. But according to Halse, it’s worth adding to your butt workouts. “While regular squats aren’t as helpful for glute development, explosive exercises like the squat jump are,” Halse explains. “Your glutes are large and powerful, and designed to help you do explosive activities like sprint and jump.” That’s why you should try to include some jumping exercises in your workouts, like squat jumps. If you have knee, hip or back issues, however, you might want to avoid this exercise.</p> <p><strong>How to do a squat jump:</strong></p> <ol> <li>For this exercise, all you have to do is squat down low then jump up high. Try to get your feet to leave the ground.</li> <li>Land softly on your feet with your knees slightly bent and repeat, Halse says.<br />Now you’ve got your body sorted, give your brain a boost with these weird brain exercises that make you smarter.</li> </ol> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Emily DiNuzzo. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.co.nz/healthsmart/fitness/17-butt-exercises-that-are-better-than-squats?pages=1"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.co.nz/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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7 things you should always do on a Monday

<p>Start a diet<br />No matter how tired you are on a Monday morning, you’ve got to admit, the first day of the week provides a refreshing opportunity to start anew. That feeling is particularly helpful when it comes to starting a diet, according to a University of Pennsylvania report. “On certain days, called temporal landmarks, you have a different view of yourself,” said Jason Riis, co-author of the report. “You become more forward-looking.” The trick is in not tiring of your new plan by Wednesday. And if you do fall off the wagon, don’t wait until the following Monday to restart. Jump back in the next morning.</p> <p>Gossip with co-workers<br />The Monday blues are real, and scientists guess that one reason we get them might date back to our caveman days. “Humans are social animals, and to feel happy we need to feel comfortable in our place in a ‘tribe,’ so to speak,” writes Mental Floss. “Even after just two days away, according to scientists, we need to make sure our place in our work environment is secure. Gossiping with your co-workers is an important part of gearing up for the work week, and if you don’t do this, you might feel out of sorts.” It’s an interesting idea, and at the very least, you’ll value the catch-up time.</p> <p>Wash your hands<br />For one reason or another, Mondays are the most common day of the week for calling in sick. In fact, according to one British study, more than a third of all sick days take place on the first day of the week. It’s hard to say whether that’s because Monday is truly the day you’re most likely to fall ill, or because a stunning number of folk want a three-day weekend. Whatever it is, we’ll leave you with this advice: on Mondays – and every day – wash your hands.</p> <p>Head to the gym<br />For similar reasons that Monday is a great day to start a new diet, it’s also the perfect opportunity to hit your goals at the gym (or pool). One Jawbone report found Monday is the most popular day of the week for gym-goers. And while that might mean you have to wait in line for the best machines, it also means you’ll start your week on a healthy footing. We can’t argue with that.</p> <p>Schedule surgery<br />Researchers already know that the morning is the safest time of day to go under the knife. It’s when hospital staffs are most alert and least likely to make a mistake. That same earlier-is-better approach applies to days of the week as well. The risk of death after undergoing a non-emergency surgery is lowest on Monday and goes up every day of the week thereafter, according to a report in the British Medical Journal. But don’t freak if your surgeon only has spots on Thursday. The increase is a mere fraction of a percent – from 1% on Monday to 1.44% on Friday.</p> <p>Invest in the stock market<br />If you’ve invested in the stock market, you already know that the key is to buy low and sell high. And it turns out, because of a slew of market factors, stocks have a tendency to drop on Mondays. That’s bad if you plan to sell, but if you’re in the market to add to your portfolio, you may just snag a bargain.</p> <p>Make the ultimate to-do list<br />When it comes to goal setting, what better day of the week to lay things out than Monday? Research published in Psychological Science suggests that we may be more likely to follow through with our professional goals if we start on a Monday rather than a Thursday. And while there are a ton of ways to make the perfect to-do list, we like this goal-setting idea from Peter Gasca: “I make it a point to set one new and aggressive personal goal for the week, such as trying a new exercise, reading a book, or learning a new song on the guitar,” he writes on Inc. “The point is to provide you motivation during your busy week to pursue an interest that you enjoy outside of work.”</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Juliana LaBianca. This article first appeared on <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/healthsmart/tips/7-things-you-should-always-do-on-a-monday" target="_blank"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Hugh Grant reveals panic-inducing COVID-19 symptoms he experienced

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Actor Hugh Grant went into graphic detail about the strange symptoms he experienced while battling coronavirus this year.</p> <p>Grant, 60, and his wife Anna Eberstein were struck with the illness and Grant made the detailed confession on <em>The Late Show</em> with Stephen Colbert.</p> <p>The pair suffered from normal coronavirus symptoms, which included a tightness in the chest and a loss of smell but also experienced other odd symptoms.</p> <p>“It started as just a very strange syndrome where I kept breaking into a terrible sweat,” he said, describing it as “like a poncho of sweat.”</p> <p>“Then my eyeballs felt about three sizes too big and this … a feeling as though an enormous man was sitting on my chest, Harvey Weinstein or someone,” he said.</p> <p>Grant started "to panic" when he lost his sense of smell.</p> <p>“I started sniffing flowers, nothing. And you get more and more desperate. I started sniffing in garbage cans. You know, you want to sniff strangers’ armpits because you just can’t smell anything,” he explained, telling Colbert he even resorted to spraying his wife’s Chanel No. 5 perfume “directly” into his face.</p> <p>The pair have since recovered from the illness and a recent test reveals he now has antibodies for the virus.</p> <p>He's not the only celebrity to experience odd symptoms from COVID-19, with actress Alyssa Milano losing a lot of her hair after just one brushing as she was diagnosed with COVID-19. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Thought I’d show you what <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Covid19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Covid19</a> does to your hair. Please take this seriously. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WearADamnMask?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WearADamnMask</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LongHauler?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LongHauler</a> <a href="https://t.co/H0wCmzYswV">pic.twitter.com/H0wCmzYswV</a></p> — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) <a href="https://twitter.com/Alyssa_Milano/status/1292540903047852034?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 9, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“I am what they call a ‘long hauler’. Last night, I had real heaviness in my chest. I went to the ER just to make sure it wasn’t a blood clot. Thankfully, it wasn’t,” she wrote on Twitter, seemingly having the same symptoms Grant experienced.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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