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Why you should have the flu jab


The weather is getting colder now, as the days get shorter, it is obvious winter is approaching. This means fireworks in the sky and flu is on the agenda. Flu does put a strain on you, as it subjects your body to a challenge, through stress which affects your blood pressure. It also affects your heart and the general heart function.

According to the British heart foundation, (BHF), There is evidence that heart attacks happen most after an infection. Older people are most vulnerable. As we get older, our immune system works less efficiently, so flu jab is necessary to give us that extra protection. The most recent flu vaccines have added ingredients to improve protection.

The best time to have flu is in October, from your GP surgery or a local pharmacy

Besides older people over 65, other vulnerable groups are those with disabilities and pregnant women.


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Tips for keeping the weight off

We all wish to lose weight, and when we succeed eventually,  the problem is that we tend to put it all back on, or some of it. So I have tried to compile a list of suggestion that would help us in our attempt to keep the weight off.

  1. Think before you eat something. Ask yourself’ ” do I really need to eat this and is the food healthy. What are the health benefits?
  2. Make time to eat, in other words, don’t eat whilst you are doing some other thing. Don’t eat whilst watching tv,  whilst driving or at work. The tendency is that you would end up eating  a lot more than necessary
  3. If you are bored, stressed or lonely, take a walk. ‘comfort eating’ might offer a short time fix, but will not solve the problem
  4. Select exercises that you enjoy, like walking, gardening, running, bike riding, something that you would make you want to do again.
  5. Select meals and snacks that are nutritious, but also satisfying and tasty.


In conclusion, long-term health means a long-term approach to healthy eating, not short-term diets.

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You are at risk of heart and circulatory diseases if you have a fat belly

 

If you have a big stomach, you have the tendency of developing heart and circulatory problems, even if you are not overweight.
Researchers found that those with a healthy weight, but large belly had an 87% increased risk of problems such as heart attack, stroke, bypass surgery or death.
In addition, they have a 52% chance of developing diabetes and high blood pressure.
In effect what we are saying is that a big stomach spells danger.
Your waistline seems to be a better indicator of overall risk than BMI

So, burn that fat, and keep that stomach flat, to stay healthy and alive.

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Watch how much you drink during this Summer


Drinking more than the recommended amount can reduce your life expectancy.
Research has proved that we are at greater risk of dying from a number of heart and circulatory conditions if we overindulge.
In summer we tend to drink much more, especially when we go on holidays, but hey! you need to keep in mind the recommended limits, don’t go mad at it. Always remember you could be damaging your health. Just watch it, know when to say no, your health is more important.

It found that drinking more than 12.5 units of alcohol per week (5 pints of average strength beer/ or 5 medium glasses of wine) has the risk of developing a stroke or heart failure and related heart diseases.

So the advise is to try to drink below the above levels.


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10 Foods that you should be having more of

Complex carbohydrates are those carbohydrates that when consumed by us, converts slowly into sugars in your body. This is the healthy form of carbs, compared to simple carbs like white sugar or polished rice, which shoots up our blood sugar levels almost immediatelyComplex carbohydrates have more nutrients and take longer for your body to digest, so they help fill you up and don’t cause the same swings in blood sugars as simple carbs.

Examples of  such ‘ good’ carbs are as ff:

    1. Oatmeal
    2. Brown Rice
    3. Sweet potatoes
    4. White potato with skin
    5. Pasta

    1. Wheat bread
    2. Quinoa

    1. Butter Squash
    2. Hummus
    3. Pumpkin