Health Tips

Feeling Stressed?

Feeling Stressed?

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 12 May 2020

Millions of people around the world are experiencing high levels of stress during these very challenging times.  For some of us, it can be debilitating and often damaging to our health.  Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems including anxiety and depression. It is also linked to physical health problems like heart disease, problems with our immune system, insomnia and digestive problems. Stress is a normal part of human existence and nobody is immune to it. Therefore, it is important that we take care of our mental health and arm ourselves with the  knowledge of how to recognise the onset of stress and also learn skills on how to cope with it when it arises.

Since April is officially National Stress Awareness Month, we thought we would share some helpful tips on how to reduce stress during these very difficult times.

 

  • Meditate— Since your immune system responds to both negative & positive thoughts, meditation creates a positive mental environment for the immune system to flourish. It also creates a deep state of rest that triggers the brain to release neurotransmitters that enhance feelings of wellbeing.

 

  • Breathe — Doing some slow, belly breathing can calm the mind, which in turn strengthens the immune system. When we slow down the breath, we calm the stress response that can weaken the immune system. Try counting to 4 or 5 with each inhalation and exhalation to slow down your breathing.

 

  • Sleep— Sleep has been known to boost T-cells which help us fight disease, especially viral diseases. Get at least 7-8 hours of natural, restful sleep.

 

  • Eat well– Eating a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables are vital for our immune system as the vitamins, antioxidants and micronutrients that they contain keep our cells healthy, like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, zinc and other trace elements needed to support our immune system.

 

  • Get regular exercise — Exercise can contribute to overall good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Natural Antibiotics

The Best Natural Antibiotics

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 26 April 2020

1.) GINGER

Ginger has a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on the body. The main bioactive compound found in Ginger is called Gingerol is responsible for most of its medicinal properties. Amongst it many benefits, Ginger in particular is an extremely effective treatment for nausea, motion sickness & pregnancy related sickness as it has a soothing effect on the digestive tract.  Try combining ginger, honey, and lemon into a tea to ease an upset stomach.

2.) GARLIC

This common spice contains some antimicrobial compounds that may help fight respiratory infections. Garlic also has the ability to reduce blood pressure, which means it can prevent cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes. Studies have shown that garlic may also prevent Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia due to the fact that it can counteract age related changes in the gut bactiera associated with memory problems.

3.) TURMERIC

Turmeric Root is one of the most nutritionally rich herbs there is. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric which has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is also a very strong antioxidant with immune boosting properties. Studies show that turmeric prevents heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s, and various degenerative conditions.

4.) ECHINACEA
Echinacea is a flowering plant called coneflower. Echinacea has been a popular herbal remedy for centuries. Today, it is often used to prevent or treat viruses that cause colds and the flu because of its effect on the immune system. Research shows Echinacea increases the number of white blood cells, which fight infections and boosts immunity.

5.) MANUKA HONEY

Manuka honey is rich in methylglyoxal, which is a rare compound that has excellent antimicrobial properties. The honey is also filled with various compounds like propolis that are rich in flavonoids, esters and phenolic acid, which can actively boost your immune system to fight against infections. To experience its benefits, take one to two tablespoons of Manuka honey per day.

 

6.) OREGANO OIL

Oregano oil is one of the most powerful essential oils because it contains carvacrol and thymol, which have powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.  Research shows that oregano oil has healing properties and is effective against many clinical strains of bacteria, including Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. .

5 Tips to support your Immune System

5 Tips to support your Immune System

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 6 April 2020

At the moment, we seem to be completely bombarded with news about the Coronavirus and the effect it is having on our world. We’ve have been given a lot information that focuses on the preventative measures that will help protect us from the virus such as washing our hands, using sanitizers and keeping social distance. However, we don’t seem to be getting any information about how important it is to boost our immune system during this time, which is vital for optimum health.

While its important to educate ourselves about the Coronavirus, it’s also just as important to manage our stress or anxiety levels that may come with it, as stress is shown to lower your immunity to illness.

The good news is there are many things we can do to lower stress and give the immune system a boost. Below are 5 easy ways to ensure our bodies and minds are best prepared to fight the virus if we come into contact with it.

 

  • Meditate— Since your immune system responds to both negative & positive thoughts, meditation creates a positive mental environment for the immune system to flourish. It also creates a deep state of rest that triggers the brain to release neurotransmitters that enhance feelings of wellbeing.

 

  • Breathe — Doing some slow, belly breathing can calm the mind, which in turn strengthens the immune system. When we slow down the breath, we calm the stress response that can weaken the immune system. Try counting to 4 or 5 with each inhalation and exhalation to slow down your breathing.

 

  • Sleep— Sleep has been known to boost T-cells which help us fight disease, especially viral diseases. Get at least 7-8 hours of natural, restful sleep.

 

  • Eat well– Eating a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables are vital for our immune system as the vitamins, antioxidants and micronutrients that they contain keep our cells healthy, like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, zinc and other trace elements needed to support our immune system.

 

  • Get regular exercise — Exercise can contribute to overall good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.

 

Join our Team!

Join our Team!

By Tiffany in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 23 January 2020

Would you like to join the Healthy Life Foundation team and run a 10k to help beat age related diseases? The Healthy Life Foundation is participating in the Brighton Marathon 10K Event on April 19th 2020 to raise funds for our groundbreaking medical and scientific research into fighting age related diseases. If you are local to the area and would like to join our team on a 10k run, Please get in touch now!-

Important Medical Terms that everyone should know.

Important Medical Terms that everyone should know.

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 14 January 2020

25 Important Medical Terms you need to know.

These medical terms will keep you informed not only in daily conversation but in situations when they matter most.

  1. Benign: Not cancerous
  2. Malignant: Cancerous
  3. Anti-inflammatory: Reduces swelling, pain, and soreness (such as ibuprofen or naproxen)
  4. Body Mass Index (BMI): Body fat measurement based on height and weight
  5. Biopsy: A tissue sample for testing purposes
  6. Hypotension: Low blood pressure
  7. Hypertension: High blood pressure
  8. Lesion: Wound, sore, or cut
  9. Noninvasive: Doesn’t require entering the body with instruments; usually simple
  10. Outpatient: Check in and check out the same day
  11. Inpatient: Plan to stay overnight for one or more days
  12. In remission: Disease is not getting worse; not to be confused with being cured
  13. Membrane: Thin layer of pliable tissue that serves as a covering or lining or connection between two structures
  14. Acute: Sudden but usually short (e.g., acute illness)
  15. Angina: Pain in the chest related to the heart that comes and goes
  16. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): Heartburn
  17. Cellulitis: Inflamed or infected tissue beneath the skin
  18. Epidermis: Outermost layer of skin
  19. Neutrophils: Most common type of white blood cell
  20. Edema: Swelling
  21. Embolism: Blood clot
  22. Sutures: Stitches
  23. Polyp: Mass or growth of thin tissue
  24. Compound fracture: Broken bone that protrudes through the skin
  25. Comminuted fracture: Broken bone that shatters into many piecesI
After Christmas Cleanse

After Christmas Cleanse

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 2 January 2020

Christmas is all about enjoying yourself which often means over indulging in alcohol, food and unhealthy treats which usually leaves us feeling bloated and sluggish. If you want to feel completely refreshed and energised for the New Year, a post Christmas detox can often do the trick. A detox has the ability to stimulate the liver and kidneys to drive toxins out of the body, and rejuvenate our organs, thus helping our body and mind feel completely re-energised.
Here are 5 quick and easy ways to give your body a total cleanse for the New Year:

1.) Drink plenty of Water (preferably with lemon) – Water helps your body function properly and is also essential for removing waste and toxins from the body. This makes it incredibly important to stay hydrated. You can also infuse your water with lemon and ginger which are great for aiding the cleansing process.

2.) Exercise – Exercise helps with the body’s detoxification process as it stimulates your digestive track and  lymphatic system which eliminates waste. Every time we exercise, we take in more oxygen which is essential to helping our cells to function which also helps our cells remove toxins.

3.) Eat Detoxing Super Foods and fuel your body with the Good Stuff – Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, healthy whole grains and beans. These are loaded with fibre which is essential for healthy bowel movements. Eat veg such as broccoli, kale and spinach as they are super beneficial for the liver and enhance detoxification in your system. Fruits and vegetables are also loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that keep the body healthy and boost the immune system.

4.) Drink Matcha Green Tea – Matcha Green Tea contains high levels of catechin polyphenols that help stop damaging toxins from recirculating in your body. They also help encourage the body to make glutathione which is a liver antioxidant.

5.) Sleep allows your brain to reorganise and recharge itself as well as remove toxic waste that has accumulated throughout the day. Sleep deprivation prohibits your body from performing necessary functions so toxins can build up and affect several aspects of health. Aim for 7 to 9 hour of sleep per night.

Arthritis Relief – Natural Home Remedies

Arthritis Relief – Natural Home Remedies

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 17 December 2019

Natural Home Remedies for Arthritis Relief

We often take the freedom of movement for granted, until it becomes limited. For most people, the main cause of this comes in the form of arthritis.  Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. There are two main types of arthritis, Osteo is the most common typesthat damages the cartilage, joints and bones. This type of arthritis usually comes with age and is associated with wear and tear over the years.  The second type is Rheumatoid Arthritis which is caused by the immune system attacking the joints as if they were foreign tissues, which is why rheumatoid arthritis is classified as an autoimmune disease. This type of arthritis causes pain, swelling, stiffness and a loss of function attacking the synovial lining of joints.

Arthritis is often treated with medication and pain killers. However, some medications have unwanted side effects. If you want to try more of a natural approach to relieving arthritis pain, there are some really effective at-home methods you can try.

Here are 5 Natural Remedies that you can try at home to help relieve your arthritis pain.

Always consult your doctor before trying any remedies.

1.) Take Turmeric. Turmeric consists of a very powerful and active antioxidant called curcumin which is responsible for reducing the levels of enzymes that cause inflammation. Curcumin is the KEY active ingredient that reduces inflammation.  Not only does it relieve arthritis and joint pain, but it also has many other amazing benefits.

2.) Sip Turmeric & Ginger Tea. Turmeric and ginger are both anti-inflammatories which will help with both oseto and rheumatoid arthritis. Simply bring 2 cups of water to boil and add ½ tsp of ground ginger, ½ tsp of turmeric, reduce to a simmer for 10 to 15min. Strain and add honey to taste. Enjoy twice daily.

3.) Epson Salt Bath– Epsom salt is high in Magnesium so by adding it to a bath can raise magnesium levels in the body. This may help the body dispose of lactic acid, which may rid the body of aches and pains.  Simply add 2 cups of Epsom salts to a warm full bath and move around until the sale dissolves. Soak at least 12minutes to 1 hour.

4.) Exercise– When it’s painful and difficult just to move, the last thing you feel like doing is getting up and exercising. As unpleasant as it may sound though, exercise is vital for those who suffer from any form of stiffness, joint pain, or arthritis. Exercise will help control weight (an excess of which puts more strain on your joints) strengthens the muscles that support the joint, even when the cartilage is thinning, and lubricates the joints, allowing them to move more freely.

5.) Peppermint and Eucalyptus Oil-Peppermint and eucalyptus have been one of the natural remedies for arthritis, that provides a soothing relief against the discomfort and can ease the pain caused by arthritis. Mix 5 to 10 drops of peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil together and blend it with 1 to 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Olive oil works as a carrier oil that can dilute the essential oils.  Store this oil blend in a dark glass bottle and keep it away from direct sunlight. This oil soothes your joints whenever you apply and massage this oil on the joints whenever they ache.

Its Movember!

Its Movember!

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 20 November 2019

Raising Awareness about Men’s Health

It’s November – which means it’s time for all the men out there to ditch your razor and grow a moustache to help raise awareness about men’s health. Prostate cancer in particular, is the main beneficiary of the Movember campaign as it is the most common cancer in men effecting more than 3 million men ever year, worldwide.

Prostate cancer begins in the prostate gland, which sits between the penis and the bladder and develops when specific changes occur.There are often no symptoms during the early stages of prostate cancer, whichis why it is so important to know your risk.

Doctors do not know exactly why prostate cancer occurs, however certain risk factors may increase the chances of developing it.

  • Age- The risk increases with age, particularly after age 50.
  • Ethnicity– For reasons not yet understood, prostate cancer is much more common in men of African Caribbean or African descent.
  • Family history– This is more likely when there are more men in the family with prostate cancer, the more closely related they are, and younger they were when diagnosed.
  • Body weight and diet– being very overweight (obese) may increase the risk of having a more advanced prostate cancer. A diet high in animal fats may increase the risk of prostate cancer.

Symptoms of prostate cancerWhen you should consult your doctor.

Symptoms of prostate cancer do not usually appear until the prostate is large enough to affect the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the penis (urethra).

When this happens, you may notice things like:

  • Increased need to urinate
  • Feeling that your bladder has not fully emptied
  • Difficulty starting / maintaining urination
  • Blood in the urine or semen
  • Painful urination
  • Difficulty getting or maintaining an erection
  • Pain or discomfort when sitting, if the prostate is enlarged

These symptoms do not mean you have prostate cancer but should not be ignored.

Ways that may help reduce your risk of Prostate Cancer:

There’s no proven prostate cancer prevention strategy. But you may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by making healthy choices, such as eating a healthy diet, increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables and exercising. It is also important to consult your GP with any risk factors or symptoms.

 

Yoga

Yoga

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 13 November 2019

Yoga is a total mind-body experience with amazing physical and mental benefits. There is a reason that Yoga is an ancient practice and has stood the test of time.  Yoga not only strengthens our body but it also gives us the opportunity to completely check out of our daily life, unwind and distress.

Here are 8 reasons why you should be doing yoga.

1.)Reduces Stress: By encouraging relaxation and deep breathing, Yoga helps lower the levels of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. There is an emphasis on quieting the mind in Yoga, which helps reduce stress and worry allowing our bodies to fully relax.

2.)Increases Flexibility & Mobility: Yoga poses increase your range of motion in the joints and allows you to move around more freely.

3.)Builds muscle strength: Yoga engages so many muscle groups by strengthening both the lower and upper body, from your core to your shoulders & arms to your thighs and back.  When you build strength through yoga, you also balance it with flexibility

4.)Perfects your Posture:Yoga poses target the muscles that are affected by bad posture. BY strengthening the shoulders, chest abdominals and back, Yoga poses help you stand taller and relieve the discomfort that comes with sitting for long periods of time.

5.) Eases Chronic Pain:Yoga practice can help relieve chronic pain. According to Harvard Medical School, the muscle strength built in Yoga helps protect against conditions such as arthritis and back pain.

6.)Betters your Bone Health:Exercises that work against gravity are more effective in stimulating bone formation. Many Yoga poses provide positive stress for the bones, which helps to maintain or increase their density.

7.) Increases your Blood Flow: One of the strongest benefits of doing yoga is the overall improvement in circulation. The focus on proper breathing increases the flow of oxygen-rich blood. Yoga poses such as inversions, promote venous blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart. After that, the blood is forced to the lungs for oxygenation.

8.) Improves your Balance: Yoga improves balance and coordination which protects us against falling, a major cause of osteoporotic fractures.

You can choose a yoga style that’s tailored to your lifestyle, such as hot yoga, power yoga, relaxation yoga, prenatal yoga, etc. Whether you prefer to practice at home, in a gym, while watching a DVD or at a yoga studio, there are a huge variety of options available to suit your needs.

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 27 October 2019

Breast cancer is a scary thought and all too many women assume that it won’t happen to them.  However the fact is, every ten minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and it is the most common type of cancer in the UK. Most women that are diagnosed with breast cancer are over the age of 50 but younger women also get breast cancer. In fact, 1 in 8 women are diagnosed during their lifetime. If breast cancer is discovered in its early stages, there is a great chance of recovery. This is why it is so crucial for all women to check their breasts on a regular basis for any changes and have their routine Mammograms.

Symptoms of Breast Cancer:

 Breast cancer can have a number of symptoms, but the first noticeable symptom is usually a lump or area of thickened breast tissue. Most breast lumpsare not cancerous, but it’s always best to have them checked by your doctor.

You should also see your GP if you notice any of the following:

  • Change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • Discharge from any of your nipples which may be streaked with blood
  • A lump or swelling in either of your armpits
  • Dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • A rash on or around your nipple
  • A change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast

Breast pain is not usually a symptom of breast cancer.

Even if none of these symptoms present themselves, a doctor should be visited to be sure. All women in the UK are invited for a Breast Cancer Screening (Mammogram) every 3 years. A mammogram examination is painless and only takes about ten minutes and can often detect cancer before any symptoms arise.

Reducing your risk of Breast Cancer:

Cancer is often unpredictable and the causes of cancer are not fully understood, but there are things everyone can do to help reduce their cancer risk or improve their chances of beating the disease if they do get it. What’s more, some of those same behaviours can also help lower your risk for other serious diseases, and boost your odds of living a longer, healthier life.

  • Maintain ahealthy weight
  • Exercise reguarley
  • Have a low intake of saturated fat
  • Limit your intake of alcohol
  • Avoid Smoking
  • Avoid exposure to radiation and environmental pollution
  • Limit dose and duration of hormone therapy