Lifestyle Tips

International day of Yoga

International day of Yoga

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 20 June 2022

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.

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 yourPosture: 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. There are many varieties of Yoga so you can choose a style that’s tailored to your lifestyle.

Men’s Health Week

Men’s Health Week

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 14 June 2022

This week the world celebrates Men’s Health Week. This is a time to bring awareness to health issues that affect men and to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems. Men’s health week focuses on getting men to become aware of problems they may have or could develop and gain the courage to do something about it.


Many of the major health risks that men face can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle: regular exercise, a healthy diet, not smoking, stress reduction, and alcohol consumption in the moderate range. Regular checkups & screening tests can spot disease early, when it is easiest to treat.

As a simple guide, these are 7 numbers that all men need to know:

📌37 – a waist size of 37 inches or above puts you at increased of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

✅150 – men should aim for 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.

✅5 we should aim to eat 5 portions of fruit & vegetables  a day.

✅14 – maximum 14 units of alcohol a week.

✅10 – cigarette smokers die 10 years younger on average than non-smokers.

✅120/80 – normal blood Pressure.

✅75 – 75% of suicides (3 out of 4) are by men.

👤Screening Tests & Health checks that every man should get to safeguard their health:

To find out more, speak to your GP.

1.) Cholesterol Levels -The American Heart Association recommends that all adults over the age of 35 have their cholesterol checked every 5 years.

2.) High Blood Pressure – If your blood pressure is high, you may require medication to control it.

3.) Prostate Cancer – Talk with your doctor about your risks for prostate cancer & whether a digital rectal exam should be part of your physical.

4.) Testicular Cancer – By doing a testicular self-examination regularly means you soon get to know what feels normal for you.

5.) Colorectal Cancer Screening – According to the American Cancer Society, colon cancer is the 2nd leading cause of death from cancer in men. Routine tests start at age 50.

6) Skin Cancer Checks- checking your moles regularly for abnormalities.

7.)Diabetes Testing – Blood pressure higher than 135/80 may be a symptom of diabetes.

The Jubilee Smoothie

The Jubilee Smoothie

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 9 June 2022

We were so inspired by all the Jubilee Celebrations that we thought we would share this delicious red, white, and blue smoothie recipe as patriotic way to celebrate the Queen of England! This colourful blend of kefir and fruit is the perfect way to cool down, relax and enjoy all the royal festivities!

Ingredients

❤️ Red Layer

1 cup Plain Lowfat Kefir

½ cup of strawberries

1 frozen banana

1 cup of frozen raspberries

🏳️ White Layer

1 cup Plain Lowfat Kefir

1 frozen banana

1 handful of coconut flakes

💙Blue Layer

1 cup Plain Lowfat Kefir

1 frozen banana

1 cup of frozen blueberries

1⁄4 tsp of blue algae

Directions

1. For each layer, blend ingredients until smooth. It’s best to clean the blender between layers for distinct colours.

2. Freeze each layer about 20 min before layering into a glass

3. Top with blueberries, coconut flakes, strawberries (optional) .

National Smile Day

National Smile Day

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 30 May 2022

Its National Smile Month! Don’t wait until you have symptoms to visit your dentist. Going to the dentist twice a year will usually allow them to catch a problem before you even notice any symptoms.

If you experience any of the following warning signs of dental health issues, you should see yoir dentist:

👄Ulcers, sores, or tender areas in the mouth that won’t heal after a week or two.

👄Bleeding or swollen gums after brushing or flossing.

👄Chronic bad breath

👄Sudden sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.

👄Pain or toothache.

👄Loose teeth.

👄Receding gums.

👄Pain with chewing or biting.

👄Swelling of the face and cheek.

👄Clicking of the jaw.

👄Cracked or broken teeth.

👄Frequent dry mouth

Here are many factors that contribute to gingivitis and periodontitis, including:

⚡smoking

⚡poor brushing habits

⚡frequent snacking on sugary foods & drink

⚡diabetes

⚡the use of medications that reduce the amount of saliva in the mouth

⚡family history

⚡certain infections, such as HIV or AIDS

⚡hormonal changes in women

⚡acid reflux, or heartburn

⚡frequent vomiting, due to the acid redlix

Good oral health comes down to good general health and common sense.

The best ways to prevent oral health problems are to:

❤️Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day

❤️Floss at least once a day (one of most beneficial things you can do to prevent disease in your oral cavity)

❤️Have your teeth cleaned by a dental professional every six months

❤️Avoid tobacco products.

❤️Follow a high-fiber, low-fat, low-sugar diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.

❤️Limit sugary snacks and drinks

Dementia Awareness Week

Dementia Awareness Week

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 26 May 2022

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 40 million people globally. Science suggests that thedisease develops gradually over time. However, the disease is not an inevitable part of aging. Research offers hope for building a better brain as you age and preventing dementia. By adopting certain lifestyle changes, you can help protect your brain and reduce your risk of developing Alzheimers.

Here are five key habits to protect your brain:

1.) BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE- Exercise helps activate brain plasticity (the brain’s ability to change its own structure as a result of experiences) and positive growth of connections in the brain while decreasing inflammation. Each week, you should aim for either 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as brisk walking or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity.

2.) MOVE IT OR LOOSE IT- Learn new skills and keep your mind active. Research shows that engaging in mentally stimulating activities is an important element in strengthening cognitive reserve, which is the brain’s resilience and capacity to function even when there is damage to brain cells. Stimulating the brain on a regular basis boosts cognitive pathways between neurons and builds resiliency in brain function. Try to find something that you like doing that challenges your brain. such as learning a new language, games and crossword puzzles.

3.) DEVELOP GOOD SLEEP HABITS -Getting regular, adequate sleep is necessary for good brain health. Without adequate sleep, humans experience cognitive deficits of many kinds, including attention issues and declines in the ability to learn and process information. Aim for 7-8 hours a night.

4.) EAT A BALANCED HEALTHY DIET- The food you eat can enhance brain function, prevent disease, and improve memory. Although each person has unique nutritional needs, eating a variety of healthy foods in their whole-food forms provides your body with essential nutrients that protect and nourish your brain.

5.) STOP SMOKING- Smoking does a lot of harm to the circulation of blood around the body including the blood vessels in the brain. Smoking contributes to a higher risk of dementia and cognitive decline.

National Walnut Day

National Walnut Day

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 17 May 2022

Its National Walnut Day! Did you know that Walnuts incredibly healthy for your Brain?

We need to thank Mother Nature for giving us one of the best foods for our brains and longevity. It is no coincidence that this brain shaped food can provide optimal brain benefits. In fact, walnuts are an antioxidant powerhouse, which help protect us against many age related diseases such as cancer. 

Walnuts are also packed with a high concentration of DHA (a type of Omega-3 fatty acid) and polyphenols.  Some researchers suggest that DHA may be the key to boosting your brain’s performance and preventing age-related cognitive decline.  Polyphenols play an important role in fighting free radicals and cancer cells, and protecting your cardiovascular system. Omega-3’s are known to be one of the fundamental building blocks of the brain, critical for brain health in both infants and adults and have been studied to boost mood and improve cognition. 

Here are some ways in which you can add more walnuts into your diet:

  • Crush them and sprinkle them over a salad.
  • Make a homemade walnut granola with walnut pieces, seeds and dried fruit
  • Add them to your morning cereal or as a topping on yogurt
  • Add walnuts to breads, cakes, pancakes and muffins


 


World Ovarian Cancer Day

World Ovarian Cancer Day

By Joanie in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 9 May 2022

Today is World Ovarian Cancer Day. It is the one day of the year we globally raise our voices in solidarity in the fight against ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer’ is not a singular diagnosis, rather it is an umbrella term for a multitude of different types of cancer that affect the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the primary peritoneal cavity. Ovarian cancer is the most lethal of the female cancers for which there is no reliable screening test, and every women is at risk.  With delays in diagnoses due to this lack of screening and because symptoms are often confused with other, less severe, illness, most women are diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making it more difficult to treat. 

Below are some of the symptoms of ovarian cancer. These can also be symptoms of other, less serious, conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, ovarian cysts and polycystic ovary syndrome so if you’re experiencing them it doesn’t necessarily mean you have ovarian cancer.

Common Symptoms of Ovarian Cancer Include:

✳️Bloating – Increased abdominal size / persistent bloating that doesn’t go away
✳️Eating complications – Difficulty eating / feeling full quickly
✳️Pain – Pain in pelvic or abdomen area
✳️Urinary Symptoms – Urgent or frequent urination 
 Occasionally, there can be other symptoms, such as:
✳️Changes in bowel habits
❇️Back Pain
✳️Abnormal bleeding – Any post-menopausal bleeding should always be checked  your primary health care provider or doctor.
✳️Extreme fatigue
✳️Unexplained weight loss

There is no routine, simple screening test to accurately detect ovarian cancer. Contrary to popular belief, cervical screening (i.e. Pap smear) will not detect ovarian cancer. Cervical screening is effective in early detection of cervical cancer, but it is not a test for ovarian cancer. That is why being aware of ovarian cancer and its symptoms are important.

If you have signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, speak to your doctor.

The pathway to diagnosis includes:

  • Pelvic exam
  • Transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound
  • CA-125 blood test
Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

By Tiffany in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 24 April 2022

MS Awareness Week 2022 will run from 25 April – 1 May is observed globally every year. The aim of this week is to raise awareness of multiple sclerosis and bring together those who are living with the condition to share their stories.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that can affect the brain and spinal cord, causing a wide range of potential symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation or balance.

Every day, people living with MS do whatever it takes to move their lives forward despite the challenges. By sharing their stories, we help people better understand life with MS and become inspired to do whatever it takes to change the world for people living with MS.

MS is unpredictable and different for everybody. Symptoms can come and go and change over time, and it’s difficult to know how your condition might progress. That’s why this #MSAwarenessWeek (from 25 April – 1 May) we’re shining a light on the uncertainty of living with the condition.

You can show your support by: Joining an event · Walk MS · Bike MS · Challenge Walk MS · Muckfest MS · DIY Fundraising . For more information and learn more about how you can help, please visit:

https://www.mssociety.org.uk/get-involved/ms-awareness-week

World Parkinson’s Day

World Parkinson’s Day

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 11 April 2022

World Parkinson’s Day is an opportunity for people with Parkinson’s, scientists and supporters, fundraisers and families, carers and clinicians, to come together and tell the story of Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. It’s the fastest-growing neurological condition in the world.

Here are 5 facts about Parkinson’s that you may not know:

  • Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world.
  • There are over 40 symptoms. From pain and stiffness, to problems with sleep and mental health. Everyone’s experience is different.
  • 1 in 37 people alive today in the UK will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime.
  • Every hour, 2 more people are diagnosed. That’s the same as 18,000 people every year. 
  • Around 145,000 people in the UK are currently diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

This year, on 11 April, Parkinson’s UK is supporting 2 activities, chosen and led by a group of dedicated and passionate volunteers: Poems for Parkinson’s and Light Up Blue for Parkinson’s.

Whether you have Parkinson’s, are close to someone with the condition, or just want to spread awareness, it’s really easy to take part.To find out more about how you can get involved please visit: 

https://www.parkinsons.org.uk/get-involved/world-parkinsons-day

10 evidence based Health & Nutrition Tips

10 evidence based Health & Nutrition Tips

By Healthy Life Foundation in Health Tips, Lifestyle Tips on 5 April 2022

Here are some of our top wellness tips that are based on scientific evidence. 

1. Avoid processed foods – Foods that have been changed from their natural state

2. Drink plenty of water – Try to aim for 8 glasses a day. 

3. Incorporate healthy fats into your diet such as avocado, nuts and olive oil. 

4. Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugars. Added sugars are extremely prevalent in modern food and drinks. A high intake is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

5. Eat fibre-rich foods such as whole grains, nuts, seeds, fruits & veggies

6. Eat plenty of fruits & veggies as they are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants & dietary fibre, which is essential for optimum health.

7. Be Active -as a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.

8. Eat Fatty Fish – aim for at least 2 portions of fish every week, 1 of which should be an oily fish such as salmon or mackerel.

9. Avoid Smoking & Limit your Alcohol intake- Heavy alcohol consumption is linked to liver, heart, and pancreatic disease, as well as an overall increased risk of early death. People who smoke may lose up to 10 years of life and be 3 times more likely to die prematurely than those who never pick up a cigarette. Both of these habits are important to avoid.

10. Meditate – The state of deep rest produced by meditation triggers the brain to release neurotransmitters that enhance feelings of well-being, focus, and inner calm. Meditation also reduces the stress hormone cortisol. 

If you’re trying to live a healthier life, try not to just focus on the foods you eat. Exercise, sleep, and social relationships are also incredibly important.