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Spring cleaning for better everyday health

Posted on February 26, 2019 by Brynna Gabrielson
It's uncertain exactly where the tradition of spring cleaning comes from - it may go back to the practice of 'shaking the house' before the Persian New Year, which falls on the first day of Spring, or it could have come from the Jewish tradition of cleansing the house before Passover. Continue Reading

Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

Posted on February 13, 2019 by Brynna Gabrielson

Vitamin D - sometimes called the Sunshine Vitamin - plays an essential role in good health as it helps our bodies to absorb calcium, therefor keeping our bones and teeth strong and healthy. Our own bodies can produce Vitamin D just by exposing our skin to sunlight. From early Spring to early Autumn most of us get more than enough Vitamin D (10 micrograms, or 400 International Units) naturally - it can take just 10 minutes if you pop outside between 11am and 3pm. But once the winter months settle in, getting enough Vitamin D can be quite a struggle. The sun's rays are much weaker and thus even going outside during the day isn't likely enough. During these months it's best to look for alternative sources of Vitamin D. However take care not to take too much Vitamin D as it could be harmful.

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There's evidence to show that those who take it easy in between sessions of intense training see better results than those who consistently exercise without much downtime in between workouts. But how does it all work? Continue Reading

Don't suffer in silence

Posted on January 8, 2019

According to Whiteley Clinics who are experts in treating vein conditions, varicose veins can cause symptoms such as uncomfortable, tired aching legs, visible bulging veins, and dry and itchy skin. Left untreated, the condition can worsen over time causing more advanced medical problems such as venous eczema, darkening of the skin, blood clotting (phlebitis), leg ulceration and rarely Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

10 ways to get your 10,000 steps everyday

Posted on December 21, 2018 by Brynna Gabrielson
Many public bodies, including the NHS, think we should try and walk about 10,000 steps per day. Trackers like the Fitbit Flex even set this as the default goal. On average most walk 3,000 - 4,000 steps per day, so upping it to 10,000 may be a challenge for a few of us. But with some adjustments to your daily routine, walking 10,000 steps is certainly achievable. Here are some fun suggestions to up your step count: Continue Reading