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Posts tagged “Health”

A couple of days earlier than usual – just to confuse everyone (!) – a quick reminder that we’re going to take a short break from our weekly blog posts, back as usual on Wednesday 12th June. 
 
However, with nearly 500 posts on our blog page, there are still plenty to choose from in the meantime! 
 
So, why not play “lucky dip” and choose a month to have a look at? 
It’s been a while since we’ve devoted a blog post to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, particularly the amount of time we spend sitting each day. Our last post on this topic can be found here
 
Interestingly, when we mention this to people, they always seem to focus on one particular aspect of their lives; the time spent at work – school or college – rather than their lives as a whole. While this may account for quite a chunk of time each day, it’s not the complete picture. What about all those other times during the day we’re sat down? Travelling. Eating. Relaxing at home, whether in front of the “one eyed monster” or on our favourite device. 
Tea and coffee, particularly how they are NOT a substitute for water (!), are a regular topic of conversation with Clients. In fact, if we had a pound for every time we talked about them, we’d be very rich by now! 
 
However, in response to a rather infuriated response recently from a Client – that there must be some benefits to drinking them – we thought we’d take the hint and use it as the topic for this week’s blog post. Having said that – as we also pointed out to them – not all caffeinated beverages are the same and there are several caveats. For some reason, this didn’t go down very well (!), but we suspect this had more to do with their coffee habit than anything else… 
Perhaps you’ve heard this rather old fashioned saying before, whether the sewing metaphor resonates with you or not (!). 
 
If it doesn’t – and you’d prefer a more up to date version – here goes. Pro active beats reactive every time. 
 
Usually trotted out in connection with problems, the logic behind it is quite simple and self explanatory. The sooner you deal with a potential problem, the better, as it’s likely to be simpler, easier and quicker to deal with. It not, you run the risk of it becoming bigger or more difficult to resolve. Dare we say it, basic common sense really… 
While the title of this week’s post may be stating the blindingly obvious (!), in this high tech world of ours it’s all too easy to reach for the painkillers at the first sign of any pain or discomfort. 
 
Sadly, this trend is borne out by the figures, although there’s a huge variety in those being quoted, let alone in different countries with, unsurprisingly, America leading the way. Despite this, the message is the same. Prescriptions of opium based painkillers have increased dramatically in the last 10 years with no signs of this trend being reversed. 
Not surprisingly, we regularly talk to Clients about their diet and the impact it may be having on their health generally – or a particular issue. To us, much of our advice comes under the “common sense” heading, although it’s amazing – to us at least (!) – how often it comes as a complete revelation to other people… 
 
This means we’ve learnt to be much more specific on what does – and definitely does not (!) – tick the “healthy diet” boxes. We did a slightly tongue in cheek reminder about this a while ago, it can be found here
It may seem rather strange to be talking about Winter Blues in mid February, just when the days are definitely starting to draw out. However, with yet more rain and flooding at the weekend – will it ever stop raining?!? – it’s not surprising that many people have had more than enough of this very cold, wet and dark Winter… 
 
Also known as “Seasonal Affective Disorder”, Winter Blues are estimated to affect around 20% of adults each Winter. While it may sound like something of a joke to those not affected – particularly as it tends to be referred to by its initials, “SAD” – its affects are very real and can be debilitating for those concerned. 
To those with a more natural approach to health, it’s obvious how important both the diet and Digestive System are to good health. While what we eat usually gets most of our attention, what then happens to it is equally important. 
 
And, as a quick aside, by “eat” we mean everything that enters our Mouths and then ends up in our Stomachs, not just food or drinks. For some reason, people tend to forget all the other things that pass their lips every day. Sweets and chewing gum. Any medications or supplements taken. Traces of toothpaste or mouth wash. Nicotine from cigarettes or e cigs, absorbed into saliva and then swallowed. While they may all be in relatively small amounts, so far as our Digestive System is concerned, they all count and can have an impact, particularly over the longer term… 
Since talking about Tonsils a couple of weeks ago and whether we really do need them – click here if you missed it – several Clients have asked the same follow up question. What on earth is the Appendix for? 
 
So, not being ones to miss a hint (!), we’re re posting an updated blog post we did a few years ago about the Appendix. Not only does it provide several intriguing answers to that particular question, but also dispels some very popular misconceptions / old wives’ tales in the process (!), many of which we’re sure you’ve heard before… 
 
Ready? Then here we go. 
We’ve talked before about how distracted people seem to be these days. Whether by their phone – with more apps appearing every day – anti social media (!) or the preoccupation with being “busy, busy, busy.” 
 
Not surprisingly – well, to us at least – concentration levels have plummeted in recent years as people find it increasingly difficult to maintain a single focus. Let alone spend time on their own without any external distractions. 
 
If you don’t think this applies to you, just try sitting on your own in room without any form of distraction / entertainment and see how long you last before, metaphorically, starting to climb the walls. It’s been estimated that, for many people, it’s as little as five minutes. And, despite rumours to the contrary, this applies to people of all ages… 
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