Thursday, 30 January 2014

The Amazing Benefits Of Garlic

Garlic is widely known as a great health remedy, that has been used for a long time to treat various ailments. As well as a tasty addition to almost any dish, I've listed a few key health benefits garlic also has to offer. 

1. Helps strengthen the immune system, as well as helping to fight chest infection and coughs. Good source of vitamin B6, essential for healthy immune system. I take a regular garlic supplement, especially through winter to fend of colds and flu. 

2. Helps keep your heart healthy and fight off heart disease, as it is said to break down the 'bad' cholesterol that builds on the walls of the body's veins. 

3. Research has shown garlic to aid in the prevention of various types of cancers, including bladder cancer, prostate cancer and breast cancer. The vitamin B6 is said to be the key factor in fighting these diseases. 

4. Garlic regulates blood sugar levels, as it increases the levels of insulin in the blood. 

So, next time you're cooking a meal, make sure you add a bit of garlic, for a great tasting and extra healthy meal. Eat cooked or fresh. Check back soon for more posts and latest news on healthy living. 

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Mental Health News and More

According to the NHS regulator, the number of people being held under the Mental Health Act has risen 12% in the last five years. 
Last year, the act was used over 50, 000 times, the highest ever number. 
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has also criticised the bans on activities such as internet use, phone use and access to outdoor space. Read more on this story at

In other latest news, it's said that pesticide may be linked to alzheimer's. Exposure to the once widely used pesticide, DDT, may increase chance of developing alzheimer's disease. A study published in JAMA Neurology has showed that people with alzheimer's, had four-times the level of DDT in the body than healthy people. 
Alzheimer's Research UK has said there needs to be more evidence to prove DDT was linked to dementia. 

Hong Kong has began culling 20,000 chickens after the H7N9 bird flu virus was found in poultry imported from mainland China. 
The Government is said to have banned the import of live chickens from the mainland for 3-weeks.

Please check back soon very more news, tips, advice. 

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Beat Diabetes with Red Wine & Chocolate

Beat Obesity Playing Football

Researchers say you can cut male obesity by taking up participation in football. A bit obvious to me.....any form of running around constantly for two 45 minute periods, on a regular basis, will drastically cut your risk of obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease. 
Around 375 overweight football fans were invited to take part in a 12 week programme of training sessions at their local football clubs. A year on, the men had lost around 5 kgs each compared to the same number of participants put on a waiting-list. 
Co-author Prof Kate Hunt, from Glasgow University, said: "Weight management and dieting are often wrongly viewed as women's issues, meaning that some men do not want to take part in existing weight management programmes."

Beat Diabetes with Red Wine and Chocolate

Scientists say you can beat diabetes with red wine and chocolate. Dark chocolate, berries and even red wine contain flavanoids and now it has emerged that eating high levels of the compounds can provide protection from type 2 diabetes by helping the body regulate sugar levels. 
Professor Aedin Cassidy has led the research at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.
She said: "Small changes to the normal diet you have can have significant effects on prevention efforts.

Women Risking Lives Missing Cervical Tests
A charity warns that women are risking their lives missing cervical tests. The simple test, to which all women aged between 25 and 64 are invited regularly, is vital to help doctors spot any abnormal cells which could later turn into cancer.
Cervical cancer kills around three women every day in the UK, and is the most common type affecting women under 35.
Yet research, commissioned by Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, showed one in three 25 to 29-year-olds do not take up their invitations for a smear test.
While 26% of young women were delaying their first screening because they worried it would be painful and embarrassing.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Latest Health News

Today's blog post focuses on some of the latest health news from around the world, including why weight-lifting can cut diabetes risk.

Research taken out in the US shows that women who pump iron in the gym, reduce their risk of developing diabetes. 

Lifting weights, doing press-ups, or similar resistance exercises to give muscles a work-out was linked with a lower risk of diabetes, and we're recommended to do such exercise twice a week. 
Experts already know that regular aerobic exercise, such as jogging, brisk walking or swimming, can help stave off type 2 diabetes.

The latest work suggests adding resistance training to exercise regimes - something already recommended by the NHS - will give further protection.
The Harvard Medical School researchers point out that their work is not perfect - it looked at only nurses who were mostly Caucasian and relied on the study participants reporting how much exercise they did rather than directly measuring it.
They believe the explanation may be partly down to maintaining a greater muscle mass to act as a buffer against diabetes.

Nearly a third of a million people are being diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK, according to the charity Cancer Research UK.
It says around 50,000 more people are finding out they have cancer every year than a decade ago.
The rise is due to more people living to a ripe old age.
Meanwhile, research by the University of Exeter suggests patients want cancer symptoms to be checked out more quickly than NHS guidelines recommend.
Age is the biggest risk factor for cancer.
And as life expectancies have increased in the UK, so too has the number of people being diagnosed with cancer.

There's been a big rise in the number of young people suffering from mental health problems since the recession, according to The Royal College of GPs.
It also says doctors are not being given the right training to help spot and deal with the problem.
GPs have estimated that tens of thousands of 15 to 34-year-olds are suffering from depression, stress and/or anxiety.
They say that in the most serious cases, young people are self-harming and taking their own lives.
The Royal College of GPs says that some of the issues are on the increase because young people are struggling to cope with lack of money, jobs and opportunities.

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Friday, 3 January 2014

Keep Healthy with These 6 Essential Tips

Well, it's the start of another a year, and many of us will have had the New Years resolution to KEEP FIT AND HEALTHY! So, I thought I'd give people a helping hand and do a new post, with a few essential tips to get you started this New Year.

And onto the 6 essential tips to aid weight loss, beat heart disease, gain muscle and more......

1. According to researchers at Harvard School of Public Health, you can add a massive 16 years to your life expectancy by running five times a week.........So dig them running trainers out and get jogging!

2. 1/2 a tin of tuna helps boost your metabolism by 8.5% say Medicine & Science in Sport & Exercise.

3. Help build your muscle with these 3 power foods; 

             Beef - High in Creatine

4. Help burn fat with these 3 weight-loss foods;

             Tofu - Cholesterol-slasher 

5. Eat tangerines regularly to help protect against obesity, heart attacks and strokes. Studies done in Canada show that tangerines reduced cholesterol and insulin levels, which decreased the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

6. Research completed by the Appetite Journal showed that chickpeas can help you lose weight. Add them to salads, curries, and chilli's. 

So, just another quick blog post with a few tips to help get you started this new year. Please check my other posts, and check back soon for new ones. Keep healthy, and thank you for reading my blog.