Sunday League Inevitabilities

Far away from the lavish perks enjoyed by Premier League players is the culture that surrounds amateur football. Games take place at this kind of level every week and anyone who has More »

Smokers who Quit in Sixties can Still see Health Benefits

New research suggests that people who do not quit smoking until they are in their old age can still see significant health benefits. Scientists claim that they can cut their risk of More »

Having Fun Can Keep you Healthy

A lot of people associate being healthy with hard work and will turn people away. We would be lying if we said it was not hard work but it can be fun More »

Laying out in the Sun can do More Good Than bad

According to scientist there are a number of benefits of having your skin exposed to the sun that outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer. According to Edinburgh University research exposing your More »

 
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Three Parents IVF Given The Green Light

The revolution of IVF could take a major turn as researchers have discover a new technique that includes one man and two women.

Fertility Chiefs have also given the method the green light to legalize it but critics say this is the start of ‘designer babies’ .

Scientist also say that this method can prevent genetic disorders passing from mother to child and which will take the disorders out of the family for future generations.

Another good thing is that the child will look like their parents and will only take 1% of the female third party which is not strong enough to make a difference and the DNA from the third party female will be used to primarily to prevent the disorder from being passed down to the child.

Lastly 56% of Brits have supported the method to make it legal according to the The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

 

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Chewing gum Helps you Concentrate

A new study has found that Chewing gum can actually help you concentrate, a new study has found which could be the reason behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s success who loves to chew gum during his games.

The study involved 38 volunteers who were split into two groups one group chewing gum and one group not chewing gum. A list of numbers was read out to the volunteers who then had to say weather the number was odd or even.

Researchers found that the people who were chewing gum were quicker and more accurate when deciding whether the number was odd or even.

Study author Kate Morgan, from the University of Cardiff, said: “It’s been well established by previous research that chewing gum can benefit some areas of cognition.

“In our study we focused on an audio task that involved short-term memory recall to see if chewing gum would improve concentration.”

It was said that both groups started of similar but as the test went on it was the people who were chewing gum who prevailed.

Kate Morgan added: ”Participants who didn’t chew gum performed slightly better at the beginning of the task but were overtaken by the end, this suggests that chewing gum helps us focus on tasks that require continuous monitoring over a longer amount of time.”

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Teenagers Urged to Quit Smoking

Teenagers have been strongly urged to stop smoking as figures show that smoking related illnesses  lung cancer and we also found out that each lung cancer patient costs the UK economy £9,071 annually.

Figures show that Lung cancer costs more than any other cancer.

A new study has shown that people who died from breast cancer cost the economy £1.5 billion with health cost and potential wage cost, Bowel cancer cost the economy £1.6billion.

Research author, Dr Jose Leal, ’The death rate from the disease remains high at 56 deaths per 100,000 people in the UK population annually, and almost a quarter of these occur before retirement.

‘Our research shows that cancers impact the economy as a whole – and not just the health service.’

The NCRI study also shows that 157,000 shows that children start smoking between the age of 11-15.

 

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5 Weight Loss Tips you Have to try

  1. Fruit for snacks - when your at work and your feeling a bit peckish you tend to have a chocolate or crisps simply replace these snacks with fruits.
  2. Drink protein shakes - These will fill you up and will make you less likely to want to eat something
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Health Factors

health factors
Factors we can Directly Influence
There are a number of factors affecting our health, some of which we have a direct influence over and others which we are unable to affect directly. When making changes to our lifestyles, it is important for us to focus our energy primarily on the factors within our control, as there is less benefit to worrying about factors which we are unable to affect.

Diet
One of the most important factors affecting our health is our diet. It is important to ensure we take in a suitable quantity of

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Healthier Lifestyles Health

The majority of people are aware that our health is affected by the lifestyle choices that we make, but what exactly can be done to improve our health? and is it possible to reverse the damage already sustained by adhering to bad habits?

This site’s aim is to provide people with the information that is required in order to develop a healthier lifestyle. If you are able to implement the tools and information that are detailed on the site then you will not only be able to reduce your chances of developing Degenerative Disease, but you will also be able to enjoy the benefits of having a healthier body and increased energy levels.

This section of the website details some of the key areas where changes can be made in order to improve one’s health and also outlines some of the factors which are outside of our control. In addition, you will find some information on the consequences of not implementing the guidelines described on this website, as it is important to understand the drawbacks of an unhealthy lifestyle before being able to understand and develop a healthy one!

High Cholesterol: Facts & Causes

HYPERCHOLESTEROLEMIA

Causes
Genetic factors can predispose some individuals to cholesterol.
Secondary causes of hypercholesterolemia include obesity, diet, lifestyle, excess alcohol, metabolic disorders, other diseases, and medications.

Prevention and Management of high cholesterol
Dietary modification is recommended as the first step in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia. Current data suggest that dietary fat should be limited to 30% of the total caloric intake, saturated fat should be less than 10% and cholesterol less than 300mg a day. Numerous studies

Acne Vulgaris

Description
Acne vulgaris, the most common form of acne, is an inflammatory disease of the sebaceous (oil secreting) glands and hair follicles of the skin. It is characterized by comedones (blackheads) , papules (pimples), and pustules (blisters).

Acne causes
Many factors can cause acne. Research has centered on hormonal dysfunction and oversecretion of sebum as possible primary causes. A diet high in fat can contribute to acne vulgaris. Acne is associated with oily skin due to an excess of sebum, the fatty secretion of the sebaceous glands. Eating fat increases sebum production.

The Western diet has been associated with an increased incidence of acne. A diet low in fiber may be a contributing factor. Far less acne is found among the black population in Zambia eating their traditional diets, than among young blacks in the United States.
One new theory is that a deficiency of pantothenic acid may play a role in some cases.

At Risk
This disease is most common in adolescence. Acne activity is primarily dependent on the genetic sensitivity of the hair follicle and oil gland to androgenic (male) hormones circulating in the blood stream.

Prevention and Management: General:
Most teenage acne will clear as the follicles mature and become less sensitive to the hormone induced changes, however in some, it will persist well into adulthood, especially those with strong genetic tendencies toward acne. The most important method of prevention is to keep the skin clean and free from dirt and oil.

Nutritional Influences:
A low-fat, high-fiber, nutrient-dense diet adequate in vitamins and minerals and low in sugar, refined and convenience foods should be consumed.
In one experimental study, patients experienced a rapid clearing of acne following supplementation with one ounce of bran cereal daily. More studies are needed to determine if a high fiber diet is useful in treating acne.
Blood zinc levels are often lower in people who suffer from acne.

Studies have shown that selenium is beneficial for treating acne pustules, possibly because one of the functions of selenium is to help fight infections. Patients with low RBC glutathione peroxidase levels and pustular acne responded best to selenium supplementation.

Hypertension

Description
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is defined in an adult as a blood pressure greater than or equal to 140 mm Hg systolic pressure or greater than or equal to 90 mm Hg diastolic pressure. High blood pressure directly increases the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke, especially along with other risk factors.1

Causes
Essential hypertension is of unknown etiology, but family history, obesity, high fat or high sodium diets, race, stress, and a sedentary lifestyle are all associated with hypertension.
Secondary hypertension is caused by an underlying factor such as kidney, endocrine, or neurological disease.

Types
High blood pressure can either be essential or secondary. Essential hypertension is treated with medication by physicians. Secondary hypertension is a symptom of an underlying problem. When the cause of the hypertension is corrected, blood pressure will return to normal.

At Risk
High blood pressure can occur in children or adults, but is particularly prevalent in blacks, middle-aged and elderly people, men, obese people, heavy drinkers and women who are taking oral contraceptives. Individuals with diabetes mellitus, gout, or kidney disease also have a higher frequency of hypertension.

Prevention and Management of Hypertension

General:
There are many medications prescribed by physicians used to treat hypertension. Dietary and lifestyle changes also may help control high blood pressure. For example, blood pressure often returns to normal in obese people who lose weight.

-Excessive alcohol intake (more than two ounces daily) raises blood pressure in some people and should be restricted.
-Increasing physical activity, as long as it is approved and guided by the physician, can reduce blood pressure in some people.
-People who smoke are advised to quit because it increases the risk of high blood pressure.

Nutritional Influences:
Some people with mild hypertension can lower their blood pressure by reducing sodium in their diet. The American Heart Association recommends that healthy American adults reduce their sodium intake to no more than 2400 milligrams per day.
Supplemental vitamin C decreased blood pressure in borderline hypertensive and normotensive subjects.

Calcium intakes of 800 mg/day were associated with lower blood pressures. Magnesium supplementation was effective with hypertensive patients.
Antioxidant levels in the serum of hypertensive patients are generally lower. This may indicate that lower intakes of antioxidants increases risk for hypertension.

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What is personal training?
Personal training is the science of teaching a client how to use their body correctly and efficiently in every action he or she might execute. This includes, but is not limited to weight training, cardiovascular exercise and flexibility training.

Personal training is frequently used in sports specific training, rehabilitation, weight management and general fitness. The best personal training is accomplished in individual sessions, either in a health centre or at a client’s home, to ensure focus is placed on one client at a time.

Personal training programmes are prepared based on the needs of the client. Therefore, each exercise programme takes the goals and interests of the individual into account.

How can I benefit from working with a personal trainer?
For the majority of casual gym users, the training routines followed are generic and are not specific to their goals or needs. Working with a personal trainer in any capacity will ensure that you are making the most of your time spent in the gym. Your training will be targeted towards achieving your goals and you will have peace of mind, knowing that you are performing exercises safely and effectively. The Exercise Information section provides more information on the relevance of the types of exercise you perform and how they should reflect your goals.

What services do personal trainers offer?
For many individuals, the most effective and enjoyable way to train is with their personal trainer for every exercise session that they do. This is ideal if you want your exercise programme to be managed entirely by your trainer. All you will be required to do is turn up and train, assured by the knowledge that your trainer has prepared a programme for you that is enjoyable and effective!

Other individuals prefer to play an active role in the management of their programme and so meet with their trainer less frequently. This is ideal if you wish to ensure you are training in the correct way to address your goals and enjoy being pushed a bit harder every once in a while!

For some individuals it is sufficient to book one or two sessions per month with a trainer. This is the most cost effective method of working with a trainer, whilst still ensuring that your training is specific to your goals. Your trainer will provide you with a comprehensive training programme to follow on each of your visits to the gym.

The majority of personal trainers will also offer some form of health and fitness assessment. This usually includes measurement of height, weight, body fat percentage, blood pressure, heart rate and lung function. In addition, a measure of muscular strength, muscular endurance and cardiovascular fitness can be included.

An additional service offered by trainers is food diary analysis. This is beneficial to everyone who is keen to improve their health and / or fitness, especially if you are looking to manage your weight.