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Homeopathic Remedies for Panic Attacks

This week is the start of  Face Your Fears Week. For one week in October the charity, Changing Faces is asking everybody in the UK to face their fears and raise money at the same time. Fears trigger a whole cascade of events in the mind and body and often lead to panic attacks, which can range from mild to severe. With it affecting so many people, homeopathic rememdes for panic attacks are becoming more and more popular. Panic attacks can have a major impact on general the lifestyle of a sufferer. They can be triggered by physical or emotional events. Situations such as a fear of spiders or being in a crowded train can trigger a panic attack in some individuals. Homeopathy can help to both treat the short term signs of a panic attack and help to treat the underlying cause of this condition. Other examples of situations that can lead to panic attacks are a fear of flying, being in a confined space (such as a lift) or in a large open space. Signs of Panic Attacks Hyperventilation (over breathing) Palpitations Sweating Chest pain Shortness of breath Dizziness Shaking Panic attacks are usually treated with antidepressant medications and drugs such as diazepam. These drugs all come with the added burden of side effects and can cause dependency. This is not the ideal solution to this problem. Other common treatments are cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and relaxation techniques. Homeopathic remedies can offer a quick short term solution to these episodes, but it is more important to get to the root of the problem. The ideal treatment plan should include short term relief,alongside a long term and permanent solution. Homeopathy can provide you with this two pronged treatment plan. Long term treatment will require a full consultation with a qualified homeopath. The following homeopathic remedies can be taken every 10 minutes for up to 5 doses. These remedies should be taken in the 200c potency, and can be taken in the form of pills, tablets or drops. Pills and tablets should be sucked, and not swallowed. Drops can be taken directly on the tongue or in water. Aconite is a major homeopathic remedy for intense fear. This remedy can...

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Stoptober – Quit Smoking Today!

Stoptober – Quit Smoking Today!

With Stoptober now approaching its half way point, what better day to quit than today? Most of us are all aware of the numerous health, as well as social and financial benefits to quitting. If you do smoke, quitting is the single most beneficial action you can take to improve your general health. As you can see from the list below, quitting will drastically improve not only your health, but the people around you can your future generations. Health Benefits: Reduce your risk of developing cancer Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke Protect the health of people around you, who are affected by your smoking Improve your fertility levels and increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy Improve the quality of your skin and teeth Look and feel healthier and younger Improve your general fitness Reduce the chance of your children developing asthma Quitting actually improves your confidence Enjoy the taste of food Reduce your risk of developing Erectile Dysfunction (E.D) There are numerous ways of quitting smoking. These range from using Nicotine Replacement products (such as patches, gum, lozenges and the inhalator), hypnotherapy, homeopathy through to strong medications. These strong medications can have some very harsh side effects, so it’s well worth exploring the other options before trying these drugs. Some people can quit instantly, without needing to use any products for support. Good...

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Pulses Reduce Cholesterol

The cholesterol debate continues to roll on, with the use of statin medications continually on the rise. These medications have caused a divide within the medical profession. Many GP’s and cardiologists have questioned their use and effectiveness in preventing heart disease. The facts show that more people are prescribed statins than before, and this number growing. Many people are not able to tolerate side effects such as muscle pain and tiredness, which are fairly common with statins. Changes in diet and general lifestyle can make significant changes to cholesterol levels. Researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital have found that pulses like beans and lentils “significantly” reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, and therefore reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease. It is worth noting that LDL cholesterol, alongside HDL cholesterol is required for good health. The study was led by Dr. John Sievenpiper of the hospital’s Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre and was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The results of the study found that eating one serving (130 grams or ¾ cup) of pulses a day could lower LDL cholesterol by five per cent. According to Dr Sievenpiper, this translates into a 5 – 6 per cent reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease. This study demonstrates a simple, effective and inexpensive way to reduce cholesterol levels, increase fibre intake and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. An added benefit is that pulses have a low glycemic index, as they breakdown slowly, and don’t raise blood sugar...

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Broccoli Prevents Osteoarthritis?

A compound found in broccoli has been found to slow down and prevent the progress of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and usually affects hands, knees and hips. This condition destroys the cartilage between joints, causing swelling and pain. Osteoarthritis is sometimes referred to as wear and tear. According to Arthritis Research, more than 8.5 million people in the UK suffer with osteoarthritis, and the annual cost to the NHS is around £5 billion. The standard treatments include strong anti-inflammatory pain-killers and surgery, such as knee and hip replacements. The most common causes are wear and tear due to ageing and obesity, which is a growing problem. The cases of knee arthritis have been forecast to reach over 8 million by 2035, from 4.7 million in 2010. The good news is that an everyday vegetable can help to reduce the risk of developing this condition. Broccoli contains sulphoraphane, which works by blocking the enzymes and interferes with the inflammatory process associated with osteoarthritis. Sulphoraphane is released when eating vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli. Researchers from the University of East Anglia propose that eating 100g (a handful) of broccoli every day can help to prevent the disease and possibly even slow down the progress of osteoarthritis. The added benefit of adding this vegetable to your diet, is the subsequent weight loss, which can further reduce the risk of developing osteoarthritis. So, its worth swapping the odd portion of potatoes with a serving of broccoli.  ...

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National No Smoking Day – March 12th 2014

March 12th is National No Smoking Day, so what better day to quit than today? Most of us are all aware of the numerous health, as well as social and financial benefits to quitting. If you do smoke, quitting is the single most beneficial action you can take to improve your general health. As you can see from our list below, quitting will drastically improve not only your health, but the people around you including your future generations. Some health benefits of giving up smoking: Reduce your risk of developing cancer Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke Protect the health of people around you, who are affected by your smoking Improve your fertility levels and increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy Improve the quality of your skin and teeth Look and feel healthier and younger Improve your general fitness Reduce the chance of your children developing asthma Quitting actually improves your confidence Enjoy the taste of food Reduce your risk of developing Erectile Dysfunction (E.D) There are many different ways of quitting smoking. These range from using nicotine replacement products (such as patches, gum, lozenges and the inhalator), hypnotherapy, homeopathy through to strong medications. These strong medications can have some very harsh side effects, so it’s well worth exploring the other options before trying these drugs. Some people can quit instantly, without needing to use any products for support. Good...

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The Second Brain

The second brain is a phrase that has been mentioned in various books and articles, but what actually is our second brain, what does it do and how can we look after it? Many studies have been conducted over the past few years which have analysed the importance of the second brain and its connection to various chronic illnesses that in the past would have been overlooked. The second brain is actually the gut, which starts at the oesophagus and ends at the anus. The wall of the gut consists of various types of neurons and neurotransmitters that produce up to 95% of all serotonin in the body. These neurotransmitters also produce 50% of all dopamine that is produced in the body. The vagus nerve connects the digestive system to the brain. Serotonin and dopamine are widely regarded as “feel-good” molecules that are involved in the prevention of depression and in the regulation of appetite and sleep. Dopamine is also heavily involved in illnesses such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A simple example of the connection between the two brains is how fatty foods can make us feel good, and the digestive reaction to stress such as the feeling of “butterflies” in the stomach. This indicates that the second brain could potentially play a vital role in the prevention and treatment of illnesses such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, insomnia, obesity, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. With this connection in mind, how can we look after and nourish our second brain? Studies have found that certain strains of probiotics can result in the production of neurotransmitters including serotonin, dopamine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) which are necessary for a healthy neuro function. Scientists have also found that these beneficial bacteria change the expression of certain receptors in the brain. This is communicated via the vagus nerve, which is a direct link between the gut and the brain. Preliminary animal research has found that a variety of these friendly bacteria may help to treat a number of mental illnesses such as depression, autism and anxiety. We can help to maintain our digestive health, by eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and avoiding excess sugar, salt, animal fats and processed foods....

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Tips to Lower Your Blood Pressure

As this month is National Heart Month, the following tips can help to lower or maintain a healthy blood pressure. A normal blood pressure reading is 120/80mmhg. High blood pressure is generally defined as having a diastolic pressure over 85mmhg and a systolic over 140mmhg. So read on to learn more about how to lower your blood pressure… The first change that you can make is to cut down on salt. You should not totally cut out salt from your diet, as the body requires salt for healthy function. Salt contains sodium, which encourages the body to hold onto water, which in turn puts more work on the heart and leads to increased blood pressure. Fibre is important in your diet, as it helps to flush out the extra LDL (bad) cholesterol. Foods high in fibre are: whole grains, porridge, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and lentils. Foods such as garlic, ginger and broccoli are all known to be beneficial for the heart and help to keep the arteries healthy. The best way to start exercising is to incorporate walking to your daily schedule. You can start by walking for 15minutes and gradually increase this. This will help you to lose weight and therefore reduce the work load on your heart, which will result in lowering your blood pressure. Omega 3 essential fatty acids are very important for lowering LDL cholesterol and they have an anti-inflammatory effect in the arteries. You can obtain these essential oils from flax seed or fish oil supplements. Magnesium helps to relax muscles and research has shown arteries are considerably narrower in people who are deficient in this mineral. A dose of between 400-1000mg a day has been shown to lower blood pressure. Co-enzyme Q10 is a supplement that helps to strengthen the heart and improve its function. L-Arginine has shown promise in reducing blood pressure. A study published in Alternative Medicine Review has found that in a small trial consisting of 29 patients, the results found that two thirds of the patients had a significant reduction in both diastolic and systolic blood pressure readings. These results are very promising but further larger trials are required. L-Arginine is an amino acid that is found in dark...

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National Heart Month

As February is officially National Heart Month, this is a great opportunity to look at how we can look after this vital organ through diet and natural supplements. The heart is part of the cardiovascular system, which also includes miles of blood vessels which run through the body. These vessels consist of veins and arteries which transport blood to the heart and to other organs. The health of the blood vessels is also important in maintaining a healthy heart. The best way of maintaining a healthy heart is keeping to a healthy diet, regular exercise and lowering stress levels. A diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds provides important vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids that are important for heart health. The Mediterranean diet, which consists of plenty of vegetables and fruits, has long been considered the ideal diet for a healthy heart. Smoking, high sugar and salt intake, regular heavy drinking (or binge drinking), inactivity, high (saturated) fat foods are all factors in causing hypertension, heart failure and poor circulation. For example, smoking is a known cause of atherosclerosis, which causes narrowing of the arteries. This can lead to high blood pressure and angina. Heart disease and diabetes are illnesses that are on the increase, especially in younger people. These conditions are very much linked, as one can lead to another. The rise in the number of people who are obese is another risk factor for the heart, as well as diabetes. The number of prescriptions that are written for hypertension is constantly on the increase, but there are a number of natural remedies for maintaining a healthy heart and keeping blood pressure at a healthy level. Magnesium, vitamin C, l-arginine, co-enzyme Q10, omega 3 fatty acids and garlic are a few supplements that can improve cardiovascular health.  ...

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Fibre Helps Asthma

A potential ground breaking treatment for asthma has been discovered by scientists from Switzerland. The treatment simply involves eating more fruit and vegetables. The study, published in the journal Nature Medicine, suggested a connection between the boost in processed food consumption and the increase in asthma rates over the last 30 years. The team of scientists from the University of Lausanne conducted tests on mice and the results found that those with high fibre diets were less likely to suffer with serious inflammatory respiratory symptoms. The team found that the extra soluble fibre, found in fruits and vegetables, was converted into short chain fatty acids, which have an anti-inflammatory action. Whilst adding more fruit and vegetables to the diet is an ideal way to get more fatty acids into the system, an omega 3 supplement would have a similar effect. For further information on the link between asthma and diet please read: Does fast food really increase the risk of Asthma? Can Vitamin D Reduce Asthma Symptoms? Vitamin C helps Childhood...

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Benefits of Dry January

We are now two weeks into dry January and we hope people taking part in this event are feeling the benefits of a booze-free few weeks.  As a gentle reminder and motivational boost here are a few benefits of an alcohol free January. Most of us see January is a perfect way to start the year in a healthy fashion. Giving up alcohol can help to lose weight and cut out excessive calories.  For example pint of beer contains on average 150 calories and a glass of wine contains 170 calories. Cutting these out automatically reduces the calorific intake and can help you start to the year without excessive extra calories. Excessive alcohol intake can cause dips in blood sugar levels which can lead to increased sugar cravings which can result in further weight gain. People generally eat fast foods and junk food after a night out drinking and this food does not get enough time to undergo proper digestion which needs to unwanted weight gain. One the main drawbacks of alcohol intake is the dreaded hangover, or “heavy head”, which can have a detrimental impact on work performance and can reduce energy levels and mental altertness. This resultant low enery can therefore impact on our levels of activity and this can lead to weight gain. Cutting out alcohol during January can result in increased energy levels, and help us to start the day with increased motivation which leads to improved mental performance. This can also have the knock-on effect of feeling more motivated to go out and exercise, which can help to reduce stress levels, reduce weight and help to maintain a healthy general lifestyle. Regular alcohol intake is also related to and can cause the low mood and depression staying off booze for a whole month can help to improve mood, not to mention improve energy levels. Many people suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder) which is related to a lack of a lack of daylight. This condition naturally affects more people during autumn and winter months.  January can be a particularly bad month as the days are generally shorter. Cutting out alcohol during this month can help to maintain and improve mood levels. Alcohol is metabolised...

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Top Tips For Keeping Healthy This Year: Part 2

3. Diet (continued). Foods that can give you energy and help your circulation include fruit and vegetables, whole grains and goods oils such as olive oil, flax seed, fish oils and coconut oil. Incorporating more fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and lentils in your diet will also help you to lose some extra weight and benefit your immune system. Red meat and fats from fried and junk food also produce free radicals in our body. These free radicals have been linked with causing a number of diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. Cutting down on fizzy drinks is also a must in your new health plan. These drinks are full of sugar and regular intake can be harmful to general health. The sugar free versions of these drinks are actually more harmful, as the artificial sweeteners have been linked with a host of illnesses such as osteoporosis and digestive problems. Water has many health benefits. You should aim for 8 glasses a day (1-1.5 litres). It is important to remember that water is also present in fruit juices, salads and certain fruits. Fluid intake is a must for a healthy body. A good way to start you day is to have hot water with lemon and ginger. This healthy drink has the benefit of boosting immunity and stimulating your liver to kick start the detox process. 4. Health Supplements. You can easily include some health supplements as part of your daily routine to improve your immunity and general health.  The number one supplement that I would recommend is a good quality probiotic. This will provide you with essential good bacteria, which is required for a healthy digestive system. Probiotics also help to support and boost the immune system. You can take the probiotics throughout the winter months to aide digestion as well as help fight the winter bugs. Essential fatty acids from either fish oils or flax seed oil is another food supplement that will help your general health. These essential oils are required for a healthy cardiovascular system, brain function and they are excellent at reducing inflammation in the body. These fatty acids also help to maintain healthy joints. Antioxidants are required to “mop up” the free radicals that...

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Top Tips For Keeping Healthy in 2014: Part 1

Top Tips For Keeping Healthy in 2014: Part 1

This year is a great opportunity to make some beneficial changes to your health and wellbeing. With all the general doom and gloom surrounding us today it is vital that we take control in our general mental and physical health. The way the NHS is heading, it is more important than ever to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This has many obvious benefits both individually and globally. A simple and very effective way of improving your health is by modifying your diet and not over eating. Studies have shown that people who generally consume fewer calories live longer. The way we eat also has an impact on our health. Eating in a hurry or “on the go” can lead to indigestion and heartburn. The following tips can be used as a good basic start for your health. 1. Regular Exercise: this has so many health benefits both physically and emotionally. People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing depression.  If you are new to exercise, then start by walking. Even a 20min daily walk will make you feel healthier. Exercising has the added benefits of keeping your heart muscles strong, helping you lose weight, keep your cholesterol level down and making you feel more energetic. Incorporating some sort of weight bearing exercise, such as weight training, will help you burn more calories and keep your bones and joints healthy. If you have not trained with weights before, please train under the supervision of qualified personal trainer. Taking up a new sport is an excellent way of staying fit without the mental block of going to the gym or going for a run. Team sports are also a good way of socialising and makes exercising more fun. Martial arts such as Wing Chun and Tai Chi have the added benefit of providing a “work-out” for the mind as well as body. 2. De-Stress: Stress is one of the main culprits of ill health in the western world. With all the talk of recessions and lack of job security, it’s no wonder that we are now more stressed than ever. Stress has been linked with numerous illnesses such as heart disease, insomnia, migraines, stomach ulcers and depression. Stress...

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