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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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Flu Prevention?

What is the best method of flu prevention? The start of autumn brings a change of weather, shorter days and the new flu vaccine. The annual flu vaccination is heavily promoted throughout the country by all factions of the NHS. Everyone over the age of 65, asthmatics, diabetics, pregnant women and even young children (most of the population) are being pushed to get this vaccination. It is worth thinking before simply agreeing to the jab. The vaccine promotes protection against most strains of flu but this does not provide a 100 per cent guarantee that you will be protected.  The flu virus is continually evolving, so any specific vaccine can never be an identical match to the latest strain. Health authorities also promote an annual vaccination as the strains of flu evolve each year. By the time you have the vaccine, the new strain of flu is invariably in circulation. This mass vaccination programme, however, does not take into account the individual’s susceptibility to getting the flu symptoms. The medical authorities do not promote the use of vitamins, healthy diet and regular exercise as a means of naturally boosting the immune system. Taking immune boosting vitamins such as B vitamins, vitamin C and zinc throughout the winter months strengthens your natural defences irrespective of the specific strains of flu that are in circulation. We can even boost natural immunity through our diet. Fried foods and junk food deplete our stores of vitamins and minerals, whereas a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruit and water can supplement the immune system. Latest research is looking at a universal vaccine which boosts numbers of CD8 T cells in the body. Experiments have suggested that CD8 cells could protect against the virus, but further studies will need to be conducted. It is worth taking a bit of time to consider other options before having the seasonal...

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A Diabetes Crisis?

As the rates of diabetes are continually on the rise, an obvious but important question is are we eating too much sugar? A survey by Diabetes UK has discovered that patients with type-2 diabetes, is expected to hit 5million by 2025. This is quite startling, and it clearly shows that governments alongside the food industry have not acted in the best interests of the population. Unless this changes, we are heading for health disaster in the coming decades. The survey also found that many people were not aware of the seriousness of the disease. Many people were not ware that diabetes can lead to heart disease, blindness and even amputations. Type-2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or it does not work properly. This condition is generally linked with weight gain, especially around the abdomen.  So why are more people being diagnosed with diabetes than before? Possible answers are a lack of regular exercise, irregular diet and higher consumption of sugar. We generally like sugar and it is very addictive. Food manufacturers have continually increased the amount of sugar in everyday foods such as bread, savoury snacks and convenience foods. Sugar is not only included as the white powder as we all know it. Carbohydrates release sugars which can cause these problems. High sugar intake leads to a surge in the levels of insulin, which is released by the pancreas, to regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. Regular high sugar intake can eventually lead to insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes. The simple solution is that we need to cut down on how much sugar we consume and increase our exercise output. Cutting down on processed foods and ready meals is a good start. We need to go back to basics. Generally, the more whole foods that we consume, the lower our chances of developing insulin resistance. We should be eating more complex carbohydrates, which release sugar slower than simple carbohydrates. A simple example of this is eating more sweet potato rather than more potatoes. Sweet potatoes release sugar slowly as they have a lower GI (glycemic index) compared to ordinary potatoes, which release sugar faster, as they have a high GI (glycemic index)....

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Migraine Awareness Week

Migraine Awareness Week

This week is Migraine Awareness Week, and the number of migraine suffers is quite staggering. NHS figures show that over 15 per cent of people suffer with migraines.  This figure does not include many people who regularly take over the counter migraine and headache medicines such as Syndol, Solpadeine, Codis and Paramol. All of these medications can be purchased at without seeing a doctor, and are based on the combination of paracetamol and codeine or dihydrocodeine. These medicines are extremely addictive and should not be taken for over three days at a time. Paracetamol is taken to relieve pain, but long term use can damage the liver. Many alternative therapies connect liver toxicity to the onset of migraines. The use of paracetamol should be limited to occasional doses only, as persistent use could contribute to migraines and headaches. Migraines can be treated with complementary therapies such as homeopathy, herbal medicines, and nutritional therapy. Body therapies such as acupuncture, osteopathy and chiropractic treatment have also reported good results in the treatment of migraine headaches. There are many alternative treatment options than the quick short term fix pain killers that are widely available, but detrimental to future health. Many therapies will look at the cause of the migraines, and aim to treat the root cause, rather than just the symptoms. The aim is to prevent attacks rather than just to provide a treatment for the symptoms. Nutritional supplements such as Magnesium and Co-enzyme Q10 have shown promise in the treatment of migraines. Certain foods that contain the amino acid tyramine can also trigger migraines, such as chocolate, cheese, cabbage, beer, wine and eggplant. You can find more information at www.migraine.org.uk...

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Complementary Therapies for Learning Disabilities

As this week is National Learning Disability week, it is worth looking at how complementary therapies for learning disabilities and nutritional supplements can play a role in their management. Homeopathy is a complementary therapy that can help treat many common childhood conditions without causing side effects. Homeopathic remedies do not interact with other medicines, but you should consult with your paediatrician before starting treatment. Other therapies that can help children with learning disabilities include cranial sacral therapy. This is a gentle and non-invasive therapy that can help the body to stimulate it’s own healing through the nervous system. Reflexology is another therapy that can help treat many symtoms that patients with learning difficulties may have. Many therapists specialise in treating children with learning difficulties, and can work along side conventional treatment. Nutritional supplements such as L-glutamine, omega-3 essential fatty acids, N-acetyl cysteine and multivitamins and minerals can help to play a positive role in the management of learning disabilities. Many studies have found that specially designed nutritional supplements can have a substantial influence on learning and behaviour. These complementary approaches are not recommended as a replacement for conventional treatment, but as an add on to existing medical...

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A little about us….

Healthy3 is made up of my brother Rahul and myself, Khilan.  Hello there! We would like to take this opportunity to invite to our new look website.  We hope you enjoy reading the articles and they provide you with useful information for you, your family and friends.  It is our intention to provide you with relevant actionable information. If any of the articles have helped you, please forward them on to anyone that you may feel would benefit from them, as they say in my daughter’s nursery – Sharing is Caring!! You could say the idea of healthy3 started at least 30 years ago, when we were little nippers, mum and gran (ba) would give us “old school” home remedies made from the likes of turmeric, almonds, saffron, cinnamon and ginger to cure everyday ailments ranging from coughs and colds to muscle aches. The one I remember most ( and I still use to this day with my little uns’ is rubbing a bit of ghee (clarified butter) around the nose  – it works wonders for clearing blocked noses, especially useful for toddlers ). This created a curiosity into the efficacy of organic, natural products as well as traditional, alternative and complementary therapies. Our goal is to help you help yourself by giving you information that is easily digestible and readily accessible. From the everyday bumps and bruises to complementary medicines to accompany and alleviate side effects of conventional medicine.  We do not blindly discourage or will not denigrate traditional medicine but as with all things there is good and bad, as such we will attempt to navigate between the good and bad in alternative, complementary, natural, organic medicines and therapies. Not everything works or is as effective as it purports to be but with expert opinion and most importantly your experiences we aspire to create a community of like-minded human beings and above all else friendly and open discussion on all things healthy. Personal growth and responsibility also plays its part in a healthy lifestyle, a healthy mind is just as important as a healthy body, in fact the two go hand in hand. Healthy3 has been freshened up with a new look and a friendlier feel, we...

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Healthy3 launches their new website !

Healthy 3 are proud to announce the launch of their new website ! We hope you find it easy to use and full of lots of interesting an informative material !   Here at Healthy3 we are commited to providing helpful and informative information on natural remedies, alternative medicine & complementary therapy. We aim to give you the most up to date information that you can use in your day to day lives. If you have any questions regarding your health or would like us to write about something particular, just let us know by emailing us on...

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