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Natural Anti-Ageing Tips

Natural Anti-Ageing Tips

There is alot of information on anti-ageing in the media ranging from vitamin supplements to the latest magical creams and lotions. All of this information can seem confusing and overwhelming. There are a number of simple measures that you can take to “age healthily”. Factors that can influence the ageing process are nutrition, exercise, levels of stress and relaxation. Addressing these factors can result in a dramatic improvement in general health as well as slowing down the ageing process. Natural anti-ageing tips are all around, but here is our selection from us at Healthy3. Healthy ageing does not work with a quick fix approach or just supplemneting with lots of vitamins. A healthy lifestyle which includes a healthy diet, regular exercise and the addition of antioxidants is the key to keeping you healthy and young. The following simple tips can help you achieve your target of healthy ageing: Nutrition A diet high in caffiene, alcohol, saturated fat, salt and processed foods is unsurprisingly going to result in unhealthy skin, and will starve the body of nutrients. A diet that is going to help the anti-ageing process should include plenty of vegetables, water, essential fatty acids (from oily fish, nuts and seeds), and fruits. Anti-oxidants are also very important in anti-ageing. There are a number of supplements that are discussed in the article What are anti-oxidants?”. Foods that have high levels of anti-oxidants are garlic, colourful vegetables and fruits, extra virgin olive oil, pink grapefruit, walnuts, almonds, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli. Alchohol consumption should be kept to a minimum as it causes dehydration throughout the body. This also applies to processed foods, which are high in sugar and salt.  You should aim to drink 8 glasses or 1.5 litres of water a day. Exercise Regular exercise is very important in maintaining a healthy mind and body. Exercise causes an increase of endorphins. Endorphins are the body’s natural mood boosting chemicals and are released during exercise. Exercise also reduces the stress hormones such as cortisol. Several studies have shown that regular exercise can slow down the ageing process. The types of exercise that can be incorporated into a regime should include flexibility training, strength training and a cardiovascular workout. If you haven’t done any strenuous exercise recently, you should consult...

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Alternative Treatments for Back Pain

Alternative Treatments for Back Pain

Back pain is an issue that plagues many people. Did you know that an astonishing 80% of all people in the UK will bring up their posture or their back issues to their GP at some point? That is an astounding figure that could be much lower if more people were aware about alternative treatments. Here, we will explore more about alternative treatments for back pain.   Yoga One of the main alternative treatments for back pain is yoga and stretching. One of the largest studies conducted showed that those with moderate pain could manage their issues with on-going yoga and stretching workouts because the exercises involve the strengthening of the core muscles. Massage Therapy One of the best short-term natural remedies for back pain is massage therapy. Once again, studies have shown that when combined with stretching, massage is one of the most cost effective cures for sub-acute and chronic non specific low pain. Diet Many people are unaware that the food we eat can affect pain, which is why it is essential that we make sure we take the right supplements. Nutrition and pain have been linked for a long time. According to a 2005 report published in the British Medical Journal vitamin D supplements may lead to a clinical improvement in back pain symptoms. Other studies have shown that vitamin B12 and magnesium supplements also have an effect. Omega 3 oils are also effective natural ways to reduce inflammation and pain. Anti inflammatory herbs When faced with inflammation,a lot of us will just take ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs .However, in 2007, white willow bark and devil’s claw were proven to both have chemical compounds, which were found to possess anti-inflammatory properties.Therefore, there are alternative solutions. If you are taking regular medication, please consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking herbal medicines. Herbal medicines should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation. Homeopathy Homeopathic remedies such asRhus Tox, Arnica, Ruta Grav and Kali Carb are regularly prescribed for back pain. Homoeopathic remedies are prescribed on the individuals specifics symptoms. These remedies, if correctly prescribed can be very effective at reducing back pain. As you can see from the above,there are many alternative treatments for back pain. This...

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What are the nutritional benefits of avocados

Delicious and often used in healthy eating plans, there are many nutritional benefits of avocados. Read on to find out more… Avocados are a rich source of vitamin E, which is essential for heart and skin health. This fruit is a very good source of monounsaturated fat omega 3 fatty acids, beta-sitosterol and oleic acid, which helps to lower cholesterol levels. They are an excellent source of fat for people who have difficulty assimilating other fatty foods. This is important as fats such as omega 3 essential fatty acids, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are important for good general health. Avocados contain high amounts of Lutein, which helps to protect the eyes from macular degeneration and cataracts. T Due to the good levels of omega 3 essential fatty acids, avocados can help to prevent osteoarthritis. This is because of the anti-inflammatory action of the omega-3 fats. Avocados have been found to improve the absorption of other nutrients. Studies have shown that this fruit greatly improves the absorption of carotenoids (e.g beta-carotene, lycopene). The high vitamin E content of avocados makes avocados very effective antioxidants. Antioxidants are very important in the prevention of illnesses and diseases such as arthritis, diabetes and...

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7 nutritional tips for a healthy diet

7 nutritional tips for a healthy diet

There are many pieces of advice for healthy eating, but here are our 7 nutritional tips for a healthy diet. Eating at regular times This is important in order to keep our blood sugar levels steady and ideally need to eat at breakfast, lunch and dinner times. We also need to ensure we drink water every so that we don’t get dehydrated or have headaches. It has been said to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. Eat five a day for good health This includes fruit and vegetables. It is better to part boil your vegetables in order to keep the goodness, and maybe even using the water as stock for gravy. That way you don’t lose any of the goodness. Fatty Foods It is best to avoid fast food and food that contain a lot of fat such as biscuits, cakes, fried chicken, McDonald’s etc. All fatty foods should be eaten occasionally. Carbohydrates Foods like potatoes, pasta, and bread are classed as carbohydrates. These foods aid in increasing the fat alongside other certain foods. Meats and Fish You do not need to become a vegetarian and take meat or fish out of your daily diet. Make sure that when buying your meat it has less fat on it or cut it off if necessary. Oily fish is recommended and should be eaten at least 3 times in a week. Dairy foods These types of foods are quite beneficial to us even though they hold a lot of fat and cholesterol.  Low fat products are the best option and will still allow your body to have all the nutrition it needs. Some yoghurt contains live bio, which might sound strange but in actual fact help to restore the good bacteria in order to help with your digestion. Alcohol If you are trying your best to keep those pounds off, then avoid drinking too much alcohol. You should bear in mind that alcohol has very little benefits to keeping a healthy body. We hope you found our 7 nutritional tips for a healthy diet useful. Please let us know by rating it...

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What is a natural acne treatment

Acne is a very common skin condition that usually affects teenagers at the time of puberty but can also affect adults. It usually affects the face, back and shoulders. The skin eruptions usually appear in the form of spots that are raised and painful. The spots appear as blackheads, whiteheads (small hard lumps with a white centre), pustules (spots with a lot of pus) and nodules (hard, painful lumps under the skin). It is important to look after your body so why not try a natural acne treatment. There is also the risk of scarring when these spots disappear. Acne is normally causes by hormone imbalances. Sebaceous glands in the skin produce an oily substance called sebum, which helps to protect the skin. Hormone imbalances cause an increase in the production of sebum, which blocks the hair follicles, resulting in the formation of spots and inflammation.  Acne is not only related to hormone imbalances. Other factors that can contribute to acne are nutritional deficiencies, stress, certain medications, a diet high in saturated fat and food allergies. The skin is also a major detox organ, so if the body contains a lot of toxins, this process may also contribute to acne. It is not surprising that acne is a condition that can affect people both physically and emotionally. Acne on the face can cause a lack of self confidence and low self esteem. This can have a knock on effect in the person’s social and work life. People often give up with over the counter skin creams and washes and are often prescribed long term antibiotics and retinoids which can have harmful side effects. There are however a number of natural approaches to skin health that can help to improve the general health of your skin. Nutrition is the most important factor in the health of your skin. A diet high in refined sugar, salt and hydrogenated fat can cause and aggravate acne. Processed food can also aggravate acne, as these foods contain very few enzymes and are generally high in sugar and salt. A diet that contains a variety of fibre, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and essential fatty acids will benefit the health of the skin as well as...

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General Nutrition for Eyes

Good nutrition is important for both your general and eye health. As well as this, eye supplements can help you get optimum levels of valuable nutrients, which are often lacking in our diet. These are required for general eye health and for healthy vision. Dry eye is a very common condition mainly due to increased use of computers and video games, air conditioning and increased contact lens wear. Simple blinking exercises can be of great benefit. From a nutrition point of view, essential fatty acids, especially omega-3 and omega-6, can reduce the risk of dry eye syndrome. Salmon, flax seeds and walnuts are rich in omega-3. Omega-6 is found in corn oil, sunflower oil and canola oil. Two eye conditions which are becoming more common are cataracts and age related macula degeneration (ARMD). ARMD is a condition where there is wear and tear to the macula region of the eye, which is located on the retina. The macula area of the eye allows us to see fine detail and gives us colour vision therefore wear and tear here leads to visual impairment and loss of central vision. Cataracts, is a condition where the naturally clear lens in the eye becomes cloudy, again causing visual impairment, reduced night vision and glare in bright light. Exposure to, UV light, age, smoking and poor diet are all risk factors of ARMD and cataracts. Although age is the biggest risk factor for both, a good balanced diet can help prevent or slow down progression. Two antioxidants, known as carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, are found in their highest concentration in the macula region and their role is to protect the cells and tissues from the damaging effects of blue UV light. The vitamins A, C and E also help to maintain healthy cells and tissues in the eye. These carotenoids and vitamins can be found in oranges, tomatoes, peppers, raw carrots, green leafy vegetables including kale and spinach, brussel sprouts, broccoli, dried apricots and blueberries. Nuts, seeds and dairy products and eggs are also good sources of vitamins A, C and E. Dietary supplements containing lutein and zeaxanthin can be taken, though you must consult your GP first, if you are taking any prescription medication. A balanced...

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Natural Remedies to Support a Child’s Immune System

Natural remedies can play a vital role in maintaining and boosting a child’s immune system. Nursery and school are full of bugs that usually get passed around the class. Natural remedies such as vitamins and homeopathy can help to strengthen your child’s natural defences to these bugs. Homeopathy is a therapy that works to support and strengthen the immune system. This is usually done by giving constitutional homeopathic remedies that are specific to the child. The remedies are prescribed after a consultation with a qualified homeopath. The aim of this treatment is to support the child’s immune response to any illness. These constitutional homeopathic remedies are safe and non toxic. The homeopath will usually ask questions about the health of the parent’s, the child’s sleep patterns, personality, and the general appearance of the child. Homeopathy can also be used after vaccination in order to help with the “detox” process. You should consult a qualified homeopath or obtain advice from a homeopathic pharmacy. Nutrition is very important in the health of child. In babies, this will mainly come in the form of breast feeding, so the mother’s nutrition is very important. Breast milk provides babies with all the antibodies and nutrients that are required for their developing immune systems. If you are breast feeding your baby, a diet containing plenty of fruit and vegetables is very important to maintain the health of your own immune system. Research has shown that breasting mothers who supplement with probiotics such as acidophilus and bifidus help to provide immune support to the child. Essential Fatty Acids are also important in supporting the immune system of your child. This can be given in the form of chewable capsules or liquids that are tailored for young children. It is a good idea to supplement your child’s diet with a suitable multiple vitamin preparation. This ensures that your child is receiving the adequate amounts of vitamins and nutrients to help support their developing immune systems. Young children should be encouraged to be active and start exercising from an early age. This will help to support a healthy immune system. Regular exercise also helps to prevent the development of obesity, which is becoming a common problem amongst children...

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