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Vitamin K – The Way Forward?

Posts by:  Jenny

So many vitamin supplements, we know it can get confusing. Don’t worry, we get confused ourselves! Today we will discuss Vitamin K, a supplement which is great for your heart – Vitamin K2 helps to prevent hardening of the arteries, which is a common factor in coronary artery disease and heart failure. Extensive research suggests vitamin K2 may help to keep calcium out of your artery linings and other body tissues, where it can cause damage.

Vitamin K can help prevent cancer – A study in 2003 in the International Journal of Oncology, found that treating lung cancer patients with vitamin K2 slowed the growth of cancer cells, and previous studies have shown benefit in treating leukemia. In an August 2003 study published in the Alternative Medicine Review involving 30 patients with a type of liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma, who took oral vitamin K1, the disease stabilised in six patients; seven patients had a partial response; and seven others had improved liver function.In 15 patients, abnormal prothrombin normalised.

Scalps Massaging to Improve Hair Growth and Health

Posts by:  Jenny

Scalp massages may be time consuming and messy but there are many wonderful benefits of massaging your scalp. A warm oil massage, done at least once a week has the following benefits:

  1. It lubricates and conditions the scalp, helping to prevent flakes and dry scalp without the use of harsh chemical shampoos.
  2. It helps enhance blood circulation in the head and neck area. When the scalp is “tight” from stress, circulation and hair growth are impeded.
  3. It helps relax the scalp and increase pliability.
  4. It helps strengthen the roots of the hair and nourishes the hair-shafts, promoting new hair growth and strengthening current hair.
  5. It helps soften and condition the hair, making it more manageable.

Have a go for 3 months and we guarantee you will notice a difference in the way your hair looks and feels. Scalp massages truly are a great thing.

Fitness Tracker – Safe To Wear All The Time?

Posts by:  Jenny

Fitness trackers — such as the FitBit, Jawbone UP24 and Nike+ FuelBand — collect data about your activity levels and sleep patterns, then send the information to your computer or smartphone via low-level radio-frequency waves.

“We have no information whatsoever on the long-term health effects of wearable fitness-tracking devices,” says Devra Davis, PhD, MPH, an epidemiologist and founder of the Environmental Health Trust. “The lack of proof of harm is not evidence of safety. You have to decide for yourself if that’s a risk you want to take.”

The non-ionizing waves emitted by wireless trackers are similar to those of cell phones, which have been classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. The National Cancer Institute recommends limiting cell-phone calls that involve phone-to-head contact.

But unlike cell phones, activity trackers are meant to be worn on the body around the clock.

Staying Healthy In The Office

Posts by:  Jenny

Workers in the UK are more likely to be overweight and suffer from chronic health conditions right now than any other time in history, except for when malnutrition is commonplace. This is largely due to a combination of poor diets which don’t provide everything we need in some ways, and exceeds what we need in others, and also our increasingly sedentary lifestyles.

Combating this while working in an office environment, is very difficult, because it is most people’s job to sit at their desk and work at a computer for the vast majority of the day. This doesn’t have to be the case however, as there are some small things that you can do to have an immediate positive impact on your health. This includes things like making sure you get up and walk around periodically, bringing a balanced meal to work so that you don’t rely on unhealthy options, and remembering to look away from your computer screen every now and then to protect your eyes.

Cut Out The Sugar!

Posts by:  Jenny

Do you feel like you have too much sugar in your daily diet? You most probably do. In the UK the average Brit has 140 teaspoons of sugar a week! This obviously leads to an unhealthy diet, a higher calorie intake and a larger waistline.

“Identify the sources of sugar in your diet, and decide what to cut out completely and what to cut down on. You don’t need to cut down on sugars found in fruit or dairy products because these foods contain lots of nutrients that are good for us. It’s the food high in added sugar, such as fizzy drinks, which contain lots of calories but few other nutrients that we should be trying to consume less of.” (NHS Website)

Check the colour-coded pie-chart on all food items which breaks down the percentage of sugar in each item. Of course if sugar is highlighted in red, then this means there’s a high amount of sugar in the food.