Eat your greens to aid digestion

Eat your greens to aid digestion

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If you want to change the way you eat to incorporate more vegetables one of the healthiest greens to eat is kale as it is full of vitamins and nutrients. It has become increasingly popular especially so at this time of the year when it is in season and can be easily bought. This fibrous leafy green is great for digestion as it helps your body process what you eat efficiently while its high iron content is beneficial particularly if you do not eat read meat regularly.

If you try to follow a Mediterranean diet rich in onions, peppers and tomatoes, kale fits well alongside these and is a firm favourite of the Italians who incorporate the vegetable into many Italian dishes.

Adding kale to a meal can be a quick an easy way to add vitamins to your diet and it is so simple to prepare. Pan fry kale with a little olive oil for a few minutes adding garlic if desired or drizzle with olive oil and put in the oven until crispy.

If you are a fan of smoothies, a handful of kale blended with banana, pineapple and avocado gives a delicious, healthy smoothie to start the day.

Easy ways to stay fit during lockdown

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As we find ourselves in another lockdown in the UK with restrictions placed on our exercise outdoors and gyms and leisure centres closed it is important to find ways to stay fit that we can do at home. Even though there may be limited space in most people’s homes it is still possible to do some exercise.

For people living in a house with stairs there is a ready-made way of doing aerobic exercise by simply walking up and down the stairs multiple times or by stepping up and down the first step repeatedly. This can raise the heart rate and increase blood flow to vital organs. Remember to always wear trainers or other appropriate footwear when exercising at home and do not be tempted to wear slippers.

Even if mobility is an issue there are still ways to exercise at home with ordinary household items such as cans of food used as weights or a by placing a ball under your feet whilst sitting down and rolling it away from you and back again.

Yoga and Pilates are easy to do at home and there are many online examples that can be followed for beginners. This way of keeping fit can also boost mood and mental wellbeing an essential aspect of staying health through lockdown.

Easy ways to improve your health and wellbeing

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It has undoubtedly been an extremely trying time for lots of people this year as we have found the freedoms that we all enjoy such as meeting up with friends and family on a regular basis, sharing hugs and kisses and dining out at our favourite restaurant severely curtailed. How can we then improve our health and wellbeing in simple ways?

One of the most important things we can do when considering the state of our health is to make sure that we are eating a healthy diet. This should consist of plenty of fruit and vegetables and as little processed food as possible. It is a good idea to cut back on sugar that is added to food but also hidden sugars that can be found in lots of foods. A quick look at the traffic light system on the packets will show the amount of sugar that a particular food contains.

Taking regular exercise is another way to improve general health and can be something as simple as taking a walk every day. Doing yoga or Pilates as a form of exercise has the added benefit of helping you to relax and meditate which is important for your mental wellbeing.

Some people find that using mindfulness techniques help them to remain calm and relieve feelings of anxiety and there are lots of useful websites that offer online mindfulness sessions free for a trial period.

Cutting out the sugar from your diet

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It is amazing actually how much sugar we consume in our day to day diet. We often think if something is sugar free then it is ok, but usually these sugars are replaced by artificial sweeteners. It is very easy to lose track of the amount of sugar you are consuming as often we only count the sugar we put in our tea or on our cereal. You may be shocked to find out how much is out that piece of cake that you love or that granola that you thought as very healthy.

Our blood sugar levels are very important and ideally you want to try and keep them as balanced as possible. Blood sugars effect lots of other processes in the body linked to hormones, digestion and how our brain functions. Spikes in our blood sugar may give us a bit of a burst of energy but this is always followed by a sugar crash which leads our bodies craving more sugar to get the energy levels back up again and over time this can lead to a sugar addiction.

Cutting out sugar from your diet can be hard work and you will often find the first week or so that you experience headaches etc. But it can have so many health benefits in the long run and contribute to good dental care. 

What is unexplained infertility?

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Infertility can be an extremely distressing condition for any couple who is trying to get pregnant. It may be that it is their first time at trying to conceive or maybe they are experiencing secondary infertility which can mean they do not have the ability to conceive after having no issues previously.

Many couples will go to a fertility clinic to seek the help of an expert who can carry out some tests to try and establish what the issue is. It may be that all the tests come back clear and there is no known reason for the infertility. This is called unexplained infertility and is often the outcome for many couples.

Much more research is needed in to this area as many of the trials that have been done are either decades old or have only been tried in assisted cycles such as with IVF. There must be a reason for the infertility it is often the case through that this reason is never discovered. Often when this is the case the couples only options to have their own child is IVF which can come with its own set of worries and issues. It is worth taking the time to fully research all your options before going ahead with any treatment to ensure that it is right for you and your partner.