Simple easy tips for a healthier you

Health

Here are some simple easy tips for a healthier you.

Why be concerned about gum disease?

Gum disease has been linked to an increase in heart problems. Bizarre as it may seem, flossing your teeth and seeing a dental hygienist may help prevent heart disease.

Loneliness affects physical health too

Loneliness has been linked to furring up of the arteries. Join a club, take up a sport or a new hobby and help your arteries to stay clear. Read this post if you find friendship difficult or feel that you are invisible?

Diet for mouth ulcers

Try increasing your intake of zinc-rich foods such as pumpkin seeds or take a zinc supplement if you regularly get mouth ulcers.

Summer cold or hay fever?

A summer cold that goes on and on may be hay fever. Find a therapist who specialises in allergies to help you out, or take a homeopathic hay fever remedy.

Phthalates and cancer

Phthalates from plastic bottles and containers can migrate into food and drink so you end up consuming them. Phthalates have been linked to falling sperm counts and breast cancer. Choose glass containers wherever possible. They’re better for you and for the environment.

Substitutes for wheat

Quinoa is suitable for people who are avoiding wheat and other grains. It is a source of protein, vitamin E, calcium and iron. Use like rice or cous cous.

Worried about bone density

Brisk walking can increase bone density. Give the lift/elevator a miss, and climb those stairs. If you feel you’re too old to go the gym or get fit, read my blog post on just that subject. And if you’re too embarrassed to go to the gym, read this blog post as well.

Back injury prevention

Strong stomach muscles will help protect your back from injury. Check out how to do crunches and other exercises to strengthen those tummy muscles. Read my blog post on exercising with back pain.

Exercises for back pain

Lie on the floor with your calves on a chair. Get someone to check that there are right angles between your body and your thighs, and between your thighs and your calves. Lie like this for several minutes.

Cataracts and smoking

Smoking doubles your risk of getting cataracts. Find a therapist or a hypnosis CD to help you give up. Read my blog about why you need one more cigarette before you give up.

Help for heartburn

Heartburn? Try drinking a couple of glasses of water.

Illness and stress

Many symptoms and illnesses such as high blood pressure, recurrent headaches, insomnia and cancer may be a call to look at the stresses and imbalances in your life. Read my blog offering a simple way to reduce stress.

Heart disease and smoking

Smoking triples the risk of dying from heart disease among those who are middle-aged. Whatever your age, if you smoke, do yourself a favour and quit. Check out my blog on maintaining a healthy heart.

Probiotics and gut problems

Taking probiotics regularly may help you if you suffer with gut disorders or an inflammatory disease (e.g. IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, clostridium difficile infection). If you get diarrhoea after a course of antibiotics, this is likely to be because antibiotics kill approximately 10% of your friendly gut bacteria. Take probiotics to replace them.

Check out my YouTube interview with probiotic specialist Lissa Leader:

Say this to your doctor

When you consult your doctor, always remind her/him of any prescription medicines you are already taking and your other medical conditions.

Tired all the time?

If you’re tired all the time, ask your doctor or health professional to check for anaemia, thyroid problems, glandular fever and diabetes.

Natural help for indigestion

Chewing ginger can help you to digest your food more easily.

Natural help for bad breath

Parsley is great for sweetening the breath. Get your teeth and gums checked out too.

Avoiding Alzheimer’s Disease

There’s lots of research going on into avoiding Alzheimer’s disease – much of it seems to boil down to keep your brain stimulated and active, and eat health, nutritious food.

Chlamydia infections without symptoms

Many women with Chlamydia infections are symptom free, but if it’s untreated it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy and infertility. If you are sexually active, get checked for this regularly.