Keeping Healthy This Winter

It may have been a warmish October in places, but November?

We’re feeling the chill in the air and the cold, wet weather seems to have finally come upon us.

For many people this change is not a big deal.

This is particularly true for those that are young, fit and healthy.

However, for those with weakened immune systems and older adults (especially those over the age of 65), this change in the weather can lead to serious health conditions and health deterioration.

Yet there are some things that you can do to help prevent this!

[1] If you are older, make sure that you keep yourself warm. This can include wearing an extra layer, or even turning up the heating.

Heating your home can be expensive, but please, if you can, do, and if you can’t afford to, please ask for help.

It’s understandable that you might not want to, but not doing so can worsen conditions such as arthritis and isn’t very good for your circulation either.

[2] Make sure that you’re getting enough water! It’s really easy to let this one slip by in the winter, particularly when it’s cold outside and you keep the water in the fridge! However, it’s still important.

Drinking water will not only help keep your skin from getting dry, but it will also help keep your body healthy.

Your body cannot do anything without water, so give it a helping hand.

[3] Try to pioneer a healthy lifestyle. It’s even more important in the winter to fuel yourself on healthy foods and to partake in regular exercise.

Both of these things help to boost your immunity and will help you when it comes to fighting off those nasty bugs, colds and flu’s that travel around.

Most importantly, don’t forget to look after those close to you.

If you know an elderly person that lives on there own, please check on them and make sure that they are ok.

The Dangers of Sitting Down All Day

Do you spend half of your day sitting down, staring at your screen?

You are not alone, and it can be hard not to in a world where you are stuck at a desk for a large part of your day.

Despite the fact that a lot of people know that this is bad for you, the actual effects of it are not widely known and so, it is just put to the back of our minds.

The further it is from our minds? The less we do to counter it.

The most prominent side effects of sitting down all day according to a study done made up with almost 800,000 people are: an increase in the risk of diabetes, an increase in cardiovascular sickness, an increase in death via cardiovascular sicknesses and general low levels of well being.

All of these conditions have serious health and life altering implications and so, simply changing some key behavior’s can reduce your chance of serious health issues.

The main way to reduce your chance of serious health issues brought on by sitting down too much, thankfully can be broken down and enacted in chunks.

This way you can still do your desk job without getting in to any trouble, and reduce any risks to your health.

This does not however, mean that you can stop doing exercise too!

Every adult needs to do around two and a half hours of exercise every week to stay fit and healthy.

Yet, alternating working whilst standing and working whilst sitting, walking around whilst you are speaking on the telephone, walking over to a colleagues desk instead of emailing them and swapping the television for something a little more active can seriously help to reduce the risk you are putting yourself under.

What do you do to keep yourself active at work?

The Importance of Dental Hygiene

beta glucanWhen you think of dental hygiene, your mind probably takes you to a place filled with dentist’s chairs and fillings.

You don’t however think of the impact that your dental health has on your immune system and the implications that bad dental hygiene can have, (that is besides the extra fillings and tooth removals!)

Think of it this way; Your mouth contains more than 500 different types of bacteria species in it at any one time.

These bacteria easily get in between your teeth and form a film over your gums every time that you open your mouth, eat or breath.

The only thing that is stopping them from entering your body entirely is your saliva.

The saliva in your mouth contains lots of antibodies.

This is what stops you from getting sick all of the time (the mouth being a super easy entrance for unwanted infections and virus’!).

However, when you are feeling run down, or have a pre-diagnosed condition such as diabetes or an autoimmune deficiency, the number of antibodies in the saliva becomes reduced.

For this reason, it is important to stop the bacteria and build up of plaque in the mouth with good dental hygiene so that not only will you not have to deal with the painful dental treatments, but also so that you will reduce your chances of getting sick.

In addition to the affect that dental hygiene has on the immune system, the mouth is also a huge window into telling us about the human body and your health in general.

Most people may not realize that their saliva alone can tell doctors about stress responses, hormonal imbalances, antibodies and even tell if a person has HIV or not.

So, next time that your dragging your feet and postponing going to the dentist, think twice.

Flu Vaccination

beta glucanIt’s that time of year again, when all those pesky flus and colds jump back on the scene and threaten to make you feel ill.

However, a lot is being done to prevent the spread of flu and colds, particularly to those who are most vulnerable to infectious illnesses and the complications that can sometimes occur.

Namely, this is done via the flu jab.

Presently the flu jab is available to those over 65, pregnant women, adults with prior health conditions and those with weakened immune systems.

Despite there being no guarantee that the vaccine is 100% effective at preventing flu and it’s various symptoms, it has been incredibly effective at reducing the chance of someone that had been vaccinated against flu catching it in the future.

It’s high success rate is due to the fact that it contains an inactive version of the flu.

As the vaccine contains an inactive version of the virus, it is thereby it impossible to catch even a weakened version of the flu from the vaccine.

Instead your immune system is exposed to a safe version I of the virus, enabling it to produce the correct antibodies straight away, and preventing the vaccinated individual from contracting it in the future.

Although you will not contract the flu from the vaccine, it is possible that having the vaccination will cause some side affects.

These side affects range from a heightened temperature to muscle aches and pains.

It is still however recommended that those in the at risk categories do have the injection.

This way, it will prevent any future complications.