The Healthy Living Service, is now available at your local Dears Pharmacy...

It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle whatever your age. This can help you to live longer and reduce your risk to health problems. Making small changes into new habits can make a big difference to your long-term health.

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Take one step at a time:
  1. Stop Smoking

Giving up smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health. By stopping smoking, you reduce your risk of lung cancer and are less likely to die from coronary heart disease or stroke. Speak to your DEARS Pharmacy team for information on local stop smoking services and personalised support or advice.

  1. Eat a Well Balanced Healthy Diet

Eat 5 Portions of fruit or vegetables daily, (not including potatoes) try to vary the type and colour of fruit to get maximum benefit. Aim to eat at least 2 portions of fish each week, including one portion of oily fish. Keep the saturated fat levels in your diet low. (This can be found in cakes, butter, lard, cheese amongst other foods). It is recommended men eat less than 30g and women less than 20g of saturated fat daily. Watch your salt! Adults should eat a maximum of 6g of salt a day. One way to keep this in check is not to add salt to meals when cooking and reduce the amount of processed food you eat.

  1. Be Active

Aim to complete 150 minutes of physical activity each week. This can be broken into 5 x 30 minutes sessions of moderate activity each week or even down into 15 x 10 minute sessions. Activity does not have to be organised events. Find something you enjoy doing and make it part of your daily routine. Start by taking part in small amounts of activity and slowly build this up. This can include gardening, cleaning etc.

  1. Understand your weight.

Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is used to determine if you are a healthy weight for your height. Ask a member of your DEARS Pharmacy team to help you find out your BMI. A BMI above 25 indicates your weight may be affecting your health. Whilst it is important to understand your BMI, where you carry fat throughout the body can also influence your risk of health problems. Carrying weight around your middle (apple shaped) carries a higher risk than carrying weight around your hips (pear shaped).

  1. Drink Sensibly

Know your limits! The NHS recommends drinking within the safer limits outlined below:

Women (2-3 units daily) Men (3-4 units daily).

You should also try to have at least 2 alcohol free days a week however it is important to know the limits are daily and not weekly therefore units should not be saved for use on one day a week.

1 pint of lager typically has 3 units.

1 glass of wine (175ml) typically has 2 units  1 pub measure of spirits (25ml) has 1 unit.

It is important to note that when drinking at home we tend to pour large drinks than what is outlined above.

Some of the ways in which we can help you improve your health

Allergies - Airborne: One in three people will suffer from an allergic reaction at some time in their life, and instances are on the increase.

Allergies - Foodborne: as many as 15 per cent of people are intolerant to certain foods - that is, they feel unwell or experience indigestion, wind, constipation or diarrhoea after eating them.

Body & Mind: Being under pressure isn't good for your body or mind. It affects your health and happiness. Whether you're worn down by the daily pressures of parenthood or worried about your finances, if you're not feeling great, your sleep and skin can suffer, and stress has a major impact on work and relationships.

Diet: We all know a good diet is vital to keep us in the best of health. Not only does it make us feel well, it also reduces our risk of developing many conditions such as heart disease, cancer, constipation, obesity and tooth decay.

Paingone Pen: It works in a simple way, all you have to do is put the tip of the device in touch with the area pain and press the upper button 30-40 times, this only takes a minute. Each time you press the button a minimal electrical discharge is produced, that stimulates the brain to send endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller, to the area in pain. Repeat this process as many times as you need throughout the day.

Skincare: Your skin is a truly amazing organ that deserves far more care and attention than it usually gets. It works hard day and night to protect your body from the outside world, and in return all it needs is a little respect!

Sun Protection: There are several steps you can take to reduce your risks of long and short term sun damage. The first is to protect your skin with a sun cream or lotion whenever you are exposed to UV rays. Sun protection products are categorised by their 'SPF' number.

Vitamins: Our body needs vitamins and minerals to keep it healthy. They are important for our well-being and helping our immune system to function properly. Both are essential for growth, energy and in protecting our body's cells from damage.

Salin Plus: The benefits of Salt Therapy can be attributed to its anti-inflammatory effects. Once inhaled, the micro particles of salt penetrate deep into the lungs which can help unblock and remove any blockages and build-up of mucus and foreign allergens. Salin® Plus uses Micro—crystalline salts that are fanned through the air to relieve breathing difficulties. Salin Plus Salt Therapy benefits people with respiratory conditions and breathing difficulties including Asthma, Sinusitis, Chest Infections, Hay Fever (Rhinitis), Allergies, Laryngitis, Cystic Fibrosis (CF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Snoring, Sleep Apnoea and Tuberculosis (TB).

Start improving your health today...

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