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[13 Mar 2019 | Comments Off on Can daytime naps lower your blood pressure? | ]

Yes they can. And according to the latest research, they do it as effectively as medications.
This is great news for people like me who love a sneaky disco nap. And it’s great news for any of you taking blood pressure medication. After all, who wouldn’t love to be taking less medications!
In a 2019 article on the website MedicalNewsToday, 212 people were studied. These were not the healthiest people – average age of 62, plenty of smokers and people with type 2 diabetes. Yet even with these complicating factors, the study found …

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[10 Mar 2016 | Comments Off on How to Breathe – 2016 Health Tip Part 2 | ]
How to Breathe – 2016 Health Tip Part 2

As you saw in my previous article , breathing can help improve the tone of the Vagus Nerve. This has been linked to reduced stress and anxiety levels, reduced heart rate, reduced blood pressure, and even reduced risk of dying from cancer.
A 2016 article talked more about the link between stress and cancer, saying that stress acts as a ‘fertiliser’ by increasing the number of lymphatic vessels draining from the tumour, but increase flow in existing vessels. “So not only do you get new freeways out of the tumour but …

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[10 Mar 2016 | Comments Off on My Number 1 Health Tip for 2016 | ]
My Number 1 Health Tip for 2016

My number 1 health tip for 2015 was to MOVE MORE, and no doubt you would’ve seen one of the countless articles talking about how bad prolonged sitting is for your health. Some articles called prolonged sitting worse for your health than smoking or obesity, and 60 Minutes did a great story which I posted outlining the benefits of moving more.
If 2015 was all about MOVING, 2016 is all about BREATHING. Well, breathing and Bruno Mars. I love that guy.
When we talk about breathing, in very basic terms we are …

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[26 Jan 2011 | One Comment | ]
Anti Inflammatory Medications

It was quite an alarming series of headlines last week as news broke of a large scale analysis of the risks associated with the use of common over the counter anti-inflammatory medications. “Common painkillers linked to heart disease” reported The Australian, along with “The findings confirm that drugs such as Nurofen and Voltaren can significantly increase the risk of heart attack and stroke.”
Previous studies have examined these medications mostly on an individual basis, but this study tried to compare their relative risks, in short it asked the question “which NSAID is …

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[25 Oct 2010 | Comments Off on New “Latest Headlines” | ]
New “Latest Headlines”

Headline: “A firm handshake and brisk walk could be indicators of a longer life expectancy, researchers claim.”
Story: Researchers think they have identified the 4 physical tasks that seem to correlate with longer life. They found people who performed better at 1) gripping, 2) walking, 3) rising from a chair, and 4) balancing on one leg “tended to live to a riper age”. In theory then, an exercise program that involves getting up out of your chair repeatedly while squeezing is the ultimate exercise regime for those seeking to live a …

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[6 Sep 2010 | Comments Off on Latest Headlines | ]
Latest Headlines

I had to come up with something to replace that ridiculous Tiramisu story, here are some of the stories I’ve been reading online (in the medical/health genre):
Headline: “Exercise can treat cardiovascular disease as well as prevent it”
Story: A number of studies have recently found that as well as being good for preventing the possible onset of heart disease, people who have coronary artery disease can reduce the risk of having a heart attack, and/or the severity of their heart disease.
One author concluded: “”I would be happy if I could convince …

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[3 Feb 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
The Dangers of Prolonged Sitting

There has been a spate of articles lately, all on various health-related topics, but all with the same theme; prolonged sitting is bad for you. I’ll outline the take home points of a few of them in the hope that I can convince you to get up from your seat every now and then, or, if you work at Mac Bank, that your boss will let you up from your seat every now and then…
I have spoken about this in a general postural sense before when I mentioned that as …

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[7 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on Guide To Summer | ]
Guide To Summer

Season’s Greetings! I thought I’d put out a quick piece on the kinds of things you want to keep an eye on this summer to keep yourselves in good health. Hope you all get some time off with loved ones to catch up and de-stress (studies have shown that time off is needed to reverse the effects of long term stress).
Xmas Hours – If you need to see me about anything I will be working right up until Christmas but then taking the next week off, and returning Monday January …

Nutrition, Your Body »

[25 Nov 2009 | One Comment | ]

High Salt Intake Associated With An Increased Risk of Stroke and CardioVascular Disease
We already knew that too much salt increases your Blood Pressure, and now a review of the best quality studies conducted in the last 40 years (including a total of over 177,000 people) has found that “high salt intake is associated with increased risks of stroke and total cardiovascular disease (CVD).”
The authors concluded that “an average difference in intake of approximately 5 g/day of salt was associated with a 23% increased risk of stroke, and a 17% increase …