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Fabafterfifty: Health

We all want to lead healthy fabulous lives, but we do recognise that as we reach  50 we have to deal with Health issues specific to our age group, starting with the ‘M’ word.

We will  be covering over 50 health topics such as osteoporosis, breast cancer, thyroid issues etc.

With the help of our ‘experts’, Dr Carol Cooper and Dr Marilyn Glenville, we will bring you information to help better understand the health issues faced post 50 and learn about the latest options to deal with them, using both medical and natural therapies.

  1. Do you feel tired all the time? Nutritionist reveals 6 healthy choices to improve your ‘get up and go’

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    Article by Cassandra Barns There can be many reasons for feeling tired, with the most obvious being lack of sleep! But what you eat and drink can also be important. The ‘right’ choices will provide slow-releasing energy, as well as all the necessary nutrients to help your body convert that food to energy. Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns reveals 6 healthy choices you can make to improve your ‘get up and go’! Whole grain oats If you start the day with a sugary breakfast cereal, toast or croissant, your energy is probably taking a nosedive by about 11am. Try swapping them for whole grain oats: as an unprocessed whole grain, they’re higher in fibre and break down more slowly, providing sustained energy. They’re also a natural source of energy-producing vitamins and minerals such...
  2. Health Trends of 2016 Reviewed– The Good & The Bad

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    Article by Dr Sally Norton With every New Year comes new health trends, so we wanted to take a look back at the health trends of 2016 – the good and the bad!  Super-foods We are often told that super-foods have a powerful effect on our health, but this word is often thrown around a little freely sometimes. So we’ve rounded up the best, most trending super-foods from 2016 that you should definitely take into 2017 for a healthy diet. Avocado – Avocados are the super food of 2016 and this trend is sure to stay in 2017. Avocado toast on wholegrain bread is the perfect way to sneak in healthy monosaturated fats. This type of fat can lower cholesterol levels in the blood and a reduced the risk of heart disease. Sweet potato – Another...
  3. Lorraine Kelly : How dance based fitness has changed her body and her life

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon We have all seen  how Lorraine  Kelly has transformed her body in her 50s , and is the first to say that she is slimmer and fitter than she has ever been. I caught up with Lorraine to ask her just how she has achieved this. This is what she had to say: When you get to 50 your body shape does change .  We can all change our hair and makeup, but the best way to look young and feel better is to exercise. I wanted my waist back – but not in a way that involved doing situps and crunches. I was so pleased to find...
  4. Healthier Christmas Left Overs

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    By Dr Sally Norton, NHS weight loss consultant surgeon and health expert .    Tucking into the vast choice of left-overs in the fridge is almost as much part of our Christmas indulgence as the main Christmas Day lunch.   The great thing is we’re not wasting the excess food we create from catering for twice as many as we have around the table on the big day itself!   The only problem is that if we’re not careful, that ‘special day’ indulgence becomes a week or two of calorie-laden feasting.   Feels great at the time but New Year’s Day soon looms leaving so much work to be done on getting back into shape!   At VavistaLife we are all about enjoying our favourite foods: we would never discourage a turkey curry, a...
  5. Herbal help this festive season

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    By Maya Daghighi for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine).  It’s that time of year again when we are all trying to escape irritating sniffles, colds and flu. Luckily there is an abundance of wonderful herbs and spices you can use to boost your immunity and stay healthy throughout the festive season, and beyond. Did you know that many of the every day herbs that you have in your kitchen cupboard have anti-viral properties? They can be highly effective against a number of influenza strains and respiratory viruses, and should be on the top of your shopping list. Ginger root is a powerful antiviral and antibacterial herb that can help reduce fevers and relieve colds and inflammation. It’s best used freshly chopped with your hot food or in smoothies, or...
  6. E-Cigs: What’s all the Hype About?

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      As bad habits go, it’s never too late to make a positive change to your lifestyle. Of these habits, nicotine is undeniably one of the most lethal, draining years off the life of smokers all whilst they prematurely age. On average, long-term smokers will lose a decade of life to the habit.   However, let’s not despair and say that there’s no point in quitting if you’ve been a smoker for quite a while. It’s estimated that every cigarette smoked can take 11 minutes off your life, so if you say smoked 11 a day and now began to stop, that’s a month you could get back every year.   Thankfully, rejecting cigarettes (or cigars if you prefer!) has never been easier. Should you still crave that nicotine fix, then it’s...
  7. How do you cope with Incontinence in the workplace?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon For the 10 million women living in the UK today experiencing incontinence, coping with this in the workplace can be a very real issue. I recently attended a round table discussion  held by Depend, during which they released brand new research and we heard from a panel on how to continue living the life you love after experiencing incontinence. It was interesting to see how panel members Lorraine, a Pilates instructor, Jo, a Teaching Assistant and TV presenter Nadia Sawalha talked about how incontinence impacted their working lives. Jo shared the fact that, although she was initially reluctant, she eventually confided in a colleague about her incontinence. Faced with a school trip where she was responsible for a group of children, she knew she could not simply...
  8. Reducing your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Dementia is NOT a normal part of the ageing process. It currently affects three in ten people over 70 years of age, with approximately 70% caused by Alzheimer’s Disease . Circulatory disease (ie. stroke) accounts for the majority of other cases. The causes of Alzheimer’s Disease are poorly understood and there is currently no cure. The naturopathic view of health, which emphasises prevention, is that all disease starts with disruption to the body’s balance, and that the two pillars governing health are toxicity and deficiency.? It is for that reason that naturopaths advocate eating a wide-ranging, healthy, balanced diet consisting ideally of organic whole foods, and reducing toxins in our everyday lives as far as we can. Increasing B Vitamins High blood levels of...
  9. 5 ways running can help you reach your health goals over 50

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    Many women over 50 take up running – often for the first time.  We have spoken to a number of  experts for their tops tips on why we should slip on our running shoes and hit the ground running  Run into more Vitamin D Heading out for a run is a great way to make the most of the little sunshine we get, and boost our Vitamin D levels the natural way! “Bright daylight entering your eyes triggers serotonin production. Even on an overcast day, natural daylight is much brighter than artificial light indoors. Do what you can to maximise your natural light exposure, such as going for a run outside, to help boost those vitamin D levels,” explains Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com the online shopping destination for health & wellbeing. “To...
  10. Are you missing out on life due to incontinence?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon ‘You only get old when you stop being busy’. This was a quote I was deliberating over coffee with attendees of a roundtable discussion put together by Depend, to talk through their research on how women deal with incontinence. I hadn’t realised just how apt this conversation was until I heard the views and stories of the women taking part in the panel discussion. Incontinence impacts your activities and self confidence What if you are one of the 10 million women in the UK living with incontinence? We discovered it can impact your life and confidence, prevent you from doing the things you love, limit your activities and make you feel old before your time. The panel openly discussed and shared their personal experiences of incontinence and how it...
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