Fruit – One of your most important supporters!

What’s so good about fruit?

Fruits (and vegetables) are rich in nutrients called antioxidants that are good for your immune system. Your immune system is your natural internal defence against disease.

Antioxidants are vital to a healthy diet as they protect our cells and DNA from damage. Cell damage is a catalyst for cancer, ageing and many diseases.

What to Eat

Add more fruit and vegetables of any kind to your diet. It is statically proven to support your health. Some foods are higher in antioxidants than others.

The three major antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E.

You’ll find them in colorful fruits and vegetables, especially purple, blue, red, orange, and yellows. These vitamins help to keep many areas of your body healthy such as the skin, eyesight, nerve function and digestive health.

Beta-carotene and other carotenoids: Apricots, cantaloupe melon, mangoes, nectarines, peaches, pink grapefruit, tangerines and watermelon

Vitamin C: Berries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, honeydew, kiwi, mangoes, nectarines, orange, papaya, strawberries, and tomatoes.

Vitamin E: Avocado, mangoes, kiwi, dried apricots, tomatoes and papaya.

Foods also rich in antioxidants: Cherries, prunes, apples, berries, plums and red grapes.

The only thing to be mindful of is that fruit contain high levels of fruit sugar, fructose. 
One or two portions of fruit per day is enough. Just make sure you are getting a variety of different fruits in your diet to benefit from their different health benefits.

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Give Cholesterol the Red Card!

Red Card CholesterolBad cholesterol (LDL) sticks to the walls of your blood vessels, causing a build-up of plaque and can ultimately create a blockage resulting in a stroke or a heart attack.

Thankfully we have the ability to significantly reduce the amount of LDL in our blood by taking steps to improve our lifestyle.

Below are some good examples of how to improve your cholesterol profile (increasing your “good” cholesterol and lowering your “bad cholesterol”). This is a key area that we focus on in our health assessments and your personal healthcare advisor will be happy to go into as much detail as you require.

Drills to Help Tackle your Cholesterol

Whilst in some instances there may be the need to take cholesterol lowering medicine it is widely recognised that by improving your diet, taking more exercise and maintaining a healthy weight, you can greatly lower your risk of many different kinds of cardiovascular disease.

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If you are concerned about your cholesterol levels or have any other queries regarding your health or fitness levels then get in touch or book a health assessment at either our London or Manchester centres. 

Preventative health screening is the smart way to protect your most valuable asset, your health. Don’t wait until you are ill before you take your health seriously.

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

1 in 8 men suffer from prostate cancer in the UK.Prostate Cancer UK

Understanding the symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer can grow slowly or very quickly. Most prostate cancer is slow-growing to start with and may never cause any symptoms or problems in a man’s lifetime.

But some men will have cancer that is more aggressive or ‘high risk’. This needs treatment to help prevent or delay it spreading outside the prostate. If a man does have symptoms, such as problems urinating, they might be mild and happen over many years. For some men, the first noticeable symptoms are from prostate cancer which has spread to their bones. If this happens, you might notice pain in your back, hips or pelvis that was not there before.

Problems urinating: what is normal?

Your bladder should be able to hold up to three-quarters of a pint (about 430ml). Most people would urinate about four to seven times each day, depending on how much they drink. You should know when your bladder is full and have enough time to find a toilet and empty it completely every time you urinate. If your bladder is working normally, you shouldn’t leak urine. Most people can sleep six to eight hours without having to urinate. This will be affected by how recently you had a drink before going to sleep. And as we get older, the amount of urine we produce overnight increases. Middle aged and older men often wake to urinate once in the early morning hours.

Problems urinating are not always to do with the prostate. They could be caused by another health problem, such as diabetes, or by medicines you are taking, such as anti-depressants. Your lifestyle can also cause problems urinating – for example if you often drink large amounts of fluid or drink a lot of alcohol, caffeine or fizzy drinks, which can irritate the bladder.

Symptoms to look out for include:

  • Needing to urinate more often, especially at night.
  • Difficulty starting to urinate.
  • Straining or taking a long time to finish urinating.
  • A weak flow when you urinate.
  • A feeling that your bladder has not emptied properly.
  • Needing to rush to the toilet – you may occasionally leak before you get there.
  • Dribbling urine.

Less common symptoms include:

  • Pain when urinating.
  • Pain when ejaculating.
  • Blood in your urine or semen.

Please take note that it is common for most men with early prostate cancer to not suffer from any symptoms.

Time to book a PSA test with Wellness International contact us on 0161 419 2687.

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