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Get a head start on your resolutions!

Whether you’ve committed to weekly winter walks or Monday meditation days, stick to your 2020 resolutions!

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Regrettable resolutions

According to clinical psychologist Joseph Luciani in December 2015, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s goals, and roughly 80% fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions. Though we know you’re obviously not part of that staggering statistic… we thought we’d give you some good reasons not to give up in 2020! (Read Joseph Luciana’s article here: https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2015-12-29/why-80-percent-of-new-years-resolutions-fail )

 

Get your walking boots on


If you’re making a resolution to take up weekly walking, take a look at these interesting facts that are sure to keep you motivated through the cold winter months and bouncing into spring:

 

  • Walking 6,000 steps a day will help improve your health and walking 10,000 will help you lose weight! 
  • Walking also increases blood flow to the brain and improves your mood. 
  • If you were to go walking for 10 miles every week, it would eliminate 500 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year. 
  • By walking an extra 20 minutes a day, you will burn 7 pounds of body fat per year.

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Meditation

Over the past decade, meditation has become an extremely popular practice. Below you will see that not only is meditation great for those who suffer from anxiety or stress, but also for those trying to give up tricky habits such as smoking. With more people becoming aware of the benefits of meditating, the more people want to get involved! Have a look at some of the reasons meditation is good for you, they’ll have you saying “om” in no time:

 

  • According to a study carried out by Harvard Medical School (How mindfulness can change your brain and improve your health, 2016), meditation can help reduce many of the health-related symptoms caused by stress. Read about them here: https://hr.harvard.edu/files/humanresources/files/mindfulness_now_and_zen.pdf
  • Research conducted at Wake Forest Baptist University discovered that meditation can decrease the intensity of pain by 40% and the general unpleasantness of pain by a huge 57%, making it a go-to for those with chronic pain. 
  • In multiple studies, it has been found that meditation has played an important role in encouraging people to quit addictions such as smoking. The results have been published in such notable publications as Addiction Research and Journal of Addiction Medicine

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At the Good Health Centre, your wellbeing is the most important thing to us. To learn more about us, please visit our website: https://goodhealthcentre.co.uk/

 

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 How to keep healthy in flu season! 

The Austrian berry that could keep you flu-free!

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Organic Elderberry Throat Spray

The Good Health Centre is now selling the Organic Elderberry Throat spray which contains Manuka honey & Marshmallow. This does not contain Vitamin C but has been recommended by Viridian to be mixed with Vitamin C for the same great benefits. 

The Elderberry 

Organic Elderberry, taken alongside Vitamin C, is the newest remedy for cold and flu immunity. Suitable for both children and adults, this simple concoction is the ideal solution to those susceptible to flu in the colder months. The Good Health Centre recommends using medicine with elderberry in, from Viridian Nutrition, for example. 

 

What are elderberries and what are their health benefits?


Elderberries come from organic fields in Austria. Scientifically named ‘Sambucus nigra’, black elderberries come from the honeysuckle plant family. Black elderberries have been used consistently throughout history in medicine to aid the immune system. The elderberry is also high in antioxidants and zinc. 

 

Created by experts at Viridian for both adults and children aged 6+, the Elderberry Elixir is perfect for those who may have a low immune system. 

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Who is at risk?


Anyone can get flu, however, some people are more susceptible to catching the horrible illness than others. This may be due to age, general health conditions or even medications. If you are one of those at risk, it may be worth investing in a remedy to help you overcome this. Those at risk include:

  • Children and infants: Children aged 5 and under are more at risk as their immune systems have not yet fully developed.
  • Older adults: Adults aged 65 and over are also at risk of flu due to the immune system weakening with age. 
  • Pregnant women: Women who are pregnant go through changes to their body which affect the immune system. This makes them more susceptible to flu.
  • Those with weak immune systems: Whether this is due to a condition (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus) or a treatment (E.g. Corticosteroids for arthritis, TNF inhibitors for psoriasis), those with lower immune systems should be prepared in case prevention does not work against the flu. 

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For more information on the Good Health Centre, visit our website here: https://goodhealthcentre.co.uk/

For more information on Viridian Nutrition, visit their website here: https://www.viridian-nutrition.com/

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You Time this Yuletide

This holiday season is the gift of giving. Why not give back to yourself?

‘Tis the season to be…

…stressed? We hope not, but from cooking to making sure you’ve got all of your presents beautifully-wrapped in time, Christmas for some can be one of the most stressful time of the year.

Those of us who suffer from stress can rest assured in the knowledge that here at the Good Health Centre we have come up with a couple of suggestions to help you unwind and relax during this festive period.

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Stress and your body

High-pressure events, like Christmas, can cause our bodies to react in a negative way. From common effects such as lack of sleep to more invasive symptoms such as headaches and stomach aches, stress can affect us all differently. Not only does our body react, but our behaviour and our mood may also change.

The best way to prevent stress from taking hold of your Christmas holiday is to recognise the signs of stress and know how and when to take time out for yourself.

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Managing festive stress

Here are a few ways you can help yourself to manage the stress this festive period may bring:

  • Engaging in physical activity
  • Practising relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, (see our top tips to correct breathing here) meditation, yoga, tai chi or massage (to see how massages may help you by clicking here.
  • Spending time with family and friends.
  • Setting aside time for hobbies, such as reading or listening to music.

A really relaxing way of dealing with stress and anxiety is by practising meditation or yoga. Yoga combines physical poses and controlled breathing, and meditation is used for both the mind and body. Incorporating yoga into your holiday schedule may help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and lower your heart rate to help you cope with the frenetic party season ahead of you.

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Osteopathic ‘Maintenance’

As we all know, our bodies need maintaining more frequently as we age. We need regular check-ups to ensure our bodies are performing to the very best of their abilities so we can enjoy our day-to-day activities as much as possible.

Osteopathic treatment is aimed at releasing the strains and stresses from our bodies that have accumulated over time, so remember at this time of year to be kind to yourself and get rid of some of those aches and pains. Having an osteopathic ‘MOT’ treatment with one of our practitioners every few months could benefit you and help you live an even more active lifestyle!

To book an appointment, or to speak to one of our osteopaths for some advice, please call us on 0113 2371173 or visit us here.