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No holiday for our digestive systems at Christmas!




It is incredibly hard not to over indulge at this time of year. However, as we become older, we might increasingly find that after a lovely meal we begin to suffer from discomfort and even pain in the stomach and upper abdomen.
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An easy way to get fit for travel!




More than ever before, there is a range of holidays and trips that are ideal for our age group. However, as we get older it becomes more important than ever to be aware of any health risks in the countries we are planning to visit.
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Get your teeth into cleaning!




Gum disease in its early stages is often ignored, especially by people who don’t regularly visit their dentist for check ups, but it is a very common problem. As we get older this can get worse.
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Free AAA screening for men




Men are notorious for not taking enough interest in their own health, so it is good that all men aged 65 or over are being invited to take advantage of a free NHS AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) screening programme.
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Let that sunshine into your life




It is now known that Vitamin D is absolutely essential for our health. A lack of this vital vitamin can lead to all sorts of physical problems including heart disease and certain cancers; or even depression and schizophrenia.
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Expert tips on dealing with aches and pains this winter

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Joint pain can occur anytime throughout the year, but can feel worse and harder to cope with during the cold and wet winter months. AXA's lead physiotherapist, Jan Vickery, explains.

“A change in the weather will not cause arthritis pain, but it can make the symptoms more noticeable. When we are cold our body restricts how much blood it sends around extremities, like our hands and feet, so that it can focus on supplying vital organs, like the heart and lungs. This makes the soft tissues around the joints less pliable, so joints can feel tight, stiff and uncomfortable.”

Read on for expert tips on dealing with aches and pains this winter

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Health food of the month: Almonds

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Almonds creep into many meals at Christmas, with traditional recipes for cakes, sweets and of course marzipan all stipulating almond or almond meal as an ingredient. Almonds are also very popular as a tasty nut to accompany all those Christmas tipples!

But we shouldn’t be adding or eating almond just for its lovely delicate flavour. Almonds have been described as one of the most perfect foods because of their health benefits, and certainly they are a nut that can play a useful part in any healthy diet.

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Previous Health Foods of the Month...

Flatbread
Jackfruit
Prawns
Barley
Radishes
Brown and white foods
Potatoes
Pulses
Curds and whey
Goats' meat
Nuts
Goose
Sugar
Pumpkins
Bananas
Gooseberries
Grains
Tea
Edible insects
Sour bread
Eggs
Coconut Flour
Haggis
Mincemeat
Mascarpone
Chesnuts
Seaweed
Ice cream
Apricots
Broad beans
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Venison
Noodles
Blood oranges
Dates
Partridge
Milk
Celeriac
Sea Bass
Figs
Quinoa
Aubergines
Crab
Chocolate
Oats
Sugarsnap Peas
Turkey
Brussels Sprouts
Duck

 
 

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