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Electronic Fitness - NHS Fitness Studio

Well done the NHS who have an easy to find Fitness Studio now running on line. It is entirely free and available 24/7.

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Don’t ignore the threat of seasonal flu

Flu is not a minor threat to our health and we need to do everything we can to protect ourselves this winter.

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Feeling good with Serotonin

How are some people remaining so happy and cheerful while others have been really pulled down? It could all be due to our natural serotonin levels.

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Don't dry out in summer!

Most of us also know that alcohol can cause dehydration; this is when the body loses more fluid than it is taking up.

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Milk is just for babies?

Milk and dairy products have been the mainstay of normal diets for generations.

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Top tips for ageing well

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There’s no holy grail of anti-aging, though it’s safe to say that medical breakthroughs, improved living conditions and better lifestyle choices are a few of the factors we can thank for their role in increasing life expectancy in the UK, now at its highest ever rate.

Dr Arup Paul, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, AXA PPP healthcare says:

“How we treat ourselves today has a significant impact on our future health. There are most definitely things we can do, at any age, to keep our brains and bodies fitter for longer and, what’s more, it’s never too late to start. We may not be able to stop the ageing process, but by making the right lifestyle choices, it’s possible to reduce the effects or problems caused by age-related conditions.”



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Health food of the month: Olives

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With so much emphasis on healthy eating these days, it is good to know that one tasty snack and ingredient is reasonably good for us.

The humble olive is today more popular than ever, and the main harvest season is now about to take place. However, this doesn’t mean we can look forward to fresh olives arriving in the shops any day now.


Previous Health Foods of the Month...

Brown and white foods
Curds and whey
Goats' meat
Edible insects
Sour bread
Coconut Flour
Ice cream
Broad beans
Kiwi fruit
Blood oranges
Sea Bass
Sugarsnap Peas
Brussels Sprouts


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