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Healthy Living

Useful websites

Self Help:- Here's a website with a comprehensive self help directory for you to use. http://www.selfhelp.org.uk/sub_a.html

Check your symptoms:- Go to NHS Direct

https://www.nhs.uk/symptom-checker/

Patient Information Leaflets:-

http://www.patient.co.uk/pils.asp

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This is a summary of five major choices that you can make to help you stay healthy. The main benefit of these lifestyle choices is that in the future you will be less likely to develop heart disease, stroke, diabetes, liver problems, lung problems and certain cancers.
 
1.     STOP SMOKING.no_smoking.jpg
If you smoke, stopping smoking is often the single most effective thing you can do to reduce your risk of future illness. The risk to health falls rapidly as soon as you stop smoking (but takes a few years before the increased risk reduces completely).
See our smoking cessation advice section on this website for further information on how to stop.

Find out how your health could improve and how much money you could save if you quit smoking at http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/smoking/Pages/stopsmokingnewhome.aspx

 
2.     TAKE SOME REGULAR EXERCISE

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Becoming more active has great benefits to your overall health and well-being including increased energy, improved mental health, improved strength and stamina and decreases the risk of osteoporosis. Anything that gets you mildly out of breath and a little sweaty is fine. For example, jogging, heavy gardening, swimming, cycling.

A brisk walk each day is what many people do and that is fine. However, it is thought that the more vigorous the exercise the better. To gain most benefit you should do at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days. Several short bursts of exercise are thought to be just as good, for example three 10 minute bursts of exercise at different times in a day.

3.     EAT A HEALTHY DIET 

Briefly, a healthy diet means 

At least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables per day

The bulk of most meals should be starch-based foods for example cereals, wholegrain bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, plus fruit and vegetables, 

Not too much fatty food such as fatty meats, cheeses, full cream milk, fried food, butter. Use low fat, mono- or poly-unsaturated spreads. 

Include 2-3 portions of fish per week. At least one of these should be “oily” such as herring, mackerel, sardines, kippers, pilchards, salmon or fresh tuna. 
 
If you eat meat it is best to eat lean meat or poultry, 
       
If you do fry, choose a vegetable oil such as sunflower, rapeseed or olive oil 
       
Try not to add salt to food and limit foods which are salty.


4.     TRY TO LOSE WEIGHT IF YOU ARE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE.

You don’t need to get to a perfect weight. If you are overweight you can gain great health benefits by losing 5-10% of your weight. This is often 5-10kg.

Find out if you are a healthy weight for your height at http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Healthyweightcalculator.aspx 

5.     DON'T DRINK TOO MUCH ALCOHOL.

A small amount of alcohol is usually fine but too much can be harmful.
Men should drink no more than 21 units per week (and no more than 4 units in any one day)
Women should drink no more than 14 units per week (and no more than 3 units in any one day)
One unit is about half a pint of normal strength beer, or two thirds of a small glass of wine or one small pub measure of spirits.
 
Reducing your intake.
Alternate alcoholic drinks with low or non-alcoholic drinks.

Avoid binge drinking.

Make your drink last longer by adding mixers

Always drink plenty of water as alcohol dehydrates the body.
 
Are you drinking more than the healthy limit? Find out at http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/alcohol-units.aspx Want more information, help or advice?
Book an appointment to see Katherine the health care assistant or a practice nurse.



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