As we count down until Spring arrives, here three ways surrounding yourself with nature can help you with overall health and happiness.
1) Plants Increase Our Creativity
Did you know that plants can make us more creative in the workplace? Research at an American university found that plants played a major role in boosting the creativity and productivity of a person. The team behind the research studied just over 100 subjects over a period of eight months. The subjects were asked to perform a number of office tasks. Some were tested in an area well decorated with plants and flowers, and others in an area that had none. It was found that people who had plants in their workspace had more creative ideas and were generally more productive. So, get down to your local Bunnings and pick out a leafy green indoor plant for some workplace inspiration.
Most of us know that eating a well-balanced diet and leading an active lifestyle is critical in maintaining optimal health, but could you be neglecting one of the most important areas of your health? If you spend hours each day looking at a computer screen or tablet, then your eyes could be under constant strain.
With all of today’s technology it’s easy to build up long hours in front of computer screens, smart phones, tablets and televisions. Whilst these don’t necessarily cause eye damage, over time they can lead to significant health issues like dry and fatigued eyes, and even headaches. Today we want to talk about two of the most common eye health issues that can occur in an office-based work environment, and what you can do to protect your eyes at work.
There are two types of diabetes; Type 1 diabetes, which is usually diagnosed in the early years of life, in children and young adults. Those who suffer from Type 1 diabetes are unable to produce enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is required to convert the food we eat into the energy our bodies use. The second is type 2 diabetes, which is more commonly diagnosed in adults. In this form of diabetes, the pancreas can produce enough insulin but the body develops a resistance to it.
Although both types of diabetes overlap in their clinical manifestation, they are both different kinds of diseases with different causes and different treatments. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the lesser-known factors that can increase your risk in developing type 2 diabetes.
Running is amongst the easiest and cheapest forms of exercise available. Long before there were gyms or team sports there was running.
If you would like to run without all the pressures of preparing for a half marathon, doing a fun run is a great way to get fit and raise money for a deserving charity. You can either train to finish the run with a personal best time, or choose to take things easy and complete the fun run in fancy dress. When you put the fun back in your run everyone benefits. The personal benefits - both physical and mental - of running are many and wide-ranging.
Bowel cancer can develop without the person experiencing any symptoms, and an alarming one in 23 Australians will develop bowel cancer in their lifetime.
What is a bowel screening test?
Bowel screening tests detect blood in your bowel movement which is a common sign of bowel abnormalities. It is important to realise that screening tests do NOT test for cancer, merely abnormalities in your bowel. If the result of your bowel screening test is positive you will be advised to contact your GP to discuss the result. In this instance, you may be referred for a follow-up colonoscopy.
Most people needing a hit of energy will instinctively reach for a cup of coffee, a chocolate bar, or worst of all, a sugar-laden energy drink. There is however, a healthier and far more effective solution to getting you that energy you crave – exercise! Studies have shown that people who partake in regular exercise are less tired and that after exercise, people in general feel less lethargic.
How does exercise give you energy?
It does sound strange that exercise, which burns energy, can help to combat fatigue, but it really does! Exercise gives you more energy by improving your blood flow and therefore carrying more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. In addition, having a healthy active lifestyle can cut the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression and even some cancers. It can also help you keep your weight in check, reduce stress levels and lead to a better night’s sleep.
How can you fight fatigue with exercise?
Experts say you should try to get 150 minutes of physical exercise each week. If you hate going to the gym then why not break it down into 10 minute chunks that fit into your lifestyle? Short brisk walks, bike rides and even housework are all great forms of exercise! If you haven't been active for a while, make an appointment with your GP and start increasing your activity slowly and under the guidance and instruction of your doctor.
Quitting smoking can be one of the most difficult things a person can do. Many smokers will tell you they would love to quit, and may have tried at least once before. Some are even successful for periods of time. The one thing that all smokers will admit, is that they know smoking is bad for their health.
Why you should quit
Winter is officially only days away and the cold, gloomy weather can often put a damper on your mood. Here are 6 tips to keep your mind and body healthy and happy this winter!
1) Eating right
Enjoying a balanced and healthy diet is a great way to stay in shape physically and mentally. Eating plenty of whole grains, healthy fats, vegetables and fruits as part of your daily diet will not only keep your mind and body sharp, it will also help avoid that ‘extra padding’ that can sometimes find its way onto our bodies in winter. Include fatty fish in your diet like mackerel, tuna, and salmon which are high in omega-3s and eat dark green, leafy vegetables and nuts to support brain function and health.
Don’t let a travel related illness get in the way of enjoying your overseas holiday. Before you leave Australia, we recommend a travel health check at Newtown Medical Centre. We offer personalised advice and information on how to reduce your risk of illness while overseas, as well as vaccinations against the most common travel related diseases and infections.
Before visiting certain countries, immunisations may be required to protect you from diseases you may encounter. In fact, routine health check-ups are necessary and required as a condition to enter certain countries.
Now that another wonderful Australian summer has drawn to an end, it’s the perfect time to consider having a skin cancer check at Newtown Medical Centre.
Why Should You Get a Skin Cancer Check?
Melanoma currently makes up 20% of cancer cases in young Australians aged between 20 and 39 years old. Every day four people in Australia die from Melanoma. Although these statistics are alarming, Melanoma is preventable, and when detected early on, curable.
What Happens at a Skin Cancer Check?
During your appointment, the doctor will go over your medical history with you to establish your skin cancer risk. Let your doctor know if you have any moles or spots of particular concern. A full body skin check will be performed using a magnifying tool called a dermoscope. At the completion of the full body check, your doctor will discuss your findings and whether any follow up is required. The doctor will also chat to you about skin cancer prevention measures that you can take to help reduce your chances of developing skin cancer.