SEVEN REASONS WHY PLANTS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH…

1. They purify the air, plants help air circulation which can prevent the spread of viruses.

2. They boost your energy. The positioning of a pot plant or two can boost your focus and studies have shown that workers are more productive when their office is filled with greenery.

3. They will help you sleep. Placed around your bedroom, house plants can be a very useful aid to a better nights sleep.

4. They can ease stress. Being so close to nature has been shown to lower stress levels. We talk to our plants in the hope they will grow better. They say that interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress.

5. They will make you happy, Yeh ! they do make me happy even though I am far from green fingered. I get a real buzz if one I’m looking after grows well. Apparently it’s this “nurturing” of your plants and the joy of plants doing well that will make you feel happy.

6. They help to improve mental health. Researchers in the U.K. found that people who live around nature feel much happier than those that don’t. If you are in a flat and not near the countryside then plants in your home will help you feel less boxed I’m and have a sense of peace around them.

7. They add more humidity to the home as plants release almost all of the water they take in. This is great as the water will help to improve your air quality and health. You don’t need to use a humidifier as the plants does it all for you.

There are lots of books or online sites that can help you with what type of plant to buy for your home. One I recently bought was The Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing House Plants: The Art and Science to grow your own house plants, Kew Experts, Kay Maguire

The perfect book for the house plant gardener! Are your house plants forlorn and do they need more knowledgeable attention? With the expertise of Kew experts, discover which plants are delicate and which indestructible, whether these are cacti, succulents, air plants or those famous for their flowers, foliage, fragrance and even air freshening.
Learn how to nurture your house plants and cultivate an oasis of calm using the advice and projects in this pretty guide to 70 of the best. Here you’ll find plants for all tastes, all rooms, cold and warm temperatures, all light levels and every skill set. Find the right home for your plants and the right plants for your home.
This beautifully illustrated guide mixes exquisite botanical prints with 12 step-by-step photographed projects that show how to create and display the trendiest and lushest arrangements today. Author Kay Maguire goes back to the basics of choosing, potting, feeding and care, then looks further at pruning and propagating in order to make more plants.
The perfect book is for new and experienced stay-at-home gardeners wanting to improve their outlook, freshen their air and cultivate a little bit of calm.

Source – nbcnews.com , ecowatch.com & Mail on Sunday.

TWELVE LIFE AND WORK HAZARDS THAT CAN CAUSE LOW BACK PAIN…

1. Static work postures.

2. Repetitive tasks, like packing products or even typing.

3. Bending, crouching or stooping.

4. Ageing – after the age of 60 you are more likely to develop back problems.

5. Genetics.

6. Nursing staff in the environment due to lifting of patients.

7. Pushing, pulling or dragging heavy loads.

8. Sleeping policeman can be one of the worst culprits so driving can be quite high on the list.

9. People in the construction industry due to all the lifting of heavy goods.

10. Cooks as they have to lift heavy pans of vegetables.

11. Cleaners as they have to bend and stretch so much.

12. Joiners as there’s heavy objects to lift and awkward positions to work in.

 

WEGO HEALTH AWARDS – BACK PAIN BLOG HAS A NOMINATION…

 

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They are the world’s largest network of over 100k Patient Leaders, working across virtually all health conditions and topics. Their network collaborates with pharmaceutical and life sciences companies, agencies, consultancies, startups, and all types of organizations across healthcare.

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Nominate the exceptional patient advocates, influencers, and experts who make a difference in the lives of patients and caregivers. They say it is an honour just to be nominated, but they think the honour is all in the nominating itself!

After being nominated, connect with others in their Patient Leader Network:

  • Nominate another Patient Leader
  • Share your nomination with your network and urge them to nominate
  • During the endorsements period, endorse the Patient Leaders you’d like to see recognized

Join them and help celebrate the inspiring and impactful nominees. Feel good while honoring these Patient Leaders and then join in on the festivities.

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If you know someone who deserves any of the awards at WEGO Health then pop down to their website and nominate someone and make their day. If you think I am worthy of this award I would be delighted if you could endorse me. Just click on this Wego Health link and click on the thumbs-up sign. Thanks very much

 

4 DRUGS THAT MIGHT BE EFFECTIVE AS A FIBROMYALGIA TREATMENT…

According to a recent article in Pro Health there are four drugs that might be effective as a Fibromyalgia treatment. Although these four drugs are not knew ones they could still help with Fibromyalgia. These drugs will likely never be the subject of big clinical trials because there’s little profit to be made given their age. However, that doesn’t mean they aren’t effective.

1. Ketamine

A growing number of pain clinics are now offering ketamine infusions for chronic conditions like fibromyalgia, but do they actually work? Early research suggests they may – at least temporarily.

In a small Swedish study, 11 fibromyalgia patients were randomly selected to receive either a low-dose ketamine infusion or a placebo infusion. Eight of those patients experienced at least 50% less pain using ketamine.

Web MD say Ketamine it could also be one of the biggest breakthroughs in treating severe depression in years.

How can one drug hold such promise and peril? The answer lies in how it affects your brain.

Ketamine works like a flash mob, temporarily taking over a certain chemical “receptor.” In some cases and with expert medical care, that can be a good thing. But cross that line, and it’s big trouble.

2. Memantime

Sometimes the brain fog caused by fibromyalgia literally can feel like early-stage dementia so it isn’t surprising that an Alzheimer’s drug might be helpful in treating fibro.

Memantine is frequently used for moderate-to-severe Alzheimer’s disease, but two small Spanish studies have shown it may benefit those with fibromyalgia, too. In 2014, researchers from the University of Zarogoza reported memantine significantly reduced fibromyalgia pain when administered to 63 patients at a dosage of 20 mg per day.

3. Metformin

The subgroup of patients who had undergone pharmacological treatment of [insulin resistance] with metformin, in combination with the [standard treatment], experienced a dramatic decrease in pain scores,” reads the study. “Response to metformin plus [standard treatment] was followed by complete resolution of pain in eight of 16 patients who had been treated with metformin, a degree of improvement never observed before in such a large proportion of fibromyalgia patients subjected to any available treatment.

4. Naltrexone ( low dose) –

Low-dose naltrexone (LDN) is the dark horse of the fibromyalgia community. Very few patients and doctors know about it, and yet I frequently hear from persons with fibromyalgia who say LDN has changed their lives for the better.

An opioid receptor antagonist, naltrexone has been used to treat alcohol and drug dependence since the 1980s at full doses of 50 mg or higher.

 

ACTIVE POSTURE TOPS EXPLAINED BY DR HILARY ON GMB…

As many of my readers will know I wrote a review on the Active Posture tops a short while ago. If you missed my review click here to see what I wrote. Recently there has been more information about it due to everyone working from home. Dr Hilary on GMB talks abut the posture shirt and how it may help you with this video here. Posture Shirt is also offering a Posture Shirt TM 2.0 with a discount of 25% using the discount code of VE25.

Since my previous reviews, they have grown in strength and been on television programs and in the press. One such article was written by The Lady magazine who wrote this article on the tops.

According to the NHS eight in every ten people are affected by back pain.

It can be debilitating, depressing and downright miserable. Yet so many of us think very little about our posture through our home life or working day.

It’s so easy to spend one’s 9 to 5 day gradually slipping further beneath the desk, only to drag oneself up into the chair again every half an hour.

We naturally fall into whatever physical state is the least effort, but this isn’t necessarily the position that is the most helpful or healthy for our bodies.

It’s a job to remind ourselves how to sit when we are frantically trying to finish a deadline or rushing around after our children. Many of us ignore that niggling pain until it becomes a much bigger pain that defeats us for weeks or even months.

Traditional compression clothing works against the body by ‘overtaking’ or doing the muscles job for it, thus rendering no muscle memory performance.

One brand, ActivePosture, has come up with an innovative and clever solution to this ongoing problem.

By creating a shirt that encourages muscle memory rather than overtaking it, the patented technology behind this invention works by helping the body teach itself to properly support itself.

‘Unlike traditional compression tops, ActivePosture clothing do not overtake muscle functionality or brace the user. Instead, they make the user aware of his or her posture. This process leads to the activation of the back muscles making these stronger. As it is the muscles doing the work, not the shirt/bra, over time the user will gain muscle memory and still feel the effect when the shirt/bra are not worn. This ensures that after around 6 months, the user will no longer be dependent on ActivePosture clothing, but will be able to feel and correct the posture without wearing them.’

 

TOP TIPS FOR BETTER POSTURE:

  • When sitting at a desk for any length of time, get up and stretch from time to time (every 40 mins at least)
  • Do not sit with legs crossed and try to keep your back straight with shoulders back
  • Invest in a support cushion if you are suffering from lower back pain
  • Cast your mind over your body to ‘check in’ and see that you are not leaning or putting pressure on one are or another
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects and always bend your legs with a straight back if you do lift things

‘The Posture Shirt® and InterActive Bra has helped over 500,000 people worldwide. We are proud to introduce these superior and innovative products to the UK customers. It offers an affordable and lasting solution to those struggling with poor posture and all discomfort that comes with it’, says Daniel Shilemay, the CEO of ActivePosture.

https://activeposture.co.uk

The company are going from strength to strength, and I suddenly realised that both my own children could do with one to help with their pain.  My daughter has recently had a baby and by week three of feeding her baby was already starting to get a lot of neck and shoulder pain so I suggested one of these tops. My son is in front of a computer to many hours to mention but is also a keen tennis player and recently has had back and neck pain. Initially, we thought it was something he had done in the gym but soon began to realise it definitely had something to do with his posture.

Watch this space for a review on the top for these type of postural pains in a few weeks time.

 

The Lady