FREE BLOOD PRESSURE TESTS…

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In the UK it is estimated that nearly three-quarters of adults don’t know their blood pressure numbers, and this year Blood Pressure UK Know Your Numbers ! Week is this week 16th – 22nd September.

Without knowing your numbers, you are less able to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

Blood Pressure UK – helping you to lower your blood pressure. Head to this site to find your nearest pressure station.

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WALK TO WORK WEEK – 13th – 17th MAY…

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Between 13-17 May 2013 employees are encouraged to leave their cars at home and put national transport aside to get your blood pumping and get fit.

Walking is a great way to stay trim and helps keep your heart healthy.

It saves on petrol and bus fares, and is better for our planet.

It’s easy to fit some more walking in to your working week. Whether it’s making changes to how you travel to work, or getting out more at lunchtimes, Living Streets can help.

We’re all sat at our desks long enough, so why not take the chance to stretch our legs, get fit and burn out the carbon footprint all in one go?

Many of the best writers including Charles Dickens and Wordsworth went on walks to get inspiration!

For more details head to the Walking Works Website.

WHAT TO EAT TO HELP LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE…

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After recently finding out that I am suffering from very high blood pressure, my sons lovely partner has been reading up on how to lower it naturally. Some of them may come as a surprise to you.

Hibiscus tea commonly consumed as a pleasant herbal tea in the Middle East, this one is quite effective and has been supported by several placebo-controlled trials (5). It also tastes good.
Eat fish at least three times a week
Omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect which helps to support and maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. They help to maintain the flexibility of blood vessels to promote healthy blood flow and help maintain healthy blood pressure. If you don’t like fish or seafood, Blackmores’ Omega Heart is a source of concentrated omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish oil.
Bananas You probably know that eating too much salt can raise blood pressure, but most people aren’t aware of the benefits of potassium, which counters sodium’s ill effects. Most don’t get enough of this mineral.

According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, people with hypertension may especially benefit from upping the amount of potassium in their diet. Adults should get at least 4,700 milligrams a day. A few good sources: bananas (422 milligrams each), a baked potato with skin (738 milligrams), orange juice (496 milligrams per cup), and non-fat or low-fat yoghurt (531–579 milligrams per 8 ounces).
Of course the best news of all is that dark chocolate can also help to lower your blood pressure.

Chocolate Several placebo-controlled trials have shown that dark chocolate or cocoa reduces blood pressure in people with high or even high-normal blood pressure (6, 7). Dark chocolate also appears to increase insulin sensitivity and the skin’s resistance to sunburn if eaten regularly, but that’s for another post. All effects are probably related to chocolate’s polyphenol content. I prefer plain toasted cocoa nibs because they don’t encourage overeating, but dark chocolate (70+ percent cocoa mass) also works if you’re able to include it in moderation as part of an overall healthy eating pattern. You may want to avoid eating chocolate in the evening because it can interfere with sleep.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR COPING WITH PAIN…

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Occupational therapy is given to you by a therapist who is someone who can check your posture at work and at home. Bad posture and poor work related positions can play havoc with your back and neck and, over time it can also aggravate other health problems.

The Occupational therapist can check your work related positions and posture and suggest ways to help alleviate your pain at work or your work at home.

They can also,
provide advice
look at ways an everyday task can be done differently
recommend alterations or changes to your home
refer you on to other services that can help – for example, speech and language therapy
help you to address work-related issues
Occupational therapists have specialist knowledge and can advise you on disability equipment, housing adaptations and adaptations to the workplace.

You can find out more on the Direct Gov website http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/DisabledPeople/HealthAndSupport/WhosWhoInHealthServices/DG_4003761