Taking Control of Your Family’s Health

Quite often, it can feel like we have no control over our own and our family’s health, meaning every member of the family is at the mercy of germs, microbes and other airborne agents. Do you care about your health, body, mind and spirit and those of your family? It’s time to pay attention to the wellness trend.

Wellness is about living healthy and making sure you’ve got the strength to enjoy the things you love the most. For your family to achieve its health goals, you all need to make long-term commitments and practice healthy behaviours.

It’s not possible to prevent all injuries or illnesses that could happen, but you can make certain choices in order to protect your whole family’s health.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep should be a top priority for all members of your family. Adults need, on average, seven to eight hour’s of sleep, while children need differing amounts depending on their age.

If you’re not enjoying enough sleep, it increases the risk of heart disease, obesity, cancer and depression. For your kids, it’s going to make them irritable and unable to concentrate. If family members aren’t getting enough sleep, any other healthy lifestyle choices you make will lose their effectiveness.

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Schedule Regular Check-Ups

Regular health check-ups are important for preventing disease and detecting problems early. Making sure you all have regular check-ups at the doctor are one of the simplest ways to take control of your family’s health.

The NHS offers regular health checks that are designed to look for risk factors and early signs of diseases, the most common of which are heart disease or cancer. Regular eye and dental checks should also be undertaken for all members of the family.

Protect Your Skin

Sun exposure and sunburn is linked to skin cancer, so it’s important to limit your time in the sun. You might not think it’s an issue living in the UK; after all, the sun doesn’t shine too often. Nevertheless, even on overcast days, the suns UV rays can be harmful.

Try to wear protective clothing, hats and sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Polarised sunglasses will protect your eyes from the damaging and harmful rays of the sun. Regularly check family members for signs of skin cancer and visit your GP if you’re worried about anyone in your family.

Improve the Family Lifestyle

If you want to take control of your family’s health, the best way to do it is to choose a healthy lifestyle. That means eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. Both of these will help keep everyone’s weight, blood sugar level, blood pressure and cholesterol level within a healthy range.

Aim to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and lean or low-fat protein sources. Limit the amount of added sugars, sodium and trans-fats. As a family, you should be getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days per week, plus muscle-strengthening activities twice a week.

To ensure your family’s health is protected, taking supplements, such as those offered by swanson.co.uk, is a great way to keep check of the vitamin and minerals everyone is receiving per day. Ginger & Turmeric capsules, for example, are ideal for helping muscles, joints, bones and stomach issues.

Your health and the health of everyone in your family is important. Taking control of it can mean the difference between prevention and treatment.  

Laura x

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XLS Nutrition: Review

Since becoming a mum almost 12 months ago (eek, we are 2 days away from my baby being 1), I’ve struggled to come to terms with my new body. Everyone told me it takes time to recover but I always thought that within 6 months I’d be back in my size 8’s and loving life.

WRONG!

I’ve tried lots of different methods of exercise as well as drinking protein shakes and nutritional drinks and this week I’m bringing another review to the blog and that is XLS Nutrition.

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Things to try to improve your wellbeing

If you’re a follower of mine on Instagram then you may have seen that I’ve been incorporating a good skincare routine back into my life lately in a bid to banish those blemishes. It got me thinking about other ways to take care of myself and not necessarily those of a pampering nature.

When I was younger and pre baby, I made a lot of time for myself to go to the gym and have regular facials or face masks and even painted my nails. Now I’m lucky if I have time to even contemplate painting my nails, my face mask is done in bed before I go to sleep, and exercise consists of running around after an almost 1-year-old and climbing up and down a children’s climbing frame in the name of squeezing my butt down a slide with said child.

When you become a mum you suddenly put this tiny person 1st above everything and anything and that includes washing your hair. Dry shampoo is BAE and you don’t even flinch when telling someone you’ve gone 5 days without washing your hair. You really do neglect yourself in those first 12 months unless you’re completely on the ball and motherhood is just second nature (those lucky few!). I suddenly have a new-found understanding of what all those women before me have been through and find myself sitting alongside them.

Well now it’s time to embrace the new me and that includes making more time for myself even if that means waiting for my child to fall asleep.

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