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Le Tour is Coming to Town

The World’s most famous bicycle race has reached London today. Even those who do not cycle regularly may be more inclined to do so now than ever. Cycling is easy to fit to your daily routine as you can use it as a form of transport. But it also has some other less known and somewhat surprising benefits. Better sleep Cycling just 20 – 30 minutes a day can reduce the time you need to fall asleep by half. Cycling also extends the time our body is exposed to daylight. This helps us to get rid of cortisol – the…

Intake of liquids is crucial for our health and especially important during hot days.  Some experts suggest drinking eight glasses of water a day to keep us hydrated. Drinking water is usually the best way how to provide the body with necessary liquids. But especially in the summer you can have a bite that would help you with your thirst as well. Here are the top 5 foods that keep you hydrated: Cucumber consisting from 96% of water cucumber easily rehydrates the body.  Additionally it is a great source of vitamins B, promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain;…

With approximately 275 million of infected a year worldwide trichomoniasis is the most common non-viral sexually transmitted infection. Even though it is the most common it’s rather rare. People infected by trichomoniasis are in higher risk of developing HIV infection if they have an unprotected sexual intercourse with partner infected with HIV; if pregnant may be in higher risk of having an early labour and according to some researches it can aid prostate cancer growth. It can infect the genital area and the symptoms are unpleasant and can include: Vaginal or penile discharge Irritation Soreness around the genital area Burning…

Truth or Myth #5

Every week we will bring you interesting information from the world of health …or not.  Let us know below if you think this our health “fact” is true or not and we will reveal the answer on Friday! The first five correct replies will get a £20 discount on the service of their choice. Respond by midnight on Sunday for your chance to win. So Truth or Myth?

With summer approaching and more hot sunny days we will hear more about how to keep hydrated. Water makes approximately 60% of our body weight. But what is the water in our body used for? Water keeps our body working As our body consists mainly of water it is vital to be hydrated enough to secure critical functions of our body. Among critical functions there is maintaining body temperature, protecting vital organs and digestion. Boost your brain function When your brain has sufficient amount of water it functions faster, allows you to be more focused, be more clear and creative.…

Recent survey shows that 20% of Europeans will experience heart failure. Just 5% of Brits would be able to identify symptoms. Are you one of them? Heart failure is not an exact term. It in general covers situation when the heart is not pumping blood into your body properly. Each heartbeat has set amount of blood that it should distribute. If the amount of blood is smaller we speak about heart failure. Depending on in which phase of the heartbeat failure happens there can be: Diastolic heart failure when the heart does not fill up with blood sufficiently when the…

5+1 reasons to go bananas

Once known as the poor man’s food (in some parts of the world) bananas have moved a long way to secure their position among our most favourite fruits.  Experts believe that it was the first food cultivated by humans even before rice. And from the jungles of Southeast Asia it was spread across the world. They combine a unique set of vitamins and nutrients that the human body can benefit from. And it does not end with eating them. Their peel can have some practical use as well. So what is it exactly that bananas have to offer? –       Bananas…

Coeliac disease is caused by a reaction of the gut to gluten. Gluten is mainly part of foods made from wheat, barley and rye.  The body considers gluten mistakenly as harmful and reacts by inflammation of the small intestine to prevent digesting it.  According to the latest study the number of people suffering from coeliac disease has increased significantly over the last twenty years.  The significant increase is likely to be a result of better diagnostics and means that more people with coeliac disease can live better quality life understanding their disease and how they can control it. But the…

Summer is closer and we can finally enjoy more frequent sunny days. A fun day on the sun can turn into a nightmare in the evening if you do not protect yourself properly.  Is there a safe way of sun tanning? How often should we put a sunscreen on?  How to combine sunscreen with other cosmetic products? These are just some of the questions that we need to answer for good protection. Sun can cause damage to everyone, but especially careful should be those with Fair skin History of sunburn More than ten moles History of skin cancer in their…

Reports show that number of women with an overdue smear test is rising. This number is alarming as it shows that an increasing number of women are giving up their opportunity to help prevent cervical cancer. Cervical cancer affects mainly sexually active women between 30 and 45 years. Early detection is vital. Regular screening can identify changes on cervix and treat them before developing into a serious health condition. Recommendation to repeat your smear screening every 3 to 5 years reflects medical as well as economic perspective. To have your test done regularly according to your history and HPV status…