Author: Nicole Taylor

5 Myths About Asthma You Need to Stop Believing

Even though asthma affects 5.4million people in the UK, there are a huge number of misconceptions about the condition. Here, Asthma UK debunks myths about asthma. 1. You can’t die from asthma Recent research by Asthma UK found that 1 in 5 people in the UK do not think asthma can be fatal but in fact asthma is serious and three people die from asthma attacks every single day in the UK. “There’s a misconception that asthma isn’t a big deal, but every ten seconds someone is having a potentially life-threatening asthma attack”, says Dr Andy Whittamore, Clinical Lead...

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How does your diet compare?

Have you tried to lose weight this year as one of your New Year’s Resolutions? Or have you got a special event coming up and you would like to manage your weight in preparation? Many of us have tried to lose weight at some point during our lives, and you wouldn’t be alone if you’re unhappy with your current weight. Did you know as many as 71% of UK women admit they’re currently unhappy with their weight, with 1 in 5 admitting they are always on a diet. In fact all of the women asked in a recent survey,...

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Top Tips for Better Sleep

We spend around a third of our life sleeping*, but some of us find it trickier to doze off than others. If you’d like some help falling asleep or staying asleep, here are our top tips for better sleep. Seven Tips for Better Sleep 1. To regulate your body clock, stick to a sleep schedule, where you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. 2. Create a relaxing routing right before bedtime and separate your sleep time from activities – especially ones that cause excitement, stress or anxiety – as these can make it...

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Our Guide to Trips

Off to the park for a picnic, or going sightseeing, or perhaps going somewhere further afield for a holiday? We all enjoy a good trip, whether it’s close to home or a relaxing getaway. But to make sure everyone’s needs are catered for, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. Here’s our guide to days out and trips away. Days Out: As well as deciding on the best location, it’s important to look into travel and transport options euansguide.com is a really useful website that features disabled access reviews from disabled people and their friends and families. “The aim of...

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Four Benefits of Walking

Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that’s completely free. You could take a walk around your local park, along the beach, or just around the block. It’s also a great exercise to do with the family, why not spend Sunday morning exploring new sites? If that’s not enough reason for you, here are four great reasons to get out and about for a quick stroll. 1. Walking strengthens your heart As well as helping you lose weight, walking lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. In fact, the Stroke Association says that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps control high blood pressure and reduce the risk of strokes by 27%. 2. It exercises the brain According to the Alzheimer’s Society, regular physical exercise reduces the risk of developing dementia. Research has also shown that walking gives a greater chance of avoiding brain shrinkage and preserving memory loss. 3. It boosts Vitamin D Many people in the UK are Vitamin D deficient, which affects bone health and immunity. Walking is the perfect way to get your daily dose, while enjoying the great outdoors. 4. It makes you happy Studies show that in mild to moderate cases of depression, a brisk walk is just as effective as anti-depressants as it releases endorphins and reduces stress and anxiety.* * heart.org  If you need a little extra help to get out and...

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