Health & Wellbeing

Does it hurt? Does it stunt physical development? Are there any risks involved? It’s not uncommon to see teenagers in the gym these days. In fact, their interest often starts surprisingly early – at around 12 – leaving many parents concerned about the possible implications and side-effects. A workout for a teenager should be treated like any other physical activity designed to promote a more active lifestyle and avoid obesity. Therefore, the chosen exercises should be less heavy in terms of impact and duration, and should be closely supervised by a professional instructor. Bodybuilding exercises designed to increase muscle mass…

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Good oral health care is vital to the overall harmony of the human body There are several conditions that can directly interfere with the functioning of other parts of your body. To avoid any kind of illness, here are some basic tips to make part of your daily routine: Brush your teeth daily. Many people still don’t brush their teeth. The correct thing to do is brush them at least three times a day – in the morning, in the afternoon, and finally at night before bed. Brush your teeth correctly. Avoid brushing too hard as cleaning is more effective…

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World AIDS Day is commemorated every year on 1 December, which is why the month is now known as Red December. Established by the World Health Assembly in October 1987 with the support of the UN, the date is a way of showing solidarity, tolerance, compassion and understanding for people infected with the HIV virus, which causes AIDS. In Brazil, a country which has seen more victims of the illness than many others, the Health Ministry officially recognised the date in 1988. The campaign’s most recognisable symbol is the red ribbon, created in 1991 and seen as a symbol of…

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Blue November is a worldwide campaign which aims to raise awareness about men’s healthcare issues. The movement first originated in Australia in 2003, coinciding with the already existing World Day to Combat Prostate Cancer, on 17 November. One of the main objectives is to break the taboo and male prejudices which surround the issue of prostate cancer prevention. The campaign raises awareness of the importance of men having regular digital rectal exams at the doctor, fundamental for the early detection of prostate cancer. Movember – moustache and November – is more than just an awareness raising campaign. It’s a way…

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The proposal, based on a system already in use in Switzerland, is intended to boost the numbers of those volunteering to donate blood. Anyone whose blood is used in a transfusion which saves or helps someone in hospital will receive a text message letting them know. Blood donation is something hugely important in society and should be encouraged as much as possible. The Swiss initiative not only encourages it, but also helps to bring donors closer to those who have received their blood, whilst cultivating a spirit of charity and compassion among citizens. Mike Stredder, the NHS Director of Blood…

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Don’t be scared of the cold, it can speed up your metabolism; but you’ll need to be extra-disciplined to keep to your routine of work-outs, rest and dietary requirements. It’s natural that in wintertime our desire to get out and do exercise takes a blow; the low temperatures certainly don’t help, do they? But believe it or not, the best time of year for getting in shape and losing weight is when it’s cold. Work-outs at this time of year are more productive, basically because aerobic activity puts you in a state of hyperthermia quicker than when it’s warm, and…

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You must have already asked yourself what is the optimal time for doing aerobic activity, right? Well, there’s not really a right or wrong answer, it is more a case of finding the most efficient way of achieving your goals. Let’s understand this better by considering four different scenarios: Aerobics before weight training If your aim is to get in shape and generally improve your fitness, the best way to get started is with aerobic exercises like cycling, running, swimming or getting on a cross-trainer. This kind of activity will help your heart, lungs and cardio-respiratory system to distribute oxygen…

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The way in which your body changes calories into energy has a big influence on your weight The way in which people gain or lose weight is different for everyone. Each human being reacts in a different way to the food and drink they consume, and also to exercise. Why? Because everyone has a different metabolism and, really, it’s that that counts. There are people who eat anything and everything and don’t put on weight. Others don’t eat much but can’t seem to manage to lower their body fat percentage. Let’s have a look at metabolism and how it works.…

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There are a lot of mums with plenty of questions about how best to take care of their children’s teeth and how to promote healthy dental daily habits. Good dental hygiene should start before the baby’s first teeth start to come through. A gum massager should be used from early on, or a clean, damp gauze or wet-wipe Once the first teeth start to appear, they should be brushed three times a day, with a soft toothbrush, so as not to hurt the child. Milk teeth should be taken care of in the same way as permanent ones. Although they…

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It’s pretty normal for people to say this, after having made a series of gastronomic and physical ‘sacrifices’. Well, first of all you need to understand that losing weight means losing body fat (fat%), and not just weighing less on the scales If you’re trying to lose weight, stay away from quick-fix miracle solutions. The right way to go about it is with dietary re-education; this means never cut out entire nutritional groups from your meals, like carbohydrates or proteins. It’s plain wrong! In fact, it’ll result in a nutritional deficiency. What you should do is reduce your calorie intake,…

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