Health and Wellbeing

The Health Professionals of the Brazilian Unified Health System (SUS) are the heroes of this pandemic  In light of the public health crisis, we find ourselves in this year, there is little doubt about who the real national heroes are: health professionals. They are the ones on the frontline of the coronavirus epidemic, putting their lives at risk every day to save so many others. In Brazil, therefore, they deserve our unwavering admiration and profound gratitude, especially when we talk about those that work for the national public health system, the Sistema Único de Saúde brasileiro, or SUS for short.  SUS was based…

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The NHS, the UK’s public health service, and its central role in fighting the pandemic  The NHS (National Health Service) is the UK’s public health system and was a major influence on Brazil’s counterpart, SUS, or Sistema Único de Saúde. The UK divides the NHS by country and each unit acts independently, governed by local governments in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The NHS is responsible for a broad spectrum of health services ranging from primary care to more complex medical procedures.  Funded in a similar way to SUS, that is, through the collection of general taxes, the NHS provides universal…

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Life is still far from normal… Government measures to encourage social isolation have minimised the effect of Covid-19 in much of the world, however, it is here to stay    Over the past few months, our lives have been changed in previously unimaginable ways—we have been ushered into confinement, had out travel plans cancelled, and forced to acquire strange new habits. All at the hands of a 120 nanometre (0.00012 mm) virus. How did something so small have such a global impact? Incredibly, this is one of the major issues still under discussion, as it is directly linked to the…

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This favourite massage technique is linked to several health benefits Ever heard of lymphatic drainage? Well, it is a type of massage that helps to reduce fluid retention, swelling in the feet, ankles, legs, belly, hands and arms. In addition, drainage also encourages the activation of the lymphatic system and promotes better circulation, which improves muscle blood flow, detoxifies the body, acts as an analgesic, relieves bruising and swelling after plastic surgery, and helps in the treatment of cellulite. But what is lymph? Of all the fluids in the body, the two most important are blood and lymph. Lymph…

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Welcome to another edition of BBMag, the only London-based bilingual Anglo-Brazilian publication! This time around we seek to temper some of our more traditional themes, such as tourism and culture, with the rather peculiar context in which we find ourselves. For this reason, we have several articles that explore the health crisis currently gripping our world.  Unable to visit museums and galleries in London during the Covid-19 pandemic? No problem—check out My London for a selection of virtual tours available during these restricted times! You won’t regret it. And speaking of health, we can’t fail to mention the true heroes of the hour:…

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It’s a habit that few people have, but the truth is that starting the day with only water can indeed bring benefits to your health More than 70% of the body is made up of water, so the daily replenishment of this liquid is very important. Water works as the body’s principal solvent. It performs essential chemical reactions and guarantees the balance and maintenance of physical and biological functions. Drinking water immediately after waking up not only hydrates the body, but activates the intestines and improves their overall performance. It also keeps the brain active as well hydrated cells receive oxygenated…

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Owing to genetic and hormonal factors, the accumulation of fat can appear in various parts of the body from an early age. Learn how to combat this old adversary Saddlebags refers to the accumulation of body fat on the hips and thighs brought about by genetic factors and the effect of female hormones, and can in fact even affect thin women. Saddlebags can also begin to form during adolescence. Losing unwanted fat in this region is not easy. It requires a lot of discipline and a combination of aerobic exercise and the overall strengthening of the hips. The best exercises…

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Hair colouring and treatment options to inspire! OK, we are all eternal dissatisfied with our hair. Blondes want to be brunettes and brunettes want to be blondes. Many want to be redheads. And everyone wants to cover up those grey hairs! Anyway, since there are so many options, changing one’s hair colour doesn’t have to be a permanent thing. One of the quickest ways to try out a new shade is with glosses and toners readily available on the high street. Toners only intensify existing hair colours and cover up grey strands more naturally. Toners lighten one’s natural colour in…

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If you’re looking for a sport for the kids, swimming might be the best option Given this natural relationship between humans and water, it stands to logic that children should feel at home in a pool. According to experts, the earlier a child is introduced to swimming, the greater the benefits will be long term. Classes are generally available for babies as young as 3 months of age. Kids up to 6 years mostly learn survival skills and basic strokes, leaving the teaching of actual swimming techniques for ages 7 through to 13. It’s only after this stage that…

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Thermal baths are being used to treat various conditions, from arthritis to postoperative recovery, so are increasingly popular Hot thermal springs are in demand due to their medicinal properties. These waters, which are heated deep below the Earth’s surface and subject to a series of natural processes, have proven to be effective in the treatment of arthritis, insomnia, anxiety, rheumatism, stress and even postoperative rehabilitation. There are several water parks and health resorts throughout Brazil that offer such thermal baths. Two excellent examples in the State of São Paulo are the natural springs of Lindoia and the famous Thermas dos Laranjais,…

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Swimming is one of the oldest sports and regular contact with water has always been an effective way of staying healthy Swimming is possibly the oldest means of survival, for humans as well as animals. Over the years, though, swimming has evolved to take on a more integral part of our lives as a means of sport, therapy and leisure. As an activity, it’s extremely important for neuromotor development, especially among children an adults aiming to improve their fitness. Swimming is one of the most beneficial activities for the human body; by using all four limbs, swimming promotes muscle development,…

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Caxambu is a city famed for having the greatest hydromineral potential in the world, making it the perfect destination for those seeking rest and relaxation Caxambu is a small town set amongst the mountains of the Serra da Mantiqueira in the sourthern reaches of Minas Gerais, and home to one of the largest hydromineral reserves in the world. It is also one of the most important points along Minas Gerais’ Circuito das Águas (Water Network). Caxambu is a destination that boasts 12 individual sources of mineral water, each with its own function. The best known, of course, are the medicinal…

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Pets are great company and always help raise our spirits, but what if your companion was a wild iguana? The use of animals for therapeutic purposes is nothing new. Many people, whether coming to terms with the loss of a loved one or facing up to problems associated with drugs, unemployment or isolation, end up adopting a pet, usually a cat or a dog. The benefits of having a pet are, whist not scientifically substantiated, countless, and begin with an improved sense of temperament. There are NGOs and rehabilitation centres that, as opposed to domestic pets, work with horses and…

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The “Quieter Hour” is a new initiative introduced by certain retailers to make weekend shopping for autistic people more accessible People that live with autism perceive the world completely differently to those not affected by the condition. Often these perceptions can put those that sense them at risk or danger, precisely because of the heightened intensity with which they are felt. The British supermarket chain Morrison recently spearheaded an inspiring initiative designed to demonstrate their concern for such customers. On Saturdays, an entire hour of normal operating hours throughout their stores in the UK will be exclusively dedicated to autistic…

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The Embassy of Brazil in London is hosting the symposium “New paradigms for prevention in mental health – Insights from Brazil-UK research collaborations” on 19 October 2018 The Embassy of Brazil in London is hosting the symposium “New paradigms for prevention in mental health – Insights from Brazil-UK research collaborations” on 19 October 2018, in the context of the Brazil – UK Year of Science and Innovation 2018-19. The symposium will bring together world-leading academics from Brazil and the UK to discuss their latest findings on adult and adolescent vulnerability to mental health issues, including perspectives from neuroscience, neuropsychology and social sciences. Some of…

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