10 Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol

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We all have cholesterol in our bodies, it’s when we have a little too much cholesterol in our body that we can start to get concerned. Too much cholesterol builds up inside our arteries, blocking the blood flow and increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke. NOTE: This advice is a part of a healthy lifestyle, and does not just … Read More

More of this, less of that for managing cholesterol

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Here is an easy guide for which foods you should seek out and which to avoid to help lower your cholesterol. Increase your intake of: Food Why What Fish Omega 3’s – consumption associated with better cardiovascular disease outcomes; helps to lower LDL and increase HDL. Oily fish are the highest sources – salmon, mackerel, sardines, fresh tuna Other varieties are … Read More

Village Health Xmas Hours 2017

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Please see below for opening hours over the Xmas and New Year period for 2017/18 Monday 25 December   CLOSED Tuesday 26 December:  CLOSED Wednesday 27 December: 9:00am to 3:00pm – urgent only Thursday 28 December: 9:00am to 3:00pm – urgent only Friday 29 December: 9:00am to 3:00pm – urgent only                 Monday 1 January:          CLOSED Tuesday 2 January:          CLOSED Wednesday … Read More

Vitamin D – Are you getting enough?

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You need Vitamin D and calcium for strong, healthy bones. Your body makes Vitamin D when the sunlight touches your skin. Shade, clothing, sunscreen or glass windows prevent this occurring. However, due to the risks of sunburn and skin cancer we need to be careful how much sun we get. September to April A daily walk or some form of … Read More

How to do Junk Free June

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The nurses and I here at Village Health have decided to challenge ourselves this June, by partaking in the Cancer Societies’ fundraising initiative ‘Junk Free June’. Each of us have discussed what we think would be the hardest ‘junk’ to give up. For some, fizzy drinks, and for others, chocolate and alcohol. Personally, I could go without fizzy drink without … Read More

Recipe – Mini Frittatas

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These frittatas are easy and light. Use whatever meat and veggies you have on hand to make them yours! Spray oil 8 large eggs ⅓ cup trim milk ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon salt 120 grams canned fish (salmon, tuna) 1 cup freshly grated cheese, try light cream cheese or ricotta to lower saturated fat content ¼ … Read More

Foods to boost immunity

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Lemons and other citrus fruit – high in Vitamin C Vitamin C helps the body to produce white blood cells as well as antibodies – both help the immune system fight invading viruses. For best results, keep your body stocked up with Vitamin C before winter arrives. Try squeezing lemon or lime into hot water for a refreshing and warming … Read More

Butter or margarine?

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Butter or margarine? I truly believe in the saying ‘each to their own’. What works for me, may or may not work for you. However, we are often subjected to the media pushing their exaggerated and usually unsubstantiated claims. As a Health Professional and Dietitian, I’d like to put the emotional arguments aside and interpret the evidence on this candid … Read More

Holiday Eating

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A few ‘damage control’ tips for the festive season. Don’t skip meals on the day of a work/Christmas gathering. Instead, focus on filling up on high fibre foods during the day – snack on fruit and nuts, wholegrain carbohydrates for breakfast and lunch, and regular protein such as milky drinks or yoghurt between meals. At the buffet, load your plate … Read More