Planning For A Healthier Year Ahead With Murrays Pharmacy The 21st December , the shortest day, has been and gone; Christmas is over and New Year is on the horizon. If you suffer over the Winter with issues such a Seasonal Affected Disorder or winter colds and flu you will probably be pleased that the new year is on the way. Knowing that spring and summer will soon be on the horizon can breathe a new lease of life into you and your health and to get ready for the seasons ahead, the best place to start is a health check. Planning your New Year resolutions to make changes to your health are common at this time of year, so if you are one of these people , at Murrays Pharmacy in the West Midlands we are here to support you. It is important to remember that prior to starting any exercise routine, new diet or lifestyle change, you consult with a medical professional such as your GP. For healthy living advice, Murrays Pharmacy bring you a trained pharmacist in every branch full of useful advice for a range of health conditions Giving Up Smoking One of the first things you can do to make a big difference to your health quickly is to give up some of your bad habits. For example, giving up smoking not only helps your health but can help your pocket. You can save thousands in just a year by quitting smoking. It is not easy, Trying to quit smoking is extremely difficult and without support, many people do not succeed. Murrays Pharmacy understand how difficult it is making the decision to quit smoking and to keep it up, pop into your local branch of Murrays Pharmacy to find out about the support on offer [...]
Weight Management At Murrays Pharmacy It is worrying to learn that in the UK, over 50% of the population are classed as overweight with a proportion of those falling into the “obese” category. Being overweight is, without doubt, a serious health risk. Not only are you at increased risk of conditions such as heart attacks, diabetes, arthritis from the strain on the joints and some cancers, but should you need urgent surgery, obesity can cause issues when using anaesthetics, putting you at an additional risk during lifesaving procedures. It is thought that today’s sedentary lifestyle is contributing towards an increase in people’s weights. Poor eating habits including convenience foods, fast foods, and snacking, and less exercise, means that people are ingesting more calories than they are using, resulting in the excess being stored as fat. Long term lack of exercise and poor diet will result in obesity. Weight management is a long-term approach to adjusting to a more healthy lifestyle. Making just one change can never be enough – to manage weight for most people this will include a balance of healthy eating and exercise. There is nothing wrong with the occasional treat but overall eating plans should be focused around providing more fibre and fruits and vegetables with protein in proportion and less carbohydrates and fats. Incorporating foods and recipes that will keep us fuller longer can be useful tools in weight management. It is important to remember to chat to your doctor prior to making drastic lifestyle changes in order to ensure you do this correctly. Particularly if you are on long term medications and require repeat prescriptions. Did you know your pharmacy team at Murrays Pharmacy can offer help and advice with weight management? If you have trouble controlling your weight and have tried a number of [...]
Vitamin D- An Essential Addition Most parents think their children are getting enough vitamin D through their diet but in fact, they are likely to be wrong. Recent studies show that most children aren't getting enough of this essential vitamin. In 2014, following a review of vitamin D deficiencies, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) increased the amount of vitamin D it recommends for children and adolescents. Why Vitamin D? Parents believe that if a child drinks milk and plays outside, he's getting enough vitamin D, right? Surprisingly, not necessarily. We know more about vitamin D each year and due to lifestyle changes and increased suncream use, you might be surprised to hear that the majority of the population shows signs of vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D helps ensure the body absorbs and retains calcium and phosphorus, both critical for building bone. A vitamin D deficiency can lead to rickets, a bone-softening disease that continues to be reported in children generally under the age of 2. Vitamin D deficiency also increases the risk of bone fractures in older children, teens, and adults. The increase in the recommended amount of vitamin D children need each day is a result of new evidence showing its life-long health benefits. Supplementation is important, because most children will not get enough vitamin D through diet alone. Talk to your pharmacist at Murrays Pharmacy today to find the right vitamin D supplement for your children.