Showing posts with label health and well being. Show all posts
Showing posts with label health and well being. Show all posts

Cancer Care Parcel | What to buy for someone who is undergoing Chemotherapy?

The number of cancer cases being diagnosed around the world is rising with each passing year. Cancer is an extremely complex condition and there are so many of different types of cancer. Based on the type of cancer, how far it has progressed and the chances of it coming back, determine the route of treatment. Chemotherapy is often used as a main treatment for certain types of cancers. It is also used in conjunction with radiotherapy at times. Chemotherapy works by stopping the cancer cells from reproducing but is also comes with its own set of side effects. Cancer on its own and the chemotherapy treatment for it often cause feelings of anxiety, depression and some fear. It has a huge impact on the patient as well as on their families and caregivers. Having seen two of my mother's close friends being diagnosed with Cancer and with one losing her battle, I can say that it is a life changing diagnosis for the patient and their near and dear ones. Family and friends need to rally around those diagnosed with cancer as social support does tend to lessen the depression and anxiety.

It is hard when a loved one gets cancer. And it is even harder to find the right words to say and offer support. But loving words, encouragement and simple gestures go a long way. They really do make a difference to the patient.

Dr Shara Cohen set up Cancer Care Parcel to bring back a bit of calm into the lives of people suffering with cancer and its treatment. After she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 she found there was very little time to just relax, take it all in and give herself some ‘me’ time. And that led to an idea and she set up Cancer Care Parcel, to enable children and adults with cancer to take some of the worries away and bring some calm back into their lives.

Cancer Care Parcel - The Comfort for Chemotherapy Box



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Bioglan Active Curcumin - High Strength Turmeric Supplement

Living with long-term inflammatory conditions can be very tough at times. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis a few years back. I have been on medication since then to manage joint inflammation and pain. In addition to the prescribed medication, I also resort to other things like physiotherapy, massage treatments and other alternative treatments for managing my symptoms. I had been reading a number of articles that detailed convincing evidence on the use of turmeric supplements in managing inflammation and joint pain.
Bioglan Active Curcumin - High Strength Turmeric Supplement


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Multivitamins for Adults

Vitamins are essential for good health. However, they are not produced in our bodies and so we need to get them through the food we consume. While a balanced diet usually provides our required vitamin quota, ageing and this modern lifestyle of ours often causes a deficiency of the necessary vitamins and minerals. And that is where supplements come into the picture. Most younger adults still tend to manage without supplementing their diet with vitamins and minerals but older adults increasingly face many difficulties in maintaining appropriate levels of nutrients. Also those who have chronic health conditions or take certain medications may find that their body's absorption levels of certain vitamins has reduced which is why they are often prescribed vitamins by their doctor.

Multivitamins for Adults


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Donnerberg Neck and Shoulder Shiatsu Massager

Modern lifestyle is hectic. There is some or the other stress affecting everyone. And with stress comes all sorts of health disorders. I have inflammatory arthritis and coupled with the long hours I spend at the desk, I am frequently plagued with neck and back pain and overall joint stiffness. Actually, most of the population worldwide experiences neck pain or shoulder stiffness at some point in their lives. Stress is not the only cause. It could be poor posture, imbalance in the bodily systems or wear and tear with age. Getting a regular professional massage is not possible or feasible on a daily basis and so the emergence of personal massage devices has not been a surprise. It is a growing market with new kinds of massagers being launched ever so frequently.

Donnerberg Neck and Shoulder Shiatsu Massager



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Pure-Col PainNoMore - Aloe & Collagen Massage Lotion

A pain relief lotion that combines Collagen with Aloe Vera - have you heard of it? If not, read on. Pure-Col PainNoMore was designed to provide relief from sporting injuries as well as debilitating aches and pains including arthritis.

According to the makers, Pure-Col, who are leading collagen specialists, this pain relief massage lotion provides an antidote to a number of complaints.

Pure-Col PainNoMore - Aloe & Collagen Massage Lotion



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Vitamin B Complex : Its benefits and sources

Commonly referred to as the Vitamin B complex, the eight B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12) are essential vitamins that help to maintain energy levels and also ensure that our bodies operate efficiently. Each vitamin in the complex has its own health benefits and with the right diet, most of us easily get the correct amount of B Vitamins. But many of us do not get the right amount due to various reasons. As we age it makes sense to include supplements in our lifestyle to ensure that we are getting all the essential nutrients that our body needs.

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Terraillon Web Coach Prime Fit Kit

Terraillon, a global houseware brand, recently launched its full set of connected wellbeing devices which work together with the brand's Wellness Coach application. One of the devices is the Terraillon Web Coach Prime Fit Kit, which includes a connected Web Coach Prime Scale and an activity tracker called Activi-T Band.

Terraillon Web Coach Prime Fit Kit Review


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New year, new plans for a healthier life

New year means new goals and new resolutions. While myself and Mr.H have made no resolutions as such, we both do have plans to eat healthier and keep fitter. This is not just for this year but hopefully to continue even after that. And now that we are nearing the end of the first month of 2017, I thought I would share some of the changes we have made to our lifestyle. Our routine may not work for everyone or may not be feasible for all, but you can tweak it to suit your personal preferences and your health goals.

Wake up early


It is a small change but one which once made a habit makes a lot of difference. Try getting up half an hour earlier than your current wake up time and soon you will notice the difference. Even the small difference will give you extra time - time you can use to fit in some exercise or meditation.

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Giveaway | Relax and rejuvenate with BetterYou Transdermal Magnesium sleep bundle!

Magnesium is a natural aid to restful sleep and relaxation and according to BetterYou™ when you use their Magnesium Oil Goodnight as part of your night time regime the formula helps to promote deep relaxation to send you off into a peaceful sleep.

Achieve a successful slumber with BetterYou Transdermal Magnesium, a natural aid to restful sleep and relaxation.


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HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 Back and Shoulder Massager with Heat

A couple of years back I was introduced to HoMedics who sell a range of personal health and wellness products. HoMedics are popular for their range of home massage products and have been a leading innovator in massage technology. Their wellness range includes humidifiers, sleep aids, fitness monitors etc. I have used their Shiatsu cushion and it has served me well. So, my impression of the brand has been positive. A few months back I had the opportunity to trial the Shiatsu Max 2.0 Back and Shoulder Massager with Heat. And I readily took up the chance. I have always suffered from neck and back problems (it runs in the family) and use different kinds of massagers. I have hand-held massagers, a mini travel one (which my aunt got from the USA) and the Homedics Shiatsu cushion. The Shiatsu Max 2.0 felt like the perfect progression in the line of massagers I have. It promised to deliver a more intense massage experience for the back and it certainly did.

Review of HoMedics Shiatsu Max 2.0 Back and Shoulder Massager with Heat



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Improving Sleep With S+ By ResMed

Lack of sleep can have a number of ill effects - from feeling grumpy to lack of focus to increased appetite which in turn results in weight gain and also puts you at risk of various other medical problems. Poor sleeping could be due to a number of different factors - work stress, project work (for students), an overactive mind, noisy neighbours, anxiety, chronic pain etc. The list is endless.

Over the past few years a number of sleep trackers have hit the market - some that you strap onto your wrist (similar to fitness trackers) and others that need to be clipped onto your bedding. We never tried any of these as both myself and Mr.H did not like the idea of wearing a tracker while sleeping. Recently we got the opportunity to try out a non-contact sleep tracker - S+ By ResMed - and after more than a month of use, here is what we thought about it.

Improving Sleep With S Plus By ResMed



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The Deluxe Sittingwell Back Support Cushion

Sitting for long periods, no matter how good your posture, is sure to affect your back. I have postural issues and coupled with work that involves sitting in front of the computer for long periods of time, I often end up with nagging lower back pain. Hot compresses, topical pain relief applications and at times pain killers are what give me relief. I have made a conscious effort to reduce my dependence on pain medications and have incorporated yoga and stretching exercises into my daily routine. I have also made other lifestyle changes and am always on the lookout for ways to help keep back pain away. So, when the opportunity came to test the Sittingwell Back Support Cushion, I happily took up the offer.

The Deluxe Sittingwell Back Support Cushion



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Giveaway | Win a box of 18 What A Melon’s

What A Melon - watermelon water- was recently launched in the UK. Packed with health-boosting nutrients it tastes just like the real thing. In addition to its refreshingly natural flavour, What A Melon water comes with a list of added benefits. It contains:
- electrolytes
- antioxidant Lycopene
- Potassium
- Amino acid (Citrulline).

Citrulline is known to help in reducing fatigue and improving endurance making it a perfect post-workout drink. What A Melon has no added sugar and no preservatives thus also making it a healthy hydrating drink.

Win a box of 18 What A Melon



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World Heart Day | 'Beta Heart' from Herbalife Nutrition

Today is World Heart Day - an initiative to raise awareness globally about cardiovascular diseases. The World Heart Foundation believes that looking after your heart starts by understanding your risks. So you need to make sure that you are aware of your health numbers like - blood glucose levels, blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI. All these when maintained at healthy levels will ensure that your heart is functioning properly and stays healthy. To learn more about cardiovascular diseases and to find out how heart healthy you are, visit: worldheartday.org


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Beets BLU Bluetooth Bathroom Scale with Body Composition

Bathroom weighing scales have come a long way since their first analog model. I remember the simple mechanical scale at my parents place - as a kid I used to love hopping onto the scale and then checking the dial reading. Today we have digital bathroom weighing scales that not only measure weight but also calculate several other readings like muscle mass, body fat percentage, water ratio and BMI.

The Beets BLU Bluetooth bathroom scale not only does all this but also connects to mobile via Bluetooth Smart (4.0) and uploads all your information to a native mobile application for Android and iOS, with saving history. This allows you to analyse the data and choose an appropriate way to track your weight loss journey.


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Yummiest Protein Shake I Have Ever Had - Perfect W8

Few weeks backs I was introduced to Perfect W8 - a nutrient rich protein powder that has been scientifically formulated and according to the makers helps promote weight loss and achieve a healthier and leaner body. Regular readers would know that both myself and Mr.H are trying to get fitter - lose some weight and tone up. We have given ourselves time until the beginning of 2017 and we seem to be reaching there - even if it is very slowly.

We have increased our intake of protein and I have done this by incorporating Perfect W8 into my routine. Perfect W8 is high in vegan protein and helps to sustain fullness while also helping to maintain a healthy blood sugar balance. As such it is a very healthy and convenient meal replacement drink for those who are busy or always on the go.




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Yokebe Meal Replacement Shake with High Levels of Protein

Have you heard of Yokebe? They are a brand who we had never heard of before until a month back. Yokebe make a range of meal replacement shakes - all 100% natural with high levels of protein and added vitamins and minerals. Mr.H has been trying it out and here is how he got on with the shake. Read on!

Yokebe Meal Replacement Shake with High Levels of Protein


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4 Protein Snacks You Can Eat On The Go

4 High Protein Snacks You Can Eat On The Go



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Kinetica Protein Deluxe Bars - Ideal Between Workouts Or On The Go

Whatever kind of diet you follow, I am sure each one of you care about your health and must be working towards a healthy weight and muscle mass. Both myself and Mr.H have incorporated some changes in our diet and have started with an exercise regime. Being vegetarians, getting enough protein just through our natural diet is often difficult. So, in addition to consuming protein from natural sources like lentils, green peas, black beans, oatmeal, spinach etc., we  have also included protein bars and shakes into our routine.

The key factors that I look at while choosing a protein bar is not just the nutritional value but also the taste and texture of the bar. The new Kinetica Protein Deluxe Bar (which we were introduced to recently) ticks all the right boxes.

Kinetica Protein Deluxe Bars


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bkr - Not Just a Water Bottle But a Stylish Accessory Too

One of my new found loves is the bkr water bottle. The bottle is made of sturdy glass and comes with a silicone sleeve. It looks beautiful and elegant, is the perfect size for travel, doesn't leak and unlike plastic doesn't seep chemicals into the water. The bottles are BPA and Phthalate-free. After having used the bottle for a few weeks here is what I feel about it.

bkr skye water bottle
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