Exercise for Optimal Health

What is exercise? Physical activity and exercise are both terms that are often used interchangeably, but at a closer look have quite different meanings. Physical activity is a broad term used to describe incidental activity that required any bodily movement produced by contracting muscles. Exercise is a type of physical activity requiring planned, structured and […]

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The concerns of consuming sweeteners

Sweeteners have become increasingly popular as sugars are becoming commonly known as being unhealthy, yet people still desire that sweet taste. The attractive aspect of sweeteners include being low in energy or calories, with some having no energy, helping people lose weight whilst still eating and drinking versions of what they like, such as sugar […]

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Fats and their function

The functions of fats within our bodies are so versatile. It is important that we know these functions so that we can fully appreciate fats and make sure we don’t skimp out on consuming them. Fats include triglycerides, cholesterol, and essential fatty acids. Triglycerides are found in foods such as vegetable oils and animal fats […]

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Antioxidants – what even are they?

You may have heard about certain foods being advertised as “full of antioxidants”, but what even are antioxidants? Are they worth the hype and should we care about them?Firstly, you need to know what free radicals are to know about the function of antioxidants. Free radicals are small molecules that contain an unpaired electron and […]

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Protein isn’t just for athletes and gym junkies

It can sometimes be thought that athletes and gym junkies are the only ones who need to make sure they are having enough protein, but that is a misconception. Protein is an important macromolecule that is made of ‘building blocks’ called amino acids and these are needed for everyone as they are used in bodily […]

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Over Indulging at Easter

The Easter long weekend typically sees an increase in consumption of sugary foods, the biggest culprit chocolate eggs, and a decrease in exercise. While it is ok to enjoy easter eggs and hot cross buns, over consumption of such foods can lead to unhealthy weight gain and can put you at risk of developing chronic […]

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Adherence to exercise

Changing habits is no easy task. One of the most common New Year Resolutions we hear about involve starting an exercise program, losing weight or getting fit but months roll by without any change. There are many occasions throughout the year that sets us out of routine and we often struggle to start or restart […]

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Diabetes Beat It Program

Last week we saw how diabetes can develop and what the benefits are of exercise in management of blood sugar levels. For a refresh, diabetes can develop when the body resists the effects of insulin or cannot make enough insulin the maintain blood glucose levels in its target range, resulting in elevated levels. Exercise can […]

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Winter and Chilblains

With winter well and truly upon us, we need to keep an eye out on our feet. Gone are the days of hot weather and cracked heels, but we are starting to see an increase in a lesser-known issue called chilblains.Chilblains (or pernio) are patches of red, swollen and itchy skin. They occur as an […]

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Fungal Infections

As a Podiatrist, our jobs can tend to be very seasonal in terms of what comes through the clinic. In winter we see a lot of ingrown toenails and corns, and through summer we see a lot of cracked heels and fungal infections.Over the next few months as the weather starts to warm up again […]

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How to exercise for optimal health

The hardest thing currently is the overabundance of misinformation that exists. This is particularly true when it comes to exercise. Every week there is a new fad for the health and fitness industry, and it can be hard to determine what is required to keep fit and healthy. This article will clarify everything.The American College […]

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Pain in the ball of your foot?

Quite often, our podiatry team see people walk through our doors complaining of pain in the ball of their foot. There are many different diagnoses regarding this kind of pain, however, it is common a plantar plate injury has occurred. The plantar plate is a thick fibrocartilaginous ligament that spans across the bottom of the […]

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