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Small Change Big Difference - Healthspan's Top Tips for a Healthy 2013.

Press Release   •   Feb 07, 2013 10:56 GMT

Small  change, big difference

Forget diet fads and complicated exercise classes, kick-start your new routine with
some top tips from a selection of leading health experts:

Shine a light

If you are one of the 33% of the population thought to suffer from some degree of
seasonal affective disorder (SAD), Rachell Hipkiss Director of Science and
Nutrition at Healthspan suggests: “Try to get out of bed at the same time you
would in the summer and put on a light as soon as you wake up. Alternatively
try a light box with a strength of around 10,000 Lux. You can buy ‘wake-up’
lamps in the shops and light therapy has been shown to help 85% of people with

Time out

“Take a break from work if the stress becomes too much to handle and remember that
not many people’s last words are, ‘I wish I’d spent more time at the office!’
Says Dr Roger Henderson: “Try yoga, deep breathing and meditation techniques
and take regular breaks in your day devoted to ‘me’ time, if only for five
minutes. The secret is to deal with stress sooner rather than later.”

Pull  your weight

“Regular exercise and keeping fit helps to boost energy levels and ward off depression,”
recommends Dr Sarah Brewer, author of Live Longer, Live Younger.
“Research has shown that glucosamine supplements could help reduce some of the
impact and stiffness for people whose joints are frequently overloaded.
Glucosamine, an amino sugar is produced naturally in the body, but is often in
short supply; therefore supplementation alongside a balanced and protein rich
diet may help tackle complaining joints.”

Fish for health
Boost memory with omega 3 high in the most essential fatty acids DHA and
EPA which your body cannot produce enough of. “The best source of omega 3 fatty
acids in our diets is oil rich fish, which is why we are recommended to eat at
least one portion each week,” says Sara Stanner, registered health
nutritionist. “These include salmon, fresh tuna, mackerel and sardines’,
however taking a fish oil supplement is one way to obtain the benefits of a
fish-rich diet.”

Recharge your batteries

Maintaining good nutrition is an excellent way to start off a new year. “A balanced diet
will provide the essential nutrients you need to help boost your energy,”
recommends Dr Dawn Harper, (a GP specialising in preventative medicine, women’s
and family health). “Eating at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a
day will not only ensure that you are getting the vitamins and minerals your
body needs but they are also a good source of fibre. It is common to find that
our digestive system slows down as we get older and it surprises many people to
hear that a sluggish bowel can lead to fatigue.”

Most of us have an idea of what we want to change in our lives but instead of
altering too much, it’s best to change a number of small things, which when all
added up can help to improve your quality of life.

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