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Drama free advice

Snoozing can help your health

Vitamin and minerals 

 


 

 

Drama free advice

 

Our pharmacists can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains, all drama-free.

 

Research shows that 27% of general practice appointments in England could potentially be treated elsewhere and approximately 18 million of these could be treated through self-care and community pharmacies*.

 

Take the drama out of minor illnesses and use your local Rowlands Pharmacy.

 

For expert advice, drop in to your local Rowlands today!

 

 

*Taken from ‘Making Time in General Practice’ report, commissioned by NHS England and published in October 2015.

 


How snoozing can help your health

 

Your sleep can be disturbed by many things. Lost sleep is only a problem if tiredness affects you the next day for example feeling grumpy and loss of concentration. 1 in 3 people suffer from poor sleep*.

 

Although short term lack of sleep tends not to be a big problem, sleep deprivation can have a significant impact on your physical health. Five ways a good night’s sleep can boost your health are*:

 

1. Sleep boosts immunity –

If you seem to catch every cold and flu that’s going around, your bedtime could be to blame. Prolonged lack of sleep can disrupt your immune system, so you’re less able to fend off bugs.

 

2. Sleep boosts mental wellbeing –

Given that a single sleepless night can make you irritable and moody the following day, it’s not surprising that chronic sleep debt may lead to long-term mood disorders like depression and anxiety. When people with anxiety or depression were surveyed to calculate their sleeping habits, it turned out that most of them slept for less than six hours a night.

 

3. Sleep prevents diabetes –

Studies have suggested that people who usually sleep less than five hours a night have an increased risk of having or developing diabetes. It seems that missing out on deep sleep may lead to type 2 diabetes by changing the way the body processes glucose – the high-energy carbohydrate that cells use for fuel.

 

4. Sleep increases sex drive –

Men and women who don’t get enough quality sleep have lower libidos and less of an interest in sex, research shows. Men who suffer from sleep apnoea – a disorder in which breathing difficulties lead to interrupted sleep – also tend to have lower testosterone levels, which can lower libido.

 

5. Sleep wards off heart disease –

Long-standing sleep deprivation seems to be associated with increased heart rate, an increase in blood pressure and higher levels of certain chemicals linked with inflammation, which may put extra strain on your heart.

 

If you have difficulty falling asleep try to instil a bedtime routine into your evening. For example giving yourself time to relax after a long day, perhaps doing some gentle yoga stretches to relax your muscles or having a warm bath. If you find that your mind is cluttered and won’t “switch off” try writing down your thoughts before bed to organise and clear your mind of those distractions.

 

We advise:

  • Don’t worry if you lose 1 or 2 night’s sleep, your body will make up for it.
  • Try to work out what is stopping you from sleeping and deal with that problem.
  • Prepare yourself for sleep. Be tired and relaxed before you go to bed. Leave enough time between work and sleep.
  • Have a milky drink as your last drink of the night, not tea or coffee.
  • Reserve the bedroom for sleep and relaxation. Do not work or do mentally challenging tasks there.
  • If you cannot sleep, get up, do something else and then prepare yourself for bed again.
  • Never lie awake in bed worrying about when sleep will come. You must relax to sleep.
  • If you have to go to the toilet a lot in the night, avoid tea and coffee in the day and drink less in the evenings.
  • If you snooze through the day, do not expect to sleep at night as well.
  • Do plenty of exercise during the day.
  • Treatments that you can buy in the pharmacy are for short term periods only.

If you are worried about your sleep pattern, ask our pharmacist for advice.

 

*NHS Choices

 


The truth about vitamins & supplements

 

Vitamins and minerals are essential for our good health and wellbeing. For the most part, the best solution is to eat as healthy a diet as possible, combined with a generally healthy lifestyle.

 

A recent study by the Food Standards Agency showed that the average Briton with a healthy balanced diet gets most of their recommended daily allowance of every dietary vitamin from their normal food and drink.

 

So why should we take extra supplements?

Daily vitamin supplements can provide important nutritional insurance for millions of us who are looking to safeguard our nutritional intake, especially where the diet is not as healthy and balanced as it should be. There are a few important cases where vitamin supplements can be useful for consideration.

 

Multivitamins for adults

Even if you have a great diet, the nutrients in food aren’t always as good as they used to be because of modern farming methods, pesticides and pollution. A good multivitamin can help give you that assurance you are generally getting all the daily vitamin and mineral intake you need.

 

Skin, Hair and Nail vitamins

If you want to boost, nourish and maintain great looking skin, hair and nails taking a multivitamin could help. It could provide a blend of nutrients that work with your skin’s natural defences to help maintain a healthy glow and a smooth, refreshed complexion. As well as helping to maintain the suppleness, softness and flexibility of the skin.

 

A multivitamin tablet including the vitamin B complex would help nourish hair and nails right at the root and zinc would help support strong and healthy looking nails.

 

Vitamin D

The sunshine vitamin improves your mood and lowers your risk of health problems like heart disease and cancer. New global research has shown that the health benefits of Vitamin D stretch beyond bone health and has shown benefits for its contribution to normal absorption and utilisation of calcium and phosphorus, normal muscle function, normal blood calcium levels, normal function of the immune system and the process of cell division. Vitamin D has functions and benefits that are probably more wide ranging than any other vitamin. Vitamin D is found in foods such as fatty oily fish, butter and mushrooms.  

 

For adults over the age of 60 falling is a risk factor for bone fractures in both men and women, it has also been shown that a daily Vitamin D intake of 20μg or more from all sources helps to reduce the risk of falling associated with postural instability and muscle weakness.

 

Evening Primrose Oil

This vitamin has been used for hundreds of years. Evening Primrose Oil assists with hormone regulation and helps to maintain healthy skin, hair and bones. This vitamin is especially beneficial for women as it can help alleviate symptoms of PMS including tender breasts, water retention, mood swings, headaches and cyclic acne.

 

Evening Primrose Oil can also be taken before and during menopause to moderate hot flushes.

 

Glucosamine

Naturally found in the fluid around the joints, in animal bones, bone marrow, shellfish, and fungi,

Glucosamine is vital for building cartilage. Cartilage is a flexible, tough connective tissue found in several parts of the body. As we age, cartilage can become less flexible and can steadily breakdown, there is some evidence that glucosamine might slow this process. Many people take it as a supplement to treat arthritis and osteoarthritis. Some scientists believe the sulfur in Glucosamine is beneficial for cartilage health, as sulfur must be incorporated into cartilage to build and repair it.

 

Ask our pharmacist in store for advice around vitamins and minerals.

 


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