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Health and well-being! A thread to discuss, share, ask a question, listen, or just read.

Anything at all, health related or exercise related, maybe dietary or vitamin related. This is the thread!


It’s all for fun remember, no ones claiming to be a medical professional, but often little things can open up a big discussion, with lots of advice and tips.


Sometimes, you might just want to chat about a little niggle with others, or be proud of a health recovery or appointment. Anything at all really.


Something you want to share maybe, maybe you have overcome a trauma or illness.


From a little sniffle 😤to major surgery 💉🔪, to long term health conditions, just feel free to discuss here.


Light hearted and fun, but a place to ask away!

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Bev;33550:
when making a ☕️, whilst waiting for the kettle, just do a few squats or lunges

Hahaha I might get some funny looks at PP HQ @Bev 😂
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Not eat for a day...... like thats ever going to happen.

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Another thing I’m quite strong about, is if facing imminent surgery or treatment, or simply an appointment about something, avoid google!!!!!!!! It’s soooooooo tempting to look stuff up, and see others views or experiences, BUT every individual is individual! What is a nightmare for one, may be a breeze in the park for another.

Go into an operation, or treatment, with a little bit of knowledge, ideally from your face to face questions with consultant / surgeon / GP etc, but don’t over egg the pudding. Just a positive mindset is really all you need. Others experiences, even if they mean well, can often be a real hindrance.
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Great way of keeping cool. A real Godsend these sprays are! Great for car, face, body, pillow, sunlounger, even pets!

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Marc;36001:

My average for 2019 so far is 10,211 steps a day! Get in ;)


I’m seriously LOL 😂😂😂😂

​Sorry! Totally read it wrong! Thought you’d done 10211 over 2019 so far! That’s a day! 👍👏👏👏👏👏👏. Soon you won’t even need the tracker, you’ll be doing it easy👍👍👍👏👏👏👏👏👏
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Hey thanks sooooooo much 25 notes 👍👍👍👏👏👏👏👏, really helpful. Thank you 🙃
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Pelvic thrusts?!?!

​ow that hurt...
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hi Bev
​I think you can specify to the pharmacist that your beliefs preclude ingesting gelatine and they can suggest an alternative (you may need to clear it with GP). This is a frequent issue with the Jewish and Muslim communities as well as vegetarians/vegans.
Of course if there isn't an alternative and not taking the meds is life threatening then your ethical/religious mileage may vary.
(by the way camera film contained gelatine, just thought you might like to know that)
Bev;33704:
With regard to prescriptions, if you’re a strict veggie / vegan, and your pharmacist issues you with an item, prescribed by GP, containing gelatine, would you take it?

i know some items, such as bought vitamins, can be in a gelatine shell, so you would look for alternatives without the gelatine shell, but when it’s issued for you by GP and pharmacist, who will usually always issue cheapest option, would you take it?

Just curious. It’s hypothetical btw, I’m not in that position.
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Marmite? (other yeast extracts are available)
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Whenever I even think I have a cold coming on I drink hot toddies. Black coffee sweetened with honey and fortified with rum. I'm not 100% certain it helps, I just don't care.

As ano domini wreaks its inevitable toll I find it's my joints that are giving the most problems. My right knee, from kick-starting motorbikes 40-odd years ago; my back has a couple of fused vertebrae from an old work accident; and my shoulders pain me, for reasons unknown. I have a physio appointment for them tomorrow. Other than that I'm in reasonable shape for a sexuagenarian.
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@Bev I always always do hot lemon with honey, and if I have a blocked nose I also add some ginger 🆙


I like ginger. Must try that next time I think I have a cold coming o - o - on. ATISHOO!

Right. Kettle on.
Great thread @Bev:D

I think you'd have the best exercise tips!!:rolleyes: fancy sharing?🆒

For me, I've gotta say that any time I feel a cold coming on my immediate remedy is this:

- eat oranges. so many oranges. but ALSO strawberries and tomatoes as they also contain loads of vitamin c. If I'm starting to feel really rough I'll also overkill with a vitamin c tablet.
- get a good night's sleep and avoid looking at screens
- cold/warm (depending how I feel) compress over forehead and eyes
- eye drops to help soothe from a headache

It doesn't always work but it often does, or at least makes me feel better enough to go outside🆙

Looking forward to seeing anything else health-related... maybe your go-to 'health' foods when you feel like having a bit of a detox?
And any tips on how to avoid getting ill is always appreciated;-)))
Hi @Bev (aka Stretch Armstrong),
I've just bought one of these Salter ones. It's been fun watching my body fat change over Christmas! 😏

Seems to work very well. BTW You can activate the extra measurments by tapping and holding your foot. Much easier than fiddling with the buttons.
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Bev;47123:
My WW weighing / body analysis scales finally broke 😟. Well, they still work for weight alone, but go into error for the BMI, water, and bone density 🤔, think they’re trying to tell me something 🏖🐳😂, so just interested if anyone can recommend a good replacement?
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😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂, certainly gives us all hope tho, our 25 notes

These two recipe books turned up yesterday evening.

My new recipe books

I’ve returned to eating only plant-based food, and sticking with wholemeal ingredients, no added oils or fats or anything processed.

A lot of people have advised it’ll really help my back ‘issues’ as it’s naturally anti-inflammatory. Plus all round good for us. :relaxed:

I’m making sure I take a daily vitamin B12 supplement. I think that’s the only really important one totally missing from what’s ultimately a vegan diet. 

I will post progress and maybe some recipes! I know it’s not for everyone, but anyone interested in this, I recommend the Forks Over Knives website. Fascinating stuff!

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Another thing I’m quite strong about, is if facing imminent surgery or treatment, or simply an appointment about something, avoid google!!!!!!!! It’s soooooooo tempting to look stuff up, and see others views or experiences, BUT every individual is individual! What is a nightmare for one, may be a breeze in the park for another.

Go into an operation, or treatment, with a little bit of knowledge, ideally from your face to face questions with consultant / surgeon / GP etc, but don’t over egg the pudding. Just a positive mindset is really all you need. Others experiences, even if they mean well, can often be a real hindrance.

Nar. I looked up what I had way back last year. Looked at the prognosis and what to do. Then saw doctor whose opening question was “What can I do for you?” To which my reply was “I have an inguinal hernia” and away we went from there after she had had a grope around to confirm. Ultimately booked in one day the end of a February to be carved open and job put right.

It never gives any anxieties looking  up and researching what a problem might be. I find it better to be informed when then seeing the doctor for (a) you better understand the advice being given and (b) have a good idea if he or she is missing something, which does happen more often than one would expect. However, keep the knowledge assimilated to oneself and do not be an awkward patient who knows it all!

I know many say don’t look anything up but it is of great benefit if you do provided you understand what you are reading, you balance it properly and don’t let it cause unnecessary concern. I am quite sure that if I had something wrong and research indicated something serious it actually would not overly concern me. These things happen. It’s life. I would simply book in to get the issue looked at professionally.

Great thread @Bev 🆙
OK, I have a question.
I need to shift a few pounds, and I'm not really into gyms or running due to a slightly dodgy back.
People talk about walking 10k steps a day, which I can see as being healthy. But will it work with weight loss?
woz;33593:
Pelvic thrusts?!?!

​ow that hurt...


Def not @woz
I have, however, been investigating 'planks' today.
These look much, er, easier :eek:
Does anyone have any preferences for fitness trackers? There's a lot of choice out there, and I've got a Fitbit on order (though not too late to cancel).
Bev;35983:
Hey don’t you be cancelling!

Erm, bit late @Bev
Think I had a bout of buyer's remorse....!
Using the health app on my iPhone (as I've always got my phone on me anyway) which seems to do a good job of counting my steps.
My average for 2019 so far is 10,211 steps a day! Get in 😉
Bev;43608:
Reached over 18000 steps today 👍🎉🎉🎉🎉. Used to walk loads daily, but not this year, so really thrilled 👍


That's brilliant @Bev
Nice one.
Just the 11k for me yesterday. But the aim is 10k a day so that's good. 🚶
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Thanks Nat 👍

I too try to ward off colds, especially sore throats. Think from having soooo much tonsillitis as a child, it’s made me fight extra hard.

My tip, for years, was the natural remedy Echinacea. I used to take the supplement once a day and it really helped boost immunity. I recommended it to soooo many family and friends. In the end tho, I found an even more effective product, and one I continue to use now, and will probably always use. It’s the good old HAND SANITISER. This bad boy is a Godsend 🙏, especially when in environments with sooooo many doors to touch, and communal desks, seats, taps, toilet door handles 🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮 - I can honestly say not a cold / sore throat for good ten years.

IF you feel even the slightest of germs, as usually start of cold starts with little tickle at back of throat, my top tip is gargle with salt. So teaspoon of salt, with hot, not boiling, water, and gargle like billio. Forget ya Listerine and mouthwashes, it’s the salt water bad boy that instantly kills the virus before it takes hold. Must be as soon as you feel it tho.

Sticking with noses and throats for now, those suffering badly right now with hayfever 🤧😤😢, Just before bed put a layer of Vaseline around the ole nostrils, helps stop the pollen entering 👍
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I’d say it’s a combination of brisk walking Marc, that’s a walk that gets your heart working faster, so you’re slightly out of breath, but not out of breath like you would be in running. Combined with healthier eating.

If you did healthier eating alone, and ate less calories and less fat, you’d lose weight. But to stay toned and add some muscle, the brisk walking is a good way to do that.


Doing brisk walking alone, without watching what you’re putting in, then no, that’s probably not going to work. Walking, as with any exercise IMO, just works alongside the diet, to tone and shape.


Obviously, a high carb diet is great if need the energy, but if not used, the carbs are soon going to pile on the pounds. So a few carbs for walking briskly each day, but healthy carbs like rices, quinoa, whole wheat pasta, etc. Avoid the white refined stuff. Go for any wholegrains, wholemeal, or wholewheat.


Think personally, the Mediterranean diet is good. Anything in moderation of course, so IMO still have crisps sweets and treats, but just be mindful, and keep bulk of diet to wholegrains, pulses, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, then a few carbs.


It’s also about learning what suits your own body (as I’m still finding out! 🙀🙀🙄🙄), for example what works for one person, may totally aggravate another’s digestion, if not used to it. Mindful of seeds and nuts and high fibre foods, until body gets used to it. Do it gradually and see what works. Every “body” is different. It’s an ongoing learning curve.
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Often, we think of exercising as taking time out of our day and allocating it to exercise, but everyone today is way too busy for that on a regular basis, hence it never lasting, or it becomes a chore and something you dread.

I find, if the foundations there, and we’ve done the hard work in our twenties and thirties, and kinda kept relatively fit, it’s more about just keeping that in shape and toned, fitting it in where can.

So, a little tip 😂😂😂😂, is just do bits and bobs to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. So, when making a ☕️, whilst waiting for the kettle, just do a few squats 👍, or lunges, and when taking a 🚿, do a few pelvic thrusts or shoulder rolls. Every bit helps IMO 😂👍. I like to do hip circles whilst cleaning teeth in 🚿. That’s that out way then, and hasn’t become a chore.
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32 degrees tomoz, rising to 35 by Thurs 🙀😓😓😓. It’s good if it’s nice heat, but this is humid heat, so was pleased to see our local water park opening for the school holidays from today 👍👏⛲️⛲️⛲️⛲️⛲️⛲️. Smile instantly wore off when checked web, to learn under 12s only, and under 8s to be accompanied by an adult ☹️

Anyone got an 8 year old I can borrow, just for tomorrow 😂😂😂😂😓😓😓😓😓😓😓😓

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