A new campaign being launched for Water Aid 2013 has been brought to our attention in the form of a neat new video shown below!
WaterAid, one of Glastonbury Festival’s official charities, is asking everyone to sign a petition in order to pressure world leaders into making sure that everyone everywhere has safe water and sanitation by 2030. As quoted from marketing agency the 7th Chamber:
This film will be shown on the screens at Glastonbury and in the run up to the festival we are trying to get as many people talking about the petition as we can!
Its a pretty fun dance off video!
Be sure to check out the video and show your support or visit https://www.wateraid.org to donate today! If the video is not working correctly, then watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKocrUxW0vI
With a wealth of bad habits surrounding us each and every day, many of us are guilty of even the mildest bad addiction. One in five of us smoke, 33,000 of us die from alcohol related death and two out of five of us are overweight. Some statistics even show that we watch more than 3 hours of TV per day!
Eye opening statistics – It’s worth stepping back to try and change your ways. The long term health benefits speak for themselves, so why not try kicking those habits by using some of the Healthy Hideout’s top tips:
- Don’t be tempted by cleaning up all the left-overs. Store food that will keep in tupperware and throw the rest away.
- Don’t reach for the biscuit tin as a quick fix – Instead, grab yourself a glass of water and do something else for 20 minutes.
- Buy shelled nuts instead of pre-shelled salted alternatives. Cracking the nut requires more effort, causing you to eat less.
- For the extreme over-eating, store food in single portion containers. It’ll stop you eating for two when you really don’t need too!
Television & Video Games
- It may seem odd, but try changing your lounging chairs to upright alternatives. You won’t be tempted to sit there for hours on end if the chair isn’t overly comfortable.
- Turn the TV on for a particular programme or 30 minute gaming session, making sure to turn it off when you’re finished. It’ll stop you channel hoping.
- Hide the TV away from eyes either behind a cover or TV cupboard. It’ll prevent the TV becoming a focal point that you find yourself “buzzing” around.
- Remove drinking as a habit or ritual that you carry out every week, such as drinking after the working week’s over on Friday afternoon. Do something else with your work colleagues, such as exercise or going to the cinema.
- Calculate how much you spend on alcohol a week – Half that amount and save it in a jar as a visual reminder of how much you save by not binging.
- Create your own set of rules and try and stick to them. Drink only one drink when you’re out, or only drink when you’re dressed smartly. Something to give you a mental reminder that you’re trying to cut down.
- The facts speak for themselves: After 24 hours the carbon monoxide leaves your lungs, whilst after 48 hours you’ll find your sense of smell and taste improving. After 72 hours you’ll find breathing becomes easy.
- Switch to decaf during your quitting process – The caffeine could cause the cravings to become stronger.
New research carried out by Cambridge University has shown how leading a healthy lifestyle can increase a persons lifespan by up to 14 years, simply by not smoking, drinking occasionally, eating well and keeping physically active. Many research studies already show the dangers of smoking, excessive drinking, not eating properly or a lack of exercise but few have shown the danger of the combined impact of all four on the longevity of our lives.
“The results strongly suggest that these four achievable lifestyle changes could have a marked improvement on the health of middle-aged and older people, which is particularly important given the ageing population in the UK and other European countries.” stated Professor Kay-Tee Khaw, Cambridge University.
healthy eating is the key to a healthy lifestyle!
The survey took place with over 20,000 men and women living in the Norfolk area of the UK. The participants were aged between 49 – 79 and were not shown to have any heart or cancer related problems. In 2006, the researchers contacted the participants and found that nearly 2000 had died since the start of the project.
On average, it was shown that the healthiest group of the participants had an extended lifespan of approximately 14 years. Those who smoked were shown to be almost 77% more likely to have died during the study, whereas a low intake of alcohol increased a chance of survival by almost 25%.
This research to not to be taken lightly. Although other factors do come into account such as genetics and environment, the importance of leading a balanced lifestyle are once more reinforced by research such as this. With the start of the new year in full swing, what better time to make the effort to get healthy!
It is that festive time of year when alcohol seems to be flowing all the more abundantly! However, this often leads to more hangovers. A hangover often gives your head a spinning feeling, thumping headache and accompanied with the feeling of being sick.
Why does alcohol cause a hangover?
The worst effects of a hangover are often due to dehydration. Alcohol is actually a diuretic, which means that water is lost from the body faster. The feeling of sickness and vomiting are due to alcohol irritating the lining of the stomach. Therefore, a combination of an energetic night out, lack of sleep and the extra stress on your organs due to the alcohol will lead to a less than welcomed hangover.
Alcohol - But how do I deal with a hangover this Christmas?
Tips for avoiding a Hangover this Christmas
The best prevention is to drink in moderation and not to excess. This is not only better for your body in the long term but is also a guaranteed way to limit the chances of a hangover. However, if you do plan to drink a little more then the Healthy Hideout’s following tips will help to minimise the risk of a hangover.
- Before drinking: Have a drink of milk and eat a good sized, fatty meal.
- While drinking: Alternate your drinks between alcoholic beverages and water or another non-fizzy drink. Drink more slowly and limit the amount of glasses you have – know your limits. Alternating your drinks is a great way to drink considerably less in the course of the evening.
- Before you go to bed: Eat some carbohydrates (toast is a great option); drink at least a pint of water or a sports drink designed to rehydrate the body. You can also take some vitamin C and go out into the fresh air to clear your head a little.
Enjoy this Christmas but take a few moments to think about the effects on your body. Too much alcohol can irritate the stomach lining and put undue pressure on your liver and kidneys. Eating fatty food and drinking milk can help to protect your stomach lining while slowing the absorption of alcohol. Always make sure you eat plenty before going out and drinking.
What if I get a hangover?
Be prepared: Make sure you have some antacid tablets on hand – these will help settle your stomach. A ginger tea has also been found to help some people. You may also want to take Ibuprofen or paracetamol to help relieve your headache.
Eating a full English breakfast can also pay dividends. The eggs help reduce the negative effects of the alcohol while toast and vitamin C also help to fight the effects of a hangover. If all else fails then time is sure to heal your woes. The effects are likely to ware off within 24 hours.
Tell us about how you deal with a hangover?
A questions that is sent to the Healthy Hideout more often than most is “How much water should I drink a day?”
Past studies have shown that we simply don’t drink enough water in order to maintain good health. Although we take in a lot more water than we think from the food we eat, and includes that early morning cup of tea, it’s still important to drink water throughout the day.
- Balance is key
It’s important to not drink too much water as this can be dangerous. Drinking excessive amounts of water can lead to water intoxication, in which the water content of the blood is increased causing salt content to become diluted. Consequently this lack of salt can lead to severe problems with the brain, heart and muscle operation.
So do you think your drinking too much?
Initial signs of over drinking include headaches and confusion, but these symptoms are very similar to those caused by dehydration. The only true way to understand your hydration levels is to keep track of your water intake – You could be drinking too little or you’re drinking far too much.
How much should you be drinking?
The British Dietetic Associations states that the average adult should look to consume around 2.5 litres per day – just under 4 pints. Furthermore, this amount will change depending on climate and physical activity. If you’re planning to jog around the block on a hot summers day, then take more water into account.
So how much water do you drink each day? Are you giving your body what it needs?