Cheshire Independent Issue 144

FEBRUARY / MARCH 2020 24 Follow us on Facebook: Cheshire Independent WILMSLOW health experts Dale Sims and Stephen Lunt have launched a revolutionary new lifestyle app to bring well-being to theworkplace. The friends, who have worked in personal training and lifestyle coaching in London, Australia and their home-town for over a decade, have adopted a contem- porary high-tech approach to holistic health. The app allows the corporate world to offer their workforce from the boardroom to the shop floor the same step-by-step approach to better physical, mental andnutritional health. Between them, Dale, 32, father to baby daughter Aubrey Mae and Stephen, 34, a father of two, have trained thousands of local people of all ages and abil- ities, developing programmes to slowly but surely improve all areas of each individual’s health. For the last two years the pair have been developing an app for use on iPhone and Android technology to bring the latest thinking on physical, mental and nutritional health in an easy to use digital format, available at the touch of a button. Dale, a former soldier, said: “The dif- ference is the support network behind the screen, with a team of personal trainers, psychother- apists and nutritionists available for face to face advice if neces- sary.”The app means companies can fulfil their corporate respon- sibility to alleviate workplace stress and improve team build- ing andmorale. Theappcontainsworkout rou- tines from novice to advanced level focusing on flexibility, car- dio vascular fitness, strength, muscle tone and posture backed up by key advice on diet, stress management and the recogni- tion of physical and emotional danger signals. Dale said: “Since setting up the Business Health Group, we have been working with local companies running traditional workshops and good healthdays.”He continued:“Now wehave incorporatedallweoffer into this easy to use app mean- ing a company workforce can work together to improve their health.” “We provide individual assess- ments with reports every three months on progress with con- tinuing advice covering all areas FITNESS EXPERTS LAUNCH NEW LIFESTYLE APP Do you have a calm place? WITHmany of us leading such busy lives there’s scarcely time to think, let alone stop and have quality time for the important people and things in our lives. So there’s even less time for a break and relaxing ‘me time’. Yet it’s hard to ignore the importance of finding some calm and taking a break in managing our stress levels. An incredible 25% of us struggle to sleep on a Sunday night due to apprehension about the week ahead, whilst 90% adults say they don’t get enough sleep. A quarter of us don’t use our full holiday entitlement for a myriad of reasons. So if you’re one of those people who force yourself to keep going let’s identify some ways you can find yourself a calm place in which to take a short break. When you’re busy it’s important to be a little creative and use what you have! Some tasks are what’s called trance-in- ductive; we go into a drifty, floaty state and operate on auto-pilot. There’s no need by SUSAN LEIGH Cheshire counsellor and hypnotherapist to concentrate or focus too much. We sim- ply do what’s familiar and may not even register what we’re actually doing. Lots of domestic tasks come under this heading; ironing, baking, clearing the leaves, cleaning the shower, changing the bed can all be calm places where we don’t need to engage brain or think too much. But they’re also good because we’re doing something useful, not ‘wasting’ time, whilst having a guilt free interlude. Visiting the hairdressers or nail salon can be times when you’re ‘trapped’, so can chill for a while. Even a train journey or traffic jam, with the right perspective, can be your calm place. Once you’ve perhaps dealt with any necessary apologies why not give your- self a break and not work or check your phone? Zone out for a while and enjoy your calm place. by MELANIE RATCLIFFE FEBRUARY is National Heart month and is designed to raise aware- ness of the UK’s biggest killer – cardiovascu- lar disease. According to the British Heart Foundation there are around 7.4 million people in the country living with cor- onary heart disease with a healthcare cost to the economy of more than £11bn. Yet it is a disease that is preventable and we have the chance to greatly reduce our risk of developing it by min- imising the associated risk factors and making some important lifestyle changes. A great starting point is your diet. TOPHEARTHEALTHY FOODS Pomegranate – pomegran- ates contain phytochemicals that act as antioxidants to pro- tect the lining of the arteries from damage. Omega Oils – fatty fish, such as mackerel, herring, tuna and salmon are packed full of Omega 3 fatty acids. Eating oily fish twice a week can reduce your risk of heart disease by decreasing inflammation and lowering triglyceride levels, it may even boost HDL (good choles- terol) levels. Krill Oil is also highly recommended. Asparagus – described as one of the best natural artery-clearing foods around. It works in 100,000 miles of veins and arteries to release pressure, allowing the body to accommodate for inflam- mation that has accumulated over the years. It also helps ward off deadly clots. Broccoli – full of fibre and vitamin K. A high fibre diet can also help to reduce Eat your way to a healthy heart blood pressure and choles- terol levels. Turmeric – This spice is a powerful natural anti-inflam- matory – it contains curcumin which lowers inflammation – a major cause of hardening of the arteries. Also available in supplement form. Spirulina – A daily dose of this blue green algae, usually found in powder or supplement form can help relax the artery walls and help in normalising blood pressure. It may also help your liver balance blood fat levels. Cinnamon – just one tea- spoon a day of anti-oxidant rich cinnamon can help reduce fats in the bloodstream, help- ing to prevent plaque build-up in the arteries and lower cho- lesterol levels by 26 per cent. Sprinkle onto porridge daily. Also great in helping to bal- ance blood sugar levels. Spinach – Potassium and folic acid found in spinach can help lower blood pres- sure and according to recent research one serving a day of nutrient packed leafy greens can reduce your risk of heart disease by 11 per cent. Nuts – Walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, brazil nuts, almonds, cashews and peanuts contain the amino acid L-arginine which offers multiple vascular benefits to people with heart disease, or those at high risk. L-arginine is a key nutrient in promoting efficient blood flow and overall cardiovascu- lar function. Beetroot Juice – Contains a naturally occurring chemical called nitrate which has been shown to dramatically reduce blood pressure, cutting risk of heart disease and strokes. Plant Sterols – Thesemay be effective in lowering LDL cho- lesterol levels by hindering its absorption in the body. Beans and legumes such as lentils, brown rice and rice bran, nuts and seeds, especially flax and chia seeds, fruit and veg are amongst the best examples of natural plant sterols. They can also be found in supple- ment form. Garlic – Traditionally shown to have blood thin- ning and cholesterol lowering properties. However, it is impor- tant to note that if on existing blood thinning medication you should always speak to your doctor first – as garlic can exert similar effects to that of blood thinning medication. Ahealthy diet is just one of the key areas where you can make changes to help prevent or delay the onset of cardiovas- cular disease. You can also make progress by ensuring you are smoke free, reduce alcohol intake, engage in regular physical activity, keep your blood pres- sure, blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels in check, maintain a healthy body mass index and adopt strat- egies to keep stress levels to a minimum. There are also a number of supplements which research has shown to be beneficial in supporting heart health. One in particular is Coen- zyme Q 10, an essential coen- zyme that is responsible for igniting the energy of all cells in the body. Our cells depend on Co Q 10 in the same way a petrol engine depends on its spark plugs to initiate the entire combustion process. Without spark plugs a car would not be able to move an inch. The same applies to us. The body’s ability to pro- duce Q10 peaks at around the age of 20 and then grad- ually declines with age. Q10 production is also affected by chronic disease, heavy exercise and the use of certain drugs such as statins. A Swedish study showed that CoQ10 combined with the mineral selenium can reduce cardiovascular mortality among elderly people. For more information or advice on supporting Cardi- ovascular health naturally please contact Bare Health on 01260 408413. Always seek the advice of your GP or health care pro- fessional if taking prescribed medication or have an existing medical condition. EAST Cheshire Hospice’s highly successful Hospice@Home service is being extended to provide round-the-clock care. The new service will launch on April 1 and it means the hospice’s home nursing team will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to provide vital care and support to patients in the final three months of life. Hospice chief executive Karyn Johnston says the new provision has been made possible thanks to the gen- erous support from key donors. The service was first launched in 2018 and since then almost 1,000 patients and their families have bene- fited from its support. of physical training, nutritional supportandgoodmentalhealth. “The advice is confidential to each service user, not shared with the client and the service users remain completely and anonymous in full compliance to data protection, registered with the ICO, happily enough also located in Wilmslow.” Stephen added: “Conscientious contem- porary managers appreciate a happy, healthy, positive work force is much more likely to be more productive and creative. “Frankly it is common sense, theproblemwith common sense we have always found, is that it is not that common.” Healthy approach: Stephen Lunt (left) and Dale Sims Home service round-the-clock