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Little Ways to Actually Lose Weight (Without Fad Diets!)

Posted Tuesday 18 April 2017 11:29 by Tim Deakin in Weight loss

We’re all familiar with those crazy diets that claim to show you how to lose weight fast, but is the answer easier than you might think?

With spring in full swing, many of us are already thinking about our summer holiday and getting fit in preparation. But with work, friends, travelling and daily tasks, it can be difficult to find the time.

Here are just a few little changes that can make all the difference without you having to resort to crazy diets.

Plan your meals ahead

Planning your meals ahead of time can help you keep your food varied and your diet of a high quality. Understanding the contents of your meals can also help you to manage calories if you are looking to lose weight. Planning lunches ahead makes you think about what you eat, and stops you making impulse decisions on your break from work. It can also help save you money too – win, win!

Drink more water

Recent research has shown that consuming water can actually play a role in boosting the metabolism and helping you process what you eat. In fact, researchers found that drinking two large glasses of water before every meal can help you lose weight and keep it off. Drinking water will also make you feel fuller more often, lessening the temptation to snack.

Don’t food shop hungry

We’ve all done it – felt our stomachs rumble as we peruse the supermarket aisles for delicious treats, sending all willpower out the window. A simple change like eating before you shop will stop you making those impulsive purchases you don’t need.

Ask yourself why you’re eating

If you stop and think about it, you don’t always eat because you’re hungry. Boredom, stress, tiredness and depression are all linked to unnecessary eating. Almost a third of adults who overeat on unhealthy foods say they do it because of stress.

Switch to wholegrain

Whether bread, rice, pasta or potatoes, carbohydrates are a large part of many UK adult diets. A reasonable amount of carbs is good for you, but overindulging in these foods is closely linked to weight gain. Swapping your white carbohydrates for brown ones can make all the difference, as wholegrain carbs not only offer more nutritional value but also contain more fibre and contain slower-burning natural sugars. More fibre encourages a healthier digestive system and can help you to feel fuller for longer, while the slow-burning sugars help to avoid those peaks and troughs in blood sugar that are linked to Type 2 diabetes.

Set yourself goals

Small, achievable goals are key to keeping you on track with your weight loss. Simply thinking ‘I want to be thinner’ without any specifics doesn’t really help you at all. Instead, come up with little goals like ‘lose x number of pounds’ or ‘go for a thirty minute run’ and give each one a schedule and a deadline.

Get plenty of sleep

Experts have long discussed the link between not getting enough sleep and gaining weight. Without a decent night’s sleep your hormone balance can become disturbed, affecting everything from your metabolism to your memory. This makes it easier to gain weight and harder to shake it. Not only this, but feeling tired is detrimental to your willpower, making you more likely to indulge in sweet treats for a quick source of energy.

Bulk Up Your Meals

Yes, that’s right – put more food on your plate! This doesn’t mean piling your plate with a mountain of pasta though. Instead, incorporate healthy vegetables, grains, nuts and lean meats into your dishes to stay full without indulging in fat or carb heavy foods.

Use the right kind of medication

There are no magic pills that make you lose weight and keep it off. However, there are a number of prescription medications available for individuals who struggle to manage their weight effectively. At Express Pharmacy, we offer Xenical which reduces the amount of fat you absorb from your food – a solution that can make a difference to those needing an extra push to shed weight.

If you would like more information or advice on taking Xenical or managing your weight more generally, you can call the fully-qualified pharmacy team or try our Live Chat tool.

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Hair-Raising Problems You Should Never Be Too Embarrassed to Take in Hand

Posted Thursday 06 April 2017 13:01 by Tim Deakin in Hair Loss

Hair loss and unwanted facial hair are both problems that can leave you feeling self-conscious and suffer a loss of confidence. Yet these common problems should not be a cause for embarrassment. At Express Pharmacy we offer a number of treatments that can help you deal with hair-raising problems and find a light at the end of the tunnel.

Both hair loss and unwanted facial hair are medical conditions that often leave sufferers feeling upset and embarrassed. But you should know that you aren’t alone. In fact, both afflictions are extremely common and by trying to ignore the issue you are actually missing out on the opportunity to take the problem in hand.

Hair loss

Hair loss is particularly prevalent in men – with 40% of males experiencing noticeable hair loss by the time they are 35 years old. As men progress into their 40s, 50s and 60s this hair loss often becomes what many would consider to be “baldness”. While stress, a poor diet, poor hair care, illness or medical treatments can all contribute to hair loss, genetics is by far the most significant factor.

Male pattern baldness refers to the loss of hair in men, usually starting at the crown or the temples – and often includes a general thinning of the hair all over the scalp.

It tends to take 15-25 years for male pattern baldness to take full effect, though in some cases hair loss spreads within just 5 years. Hair loss in men is the result of your body becoming increasingly sensitive to male hormones called androgens. The extent to which this affects you is hereditary, and other factors such as stress can speed up the process in some cases.

Unwanted facial hair

All women have body hair and experience regular growth from puberty onwards. However, some women also find themselves growing excess hair in areas more typically found on men such as the face and lower abdomen. This condition is known as hirsutism and is thought to affect between 5-10% of all women.

These conditions can wreak havoc on our self-confidence, and many people feel too embarrassed to speak to a GP about their symptoms. Instead, many women simply learn to live with unwanted hair or attempt to tackle the problem by shaving – a solution which can cause the problem to worsen in the long-term.

Like male pattern baldness, hirsutism, tends to run in families among women as a result of a genetic predisposition to the condition. Hirsutism is characterised by high levels of androgens, including testosterone, which can result in male-pattern hair growth.

There are several medical conditions that can result in unwanted facial hair. Perhaps the most well-known is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (POS), which accounts for three out of four cases of hirsutism. This is when benign cysts on the ovaries lead to decreased fertility and irregular menstrual cycles.

Unwanted facial hair can also be the result of adrenal gland disorders, or certain medications such as minoxidil, testosterone and cyclosporine.

How can you treat these issues?

For hair loss in men, Express Pharmacy offers Propecia. This helps treat male baldness and hair loss in the vertex and anterior mid-scalp area. Propecia helps with symptoms such as receding hairline, balding at the crown or general thinning of the hair.

Express Pharmacy also offers Finasteride, which is the generic version of Propecia. Finasteride contains the same active ingredient as its branded counterpart and acts on the scalp in precisely the same way.

For unwanted facial hair in women, Express Pharmacy offers Vaniqa. This is designed forapplication directly onto the face, and results can be seen within 4-8 weeks when applied twice a day, 8 hours apart. Vaniqa helps slow the growth of facial hair by taking effect during the growth stage of the hair cycle and interfering with an enzyme in the follicle necessary for the hair to grow.

Express Pharmacy makes treatment simple and discreet. Our 3 step process ensures you get the treatment you need, quickly and discreetly without a visit to the GP. Order your prescription today and it could be with you tomorrow morning.

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How Do You Really Stop Smoking for Good?

Posted Thursday 30 March 2017 10:25 by Tim Deakin in Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to accomplish. But can a few simple changes make a big difference?

If you vowed to kick the habit in 2017, you’ve made an important decision that could not only improve your health but also prolong your life. Tobacco is the single biggest cause of cancer in the UK, with over a quarter of all cancer-related deaths initially caused by smoking.

Although the benefits of living a smoke-free existence can be a huge incentive for most people, actually staying away from cigarettes is easier said than done. All too often a moment of weakness sees people falling back into their old routine.

Spend time in places where smoking isn’t allowed

One of the easiest ways to stop yourself from smoking is to spend time in places where it’s legally not allowed. Whether that means spending your afternoons in cafes, galleries and museums, or simply sitting in the office during the week, finding spaces where you’re not allowed to smoke is a good way of weaning yourself off the habit during the early stages of trying to give up.

This is also true when you’re out for the evening. Think in advance about whether you are likely to find yourself in an environment where people will be smoking or whether you can find a temptation-free bar or restaurant environment.

Avoid food and drink you associate with smoking

Smoking is something people do habitually, and that means there are probably certain things you associate with it. For some people it’s lunch because that’s when they normally go outside for a cigarette, for others it’s coffee because they usually consume the two together. Try to pick up on what little reminders still linger in your life and take steps to separate yourself from those particular cravings.

For many people, alcohol and smoking go hand in hand. This is particularly dangerous, as alcohol alone has been found to cause mouth and liver cancer, and studies show that together alcohol and smoking are much more detrimental to your health than either of them are alone.

Set yourself goals and rewards

Quitting smoking is a big task to undergo. Breaking it down into smaller goals helps make it seem much more achievable and, in many instances, can be more effective in helping you to kick the habit than trying to go cold turkey. At the start of each week, give yourself a point you want to be at by the end of the week. Examples like ‘cut down to five cigarettes a day’ or ‘make one pack last the week’ work well as realistic goals to aim towards.

And don’t forget to reward yourself when you reach your goal, too! Think of the things you like that aren’t related to smoking, and indulge yourself after a job well done.

Use helplines and services

Sometimes you just need someone to talk to, but discussing quitting smoking with family or friends can be uncomfortable. Helplines are there to give you honest help and support so you feel a little bit less alone in your struggle. In 2014, over half a million people managed to quit smoking through NHS Stop Smoking Services. These services are there for a reason, so don’t ignore them.

Get help from Express Pharmacy

Express Pharmacy offer expert advice and approved treatments to help ease your journey to a cigarette-free life. Champix is an effective nicotine-free medication for reducing cravings and relieving feelings of withdrawal. Our simple online ordering system is quick, discreet and safe.

If you’d like to find out more about the medications we prescribe, use our Live Chat service today.

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10 Ways to Get Rid of Your Acid Reflux

Posted Thursday 16 March 2017 10:20 by Tim Deakin in Acid Reflux

It is thought that 60% of the adult population suffer from some form of acid reflux over a twelve-month period. So, what can be done about it?

Acid reflux – or Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) to give it its medical name – is a condition that affects millions of people. At some point, we probably all have a bout of acid reflux, however mild, but for some people it can be uncomfortable and debilitating to their daily life.

The main symptom of the condition is acid leaking up from the stomach and into the oesophagus, due to the lower oesophageal sphincter being too relaxed. It’s nasty and sometimes painful, but don’t worry – Express Pharmacy is here with ten easy at-home methods for treating your acid reflux.

Go gluten free

Some studies have found that gluten – commonly found in rye, barley and wheat – can increase symptoms of acid reflux, so it’s worth considering a gluten-free diet.

Wear loose clothing

Tight jeans, clinging dresses and belts that cut into your stomach can all exacerbate GERD, and create further discomfort. Stick to looser clothing and slightly larger waistlines to take some of the pressure off, even if it’s just on days when you’re lounging around the house.

Cut down on alcohol

Drinking alcohol can relax oesophageal muscles further and even cause them to spasm, so cutting down on your drinking – or better yet, giving up altogether – is an effective way of lessening your symptoms and making you feel more comfortable.

Stop smoking

Smoking is a double threat to acid reflux, as studies have found that smoking both increases the relaxed state of your oesophageal muscles and inhibits your saliva’s ability to clear out excess acid from your throat.

Elevate your bed

When dealing with acid reflux, it’s helpful to use gravity to your advantage in order to keep stomach acids where they belong – in your stomach. This is true of the time you spend asleep as well as awake. Elevating the head of your bed six to eight inches keeps stomach acids down, and prevents symptoms from showing themselves. Your entire upper body needs to be raised for this to work, so extra pillows alone probably won’t have the desired effect.

Wait after meals

Speaking of gravity, it’s important to wait before you lie down if you’ve recently eaten a large meal. At least three hours should have gone by since your last meal before you take up a horizontal position in bed or on the sofa. This means planning ahead and eating your dinner with enough time before you go to sleep.

Eat smaller dishes

Eating little and often is an effective way of managing acid reflux. Avoid infrequent large meals and opt for smaller plates of food instead.

Avoid danger foods

Spicy food, fatty food, chocolate, coffee and mints can all increase symptoms of acid reflux, so try to avoid them. You might find this hard, but with 60% of acid reflux sufferers reporting bad sleep quality, and 40% reporting a lower quality of work concentration, surely it’s worth it.

Lose weight

Acid reflux is often more severe in overweight individuals, so eating right and exercising can do wonders for keeping your symptoms at bay.

Use medication

Medication can help directly treat the symptoms of your acid reflux. At Express Pharmacy we stock a number of medications to treat heartburn, including Omeprazole, Lansoprazole and Losec.

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Knowing When to Visit the Doctor Could Be Crucial to Easing the Burden on the NHS

Posted Thursday 16 March 2017 09:57 by Tim Deakin in Express Pharmacy

The government recently admitted that the NHS will need £1bn in order to cover the cost of personal injury claims. Money it can ill afford.

According to a recent report, the NHS will need an estimated £1bn bailout to cover the cost of personal injury compensation claims. With such a hefty bill adding to the already overstretched healthcare budget, what can we do to prevent the health service from reaching breaking point?

Knowing when you need the help of a doctor and knowing when to simply rest and take over the counter medication may sound simple, but it could actually save billions of pounds a year. As GP surgeries become busier and busier it is advised that people take ownership of their own illness rather than making a routine trip to the doctor. Importantly, this advice should not deter those with serious conditions that require immediate treatment.

Here are some of the health complaints that a GP should not encounter from day to day:

Leave your cold at home

Research at the end of 2016 found that there had been over five million visits to GP offices for blocked noses, forty thousand for dandruff and twenty thousand for travel sickness.

While blocked noses can be uncomfortable and travel sickness can be a nasty affliction, it is important to be aware that a doctor will only prescribe medication that is readily available over the counter in your local pharmacist. A simple trip to your nearest community pharmacy or a check online with us should be the first port of call when you are suffering from a problem that does not warrant a GP appointment.

For conditions such as altitude sickness, acid reflux, erectile dysfunction, period pains or hair loss, pharmacists are well equipped to treat you and put your mind at ease.

Minor symptoms and illnesses are responsible for 57 million GP visits in the UK, as well as nearly four million A&E admissions every year. Sprains made up 38% of these A&E admissions last year, while 17% of them were for flu like symptoms, and 13% were for insect bites. All this put together costs the NHS around £2 billion – twice as much as their personal injury claim debt!

Learn the art of self-care

One in five GP appointments are reported to be for minor, self-treatable symptoms. Therefore, encouraging patients to practice self-care could save doctors more than an hour every day. That’s a lot of free time that could be used to work through a waiting room full of serious conditions.

Self-care is exactly what it says on the tin – an individual taking the time to look after both their physical and mental health. Lifestyle diseases, i.e. conditions that are attributable to the way we live, make up 75% of diseases in the UK. This shows that making a few small changes to our daily routines could help us avoid GP visits altogether.

When it comes to physical health, drinking more water, eating three healthy meals a day and doing even a small amount of exercise can make a huge difference. Cutting out bad habits like smoking or excess alcohol consumption also helps. Similarly, therapeutic activities and breathing exercises can help your mental health by lowering stress and anxiety.

Turn to Express Pharmacy for help

Our three-step online treatment programme allows you to select a treatment, undergo a free consultation and purchase your required medicine without any hassle and with complete discretion – all from the comfort of your own home.

Express Pharmacy provides NHS approved medical help, treatment and advice without the need to use up doctor time.

If you are experiencing an illness or a problem that is a significant issue to you but not one that warrants visiting your GP, don’t hesitate to try our discreet live chat today and find out what we can do for you.

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