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Skin Care Tips For Summer

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We hope you’re all having a wonderful Summer! At The Italian Medical Centre we have an amazing dermatologist Dr Davide Altamura who has received advanced training in diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers and published internationally recognised scientific articles on this topic. We have put together a few tips to ensure you are treating your skin as well as you can this summer.

1. Ensure you are protecting your skin

Sun exposure can cause wrinkles, age spots and various other skin problems – as well as an increased risk of skin cancer. You can do this by using a high SPF sunscreen, seeking shade when the sun rays are strong and by wearing protective clothing when walking around in the heat.

2. Avoid smoking

Smoking makes your skin look older and contributes to wrinkles. Oxygen and nutrients help keep your skin healthy, however, smoking narrows blood vessels in the outer layers of skin decreasing the blood flow. You can always ask our GP for tips/treatments to help you stop smoking here.

3. Eat a healthy diet

A healthy diet can help you look and feel amazing. Ensure you eat fruits and vegetables daily. The vitamins and nutrients you receive from healthy food will promote healthy and younger looking skin.

4. Treat your skin well

Treat your skin gently, try not to use harsh or artificially fragranced products as they can strip valuables oils from your skin. Try to use natural organic skin care wherever possible which will minimise exposure to toxins and chemicals.

Dr Davide Altamura received advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, and his work covers the full range of acute and chronic skin conditions in patients from paediatrics through to adulthood. Through his advanced training and experience, Davide has published several internationally recognised scientific articles on these topics.

Find out more about his Dermatology services here: http://theitalianmedicalcentre.com/our-…/dr-davide-altamura/

How To Stick To Your New Year Resolutions

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It’s the start of 2017 which means plenty of new years resolutions to try to achieve and stick to. It’s the time of year where we can start a fresh beginning and turn over a new leaf. We have put together a few tips on how to ensure you do follow them through, as we know how hard it can be!

Define your goals – Clearly define what you would like the outcome of your resolution to be. If your goal is to eat healthier this year then in advance, create food plans to ensure you are fully prepared.

Track your progress – Each week or month measure your success and write it down in a journal. How successful have you been in making your positive change? If you’ve managed to achieve a certain goal, reward yourself, you deserve it.

Tell friends and family – Be sure to inform your friends and family of the changes you’re are planning to make. If you’re new years resolution is to give up smoking this year then shout about it! This will encourage your peers to motivate you and keep you focused on your new journey.

Dont feel disheartened – We all make mistakes. If you make one tiny slip up, definitely do not give up! Think of the progress you’ve made and embody this into picking yourself up and carrying on. It’s all about developing the right strategy that, with patience and time, will lead to success.

Don’t set yourself up for failure in 2017 by creating changes that will be impossible to keep – create realistic, achievable goals and concur them! We wish you good luck and a happy new year from The Italian Medical Centre.

Are You Boosting Your Children’s Natural Immunity This Winter?

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Winter is fast approaching, alongside this comes a variety of colds and winter bugs that spread around schools like wildfire. Avoiding a cold during the Winter is almost impossible, however, we have some top tips that will help you keep your children’s immunity up this Winter.

Wash hands – Ensure your children wash their hands regularly with antibacterial soap, it sounds simple but it is one of the most effective ways to prevent cold and flu bugs – especially in a school environment where germs are high.

Eating the right diet – Immune boosting foods such as ginger, garlic, spinach are all full of vital immune-boosting vitamins, nutrients and minerals. Keeping the body well nourished is important so when viruses do strike the immune system has fuel to work efficiently.

Vitamin C – There is evidence that Vitamin C helps make cold symptoms less severe and may shorten the duration of a cold. Foods that contain a high level of vitamin C that you can incorporate into your child’s packed lunches are dark leafy greens, kiwifruit, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes and papayas.

Keep sugar to a minimum –  Sugar has been known to decrease the immune response, so if your children are consuming lots of sugar on a regular basis this could lower their immune system making them more vulnerable to flu’s and viruses.

Plenty of sleep – Getting at least 8 hours of sleep is vital, sleep is the way our bodies repair and heal. So, during cold and flu season it is immensely important your child is gaining the sleep they need. Diffusing essential oils like lavender and chamomile before bed is the ideal way for you and your children to unwind and relax in preparation for a deep sleep.

Anxiety and stress levels can be high when you’re looking after a poorly child, however try to remember that most illnesses pass in a week or so and remember it will all ultimately help strengthen your child’s immune system – The Italian Medical Centre offer a variety of services for young children and adolescents, from paediatric care to psychological support including paediatric nutrition, allergies and general medicine. If you would like to speak to us about how we could help you, please contact us today.

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

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As the days will soon start to get shorter and weather becomes more bitter, many of us find ourselves feeling persistently low in mood or becoming more irritable, and often don’t know the reasons why. We often blame the changes of weather for our mood changes, remarking on how much of a “miserable day” it is, but did you know that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a recognised mental health disorder? Those who suffer with SAD will find their mood and energy is much more affected by autumnal and wintery changes, which can also worsen symptoms of depression. We may also find ourselves craving heavier meals more often, something commonly associated with the comforts of winter, which can lead to an increase in weight gain and affect our confidence levels further.

But what causes SAD? The exact causes are still unknown, but many professionals draw links between the decrease of light across autumn and winter, which can also disrupt your body’s internal clock as it relies on natural light.

If you feel you may suffer with SAD you can try changing a few lifestyle aspects such as increasing your exercise routine, getting outside more to take advantage of the natural light on these short days, or practising mindfulness to tune into how you are feeling. Alternatively, at The Italian Medical Centre we offer a range of holistic services that focus on you as a whole in order to treat your needs in the best way. Whether psychological services or nutritional advice, we can find the best treatments to support you.

How Blood Screening Can Benefit You

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When was the last time you had a blood test? You might think you’ve never needed one, as many of us see blood screening as a last resort when identifying symptoms. But screening isn’t just for monitoring our blood sugar levels; did you know that Pathology services can be vital in preventative screening to detect early signs of potentially fatal illnesses? As well as this, blood screening can also help to determine factors affecting your lifestyle such as allergies and sexual health, empowering you to make changes in your life and be in control of your decisions.

 

Symptoms such as abdominal pain can often be overlooked, but can actually be signs of food allergies or other conditions. Learning what foods do and don’t work for you can ease these physical symptoms but also improve how you feel psychologically.

 

We offer rapid results in a way that suits you. Here are just a few of the services we can provide for you through screening:

 

  • Sexual health screening
  • Reproductive health and hormone profiles
  • Infertility treatment
  • Allergy testing
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Diabetes detection
  • Immunology
  • Occupational health

 

At the Italian Medical Centre, we are launching a new Pathology service as a way of diagnosing underlying conditions and understanding more about your body to better manage your lifestyle to achieve a happier, healthier you.

The benefits of visiting a nutritionist

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Do you find that your body and mind is often affected by the food you consume? Seeing a nutritionist can be the first positive step to improving your wellbeing. Seeking advice from a specialist can help with a variety of ailments, from weight-loss, to improving athletic performance, increasing energy, boosting immunity, digestive health, sleep and mood, and transforming skin and hair. It is also said that seeing a nutritionist can bring the same benefits to your life as seeing a medical clinician or therapist. With more and more people taking an interest in the nutritional value of food, now is the perfect time to find out what works for your body. Below are some of the main benefits of introducing a nutritionist into your life beyond educating which foods are good and bad for you.

Expert Advice

No one knows food like nutritionists do and this will be reinstated by the qualification they would have been accredited. They are also required to continue their professional education to keep up to date with the latest nutrition evidence. Nutritionists also have to adhere to a code of ethics provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With this you can be sure that you are getting the most up-to-date and reliable information interpreted and delivered to you in an understandable way.

Know your food

Food is now grown, processed, cooked, served and marketed in a number of ways meaning there is a lot of confusion surrounding it, not helped by mixed messages in the media. By seeing a nutritionist you’ll be able to gain the facts to eliminate the distortion and provide reliable information to improve your diet. They’ll be able to talk you through nutrients, calories, food groups, ingredients and discuss any allergies which are relevant to you. Filtering in factors for individuals depending on age, height, weight and gender and then working out what nutrient needs are appropriate is another beneficiary to seeing a nutritionist.

Personalised for you

With everyone having individual dietary needs and requirements, nutritionists can take into account physical activity, special needs and family health history to create a personalized plan for you. This helps to reach specific health needs and goals, along with problem solving, motivation and support. For example, if you find eating healthy difficult due to a busy lifestyle, nutritionists can suggest tips and advice for meal planning etc. With eating being personal to each individual, some may have to change their behaviors towards foods and therefore it is helpful to know that there is a trusted and resourceful professional to encourage and support you on your journey and reach your ultimate health goals.

At The Italian Medical Centre our nutritionist is on hand to help with your health and wellbeing needs. To book an appointment or find out more about our nutritionist services call (0) 203 794 9108 or email info@theitalianmedicalcentre.com

Avoid sports injury and trauma as you train during marathon season

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Marathon running season is upon us, and whether you’re training for your first one or an experienced runner, the lead up is an exciting and sometimes challenging time.

During training, it’s key to vary the exercises you’re doing to prevent repetitive strain on your joints and muscles. Mixing up cardio with practices such as pilates and yoga, stretching out any tight muscles and building strength and across your whole body will contribute towards stamina and overall fitness. Nourishing your body with fresh, fatigue fighting whole foods and plenty of water is especially important during sport training. We offer appointments with trained nutritionists that can offer advice and create a plan to ensure you are feeding your body the essentials needed in your diet to sustain you during exercise.

As your marathon draws closer, avoiding sports related injury is of utmost importance. Here at The Italian Medical Centre, our expert in medical sport Dr. Nicola Sanna is available for a variety of both pre and post running appointments. Why not book in for a pre-participation screening, including detailed questionnaire into your background and any existing problems, a physical examination, biomedical assessment tailored to your specific sport and electrocardiogram at rest.

If you do suffer any pains during your training or after marathon day, Dr. Sanna can also develop a personal rehab plan for sport-related muscoloskeletal injuries, from both overuse and trauma.

How To Dine Out With An Allergy

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Whether you have an allergy or just have specific food preferences, dining out with an allergy out shouldn’t be difficult. The only thing standing between special diets and fun is a little research.

Nowadays restaurants and cafes have readily-available menus to suit diets that need to be gluten-free, dairy-free, low sugar and vegan. Restaurants are more often than not extremely accommodating and happy to help! Check out these restaurants and foodie hub that can make dining out a breeze! http://www.refinery29.uk/2016/02/101467/dietary-requirements-eating-out-guide#slide-7

At The Italian Medical Centre, we provide the highest quality of health care to those who experience allergies or to those who think they may have an allergy. Click here to find out more about our services and how we can help you http://aa6.0f3.myftpupload.com/services-2/ 

5 Tips to Help Maintain Positive Thoughts

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Maintaining positive thoughts is crucial when you want to achieve something. Here at The Italian Medical Centre, we understand the power that positive thinking has upon your mental health, ensuring that you gain the best quality of life.

1. Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good from within! Exercise is a great way to release these positive chemicals making you feel better about yourself and your life.
2. Start your day strong. Create a healthy morning ritual and get into a routine. You’ll find it easier to get up in the morning!
3. Be around positive people, it’s contagious and will give yourself and others a positive lift.
4. Show your appreciation for others each day. Offering compliments to other people can create a positive chain reaction.
5. Live with gratitude. Try not to focus on the negative aspects of your day, instead, concentrate on the positives, however small or big they may be.

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