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5 Foods To Help You Have A Great Autumn

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Once the weather starts getting colder you can wind down your healthy eating plan, right? Think you can reach for the chocolate now the shorts have been put away? Wrong! It is more important than ever to eat healthily during the colder months. Coughs and sneezes are on their way so a careful consideration of nutrition keeps your immune system in tip-top condition. Keep healthy with these nutritional powerhouses from the autumn harvest…

Autumn brings plenty of local pears! Pears contain an abundance of essential phenolic phytonutrients. These phytonutrients are used in the body for their anti-inflammatory properties, as antioxidants and for their role in preventing cancer. But make sure you’re eating those skins! Studies show that there are up to four times as many of these nutrients in the skin as in the flesh.

The local hedgerows are full of juicy blackberries! Not only are they low in sugar and virtually fat-free they are also bursting with manganese, a nutrient that’s vital in maintaining and improving brain function. Plus, picking them gets you up and out and breathing in that fresh autumnal air!

Rhubarb does more than look pretty in pink. One serving contains 45% of your daily requirement of Vitamin K which, as well aiding healthy bone growth, has been shown to limit neuronal damage and help to prevent Alzheimer’s. Just make sure that you leave the toxic leaves out of your crumble!

Kale seems to be the apple of the nutritionist’s eye at the moment but with good reason. Kale’s health benefits are hard to beat and the nutrients it contains play a role in everything from the formation of blood to maintaining healthy skin and vision. 

Finally, it’s pumpkins! Perhaps the most well known of the autumn harvest but definitely not one to be kept just for Halloween! Pumpkins are good for your mood as they contain tryptophan, an amino acid which is essential in the production of serotonin-your favourite feel good friend! So whether you roast the seeds or make pumpkin soup with the flesh just make sure you’re doing something with it after you’ve carved it!

For information on how you can optimise your health this autumn book an appointment with our nutritionist Claudia Gravaghi here.

Alternatively call The Italian Medical Centre on 0203 794 9108.

5 Ways To Improve Your Happiness Today

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There are choices that you make every day, some of which affect your health and happiness, this can impact the way you feel mentally and physically. That being said, we have put together 5 simple tips that will improve your happiness today.

Appreciation

Appreciating what you have is the easiest way to maintain happiness. Your dreams and goals are what get you through the day but also appreciating the present is crucial to your wellbeing.

Hobbies

Balancing your work life with your social life can be complicated. However, taking time out for yourself to enjoy something you love doing will improve your happiness. Try taking a long walk, meditating or painting to allow your mind to rest and do something different.

Help Others

Helping someone else will also help you. It can help take your mind off whatever is causing you stress. Helping someone else can be great therapy and you may be able to relate to your own advice.

Respect Yourself

This is something, not enough of us do. Being kind to yourself usually involves slowing down and taking care of yourself and listening to your own needs.

Quality Time

Spend time with an old friend you haven’t seen in years, organise a special day with your family and go somewhere you haven’t been before. Spending time with your loved ones will instantly make you feel happier.

At The Italian Medical Centre we offer therapeutic support including counselling, psychotherapy and hypnotherapy for a wide variety of issues. Get in touch today to find out how we can help you 0203 794 9108.

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/