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Your Health & Fitness | New Year Health Tips


3. QUIT SMOKING FOR GOOD Needless to say, stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health. However, if you have struggled in the past to stay off cigarettes in the long term, a number of products can help you to wean yourself off gradually. Tobacco free e-cigarettes have become popular for this reason. More traditional forms of nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches and gum, are available on the NHS (unlike e-cigarettes) and your doctor will be able to help you fi nd a plan that is right for you.


Not all fats are created equal, and while we should all be trying to cut down on saturated fats which lead to weight gain and high cholesterol— found in butter, oil, meats and processed foods— some fats can provide a number of health benefi ts. Unsaturated fats are found in oily fi sh, nuts, seeds, olive oil and avocados. These healthy fats are full of vital nutrients like Omega-3—which benefi ts the skin, hair and brain—and help us to feel satisfi ed, reducing cravings for unhealthy fats and processed food.


5. Eat more good fat 6. Check your eyes


Most of us consume too much sugar, and our addiction to sweet food and drink is one of the main contributors to the UK’s current obesity problem. Cutting out sugary foods such as chocolate, cakes, biscuits and fi zzy drinks is the fi rst step towards lowering your sugar intake, but paying attention to nutrition labels and preparing food from scratch, where possible, is also important to avoid the ‘hidden’ sugars that are added to foods. As well as weight loss, people who cut down on sugar often notice a rise in energy levels as the sharp spikes and drops in blood glucose levels which result from sugar intake are stabilised.


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The NHS recommends that you have your eyes tested every two years, and some people—children who wear glasses, people with diabetes, the over-70s and people with a family history of glaucoma— are eligible for free tests. Private tests are available at a reasonable cost. Most people do not have their eyes checked nearly as often as they should, and eye tests not only detect ordinary sight problems, but also more serious conditions


7. SLEEP WELL Most adults need at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night, but even people who regularly manage this may suff er from tiredness due to poor sleep patterns. Caff eine and alcohol, stress and irregular sleep schedules can all negatively aff ect the quality of your shut-eye, leading you to feel tired the next day. Top tips


including diabetes, glaucoma and macular degeneration, all of which can lead to visual impairment if left untreated.


for improving sleep quality include sticking to a regular nighttime ritual and turning off electronic devices a while before you plan to sleep, as many doctors believe that screen time can cause interference. Limiting the amount you eat and drink before going to bed can also be helpful in ensuring you get an uninterrupted night’s rest.


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