Join me as I tour the Versace Dessert table explaining which are the healthy options and which are not and why.
The cocoa bean, native to the Amazon basin, is now widely found in countries across the world. The bean goes through a process of drying and fermenting to produce cocoa solids and cocoa butter, the foundation of chocolate.
Chocolate is regarded as being beneficial to health the higher the percentage it is. For example 90% dark chocolate contains more cocoa and less butter, sugar and emulsifiers, giving it a bitter taste. As a rule of thumb, the lighter the colour of the chocolate, the less percentage of cocoa there is.
Chocolate with a cocoa content of over 70% is generally regarded as being nutritious with claims of helping to lower cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and being packed with anti oxidants. Of course, these benefits are only seen when eaten in strict moderation as too much can have an adverse effect on the body, causing weight gain, lethargy and other medical illnesses.
So next time you’re at the dessert table looking at your options, think with your mind rather than your tummy so that both your body and heart will be happy.
Please remember to always eat treats sensibly as part of a full healthy balanced diet and an active lifestyle.
Everything You Need to Know About Blood Pressure | How to Measure and Lower It
Now we’ve all heard about blood pressure, whether it’s high blood pressure, low blood pressure, blood pressure monitoring, but what does it all mean?
To understand this better in this video I take you through what blood pressure is, going into details on the side effects of high or low blood pressure, its causes, how to measure and how to keep it in control.
ABOUT DR NORA
Dr Nora strives for perfection in each of her clients. As a full time General Practitioner she regularly performs non-surgical treatments such as anti-wrinkle and dermal fillers. She also continues to develop her skills to offer the latest techniques including tear trough correction, jaw line enhancement, chin profiling and PRP facials.
Dr Nora graduated from St George’s University of London with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery.
She spent 5 years rotating in the UK’s National Health Service in London hospitals working as a SHO in breast surgery, colorectal surgery and Accident and Emergency placements. She pursued her career in general practice to become a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Dr Nora then moved to the beautiful Gold Coast in Australia as a cosmetic doctor and full time General Practitioner, obtaining her fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
She holds a diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health and specialises in family planning and women’s health. She has been assessed and accredited by the Australasian College of Dermatologists to perform skin cancer checks and minor surgery, drawing on her passion for dermatology following an award from the British Association Of Dermatologists as a medical student.
Dr Nora enjoys engaging with the community with an eye for training, regularly posting treatment videos and case studies on social media.
Did you know that if you’re aged between 45 to 49 years old you may be eligible for a free health assessment to help prevent developing a chronic disease?
The procedure itself consists of listing to your heart, lungs, checking your blood pressure, blood tests and an ECG, while it sounds like a lot, it usually only takes 30 minutes.
The health assessment is for patients who, in the clinical judgement of the medical practitioner and based on the identification of a specific risk factor, is at risk of developing a chronic disease. A chronic disease or condition is one that has been, or is likely to be present for at least six months, including (but not limited to) asthma, cancer, cardiovascular illness, diabetes mellitus, a mental health condition, arthritis or a musculoskeletal condition.
So if you’re aged between 45 and 49 (or know someone who is), drop in for a consultation to see if you qualify.