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.
Last night our excellent teamwork brought this dummy back to life! 💪🏻 CPR (otherwise know as Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) is a lifesaving technique used in emergencies in people who have stopped breathing and the heart has stopped beating.
Anyone can learn how to perform CPR and it could help save someone’s life.
If you’re interested in finding out more visit @faae_gc or pop by and see me in clinic.
The Government funded Influenza vaccine is now in stock!
Last year was a particularly bad year for influenza with the highest levels of activity since 2009. The ‘Aussie flu’ strain was mutated meaning the vaccine was less effective than hoped for.
This year the vaccine has changed for the better, covering more strains of the flu virus. Now children from the ages of 6 months to under 5 years are being offered the flu vaccine for free as they are thought to be ‘super-spreaders’ in the community.
Along with children, the government also provide free vaccines for other medical groups; - All individuals from 6 months of age with medical conditions predisposing them to severe influenza
- Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
- All aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people from 15 years and over
- All individuals 65 years and older
Adults aged 65 and over will be offered a higher dose of the flu vaccination as they are most at risk of developing complications from flu.
Please note that the vaccine does not contain live flu virus and cannot cause flu.
However, some people may experience mild flu-like symptoms for up to 48 hours as their immune system responds to the vaccine. While some people may experience mild side effects such as pain, swelling and redness at the injection site, these usually resolve quickly.
Immediate allergic reactions are rare. People who are allergic to egg are no longer excluded from flu vaccines. If you experience any concerning symptoms, please seek medical help.
If you are interested in having your flu vaccine or would like to find out if you’re eligible for the government funded vaccine pop by and see me in clinic.
Heart disease is one of Australia’s largest health problems with over 1.2 million people being affected. Risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol being overweight, alcohol and smoking.
This month is all about raising awareness of having a healthy heart ❤
For more information and advice on how you can reduce your risk of heart disease, come and see me in clinic today.