Peanut-ButterPeanut allergies. We probably all know someone (or someone that knows someone) who is coping with this usually lifelong, and potentially fatal, allergy. Fearful parents are taking huge precautions which is resulting in debates about “over-protection”. According to recent studies, exposing children from a young age to these allergies can actually help prevent them from developing in later life. So are parents being over-protective or can you never be too careful?

Early exposure

In a recent study conducted by Australian researchers, various methods involving peanut consumption were evaluated in order to discover the best ways to prevent the development of this allergy. 640 infants were involved in the study, with 50 % consuming peanuts in small dosages and the other 50% avoiding them completely, until the age of 60 months. The results were significant as they showed that early introduction of peanuts appeared to lower the likelihood of the allergy developing in a number of cases.

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20_Day_Overhaul_A_Day_In_The_Life_14_grandeNational Nutrition Month is organised by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s slogan “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” encourages people to make healthier food choices and do their daily exercise.

Supposedly health is made of happiness, sleep, exercise, clean food and water. Easy right?

The difficult part is resisting all the junk food, sweets and sodas that are around us. It’s the easiest of lifestyle changes, but people are able to achieve so much with just a little bit of willpower and awareness of a healthy lifestyle.

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Dogs can bring more than just joy into your life!

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Kissing your dog can improve your health - The microbes in the dog’s gut could have a pro-biotic effect on humans. They could encourage the growth of positive microorganisms.

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Pressure pushing down on NHS

Oh, the dear old NHS. Split down the middle between love and hate. An expat or not, if you have ever lived in the UK, you will no doubt have paid a visit to the blue logo building before. I know I have, several times actually. The NHS is under immense pressure, according to the internet they are actually begging the Australian expat doctors to come home and fill the needed low employee gap, however as ever it is difficult to know to what extent this information is exaggerated. Supposedly, the NHS is facing an impending economic disaster if the UK government doesn’t step in to save it soon.

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Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee. How much is too much?

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Costco agrees to phase out the use of antibiotics in its chicken – Why? The overuse of antibiotics in animals raised for food production can make the bacteria stronger. No target shift date has yet been announced, however, this may be a beginning of a national trend.

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We should limit our listening to music to one hour per day, according to WHO

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time-to-planAt the moment there are around 50 million expatriates living worldwide, and the numbers are increasing rapidly which means that by the year 2020, the number of expatriates is expected to reach 60 million.

As having proper health insurance is crucial for an expat, many countries are now trying to find ways to make it mandatory to make the expats pay for their health care. Not to mention that taking a risk by not having health insurance is generally not a good idea…

Importance of health insurance

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coke2According to a study conducted by the Consumer Reports on the effect of caramel colouring used in soft drinks such as Coca Cola, the daily consumption of fizzy drinks is more dangerous than we thought.

The chemical process that takes place with the manufacturing of caramel colouring produces a carcinogen that could be raising the risk of cancer, suggests an analyst.

The laboratory tests on 11 different soft drinks revealed that one can a day could be enough to expose a consumer to potentially cancer-causing levels of the chemical 4-MeI, which is short for 4-methylimidazole. Surprisingly however, the levels of 4-MeI varied in samples of the same type of fizzy drinks. Tyler Smith, the lead author of the Johns Hopkins study, the team that led the Consumer Reports researchers, said that “For example, for diet coke, certain samples had higher or more variable levels of the compound, while other samples had very low concentrations”.

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Alaska is the new leader in well-being! Photo source: Flickr

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