Healthy living

Articles and post around healthy living and well-being. Posts around non-prescriptions drugs and supplements supported with scientific evidence.

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    Cannabidiol, CBD oil

    Cannabidiol (CBD) oil has reached its presence most pharmacies and supermarkets in UK. It is widely available online and due to its coverage in media it is growing in popularity. CBD oil (also sold under name of hemp oil) is produced by extraction of cannabidiol from the hemp plant. Cannabidiol is one of over 100 cannabinoids which are present in cannabis plant. Hemp plants are normally used in production of CBD oils as these are high in cannabidiol and do not contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in large amounts. THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid which makes people ‘high’ when they use cannabis.

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    Alcohol drinking and running

    Alcohol drinking and running Drinking alcohol has been a popular habit in UK. As of 2018, 58% of adults admitted to drinking alcohol in previous week. (NHS, 2018). Many of us (runners) have strict diary habits including consumption of alcohol; others do not worry about it, however there are many questions to ask: How drinking alcohol affects our body How drinking alcohol affects running (physical performance)? Can we drink after running? In this post I will cover the issue of drinking alcohol and its effect on our body and running. Alcohol is common name used for ethanol. It comes in variety forms for public consumption with many popular alcoholic drinks…

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    The best Vitamin D supplement

    In my profession I see many people being prescribed vitamin D supplements. I also see many customers buying vitamin D supplements. Some of them ask ‘what is the best vitamin D supplement‘ others specifically ask for vitamin D3 as this was recommended form of vitamin D supplement. In this short post I will explain why we need vitamins D, the difference between vitamin D and D3 and consequently try to answer what the best vitamin D supplement is, or rather what to look for when buying vitamin D supplement.

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    Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements: Are they beneficial?

    In this short post we will look at glucosamine and chondroitin supplements, a common ‘joint care’ supplement available in high street pharmacies, supplement shops and most supermarkets.This will not be a review of specyfic product, just summary of evidence for use of glucosamine and chondroitin products. There is a huge variation in prices in this product, starting from about £5 for own supermaket branded version up to £20 pound for other brands. Are they really worth it? No.