Dry January 2021

Tips on cutting down on your alcohol intake:

If you regularly drink, and feel like you want to cut down/make a change to your drinking habits, you can see below for some helpful tips and advice on the best way to go about doing so:

Make a plan

To start of easier, rather than jumping straight into it, you can set a plan for the week so you can ease yourself into drinking less. So at the start of each week, set a limit on how much you’re going to drink and try to stick to it.

Set a budget

Rather than going out with your credit/debit card, where you wont have a certain limit on spending, take cash instead so you only have Only what you take out and no more. Having a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol will help to keep you from buying more than you need.

Take it a day at a time

Rather than diving deep and going straight for it, why don’t you cut back a little each day, instead of cutting it out of your routine/lifestyle altogether. That way, every day you do is a success. You can still enjoy a drink, but why don’t you opt for smaller sizes instead. Try bottled beer rather than pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.

Benefits of cutting down

The immediate effects of cutting down on your alcohol intake include:

  • feeling better in the mornings
  • being less tired during the day
  • better looking skin
  • feeling more energetic
  • better weight management

Long-term benefits include:

Mood

There’s a strong link between heavy drinking/drinking a lot and depression. Hangovers often make you feel anxious and low, and if you already feel anxious or sad, drinking can make this worse, so cutting down may put you in a better mood generally.

Sleep

Drinking can affect your sleep. It can disrupt your sleep patterns and stop you sleeping deeply. So cutting down on alcohol should help you feel more rested when you wake up.

If you’re taking part in Dry January, we hope you’re finding it an enjoyable experience and that you’ll see/feel the benefits of it afterwards. Keep up the good work!

For more information and advice, you can click here.

An enormous challenge for global health services

Here at NPH Life we’re passionate about getting to know you and to understand your personal health & wellbeing aims. We’re also interested in screening for health conditions which you might have but cause you no symptoms. We’re fully behind the concept that health not being merely the absence of ill-health but is the active identification of hidden or forgotten issues which, if addressed, can lead to a longer, higher quality life.

High blood pressure (hypertension) is an enormous challenge for global health services. In the UK alone, Public Health England estimates that 5.6 million people are living with undiagnosed, untreated hypertension*. Could you be one of those people? Have you discussed your blood pressure with a healthcare professional in the last 2-3 years?

If you are, you are not necessarily staring at the need for lifelong medication. It may be that, with personalised adaptations to food and alcohol intake, exercise and weight management, you can reduce your blood pressure without medication.  However, we may get to a point where medication is unavoidable. If that happens, our Doctors have been managing hypertension for years and will help guide you to a medication regime which is right for your lifestyle.

So, why hold off getting checked any longer? Call the team on 0191 605 3140 and book an appointment with one of our highly skilled, approachable and professional Doctors.

The view from the top is beautiful

Most people will know the benefits of exercise and how it can assist with losing weight, reduce the risk of long-term disease, improve mental health and a general feeling of wellbeing. We all also know that we need to do around 30 minutes of steady exercise 4-5 times a week to really feel the benefits of exercise although we know that every little helps.

So why don’t more people make the choice to incorporate regular exercise into their daily or weekly routine?

Here at NPH Life, we are starting out to help understand the real barriers to making exercise a fun and enjoyable part of daily living and we want to hear from you and understand your experiences of what gets in the way, both at home and at work. We believe that with better understanding, personal insights, support structures and a life plan we can help you find a way to get going and establishing exercise into your life; you will feel so much better for doing it.

We know that getting started and staying the course is a real challenge and for many people it can feel like a mountain to climb with no idea which path to take. Mountains can be a thing of beauty and can be seen from many different angles with vistas is many different directions. The problem is not the mountain but how we choose to see it. We want everyone to benefit from a beautiful exercise vista and feel the benefits of doing something. However small, we want you to appreciate the feel-good factor from raising your energy levels, raising your metabolism, sleeping better and thriving on the feel-good factor from all those endorphins which flood your system with even a smallest amount of effort.

Some of you may be seasoned exercisers or even athletes, others may have done little or no exercise for many years. Whatever your current situation, we would encourage you to take even five minutes to ask yourself this question… what can I do differently in 2019 to improve what I do to get more exercise or to exercise better?

Think about something that is achievable for you and set your mind on a long-term intention and get there by achieving daily goals. Focus on the day to day and the intention will just happen. Make that commitment to yourself, share your intention with friends and family, and never lose sight of where you want to be.

The view from the top will be beautiful. We would love to hear your personal stories and find out how you intend to climb your mountain.

Sleep on it and boost your wellbeing

Many of us think of sleep as switching off for the night to prepare for tomorrow, but did you know that your body works harder when you are asleep than it does when you’re awake? Through the night our bodies are doing repairs, processing information and improving our overall health. This is why medical experts recommend that adults between the ages of 18 and 65 should be getting between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.

So why do we need to sleep?

There are several reasons as to why sleep is important for both physical and mental health. First of all, if you sleep less than 6 hours a night you have a 10% higher mortality rate than someone who gets between 7 to 9 hours. Your immune system also gets weakened against common viruses such as those that cause the common cold and the flu. On top of this, experts predict, you’re three times as likely to be involved in a car accident if you have had 6 hours sleep or less.

Sleep is also vital for your mental health, a lack of it can make current issues worse or even give you new problems entirely. Lack of sleep can leave you with psychological symptoms such as low mood, anxiety, erratic behaviour and poor cognitive function.

There are many benefits to getting a solid night’s sleep, the first of these being that your brain sharpens up for the day after. Sleep plays a big part in both learning and memory; a lack of sleep means that your brain doesn’t have time to fully process information and makes it harder to pull up information when you need it. Another benefit is an overall boost in mood as when you go to sleep your brain tells itself how to react to things that have happened through the day.

How to get a better night’s sleep

One of the best ways to improve your sleep cycle is to establish a routine. This means trying to go to bed at the same time every night so that your body clock can adjust. The next step is making sure your sleeping environment is suited to you in terms of having a comfortable bed, ensuring that noise, light and temperature are all at the right level for you. You should also try to limit stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and nicotine before bed. Finally, you should avoid electronic devices at least an hour before you go to bed as the blue light can trick your body into thinking that it is morning and therefore making very difficult to sleep.

Here at Newcastle Premier Health we have partnered with Talk Works, who provide therapies to individuals to improve mental health. If you have trouble sleeping, Talk Works can help with one-to-one confidential sleep assessments with a clinical/counselling Psychologist to review your sleeping patterns. As part of the assessment you will receive personalised recommendations to improve your sleep and boost your wellbeing. To find out more, contact Talk Works on 0191 490 9301 or email talktous@talk-works.org.uk.

More than a Private GP

As reported by Sky news; almost two million patients have been struck by the closure of GP practices. Many of which are now considering the benefits of registering with a Private GP practice.

One of the first things that comes to someone’s mind when they hear the term Private GP is why would they pay for something that they can access through the NHS? Whilst that is a valid question there are many benefits to accessing our Health & Wellbeing services.

We hope that the following post helps you see the true value and unique offering of a fully equipped Health & Wellbeing service compared that of a Private GP or the NHS.

The difference between a Private GP and the NHS

First of all, what is a GP? GP stands for General Practitioner and they are a medical professional who manages acute and chronic illnesses while providing preventive care and health education to their patients. They are generally the first port of call for when the public feels like they need to see a medical professional. You will have a GP already through the NHS and you will most likely know who they are.

You might be wondering if there is a difference between accessing a GP privately or through the NHS. The only real difference is in the delivery of the service. For example, there is usually a waiting time for a appointment in the NHS. Whereas accessing a service privately you could get a appointment as early as tomorrow.

Some see Private GPs as supporting the NHS. They are doing this by accepting patients from some local NHS services under pressure to lower waiting times and to improve access to care. Some patients are willing to pay a fee if it means that they can avoid a waiting list.

Helping you achieve mental and physical wellbeing

So how do we differ from the other Private GP companies? Here at NPH we pride ourselves on the continuity of care and aim to build positive and trusting relationships between the patient and their GP. With longer appointment times, the GP can take time to understand your health concerns and goals – offering treatment and/or health plans to help you achieve your physical and mental wellbeing goals.

Introducing NPH Life

Does this sound too good to be true? NPH Life is a subscription-based service that provides premium features such as allowing the client to enjoy timely access to skilled, approachable and professional GPs. But that’s not all; NPH Life also offers services such as health screenings, travel consolations and easy repeat prescriptions. All for the low price of £29.50 a month.

NPH Life will be launching later this year, you can now sign up for more information at https://www.newcastlepremierhealth.com/nph-life/.

Men’s Health Week 2019: Lifestyle Changes

In 2018, the Telegraph published an article stating that nearly nine in ten people had at least one unhealthy trait such as smoking, drinking more than 14 units of alcohol or eating unhealthy foods. 33% of all men in the U.K had at least two unhealthy traits. With Men’s Health Week officially underway we decided to discuss some of the simple lifestyle changes that can lead to men living longer, happier and healthier lives.

Stop the habit of smoking

One of the most detrimental things a man can do to his own health is smoke. The NHS deems that 20% of all male deaths are linked to smoking. Smoking causes heart disease, cancer and strokes. On top of this, smoking can damage your DNA which can then cause infertility. Therefore, stopping the habit is one of the most beneficial changes you can make in your life.

Change your sleep cycle

Are you getting at least 8 hours a night? Changing your sleep cycle is another simple lifestyle change that you can make to improve your overall quality of life. There are many benefits to a good night’s sleep such as it is keeping your heart healthy, reducing stress, helping the body repair itself and possibly helping to prevent cancer.

Reap the rewards of exercise

Regular exercise is highly beneficial for your overall health. 30 minutes a day is all it takes to reap the benefits of your hard work. Some of these benefits are reducing your risk of a heart attack, weight management, having lower blood pressure and a healthier state of mind.

Benefit from a balanced diet

Finally, changing your diet is highly beneficial. One of the biggest benefits to eating healthy is weight loss. If you have bad eating habits you may be more prone to things such as heart disease, non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus and poor bone density.

A happy and healthy life

At Newcastle Premier Health we like to promote leading a happy and healthy life, but we understand that this can be challenging. Therefore, we take great pride in being able to provide support and care to anyone who walks through our doors. Our team of clinicians offer one-to-one consultations and health promotion services at a reasonable price which guarantees quality time and an overall positive experience. If you would like more information, please click here.

Achieve a positive state of health & wellbeing

We hear more and more people talking about their personal goals and their ambition to achieve a positive state of health & wellbeing… which led us to ask, what does this really mean?

Well according to the World Health Organisation, health & wellbeing is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?

Well in short, the answer is – NO! Here at NPH Life, we are in an incredibly privileged position as we enable individuals, families and businesses to do exactly that. Our affordable subscription opens the door to a range of first-rate health & wellbeing services with no hidden costs.

As well as accessing a range of services from Newcastle Premier Health, members are also rewarded with a growing list of special offers from our trusted, verified and specialist partners – ranging from physiotherapy and skin care treatments to heart rate monitoring.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started today from only £29.50 per month.

Win a FREE Health Assessment…

Like the NPH page on Facebook to win a Health Assessment worth £80.00.

Whether you are currently active or not, good health can provide a sense of relief like no other!

Our Health Assessments can provide reassurance of good health as well as helping to empower you to make positive lifestyle changes and to get active in 2018.

Checks will highlight any common health concerns*, and will be conducted by a qualified technician:

Lifestyle Questionnaire: Feedback from qualified clinician.
Height & Weight: Measurements recorded.
Urine Analysis: Analysis of urine to help detect diabetes.
Body Mass Index: Calculation to determine your body mass index.
Blood Pressure: Reading to determine your blood pressure.
Cholesterol Levels: Blood test to assess your cholesterol levels.

Like our page on Facebook, in February, for your chance to win a Health Assessment worth £80.00… all entrants will be placed into a prize draw with one lucky winner being selected at random!

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*A Health Assessment does not include diagnostics – a follow up appointment with a GP may be suggested if a risk factor is identified.

T&Cs: For your chance to win a Health Assessment, simply like the NPH page on Facebook before the 1st March 2018 – not only the promotional post. All successful entrants will be placed into a prize draw with one winner being selected at random. The lucky winner will be contacted the week commencing 5th March 2018 via Facebook Messenger for a contact number – the support team will then call to book a 30-minute appointment with a qualified technician.

Understanding rTMS

Newcastle Premier Health is pleased to have partnered with The London Psychiatry Centre – of Harley Street, London – a leading national centre of excellence, to offer an innovative treatment for depression.

We are thrilled to be able to offer patients in the North East repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), which has been approved by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the treatment of depression in adults.

We have launched this cutting-edge service in partnership with The London Psychiatry Centre, a pioneer of rTMS and which was a national advisor to NICE for the issuing of the guidance on rTMS to offer the treatment. The health specialist has also developed and researched protocols for its delivery with exceptionally high levels of efficacy.

What is rTMS?

rTMS, which is not widely available in the UK, works with your body’s natural processes to increase the number and frequency of electrical signals between nerve cells. It influences electrical brain activity through a pulsed magnetic field to stimulate an area of the brain that regulates mood. Because this stimulation is given at regular short intervals it is referred to as repetitive TMS, or rTMS.

As such, rTMS selectively alters activity in concentrated areas of the brain, regulating the flow of interactions between brain cells, to bring about desired effects that have been shown to relieve symptoms of mental health problems.

This safe and highly-effective treatment is an alternative to anti-depressant medication, with no side-effects. It has achieved success where drugs have failed, or perhaps are not an option.

The innovative treatment is carried out using state-of-the-art equipment, with each session lasting approximately 35-40 minutes and takes place 5 days a week, for 4-6 weeks.

Is there any research available?

Regarded as safe and non-invasive, some studies have reported that rTMS increases levels of serotonin and dopamine, responsible for stimulating ‘feel good’ and reward response.

Dr Alex O’Neil from the Royal College of Psychiatrists reportedly commented that 30% of patients who receive rTMS report reduced symptoms of depression, whilst others claim to be symptom free altogether.

However at The London Psychiatry Centre, in a group of 150 patients, 62% of patients who have been treated for depression with rTMS have fully recovered in an average of 4.3 weeks.*

Why is Newcastle Premier Health offering this treatment?

At Newcastle Premier Health we pride ourselves on offering a holistic and integrated approach to medicine, to treat a patient’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. We are therefore delighted to offer our patients this effective and safe intervention, and make it more widely available in the North East of England.

The launch of the new service comes at a time of continued growth and development for Newcastle Premier Health, as we have recently appointed a mental health nurse and clinical psychiatrist to the deliver the service, as well as an occupational health technician and a travel and clinic nurse. We have also moved to a larger, purpose-built facility in Dobson House, Regent Centre, Gosforth – all of which is part of our dedication to continually expand and improve our services.

You can read more on rTMS here or call us on 0191 605 3140 to book your treatment or speak to one of our specialists.

*This was presented as a peer reviewed poster at the RCPsych conference in June 2017.