Vitamin D pills ‘could stop colds or flu’ says new research

It has long been thought that Vitamin D,  which is made naturally by people's bodies if they get plenty of sunlight (hence its label the ‘sunshine vitami’) is vital for healthy bones.  Now, it is thought that it also has a key role to play in boosting the immune system. The immune system uses vitamin D to make antimicrobial weapons that puncture holes in bacteria and viruses, but as vitamin D is made in the skin while out in the sun, many people have low levels during winter. The QMUL Study To date,…Read more

Why love is good for you

Scientists have long been keen to prove that love brings huge health benefits.  Researchers have always been keen to find evidence that LOVE - in it’s widest definition of kinship and caring - can fight disease, boost immunity, and lower stress. The health benefits of ‘love ‘: Here’s what The Studies say that Love does.  It: Protects against heart disease - A University of Pittsburgh study found that women in good marriages have a much lower risk of cardiovascular disease than those in high-stress relationships. Helps you live longer -The National Longitudinal Mortality…Read more

Why managing stress could be even more important than ever

New research indicates that stress could be as significant a health risk factor for the heart as smoking and high blood pressure.  It’s a finding which will make today’s employers sit up and listen because it again highlights just how important managing stress is today for maintaining health in the workplace. A new US study published in the Lancet and reported by the BBC on 12 January 2017 found that constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack. It is hoped that by exploring the…Read more

Purposeful exercise is overriding factor for promoting good health

New research finds that the health benefits of exercise don’t necessarily rest on the frequency or duration of exercise; which is why Public Health England has published its guidelines for recommended levels of activity.  These guidelines are fully endorsed by leading occupational health advisors like Medigold Health, who advise employers on how best to maintain good workplace health. Based on a survey of about 64,000 adults aged over 40 in England and Scotland, researchers from Loughborough University and the University of Sydney analysed data on the time people spent doing exercise and their…Read more

Medigold Health’s Tips for promoting mental wellbeing at work

Leading occupational health advisors, Medigold Health, have put together a 5 Watchwords and a 6 point plan to promote the mental wellbeing of staff. The 5 watchwords are: Connection - Connecting with people around you Activity - Find the activity you enjoy and make it part of your life Learning - Keep learning new skills to give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence Giving – Give to others – even the smallest act can count, even a smile Noticing - Take notice and be more aware of the present moment,…Read more

How Mindfulness can affect workplace health

What is Mindfulness? It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice, or being ‘mindful’. By being more aware of the present moment and their own thoughts and feelings; and to the world around them can improve people’s mental wellbeing, which in turn will impact on their health in the workplace.  This awareness is often referred to as mindfulness. Good mental wellbeing Good mental wellbeing means feeling good about life and yourself and being able to get on with life in the way you want.   Historically wellbeing has been commonly…Read more

10 tips to help ward off health risks of sitting

Recent health studies are all agreed that today’s sedentary work and lifestyles carry significant health risks, leading to sickness and absence;  which means employers are well advised to consider how they can create and promote a working environment in order to maintain health in the workplace. Leading providers of occupational health advice, Medigold Health, have come up with the following list of handy tops to pass on and encourage. IMPROVE YOUR SITTING TECHNIQUE AT YOUR DESK Sit on the edge of your chair Moving your bottom to the front edge of the chair…Read more

Sitting is a major health issue

Sitting is killing us, according to Dr Kelly Starrett, an American mobility expert and the author of a new book called ‘Deskbound’ which was reviewed by The Times in May 2016. With so many jobs these today being computer and desk based, the risks identified by Dr Starrett represent a real threat to workplace health and one which business owners should be addressing to maintain productivity. Here’s why.. “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and more treacherous than parachuting,  we are sitting ourselves to death.  It affects our…Read more

How to advise staff on getting help for low mood or depression

Whatever the cause of low moods or depression, if negative feelings don’t go away, are too much for you to cope with, or are stopping you from carrying on with your normal life, then sufferers may need to make some changes and get some extra support. Occupational health experts, Medigold, have put together this guide for employers on how to signpost any sufferers among their staff to key sources of help. When to see your GP? If you’re still feeling down after a couple of weeks, talk to your GP or call NHS…Read more

How to recognise if staff members are depressed

Statistically, one in four people will have problems with their mental health at some time in their lives. Difficult events and experiences can leave people in low spirits, or cause depression. It could be in their personal lives - relationship problems, bereavement, sleep problems, loneliness or chronic illness or pain.  Or, if can often be the result of stress, or bullying at work.  Either way, depressed staff can impact on workplace health and increase the cost of sickness absence. Occupational health experts, Medigold, have put together this guide for employers on how to…Read more