Health Tips

Oranges on a treeThe sunshine, happiness-inducing citrus fruit is more than just a sweet treat. Oranges offer numerous health benefits as well as being a delicious snack. From blood oranges, navel oranges, jaffas, pomelo and mandarin; whichever is your favourite orange variety you can enjoy a multitude of health benefits. So, as well as feeling uplifted from its refreshing, sweet scent, you can make the most of these top ten health benefits of oranges too.

1. Lowers Cholesterol

Did you know that the humble orange can go a long way to reducing your bad cholesterol levels? In addition to this, oranges can even help to regulate your blood pressure levels too. The science behind this feat is that oranges contain a nutrient called pectin. Pectin is a soluble fibre, and as it enters the body, it traps the cholesterol and then removes it from the body before the cholesterol gets absorbed into the bloodstream.

Influenza VaccineWe are all familiar with the symptoms of cold and influenza. Influenza is a virus that spreads easily from person to person. While symptoms can vary from mild to severe, it can be dangerous for high-risk patients to contract the flu. To help prevent flu this year, it might be wise to consider getting a flu vaccine.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms can include suddenly feeling muscle ache and headaches, coupled with coughing and a sore throat. Flu can make you feel tired, unable to get out of bed and give you a high fever. You are likely to suffer from congestion, with your nose, which may also be runny and stuffy. Unfortunately, antibiotics will not help as it is a viral infection and not a bacterial one.

SepsisSepsis is an extremely rare yet dangerous condition that can affect many organs and in some cases the entire body. Sepsis is often the result of a complication of an infection. The immune system, which usually protects you from illnesses and infections can have an adverse reaction. The immune system releases chemicals to fight the infection however, in some cases, it releases these chemicals throughout the entire body, which causes sepsis and sometimes septic shock.