Health & Wellbeing
Wellbeing refers to your state of comfort, health and happiness, or how satisfied you are with life.
No matter what it is that gives you your sense of wellbeing, it’s vital that you look after your mental and physical health. Whether it’s tackling obesity in order to live a healthy lifestyle or dealing with incontinence issues, we have everything you need right here that can improve your quality of life.
What does wellbeing mean?
Well-being is defined as being ‘comfortable, healthy or happy’ with many factors contributing to the state of your wellbeing.
It’s a much broader concept than your moment-to-moment happiness, like eating a tasty chocolate bar, for example.
Bigger things play a part in the quality of your life, like your access to healthcare, employment and housing.
Looking after our health is one of the best ways to boost our sense of wellbeing, whether that be making the right lifestyle choices or getting help for any medical issues we might have.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is incontinence?
Incontinence typically refers to urinary incontinence, a common problem that occurs when you pass urine without meaning to.
There are different types of incontinence, including:
- - Stress incontinence: when your bladder leaks when it's under pressure, like when you cough or laugh
- - Urge incontinence: when there is a sudden leaking of urine followed by an intense urge to empty your bladder
- - Overflow incontinence: when you can’t fully empty your bladder, resulting in leaking
- - Total incontinence: when you can’t store any urine at all, causing you to frequently use the toilet or experience leaking
What probiotics should you take for bacterial vaginosis?
Bacterial vaginosis occurs when there’s an imbalance of bacteria in the vagina.
Taking probiotics - which are packed full of good bacteria - may help to stabilise the levels of bacteria in your vagina, eliminating bacterial vaginosis.
There’s still plenty of ongoing research into probiotics, but it’s said that types of Lactobacillus bacteria are found in a healthy vagina.
Look out for ingredients like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus rhamnosus.
How can I quit smoking during pregnancy?
Stopping smoking is one of the best things you can do for your baby, but it can be tricky.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is considered safe to use while pregnant as it delivers a dose of nicotine that’s considered safe for you and your baby.
This option helps you to cope with withdrawal symptoms, which can be both mentally and physically taxing.
If your partner smokes too, it might be beneficial for them to quit with you - not only can it boost motivation, but it gets rid of the temptation of picking up a cigarette.
Are weight loss tablets right for me?
Weight loss tablets may assist you in losing weight - like a helping hand, perhaps - but they can’t lose the weight for you.
If you lose a few pounds due to healthy eating and exercise, weight loss tablets may help you to lose a few extra.
The best way to see whether any weight loss products will work is to calculate your BMI (body mass index).
If you have a BMI of 28 or above and are starting to follow a reduced-calorie, low-fat diet, weight loss tablets could help you to meet your goals.
How does minoxidil work?
Minoxidil is an active ingredient in many treatments that work to fix hair loss.
It works by expanding the blood vessels and improving the blood flow to the area in which it’s applied.
It’s also thought to reverse the shrinkage of hair follicles and extend each follicle’s growth phase, resulting in thicker, healthier hair.