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5 Ways to Improve Your Family’s Health in April

Beat the flu, stay fit and flexible, and protect your children’s eyesight this month

 

 

1. Protect your children’s eyes

Children’s annual dose of UV radiation is three times that of adults, say eye-care experts Johnson & Johnson Vision Care. This is because they have larger pupils, clearer lenses and spend more time outside without wearing sunglasses. Look out for the Spec-Savers Infinity Kids range of sunglasses and make sure your children always wear a hat when they’re out in the sun.

 

2. Use – don’t lose – your balance if you want to stay flexible

When you wash up or put the kettle on, practise standing on one leg. Engage your core muscles to lift the leg. Next, try it with eyes shut.

 

3. Persuade your partner to see the dentist

Tell him about a new study linking gum disease to erectile dysfunction. The study puts the link down to mouth bacteria getting into the blood, and stresses the role of cleaning, flossing and regular dental checks.

 

4. Spice it up

Spices boost the immune system, so liven up your cooking and your taste buds. Tumeric, ginger, rosemary, thyme, cloves and nutmeg all help to ward off colds and flu. And don’t be shy with the garlic either.

 

5. Build up your mussels!

When you’re out on your next date night, make sure you order mussels. The shellfish are high in vitamin B12, iron, zinc and omega-3, which help to keep your nerves and heart healthy.

 

 

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