Health Heroes: Five People You Should Keep In Your Life To Keep Your Mind And Body Healthy


Your GP

This may sound like a no-brainer, but if you cast your mind back on the times that you’ve neglected seeing a doctor you’ll remember at least one occasion where you’ve had to bite the bullet and book an appointment. If you’ve ever made the excuse that you’re “too busy,” or “not ill enough” to see a doctor, you’re amongst a surprisingly large percentage of people who are reluctant to seek professional medical advice.

Not only will a trip to the doc help to put any worries that you have regarding your health to rest; but regular trips will help to keep tabs on any recurring problems you may have which can help to aid a quick diagnosis in the future.

Your Masseuse

A massage may seem like an unjustified luxury but going for a regular Swedish neck-and-back can work wonders for your personal health! There are around 80 different massage therapy styles and techniques utilising a wide range of pressures, techniques and movements.

A session with a good masseuse following a consultation can help reduce muscle pain; improve the function of your immune system, and reduce the painful symptoms associated with cancer and osteoarthritis. It’s also a great option for anyone suffering from stress, anxiety or insomnia. Massage stimulates your circulatory system and helps to flush out toxins that build up within the body; eventually encouraging them out through your urinary and lymphatic systems.

Your Dentist

Keeping up with six month check-ups with anything or anyone can be a difficult thing to stay on top of! We all have to cope with busy lifestyles; but dropping a trip to the dentist out of your schedule can have serious consequences. It is often said that prevention is better than cure; and having regular oral check-ups will help keep an eye on any potential problem areas.


If you are a nervous patient inform the surgery before your appointment. A good dental practice should match you with a particularly gentle dentist who will be sensitive to your concerns. Gum disease is accountable for over 70% of adult tooth loss but many people tend to ignore the symptoms due to dental anxiety.

Your Greengrocer

This is not to say that you need to keep up an active and healthy relationship with the owner of your local produce retailer! However, visiting a shop specialising in sales of fresh produce will ensure better dietary benefits and often; higher quality fruit and veg than your average supermarket.

Try to shop with farm stores who sell their own produce where available – ensuring that your meat and eggs are coming from a quality source not only helps the circulation of superior goods, but it’ll also help you to avoid the chemicals and pesticides commonly utilised in the mass production of foodstuffs.

Your Optometrist

How long has it been since you last had your eyes checked? Around 9% of British adults can’t remember the last time they had an eye test despite the fact that serious eye problems can occur that go unnoticed due to a lack of symptoms. Around 86% of us value our eyesight above all other senses and yet very few of us have their eyes checked regularly to ensure that they are healthy.

Eye checks are not only utilised to decide whether or not you’ll need prescription glasses to correct issues with your sight; these tests can also detect conditions which have no symptoms. They can even indicate the presence of diabetes and hypertension.

Is there anyone in your life who keeps you healthy and happy? Let us know by commenting below!

Susannah Perez is a health and beauty writer with a completely irrational fear of her annual dental check-ups. She writes for Valley Optics and loves a good massage!


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