Cut back on the sugar this Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month. If there’s ever a time as a male to think about your personal health, now is the time to do it. Over the next month we’ll be discussing men’s health issues and what you can do to improve.

Last week we talked about why you should get a regular check up with the doctor. This week we’re talking about sugar, and why you should cut down on it.

There is really no benefit to added sugar. It contains no essential nutrients, it’s bad for your teeth and liver, and can contribute to obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

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Testing for Synthetic Cannabis

Synthetic Cannabis is a hot topic right now, with 8 deaths linked to synthetic cannabis just in July 2017. Synthetic cannabinoids are smokable products that are plant based and sprayed or dried with a variety of chemicals. These act in a similar way to cannabinoids that are naturally found in cannabis such as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). These products were originally created as a legal alternative to cannabis, but have now been banned since 2014.

Synthetic cannabis acts on the same brain cell receptors as natural cannabis however, it is more likely to cause hallucinations and heart problems. A drug counsellor has said recently that the effects of synthetic cannabis can be worse than meth, with users being kept awake for days. On top of this the use of synthetic cannabis has also been linked to Psychosis, Renal failure, and Heart failure, with very high rates of seizures among users (18%).

The effects of synthetic cannabinoids can be unpredictable and life threatening. To ensure the safety of your team and work sites, and to assist with managing the risks or impairment, TriEx offer testing for synthetic cannabinoids as an option within your drug testing programme including at Pre-Employment.

To learn more about our Drug Testing options, you can email us at enquiries@triex.co.nz or call us today on 0800 487 439.

Keeping Well This Winter 

Looking after yourself over the winter months is incredibly important for your health and wellbeing. We have put together 5 helpful tips to help you stay on track.

1. Keep Hydrated

Our bodies are largely made up of water, so it is important to consume enough for our body to function at its best. Remember to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Hot herbals teas or warm water flavoured with ginger and/or lemon are also a good way to warm up over winter, while keeping hydrated.

2. Eat Well

Choose to eat healthy foods. This will help build your immune system. Make sure to include fresh vegetables with some lean protein. Eat with the season and embrace the produce of the season. Look to reduce your sugar and salt intake as well. For a healthy low cost winter recipe, Healthy Food Guide has a great recipe for Winter Lentil Soup Recipe.

3. Stay Active

There are many benefits from daily exercise – Yoga, stretching and walking are great ways to keep moving. A 30 minute walk outdoors will expose you to fresh air, help strengthen your body and improve weight management, and lift you mood and overall feeling of wellbeing.

4. Get a Good Sleep

Regular sleep is vital to wellbeing. Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.

5. Wash Your Hands

Winter illnesses are easily spread by hands and these simple prevention methods are often overlooked. Wash your hands regularly (and thoroughly) with soap for 20 seconds helps prevent the spread and control of infection, especially after going to the bathroom or before preparing food.