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Brits Opt for Self-Medication: But At What Cost? Expert Weighs In

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Will Self-Medicating Be the Cornerstone of Future Healthcare?

With [1]90% of the UK population now adopting new healthier eating and sleeping habits, it’s no surprise there’s a growing trend in self-medication. With NHS waiting lists at a staggering [2]7.8 million, it would seem that we are also in an era where people are taking an active role in managing their health.  A recent report revealed that [3]24% of Brits purchased medications without consulting a doctor and according to the [4]WHO, people spend less than 1 hour a year with a health worker, opting for over 8700 hours of self-care annually instead. This choice is driven by factors like convenience, confidentiality, and cost, which showcases a growing trend of self-medication. 

As Brits become more health-conscious and actively seek alternative solutions, the role of informed self-medication is now part of the ‘everyday’. Many are turning to health tracking apps, mindfulness practices, and supplements for self-care. However, the abundance of options can be overwhelming so PrecisionBiotics has created a comprehensive guide to help navigate. The guide explores the benefits of using various tools and how they can help you achieve optimal health. Tips include: 

 

The Importance of Routine

Establishing and maintaining a daily routine is a proven strategy for enhancing both mental and physical well-being. This structured sequence of regularly followed actions reduces decision-making stress, promoting a sense of stability. Aligned with the body’s circadian rhythm, disruptions, such as nocturnal eating, can significantly impact the composition of the gut microbiome, immune system, and appetite regulation. A key element of a healthy routine is dedicating time in the morning to consume a breakfast rich in fibre and prebiotics, 

Tracking Your Health 

 

Leveraging wearable trackers and health apps by monitoring your physical activity, heart rate, sleep, and calorie intake is hugely beneficial. Use built-in food diaries to ensure a balanced intake of water, fibre, and gut-friendly nutrients. Health apps can also help you optimise your sleep by tracking your cycles, giving you valuable insights into your sleep patterns. There are also specialised apps for gut health, ranging from simple food databases to comprehensive diaries that track habits, stress levels, and symptoms. Tracking devices can be a game changer for proactively managing your health, as you can monitor and collect valuable insight in real time. 

Supplements 

 

Boost your health with supplements when life disrupts your eating habits and, your diet faces challenges. Probiotics, found in yogurts and supplements, restore gut balance and aid digestion. Prebiotics, present in garlic and asparagus, fuel beneficial gut bacteria and reduce inflammation. Digestive enzymes like protease and curcumin are also a brilliant option for optimal digestion and anti-inflammatory benefits while glycine, found in collagen, supports digestion by reducing inflammation. 

Abbie Alston, Registered Nutritionist from PrecisionBiotics adds “ 

“Start your journey to optimal well-being with small, sustainable changes rather than a drastic lifestyle overhaul. Gradually introduce gut-friendly foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, avoiding potential gut health issues associated with abrupt changes. Consider lifestyle factors to minimize stress, incorporating movement, be it a gentle walk, yoga, or an exercise class, into your daily routine. Take moments to enjoy meals slowly, avoiding rushed eating on the go. For some, a personalised probiotic supplement might be beneficial.”

 

For more information on self-medicated care, visit PrecisionBiotics here: https://www.precisionbiotics.co.uk/blog/gut-health/your-health-your-hands-probiotic-and-prebiotic-how-tos/

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