Tagged: “wellness”

Physical activity: how much is enough & why it matters

Simply being physically active on a regular basis is one of the most effective ways you can achieve great cardiovascular health. Your heart will become stronger, your circulation will develop, your blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose control will all improve and you will probably feel less stressed. That’s a pretty powerful health package, and it doesn’t […]

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10 foods to boost your brainpower

By Jo Lewin – Nutritional therapist Eating well is good for your mental as well as your physical health. The brain requires nutrients just like your heart, lungs or muscles do. But which foods are particularly important to keep our grey matter happy?   1. Opt for wholegrains Like everything else in your body, the […]

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10 tips to make your New Year’s resolution a success

Most of us will make a New Year’s resolution – maybe to lose weight, quit smoking or drink less – but only one in 10 of us will achieve our goal. Psychologists have found we’re more likely to succeed if we break our resolution into smaller goals that are specific, measurable and time-based. Professor Richard […]

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Sweet enough already?

Peter Wootton-Beard, Oxford Brookes University Are sugar-sweetened soft drinks making us fatter? Several recent high-profile reports have suggested that drinks that contain sugar contribute towards being overweight or obese [1, 2].  Our own National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) showed that 52% of us consumed carbonated soft drinks (not low calorie) and 22% of us […]

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Really? Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach

By Anahad O’Connor The facts: Most people know the age-old diet advice about grocery shopping when you are hungry: You are more likely to buy fattening, unhealthy foods. So avoid it. But the weight loss maxims found in diet books do not always hold up in the real world. So two researchers at Cornell University […]

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Meditation: An Introduction

Meditation is a mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). There are many types of meditation, most of which originated in ancient religious and spiritual traditions. Generally, a person who is meditating uses certain techniques, such as a specific posture, focused attention, and an open attitude toward distractions. Meditation may be practiced for many […]

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15 tiny tweaks for an instant health makeover

It always struck me as slightly odd that we make health resolutions in January. Sure, a new year is a theoretical blank slate — and our holiday habits provide us with ample inspiration for things we’d very much like to change about the way we treat our bodies. And, it helps that everyone around us […]

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Mindfulness matters

Can living in the moment improve your health? At some point in your life, someone probably told you: “Enjoy every moment. Life is short”. Maybe you’ve smiled and rolled your eyes at this well-intentioned relative or co-worker. But the fact is, there’s something to it. Trying to enjoy each moment may actually be good for […]

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