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Healthy Lifestyle
April 8, 2019

House plants that improve your health

Chemicals from detergents, deodorants and even the polluted air coming from outside can make indoor air toxic. Having a houseplant in your home doesn’t just add a nice pop of colour; plants can also provide much-needed health benefits. Breathe easy Green spaces can have a positive effect on your mental health. According to one study, urban green spaces like parks, playgrounds, and residential greenery, can promote mental and physical health by providing psychological relaxation and stress release. Houseplants give off oxygen and help remove chemicals like formaldehyde,  a common indoor vapour. 5 plants to keep you healthy Lavender (Lavandula) The scent…
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Healthy LifestyleSmoking
April 8, 2019

Want to quit smoking? Here are your best options

Many smokers decide to go cold turkey when wanting to nip smoking in the bud. Others take it on a day-to-day basis and hope for the best. Fact is, whether you’re an occasional smoker or a 30-a-day smoker, taking that last puff can be difficult. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance. Your options for quitting include: A diet and beverage change Positive thinking Identifying your cigarette cravings Exercising Patches, lozenges, gum and nasal sprays And then, there are alternatives… Allen Carr method According to Allen Carr, a British author who specialises in psychological dependencies, there’s a smoking trap, as it’s…
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Healthy Lifestyle
January 23, 2019

How does air conditioning affect my health?

On a scorching hot day, a cool blast from the air conditioner feels glorious. But there’s a catch. If the AC hasn’t been well-maintained, then the breeze could carry germs too. Unlike heating systems, the process of cooling hot air creates lots of moisture and condensation, which must be filtered out. If it isn’t filtered properly by the AC, thanks to inadequate maintenance, for example, the units may become infested with health-harming bacteria and fungi.  Health hazards  Mould growth When air is cooled inside an air conditioner, moisture is created. It’s the machine’s job to get rid of the excess…
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Healthy Lifestyle
January 23, 2019

Practise breathing to improve your health

Breathing is an automatic process driven by the part of your brain that controls other life-sustaining functions like your heartbeat and sleeping patterns. Learning to breathe correctly can benefit your immune system by optimising oxygenation; the addition of oxygen in your body. It can also help to lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and balance your nervous system. By paying careful attention to your breathing and breathing at a different pace, it is possible to engage different parts of the brain. Controlled breathing A 2017 study found that controlling your breathing calms your brain. Researchers stumbled on the neural circuit…
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Healthy Lifestyle
November 30, 2018

How to party with no regrets

When you’re about to paint the town red with your mates, safety and preventing a hangover are probably the last things on your mind. But, who wants to wake up feeling terrible and blanking out on last night’s events? Partying sober is the trendiest thing to do, and your health will thank you for it. Sober is still trending Generation Z, born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s, is rejecting alcoholic beverages and opting for clean-living alternatives. Rather than hanging out at bars and nightclubs, Generation Z can be found attending juice crawls (a healthy-living social event) and silent discos,…
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Healthy Lifestyle
October 22, 2018

10 ways to use baking soda as a remedy

You probably use baking soda at home for cleaning and baking. Good news: it has health perks too! Cool down heartburn Heartburn is that painful burning sensation in the upper part of your stomach that can spread up into your throat. It starts when acid rises into your oesophagus (the tube that connects your stomach to your mouth). This can happen if you eat too much, feel stressed or eat spicy foods. Baking soda can help treat heartburn by neutralising stomach acid. - Dissolve a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cold water and sip slowly. - Keep…
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Healthy Lifestyle
October 22, 2018

Healthy, fun gift ideas for the whole family!

Christmas is around the corner, so it's time to get shopping! You may be tempted to shower your loved ones with the latest techie toys and newest, shiniest treats out there – but those may not always be the best options for their health. Let’s look at healthier gift alternatives. For Mom Do you remember how carefree you felt while colouring in as a child? It turns out that it has the same effect on adults. According to Dr Stan Rodski, an American neuropsychologist, colouring in helps to create a relaxing mindset, similar to the one that can be achieved…
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Healthy LifestyleTravel & holiday
October 22, 2018

How the ocean affects your health

A cool, salty breeze on your skin, waves softly crashing over you and endless sand to squish your toes into... There’s nothing quite like frolicking in the ocean to lift your spirits. But, did you know that taking a dip also has health benefits? Years ago, ancient Greeks bathed in seawater to boost their health, and so can you! Here are some great reasons to dive on in. It heals your skin Unlike a river, seawater has large amounts of important minerals like calcium, chloride, sodium, sulphate and magnesium. These minerals are little health helpers for skin and can help…
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Healthy LifestyleSafety
October 8, 2018

5 things you should never do while driving

Driving is a rite of passage everyone wants to achieve. It gives you the freedom to transport yourself whenever and wherever you want to go. This doesn’t mean that you do whatever you please when you’re behind the wheel, though! Eating while you’re driving, or applying make-up sounds harmless, but multitasking on the road can be dangerous. According to statistics by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC), there were 14 050 road crash-related deaths in 2017. Scary, right? You can help lower the death toll by being more cautious on the road. Here are a few things you should avoid…
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Healthy LifestyleSmoking
October 8, 2018

Marijuana: the good, the bad and the ugly

Whether you’ve tried it yourself, have a friend who does it or just watch others doing it on TV, you probably know a thing or two about marijuana. Also called weed, cannabis, pot, hash or dope, marijuana is no longer considered “taboo” or only something hippies smoke. With its recent legalisation in private homes, marijuana use amongst the public is on the rise. Your brain on weed Marijuana plants produce several chemical compounds called cannabinoids. The two most important of these are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC for short, and cannabidiol or CBD. Once you inhale (or eat) marijuana, these chemicals make…
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