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Healthy Lifestyle

Healthy LifestyleSafety
September 17, 2018

How to avoid toxins in the kitchen

Imagine you still had to head out into the field to collect your corn, fetch your eggs from the chickens and milk your own cow. It may be a novel experience for a weekend retreat, but hardly a practical morning routine for our modern lives. We live in the age of convenience: with ready-made meals, and fruit, veg and fresh produce delivered straight to your door. The downside, though, is that all the processing and packaging can lead to harmful toxins entering into your kitchen. Pay attention to these hidden dangers of our prepackaged era, so you can give your…
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Healthy Lifestyle
August 10, 2018

How to break your bad habits

You get home each day, drop your bags on the couch, grab a drink and plonk yourself down on the couch to relax. Soon, hours have passed, and you haven’t done anything productive. How does this keep happening? Habit formation is a process where behaviours become second nature. For example, if you consciously thought about it, you probably wouldn’t be a couch potato for hours every night. But, if you repeat the activity over a long period, it becomes automatic behaviour. Actions you often repeat are most likely to become engrained in your brain and become habits. For example, over…
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Healthy LifestyleWork
August 10, 2018

10 Ways to improve your concentration

A song plays in the far distance, and you’re instantly distracted. A text notification pops up on your phone; you get side-tracked from your job. Someone chats to you while you’re working and you can’t concentrate… Why is it so easy to lose focus? The good news: there are ways to improve your concentration. 1. Make a plan Find a way to structure what you’re about to do. Set a time target to achieve your task. This will help you feel a sense of accomplishment and increase your drive towards your goal. 2. Choose your environment Finding a suitable spot…
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Healthy LifestyleStudy
August 10, 2018

The best techniques to memorise anything

Whether you need to study a test, or find your keys (because you woke up late for class), you need a good memory. So, how exactly does memory work, and is there a way you can improve yours? In the simplest terms, memorizing involves the gathering, storing, recollecting, and later, retrieving information. There are three major processes involved in memory: Encoding: To create new memories, information must be changed into a usable form, which happens through encoding. Storage:When the information has been successfully encoded, it must be stored in memory for later use. Usually much of the stored memory lies outside…
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Healthy LifestyleSmoking
August 9, 2018

Is vaping really better than smoking?

Since its inception more than 10 years ago, different models of vape pens are available worldwide, but a question among public health researchers continues to linger: “Do vape devices really help smokers quit, or is it a glorified unhealthy habit?” According to a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; it’s a little bit of both. While vaping may help many to quit conventional cigarettes, the practice itself could encourage young people to start smoking. It’s important to note that vaping has its own health risks, but it’s likely to be far less harmful than conventional cigarettes. How…
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Healthy Lifestyle
July 16, 2018

Is massage therapy good for your health?

You might think of a massage as a luxury, but did you know it has health benefits too? Massage therapy is known as “the art of rubbing”. It dates back thousands of years and today, it’s used for different health purposes. Massage therapists use different techniques. They, rub, press and manipulate muscles and soft tissue in the body. These practitioners usually work with their hands and fingers, but may also use their elbows, feet and forearms, depending on the type of therapy. Before you’re given a massage, your therapist may ask you different questions about your medical history and will…
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FluHealthy LifestyleInfectionsWork
July 16, 2018

How sick is too sick to go to work?

Just how sick do you have to be to stay home? But how sick can you be to qualify for a day off? Well, truth is if you’re really feeling unwell and especially if you have a fever, you need to stay home. You also have to consider whether you’re putting yourself or others at risk if you go to work. If the symptoms of your condition, or the side-effects of medication could cause an injury or accident on the job, affect others, or if your work flow is interrupted and you can’t focus, then you need to stay at…
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Healthy Lifestyle
July 16, 2018

How nature improves your health

Imagine this. A lush green field of grass, colourful flowers and only the sounds of birds chirping. Ah. Have you noticed that you feel good when you’re out and about in nature? It turns out that there’s a reason for this. Research has found that being regularly exposed to nature can affect your health for the better. Your body is sensitive to your environment. What you see or hear can affect your mood and body systems (nervous, immune, and endocrine). Here’s how improving your health can literally be a walk in the park. Improves your social wellbeing A study by…
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Brain and Nervous SystemHealthy LifestyleStudy
July 9, 2018

How can you grow new brain cells?

Your brain is filled with billions of cells, called neurons. They form the core part of your nervous system, have the ability to receive and transmit signals. They are your body's control center, and the reason you can think, move, breathe and do anything at all! Your nervous system is a complex network of nerves and cells that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord, to different parts of the body. It has 3 major functions, that is to collect, interpret, and respond to signals. Different types of neurons carry out each of these functions. So, if…
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Healthy Lifestyle
April 20, 2018

Tech-proof your health

You finally crawl into bed after a long day at your computer screen. You get under your blanket; switch off the light, fluff your pillow, and then scroll through your Twitter feed… Big mistake! Technology has its benefits, but it has its dark side too. Too much tech can harm your health. Watch out for these technology health wreckers. Your skin Your fingers are constantly jabbing away on your phone or laptop keyboard. The oils, bacteria and dirt that accumulate on your hands throughout the day can transfer to your phone, screen and keyboard. If you’re not careful, the same…
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