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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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Heart & Blood VesselsHeart Disease
March 24, 2019

Sauna: the hot new therapy for a healthy heart

Age is an uncontrollable risk factor for cardiovascular heart disease, unlike risk factors like smoking, drinking alcohol and a lack of exercise. Now, new studies have shown that a sauna a few times a week could help stave off heart health problems in older people, even amongst those who are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.  Heat for heart health In a 15-year study of approximately 1 600 men and women aged between 53 and 74 in Finland, it was found that just 181 people succumbed to heart-related illnesses. The study concluded that the more saunas the individuals in the…
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Heart & Blood Vessels
March 20, 2019

Home remedies for heart palpitations

Does your heart feel like it’s flip-flopping? Racing or fluttering? If so, it’s possible you could have heart palpitations. Heart palpitations are sensations that feel like your heart is beating really fast or pounding in your chest. Heart palpitations that are not caused by a medical condition are harmless and usually resolve on their own. Here are some home remedies to relieve the symptoms.
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Food & nutrition
March 19, 2019

Why you don’t have to be scared of bacon

What’s breakfast without bacon or a sandwich without ham? Although these meats make for convenient tasty meals or sides, could they potentially harm your health? There is some confusion in the research about what is harmful and helpful when it comes to these meats.
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Mental & Emotional Health
March 19, 2019

How your body creates its own drugs

Ever notice how good you feel after eating a piece of chocolate? How about that “high” after a great workout?  It turns out, your body can create hormones that work just like drugs - only better...
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Skin
January 23, 2019

Can you use regular face cream for your eyes?

The first signs of ageing usually show up around the eye area. This is because the skin around the eyes is a little different from the rest of the face. It’s much more delicate and fragile. This begs the question: is the skin on your face and eye area different enough to merit using two separate moisturising products? All about face cream While the skin constantly needs protection and moisture, everyone’s skin is different. Your skin also changes over time. To know what will work for you, you first need to understand your skin type and your face’s skin zones.…
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Food & nutrition
January 23, 2019

Why do you have a sweet tooth?

Cupcakes, ice cream, doughnuts and chocolate. Hmm… It’s past your bedtime, yet you can’t fall asleep because you’re thinking about sweet treats. But why have you suddenly been hit with sugar cravings? A food craving is an intense desire for a specific kind of food. Sometimes that desire can be so intense that you won’t feel satisfied until you have that specific food. Where’s it coming from? There are a few reasons why you crave sweet foods. 1. Your hormones aren’t balanced Hormones play an important role in food cravings. An imbalance of hormones like leptin (which helps to regulate appetite,…
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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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