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healthy lifestyle

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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Food & nutrition
January 23, 2019

Which oils are best for cooking?

Knowing which oils are best to cook with mainly depends on the type of cooking you’re doing. The oil’s smoke point; the point when it starts burning and smoking; is one of the most important things to consider. If you heat oil past its smoke point, many of the nutrients in the oil are destroyed, and in so doing, harmful compounds, called free radicals, are released. How we classify oils When we talk about food and nutrition, we divide fats (oils) into three categories: The bad: trans fats. These are found in various processed products, like packaged baked goods and…
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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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Skin
November 27, 2018

What your skin is telling you about your health

Your skin reflects your health. Imagine a mirror that echoes from the inside out; chances are that if you’re generally unhealthy – the evidence shows up on your skin. As your largest organ, your skin needs (and deserves) the best care and nourishment. Your diet plays a vital role here. What you put in is what you get out. So, watch what you eat to avoid any unexpected “guests” showing up on your face and body. Some skin issues are way beyond your control, but for the most part, there are ways you can give your skin a healthy boost.…
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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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Ageing
October 17, 2018

Could this supplement extend your life?

We all long to be forever young, but unfortunately, our bodies aren’t quite up to the task! Body changes are inevitable and the ageing process affects not only biological systems, but psychological, behavioural, and social processes too. But… is there a way to preserve your fountain of youth? Well, scientists believe that one of these days, you may be able to boost and increase your lifespan with a supplement. NAD+ for a longer life NAD stands for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. It’s a molecule/co-enzyme found in all living cells in the body. It helps you derive energy from the food you…
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