It’s World Diabetes Day today, and 1 in 2 people currently living with diabetes remain undiagnosed. While not always present, the things to look out for at excessive thirst, needing the toilet a lot, lack of energy, blurred vision, slow healing wounds and numbness if your hands and feet. Image...
Make sure everyone’s tummies are filled with a good serving of veggies and fibre this Halloween before any trick or treating. You’ll feel fuller and therefore be less tempted to binge on all the treats. Image by sarahkatejay
The most common advice is the most tried and tested. To avoid catching a cold, make sure you wash your hands frequently (wash them for at least 20 seconds, with soap). Get plenty of exercise. Eat healthily and seasonally. Keep your body well rested. Image by Best Wishes
‘Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.’Soups and broths are great when you’re feeling poorly. They’re easy to eat and are a source of vitamins, minerals, calories and proteins. They’re helpful at providing fluids and electrolytes as well as giving off steam which can help clear relieve...
Creative thinking engages different parts of our brains than normal and acts promote production of new neurons which are super important for keeping up a healthy central nervous system. Image by Jess Hunter
Smile more: It’s linked to calmed blood pressure, quicker stress recovery, improved immune function, lifted moods and acts as a natural painkiller. Image by Rebecca Jensen
Doing something creative has a similar effect on the brain to meditation and can decrease your stress. Even just witnessing creative acts can be calming - think of visiting a concert or going to see pieces of art work in a gallery. Image by catam
Trouble sleeping? Listen to classical music. It has been shown to effectively treat insomnia and can help induce a meditative state as music beats can alter brainwave speed. Image by Sarah Van Looy
Want to be as fit as an athlete but don’t have any interest in exercising? Play the drums. It help’s with dexterity and having greater control of your body. Image by Clark Ramos
You can train your brain to be more positive. Our minds are wired to think negatively as a form of protection but making smiling a habit can help our brains to create more positive thinking patterns. Image by Kathleen Motoa
Music aids in physical recovery after exercising, speeding up the time it takes to get past an ache or pain. Slow music relaxes the listener but any tempo of music helps with the healing process. Image by hongu
Smiling with intent has the ability to improve your current mood. Your brain checks in with what your facial muscles are doing and begins to align your mood with what’s going on on the surface. Image by Jessica Perez
Researchers at the University of Sussex found that reading for 6 minutes can cut the level of stress you might be feeling in half. Image by Isabel Marcelo
Read books - on average avid readers live up to 2 years longer than non-readers. It can improve memory, increases your capacity for mental activity and increases your ability for empathy. Image by Anna Louise
There is evidence to prove that meditation reduces depression symptoms, stress, hostility, anxiety and improves sleep, academic performance and social skills. These health benefits of meditation apply to all ages though, along with several other benefits which can include reducing the risk of heart disease and reducing blood pressure &...
The recommended daily amount sugar for adults is 90g, but that's consisting of both naturally occurring sugars and added sugars. If you have too much sugar in your diet it overloads your liver and can cause potential damage to your liver, much like the effects of alcohol. Eating too much...
Onions can be used to ease an ear infections, soothe a bee sting, tea made out of it can treat a cough and the juices can give glowing skin. Image by mignonettetakespictures
Walking has so many benefits. It’s super underrated as a form of exercise but it’s suitable for anyone, of any age, of any fitness level. When you consistently do it it’s been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease, asthma, type 2 diabetes and some cancers....
The trick to flossing is to hook the floss around your teeth in a > shape and wipe up so you’re pressing against the tooth otherwise you’re not maximising the process. It's also best to floss pre-brushing as you get the cleanest teeth. Image by Katie Merchant
Lots of screen time might lead to being prone to something called ‘myopia’ which is the term for near-sightedness. It’s on the rise with children and teenagers and it’s been found that you need to see at least three hours of daylight a day to combat eye damage you might...