Stress

Smoking affects your health, and now’s the time to quit

Let’s face it, people smoke because they enjoy it.  When you inhale nicotine, it immediately rushes to the brain, resulting in feelings of pleasure and reduced stress and anxiety. The pleasurable sensations result from nicotine stimulating the release of the
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Visceral, inner fat, the silent assassin !

Within our bodies lurks a silent, active and extremely dangerous assassin called Inner fat. It goes under a number of aliases – Abdominal fat, or Active fat, or Visceral fat,  as it is known in medical circles.  Visceral fat is
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The chemistry of laughter

A good bout of laughter can be highly infectious. There are lots of truth in the saying “laughter is the best medicine”. Various chemical reactions take place in the body when you are having a good laugh, and the scientific
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New Year Health Resolutions

Your health is precious! move more each day sleep more – 7 to 8 hours each night eat more plant material daily – especially with many colours drink more water throughout the day be aware and look after gut health
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Lesser known benefits of exercise

Fitness and weight control are well-known major benefits of a rigorous exercise routine, but regular physical activity can also assist in reducing the risk of several diseases and health conditions. Keep in mind that exercise is but one of several
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NATURE HEALS

In a recent interview with the well-known South African trail runner, Ryan Sandes, (winner of numerous local and international competitions, amongst these the 4 Deserts in 2010), he indicated that he loves being outdoors, as he experiences a direct bond
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A brain “trick” to effectively deal with stressful situations

A highly stressful situation, such as public speaking for the novice, or going for an important job interview, can lead to so much anxiety, that it impedes your performance – leaving you stuttering and stammering and unable to think clearly.
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WAYS TO CURB MEMORY LOSS AND DEMENTIA

Even though genetics may play a small role in memory loss over the years, it is never too early or too late to focus on brain health, and understand which lifestyle changes can help and protect us from problems with
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PRACTICAL TIPS ON BEATING OBESITY

WHY DAILY EXERCISE IS IMPORTANT IN OBESITY  Daily physical activity improves the insulin sensitivity of skeletal muscle  Daily exercise is a very powerful stress reducer (and its free!), which  in turn curbs one’s    appetite.   Stress and obesity go hand in hand  Daily
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Fight or flight: The physiology of stress

During the Oscar Pistorius trial an individual’s reaction when faced with perceived danger formed part of the defence team’s legal argument.  The “fight or flight” response to danger created much public interest at the time.  But what really happens in
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