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  • 25 Oct 2013

    Five ways to cope with clocks going back

    It’s a time of year a lot of us dread. Suddenly, on the 28th October at 2am, the clocks go back and we find ourselves entering the darker evenings of winter. Even the brightest of souls can feel affected by the clock shift, and those with a tendency towards Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD may dread the onset of symptoms. Research shows that clock shifts can have a real impact on our health, with the governments of Kazakhstan and Russia abolishing them because of the increase in suicides around this time. Clock shifts impact our circadian rhythms, our individual internal ‘body clock’ that dictates when we feel sleepy and when we wake up. There are several ways to manage this. […] more

  • 25 Oct 2013

    10 health benefits of pumpkin seeds

    Pumpkins are the ultimate in autumnal fruits and October is the month to be making the most of them. Whether you enjoy and cook with them every year or you usually cast your pumpkin innards aside after carving them up for Halloween, you may be missing the secret superfood that lies within them! Pumpkin seeds are a potent source of a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and even fats and their incredible health benefits have amazed scientists who have compared their medicinal value to prescription medications. The recipes for making the most of your pumpkin seeds are endless, so however you choose to enjoy them you’ll be giving your body a major health boost. […] more

  • 16 Oct 2013

    10 reasons to take a daily cold shower

    There’s no doubt that after a cold shower you feel pretty zingy and alive. But I’ll admit there are occasions when I grumble and grouse about taking my daily cold shower; if we don’t get the range going I don’t have a choice. A yoga teacher who stayed at our house recently took a shower after a dip in the sea, and invited me to look at things differently. She told me that a daily cold shower is up there as one of the best things you can do for your health. A bit of research later, and a lot of things I had learnt before or knew instinctively came up. Hence a total change of perspective on the cold shower thing and a far more pleasurable experience! […] more

  • 10 Oct 2013

    Talking about mental health

    With one in five of us experiencing mental health problems at least once in our lives, it’s saddening that it’s still a taboo topic. Listening to a radio call-in following Asda’s recent withdrawal of a Halloween costume described as a ‘mental patient’, it seems that many people’s responses to mental illness are callous, to say the least. The thoughtless response of ‘pull yourself together’ simply doesn’t help people struggling with a debilitating illness that can have a huge impact on their lives and the lives of those around them. […] more

  • 24 Sep 2013

    What to expect from reflexology

    Have you ever wondered why having your feet massaged can make you feel so good? Most of us love a foot massage, especially after a long day on our feet. There’s something so restorative and nurturing about caring for and connecting with our feet. On one level, they contain over 7,000 nerve endings, so are bound to respond to even the lightest touch. In Chinese Medicine, there are six meridians that run through the feet and also through the major internal organs, so a foot massage can feel enlivening and relaxing at the same time. […] more

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