Now is the time to quit

Nipping it in the bud

It is a struggle to quit smoking. Social occasions, habit or the need for a guilty pleasure might all tempt you to indulge in “just one more” and before you know it you’re back to square one. It is, however, worth chucking those ciggies once and for all and with World No Tobacco Day taking place on 31 May; there’s no time like the present to kick those butts.

According to the World Health Organisation, “about 6 million people die from tobacco use every year, a figure that is predicted to grow to more than 8 million a year by 2030” if things don’t change dramatically. Not only do cigarettes harm your health, they also impact families and eat away at money that could be better spent.

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A holistic view of your heart

The heart is a complicated thing for more than one reason and having a holistic overview of the heart can be beneficial on many levels – especially if you’re on a mission to get fit and healthy.

On this fitness journey, it’s important to realise that it’s possible to harm yourself if you’re not educated on, or aware of, the needs and limits of your heart.

We look at three aspects when considering an overview of heart health and what you should pay attention to, and what to avoid.

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Smoke signals: your body’s fight against first and secondhand smoke

We all have bad habits. Some people bite their nails, others drink 10 cups of coffee a day, and some can’t put down their cellphones. When a habit becomes an addiction, however, it enters a new, very destructive orbit. While nibbling one’s nails isn’t such a big deal, consuming excessive amounts of caffeine is straight-up unhealthy. Fortunately, neither of these is harmful to anyone other than the person with the habit.

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Food for thought: Can the right foods make you smarter?

Clever food choices make for clever people. Every bite you take can either boost or bust your brainpower. Here’s how to munch your way to more marbles:

Fish out your faculties

Omega oils are optimal brain food and nothing provides a better bucketful of this superb nutrient than fatty fish. There are many fishes in the sea, but salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and sardines fare especially well at waxing your wit. There truly is something fishy about cognitive health…

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Thinking on Your Feet: Exercise and Mental Health Fitness

We spend a lot of time exercising without realising the full beneficial effect on our brains. Equally, there are those who spend a lot of time doing nothing but keeping the couch warm without realising they could be developing the creeping condition of numbskull.

Bottom line (excuse pun) – it’s not just your body that needs that exercise, your brain needs the action, the movement, the concentration, and the motivated circulation of a healthy vascular system to keep it fresh and functioning in top gear.

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Breathing Your Way to Wellness

Breathing. We don’t often think about it, but we all do it, all the time, simply because we need to survive. There’s a difference between surviving and flourishing though, and the truth is that breathing properly makes a huge difference to our lives.

Before we delve into doing it right, it’s interesting to understand how our lungs actually work.

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Looking at Light: digital screens and the health of our eyes

Every year the number of people using a digital screen grows. In 2012 over 2 billion people were spending their day in front of a screen compared to only 3 million in 1990. This year the number of children using digital devices for a few hours a day will climb close to 80 million. Gradually we are becoming dependent on gadgets with screens – screens that emit light and into which we stare like mesmerised rabbits.

But we forget the two most important elements required for these screens to work at all – and these are our eyes. Computer screens have come a long way since the 1990s – and modern display screens are geared to affect our eyes as little as possible. However, that does not mean that if you spend all day glued to your computer screen, you are not going to suffer some unpleasant effects.

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Scent of the Sea: Fish oil and Vitamin A

One of the most important building materials we can take when growing up or during adulthood when we want to keep our muscles healthy and our bones strong, is fish oil. You may be wondering why fish, in particular, are very healthy for us – providing unbeatable benefits from Omega-3 and that vital fish liver contribution, Vitamin A.

The value of Omega-3

So fish, the essence of fish and the fishiness of fish are closely entwined with our most ancient physiological and physical structures and development. Omega-3 impacts on the most vital areas of our health:

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