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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Exercising a Healthy Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, the last thing you usually feel like doing is working up a sweat. Between the sleepless nights, mood swings and morning sickness, it can be tough to motivate yourself to get moving. But, when you overcome your initial reluctance, you’ll discover that the benefits of being active make it well worth your while.

In the past, expectant mothers were advised to avoid exercise, and move as little as possible. Nowadays, however, the experts have found that it’s much better for moms-to-be to get moving. We all know that it’s good for our health and longevity to have some sort of movement routine, but it’s interesting to understand why exercising specifically while you’re pregnant is so important.

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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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Changing your shape: is it possible through exercise?

Probably eight out of ten women will tell you that they’re not entirely happy with their figures. Fatter women will long for slimness, while the skinny, boyish figure will long for a fuller, more curvy outline. But the fact of the matter is that not every woman can be the same shape – and although Hollywood may be peppered with those hour-glass figures, the real world has millions of women who fall into the categories of Pear-shaped and Apple-shaped.

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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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Dreaming of Sleep: touch base where good health begins

You know how it is. It’s 3am and you haven’t had a wink of sleep. Then, when you finally fall asleep around 4.30am the alarm goes off seemingly within seconds, and you wake feeling as though you have experienced a short coma. The room tilts when you get up, the bathroom seems to be in a different place, and one eye has trouble in looking in the same direction as the other.

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Personal Training: Why fitness coaching makes more sense

Apart from merely wanting to be fit, there are several reasons why people may take up exercise – to alleviate stress, to improve a medical condition, to lose weight, to recover from an accident. But regardless of motivation – planning and maintaining a physical fitness regime is difficult if you are not driven by very specific goals and supported by people who share your vision of improvement and change. Staying the course and keeping up the physical pressure may be difficult on your own; attendance drops and becomes erratic, exercise routines begin to pall, and you may not feel the benefits you had hoped.

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