New studies show that simply being outdoors could be an effective treatment for many complaints, from depression and pre-diabetes to high blood pressure and obesity. It has long been known that the modern indoor lifestyle is detrimental to people’s health but researchers have concluded that the natural world is more powerful than we think. Some doctors in America are now even giving prescriptions for spending time outdoors in the fresh air. Read More
If you were perturbed by the list of cancer-causing foods analysed in our last blog post, thankfully there are also many foods that have excellent protective properties. We have collected a list of the most powerful cancer-fighting foods with which to stock your fridge and cupboards. You can fight the damage done by the carcinogenic foods we all consume from time to time by eating some of these health-giving options, all thoroughly recommended by the World Health Organisation. Read on to explore some of the best cancer-fighting foods. Read More
The World Health Organisation has declared bacon, ham and sausages as carcinogenic. Processed meats are now on the no-go list, which means that innocuous ham sandwich or sausage roll has been placed into the same deadly category as cigarettes, alcohol, asbestos and arsenic. There are a number of foods that have been linked with cancer over the years. Read on to explore some of the most carcinogenic foods to avoid. Read More
The best cure for backache is Pilates, a new studies suggests. Taking painkiller is not an effective way to deal with back pain and sufferers would do far better to take a Pilates or yoga class instead. Although NSAIDs such as iboprofen are highly popular, the latest research suggests they are almost pointless. Read on to discover more about the findings form the latest studies into backache, anti-inflammatory drugs and doctors’ suggestions for managing or curing lower back pain. Read More
The health benefits of herbs and spices are many – and they are as easy to find as opening the kitchen cupboard. Most people think of herbs and spices as an extra topping to food, or even an unnecessary garnish. However many experts think we should treat herbs and spices as foods in their own right due to their amazing health benefits – and even that we should be sprinkling them into every meal with abandon! So, which herbs and spices are most beneficial to your health and what amazing improvements can we expect?
How to Exercise Outside in Hot Weather
Exercising outside in hot weather can feel much harder than working out in the cooler months. However this is no reason to shun outdoor workouts when it’s hot outside. By taking a few special measures you can ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and highly productive workout even when the temperature soars. Read More
Although the sun is a temperamental visitor to the UK, when it does show its face, the first thing that springs to mind is the humble ice lolly! There are plenty of lollies in supermarket freezers these days, such as the classics Magnum and Solero but none compare with the classics of old. We’re talking about the ice lollies from the ice cream vans during the 80s and 90s. So roll up the retro ices! Check out this list of lollies and tell us which is your favourite: Read More
One of the best smells has to be freshly brewed coffee. We bet most people can also vouch for freshly baked bread, chocolate, vanilla and flowers as positive aromas. In the same way, most people can agree on the foulness of disagreeable aromas, such as sewage.
Whether you love or hate a particular smell, an interesting discovery by scientists is that certain smells can improve our physical performance. Certain scents can increase our energy levels, while other smells can have a relaxing effect, calming anxiety and improving confidence. So which smells should we use to improve our athletic performance? Read More
With summer just around the corner, you might be thinking of booking a holiday. But why choose a boring normal hotel when you could stay in a renovated drain pipe? From a treehouse to an old fort, an underwater lodge to a doghouse, we’ve collected together some of the weirdest hotels in the world to give you a few ideas on where to take your next holiday. Plus, we’ve also had a few thoughts on how and where to incorporate your workouts into your quirky mini break! Read More
Fruit is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It is packed full of vitamins and minerals, while it also contains good sugars for energy, fibre to keep you feeling full and water for hydration. Although fruit is great for your body whatever time of the day you consume it, research suggests that fruit will give you the most benefits when eaten on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Read on to explore why you should eat fruit on an empty stomach, why it should always be served warm and how it can boost your wellbeing. Read More