Shabir And Trinny On The Best Supplements

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If you find the world of supplements overwhelming then watching this 20 minute video will help. Shabir and Trinny explore the best supplements and explain what they’re good for and why you might benefit from taking them…

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Battling With Anxiety? Look After Your Gut

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The gut has been described as our body’s second brain and this week researchers at Shanghai Mental Health Center at Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine in China confirmed the link between the two. After reviewing a whopping 21 studies, the researchers found that over half of them pointed to a substantial link between gut bacteria and anxiety. So much so, researchers concluded that changing the microbiota in your gut could help alleviate anxiety.

So how can you change your intestinal flora? Well, adjusting your diet to incorporate whole grains and fruit, as well as fermented foods such as sauerkrat, kimchi, kefir and pickles will help. Likewise introducing a good quality probiotic supplement with multiple strains will make a difference. Shabir regularly recommends Mega Probiotic ND: “It is what I would call your core supplement which the whole family can take for the overall wellbeing of the body.”

“This particular probiotic supplement contains eight strains of bacteria that are coated enterically with a protein coating protecting them from the harsh acidic environment of the stomach. The supplement is also dairy free which helps many who are sensitive to dairy products,” says Shabir. It’s also worth noting that Life Extension’s Florassist Mood has been specially formulated to boost low mood.

Of the 14 studies that used probiotics as the method of regulating bacteria in the gut, more than a third found them to be effective in reducing anxiety symptoms, while six of the remaining seven studies that had used non-probiotics had an 86 percent rate of effectiveness.

Why does your diet play such an important role? “The energy source of gut microbiota growth is mainly food,” the study authors said. “Adjusting the gut microbiota through modulating dietary structure can directly change the energy-supplying structure of gut microbiota and this plays a decisive role in the growth of gut microbiota, so the effect is obvious.”

That said, this research was purely observational and doesn’t delve into cause and effect. What they are more conclusive on is that 52% of the studies they looked at suggested that regulating your gut health could help reduce anxiety symptoms.

And, with a third of people suffering with anxiety at point or another, this research could go a long way in helping people reduce the impact without the need for psychiatric drugs.

If you battle with anxiety and want to learn more about probiotics, it’s worth reading Shabir’s guide: What Can’t Probiotics Do?.

Could Crosswords Boost Your Brain?

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For years, Sudoku has been hailed a way to help fend off dementia and a recent study has consolidated this idea. Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Exeter found that those who regularly do crosswords and number puzzles have healthier cognitive functions.

“We’ve found that the more regularly people engage with puzzles such as crosswords and Sudoku, the sharper their performance is across a range of tasks assessing memory, attention and reasoning. The improvements are particularly clear in the speed and accuracy of their performance,” says Dr Anne Corbett, of the University of Exeter Medical School, who led the research.

Over 17,000 healthy people, aged over 50, took part in the study and researchers concluded that those who regularly play these puzzles have the brain function of someone up to 10 years younger. However, Corbett is quick to state that doing “We can’t say that playing these puzzles necessarily reduces the risk of dementia in later life but this research supports previous findings that indicate regular use of word and number puzzles helps keep our brains working better for longer.”

Dr Doug Brown from the Alzheimer’s Society is equally as cautious: “We know that keeping an active mind can help to reduce decline in thinking skills. This new research does reveal a link between word puzzles, like crosswords, and memory and thinking skills, but we can’t say definitively that regular ‘puzzling’ improves these skills.”

Picking up a pencil and doing the daily crossword might help boost your brain more than downloading the latest app though. A study in 2017 by the University of Pennsylvania called into question the power of commercial brain training apps, specifically Lumosity, in improving cognitive functions. The study monitored 64 healthy adults, who used the app for 30 minutes everyday, for five days a week, across a 10 week period and concluded that the training didn’t have any affect on brain functions or decision making.

What are the other brain boosting options for those who hate crosswords and puzzles?

Get your Zzz’s: It will come as no surprise that getting enough sleep is crucial for making sure your brain is performing at A-game level. A study in 2018 by the University of Illinois found that those with diabetes who slept badly had poorer brain power than those who regularly slept better. Making sure you get at least seven hours of shut-eye each night will ensure you’re more alert and focused.

Dabble in nootropics: You might have heard of the word ‘nootropics’, but still be unclear as to what they actually are. Essentially, nootropics help to stimulate your brain and you’ve probably used them already with the caffeine in your morning coffee. Natural nootropics, such as those formulated by Neubria, use ingredients such as ginkgo biloba and turmeric extract to help sharpen your memory and improve your focus and concentration levels. Whether you want to improve your word recall or just need a helping hand to get you through a long meeting at four o’clock, it’s definitely worth exploring the brand.

Stock up on blueberries: According to research by the University of Exeter, drinking concentrated blueberry juice everyday can boost the blood flow to your brain and improve cognitive functions.

Bright Idea: the Light Salon Boost at Home LED mask

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Let there be lights. Your skin will thank you – By Lisa Armstrong

  • The Light Salon LED Mask

    A few months ago, I tried out a light mask because I thought, one day, these will be the coming thing.

    That day is here. They’re launching on to the market in their droves. If you haven’t seen one in action yet, you’re in for comedy gold. They’re quite large, generally made fromsome kind of plastic or fibreglass – more Darth Vadar than face pack. And the light show… some have green, yellow, blue and white emissions, which all have separate properties. Blue is antimicrobial and good for breakouts and acne. Green, yellow and white are soothing.

    But the biggie is infrared, the benefits of which (mood enhancer, muscle soother, collagen production booster, healer and all-round ally) have been recognised for the best part of a century.

    The Light Salon’s Boost mask is the most comfortable I’ve come across. Made from flexible silicon, it’s light and easy to pack and even easier to wear. It stays in place with a strap and bathes your face and neck in infrared and near-infrared rays while you whip up a smoothie or read a book. Frankie Graddon, of this parish, swears she cooked up a curry while test-driving hers. I’ve been listening to Radio 4’s book of the week – Machines Like Me, Ian McEwan’s latest novel about a robot that gets too human-like for comfort – in mine, which feels highly outfit appropriate. Read More…

The Link Between Depression And Constipation

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Over the past few years research has continued to flag up the importance of having a healthy, balanced gut. The latest study might be of interest for those who suffer with depression and constipation. While discussing depression might have become more socially acceptable, there is still a stigma attached to speaking freely about our bowel movements, or lack of. Read More…

Meditation Might Not Be As Good For You As You Think

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Almost every self-proclaimed wellness guru advocates the power of meditation. Shutting your mind off and focusing on a single object is thought to help re-centre your mind, body and soul. Meditation has been championed for its de-stressing and sleep-inducing powers and plenty of people will say it’s fundamental to them balancing busy schedules and unexpected catastrophes that modern life throws at them on a daily basis. Read More…