What Is Niksen And Will It Help Your Stress Levels?

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Stress is a mammoth health and wellness topic. We are all told on what feels like a daily basis that we haven’t struck the work-life balance and our stress levels are dangerously high. Yoga studios are popping up left, right and centre and there are enough mindfulness apps available to keep you  busy for five days straight – if you had the time. Interestingly, research by the University College London and the University of Bath recently questioned the success of such apps when a small study found that playing Block! Hexa Puzzle game left participants feeling less stressed and more energised than HeadSpace. Read More…

Could A ‘Nature Pill’ Be The Answer To Your Stress?

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It’s Stress Awareness Month, so you might have noticed an increase in stress-related headlines filtering into your morning news feed. Rather than flagging up the impact of rising stress and anxiety levels on our health, a new study offers a refreshingly easy-to-implement solution that could lower your cortisol levels (the stress hormone). Read More…

Rest And Digest

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So many of us experience digestive issues these days – and this can mean a whole host of uncomfortable symptoms such as bloating, cramping, indigestion to full blown IBS and intolerances. Even more so at this time of year when festivities tend to centre around rich food and the drinks are flowing. Of course, we can always hold back, but a deeper understanding of the subtleties of how our digestive system works alongside some sensible advice can help see us through without being too bah humbug.

We talk about gut feelings, butterflies in our tummy in our day to day, so we instinctively know our digestive system goes beyond just a mechanical churning system – and indeed it is connected to our minds. It is our ‘second brain’, being made up of over 100 million neurons (cells), spread along its entire length which make up what’s called the enteric nervous system (ENS).  The ENS is constantly reacting to the state of play whether it’s hunger, bacterial infection or stress, sending messages to and from the brain via the vagus nerve, a kind of super fast information highway. Read More…

Can fake tan be harmful?

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Q: Is it safe to top up my fading summer tan with a fake tan product? I have seen some rather scary headlines recently.

A: The problem centres on the skin-colouring compound DHA (dihydroxyacetone). If this gets into the bloodstream, it could theoretically alter and damage DNA, which could in turn lead to the development of cancers and malignancies. ‘We simply don’t know the relative risk but it is a concern,’ says consultant dermatologist Dr Nick Lowe (drnicklowe.com).

The danger is principally linked to spray tanning booths, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA; fda.gov), which has not licensed them. If users are not properly protected, spray tan may get into the body via exposed mucous membrane – in the eyes, nose, lips and mouth – or inhalation. If you use a booth, ensure you are properly protected, including your entire eye area. Read More…