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Health and nutrition author Libby Matthews shares her wellness routine

Talk us through your daily routine Every morning I start the day with coffee (key when you have a toddler). Then I have breakfast and go for a big walk with my daughter. If she is at daycare I will work from home and in the afternoon my daughter, partner and I will either take her to the park or go for a walk before dinnertime. What kind of work outs do you enjoy the most? My favourite type of workout is circuit training where I really have to push…

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5 natural home remedies to cure common ailments, turmeric for joint pain to lavender oil for insomnia

Healthy foods are not just good for weight loss. Some common foods found in your pantry can actually work as home remedies that heal common illnesses. For minor health problems, you can turn to these home remedies. Here are 5 DIY home remedies for you: * Salt water for a sore throat: Your mother or grandmother were not wrong when they suggested you gargle with salt water if you have a cough and sore throat. Salt acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. As it passes through the membranes in the throat, it clears…

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PCOS diet, foods to avoid and what to eat if you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

September marks Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month. PCOS is a hormonal imbalance that occurs in women of reproductive age. It may cause infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods, and excess male hormone (androgen) levels. Ovaries may develop collections of follicles and fail to release eggs as well. While it’s exact cause is not understood, genetics and environmental factors play a significant role. Controlling the diet and weight loss is a good way to prevent this condition from aggravating. Here are some foods to eat and avoid to protect yourself: * Sardines: Oily fish like sardines or…

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Binge drinking affects male and female brains differently, here’s why

While binge drinking affects the health of both males and females, the effect of gene expression in an area of the brain linked to addiction was found to be different, finds a new study. Repeated binge drinking was found to significantly alter molecular pathways in the nucleus accumbens — a region of the brain linked to addiction. But, in females, the genes linked to hormone signalling and immune function are altered, whereas in males genes related to nerve signalling are affected. The study has significant implications for the treatment of alcohol use…

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Strokes are linked to dementia, increases risk of the brain disease by 70%

People who have suffered a stroke are more likely to develop dementia, a study conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School confirmed. The study involved an analysis of 3.2 million people across the world. Researchers found that the link between stroke and dementia persisted even after taking into account other dementia risk factors such as blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. “We found that a history of stroke increases dementia risk by around 70%, and recent strokes more than doubled the risk. Given how common both stroke and dementia are, this strong…

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If you feel very sleepy during the day, you might be at risk of getting Alzheimer’s

People who feel very sleepy during the day are nearly three times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those who do not, a long-term study has found. The study, published in the journal SLEEP, found that adults who reported being very sleepy during the day were thrice more likely to have brain deposits of beta amyloid, a protein that is a hallmark for Alzheimer’s, years later. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the US suggest that getting adequate nighttime sleep could be a way to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease….

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