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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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Tobacco smoke exposure can impact adolescents’ health, make them ill

Exposure to tobacco smoke can drastically impact teenagers’ health. A University of Cincinnati study found that teens exposed to tobacco smoke were at higher risk of having respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath and a dry cough at night. It also found that smoke-exposed teens were more likely to seek treatment at an urgent care or hospital emergency department. “There is no safe level of secondhand smoke exposure,” said Ashley Merianos, the lead author of the study. “Even a small amount of exposure can lead to more emergency department visits and…

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Maternal depression may affect child’s mental health, says study

Women, take note. If you are suffering from depression, it may affect your child’s stress and physical well-being throughout life, a new study has found. The findings, published in the Journal of Diabetes, suggested that depressed mothers had higher cortisol (CT) and secretory immunoglobulin (s-IgA) — markers of stress and the immune system — levels and displayed more negative parenting, characterised by negative effect, intrusion, and criticism. “Following mothers and children across the first decade of life, we found that exposure to maternal depression impairs functioning of the child’s immune system…

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10 beneficial acupressure points for weight loss and good health

Acupressure is based on the concept of life energy flowing through different meridians in the body. So, just by pressing certain points in the body, you can clear any blockage in the meridians and treat different diseases. “Studies have suggested that acupressure is effective in treating nausea and vomiting, lower back pain, tension headaches and stomach ache,” says Dr Manoj Kutteri, wellness director at Atmantan Wellness Centre. Some points can also help with weight loss. According to acupressure, vital energy or “qi” flows through the body. When the flow is…

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Depression in children, treating it can help improve parent’s mental health

The bond between parent and child extends far beyond sharing similar looks or behaviours as a new study suggests that treating depression in teenagers may benefit their parents’ mental health too. The findings suggest that when a teenager’s depression improved through treatment, so did the depression experienced by his or her parents. “Depression is a massive public health concern that will take a variety of approaches to better manage. We believe our study is among the first to evaluate how the emotional health of a child can impact that of…

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Flaxseed oil can do wonders for your health, here are 6 benefits to it

Flaxseed oil is known for its benefit to heart health, but it is also good to boost your digestive system and brain health. It provides skin and hair benefits, helps weight loss, and reduces risk of cancer as well. There are several ways to derive this benefit from flaxseeds, but the easiest and fastest way is from the intake of flax oil capsules. Dolly Kumar, founder and director at Gaia, shares some health benefits of flax oil: * Regulates healthy cholesterol level: Rich in Omega 3 and Omega 6, flax oil capsules regulate cholesterol levels in the body and are…

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