And for those prone to anxiety and depression, there's even more good news...
What with wrangling with relatives over who’s hosting the Christmas dinner, over-indulging way, way too much and the prospect of being in debt for the next 10 years to pay for all the partying and presents that will likely be met with a luke warm response. It’s little wonder the minute we hear a Christmas song in the supermarket we feel stressed. Reasons people gave for struggling at Christmas included getting into debt (41 per cent), feeling lonely (83 per cent) and just generally finding Christmas stressful (81 per cent).
Drinking a beetroot juice supplement before working out makes the brain of older adults perform better, mirroring those of a younger brain, a new study has revealed.
Could fitness apps encouraging you to walk 10,000 steps be doing more harm than good? “8,000 steps down, only 2,000 to go,” people groan as they check their fitness tech over coffee, lunch, cocktails. Dr Greg Hager, a professor of computer science from Johns Hopkins University in the US, maintains ‘very few’ of the estimated 165,000 available healthcare apps are based on scientific evidence.
Well, ok you don’t necessarily lose all your mates the minute you give birth, but you may find you’re no longer on the same page as your besties. What you need is some mummy mates to help support, guide and gossip your way through the motherhood minefield. Well, step forward new app Peanut, a sort of Tinder for new parents which aims to help hook up mums with similar interests and experiences.
Experts have long been waxing lyrical about the amazing qualities of breast milk when it comes to feeding a baby. Not only does it offer them the perfect blend of nutrition, but breast milk also contains antibodies that can boost your child’s immune system. While, studies have also revealed this to be true, seeing the incredible powers of breast milk with your own eyes, is pretty darned amazing.
It seems our ability to procrastinate is never more evident than during the cold winter months. Recent research revealed that more than half of British workers get significantly less work done in winter compared to summer with rainy days, gloomy workplaces and pesky winter ailments all to blame. Well, step forward the productivity experts who’ve got some simple yet effective life hacks to make 2017 your most productive ever! So step away from social media, shut down the Zara sale site and start getting s**t done.
Sadly though research suggests that almost a quarter of us who made New Year Resolutions lose steam around a week later. “Adopting positive language and a positive mindset can have a big impact on your self-esteem which will help you to keep pushing through.
Nutritionist Laura Tilt says that they’re “chemicals produced during alcohol fermentation that contribute to hangover symptoms.“Congeners might make the alcohol taste nice, but they make us feel bad, because they are a type of toxin,” she explains. Bourbon is the worst offender for a pounding head. A good rule of thumb is the darker the drink, the harsher the hangover as “dark coloured drinks contain high levels of congeners.” Sadly for fans of a bourbon on the rocks, whisky is especially high in these toxins, including methanol which can linger in the body even after all alcohol has been eliminated.
If there’s one thing London does well, it’s spas. In a city this fraught and frantic, places to calm, relax and revitalise are vital – enter, spas. Nowadays, it’s not just upscale hotels that offer the best massages, facials and the like. A huge number of Britain’s best brands boast treatment rooms, which can make settling on the spa experience you would like tricky.
New research has found that eating your five a day increases life expectancy by around three years and even managing just three a day can give you an 18 month advantage over those who didn’t eat fruit and veg every day. The researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden said their findings backed up the World Health Organisation’s recommendations that we should all eat at least 400g of fruit and veg a day.
Whether we remember them or not, we all dream. Every night, part of our sleep cycle involves dreaming as our brains process and refresh after the day. And whether they’re simply random electrical connections made by the brain as it processes and compartmentalises information or something deeper, there’s no doubt that what they might mean is endlessly fascinating. So we asked psychologist and dreams expert Ian Wallace, working with time4sleep,what common dreams people have, and what they really mean. ...