FaceApp or your metabolic age?

FaceApp vs metabolic age

Have you succumbed to FaceApp yet to see how you’re going to age? I was tempted but then when I researched it, I read about the controversy over how much of your data the app has access to on your phone and what it can do with the photo of the older version of yourself.…

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On the road and keeping healthy

On the road and keeping healthy

Being away from home, whether for work or play and keeping healthy can be challenging. Our routines get messed up when it comes to sleep, food and exercise. Then, of course, add travel into the mix too! Travelling saps your energy, especially flying both short and long haul. Before you even get on the plane…

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Time for a blood pressure check?

blood pressure check

It’s world hypertension day today. When was the last time you had a blood pressure check? The test can warn if you are at risk of developing serious problems such heart failure, heart attack, strokes and even kidney failure and dementia. Blood pressure is the term used to describe the strength with which your blood…

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Mental Health Awareness Week – Body Image

mental health awareness week - body image

Body image is the theme for this year’s mental health awareness week in the UK. We all go through crises of confidence where we don’t feel comfortable in our own skin. Going through phases where we hate the way we look. And becoming fixated on a certain part of our body that we detest, and…

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Do you know your numbers?

Knowing your numbers or your vital stats is a great way to keep track of how you’re doing health wise You can buy body scan scales relatively cheaply which as well as doing your weight will may measure your: Fat % Muscle mass % Hydration % Daily calorie intake Metabolic age (your fitness age) Bone…

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Exercise – love it or loathe it?

Did you know humans are designed to move around 3 – 5 miles per day (10,000 steps!). Our lives have become more sedentary, and sitting is allegedly the new cancer, apparently worse than smoking. How much exercise do we actually need? The World Health Organisation and Public Health England recommend 3 – 5 x 30-minute…

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Drink more and pimp

Pimped up water with citrus and mint

We’re talking water – sorry, not alcohol, even though a gin and tonic with ice and a slice can be quite refreshing! When we’re told to drink more water, it can seem such a chore and a mammoth challenge to actually drink the amount we’re told to by the experts. About 80% of our water…

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How to minimise jet lag

Jet lag can affect everyone. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a frequent flyer with tens of thousands of air miles in the bank or somebody who takes a once a year holiday flight. What is jet lag? Jet lag is a sleep disorder a great many people suffer with.  It used to be considered a…

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Will the sugar tax make a difference?

Recent news focused on the introduction of the sugar tax on soft drinks. The big question on everyone’s lips is, “Will it make a difference?”. It’s costing our health With tooth decay and obesity rates in children continuing you rise, we must start somewhere. The UK is a ticking time bomb, storing up potential health…

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Stress and Sleep – Part Two

I left the last blog with a question…What can you do to help yourself with stress? The answer is: lots and lots! Some people seek medicines and others look for ways to reduce the stresses in their lives, for example by changing jobs, partners, drinking too much alcohol etc. But these might not be the…

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Stress and Sleep – Part One

Stress, worry and anxiety make it almost impossible to relax and still your mind enough to fall asleep and when you do, it tends to be lighter with more REM sleep. When your body is under stress it will release more adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones which activate the ‘fight or flight’ response. These…

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Sharing a bed with someone new?

You meet the person of your dreams. The chemistry is there. You finally get it together. But what’s it like to sleep with them? I’m not talking about how good they are in between the sheets, I’m talking about the other ‘S’ in the bedroom – sleep! There may be things you don’t even consider…

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Got an activity tracker? Is the sleep function stressing you out?

Activity or fitness trackers have become a part of our modern lifestyles. They are brilliant for monitoring our activity, exercise, food intake and weight. I love them! But… When it comes to monitoring sleep, it seems a lot of us are left confused. We think we’ve had a great night’s sleep when we wake up,…

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Still feeling exhausted after the festive break?

The excitement of Christmas and New Year has come and gone, do you feel rested after your break? Or are you feeling tired and rung out? We all look forward to the Christmas break and expect to chill out and recharge our batteries. But the truth is that we often go back to work in…

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Are you taking a break?

We all need to take time out to recharge our batteries and have a rest, and the week before last, I took a ten day holiday to do exactly that. The type of holiday you take is of course a personal preference whether it’s lounging on a beach or by a pool; having a city…

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How to sleep well and keep cool at night during the summer

Night time temperatures are rising! Most of us love the sunshine and crave the heady warm days of summer.  But when the temperature starts to soar and it begins to get humid, getting a good night’s sleep for most of us becomes a problem; especially if we have to work the next day.  Our bedrooms…

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BBC TV Programme, The Truth About Sleep – my opinion

Did you watch the BBC TV programme, The Truth About Sleep with Michael Mosley a few weeks ago?  If you did, did you find it fascinating? For once I didn’t find myself screaming at the TV like I normally do with programmes on diets and healthy eating where I disagree with most of what they…

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Zesty Brekkie – Avocado Toast

Avocado toast is a great quick healthy brekkie, brunch or even a light bite for lunch. You need this: 1 slice of lightly toasted sourdough bread Olive oil 1/2 ripe avocado roughly chopped A wedge of lemon or lime Pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional) 3 tsp mixed seeds (we used a mixture of pumpkin and…

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Starting your day with ‘va va voom’!

How do you start your day? Is it slowly? You can’t cope until you’ve had your caffeine fix or do you get up and wish you had a bit more get up and go? Let me share with you something that has revolutionised my wake up routine in the past year. It’s funny how things appear…

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Can exercise improve your sleep?

Can exercise improve our sleep

For some, exercise can be a chore; they feel it is something they ‘should’ do because they know it’s good for them.  Others can’t survive without it, and start to get a bit twitchy if they don’t do anything for a couple of days. I’ve been in both camps, and thankfully, I’m in the latter. …

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Nocturnal screen time is playing havoc with our sleep

  In our recent survey, we discovered that just over half (50.6%) of participants said they had problems with their sleep.  90% of those were watching TV or using their phone, tablet or laptop in bed for either work or pleasure. Technology is brilliant, but being welded to our electronic devices at night time is…

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5 Signs you’re sleep deprived and what to do about it

How do you know when you’re not getting enough sleep? When we sleep, our body goes into maintenance mode, and if you’re not getting enough shut eye, then you may find that you’re suffering from the following:   1. You have the concentration span of a gnat There is nothing worse than having to struggle…

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Don’t let the caffeine in your daily cuppa ‘mug’ your sleep

Are you one of those people whose day can’t start properly without a shot of caffeine? Coffee is usually the prime suspect when it comes to caffeine, but did you know that tea contains caffeine, and, depending on the type of tea and strength, it can contain between one third to a half the amount…

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How to survive the clocks going forward for summer

It will soon be time to put our clocks forward for British Summer Time – yay! Every spring we move the clocks forward by an hour on the last Saturday night/Sunday morning in March, and this year it’s on 25 March 2018. Changing the clocks forward by an hour can mess around with our body…

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How to get the best night’s sleep in a hotel room

Sleeping away from home can sometimes be a challenge, different environment and layout; different bed, pillows and bed linen; it’s stuffy and hot, or the air conditioning is noisy! Here are my top tips to get some decent shut eye when you’re away from home whether you’re on the road or on your hols: Get…

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