Breathing to Reduce Stress

Breathing to Reduce Stress

Shallow breathing may lead to tension and fatigue. Breathing with your diaphragm tends to reduce stress and improve energy.

Abdominal breathing, also known as diaphragmatic breathing, is a powerful way to decrease stress by activating relaxation centres in the brain. The abdominal expansion causes negative pressure to pull blood into the chest, improving the venous flow of blood back to the heart.

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How to make a vegetarian diet more healthy

How to make a vegetarian diet more healthy

Vegetarians are often considered to be healthy eaters – this can certainly be true for those eating a well-planned diet made from whole foods - non-starchy vegetables, coupled with pulses (beans, lentils), nuts, seeds, eggs, wholegrains and possibly some dairy.  This style of eating is high in fibre and promotes a healthy acid/alkali balance.  

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Clean cosmetics - more than skin deep

Clean cosmetics - more than skin deep

Did you know that, on average, women apply 168 different ingredients to the skin each day using an estimated 12 products?  Soap, haircare, deodorant, moisturisers, perfume, make up and so on. Some cosmetic ingredients are designed to penetrate into the skin to delivery vitamins and other therapeutic agents.  However, they aren't the only chemicals which are absorbed. Consequently, cosmetic ingredients which are harmful to health are now commonly found in our blood stream, including industrial plasticizers called phthalates; parabens, which are preservatives; and persistent fragrance components like musk xylene.

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