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Twisting the Tummy Time!

Added October 30, 2019, Under: Exercise, Health, How To

Back in the 1960s, the dance craze of the The Twist was all the rage.  As teenagers, we were all slim and agile and it was easy to master The Twist.  But all those twisting dance sessions could well have been good for our health too. A decade earlier and it was all about the hoola hoop when people of all ages took up another exercise for twisting the tummy. But how important is it to keep on twisting that tummy for ...

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Having a Dog is Great for Heart Health, Mental Health & So Much More

Added October 11, 2019, Under: Exercise, Health, Pets

Often referred to as "man's best friend", owning a dog comes with so many health benefits - both for the dog and the human. Recent research by the University of Toronto, Canada and Mount Sinai Hospital, New York has found that, compared to non-dog owners, those with dogs in the home had a 24% reduced risk of dying in any year. Why having a dog is such a good thing! Walking your dog, and the regular exercise involved, is especially good for ...

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Improve Bone Density, Strength & Balance with Weight Lifting

Added September 9, 2019, Under: Diseases, Exercise, How To

The slow and controlled lifting of weights will increase bone density and make your muscles stronger. Studies have shown that strength training over a period of time can prevent bone loss - and even help to build new bone. Yes, weight training for osteoporosis, not just walking or doing aerobics, but lifting weights can help protect the bones and prevent osteoporosis-related fractures. The advice is to try and do regular weight training on three days a week but not on consecutive days - obviously to give your body a chance to rest ...

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The Sights & Sounds of Forests are More Vital Than Ever

Added August 26, 2019, Under: Environment, Exercise, Health

At this time in our history, the world is worrying about the extensive and hugely damaging forest fires in the Amazon - and how it will all end. The Amazon rain forests are at great risk, desperately needing the rain after which they are named. Why we need rain forests Rain forests are forests which grow in areas of high rainfall.  Tropical rain forests are found between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn and receive between 68 to 80 inches ...

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Ice Cold Drinking Water & is it Harmful or Harmless?

Added August 3, 2019, Under: Exercise, Headaches & Migraines

Modern refrigerators and freezers often come with an ice and cold water dispenser. But is drinking such cold water (and then even adding ice to it) actually good for you? While we all know that it is important to drink plenty of cold water every day but at what temperature should we be drinking it? It’s important to stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water throughout the day. But can the temperature of your water affect your digestive health? On looking into this question, ...

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How You Can Reduce the Stress & Improve Emotional Well-Being Too

Added July 31, 2019, Under: Environment, Exercise, How To, Inflammation, Insomnia, Vitamin D

Stress seems to be constantly on the increase but this could be because more attention today is being paid to the problem. And mothers in particular will put the welfare of their families first to the detriment of their own health. Meanwhile, you should be putting yourself at the top of the list for reducing stress and improving emotional well-being so that others will benefit too. If you can reduce stress while improving your emotional well-being, studies have shown that you will lower ...

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Are You Making the Effort to Do Your Pelvic Floor Exercises?

Added June 21, 2019, Under: Exercise, How To, Natural remedies

We all tend to know how important it is to be doing our pelvic or Kegel's exercises whether we are young, middle aged or older as well as before and after childbirth - but how many of us actually make the effort? Your pelvic floor muscles are located deep inside your core.  They run from your vagina to your anus and they support your urethra, which is the tube that empties urine - and your bladder. When your floor muscles are weak, ...

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Time To Go Down To The Woods Again

Added May 25, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Exercise, Parents, Vitamin D

I remember a song from my childhood (Teddy Bear’s Picnic by Anne Murray) which went: If you go down in the woods today You're sure of a big surprise If you go down in the woods today You'd better go in disguise! For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain Because today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic. Picnic time for Teddy Bears The little Teddy Bears are having A lovely time today Watch them, catch them unawares And see them picnic on their holiday. See them gaily gad about They ...

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How to Harness Help when you have Hemorrhoids

Added May 20, 2019, Under: Exercise, How To, Inflammation, Natural remedies, Nutrition

Hemorrhoids are a very common anorectal condition, affecting millions. While hemorrhoids are frequently seen in clinics, emergency wards, gastroenterology units and surgical clinics, many wonder how you know when hemorrhoids have developed, when you should seek medical help and how to cope with the pain? What are hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids are cushions of tissue filled with blood vessels and found at the end of the rectum (that is just inside the anus).  Along with the muscle known as the anal sphincter, hemorrhoids help control ...

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Do Our Children Really Need All Those Plastic Toys?

Added March 27, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Parents

There has been a lot of attention recently in the UK about a nursery school/ preschool in Bristol (not too far away from me here in Somerset) that has taken the decision to replace the school's plastic toys with cardboard boxes and other natural items. This is a 'back to basics' trial to encourage improved socialising and creativity. Although the trial is just for a month, it may be made permanent. What has the school found to date? Staff say the 'back to basics' ...

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