A writer shares helpful ways to take advantage of self-isolation after becoming homebound four years ago due to a genetic disease.
A Missouri woman, Texanne McBride-Teahan, faces losing her emotional support animals because they are monkeys.
"It felt wrong to me to share something that caters just to the people who enjoy aesthetically pleasing photos.”
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.
Whether you get your coffee fix from your local barista or you make it at home, a good cup of the black (or brown) stuff can literally serve as a mood booster, a crisis solver or a hangover, er, cure-er. Well step forward the Coffee experts who are here to reveal how to make the perfect cuppa. “Moisture and oxygen are coffee’s worst enemy and accelerate its staling,” explains Jonny England, Head of Coffee for Masteroast Coffee Company and coffee sourcing advisor to Dualit.
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.
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. ...
Just a single serving of hard cheese could give you around 8 grams of protein, with all the right amino acids that can help give bones, muscles, skin and blood a boost. Milk, which cheese is made from obvs, is packed full of natural bacteria, that can help to reduce and prevent high blood pressure, cholesterol and boost our immune system.
Time to plug in the hairdryer because going to bed with wet hair will have you waking up with the snots. When you lay your wet hair onto your pillow, friction from tossing and turning in your sleep can temporarily damage your hair. It will then be harder to style when you’re in a rush to leave the house the following morning,” explains Phil Smith, Celebrity stylist and creator of BE GORGEOUS.
Just. So. Much. Stuff. Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you own? You’re not alone. Two out of three of us admit to wishing we had less stuff – you know receipts stuffed in a drawer, unworn clothes in the wardrobe, emails clogging up the inbox. But with studies revealing that a house full of junk can have a detrimental effect on your mood, it could be time to finally sort your sh*t out.
Just. So. Stressed? You're not alone. Recent statistics have revealed that the average adult feels stressed for five-and-a-half years of their life.Between managing money woes, juggling to-do lists and dodging daily relationship battles, it's little wonder the average Brit spends two hours and 11 minutes of every day feeling stressed. That's more than 15 hours a week on the anxiety treadmill or a whole Game of Thrones box set. Not good.And stress doesn't just affect our mental wellbeing it can have a bearing on our overall health too, with 62% of people reporting that stress has affected their health and 31% having taken time off work as a result.67% per cent of people believe their body reacts physically to stress, causing them to suffer more headaches, stomach discomfort, colds, skin flare-ups and sore throats. Three in ten have also fallen ill due to stress, with another 15 per cent saying it has made an existing health complaint worse.Alison Cullen, a spokesman for A.Vogel, which commissioned the research to look at the impact of stress on immunity said: "Ongoing stress causes the body to put everything on hold except immediate survival. Areas such as fertility, detoxing, and immune cells patrolling to check for infections are neglected. The result is more cold and flu infections, which in turn cause more stress."Many people neglect their health because their schedules are so pressurised; ironically, though, spending a little time on your health can save spending a lot of time being ill."With that in mind, and to coincide with National Stress Awareness Day (November 2nd), we've put together our simple stress squashing tips. Little changes = big results for your mental and physical wellbeing.11 signs you’re more stressed than you think We could all do with reading this ‘101 ways to cope with stress’ list
Alyse Brautigam, 22 from Hawaii, who shares details of her lifestyle on her YouTube channel Raw Alignment, says she no longer needs to wear deodorant because her plant-based diet has completely eliminated her body odour. In a recent vlog she explains that she hasn’t used deodorant for a year, but that since switching to a vegan diet she’s noticed a considerable difference in the way her body smells.
“Instead of three large meals per day, which can be hard on your digestive system, smaller portions more often could be the way forward. The temptation to gobble your food may be overwhelming, but it’s much better for your gut to take things slow. “Eating quickly and not chewing your food properly can cause a build up of air that leads to too much gas in the intestine,” explains Lisa Roukin.
“These days, many of us live under chronic stress. But our bodies can’t distinguish between late trains, missed appointments, spiralling debt, infuriating work colleagues, family disputes and the truly life-threatening stress it gears up to challenge. “The key things is, don’t ignore it thinking it will get better.
“Maintaining roughly the same bedtime and waking up time each day is beneficial to adult health as it gives us the best chance of achieving quality, rejuvenating sleep,” explains Simon Williams from The Sleep Council. “A sleep cycle consist of four stages,” he explains. “Stages one and two are light stages of sleep from which we can be easily roused.
If the thought of sharing a bikini selfie to social media makes you want to dive behind the nearest sand dune, then you’ll likely appreciate the magnitude of one mum’s recent post to Facebook. Krystal Gordon, a 31-year-old blogger from Queensland had never worn a bikini, heck until recently she never even owned one. Taking to her Facebook page, Krystal shared an image of herself in her first ever two piece and alongside it included an empowering message encouraging other women to love themselves and their bodies.