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5-minute workout lowers blood pressure as much as exercise, drugs
5-minute workout lowers blood pressure as much as exercise, drugs

Working out just five minutes daily via a practice described as "strength training for your breathing muscles" lowers blood pressure and improves some measures of vascular health as well as, or even more than, aerobic exercise or medication, new CU Boulder research shows.

Preventing hay fever naturally
Preventing hay fever naturally

This year, hay fever symptoms seem to really be causing so many of us a great deal of trouble. It may be that the weather conditions have caused the ‘perfect storm’ as plants have grown very well due to the rainy conditions and then the sun followed – allowing them to produce more pollen than usual. There’s also some thought that because we have been in lockdown, our immune systems have down regulated as we have not become acclimatised to environmental allergens. Whatever the reason for the increase in symptoms, a natural approach is best. There are plenty of pharmaceutical options such as tablets, eyedrops and nasal sprays – however, these cause our defensive mucus membranes to dry up and this simply worsens the overall problem after providing a little immediate relief. Allergies are a holistic problem and should be treated as such, so please take a look at these common sense, yet proven to work strategies that we hope will provide you and yours with much needed relief from the misery that hay-fever causes.

Intentionality and mental wellbeing

The wonderful organisation Open Source Wellness in the USA has an extremely useful and practical approach to mental emotional health. Predicate upon the idea that creting structure in your day can make dramatic improvement to mental health.

“Spiritual Fitness” may preserve cognitive function in aging
“Spiritual Fitness” may preserve cognitive function in aging

It is estimated that up to 152 million people worldwide will be living with Alzheimer's disease (AD) by 2050. Thus far, there are no pharmaceutical drugs that impact either the prevention or reversal of cognitive decline.

Lifestyle interventions to reduce blood sugar: Don't forget resistance exercise
Lifestyle interventions to reduce blood sugar: Don't forget resistance exercise

In the past 30 years, prediabetes (elevated fasting or post-meal blood sugar below the levels required for diagnosis of type 2 diabetes) has grown into a major epidemic affecting nearly one in three adults. Previous studies have shown that combining aerobic exercise and diet can restore normal glucose levels in these individuals. However, the effects of resistance exercise – an important alternative to aerobic exercise – on post-meal blood sugar concentrations has not been investigated.

Lavender essential oil inhalation helps post-menopausal women fall asleep and stay asleep
Lavender essential oil inhalation helps post-menopausal women fall asleep and stay asleep

A double-blind, randomised controlled trial was carried out to evaluate the effect of lavender essential oil inhilation on the sleep and menopausal symptoms of postmenopausal women with insomnia.

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