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Three surprising happiness health secrets

Reading Time: 3 minutes What makes you happy? Is it a day at the beach listening to the sounds of the waves? How about a piece of your favorite chocolate cake? Or maybe a morning jog as the sun rises? All these things can bring about happiness, but did you know it’s actually due to the chemical reactions these […]

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The connection between oxytocin and happiness

Reading Time: 2 minutes If all you need really is love, then oxytocin may be where it’s at. This neurotransmitter is categorized as one of the four “happiness chemicals” (in addition to dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins) and is known for its link to feelings of love and connection. Oxytocin is created in the hypothalamus gland and released by the […]

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Understanding our physical happiness chemicals

Reading Time: 2 minutes Contrary to what we may think, happiness is not all in our heads. Chemicals in our physical makeup play a significant role in the state of our happiness and the actions we take can inspire our bodies to make more. This means that what we think, the behaviors we exhibit, the food choices we make, […]

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A focus on ‘feel good’ hormones

Reading Time: 2 minutes What on earth are ‘feel good’ hormones, you might wonder? Well, as the name implies, they are the hormones that make you feel good and help us maintain a healthy mental state. But what exactly are they and how do they have this power to influence our physiological health? Our hormones are essentially chemical messengers […]

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How to enjoy a detox – naturally

Reading Time: 3 minutes Just the word ‘detox’ can quickly instill fear in people. It’s understandable – after all, when we think of detox, we think about ‘getting rid’ of things. Often, these are things we enjoy and no one wants to be deprived of something that makes them happy. The good news is however, that not only can […]

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Summer and skincare

Reading Time: 4 minutes Your guide to fabulous skin in the warmer months! We all love summer but summer and skin problems go hand-in-hand. Skin conditions can be caused by gut health, foods and allergies but weather, pollution and other seasonal factors can also contribute to skin issues – particularly during the summer months. It’s common to think of […]

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What is protein?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Everything you thought you knew but didn’t. Most of us know what protein is. Along with carbohydrates and fats, it makes up the three most important macronutrients of our diet.  Research has shown why it’s so beneficial as part of a balanced and healthy diet, as it plays a key role in the creation and […]

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Inflammation and weight gain

Reading Time: 4 minutes Is there a link between inflammation and weight gain? Inflammation is a natural and healthy bodily reaction when the body is fighting off an infection or responding to some other injury. But there is another aspect to inflammation we need to be aware of – its potential to cause weight gain. There is nothing quite […]

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Nutritional Psychiatry

Reading Time: 2 minutes Is nutritional psychiatry the key to understanding mental health? Mental illness accounts for a significant proportion of global health. This is why it poses such a substantial social, economic and health worry1. While treatment has historically been dominated by prescribed medication and psychotherapies, such as talking therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, nutritional psychiatry is showing […]

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Laughter is healthy

Reading Time: 5 minutes This is how laughter affects our body “A day without laughter is a day wasted,” Charlie Chaplin once said. And he isn’t the only one to think this. Dr Lee S. Berk of the Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions, and one of the pioneers of laughter research, also encourages people to laugh every day. Why […]

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The importance of sleep

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can you achieve a more restful and restorative sleep? Sleep is vital. We know that, because we all, at one point or another, will have failed to have enough and suffered as a result. Lack of sleep causes physical effects like grey eyes, dull skin and headaches, but the importance of sleep is also […]

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The mental health benefits of exercise

Reading Time: 3 minutes What role does regular exercise play in your mental wellbeing? The health benefits of physical exercise are many and varied and, given the obvious affects it has on our fitness, shape and health, it’s understandable that this is where attention is often focused. Exercise is not just about increasing fitness and gaining bigger muscles though […]

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What will boost your mood?

Reading Time: 3 minutes You could try chocolate – a tried and tested go-to for most of us. And we know, scientifically, it can help.  Chocolate contains a small amount of tryptophan, an amino acid used by our brains to make serotonin (the neurotransmitter linked to feelings of happiness).1 But we also know it’s likely to have an effect […]

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Kindness: Good for our minds?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Throughout history, difficult times have drawn out the best in human nature. Across the globe natural disasters, wars and economic recessions have been testament to this and it’s no different today. Each situation has been unprecedented and each has had its own unique struggles but, in each, we have seen truly inspirational acts of generosity […]

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The Foundation of Fitness

Reading Time: 4 minutes An active life needs a solid backbone… When we think about staying active, we normally envision walking, running, cycling…using our arms and legs to get the heart pumping. We think less often about the foundation of all our movement – the unsung hero that is our back. Barely any of us pay attention to it, […]

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