Five-a-day ‘not healthy enough’

Five helpings of fruit and vegetables a day may not be enough, new research suggests. Seven portions every day could have a more protective effect, experts said. The NHS recommends that every person has five different 80g portions of fruit and vegetables a day. The suggested intake, based on World Health Organisation guidance, can lower…

5 Ways to Unwind in 60 Seconds

Stare up at the ceiling and count down from 60 Gazing upward stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which lowers blood pressure and slows the pace of the breath. Slow, deliberate counting will also help rid your mind of distractions. Write down your worries in a notebook, then set it aside for tomorrow Putting your problems…

5 top tips for boosting immunity

Jackie Donkin, nutritional therapist and Edwin Grey, physiologist at Nuffield Healthlift the lid of the immune enhancing secrets experts swear by. EAT, DRINK AND BE HEALTHY Some of the best immunity boosting foods contain high levels of vitamins C, E and A. Vitamin C increases the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies. People tend…

MEDITATION FOR SPORT

If you’ve been watching the Winter Olympics in Sochi you may have witnessed the athletes behaving in a rather unusual way. Before the women’s downhill got underway, the camera cut to a number of the athletes who were preparing for their Olympic run. With eyes closed, heads down and arms waving, the athletes looked to…

HOW TO LOSE WINTER WEIGHT

News just in: Winter is bad for your waistline. But don’t fret – with these 5 weight loss tips you’ll be burning off that winter flab in no time… Everyone knows turkey and Christmas cake can pile on pounds but new research has revealed it’s not just the festive season that’s increasing women’s waistlines –…