Month: August 2015

Good genes or just good jeans?

So how much will that ridiculously expensive cream you just bought really erase your crows feet and lift your sagging jowls? Well, according to a £2billion human genome project that has been taking place over the last few years, our ability to grow old gracefully has already been predetermined by our genetic makeup, as researchers have established that there are some 1500 separate genes that will govern how long we remain wrinkle free! The team of scientists have also identified that there are eight major causes of ageing skin, each one controlled by its own group of genes, and...

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Vitamin Sunshine

Vitamin D With the onset of Autumn (in the Northern Hemisphere) and less natural sunlight to fill our days 🙁 it’s important to ensure that you maintain your vitamin D levels. Equally so, those in sunnier climes (where Spring has just sprung) are familiar with the slip, slop, slap routine which, whilst protecting you against harmful UV rays, can also prevent you from converting the sunlight on your skin into vitamin D. A deficiency can lead to weakened bones, hairloss, depression, and tiredness. Increasing your intake of oily fish, eggs, mushrooms, and dairy products can boost your vitamin D...

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Are you in sleep debt?

As a chronic insomniac, the Sleep Council’s recommendation of 7-8 hours sleep per night is but a pipe dream for me.  Sleep is the mysterious shift in consciousness that our bodies require every day, and is vital for our health and wellbeing.  Not only do we function less well when we don’t get enough quality sleep, but it can lead to long-term health problems such as… high blood pressure irregular heartbeat heart disease stroke diabetes and has even been linked to the development of Alzheimers.  As well as long-term health problems, there are the everyday issues that accompany the constant tiredness that...

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What ingredients should you be looking for in your skincare products?

Trying to keep up with all the latest lotions and potions and their myriad of ingredients can be a minefield, but keeping skin healthy and young requires a combination of ingredients and products that work together to give your skin exactly what it needs.  So what are the ingredients you should be looking for in your skincare products?… Sunscreen is your best defence against wrinkles. Exfoliants increase skin cell turnover and help to eliminate wrinkles. Antioxidants help defend against environmental stress. Cell-communicating ingredients can “tell” skin cells to behave in a younger and undamaged way. Skin-identical substances are the same as the...

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MYO Muesli

How often do we hear how bad shop bought breakfast cereals are for us? Loaded with sugar, empty calories and other nasties, you can never be sure that what you’re eating for breakfast isn’t actually doing you more harm than good, so why not make your own (MYO)?! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so here’s my recipe for a wholesome and healthy muesli, packed full of nutrients that should leave you satisfied until lunchtime!  1 cup rolled oats 1 cup puffed rice 1 cup puffed quinoa or quinoa flakes 1/4 cup each of the following: Dried...

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