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How much sugar is too much sugar?

There has been plenty of media on sugar recently with news that most of us eat more of it than we should. I'll be frank and say I'm totally partial to a good piece of citrus slice on occasion, so I was interested to see that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recently released new guidelines recommending that adults and children keep their free sugar intake to less than 10% of their total energy intake. To be clear, free sugars refer to sugars added to foods (such as glucose, fructose, sucrose and table sugar) and those that occur naturally in honey, syrups, fruit juices and fruit juice concentrates. It doesn’t include fresh fruits and vegetables, and sugars naturally present in milk, because according to the WHO there is no...

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Exercise is good for body and mind

Exercise! Great for the body and mind

We know exercise is good for your body, but just as importantly, it’s good for your mental health with many studies showing that improving your physical health also improves your mental health. Little or no physical exercise can increase the risk of depression, and a poor diet can decrease your sense of wellbeing, so regular exercise and physical activity should be part of any mental healthcare. There is a good reason why exercise is recommended for improving mood. It’s those endorphins; the chemicals our body releases when we get moving that contribute to a feeling of wellness post exercise. But it doesn’t stop with a post workout good mood. Exercise improves your alertness, makes everyday movement easier and improves sleep. Any amount of exercise is better than none, and for those who are...

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Stretch the mind and body

While there is plenty of research to indicate that getting your heart rate up and working with different weights and intensities is beneficial, we also know that the inclusion of more gentle, mindful exercise practices can also have a positive effect on your health and exercise levels. And winter can be the perfect time to try mindful exercise when you're looking for options to keep you feeling healthy and well over the colder months. Mind and body (also referred to as MindBody) practices have been around for a long time. In the last couple of decades exercise options in this area have increased, with a big surge in not just mainstream exercise facilities, but also in smaller studios offering specialist mind and body exercise options. For some people,  intensive...

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Workplace stress – fight or flight?

One of the benefits of being in the modern world is that on an average day is there is no need outrun an animal planning to eat us for dinner. Yet our bodies have retained a stress response mechanism called the fight or flight response, which is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. The trouble is the stress we are often responding to today is not the type of stress we can literally run from, so we get stressed and stay that way. Workplace stress is an example of this in action, with office workers who are often already facing the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle having elevated stress levels from work related issues. The problem of workplace stress is...

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Depression, and how exercise helps

Most of us experience being ‘down’ at some point in our lives. In fact 17.9% of women and 10.4% of men have been diagnosed with depression at some time in their lives. And although we know it’s common, experiencing depression can be a lonely business, especially when you feel the pressure to put on a brave face, and often those around you don’t even know what’s going on. While a quick fix for depression would be great, the reality is that for many it is something that has to be managed, often for extended periods. For many of those with family and professional commitments, taking to bed to recover like you do when you have a bad cold is not an option (though very tempting some days)...

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