Health & Wellbeing

Health Benefits of Eight Popular Spices

Autumn is almost upon us – which means it’s the season of all things spicy! I decided to take a look at eight popular spices to see what benefits each of them can offer to our health.    Cinnamon Cinnamon has many health benefits! It can kill bacteria, viruses, and […]

Eat These Foods To Improve Your Skin!

Blueberries Blueberries are very high in antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals. When there are more free radicals than antioxidants, the skin begins to show signs of aging, so eating foods that contain a lot of antioxidants can help to reduce premature aging of the skin.  Blueberries can also […]

How Positivity Benefits Your Health

Studies have shown that being a positive thinker can have a beneficial impact on both your physical and mental health.  One study of 70,000 women conducted from 2004 to 2012 found that women who were optimistic had a significantly lower risk of dying from several major causes of death, including […]

Why Eat Quinoa?

You may think of quinoa (keen-wah) as a grain, but in fact it’s actually a seed! A few years ago it seemed to suddenly appear on the food scene, and since then it has continued to grow in popularity, now being considered by many to be a specialty food because […]

The Link Between Your Gut and Your Brain

A lot of us have probably felt that knot in our stomach when we’re stressed, or a loss of appetite due to nerves.  Most people are aware that what we eat has an effect on our physical health, but did you realise that there is also a link between our […]

Seven Breakfasts From Around The World

Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day. For most of us, it’s probably more of a case of grabbing whatever’s quick and easy before getting on with our daily routine. But when I think of delicious, relaxed breakfasts, I associate the idea with being […]

Health Benefits of Bananas

Bananas are a very versatile and popular fruit – and they are also very healthy!  They are high in many nutrients such as fiber, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper, vitamins B6 and C, and they’re also high in protein.  Because bananas are a good source of fiber, they can help to […]

5 Simple Tips For Controlling Cravings

Why do we experience cravings? It’s not usually because we need energy, but it’s actually because our body is calling for a dopamine boost. If you get a craving while you’re hungry it can be very difficult to resist!  From birth humans generally prefer the taste of sweet things, and […]

Soy: Healthy or Harmful?

Soy is a pretty controversial food – many people believe it’s super healthy with a wide array of potential benefits, while others say that it poses risks to health and should be avoided. Let’s examine some evidence.  One concern people have is that soy products are linked to a higher […]

Natural Sleep Remedies

Everyone knows that having a regular sleep routine and reducing screen time in the evening helps with sleep issues, but what are some other natural remedies you can use to help you doze off? I’ve compiled a list of ideas to try!  Lavender Lavender is well known for its soothing […]

Health Benefits of a Vegan Diet

In the past few years, many people have made the decision to cut out all animal products, and go completely vegan. But what are the health benefits to this diet? Are there any potential dangers to health? Let’s find out!  The first benefit is that a vegan diet tends to […]

Common Myths About Sugar

All sugar is bad and you should cut it out completely We repeatedly hear that we should be eating less sugar, or even that we should cut it out entirely. This isn’t completely true. Naturally occurring sugars such as those found in fruits and milk come along with many vitamins, […]

Health Benefits of Cocoa

Antioxidants  Cocoa is high in antioxidants – in fact, it’s one of the richest sources of polyphenols in our diets. These have anti-inflammatory effects on the body, as well as improving cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.  They also have a positive impact on blood flow and brain function. […]

Delicious Healthy Hot Drinks

The following recipes serve 2 people.   Healthy Hot Chocolate Hot chocolate is a winter staple for many of us, but it usually contains a lot of sugar. Here’s a delicious version you can make which uses unsweetened ingredients and maple syrup as a healthier alternative to sugar!   You […]

Is Chewing Gum Bad For You?

Chewing gum is pretty normal – but are there any negative side effects? How about any benefits? Firstly, let’s consider some potentially harmful ingredients that can be found in many types of chewing gum, then I’ll explain what the benefits are.  Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) BHT is a slightly controversial ingredient […]

The Best Breakfast Foods

Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s really the best thing to eat to start your day. What will give you energy, keep you full, and give you the nutrients you need? Here’s a few ideas for the best breakfast foods!    Eggs Eggs are an inexpensive option, and they’re full […]

How To Wake Up Without Coffee!

On a typical morning, before I can fully focus on work I need my coffee hit. Sometimes I feel pretty dependent on it if I’m honest. I recently came across an article which piqued my interest – it was a list of ways to beat morning fatigue, and coffee wasn’t […]

10 Simple Ways To Reduce Your Screen-Time!

As promised in the last blog, I have compiled a list of 10 simple tips we can put into practice to help us stop getting distracted from important things, decrease our screen-time, and avoid higher risk of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and other health issues. It’s easier said than done, but […]

How Being Constantly Online Affects Your Mental Health

Most people have either a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop, or all of these gadgets, so it’s not surprising that increasing numbers of people are almost constantly online nowadays.  It stands to reason that this will have some effects on our mental health. So let’s examine the possible impacts, and […]

Does A Broken Bone Heal Stronger?

It seems like a fairly common belief that bones heal stronger than they were before. I’ve certainly heard this myself so let’s take a look in more depth to see if there’s any truth in this statement!  So how does a broken bone heal? The body’s first reaction after a […]

How Diet Affects Mental Wellbeing

We all know that what we eat impacts our physical health, but consistent evidence shows that our diet does also have an effect on our mental wellbeing.  For our brain to function properly, we need to be getting the right amount of nutrients, so it’s logical that the food we […]

How Plants Affect Our Wellbeing…

Stress & Depression Spending time in nature is a great way to reduce stress, and having indoor plants in your home and office can help to slow the heart-rate, lower anxiety, lift the mood, and keep blood pressure low. Studies have shown that caring for and looking at plants can […]

Facts You Didn’t Know About Plastic!

Why is plastic harmful? One reason that plastic is worryingly dangerous is that it literally never goes away. It is made to last forever and cannot biodegrade – yet many things made of plastic are disposed of after one one use!  Another thing to note is the danger that plastic […]

Health Benefits of Kefir

Kefir is very popular in eastern Europe and Asia, and for good reason! There are many health benefits that come from consuming it. If you don’t know what it is, kefir is a cultured, fermented milk drink, similar to yogurt but with a tart, sour taste.  So what are some […]

How To Feel More Positive

Positive thinking is like a muscle that needs to be trained. But that is definitely easier said than done! So here are a few tips on how to alter your mindset, leading to a happier and healthier life. The first tip is to accept what you can’t change. Stop focusing […]

Simple Self Care Ideas (Part Two)

As promised, here is a continuation of the list of simple self-care you can introduce to your daily life. (Here is part one!)   Try something new It’s very good for us when we try something we’ve never done before. Challenging yourself with something outside our comfort zone can give […]

Self-Care and Self-Indulgence: What’s The Difference?

Self-care is a term that is banded about a lot, but it’s generally much easier said than done. What exactly is self-care? Essentially, it’s anything that we deliberately do for the sake of our own well-being.  Unfortunately, the lines between self-care and self-indulgence have been blurred a little. Self-care is […]

Food & Pregnancy Myths

Fish You may have heard that seafood should be completely avoided during pregnancy. Contrary to this, the benefits of eating fish while pregnant actually far outweigh the risks. Fish is rich in many essential nutrients such as omega-3, vitamin D, choline, iodine, zinc and copper, which are very beneficial for […]

Delicious Sugar-Free Summer Drinks

Fruity Iced Tea What you need:  -Fruit tea bag -Boiled water -Strawberry -Slice of lemon -Sweetener  -1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (optional) -Ice   How to make it:   Boil the water, and pour into a mug with your fruit tea bag. Add a sliced up strawberry and a slice […]

A Guide To Cooking Oils…

Olive Oil  Probably the most popular choice, olive oil is both versatile and healthy. It can raise good cholesterol levels and lower bad ones, as well as being full of antioxidants and nutrients. It also tastes great and doesn’t alter the taste of food.  A major downside to extra virgin […]

Benefits Of A Low-Carb Diet

It’s pretty much an indisputable fact that low-carb diets work – in fact there have been over 20 high-quality studies conducted to prove it.  Additionally, these diets seem to be very safe to follow, with no major side-effects. They’ve also been shown to have many health benefits such as lowering […]

How Does Sugar Affect Your Mental Health?

Most of us are aware of the impact too much sugar can have on our physical health – such as causing problems with our dental health, weight gain, widespread inflammation, or diabetes. However, it’s less commonly acknowledged just how damaging high sugar intake can be on our mental health. One […]

Vitamin D and COVID-19

There have been some suggestions that if a person with a vitamin D deficiency catches COVID-19, it could be one contributing factor to a more severe case of the virus.. After studying global data, some researchers have noticed that there is a correlation – countries with higher death rates had […]

Health Benefits Of Daily Walking…

You may be surprised at the amount of benefits to your health come from something as simple as walking! So let’s get straight into it, here are 8 of the best ways daily walking can improve your health…   Burns calories Daily walking is a great low-impact exercise to burn […]

Tips For Wellbeing in Lockdown

How can we stay positive and healthy during this lockdown? Here are a few wellbeing tips and general ways to help you stay sane…   Limit exposure to bad news… It’s important to stay informed, but there’s a lot of misinformation out there which is only going to heighten anxious […]

Healthy Foods That Are Harmful If You Eat Too Much…

Cinnamon   Cinnamon is very healthy- it has lots of antioxidants and many health benefits. However, it also contains a compound called coumarin, which may be harmful in big doses.  There are 2 main types of cinnamon – cassia and ceylon. Cassia is much more common and contains higher amounts […]

Veggies That Are Healthier Cooked Than Raw…

It’s quite a common belief that vegetables are healthier when consumed raw. However, this isn’t always true, as there are some veggies that are better for you when cooked! Here’s a list with some examples of veggies that are healthier when cooked:   Tomatoes When cooked, tomatoes lose a lot […]

Common Myths About Weight

For many of us in the western world, especially women, losing weight is almost always on our mind. There is so much information available nowadays about losing weight, that it’s hard to know what is accurate and what is not.  Many of us who do try to be conscious of […]

Complementary Therapy Day – 23rd March 2020

What is complementary therapy?   Complementary therapy can be used alongside conventional medicine to help treat a medical condition. Examples of such therapy include acupuncture, which has become increasingly popular in many countries, and aromatherapy which many people have been using for years.   Such therapy is based on a […]

Health Benefits of Cauliflower..

Recently I started cutting down on carbs, and generally trying to make healthier food choices. One discovery I have made is that cauliflower is a fantastic replacement for many carby foods – it’s got quite a neutral taste and texture, so it’s very versatile!  With this in mind, I thought […]

A Tea For Every Occasion…

When you need energy… My favourite tea to drink in the morning has always been black tea – I find that it gives me just the right energy boost to help me wake up! Black tea comes in many different varieties including Breakfast Tea, Assam, Earl Grey, fruit-infused and more. […]

What Does Collagen Actually Do?

Collagen is becoming a popular supplement, with many believing that it reduces aging, improves muscle mass and aids weight loss. So let’s see if these beliefs are supported by evidence and science!  Collagen is a protein that gives skin elasticity, as well as keeping bones strong. With age, our bodies […]

Burnout – How to Avoid It, and How to Treat It!

What is burnout? Two good definitions of burnout are: “A state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long term involvement in emotionally demanding situations.” – Ayala Pines and Elliot Aronson. “A state of fatigue or frustration brought about by devotion to a cause, way of life, or relationship […]

Five Ways to Boost Your Brain

I remember a few years ago (or maybe more than a few…) there was a sudden trend for ‘brain training’ exercises and games. As with most trends, it fizzled out after a while and now it seems no one is fussed about giving their brains a workout.  However, there are […]

The Benefits of Reflexology

Here at The Comfoot Zone, one of the treatments Deborah offers is Reflexology. You may have heard of it, but what exactly is it, and who can benefit from it?  Reflexology is a type of massage that can be done on the hands or feet (here at The Comfoot Zone, […]

Is Earl Grey Good For You?

Every day I start my day pretty much the same – I roll out of bed and head straight for the kettle to make myself a cup of Earl Grey! But I got to wondering – is Earl Grey actually good for me? I decided to do some research and […]

How To Strengthen Your Lower Back

As adults, many of us will suffer with lower back pain at some point. Here are some simple stretches you can do to strengthen your lower back and help to alleviate/prevent pain.  Partial Sit-Ups Lie on your back with your knees bent, your feet flat on the floor, and your […]

Why You Need Coenzyme Q10!

What is Coenzyme Q10? It is a compound that is produced by our bodies and is stored in the mitochondria of the cells. It isn’t considered to be a vitamin, but it has similar properties such as assisting with reactions in the body.  It is produced naturally in the body, […]

Do Runner’s Feet Swell?

I’ve written a post before about the fact that many runners think they need to buy bigger shoes for running, and why doing so actually causes more harm than good. But recently my attention was drawn to a study which set out to see whether there actually is a major […]

What To Do When You Can’t Sleep…

Most of us have those nights now and then where we either can’t get to sleep at all, or we have some sleep but it’s not very good quality. But according to experts, there are a few things you can do to help yourself to fall into a refreshing, deep […]