Entries by Merridy

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Lost your Drive & Motivation?

You may be dopamine deficient. Dopamine is one of a 100 neurotransmitters in our brain. It is sometimes called the ‘motivation molecule’. People low in dopamine tend to: feel fatigued, forgetful, unmotivated to finish things and moody; they may crave sugar and have difficulty concentrating. Foods for Dopamine Production Naturally Boost your dopamine production naturally […]

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Why Sitting is Bad for You!

Just as exercise can’t counteract the effects of smoking, it can not counteract the effects of sitting for lengthy periods of the day. Here’s Why Sitting is bad for you: After 1 hour of being seated – electrical activity in our muscles and our ability to burn calories both reduce significantly. After 3 hours – our […]

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7 Ways to Ease Migraine Pain & Reduce Your Risk

Migraine headaches can be debilitating. Follow these 7 steps to help prevent future attacks and reduce the pain when you have a migraine. 7 Preventive Tips for Migraine Attacks Avoid processed foods containing nitrates – these are found in cured & processed meats, canned vegetables, packaged seafood, hotdogs, etc. Reduce or avoid common food triggers […]

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Is Anxiety Getting the Better of You?

Most of us have felt the unsettling symptoms of anxiety at some point. Here are some daily tips to support better overall wellbeing and to help manage stress and anxiety:   1) Connect with friends – keeping in touch with friends maintains our support network. 2) Exercise (ideally outdoors) – our ‘feel-good’ hormones (endorphins) we produce […]

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5 Easy Steps to Stop Eating Processed Foods!

Processed foods may be convenient and sometimes cheaper, but don’t underestimate how they can damage our health in the long-run. 5 easy steps, to wean yourself off refined, processed foods: Read labels carefully – look for real ingredients; no additives, colours or artificial anything; if you can’t pronounce it or don’t know what it is, […]

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5 Lifestyle Changes that Could Prevent 80% of Heart Attacks

Adopt these 5 “low-risk” behaviours to help reduce your chances of heart attack. Here are the Tips: A healthy diet – eat freshly prepared wholefoods; avoid refined, processed choices. Being physically active – choose to exercise each day for at least 30 mins. Include a range of activities from weight training, to interval training (HIIT), to […]

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Do Artificial Sweeteners Help or Hinder Weight Loss?

Although artificial sweeteners contain zero calories, they do trigger the brain’s pleasure centre. However, the lack of calories that accompany the sweet taste, fail to satisfy and this promotes sugar cravings like no other! About Artificial Sweetners Over a decade ago, studies already revealed that artificial sweeteners may: stimulate appetite increase carbohydrate (sugar) cravings stimulate […]