Health & Beauty

Having a smoke could be lowering your mood

SMOKING cigarettes could increase the risk of mental-health problems such as depression and schizophrenia, research suggests. It has long been known that smoking is more common among people with mental-health conditions. However, it has been unclear as to whether smoking could be a factor in causing such problems, or is simply a form of self-medication […]

The fresh face of oil

OIL pulling, which is rinsing the mouth with plant-based oil, in an effort to rid the mouth and body of toxins, is an ancient folk remedy that first originated in India, between 3,000-5,000 years ago. Along with chewing sticks and eating herbs, oil pulling is a component of natural healing processes, described in ancient Ayurveda […]

Gum disease can be a bit of a flop

PRACTISING good oral hygiene is crucial for your overall health, but it can also help prevent erectile dysfunction (ED). According to an interesting study, there is a link between gum disease and ED, or impotence, in men. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Granada, in Spain. This is the first of […]

Today’s teens not happy on the net!

TEENAGERS today are more likely to suffer from depression, and engage in self-harm, compared with those 10 years ago. It is believed that social media has an influence on the perception of self and body image of the “Generation Z”, or post-millennials. Most of Generation Z have used the internet since a young age, and […]

Water, water, everywhere …

THINK of water as a nutrient your body needs, which is present in liquids and foods. Both these are essential, to replace the large amounts of water lost each day. Fluid losses occur continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, passing urine, and bowel movements, and these losses must be replaced, daily, for good health. When your […]

Keep active, stay happy!

EVERYONE knows that exercise is good for you. It keeps your weight in check, makes you stronger, and keeps you feeling youthful. It also helps to keep you stay active into old age. But you may not realise that exercise can also make you a happier person? When you work out and stay active, on […]

Restricted eating may help reduce risk of breast cancer

CUTTING back on calories may help prevent breast cancer. To achieve the best anti-cancer effect, researchers recommend a time-restricted diet in which women only eat at certain times of the day. Studies, like the one from the University of Miami, link obesity to some types of cancer. In particular, obese, post-menopausal women are vulnerable to […]

Walk for Life joy!

LAST December’s Walk for Life left us speechless, with over 5,000 people walking and raising over €35,000. It was simply amazing! There were so many hugs, tears of happiness, signs of strength, hope and unity, with so many more emotions felt that day. It was a day for, and dedicated to, LIFE, which was made […]

That extra weight can get you down

OBESITY and depression are global-health problems. According to the World Health Organisation, an escalating global epidemic of obesity and being overweight is taking over many countries. Depression, on the other hand, continues to be the leading cause of disability, worldwide. While these diseases affect different aspects of health, several studies have suggested that there is […]

Sunscreen not as safe as we think!

If you’re like most people, you slap on plenty of spray or lotion, before stepping out into the blazing-hot sun, hoping to protect yourself from the cancer-causing UV rays that bombard us when we go outside. And for many among us, this isn’t simply a case of slathering on sunscreen when we head to the […]

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