You might have seen this ingredient in the spice aisle, but it also has uses outside of the kitchen. This root contains cur cumin – a strong antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation in the body has been proven to play a big role in lots of chronic illnesses like heart disease and Alzheimer’s, so pick up some turmeric capsules from a health food shop or, if you can bear it, add a teaspoon of turmeric powder to hot water and honey.
Purple sprouting broccoli and the purple versions of carrots, sweet potatoes and asparagus (which you can buy in most big supermarkets) contain high levels of antioxidants, which help keep your heart healthy, and can reduce blood pressure.
Drinking lemon, you’re less likely to want to snack – and you’ll help ward off weight-related complications like high blood pressure.
Things like yogurt, sauerkraut, and pickles are all types of fermented food, and they have amazing effects on your gut. Most digestive problems are due to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria.
Did you know that one in four adults prefers to order take-a-ways rather than cook at home, even though around six out of ten people know that making it at home would cost a lot less and taste just as good?* The order-out culture in the UK is on the rise, and that means so is type 2 diabetes and heart disease – which are directly related to unhealthy diets.
Dieting doesn’t have to be over-complicated – just go Mediterranean. ‘The principles of it include eating lots of fruits, vegetables, cutting out processed foods and salt and limiting red meat intake,’ says weight-loss specialist Dr Sally Norton. ‘In essence, eating REAL food in sensible portions. ‘A manageable, colorful diet will help you stay in good shape and keep the weight off in the long-term.
‘Keeping active and controlling your blood pressure is good for the heart – but research also suggests that it’s great for the head, too. Enjoy at the same time – like dancing! It’s a great way to get moving and meet some new friends.
By sleeping less than 5 hours a night, you’re putting yourself in danger of health complications like increased blood pressure–you suffer from insomnia, then you’re likely to develop more worrying side effects than a few yawns the next day. “Aim for 7-8 hours of restful sleep a night to live longer”