GIVE A LITTLE
Worried about number one? Turns out that only taking care of your own needs isn’t the best way to look after yourself.Researchers at the University of Zurich Have discovered that generous people lead happier lives. During the experiment scientists investigated how brain areas related to altruism and egoism – and found participants who acted out of selfishness were less satisfied and happy than those who acted generously. No Need to go overboard – just be conscious of others and perform a few random acts of kindness and you’ll feel a lift in your everyday life. Sounds good…
Rather be at the gym than doing the housework? We Don’t blame you. But neglecting the dusting could be bad for you in more ways than one. A new study by researchers from Duke University in North Carolina Has found that exposure to house dust, which was found to contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals in nearly all the samples tested, can cause fat cells to expand, increasing your weight. The ECDs – found in cosmetics, food packaging, flame-retardants and cleaning products – can interfere with your hormones and increase your risk of infertility and cancer as well.
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NATURAL HEALTH Q&A
Q How can I solve my post-summer dry skin problem?
Skin dryness is linked to both water and fat intake, so first ensure that you’re well hydrated and are including good-quality fats in your diet.Topically, you can use oils and balms straight after the shower while your skin is slightly damp to enhance the moisturising effect. Almond oil is a good choice – either by itself or blended to your preferred consistency with thicker and richer oils such as sesame or avocado.As for balms, a blend of shea and cocoa butter is richly moisturising.For added value, use a herb-infused oil such as calendula oil.Using gentle scrubs before showering helps remove dead skin cells and may enhance the effect of a topical moisturiser. You could also try dry-skin brushing before washing, as it supports the drainage of the lymphatic system and helps to stimulate your skin and circulation.I’d also recommend wearing natural fabrics, as they allow your skin to breathe, helping it rebalance itself.
If you’re struggling with insomnia, good news.HOMNI is an intelligent lamp with four sensors that links to a sleep coach app to promote healthy sleep. Designed in cooperation with doctors from the European Sleep Centre,adapted light cycles and ambient sounds help you fall asleep gently, and a sensor automatically analyses your sleep cycles and duration. Sweetdreams! It costs £199.99; terraillon.com.
Harness the power of mantra with this necklace launched to support mental health charity MIND. The lotus represents rising up from difficulty. From £25 (25% goes to MIND); mantrajewellery.co.uk .
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