On top of reaping the benefits of a beautiful garden, green-fingered people might also be better off physically and mentally. The latest findings from researchers at the Universities of Westminster and Essex show that just half an hour in the allotment or garden can boost self-esteem and mood. The study also found that as well as enjoying significant improvements in mental wellbeing, the allotment gardeners had a significantly lower BMI (body mass index) than those who didn’t do gardening. Time to start sowing!
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3 WAYS TO….A HEALTHY HEART
February is National Heart Month. Here’s how to keep your ticker on top form…
Coenzyme Q!O is very heart healthy, preventing the buildup of plaques in the blood vessels. Try I ubiquinol Quest I ilam ins (J.’2o.l.~>: revilal.co.uk).
DITCH THE SALT
Lower your heart. TheRritish Heart Foundation * sight- salt shaker from your table and flavouring food with pepper, herbs, garlic, spices or lemon juice, instead.
Have an MOT
If you’ re over 40. take up Your free . NHScheck. Il will test and assess you for all the risk factors which could be increasing your chances of coronary heart disease and stroke.
BEAT AN ENERGY DIP
Gabriela Peacock, nutritional therapist and founder of GPNutrition (gpnutrition.co.uk)
‘Eat complex carbohydrates- unrefined, wholegrain starchy foods such as oats, wholemeal/rye/spelt bread, brown rice and barley. They are bursting with B vitamins- essential for energy production! Combine with protein to slowly release sugar into your bloodstream and keep energy levels balanced. Top toast with oily fish, lean meats, houmous or sugar-free nut butter.’
Do you sometimes find yourself whiling away the odd 20 minutes watching videos of cute animals doing funny things? Contrary to popular belief, you might not actually be time-wasting, and you could be reaping a whole load of health benefits. A study, which surveyed almost 7,000 people, discovered that watching cat videos on the internet made respondents more energetic and positive, plus reduced anxiety, sadness and annoyance. Perhaps point this out to your boss next time you get caught laughing at cute cats on YouTube…
NICE VIEW PEOPLE FEEL HEALTHIER WHEN THEY LIVE IN A MORE SCENIC AREA, ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY WARWICK BUSINESS SCHOOL
The new kid on the superfood block is ahiflower. Taken from the seed of buglossoides arvensis, this powerful plant oil contains the highest amount of omega-3 and -6 fatty acids from a single plant source – four times higher than flaxseed oil. It’s also much more environmentally sustainable than fish oils. Try Vertese Ahiflower Oil (£12.99 for 30 capsules: revital.co.uk).