Water is arguably one of the most important items we can—and need to—add to our diet. In fact, we should think of it as a nutrient, just like we do with the vitamins and minerals we get from fruits and veggies.
There are well known—and surprising—health benefits to drinking water. Here are some tips to drink more water no matter how busy you are.
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Matcha is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, the same plant used to make all green and black teas. To create matcha, farmers grow tea plants in special shaded conditions, pick the finest young buds, and use a slow-turning granite grinder to rub them into an ultra-fine, vivid jade-hued powder. Matcha powder is whisked into warm water to make traditional matcha tea, frothed with milk to make green-tea lattes, and used to flavor and color various foods.
Green tea is sometimes called the healthiest beverage on the planet. Matcha tea boasts even more nutrients than brewed green tea because it contains the actual tea leaves (rather than just liquid flavored by steeping leaves). In fact, tea made from matcha powder has 137 times more of the potent antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than brewed green tea, according to one study. Intrigued? Dig into more of the health benefits of matcha and discover 10 delicious and healthy recipes with matcha in the starring role.
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From trendy plant-based food festivals to ‘free-from’ supermarket aisles, veganism has rapidly gone from a fringe movement to a national phenomenon. The proven health benefits are so strong that even high profile sports stars like Venus Williams and Lewis Hamilton are turning to veganism to aid their performance, and their actions only aid the growing conversation around veganism within sports.
Find out which sports have the highest number of vegans and take a look back (over the last four decades) to see who in the sporting world took up a plant-based diet first and which athletes are doing so now.
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Fermented products, such as kefir and miso, have been used therapeutically for 10,000 years or more. In the early 1900s, Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff theorized friendly bacteria in yogurt enhanced physical and mental health and prevented aging.
As scientists have further uncovered the role of the human microbiome in health, and the development of various diseases in the past few decades, probiotics have become a hot health trend once again. Not all probiotics are created equally. There are many different strains of beneficial bacteria and yeasts, and they’re not universally effective for all conditions. Find out which popular claims about probiotics are supported by evidence, and discover how to find the best probiotic supplement for your needs.
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Looking to brighten up your home with natural light? Whether your home is already getting quite a bit of sunlight and you want to increase it, or your home can often be quite dark and you’re unsure of how you can improve the natural light, then we’ve got just the thing to help you and your home out!
The infographic below, designed by Cool Shutters, outlines some of the main benefits of brightening up your home with natural light. With natural light being essential in our physical and mental health, it’s important to ensure that you and your family has access to as much natural light as possible. Although artificial light can be beneficial for our lifestyle, it’s still no match to sunlight and it’s crucial to get the balance right.
In an easy-to-follow design, the infographic starts by outlining the differences between natural light and artificial light, the effects of using blue light, energy savings if you were to incorporate more natural light, the plethora of health benefits including increased productivity levels and improved sleep. The infographic concludes by outlining exactly how you can increase natural light exposure in your home. This covers features such as windows, doors, skylighting, mirrors, paint colours and more. Enjoy!
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