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12 ways You’re Weakening Your Immune System

We are all born with different levels of immune systems. But there are many things that can weaken an adequately strong immune system. The immune system is the most important system of the body when it comes to preventing diseases as it defends the body from developing potentially harmful diseases. Problems with the immune system can lead to illnesses and infections. 
Stress - Stress has a major influence on your immune system. Chronic stress is caused by stressful situations or events that last over a long period of time. It can make you susceptible to colds and the flu, as well as more serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes and other diseases. It also raises cortisol levels of the body which decreases the production of 'good' prostaglandins, a localised hormone that can support immune function. By practising stress-reducing activities like yoga, meditation and laughter, you can keep your body from going into chronic stress mode.A poor diet - Excessive consumptio…
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5 Foods That Can Help Curb Sugar Cravings

Overeating sugary foods not only floods the brain with dopamine, but also creates a pattern of sugar cravings. Sugar is used primarily as a fuel or energy source, the brain relies on glucose to function properly, so when this gets low we crave more sugar.
We can crave sugar for several reasons, from stress and lack of sleep, low blood sugar and energy, to genetics and sugar's addictive nature. Thankfully there are a number of ways and strategies to help beat sugar cravings. Natural Greek yogurt - Another cause of your sugar cravings could be an imbalanced gut microbiome,where the bacteria have adapted to thrive on sugar. To reset your gut’s natural balance of bacteria, choose natural Greek yogurt that is packed with active probiotics. Greek yogurt is also rich in protein, which will help you keep full until your next meal. Berries - Fresh fruit like raspberries provides a great source of fibre that allows for the slow-release of the natural sugars.…

How To Break A Plateau

To break through a fat loss plateau, you may need to consume less calories or you may need to increase your daily physical activity. 
Here are some tips; Increase duration or intensity of exercise - As fitness increases you can increase the pace or extend your training sessions. Increase out-of-session activity - Even if you train hard, you may not be moving enough during the rest of your day. A pedometer or step counter can be used to assess daily activity. Aim for a minimum of 8,000 steps, with a goal of 10,000 or more as required. Around 15,000 steps are a very active day.Eat less sugar – You may have cut back on fat, but still be consuming too much sugar. Low-fat sweet snacks such as yogurt and breakfast bars may seem a healthy option, but they are loaded with sugar. Swapping to fruit can be healthier and you will save a lot on calories. Drink less alcohol - Alcoholic drinks may be difficult to cut back on or give up but ma…

Benefits Of Water & Weight Loss

Many studies show that drinking more water may benefit with weight loss. How much water depends on the individual. For example, someone who is more active or sweats more, needs more water than someone who isn't as active or sweats as much. If you find you have a headache, are constantly hungry or have trouble concentrating, chances are you are dehydrated. A general guide line would be to aim for 1-2 litres of water a day.How drinking water can help you with weight loss;
·Drinking water cuts calories - The more water you drink, the fewer calories you consume. Drinking more water could help you stay away from high sugary drinks such as soft drinks, juices and sports drinks. Also, thirst can sometimes get confused with hunger. Drinking water or eating fruits and vegetables, which are high in water content, may help curb that craving and help keep you full and hydrated. ·Drinking water reduces fatigue - Too tired to exercise? Dehydration can make you feel sluggish and tired. Increasin…

How To Improve Your Posture At Work

It can be difficult trying to always sit up straight and to avoid slouching. Exceptionally if your job requires you to sit for hours. Here's five tips you can use to improve your posture gradually.
Uncross your legs - The correct way to sit in a chair requires you to place your feet flat on the ground. That means no crossing your legs or sticking them out in front of you.Keep your ears in line with your shoulders - If you're leaning too far forward or backward, your posture is off-kilter. Use this trick whenever you're sitting at your desk.Pull back your shoulder blades - Drawing them back and down will bring your chest up and out, and help you avoid getting rounded shoulders. Try using a lumbar support pillow - A lumbar support pillow does some of the work for you by supporting your spine. You'll be forced into the correct position every time you sit down. For a quicker fix, you can use a rolled-up towel. Get up an…

6 Tips To Help You Overcome Overeating

Many people suffer from mindless eating and as a result gain unwanted weight. If you want to live a healthy lifestyle, you must find the balance between eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are satisfied. 
A few tips to help you break the habit of overeating; Eat slowly - When we are hungry, most of us tend to eat very fast. Eating fast, can lead to not giving our brain enough time to realise our hunger has been satisfied and as a result, we can overeat. It can take our body 12-20 minutes (depending on your weight) to realise your hunger has been satisfied.Be aware - Many of us can overeat because we are not paying attention. When you're eating, do you think about what you’re doing? do you pay attention to how the food makes you feel? has your hunger been satisfied or do you need to eat more? You should try and only eat your main meals at the dinner table. Try not to eat while at a computer, driving or watching television as y…