To be honest, a lot of stress just isn’t good for you and no amount of eating the ‘right’ things will change that. You need to tackle the cause of the problem, the stress itself. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but sometimes you can look at ways to take the stress in your life down a notch. That said, a little bit of stress can be a good thing as it can motivate you, focus you and propel you forward. In an idea world, we’d all avoid too much stress and live peaceful and blissful existences, but here in the real world, we all deal with stress from time to time.
Coffee is a staple of most people’s lives. The dark black stuff helps us get out of bed, to struggle through the next day after sleepless nights and make it through that long mid-afternoon meeting. Whether you like it to go, with one lump or two, with milk or cream, with added froth or with a shot of syrup, it’s practically a national dish. We all know that drinking too much coffee is bad for us, but how much is too much? When does it go from an everyday pick me up to a bit of an addiction? And how do you keep the calories down when the latest holiday season special has just arrived?
It’s more popular than ever, but drinking herbal teas for health benefits is nothing new; in fact it actually dates back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. As well as having a great taste, most herbal and fruit teas are naturally free of caffeine, count towards your daily water intake and are thought to have a whole host of health benefits. Different blends of tea are readily available these days and in all sorts of combinations.
Being low in a particular vitamin can actually be fairly serious. If you’re low in Vitamin D, you’re much more prone to getting sick or picking up infections, you’re likely to feel fatigued and tired all the time and are much more susceptible to depression. Other symptoms are bone, back and muscle pain, wounds that are slow to heal, increased blood pressure and hair loss. There is also some evidence that it can be linked to weight gain and even obesity too. If you have darker skin and are over 50, evidence suggests you can be much more prone to having a vitamin D deficiency.