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Managing Stress & Anxiety using Adaptogens

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What Are Adaptogenic Plants And Herbs?

Adaptogens are defined as a particular class of plants, mostly herbs that are able to decrease the level of stress, anxiety, fatigue and tiredness in the human body ( symptoms often associated with high levels of stress) In particular, adaptogens increase the ability of the human body to react and adapt to a wide range of stressors

Adaptogens according to their proponents, have a normalising effect on the body. This means that they don’t serve a single function, unlike many medicines and herbs, and this is what makes them unique. The belief is that adaptogens may be able to ‘adapt’ to whatever the body is dealing with (stress, anxiety, fatigue), and help alleviate or lessen the symptoms.

Adaptogens and how they can help manage stress and anxiety.

Can adaptogens help relieve the mental and physical effects of stress? We may think of stress and anxiety as being modern conditions. A by-product of today’s hectic lifestyles where we are constantly on the go, managing work inboxes, updating social media, trying to be the perfect parent and partner, whilst bottom of the list is the one about carving out some valuable time for ourselves.

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In fact the human body has always had to deal with stress, be it from wars, potentially fatal diseases, poverty, predators. So while the sources of tension and fear have changed over time, the existence of stress—and the human body’s response to it—hasn’t. (more…)

Why Your Fitness Regime Needs to Change in your Fifties

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The Challenges of Staying Fit in Your Fifties and Beyond

Maintaining a fitness regime is important throughout life. Whether or not you have exercised regularly over the years, once you reach your fifties and beyond, the challenges and rewards from keeping fit will become even more apparent. It really comes down to being able to adapt your fitness regime around perhaps dealing with some minor injuries, longer recovery times from exercise sessions and general feelings of apathy, which let’s face it affect us all. (more…)

12 Perfect Haircuts for Women of Any Age

Hair, the crowning glory or the unruly mop, it’s the one area of personal style that we all want to get right. Good haircuts are really pretty non-negotiable as far as I’m concerned. Good hair days really do put a spring in your step, bad ones can make you sometimes not want to leave the house. Good hair days can come along when you really have no particular need for them, bad hair days will lurk ready to pounce when you definitely don’t need them. (more…)

Menopause: find the Best Treatments for your Symptoms

menopause, best treatmentsMenopause – Finding the Best Treatments for You

The ‘M’ word – Menopause. Not exactly readily discussed, either online or in the real world. It’s my belief that until all those glamorous thirty-something mum bloggers have fast-forwarded 20 years, their gorgeous tots morphed into gangly, awkward teens who are less instagram-friendly, and they themselves start to feel the effects of peri-menopausal hormone-withdrawal, will we really get attention lavished on the subject. I’ve searched through numerous blog posts and simply can’t find any ’10-top tips’ or ‘The Best way to Manage Your Menopause. I’m sure they exist, and there is information out there of course. It just does not seem to be a very cool topic (no pun intended for those of us feeling the heat at inconvenient times) So, I decided to produce a post about the menopause myself. (more…)