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Wellness for the rest of us

Intermittent Fasting – Good for our Health or another Fad?

Intermittent Fasting – Good for our Health or another Fad?

We walk into the supermarket and everything we need is right there at our fingertips.  We eat three energy-rich meals a day, plus snacks, with little or no physical exertion.  This is highly unusual in the context of our evolutionary history. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors lived in environments wh...
Purple Passion!

Purple Passion!

The more we read about anthocyanins, the more we shake our heads in wonder – we eat all this awful, processed food made from processed grains and preservatives when we could be treating ourselves to this rainbow of plants with all the corresponding health benefits. Is a coincidence that what is g...
Exams are looming!

Exams are looming!

We know many of you have children or grandchildren who are facing school or university exams in the next couple of months - you might even be facing exams yourself.   It's worth thinking about how to reduce stress during this time and for this week's blog, we invited a second year University of O...
The perils of urban living

The perils of urban living

Research has also shown that a solution to the urban malaise is time spent in nature – even if that time is only brief.   Have you heard of "forest bathing?" Sounds like some whacky new age thing, but it does have science behind it.  Forest bathing originated in Japan and it's known as shinrin-yo...
Your mouth as your first line of defence

Your mouth as your first line of defence

These types of conditions can inhibit the growth of beneficial species and drive the selection of bacteria with an acid-producing/acid-tolerating phenotype, increasing the risk of dysbiosis – which can lead to more permanent damage in the form of periodontal disease and tooth decay. 
Life is so serious – bring on some laughs!

Life is so serious – bring on some laughs!

We learn to laugh, even before we learn to speak, the sound of a mother’s baby laughing after weeks of sleepless nights, is quite literally, a tonic for her soul.  Laughter serves a social function – it is a way we signal to another person that we wish to connect with them.  This connection proba...