SWITCH OFF THE NEWS
Binge-reading bad news can spike anxiety levels, according to studies. Too much negative media can also cause headaches, tummy troubles, muscle tension and may mess up your sleep patterns. ‘Limit your intake to a quick scan of the headlines, or spend just once a day catching up – and look out for positive news stories, too, because these will help lift your mood,’ says psychologist Dr Meg Arroll.*
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EAT AN APPLE
Apples are low in calories, packed with vitamin C, and encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in the bowel to keep the gut healthy. So, why not reach for one in that mid-afternoon slump? ‘As a rich source of fibre, known as pectin, snacking on an apple offers a slow release of energy to keep us feeling fuller later into the day and avoids that spike in blood sugar levels from sugary alternatives,’ says nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert.
FILL UP YOUR WATER BOTTLE
Staying hydrated supports your body’s ability to eliminate toxins and waste materials, which is vital for a strong immune system and a healthy body. Not drinking enough can cause headaches and tiredness, too. ‘Aim for 1.5 to 2 litres of water every day and if you’re craving something warm, reach for herbal teas’, advises Jane Clarke, dietician and founder of Nourish. Avoid too many caffeinated drinks, as they can dehydrate you.
THROW IN SOME GARLIC
Garlic has potent antiviral properties that can help boost your body’s immunity – giving you a greater chance when it comes to fighting off bugs and illness. It’s also known to reduce blood pressure. Aim for a clove or two a day in your meals or take a supplement, such as Odourless Garlic (£24.99 for 270, myprotein.com).
EMBRACE ESSENTIAL OILS
Orange aromatherapy oil has been proven to be uplifting and tranquillising: it alters our mood and boosts motivation, relaxation and clarity, says certified heath coach Suzy Glaskie of Peppermint Wellness. ‘Put a drop of orange essential oil on one palm, rub your hands together and inhale deeply for 60 seconds to get the benefits.’
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