September Newsletter Health Advice

? ?September Newsletter?Health Advice


Get smelly.
Garlic, onions, spring onions and leeks all contain stuff that?s good for you. A study at the Child?s Health Institute in Cape Town found that eating raw garlic helped fight serious childhood infections. Heat destroys these properties, so eat yours raw, wash it down with fruit juice or have it in tablet form.


The secret of stretching.
When you stretch, ease your body into position until you feel the stretch and hold it for about 25 seconds. Breathe deeply to help your body move oxygen-rich blood to those sore muscles. Don’t bounce or force yourself into an uncomfortable position.


Starting your morning with a java jolt is no big deal?
in fact, studies show that up to three daily cups of coffee is good for you?but using caffeine improperly can seriously disrupt your sleep-wake cycle. Caffeine blocks adenosine, the byproduct of active cells that drives you to sleep as it accumulates, he explains. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine revealed that consuming caffeine even six hours prior to bedtime affects sleep, so cut yourself off by mid-afternoon and watch out for these surprising sources of caffeine.


The best bedtime snacks
consist of foods containing tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body make serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical in the brain that aids in the sleep process. For the best bedtime snack, try combining a food containing tryptophan with a carbohydrate that will help the tryptophan to function more efficiently. Try a healthy bedtime snack that includes complex carbohydrates, some protein and a bit of calcium for good measure.