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Green tea: the elixir of life or just hype?

Green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from headaches to depression. The leaves are supposedly richer in antioxidants than other types of tea because of the way they are processed. Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese,…

A guide for disabled festival-goers

Many of the UK's big music festivals provide facilities and staff to assist disabled people. These include accessible toilets and campsites, parking for disabled customers, viewing platforms and welfare support. Planning ahead is the key to staying safe and healthy during your festival, says Suzanne Bull, chief…

A guide to pilates

All you need to know about getting started in pilates, including free pilates video workouts, finding a class and the health benefits of pilates. What is pilates? Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve…

A guide to tai chi

All you need to know about tai chi, including the health benefits, different styles and getting started. What is tai chi? Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi…

A guide to yoga

All you need to know to get started with yoga, including the health benefits, yoga styles for beginners and finding a yoga class. What is yoga? Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental…

Gym-free exercises

Try these cheap and fun gym-free activities to improve your health and fitness. Getting health benefits from physical activity is easier than you think, and it doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Doing at least 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity…

Gym-free workouts

Put the fun back into fitness with these equipment-free workouts for all levels. These illustrated guides are designed to help make your workouts effective and easy to follow.  Created with busy people in mind, these routines from fitness expert Neila Rey, now known as Darebee, can be done anywhere, at…

Handling reactions to facial disfigurement

Learning how to be confident and handle people's reactions can help people with disfigurements get more out of social interactions. Using positive body language and having a set of responses ready to use if people stare at you can be helpful. Body language tips Think…

Hangover cures

Splitting headaches, sickness, dizziness, dehydration: anyone who's ever drunk too much knows the consequences. Alcohol makes you pee more, which can lead to dehydration. Dehydration is what causes many of the symptoms of a hangover.   Hangover cures are generally a myth. There are no cures for a hangover,…

Have a healthy diet in pregnancy

A healthy diet is an important part of a healthy lifestyle at any time, but is especially vital if you're pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Eating healthily during pregnancy will help your baby to develop and grow. You can read through this article, or go directly to the…
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