Probiotics branded ‘useless’: but what’s the truth?

A recent study concluded that probiotics had no health benefits, but what did the researchers – an more importantly, the press reports that followed fail to understand?

The lifesaving power of gratitude (or, why you should write that thank you note)

Practising grattude can improve life satisfaction, increase happy feelings and reduce symptoms of depression.

Clean your home with essential oils

You don’t have to wait until spring to give your home a good clean and making your own cleaners using essential oils is an uplifting way of keeping your cleaning regime natural.

Is there such a thing as ‘better’ water?

Not all glasses of water are created equal – so just what do you need to consider to choose the ‘best’ water?

Children should spend more time barefoot to encourage a healthier foot structure

Spending more time barefoot, and/or wearing shoes that mimic barefeet can lead to better foot health and fewer aches, pains and injuries.

Loneliness is contagious – and here’s how to beat it

Loneliness, which affects around one in three adults, can damage your brain, immune system, and can lead to depression and suicide.

What happens to your body when you’re stressed – and how breathing can help

Deep breathing has a profound effect on your body and may be one of the quickest and simplest ways to deal with stress.

Does eating at night make you fat?

Eat a good breakfast and think before you snack at bedtime – studies show that late night snacking does tend to encourage weight gain.

Promising botanicals for fighting cognitive decline

According to a recent review some herbal remedies have ‘very promising’ evidence behind them for combating cognitive decline.

Five brain-boosting reasons to take up martial arts – at any age

Martial arts practices range from the more gentle and meditative, to the combative and physically intensive – but all have benefits for body and mind.