Power Naps, Siestas and Forty Winks

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Grandpa was a devotee of the siesta.  He called it “forty winks” and it was  the ritual of lying down after a hard day of manual labour and maybe nodding off for a while.  Not culturally sanctified on the job in suburban Australia, he managed to fit it in, mid-afternoon when he arrived home. “Forty winks” is an [...]

Feeling Good on a Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet

Chances are a Mediterranean diet will make you feel better, in mind as well as in body.  This diet which includes whole grains and dark green vegetables is high in B vitamins and folate which enhance production of the feel-good hormone, serotonin.  Omega-3 fatty acids associated with higher fish consumption improve the delivery of serotonin [...]

Tried Tai Chi?

Tai Chi Master

Many claim that this gentle martial art can help reduce stress, improve sleep, increase energy and improve balance and flexibility.  It involves a range of slow movements that that have been practiced for centuries. Tai Chi is not a religious practice although its roots date back to the ancient Chinese philosophy of balance and harmony. [...]

Walking Protects Against Blood Sugar Spikes and Diabetes

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Walking is routinely promoted as the best and most accessible exercise, known to improve blood sugar levels and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.  Large muscles, like those in the leg, when well developed and put to use, effectively metabolise sugar rather than letting it build up in the bloodstream.  Normal spikes in blood sugar [...]