With Holland & Barrett teaming up with your local EUROSPAR, it’s now even easier to celebrate the good life.
Whether you’re looking for the latest natural discoveries, or the finest natural health products, you can now find them - right on your doorstep. Plus, we have a fine selection of natural beauty products.
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- EUROSPAR Kilkeel Greencastle St.
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It’s widely known that a warm up is crucial before any physical activity – but did you know that a cool down is just as important? As the weather starts to warm up, the increased temperature can put additional stress on your body in the struggle to remain cool. This can lead to exhaustion or increase your chances of injuring yourself. In fact, 60% of people who start an exercise routine quit within six weeks because of an injury. Aside from reducing the risk of injury, cooling down also helps you:
- - Gently return heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure to normal.
- - Improve flexibility.
- - Reduce muscle soreness.
- - Prevent dizziness caused by blood pooling in the legs.
Whether you are starting a new exercise program or continuing your current routine, keep yourself on track and avoid interruptions in your exercise routine by using the following tips to incorporate cooling down into your plan:
- - Walk or decrease the intensity of your exercise for five to 10 minutes after your workout. Use this time to catch up on conversation with your workout buddy or check out the summer landscape.
- - Oxygenate your system by including deep, steady breathing as part of your cool down.
- - Finish with five to 10 minutes of gentle stretches.
- - Refuel your body with water.
- - While cooling down is crucial to beat the heat in the hot summer, the above tips are also important to remember for indoor exercise and in the cooler months. Best of luck with your continued exercise success!
Super foods are nutrient powerhouses that deliver disease-fighting power through large doses of antioxidants. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic ailments and inflammation-associated diseases.
- 1. Berries
Bilberries, black currants, wild strawberries, cranberries and goji berries are reportedly among foods with the highest antioxidant sources. For maximum antioxidant content and nutritional value, eat berries fresh, dried or frozen – studies have revealed that there is no significant difference in the antioxidant activity among fresh, dried or frozen blueberries.
- 2. Herbs and Spices
Dried and ground cloves have one of the highest antioxidant content. Peppermint, allspice, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary and saffron follow in order of next highest. Interestingly, some dried spices -- such as basil, chives, dill and parsley -- showed markedly higher antioxidant levels than their fresh counterparts.
- 3. Nuts and Seeds
Tree nuts with the highest antioxidant contents are walnuts, followed by pecans and chestnuts. Combine dried berries, nuts and seeds into a "super food" trail mix for an antioxidant-rich snack.
- 4. Beverages
In prepared beverages, the highest amounts of antioxidants are within espresso and coffees, green and black teas, pomegranate juice, grape juice and red wine. Add a spring of mint to green tea for increased antioxidants.
- 5. Vegetables
Vegetables with the highest antioxidant content include artichokes, curly kale, red and green chili peppers, red cabbage and red beets. Preserve antioxidant content when cooking vegetables by choosing methods that use little to no water, such as steaming, roasting or sautéing. Use herbs such as oregano, thyme or rosemary when cooking vegetables to enhance flavour and increase antioxidant levels.
- 6. Dark Chocolate
Antioxidant content increases with the proportion of cocoa in a piece of chocolate. Varieties of dark chocolate, in contrast to white or milk chocolate, generally contain higher percentages of cocoa and less sugar. Pair a piece of dark chocolate with a few walnuts and glass of red wine for a triple dose of antioxidants.
- Water, water everywhere and you are encouraged to drink it! If you are eating right and exercising but are still struggling to get rid of a little excess weight, you’re probably just not drinking enough water.
- It’s thought that most people don’t drink enough water. But drinking water does seem to work with that annoying last few pounds and here’s why, it affects your metabolism. The liver requires a lot of water to work properly and metabolise fat, the less water you drink the less efficient your liver will be.
- As you drink more water your body will begin to flush out the excess water it has been storing, your “water weight”. You’ll notice yourself running to the bathroom more frequently but if you can just bear with this is will eventually stop as your body will reap the benefits of the extra water intake.
- In addition, water improves muscle tone. Regardless of how much you lift weights if your muscles are suffering from dehydration, you won’t notice a pleasant difference in your appearance. Muscles that have all the water they need contract more easily, making your workout more effective.
- Water consumption should be spread out throughout the day as it’s unhealthy to drink too much water at one time. Try to pick three or four times a day when you can have a big glass of water, and then sip in between. If you feel thirsty, you’re already becoming dehydrated. Drink when you’re not thirsty yet.
- When you drink all the water you need, you may also notice a decrease in your appetite! Drinking water is an absolute must if you would like to become leaner and healthier.
- It can sometimes feel as though eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise and finding the time to find yourself is impossible. But learning to live a healthier lifestyle is easy when you change one small thing at a time. Here are 10 tips to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle.
- 1. Beet Yourself Up
It sounds bizarre, but beetroot could be a secret weapon against high blood pressure. Now researchers say drinking 500ml of beetroot juice could dramatically reduce blood pressure after just one hour.
- 2. Think outside the box
It is said people in the UK will spend 17 years of our lives on the sofa, with seven years of that devoted to watching TV. Next time you opt for ready meals because you're too busy to cook fresh food, think about switching off the tele and doing something healthy instead.
- 3. Don’t take the biscuit
It may be a good idea to steer clear of the biscuit tin before you go shopping. Research has shown that the smell of chocolate chip cookies could make women splurge on unnecessary clothes when they hit the shops.
- 4. Embracing good health
Giving your partner a hug doesn't just warm the heart, it can protect it too. A study by the University of North Carolina in 2005 found that hugging your other half for 20 seconds could lower blood pressure and reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
- 5. Pouring salt on the wound
We eat around 9.5g of salt a day, but the Government wants us to cut this to no more than 6g, as high levels of salt can push up your blood pressure, raising your risk of cardiovascular conditions.
- 6. Sunny side up
Get outside in the sunshine for a natural boost. The sun's rays on the skin help your body produce vitamin D, which has been shown to fight heart disease, depression, osteoporosis and even some types of cancer.
- 7. One is the magic number
One of the largest studies into diet and cancer – the Europe-wide EPIC study – found that eating just one extra portion of fruit and vegetables a day could cut your risk of dying early from any cause by 20 per cent.
- 8. Holding back the years
Add 14 years to your life by following four very easy principles; don't smoke, take regular exercise, drink sensibly and eat five portions of fruit and veg a day.
- 9. A step in the right direction
Previously, experts thought taking 10,000 steps a day was enough to control your weight, but a world-wide study has just established that women up to the age of 40 and men up to 50 need 12,000 steps a day to help shift that middle jiggle.
- 10. Laughter is the best medicine
Become a glass-half-full person! Studies have found that those with a positive attitude suffer less from conditions such as heart disease. Find something to laugh at every day to give your feel-good hormones a boost.