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Acid reflux is a common problem for many people, with over-the-counter antacids being a quick and ease option to rid the problem. However, in most cases, making a few simple lifestyle changes can make a significant difference.

Here are a few easy suggestions:

#1 Eat small, frequent meals rather than three large meals each day. Eating too much at mealtimes causes excess stomach acid to be produced, which in turn causes acid reflux.

#2 Avoid your triggers. Some food and drink are thought to relax the sphincter and allow more acid to reflux. However, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (2006) indicated that the type of foods we eat has little effect on acid reflux, however if you notice a particular food is causing symptoms, try avoiding it for a few days to see if your symptoms improve.

Possible triggers include:

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A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.

- Charlotte Brontë

Getting a good nights sleep is wonderful, however most of us know what it’s like to toss and turn for hours, feeling like we’re never going to get to sleep. The result is normally a groggy, uncoordinated, and sluggish self the following day!

Many people who suffer from poor sleep patterns opt for caffeine, sugary foods, or prescription drugs in an attempt to stay awake and increase their productivity, however this is a very short term option. Click to read more…

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Having a good stock of healthy snack ideas is critical if you want to be able to go from breakfast to lunch without eating junk.

Snacking is not bad, and hunger is not the enemy.

Loads of us feel the need for a snack between meals, myself included. You just need to ensure you equipped with some healthy snack ideas, and I hope to help you with that below.

Fuelling up regularly for many people, is a vital way to prevent binging on unhealthy foods and eating too much at main meals. Even if you’re trying to lose weight, there are plenty of healthy snacks for weight loss.

NOTE: I have a complete healthy snacks resource you should check out.

Healthy snack ideas: what’s the best option?

Preferably the snack should be something that offers a complex carbohydrate and a source of protein to keep you feeling sustained throughout the day.

Here’s a typical schedule you can rework to fit your daily routine:

  • Breakfast at 8am
  • Mid-morning snack around 10.30am
  • Lunch around 1pm
  • Mid-afternoon snack around 3.30pm
  • Evening meal around 6pm.

With a schedule like this, your blood sugar levels are maintained at an even level, preventing ravenous hunger that often leads to overeating and poor food choices.

So if you’re after some healthy snacks for weight loss, or just some snack ideas, check these out… Click to read more…

I love dogs! Their loyalty is surpassed by no other animal, and I think they really do have the best life – eat, sleep, eat, walk *repeat* It’s a pretty fun existence!

The other thing I love about them is their enthusiasm for walking! It’s never an effort; and they’re raring to go at any given moment, day or night! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could bottle this enthusiasm for ourselves?

Research has suggested that the secret of achieving and maintaining weight loss comes by having a dog. However, this benefit is not simply by having ownership of a dog, you do actually have to exercise together! The 2006 study by People and Pets Exercising Together (Ppet), found that those who work out with their dogs are more motivated to exercise, lose more weight, and keep it off for longer.

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Many factors can increase your risk of poor bone health, but you’re lifestyle today can play a major role in keeping your skeleton strong for the coming days.

It has been said that Osteoporosis is better prevented than treated. So, what steps can you take prevent this debilitating disease?

The menopause is a time of significant change for women, usually occurring between the ages of 45-55 years. Menopausal symptoms are primarily due to falling oestrogen levels, and may last from a few months to several years in some women.

A slow but gradual loss of bone occurs in both men and women after the age of 35 years. However, during menopause, due to reduced oestrogen levels, calcium loss from the bones is increased, particularly in women who are not taking HRT, which replaces oestrogen.

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We often turn to food to alleviate negative emotions, however it’s also true that we use food just as much to reinforce positive emotions. Think of the birthday party, job promotion, a win for your favourite team, or sealing that important business deal. How do we celebrate? With food of course!

Certain foods have been termed “feel-good” foods. This is because they contain a substance called tryptophan, which produces the neuro-chemical serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the chemical that helps regulate appetite, sleep patterns, and mood.

Healthy foods containing tryptophan include:

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