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Mushroom Coffee – What is it and is it worth trying?

By now you’ve probably seen artful pictures of mushroom coffee populating your Instagram feed, but if you haven’t, here’s a quick intro. Mushroom coffee is a blend of ground mushrooms and coffee beans, which supposedly tastes pretty similar to regular coffee. Mushroom coffee tends to use medicinal mushroom extract as opposed to the culinary mushrooms you might be used to, like Portobello. The coffee is made by extracting the fruiting bodies of the mushroom which are compressed into an organic powder, free from additives. The mushrooms are then dehydrated and ground into a fine powder mixed with ground coffee beans. The most popular mushrooms used include: Chaga Lion’s Mane Reishi Cordyceps Chaga – The Chaga mushroom is a type of...

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How Nature Helps Mental Health

Nature can be extremely beneficial to our mental health. Simply being outside, surrounded by nature, has been shown to reduce feelings of stress, anger, and fear. We are genetically programmed to find plants, water, and natural elements engrossing, distracting from feelings of discomfort. Many hospital facilities are now adding indoor gardens, aquariums, and landscapes to incorporate nature into the setting as a stress reduction tool. Research has even shown artwork depicting natural scenes to be restorative. Even just walking in nature could lower the risk of depression. A study published in ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Science,’ found that participants who went on a 90-minute walk through a natural environment, reported lower levels of rumination and showed decreased neutral...

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The Pros and Cons of Running On A Treadmill

To be or not to be. To run outside or to run on the treadmill. This comes down to personal preference, but there are pros and cons to both. If your torn between taking to the gym or hitting the streets, this may help you decide.   Running on a treadmill is easier on your joints, which can be preferable if you’re recovering from an injury. Treadmills are designed to absorb reaction forces, so will lessen the impact. However, you’ll build up more muscle when running outside as the treadmill belt is not assisting with leg turnover. The treadmill gives you the potential to multitask while you run, you can listen to a podcast or catch up on your favourite...

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Science Based Benefits Of Running

We all know running is good for us, but do we know why? Here are ten science-based benefits of running that you can whip out at your next pub quiz or trivia night. Running can help you cope with the stresses of day-to-day life, as it slows the release of stress hormones like cortisol, helping to avoid spikes in anxiety It can improve your memory. Running induces an increase of a certain protein, cathepsin-B, that promotes the production of new brain cells Running promotes a healthy immune system as it helps you to maintain a healthy body weight, reduces blood pressure and improves circulation It can help to strengthen your lungs. A study found that short durations of intense interval...

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The Benefits of a Plant Based Diet

There are a lot of benefits to following a plant-based diet, but first let’s clear something up – eating plant based doesn’t mean you can’t eat meat. When we think of a plant-based diet we immediately think vegetarian or vegan, but what about flexitarian? The Flexitarian Diet was created by dietitian Dawn Jackson, and the clue is in the name, it’s flexible. Rather than eliminating certain foods it centres around the practice of eating mostly fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The aim is to consume protein from plants instead of meat where possible, while still incorporating meat and animal products occasionally. It’s a less restrictive approach. Now, let’s get onto the benefits. A plant-based diet could help to lower blood...

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