Hard to swallow: Office teabags have more germs than toilet seats

Thursday 3rd January 2019 - RTE -

Prepare for a year's worth of office gag material. For many of us, nipping to the office kitchen for a quick cuppa is a sacred and healing part of our day. It offers a break away from screens, a moment for chitchat and - crucially - an opportunity to enjoy a cup of reviving tea, tannin-laden nectar... Read more →

New year, new you: thinking big and starting small

Thursday 3rd January 2019 - Eithne Hunt, UCC -

Opinion: when it comes to improving our health and wellbeing, we need to maintain behavioural changes and establish new habits Get fit, lose weight Spend more time in nature and less time on screens Drink less, move more Worry less, meditate more Spend less, save more It's that time of yea... Read more →

Struggling to sleep? 6 ways to relieve insomnia naturally

Thursday 3rd January 2019 - RTE -

There’s nothing more frustrating than spending a night staring at the ceiling – tossing, turning and willing sleep to come. Between unanswered emails and unpaid bills, there’s a million and one things that can keep you awake at night, and poor sleep can have a significant impact o... Read more →

'The fact we don't spend enough time together drives us to spend more on toys'

Thursday 20th December 2018 - Bill Linnane - Irish Independent

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. I know this because everyone around me is sick, I can't remember the last time I sat down to eat, my bank account is overdrawn by €400, and I almost got knocked down in a shopping centre car park. You know - Christmas. In previous years, we di... Read more →

Christmas should be a time of celebration, not obligation. Practice saying no, even if it’s only in front of the mirror

Wednesday 19th December 2018 - Katie Byrne - Irish Independent

'I have to' is one of those phrases that we hear a lot of during the festive season. 'I have to get a present for my sister-in-law.' 'I have to take the kids ice-skating.' 'I have to do a Christmas lunch with my colleagues.' We get ourselves into a tizzy trying to be all things to all people ... Read more →

Enjoy the holidays without packing on the pounds

Tuesday 18th December 2018 - Orla Walsh - Irish Independent

The holiday season is all about family, friends, celebrating and sometimes overindulging. But you can maintain your weight during the festive winter month while enjoying yourself, says our resident dietitian Orla Walsh The weight gain that many experience around Christmas cannot be blamed solely on... Read more →

Food to help build and boost natural defences against colds and flus

Monday 17th December 2018 - Paula Mee - Irish Times

You are – to a large extent – what you eat. Paula Mee gives tips on how to guard against weakness. We have three tiers of protection against parasites, bacteria, moulds, yeast, fungi and viruses. First we have natural physical defences. These include the skin, and the mucus membranes in... Read more →

Peak risk time for a heart attack is 10pm on Christmas Eve

Friday 14th December 2018 - Sarah Knapton - Irish Independent

The risk of having a heart attack peaks at 10pm on Christmas Eve, scientists have found, suggesting that stress, sadness and over-indulgence during the festive season can be deadly. Swedish researchers trawled through the details of 283,000 heart attacks reported in the country between 1998 a... Read more →

Restaurant meals 'are busting calorie limit'

Friday 14th December 2018 - Eilish O'Regan - Irish Independent

The calorie content of popular meals in restaurant chains is excessive and only a minority are meeting public health recommendations, a new report warns. The study found an average of 751 calories in main meal dishes served by fast food chains. But there were 1,033 calories in dishes served ... Read more →

'We worry so much about the kids, we forget to worry about ourselves'

Thursday 13th December 2018 - Bill Linnane - Irish Independent

A December wedding is a bad idea. There are some benefits to it - most of the guests decline the invite as it is an opportune time of year for excuses - the weather is poor; and you feel less weird about being hammered at 5pm when it's dark. Generally though, it's a poor choice to wed in December ... Read more →

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