Leigh Matthews

Articles by Leigh Matthews

How to Breathe During Exercise

Learning how to breathe properly during exercise can do wonders for your performance, stamina, and recovery rate. Knowing when to inhale and exhale during exercise can be tricky, but with a little practice, proper technique can quickly become a healthy habit!

New UCLA Study Suggests Curcumin Can Improve Memory, Mood, and Attention

If you find it hard to pay attention, you’ll want to pay attention to the latest study carried out by a team of researchers at UCLA. In an 18-month clinical trial, researchers found evidence that curcumin, the bright yellow pigment found in turmeric root, may help improve attention, memory, and mood in older adults with mild age-related memory complaints.

Sleep Shouldn’t Stress You Out

If you’ve ever spent a night counting sheep after sheep and still not falling asleep, or if you wake up in the early hours and can’t get back to sleep, you’ll know that sleep can sometimes be stressful. Sleep shouldn’t stress you out, though as it’s meant to do the exact opposite!

Manage Stress with the Pomodoro Technique

It’s hard to focus when you’re feeling stressed, and it’s easy to feel stressed when you can’t focus and the work starts piling up. What can you do to break free of this vicious cycle? Is there a better way to handle a stressful workload, learn how to increase productivity, and stop procrastinating? Meet the Pomodoro technique, a productivity hack that can help you stop procrastinating!

Eating Organic: The Benefits and the Basics

Over the last several years, we have seen a rise in demand for organic foods. While we have become more health conscious and environmentally focused, the benefits of eating organic foods have become more top of mind. The Benefits of Eating Organic By choosing to eat organic, you help support sustainable farming practices that focus on more…

4 Ways to Use Fresh Mint in the Kitchen

Mint is a summer staple in many herb gardens that is known for being very easy to grow. So what do you do with an abundant supply of fresh mint? The Different Types of Mint Before we get into all the tasty ways to use fresh mint, let’s look at two of the most common more…

How to Maintain A Probiotic-Friendly Diet

Probiotics are microorganisms that have a beneficial effect on health. The gastrointestinal tract and genitourinary tract are teeming with bacteria and other microorganisms. Some are good, some are bad, and what we consume can have a significant impact on these organisms. Here are a few tips to help maintain a probiotic-friendly diet: Probiotic Supplements High-quality more…

5 Practical Tips for Sustainable Living

April 22 is Earth Day, a handy reminder for all of us to do our bit to protect the planet. Whether you’re already living a fairly eco-friendly life, or are continually forgetting to make use of your reusable grocery bags, these five practical tips for sustainable living will help preserve the planet for yourself and more…

The Uses and Benefits of Popular Winter Spices

Few things can beat cozy winter nights with family and friends, and complete with mulled apple juice or homemade chai. The winter spices in these concoctions evoke warm, happy feelings of contentment and are perfect for when you get home after a leaf-crunching hike in the forest and want to curl up. Best of all more…

How to Support Good Heart Health

February is Heart Health Month, so what better time to take stock of how you’re treating your ticker? Poor heart health can seriously reduce a person’s quality of life, and making heart-healthy choices when young can help decrease your risk of problems. For folks who are a little older, it pays to be young at more…