Leigh Matthews

Articles by Leigh Matthews

Arthritis – What we now know

Arthritis is an age-old problem, and often a problem of old age, but chronic joint pain and reduced mobility need not be inevitable in our later years. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting arthritis research from the last little while.

Are Digestive Enzymes the Same as Probiotics?

Probiotics and digestive enzymes are increasingly popular natural products shown to support digestive health, but are digestive enzymes the same as probiotics? In short, no. There is, however, some overlap between the potential health benefits of these natural supplements

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 more…

4 Ways to Use Fresh Mint in the Kitchen

Mint is a summer staple in many herb gardens (and on our winter time counter tops). Mint is well known for being very easy to grow. So what do you do with an abundant supply of fresh mint?

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 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 more…