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Hayfever symptoms: 8 natural remedies that can help you beat ‘miserable’ symptoms
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Hayfever symptoms: 8 natural remedies that can help you beat ‘miserable’ symptoms

Hayfever affects almost half of all Britons, leaving millions of patients plagued with common cold-like symptoms on a daily basis. With hayfever season now in full swing, itchy eyes and relentless sneezing has left many of us reaching for the antihistamines - but what are the best natural remedies for these unpleasant symptoms? Express.co.uk spoke to the experts to find out exactly what to use to get your hay fever under control. At least 57 percent of all hayfever patients in the UK report common symptoms, yet many people are still unaware of the options available for dealing with these unpleasant side effects. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Dr Jess Braid, qualified medical doctor, acupuncturist, and Chinese and Western herbalist said: “Most of us long for spring and summer, but...
11 wellness tips that promise to boost both your physical and mental health
Wellness

11 wellness tips that promise to boost both your physical and mental health

If you’re anything like us, you’ll love scrolling simple, easy-to-implement wellness tips that boost your day-to-day quality of life. A bit like self-care ideas, incorporating wellness into your morning routine, daily life, and wind-down can boost both your physical and mental health. But with close to four million results for “wellness tips” on Google, where do you start? And how do you sieve the genuine, qualified experts from the click-bait sensationalists? By letting us – and our expert-led panel of pros – help. Keep scrolling for wellness tips from: Kayla Itsines, personal trainer and founder of SWEAT Alice Liveing, personal trainer Doctor Sophie Bostock, sleep expert and founder of The Sleep Scientist Doctor Julie Smith, clinical psychologist and author of Why ...
Indy yoga studio aims to make wellness more accessible in underserved communities
Wellness

Indy yoga studio aims to make wellness more accessible in underserved communities

INDIANAPOLIS — In Jasmine Morrison's yoga class, she wants you to feel welcome, no matter your size, color, gender, or age. "Yoga means unity," Morrison said. She's completed 500 hours of teaching training at the Hot Room. Feeling included is important to Morrison, who said she felt invisible after visiting a boxing studio. "I felt left out. I was actually the only person of color in a studio. And I never was cued to do anything. I was never told, 'Hey, instead of do this, try this.' So I was left thinking I was doing it right ... but I wasn't utilizing my punches. I wasn't stepping into my fullest expression," Morrison said. Creating an inclusive wellness environment is intentional for Hot Room CEO Hye Jin Kalgaonkar. "A big part of our mis...
From mindfulness and supplements to medical mushrooms and honey, here are some of the best natural remedies to boost your immune system.
Remedies

From mindfulness and supplements to medical mushrooms and honey, here are some of the best natural remedies to boost your immune system.

Catching a winter cold and suffering from seasonal sniffles can happen to the best of us, but why do we seem to struggle more during the festive season? The accumulation of late nights combined with social gatherings that include a lot of alcohol and the indulgences of rich, fatty and sugary foods, can all play havoc with our natural resilience and leave us far more susceptible to catching a cold. To make it even worse, those that really give their immune systems a run for their money by burning the candle at both ends and not topping up on extra vitamins and foods to help recovery, can find it even harder to shake off the symptoms once they come down with a virus. This lack of immunity TLC can usually result in them often having to deal with a chesty cough, tiredness and a runny nose tha...
How much do you know about GMOs?
Genetically Modified Foods

How much do you know about GMOs?

Many people are concerned about consuming genetically engineered (GE) foods, more commonly known as GMOs (genetically modified organisms). While GM/GE technology is well understood by science, misinformation and a lack of public understanding can leave consumers feeling skeptical. What is GM/GE foods? Humans have been modifying the genetics of crops and livestock through selective breeding since the dawn of agriculture. Recent scientific advances have allowed modern agriculturalists to target more precise genetic changes than is possible through selective breeding. Using GE technology, scientists can insert genetic sequences from one organism into another or alter existing DNA by deleting or silencing genes. A genetically engineered (or genetically modified) organism is defined as an...
5 Easy Natural Remedies for Bloating
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5 Easy Natural Remedies for Bloating

While bloating may be common, it is never enjoyable. Bloating happens when your gastrointestinal tract is filled with air or gas, and can make you feel overly stuffed. Not only can it be uncomfortable, but you may notice physical signs as well, including a swollen or misshapen belly. The good news? According to Abby Langer, a registered dietitian in Toronto, not all bloating is bad. Often, she explains, bloating simply means your gut and intestinal bacteria are feasting. Your stomach should not feel hard, and you should not be experiencing severe pain (if you’re experiencing those symptoms, see a doctor—it could be a warning sign). “Bloating itself is normal after eating,” she says. “But if it’s accompanied by gas, cramps or gastrointestinal symptoms, then it becomes problematic.” Here a...
Botanicals

Learn More About Green Malay Benefits, Facts & Side Effects

Green Malay Kratom is one of the most potent Kratom strains. It is indigenous to Malaysia, and the locals there have used it for medicinal purposes for many centuries. The leaves of this Kratom strain are usually oval and have a recognizable dark green tone. The veins which run along the leaves are generally green in color, but at times, they have a white tone or are red- colored. The leaves with the white-green combination are often said to be the most potent. Below are the Green Malay benefits, facts & side effects you need to know. Let’s begin with the advantages. Green Malay Kratom Benefits Pain relief If you have a condition that causes chronic pain, you can take Green Malay Kratom to relieve it. As the body ages, pains that you may or may not explain settle in. The p...
Penang farmers want to cash in on ‘miracle drug’ kratom as Putrajaya mulls blanket ban
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Penang farmers want to cash in on ‘miracle drug’ kratom as Putrajaya mulls blanket ban

Kratom is hailed by some as a cure for opioid addiction and illness but authorities are clamping down amid reports of abuse. Mohd Saad Che May has spent most of his life being addicted to heroin. The Bukit Mertajam resident was incarcerated 15 times in 40 years and admitted to stealing money to fuel his addiction. “It was a living hell. I was in constant anxiety, thinking about how to get RM 50 (US$11.99) to buy the next tube to get high,” he said. Mr Saad claimed he tackled his addiction when he started taking kratom, known locally as ketum. Kratom is a leaf hailed by locals for its pain-relieving and mildly stimulating effects. He would pluck kratom leaves in his village, boil them for 4 to 5 hours, and drink the dark green fluid three times a day. “It has a bitter tast...
Kratom: The leafy green plant that could help with opiate withdrawals
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Kratom: The leafy green plant that could help with opiate withdrawals

There has recently been plenty of buzz over a plant-based drug that users take for recreational and medicinal reasons and it’s not marijuana - it’s Kratom. Kratom is a leafy green plant that grows in Southeast Asia. Users grind it into a fine powder and then mix it into liquids to drink or sometimes capsules for convenience. It has received notoriety because of its reported aid for those suffering from opiate withdrawals. According to the American Kratom Association, the herbal supplement can also be used to treat pain and depression. It is sold in parts of the United States and parts of San Diego County, but it remains illegal in the City of San Diego. One of the many individuals using Kratom is Barbara Rago. Before she was constrained to hospitalization, Barbara was a nurse who...
Botanicals

Southeast Asia’s Kratom Leaf Draws Controversy

Throughout the course of botanical history, there have been two distinct types of people: those who want to ingest plants for their medicinal and psychoactive properties, and those who want to make those plants illegal. Most recently, the debate has centered on the Southeast Asian leaf kratom, a natural painkiller ingested to treat chronic illness. But the plant, which comes from a tropical evergreen tree, also has several recreational benefits. In low doses Kratom can act as a stimulant. At high doses it can act as a sedative, similar to a narcotic. The substance, which many say is more “subtle” than marijuana, is banned by the military and is illegal in six states. In 2014, the FDA began seizing Kratom coming into the U.S., and in 2016 the DEA announced its intentions to regulate the ...