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Gentle exercise

Gentle forms of exercises have been in vogue for a few years now and have changed the way we think about exercise. Unlike pounding the pavements, gentle forms of exercise come...

Good sports for burning calories

We all know exercise helps you lose weight, but some types of intensive exercise burn more calories than others. Less effort for more effect? We all know exercise helps you lose...

10 minutes' exercise a day

The golden rule for a firm bod is regular exercise. You don't have to spend hours working out: 10 minutes a day is all it takes! A 10-minute workout is easy to fit into your day...

High protein diets

High protein diets work on the simple principle that if you eat lots of protein, you'll lose fat and increase muscle. High protein diet Although most people would be highly doubtful...

The dangers of salt

Humans are naturally attracted to salt and, as a result, we eat too much of the stuff (around 10g per day, whereas the recommendation is 4 to 5g). The problem with salt is that...

Step aerobics

Step aerobics first started in the USA, and both classes and video workouts achieved massive popularity in the 1980s thanks in no small part to celebrities like Jane Fonda. Step...

Using weighing scales properly

Some people weigh themselves to keep an eye on their weight and help themselves stay trim, while others see the scales as an instrument of torture to be avoided! Here’s our advice...

Why water is essential

Without water life would not exist. Imagine: the human body is 60% water. It's your body's best friend and it's a powerful beauty tool! Without water life would not exist. Imagine...

How to compensate for a blowout

The morning after the night before you look bad, feel worse, have a bloated stomach, a raging hangover, and to make things worse the scales show you're several pounds heavier...

Detox

Detox treatments are very popular in the US, particularly with Hollywood stars. They purify the body, giving it a break from diet evils and toxins. The benefits of detox include...

Dysmorphophobia

It's normal to have little hang ups, but when these become an obsession it can turn into a condition called dysmorphophobia. It describes a conviction that the sufferer is ugly...

Addiction

Tobacco, food, love, shopping, the internet...we all have our weaknesses. But for some people these can turn into real addictions, and the pleasure gained from them gives way...

When to forgive

Betrayal, humiliation, violence and many other causes of suffering seem unforgivable, even when they're caused by people you love. However, experts tell us we need to know how...

Slips of the tongue

We take a closer look at slips of the tongue and what, if anything, they may reveal. A revealing slip of the tongue? When we say one word instead of another, we're said to reveal...

Jealousy in friendship

Jealousy doesn't just exist in love! It can crop up in friendships and be just as destructive. Here's our advice on understanding and preventing jealousy. How is jealousy born...

How to dissolve conflict

We can't agree with everyone about everything, and even if conflict isn't exactly pleasant, we shouldn't avoid all conflict. Here’s our advice and solutions on managing differences...

What nightmares mean

Sometimes nightmares take hold and disturb our dreams, making us agitated, anxious and they stop us from getting our vital beauty sleep. Where do they come from? Do they have...

Family therapy

Sometimes psychological problems cannot be treated in individual sessions. The whole family can be taken to therapy in order to resolve conflict more easily and cure mental problems...

How to be a good listener

Listening is the foundation for all human relationships and shows respect for someone, and it can also help with psychological problems. Here's our guide to being a good listener...

Going organic

Want to take better care of yourself and your health while respecting the environment? Going organic means going from being a careless consumer to being responsible about your...

New addictions

We are all aware of tobacco, drug and alcohol addiction but in the last few years new forms of addictions have come to the surface. Addiction to video games, the Internet, sex...

Fear anxiety and panic: the differences

It’s not easy to describe the feelings of unease that sometimes take hold of us. Fear, anxiety and panic are often the same emotion but are experienced in different degrees, depending...

How to help someone who is depressed

Persistent sadness, irritability, fatigue, loss of self-confidence. One of your loved ones, family members or friends is depressed. What attitude should you take and how can you help...

Therapy

Seeking therapy was taboo a few years ago, but not any longer. Anyone, at some times in their lives, can go through certain psychological problems that can push us to seek specialist...

Overcoming Personal Hang-Ups

I’m too fat, I’m skint, I feel stupid… Who hasn’t had a thought like that at least once in their life? While most negative thoughts disappear after a while, at times negative...

Calories in cheese

Cheese is known for being calorific, but it isn't always as fatty as you might think. The calorie count of cheese depends on how it's made and how much water it contains. And...

Tantric massage

Need to awaken your sensuality, heighten your senses, and make your sex life more erotic? Discover this massage where letting yourself go slowly opens doors to pleasure... Need...

Low cholesterol diet

More and more people in the UK are suffering from high cholesterol. But the thing is, lowering your cholesterol is easily achieved… A recent survey commissioned by BergaMet...

How to get the most out of your sauna

The tradition of sauna was born in Scandinavia 2000 years ago, and has little by little invaded our spas, gyms and beauty therapy centres, as well as (for the lucky ones) in homes...

Chrononutrition

Created in 1986 by French nutritionist Dr Alain Delabos, chrononutrition is more than just a diet: it’s a whole new way of eating that follows the body's natural rhythm and enzymatic...

Vegetarian diets

Vegetarian diets are becoming increasingly popular as meat prices as well as health concerns rise. Many people are cutting down or cutting out meat in favour of a full vegetarian...

Iron in your diet

Don't listen to the old wives' tales: you don't need to stuff yourself with spinach to get enough iron! Here's all you need to know about an essential but often confusing mineral...

Diet meal substitutes

In just a few years, meal substitutes have made a big impact on the slimming market. What are they? Who are they for? How do you use them? Do they work? Here's everything you...

Why do we put on weight?

As a rule, weight loss is caused by an imbalance between your calorie intake and the calories your body uses up. It's quite simple: if you eat what you don't burn, you put on weight...

All the benefits of Vitamin C

Known for its anti-fatigue properties, Vitamin C also provides the body with ascorbic acid, which is important for more than one reason. Here's everything you need to know about...

Calories in alcohol

One glass of vino won't do you any harm, but heavy drinking is not only bad for your health: it's shockingly bad for your wasitline. Alcoholic drinks contain zillions of calories...

How to get toned arms

Wish you had firm, toned, feminine and shapely arms? Check out our work-out tips and say goodbye to your bingo wings! Wish you had firm, toned, feminine and shapely arms? Check...

Protein

Like fat and carobohydrate, protein is a nutrient that provides the body with energy. Here's everything you need to know about your protein needs. Like fat and carobohydrate,...

Body fat monitors

It's useful to know how much you weigh, but if you're keeping a close eye on your health and your waistline, it's also good to know your body fat and even muscle content. You...

Carbohydrate

Like protein and fat, carbohydrate is a nutrient that provides our bodies with the energy they need. Here's everything you need to know about carbs. Like protein and fat, carbohydrate...

10 Rules To Make Your Diet Work

The hard fact is the majority of diets don't succeed. Dieting isn't easy! Here are 10 key rules to help you make your diet work. 1-Set yourself sensible targetsThe biggest mistake...

Food combining diets

As the name suggests, a food combining diet involves not eating certain types of foods at the same meal or even during the course of the same day. The theory is that you put on...

Fat

Like protein and carbohydrate, fat is a nutrient that provides the body with energy. Here's everything you need to know about getting enough of the right fat. Like protein and...

Oriental massage

Etymologically speaking, massage comes from the Arab word mass, which means knead, massage and press. No wonder that massage has roots in the Maghreb (North Africa). Over there...

Massage devices

If you can't afford the luxury of a professional massage, there is a wide range of massage devices out there that give you a relaxing massage without shelling out money every time...

Californian massage

Massage for pure pleasure is the philosophy of Californian massage, the most sensual of all massages, and there’s nothing better at hamonising the body and mind. Massage for pure...

Ayurvedic massage

Deriving from the oldest medical system in human history, Ayurveda redresses both physical and mental balance. In India, it’s country of origin, Ayurvedic massage is a ritual...

Shiatsu massage

Available in most spas and massage centres, Shiatsu is an integral part of traditional Japanese medicine. It's similar to acupuncture and can relieve a number of different ailments...

Resilience

How do people who have suffered traumatic life events such as grief, illness and violence cope with and overcome their experiences? How do they reconstruct their lives without...

How to beat stress

Modern life demands we juggle many different responsibilities in our working and family lives: career progression, education concerns, childcare etc. While a certain amount of...

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Phobias, eating disorders, addictions... Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is increasingly recommended to treat certain daily behavioural handicaps. Active participation and a development...

Moving house

Moving house is known to be one of the most stressful times of our lives. Why is it so destabilising? How do you adapt to your new environment? Here are answers to your questions...

Beat the winter blues

Winter is in full force and you may find yourself feeling tired and sad, sleeping more than usual and turning more often to comfort foods. Maybe you have a bout of the winter blues...

How To Get Instagram-worthy Abs

Can't stop watching Kanye West's vid for Fade just so you can lust over Teyana Taylor's sculpted bod? Yup we're guilty too - you could grate a block of cheese on them. But if...

Fighting cellulite

Cellulite is every woman's bête noire. It's a nasty form of fat stored just inderneath the skin where it forms dimples and gives your skin that dreaded orange peel effect. It...

Stopping smoking

The anti-smoking campaign is getting tougher and tougher, so there's never been a better time to stub out that last cigarette. Here's why and how to stop, along with advice to...

Running

Want to exercise, but always manage to find a good excuse not to? Running is ideal: you can do it any time, anywhere, at your own pace, for as long as you want to, alone or with...

Yoga

Yoga was born in India. The discipline of yoga is intended for meditation and spiritual asceticism, unifying the body and the mind. A relatively recent craze in the West, yoga...

Swimming

Swimming is one of the best all-round sports you can do. Here's our guide to getting the most out of it. Swimming is one of the best all-round sports you can do. Here's our guide...

Walking

Year after year, walking is becoming ever more popular, with the Lake District and other mountainous areas of the UK becoming increasingly crowded on fine weekends! Year after year...