Your immune system is a defence system against viruses, bacteria and parasites, which is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs.
A healthy immune system helps to protect you against infection by creating a barrier to prevent illness in the first place, or to fight infection and aid speedy recovery. Good immunity starts in the gut as the lining of the digestive system is the first barrier against most germs, so having a healthy level of good bacteria here is important.
Vitality is about feeling full of life and energy, both mentally and physically, through living a healthy lifestyle.
Certain foods, a lack of exercise or the right work/life balance, and grey and chilly days can all make you feel as if you can't be bothered to do anything; your muscles are heavy, and you get tired easily.
After the drying and weakening effects caused by sun, sea and chlorine, Autumn is the time for a beauty boost – especially as perspiration removes numerous minerals that are vital for hydrated skin and shiny hair. Too much sun exposure also triggers the production of highly reactive free radicals, which can be potentially harmful to skin.
Getting a good night’s sleep makes us feel refreshed and revitalised upon awaking. Sleep is important for restoring energy and our health in general. While we sleep, important functions take place: essential hormones are released, the heart and blood vessels are repaired and tissue growth takes place.
The brain controls everything we do while our heart is part of a comprehensive network of blood vessels that circulate blood throughout the body. If the heart is unable to successfully pump blood, neurons are likely to fail and brain and other body functions will suffer. Studies today show that adding supplements and foods rich in omega-3 to your diet can help to keep your brain alert, your heart fit and your vision sharp.
Digestion is a process in which food is broken down in our bodies so that it can be absorbed into our bloodstream, distributed around the body in the form of essential nutrients broken down by digestive enzymes, and converted into energy.
Stress affects people in different ways and at different levels. Work, relationships and money can put great demands on everyday life. When we’re under too much emotional or mental pressure, we can feel overwhelmed and unable to cope.
We often use the term ‘libido’ to refer to sex drive but it can also means a healthy state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. It’s an energy that provides us with desire or motivation.
Blood circulates around the body: it is pumped by the heart through the arteries to deliver essential oxygen and nutrients to our cells and to collect carbon dioxide and waste products.
Plaque build-up and other factors can slow the blood down, so that some parts of the body receive insufficient blood supplies. This is known as poor blood circulation and it can affect people of all ages, not just the elderly. It can damage the brain, heart, liver, kidney and limbs.
Summer is a time when we want to be beach-body ready, rather than pale and pasty.
A golden suntan not only looks great but also makes us feel great. However, over-exposure to the sun can damage the skin. This is because potentially damaging free radicals are produced by the skin when exposed to sunlight.