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What Is Bird’s Nest Soup?

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Birds nest soup is a type of Chinese food that is purported to have numerous healing qualities. For the last 400 years, it has been thought to be one of the world’s most expensive foods. And when you hear what it’s made from, you might double take… What it’s Made From Birds nest soup is essentially made from spit. Yes, the name is accurate. This soup is indeed made from bird nests. But rather...

What Are the Health Benefits of Apricot Kernels?

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Do a Google search for the benefits of apricot kernels and the top result (currently) reads: ‘Apricot Seeds: Fight Cancer or Too Dangerous?’ That’s certainly enough to get some attention! It would appear that some are heralding apricot kernels as a miracle cure, whereas others are concerned about the potential risks. Let’s take a closer look… Health Benefits of Apricot Kernels To look at, apricot...

What Is Torula Yeast?

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Torula yeast is a specific type of yeast that is more technically known as candida utilis. This is now a popular food additive but has also been the subject of some controversy… What Is Torula? Yeasts are a type of fungi, which means that they’re actually living single cell organisms. As you likely know from drinking alcohol, yeasts are useful for converting starches and sugars into other things...

The Role of Lactic Acid in Energy Production

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If you’re familiar with ‘the burn’ in the gym, then that means you’ve met lactic acid. But have you ever stopped to consider just what exactly lactic acid is, or how it might be hindering or helping your performance? While this is something many of us won’t have given much thought, it’s actually a crucial focus for professional athletes as well as a hot topic for debate in the scientific...

The Critical Health Benefits of Spending More Time Outdoors

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Remember when your Mum used to tell you to ‘go outside and play’? That might have seemed like negligent parenting at the time but in fact she was right – and heading outside to kick a ball around was probably very good for you. Kicking a ball around means exercise and this is obviously very good for kids who want to be more physically active, thinner and healthier. But at the same time, it also...

Himalayan Pink Salt

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Himalayan pink salt is not salt as you know it. Rather, this is a type of salt that originates in the Himalayan mountain ranges across Asia and that has been given a pink hue by lava. Sea salt beds, hundreds of millions of years old, were covered by lava which protected the crystalized salt from modern day pollution. Unearthed today, this is now thought to be the purest form of salt found on...

What Is Stress Incontinence?

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Stress incontinence is a type of urinary incontinence that is caused by weakness in the pelvic floor muscles. This then means that any type of physical stress, such as sneezing, coughing or being jolted in the car can be enough to cause incontinence. This can be very unpleasant for sufferers to live with and is potentially embarrassing as well as impractical. So what causes stress incontinence...

Why Can’t My Child Sit Still? Constant Movement and Fidgeting Explained

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It’s a great thing that children have so much energy. Very few adults ever complain of having too much energy and you certainly wouldn’t wish tiredness and lethargy on any happy child! But with all that said, it can still be somewhat concerning and also frustrating if your child will literally never sit still. And this can also end up getting them into trouble in class. So why do children move...

Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT)

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Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT) is a relatively new term coined by researchers to describe a potential new psychiatric disorder that isn’t yet covered by the DSM-5 (the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders). The condition is thought to be relatively similar to ADHD but with some key differences. Symptoms of SCT Right now, ADHD is the only recognized psychiatric disorder that...

Causes and Symptoms of Exacerbating Congestive Heart Failure

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Exacerbating congestive heart failure describes heart failure that is worsening. There are a number of symptoms that might suggest the problem is getting worse and a number of causes that may be responsible. If you can identify any of these signs, then you should seek to change the responsible behaviors as soon as possible. What Is Congestive Heart Failure The term ‘heart failure’ might sound...

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