Eat more slowly to lose weight
Curbing the speed at which you eat can reduce your risk of piling on the pounds. So sayJapanese researchers. In a study of 60,000 people they found that those who ate slowly or at normal speed were less likely to be obese at the end of six years Other tips? Don’t skip breakfast, banish evening snacking and leave at least two hours between eating dinner and going to bed, they advise.
Our diet expert examines research that shows eating too quickly makes you gain weight
Soothe aches and pains
Early summer days are ideal for a spot of gardening or a game of tennis, but aches and pains as well as a stiff neck, back pain or muscle spasms can follow. This rolling-ball massager with 14 essential oils for soothing pain relief is a great natural alternative to painkillers.
Puressentiel Muscles and Joints Roller £14.99 amazon.co.uk and independent pharmacies
Dry eye relief
Peepers giving you problems? Eye Logic relieves typical symptoms of dry eye syndrome, such as burning, dryness, tiredness or grittiness, as well as soothing sensitive eyes caused by wearing contact lenses or staring too long at a screen. £12.95 (10ml spray bottle) from beautynaturals.com
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Puzzles for dementia
Help a loved one with dementia remember warm summer days with a Monet’s Garden Jigsaw. Fitting together the pieces can be a conversation opener and help stretch out fumbly fingers. £11.99 from www.active-minds.org/uk/shop/ This year’s Dementia Awareness Week runs from May 21 – 27.
Why one cigarette is almost as dangerous as 20
We know smoking harms health but 7.6 million of us are still puffing away. And if you’re one of them and think just cutting down is the answer it’s time to think again. Just one cigarette a day is almost as dangerous as 20 – hiking your heart attack and stroke risk by 40%, according to a new review. Visit www.nhs.uk/smokefree to find out how to quit now.
Look out for KardiaMobile
Smaller than a credit card, this revolutionary mini-ECG device attaches to the back of your mobile allowing you to check for abnormal heart rhythms including the potentially fatal, atrial fibrillation (AF) in seconds. Currently being rolled-out across GP practices, NHS pharmacies and community clinics in England, it is also available to buy on Amazon, £99.