Health & Wellbeing

Caxambu is a city famed for having the greatest hydromineral potential in the world, making it the perfect destination for those seeking rest and relaxation Caxambu is a small town set amongst the mountains of the Serra da Mantiqueira in the sourthern reaches of Minas Gerais, and home to one of the largest hydromineral reserves in the world. It is also one of the most important points along Minas Gerais’ Circuito das Águas (Water Network). Caxambu is a destination that boasts 12 individual sources of mineral water, each with its own function. The best known, of course, are the medicinal…

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Pets are great company and always help raise our spirits, but what if your companion was a wild iguana? The use of animals for therapeutic purposes is nothing new. Many people, whether coming to terms with the loss of a loved one or facing up to problems associated with drugs, unemployment or isolation, end up adopting a pet, usually a cat or a dog. The benefits of having a pet are, whist not scientifically substantiated, countless, and begin with an improved sense of temperament. There are NGOs and rehabilitation centres that, as opposed to domestic pets, work with horses and…

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The “Quieter Hour” is a new initiative introduced by certain retailers to make weekend shopping for autistic people more accessible People that live with autism perceive the world completely differently to those not affected by the condition. Often these perceptions can put those that sense them at risk or danger, precisely because of the heightened intensity with which they are felt. The British supermarket chain Morrison recently spearheaded an inspiring initiative designed to demonstrate their concern for such customers. On Saturdays, an entire hour of normal operating hours throughout their stores in the UK will be exclusively dedicated to autistic…

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The Embassy of Brazil in London is hosting the symposium “New paradigms for prevention in mental health – Insights from Brazil-UK research collaborations” on 19 October 2018 The Embassy of Brazil in London is hosting the symposium “New paradigms for prevention in mental health – Insights from Brazil-UK research collaborations” on 19 October 2018, in the context of the Brazil – UK Year of Science and Innovation 2018-19. The symposium will bring together world-leading academics from Brazil and the UK to discuss their latest findings on adult and adolescent vulnerability to mental health issues, including perspectives from neuroscience, neuropsychology and social sciences. Some of…

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Let’s talk about how nutritional advice can applies to aesthetics? What is it, what are the benefits, and who is the most appropriate professional for such advice? A balanced and nutritious diet has natural aesthetic benefits, including a reduction in the appearance of cellulite, stronger nails, glowing skin, brighter hair, and several other aesthetic effects related to a healthy diet, adequate hydration, physical exercise and specific aesthetic treatments. However, there is more to nutritional advice where aesthetics is concerned. By having a deeper understanding of the human anatomy and the elements related to beauty, such as skin, nails and hair,…

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Talking about coaching in the field of nutrition and health can leave many people confused. After all, what is coaching? How can it help me? Do I need a nutritionist or a coach? Coaching has gained increasing recognition as an effective and applicable methodology to everyday life—including health! Not surprisingly, nutrition and health coaching is becoming evermore relevant. However, it’s important to be aware that where nutrition is concerned, you should always seek the services of a registered nutritionist (the same goes for other health areas). Nutrition and coaching are completely separate things, but they can complement each other too!…

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The profession role of a Nutritionist in the UK, as with various other countries, is completely different to that of Brazil. Given that the regulation of the profession may differ in every country, here we will only focus on the differences between Brazil and the United Kingdom, both of which I can attest to given that I’m registered as a Nutritionist in Brazil and a Dietician in the United Kingdom. Shall we get started? As you might know, in Brazil and other Mercosur countries, people that graduate in Nutrition and Dietetics, that is hold a BA in Nutrition, are referred…

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Does it hurt? Does it stunt physical development? Are there any risks involved? It’s not uncommon to see teenagers in the gym these days. In fact, their interest often starts surprisingly early – at around 12 – leaving many parents concerned about the possible implications and side-effects. A workout for a teenager should be treated like any other physical activity designed to promote a more active lifestyle and avoid obesity. Therefore, the chosen exercises should be less heavy in terms of impact and duration, and should be closely supervised by a professional instructor. Bodybuilding exercises designed to increase muscle mass…

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Good oral health care is vital to the overall harmony of the human body There are several conditions that can directly interfere with the functioning of other parts of your body. To avoid any kind of illness, here are some basic tips to make part of your daily routine: Brush your teeth daily. Many people still don’t brush their teeth. The correct thing to do is brush them at least three times a day – in the morning, in the afternoon, and finally at night before bed. Brush your teeth correctly. Avoid brushing too hard as cleaning is more effective…

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World AIDS Day is commemorated every year on 1 December, which is why the month is now known as Red December. Established by the World Health Assembly in October 1987 with the support of the UN, the date is a way of showing solidarity, tolerance, compassion and understanding for people infected with the HIV virus, which causes AIDS. In Brazil, a country which has seen more victims of the illness than many others, the Health Ministry officially recognised the date in 1988. The campaign’s most recognisable symbol is the red ribbon, created in 1991 and seen as a symbol of…

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Blue November is a worldwide campaign which aims to raise awareness about men’s healthcare issues. The movement first originated in Australia in 2003, coinciding with the already existing World Day to Combat Prostate Cancer, on 17 November. One of the main objectives is to break the taboo and male prejudices which surround the issue of prostate cancer prevention. The campaign raises awareness of the importance of men having regular digital rectal exams at the doctor, fundamental for the early detection of prostate cancer. Movember – moustache and November – is more than just an awareness raising campaign. It’s a way…

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The proposal, based on a system already in use in Switzerland, is intended to boost the numbers of those volunteering to donate blood. Anyone whose blood is used in a transfusion which saves or helps someone in hospital will receive a text message letting them know. Blood donation is something hugely important in society and should be encouraged as much as possible. The Swiss initiative not only encourages it, but also helps to bring donors closer to those who have received their blood, whilst cultivating a spirit of charity and compassion among citizens. Mike Stredder, the NHS Director of Blood…

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Don’t be scared of the cold, it can speed up your metabolism; but you’ll need to be extra-disciplined to keep to your routine of work-outs, rest and dietary requirements. It’s natural that in wintertime our desire to get out and do exercise takes a blow; the low temperatures certainly don’t help, do they? But believe it or not, the best time of year for getting in shape and losing weight is when it’s cold. Work-outs at this time of year are more productive, basically because aerobic activity puts you in a state of hyperthermia quicker than when it’s warm, and…

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You must have already asked yourself what is the optimal time for doing aerobic activity, right? Well, there’s not really a right or wrong answer, it is more a case of finding the most efficient way of achieving your goals. Let’s understand this better by considering four different scenarios: Aerobics before weight training If your aim is to get in shape and generally improve your fitness, the best way to get started is with aerobic exercises like cycling, running, swimming or getting on a cross-trainer. This kind of activity will help your heart, lungs and cardio-respiratory system to distribute oxygen…

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The way in which your body changes calories into energy has a big influence on your weight The way in which people gain or lose weight is different for everyone. Each human being reacts in a different way to the food and drink they consume, and also to exercise. Why? Because everyone has a different metabolism and, really, it’s that that counts. There are people who eat anything and everything and don’t put on weight. Others don’t eat much but can’t seem to manage to lower their body fat percentage. Let’s have a look at metabolism and how it works.…

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