Todays instalment of the easy A-Z of Wellness will be exploring three areas of wellness for the letter T.
Tomatoes are packed full of mighty antioxidants which help the body to fight off free-radical cells which can be the cause of ageing skin, cell damage and certain diseases. Lycopene is a particular type of antioxidant found in tomatoes which can prevent heart disease and certain cancers such as ovarian, prostate and breast cancer. Choline is also found in tomatoes and is an important nutrient for a healthy sleeping pattern, improving muscle movement, learning and memory. Tomatoes are great for heart health as they contain fibre, potassium, Vitamin C and choline, so be sure to add plenty of tomatoes to your salads and juices.
Tai Chi is a combination of martial arts and meditation which creates a relaxing and gentle form of exercise. Tai Chi is widely recognised to reduce stress, improve balance and flexibility and increase muscle strength especially in your legs. Tai Chi is a particularly great form of exercise to be doing as you get older as it can increase mobility and due to the fact that its a very low contact and gentle form of exercise it can work wonders for those suffering with painful joints and muscles. The meditation involved in Tai Chi can positively impact your life as it is known to reduce stress, anxiety and depression as well as leaving your mind clearer at the end of a session. Joining a Tai Chi class is a great way to unwind and stay in shape at the same time as well as being an enjoyable social event.
Going for regular Thai Massages is not only enjoyable and relaxing but can have a positive impact on your health too. Massages in general encourage the body to release serotonin a chemical which improves general happiness, helps you to sleep well and relaxes your body. Massage also improves circulation, reducing your risk of blood clots. Thai massage uses gentle pressure on energy lines and yoga like stretches to fully relax the body. The gentle stretching encourages increased flexibility and mobility which can help to prevent injuries of the muscles.
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