In music we trust.

I have recently been made aware of the clothing brand In music we trust. This is a UK based company that sells a range of awesome music themed clothing.

The difference between this brand and so many others, other than the quality of the designs, is that 50% of all profits are donated to Mind UK. Mind is a charity which I have talked about before. They provide support to those who are suffering with mental health issues and those who know someone who is.

In my opinion this is a very worthwhile charity to support and they are doing a fantastic job of raising the public awareness of mental health and helping to defeat the stigma attached to it.

Nothing I write here is going to do justice to the products sold at In music we trust. So please pop over there and take a look for yourself, or just go over to Mind UK and familiarise yourself with some of the great work they do on a daily basis. Also, if you haven’t already done so, check out my RED January logs; where I am running every day in January in support of Mind UK.

Thank you.

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5 great plants to improve your indoors.

Most people are aware of the benefits of spending time outdoors, but did you know that you can get some of that goodness by bringing a slice of the outdoors in? Not only is it proven that having some greenery in the house is good for your mental well-being; having some of these plants can also make a physical difference too.

Here are some plants that can really improve your living.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera’s sticky gel is well known for its powerful anti-oxidant properties and can often be found in face washes and sun creams. But the plant as a whole is also brilliant at purifying the air in your house. It is capable of clearing the air of some of the potentially harmful chemicals found in many household cleaning products. It will even show you when the amounts of chemicals become to high as brown spots will appear on the fleshy parts of the plant.

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Peace Lily

The peace Lily is a really nice looking, low maintenance plant that is known to reduce the levels of toxins in the air. What more can you ask for?

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Snake plant

This is a great plant to add to your bedroom. As opposed to the majority of other plants, the Snake Plant will absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night not during the day. This allows it to keep the air quality in your bedroom high throughout the night. As a bonus, they need little in the way of light or water to survive.

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Bamboo Palm

Although requiring a reasonable amount of care to get these growing at their best, the Bamboo palm is both an attractive and useful plant. It is remarkably proficient at removing toxins such as benzine and trichloroethyline from the air. They do require a lot of watering and a shady position to thrive though.

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Golden Pothos

This plant is great at removing formaldehyde from the air. It is a perfect addition hanging in the kitchen or living room as it’s leaves will grow down in cascading vines.

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Green tea. Is it better than water?

Green tea has many of the same benefits as water, which you can read about here: The benefits of water according to science. But, it also has many other benefits.

Many of the plant compounds found in the tea leaves make it into the final drink, these compounds contain many important nutrients.

There are large amounts of catechins, which are natural antioxidants that help prevent cell damage as well as providing other benefits.
EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) is found in green tea, and has been found to treat a number of diseases.

Green tea, like all teas, contains caffeine; this is known to increase brain function. Where caffeine has been shown to increase conditions such as anxiety in some, the amino acid L-theanine is known to reduce it. Green tea contains large amounts of this important amino acid, which negates this potential downside of caffeine.

The combination of caffeine and L-theanine has been proven to have synergistic effects. The combination of the two being particularly potent at improving brain function.

Much like water, green tea is known to aid in fat reduction. It has the added benefit of the physical performance improvement gained by the caffeine.

So, if you are after a healthy drink that is not just plain old water. Give green tea a try.

Are there carbs in wine?

You often hear about the dangers of drinking alcohol when trying to control your weight, but is there actually any science behind this?

Of course, for a large variety of alcoholic beverages it is know to be the case that they contain a large number of calories. Beers and spirits being prime examples. But what about wine?

Check out this article from I love wine to find out.


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Is just walking enough?

In an era where high intensity fitness programs are king, is there a place for just taking a walk?

The answer, thankfully, is simple. Yes.

Walking is a great way to improve fitness and, as long as it creates a calorie deficit, a good way to loose weight. Walking has many upsides compared with more intense form of exercise that it is worth adding to any routine.

One of its greatest benefits is that, compared to most other forms of exercise, it has almost zero negative impact on your body long term. Walking is very easy on your knees.

Walking is also completely free and needs no special equipment. Even the humble jog requires running shoes.

Walking is an easy way to hit your daily exercise targets, and can be used to add some much needed cardio into your day. This is really helpful for those who spend a lot of their exercise time in the gym. Just fitting some runs in throughout the day will provide an extra level of fitness.

In all, walking is a great way to stay in shape. It is certainly not the only way, and it should not be solely relied on if you are looking for strength and muscle tone. Whether integrated into an already established regime, or the start of a new one. Walking is certainly a good place to start.