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Having a Dry July has great health benefits. We've brought together a collection of articles that could help you with your Dry July.

Glowing Green Mocktail

By The Mindful Mocktail on

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cms grated ginger
  • 3 cms grated cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 125 mls sparkling water
  • 125 mls diet ginger beer

Method

  1. Muddle ginger, cucumber, and lime in a bowl. If you don't have a muddler, use the back end of a wooden spoon.
  2. Clap the mint leaves together in your hands to release the scent and add it to the ginger mixture. Give the mint a gentle press with the muddler.
  3. Strain mixture into a glass and add ice.
  4. Top with half ginger beer, half sparkling water.
  5. Garnish and serve.

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Cherry Burst

By The Mindful Mocktail on

Ingredients

  • 5 cherries roughly chopped
  • 1 lime, quartered
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 1 cup soda water
  • Sweetener of your choice to taste, optional (see notes)

Method

  1. Place chopped cherries and lime in a glass. Add a little sweetener if using. Muddle together for about 1 minute. If you don't have a muddler, use the back end of a wooden spoon. The idea is to get it small enough to fit though a straw.
  2. Clap mint together in your hands a few times to release the scent and add to the glass. Give the mint a gentle press with the muddler.
  3. Add ice and top with soda water.
  4. Garnish with lime wheels, mint and/or extra cherries.

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How To Be Happy - 10 Routine Changes Scientifically Proven

By Juice Daily on

Nothing spells a bad day more than spilling coffee on a crisp white shirt come Monday morning, but trivial as it may seem, it can be an instant downer on your mood.

While it’s only natural to get in a funk every now and again – according to a British survey, we have at least 10 grumpy days a year (five hours a week) – it can play an unhealthy part in our overall sense of wellbeing. 

The biggest mood booster for women, according to the Healthspan survey is ‘me time.’ So while you can’t out run a bad day, you can shape and mould your routine a little bit each day to care of yourself and make the overall outcome that bit brighter. 

Here, scientifically proven tweaks to make life happier. 

1. Do exercise you like 

With...

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Think before you drink: alcohol's calories end up on your waistline

By Veronique Chachay on

Alcoholic drinks should all carry calorie counts according to a leading UK public health doctor writing in the BMJ today, because of their contribution to obesity. Fiona Sim, Chair of the UK Royal Society for Public Health, writes that while adults who drink may be getting as much as 10% of their daily calories from alcohol, most people are unaware drinking contributes to their energy intake.

Although her data are from local surveys, Sims is absolutely right in highlighting the silent role of alcohol on weight gain. The lack of information about the energy content of alcoholic beverages is likely contributing to an underestimation of consumed energy.

Given the equilibrium between “energy in” and “energy out” is a constant balancing act...

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Why alcohol makes you feel warm – and other strange effects it has on the brain

By Claire Roston on

Alcohol: why do we drink it? People have been consuming alcohol for at least 10,000 years. And when drinking water was rather risky, alcohol seemed a much safer bet. Amaldus of Villanova, a 14th-century monk, even wrote that alcohol “prolongs life, clears away ill humors, revives the heart and maintains youth”. 

Today people will give you many reasons for their decision to drink and most of these reflect the effects it has on mind and brain. But before you get too sozzled, one thing is for sure: it is certainly not a safer, healthier bet than water.

1. It tastes nice

It depends on what you are drinking (some drinks like alcopops contain more sugar) and people obviously have different taste preferences. The fact that ethanol is...

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Pomegranate Fizz

By The Mindful Mocktail on

Ingredients

  • 60 mls pomegranate juice
  • Half a lime cut in wedges
  • 6-8 mint leaves
  • 250 mls diet ginger ale

Method

  1. Place lime wedges and pomegranate juice in a tall glass. Muddle until all the juice has been pressed out of the lime. If you don’t have a muddler, use the back end of a wooden spoon or similar.
  2. Clap mint leaves together in your hands a few times to release the scent and add to the glass. Give the mint a gentle press a couple of times with the muddler.
  3. Add plenty of ice to the glass and top with ginger ale. Stir well.
  4. Garnish with pomegranate seeds, mint and lime.


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Watermelon, Strawberry & Lime Mocktail

By The Mindful Mocktail on

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 cups watermelon 
  • 8 strawberries
  • 1/2 cup lime juice

Method

  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until combined. 
  2. Pour into an ice filled glass and garnish. 

Tip: Add some mint for extra kick! 


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Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine? No you won’t says new study

By Kai Hensel on

Plenty of us have been there: waking up after a night out with a thumping headache, feeling sick and swearing never to touch alcohol again. If only there were a way to prevent these terrible hangovers.

It isn’t uncommon for us to mix our drinks, maybe a beer in the pub before moving on to wine. Folk wisdom has something to say about this: “Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine before beer and you’ll feel queer.” This idea is very prevalent and versions of it occur in many languages. In my native country, Germany, for example, we say: “Wein auf Bier, das rat’ ich Dir—Bier auf Wein, das lass’ sein.” This translates as: “Wine on beer, I’ll advise you to drink beer on wine.” 

But it turns out that there is no truth to these...

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My problem with your drinking: Australia’s hate-love relationship with alcohol

By Paul Harrison on

In the 2015 annual alcohol poll, 34% of Australians said they drink to get drunk, 43% said they had vomited as a result of drinking and 75% said Australia has a problem with excess drinking or alcohol abuse. 

But in the same Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education poll, 92% of Australians identified themselves as responsible drinkers. 

As the young people might say, what the …? A majority of Australians agree we have a problem with alcohol. But almost all say it’s not a problem of theirs – it’s a problem that exists somewhere outside of their world. 

There are both contradictions and abstractions in this discussion. But it makes perfect sense to me.

It’s simply easier to say others are flawed than admit you might be...

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