What’s Better…

What's Better...
  • STAYING UP LATE OR GETTING UP EARLY? 

Be an early bird.

Why? After 9pm your body increases melatonin production (the sleep hormone) and trying to resist this drowsiness will leave you groggy. After dawn these levels go down, so you’ll be ready to focus.

  • TOMATOES – RAW OR COOKED?

Cooked.

Why? Heating may reduce the vitamin C content, but it also makes it easier for us to break down the plant cell walls, which allows our bodies to absorb the antioxidant, lycopene, more efficiently, which can remove dangerous free radicals that damage DNA.

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    Cooked tomatoes are healthier than raw.

    SMALLER PORTIONS OR SKIPPING A MEAL?

Smaller portions.

Why? If you’re trying to lose some pounds, you may think skipping supper is no bad thing. Not true. In reality, skipping meals altogether can activate processes in the body that trigger dangerous fat to be stored around your middle – increasing the risk of type-2 diabetes and heart disease. It’s best to stick to three portion-controlled meals, plus healthy snacks, if necessary.

  • WINDOW OR AISLE ON AN AEROPLANE? 

There are problems with both!

Why? If you’re sitting by the window you are more at risk from UVA waves, so apply some factor 50 before take off. But the aisles can be a haven for germs, so don’t forget to take sanitiser.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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