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Autumn Colours Around UK

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As the leaves start to turn, we reveal where best to see autumn colour in the UK.
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The National Arboretum, in Gloucestershire, is managed by the Forestry Commission and has collections of everything from oaks, to cherries, birches and limes.
The Japanese maples are particular colourful at this time, in a blaze of red, orange and yellow.

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Grizedale
This Cumbrian forest has sculpture trails as well as glorious, rust-hued pines and broadleaf woodland. There are also plenty of walking and biking trails. 
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Castle Coch
A dense swathe of copper beech trees surround a late 19th-century Gothic castle in Tongwynlais, near Cardiff. Their colours are at their most dramatic in the last two weeks of October. 


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Sheffield Park Garden
The rare trees and shrubs are starting to show their colours in this landscaped garden near Haywards Heath in Sussex, designed by 'Capability' Brown. It has four lakes in its centre and a cricket pitch. 
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Batsford Arboretum
Close to the Cotswold hills, a wet summer has encouraged growth at this arboretum, where leaves are already turning golden. You can monitor their colour on the park's website. 

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Meikleour beech hedges
The world's highest hedge is found in Perthshire, a wall of riotous colour during autumn. There is a programme of guided walks for those wanting to take in the changing colours, starting in late October.

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 GarExburydens
This 200 acre site in the New Forest is predicting a longer than usual colour spectacle this year with auburn and russet leaves expected on its maples, dogwoods and liquidambers, plus jewel lilies and autumn art in the coming months. 


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Burnham Beeches
This nature reserve is filled with ancient woodland that once nearly covered the entire county of Buckingham shire. It has many walking trails and is a good option for Londoners wanting to see one of nature's greatest, seasonal shows. 

Health Benefits and Nutrition Facts of Lemons

A little lemon juice not only makes everything tasty, but also healthy. Read on the Nutrition facts and Health Benefits of Lemons and how lemons aid in weight loss.
Nutrition Facts of Lemons
A raw lemon without peel of about 58 grams contains 17 calories, and offers 0.6 grams of protein, 0.2 grams of fat, 5.4 grams of carbohydrates.
Lemons are also packed with of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron,magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese.
Health Benefits of Lemon
Lemons are alkalizing for the body and it helps in restoring balance to the body’s pH
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C and flavonoids, which protects from infections like flu and cold. The Vitamin C also aid in neutralizing free radicals linked to agin
Lemons are wonderful stimulant to the liver and are a dissolvent of uric acid as it liquefies the bile. Lemon water in the mornings is great liver detoxifier.
Intake of Lemon juice diluted with water every two to four hours can treat scurv
Lemon water dissolves gallstones and prevention of kidney stones formation.
Lemon peel is packed with potent phytonutrient tangeretin which helps for brain disorders like Parkinson’s disease.
Lemons have properties to destroy intestinal worms. The powerful antibacterial properties in lemons help in treating bacteria of malaria, cholera, diphtheria, typhoid and other deadly diseases
Rutin found in lemons has the potential to improve eye disorders, including diabetic retinopathy
Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, and they help slowing or halting the growth of cancer tumors and flavonol glycosides aid in stopping cell division in cancer cells.
Risks and Precautions of Lemons
Lemon juice contains acid which is harmful to tooth, so use it by diluting with water.
If not washed properly, these lemons may contain potentially pathogenic microbes.

More about Lemons

Lemons are one of the most versatile fruits out there. And no, we’re not just talking about in cooking! Lemon juice is an acid, a natural disinfectant, and a nutritional powerhouse. Its scent is perfect for humans, but a deterrent for pests. It helps preserve food and can easily replace harsh chemical-based ingredients. Is there anything this unassuming fruit can’t do?! Read on for incredible ways to use lemons. Have a favorite use of your own? Let us know in the  Comments!
Home & Cleaning.
1. Clean Cutting Boards, Rolling Pins, Salad Bowls, and More. Cutting boards and other wooden kitchen products are germ, and funky smell, hotbeds. Lemons to the rescue! The stuff works very well on both odors and bacteria; after you’ve washed your cutting board, rub 1/2 of a lemon over the wood and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Rinse the juice off and dry.
2. Get Rid of Grease. Nip grease in the bud — on counters, dishes, ranges, whatever — by rubbing 1/2 of a lemon with coarse salt sprinkled on it over the affected area. Wipe clean with a towel. Make sure the surface or dish you’re cleaning responds well to acid before doing this trick.
3. Clean Plastic Containers. Reusing plastic food containers is a great way to reduce waste, but smells can linger forever. Overcome that stink by soaking the container in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water.
4. Overcome Odors. Keep a couple lemon peels in your fridge (it works better than baking soda!) and the bottom of your trash can to avoid unpleasant smells.
5. Easily Clean Graters. Cheese graters are a pain in the neck to clean. Ease that pain with the help of 1/2 of a cut lemon; rub the lemon over the grater and wash as usual.
6. Polish Chrome and Stainless Steel. Forget that sponge — lemon rinds are excellent mild abrasives and work wonders of chrome and stainless steel. Scrub the metal, rinse, and towel dry.


Beauty & Fashion.
7. DIY Deodorant. Commercial deodorants are full of scary, harsh chemicals. But what’s the alternative — becoming a social pariah?! Luckily, that’s where lemon juice comes in. Dabbing a little juice in your armpits works just as well, if not better, than the store-bought stuff.
8. Lighten Nails. As we age, our nails start to yellow. Reverse that by soaking your nails in a cup of water and the juice of 1 lemon. Soak for a few minutes and rinse.
9. Remove Armpit Stains from Clothes. Scrub a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water onto the stain, then let the shirt air dry.
10. Zap Mildew. Mildew-y clothes aren’t ruined! Form a paste out of lemon juice and salt, apply to the mildew, and let air dry.
11. Sanitize Jewelry. Safety first! You can sanitize metal jewelry in a mixture of equal parts lemon and water. Better skip your fanciest gems and metals here, though.
12. Replace Toxic Bleach. Skip the bleach in your laundry room by adding 1/2 cup lemon  juice to the wash instead.

   
Food & Drink.
13. Lower Salt Intake. Your taste buds get a similar sensation from sour flavors as they do salty flavors, which makes lemon juice one of the best salt substitutes out there. Skip the shaker and season your meals with citrus.
14. Prevent Sticky Rice. To get perfect fluffy, stick-free rice, add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to the pot while the rice is simmering.
15. Preserve Food. A little lemon juice will help keep both guacamole and pesto green, and prevent apples, potatoes, pears and cauliflower from browning.
16. Refresh Sad Lettuce. Placing soggy, wilted lettuce in a bowl of ice water and the juice of one half lemon will bring sad lettuce back from the compost bin.
17. Wash Produce. Nearly all fruits and veggies — even organic — will benefit from a good washing. Go the DIY route. Check out a recipe here.
Pets, Garden & More.
18. Keep Out Kitty. What smells great to humans is repulsive to cats. Adding some lemon juice to a spray bottle, and misting an off-limits area — like the kitchen countertops, for instance, or the Christmas tree — will help keep feisty felines away.
19. Breathe New Life Into a Humidifier. If your humidifier is starting to smell a little strange, just add a few teaspoons (3-4) to the water.
20. Kill Weeds Naturally. Lemon juice is an ultra-effective weed killer. Soak the unwanted plants with the stuff to kill them without all of the harsh chemicals.
21. Revive Hardened Paintbrushes. Give a new life to those hardened bristles. Bring lemon juice to a boil on the stove, drop in the brushes, and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Wash and rinse in soap water and let dry.
22. Repel Ants and Other Pests. Ants, roaches, and moths hate the smell of citrus. Place lemon juice in a spray bottle, and regularly mist door thresholds, window sills, and anywhere else bugs might creep in.

10 Simple Diet and Fitness Tips

Curb your sweet tooth


Got a late-night sugar craving that just won't quit? "To satisfy your sweet tooth without pushing yourself over the calorie edge, even in the late night hours, think 'fruit first,'" says Jackie New-gent, RD, author of The Big Green Cookbook. So resist that chocolate cake siren, and instead enjoy a sliced apple with a tablespoon of nut butter (like peanut or almond) or fresh fig halves spread with ricotta. Then sleep sweet, knowing you're still on the right, healthy track.

Find the best fitness friend

A workout buddy is hugely helpful for keeping motivated, but it's important to find someone who will inspire—not discourage. So make a list of all your exercise-loving friends, then see who fits this criteria, says Andrew Kastor, an ASICS running coach: Can your pal meet to exercise on a regular basis? Is she supportive (not disparaging) of your goals? And last, will your bud be able to keep up with you or even push your limits in key workouts? If you've got someone that fits all three, make that phone call.

Stock up on these

While there are heaps of good-for-you foods out there, some key ingredients make it a lot easier to meet your weight-loss goals. Next grocery store run, be sure to place Newgent's top three diet-friendly items in your cart: balsamic vinegar (it adds a pop of low-cal flavor to veggies and salads), in-shell nuts (their protein and fiber keep you satiated), and fat-free plain yogurt (a creamy, comforting source of protein). "Plus, Greek yogurt also works wonders as a natural low-calorie base for dressings and dips—or as a tangier alternative to sour cream," says New-gent. Talk about a multitasker!

Relieve those achy muscles

After a grueling workout, there's a good chance you're going to be feeling it (we're talking sore thighs, tight calves). Relieve post-fitness aches by submerging your lower body in a cold bath (50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit; you may have to throw some ice cubes in to get it cold enough) for 10 to 15 minutes. "Many top athletes use this trick to help reduce soreness after training sessions," says Andrew Kastor. And advice we love: "An athlete training for an important race should consider getting one to two massages per month to help aid in training recovery," adds Kastor. Now that's speaking our language!

Buy comfy sneaks

You shouldn't buy kicks that hurt, bottom line! "Your shoes should feel comfortable from the first step," says Andrew Kastor. So shop in the evening—your feet swell during the day and stop in the late afternoon, so you want to shop when they're at their biggest. Also make sure the sneaks are a little roomy—enough so that you can wiggle your toes, but no more than that. They should be comfy from the get-go, but Kastor says they'll be even more so once you have a good 20 to 40 miles on 'em.


Pick your perfect tunes

Running with music is a great way to get in a groove (just make sure it's not blasting too loudly, or you won't hear those cars!). To pick the ultimate iPod playlist, think about what gets you going. "I know several elite athletes that listen to what we'd consider 'relaxing' music, such as symphony music, while they do a hard workout," says Andrew Kastor. So don't feel like you have to download Lady Gaga because her tunes are supposed to pump you up—go with any music that you find uplifting.

When to weigh

You've been following your diet for a whole week. Weigh to go! Now it's time to start tracking your progress (and make sure pesky pounds don't find their way back on). "It's best to step on the scale in the morning before eating or drinking—and prior to plunging into your daily activities," says Newgent. For the most reliable number, be sure to check your poundage at a consistent time, whether daily or weekly.

Police your portions

Does your steak take up more than half your plate? Think about cutting your serving of beef in half. That's because it's best to try and fill half your plate with veggies or a mixture of veggies and fresh fruit, says Newgent, so that it's harder to overdo it on the more caloric dishes (like cheesy potatoes or barbecue sauce–slathered ribs—yum!).


Combat cocktail hour

Is it ladies' night? If you know you'll be imbibing more than one drink, feel (and sip!) right by always ordering water between cocktails, says Newgent. That way, you won't rack up sneaky liquid calories (and ruin your inhibition to resist those mozzarella sticks!). But your H20 doesn't have to be ho-hum. "Make it festive by ordering the sparkling variety with plenty of fruit, like a lime, lemon, and orange wedge in a martini or highball glass," adds Newgent.

Eat this, run that

When you have a 5- or 10K (you get to eat more with a half or full marathon) on your calendar, it's important to plan out what you're going to eat the morning of the big day—something that will keep you fueled and also go down easy. While everyone is different, "We always have good luck with a high-carbohydrate breakfast such as a small bowl of oatmeal with fruit or a couple of pieces of toast with peanut butter or cream cheese," says Andrew Kastor, who also advises eating around 200 to 250 (primarily carb) calories about 90 minutes before you warm up for your run . And don't worry about nixing your a.m. caffeine fix on race day. "Coffee is great for athletic performances," Kastor adds, because it makes you sharper and may even give you extended energy. Talk about buzz-worthy!