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Meghan Markle has been spotted out and about in Montecito wearing an anti-stress patch designed by NuCalm.
The disc, worn on the Duchess of Sussex's pulse point, is called the 'biosignal processing device' and is billed as providing "the resonance and frequencies to ensure a fast-acting, deep, and long-lasting NuCalm experience".
This is reported to mean that it makes whoever is wearing one feel calm by using electromagnetic frequencies to tap into parasympathetic nervous system, which takes the wearer out of 'fight or flight' mode.
NuCalm's website claims that the disc is similar to how a battery works and that by placing it on your left pulse point: "once it touches your skin, your body begins pulling frequencies from it.
"The Pericardium 6 acupressure point on your left arm contains a direct Meridien connection to the Pericardium sac which contains your heart.
"The frequencies of naturally occurring neurotransmitters, GABA and L-Theanine, travel through your arm, to your heart, to your brain. This interrupts the cortisol and adrenaline response, allowing the NuCalm "music" software to slow your brainwave frequency, thus relaxing the mind and body."
However, an expert speaking to The Telegraph called the patches "pseudoscience".
Meghan used to run a lifestyle blog called The Tig before she joined the Royal Family and has been a long time advocate of different techniques to improve both mental and physical health.
Yahoo UK explores some the Duchess of Sussex's top wellness tips.
Meghan has previously credited acupuncture as being a massive help when it came to dealing with migraines that she suffered from, to the extent that she even says she was hospitalised.
"I used to have debilitating migraines, and acupuncture and Eastern medicine absolutely changed my life." Meghan said to Chalkboard Magazine in 2015. "Migraine-free living is a game-changer".
Acupuncture derives from ancient Chinese medicine, according to the NHS, and the process works by inserting fine needles into certain points around the body to stimulate sensory nerves.
This then activates pain relieving endorphins, which the NHS says is the likely reason people find therapeutic and preventative benefits from a course.
Read more: Meghan Markle's secret weapon for battling anxiety revealed (Hello, 3 min read)
Meghan's mum, Doria Ragland, was a yoga teacher, so it's no surprise that the duchess is a big advocate of the practice.
She's spoken repeatedly about all the positive impacts that regularly taking to your mat can have.
"My mom was a yoga instructor so that practice is in my blood. I love an intense vinyasa class – and even better if its blasting hip-hop and done in a dark room with candlelight. The best!" she said to Women's Health.
Back in 2019, she was reportedly spotted at a hot yoga class in New York City, before attending the US Open where she watched her friend Serena Williams play in the tennis tournament.
Read more: Meghan Markle attends public yoga class with 60 strangers (Yahoo Life UK, 3 min read)
Meghan's previously recommended opting for a healthy green juice over a coffee, preferring the natural energy boost.
"I think trying to go for coffee or things like that only end up hurting you at the end. So I get a really good natural source of energy…something that gets right into your system is a nice pick me up," she is reported as saying by Glamour.
She also told the Today programme her preferred recipe.
"It's easy to fall into the trap of rushing for a coffee when you hit that 4 pm slump. But if I blend some apple, kale, spinach, lemon, and ginger in my Vitamix in the morning and bring it to work, I always find that sipping on that is a much better boost than a cup of espresso."
Read more: Meghan Markle's daily diet revealed (Hello, 6 min read)
Back in 2017, Meghan told Women's Health that a particular type of workout inspired by pilates is one of her go-tos. She recommended the Megaformer workouts highly, saying that those who give it a go can almost immediately see a difference in their physique.
"It is hands down the best thing you could do for your body.
"You keep coming back for several reasons: first off, your body changes immediately… give it two classes and you will see a difference; the people in class are cool, unpretentious, and motivating."
Sebastien Lagree designed the strength building machine and runs a studio in London, which Meghan told the publication she had visited.
Lagree guessed to the Daily Mail that "Meghan does it about three times a week […] She looks like she's very committed."
Read more: Meghan Markle's favourite tough workout revealed by trainer who designed it (Yahoo Life UK, 3 min read)
While every bride and groom — and even the guests — want to look their best on their wedding day, few people have as many eyes on them as Meghan did when she walked down the aisle.
It's no surprise then that Meghan went the extra mile to ensure her skin was glowing for the big day, including getting a pre-wedding facial with Sarah Chapman, who also recommends taking a supplement to get people glowing from the inside out.
Antioxidants, probiotics, minerals and vitamins come together with amino acids and essential fatty acids in the form of GLOW Advanced Inner Beauty powder by The Beauty Chef, can get you glowing like royalty for just £45.
Read more: Meghan Markle's pre-wedding facialist reveals 'inner beauty powder' supplement she swears by for great skin (Yahoo Life UK, 3 min read)
Whilst she was back in the UK last year for the late Queen Elizabeth's platinum jubilee, Meghan sought out Chapman's skills again to ensure her skin was picture perfect for the weekend of pageantry and celebration.
This time the facialist added in an LED light treatment to her regime of massage and hydration with oils.
Controlled wavelengths are used by the lights, according to Chapman's website, to soothe inflammation. and boost collagen to create naturally glowing skin.
Read more: Meghan Markle's Facialist Shares How She Brought Out the Duchess' 'Natural Glow' for Platinum Jubilee (People, 2 min read)
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A baby who was born two months early has defied the odds – after being so small she had to wear doll’s clothing. Sienna Townsend, now four, arrived weighing 3lbs 3oz and mum Gemma, 33, had to dress her in clothes for a baby Annabell doll when she came home after six weeks in hospital. Gemma gave birth to her second premature baby, Amelia, now 15 months, in June 2022, eight weeks early, weighing the exact same as her sister. She was even told to “say goodbye” after Amelia struggled to recover from a collapsed lung. Miraculously the tot pulled through after being put in a coma for seven days and spending two months in hospital. She was able to come home in August 2022 to join her sister, Sienna – and the pair are now both thriving. Gemma, a support worker, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, said: “Both were born early at exactly 31 weeks and three days and 3lbs 1oz each – which is really weird. "Sienna was so small she has to wear baby Annabell clothes as there was nothing else out there for her. "They said 'you need to come in a say goodbye' [to Amelia]. “We were told she was dying. "I couldn't believe she made it. "Sienna is besotted with her." Gemma found out she had protein in her urine and was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 28 weeks with Sienna – and was hospitalised up to her birth. Sienna was born via c-section at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Gloucester, on October 31, 2018, at 5.15pm when Gemma’s blood pressure shot up and she was at risk of a seizure. Gemma and her husband, Jamie Townsend, 36, who works in IT, were scared to hold their daughter as she was so frail. She said: “It was horrible. “She was so frail and small.” The day after giving birth Gemma was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome – a rare liver and blood clotting disorder – and she was kept in hospital for three weeks while she recovered. Gemma was hardly able to see little Sienna, but after they both recovered, she was able to bring her tiny daughter home – then weighing 4lbs 3oz in December 2018. Sienna is now a thriving four-year-old who is "nervous and anxious". When Gemma fell pregnant again with Amelia, she was told to take aspirin to help stop her from developing pre-eclampsia, but she was diagnosed again at 28 weeks. She said: “It was the exact same, it followed the same pattern.” Gemma was admitted to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, in April 2022 and was taken for a c-section in June when her blood pressure got too high. Little Amelia was born on June 17, 2022, weighing 3lbs 1oz, at 2.20pm, but at three days old doctors noticed her lungs were undeveloped and like that of a 28-week baby. When Amelia was seven days old, Gemma and Jamie were given a call to say she had taken a turn and told to “say goodbye”. She said: “The ventilator wasn’t working for her. “It was so traumatic." Gemma was told she had a collapsed right lung caused by an over inflated left lung – a pneumothorax – that wasn't healing, and specialist doctors had been called to see if they could save her. The team managed to arrive in an hour and operated on her in her incubator in the NICU – attempting to stabilise her. They managed to stabilise her after seven hours, and she was taken in an ambulance to Bristol Royal Hospital for Children. Her lung was causing a pressure on Amelia’s heart – which was “really serious” – and doctors battled to save her for two weeks, but nothing was working. They decided to put her in a coma on her left side to get her lung working. Gemma said: “She became really distorted. Her head was massive. “She was really uncomfortable looking. “We were told to prepare for the worst.” On day seven, her heart started inflating and decreased the pressure on it and doctors were able to wake Amelia up. Within five days she started getting better and was then moved back to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Gemma said: “We couldn’t believe it.” Amelia came home without oxygen in August 2022, and is going from strength to strength but is very behind on her milestones – and has only just started crawling. Her parents don’t yet know what the impact of her NICU stay will have on her but hope she can walk. Gemma said: “She’s so fierce. “She has incredible strength. “She’s determined – that’s what got her through.” For both her daughters, Gemma used donor milk, which she is very thankful for her – and they are both thriving.
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