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P is for peanut butter

When I was a student, I used to eke out my grant (giving my age away!) by eating peanut butter and cream crackers towards the end of term, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. Surprisingly, perhaps, peanut butter […]

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P is for pomegranates

While researching this post, I learned that pomegranates have a very long history and have often appeared in art, literature and mythology, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger and freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. I came across the painting Prosperine, painted by the pre-Raphaelite Dante Gabriel […]

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New year tips to kick start your health

Even if you don’t have real resolutions most of us see the New Year as a new start in life, when we’re going to get fit, go to the gym, lose weight, eat and drink less, exercise more, work harder…..Try these tips for a good start to the year:  1. Drink water for more energy […]

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Festive recipes

I’m already seeing too many articles about how to deal with excessive consumption at Christmas. My advice is simple, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger and freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. Use the season as an opportunity to give your food a festive touch by […]

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Are you sleeping in the right position?

Are you sleeping incorrectly? When it comes to sleep, many of us wish we could have more of it, and to improve the quality of the sleep we are getting. But did you know, that you could be your own worst enemy when it comes to getting the rest you need? To help you get […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Healthy Mind

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Relaxation tips

1. WALK: Go for a walk – 20 minutes or so alone and preferably in countryside or in a park. 2. BATH: Lie in a hot bath for 20 minutes with a fantastic combination of a handful of Epsom salts, (or other pure salts), half a cup of bicarbonate of soda, and 10 drops of […]

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Live long, stay young and be healthy

Up to five million people are stressed by work and as many as 9.8 million working days were lost due to stress in the year 2009/10, according to a Health and Safety Executive survey. While most of this stress is described as work-related, in reality there are often many other contributing factors. Stress is a […]

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My partner is depressed

One of the most difficult aspects of depression is that few people recognise when they are feeling really bad. It often takes someone else close to you to point it out before it registers, but it’s not uncommon for someone with depression to be in denial.  This particularly impacts on partners, who are living with […]

Mindfulness

Six tips for mindfulness

Here are some ways you can practice mindfulness without meditating to improve a sense of wellbeing even while you are on the go. Eat mindfully Take a few minutes during the day to just eat. Not multi-tasking lunch with conversation, the computer or phone. Just absorb the taste and textures of the food. Take in […]

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Relax, relax, relax

Stress is at epidemic levels. Health and Safety Executive Research shows that stress accounts for half of all working days lost each year, costing employers £26 billion a year. A survey for Mind suggests that one in 11 British workers has been to the GP for stress and anxiety from the financial squeeze. Stress is […]