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Experimenting with ‘superfoods’: cider vinegar

For 2018, I’m setting the alphabet theme aside and, instead, I’m going to experiment with some so-called superfoods, looking at how to include them in your diet, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition.  I’m not planning to take […]

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Colds, coughs, flu

Everyone’s got colds at the moment but there’s not much the doctor can do when you have a cold or flu,  because antibiotics won’t work for viruses. But there’s plenty you can do yourself. Regular Vitamin C – especially as Montmorency cherries. Echinacea daily – you can take it all winter. Garlic – many people […]

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P is for Purple (and Blue)

Black grapes are a rich source of anthocyanins, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. Of all the superfood colours, purple is perhaps the best known. The deep colour of black grapes, purple cabbage, blackcurrant, blueberries, pomegranate and aubergine […]

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The spice of life

Spices are good for you, and they have many health benefits.    Turmeric is a wonderful spice with so many properties, especially in the fight against osteoarthritis (see below).  Spices are also used to preserve food and make it taste good. At the end of this post there are lots of spicy supplements and products […]

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Soothe your cough

Just when you need a lot of sleep to make you feel better when you’ve caught a cold you get a cough which definitely gets worse at night.  Coughs can be painful and debilitating and make your stomach muscles ache with the effort.  To try and get a restorative night’s sleep you need to quell […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Fitness & Lifestyle

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Women need more iron

The symptoms of low iron are: Fatigue Low energy Difficulty with concentration Cognitive problems Heart palpitations Shortness of breath after exertion Concave fingernails Women need more iron Women – Iron is the only mineral where women’s requirements are greater than men’s, this is due to menstrual blood loss and pregnancy. Iron is a one of […]

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Live longer, take a holiday

We all know this really, but now it’s official – holidays give us many health benefits according to a new study. Among the findings of The Holiday Health Experiment conducted by tour operator Kuoni, and Nuffield Health, the UK’s largest healthcare charity, were: • Blood pressure of the holidaymakers dropped by a beneficial six per […]

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Lose weight – stand at work

Stand at your desk all day and you burn an extra 50 calories per hour, 52,000 calories a year and it’s the same as running 20 marathons!  You also can avoid back pain which is such a problem for computer users and boost your health.           The way to do this […]

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Not much help for emotional over-eating

Misunderstanding, lack of help and stigma affect people with emotional over-eating issues  a survey by Beat – the UK’s leading eating disorder charity – has found. Over 1,000 people across the UK responded to the survey and the findings were significant. 88 per cent said their problems with food were related to emotional problems. 73 […]

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Pilates for all

Every town and almost every village runs a Pilates class now because so many people have found that it keeps them fit and trim. In the last 10 years Pilates has taken the UK by storm, but it was developed by Joseph Pilates almost 100 years ago to help him to fight the ill health […]