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Is rhubarb romantic? Valentine’s Day special!

Have you noticed how all the food ads for Valentine’s Day centre around strawberries? Usually enclosed in a heart shape! Well, I have just bought some strawberries for juicing. They’re from Egypt and are also fairly tasteless. To say nothing of the air miles. So, if you must have a pink pudding on Tuesday, go […]

Stress is on the up

Stress has been a hot topic for years, and it’s not getting any better.  People are even more stressed now and technology is making it worse.  How many emails do you have to deal with each day?  Do you get phone calls and emails wherever you are at any time of the day or night? […]


M is for Mexico

I’ve not been to Mexico, nor have I eaten in a ‘real’ Mexican restaurant, writes our guest blogger, Dr Susan Aldridge,   freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. But I’ve made up three Mexican-style recipes which I suggest are at least as authentic as the […]


I is for Indian

For 2017, the A to Z of Superfoods blog goes on tour! Each month, we’ll look at a different cuisine and pick out those elements that make it healthy – then create some recipes around them, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and […]


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 […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Family Health

Are you stressed?

Stress is the main reason for long-term sickness absence from work according to the 2011 survey by the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel Development).  Around 13.4 million working days a year are lost because of stress and stress-related illness. With the current financial crisis more and more people will become stressed as jobs go and […]

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Patrick Holford’s Feel Good Factor

Feeling just ‘alright’ is not all right, according to Patrick Holford, nutritionist, author, broadcaster and director of the Brain Bio Centre  He surveyed 55,000 Britons to find out what makes them leap out of bed in the morning with enthusiasm, a consistent good mood and a sharp mind. The Brain Bio Centre works with people who […]

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Vitamin D essential to health

The Government is now advising the public to take Vitamin D supplements in winter.   The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has produced a report on Vitamin D levels for the Government, emphasising that everyone in Britain over the age of one should take 10 mcg of Vitamin D a day. Sunshine accounts for 90 […]


Coffee addiction is in your genes

A new American study discovers that caffeine addiction is dictated by your DNA. Do you really need that morning cup of coffee? Have you tried and failed to give up? Caffeine is the most widely consumed mind-altering substance in the world and, for some people, one of the hardest to quit. Now a new study […]


The miracle of lemons

Lemons are antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal, astringent, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine, provide masses of  Vitamin C and can be used in cleaning and beautifying.  The amazing benefits of lemons for health are fully explained in the book, The Miracle of Lemons, by Dr Penny Stanway. What few people realise is that lemons may be acidic […]