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June means cherries

I’ve chosen cherries, peas and broad beans as this month’s seasonal produce. All have a short season, so grab them while you can! Indeed, you might find it hard to get hold of fresh peas and broad beans, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science […]

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Vitamin D levels low even after summer

For years we have been told that too much sunshine is dangerous and it is, but the sun is also vital to healthy living.  A recent study by The University of Surrey on Vitamin D  showed that most people in UK are deficient even at the end of the summer. Vitamin D is produced in the […]

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Be healthy for the exams

GCSEs, A-levels and finals students – it’s the most important time of the year.  After months of hard work it’s important to stay focused, healthy and alert. On top of doing lots of work it’s important to: Get plenty of sleep. Eat healthy foods, not sugary snacks. Take breaks and relax. Calm down – try Rescue […]

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Why dark chocolate is good for you

Dark chocolate is good for you as flavonols, natural compounds in the cocoa bean, have neuro-protective effects.  Therefore, they  improve blood flow to the brain, especially the hippocampus that controls memory and becomes less efficient as we age*. Apparently flavonols also help to maintain heart health. Apparently the effect is more pronounced in women and […]

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Eat berries for superhealth

Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cranberries are full of healthy nutrients and are claimed by Patrick Holford to be the ‘superfood’.According to leading nutritionist, broadcaster and founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition, Patrick Holford, ‘Berries are the superfood of the century. Packed with essential nutrients, berries are the best fruit to include in your diet.’ A […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Women’s Health

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PMS solutions

From a young age until menopause a woman can experience pre-menstrual tension which can make them feel emotional, angry, depressed, uncomfortable, bloated and much more.   Sometimes these last for as much as a week, or even more and interfere with daily life. There’s plenty that can be done to ease symptoms by changing diet (See PMS can be […]

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PMS can be prevented

Change your diet and feel the benefits quickly – says Ian Marber, a renowned nutrition therapist, broadcaster and author of health books. He is the founder of the Food Doctor, a brand that is becoming more and more known for its healthy cereals, nuts and seeds, and snack bars. According to Ian,  PMS affects over 40 per […]

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Breast cancer – what can you do?

 As many as 50,000 women get breast cancer in the UK every year.  But more and more are surviving. The figures aren’t great though – about 12,000 die each year. How do you check your breasts yourself? It’s important to be aware of the normal shape, look and feel so that you can identify changes […]

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Thrush – how to cope

Some 80 per cent of women are said to suffer from vaginal thrush at some time in their lives. A fungal infection caused by excess yeast known as Candida albicans, the symptoms are vaginal discharge, itchiness and soreness which can make intercourse painful.Some women get thrush when they are feeling run down or after taking […]

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What is osteoporosis?

Ask a woman about osteoporosis and she’ll probably tell you it’s something that happens when you get older and your bones become brittle.  But that’s not something she needs to think about now is it?  In truth whether you walked to school or not has an impact on your chances of getting the disease. There’s […]