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Nutritious Christmas food

Turkey Turkey is a great source of lean protein. It is also low in fat and low in calories – just what you need this festive season! It is also high in selenium, which supports metabolism, zinc that help to boost our immunity and vitamin B6 essential for energy production. Turkey is also packed with tryptophan, […]


T is for tangerines

Tangerines (also known as mandarins) are small, easy-to-peel citrus fruits which are at their best during December, writes our guest blogger, Dr Susan Aldridge, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. Satsumas are just a kind of tangerine, while clementines are a hybrid between a tangerine and […]

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Avoid bloating this Christmas

By Melanie Simcock, Nutritional Therapist We’ve all been there; feeling bloated on January the 1st with a strong desire to hibernate for the rest of the winter.  The party season is drawing to a close and the only thing we’ve exercised over the past fortnight is a little plastic card!  But it doesn’t have to […]


C is for carrots

Autumnal nights call for pumpkin and sweet potato – but don’t forget the humble carrot, which is also (as the name suggests) rich in carotenoids, which can protect against heart disease and cancer. It’s easy to up your carrot intake by including them in a plate of crudites, with other raw veg, or as a […]

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SAD time of year

Winter blues affect some 17 per cent of Britons*, while 7 per cent experience  SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).   Winter blues can mean feeling extra tired, lacking in energy and feeling low.   Symptoms of SAD include: • Depression – low self-esteem, misery, despair, hopelessness, numbness,apathy • Constant fatigue • Disturbed sleep patterns with early morning […]

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Top ten holiday tips

Packing for a holiday has become a whole lot more difficult in recent years due to security measures at airports. You aren’t allowed to take water through customs so you have to pay airport prices if you want a few bottles on your flight. And you have to be careful about any liquids, make-up and other […]


Colds, coughs, flu

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 swear by garlic capsules, or if you […]


Photo-dynamic therapy – gentler cancer treatment

 ‘With PDT you don’t suffer skin burns. You don’t have your hair falling out. Your white blood cells aren’t destroyed, so your immune system stays intact and allows you to fight off all the other bugs,’ according to Chris Tarrant. Just recently Jean Pringle from Bishop Auckland was dying from mouth cancer. She was unlikely […]

COQ10 counteracts statin side-effects

Cholesterol-lowering statins not only inhibit cholesterol, but also an important compound called coenzyme Q10, which is responsible for generating energy in the “powerhouses” (mitochondria) of cells, especially muscle cells. This is is what causes muscle pain and impaired glucose tolerance in some patients, according to the study. When muscle cells are not able to produce […]


Painkillers not best for headaches

Ironically and not before time NICE (the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence) has reported that one of the most common causes of headaches is overuse of medication.  They advocate (quite surprisingly) that acupuncture is the only proven method to treat tension headaches and migraine and that it should be prescribed by doctors. Those […]