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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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Natural sanitary protection

Even a woman who has no problems might like to think about using natural sanitary products not only to protect her own body against chemicals but also to protect the environment. Many of the niggling problems women experience could be put down to wearing tampons – toxic shock syndrome is the worst scenario, but itching […]

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Hysterectomies: are they really necessary?

By the time they reach 60 one fifth of British women have had their womb removed, but according to recent research 75 per cent of hysterectomies could be unnecessary. In the year 2000 to 2001 there were 62,391 hysterectomies performed on the NHS with plenty more in the private sector. Maryon Stewart, author and founder […]

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Painful, heavy, irregular periods?

Anyone whose periods are extremely painful every month, who has stopped having periods or who is suffering from heavy periods should see a doctor. Complementary therapies and self-help tips can be a solution once serious problems, such as endometriosis, fibroids, or cancer, have been ruled out.  Complementary therapies can, however,  help for both endometriosis and fibroids (see Hysterectomies – […]

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Finding an alternative – menopause

As a modern woman, do you feel that you are forever being pulled in several directions trying to juggle both home and work commitments? More and more is expected of us in terms of what we can achieve and therefore more stress is being put on our adrenal glands. As a result these glands end […]

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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 […]