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R is for raspberries

We are approaching the peak season for UK raspberries, so make the most of them while you can, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. Raspberries, which belong to the same botanical family as blackberries and roses, are not only delicious, […]

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A little chocolate every day..

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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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 […]


M is for mint

Our vegetable garden is failing again this year – the spinach and rainbow chard look weak and weary, the kale is wobbly and the potatoes (which might be worth a post in August) have taken over in a way I wasn’t expecting. But at least I’ve got the mint…   writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS […]

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Holiday health tips

There are so many health issues that crop up when you go on holiday, particularly abroad, and especially with children too.  Whether it’s travel sickness, upset tummy, insect bites and stings, or too much sun, this helpful A-Z provides plenty of self-help tips for problems that don’t really need a doctor. ALLERGIES Foreign lands, strange […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Natural beauty

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Natural cosmetics

When you put something on your face, you want to feel confident that it’s not going to cause harm and give you skin problems. However, harsh chemicals in cosmetics are causing a huge rise in skin allergies, as highlighted last year by the BBC programme Watchdog. Other problems with cosmetics have been exposed too – […]

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Skin glowing naturally

Every day your bodies face more and more man-made chemicals and they have been fighting back. Eczema, asthma, and allergies are three of the most obvious complaints that can be linked to harsh chemicals in our environment. Chemicals build up in the body and some are known as endocrine disrupters, because they upset our hormones. According […]