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Experiments without potatoes

You can replace potatoes with other root vegetables that contain more vitamins and fibre, without sacrificing any of the comfort or taste element. The recipes below would work well at a Halloween/Bonfire supper or party if you’re planning late autumnal events. Also, I’ve been struck by the number of food delivery bikes in my area […]

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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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The Mood Boosting Plan

Written by positivity coach, Miriam Akhtar. Who is currently working with Ryvita and Davina McCall as part of their Positivity Panel to inspire women into #getmore good in their lives Try  these tips to give yourself a lift when life is getting you down. Happiness is something we do rather than something that just […]

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Discovering chia seeds

Chia seeds may be tiny, but they are packed with vital nutrients so if, like me, you hadn’t tried them previously, it’s well worth starting to include them in your diet. They come from the Salvia hispanica plant, which is native to Central and South America and a member of the mint family. It’s said […]

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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 – […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Healthy Advice


Back pain

In 2011 there were more days of sickness absence from work for musculoskeletal problems (including back pain) than any other illness or ailment. A whopping 35 million days were lost in total, and the cost to the NHS is mounting all the time, with many sufferers on painkillers. Also read How posture affects your health, […]

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Traveller’s tummy

Between 20 and 50 per cent of international travellers suffer from some form of stomach bug according to research, and it can be dangerous, causing severe dehydration, malnutrition and in worse cases, hospitalisation. Traveller’s Tummy is probably one of the most unpleasant conditions you will get while on holiday, but unfortunately it’s also one of […]


Not much help for emotional over-eating

Misunderstanding, lack of help and stigma affect people with emotional over-eating issues  a survey by Beat – the UK’s leading eating disorder charity – has found. Over 1,000 people across the UK responded to the survey and the findings were significant. 88 per cent said their problems with food were related to emotional problems. 73 […]


Restless legs at night?

It’s 3 a.m. and you’ve just woken up again with an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. There’s a bubbling, crawling feeling in your calves and the whole length of your legs are aching. If this sounds familiar, you might be suffering from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). RLS is a debilitating condition that is more […]

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Be fit for exam season

It’s exam season for thousands of British students – at school and university.  After years of hard work it’s important to stay focused, healthy and alert, including the recently heralded Rosemary Oil. On top of doing lots of work it’s important to: Get plenty of sleep. Eat healthy foods, not sugary snacks. Take breaks and […]