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Experiments with turmeric

Turmeric, Curcuma longa, a spice related to ginger, is becoming increasingly popular – with coffee shops offering turmeric latte and turmeric tea, while health foods stores are expanding their ranges of supplements and other turmeric-containing products, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, […]

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Prevent hay fever early

Start early to prevent hay fever this season with natural health remedies. Hay fever facts : Around 12 million people have hay fever in the UK 95  per cent are affected by grass pollen, but many suffer from the tree pollens that are abundant from the spring. Silver birch is the most prevalent hay fever trigger […]


Quit smoking

Wednesday, March 14th is National No Smoking Day.  Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or this day it gives an incentive to cut it out.  Smoking is SO expensive these days, plus Smoking Kills. Smoking Statistics There are 9 million smokers in the UK, the majority of whom are young people. That means that 19 […]

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Experimenting with ‘superfoods’: cider vinegar

For 2018, I’m setting the alphabet theme aside and, instead, I’m going to experiment with some so-called superfoods, looking at how to include them in your diet, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition.  I’m not planning to take […]


Colds, coughs, flu

Everyone’s got colds at the moment but 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 […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Fitness & Lifestyle

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Healthy Ageing

In their book The 10 Secrets of Healthy Ageing, Patrick Holford and Jerome Burne, claim that the five a day for many older people is not five portions of fruit and vegetables but of prescription drugs. They claim that 50 per cent of people over 65 are now getting five drugs a day (source: BBC, […]


Healthy foods for long life

LIVE LONG AND HEALTHY (Source: British Nutrition Foundation) Particularly good for Important food component Great food sources The heart Unsaturated fatty acids Vegetable oils and reduced fat spreads, nuts, seeds, avocados Heart, brain, joints Long chain Omega 3s Oily fish Gut & heart Insoluble fibre Wholegrain foods, nuts, seeds, vegetables, skins of some fruits including […]

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Screened out?

PCs, laptops, iPads, mobile phones, games consoles, and TV – many of us are spending our lives flicking from one screen to another, using social networking sites, sending emails, watching TV, working, texting friends, and even reading books. A survey by Childwise* found that on average 90 per cent of children use the Internet for […]

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Five ideas for a healthy and happy retirement

Many people dread their retirement, seeing only a never ending stretch of non-activity ahead of them once their working days are done. In the 21st century, as more of us live longer, this needn’t be the case. Here are a few ideas for a happy and healthy retirement. 1. Change your accommodation If you are […]

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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 […]