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P is for peanut butter

When I was a student, I used to eke out my grant (giving my age away!) by eating peanut butter and cream crackers towards the end of term, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. Surprisingly, perhaps, peanut butter […]

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P is for pomegranates

While researching this post, I learned that pomegranates have a very long history and have often appeared in art, literature and mythology, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger and freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. I came across the painting Prosperine, painted by the pre-Raphaelite Dante Gabriel […]

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New year tips to kick start your health

Even if you don’t have real resolutions most of us see the New Year as a new start in life, when we’re going to get fit, go to the gym, lose weight, eat and drink less, exercise more, work harder…..Try these tips for a good start to the year:  1. Drink water for more energy […]

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Festive recipes

I’m already seeing too many articles about how to deal with excessive consumption at Christmas. My advice is simple, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger and freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition. Use the season as an opportunity to give your food a festive touch by […]

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Are you sleeping in the right position?

Are you sleeping incorrectly? When it comes to sleep, many of us wish we could have more of it, and to improve the quality of the sleep we are getting. But did you know, that you could be your own worst enemy when it comes to getting the rest you need? To help you get […]

This Month’s Spotlight: Healthy Mind

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Boost your memory naturally

It is a fact that our brains lose function as we get into middle age and some people claim it happens much earlier! Some old people can remember intricate details of their childhood as if it were yesterday, but completely forget who came to see them the day before. Cognitive memory is the ability to […]

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Exercises for stress

Forty or 50 years ago we didn’t talk about stress, but it must have been there – it just didn’t have a name. How could anyone go through seven years of the Second World War without being stressed? Today the word ‘stress’ is bandied around liberally with people saying they are stressed after trying to […]

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Sleep tight

Almost of half of women in the UK don’t get a good night’s sleep.*  Sleep is a very precious thing and we only think about its quality when we aren’t getting enough. A key reason for not sleeping well is worrying. It keeps the brain whizzing round and round at night, while all we want […]

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Coping with depression

Are antidepressants the solution? Most people know what it feels like to be depressed – and it is entirely normal to feel down following bereavement, divorce, redundancy or other life problems. It is when depression becomes a way of life that it becomes a problem, and often this is hard to recognise. Sometimes it is […]

Mindfulness

Six tips for mindfulness

Here are some ways you can practice mindfulness without meditating to improve a sense of wellbeing even while you are on the go. Eat mindfully Take a few minutes during the day to just eat. Not multi-tasking lunch with conversation, the computer or phone. Just absorb the taste and textures of the food. Take in […]