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Fabafterfifty: Natural Therapies

  1. Natural help for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)

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    By Gabi Heyes for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is also known as acid reflux.  It is a common digestive issue that can damage the tissues in the oesophagus, as stomach acid flows the wrong way. Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease can erode the ring of muscle- the lower oesophageal sphincter – that usually opens and closes to allow food to pass into the stomach, and prevents food and acid from flowing back. This can give rise to many uncomfortable symptoms such as a burning sensation in the chest after eating, chest pains, regurgitation of food or sour liquid, difficulty swallowing and a sensation of a lump in the throat. The stomach is designed to withstand hydrochloric acid, as the cells secrete lots of mucous, but the delicate tissues...
  2. Zen yourself young: Japanese techniques for a younger body and mind

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    By Sarah Bladen and Julian Daizan Skinner What would you say if the real answer to looking and feeling younger was to ditch the anti-wrinkle cream, forget daunting surgical procedures and turn to an ancient Japanese art first developed over a thousand years ago? Zen is the original source of the meditation and mindfulness trend that has swept the west in recent years and it might just hold the secret to our elusive quest for youth. Recent evidence shows that practising meditation both delays brain ageing and makes people look younger than their years. Dr Robert Keith Wallace, one of the first scientists to study the effects of meditation on ageing, discovered that when he measured biological age (how old a person is physiologically rather than chronologically), those who’d been practising meditation...
  3. Candida: What it is. What you can do about it

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). What is candida? Candida is a common fungus that lives on and in us. When in balance it causes no problems, but if its growth is unchecked, it can become a serious and sometimes life-threatening issue. Candida can often be a chronic infection that requires repeated anti-fungal treatment. Candida often presents as vaginal thrush in women. Oral thrush is also common, particularly after antibiotic treatment. The intestines can also be affected, as can the skin. In very serious cases candida may become a blood-borne infection requiring immediate medical attention. This type of invasive candidiasis, which can result in death, is highly unlikely to be present in the general population, however. People who develop it are generally already hospitalised and severely unwell. Symptoms In babies, symptoms of candida...
  4. Coping with behavioural changes of dementia

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      Being verbally or physically attacked by an older adult with dementia comes as a shock. Even more so when the person you love or care for has shown no past history of violence. Yet aggression is a known symptom of dementia. In fact, it’s incredibly common. Find out why and how you can cope with it. Dementia changes a person When dementia sets in, it can change the way a person behaves in extraordinary ways. An older adult may start to shout or swear at you or scream repetitively which is deeply upsetting. Dementia patients can also cause physical harm by biting, scratching, kicking or hitting other people. Understandably, relatives often find it difficult to accept aggressive outbursts. However, it’s important to understand that this kind of behaviour is a...
  5. The Dos and Don’ts of Creating the Right Sleep Environment

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      Our sleeping patterns vary largely throughout the many phases in our lives. From a young age and right up to teenagers, we can’t get enough. Then we move towards adulthood and we have work or children vying for our attention at all hours and far less time to sleep. And finally, in our later adult years, we may find ourselves with more time on our hands but perhaps lacking the ability to get a restful night’s sleep. According to the UK Health Centre, “as we get older we will experience less slow-wave sleep and less REM sleep and this is thought to be due to the lack of growth hormones which would normally control NREM sleep”. Added to this, sleep disturbances may become more acute in...
  6. Turn back time:10 tips to protect your health for the future

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    Article by Dr Aamer Khan #Be Age Smart with expert advice from Harley Street doctor, Dr Aamer Khan Look after your bones. Half of all women and one in five men aged over fifty will break a bone because of a weakened skeleton (osteoporosis). A vitamin D supplement helps promote calcium absorption and bone health. Weight-bearing exercises, such as working out with lightweights, three times a week, can also help keep bones strong.   Deal with your stress. Stress contributes to every disease, directly or indirectly. It shrinks the brain and increases the waistline. So deal with it – somehow. Make time for mindfulness, or even better, meditation and even a few minutes of relaxed deep breathing several times a day will help. With your eyes closed, focus your mind...
  7. Can we sleep ourselves slimmer?

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    Fancy another excuse to have a lie in? New research suggests that sleeping for longer could improve your diet and help you lose weight. That extra hour or so in bed could help you cut down on sugary foods, compared to those who have less sleep, according to the study. Win, win! Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns shares her thoughts: “The results of this study definitely make sense. Previous research has found that a lack of sleep is linked to higher calorie intake and a higher risk of obesity, and so it’s no surprise that it can increase our sugar intake too – and that getting more sleep can help us cut down on the white stuff. “This study provides even more evidence of the importance of sleep for our overall health and wellbeing....
  8. Top Tips to Detox the Brain from a Psychiatrist and  a Nutritionist

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    Article by Deborah Colson and Dr Emer MacSweeney  As millions of people around the world embark on New Year’s resolutions with diet and fitness primary goals, it’s important not to overlook the brain; one of the most fascinating yet complex organs. The brain really is the boss of the body; controlling all of the body’s functions, movements and emotions, so it’s important to keep it healthy and working to its best ability. The experts at award-winning brain clinic Re:Cognition Health are passionate about optimising brain health and understand that modern lifestyle pressures can seriously compromise its performance. Factors such as chronic stress and depression can affect the way the brain works; reliance upon modern technology can cause a decrease in mental performance, attention span, learning ability and memory function. Nutrition is another factor...
  9. Solutions to sleepness nights: Counting Mississippis

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    Article by Juliet Young Sleep has been avoiding me since I turned fifty. Not totally avoiding me, because it comes along and hits me with a big, steel hammer on the head just as I’m reading the fifth line of my nightly chapter which, as you can imagine, takes months to read. It then leaves me there, sitting with book in hand, head drooping, mouth attractively open, until something, in man or cat form, shakes me and tells me to lie down. For God’s sake, woman, the cat usually adds. So I obey and Sleep then carries on quietly doing what it has to do. Maybe playing solitaire or knitting or doing a bit of embroidery. In any case it kindly lets me get a couple of hours’ rest...
  10. Nine Steps to Improve Insulin Sensitivity

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    Article by Fleur Brown According to Diabetes UK, nearly 3.6 million people are living with Diabetes Type 2 in the UK. Diabetes is the fastest growing health threat of our times and an urgent public health issue. Since 1996, the number of people living with diabetes has more than doubled. If nothing changes, it is estimated that more than five million people in the UK will have diabetes within the next five years. Diabetes Type 2 is primarily a disease of insulin “resistance” when the cells become insensitive to the effects of insulin. Insulin is needed to facilitate the uptake of glucose into the cells but if your cells are...
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