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  1. 10 servings of veg and fruit per day? How can we do it?

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Consuming ten servings of veg and fruit per day is recommended in order to ward off heart disease, cancer and premature death. That’s the latest health advice from a review conducted by Imperial College, London, which included studies of close to 2 million people. What if I don’t even get my 5 a day? Many people already struggle to get close to the ‘five a day’ currently recommended by UK authorities.  Consuming some is better than none, so even if you are only getting a couple of servings per day, don’t give up, you can always build on your personal best!  Aim to ‘eat a rainbow’ as the more varied the colours of your diet, the more diverse the plant...
  2. Are you getting enough Omega 3 in Your Diet? Are Cod Liver Oil capsules the solution?

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon   We all know that to live an active healthy life, diet is key, but how do we know if we are in fact consuming the right nutrients to support our bodies (and our health) in the optimum way? Omega 3 is essential in maintaining healthy heart function, support normal bone function maintenance of normal vision and support of normal brain function. The primary source of Omega 3 in our diet is oily fish.  I eat what I always believed to be a balanced, healthy diet which loosely follows the principles of a Mediterranean diet, and I typically have salmon three times a week, so I thought I would score well when tested for the levels of both EPA and...
  3. 10 foods that may not be as healthy as you think

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    We might think we are eating the right things to improve our health in midlife  and possibly lose a few pounds around our middles, but it may be time to detox your kitchen cupboards for some seemingly healthy foods, which could actually be doing more damage than good to your waistline.   Our experts share the top foods that are not as healthy as you may think… Avocados “Whilst avocados are full of amazing antioxidants and healthy fats, they come with a hefty energy content. Avocados can contain anywhere between 250-400 calories each. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with having an avocado a day, it’s important to adjust your diet accordingly to account for the added calories,” explains Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns.   Fruit Yogurt “The...
  4. Is it possible to live to be 120? Biological v chronological age. Part 3

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      Article by Ceri Wheeldon The third article in our series on longevity, and changes we can make to live longer and healthier lives. According to scientists , a 120 year life span is feasible for people being born today.  But if we live longer, what can we do to ensure our later years are healthy and productive?  This is the second in a three part series where  I  asked Yuri Medzinovsky, Director General of Longevity & Beauty Residence GLMED, and some of his medical colleagues about the prospects for extending lifespan to 120 years (and staying active and healthy as well) There is a lot of information  which is why I have split the answers into three separate posts to make it a little easier to digest. Part one covered ...
  5. Menopause: Exercises for Bone Health

    Article by Jane Dowling Hello Gorgeous, Fab over 50 girls! My mission is to help you with your journey through the menopause and to feel as great as you possibly can.  I will give you the tools to find a life you love through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. I would like to start to talk about exercise as I have lots of women contact me on how to get started and what exactly they should be doing. Please, before you undertake any new exercise programme do have a visit with your GP to get the green light. Every woman for her health should be doing some bone loading, cardio and stretching exercise. Today I am going to concentrate on bone loading as it is over looked by women and I cannot express enough how...
  6. Sugar and Alzheimers: 12 Steps to give up sugar for brain health

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    Article by Dr Marilyn Glenville Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK and it is set to rise to over 1 million by 2025! However, not many people know that there is a strong link between sugar and Alzheimer’s. Almost 70% of people with type 2 diabetes are now known to develop Alzheimer’s, compared with only 10% of people without diabetes!  Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist explains this phenomenon in her latest book Natural Solutions for Dementia and Alzheimer’s “The high levels of insulin block a group of enzymes that would normally break down the beta-amyloid proteins responsible for the brain plaques in Alzheimer’s. Although high levels of insulincan have this effect, confusingly the brain also...
  7. Brain health: 9 ways to give your brain a workout

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    Tips from Dr Marilyn Glenville   We can spend hours at the gym or running and hiking to train our body and endurance.  But what about our brain? Mental exercise is as important as physical exercise when it comes to healthy ageing. Increasing our neural pathways is key . If you feel like your attention span is shortening you can stretch and strengthen it with simple everyday changes. Get more Sleep Not sleeping properly can not only affect our energy levels and looks but also our brain functions. Getting enough Zzz’s can help support learning, memory as well as regulate our mood or even appetite and libido. When looking at the brain of someone who is sleep-deprived, scientists have found reduced metabolism and blood flow in multiple brain regions. Be Social Making friends and socialising...
  8. What can you do to make a BBQ healthier?

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine).   We all look forward to spending time outdoors with friends and family in summer.  For many, that means a barbecue, but others will have been warned off barbecues by the bad news about harmful chemical reactions that occur when we barbecue meat and seafood. Stressing out about what you eat is not conducive to a relaxing time, so here are some simple steps for maximising enjoyment and decreasing risks:   Top tips for healthier barbecues   Choose organic grass fed meat to reduce exposure to more pollutants. Choose lean cuts and trim the fat or skin off to reduce the amount of fat dripping into the coals, creating carcinogenic smoke. Marinate meats overnight before cooking. Liberal use of spices, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil, even wine or beer...
  9. Can mindful eating help shift those stubborn pounds? Especially as we approach swimwear season!

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    Is your holiday booked? Is your boarding call looming? Here are 8 ways mindful eating can help you achieve the shape you want Whatever size and shape you are, swimwear shopping over 50 can be daunting especially with those unforgiving changing room lights! Are you sweating it out on the treadmill daily and making sure you always opt for the stairs, over the escalator, but still bewildered when you get on those scales wondering how those stubborn pounds haven’t shifted? If this sounds like you, then it could be time to try a more mindful approach to eating. We have asked our experts for their top tips….   1. Skip saying ‘good’ or ‘bad’ foods For a healthy relationship with food, start by not associating them with being ‘good’ or...
  10. How to Stay Fit when Travelling

    By Sloane Davis Trying to stay fit and healthy can be challenging when traveling.  I always tell my clients that the goal should be to maintain, not gain while away.  And while I am an advocate for living life and enjoying all that is has to offer, going on vacation shouldn’t become a free for all to throw in the towel when it comes to health and fitness. A common question I receive from many prospective clients is “I am going on vacation soon.  Should I wait to start the plan or start right away?”  My answer is always this: There is never a “good” or “easy” time to start.  You have to learn to live a healthy lifestyle which is what my plans aim to do.  In...
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