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  1. 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...
  2. Top tips for getting into shape over 50 from celebrity trainer Paulette Sybliss

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon Paulette Sybliss worked with Janet Jackson to get her into shape at 51 ready for her world tour – following the birth of her son. I asked Paulette to share her tips so that every woman over 50 can be fit and fabulous. How easy is it to get into shape in your 50s and beyond? It is no more difficult at 50 than it is at 30; habits are the only thing that may get in the way. At 50 we are set in our ways pretty much and habits are firmly formed and often we don’t want to break the habits of a lifetime however if the mindset is such that one truly wants to change and get into shape at 50...
  3. 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...
  4. Health-savvy snacks for an autumn walk

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    Article by Dr Sally Norton Autumn is just asking to be embraced with a brisk walk in the fresh air and fallen leaves. Ideally with some gentle sunshine too….but let’s not push our luck! Wrapping up against the elements means we can get the benefits whatever the weather throws at us. Whether you are planning a full-on, muscle-toning power walk or a gentler stride out for an hour or two, it’s worth having an energy boost to hand. But don’t undo the good work of your walk by tucking into processed snacks that provide calories but little in the way of nutrition. Your body, like your car, runs better on premium fuel. Instead, choose one of these healthy and easy snacks the next time you get up and go…… Banana On-the-go snacks don’t come any easier than bananas – ready-wrapped and full of...
  5. I’m eating healthily but still can’t lose weight

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    Article by Dr Khandee Ahnaimugan If you think you’ve got a healthy diet but still want to lose weight in your 50s, the first thing I’d focus on is portion sizes. Most people can’t believe that they can really reduce portion sizes without feeling hungry. They are often shocked to find, over the course of a weight loss programme, how much less they are eating at the end of it. It’s often 1/3 less, sometimes 1/2 less, and in some cases even less. How can this be? It’s because you’ve got stuck in certain habits of eating, and don’t realise what you’re doing. It becomes the new normal, and you think it’s how much your body needs. So how do we go about reducing portion sizes? Here are a few quick tips. How to Reduce Portion...
  6. How taking Cod Liver Oil capsules improves Omega 3 levels

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    Article by Ceri Wheeldon I have been watching the BBC programme How to Keep Young – where they conduct various tests to assess somebody’s ‘body age’  as opposed to their chronological age, and then put together a 12 week programme of lifestyle changes to reduce their body age. I have been participating in a mini version of my own, by participating in a test that Seven Seas are conducting which looks at Omega-3 and why it’s so important to have in our diets.  Looking to improve my Omega-3 intake I had my blood analysed (via a finger prick test) and then reviewed by Professor Philip Calder, Professor of Nutritional Immunology at the University of Southampton. I was quite surprised by the results. (read the full review...
  7. Natural Ways to Prevent Varicose Veins

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    By Debbie Cotton for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Varicose veins are sore, raised, normally purplish coloured areas of blood vessels that occur most often on the legs. They form as a result of weak or faulty valves that are present within the veins, and the area becomes stagnated with blood, causing inflammation and further damage to the area. They are more common in people that have jobs in which they have to stand all day. The trouble with varicose veins is that once they have formed, they are quite tricky to make disappear, but what you can do is prevent them from forming or getting worse. If you are predisposed to prominent veins, it is a good idea to start a preventative treatment as soon as possible. Vitamin C is a...
  8. Boost your immunity this Autumn.

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    By Georgie O’Connor for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Along with good quality rest, low stress, regular exercise and daylight, the best way to develop a strong and healthy immune system is to provide all the nutrients your body needs to support immune function. There’s no substitute for good nutrition! In times of greater stress such as keeping warm, staying dry and battling with bugs, the rate of free radical production (which can be very damaging to the body if left unchecked), can go up, so we have to give the body extra help for the mopping-up operation.   A good diet contains antioxidants, a class of nutrients that can prevent and repair such damage.  Here are some tips for seasonal products that combine antioxidants with ‘comfort-eating’, something that we...
  9. 5 simple mistakes that could be impacting your weight

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    We may not be going back to school any more but that doesn’t mean September isn’t a month of new starts, giving us a second chance to give our January resolutions one last try before the festive season and get back in shape after those sangria fuelled holidays. To make sure your attempts aren’t in vein we’ve rounded up five common mistakes you may be making that could hamper your weight loss goals. Your morning coffee Although many of us use coffee to haul us out of our sluggish morning slumber, it may be feeding our sweet tooth and tempting us into snacks we know we should avoid. New research from Cornell University has found that caffeine can temper taste buds temporarily and make food and drink taste less sweet,...
  10. Are we older but not wiser when it comes to fitness over 50?

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    A recent study conducted by Public Health England has revealed some shocking statistics regarding inactivity rates among British adults. It found that 41% of British adults aged 40-60 walk less than 10 minutes at a brisk pace each month. Results have also shown that a quarter of the population are officially ‘inactive’, meaning they are doing less than 30 minutes of activity per week. It doesn’t take an expert to know that these results mean many UK adults are putting themselves at a greater risk of negative long-term effects on their health. If this isn’t a wake-up call, we don’t know what is. Our experts have put together their top tips to get you off the couch, moving your body and leading a healthier lifestyle. Find your rhythm Exercise doesn’t...
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