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  1. Do you feel tired all the time? Nutritionist reveals 6 healthy choices to improve your ‘get up and go’

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    Article by Cassandra Barns There can be many reasons for feeling tired, with the most obvious being lack of sleep! But what you eat and drink can also be important. The ‘right’ choices will provide slow-releasing energy, as well as all the necessary nutrients to help your body convert that food to energy. Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns reveals 6 healthy choices you can make to improve your ‘get up and go’! Whole grain oats If you start the day with a sugary breakfast cereal, toast or croissant, your energy is probably taking a nosedive by about 11am. Try swapping them for whole grain oats: as an unprocessed whole grain, they’re higher in fibre and break down more slowly, providing sustained energy. They’re also a natural source of energy-producing vitamins and minerals such...
  2. Health Trends of 2016 Reviewed– The Good & The Bad

    Article by Dr Sally Norton With every New Year comes new health trends, so we wanted to take a look back at the health trends of 2016 – the good and the bad!  Super-foods We are often told that super-foods have a powerful effect on our health, but this word is often thrown around a little freely sometimes. So we’ve rounded up the best, most trending super-foods from 2016 that you should definitely take into 2017 for a healthy diet. Avocado – Avocados are the super food of 2016 and this trend is sure to stay in 2017. Avocado toast on wholegrain bread is the perfect way to sneak in healthy monosaturated fats. This type of fat can lower cholesterol levels in the blood and a reduced the risk of heart disease. Sweet potato – Another...
  3. Lorraine Kelly : How dance based fitness has changed her body and her life

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    Interview by Ceri Wheeldon We have all seen  how Lorraine  Kelly has transformed her body in her 50s , and is the first to say that she is slimmer and fitter than she has ever been. I caught up with Lorraine to ask her just how she has achieved this. This is what she had to say: When you get to 50 your body shape does change .  We can all change our hair and makeup, but the best way to look young and feel better is to exercise. I wanted my waist back – but not in a way that involved doing situps and crunches. I was so pleased to find...
  4. Healthier Christmas Left Overs

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    By Dr Sally Norton, NHS weight loss consultant surgeon and health expert .    Tucking into the vast choice of left-overs in the fridge is almost as much part of our Christmas indulgence as the main Christmas Day lunch.   The great thing is we’re not wasting the excess food we create from catering for twice as many as we have around the table on the big day itself!   The only problem is that if we’re not careful, that ‘special day’ indulgence becomes a week or two of calorie-laden feasting.   Feels great at the time but New Year’s Day soon looms leaving so much work to be done on getting back into shape!   At VavistaLife we are all about enjoying our favourite foods: we would never discourage a turkey curry, a...
  5. 5 ways running can help you reach your health goals over 50

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    Many women over 50 take up running – often for the first time.  We have spoken to a number of  experts for their tops tips on why we should slip on our running shoes and hit the ground running  Run into more Vitamin D Heading out for a run is a great way to make the most of the little sunshine we get, and boost our Vitamin D levels the natural way! “Bright daylight entering your eyes triggers serotonin production. Even on an overcast day, natural daylight is much brighter than artificial light indoors. Do what you can to maximise your natural light exposure, such as going for a run outside, to help boost those vitamin D levels,” explains Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com the online shopping destination for health & wellbeing. “To...
  6. Top 5 Pilates moves to boost your immunity

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    Pilates moves by Lynne Robinson Colds and flu are the bane of winter months. This is thought to be because flu viruses spread more readily once the air is dry and chilly. With Christmas on the horizon, what can we do to help boost our immunity and make sure we’re well enough to hit the dance floor? Lynne Robinson, Founder of Body Control Pilates (to find a teacher near you visit www.bodycontrolpilates.com) and author of Pilates For Life, reveals how Pilates can help beat the germs…   How to boost your immunity; the Pilates way Famous for improving posture, joint mobility and core stability, can we can add to the list of benefits better health and immunity? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’. In addition to working on your musculoskeletal system, Pilates exercises also...
  7. Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

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    Article by Dr Sally Norton,   Vitamin D is largely manufactured in our body from the action of sunlight, so it’s not surprising that in the sun-strapped UK many of us fail to produce enough of this essential vitamin in the winter months when sun is in short supply! Even if we do, we probably don’t have the opportunity to get outside to soak up some vitamin-producing rays, with many of us going to work and coming home in darkness. And of course, all summer, we have been slapping on the sun-cream in an effort to protect ourselves from the rising incidence of skin cancer – so, minimal vitamin D synthesis going on there, I suspect. As a result of that research and the conflict of sun protection vs vitamin...
  8. 7 of the best fitness DVDs for women over 50

    Best fitness DVDs for women over 50
    Article by Ceri Wheeldon We might want to improve our fitness over 50 but we  don’t all want to join gyms, much preferring to exercise in the comfort and privacy of our own homes. I have chosen a selection of some of my favourite fitness DVDs – they have not been developed specifically for women over 50, but they are DVDs that either I use myself…or have friends who do…and as we are all over 50 we think that these are the ones we like to share. // < !]>Amazon.co.uk Widgets   Callanetics One of the originals..and still one of the best in my opinion. Callanetics – 10 Years Younger...
  9. 5 reasons why we should quit alcohol for a month

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    October is ‘Stoptober’. Here are 5 reasons why it is good for your body to give up alcohol for just one month. Love your liver. Shona Wilkinson, Nutritonist at Superfooduk.com says “The liver is an amazingly robust organ, and is the only organ that has the ability to regenerate itself after certain types of damage. Unfortunately, alcohol is one of the toxins that the liver doesn’t handle as well as other toxins, and it cannot regenerate after being severely damaged by alcohol. The liver processes 95% of alcohol ingested. Alcohol is seen as a toxin and therefore the body will preferentially process it before anything else. As a result alcohol is absorbed and processed before nutrients and food; therefore it’s not a good idea to consume alcohol whilst...
  10. Review of Turmeric Plus Supplement

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon I am not a great fan of taking supplements, but had read so much about the benefits of turmeric that I have taken Turmeric+ for a month. I posted my initial thoughts after a week where I had surprisingly  noticed a significant improvement in my psoriasis (this was not one of the benefits of turmeric I had previously read about, and am pleased to say that the improvement has continued…the psoriasis patches are now barely noticeable. But what of the benefits I HAD read about. Well in some instances the benefits are hard to measure as they said to be: The benefits of Turmeric are said to be: Act as anti-flammatory Increase anti-oxidant capacity Boost brain power Lower risk of heart disease Help arthritis Help joints Dr Michael Moseley is apparently exploring the impact of turmeric in...
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