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  1. 10 tips for getting a good night’s sleep

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    Feeling as though you’ve ‘woken up on the wrong side of the bed’ and the hustle and bustle of your commute is more of a bug-bare than normal? If you get even a couple of hours less sleep than usual, then this could be a reason why you’re feeling more grumpy, according to research from the Iowa State University To prevent feeling cranky and having a ‘shorter fuse’ try and include these health tips into your daily routine, to help you get a fulfilling night’s sleep: 1. Night sweats are not to be ignored “If you find yourself waking with night sweats you want to be clear whether you have woken because you are sweating, or if you have woken up and...
  2. Tips for fighting high blood pressure naturally

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    Article by Gemma Hurditch Give yourself the best chance of fighting high blood pressure naturally, with these tips from CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). High blood pressure,  (hypertension), is a common condition in which the force of the blood  against  our artery walls is high enough to eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. Since much of the problem is related to diet and lifestyle, fortunately there are numerous steps you can take to help avoid or reduce high blood pressure. Diet A healthy diet loaded with fresh vegetables, whole grains and fruits, legumes and nuts and can go a long way to keeping our blood pressure in check.  Plant foods contain natural antioxidants and phytochemicals that help fight the damaging oxidant and pro-inflammatory wave...
  3. Exercising with Varicose Veins- The Dos and Don’ts!

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    Tips from Professor Mark Whiteley Varicose veins are a hereditary condition, which will affect up to 30% of us in our lifetime. These veins are swollen and enlarged, and may be blue or dark purple in appearance – usually occurring on the legs and feet. For those who have inherited the ‘varicose vein genes’, having a sedentary lifestyle or being inactive for long periods of time may encourage these veins to develop. However, if you already have varicose veins or “hidden varicose veins”, inactivity causes them to worsen quicker and increases the risk of complications. This is because the muscles in our legs that normally pump the blood aren’t used very much when we are sitting down and, as a result, the blood pools backwards...
  4. How Does Online Therapy Work for Seasonal Depressive Disorder?

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    Article by Marie Miguel It happens every year around the same time. First, you get excited about the holidays coming up, then you start to feel a little lonely, and pretty soon you are full blown depressed and don’t know why or what to do about it. According to Mental Health America, approximately five percent of the population are affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD). In fact, about two million people in the UK experience some form of SAD between the months of November and March. The Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder The symptoms of SAD are similar to typical depression, but you only feel this way during the winter months. If you have felt sad or depressed for the past couple of winters...
  5. Top tips for staying flu-free this winter

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    Article by  CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine) None of us wants colds or flu, especially not when we want to enjoy the holiday season!  Aiming to avoid flu is our best strategy, since once it takes hold, the virus can lead to lowered immunity for some time afterwards, making us more susceptible to other winter bugs and bacterial infections. Trying to avoid the initial infection is our best strategy. Germs can live on surfaces for days, so avoid touching your face, biting your nails, or eating, without first washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water and natural soap. To put ourselves in the best condition to fight off germs, it also pays to strengthen our immune system to enhance resilience....
  6. Fear made me strong enough to lose the booze

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    By Dani Binnington I’ve been teetotal for over 5 years. It was after my conventional treatment for breast cancer finished and my mental wellbeing was at an all time low. Out of fear of a recurrence I did everything to me possible to improve my overall health and increase my chances of survival. Giving up booze, for good, was just one thing I did. I also changed my diet, started yoga, meditation and mindfulness on a quest to recover and survive. So when at the age of 33, I turned up to dinner parties and nights out saying ‘I don’t drink’ it is only fair to say that I was always ‘the odd one out’. It’s fair to say that my drive to give up...
  7. Natural ways to look after our teeth and gums.

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine)   A healthy smile and pleasant breath is not only an aesthetic goal, but a crucial one. Evidence is growing all the time that the health of our mouths predict and influences our general health, too. ‘Periodontal disease’ means advanced gum disease. Forty five percent of the UK population have periodontitis of varying severity. So how can we support the natural health of our teeth and gums?   Foods for gums and teeth Lower levels of the nutrient CoQ10 are found in gums with periodontal disease. Increase your levels by eating more parsley, broccoli, avocado, extra virgin olive oil. If periodontal disease is a problem, you would be best to take supplements along with increasing natural food sources. Vitamin B...
  8. My 50s will be better than ever says Angela

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    Article by Angela MacRitchie Angela MacRitchie tells Fab After Fifty about her remarkable health journey which inspired a whole new career.   She studied at CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). I was a county gymnast but at the age of 19 my knee swelled up and I could only walk with the help of crutches.  Over the next twenty years I had six operations, took heavy pain-killers and was often bed-ridden with the pain. After the sixth operation my consultant said ‘No more operations, I’m referring you to the Rheumatology clinic’.   I was prescribed a cocktail of powerful anti-inflammatory drugs, which, despite making me feel very unwell for the first three months, ultimately brought down the swelling dramatically and meant that I could dispense with the crutches,...
  9. The Health Benefits of Oranges

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    By Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Oranges, particularly ones which are organically grown, are bursting with compounds known as phytonutrients which can do wonderful things for our health and wellbeing. The juicy delicious flesh is not the only part of the fruit containing properties which can be harnessed by the body to nourish and protect.  We shouldn’t overlook the rind, which is the orange skin, and the pith which is the inner white pulp. Phytonutrients in Oranges The phytonutrients abundant in oranges have a wide range of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-viral and anti-cancer effects. Citrus peel eaters have been found to have lower rates of skin cancer, and various other studies support the consumption of citrus fruits with...
  10. What is a Naturopathic Approach to Health?

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    By Dr Laura Quinton for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Dr Laura Quinton is both a GP and a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist. Here she explains what ‘naturopathic’ means and how it can help to optimise patients’ wellness. I have studied Naturopathic Nutrition at CNM, the College of Naturopathic Medicine. People are interested in this but I am often greeted by a quizzical look about the word ‘naturopathic’. So I’m giving you my own take on it here as I compare it to my practise of regular medicine. At medical school, we study traditional Western Medicine. Broadly speaking, this approach teaches us as doctors to recognise symptoms and signs of disease and how to diagnose. Our approach to treating our patients is mainly based on drugs,...
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