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  1. 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...
  2. 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,...
  3. 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...
  4. 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,...
  5. What is Cholesterol? : Everything you need to know about cholesterol

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    Cholesterol is a substance made in the liver that’s vital to human life. You can also get cholesterol through foods. Plants cannot create this, so you can only find it in animal products like meat and dairy. With all the bad publicity cholesterol gets our experts have addressed the topic in time for National Cholesterol Month – to tell you everything from surprising facts, to ways you can maintain or achieve healthy cholesterol levels. Only 20% of Cholesterol comes from food The UK’s leading Nutritionist and author of The Natural Health Bible For Women, Dr. Marilyn Glenville, explains why cholesterol isn’t always negative (www.marilynglenville.com), “your body needs cholesterol, that’s why it produces it.  Your liver actually produces 80% of the cholesterol in your body; only 20% comes...
  6. Looking Fab but Feeling Fab after 50 – Advice on Keeping Joints Healthy

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    It seems that once we get to 50 years of age, our bodies begin to show the effects of years gone by. All of the wild nights out in our twenties and thirties appear on our faces and we can feel that our joints are starting to ache and become stiff, even when doing the simplest of tasks. So is this what we can expect as we begin to age, or can we feel as good as we did in our earlier years, with a little help? Looking Good, Feeling Good? We know the way it goes, if you’re looking good, then your self-esteem rises and you feel good too. Taking regular exercise and eating healthily, can help to maintain your outward appearance...
  7. Health over 50: Keeping your gut happy

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    Article by Gemma Hurditch for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). Many health problems begin, or are worsened, by what’s going on in the gut. Leaky gut and dysbiosis are two of the different malfunctions that can occur.  They are separate conditions that can frequently occur together. Leaky gut Leaky gut refers to a gut lining that is too permeable; like a tea bag that has small tears in it. To get nutrients from our food our microvilli, which are tiny little finger-like projections in the gut lining, filter and absorb broken down food. Nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream through the gut mucosa (the first layer of cells in the digestive tract).  Sometimes the villi are damaged, or the gut lining is compromised for a number of reasons that can include stress, medications, alcohol, and inflammation.  Then, the tight junctions...
  8. 5 Health Care Tips for Summer Travellers 

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    Article by Dr Elizabeth Kershaw-Yates  Are you planning on travelling abroad this summer? In a lot of summer destinations, there are different diseases and hygiene factors to keep in mind. It is definitely worth researching your destination and remembering how you can stay healthy and travel safely abroad. We spoke to the team at The Online Clinic, for five key rules to keep in mind: Check before you travel If you know you are going to travel to a tropical country, make sure you check the health requirements. A good place to start is the NHS site Fit For Travel, which can provide you with up-to-date information. Don’t leave it too late as some injections need to be given well in advance of travelling. The...
  9. How to fight fatigue and avoid that afternoon energy slump

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    If you find yourself yawning a lot and struggle to get through that 3pm energy slump, you may be suffering from fatigue.  With many of us leading increasingly busy lives – juggling work and family – it is hardly surprising that lack of energy is increasingly common. Feeling energetic all of the time isn’t possible and it is perfectly normal to feel tired at the end of a busy day or to have temporary dips in energy, but if you feel persistently tired and haven’t got enough energy to get through the day then follow our experts top fatigue fighting tips. Eat smart “A well-balanced, healthy diet is essential for high energy levels. At its most basic level, the food you eat and drink is the fuel that your...
  10. What’s the difference between food allergies and food intolerances?

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    By Fiona Campbell for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). If you’re suffering from bloating or abdominal pain, skin problems, rhinitis, fatigue or irritable bowel syndrome, you may already be thinking that certain foods could be contributing to the problem. Food intolerances affect most of us at one stage or another. They can be difficult to pinpoint because of the time delay that often occurs between eating and experiencing symptoms.  For many people a reaction can occur up to 12 hours later, long after the memory of what they have eaten has ebbed away. Many of us don’t understand that there is a big difference between food intolerances and food allergies.  You might also be surprised to know that some of the food intolerances you identified 12 months ago may no...
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