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  1. Turn back time:10 tips to protect your health for the future

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    Article by Dr Aamer Khan #Be Age Smart with expert advice from Harley Street doctor, Dr Aamer Khan Look after your bones. Half of all women and one in five men aged over fifty will break a bone because of a weakened skeleton (osteoporosis). A vitamin D supplement helps promote calcium absorption and bone health. Weight-bearing exercises, such as working out with lightweights, three times a week, can also help keep bones strong.   Deal with your stress. Stress contributes to every disease, directly or indirectly. It shrinks the brain and increases the waistline. So deal with it – somehow. Make time for mindfulness, or even better, meditation and even a few minutes of relaxed deep breathing several times a day will help. With your eyes closed, focus your mind...
  2. Can we sleep ourselves slimmer?

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    Fancy another excuse to have a lie in? New research suggests that sleeping for longer could improve your diet and help you lose weight. That extra hour or so in bed could help you cut down on sugary foods, compared to those who have less sleep, according to the study. Win, win! Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns shares her thoughts: “The results of this study definitely make sense. Previous research has found that a lack of sleep is linked to higher calorie intake and a higher risk of obesity, and so it’s no surprise that it can increase our sugar intake too – and that getting more sleep can help us cut down on the white stuff. “This study provides even more evidence of the importance of sleep for our overall health and wellbeing....
  3. 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...
  4. Solutions to sleepness nights: Counting Mississippis

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    Article by Juliet Young Sleep has been avoiding me since I turned fifty. Not totally avoiding me, because it comes along and hits me with a big, steel hammer on the head just as I’m reading the fifth line of my nightly chapter which, as you can imagine, takes months to read. It then leaves me there, sitting with book in hand, head drooping, mouth attractively open, until something, in man or cat form, shakes me and tells me to lie down. For God’s sake, woman, the cat usually adds. So I obey and Sleep then carries on quietly doing what it has to do. Maybe playing solitaire or knitting or doing a bit of embroidery. In any case it kindly lets me get a couple of hours’ rest...
  5. 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...
  6. Can Acupuncture help Migraine headaches?

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    By Amanda Hair for CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine). If you have experienced a migraine, you will know that it’s not like just having a bad headache.  The world’s sixth most debilitating illness is best described as an incapacitating collection of neurological symptoms whereby the sufferer can experience  visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, light, touch and smell, and tingling or numbness in the extremities or face. Migraines seem disproportionately to affect women. Interestingly, boys are affected more than girls before puberty, but during adolescence it is women who experience more migraines, more than likely connected to shifting hormones. With more research emerging that typical painkillers and migraine pharmaceuticals can actually aggravate the condition, some people choose to explore alternatives, such as Acupuncture. The National Institute...
  7. Review: Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution with Lavender

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    Review by Ceri Wheeldon Can Dr Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution with Lavender help you  to get a good night’s sleep? I have been  finding it hard to sleep lately.  I fall asleep, but then wake in the early hours and then struggle to fall asleep again. I probably do the worst thing by then scouring netflix – but night upon night of interrupted sleep were taking their toll. I had read about how lack of magnesium can contribute to insomnia, and that our magnesium levels can be depleted during periods of stress.  With changes in how our food is produced, we no longer consume as much magnesium in our diets.  Magnesium is easily absorbed through the skin.   I have tried magnesium sprays – with little...
  8. Tips on managing joint pain

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      Actor and Radio Presenter Larry Lamb made a splash when he entered I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here last winter, lasting 19 days in the harsh, humid Australian jungle. Larry even dove into the trials, winning fourteen stars for his fellow (very hungry) campmates. A few years ago Larry wouldn’t have thought that he’d be capable of life in the jungle. Years of wear and tear on his knees meant that even simple exercises like crouching and bending put him in agony. Larry recently starred in a short video from GOPO®, where he explains that just a few years ago he struggled with his busy work schedule due to the pain in his knees. He even admits that he would have struggled to even consider the jungle...
  9. 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.   The test analysed the Omega 3...
  10. 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...
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