Your Health

Feeling good

Effortless ways to feel fantastic!

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The do's and don'ts of the menopause

Women’s health expert Maryon Stewart offers some advice for tackling menopausal symptoms naturally

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10 ways to beat the bloat

Bloating can be a real problem for some people and while it is wise to investigate the cause of painful symptoms, mild bloating can be alleviated with a few simple diet and lifestyle tweaks.

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Back to school

It’s that time of year again. Back to school for the kids. Back to waking up early; long days of lessons, exams, projects, sports events, competitions, after-school activities and homework.

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60 second health swaps

Make the healthy choice with these easy, healthy substitutions for not-so-healthy choices

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Balancing act

From PMS to the menopause, hormones can affect women’s health at any stage of life. Achieving hormonal balance really is key to ensuring optimum wellbeing.

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Preparing for parenthood

If you are currently trying to fall pregnant, you may already be aware that one out of seven couples today has trouble conceiving. However, it is important to know that, for most couples, infertility is usually a temporary condition, caused by excessive toxin accumulation and/or nutritional deficiencies.

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6 of the best superfoods

We take a look at some of the best superfoods to add to your daily diet.

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Happy, healthy holidays

Many of us look forward to jetting away somewhere hot and sunny during the summer for a well-earned break. But, staying healthy when you are away from home isn’t always easy. Don’t let potential holiday hazards such as digestive health issues, jetlag or sunburn get in the way of your enjoyment. Our expert tips are sure to help!

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Man power

In line with Men’s Health week, we take a look at some of the best foods and supplements to support men’s health naturally

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Under pressure

The exam season is here and many school children and students will be feeling anxious and under pressure to do well. Here are some natural ways to help boost their wellbeing and increase productivity.

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Must-have health heroes

Our natural health experts highlight the must-have supplements that everyone should consider taking

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A good gut feeling

Don’t underestimate the importance of good gut health. Maintaining the right balance of good bacteria in your digestive system is not only vital to your health in general but also the strength of your immune system and even your mood.

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Your hay fever survival plan

Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, tends to be caused by the airborne pollen from flowers, trees, weeds and grasses. Many people are finding that their hay fever symptoms are arriving earlier and earlier each year with higher pollen counts.

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Beat back pain

The back is a well-designed body part that is made up of bones, muscles, nerves and soft body tissues. It is a vital part of our anatomy because the bones of the back act as a supporting frame for the back and the whole body.

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No more excuses

Let’s face it – living a perfect, healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy. When you are juggling a busy work and home life, the best intentions can sometimes slip a little and we find ourselves making excuses for why we are not meeting our health and fitness goals.

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How to stay healthy at work

According to the World Health Organisation, the average person spends a third of their lives at work. That’s a lot of hours we’re putting in at the office!

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Women’s health hacks

Liz Parry speaks to a range of holistic health experts to get their top tips for the most common women’s health conditions

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10 surprising facts about heart health

Our holistic health experts reveal some facts and tips about heart health

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The cold war

Coughs and colds are ever present during the long winter months, which is why it’s important to support your immune system. Don’t let winter bugs get the better of you, with our expert tips to keep cold-free and fighting fight.

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Stress less this Christmas

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but often Christmas can feel like a big old stress-fest. With presents to buy, food to prepare and friends and family to entertain, many of us will feel our stress and anxiety levels rising. Here are our 12 steps to keep calm during the festive season.

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Survive the festive season

Tis the season to be jolly… but with all that jolliness can come a lot of bloating, indigestion and hangovers. There’s no getting away from it – rich Christmas food and drink may look and taste wonderful but it doesn’t always sit that well with our digestive systems.

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The healthy heart guide

Looking after the health of your heart involves maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. Most of us have heard of so-called ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol, but what is the difference between the two, and how can we achieve the right balance for optimal health?

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Functional foods explained

The term ‘functional foods’ has begun to crop up more and more in recent times as healthy eating and natural wellbeing become increasingly popular. But what does this term actually mean?

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Natural health heroes

Coughs, colds and flu always seem to make a regular appearance during the autumn and winter months. That’s why it’s more important than ever to make sure you are eating a healthy, balanced diet full of vitamins and minerals.

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Seeing the light

As the cold weather and darker days approach, summer can seem like a distant memory. Many of us will naturally feel the urge to hibernate and it can be hard not to feel a little gloomy. Up to 29 per cent of British adults are thought to suffer with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, with symptoms ranging from low mood, low energy levels, depression and anxiety to sleep problems, difficulty concentrating and eating more than usual.

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Release the pressure

It’s responsible for 60 per cent of strokes and half of all heart attacks, yet most people with high blood pressure have no idea they are at risk. That’s because high blood pressure has no symptoms so the only way to know your numbers is by having a blood pressure check.

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Health heroes!

In today’s busy world it can often be difficult to find the time to eat healthily and make sure our bodies are getting all the nutrients they need for optimum wellbeing. “One of the great Western misconceptions is that malnutrition is simply about not getting enough to eat,” says Shani Shaker, a registered nutritional therapist (www.superradiance.co.uk). “Often it’s about not getting the right micronutrients. Whilst it’s preferable to get nutrients from our diets, sometimes it’s difficult to find the time to eat the way we know we should.” Here is our guide to some of the most important vitamins and minerals our bodies need in order to function well.

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Natural ways to protect the health of your brain

We’ve all done it at some point in our lives – misplaced the car keys, forgotten someone’s name or walked into a room and realised you can’t remember why you went in there. Lapses of memory are quite normal, particularly when you are juggling several tasks or preoccupied with stress.

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Promoting positivity

The thing about our negative thoughts and feelings is that on some level they are trying to communicate with us. They have a function, even if they are going about things the wrong way.

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Could you reverse your diabetes?

Until recently, medical experts believed that type 2 diabetes was an irreversible health condition. Once you were diagnosed with it, you had it for life. However, new evidence is suggesting that this may no longer be the case and that by making the right dietary and lifestyle changes it could be possible to reverse the condition.

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The natural fertility guide

Making the decision to start a family can be an exciting and nerve wracking time for parents-to-be. While many go on to enjoy healthy and happy pregnancies and births, many couples experience the stress and heartbreak of fertility problems. According to the NHS, around one in seven couples in the UK may experience problems conceiving – this equates to approximately 3.5 million people. Here we speak to a range of fertility experts to get their tips on supporting your fertility through diet, supplements and therapies.

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Hay fever SOS!

Hay fever, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, is thought to affect nearly 18 million people in the UK, according to estimates from the charity Allergy UK. With symptoms ranging from sneezing and a blocked or runny nose to itchy eyes, nose and throat, it can be a pretty miserable condition for sufferers.

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7 natural ways to good health

Cystitis

Cystitis is a common type of urinary tract infection which many women have experienced at some point in their lives. Symptoms include pain or burning during urination and lower abdominal pain.

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Looking after your little ones

More and more parents are choosing to follow the natural approach when it comes to raising their children, through good nutrition, supplements and natural remedies. Of course it goes without saying that if your child has a serious infection or fever it is essential to consult a doctor. But, for some minor health complaints, the natural approach can work well. We spoke to the experts to get their tips.

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7 ways to look after your bones & joints

From diet to exercise and supplementation, there are many ways you can care for your bones and joints naturally

It’s never too late to start thinking about the health of your bones and joints. Brittle bones and joint pains don’t necessarily have to be a part of the ageing process if you take care of them with the right nutrients and appropriate exercise. Here we speak to the experts to get their top tips.

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Love your heart

We take a look at some of the best natural ways to protect the health of your heart

Each and every day our hearts pump around 100,000 times, transporting about 23,000 litres of blood around our bodies. This vital process ensures that nutrients and oxygen are delivered to all the cells in the body, whilst carbon dioxide and other waste products are taken away.

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The flu-fighters!

Don’t let colds and flu get the upper hand – support your body with these nourishing foods

When colds and flu rear their ugly heads, it’s essential to equip your body with an arsenal of nutrients to fight these illnesses. A healthy, balanced diet is a great way to start, but you might also want to stock up on the following supportive foods.

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Get your fats right

We take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly of dietary fats.

Fat is an essential part of a healthy diet, but in recent years it has acquired something of a bad reputation. As a result, low fat diets and low fat food products grew in popularity. “Historically there has been some confusion over the effect dietary fat has on our bodies,” says Helen Roach, a nutritionist and founder of Revive Therapeutics.

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‘Tis the season to overindulge!

Bloating, gas and indigestion can all be uncomfortable side effects of the traditional Christmas dinner. Here’s how to avoid them

Mince pies, turkey, Christmas pudding and spicy mulled wine.

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Soothe your Christmas stress

Follow our experts’ advice and don’t let festive stress get the better of you

Between buying and wrapping gifts, playing Santa and prepping and cooking a meal for 15, the joy of Christmas can quickly dissolve into stress. Here are some natural ways to feel a little calmer during the festive season.

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Combat seasonal bugs the natural way with our expert advice

Colds, flu and seasonal bugs are more common during the winter months but they don’t have to be inevitable. Follow these simple steps from our natural health experts and boost your immunity in time for winter.

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Natural ways to beat the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder

As winter draws in and the daylight hours grow shorter, many of us tend to feel more lethargic and the prospect of comfort food becomes more appealing. An estimated 20 per cent of the UK population are thought to suffer from a form of winter depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder, with two per cent experiencing symptoms that become utterly debilitating.

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Bringing up baby

For many people the first time they become aware of holistic living is when they have their first child. Suddenly it seems really important to make the right choices around healthy food and drink, avoiding potentially toxic chemicals and even ensuring that you leave as light a footprint as possible on the planet. After all you have contributed to the next generation! A recent Mintel report showed that a 40 per cent rise in spending on organic skincare and beauty products was put down largely to ‘yummy mummies’ wanting to do their best for their offspring. I take the ‘imperfectly natural’ approach – do the bits you can but don’t stress over it.

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Managing the menopause

Often referred to as ‘the change of life’, the menopause can be a difficult time for many women. The menopause happens when the ovaries no longer produce eggs. And as the ovaries manufacture the hormone oestrogen, when they stop functioning the levels of oestrogen in the blood begin to fall. This disrupts the menstrual cycle and leads to menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, mood swings and aching joints.

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Top of the class!

Make sure your kids are healthy and strong as they go back to school, with these term time health tips

The summer holidays have drawn to a close and it's time for the kids to head back to school. Parents are busy buying new school uniforms, sports kits and books, but there are a few other things that should be borne in mind, in order to make sure that youngsters are fully prepared for the challenges of the new school term. Here are our expert tips to make sure that your kids enjoy a happy and healthy return to school.

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Supplements for sports

We take a look at some of the best supplements to aid sports performance and recovery

Vitamin D

“If you want to build muscle tissue and strength then you should definitely check your vitamin D status,” says Christine Bailey, nutritionist, chef and author (www.christinebailey.co.uk). “Not only is it important for immune health and bone strength, but vitamin D also acts like a hormone in the body, influencing muscle strength. It regulates neuromuscular functioning and affects protein synthesis. Low levels are linked to muscle weakness. High intensity training can suppress our immune system, making us more prone to infections and injuries but adequate vitamin D will help counter these effects. Vitamin D is also involved in insulin function, so if you are trying to burn more fat make sure you have optimal levels. You can get some vitamin D in fortified milk, eggs, liver, oily fish and of course sunlight but in the winter months it is likely you will need a supplement.”

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8 ways to beat the age clock

Author and nutritionist Fiona Kirk shares her top anti-ageing tips and tricks to keep you looking and feeling younger for longer

1 Nourish your skin

Your skin needs nourishment from both the outside and the inside. What we see on the outside is an excellent indicator of what is going on inside. Certain nutrients are vital for collagen production, elasticity, defence, protection, wound-healing and general integrity. These include the vitamins A, C, E, K and the Bs, the minerals zinc, sulphur, silicon, selenium, iron and copper plus omega-3 fats.

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The natural way to support your fertility

Nutritional therapist Henrietta Norton gives her top tips for improving your chances of conception, the natural way

Whether you are planning your first pregnancy or thinking about having another child, trying to conceive naturally or undergoing fertility treatment, the period of time before you conceive gives you a window of opportunity to evaluate your nutrition and general lifestyle. Small changes to your diet can help you to optimise your ‘fertile’ ground.

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Holiday health hazards – and how to avoid them!

Ensure that you enjoy a happy and healthy holiday this summer, with our experts’ advice

Tummy troubles
“The dreaded travellers’ diarrhoea can affect up to half of all international holidaymakers,” says Caroline Harmer, nutritionist and digestive care expert for Renew Life UK.

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Your guide to vitamins and minerals

We take a look at some essential vitamins and minerals and examine their importance to our health

Vitamins and minerals are essential nutrients that our bodies need in order to work optimally. Although we should be able to get all the nutrients we need from our diets, it can often be beneficial to consider extra supplementation.

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Reduce your diabetes risk

We take a look at this common health condition and how to reduce your risk of developing it

Diabetes is a lifelong condition whereby the body cannot control its blood sugar levels due to problems with the hormone insulin. According to the charity Diabetes UK, there are 3.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 630,000 people who have the condition, but don’t know it. There are two main types of diabetes – type 1 and type 2.

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Seasonal sniffles

Top tips for helping hay fever naturally

It is estimated that nearly 18 million people have hay fever in the UK – that’s around one in four of us. Hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, is an allergic reaction to airborne substances such as pollen which can get into the upper respiratory passages of the nose, sinuses, throat and eyes. This can then cause the body to produce antibodies and release histamine, which irritates the upper respiratory passages. This results in the common symptoms of sneezing, a runny or blocked nose and itching inside the nose and eyes. The conventional medical approach is to use antihistamine tablets or nasal sprays. However there are plenty of natural approaches that can be taken too.

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PMS Solutions

Our holistic health experts explain how to tackle the symptoms of PMS naturally

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is thought to affect between 30 and 40 per cent of women. The term is used to describe all symptoms that occur after the middle of the menstrual cycle and stop almost as soon as a woman’s period arrives. Typical symptoms range from irritability, depression and headaches to altered sex drive, lack of energy, pain in the breasts, back and abdomen as well as bloating and water retention.

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The unmentionables

Some health complaints can’t help but make you blush, from constipation to thrush and diarrhoea. But fortunately there are natural ways of helping these embarrassing conditions.

Thrush: “Thrush is a yeast infection caused by a fungus known as Candida albicans that lives throughout the body,” explains Primrose Matheson, a naturopath and founder of Primrose’s Kitchen (primroseskitchen.com)

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Top tips for treating common childhood complaints naturally March 2015 Page 32
Nutrition tips for maintaining your weight February 2015 Page 24
Solutions for stress February 2015 Page 29
Tips and advice for looking after your bones and joints naturally February 2015 Page 34
How to maintain healthy cholesterol levels naturally January 2015 Page 28
Expert tips on how to fight winter bugs and support your immunity January 2015 Page 32
How to avoid suffering with indigestion during the Christmas season December 2014 Page 36

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