Can dietary carotenoids help reduce the risk of breast cancer?

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Carotenoids such as alpha and beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin are a family of over 700 naturally occurring yellow, red, orange and dark green pigments found in vegetables and fruits.  Good sources include carrots, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, squash, peppers, cantaloupe melons, nectarines, papaya, mango and dark green vegetables such as spinach, kale, watercress and asparagus.  Introducing a Continue Reading →

Is there a link between low vitamin D levels and dementia risk?

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Vitamin D has received a huge amount of research attention over the last 15 years. Before then it wasn’t particularly focussed on other than being important for healthy bones, now we know that low levels of vitamin D are associated with all kinds of issues from an increased risk of cancer to increased inflammation, back Continue Reading →

You don’t need to be SAD during the autumn and winter months

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Seasonal Affective Disorder, food cravings and some helpful hints It has been noticeable to me recently that the days are getting shorter, it’s getting darker earlier in the evening. The autumn and winter months used to have a huge impact on me and my mood.  Some people in the UK suffer quite profoundly with SAD, seasonal Continue Reading →

Is lack of sleep, or poor sleep quality, impacting your emotional eating?

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  We all know that lack of sleep or poor sleep quality can leave us feeling cranky, stressed and lethargic. Tiredness, stress, and exhaustion can often lead us to reach for a snack in order to get an energy boost, when really our bodies are letting us know that we need a rest or some down-time. Continue Reading →

Bacteria in our guts – do they control our minds?!

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Previously I have written a lot about the importance of healthy gut micro ecosystem including links between bacteria and body weight A new review study (1) has found that the microbes in our gut actually influence our eating behaviour and food choices. These researchers found that the microbes influence human eating in order to favour Continue Reading →

Recurrent earache, some nutritional help

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Last week I wrote about how you can protect your children from ‘back to school’ colds and infections. Today I am continuing that a little further and looking into recurrent ear infections. Earache is most commonly seen in young children under the age of 4.  Usually the problem is an infection in the middle ear, Continue Reading →

Is antibacterial always best?

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Lots has been said about antibacterial handwashes, cleaning products etc and how they may not be the best thing for our bodies, for our immune systems for the eco-systems or the environment. There is also evidence to suggest that overuse of antibacterial products might contribute to antibiotic resistance. New research (1) currently being presented at Continue Reading →

Protecting your children from ‘back to school’ colds and infections

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There are a few weeks of the long summer school holidays left but I wanted to write this blog post in plenty of time. If you can boost the immune system of your children now that you may be able to prevent some of the back to school colds that are often prolific in early Continue Reading →

Siberian ginseng, a herb that might help ease feelings of stress and fatigue

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Many of you may know about Korean ginseng, often known as panax ginseng or Asian ginseng, it is the most commonly used ginseng which seems to have immune and metabolism boosting properties. Siberian ginseng is a lesser known herb that has been traditionally used to boost energy levels and reduce fatigue. Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) Continue Reading →

I love my spicy curry, turmeric, a key ingredient, has multiple health benefits

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Curry is a firm favourite here in the UK and many of you may be planning on eating spicy dishes over the coming weekend.  Turmeric is one of the main spice ingredients of curry powder and has been used for thousands of years in Indian and Chinese medicine to relieve many different conditions.  In the Continue Reading →