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Go clean!

Go clean!

Open any page of any magazine and you can’t fail to see pictures and recipes for the latest green smoothie or kale salad

Raspberry, spinach and green tea smoothie

Raspberry, spinach and green tea smoothie

Get the green tea superfood feeling!

Red lentil, carrot and orange soup

Red lentil, carrot and orange soup

What better way to start the autumn than with a warming, hearty soup?

 Holding on to that holiday feeling

Holding on to that holiday feeling

As your memories of that sun-drenched beach start to fade and the humdrum of the nine-to-five rudely beckons, you’d be forgiven for wanting to dive deeper under the duvet.

Getting forgetful?

Getting forgetful?

Work that grey matter! The old adage 'use it or lose it' is true.

The hygiene hypothesis

The hygiene hypothesis

Are we too clean for our own good? Hygiene has come a long way over the last century, but scientists seeking to understand the causes of the dramatic rise in allergic disease seen in industrialised populations over the same timespan have questioned if this was the cause.

Stress and immunity

Stress and immunity

Do you ever feel stressed out? Stress has become so much a part and parcel of everyday living that we may not even notice how it is affecting us.

Microbiome - the jungle within

Microbiome - the jungle within

We are quite literally teeming with bacteria. They live on our skin, in our mouths, noses, respiratory tracts, urogenital tract and, of course, our gut and are collectively known as our microbiome. We are in essence a walking, talking ecosystem.

Avocado, squash, watercress, beetroot and feta salad

Avocado, squash, watercress, beetroot and feta salad

This colourful salad is a fantastic way to embrace the clean eating ethics and harness the power of natural foods.

Sugar, the new dietary demon

Sugar, the new dietary demon

Sugar is big news! Seemingly never out of the headlines, a UK sugar tax on soft drinks is expected to be introduced in 2018 in an attempt to combat tooth decay and obesity, particularly in children.

Maximising memory

Maximising memory

As we get older, many of us have concerns about our memory and concentration. Recalling names and recent events can become increasingly difficult and can make us worry about dementia. There are many things we can do however to feed the brain and aid the ageing process.

A journey through the digestive system

A journey through the digestive system

Ever wondered exactly what happens in your digestive system? Unless you suffer from indigestion or IBS, you might not have given it much thought.

Smile away the years with good gum health

Smile away the years with good gum health

It seems that soft, glowing, wrinkle free skin is still the Holy Grail for maintaining youthful looks, but there is a simple, inexpensive way to hold back the years that many people don’t consider

Spicy butternut squash with lentils

Spicy butternut squash with lentils

There’s nothing better than fruit and vegetables that have been grown locally; they’re fresher because they haven’t had to travel far, which also means they’re kinder to the environment and better value.

Gluten free energy bars

Gluten free energy bars

Keeping your energy levels up during a workout can help maximise your performance. There are plenty of energy bars and drinks on the market but making your own is not only fun and better value, but you can alter the ingredients to your taste.

Tips for avoiding travel sickness

Tips for avoiding travel sickness

Motion sickness is caused by a conflict between what your eyes and other senses tell your brain.

FAQ Thinning hair

FAQ Thinning hair

Q. I’ve always had healthy hair but since starting the menopause approximately two years ago, it feels a lot thinner and my nails are quite brittle too. What do you recommend?

Mini pumpkin pancakes recipe

Mini pumpkin pancakes recipe

These pumpkin pancakes are the perfect seasonal pudding, or if you’re feeling a bit decadent, maybe a weekend breakfast or brunch.

Easing seasonal joint pain

Easing seasonal joint pain

Research has suggested that two-thirds of patients with musculoskeletal pain such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia can predict the weather based on their joint symptoms.

Furry friends wellbeing

Furry friends wellbeing

A change to cooler, damper days can highlight or exacerbate joint conditions, particularly in ageing animals

The fat of the matter

The fat of the matter

High fat foods and diets, and in particular saturated fats have long been maligned, many of us are encouraged to eschew a high fat diet for the benefit of our cardiovascular system. However, more recently, research appears to be turning the tide on fat. So how bad or good is it for us?

Focus on fermented foods

Focus on fermented foods

Fermentation is one of the foodie buzzwords of 2017, so we thought we would explore what it was all about.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used by humans for thousands of years and we have been making flavoured apple cider vinegar from ingredients such as apples and malt for over 5,000 years.

Reclaim your get-up-and go

Reclaim your get-up-and go

If you are dragging yourself out of bed in the morning or getting through the day fuelled by shots of coffee and fading by mid-afternoon

Joint care

Joint care

Do you suffer from joint pain or back ache? If it’s any consolation you’re not alone. Conditions such as back pain, arm or neck pain and joint problems are classed as musculoskeletal disorders and account for around seven million lost working days annually in the United Kingdom alone.

FAQ Cold sores

FAQ Cold sores

Q. I suffer with cold sores and would like to take steps to avoid them. Are there any natural ways of preventing them or dealing with them at the first signs?

The benefits of staying hydrated

The benefits of staying hydrated

We are frequently told that we need to drink 1.5 litres of fluid a day, but why is it so important?

Seasonal greens with walnut butter

Seasonal greens with walnut butter

This delicious nutty twist on classic steamed greens is a perfect side to any meat, chicken or fish dish.

Healthy foods for a happy heart

Healthy foods for a happy heart

Your heart beats around 70 times a minute, non-stop for around 80 years or more, pumping more than 10 million litres of blood around 100,000km of blood vessels every year.

Why are superfoods so super?

Why are superfoods so super?

There is no definition of a superfood or definitive list for that matter, but generally speaking we understand these little gems of nature to be foods with health-giving or supporting properties.

FAQ Fighting a cold

FAQ Fighting a cold

Q. Help! My son and I have come down with a cold –what can I do to support us both?

Factors influencing immunity

Factors influencing immunity

From the moment we are born, our immune system protects us from infection; blinking, sneezing and coughing are all defences against harmful microbes in our environment.

Beta glucans and the immune system

Beta glucans and the immune system

Beta glucans are unique molecules found in foods that are beneficial to human health. There are two types, each with very different properties.

Go forth and multiply!

Go forth and multiply!

One of the best times for human conception, according to a study, found that human sperm are at their healthiest and “swim” faster in winter and early spring.

Flax, a golden wonder?

Flax, a golden wonder?

With a Latin name that translates to ‘most useful’, flax has a history stretching back millennia, and thanks to its mega 3 content is synonymous with good health.

Tummy loving green smoothie recipe

Tummy loving green smoothie recipe

If your digestion is in need of a little TLC, here is a great smoothie to kick off your day.

Keep up with the kids

Keep up with the kids

Keeping up with the kids can leave the very best of us exhausted and stressed. But worry not, with these simple nutritional steps your energy levels will be tip top.

Focus on Fibromyalgia

Focus on Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is surprisingly common and although it may occur in both men and women, it seems that women experience it more frequently than men

Keeping colds at bay

Keeping colds at bay

Catching a cold can happen to most of us at some time during the year, so how can you stay well and be prepared?