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Health and Wellbeing

A host of useful resources and information to help you live a healthier happier life. Highlights include

Some people react badly to certain foods. For allergy sufferers this involves an overly aggressive response by the body's immune system. Food intolerance sufferers can experience symptoms including joint pains, bloating and fatigue, which may not always appear immediately and most cannot be diagnosed though medical tests. more

The news is full of articles telling us what to eat and what to avoid. Fats and oils are frequently the focus of the media but often key questions are not answered: e.g. what is the difference between a polyunsaturated oil and a hydrogenated oil? and what should I be eating more and what should be avoided? more

"Let food be thy medicine". Never more than today is this true. Research tends to be released on a weekly basis showing how what we eat determines our energy levels, our risk of getting cancer, our response to skin ageing, and our ability to digest food. There are now campaigns run by governments, retailers or charities telling us to have five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, eat more wholefoods, and to cut down on sugar. more

Having a good balanced and varied diet, which will give you all of your vitamin and mineral requirements, is a perfect way to maintain your health. This is not always possible. If your diet is lacking in particular nutrients this could leave the body open to increased illnesses, many of which are chronic. It is also about striking the right balance with your own individual requirements. more

As well as the classic vitamin and mineral supplements there are a huge range of food supplements that can be taken for a huge range of reasons. These range from well known supplements such as fish oils, glucosamine sulphate, amino acids and kelp, to supplements that have limited data and research or are supposed miracle cures. more

The use of complementary medicine for animals has a long history. Studies of tribes of monkeys have shown that the tribe possess a knowledge of over 20 different herbs that can be used for a range of conditions from cuts and scrapes to indigestion. more

Tobacco is a well known carcinogen and often can be packed full of nasty chemical additions such as hydrogen peroxide and formaldehyde. Smoking tobacco also robs your body of much needed vitamins and minerals, each cigarette smoked uses up 25mg of vitamin C! Many people would like to give up smoking tobacco but still enjoy the action of smoking. The alternatives are to buy ready rolled herbal cigarettes or to mix and roll your own herbal tobacco. more

A detox is a regime designed to reduce the toxin levels in our bodies. This may be achieved by a combination of removing toxins already in the body, and reducing their intake (e.g. cigarettes, alcohol and chocolate). more

Our tastes have changed over the last century to prefer sweet and salty foods. This has resulted in a significant number of people who experience daily sugar highs and lows, affecting mood, general wellbeing and energy levels. Part of the reason for this change is a move to a diet based on highly refined foods. more

Skincare is one of the largest consumer markets in the world. Every year people spend billions of pounds on helping their skin look its best, to minimise the effect of ageing, to protect it from UV rays, and to prevent damage during shaving. Although there thousands of products all vying for our attention and money, there are a few basic principle that always apply. more