Many women suffer severely from premenstrual syndrome with period pain, but there aren’t many GPs or gynaecologists who really take these problems seriously. Nutritional and lifestyle changes, as well as neutriceuticals and herbal remedies, provide many options to manage your health challenge. DEFINITION OF PMS A varied group of physical and psychological symptoms, including abdominal […]

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The link between nutrition and our physical health is well established. Along with a host of nutritional deficiency diseases like rickets or beriberi, it’s common knowledge that, for example, excess salt can lead to hypertension and that a diet high in saturated fat can lead to heart disease. However, the link between nutrition and our […]

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The stress we live with today sucks at our very soul and saps us of our valuable energy. It is time to take stock, breathe and live realistically in order to avoid total burnout.   The term ‘burnout’ was first coined in the 1970s by Herbert Freudenberg, an American psychologist who used the term to […]

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It is true that the right amount of caffeine can improve concentration, but it can exacerbate hyperactivity and anxiety in those with ADHD. There’s no blanket rule for adults with ADHD consuming caffeine. If you have ADHD you don’t have to deprive yourself of your caffeine intake completely, but do practise moderation: 500 to 600 […]

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Dem bones, dem bones…. A few words of the old familiar lyric may bring a smile to the face, but bone decay is no laughing matter. Sandi Nye discusses the many factors – far more than calcium alone – that contribute to bone health. Preventing bone decay should start early in life, as the development […]

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There is nothing worse than not being able to sleep as it affects the way you function throughout the day and can also have a far-reaching impact on your health. There are, however, simple and natural ways to help you catch some valuable shut-eye. Diet, hormones, stress and a lack of minerals can all play […]

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Chocolate and coffee provide a luxurious and indulgent element in the lives of many. Some call them foods, others drugs; some deem them to be healthy, others a risk. Whatever your perspectives, these two products, each derived from a bean of sorts, provide endless fascination and debate. Let’s take a look at what makes these […]

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Living with IBS often turns food choices into a fatiguing challenge. New information on FODMAPs may help IBS sufferers select the foods that work best for them, while avoiding those that aggravate symptoms. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most frequently diagnosed gastro-intestinal disorders and accounts for almost a third of all cases […]

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Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast. ~ (William Shakespeare, Macbeth II.ii) There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to make you feel tip-top. We ‘sleep on it’ when there’s a […]

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It is important to modulate oestrogen metabolism to avoid a variety of health conditions, including life-threatening diseases. The term oestrogen is used to collectively describe the female hormones, the most potent of which is oestradiol. Oestrogen affects the growth, differentiation and function of diverse target tissues – not only those involved in the reproductive process, […]

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