BUSTING COLDS AND BOOSTING IMMUNITY

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There are a lot of colds around at the moment, aren’t there? Virtually everyone I know has had the sniffles in recent weeks, including me. I’ve always been very prone to colds: in my teens and twenties I considered it a good month if I didn’t get one. Since I started eating more healthily (thank… 

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REPLENISHING YOUR GUT BACTERIA – LEEK, BLACK BEAN AND BACON SOUP

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There’s nothing like spending time in hospital to remind you why health matters.  But when my second daughter was hospitalised with a burst appendix two weeks ago, it wasn’t degenerative disease on my mind, but gut bacteria.  Five days of triple intravenous antibiotics, followed by twelve days of aural antibiotics, had me straining for my… 

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BOOST YOUR BRAIN HEALTH – BEST-EVER BLACKBERRY MUFFINS

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Not only is it blackberry season but it’s also World Alzheimer Month (bet you didn’t know that!). Last week saw the publication of the 2014 World Alzheimer Report from London’s King’s College.  Encouragingly, the report says the risk of dementia can be reduced if we control diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease. Diabetes… 

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EAT YOUR GREENS … BUT WHICH ONES?

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Spending a fortune on blueberries?  Don’t know which vegetables to buy?  Take a look at this new study from William Paterson University in New Jersey, which ranked 47 fruit and vegetables in terms of nutrients per bite http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2014/13_0390.htm#table2_down Researchers analysed each fruit and vegetable for 17 critical nutrients proven to reduce chronic disease.* The findings… 

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INCREASE YOUR MICROBIOTA – AND PEA & SOYBEAN SALAD

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Preparing to hunker down for the cooler months? Feeling gloomy about the end of summer?  Stop right there!  If Susan’s last post on Vitamin D and dementia didn’t get you up and out, then tune in to this week’s BBC Horizon programme (http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04g507y/horizon-20142015-5-allergies-modern-life-and-me) on the explosion of allergies in the developed world.  Horizon covered not… 

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SUNSHINE, VITAMIN D AND A RECIPE FOR COCONUT-CRUSTED SALMON

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Not difficult to top up the Vitamin D in the summer, is it? All that endless sunshine, those days by the pool and drinks on the terrace (well, that’s what my Facebook feed looks like anyway – thank you friends). But this summer, I’m stuck inside, working 12 hours days with a long, underground commute… 

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HOW TO THICKEN AGEING HAIR – PEA AND ROASTED GARLIC SOUP WITH BASIL AND FARRO

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OK … thinning hair may seem frivolous in the context of degenerative disease, but when your crowning glory starts falling out in handfuls, just because you’ve reached that age, a girl needs to take action.  Hair loss is a typical symptom of ageing – and I’m no exception.  I should point out that I’ve never… 

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