Children frequently pick up and pass on common bacterial and viral infections, often through interaction with others at school which can manifest into sore throats, colds, flu, sinusitis and more. Unfortunately large numbers of these children are prescribed antibiotics repeatedly. With the current concern over antibiotic resistance, it is natural to want to avoid [...]
Medical specialists have recently recommended that all migraine sufferers should be treated with magnesium supplementation (1).
Research shows the benefits of magnesium (citrate) supplementation in preventing and reducing migraines.
A migraine is more than just a headache, it has a huge impact on the lives of sufferers and costs the UK more than [...]
Composed of several types of tissue, and functioning to protect the body from the everyday environmental barrage of abuse, the skin serves as our largest organ. The outer layer, known as the epidermis, is made up of a fibrous protein called keratin and numerous types of fat, including various omega-3 and omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty [...]
A new study has confirmed the important role that diet plays in acne. The link has been a topic of discussion since it was first noted that acne is rare in non-westernized populations such as the Inuit and tribal populations. Genetics alone does not account for this difference. Environmental factors such as diet have [...]
In Parts 1 and 2, I wrote about the impact of light therapy and diet on managing the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and its milder form, the ‘winter blues’. In Part 3 we’ll look at further nutritional support for this common disorder.
Evidence suggests that people with SAD who have low [...]
The number of people dignosed with Type 2 diabetes has more than doubled since the 1980s, and this number continues to grow in almost every part of the world.
In a large-scale study published in The Lancet last month, researchers found that rates of diabetes have either risen or at best remained the same [...]
High levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (‘bad’ cholesterol) and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (‘good’ cholesterol) are considered a risk for cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke). Previous evidence suggests that including good amounts of monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil and avocado oil, in the diet may raise HDL cholesterol levels in [...]
There are many studies which have found that following a Mediterranean style diet is associated with a reduced risk of developing chronic diseases e.g. heart disease, dementia, diabetes. A recent study (1) published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has concluded that “promoting the MDP [Mediterranean Dietary Pattern] as a model of healthy [...]
Eating large amounts of refined carbohydrates and foods with a high glycaemic index seems to be associated with an increased risk for certain conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. A study(1) recently published in the medical journal Archives of Internal Medicine has concluded that “Substitution of whole grains, including brown rice, [...]
In February this year I wrote about the links between refined carbohydrate and heart disease and mentioned some studies which suggested that sugary carbohydrates and those which increased blood sugar levels quickly (carbohydrates with a high glycaemic index, or GI) seemed to be a greater risk for heart disease than fat.
A recent study (1) [...]