Walk and breathe those anxious thoughts away

Generally I am a very calm and relaxed individual.  However, this morning I woke up with an underlying feeling of anxiety for no specific reason.  This may be affecting many of you at the moment with all the news headlines regarding the ‘credit crunch’ and various other negative stories.  Within an hour I was feeling great […]

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Be safe in the sun, can nutrition help? Part II

In Part I I mentioned that UV light can cause damage to the skin and contribute to photo-ageing through the initiation of inflammation.  The long chain omega 3 fatty acids EPA (Eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) found in oily fish such as salmon, trout, sardines and mackerel as well as the shorter chain alpha-linolenic […]

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Hay fever update – a newly published study

Researchers at the Institute of Food Research in Norwich, have just published a study(1) indicating that probiotics (‘good’ bacteria) may help to keep hay fever symptoms at bay. The researchers of this small study wanted to investigate whether the ‘good bacteria’ Lactobacillus casei Shirota (found in many probiotic supplements, yoghurts and drinks) played a role […]

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Be safe in the sun, can nutrition help? Part I

In my last post I wrote about the importance of vitamin D and sensible sunlight exposure.  This led me to start investigating natural ways to prevent skin damage from the sun (photo-damage) and sunburn.  The concept of photo-protection by dietary means is gaining increasing amounts of attention from the scientific community.  Sun exposure leads to […]

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