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Food for thought: the smart way to better brain health

October 19, 2018

The human brain is made of food, so what we eat and drink affects our ability to keep a healthy, alert and active mind We all intuitively appreciate that the foods we eat shape our thoughts, actions, emotions and behaviour. When you are feeling low, you reach for chocolate; when you are tired, you crave […]

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Instagram is supposed to be friendly. So why is it making people so miserable?

October 13, 2018

For a growing number of users and mental health experts, the positivity of Instagram is precisely the problem, with its relentless emphasis on promoting perfect lifestyles. Should everyone just stop scrolling? When 24-year-old fashion blogger Dixon wrote on her scarlettlondon Instagram feed, under an image of her looking flawless on a freshly made bed flanked […]

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Blood, spit and swabs: can you trust home medical-testing kits?

October 12, 2018

Is posting off your bodily fluids to a DIY health-testing company the future of healthcare or just too much information? On a dark February morning, I wake grainy with sleep and head to the kitchen. Before making toast or coffee, I unscrew the cap from a tiny test tube and spit into it. Over and […]

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Vitamin D supplements don’t help bone health, major study concludes

October 6, 2018

Biggest ever review of evidence recommends the government ditch its advice to take them throughout winter Vitamin D supplements do nothing for bone health and the government should ditch its advice that everyone should take them throughout the winter months, according to the authors of the biggest review of the evidence ever carried out. The […]

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Too much gluten while pregnant linked to increased diabetes risk for baby

October 4, 2018

Experts warn against switching to a gluten-free diet because that may reduce intake of fibre, iron and B-vitamins Eating a high gluten diet when pregnant appears to be linked to an increased risk of having a child who develops type 1 diabetes, new research suggests, although experts say expectant mothers shouldnt rush to ditch bread […]

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Forget the headlines – the best diet is the one that works for you | Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

September 24, 2018

Do whole grains prevent diabetes? Is moderate drinking good or bad for you? Nutritional studies are more complex than you are told Theres a news cycle that we have all become attuned to. Its what has led various publications to conclude that broccoli is both causing and preventing cancer, that chocolate is a weight-loss food […]

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From coughs to cakes: why honey is the bees knees

September 24, 2018

Honey should be your first line of treatment for a cough but dont just reach for it when you have the sniffles. Sourced everywhere from Zambian forests to Irish meadows and London rooftops, there is a flavour to suit everyone Got a cough? Then before you pick up an over-the-counter medicine, or head to your […]

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How Flat Tummy Co gamed Instagram to sell women the unattainable ideal

September 7, 2018

Appetite suppressant lollipops and detox teas have been promoted by the companys hand-selected celebrities and Instagram models Got Cravings? asked the @FlatTummyCo into taking down their Times Square billboard advertising appetite suppressants. Love,A former-anorexic teenage girl July 9, 2018 The product for sale 35 calories worth of flavored cane sugar laced with an extract of […]

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Seven ways to improve your distance running

September 1, 2018

Get the right kit, dont push yourself too hard and remember that your head is just as important as your legs The golden rule If you are training to run further, always obey the 10% rule. That is: never increase your weekly mileage by more than 10% and never increase your longest run by more […]

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Seven ways to manage asthma

August 24, 2018

One in 12 adults in the UK have asthma, but although it is a long-term condition, doctors now believe that, with the right precautions, most people can live active lives Always ensure you have an emergency inhaler Asthma attacks kill Various studies have found that obesity may result in more severe asthma symptoms and can […]

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