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Exercise enjoyment

Exercise enjoyment

Shock…horror!! A few of my lovely patients have recently uttered the most astonishing sentiments… They have told me in a resolute manner that they “hate exercise”! Not exactly music to my ears! What they really mean is that they dislike a particular form of exercise, perhaps jogging or the gym. It is impossible to hate all exercise!

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Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is the most common infectious vaginitis, with a prevalence of 20% in women of reproductive age. BV is often described as a microbial imbalance with lactobacilli deficiency being the most significant factor, as there is no clear route of infection or single aetiological agent.

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Leisure sickness – not exactly an oxymoron!

Leisure sickness – not exactly an oxymoron!

Leisure sickness is a relatively new area of research and in a pilot study investigating its prevalence, phenomenology, and background, Vingerhoets et al. identified risk factors to be a high workload, the inability to adapt to a non‑working situation (sad but true), a need for high achievement, and a sense of responsibility with respect to work.

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Naturopath on holiday

Naturopath on holiday

Yes, it’s that time of year again, I’m off to my beloved France for my yearly topup of the French countryside! As many of you know, I have a mild, okay let’s be honest, major addiction to this stunning country and I find regular visits crucial to my wellbeing!
And this time … how do I put this … best to just blurt it out, I’ll be away a little longer than usual. My last day of practice will be Saturday 17 June, returning Tuesday 12 September 2017.

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The Great Salad Competition

The Great Salad Competition

After much prompting, prodding and, nagging, I am delighted to report I did indeed receive a decent number of most imaginative entries for my leafy competition. Thanks to all those who sent in their original recipes. I had a wonderful time preparing each dish, and even lovelier time consuming them!

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The Last Of Autumn

The Last Of Autumn

May is the last month of our wonderful autumn, so let’s make the most of it! Enjoy the delicious array of late autumnal fruits, such as firm yellow and pink plums, bright orange persimmons, crimson pomegranates . . . all reflecting the colours of the spectacular sunrises and sunsets this time of year!

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The U generation!

The U generation!

Okay, we have all had enough of the ME generation. Self-absorption, disconnection, love oneself . . . you know the traits! And it’s not just the reserve of a particular generation. I think we can all admit to becoming, at times, a little less embracing and connected to others given the plethora of distracting technology.

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Lactobacillus and women’s health

Lactobacillus and women’s health

Healthy vaginal flora typically consists of primarily lactobacillus species, which are critical for the prevention of colonization by pathogenic microorganisms. Lactobacilli produce antimicrobial substances such as hydrogen peroxide and bacteriocin-like substances, and forms biofilms which competitively inhibit the growth of pathogens.

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Spice up your mood!

Spice up your mood!

Many of us use turmeric and saffron in our cooking. But these delightful plants have recently been proven to improve mood, in therapeutic dosages. Indeed, both Curcuma longa (turmeric) and Crocus sativus (saffron) have been extensively clinically trialled and shown to be as effective as, and are able to be taken alongside, pharmaceutical SSRIs (anti-depressant drugs) without negative effects.

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