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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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Vitamin D and fertility

Vitamin D and fertility

Vitamin D has broad and diverse biological functions. Many body tissues express the vitamin D receptor (VDR) which controls more than 200 genes responsible for processes such as metabolism, mineral homeostasis, bone resorption, cell cycle control and intestinal calcium transport.

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The green, green leaves of home!

The green, green leaves of home!

I don’t think enough of you are eating sufficient greens, given the dearth of entries for my Super Salad competition in January!! Although, I admit, it may be shyness in sharing recipes. Greens are crucial for health and should feature in at least two meal per day. And no, I don’t mean peas!

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Down to eating!

Down to eating!

Have you ever caught yourself, much to your horror, eating while standing up?
Perhaps consuming a juicy peach over the kitchen sink, nibbling some corn chips while preparing the evening meal, munching a muesli bar or sandwich whilst walking (very bad!) or trying to neatly consume a salad on your way back to work?

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Helping the medicine go down

Helping the medicine go down

Tips for children and other taste-challenged individuals
My younger patients, although keen to get better, often find it difficult to swallow tablets or capsules, or dislike the taste of powder and liquid herbs. In fact come to think of it . . . so do some of my grown-up patients!!

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