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Helping prevent early season hay fever

Helping prevent early season hay fever

We often think of hay fever as something to consider during the late spring and summer months, but if you are a hay fever sufferer you may want to consider taking some steps now to prevent early season hay fever symptoms. Depending on the weather over the previous six months or so, trees can start pollinating in February, which spells disaster if you are allergic to certain tree pollen. Trees that pollinate this month are alder, hazel, elm and willow, and the peak of the alder and hazel season...

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The Mediterranean way to stay in your prime

The Mediterranean way to stay in your prime

Wassen launches new Prime Protect for women 50+ We all want to feel our best for as long as possible! The good news is that 50 really can be the new fabulous with the launch of Wassen Women’s Prime Protect 50+, inspired by the healthy eating principles of the Mediterranean diet. This multi-nutrient complex brings to mind the colourful vibrancy of Mediterranean food with its mix of botanicals including olive leaf, grapeseed and tomato extracts. The regular staples of this particular way of...

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Relax and replenish the botanical way

Relax and replenish the botanical way

Wassen has launched a new product, Relax & Replenish, ahead of Sleep Awareness Week and World Sleep Day in March. This new multi-nutrient contains a botanical complex made up of passion flower, reishi mushroom and Avena sativa, as well as ashwagandha and lavender to support relaxation. This high-performance formula is designed to be taken before bedtime, replenishing nutrients at night while you sleep. Relax & Replenish also contains copper and biotin, which help to support a normal...

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The parents’ guide to being green

The parents’ guide to being green

If you have concerns about the chemicals in products you use on your baby, then a new event this week could be for you. The Women’s Environmental Network (Wen) is launching the first ever Green Baby Day, taking place on June 14 and sponsored by Weleda. The day of action calls for a sustainable and toxic free future for babies and children, their parents and carers. Green Baby Day aims to provide information to help families make healthy, eco-friendly and affordable choices to minimise exposure...

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Amino acids checklist

Amino acids checklist

Are you getting an adequate intake of essential amino acids? Here’s how you can be sure you’re not lacking in these critical components to our health. We often talk about the importance of vitamins and minerals for a range of health functions, but less talked about are amino acids. However, this doesn’t make them any less important. To the contrary, there are some key amino acids that are essential, meaning we need to obtain them through diet and supplements as our body can’t make them. But...

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Dealing with the diabetes epidemic

A leading nutritionist has offered her advice on reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in light of research revealing the scale of the problem. According to the Diabetes and Wellness Foundation, there are currently 3.8m people with diabetes in the UK and it is estimated that a further 500,000 adults have the disease but don’t know it. In addition, for every 10 people that have diabetes, 90 per cent have type 2, which in many cases can be prevented. And so, Nutritionist and Fitness...

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Help your hay fever, holistically

Help your hay fever, holistically

Hay fever season is upon millions of sufferers but there is much you can do to minimise your symptoms, according to one leading expert. Most hay fever sufferers react to grass pollen, which is in season from May to July. It is the most common allergy in the UK, with 95 per cent of hay fever sufferers allergic to it. And so allergens expert, Max Wiseberg, founder of the organic pollen balm barrier, HayMax, has provided some expert tips to help sufferers. “Stopping the pollen getting into your...

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Carbon neutral workouts

Carbon neutral workouts

A gym chain has expanded its offer with a range of new carbon neutral workouts. Boutique fitness and wellness studio, Rumble, will expand its HIIT circuit offering, from its flagship Dalston location, launching Rumble Circuit. The new zero-carbon footprint studios will open in three new London locations, including Primrose, Fitzrovia and Shoreditch. The expansion of Rumble’s unique futuristic HIIT circuit offering will allow members to train with both built-in screens hanging from the walls,...

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Sweating out in the summer

Sweating out in the summer

The warmer weather and lighter evenings might make us more likely to be active, but have you thought about the impact of sweating in the summer? Registered Nutritionist, Jenna Hope, has offered her top tips on fuelling the body for a summer workout. This is really important when you consider the hot weather puts extra strain on our bodies so it’s important to know your limits, and most importantly, fuel your body effectively. “Eating before a workout is vital for supporting the increased...

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Pick of the peas

Pick of the peas

The humble yet health-packed pea is taking centre stage this July – but your help is needed for a new competition. Yes Peas!, the campaign run by the British Growers Association, is giving pea fans the opportunity to go along to the fields to pick their own, straight from the vine, as part of Great British Pea Week, taking place from July 4-10. Thanks to optimum soil and climate conditions, peas are grown the length of the Eastern Seaboard, from Essex right up to Dundee. The UK alone is home...

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Campaign launches to save the bees

Campaign launches to save the bees

Neal’s Yard Remedies has launched a new campaign to protect our precious bee population. Anabel Kindersley, co-owner of Neal's Yard, hosted a Bee Symposium, bringing together like-minded businesses to debate and address the issue of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides and explore ways of working with nature to protect the UK’s bee population. Earlier this year, Anabel rallied the support and signatures of 55 British businesses and organisations for her letter to the Government, calling for a...

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Do you know about vitamin K?

Do you know about vitamin K?

A vitamin with increasing research about its importance, this nutrient is one we need to take note of. Some vitamins need little explanation. Vitamin C, for example, most of us know is packed full of antioxidants and a good support for our immune system, while vitamin D – that excellent all-rounder – is something the majority of us are aware of in terms of the need to supplement, certainly during the colder months. But what about vitamin K? Although it’s a vitamin that traditionally has...

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Youngsters’ wellbeing boosted by nature

Youngsters’ wellbeing boosted by nature

New research has confirmed that young people’s wellbeing improves and they feel more connected to nature if they are able to get out and about in their local environment and take action on issues that matter to them. That’s the result of a ground-breaking scheme, which has so far recruited almost 3,000 young people to be Green Influencers and take positive action to improve the environment of their schools or communities. The Green Influencers Scheme is run by national educational charity, The...

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Increasing number of Brits cutting down on meat

Some one in four Britons say they are considering cutting down on meat. That’s according to a new YouGov survey released as part of National Vegetarian Week (May 16-22), which revealed that more than a quarter of people in the UK (27 per cent) are considering reducing the amount of meat they eat – with health and climate change given as the main motivations. For respondents under 34-years-old, climate change was a particularly strong motivator, at almost 50 per cent. A fifth of people (21 per...

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Mentoring to support mental health

Mentoring to support mental health

A new app to help support people affected by image-related mental health struggles is seeking people to volunteer as mentors. Start-up charity, Been There, offers those suffering with body image-related mental health problems a free mentoring chat service through its new app, which connects those who feel isolated and alone with their struggles to a trained mentor who has previously been there themselves. The charity is now calling for more volunteer mentors to join the community after a...

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Healthy summer picnic ideas

Healthy summer picnic ideas

With National Picnic Week (19-26 June) and National Picnic Month (July) coming up, what better excuse is there to enjoy a picnic – without it becoming a joyless wash-out? Whilst we can’t control the weather, a bit of pre-planning can go a long way towards creating a vibrant and nutritious picnic spread – proving that picnic food doesn’t have to be beige and unhealthy. Paula Werrett and Belinda Blake, registered nutritional therapy practitioners from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION)...

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The essential omega-3 fatty acids

The essential omega-3 fatty acids

Promotional feature The health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids have become well known in recent years particularly for their properties which support cardiovascular, joint and brain health. Omega-3 (and omega-6) fats are considered essential fatty acids as the human body does not process the enzymes required to produce its own omega-3 and 6, therefore they must be obtained from the diet. The three most important types of omega-3 fatty acids are ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), DHA (docosahexaenoic...

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Probiotics

Probiotics

Promotional feature Despite the complexity of the gut, there is a growing awareness and understanding that the health of our gut is central to our overall health. Many factors can affect the development of our gut flora including type of delivery, feeding, weaning, and so on. Fast forward to adulthood and there is a host of factors that can disturb our gut flora, including food choices, stress, poor sleep, medications, antibiotics, the list goes on. The functions of our gut flora include...

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Your gut gurus

Your gut gurus

Gut health encompasses so much, and it can be confusing to know how best to care for it. And so here, we’ve highlighted just a few gut related experts whose expertise we love. The Gut Stuff – launched by twins, Alana and Lisa Macfarlane, following their invaluable participation in a ground-breaking piece of research into whether gut health is determined by genetics or environmental factors.They have since penned the book, The Gut Stuff, and have a wealth of knowledge. Dr Sunni Patel – the IBS...

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The scale of the junk food diet

The scale of the junk food diet

New research has revealed that the UK eats the most junk food in Europe. The UK has topped a list of European countries that eat the most junk food, indulging six times per month on average – more than double Europe’s average, according to the research from HelloFresh. It was found that those aged 16-24 in the UK eat more junk food than any other age group in Europe, with Belfast named the junk food capital of Europe, topping a list of 105 countries. While Brits might have the greatest...

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Helping prevent early season hay fever

Helping prevent early season hay fever

We often think of hay fever as something to consider during the late spring and summer months, but if you are a hay fever sufferer you may want to consider taking some steps now to prevent early season hay fever symptoms. Depending on the weather over the previous six...

The Mediterranean way to stay in your prime

The Mediterranean way to stay in your prime

Wassen launches new Prime Protect for women 50+ We all want to feel our best for as long as possible! The good news is that 50 really can be the new fabulous with the launch of Wassen Women’s Prime Protect 50+, inspired by the healthy eating principles of the...

Relax and replenish the botanical way

Relax and replenish the botanical way

Wassen has launched a new product, Relax & Replenish, ahead of Sleep Awareness Week and World Sleep Day in March. This new multi-nutrient contains a botanical complex made up of passion flower, reishi mushroom and Avena sativa, as well as ashwagandha and lavender...

The parents’ guide to being green

The parents’ guide to being green

If you have concerns about the chemicals in products you use on your baby, then a new event this week could be for you. The Women’s Environmental Network (Wen) is launching the first ever Green Baby Day, taking place on June 14 and sponsored by Weleda. The day of...

Amino acids checklist

Amino acids checklist

Are you getting an adequate intake of essential amino acids? Here’s how you can be sure you’re not lacking in these critical components to our health. We often talk about the importance of vitamins and minerals for a range of health functions, but less talked about...

Dealing with the diabetes epidemic

A leading nutritionist has offered her advice on reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in light of research revealing the scale of the problem. According to the Diabetes and Wellness Foundation, there are currently 3.8m people with diabetes in the UK and it...

Help your hay fever, holistically

Help your hay fever, holistically

Hay fever season is upon millions of sufferers but there is much you can do to minimise your symptoms, according to one leading expert. Most hay fever sufferers react to grass pollen, which is in season from May to July. It is the most common allergy in the UK, with...

Carbon neutral workouts

Carbon neutral workouts

A gym chain has expanded its offer with a range of new carbon neutral workouts. Boutique fitness and wellness studio, Rumble, will expand its HIIT circuit offering, from its flagship Dalston location, launching Rumble Circuit. The new zero-carbon footprint studios...

Sweating out in the summer

Sweating out in the summer

The warmer weather and lighter evenings might make us more likely to be active, but have you thought about the impact of sweating in the summer? Registered Nutritionist, Jenna Hope, has offered her top tips on fuelling the body for a summer workout. This is really...

Pick of the peas

Pick of the peas

The humble yet health-packed pea is taking centre stage this July – but your help is needed for a new competition. Yes Peas!, the campaign run by the British Growers Association, is giving pea fans the opportunity to go along to the fields to pick their own, straight...

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