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Eight ways to stay well this winter

Now that winter is looming, how can you stay strong in the cold, dark months ahead? 1) Ditch the “comforting” sweet and stodgy foods - sugar is thought to have a detrimental effect on the immune system. 2) Load up with colourful fresh fruits and vegetables, such as kale, spinach, green, red and yellow peppers, carrots, berries and oranges – all great sources of vitamin C. If the kids won’t eat their greens, ...

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Please ease my IBS!

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is the name we give to a collection of symptoms causing a dysfunction in the bowel. It’s a big problem, incredibly it affects one third of the population and we have all suffered with IBS in varying degrees at some point in our lives. The symptoms include: Abdominal pain and spasms sometimes relieved by a bowel movement Diarrhoea and / or constipation and often an unpredictab ...

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Personal injury claims

We’re all familiar with the term ‘compensation culture’ – the often strongly-held belief that people regularly make frivolous claims for accidents and push up the cost of everyone else’s insurance. In fact, new research from QualitySolicitors indicates 73% of people are judgmental of personal injury claimants and a further 60% feel ‘resentful’ that these claims mean their insurance premiums could go up. How ...

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Advanced pelvic floor treatments

In last month’s blog I mentioned Peristeen® anal irrigation as a method of bowel management, and also percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS) treatment which sends a very small amount of stimulation to treat bladder and bowel urgency and frequency, when you can’t hang on. You have to attend 12 weekly clinics where we place a tiny acupuncture needle in the tibial nerve by your ankle and stimulate it for ...

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How to get children to love sports (and ditch the video games)

Sam Flatman, an expert in playground design from Pentagon Sport, discusses how to get our tech savvy children to swap video games for sports. Last week I discussed why playing sports is an essential part of childhood, but getting our tech-savvy children to unplug and enjoy playing sports can be quite a challenge. While 72% of today's parents preferred playing outside as children, only 40% of today's childre ...

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Why Sport is an Essential Part of Childhood.

Sam Flatman, an expert in playground design and innovation from Pentagon Sport, discusses why your child needs more outdoor play time. Muddy clothes, bruised knees and running around in the outdoors are all part of growing up. Not only do our children love local playgrounds and open sports fields, but they also depend on these places to learn the kind of life lessons that can’t be taught in the classroom. S ...

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Amphora Aromatics’ top tips to boost health with essential oils this Christmas

- Harness the healing power of scent to keep you healthy and happy this Christmas - From the scent of a flower through a field of lavender to crushed fresh mint, essential oils are known for their delightful fragrances.  But, did you know they can also play a huge part in our health and well being?  Essential oils have been used throughout history for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.  And today, as ...

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Winter skin – combating the harshness of the coming season!

Winter is approaching, bringing with it a change in climate that can sometimes have a detrimental effect on our skin. During the winter months, humidity in the environment is lower, which results in dryer skin. The constant pumping out of central heating in our homes and workplaces adds to these drying effects. There’s also less of a desire to drink water in the cold season. Lack of water can stop the skin ...

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No pain…What a relief!

Pain or discomfort indicates that something is not right and needs to be looked at. If you have toothache or pain, it is very important to visit the dentist within the first 2-3 days of the pain starting. This way, your dentist is able to identify the source of pain quickly and provide the right treatment. By visiting your dentist on time you are not allowing the pain to progress. A big mistake that a lot o ...

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Sun, sea and STDs

Holidays are a time for escaping reality and letting go. Your inhibitions are bound to be lowered by all the sunshine and sangria, but it’s important to ensure you're safe whatever you’re doing. While STDs are most commonly associated with careless teenagers, the reality is, that STDs can be contracted at any age. The number of people with STIs has risen to almost half a million in the UK alone, and while i ...

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