How to spot an eating disorder

Image credit: Pexels   This week is the start of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (25th February to 3 March 2019). Eating Disorders can be a serious and devastating illness, but like many illnesses chances of recovery are far better if they are caught early. So knowing how to spot an eating disorder could not…

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Yoga: Natural medicine for the mind?

The past fifty years have been full of studies on how meditation and various other techniques for stress reduction can enhance treatments for depression and anxiety. It’s only fairly recently though that yoga has started to receive particular attention. The steadying stretches and breathing techniques of yoga can perceivably reduce the amount of stress people…

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Health & Fitness: Natural hay fever remedies

Recent news has delighted in telling us that pollen levels are at the highest they have been for 12 years. Don’t I know it. Usually a quick antihistamine is enough to sort my usual hayfever symptoms, but not this summer. Itchy eyeballs, tickly itchy mouth and throat, coughing. Where is it all coming from?! If…

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Health & Fitness: The thyroid edition

It’s not unusual for women to develop issues with their thyroid after pregnancy. I should know, I’m one of them. It can be a debilitating condition, and not that easy to pick up on unless your Doctor is on the ball. I was initially dismissed as being a slightly depressed, obviously tired-because-new-baby neurotic. It was…

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Health & Fitness Round-up: Exercise classes all round

We all know we need to exercise more right? But isn’t the gym just a bit dull sometimes. Or expensive! Well, here’s a round-up featuring some much more fun ways to get fit – exercise classes! Yes really, they are fun. Even I think so, and I’m a complete disaster when it comes to coordinated…

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Health & Fitness Round-up: Getting your kids to exercise

In an increasingly screen dominated life it can be hard to make sure your kids are getting enough exercise – especially in the winter months. It’s not like when we were kids and would be out roaming the fields from dawn til dusk, only returning to scavenge a sandwich or two. What, was that just…

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