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Milk substitutes

Suddenly, milk substitutes are big business. In the past, people who were lactose intolerant (well over half the population of the world) simply didn’t eat dairy products. That left people who have problems digesting milk, and vegans. But things are changing. A Westernised diet – cereal with milk for breakfast, coffee and tea with milk – is getting more popular worldwide. At the same time there are health concerns about mi...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 20 Apr 2018

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Eyes, and how to care for them

As we go through life, the eye problems we are likely to encounter change. Younger people get more infections and acute illnesses, but they can get away with more potentially harmful activities. Things like staying up all night, smoking, staring at screens for hours or going out in bright sunlight are all things that take their toll as we get older. It becomes necessary to take more care, if we want to preserve good vision into old age....

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 6 Apr 2018

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Feed a fever

‘Feed a cold and starve a fever’. That was a piece of traditional wisdom; the sort of thing that people hand down without thinking too much about it. But it’s worth having a closer look. First of all, it’s true that when you have a fever, your system doesn’t want large quantities of food to deal with. It’s pouring energy into activating your immunity, rather than into digesting food. You ...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 30 Mar 2018

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Food as medicine

‘Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food’. The words of Hippocrates are as true as they ever were; and it’s not just about choosing ‘healthy’ foods rather than processed, or fresh vegetables rather than empty calories. There is no hard-and-fast dividing line between food and medicine, and that borderline place is where herbs are to be found; more active than most foods, and less directly a...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 23 Mar 2018

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Rosemary for remembrance

Easter is coming. With Easter comes spring lamb, and with lamb goes rosemary. It’s an excellent pairing, with the pungent aromatic oil of rosemary offsetting the rich meat, and also helping to improve your digestion as you feast after the slim pickings of Lent. But there’s a lot more to rosemary than that. People discovered a long time ago that it improves circulation, and the oil is stimulating rather than rela...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 16 Mar 2018

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