Variety - the spice of life

A recent poll of 2000 adults showed up some interesting trends in British eating habits. It was commissioned by Arla Foods who market dairy products, so obviously they were hoping to gather information that would help their corner of the food industry, but there were three points that stood out. 1. Six out of ten people usually eat the more or less the same food every day. I can verify this from the food diaries patients gi...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 11 May 2018

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Iron supplements

Six million prescriptions for iron supplements are issued each year in Britain. You can be low in iron for a number of reasons, but it is most common in women, either because of heavy periods, fibroids or during pregnancy. The next most likely cause would be loss of blood, either following injury or surgery, or occult bleeding somewhere in the gut. In any case, symptoms of iron deficiency can include tiredness, dizziness, l...

Posted by Su Bristow on Fri, 27 Apr 2018

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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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