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Nutrition and Long Covid: The Benefits of Reducing Sugar

Nutrition and Long Covid: The Benefits of Reducing Sugar

Nutritional therapist Caroline Hind reveals the benefits of reducing sugar consumption when recovering from Covid-19  If ever there is a time to make the leap into reducing sugary foods, recovering from Covid and ongoing post-viral symptoms is the time to do it. Be kind to yourself and try to drop only one sugary food at a time, but make sure to stock up on nutritious whole foods to keep you satisfied and well-nourished. Reasons to Drop Sugar from your Diet…

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HRT and Natural Alternatives During Menopause

HRT and Natural Alternatives During Menopause

Nutritional therapist Melanie Dixon reveals some natural alternatives to support the menopause Many women in the UK take HRT (hormone replacement therapy) to help alleviate menopause symptoms such as hot flushes, low mood, anxiety and insomnia. Let’s take a look at what happens during the transition through menopause, how HRT functions in the body and natural ways to help manage symptoms. What is menopause and how does it affect the body? Menopause is the term used for when a woman’s…

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The Anti-inflammatory Approach to Long Covid

The Anti-inflammatory Approach to Long Covid

If you’re suffering from the lasting effects of Covid-19, an anti-inflammatory diet may be able to help, suggests nutritional therapist Caroline Hind The lingering after-effects of a Covid infection have come to be called ‘long Covid’ or ‘long-haul Covid’ and are estimated to affect around one in three people who have contracted the SARS-Cov-2 virus. Long Covid symptoms can include fatigue, low mood, anxiety, joint and muscle aches, disturbed sleep, nerve pain and brain fog. As with other post-viral illness,…

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Spring into Mental Wellness

Spring into Mental Wellness

The last two years have taken their toll on our mental health and wellbeing. Now as restrictions end and the spring months are upon us, it’s time to give our mental wellness a lift to keep anxiety at bay and our energy levels high. Lorraine Perretta and Olga Preston, registered nutritional therapy practitioners at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition’s Brain Bio Centre, give their expert advice on how to support mental wellbeing through diet and lifestyle. Brain Boosters 1. Colour…

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Top Tips for Better Sleep

Top Tips for Better Sleep

To mark World Sleep Day, Claire Murray, a registered nutritional therapist for Vitaminology, shares her top tips on how to get a good night’s sleep Why is sleep so important? Sleep is an essential component of human health and survival. Without regular sleep, we can suffer from reduced immune function, impaired memory and concentration, an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes as well as weight gain and poor mental mental health [i]. According to NHS statistics, poor sleep is…

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Avoid the Afternoon Slump

Avoid the Afternoon Slump

Seven hacks to avoid the mid-afternoon energy lag You may have survived Blue Monday, but are you surviving the mid-afternoon energy slump during these short days? If you regularly feel ‘hangry’ or sleepy when the clock strikes 4pm, follow these top tips from registered nutritional therapists at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition to stay fully fuelled for the afternoon: 1. Limit caffeine to the morning Caffeine has a half-life of around six hours, so whilst that 4pm coffee may seem…

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Eat to Beat the Winter Blues

Eat to Beat the Winter Blues

Practitioners at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) explain how a change in your diet can support your mental wellness this winter Winter can be a challenging time for our mental health. As the air becomes chillier and the days grow shorter, many of us want to do nothing more than curl up on the sofa. As outdoor activity becomes less appealing, it’s only natural to want to hibernate with an endless supply of comfort food. But nourishing the brain with good…

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Food for Thought

Food for Thought

ION launches video series to support mental wellbeing Reports tell us that the end of the pandemic may be in sight, yet the last two years have taken their toll on global mental health. To help those struggling with feelings of anxiety and low mood, the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) has launched a new video series called Food for Thought, designed to help people discover simple dietary and lifestyle changes that can help to support mental wellbeing. Series presenter…

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Tackle your Incontinence

Tackle your Incontinence

In the UK, it is estimated that between three and six million people may have some degree of urinary incontinence, so isn’t it time we all found it a little easier to talk about? Incontinence can have an impact on so many aspects of our health and wellbeing, from diet and exercise to travel plans and even sexual libido, but the first step to tackling these issues is to open up about this particular healthcare topic. Alex Shaw, Marketing Manager…

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The only resolution you need in 2022

The only resolution you need in 2022

Promotional feature As the new year approaches, don’t make the same new year’s resolutions you’ll never stick to. Wassen, experts in mineral-based food supplements suggest that there’s only one resolution you really need – to look after your own wellbeing first and foremost! Wellbeing expert, Vicky Malcolm says, “By putting your own health and wellbeing first, all those health-related resolutions, such as losing weight and exercising more, will be more likely to happen naturally.” Here are five ways to put…

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