Health Advice

Wholegrain Cereals

A quick and easy guide to whole grains Whole Grain Cereals What do you think of when you hear the term whole grains? Brown bread?  Brown rice?  If so, you may be surprised to learn that there are many more.  Each has its own unique taste, nutritional value and each has a variety of uses. Most whole grains come in more than one form, giving them exceptional versatility; there are plenty of possibilities for breakfast, lunch, dinner and nutritious snacks.  Read on to learn how you can include more healthy, wholesome, nutritious and economical whole grains in your daily fare. Wheat Based...

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Water Works, UTIs

Problems with the urinary system are extremely common, and your local health can help with a variety of natural products. Anyone who has suffered from a urinary tract infection (UTI) or other urinary problems will know that it can be extremely uncomfortable. Jürgen Denzinger of Remedies in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford says that people find talking about UTIs and other urinary problems embarrassing, but “generally speaking health stores have heard it all before, and helped.” So don’t be shy, explain your problems and let your local health store help you. According to Jürgen, in his...

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Deficiency diseases: is pellagra making a comeback?

What is pellagra? Pellagra is a deficiency disease caused by lack of vitamin B3 (niacin) and tryptophan in the diet. Tryptophan is an amino acid that converts to niacin in the body. Pellagra is diagnosed by a classic triad of symptoms – the three Ds: diarrhoea, light-sensitive dermatitis and dementia. Psychotic delusions can also occur. Untreated, pellagra leads to the final D: death. What causes it? And who suffers? Pellagra is reported in countries where people are chronically malnourished, or over-dependent on foods poor in niacin and tryptophan, such as corn. Pellagra is less common in...

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Menopause

A holistic approach to the Menopause based on good nutrition, natural remedies and a healthy lifestyle. Menopause is not a disease. It is a perfectly natural phenomenon, which marks the end of the menstrual cycle, including the cessation of ovulation and menstrual periods. This usually occurs between the ages of 40 and 55, but it can begin earlier or later. Menopause affects each woman differently, and many have little or even no discomfort. On the other hand, sometimes symptoms can last for up to five years. Menopause occurs when the ovaries greatly decrease their production of oestrogen and...

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Meat Free

The essential information on healthy vegetarian eating Defining Vegetarianism Vegetarians choose not to eat meat, poultry, game, fish and animal by-products such as gelatin and rennet. Vegans also exclude foods produced by animals such as eggs, dairy products and honey. Vegan diets need more careful monitoring to ensure a good balance of nutrients, but both types of diet offer healthy, interesting and delicious ways of eating. Why stop eating meat? People might stop eating meat for a variety of reasons: Ethical: Some vegetarians simply want to prevent killing or cruelty to animals....

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

A holistic approach to Irritable Bowel Syndrome based on good nutrition, natural remedies and a healthy lifestyle. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder of the digestive system which affects millions of people throughout the world. The range and severity of symptoms can vary hugely from one person to another and each individual may experience a lessening or worsening of the condition from time to time depending on circumstances. There is much that the sufferer can do to take control of the condition himself/herself. There are a number of avenues which can be explored and which may...

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