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AS A TEENAGER obsessed with cosmetics, I briefly dabbled with the idea of becoming a make-up artist when I was older. So when I got the chance to interview beauty expert Ruby Hammer this month I was understandably delighted! I hope you will enjoy hearing about her tips and tricks for looking great on page 14. Our other features in this month’s bumper issue include natural solutions for improving your fertility on page 31 plus expert advice for tackling the misery of hayfever – as a sufferer I will definitely be taking note. Our recipe feature on page 46 is packed with tasty suggestions for cooking with seasonal springtime produce, while our in-store feature this month focuses on eco home cleaning. With spring being a time for new beginnings, we have freshened up the design of the magazine this issue and in response to your requests for more fitness articles we have introduced a new fitness news page. I hope you will enjoy it and I welcome your feedback. Don’t forget that you can get in touch with your views via our Facebook and Twitter pages.


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4 Health News: All the latest news and research from the world of natural health and wellbeing – plus join us on Facebook and Twitter! 14 Celebrity Health: Expert make-up artist Ruby Hammer talks to us about her beauty tips and tricks 30 Your Health: Diet and lifestyle advice to help support fertility

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22 Your Look: We take a look at the natural ingredients found in hair and beauty products 26 Just for You: Spas, therapies and pampering treats! 52 Fitness focus: Get in shape with our new fitness news page 54 Take Time Out: Put your feet up and the kettle on with our puzzle page!


your food 46 Your Food: Try these tasty Easter recipes made with seasonal springtime ingredients

your experts 34 Health Q&A: Our experts answer your questions on soothing heartburn, Ayurvedic solutions for IBS and natural skincare for men 36 Your Experts: Top advice to prevent hayfever misery from blighting your spring and summer 42 Here to Help: Independent health store advice on eco home cleaning from Stirling Health Food Store in Central Scotland

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Vitamin D campaign launched A campaign to increase public awareness of vitamin D deficiency in children has recently been launched. Supported by the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, the Vitamin D Mission aims to eradicate vitamin D deficiency in the UK’s under-fives. The Generation D report, released to coincide with the campaign launch, found that six in 10 (60 per cent) UK parents are unconcerned about the risk of insufficient vitamin D levels in their child. Vitamin D is linked to major health issues like multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis and diabetes, whilst incidences of children suffering from the bone disease rickets are on the increase. Andrew Thomas from vitamin D oral spray manufacturers BetterYou commented: “We know just how poor the nation’s knowledge of vitamin D is, from our own research and from many years experience of speaking to our customers on this issue. What’s particularly concerning though is how few parents realise the importance of vitamin D to childhood development.” Currently, the Department of Health recommends all children aged six months to five years receive vitamin D supplements of at least 7mcg in order to meet their daily dietary requirement. ● To find out more, visit

A glass of warm milk before bedtime isn’t just an old wives' tale – it really could help you to sleep better, explains Dave Gibson, sleep advisor with bed-makers Warren Evans. “Milk contains tryptophan which increases the amount of serotonin – a natural sedative. A banana with milk provides vitamin B6, which helps convert the tryptophan to serotonin. Another bedtime snack to consider is cherries which contain melatonin which the body produces to regulate sleep.”

Keep flu at bay Vigorous exercise could help to ward off flu, new research reveals. At least two and a half hours a week of vigorous exercise reduces your chances of experiencing a flu-like illness by around 10 per cent. This is according to preliminary results from Flusurvey, an online flu study run by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. More than 4,800 people have participated in this year’s study so far, and these findings suggest that 100 cases of flu per 1,000 people could be prevented just by engaging in vigorous exercise. No differences were found in rates of flu-like illness based on the amount of moderate exercise reported, so it may be that more vigorous exercise is needed to lower your risk. Other findings from Flusurvey showed some of the lowest reports of flu-like illness in recent times. Over the winter flu season, only 4.7 per cent of reports were positive for flu-like symptoms compared to 6 per cent last year. Dr Alma Adler, ambassador for National Science & Engineering Week and Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said: “We’re really interested in the preliminary findings around fitness activity and flu-like illness, as exercise is something that everyone can do to reduce your chance of having flu. We need to treat this result cautiously as these are preliminary findings, however they are consistent with findings for other conditions and really show the health benefits of exercise.” More news continued over ➜




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Suffering with hayfever? A.Vogel Pollinosan Luffa Nasal Spray is a medical device for the relief of hayfever, allergies and allergic rhinitis. Used to clear the nose of pollen, dust and other allergen particles, it restores the fluid and moisture in the nose. We have 20 to give away (RRP £7.50). DRAW CODE: YHL-VOGEL-0414


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Dairy dilemma Almost half of the UK adult population (40 per cent) are battling symptoms of digestive discomfort consistent with lactose intolerance, according to the results of a new survey by Lactofree. Respondents admitted that they regularly experience wind (24 per cent), bloating (16 per cent), cramps (10 per cent) and diarrhoea (10 per cent). The research shows that dairy products are the primary cause of digestive discomfort, with nine per cent saying they’ve had difficulty digesting them and 11 per cent now avoid dairy products which contain lactose. Despite this, only two per cent of UK adults have officially been diagnosed by a healthcare professional as having an intolerance to the lactose found in dairy products, and only two per cent of those who avoid dairy say they do so because they are allergic. Allergy expert Dr Adam Fox says: “Research reveals that a great number of people are regularly experiencing symptoms which are synonymous with lactose intolerance, and yet understanding and diagnosis of the condition is extremely limited. As people become increasingly comfortable to self-diagnose themselves it is extremely important people understand the reasons behind their symptoms. What we don’t want to see is people dismissing vital food groups unnecessarily, which would result in them missing out on vitamins and nutrients essential for a healthy lifestyle.”

Fruity findings Those of us with a sweet tooth will know how difficult it is to resist desserts, but now French scientists have made a discovery which may help us to choose the healthier option. Researchers from the University of Bourgogne, in Dijon, have discovered that people who smell fruity scents before being asked to choose food, tend to go for the healthier dish. The study involved 115 volunteers who were divided into two groups. One half were told to wait in a room which had been sprayed with a pear-flavoured scent while the other group sat in an unscented room. After 15 minutes, both groups were asked to choose meals from a buffet. Their choices were most notable when it came to dessert where the options were a chocolate brownie and a fruit dish. Less than half of the group who had sat in the pearscented room chose the chocolate brownie dessert, compared to three out of four participants who sat in the unscented room. The scientists concluded that fruit smells can subconsciously influence our choices when it comes to food selection. The research was published online in the journal Appetite.

Homeopathy for sports injuries By homeopath Susan Marmot for the College of Naturopathic Medicine By keeping just a few homeopathic remedies in their sports bag, athletes can have an effective way to support recovery from injury at their fingertips. Here’s my advice for staying in the game, instead of watching injured from the sidelines:

Hypericum If you have injured any area rich in nerves (eg, fallen on your coccyx when skiing, or shut your fingers in a car door) this is the most suitable homeopathic remedy.



It’s the number one home remedy for sports injury. Arnica helps to reduce swelling and bruising, relieves pain, speeds up healing and can also help the body deal with the shock that can come with injury. It’s excellent for over-exertion: take one 30c Arnica pill immediately after a long run or a tough rugby or squash game, to aid the body’s recovery.

Known as ‘bone-knit’, this remedy can help bones to heal quickly. It is very effective, so it is vital that you ensure the bone has been set properly before taking it! (If you are unlucky enough to have broken a bone, firstly take Arnica for the shock, swelling and pain, then follow on with Symphytum.) All the above remedies can be bought in pill form (30c potency) from homeopathic pharmacies or from good health stores. Twice per day suck one pill beneath the tongue, but for no more than one week. Stop if improvement occurs earlier. In keeping with a naturopathic approach to health, look at your nutrition, too. Eating three portions of oily fish per week, such as mackerel or salmon, or taking fish oils (1-2g daily) can help reduce inflammation. Supplementing with vitamin D has been found to decrease the likelihood of injury and help faster recovery too.

Rhus Tox For the second stage of healing; this remedy is ideal for injuries such as sprains and strains, or torn ligaments where the patient is stiff on first movement, such as getting up out of a chair, but feels better for moving around and loosening up the joint.

Ruta Grav More appropriate where the person feels better for rest rather than movement, eg, repetitive strain injuries or tennis elbow.

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If you’re one of the many people who suffer with hayfever, then you might want to try out this delicious-tasting juice which helps to combat some of the symptoms. For more tips on how to tackle hayfever, see our feature on page 36. You will need:  2 apples  ¼ pineapple (skin removed)  Juice of half a lemon  One inch piece of ginger

Sally says: "This juice will help combat the nasty side effects of hayfever with its nutrient-packed ingredients. Pineapples contain high levels of bromelain, an enzyme that has been shown to act as a natural antihistamine and decongestant. Its anti-inflammatory effect helps to reduce the swelling in the nose and sinuses. Although bromelain is found in every part of the pineapple, it’s most plentiful in the stem so be sure to include this when juicing. Apples are rich in quercetin, a bioflavanoid that acts like an antihistamine by stabilising the cells that release histamine in the body, thereby having an anti-inflammatory effect. It also acts as an immune system modulator and is enhanced by the synergistic relationship with vitamin C which is found in lemons and pineapples. Ginger also contains natural antiinflammatory and decongestant properties and has been shown to reduce the symptoms of hayfever.”

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The Herbal Healing Bible by Jade Britton (£9.99, Apple Press) This informative guide includes a selection of herbs that can be used to help a wide range of common ailments. Following step-by-step instructions, learn how to make your own healing tinctures, decoctions, infused oils, ointments and creams.


We take a look at some of the newest natural health reads Mindful Eating by Rachel Bartholomew and Mandy Pearson (£12.99, CICO Books) This book applies the principles of mindfulness to our everyday eating habits. Filled with practical exercises and delicious recipes, Mindful Eating will set you on the path to a new a healthier way of eating.

Raw Freedom by Saskia Fraser (£24.99, Raw Freedom) Written by leading raw food and mind, body and spirit coach Saskia Fraser, this book features a selection of quick and delicious recipes to help boost your energy reserves. From soups to smoothies and main meals to desserts, there’s something for everyone.




Skin safety Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, and rates are continuing to rise. Monitoring your skin for changes is essential to reduce your risk. Here are some facts you may not be aware of, courtesy of The Mole Clinic ( ● At The MOLE Clinic, 54 per cent of people with moles diagnosed as either skin cancer or at risk of skin cancer reported either significant sunburn or sunbed use, so it is important that you avoid excessive sun exposure, sunbeds and sunburn at all costs. ● We know that sunbed use in your earlier years can lead to premature ageing in your later years, so any perceived aesthetic benefits from tanning will be negated later in life. Research shows that using a sunbed for the first time before the age of 35 increases the risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 59 per cent. It is vital that people remain as vigilant about their skin as they are about tanning. ● Most moles appear by the age of 30, so you need to be more vigilant if you notice ones appearing after 30 years, especially if they are new and are changing in size, shape or colour. ● There are some people who are at higher risk of developing skin cancer. For example, people with 100+ moles, a personal history or family history of melanoma or with many atypical moles. Those with a history of sunbeds or sunburn are also at higher risk.

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The story behind the brand Each month we find out the stories behind various health, wellbeing and beauty brands. This month we speak to Dr Geoff Hayhurst, founder of Paradox Omega Oils Ltd (pictured) THE PARADOX OMEGA OILS brand was developed by Northern Ireland osteopath Dr Geoff Hayhurst in response to his patients’ dislike of the taste of fish oils. The problem with fish oils is that they oxidise very quickly, thus resulting in an unpleasant taste and smell, and a tendency to repeat. Knowing that fish oils offer great benefits to joint and heart health, Geoff set out on a quest to mix his own oil blend which offered a more palatable option. Geoff admits that the process was something of a “kitchen table operation”. He explains: “Chemistry was always my favourite subject at school and my father was an industrial chemist, so I always liked tinkering around with things like that. We used a base fish oil and mixed other combinations of oils with it. Then after three or four weeks we would taste and smell each oil. If they were oxidising and going off then you knew the mix of oils wasn’t good.” After much trial and error the winning formula was found: by combining certain types of olive oils with fish oil, Geoff was able to produce an oil that did not oxidise and which preserved the omega-3 essential fatty acids. He then contacted the University of Ulster’s School of Biomedical Sciences who carried out a study to determine why the combination worked so well. And as for the name – this came from Geoff’s children, who thought it was a paradox that something which was essentially pure fat could actually be so good for your health.




Soy may improve quality of life after menopause Researchers have discovered that genistein, a natural ingredient found in soy products, helps to improve the quality of life in osteopenic postmenopausal women. The scientists carried out a two-year double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trial involving a group of 262 postmenopausal women aged between 49 and 67. The women were either given a 54mg dose of the isoflavone genistein or a placebo. At the beginning the trial, then after one year and two years, the participants filled in a questionnaire asking about their health status and levels of life satisfaction and depression. With the placebo group the scores decreased after one and two years, whereas the genistein group showed increases by the end of the study. In their report, the researchers explained that “postmenopausal oestrogen decline is implicated in several age-related physical and psychological changes in women, including decreases in perceived quality of life.” They concluded that “genistein improves quality of life (health status, life satisfaction, and depression) in osteopenic postmenopausal women.” The results were published in the journal Osteoporosis International.

Iron deficiency linked to stroke According to the results of new study, iron deficiency appears to be a risk factor for stroke in adults and children. Researchers from Imperial College London discovered that when people lack this key mineral their blood tends to become sticker which can lead to blood clots. The researchers tested the iron levels of 497 people with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), a rare disease that can lead to enlarged blood vessels in the lungs. Normally blood vessels prevent small blood clots from entering the arteries but in people with HHT clots can get into the lungs, travel to the brain and cause a stroke. The researchers found that those individuals with moderately low iron levels were twice as likely to suffer a stroke compared to those with iron levels in the middle of the normal range. They also discovered that when people are deficient in iron the platelets (small blood cells) in their blood tend to become sticker which can lead to blood clots. The researchers now aim to find out whether they can reduce high-risk patients' chances of having a stroke by addressing their iron deficiency. The results were published in the medical journal PLOS ONE.

School sports A new survey has revealed that over half of parents have confessed to lying to avoid PE when at school, whilst children today enjoy it far more. The survey, conducted by the Youth Sport Trust and Bupa, questioned British parents and children on their experiences of PE and school sport. It revealed that 56 per cent of parents had lied to get out of PE lessons, using excuses such as forgetting their kit, faking an injury or feeling unwell. However, 76 per cent of young people questioned said they like PE lessons, with a quarter of them saying that they love it, indicating that attitudes have changed over the generations. Nearly half (49 per cent) of eight to 15-year-olds questioned as part of the survey said that their teachers make PE lessons fun.

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The dark winter months are long gone and Spring is finally here, but are you feeling as though you've lost the spring in your step? If you are feeling tired, irritable and lacking in energy, it might be time to address your body's acid-alkaline balance. Our bodies need a pH balance of 7.4, ideally, to function optimally. But too much stress, sugar, alcohol, wheat or dairy foods, can tip it into ‘acidosis’. This acid state causes the body to use up valuable calcium to buffer the acid away, and to store the excess acid in our tissues and muscles. The result is felt as various aches and pains, including headaches and migraines, or skin problems, and is accompanied by fatigue, feeling irritable or sluggish. In the longer term, acidosis means an increased risk of osteoporosis through calcium deficiency.

Acid checklist: Are you too acid? Y  ou run on adrenaline and find it hard to relax. Adrenaline leads to acid formation in the body. T  hat headache has come back and your muscles feel tense. A sign of stress, tight muscles indicate acid build-up. C  heese, meat and bread are favourite foods. These are major acid forming foods. Y  ou drink or smoke or both. This is a recipe for the creation of acidic waste products. T  hat allergy is aggravating you again. Allergic and inflammatory states such as eczema, psoriasis and asthma are linked to acidosis. Y  ou’ve been feeling anxious or depressed. Emotional issues create biological stress in the body, which is acid forming.

What’s the solution? If you ticked yes to 2 or 3 of these ‘acid alerts’, then your risk of acidosis is high. The good news is you can now easily test your pH level to see if it’s too acid. Visit or to order a simple litmus test. It costs just £1.20. Then if you are too acid, or too alkaline, you can take immediate action by taking a pH-balancing supplement for 6-8 weeks. You can then re-test your pH to see the difference. People often report an improvement in health issues and energy levels after taking pH-balancing supplements for 6-8 weeks. It can also be helpful to address your diet if acid-forming foods form a strong part of it, with the help of a qualified nutritionist.

Take action! Visit your nearest independent health food store and ask for pH-balancing supplements that include a pH litmus test. Or go online to order your pH-balancing minerals and acidity test kit today: Visit or and follow the link.

PASCOE® – Europe’s best selling pH-balancing supplement pH balance PASCOE® is the multimineral formula which replenishes the body’s alkaline salts, helping to reduce the harmful effects of acidity in the body. Each pack of pH-balance PASCOE® comes with 21 urinary pH test strips, so you can check your pH acidity level before and after supplementation – and see the difference!

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As a make-up artist you must get asked for your advice all the time on skincare and beauty. What are your top tips? Ruby: The best advice I can give is to find a skincare regime that works for you and stick to it. I can’t stress how important it is to cleanse, moisturise and hydrate every day. You wouldn’t dream of not brushing your teeth, so don’t skimp on cleansing your skin. Also, get a good set of make-up tools. You don’t need hundreds of brushes like I do – you just need a lip brush, a cheek brush, a concealer brush, a couple of eyeshadow brushes and a foundation brush. That will really help with the way you apply your make-up. Lastly, focus on your good points and accentuate them. Don’t focus on your flaws or what you wish you could change. Look at your face, pinpoint your best features and think about what you can work with. Look at the positives and embrace them instead of trying to find fault because that’s a very joyless experience. Tell us a bit about your own beauty regime. Ruby: Well, I’m 52 years old, and my skin has always been pretty good. I’ve always

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methodically cleansed my skin from my chest upwards. I massage cleanser on, beginning with my décolletage, moving to my neck and then my face, and then I use a hot flannel or muslin cloth to wipe it off. I exfoliate my skin a couple of times a week and I use masks when I have time, or if I need to look good for a photo shoot. I have to juggle my work with family commitments, just like everyone else, but I always make time to stick to that regime. You have recently been named the new beauty ambassador for Udos’s Choice. What does this mean to you? Ruby: I’m really thrilled to be their beauty ambassador. You can’t be an ambassador for a product you don’t believe in or respect – you have to have an affinity for the product. I think Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is a fantastic product and I’m really happy to endorse it. It’s a good source of essential fatty acids, which are vital for skin health. Just two or three teaspoons a day will really help your complexion, along with plenty of sleep, good nutrition and a good cleansing routine. The better the condition of your skin the better your make-up will look. Do you take any vitamins or supplements? Ruby: Yes I’ve always taken vitamin C and I use a vitamin D spray. I also take herbal supplements to balance my hormones as I’m going through the menopause. I take my Ultimate Oil Blend every day and I’ve also been advised to take a probiotic to balance my gut flora. Is healthy eating important to you? Ruby: Yes, I always try to eat as healthily as possible. I don’t always manage to eat organic, but I do try. Sometimes it’s

difficult when you’re on a photo shoot as it’s not up to me what lunch I will be getting, but I do make healthy choices whenever I can. Thankfully I don’t have any food allergies so I can eat a balanced diet. I don’t deny myself anything either. Do you have any health issues that concern you? Ruby: I’m having trouble with my sleep at the moment. I’m trying everything I can to tackle it, from using lavender and essential oils to taking hot baths before bedtime. If you don’t get enough good quality sleep it really shows in your skin. Do you enjoy exercise? Ruby: I don’t really look forward to it, but I do enjoy how I feel afterwards. I do hot yoga – my daughter drags me along to classes – and I have a personal trainer. I’ve always been quite active and quite skinny but now that I’m getting older I have to watch my weight a bit more. I have to increase the amount of exercise I do. I can’t take things like that for granted any more. What do you do to relax? Ruby: I love reading through all the latest magazines with a cup of tea. I find that very relaxing. I also meditate. And I enjoy being with friends and family. My family is of prime importance to me. I lost my mum a couple of years ago and it was a colossal loss to me, a hole that I don’t know how I’m going to fill. That’s made me realise how important it is to do things that you like and be with people whose company you enjoy. Don’t let work rule your life. Make sure you have time to have fun and be with the people you love. n For more information on Udo’s Choice, visit

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What’s this? Bio-Kult Advanced Multi-strain Formula Why should I try it? Bio-Kult is a scientifically developed, advanced multi-strain formula containing 14 live bacterial cultures which are proven to survive the high acidity of the stomach. It does not need to be refrigerated and is suitable to be taken alongside antibiotics, by babies, when pregnant, when travelling, by vegetarians and as part of a healthy diet How much? From £8.99 Available from? All good independent health food stores. Visit

Have you tried? The Erbology range of Organic Sea Buckthorn Spreads Why so good? Delicious on bread or toast, these spreads are remarkably high in antioxidants and a great support to your immune system, mucous membranes and cardiovascular health. Suitable for diabetics Tell me more! Sea buckthorn is rich in omega-3, 6, 7 and 9 plus vitamins B1, B2, C, D, E, K, folic acid, flavonoids, beta carotene and dietary minerals Available from? Independent health food stores and



Must try! Sun Chlorella® ‘A’ is clean, high-quality nutrition, boasting an amazing yield of vitamin D, B12, iron, folic acid and much more in a 3g daily serving Tell me more! It is grown in carefully selected locations in Taiwan to maximise sun exposure, to ensure purity of air quality and spring water from aquifers. The only chlorella pulverised by DYNO®-Mill™ for maximum digestibility – much more effective than more commonly used ‘cracked cell wall’ techniques. It has been recommended by practitioners around the world for more than 40 years Available from? Good independent health food shops. Visit


New look, same AMAIZIN taste! There’s a new, exciting, colourful and fresh look to the Amaizin range, plus the addition of zingy Hint of Lemon corn chips Tell me more! The corn chips contain the finest organic ingredients, are gluten-free and fried in high oleic sunflower oil. Look out for new packs coming through from April Available from? Independent health food stores. Ask in-store or visit

Do try! Xylitos® Mints Why so good? Made with only the purest ingredients, these 100 per cent natural mints contain no sugar and no artificial sweeteners, flavours or colours Tell me more! Backed by scientific research, Xylitos® Mints are a great-tasting way to effectively help prevent cavities Available from? Independent health food stores



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Wise buy! Optima’s Sour Cherry Juice contains only 100 per cent Montmorency Cherry Juice Tell me more! The juice is carefully processed without sweeteners or flavours to ensure the original nutritional profile and extremely high ORAC value is retained What is ORAC? Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity is a measure of antioxidant potency and measures how many oxygen radicals a specific food can absorb and deactivate Available from? Independent health food stores and Holland & Barrett. Visit

What’s this? Nourkrin® – the original hair growth supplement for women and men. Drug-free, safe and scientifically proven Tell me more! Nourkrin® has been subjected to a successful clinical study, published in a leading UK peer reviewed journal and is the only hair growth supplement in the world to have been awarded the gold medal from the World Trichology Society Available from? All good independent health food stores. Visit

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Wise buy! Symprove delivers friendly bacteria to your gut in the right way What’s so different? This live and activated multistrain drink has a unique delivery system (UDS™) to protect the bacteria from stomach acids and bile salts. It’s non-dairy and gluten-free How can I use it? Three months is recommended for first-time users. One daily 50ml shot delivers at least 10 billion ‘ready-to-work’ live bacteria Available from? Independent health food stores or online at

Tired, heavy legs? Try A.Vogel Venaforce Horse Chestnut GR* Tablets Tell me more! This is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the relief of symptoms associated with chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins, such as tired heavy legs, pain, cramps and swelling, exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional remedy What is it made from? Venaforce is made from the extract of fresh horse chestnut seeds, instantly recognisable to most as the conker. Always read the leaflet Available from? Independent health food stores. Visit *gastro-resistant



Do try: Udo’s Choice Super 5 Microbiotic Lozenges Why so good? Each raspberry-flavoured lozenge contains five bacteria strains with two billion bacteria*. Taken after meals, these lozenges are an ideal way for all the family to obtain ‘friendly’ lacto and bifido bacteria. With a unique raspberry flavour, not only are they healthy but they taste delicious too! Available from? Independent health food stores and online. *at time of manufacture

Fancy a mint? Try VerMints Organic Mints and Pastilles Why so good? A product of the USA, VerMints are a lozengeshaped cut mint with six different flavours. Made with no shortcuts and no compromises, these mints are vegan, certified organic, certified gluten-free, non-GMO verified, and kosher certified. VerMints are the choice for today’s health conscious consumers What flavours are there? Choose from PepperMint, Wintergreen, Cinnamon, GingerMint, Chai and Café Express Available from? Your local independent health food store, Whole Foods Markets and online at



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Have you tried? One Nutrition Power Greens Why so good? Containing nothing but the finest green foods, One Nutrition Power Greens is a naturally sweet blend of raw fuel that supports active lifestyles. It is the quick and easy way to bring key nutrients into your daily diet from green food concentrates including: broccoli, kale, spirulina, wheatgrass, barley grass and chlorella. Available in easy-to-mix powder format or vegecaps Available from? Independent health food stores and online.

Wise buy! Do try Ankh Rah High Quality Moringa Tell me more! There are superfoods, and there is moringa – the health industry’s best-kept secret. Nutritious, organic and safe, moringa is rich in protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It may help to support your energy levels and aid with detoxification. Used in tea or cooking, high quality moringa is available from Ankh Rah as a tablet, powder, seeds and oil Available from? Independent health food stores. Call 020 8314 0551 or visit

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What’s this? rawLicious Raw & Organic Kale Chips are an extremely tasty yet healthy treat for all ages Why so good? Packed full of natural goodness, these delicious chips are available in a range of flavours. They received the 2013 Best New Food Product award at the Natural & Organic Products show How much? £2.49 for 40g Available from? Independent health food stores or online. Visit

Have you tried? 100 per cent Organic Centrifuged Coconut Oil from Essence of Eden Ltd Tell me more! To date, this product has received five awards in blind tasting sessions. It is priced at £10.50 for 300g New for 2014: Look out for the new 100 per cent organic cold pressed coconut oil, RRP£7.50 Available from? Independent health food stores, ReVital Stores and online directly from

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What’s this? Give your heart a healthy holiday with Bergamet Mega Tell me more! Calabrian citrus bergamot has been used traditionally by Italian locals for decades to support and promote the health of the cardiovascular system. Calabrian Bergamet Mega is the only supplement to contain the extract from this unique area of Italy. Clinical trials have shown that the ingredients in Bergamet may support a healthy cardiovascular system Available from? Independent health food stores or



What’s new? Beetactive and BlueberryActive are now available in 500ml (16 serving) bottles! Tell me more! These products grew in popularity throughout 2013 and, with demand growing from both consumers and health store owners alike, these 500ml bottles offer a more convenient and money-saving alternative to the 210ml bottles seen on the shelves. The 500ml bottles are being rolled out now, so keep an eye out at your local health food store How much? £11.49 for BeetActive and £23.49 for BlueberryActive Available from? and health food stores Want to treat your tresses? Try this Organic Hair & Scalp Treatment Oil from Natural by Nature Why so good? This deeply nourishing oil contains essential oils of rosemary, bay, cedarwood and chamomile, all renowned for their moisturising, healing and conditioning properties. It is perfect for dry hair and scalp conditions or if you just want to give your hair a healthy treat. Massage into the hair, leave in, then rinse with a mild shampoo for deeply nourished, shiny hair Available from? All good independent health food shops or online. Call 01582 840848 or visit



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Wise buy! Collagen Plus – the unique 3-in-1 collagen supplement for joint health, improved mobility and better skin, hair and nails What’s in it? 7,500mg of collagen, 1,000mg of glucosamine and 800mg of chondroitin Why should I take it? Collagen is the most common protein found in our bodies. It helps keep connective tissue flexible, enabling our bones and cartilage to bear weight. From the age of 25, collagen levels reduce by about 1.5% every year. Joints stiffen. By 45, collagen levels reduce by up to 30% Available from? All good independent health food stores. Visit or call 0800 0181 282

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From aloe vera to seaweed, there are all manner of natural ingredients to be found in hair and body products. We take a closer look at some of these natural wonders and how they can benefit our health and wellbeing

Bathtime beauties Joannah Metcalfe, consultant aromatherapist at Base Formula, ( picks her top five natural ingredients in bath and shower products

Aloe vera This natural emollient is well known for its healing, skin-soothing properties and is often included in bath and shower products to hydrate and care for the skin. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes which help to promote healthy, soft, supple, more youthfullooking skin.

Lavender essential oil Lavender essential oil is highly versatile and renowned for its antiseptic, soothing, calming, pain-relieving effects. It is beneficial for the skin and can help to relieve aches, pains and stress-related conditions. It also works symbiotically, helping to enhance the actions of other essential oils in the blend.

Geranium essential oil Geranium essential oil is balancing, uplifting and refreshing. It is beneficial for nervous tension, irritability and for regulating hormones. It is one of the most useful oils for detoxifying the lymphatic system and for reducing the appearance of cellulite. It’s also good for the skin as it helps to regulate sebum production.

Coconut oil Nutrient-rich coconut oil is ideal in bath oils to moisturise and protect the skin. It promotes skin elasticity and helps maintain softer, younger-looking skin. It is suitable for all skin types but is especially beneficial for dry, damaged or mature skin types.

Dead Sea Salt Dead Sea Salt is rich in nutrients and health-enhancing minerals and is an ideal ingredient for bath salts and exfoliating body scrubs. It has numerous beneficial effects on the body and skin and can be particularly helpful for reducing stress, easing sore, stiff muscles, and for treating skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 ď ľ




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Care for your hair Hannah Pearson, founder and formulator at Gentle Green Ltd, ( chooses some of her favourite natural ingredients for benefiting your hair.

Seaweed This is my all-time favourite super food for hair. It’s not just fabulously nourishing when eaten but also works a treat to inspire strong, tangle-free, shiny hair. Seaweed is incredibly-nutrient dense and contains a huge array of minerals including silica, which is one of the most important for building beautiful hair.

Soapwort Soapwort is a natural cleanser that will leave your hair feeling soft and refreshed, promoting hair growth and countering dandruff. I first came across this beautiful little plant whilst living high in the Himalayas with a Tibetan tribe. We would harvest the whole plant, boil it in water and use it for washing both hair and clothes. Incidentally ‘wort’ is the old English name given to plants that have some medicinal or useful properties.

Macadamia nut oil Rich in helpful omegas, macadamia nut oil is a highly nutritive and emollient oil. It closely resembles sebum, the oil that is naturally produced by our bodies and scalp, and is an ideal ingredient to restore hair in need of nourishment. Please note, those with eczema or sensitive skin should avoid the use of nut oils.

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) MSM provides sulphur, which is a fundamental building block of the hair. Naturally occurring in foods, MSM strengthens and restores elasticity to hair whilst giving extra shine.

Rosemary essential oil Invigorating, refreshing and stimulating, rosemary is known to encourage hair growth, reduce dandruff and hair loss whilst making you smell divine! It should be avoided during pregnancy and in cases of epilepsy.

Nettle Commonly overlooked and misunderstood, nettle is one of my favourite medicinal and helpful plants. Packed full of nutrition and trace elements it stimulates new hair growth. Having an astringent quality it deep cleans hair, leaving it with lots of body. At my house we add it to soups stews and the tea pot!



Do try: This Manuka Honey & Orange Blossom Body Scrub from Simply Beautiful Collections Why so good? This revitalising body scrub is enriched with invigorating Dead Sea Salt, crushed natural sugar and original Manuka Honey from New Zealand to gently buff away impurities for healthierlooking skin. Added vitamin E and sweet almond oil with fragrant orange blossom will leave your skin silky soft and satin smooth. Recommended for delicate, stressed and mature skin types How much? £25 for 500g Available from? Direct from Simply Beautiful Collections. Call 01449 727070 or visit



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Look after your locks: With Green People’s Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner Tell me more! Green People’s hair care restores hair’s natural shine without the use of chemical ingredients. Non-irritating, SLS-free shampoos contain mild cleansing and foaming agents and are formulated to soothe and restore the scalp’s natural pH and oil balance. Normal, frizzy or curly hair loves the moisturising shampoo and conditioner for tangle-free, soft hair How much? £10.95 for 200ml Available from? Independent retailers and

Have you tried? The product range from Avalon Organics Tell me more! Avalon Organics offer hair, bath and body care formulated with Consciousness in Cosmetics using at least 70 per cent organic content. Each product delivers high efficacious benefits of essential oils including lavender, lemon, rosemary and peppermint, combined with the cleanest, safest, purest ingredients and always without pore-clogging mineral oil, petrolatum or propylene glycol Available from? Independent health food stores. For stockists details call 08450 725 825

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A touch of organic indulgence with our Lavender & Chamomile Hand Cream

Organic Lavender and Chamomile oils have been blended to perfection by our experts to create a soothing and calming hand cream that moisturises your skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth. This light, gentle formula which is suitable for everyday use does not contain sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, Parabens or Artificial Fragrances and is available in a handy 125ml tube or 250ml pump dispenser.

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Try this! “Cleanse once in the morning and double cleanse at night – once to remove makeup and the second time to ensure pores are thoroughly clean,” advises Tina Richards, skincare and anti-ageing expert ( “Choose a cleanser rich in natural plant oils if you have dry skin. Dry skin that flakes also benefits from cleansers that contain exfoliating fruit acids (AHAs), either lactic or glycolic acid. If you have oily or combination skin choose a cleansing wash which contains salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid which is excellent for exfoliating and clarifying skin prone to blackheads and breakouts.”

Therapy of the month Aromatherapy

What is it all about? Aromatherapy is the use of concentrated aromatic plant extracts, known as essential oils, for therapeutic purposes. It is the oldest form of medicine known to man and has been used for thousands of years to promote physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Aromatherapy is used to treat many health concerns, from stress-related conditions including anxiety, depression and insomnia, to musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis and muscular aches and pains. So how does it work? Essential oils are comprised of many compounds that each have therapeutic properties, affecting the mind, body and spirit in various ways. There are two ways that essential oils can be absorbed into the bloodstream to produce therapeutic effects. The first is via the respiratory system where essential oils produce healing effects on tissues and organs as well as altering brain chemistry, which affects mood. The second is via the skin where the oil molecules interact with all tissues and body organs. How is it done? Aromatherapy is a holistic therapy, which treats both the symptoms of a condition as well as the root cause to optimise wellbeing. Aromatherapy massage is a popular way to enjoy this therapy. For more information: Gemma Clare is a holistic health expert and skincare specialist with clinics in Harley Street, Chelsea and Soho. She is holding an Introduction to Aromatherapy workshop on 10 May. For more details visit: Visit:



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Aqua babies

A unique fitness craze which combines yoga and stand-up paddle-boarding is being offered at a holiday resort on the Greek island of Skiathos. Guests staying at Skiathos Princess Hotel will be able to take part in YOGAqua classes – and kids can take part too! Encouraging parent and child bonding as well as healthy outdoor exercise, YOGAqua for Kids will be available throughout the season from May to October 2014 to children aged seven years and older. Everyone taking part will learn how to use a stand-up paddle-board and how to perform different yoga poses with guidance from the instructor. ● For more information, visit

East meets West KORE therapy is now on the treatment menu at SenSpa at Carey’s Manor Hotel in Hampshire. This therapy features a unique combination of Eastern and Western techniques, utilising strength and orthopaedic muscle testing with a mixture of psychologies and philosophies to ascertain the root cause of a variety of conditions. The therapy is designed to help with musculoskeletal, digestive, energy and emotional issues.

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Revitalise your hair for 2014 with natural and organic ingredients from our range of Shampoos, Conditioners and Treatments. Special formulas for coloured hair, damaged hair, fine hair, oily hair, delicate and itchy scalps will help you through the year. Genuinely no mineral oils, silicones, synthetic fragrances or preservatives. Lavera the brand of integrity you can trust! Buy on line at or good Pharmacies and Health Food Shops.

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Living Stain away Instead of using a chemically-laden stain remover, try using baking soda instead. It’s a far greener, more natural option! Mix together three parts baking soda to one part water, then rub the mixture onto the stain. Allow it to sit for about an hour before washing, and you should find that the stain has gone.

The natural world

Parents looking to encourage their children to become interested in nature and wildlife should take note of A First Book of Nature (£12.99, Walker Books) written by ex-Really Wild Show presenter Nicola Davies. This beautifully illustrated, quirky book features a mixture of information, poetry and pictures to encourage children to explore the world around them. From beachcombing to stargazing and from watching squirrels and ducks to making a winter bird feast, this book is sure to capture your child’s imagination and fire an interest in the natural world.

How to be an ethical shopper Try these tips from Janey Lee Grace, author of the revised and updated e-book Imperfectly Natural Home ( ● The most ethical way is to reduce, buy less and recycle but for essentials such as food and household goods there are some simple ways to be more sustainable. ● ‘Think local, act global’ is the right mantra when it comes to food, and if you can’t grow it in your back garden, or allotment then buy at a farmers’ market. Opt for organic (always check because small producers may be organic but not able to afford certification). ● For dried goods look into forming a co-operative to buy fair trade in bulk or start a neighbourhood buying scheme with a local church, school or community group. You can make savings and reduce transport costs. ● For clothing, avoid the cheap and almost disposable high street stores and go ‘eco-chic’ – you’ll find something original if you shop in charity shops and vintage fairs. ● Consider if you need anything new; think old style ‘make do and mend’. Revamp what you already have. Similarly, with furnishings, cushion covers can be revamped from scraps of fabric. Wrap gifts (preferably homemade) with fabric too or newspaper tied with a nice red ribbon. ● Avoid buying conventional detergents; adopt the old style approach to cleaning (remember vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and the magic ingredient ‘elbow grease’). For laundry consider ethically traded soapnuts. ● Adopt an attitude of living more simply – you’ll feel richer for it.

Sustainable dining If you enjoy eating out but want to visit restaurants that show a commitment to sustainability, check out the Sustainable Restaurant Guide. This not-for-profit membership organisation helps restaurants to source food more sustainably, manage resources more efficiently and work more closely with their community. And it enables diners to choose restaurants that match their priorities. So, if you’re looking for sustainable seafood, an all-organic experience or a menu that’s local and seasonal you’ll find what you’re looking for here! For more information visit



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Fertility Diet and lifestyle changes can play a huge part in a couple’s chances of conceiving a healthy baby. Here are some top tips from the experts Detoxify your system “Taking steps to detoxify your system and giving it a nutrient boost can really increase your chances of conceiving,” explains Jacquie Lane from the College of Naturopathic Medicine ( “To reduce exposure to xenoestrogens (man-made compounds that can mimic the effects of oestrogen), don’t eat foods wrapped in plastic cling film and drink water out of glass bottles rather than plastic. Do not buy bagged salad if you want to avoid any possible toxins or bacteria enclosed.”

Go organic “Eat plenty of fresh and organic foods such leafy vegetables and fruits,” says Neema Savvides, nutritional therapist with the Harley Street Fertility Clinic ( “This will help your body absorb some of the antioxidants and nutrients that are beneficial when trying to conceive. It will also reduce the amount of pesticides being ingested into the system which have been shown to have a negative impact of fertility.”



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Clean up your act! Cutting out smoking is essential to increase your chances of conceiving, as is giving up caffeine and tannin. Jacquie Lane from the CNM recommends opting for herbal teas instead or fresh ginger and/or lemon with hot water to help the liver eliminate toxins.

Manage your stress “Stress can play a big part in fertility problems,” says natural fertility expert Zita West ( “When you are very stressed it can lead to a hormonal imbalance. However, the good thing about the body is that it’s always trying to get the balance back. So, for 20 minutes a day, try doing a visualisation technique, meditation or yoga, all of which can really help you to relax.”

Get the fats right “Essential fatty acids are vital to regulate hormones,” explains Jacquie Lane. “Eat oily fish three times per week, including salmon, mackerel and herrings, but not tuna, due to potential mercury content. Incorporate seeds into your daily diet such as flax, pumpkin, sunflower and sesame; you can use them in salads; grind them and add to porridge; or use the cold-pressed oils in salad dressings.”

Supplement your diet Useful supplements for supporting fertility include zinc, selenium and vitamins B12, C and E. “It is also vital for a woman to ensure she is taking a folic acid supplement (400mg daily),” says Neema Savvides, “as this is essential for reducing the risk of neural tube defects in a baby during pregnancy.”

Give your libido a boost Stock up on plant protein According to the Harley Street Fertility Clinic, protein from plant sources such as beans, peas, peanuts and lentils are associated with higher fertility potential, as opposed to animal proteins such as red meat and poultry. When five per cent of the daily total calorie intake comes from vegetable protein instead of animal, the risk of ovulatory infertility drops significantly: by more than 50 per cent.

Watch your weight Maintaining a healthy weight is vital in order to support your fertility. “A low or high BMI will prove to be a barrier when trying to conceive,” says Neema Savvides. “There are certain conditions which will cause obesity and lower fertility levels such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It’s important to address your size as reducing this by just 10 per cent will have a massive effect on your chances of becoming pregnant and improve the effectiveness of fertility treatments.” Reducing your sugar intake is important as a high level of insulin within the body will affect ovulation and your hormones. Fats should be addressed too. However, it should be borne in mind that low fat products can be counter-productive as they reduce the amount of healthy fats absorbed into the body which are required for the production of hormones, leading to an increase in ovulatory infertility.

“A lot of couples who are experiencing fertility problems simply aren’t having enough sex,” says Zita West. If your sex drive needs a bit of a boost you might want to look for supplements such as the herbs ginseng and gingko or the amino acid L-Arginine which help the body to make more nitric oxide, therefore resulting in better blood flow throughout the body. Other supplements which reportedly help with libido include maca, a vegetable native to Peru, and pycnogenol, an extract of the bark from French maritime pine.

And some advice for him… “Diet and lifestyle changes for men can have a huge impact on the chances of successful conception, pregnancy and having a healthy baby,” says nutritional therapist Georgie O’Connor from the College of Naturopathic Medicine. Georgie recommends including more zinc in the form of oysters, organic meats and eggs. This increases testosterone production and helps to raise sperm count. Vitamin C is another important nutrient for increasing sperm motility and is found in citrus fruits, dark green leafy veg, peppers, strawberries and kiwi fruit. Vitamin E is needed to help sperm bind with the egg and is found in wheatgerm, nuts and seeds and wholegrains. Lastly, vitamin B12 is essential for cell division and is found in oysters, sardines, other fish and organic meats and eggs.

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Have you tried? Rio Amazon Muira Puama Why should I try it? Muira Puama, also named Potency Wood, is a small tree with white flowers and an aroma similar to jasmine. Its bark is traditionally used by both men and women of the Amazon and Orinoco river basins as an aphrodisiac and tonic for the support of physical capacities How much? £10.20 for 60 vegicaps Available from? All good independent health food stores. Call 01273 570987 or visit

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You asked: “What skincare routine would you recommend for a man to keep his skin toned and in good condition?”

Pat Hume answers: “There is more to caring for a man’s skin than just soap and water. Establishing a good daily skincare routine will help keep a man’s skin toned and give him a healthy, handsome glow. A man’s skin is thicker and oilier than a woman’s and is more susceptible to irritation due to shaving. Having that daily shave removes skin cells prematurely which can cause the skin to become sensitive and dry. When cleansing, forget about using soap, which can have a drying effect on the skin. Instead, change to a natural and organic mild cleanser with hydrating ingredients. Don’t skip on using a shaving foam or cream when shaving as it provides a protective layer between the skin and the razor. Finish the routine with a natural and organic moisturising cream to tone and soften the skin. Lavera offers a complete range for men. Lastly, before shaving, splash the face with warm water as this will stimulate the skin and soften the hair, giving a closer shave.” ● Pat Hume is Pravera’s customer advisor. Pravera Ltd distribute lavera, Primavera, Alma Win, Monte Bianco, Sodasan, Florascent, Terre, d’Oc and Organyc. Visit

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You asked: “I regularly suffer with heartburn, especially at night time, and would like some advice on how I can tackle the problem naturally.” Linda Booth answers: “Millions of people

suffer with this unfortunate condition. As you age, you may notice an increase in heartburn and acid reflux due to general wear and tear of tissues, and a weakening of the lower oesophageal sphincter (the opening to the stomach). If this sphincter weakens, the contents of the stomach, including acid, can push out of the stomach, up the oesophagus, sometimes as high as the throat and mouth. If your heartburn is worse at night time: n Ensure you eat your evening meal at least three to four hours before going to bed. n Avoid spicy, acidic, tomato-based foods, lemons, onions, citrus fruit and fruit juices. n Don’t gorge yourself at dinner. Eat moderate amounts and chew well. n Stop, or try to reduce smoking. n Limit alcohol consumption in the evenings. n Elevate your head in bed using extra pillows, or the head of your bed, using books or blocks. n Papaya contains papain, which helps digest protein in the stomach. Put diced papaya in salads or blend in smoothies. Lastly, don’t ignore heartburn or acid reflux as it can lead to cancer of the stomach and oesophagus.” ● Linda Booth is a digestive health specialist and registered colonic hydrotherapist. She is based at Nottingham Health & Wellbeing Clinic. Visit


You asked: “I suffer with IBS. Am I right in thinking that Ayurvedic medicine may be able to help?”

Dr Deepa Apté answers: “Ayurveda looks at IBS as a cold, dry and light imbalance which has the qualities of irregularity and excess movement. The aim would be to bring in more warmth, nourishment and a quality of grounding and calm. Avoid cold, dry and light foods. Replace cold food and yoghurt, cold drinks and cold, dry, breakfast with warm porridge or stewed fruits. Avoid cold salads and replace them with warm, steamed vegetables along with nourishing soups. Fasting once a week will help to strengthen the digestion and help to regulate bowel movements. The herb chyawanprash is an Ayurvedic food supplement containing 46 herbs and is highly recommended. Simply mix in one tablespoon of this jam in a cup of hot water and take it two to three times over the course of the day. Triphala is the main herb indicated in IBS as it not only helps to eliminate toxins but it is also known for its bowel-regulating and strengthening qualities. Massages can work wonders for people with IBS as they help to calm down the nervous system. A calming yet nourishing whole body Ayurvedic oil massage or the more beneficial Ayurvedic abdominal massage with castor oil packs for lower abdomen will bring about huge change.” ● Dr Deepa Apté is a fully qualified medical doctor, a yoga teacher and an Ayurvedic practitioner. She sits on the executive committee of the APA (Ayurvedic Practitioners Association) and is the lead lecturer of the Ayurveda Pura Academy. Visit

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hayfever Don’t let your enjoyment of the spring and summer be blighted by hayfever. Take on board these tips from our experts


he weather is warmer and the trees are in blossom, but this idyllic picture also heralds a time of misery for the millions of hayfever sufferers in the UK. From sneezing and sniffling to runny noses and itchy eyes, the symptoms of this common allergy can indeed be debilitating. “An allergic reaction such as hayfever can best be explained as an excessive reaction to a normally harmless substance,” says Alison Cullen, education manager with A.Vogel (www.avogel. “The immune system identifies the harmless substance (in the case of hayfever, usually a type of pollen or spore from a plant) as dangerous and produces an antibody called IgE, which then triggers the production of histamine. Histamine is what causes the unpleasant symptoms.” She continues: “Some people are born with an intolerance to particular substances, but other people become reactive as their immune function becomes disturbed by any of a variety of factors such as stress, poor sleep, poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, and exposure to environmental toxins.”

Steer clear of toxins Alison recommends keeping your body as free from toxins as possible by eating wholefoods and avoiding junk. She advises keeping your caffeine and alcohol intake low and avoiding nicotine. “If you live in a polluted area or work with chemicals or in CONTINUED ON PAGE 38 




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Hayfever and allergic rhinitis: myths and truths There are 15 million hayfever sufferers in the UK; if you aren’t one, someone you know is. Here are a few myths and truths about this irritating ailment Myth one: You can grow out of hayfever Truth: Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Symptoms may lessen with age but, in fact, you can develop hayfever at any point in life.

Myth two: Hayfever is only a problem in summer Truth: Increasing numbers of people find themselves suffering hayfever-like symptoms – blocked or runny nose, streaming eyes and sneezing – for longer than just the summer months. This could be because of climate change, meaning pollen is now around earlier or later than summer if temperatures are mild.

Myth three: Hayfever/allergic rhinitis has nothing to do with the immune system Truth: It has A LOT to do with the immune system. If you’re tired and run down, your immune system can be left vulnerable, making you more sensitive to allergies. Triggers like grass, tree and weed pollen can send your immune response into overdrive, causing the body to produce a chemical called histamine which brings on symptoms like itchy eyes or a runny nose – making you feel even worse.

Myth four: If there’s no pollen around, it can’t be hayfever Truth: If there’s no/very low pollen count, yet you feel like you’re experiencing hayfever, then it’s more likely to be allergic rhinitis – symptoms are similar to hayfever. Factors such as poor diet, pollution, air conditioning, lack of sleep and stress can leave your immunity low. When this happens, your body feels under threat by even harmless things such as dust mites, animal hairs or scents and will react accordingly.

What can I do to predict the pollen count near me? Thankfully, predicting the pollen count in your area is a lot easier than predicting the season itself. You can download this free Pollen Forecast app ( health/hayfever/pollen-forecast-app/) for iPhone and Android. It will give you daily information on the latest tree, grass and weed pollen levels in the air for the upcoming five days in your area, information on A.Vogel Pollinosan for hayfever and details of your nearest stockist.

Myth five: When hayfever/allergic rhinitis symptoms are experienced, only anti-histamines can help Truth: Homeopathic remedies can also help to relieve the symptoms of hayfever and other forms of allergic rhinitis. A.Vogel Pollinosan hayfever tablets can be used to help treat allergies to grass or tree pollen (hayfever), as well as allergies to dust, animals and pets (allergic rhinitis) – both conditions give rise to symptoms such as itching and watery eyes, sneezing, tickly nose or throat and a blocked nose. You could also reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis or hayfever by taking better care of your immune system. Try and get a good night’s sleep and, wherever possible, reduce your stress levels. Try and eat lots of fruit and veg too as these are rich in immune-boosting vitamin C.

Pollinosan Hayfever Tablets A homeopathic medicinal product used within the homeopathic tradition to relieve the symptoms of hayfever and other forms of allergic rhinitis. Contains Ammi Visnaga 1x, Aralia Racemosa 2x, Cardiospermum halicacabum2x, Larrea Mexicana 2x, Luffa operculata 6x, Okoubaka aubrevillei 2x, Galphimia glauca 3x. Always read the leaflet.

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traffic-ridden areas, do regular detoxes to keep your system clear,” she says. “Simple steps such as drinking plenty of water and keeping your bowel moving daily will reduce the toxic load on your system and thus the pressure on your immune system.” It’s advisable to cut down on refined sugar too. “Hayfever sufferers are more likely to have wobbly blood sugar and be sensitive to refined sugar,” says Alison. “Having sugar can trigger a surge in blood sugar levels that then precipitates a dramatic drop that can then cause adrenalin production, which involves the production of histamine – just what you don’t want!”

Herbal help “Taking echinacea twice daily may improve your body’s ability to identify harmful substances correctly,” says Alison. “This will not only reduce your allergic reaction to the trigger substance but will also improve your resistance to real bugs such as colds. Herbs such as stinging nettle (urtica) will help to reduce histamine production, without producing the drowsiness people often experience with conventional antihistamine medication. Vitamin C is also useful for countering histamine-mediated effects. The herb luffa is excellent at reducing hayfever-type reactions in the nose, eyes 38



and throat. It works quickly and doesn’t become less effective if you use it longterm. It is not contraindicated with any medication, which is handy in making it appropriate for a wide range of sufferers. It can be found as a tincture, a tablet and a nasal spray.”

The naturopathic approach “The naturopathic approach associates hayfever with weak adrenal, immune or digestive function,” explains Jacquie Lane, lecturer at the College of Naturopathic Medicine ( “A naturopathically-trained therapist would firstly seek to identify the source of the hayfever, and then make

detailed recommendations specific to the individual. However, hayfever sufferers may find the following general naturopathic advice to be helpful. Reduce sources of allergens including pollen, animal dander, dust and exhaust fumes, processed foods and food additives. Investigate whether dairy is a potential allergen for you, and how to avoid and compensate for it, if so. Aim for nine servings of vegetables and fruit per day, as a source of vitamin C, antioxidants and bioflavonoids which act as natural antihistamines and antiinflammatories. Include onions, garlic, red-skinned apples, pineapple and oily fish

Try this! James Hamill, a master beekeeper and maker of HayfeGUARD ( says: “If you are trying to combat hayfever, one of the best things you can do is to eat a regular supply of raw, unpasteurised, wide-filtered honey. This type of honey will contain trace elements of pollen gathered by bees from a variety of different blossoms. By consuming the honey over a prolonged period of time you are enabling your body to build up a natural form of defence to the airborne pollen which is causing your hayfever. Supermarket honey won’t necessarily be helpful though as it’s likely to have come from outside the UK and it generally tends to be heat-treated, which destroys the pollen. People ask me when they should start consuming the honey and my response is straight away. The sooner you can build up your body’s resistance to the pollen, the better. As a guide, I would recommend that adults and children over the age of two take two teaspoonfuls of honey a day.”

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Diary date

Allergy Awareness week run s from 28 April to 4 May and is organi sed by the charity Allergy UK. The aim behind the initiative is to draw attentio n to the plight of the allergy sufferer and hig hlight issues faced by those with allergies. Allergy UK is encouraging people to ge t involved and show their support through fundraising events. For more informatio n on the event, visit www.allergyuk.or g

or flaxseed oil in your diet. Before meals, drink half a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice to stimulate stomach acid production. Therapists may recommend supplementation, potentially with vitamin C, bioflavanoids and probiotics. Some people use a salt pipe to help clear airways. Steam inhalations can greatly relieve congestion. Try two drops each of lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint in a bowl of boiling water.”


“I can look forward to spending time outside again” Charley Wood, 27, has suffered for years with an allergy to birch pollen. Since taking the natural remedy Pycnogenol, a French maritime pine bark extract, her hayfever symptoms have reduced. She says: “Since my teens I have suffered with an allergy to birch pollen. My symptoms usually start around March and last for most of the spring and summer, giving me a stuffy nose, a burning throat and my eyes become itchy, red and irritated. Spending time outdoors becomes a nightmare as my symptoms flare and I can’t wear makeup as it’ll end up streaming down my face as a result of my watery eyes. I’ve struggled with taking anti-histamines in the past as they can make me feel lethargic and I find it difficult to concentrate. A couple of years ago I read that a supplement of pine bark, called Pycnogenol, could help hayfever symptoms as it works as an anti-inflammatory. I started to take Pycnogenol the following January and that year my symptoms were far less severe. I can spend time outside without a burning throat and nose, plus my eyes are much less swollen and I don’t have comments on my red eyes any more. This year, I have already started to take Pycnogenol ahead of the birch pollen season and look forward to spending time outside.”

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HayFever? HayMax allergen barrier balms have now won 27 awards Tell me more! The balms are drug-free and proven to trap dust and pet allergens and more than a third of pollen before it enters the body when applied invisibly to the rim of the nostrils. 100 per cent organic, the product is great for children and pregnant and breastfeeding mums How much? From £6.99 for 5ml Available from? Independent health food stores and online. Visit

What’s new? Respimer Netiflow is a nasal irrigation product which provides relief from heavy congestion, sinus symptoms and allergy issues Tell me more! This drug-free product decongests, cleanses and soothes the nasal cavities. It has five essential minerals in every sachet and two caps per pack – one for gravity-fed application and one for manual pressure application. Respimer has two flow options on the bottle head to limit the flow until you are fully used to the system Available from? Independent health food stores. Call 0151 550 4700 or visit




Hayfever? Try HayfeGUARD® Local Honey with ProPollen Factor 20+. Contains fresh local, raw unpasturised, coarse filtered honey, adding a multitude of pollen grains and fresh royal jelly to aid health and wellbeing Why so good? This multi-award-winning product is ideal for colds, flu and hayfever. By consuming local honey pollens, your body can come in contact with what you are allergic to, helping to prevent symptoms, building up a natural resistance to the irritant (hayfever). Suitable for children over two years How much? £14.95 for 280g, 30 day supply Available from? Independent health food stores. For stockists and info visit

Seasonal sniffles? Try Terranova’s Quercetin Nettle Complex Why so good? This combination of nature’s best anti-inflammatories, quercetin, turmeric and nettle with additional elderberry, may be helpful for those who suffer with hayfever Tell me more! This blend also contains the Magnifood Complex, a synergistic complex of botanicals and phytonutrientrich foods. Magnifood ingredients are combined in a manner which enhances the body’s biochemical environment in order to maximise the potential benefits of the product’s vitamins, minerals and/or other nutrients Available from? Independent health food stores. Visit



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Do try: Xlear® Nasal Spray Tell me more! Xlear® Nasal Spray is a combination of Xylitol and saline spray, which has been shown to be effective in soothing and moisturising the sinuses and nasal passages. Xylitol forms a natural barrier against airborne pollutants and is hyper-osmotic, which helps pull moisture towards it, keeping the nasal passages and sinuses moist for much longer than saline solution alone Available in? An adult 45ml dispensing bottle and a 22ml Kids Spray Where can I buy it? From independent health food stores. Visit

Have you tried? GeloSitin® Why so good? GeloSitin offers superior relief, moisturising dry nasal passages and gently loosening crusts and scabs. Compared to nasal saline, which is commonly used to moisturise nasal passages, sesame oil has been proven to be significantly more effective. Tell me more! GeloSitin remains on the nasal mucosa nine times longer than saline and lasts up to three hours! Don’t deal with nasal dryness any longer – get GeloSitin spray for longlasting, effective relief from a dry nose Available from? Pharmacies and soon through independent health food stores. Visit

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PhytAlma’s slow dissolving, soft pastilles are lled with natural plant essentials and authentic avour, perfect for your wellbeing Eucalyptus Pastilles More than 20% of the UK population suffers through the hot summer months with hayfever. Eucalyptus oil is a natural decongestant, and is benecial to upper respiratory congestion – possibly one of the most irritating symptoms of hayfever. The Eucalyptus helps unclog sinuses and clears stuffy noses, allowing built-up mucous and trapped hayfever allergens to escape.

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Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Josine Atsma, owner of Stirling Health Food Store, based in Stirling, Central Scotland


he information on an eco-friendly cleaning product can be really helpful to assess whether it’s the right purchase for you. Many of us check in the first instance that the product is free from chemicals, parabens and sodium laurel sulphate (SLS). Another big consideration is whether a product is crueltyfree and has not been tested on animals. If you have a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis, you will also need to check that the product is suitable for you to use and is free from irritant ingredients. This can be a big issue for people with sensitive skin and can mean they are unable to use mainstream cleaning brands. Our bestselling eco-friendly cleaning brands are Ecover and Bio D.

Vegan friendly People are often surprised to hear that some eco-cleaning products are not vegan. It’s not something they consider at all. For example, non-vegan ingredients such as whey powder can be used in eco-friendly washing up liquids. If you are a strict vegan, do bear this in mind. In-store staff can also advise on certified vegan eco-friendly cleaning products and ranges. I regularly clean my home using everyday ingredients that are cheap and easy to pick up. These include bicarbonate of soda as it is a very gentle scouring agent. For example, if you dip half a lemon into the bicarbonate of soda, it’s a really good solution for removing limescale on bathroom and shower tiles. I find it actually works faster for descaling than a cleaning product can. White vinegar is another natural ingredient I use a lot for cleaning as it is very good for degreasing. 42


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Bleach is a highly overrated product in my opinion; I haven’t used bleach in my toilet for over 20 years. Instead I use a vinegar-base solution and my toilet is whiter than others that are cleaned using conventional bleach products! Home cleaning ingredients are a great eco-friendly alternative and are pursefriendly too. For example, 1kg of bicarbonate of soda is around £2 and lasts for a year. You can also use lemons that are past their useby date for cleaning to minimise costs.

back on packaging and waste. As we’re just a small shop, we refill bottles ourselves and simply exchange a customer’s empty bottle for a refill whenever they need one. For customers that live further away, we can order in larger-sized cleaning products for them to save on packaging. Many local stores provide an eco-cleaning products refill option – it’s a great way to reduce waste from packaging. You can also be kinder to the environment by buying biodegradable products.

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In-store we have Ecover refilling systems. These help to reuse bottles and really cut

STIRLING HEALTH FOOD STORE tirling Health Food Store is a well-established • Sindependent high street presence that has been serving the local community for over 30 years. Josine took over the ownership of the store three years ago. The store has a loyal customer base and is very active in the local community. It also has strong links with local food and skincare companies and was awarded Best Scottish Independent Retailer Health & Lifestyle in 2012. he store stocks a large range of wholefoods, organic, • Tvegetarian, vegan, gluten-free foods, vitamins and supplements. More unusually, the store also has a keen homebrew section which stocks equipment and brewing accessories. Pet food, herbal and homeopathic remedies, toiletries and cleaning products are also available. o find out more, visit, call 01786 464903 or send • Tthem an email at

Josine is a fan of Your Healthy Living because: “It reads really easy. I always like to read ‘to the point’ shorter health features and articles and Your Health Living has plenty of these.”

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Make your home an ecozone M aking your home an ecozone is pretty simple. It’s all about reducing the amount of toxic chemicals you live with. Homes should be safe, clean places in which people flourish – not germs. But giving dirt the heave-ho doesn’t have to mean letting loose all manner of planet-zapping toxins. The Ecozone range of cleaning products is designed to take care of an everyday task in a more environmentally responsible way. By giving you planet-friendly solutions to your household problems, you’ll be able to make choices that are better for you and everyone else, the world over. Ecozone is proud to have the nod of approval from eco movers and shakers like the Vegan Society, BUAV and the EU Eco-label.

Tips for a more eco-friendly home ● Take off your shoes when you come in as they pick up pesticides ●P  lace a cactus near your computer monitor to counter radiation ●U  se beeswax candles to help clean the air  witch to cotton carpets ●S ●A  salt crystal lamp can neutralise pollutants  aked bamboo becomes an ●B odour magnet

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Introducing Clipper’s five new fabulous fruit infusions, available in

dinky packs of ten individually­wrapped envelopes. Showcasing some wonderful flavour combinations, including Strawberry & Rhubarb,

Blackcurrant & Blueberry and Cranberry & Raspberry, these caffeine and calorie­free sweet treats allow consumers to flirt with as many blends as they fancy, before finding the ones they love!

Clipper’s seven new fuso lines offer the fantastic taste of loose leaf

tea, without having to dig out the strainer! The range includes three

new organic flavours infusions, Raspberry Burst, Blueberry & Elderberry and Apple & Rhubarb. There are also four Fairtrade Green Tea blends, combining the finest green tea with classic flavours such as mint,

strawberry and lemon. All of these come in beautifully designed packs which make them perfect for gift­giving or for taking pride of place on the kitchen counter!

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Try these tasty recipe ideas using seasonal ingredients for your Easter lunch

Shallot, cucumber and tomato panzanella Bursting with colour and flavour, this makes a great light meal or side dish SERVES 4 PREPARATION TIME: 15 MINUTES COOKING TIME: 5-7 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS • Half a cucumber • 2 Romano peppers • 12 cherry tomatoes • 6 Echalion (banana) shallots • 2 slices of ciabatta/ focaccia • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar • 100ml good olive oil

British asparagus, beetroot and smoked salmon salad with a pepper dressing This salad is a gorgeous starter for spring or summer, and the horseradish gives it a perfect kick against the soft silky asparagus SERVES 2 • PREPARATION TIME: 5-10 MINUTES • COOKING TIME: 5 MINUTES



• 1 pack (approximately 125g) British asparagus tips

1. Place the asparagus tips into a pan of boiling water and cook for three to four minutes.

• 135g watercress and salad leaves

2. Meanwhile assemble the salad leaves and watercress onto two small plates and lay on the smoked salmon.

• 100g smoked salmon • 2 cooked beetroot dipped in vinegar (not pickled), cut into eighths FOR THE DRESSING • 3 tbsp horseradish cream • 2 tbsp Rachel’s Organic Natural Yogurt • 1 tsp white wine vinegar • Black pepper to season • 1 lemon, juiced

3. Add the beetroot. Then drain the asparagus tips and lay on top of the salad. 4. Finally mix the dressing ingredients together and drizzle over the salad with lots of black pepper over the top. Finish with the lemon juice.

Recipe courtesy of

• 8 basil leaves METHOD 1. Peel the cucumber, cut in half lengthways and remove the seeds with a teaspoon. Cut into bite-sized chunks about 1cm square. Cut the peppers into the same sized pieces as the cucumber. Cut the cherry tomatoes in half. 2. Cut the shallots in half-length ways, remove the ‘leaves’ of the shallot, then cut into bitesized pieces of about 1cm square. 3. Cut the bread into bite-sized pieces, place on an oven tray with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper then bake at 200°C for five to seven minutes or until just toasted, then remove. 3. Slice the peeled garlic very, very thinly, place into a bowl and add the vinegar and oil. 4. Place all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix together well. Check the seasoning and adjust if necessary. Add some finely shredded basil. Then place into a serving dish.

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Grilled radishes, fennel and asparagus salad with a caper dressing

A delicious and colourful salad that can be prepared and cooked in less than 15 minutes. Radishes are packed full of vitamins, iron and potassium.

Parmesan and black pepper chick and eggs mini biscuits These cute chick and egg-shaped biscuits make the perfect Easter treat! INGREDIENTS • 200g plain flour • 100g salted butter • 100g finely grated parmesan cheese • One whole egg and one egg yolk • Salt Recipe courtesy of

• Black peppercorns • Ground black pepper





• 2 tbsp olive oil

1. Preheat a large griddle pan and lightly dress all the vegetables in olive oil.

1. Mix the flour and butter in a food processor until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add half the grated parmesan, the eggs, a pinch of salt and a quarter of a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. Mix until it forms a dough then leave to rest for an hour.

• 150g radishes cut in half • 1 large bulb fennel, sliced • 200g asparagus, trimmed • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar • ½ red onion, finely chopped • 2 tbsp baby capers • Salt and pepper • Small bunch of dill, chopped


2. While you are waiting for the griddle to warm up, mix together in a small bowl the olive oil and sherry vinegar, then add the onion and capers, season with salt and pepper and set aside. 3. Grill the vegetables on both sides in a single layer in the griddle pan, until the bar marks start to appear. This usually takes a couple of minutes. You may need to do this in a couple of batches if all the vegetables do not fit on the grill. 4. Once cooked, arrange on a serving dish, season with salt and pepper, drizzle over the dressing and scatter with the chopped dill. Serve at once.


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2. Roll out on a floured surface to around ½ cm thick. Cut out the egg and chick shapes using cookie cutters. Press in a whole peppercorn for the chicks’ eyes, and sprinkle the remaining parmesan on the chick shapes. 3. Place on a lightly greased baking tray and bake in a preheated oven (190°C or Gas Mark 5) for around 10-12 minutes.

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Blueberry hot cross buns

Hot cross buns with a fresh, fruity twist! Serve any leftovers toasted the next day. MAKES: 12 PREPARATION TIME: 40 MINUTES 1ST RISING TIME: ¾-1 HOUR 2ND RISING TIME: 20-30 MINUTES COOKING TIME: 15 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS For the buns • 500g (1lb 2oz) strong plain white bread flour • 1 tsp salt • 1½ tsp ground mixed spice • 50g (2 oz) caster sugar • Grated rind 1 orange • Grated rind 1 lemon • 50g (2oz) butter, diced • 2 tsp easy blend dried yeast • 200-250 ml (7-8 fl oz) milk • 1 egg, beaten • 150g (5oz) blueberries For the crosses • 100g (4oz) strong plain white bread flour • 6-6 ½ tbsp water For the glaze • 2 tbsp caster sugar • 4 tbsp milk METHOD 1. Mix the flour, salt, spice, sugar and fruit rinds together in a large bowl. Add the butter and rub in with fingertips until it resembles fine crumbs then stir in the yeast. 2. Warm the milk in a small saucepan or in the microwave until it feels warm to your little finger. Add the egg to the flour mix then gradually mix in enough of the warm milk to make a soft but not sticky dough.

Apricot vanilla chocolates These light and fruity raw chocolates make a sweet alternative to Easter eggs MAKES 30-36

INGREDIENTS • 100g raw cacao butter • 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil • 5 tbsp raw cacao powder • 100g almonds, freshly ground • 3 tbsp raw agave syrup • 1 tsp vanilla essence • 100g unsulphured dried apricots, finely chopped

3. Tip out on to the work surface then knead for 10 minutes, dusting the work surface lightly with flour as needed. Put the dough back into the bowl, cover with a teacloth and put in a warm place for 45-60 minutes until the dough has doubled in size.

METHOD 1. Melt the raw cacao butter and coconut oil over a bain-marie*. Then stir in the remaining ingredients until thoroughly combined. 2. Pour the chocolate mixture into chocolate moulds** and allow to set somewhere cool, or in the fridge. * A bain-marie is a double-boiler set up for melting your raw cacao butter and coconut oil without cooking it. You can buy bain-maries or just use a large soup bowl that sits comfortably on top of a straight sided soufflé dish. A bowl on top of a smaller saucepan works well too. The soufflé dish or saucepan holds hot water and the soup bowl warms up over the top. ** If you don’t have chocolate moulds, place greaseproof paper on a plate and dollop teaspoons of the soft chocolate onto the paper.

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4. Knead the dough once more then gently knead in the blueberries. Cut the dough into 12 pieces, shape into round buns and put slightly spaced apart on a large greased baking sheet. Cover loosely with a large piece of oiled clingfilm and leave to rise in a warm place for 20-30 minutes. 5. Sift the flour for the crosses into a bowl and mix in just enough water to make a smooth pipeable mixture. Spoon into a disposable plastic or greaseproof paper piping bag, snip off the tip and pipe crosses over the buns. 6. Bake at 190°C/375°F/gas Mark 5 for 15 minutes until well risen and golden. Meanwhile make the glaze by dissolving the sugar in the milk in a small saucepan then boiling for one minute. Brush over the buns as soon as they come out of the oven. Leave to cool then serve split and buttered April 2014

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Fitness FOCUS The new you

Xtreme fitness! This month sees an Xtreme Residential Boot Camp taking place at Farncombe Conference Centre near Broadway, Worcestershire. The fitness programme, which is run by Xtreme Boot Camps, involves an intensive fitness programme using military techniques. Instructor Zoe Evans said: “Our camps are designed to kick-start your fitness regime and show you how to maintain a healthier and fitter lifestyle. With 400 acres of fields, woodland, lakes and hills, Farncombe Estate is the perfect venue for getting out and about.” The boot camp takes place from 4 to 6 April and is open to anyone aged over 16, whatever their current fitness level. ● To find out more or to make a booking,

If you struggle to lose weight and keep it off, the ‘New in 90’ diet and fitness app could be just what you need to get in shape and stay that way. By slowly changing your activity and eating habits over 90 days, the app creates a food and fitness regime that is genuinely sustainable. It achieves this by sending you a daily objective to your phone or tablet made up of two simple and achievable tasks – one relating to fitness and the other to nutrition. Once these objectives begin to be completed, the app will get you to incorporate past tasks into your daily routine as your mind and body start adapting to your new way of life. It’s all about small changes that, over time, add up to a big transformation.

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How to stay motivated

Starting a new fitness regime can be exciting, but how do you stay motivated once that initial burst of willpower has run out? Here are three great tips for fitness staying power: 1. Enjoyment comes first. It’s true that you’re far more likely to stick to an exercise regime you enjoy, even if it’s not what everyone says you should be doing. If you don’t like gyms but you love dancing, why not try Zumba? Or if running is your idea of hell, then why not get on your bike? Doing activities you enjoy will make exercise less of a challenge and will help you stay motivated to keep fit! 2. Find a training buddy. Working out with a friend, or joining a social fitness group, has been proven to keep fitness discipline going for longer than if you exercise alone. A bit of friendly competition and extra encouragement goes a long way to helping you maintain your enthusiasm for getting fit. 3. Treat yourself to new fitness gear. There’s nothing quite like having a new outfit to help you stay motivated! Why not promise yourself that you’ll buy those new trainers you love once you’ve kept to your fitness regime for a month? Fitness-related treats, rather than foodie treats, are a much better motivation tool. Tips provided by Donna and Tora, body confidence coaches and authors of I Want What She’s Having Now. For more fitness tips and advice, visit www.

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All the clues in our crossword can be found by reading this month’s magazine. If you get stuck though, the answers are at the bottom of the page. 1



3 4






Across 1 A natural emollient known for its skinsoothing properties

Down 1 The new fitness craze that combines yoga with stand-up paddle-boarding

2 A fertility-boosting source of omega-3 which should be eaten three times a week

2 A process which involves the use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes

3 This can cause mucus formation which exacerbates hayfever symptoms

3 In hayfever sufferers the body produces an antibody called IgE which triggers this substance

4 The white variety makes an effective natural degreaser for the home 5 This type of seed is a good source of essential fatty acids

Editor's choice

4 The first name of make-up artist Ms Hammer, our current cover star

Tea time!

Nettle tea may not be everyone’s immediate choice for a cuppa, but this refreshing herbal brew is reportedly very good for cleansing the system. Nettle has numerous health benefits including helping to detoxify the body, cleansing the kidneys and urinary tract. It is used as a tonic for the blood and has anti-inflammatory properties. Heath and Heather’s Organic Nettle Tea contains the finest organically grown nettle which has been carefully selected by a team of expert blenders and then gently infused to produce this restorative blend. ● For more information on the range, visit

5 An ingredient found in natural shampoos which contains silica

Inflammation is essential to the body’s healing processes, but on the other hand it’s also an underlying factor in most chronic diseases. Conventional treatment for inflammation tends to be in the form of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). However, a naturally-occurring enzyme called serrapeptase offers an alternative option. It helps to alleviate inflammation and clears away problem tissue, allowing the body to heal. SerraEnzyme 250,000iu is the new maximum strength serrapeptase available from Good Health Naturally.

Diary date

Garden Organic, the nationa l charity for organic growing, is holding a course in Wildlife Gardening this month. The course take s place on 26 April from 10am to 1pm at Ryton Gardens in Coventry. The programme will involve learning how to create different wildlife hab itats in your own outdoor space with a focus on small, urban gardens. It will also focus on suitable wildlife friendly plants including wild flowers and natives. At the end of the cou rse all participants will develop a personal garden wildlife action plan to take home and implem ent. Visit www. to find out more.

Crossword answers: Across. 1 Aloe vera 2 Oily fish 3 Dairy 4 Vinegar 5 Sesame Down. 1 Yogaqua 2 Aromatherapy 3 Histamine 4 Ruby 5 Seaweed



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Your Healthy Living Magazine is the UK's number one free, healthy lifestyle magazine. This is the April 2014 issue.