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your experience you might want to read our healthy mind and memory feature this month. Our brains could do with a vitamin boost at any age because there’s so much to remember day to day. This goes hand in hand with being so busy much of the time. So we’ve decided to include quick recipes and ideas so you can enjoy healthier lunch on the go. Our celebrity interview this month is actress Amanda Mealing, formerly of Holby City and now Sky 1’s Strike Back. We were struck ourselves by her courage and openess in the face of breast cancer and her new level of fitness and organic lifestyle. A topic we feel strongly about at Your Healthy Living is the number of synthetic chemicals, including some quite unpleasant ones, too many of us apply routinely to skin as part of our beauty regime. So I hope you’ll read the feature encouraging the use of truly natural and organic cosmetics and skincare, and be inspired to make a few small changes. We also have three interesting interviews with joint and bone experts, and a look at fairtrade and organic values in the run up to Fairtrade Fortnight. Enjoy the read!


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11 Nutritionist Shona Wilkinson’s guide to winter wellness

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34 Feature: Mind your health: Food and herbs that support memory and mood

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Celebrating women in sport After the controversy surrounding last year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year, when no women were nominated, Udo’s Choice have launched an ‘Alternative’ award to celebrate female sporting talent across the UK. While not an all-out serious award, with the Olympics on the horizon, Udo’s says it’s the right time to recognize the dedication, talent and success of our sportswomen. The winner will receive a trophy representing the support they have won from the Great British public.

The nominations are: Helen Jenkins – ITU Triathlon World Champion 2011 Carol Streeter – British Champion Bodybuilder 2011 Sarah Stevenson – Taekwondo World Champion 2011 Hayley Turner – Britain’s No. 1 female Jockey 2011 Keri-Anne Payne – World Champion Swimmer 2011 GBR Match Race Girls Sailing Team – ISAF World Cup Gold Medalists 2011 England Netball Team – World Series Netball Champions 2011 Jessica Ennis – Double World Champion and 2011 European Championship Silver Medal Heptathlete England Women’s Rugby Team – World Cup Runners up and 6 time Six Nations Champions Chrissie Wellington – Triathlon ‘Ironman’ distance World Champion 2011 (her 4th time) Vote by visiting where you can also see a summary of each nominee’s achievements. Voting closes on 29 February 2012 and the winner will be announced in early March. Udo’s Choice said: “We hope you agree that the shortlist encompasses some incredible sports women and will join us in congratulating them all on their achievements in 2011.”

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Your Healthy Living Awards winner! Thank you to every reader who voted in the Your Healthy Living Best Products Awards 2011 at the end of last year. We chose one voter at random from all entries, to receive one of each winning product. Winner Nicola Witt from Hampshire said: “I entered Your Healthy Living’s competition as I already used a lot of the items up for voting on, (including) three of the winners, Mooncup, Rice Dream and teapigs Matcha, as they are fabulous products and fit perfectly with my way of living. I am absolutely delighted to have won! Thank you so very much Your Healthy Living.”

Bio-Health’s June Crisp introduces...

LOBELIA, a classic winter remedy Many years ago when visiting the head office of Boots in Nottingham, I noticed a copy of one of the first prescriptions dispensed by Mr J. Boot on display in the reception area. It was for the herb ‘Lobelia’ and in those early days the herb was prescribed by doctors for asthma or bronchitis. Today it is available from Health food stores as a licensed herbal medicinal product for cough, blocked sinuses and catarrh, now as Lobelia compound. After decades of use, it remains a classic winter herbal remedy for persistent, productive cough and blocked nose and throat. Lobelia inflata is a prolific common weed that grows on wasteland and along roadways in the USA. It is most likely,


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as its common name ‘Indian tobacco’ suggests, to have been discovered by Native American Indians, who would have chewed or smoked it, finding the plant to have beneficial effects for breathing difficulties. The licensed herbal medicine available now is easier to take and at a safe controlled dose in tablet form. This intriguing little plant works medicinally by relaxing muscles that control the bronchial airways, stimulates breathing and increases cough with the effect of dislodging phlegm responsible for congestion. Visit or call Bio-Health on 01634 290115.

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win! This iPod and probiotics combo Listen to all your favourite tunes on an exclusive iPod Shuffle, courtesy of Bio-Kult, and top up your immune system with some Bio-Kult multistrain probiotics. Bio-Kult is a unique, multi-strain probiotic with 14 strains of beneficial bacteria, expertly formulated to help maintain healthy digestive and immune systems. One lucky winner will receive both the iPod and Bio-Kult 120 caps pot, prize value around £70, and 4 runners up will each win a pack of Bio-Kult 120 caps worth £29.45 each.

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Royal Jelly provides an immune boosting effect and Arkopharma Organic Royal Jelly contains 1500mg of fresh organic Royal Jelly; it’s an ideal tonic and restorative for everyone. Read more about it on page 11. Arkopharma is giving away 10 packs. To enter this free draw, email your name and postal address to with Royal Jelly in the subject line. This offer closes 15 March 2012.

CoQ10 or ubiquinol is the vitamin-like enzyme that acts like a powerhouse enhancer in your cells. It’s greatly beneficial but gets depleted with age, medicine intake or poor diet. UB8Q10 – Ubiquinol from Good Health Naturally is up to 8x better than ordinary CoQ10 and we have 6 pots to give away, RRP £30.59 for 60 caps. Plus every entrant to this draw wins a £10 voucher to spend at Draw Code: GHN COQ10

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Stick to those New Year health resolutions you made with the new potent range of superfood supplements – Organic Burst®. It consists of 5 products: Acai for anti-ageing, Baobab for revitalization, Spirulina to nourish the body and mind, Maca for energy and endurance and Wheatgrass for detox. Organic Burst® supplements are 100% pure and organic and do not contain any fillers or chemicals. We have one set of 5 pots to give away, worth around £50. Draw Code: ORGANIC BURST

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We Recommend Serrapeptase.... ...Serrapeptase is making headway in the natural health industry as the ‘must have’ dietary supplement. It may help support: ✓ Joints & Tendons

✓ Digestive System & Colon

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Bamboo snacking As soon as Panda Liquorice heard about their namesakes’ arrival in the UK – the first giant pandas here for 17 years – they contacted Edinburgh Zoo to offer their support. The result? New Strawberry Bears liquorice snacks have been launched in honour of ‘Sweetie’ and ‘Sunlight’, and the proceeds will go towards their care for the 10 years they are here. Lisa Gawthorne, Panda Liquorice spokesperson, said: “In panda terms, we hope to donate the equivalent of 1,500 tonnes of bamboo!” The specially developed Panda Liquorice Strawberry Bears are made with all natural ingredients, sweetened with real strawberry puree and available from health stores, and of course, Edinburgh Zoo.

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What is Serrapeptase? Also known as the ‘miracle enzyme’ it is a critical & multifunctional proteolytic enzyme. Its wide use throughout the past 30 years, 23 studies, successful use by doctors throughout the world, and its fantastic library of testimonials makes this the essential supplement to what you don’t find in your everyday diet.

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Pen a pun competition Following their ‘More Seeds than Wimbledon’ and ‘Seedier than an MP's diary’ ‘punny’ adverts, Dr Karg Crispbreads is running a competition inviting you to pen a line in their next advert in Your Healthy Living. Write a one liner and you could win 3 cases of Dr Karg new Mini Crispbreads, 100% organic and packed with seeds and nutrients – and see your advert in the March issue of YHL. Visit www. to enter. But hurry – the competition closes 29 February 2012. T&Cs online.

Online back support Back pain affects 8 in 10 adults at some point in their lives and is one of the largest causes of absence from work in the UK. To help prevent back pain in the first place, check out the online back pain guide from NHS Choices ( backpain). Discover how your back works and what can go wrong, with videos and images to help you maintain good posture and lift correctly. The guide also includes easy-to-follow exercises to help strengthen your back. For those already suffering with back pain, a good option is to visit a registered chiropractor or osteopath.

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Understanding how to banish winter blues By Naturopath Georgie O’Connor for the College of Naturopathic Medicine It’s time to get back on track after festive indulgences, and to come out of hibernation.

Get up, get out!

In February we get an extra hour of daylight, so use it to get out for stroll, walk or jog – just wrap up well against the weather and clear the cobwebs. You need to stay well hydrated even in the colder weather. Dump the caffeine and chase away the chill with hot water with any of the following: lemon, ginger, honey, cinnamon or fresh herbs such as mint for great refreshment. Herbal teas such as rooibos (red bush) or fruit teas are widely available in shops and cafés.

Nourish your liver

Now is a good time to think about being kind to your liver; it’s been working hard processing the festive diet. Nourish it through the day with seasonal cruciferous vegetables like cabbage or cauliflower and sulphur-rich foods such as onion, garlic or turnip in salads, coleslaws, soups or stews.


For good health generally, and immune support in particular, indulge in some good quality antioxidants in the form of fruit and vegetables. Passata and tomato puree are both high in lycopene, making an excellent store cupboard antioxidant. Frozen berries on hot porridge for breakfast with a drizzle of honey can provide a burst of sunshine-ripened fun as well as a cornucopia of phytonutrients to help you fight off the bugs and viruses still lurking about.

Get a good night’s sleep

Sleep is incredibly important for physical and mental wellbeing, so kick the TV out of the bedroom, and try to spend around 30 minutes doing whatever relaxes you, before heading off to bed for at least 7 hours of good quality sleep. Look ahead, start planning now for spring activities and, to quote Theodore Roosevelt, “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have”.

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Iron can reduce DVT risk A daily iron supplement could help prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and other life threatening blood clots, according to research carried out at Imperial College London. The study involved 609 people with a higher than average risk of blood clots and found the daily iron supplement reduced this extra risk.

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Want to be happy? Don’t think about it! Happiness is our natural state, according to a new book. It happens when we stop making ourselves unhappy by believing the stories the thinking mind throws up Happiness and How it Happens says we make ourselves unhappy in so many ways. For example, if we’re waiting for a bus and it’s late, are we fine with that or do we start getting into a bad mood? By paying attention to the small, everyday upsets, we can see that the upset comes from the stories weaved in the mind, and be aware how the mind convinces us that if things were different all would be well. The 'Happy Buddha' author says happiness can be learnt with practise. Worth a try, without thinking about it too much!

A happiness practice... Being in the present moment is the secret to a life of unconditional happiness and freedom. But how can we be present when our mind is all over the place? The Happy Buddha says the key is simply to notice without judgement or criticism, what takes you away from the present and then return to the felt experience of the present. Notice the tendency during the day to want to rush on to the next thing. For example, if you are cooking dinner, notice the urge to finish cooking and to be eating it or watching TV. Notice two things – the thoughts and the bodily sensations, don’t try and eliminate them – just notice them without judgement.

n Happiness and How it Happens (ISBN 978-1-907332-93-7) is available from, £7.99.

The brown algae good for joints A type of edible brown seaweed called Ecklonia Cava Extract (ECE) has been studied for fibromyalgia and joint support, with favourable results. Harvested from Asian coastal waters, one double blind study showed improved sleep, energy and pain reduction for fibromyalgia patients; another study showed a significant reduction in cartilage cells degeneration. ECE appears to have natural anti-inflammatory and tissue protective properties, and in the UK is available in a supplement form, called Serranol. More info from February 2012

30 billion reasons... To choose Udo’s Choice Super 8 How so? There are 30 billion active bacteria in every capsule of Udo’s Choice Super 8 probiotics, one of the largest counts in the UK and formulated using 8 strains of bacteria – this compares with just 10 billion in a typical yoghurt drink which contain only 1 to 3 strains Why so good? Stomach acids kill off many of the beneficial bacteria we ingest but, unlike other probiotics, Super 8 has been developed and tested to reach the intestinal tract safely and at full potency Where from? Find them in the fridge at your local health store. For more information visit

Got a cough? This can be the hardest thing to shift after a cold. Try A.Vogel Bronchosan Pine Cough Syrup What’s this? A traditional herbal medicinal product for the relief of coughs, including chesty, dry, tickly and irritating coughs, as well as catarrh, exclusively based on long standing use as a traditional remedy. (Always read the leaflet) How much? £7.70 for 100ml Available from? Health food stores nationwide. Visit www. or call the helpline – 0845 608 5858


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Have a healthy balanced lifestyle with... Rabenhorst’s new In Balance range of organic juices; Wheatgrass Cocktail and Barleygrass Cocktail Health benefits? Yes! Wheatgrass and barleygrass are highly concentrated foods containing all the vitamins, minerals, trace elements, amino acids, enzymes and fibre you need; plus support for the immune system and detoxing When do I take them? Wheatgrass Cocktail with wheatgrass, green tea and spirulina kick-starts your day and increases energy levels without the side effects of caffeine; Barleygrass Cocktail is the perfect way to end your day, with a mix of barleygrass, rooibos tea and mango puree to help you unwind Where can I buy? From nutrition & healthy lifestyle retailers. Visit: www.treeoflifeuk. com or call 01782 567100 for your nearest stockist

Smart buy: Ecozone Laundry liquid & Fabric Conditioner Tell me more! Ecozone Laundry Liquid is a non-biological, non-toxic detergent that uses powerful plant extracts to clean your clothes naturally. It targets staining and dirt to leave everything brilliantly clean at 30 degrees. Certified by the Vegan society, it’s easy to use and never tested on animals The conditioner? Ecozone Fabric Conditioner is biodegradable and uses natural plant extracts to soften your clothes. Powerful and keeps on softening for up to 25 washes – it’s ideal to use with Ecozone Ecoballs or Laundry Liquid Where can I buy? From nutrition & healthy lifestyle retailers. Visit: or call 01782 567100 for your nearest stockist


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What’s good for immunity? Yaeyama Chlorella, a superior cracked-cell strain of the popular food supplement taken to support natural health and beauty Why’s it so good? Rich in aminoacids and nucleic acid, Yaeyama Chlorella is able to promote cellular renewal and has been used for decades in Asia as an anti-aging secret Where can I get this? Yaeyama Chlorella is distributed by Genki in the UK: – visit – and available from Nutri Centre:

What’s new? MUNE HEALTHY WATER, which is bursting with vitality! Tell me more! Hydrate with 100% natural immune support that tastes delicious. Enhanced with Montmorency cherry, black elderberry, lemon, ginger, active manuka honey 10+, prebiotics and beta glucan. 50% RDA of Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, D3 and Zinc. No added sugar, artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Support your immune system and stay healthy!   How much? £1.49 (launch offer) for 500ml bottle Available from: www.munehealthywater. and health stores including As Nature Intended, Sourced Market, Revital, Natural Health, Healthy & Wise, Be Healthy, Wyedean Wholefoods & Real Foods. Email for other stockists

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An update from Shona Wilkinson RDip CNHC MBANT, a qualified nutritional therapist with an alternative health practice in West Sussex

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Menopause magic

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If you suffer from some of the symptoms associated with the menopause, why not try the exclusive isoflavone rich extract found in Phyto Soya. This specific standardised soya extract is prepared only from the hypocotyl (the embryo) of the soya bean. The hypocotyl is specifically rich in natural genistein and daidzein, two phytoestrogens (plant oestrogens). Diets rich in these plant estrogens have been found to support balance for menopausal women. You can find it at health stores and

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Ginger that’s a treat for throats If you want to avoid prescription and artificial throat lozenges when you or a family member has a cough, there’s a natural alternative you can try that’s also a treat. The Ginger People, from California, produce a whole range of ginger confectionary that gives a natural kick of ginger without artificial flavours, preservatives or colours, to soothe sore throats and ease cold symptoms. Visit and find the range in health stores.

Cold sore cure If the winter weather is causing you cold sores, look no further than Silicea Cold Sore Lip Gel. What makes it so special is it not only soothes the burning and itching sensations you experience with a cold sore, it also binds to the secretions and systematically dries out the blister. So the spread of the virus is quickly inhibited, it looks better, and the itching and burning is relieved. Available from health stores and

My immune system is weak! “My immune system seems weak and I'm always catching bugs, and taking antibiotics doesn't seem to help much either. What could?”

Shona says:

If the winter has hit your immune system, plus you’ve taken antibiotics regularly to shift infections in the past, you may indeed have a weakened immune system. I suggest a regular dose of Bio-Strath Elixir or tablets, known to help strengthen the immune system and increase vitality. It’s also very useful for those convalescing after bad ‘flu and winter viruses. You can find it at all good health stores.

A royal boost You will no doubt have heard of Royal Jelly, the result of a miraculous alchemy between the vegetable and animal kingdoms. It’s produced by bees in the hive to feed the queen, hence its name, and the food enables her to live 40 times longer than other bees. For us humans, Royal Jelly provides an immune boosting effect associated with its revitalizing properties. Arkopharma Organic Royal Jelly contains 1500mg of fresh organic Royal Jelly obtained in a carefully controlled environment with a minimum HAD (10 hyroxy-2-decanoic acid) content of at least 1.4%. Royal Jelly is an ideal tonic and restorative for everyone; children, adults, the elderly and sportspeople. Available from health stores and


Arkopharma Organic Royal Jelly are giving away 10 FREE packs for you to try. To enter the free


draw to win one, email your name and postal address to with Royal Jelly in the subject line. Offer closes 15 March 2012. Arkopharma Organic Royal Jelly is available from all good health stores.

You will be able to find these products at independent health food stores in the UK.


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Really tasty buy! VIVANI Superior Dark with Chili Made from? The finest Arriba beans, from small farmers' organisations in the rainforests of Ecuador. This chocolate has an incomparable aroma, and the dried chili pods give it a fiery note! It’s 100% organic, high cocoa content, no emulsifiers, high-quality cocoa butter, certified Kosher – and no child labour guaranteed Who are VIVANI? The brand with the largest selection of organic Premium chocolate bars in the world. This multi-award winning chocolate is made traditionally in Germany, and costs £1.99 Where do I buy? From Independent health food stores. Visit or email

What’s good for detox? Flor Essence Herbal Tea Blend Tell me about it! Flor Essence is a liquid herbal tea blend of 8 herbs that work to rid the body of toxins during a detox programme. As simple as a cup of tea a day, these 8 herbs, blended into a delicious tea, provide a convenient way of helping the entire body cleanse and re-energise daily Only for a detox? No! Outside of any detox period, this great tasting herbal blend gives a daily cleansing boost Available? From your local health food store

Try this! NEW Health Elements Organic Barley Grass Juice Powder Good for? Providing a super-store of vitamins, minerals and enzymes for everyday vitality and wellbeing. This remarkable juice also contains all 9 essential amino acids which help our body’s cells to function optimally Tell me more! Health Elements Barley Grass Juice powder is certified organic, juiced immediately after harvesting and low-temperature carbon dioxide dried, to ensure it contains the highest possible levels of enzymes, chlorophyll and other nutrients – Simply add to water to enjoy an instant fresh juice! Available? In 40g and 50g juice powder or 120 and 150 vegecaps (non-organic), at your local health food store

Wise infant buy! Udo’s Choice Infant Blend Probiotics Why so? At this time of year toddlers are particularly prone to colds and chesty coughs. Many parents turn to probiotics to help keep the gut flora balance in their children healthy, particularly after a course of antibiotics, in order to fight off these colds. Udo's Choice Infant Blend Probiotics contain 7 infantspecific bacterial strains and have been formulated specifically to reflect healthy infant microflora Easy to use? It comes in powder format for easy mixing with breast milk, formula or juice, and is recommended for infants aged 0-5 years old Available? Find them in the fridge at your local health store. For more information visit 12

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This issue’s instore adviser is Christine Del Corral, owner of Woodbridge Healthfoods in Woodbridge, Suffolk

Here to help Independent health store advice on hot drinks Coffee Alternatives For alternatives to coffee, many people tend to opt for Wake Up, an uplifting coffee alternative from Whole Earth, which contains guarana and is lovely first thing in the morning to give you a natural boost for the day ahead. There is also Organic No Caf, a barley and chicory-based powdered drink; Barleycup, a caffeine free instant cereal drink in granule form which is one of our best-sellers; and Caro, a powdered coffee-alternative. Symingtons also offers a dandelion coffee compound, which is another popular choice. Bambu is another coffee alternative by A. Vogel that combines chicory, wheat, malted barley, figs and acorns, believe it or not. I find the addition of acorns very interesting – a customer who is diabetic finds having acorns every day really helps to keep their blood sugar under control.

Caffeine Alternatives Yogi Tea has a lovely range of herbal teas, such as the Licorice Mint which is a very warming and refreshing drink. We also have a range of teas in-store called Make Us A Brew! These are made by the DJ, Mr Scruff. This range includes an English Breakfast tea which is an organic and fairtrade tea, packed with flavour. There’s also an uplifting tea in the range 14

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called Look Lively, that contains organic lemongrass and mint, plus the Big Chill tea, which contains valerian and warming ingredients such as organic rooibos, cinnamon and pear. The range is very appetising and rather fun with its cartoon stories! Dr Stuart’s herbal teas range has some wonderful fruit teas and specific wellbeing teas such as Echinacea Plus and Valerian Plus, very useful for those having trouble sleeping. The most popular teas with our customers are the Pukka range and Heath & Heather. Generally, I also find green tea is a great one to keep to hand as it contains theanine and is a beautiful relaxant. The range of herbal teas in health food stores is just huge; there’s something for everyone.

Hot Chocolate! I always look for raw chocolate when sourcing chocolate drinks; something that is as unprocessed as possible. There is a brand called BonPom who offer an Organic Cacao Paste and you can use it as a hot chocolate drink or add to smoothies or meals. As the product is so unprocessed, you receive all the health benefits of the cocoa beans. Another option is Yogi Tea’s Choco Aztec Spice drink which is very tasty and contains fairtrade chocolate plus vanilla, cinnamon and ginger.

Woodbridge Healthfoods

oodbridge Healthfoods opened in • WJune 2009 and stocks a vast selection of health foods, vitamin and mineral supplements, plus homeopathic remedies, aromatherapy products and bodycare ranges including local brands made in Suffolk, such as Essential Care and Meadowsweet. he shop has an extensive range of • Tspeciality flours, flakes and grains to cater for customers’ allergy needs, and allergy testing services are available. ail order is available by calling 01394 • M380555 or by emailing the store directly at

F  an of Your Healthy Living • because: “I love the variety of the content and the fact that the magazine is so informational. It shows aspects of natural health that we perhaps had not thought of. I also feel the magazine helps to reinforce the idea that you are not on your own as a small independent retailer.” Interview by Julie Penfold February 2012

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The daily application of dozens of synthetic ingredients onto our face and body may not be such a good idea – for our looks and perhaps for our health... efore a woman sits down to breakfast she will have applied, on average, more than 125 different chemicals to her face, hair and body. For teenagers this figure is likely to be higher.

But why are so many ingredients necessary for our beauty regimes? “Many of the mass produced mainstream beauty products contain an array of ingredients that serve no beneficial purpose for the health of our skin, and in fact some of these ingredients can be detrimental to our health and wellbeing,” says Rebecca Goodyear, Marketing Director for Kinetic, distributors of brands including JASON Natural Care. “For example, petrochemical-based creams may appear to make your skin feel smooth and soft but actually they are leaving a thin coat of oil on your skin which means your skin cannot breathe.”


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Suzannah Jenkins, complementary therapy practitioner and co-founder of Suti holistic skincare range, agrees: “There are hundreds of products on shop shelves that profess to harness the latest scientific breakthrough in anti-ageing skincare that are simply saturated in synthetic chemicals that can irritate the skin, block pores and generally do more harm than good to our overall physical wellbeing. “Consumers find it easy to buy into the reassurance that such products are founded on the principles of hard, scientific research; that they contain the secret to younger and better looking skin. Little thought is given to what these supposed miracle lotion and potions actually contain.” Yet the skin is a highly absorbent organ, says Suzannah. Beneath its surface are thousands of tiny capillaries which pass substances absorbed by the skin into the bloodstream and thence to our internal organs, tissues and glands. For those not inclined to shrug this

off, the answer seems simple; switch to natural and organic beauty products. However, we don’t always find it easy to abandon our favourite high street brands, and if we are willing to, how can we tell which products are really natural? If we want to have confidence that our chosen beauty products are authentically natural, a visit to your nearest independent health food shop (many of which have online stores too) is worthwhile. They offer free and unbiased opinion, and a range of genuine natural skin and cosmetic products to choose from, plus in-store advice on which natural ingredients are best suited to your skin type and lifestyle. Says Rebecca: “Using truly natural and organic skincare and cosmetics means... you and your skin can breathe easy. Look for vitamin and nutrient rich food ingredients and help your skin by feeding it from the outside as well as inside.” In general we need to wise up and Continued over ➜

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Your cut out and keep guide by natural beauty experts from JASONS, Suti and Green People. Parabens – normally listed as Butyl,

propyl, methyl and ethyl – and used as a preservative to prevent bacterial and fungal growth and extend shelf life. Widely used because they are cheap. Have been known to cause allergic skin reactions like contact dermatitis, eczema or rosacea.

Phenoxyethanol – another preservative, often stated as a ‘natural’ preservative, but has been shown to affect the nervous system, act as an endocrine disruptor and is known to be mildly carcinogenic.


Sodium Lauryl / Laureth Sulfate


Mercury salts – found in mascara and foundation products in particular. Used as a preservative.


Imidazolidinyl urea – commonly


DMDM Hydantoin – a preservative

– a detergent used in shampoos and cleansers because of its foaming activity. Harsh on the skin and causes dryness, irritation, eye problems, dandruff and skin allergies.

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look for brands which are able to back their claims of ‘natural’ with genuine natural and organic ingredients, and look beyond the clever marketing messages of synthetic-laden formulas. We need to try out brands which are upfront about all their ingredients, and discover for ourselves that they both look and feel better on our skin. Another good way to be confident in a brand is to choose those ‘certified’ and carrying a symbol to guarantee their credentials, such as the Soil Association, BUAV or Cosmos for example. And opt for products with fewer ingredients, says Suzannah, and don’t hesitate to contact the company or check their website for ingredients – and if these are not forthcoming, ask yourself why.

The most toxic ingredients are usually found in cosmetics... Cosmetics companies have generally been slow to move away from using synthetic ingredients, including heavy metals, to create colour and shine. Yet we put these on the thin, delicate skin of eyelids, cheeks and lips. “Without doubt mercury is the most toxic ingredient still found in modern cosmetics,” says Susan Lord of Green People. “Used because it is a cheap and effective preservative, it is nonetheless a

poison and should be avoided. “In our colour cosmetics, Green People use plant derived ingredients and Zinc Oxide for its anti-microbial activity.” To create the same look or ‘performance’ as synthetic brands, isn’t always possible with natural cosmetics, although they have come on considerably since the advent of mineral make-up for example. “Colour cosmetic sales are mostly fashion and innovation driven, and it is not always possible for us to replicate the dramatic colours seen on the catwalk in our natural earth mineral colours,” says Susan. “We cannot for instance achieve a scarlet red pigment. This is because this pigment is only achieved using “carmine” which is a type of scale beetle which is crushed to achieve the colour. “Similarly we cannot use plasticisers to achieve extreme lengthening mascara or artificial plumpers or glitters for lip products... It is a matter of education.” Clearly! If we stopped and thought about the facts, that our favourite lip colour contained crushed beetles, would we still be so enamoured of it? It’s hard to switch to natural cosmetics; we get so used to the big fashion brands. Susan suggests trying a limited change to your make-up bag, such as switching to a natural mineral powder formulation to allow skin to breathe. That’s a great start.

used as a preservative, it causes allergies and sensitivities.

and a ‘formaldehyde donor’; when formaldehyde is released it is known to be carcinogenic.


Phthalates – binding agents that can


Mineral oil, petroleum jelly, petrochemicals – all derived from

affect hormonal balance and may have a negative effect on unborn babies.

petroleum. Blocks the skin which means it can’t function properly and toxins build up over time.


Alcohol and isopropyl alcohol – these dry and irritate the skin, stripping it of natural moisture content and its protection barrier.


Synthetic fragrances (parfum or scent) – can be skin irritants and may

not be listed in the ingredients, so the only way to be sure to avoid them is to buy genuinely natural.


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What about hair? Shampoos, conditioners and styling products are full of unnecessary synthetic chemicals, such as foaming agents, preservatives, colours and scents that do nothing to clean hair and keep it under control. Choose 100% natural/organic ones, made with the few ingredients needed to do the job. What about hair dyes? An estimated 50% of women use them but some hair dye ingredients have been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer – the risk appears to be connected to the length of time the toxins stay in the body, so it may be a good idea to flush them through the bladder by drinking plenty of water immediately after your hair is dyed. One option is to use henna or vegetable based dyes, but for longer lasting colour and grey coverage try dyes that are ammonia and peroxidefree, which you’ll find in health stores.

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If your skin needs help... Ease the discomfort of very dry skin and relieve itchiness with Salcura DermaSpray Tell me more! It’s a highly effective product formulated for skin prone to eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and rosacea. This easy to use liquid spray contains no artificial chemicals, doesn’t need rubbing in and won’t stain clothes or bed linen! How much? £9.99 for 50ml Available from: Independent health food stores. More info from 0800 612 5812 or

Sensitive skin? Choose Purity, a hero line of effective and affordable organic skincare – all under £10 – and ideal for sensitive skin Pure as it’s name? Absolutely! Purity has an organic certification from Ecocert and you can trust the ingredients, which are pure and simple and let your skin’s own natural processes work optimally. There are seven products in the range, all fragrance free and effective on sensitive skin Fans? Yes, Purity is award winning and has a large fan base including skincare professionals, make-up artists and celebs, plus many testimonials from people whose skin health has improved after using the range Available from: Independent retailers or

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Dealingwith Problem Skin? There’s a ‘no nasties’ alternative... By Dr Martin Schiele, Bio-medical Research Scientist, Salcura Natural Skin Therapy For over 10 million people across the UK, serious skin conditions are a major burden on the lives of sufferers and those around them – not just physically but emotionally too. Taking eczema as an example, a recent report revealed that even ‘moderate’ severity eczema can have a negative impact on people’s quality of life, with sufferers taking on average 2.5 days off school or work per year. A startling 86% of sufferers decrease their day-to-day and social activities due to an eczema flare-up1. Dealing with conditions in an effective, safe and practical way can be a challenge. For some people, the use of an emollient and steroid combination does indeed work well enough to help manage these conditions. However, there is a growing band of sufferers now looking for an alternative treatment, following countless visits to their GP with limited success using conventional pharmaceutical preparations. In addition to this, there is a growing preference (especially among parents looking for treatments which are suitable for children and babies) for ‘natural’ products which are free from steroids, mineral oils and other artificial chemicals such as parabens.

Key research

Recent research findings published in the British Journal of Dermatology reveal that Aqueous Cream B.P. makes certain conditions worse2 which further strengthens this trend for natural products. It is important to recognise at this point that ‘natural’ doesn’t just mean a ‘herbal concoction’ cooked up on someone’s stove with limited supporting research. Natural or ‘alternative’ can simply mean that all the ingredients are derived from natural sources and often


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come with a vast amount of bio-scientific data to support their effectiveness in dealing with symptoms such as itching, inflammation and infection.

Industry regulation

Many people are understandably cautious about trying these ‘alternative’ products that are not recommended by an NHS healthcare professional. However, the majority of ‘alternative’ problem skin products available for stocking on pharmacy shelves fall under strict regulation by the MHRA and cannot make claims unless they are backed up with sufficient clinical evidence.

Keeping with the times

In recent years, the internet has given everyday people the opportunity to access alternative products that are unavailable through their GP or practice nurse. More importantly, it has allowed sufferers to share their experiences in terms of what works and what doesn’t work for their skin. There were over 2

million generic web searches in the last 12 months3 for problem skin treatments, and countless online forums have threads from people looking for something different. More and more health shops have products for sensitive or problem skin, such as Salcura, as a direct result of the increase in demand for alternatives to pharmaceutical products. Dr Martin Schiele is the founder and CEO of Salcura Natural Skin Therapy, specialists in alternative products for conditions such eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis and acne. Salcurra products are available from Independent health stores. 0800 610 5821 or for information. 1

 ational Eczema Society (2004) International Study N of Life with Atopic Eczema (ISOLATE) Data on file, National eczema Society. International Study of Life with Atopic Eczema article


 ritish Journal of Dermatology, June 2011. Aqueous B cream damages the skin barrier


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What’s good for hands and nails? Badger Cuticle Care Balm, the botanically bodacious natural balm that contains organic shea, rosemary, castor and olive oils to soften and soothe dry cuticles, and encourage strong, healthy nail growth Sounds good! It is! Packaged in a gorgeous little tin, this is the ideal chemical-free treat for your hands and will slip perfectly into your handbag for any touch-ups! How much? £3.99 for 21g/0.75oz Available from? Independent health food stores or online at

Wise buy: Napiers Skin Soother Herbal Relief, a licensed herbal remedy What's it for? The symptomatic relief of minor skin conditions causing irritation, including acne and mild eczema. Exclusively based on traditional use only Why is it so good? Some skin problems will not clear up unless they are treated internally as well as externally. This practitioner strength remedy is taken orally and contains herbs to help acne, mild eczema, boils, dermatitis, acne rosacea and other minor skin conditions without side-effects. The herbs in this century old formula have antiinflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial and detoxifying properties to help you get to the bottom of the problem. Clear skin starts from within! Who can use it? Anyone over the age of 12, so useful for teenage years onwards Where can I buy? Your local independent health store or or 0131 343 3292

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You asked: “I’m a 40 year old guy with a weak bladder. My GP suggested drinking less (and did blood tests which are all ok) but that hasn’t helped. Can you?” The Food Doctor, answers:

Making some dietary changes could help although to what extent is really unpredictable and therefore it will be down to trial and error. It is possible that the urge to urinate is linked to caffeine consumption as it can act as a mild diuretic, so swap regular caffeinated drinks for decaffeinated alternatives, or switch to naturally low caffeine alternatives such as rooibos or green tea. You may also find that eating refined sugars and simple carbohydrates, such as white rice and pasta, processed cereals, cakes and biscuits is leading to fluctuations in glucose levels in the blood. To a degree, this is quite normal, but in some cases excess glucose can slightly increase urine flow. Whilst I suspect that your doctor included this in your tests, try reducing the offending foods and see if that helps and also take 100iu of chromium daily (do not exceed that dose and check that any multivitamin doesn’t contain any before supplementing chromium in isolation). It’s worth mentioning that stress can trigger a similar response,


Write in with your health question to win a month’s supply of Food Doctor Wholesome Instant Pots, delicious and healthy instant meal satisfaction, with none of the guilt or negative health implications. Email your question to and whilst stress is mostly unavoidable, you could look into ways to help your body cope with daily stresses more efficiently – hypnotherapy and meditation can both be effective. n Follow nutrition tips from The Food Doctor on Twitter @fooddoctorfoods and visit

You asked: “When I recently had a facial I was told that a ‘spot’, a small slightly raised bump, on my cheek was really a milia. Can you tell me why this has occurred and how to prevent others happening?” Esther Cooney, Pravera Training Manager for skincare & cosmetics, answers:

Milia usually occur as a result of a build up of dead skin cells in an enlarged pore. It is very tempting to want to pierce the skin and get rid of it, but this will only make matters worse by creating an even larger pore, bruising and possibly scarring the skin. So the best way is to prevent them from appearing in the first place. You can do this by lifting off dead skin cells with a gentle exfoliater, such as the Primavera Revitalising Face Scrub, which contains jojoba beads that won’t scratch the skin. But don’t overdo it – once a week or less is enough for most skins. And definitely

don’t ‘scrub’ at your skin too vigorously; just use gentle circular motions over the surface of your skin, use plenty of water, and rinse really, really well. n Pravera Ltd distribute lavera, MADARA, Primavera, Alma Win, Monte Bianco, Sodasan, Florascent, terre d’Oc and Organyc. Visit

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Lisa says one of the easiest ways to get an indication of your body’s pH balance is to check the pH of your urine with special pH test strips, “Then use one of the pH balancing supplements available containing the alkaline minerals calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium, to help to neutralise the acidity and promote strong bones, good health and vitality.” The research has been done and it shows that reducing acid levels helps protect and strengthen bones, helps reduce inflammation and stiffness, and support general wellbeing. Taking a pH-balancing supplement is the fast and effective way to neutralise the excess acid and help your body come back into balance.

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When you get your pH test strips online or in store and find your body’s pH level, what does it mean? pH around 7 (ideally 7.4) − keep up the good work and retest in 6 months time or after any major lifestyle or diet changes. pH less than 6.8 or greater than 7.7, take your pH-balancing supplement every day for six weeks and then re-test.

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Actress Amanda Mealing has played feisty Connie Beauchamp in Holby City and all-action Colonel Grant in Sky1’s Strike Back: Project Dawn, but away from our screens she has bravely battled breast cancer and is now fitter than she’s ever been...

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Amanda: I had a huge amount of fitness training for my role as Colonel Grant, based on a form of SAS. Each morning I would be taken on a run, do kickboxing, learn various fight techniques and have weapons training. I’m probably fitter now at 44 than I was at 24! Being one of the few women involved, I refused to give up training with those big burly guys. I think some of the time the other actors were looking at me and hoping I would give up, so they could stop too, but I refused! My fitness levels are really at their peak currently.


How do you keep yourself healthy food wise?

Amanda: I watch what I eat and I have trained myself to drink water as it is not something I deeply enjoy. I now drink around two litres per day and really think water is just the best thing, for both your skin and your body. I try not to have too much salt and sugar, and I have also found cutting wheat out of my diet has really helped me to cut down on eating too much of foods which are not really good for us. I don’t go for diet fads as they only work for the time I’m on them. I normally try to get all my vitamins, minerals and proteins from the foods that I eat and take daily supplements of evening primrose and cod liver oils.


You live on a farm in Lincolnshire, and grow your own organic veg. Does that mean you’re a food lover? Amanda: Oh, yes. I love Thai food. My greatest cooking achievement is my Thai chicken soup. It’s my husband who is

I was just surprised how little I knew “ about breast cancer and what would be involved in terms of treatments and surgery, but I was determined to fight it.

the real chef in our house. He will cook everything from scratch, using fresh ingredients from our garden. We have a kitchen garden where we grow things like vegetables, garlic and a multitude of herbs. We have not used any pesticides for over 10 years and as a result the soil is really fertile and pure, which makes the vegetables incredibly juicy. The sweetcorn is taller than my husband and he is 6ft 5ins!


Why did you decide to have laser eye surgery last year?

Amanda: I have been short sighted all my life and it was not until I had the surgery that I realised how much I was missing out on... I could only see 10 feet in front of me. The boys would look at the buzzards, sparrows, hawks and owls we have here (around the farm) and I would not be able to see a thing. My decision to have the surgery with Advanced Vision Care has been so brilliant for work too. I do not think I could have taken on the Strike Back role without my improved sight.


Does living on the farm help keep you in shape too?

Amanda: Having children helps to keep me fit as I’m constantly running around picking up toys after them! The beauty of living on the farm is I have fresh eggs from my chickens and there is always an endless stream of jobs that need doing. I’m constantly on the move at home and am a naturally active person as I used to be a dancer. I’m currently training for this year’s Virgin London Marathon, which I will be running for charity in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

How did you prepare for your current TV role on Strike Back?


You have personal experience of breast cancer...


How long have you have had the all clear for now?


How has the experience changed you?

Amanda: I was diagnosed in 2002, just 24 hours after giving birth to my second son, Otis (now 9). They had found a large lump in my breast and it was immediately obvious it was very, very serious. The lump was an aggressive form of breast cancer and I had to have a mastectomy, plus 6 weeks of radiotherapy and 7 months of chemotherapy. I was just surprised how little I knew about breast cancer and what would be involved in terms of treatments and surgery, but I was determined to fight it. I decided right then that I would share my experience publically, in the hope that other women going through the same would not feel alone. I wanted to encourage people to be more open to talking about breast cancer.

Amanda: Touch wood, it is 5 years now. When I got the all clear it was just the most amazing feeling. I don’t think the fear ever leaves you or the understanding of your own mortality once you have been threatened by cancer. But that constant and daily threat just dissipates slightly once they put that red marker through your file.

Amanda: I am a very optimistic person anyway, but I think I do feel much freer now and much more confident to do the things that I am interested in. I am less shy about trying things such as running the marathon next year. If I feel like doing something I will give it a go; I’ve certainly lost a little inhibition.


What advice would you offer for others going through their own cancer battle? Amanda: Look after yourself and stay positive. Every surgeon I have met has said, although they cannot prove it, having a positive attitude makes an enormous difference to your recovery. It may be tough at times but stay positive and keep smiling; it really can make a big difference.

Follow Amanda on Twitter @meamandamealing. More on Advanced Vision Care from 0800 652 4878,

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Caring for Joints & Bones How Glucosamine & MSM help joints Dr Anna Crupi, Scientist at Pharmalife Research makers of Phytodol In recent years there has been an increase of joint problems in the population, mainly due to the improper use of anti-inflammatories and cortisone and to a sedentary lifestyle.

In addition to regular physical activity, controlling your weight and avoiding smoking, it is important to help joints day to day by taking food supplements with Glucosamine and Methylsulfonylmethane.

Glucosamine hydrochloride is the starting point. It is used for the biosynthesis of hyaluronic acid, the synovial liquid and the proteoglycans found in cartilage. In cases of osteoarthritis, there’s a metabolic defect in the biosynthesis and especially in the assembly and production of proteoglycans, which are the main components of cartilage and which guarantee their biomechanical properties such as elasticity and impact absorption.

The oral intake of Glucosamine ensures the constant feeding of the joints, starting from the deepest layers. Glucosamine is also well absorbed topically/by the skin, as demonstrated by scientific studies published in leading international journals.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is the natural form of organic sulphur which has a fundamental importance for all our cells’ functions, especially for their integrity and flexibility. One of its tasks is to make sure that the cells are more permeable, so as to better eliminate wastes which form inside them and to also absorb nutritive substances. MSM’s characteristic of increasing the permeability of the cells explains its capacity to relieve pain caused by the accumulation of toxic substances in the joints and muscles.

For those who already have joint inflammation, topical application of essential oils and glyceric extracts may be useful. Ginger, Zedoary and Cinnamon essential oils and Arnica glycolic extract have anti-inflammatory and analgesic actions, which are useful to reduce inflammatory pain. n

The importance of Vitamin K for bones Peter van Hogerhuis, Manager of Springfield Nutraceuticals People who do not ingest enough vitamin K from their daily diet can suffer from premature ageing in their bones (and blood vessels). New discoveries imply we need vitamin K to keep our bones in good condition so we won’t suffer unnecessarily from bone fractures later in life and to avoid calcium deposits in the arteries.

Historically, K vitamins were thought to be a single vitamin, but they are a group of fat soluble vitamins essential for the body to utilize calcium for healthy bones, and healthy arteries and tissues. The two most important forms are Vitamin K1, the principle source of dietary vitamin K and needed for proper blood coagulation; and Vitamin K2 (menaquinones), the most common ones being synthetic menaquinone-4 (MK-4) and the natural menaquinone-7 (MK-7).

Vitamin K2 as MK-7 is found in fermented foods such as mature cheeses, curd, and the traditional Japanese dish natto which contains more MK-7 than any other food product, and is traditionally made from fermented soybeans. Today natto concentrate with vitamin K2 is also available as a supplement, made from nongenetically modified soybeans. n


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Dr Geoff Hayhurst is a GOsC registered osteopath in Belfast and the founder of Paradox Omega Oil.

Joint and back care Joint problems and backaches are some of the most common ailments prevalent today. There are several causes: poor diet, sedentary living habits, hazardous work patterns and emotional stress are all known to bring about changes in normal healthy physiology and start inflammatory processes that harm the joints. Pain can originate from the nerves, ligaments, tendons and joints or could be linked to the spine. As the joints bear the weight of the entire body overweight persons feel an additional strain when they have to carry an extra load.

The biggest steps we can take to safeguard our joints and bones are, firstly to lose weight if you need to, and daily movement to avoid your chances of developing stiff joints. This doesn’t have to be elaborate and complicated; it can be a simple 20 minutes of walking a day for example. Strengthen your joints and bones with weight bearing exercises that involve your whole body and you don’t necessarily have to go to the gym. Yoga and Pilates are known to benefit both the mind and body and these disciplines can also be beneficial to your joints and help to not only build flexibility, but also strength, endurance and coordination.


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Osteopathy is now an established and recognised system of treatment for musculoskeletal disorders. Osteopaths spend a vast amount of time dealing with pain and suffering caused by arthritis. Many people mistakenly assume that they must learn to live with their symptoms. In many cases, osteopaths are able to help considerably. Pain relief and lifestyle management improve the quality of life for arthritis sufferers. Make sure you use a registered osteopath.

If looking for a fish oil as the best source of Omega 3 to aid joints, be aware that not all fish oils are alike and you generally get what you pay for. One problem with generic fish oil, especially the kind that concentrates a lot of EFAs, is lack of stability. Good Omega oils are stable and don’t taste or smell of fish; they are purified and guaranteed free of toxins and contaminants. You want to look for an oil offering equal EPA and DHA and if in capsule form it should be encapsulated in fish gelatine.

Depending on the severity of the problem in the body, it may take several weeks to see improvements in symptoms and for inflammation in the joints to subside. 500-1000mg daily of Omega 3 is a good dose for joint problems. The quality of the product is also an important factor and choosing one with powerful antioxidants present like Paradox will help to speed up the anti-inflammatory response. n

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What’s good for bones? The BetterYou Magnesium range has been proven to re-mineralise your body faster than any oral supplement – you simply spray onto your skin and gently massage it in Tell me more! Magnesium is naturally occurring within the body and a sufficient supply is required for natural calcium absorption ensuring healthy bones, skin and muscles. BetterYou Magnesium contains the most pure and absorbable natural source of Magnesium Chloride from the ancient Zechstein Sea, protected and condensed over one mile below ground How much? The Oil spray is £12.20 (100ml) and the Flakes (great for the bath) are £9.95 (1kg) Available? In pure, Original form or with added essential oils. For stockists and more information visit

Wise buy: CherryActive Concentrate and Capsules Who for? Consumers serious about their health and fitness − recommended for increasing antioxidant uptake, as well as for joint mobility, muscle recovery and sleep patterns Why so good? CherryActive Concentrate and Capsules are made with 100% Montmorency cherries, using special techniques to optimise their powerful antioxidant nutrients Available from? Independent Health Food Stores. Call 08451 705 705 or visit


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Joint mobility problems? These are becoming increasingly common. Joint tissue needs to have a variety of properties, including elasticity, resilience and toughness in order to perform its task, but these qualities begin to deteriorate with age Try: Natures Aid Joint Support Plus. This combination of popular nutrients associated with joint maintenance contains Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Hyaluronic acid, MSM, Celadrin and Rosehip, plus micronutrients. It was formulated to support joint comfort in the short term while maintaining tissue quality and function in the long term How much? RRP £8.70 for 30 Caps & £20.45 for 90 Caps Available from: Independent Health Food Stores. For stockists and info visit or email

Try: Mason’s Dog Oil Why buy: Dog Oil has an ideal viscosity for massage from its mineral and vegetable oils ingredients. It’s odourless, free from drugs and GMOs and not tested on animals Who’s it for? People! Though it was used therapeutically on racing dogs in the 1920s, hence the name. Still made by the same family too From? All good health food shops. or call 01706 379817 for local stockists

Want healthy joints? Try Collagen Plus, the acclaimed 3-in-1 nutritional drink (equivalent to 18 tablets per serving) with 3 key ingredients: Collagen 7500mg, Glucosamine 1000mg and Chondroitin 800mg What’s it do? Helps to rebuild and maintain the cartilage, bone strength and flexibility in joints – a recent study showed Collagen can ‘reduce pain, stiffness and immobility associated with arthritis Where from? Arthrovite Ltd, the leading UK collagen specialists,, on 0800 0181 282 and in all good health stores February 2012


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What you eat affects more than just your body; it can shape the way you think and feel. Research suggests that diet can affect your concentration, memory and even improve your mood. Here are some key nutrients to help keep your brain in tip-top condition: Folic Acid – The key to reducing mental decline

Most people recognise the importance of taking folic acid in pregnancy for foetal brain development but evidence suggests that this B vitamin may also be helpful in much later life. A study conducted by the University of Maastricht showed that women aged between 50 and 70 who took folic acid every day for 3 years had better memory compared to those who did not. Those who took the vitamin were also speedier at processing information. B vitamins like folic acid work with each other in the brain so it is generally better to take folic acid as part of a B complex supplement. You can also boost your levels with plenty of green leafy vegetables and pulses.

Gingko – Keeping you bright and alert The ancient Chinese herbal remedy Gingko Bilboa has been touted as a brain booster for centuries, and there is now scientific evidence that this herb can help improve mental acuity. A recent Danish review showed that the herb has the potential to improve alertness, concentration and memory capacity by up to 25%. Gingko seems to work by increasing blood flow to the brain so it may be more effective for people who have problems with circulation. Magnesium – Keeping you headache free

Magnesium, the mineral commonly known as ‘nature’s tranquilizer’, may have a preventative role in headaches. Several studies of migraine sufferers have shown them to be deficient in magnesium and there is evidence that supplementing may help reduce the severity of headaches. It is believed that magnesium alters the brain structures and chemicals that cause headaches. Magnesium-rich foods include green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Other Brain Boosting Tips ✔ Eat little and often – this ensures a constant fuel supply to the brain. ✔ Eat good quality protein as it helps build the neurotransmitters that send signals around your brain.

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Omega 3 fatty acids – The Mood Enhancing Fats

Omega 3 fatty acids – the type of fats mainly found in oily fish like salmon, mackerel and sardines, and oils such as flax – have a major role to play in brain function and have been shown to help improve mood. Scientists believe that these fats help to make the walls of our brain cells more elastic and allow them to respond better to mood boosting chemicals in our bloodstream. A Chinese study showed that patients with depression who were given Omega 3 fatty acids in addition to their usual treatment showed an improvement in their symptoms. Western diets tend to be low in Omega 3 fats so it’s never a bad idea to increase your intake of them. From oily fish, good quality supplements or flax seed oils.

The contributor Surinder Phull Bsc Hons, BA Hons, mBANT, is a Lecturer in Nutritional Therapy at the University of West London.

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Did you know... Omega 3 is probably the single most important supplement you can take. Recent research in the official scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology, shows a diet rich in Omega 3 and vitamins may protect the brain from ageing and Alzheimer`s What’s a quality Omega 3? Scientifically proven Paradox is a unique high quality blend of omega 3 fish oil protected by powerful polyphenols antioxidants. This means that Paradox omegas remain stable and therefore more effective for longer. Paradox are the experts in Omega 3 How much? £13.50 for the liquid (225mls) and £14.99 for 60 x 1000mg capsules Where can I get them? From health stores and pharmacies across UK & Ireland. Visit for more details


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What’s new? Organic Burst® Acai How does it help? Açaí is an Amazonian berry that does wonders for the skin and body. It provides the optimal defence against free radical damage to our cells, with 7.5 times more antioxidants than blueberries. Research shows its antioxidant capacity also benefits the brain function. Organic Burst® Acai is pure, organic, potent and free from fillers Available? In a capsule form from independent health stores and online at

What’s new for mind health? Mind & More Omega 3 from Blue Ocean Sales Brokers What does it provide? 100% natural plant based omega 3 which is essential for the key functions of the brain, heart and eyes Special? Yes, it contains the patented ‘Life’s DHA’ omega 3 oil, which has been scientifically harvested directly from marine plants to ensure high levels of Omega 3 purity & strength. Approved by the Vegetarian Society and suitable for vegans, and during pregnancy How much? £9.99 for 30 capsules (1 month’s supply) Where can I buy? Independent Health food stores and Holland & Barrett. For more info email sales@

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Fairtrade & Organic Values

– should we forget about the

price tag ?

n these economic hard times, health conscious shoppers can be forgiven for thinking first about the price tag and second about the product’s ethical and environmental credentials and helping farmers in far off countries. However, most of us are not abandoning fairtrade goods, and we may possibly be relating more easily to the hardships of earning a living in parts of Africa for example, now that we have to watch our own pennies. In a nutshell, Fairtrade is about fair pay and working conditions for farmers and producers, about trade that they can rely on and that local communities can build improved housing and health and education on the back of. This year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (27 February-11 March) is a timely reminder of the far-reaching effects of choosing a tin of cocoa, pack of sugar or bottle of wine carrying the fairtrade symbol. The fortnight is encouraging us to take

the next step, be it big or small, in our commitment to fairtrade, and you can find out how to get involved at www.fairtrade. And let’s not forget organic values. Our decision to reach for a certified organic apple or bread or skin cream also has far-reaching consequences. Organic producers avoid pesticides and abandon synthetic fertilizers and GM technology; organic farms have 50% more wildlife and cause less pollution/cut greenhouse gases; and organically reared livestock is treated more compassionately. And if economic hardship draws us to prioritising matters closer to home, health considerations of choosing organic include the fact that artificial fertilisers have been shown to depress nutrient levels in fruit and vegetables, and organic foods and drinks do not contain, for example, hydrogenated fats nor controversial additives like aspartame, tartrazine and MSG. Worth thinking about...

Quick guide to symbols:

Symbols like these make it easy to spot ethical products on the shelves: Symbolises a fair deal for producers, especially in developing countries. Symbolises no artificial fertilisers and set animal welfare standards. Symbolises no meat or animal slaughter by-products; the Vegan symbol means no dairy, eggs or honey have been used. Symbolises beauty and household products and ingredients in them have not been tested on animals.

Many products found in Independent health food stores are ethically produced, and have been for many years, before Fairtrade and global issues had crystallised. Plamil, for example, was founded in the 1960s to make an ethical alternative to dairy milk (called Plant Milk). Plamil’s MD, Adrian Ling, says: “When I look back I’m proud of our founders’ ideals, on which we try to build and expand. “At Plamil we pursue a ‘one up, one down’ ethical strategy. For example on pricing, whilst ensuring our products remain competitive, we look to develop long term relationships with our suppliers without dictating their price. In turn we take the view ‘our products - our price’ and will not be dictated to either. Our continuing rapid growth indicates this business model does work. “Should ‘one up, one down’ ethos spread, it would automatically reach the whole food chain from farm to shelf.” 36

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Enjoy raw snacks? You’ll love RAW Health Organic & Raw Snacks Tell me about them! RAW Health use organic raw ingredients and where possible soak and sprout them to bring their natural vitality to life. Then they make delicious sweet and savoury snacks at low temperatures, to ensure the health-giving nutrients and enzymes stay alive and well! They are vegan, gluten free and with no added sugar Available from? Your local health food shop and; visit for more info or email


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Wise buy: Dru Barley Grass from Dru Health. Detox and vitalise with this organic green superfood! Why so good? Packed with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and ‘live’ enzymes – simply add to your favourite juice or smoothie How much? £9.25 for 100g (1 month’s supply); £16.75 for 200g, (2 months) – trade prices available for practitioners Available from: Independent Health Food stores and WWW.DRUHEALTH.COM; tel 01248 351562 – free info leaflet available

After some fair trade fruitiness? Organic Village have a range of fruit juices positively bursting with goodness. They are pressed from fruit grown in ancient organic orchards and groves in beautiful Anatolia, Turkey All organic? Yes! 7 flavours – Pomegranate, Cherry, Peach, Apricot, Strawberry, Red Apple and Red Grape – all certified organic by the Soil Association. The 200ml bottles (RRP £1.29) are ideal when you’re on the go. The 1ltr bottles (RRP £3.50) are great for all the family at home. Both options provide organic quality at affordable prices. 100% pure fruit juice, with no concentrate, no added water, no added sugar, in fact no added anything Available? From selected health stores and


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Try these! Doves Farm Organic Fairtrade Flapjack Bars Made with? All the goodness of wholegrain oats. These flapjacks are moist and satisfying and are sure to keep you going whether eaten on the go or as part of a lunchbox. Sensibly sized at 40g per bar they are organic, Fairtrade and made on the farm in Wiltshire. Available in a box of 5 or individually Available from: All good healthfood and wholefood stores or call 01488 684880

Always on the go? Grab a Doves Farm Organic Fairtrade Cereal Bar Tell me more! Both organic and Fairtrade, these are cereal bars that are good for you, the planet and the people on it. Made on the Farm in Wiltshire and available in three tasty varieties, these bars offer great value and are perfect for everyday lunch boxes or to grab on the go. Available in a box of 5 or individually Where can I buy? From all good healthfood and wholefood stores or call 01488 684880

Want delicious fairtrade juices? Try Calypso Soft Drinks: Fairtrade Pure Orange Juice, Fairtrade Pure Apple Juice and Fairtrade Pure Tropical Juice Why so good? Calypso Fairtrade Pure Juice supports small thirdworld growers by guaranteeing a fair price to the farmer. The juices are made from quality fruit grown by small, independent farm groups in Brazil, South America and South Africa Available in: A variety of sizes – 85ml, 200ml, 250ml and 500ml – from all leading independent health food stores plus online at Visit or call 01978 668 400

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Healthy Snacking Forever! Do you long to fill those crucial gaps between meals with healthy, easy options? Ask The Food Doctor Q: I want a great snack for lunchboxes, handbags and glove compartments? A: Try The Food Doctor Healthy Bars Convenient, healthy and delicious, Fruit & Seed Bars and Food Bars are packed full of nutritious oats, rye, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds and buckwheat. The get set bar contains cereals, seeds and real fruits, combined with Spirulina, one of the most complete foods, to make them perfect for those on the move. The & go... bar is low GI, with guarana seed for faster acting energy. The unwind bar has oats for a slower release of energy, and chamomile, a recognised relaxant. Or try these Wholesome bars: pineapple & banana; apple & walnut; and fig & mango.

Q: I want a perfect snack for late nights at my desk, post-exercise or when away from home? A: Try Food Doctor Wholesome Pots

Q: I want a super quick meal that’s 100% organic & healthy.

Innovative instant meals made with all natural dehydrated pulses, grains, herbs, spices and vegetables (just add boiling water). Choose from couscous & lentil;

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bulgar wheat & quinoa with asparagus & leek; and bulgar wheat & quinoa with tomato & black olives.

In microwaveable pouches, they’re a meal in themselves or base for recipes. Try Organic, Cereals, Pulses

& Beans; Organic, Cereals & Pulses; Organic Spelt; and Organic Quinoa.

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If you want to maximise your energy levels, your powers of concentration and performance at work, a nutritionally rich lunchbox is an excellent place to start, writes Susie Kearley...

lunch Working

Make the best of food on the go ur lives are so busy and crammed with activity that many of us are in the habit of grabbing convenience foods for lunch, or worse, skipping it. Whilst a wholegrain sandwich isn’t a bad choice, food on the go has the potential be a nutritional disaster. What you need is foods rich in complex carbohydrates, essential oils, amino acids, and vitamins and minerals, to provide sustained energy and clarity of thought and help you make the right decisions throughout your demanding day. Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are good for the mind, and a colourful salad is hard to beat. These foods contain a wide range of antioxidant compounds which promote clean arteries, improve blood flow to the brain and reduce cell damage. Studies have shown that antioxidantrich foods promote clarity of mind. When participants consumed a cup of blueberries every day for two weeks, they


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performed better in mental tests than the control group. Those on blueberries saw an increase in the number of brain cells in the hippocampus, the area of the brain responsible for organising and storing information. A cup of beans provides 25% of your recommended daily allowance of potassium, which is good for balancing blood pressure and aids clear thinking by helping send oxygen to the brain. Bananas, leafy green vegetables and citrus fruits are other good sources of potassium. Complex carbohydrates such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrains, provide sustained energy. And protein, which is found in beans, fish, nuts and seeds, fills you up and promotes healing and repair. Omega 3 oils help the brain to function optimally and clean up the arteries, so your heart is pumping healthily and you are able to deal with work-place stressors.

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Try these lunchbox recipes

Hearty Humous Dip Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein and carbohydrate. Olive oil is associated with good cardiovascular health. Enjoy this with your favourite sliced vegetables. 1 tin of chickpeas 50ml filtered water 2 tablespoons of olive oil

Bright Bean Salad Beans provide both complex carbohydrate and protein. They are low fat and very healthy. Flaxseed is a good source of omega 3 oils, and a mixed salad is unbeatable for vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which promote good health and support your immune system.

1 level teaspoon of tahini (sesame seed paste) 3 tablespoons of lemon juice 2 cloves of garlic (crushed)

8-10 cherry tomatoes Half a red pepper, sliced

100g/3.5oz dates

The sauce:

62g/2.2oz oats

1 teaspoon ground flax seed

25g/1oz sundried raisins

3 tablespoons of lemon juice

25g/1oz raw peanuts

1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley

25ml apple juice

1 tablespoon of chopped fresh basil

1-2 heaped teaspoons of cocoa powder

1 tablespoon of mustard seed

5 raw almonds

A splash of olive oil

2 raw walnut halves

A handful of wholegrain pasta, cooked and left to cool Half a carrot, sliced A stick of celery, sliced A portion of cucumber, sliced

60g/2oz cheese, grated

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 Toss the ingredients together and take as much as you like to work in a Tupperware dish. This amount could serve 2 consecutive days and is surprisingly filling!

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 Blend the ingredients to form a paste and then refrigerate in a sealed glass jar. You can add red pepper if you want added interest and colour. Eat within 3 days. You can freeze some of it in a separate container if there is more than you need.

Chocolate Energy Balls These chocolate balls are mostly made from raw ingredients, making them extra nutritious. The nuts contain healthy oils, the cocoa provides antioxidants, the oats help to lower cholesterol, and the fruit provides natural sweetness tied up with fibre for slow release into the bloodstream and sustained energy.

2-3 heaped tablespoons of kidney beans, cooked and left to cool



 Mix all the ingredients in a blender except for the apple juice, then put in a deep bowl, add apple juice and stir. Mould the mix into portion-sized balls. Store in a sealed glass jar in the refrigerator and eat within 10 days.

The Contributor Susie Kearley is a writer and nutritionist specialising in health and wellbeing. She has a particular interest in detoxification, natural therapy and healing without drugs.

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Raw Chocolatecoated Brazils

Working lunch –

healthy snacks to buy and make Bypass the newsagent’s chocolate and instead make this Jessica Fenton raw food treat, with Brazil nuts (high in magnesium and vitamin B1) and cacao.

Struck for time and want to know your snack bars are healthy? Try these... Panda Liquorice (in bars, bears & cuts) are based on four simple ingredients - molasses syrup, wheat flour, liquorice extract and aniseed oil. No nasties and cooked (in Finland) in a traditional way. Try the Blueberry Bar or the new Strawberry Bears. Yummy!

Dr Karg’s new mini Crispbreads are 100% organic and made with healthy seeds – the handy 30g bags are award winning and a sound way to get the goodness of omega 3 and 6 fats. We especially like the Emmental Cheese & Pumpkin Seed and the Sesame & Linseeds varieties. RAW Health’s new Raw-Tilla Dippers are tasty tortilla chips bursting with flavour and nutrients. Choose from beetroot based Ruby Root Beetroot Dippers, omega-rich Chia & Flax Dippers, or cheesy-tasting Nacho Style Dippers – all vegan and gluten free too.


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150g/5½oz raw cacao butter 425g/15oz raw Brazil nuts 6 tbsp raw cacao powder 150g/5½oz raw agave nectar 4 pinches of cayenne pepper pinch of pink crystal salt Equipment bain-marie or dehydrator power blender 450g/1lb loaf tin stainless-steel hand whisk

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 Melt the cacao butter gently (in a bain-marie or dehydrator) until runny. Put 100g/3½oz of the Brazil nuts in your power blender and process on full power, using the plunger, until they form a fine flour. Add to a large mixing bowl along with all the other ingredients, except the remaining whole Brazil nuts. Spread the whole Brazil nuts out over the base of the loaf tin.


Using the hand whisk, gently mix the ingredients in the mixing bowl together until you have a smooth chocolate liquid with no visible lumps.


Pour the runny chocolate over the whole Brazil nuts in the loaf tin and use a dessertspoon to help mix the raw chocolate through. Gently shake the tin from side to side to ensure that the chocolate seals around the edge and then bang the base of the tin firmly against the work surface a few times to help any air bubbles rise to the top.

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Place the tin in the freezer for around 30 minutes or until the chocolate has properly set. Tip the loaf tin upside down on a chopping board and gently bang down until the heavy block of chocolate coated Brazils falls out. Chop the block into small pieces using a very sharp knife and enjoy with a good book. Store in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator for up 3–4 weeks. © Jessica’s Raw Chocolate Recipes by Jessica Fenton, published by Leaping Hare Press, £8.99 (ISBN: 978-1-907332-71-5)

What’s new? Panda Strawberry Bears! Anything to do with those giant pandas? Yes! They are soft, juicy, tasty and so kind to the new Pandas (Tian Tian and Yang Guang) at Edinburgh Zoo! Tell me more! Guaranteed to delight kids and adults with their uniquely tasty but natural recipe made with real strawberries. Proceeds from the packs will be donated to the pandas at Edinburgh Zoo How much? £1.10 for 80g Where do I buy? From all good Independent Health Food Stores (and Edinburgh Zoo). For stockist info visit or call 0203 086 8676

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