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Nature’s hay fever helpers


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‘Make-up should enhance not mask your features’ Plus

Natural body washes, easy Easter recipes and the winners of the 2011 Dormeasan Short Story Competition

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10 Rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t have to be a complete pain...

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12 Y  our Health Heroes: A look at what’s fab and new in Independent health stores

DEPUTY Editor: Liz Parry

18 Nutritional updates from practitioner Shona Wilkinson

Publisher: Carlota Hudgell

30 Feature: Don’t cry, help is at hand for hay fever

Your Food

37 Y  our Health Heroes: Heroes for hay fever and allergies

46 Feature: Easter recipes for breakfast, dinner and those hot cross bun leftovers

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49 Calorie reduced Victoria Sponge with the new ‘sugar’, stevia


 iveaways: Extra prize draws this G month, to help you win top quality health and beauty products

Your Living 20 Your Look: Take better care of skin and hair with natural and organic bodywashes and shampoos 21 Your Look Heroes: A selection of bodycare from the best

51 Chocolate energy bars like you’ve never tasted before!

Your Experts 24 W  hat you wanted to know this month, on blood pressure testing and Lichen Planus 26 H  ere to Help: Boost your fertility – supplement recommendations from 100% Health in Paighton

52 Celebrity Health: Jemma Kidd practises beauty from within

38 Y  our Experts: Understand your gut’s needs and ground-breaking probiotics research

54 Your Diary: Ideas for Easter hunts and walks and more...

45 H  eroes for Gut Health: Great buys for a happy tummy

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Gorgeous make-up artist Jemma Kidd lives the natural and organic lifestyle to the full, and shares her supplement regime – and make-up tips – with us this issue, and on the topic of natural beauty, I hope you’ll enjoy reading about, and be encouraged to try, natural and organic body washes and shampoos, made without petrochemicals and skin drying ingredients. Be healthy,

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bumper issue of Your Healthy Living. Spring has arrived and the extra daylight hours and warmer weather are a delight. But spring isn’t a cause for celebration for the millions of people with hay fever, hence our feature on nature’s answers for trapping pollen and reducing histamine levels. Our Easter recipes have a healthy twist, such as a calorie reduced Victoria Sponge and alternative Sunday breakfast ‘fry-up’, and if Easter treats are liable to give you stomach cramps or bloating, well help is at hand from our experts this month, on probiotics and soluble fibre.


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Smart supplementation for mums-to-be

New research suggests that taking a fresh water algae supplement during pregnancy significantly reduces the risk of anaemia as well as proteinuria and oedema – both of which are signs of the potentially dangerous disorder, pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH). The research, published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition, examined the effect of supplementation with Sun Chlorella® ‘A’ during pregnancy. The results also showed that this whole food supplement benefits the production of healthy, toxin-free breast milk. Sun Chlorella ‘A’ contains a combination of essential amino acids, folic acid, iron and fibre plus vitamins A, B12, B6 and D. n To find out more, visit

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£££s worth of fantastic health products to be given away this month. Enter the free draws today!


Liquid iron vitality Spatone Apple is Spatone, 100% natural iron-rich spa water from Wales, pre-mixed in a delicious apple juice and Vitamin C. Spatone is scientifically shown to help top up iron levels whilst being extra gentle on the stomach. The UK’s best-selling iron supplement, filled into individual sachets, it’s ideal for consumption on-the-go. We have 10 boxes of Spatone Apple (retails at £9.95 for 28 sachets) to give away! Draw Code: Spatone 3


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Alibi PRETOX® is a new preparation drink containing 18 essential vitamins, minerals and natural herbal extracts. This great-tasting drink is designed to replenish, rehydrate and support your body. Free from caffeine and artificial ingredients, Alibi helps to support the immune system and promotes effective hydration, toxin elimination and the release and storage of energy. One lucky reader will win a year’s supply of Alibi worth over £500!

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The super spice

Curcumin is an extract from turmeric (the yellow spice found in curry) which is known for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. However, when eaten, the spice is poorly absorbed. Research shows that CurcuminX4000™ is a far more absorbable form of this nutrient. We have 6 bottles (RRP £29.95 for 180 capsules) to give away. All runners-up will receive a £5 voucher from Good Health Naturally. Draw Code: CURCUMIN March April 2012

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Nourishing and natural skincare

Molkosan Vitality from A.Vogel is a powdered prebiotic drink which helps promote an internal environment that stimulates the growth of friendly bacteria. It is made from fresh whey, providing the prebiotic L+ lactic acid, soluble dietary fire and green tea all in one. We have 20 tubs of Molkosan Vitality (RRP £11.75 for 275g) to give away this month.

Inlight’s 100% organic and indulgent skincare range helps to nourish and revive skin. The Body Butter (RRP £38) is an intensive moisturiser for the whole body and is good for preventing and treating stretch marks, even in pregnancy. The Line Softener (RRP £56) is an effective and natural moisturiser which keeps fine lines at bay. We have one gift box to give away containing these two products worth a total of £94! Draw Code: INLIGHT JOINT SUPPORT




Natural joint support

Skin softener

JĀSÖN® Nourishing Cocoa Butter Face Crème is a botanically-rich daily moisturiser which soothes and softens even the driest, roughest skin. Featuring a natural blend of intensive cocoa butter and vitamin E, this gorgeous crème leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, supple and positively glowing with health! This month we have 20 tubs to give away worth £6.49 each!

As we age we produce less Hyaluronan, a substance which naturally helps to maintain joint mobility. Hyaluronan occurs in all living cells, particularly in the synovial fluid of articular joints (knees, elbows, etc). Novisyn® from Fulcrum Health Ltd is a pure form of oral Hyaluronan and this month we have 10 boxes worth £19.95 each to give away. Draw Code: NOVISYN R SKIN CA


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Active skin renewal

Dermanova Active Care Skin Cream is formulated with a patented delivery system which allows the active ingredients to be fully absorbed into the dermis where skin renewal takes place. Results from a study on patients with dry skin conditions, including eczema and psoriasis, showed positive results when they were treated with this cream. We have 20 tubes of Dermanova Active Care Skin Cream to give away worth £19.99 each. All nonwinning entries will receive a free sample sachet.



A chocolate treat

Since 2000 Montezuma’s have been hand-making their delicious chocolate in Britain. The company have maintained and improved their founding principles to produce chocolate that not only is the highest quality they can find but is produced as fairly and ethically as possible. We have one delicious chocolate hamper to give away, containing a whopping 20 bars of chocolate (that’s 2kg worth!) which retails for £50.


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your name and address with the Free Draw Code (eg INLIGHT) to: Reader Offers, Your Healthy Living, Unit 2 Three Hills Farm, Ashdon Road, Barlow, Cambs CB21 4EN. (Entries placed inside envelopes will not be entered into the draw.)

Your Healthy Living Prize Draw Terms & Conditions You may enter more than one draw but there is a maximum of one entry per person per prize. Prizes can only be despatched to residential addresses within the UK or ROI. Winners are selected at random from all entries received at the closing date. By entering a prize draw you agree to us keeping your details on our database and that these details may be utilised by companies connected to JHN Productions and companies involved in these offers. If you do not wish us to retain your details for contact about news and offers, please select ‘no offers’ online or write ‘no offers’ at the top of your email or postcard. For full terms and conditions visit

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Lavera goodies up for grabs! This month we have a fabulous natural sun care gift* for 1,000 readers – a free lavera Neutral Sun Cream SPF 20 and Sun Lip Balm valued at £18.50. Read on to find out more about this product giveaway. The lavera Sun range is 100% natural and organic and offers 100% mineral sunscreen, which provides instant protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. You may be wondering what the difference is between conventional synthetic sun protection cream and mineral sunscreen. Well, synthetic sun creams are absorbed into the skin and act as a filter – the chemicals they contain counteract the effects of harmful UVA and UVB rays – but this process takes approximately 20 minutes to develop. Mineral sunscreens, on the other hand, work by providing a protective ‘shield’ of zinc oxide and titanium oxide, which instantly and effectively reflects the sun's rays, so you can apply the cream and get out in the sun straightaway. Furthermore, synthetic sun creams can cause skin irritation because they contain synthetic emulsifiers and preservatives, unlike natural mineral sunscreens. With the lavera range, all ingredients are fully declared and the products are free from synthetics, parabens and petrochemicals. Indeed the range has been awarded two well-known organic certifications: NaTrue and BDIH, and is not tested on animals. Visit to find out more. n To take advantage of this product giveaway, simply visit and click on the competitions link. Please note applications are via the website only and limited to one per person. *There is a £4 p&p charge to receive your lavera sun care products, which retail at £18.50.

New TCM training If you are interested in learning more about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), why not take a look at the range of courses on offer at The City College of Acupuncture? This specialist training centre, based in London’s Old Street, offers a range of qualifications in TCM, acupuncture and Tui Na medical massage. The modular nature of the courses means that there are at least two intakes every year, giving you flexibility in completing your studies. To find out more, call 020 7253 1133, send an email to or visit

Herbal Helper

Bio-Health’s June Crisp introduces...

Milk Thistle, a remedy for overindulgence Since the mid-1960s extensive research has been carried out on the medicinal herb Milk Thistle. Clinical investigation now suggests that it is effective in four very different ways: as an antioxidant free radical scavenger, a cell membrane stabiliser and permeability regulator, a promoter of liver regeneration and a protector against damage. Historically this herbal remedy was best known as a restorative (tonic/antioxidant) and associated with liver weakness, nausea and generally being ‘out of sorts’. In the 1990s it gained a considerable reputation as an effective antioxidant, having been praised by many celebrities in relation to healthy eating and lifestyle changes. Milk thistle soon became very popular as an aid for health, vitality and weight loss rather than being known for its more serious use for liver disorders associated with the growing consumption of alcohol and fatty foods. In recent times, however, it has regained its


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original reputation for treating liver disorders. Indeed the ESCOP (European Scientific Cooperative on Phytotherapy) monograph on Milk Thistle describes it as “a supportive treatment for chronic inflammatory liver conditions and Hepatic cirrhosis”, so it is no wonder that the herb now requires a licence. Today, Milk Thistle is officially recognised under the EU Directive of Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products. It now bears the authorised THR mark of safety and quality, as a medicinal remedy licensed to relieve the symptoms of over indulgence of both food and alcoholic drink. Therefore it seems that the claims made for this traditional remedy have not only stood the test of time but are as relevant now as they ever were. Visit or call Bio-Health on 01634 290115.

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Going in for the krill

Omega-3 fish oils are wellknown for their benefits for joint health and reducing inflammation. However, a study* has revealed that krill oil (harvested from tiny crustaceans in the waters of the Antarctic) outperforms fish oils in terms of efficacy and dosage. The study compared the results of 13 clinical trials, involving over 500 patients, who were given either fish oil or krill oil and then assessed their own level of pain reduction. The trial involving krill oil showed an improvement of 47%, whereas the 12 trials involving fish oil showed improvements of between 1% and 34%. Interestingly, a smaller dosage was used in the krill oil study compared to all 12 fish oil studies. Further studies point to the fact that krill is more effective than fish oil because of its ‘bioavailability’ – an umbrella term used to describe how much of a substance reaches the blood, how well it is absorbed and its survival rate in the body.

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n To find out more about CleanmarineTM Krill Oil, visit *Goldberg RJ, Katz J. A meta-analysis of the analgesic effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation for inflammatory joint pain. Pain. 2007; 129: 210-223.

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Write a short story for a better bedtime routine

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With poor sleep such a common complaint, reading a short story at bedtime is a helpful way to unwind at the end of the day and lead naturally into a restful night’s sleep. That’s why A.Vogel Dormeasan and Your Healthy Living have teamed up once again to run a national short story writing competition. If you have always thought you could write a short story, or have written short stories but never had them published, why not enter this free competition? You could win one of the four cash prizes – including the £500 first prize – and see your story in print! You choose the topic and genre – for added inspiration read the winning story of 2011 by turning to the booklet included in this issue. We are looking forward to receiving your first entries soon!

When to enter Now! Entries can be submitted at any time before 31 October 2012. but there's no need to wait until then, as each month one of the best will be picked and an excerpt printed in Your Healthy Living and the full story online. These monthly picks will win £50 each.

How to enter Check that your story is between 1,500 and 3,000 words and you have used a pseudonym, rather than your real name (which ensures total judge impartiality). Read the competition rules and fill out the simple entry form (entry is free). Send your entry in one of two ways:

Online: Submit your short story online by emailing story@ along with the entry form - available from or and click on the short story link.

By post: Send two copies to: A.Vogel Short Story Competition, Your Healthy Living Unit 2, Three Hills Farm, Ashdon Road, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire, BC21 4EN. If you are unable to access the internet to download the entry form, send your full name, address and telephone number on a separate sheet of paper with your entry.


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A.Vogel Short Story COMPETITION RULES The A.Vogel Dormeasan Short Story Competition 2012, in association with Your Healthy Living magazine, will run from 1 April to 31 October 2012. Entries can be submitted any time during this period, but must be received no later than midday on 31 October 2012. n Four prizes will be awarded – First prize £500; second prize £300; and two joint third prizes of £100 each. n Entry is free and is open to UK residents only. n Submitted entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published. n Entries should be in English with a minimum length of 1,500 words; maximum 3,000 words. Apart from erotica, there is no restriction on subject matter. Read the full competition rules before entering at storyrules or

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Healthy eating at Easter Instead of overindulging in sweets and chocolate this Easter, why not give yourself and your family some heart-healthy treats instead? Try these suggestions from the cholesterol charity, Heart UK:

❋ Create an Easter basket for the children and include active treats like skipping ropes, hula hoops, football and/or creative treats like modelling clay or gel pens. ❋ Why not get one, good quality dark chocolate egg for adults? Recent research has revealed that dark chocolate may be beneficial for heart health. The higher the percentage of cocoa solids the better. ❋ Start the day off with a healthy breakfast such as porridge, fruit or cereal. Choose wholegrain varieties to ensure a good fibre intake as this will keep you feeling full, so you are less likely to overindulge on the chocolate! ❋ If you are having lamb for your Easter Sunday lunch make sure you choose a leaner cut. If roasting, lightly drizzle with olive or vegetable oil instead of lard or butter and serve with plenty of steamed vegetables. ❋ Take advantage of the spring weather and organise an Easter egg hunt. It’s a great way to get the children and adults out in the fresh air. n For more information and advice visit

Budding bike stars win skills training A group of budding mountain bikers will be honing their skills in the Welsh mountains this month, courtesy of a sports programme sponsored by Calypso soft drinks. The lucky youngsters from various inner city schools across the UK have been chosen to take part in the ‘MTB Anywhere’ Academy, following a year-long talent-spotting campaign. During the fourday event at Llandegla Forest the children will receive guidance and training from British mountain bike champion Neil ‘The Don’ Donoghue as well as mountain bike coaches from One Planet Adventure, Llandegla. n Visit

Take the rye challenge! Do you wish you could beat the bloat and shed a few pounds at the same time? Well, you might want to follow the ‘Try Rye’ challenge! This 14-day eating plan has been devised by nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer, along with experts from the Village Bakery. The easy-to-follow plan involves swapping your traditional bread with rye, and choosing from the healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options. Rye bread has four times the fibre and 20% less calories than standard white sliced bread. What’s more, as it’s 100% wheat-free, it can also alleviate bloating and discomfort. Dr Sarah Brewer said: “Eating rye bread helps to increase satiety – feelings of fullness – to suppress hunger and the desire to eat. Including rye bread in your breakfast will help to reduce your appetite before lunch and this effect will continue into the afternoon, helping to curb mid-morning and mid-afternoon cravings, so you eat less overall.” n Find out more about the challenge at

GM food concerns warning Concerns over GM food have lessened over the past decade, a new survey reveals. The British Science Association survey shows that a quarter of Britons are not concerned by genetically modified foods, compared with 17% in 2003. Furthermore, the number of people who are concerned about GM food has fallen by 5%. The results have been compared to those in 2003 when a nationwide debate on the subject showed that more than half of the population were against the introduction of GM crops in the UK.

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How your diet can help ease rheumatoid arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disabling and painful form of inflammatory polyarthritis, which can lead to substantial loss of function and mobility. It is an autoimmune condition where the body produces antibodies that attack components of joint tissues. There is no single definitive cause of RA but we do know that diet can make a huge contribution to reducing pain, controlling inflammation and promoting joint regeneration.

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There is strong evidence that a Mediterranean diet, as well as being very good for your heart, is also good for RA in general. This entails choosing monounsaturated vegetable oils over saturated animal fats, moderating meat consumption and eating plenty of fresh fish with lots of fruits and vegetables. As well as providing all the essential nutrients your body needs to function well, this type of diet will also help to maintain a healthy weight which can help to lower stress on joints. Essential fats, especially omega-3 fats, are particularly effective for RA sufferers. The best dietary sources are oily fish such as salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel and trout, and flaxseeds for vegetarians

By Nutritional Therapist Georgie O’Connor for the College of Naturopathic Medicine

or vegans. To ensure these oils work at their best it is important to consume them in combination with plenty of antioxidants which are found in brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.

Significant supplements

The omega-3 fats are generally needed in quite large doses so these are worth taking as a fish oil supplement. Supplements, however, as their name suggests, should only be used to supplement a healthy diet. Other supplements that have proven effective include magnesium, which significantly improves fatigue and pain, zinc which can reduce joint swelling and morning stiffness and capsaicin or cayenne cream applied externally to gain temporary relief from pain by interfering with pain signals. Although prescription medications are very important in controlling the initial onset of symptoms and flare-ups, the side-effects of commonly prescribed medications for RA can be quite debilitating. Therefore, people with RA should be encouraged, as much as possible, to help minimise disease progression through natural dietary and supplementary methods.

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Get glowing with fruit and veg A rosy glow to the cheeks has traditionally been seen as a sign of health, but instead of reaching for the blusher brush, reach for a plate of fruit and veg! Scientists at St Andrews University have recently discovered that people who increase their intake of fruit and vegetables also show an increase in their skin’s red and yellow hues, making them more attractive to others. This fact is attributed to the levels of carotenoids in fruit and veg. The researchers found that the carotenoids which had the most dramatic effect were lycopene, found in tomatoes and red peppers, as well as beta-carotene, found in carrots and spinach. The researchers photographed their subjects over a six-week period and, remarkably, they found that eating an average of 3.3 more portions of fruit and vegetables a day made the subjects look more attractive when rated by other people.


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A good excuse for a cuppa If you enjoy a good cup of Earl Grey, you’ll be interested to hear that its distinctive flavouring, bergamot, could help to lower cholesterol and protect against diabetes. The bergamot orange contains chemicals called citrus polyphenols that have been found to stop the production of blood fats as well as boost metabolism and prevent cholesterol absorption in the gut. Researchers at the University of Cantanzaro in Italy found that among 200 patients with high levels of blood fats, ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol was reduced by 39% after a month of taking the extract. ‘Good’ HDL cholesterol was raised by 41% while blood sugars were reduced by 22%. The extract in question is marketed as BergaMet by Australian firm NatHealth Solutions and is awaiting approval as a food supplement in the UK.

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Need a herbal helper? Try A.Vogel Atrosan Devil’s Claw Tablets, a traditional herbal medicinal product What does it help with? The product is used for the relief of backache, rheumatic or muscular pain plus general aches and pains in the muscles and joints, exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy. Always read the leaflet How much? £9.40 for 30 tablets Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores or online at Alternatively call 0845 608 5858


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Worried about joint health? Try Novisyn® from Fulcrum Health Ltd, a pure form of oral Hyaluronan which naturally helps to maintain joint mobility Tell me more! Hyaluronan occurs in all living cells, particularly in the synovial fluid of articular joints (knees, elbows, etc.) As we age we produce less hyaluronan ourselves and need supplementation. Don’t wait until you need an injection – give this oral product a try! How much? £19.95 for 30 x 5ml sachets Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores and direct sales. Call 01480 869 456 or 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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Need a natural cleanser? Try this 100% organic Face Cleanser from Inlight Organic Skincare Tell me more! Formulated by scientist Dr Mariano Spiezia of Cemon Homeopathics, this awardwinning balm works wonders on all skin types, including the most sensitive and those prone to acne and rosacea. The cleanser is water and alcohol-free and contains nourishing coconut oil, astringent green tea, antibacterial and purifying clove bud and rosemary essential oils, plus ginger to stimulate and tone How much? £29.50 for 60ml Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores and directly from or call 01326 281 114

Must try! New-look EPA supplements from Igennus Healthcare Nutrition Why so good? These advanced sustainable-source EPA supplements provide nutritional support for optimal brain function, joint and heart health and emotional wellbeing. Igennus supplements are ultra-purified and independently batch-tested to provide 'prescription-strength' doses of EPA omega-3, with potent anti-inflammatory actions. Vegepa is also available in sugar-free childfriendly chewable capsules and Echiomega offers SDA-rich Echium Seed Oil as a vegan and vegetarian alternative How much? £10.99 to £29.99 for 60 capsules Available from? Independent health food stores, Bodykind, The Nutri Centre and Revital, or online at

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 help to reduce joint pain, stiffness and immobility Where from? Arthrovite Ltd, the leading UK collagen specialists,, on 0800 0181 282 and in all good health stores

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Fancy a healthy treat? Try Vivani Dark Nougat vegan chocolate Tell me more! This creamy, dark chocolate with a hint of nougat simply melts in the mouth! This multi-awardwinning vegan chocolate is made by a traditional manufacturer in Germany and has been produced without the use of child labour. It’s 100% organic with a high cocoa content and only high-quality cocoa butter. The product is free from emulsifiers and all bars are certified Kosher How much? £1.95 for 100g Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores. Alternatively visit or purchase directly at: Do try… The new Phytodol Joint Care Spray What’s in it? Glucosamine, MSM and essential ginger, arnica and zedoary oil plus cinnamon. Glucosamine occurs naturally in the body where it plays a role in the smooth working of the joints and helps maintain connective tissues. Phytodol is the only spray of its kind, it is instantly absorbed and works directly with a nonstain formula Anything else? All active ingredients are natural and the product is also available as a cream Available from? Independent health food stores, Vita Healthcare (UK) Ltd on or 0207 372 8146 and Holland & Barrett


What’s this? Cleanmarine Krill Oil is the first sustainably sourced marine omega-3 oil in Europe Why should I take it? Omega-3 has long been shown to have benefits for heart and joint health, but studies suggest that the actual source of omega-3 can impact on its effectiveness Tell me more! The omega-3 from Cleanmarine Krill Oil is in a form that is more easily absorbed and more effectively used by the body than that found in fish oil, meaning ‘less is more’ – leading to similar or superior benefits from a smaller one-a-day capsule. And with no fishy aftertaste it is less off putting for reluctant members of the family! Available from? Your local health food store. For more information visit


Do try… Real Organic Thai Sauces – vibrant, deliciously healthy, organic sauces inspired by recipes from the Thai Royal Palaces Tell me more! Fragrant lemongrass, coriander and lime contrast deliciously with coconut and hot chillies in the Real Organic Thai Green, Red and exotic Yellow Curry sauces. Healthy, vegan Thai sauces – sweet, sour and hot Available from? Independent health food stores and online at or email


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Pascoe’s new pH-balance capsules help you stabilise harmful acidic levels It’s hard to resist eating cakes and biscuits and chocolate. They seem to appear everywhere you go, at work, at home, out shopping... No wonder our willpower can fly out the window. Recent research reveals women in the UK consume up to 750 calories a day on snacks alone – that's a third of our daily calorie intake spent just on treats! Thankfully Pascoe's pH-Balance can help you maintain a healthy body without the pain and motivation needed for a drastic elimination diet! Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss have caught on to the alkalising diet, cutting out certain foods to help maintain a healthy weight. The alkalising diet is based on Robert Young’s theories, a respected US naturopath who says acidic foods such as sugar, white flour, dairy and meat, if overindulged can lead to health problems such as fatigue and an inability to shift weight. New pH-Balance capsules by Pascoe help maintain the body’s pH levels by neutralising any acid overload – from too many sweet treats for example – without the need for an extreme elimination diet!

What are pH levels? Your body’s optimum pH level is 70% alkaline and 30% acidic. A lower pH, from 1-6, indicates higher acidity; a higher pH, from 8-14, indicates a higher alkalinity, with pH 7 being neutral. Different parts of the human body maintain specific levels of these, but the slightest change can upset the balance, and become a factor in weight gain, sluggishness, dull skin, muscle cramps and digestive problems. Pascoe’s pH-Balance offers 21 pH urinary test strips for you to find out whether you are too acid (positive or negative for hyperacidity). If the strip turns yellow/light green you have a low and acidic pH, which means that it’s time to take action with Pascoe’s programme! April 2012

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How does pH-Balance work? pH Balance capsules are the natural multi-mineral aid for combating the acid-overload. They contain carefully selected carbonate salts which have an alkaline effect and help to neutralise the build up of acid in the body.

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Looking for a refreshing, healthy juice? Try Rabenhorst Vegetable Juices Tell me more! Since 1805 Rabenhorst have been producing a range of high quality, pure, organically produced, undiluted vegetable juices which are never made from concentrate Why so good? These premium juices are not only great tasting, but made from the very best vegetables. They are packed full of antioxidants, brimming with vitamins, minerals, trace elements and secondary plant compounds found naturally at the source Where can I get them? From nutritional and healthy lifestyle retailers. Visit or call 01782 567100 for your nearest stockist

You’re going to love... Calypso Aquajuice Sparkling Juicy  Water Good? Delicious! New Sparkling Calypso Aquajuice is one of your 5 a day in a can! With no added sugar, just naturally occurring sugars from the 50% or more fruit juice Available? In orange, apple and blackcurrant. Calypso Aquajuice is refreshing, delicious and complies with the School Food Trust Guidelines Find it? In independent health food stores and larger Tesco stores. Visit or email

What’s this? Zotrim is a herbal supplement which is clinically proven to help you lose weight How does it work? By simply changing your eating habits and controlling your hunger, Zotrim ensures healthy and steady weight loss that is easy to keep off for good What does the research show? A study in 2010 showed that women ate nearly 20% less at lunchtime when taking this supplement Where can I buy it? Visit or call 0800 101 8011 for 30% off with the code YHL. Also available in Boots, Tesco, Independent health shops, Holland & Barrett, Superdrug and Morrisons

What’s this? ActivCal Advanced 3-in-1 Complex contains natural ingredients clinically shown to promote joint flexibility, stronger bones and cardiovascular health Tell me more! For just 25p a day, ActivCal helps protect your bones, heart and joints – all at the same time. This triple-action, unique formula demonstrates advanced bioavailability and is shown to relieve pain and stiffness in joints within 12 weeks How much? £14.99 for 60 tablets Available from? Your local health food store and direct sales. Call 01302 238 004 or visit

Want shapely legs? Try Organic Venatone Skin Cream from Napiers the Herbalists Why so good? This soothing, cooling formula helps to tone and improve the appearance of skin, as well as relieving puffiness and soothing uncomfortable, heavy, tired legs. The cream also helps with cellulite and underlying spider veins. The product contains herbal extracts of comfrey, horse chestnut and witch hazel How much? £14 for a 100ml tube Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores, Napiers the Herbalists stores and many websites. Call 0131 343 3292 or visit

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Need an oil change? Try 100% Organic Coconut Oil from Essence of Eden Tell me more! This award-winning 100% organic coconut oil is the ideal healthy alternative to hydrogenated oils. It is produced without pressing or heat to extract the oil, therefore retaining the highest possible level of nutrients Guaranteed organic? Yes! The product has been certified by the Soil Association, USDA and Indocert Available from? Tree of Life, Infinity Wholefoods, ReVital, independent health food stores and direct from www.essenceofeden. or email

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YOURHEROES What’s new and sweet? Strawberry “Wot No Dairy” yoghurt-style desserts, the latest addition to the delicious range from Redwood What’s it made from? Highly nutritious pea protein, so it’s free from dairy, soya and allergens. Made from natural ingredients, sweetened with fruit juice and higher in protein than many dairy-free ’yoghurts’ produced from oat or rice. Can be stored at room temperature too Any others? Yes! Wot No Dairy desserts also come in raspberry, peach & apricot, plain and black cherry varieties Where do I buy? From health stores nationwide. Visit or call 01536 400557 for stockists

Need a vitamin D3 top up? Try Paradox Omega Oil Why should I take it? In the winter, 85% of us are deficient in vitamin D3, whilst 57% of us are deficient in this vitamin during summer. Paradox brings together the best from the Mediterranean and Arctic diets in one bottle providing you and your family with 80% of the recommended allowance of vitamin D3 plus the additional benefits of omega-3 and powerful polyphenol antioxidants How much? £13.50 for 225ml and £14.99 for 60 x 1,000mg capsules Available from? Independent health food stores and pharmacies across the UK and Ireland. Also visit

Great taste! The Mineral Salt from Seagreens is a tasty condiment which feeds your body the minerals and trace elements it needs What’s in it? A combination of Outer Hebrides organic wrack seaweed and organic certified unrefined Cornish sea salt. Not only does the product taste great but it helps to reduce your table salt consumption as well – twice the flavour but only half the salt! Anything else? Yes! The Mineral Salt was voted best organic product in the 2011 Your Healthy Living awards Available from? Independent health food stores. Nearest stockists: or 0845 0640 040

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

science behind

natural remedies

Shona Wilkinson

A natural gel to help IBS?

Skin deep! Results from a study on patients with dry skin conditions including Eczema and Psoriasis showed positive results when they were treated with Dermanova Active care skin cream. The cream is formulated with a patented delivery system which allows the active ingredients to be fully absorbed into the Dermis where skin renewal takes place. It is estimated that 40-60% of people with Eczema will also have a respiratory allergy, and more than 50% with a respiratory allergy as children will develop Eczema as adults. The Dermanova Active care range includes a cream, scalp shampoo and food supplement, all of which will shortly be available in UK health stores. See the bottom of the page Reader Offer. For further information call 01782 564512 or visit

Most of us are not comfortable with talking about our bathroom habits, particularly if we are suffering from something such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome); however, IBS affects up to 20% of the population and can cause debilitating symptoms including abdominal cramps, constipation, diarrhoea, wind and bloating. Silicea Gastro-intestinal Gel contains natural Silica, which has a unique bonding ability with pathogens and their toxins, thus reducing many of the symptoms associated with IBS. For more information on IBS visit or

Bone up with Bio-Strath A human stem cell study at the University of Florence, Italy has shown that the Swiss supplement Bio-Strath has exhibited some positive effects on the promotion of bone density which could help reduce the debilitating results of osteoporosis. The study showed that the cells fed with Bio-Strath produced more osteoblasts, the cells which are responsible for bone building, while the osteoclasts – which break bones down – were reduced. Bio-Strath is available from all health stores; for more information visit

My hair is getting thinner! “I have noticed that my hair has become much thinner and more limp after the birth of my daughter. Is this common and what could help?”

Shona says:

It’s very common that the change in hormonal balance after childbirth affects your hair. Usually this is a temporary problem and is also more noticeable after the birth as during pregnancy your hair can be at its best. All hair problems originate at the roots. For strong and healthy hair, the hair roots need to be fed with the correct combination of nutrients as this is where the lifecycle of the hair begins. Pilfood Capsules have been scientifically developed to provide an adequate amount of all the essential substances vital for healthy hair growth. Try a minimum three month course, which should help get your hair cycle back on track. Visit

The science of fertility Fertility problems affect approximately 1 in 7 couples in the UK, with 30% of the possible cause being associated with the male. Therefore it is equally important that couples maintain a healthy lifestyle including stopping smoking, reducing alcohol intake and eating a balanced diet rich in nutrients. German company Orthomol have developed two wide spectrum nutritional supplements based on scientific knowledge to ensure both men and women safeguard their nutritional needs before and during pregnancy. For more information visit

Products featured on this page are available from your local Health store. Call 01782 564512 for stockists details.

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Wash day

Want to know what to look for when choosing body washes and shampoos? Well look no further…

f you are interested in natural beauty products you’ll no doubt have a keen interest in the ingredients that go into your body washes and haircare products. We talk to two experts to find out what to look for when choosing these products.

Cut the foam

If you have dry skin then look out for products with mild foaming agents such as Decyl glucoside and Cocamidopropyl betaine, advises Charlotte Vohtz, founder of natural beauty company Green People ( She adds: “Low levels of nourishing plant oils such as almond, avocado and jojoba help to protect against dryness, while aloe vera is soothing and calming to the skin.” If you need an energy lift in the morning look for fresh, uplifting scents. Rebecca Goodyear of natural beauty company Kinetic Enterprises explains: “Peppermint is excellent for clearing the mind and stimulating the senses, citrus stimulates the circulation and rosewater is known to have therapeutic psychological effects as well as physical healing properties.” For a relaxing shower, Rebecca suggests: “Look to the herbs you think of in natural remedies to calm and still, such as marigold, lavender and chamomile – all plants that have been used for hundreds of years for this very purpose.”

Vohtz says: “To nourish and feed the hair, look for ingredients rich in nutrients such as avocado oil, yeast extracts and seaweed extracts. For itchy scalps, look for pineapple and yucca extracts that soothe the scalp and help prevent a buildup of dead skin cells.” Rebecca Goodyear adds: “Jojoba oil penetrates deep into the hair shaft to repair hair and is great to use to

strengthen long hair, while apricot oil removes build-up and smoothes the hair follicle to create shine.” For those with fine hair, Rebecca advises lavender shampoos which add volume, while Pro-Vitamin B5 and B7 (Biotin) have thickening properties. Lastly, sea kelp is good for taming frizz while vitamin A and C protect the hair against environmental stressors.

And here’s what to avoid

Shopping for shampoo or body wash? Make sure you avoid these chemical nasties:

odium lauryl sulfate (SLS) – A foaming agent and known skin irritant used in x Sshampoos, shower gels and toothpastes. Repeated exposure can lead to skin sensitisation, dry itchy skin or scalp ulcers. – A plasticiser used in cosmetics and plastic packaging to stop them x Pbecoming  hthalateshard and rigid. It can affect hormone levels and cause female traits in male animals. It’s also been linked to allergies in children. – Including petroleum jelly, paraffin wax and silicones, these are x Pused  etrochemicals in skin and hair care products. They are drying and pore-clogging. – Antibacterial and antifungal preservatives which can mimic the x Phormone  arabensoestrogen. colours – The most common ones are azo-dyes and these can be x Sstrongly  yntheticirritating to the skin, especially the eyelids, lips and mucous membranes. x Ssensitivities!  ynthetic fragrances – The most common cause of all skin reactions and and isopropyl alcohol – These can dry and irritate the skin, stripping it of x Anatural  lcoholmoisture content. P ropylene Glycol and Butylene Glycol – These are petroleum plastics that can x penetrate  the skin and weaken protein and cellular structure. and Urea – These preservatives can release formaldehyde x D(a MDM known carcinogen) into the body. APRIL 2012

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Best of British! Natural Empathy is a beautifully British, natural top-to-toe body wash Tell me more! Like a walk in the dew-kissed countryside; this product is beautifully scented, utterly healthy and quietly luxurious! Rich in cedarwood and lavender organic essential oils, this is a welcome slice of British loveliness for discerning ladies and gentlemen. What’s more, it is free from parabens and SLS How much? £12 for 200ml Where can I buy it? Visit for more details

Wish you had glossy locks? Try Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Shampoo Why should I use it? This nourishing and moisturising shampoo with organic rosa mosqueta rose hip oil is ideal for all hair types. It’s particularly good for colour-treated hair as it rinses away discolouring minerals, protects against fading and improves the texture of hair. The product is handcrafted using 100% natural ingredients, organic where possible How much? £10.51 for 325ml Where can I buy it? Independent health food shops. Call 0800 0851 697 or visit


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Whats new? Faith in Nature’s natural body and hair care range is kind to you, your baby and the planet What’s in the range? Refreshing shower gels and relaxing foam baths, plus cleansing shampoos and conditioners for Mum And for little ones? The Humphrey’s Corner baby care range is crafted with organic and natural ingredients to care for your little one’s delicate new skin. The products do not contain parabens, SLS, artificial colours or fragrances Available from? Independent health food stores, direct from or email

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You asked: “I am a 65 year old woman and have been diagnosed with Lichen Planus and an underactive thyroid. As a result of this I have flare-ups of dry skin, and wonder what cream would help me?” Tanya Dinachi, Pravera Sales & Customer Service Supervisor, answers:

the skin while the Neutral Body Lotion and Face Cream will help to moisturise and soothe dry itchy skin.

Lichen Planus is a non-infectious condition with no known cause; however, it may be linked to the immune system or a reaction to certain medicines. Lichen Planus affects up to 2% of the 40yrs+ population worldwide and symptoms vary depending on the area affected, and can include rashes, itchy skin, papules and legions. Lichen Planus cannot be cured and will usually clear up by itself, but to prevent irritating the skin further I would recommend using products that do not contain any fragrance or essential oils, such as lavera’s Neutral range. The Neutral Shower Shampoo will gently cleanse

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You asked: “I have read about the importance of homocysteine in various articles concerning heart health. As I have high blood pressure, I wonder whether a test would be beneficial and whether there are natural methods of controlling levels?” Susie Perry Debice from The Food Doctor Clinic answers: Homocysteine is now considered to be one of many factors for heart disease, alongside high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Homocysteine is a natural substance that is formed during the metabolism of some forms of protein. Researchers have discovered that homocysteine levels can become elevated if a deficiency of vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid exists. Homocysteine has been found to be capable of acting like a toxic ‘free radical’ damaging artery walls which sets the scene for atherosclerosis. You can ask your GP to screen you for high homocysteine with a simple blood test. Dietary advice to help get homocysteine in check is to eat foods that are rich in vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid, which means you need to include lots of whole grains and pulses in your diet – brown rice and brown bread are good choices. You can also supplement with these nutrients.

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This issue’s in-store expert is Charlie Purdy, manager of the health and wellbeing section of 100% Health in Paignton, Devon

Here to help

Independent health store advice on boosting fertility Here at 100% Health we are often asked to give advice on supplements and natural remedies to boost fertility. When advising customers we try to get an idea of their lifestyle and a picture of their overall health before we make any recommendations – we don’t just recommend one supplement for everyone. The good news is that there are a number of different supplements that can help couples who are struggling to conceive, and we have some interesting research to back this up.

Fighting free radicals Firstly, vitamin E is useful to both men and women as it’s a potent antioxidant which protects against free radical damage. In men it increases sperm mobilisation and protects the sperm from oxidative stress. We would recommend a daily dosage of 800iu. Zinc is also very good for sperm formation and motility, and research has shown that even a mild zinc deficiency can cause lower sperm counts. In women, zinc helps the body to use the hormones oestrogen and progesterone more efficiently. Between 15 and 30mg a day is the recommended dosage. Some studies have found that issues with the luteal phase in a woman’s menstrual cycle can lead to fertility 26

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problems. The research shows that both vitamin C and vitamin B6 can increase and regulate this phase, so we would suggest these to our female customers. We tend to find that people who are struggling to conceive are under a lot of stress, so we would suggest the herb rhodiola which is great for controlling stress and maintaining balance in the body.

Lifestyle changes We advise all our customers, but especially those who are trying to conceive, to follow a healthy diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables – organic if possible. We always recommend stocking up on oily fish, nuts and seeds in order to get your intake of essential fatty acids and to avoid saturated fats, processed foods and refined carbohydrates. We would also advise anyone trying to conceive to avoid smoking and drinking alcohol as these have been shown to affect fertility in both men and women. Regular exercise will help enormously as it boosts the circulation which helps to deliver nutrients to all the right areas. Lastly, in terms of specific fertility supplements we would recommend Viridian’s Fertility for Men and Fertility for Women as they both combine many of the essential nutrients needed for reproduction in one capsule.

100% Health Paignton, Devon his independent health food and • Tnatural supplement shop is based

in Torbay, South Devon. The shop is run by a team of trained supplement specialists who are on hand to offer advice and assistance. shop moved to bigger • Ipremises n March the and its online presence is currently being developed. Visit www.onehundredpercenthealth. com and www.naturalwayhealth. or call the shop direct on 0800 695 0450.

F  an of Your Healthy Living • because: “The magazine helps promote an interest in health and wellbeing and we are seeing this in our customers as they are asking more and more specific questions. I think the magazine is doing a really great job of educating its readers.”

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What’s this? DLuxPregnancy Daily Nutritional Oral Spray is the world’s first oral spray specifically for the health of mother and baby Tell me more! The Chief Medical Officer has identified pregnant and breastfeeding women as one of the vulnerable groups for vitamin D deficiency. DLuxPregnancy Oral Spray delivers this essential vitamin along with folic acid and vitamins B1 and B6 How do I use it? The product is sprayed under the tongue for optimal absorption Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores nationwide, online at or call 0114 220 2229


to maintain healthy iron levels during and after pregnancy Iron is a vital mineral which enables red blood cells to transport oxygen to all parts of the body and it is required by everyone to maintain physical well-being. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, a woman's demand for iron becomes even greater than normal, as it is essential for the healthy growth and development of the baby. When diet alone cannot satisfy the body's requirement for iron, it may be necessary to take a supplement, which is where Floradix or Floravital, the yeast and gluten-free version, can help. • Non constipating liquid formula • Highly absorbable iron gluconate • Vitamin C to increase iron absorption • No preservatives, colourings or flavourings • Suitable for vegetarians

Trying for a baby? Vitabiotics Pregnacare Conception is designed to support the nutritional requirements of women who are trying to conceive What’s in it? The product includes 400mcg of folic acid, the exact level recommended by the UK Department of Health for all women who are trying for a baby. It also includes a spectrum of nutrients including vitamin B12, l-arginine, n-acetyl cysteine and selenium How much? £10.15 for 30 tablets Available from? Independent health food stores. Visit

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The 2011 A.Vogel Dormeasan short story competition The A.Vogel Dormeasan Short Story Competition in association with Your Healthy Living, was launched to encourage us to slowly unwind at night with a good short story, as a way to a better night’s sleep. We received just over 1,000 richly diverse entries from all parts of the UK. Many of you entered via Independent Health Food Shops, and others online. The judges were impressed and delighted, by the diversity of plots and styles; the humour, poignancy, daring, quirkiness and twists. And it wasn’t easy choosing a shortlist, the final four prize winners and three highly commended entries. The winning story is reprinted in the booklet in the centre

The winners 1st Prize!

by D R D Bruton from West Linton, Midlothian Douglas said: “I am thrilled to have been chosen as the winner of the competition and am thrilled, too, that this story will find such a good home. It is a story of love gone wrong and that is a familiar theme in my writing. I started off with the idea of a woman walking about in a person’s house and climbing into a man’s empty bed like she belonged there... and that was a lie. Then Lucy’s lies just spiralled into being the indirect cause of the young man’s death. I found an ache in that idea that made me want to complete the story, so that you feel sorry for all the individuals in the tale.” Judge Della Galton said of this story: “Beautiful writing – and very unusual structure. This would have been hard to write. Also it was a poignant, understated story. Clever title too!”


The judges

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The Bed Lucy Made, And She Lies In It

2nd Prize!

pages and we hope you enjoy it. The runners up and highly commended stories can be read online at and and will also be available in an anthology to be published this autumn. A.Vogel and Your Healthy Living would like to thank everyone who entered the competition, perhaps especially those who took the time to craft a story for the first time, and then had the courage to enter it. Turn to page 8 to find out how to enter the 2012 competition.

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The four judges, author and TV presenter James Wong, short story author Della Galton, creative writing tutor Ann Burnett and Your Health Living Editor Tracy McLoughlin, are pleased to announce the winning entries for 2011.


3rd Prize!

winning £100 each

Sinking by Gwen Williams from Llanfairfechan, North Wales Gwen said: “Winning joint third prize in this competition thrilled and surprised me. It helped me to feel that I might perhaps be on the right lines after trying hard to write fiction since my retirement two years ago. I will enjoy my writing all the more now! Thank you so much to the judges and A.Vogel for this opportunity.”

Body byJudith Cook from Exeter

Judge Tracy McLoughlin commented: “Sinking is hilarious, unexpected, a real laugh out loud story with a great ending.”

Judith said: “Wow, I’m thrilled to win second prize; I’m so glad the judges liked my story. I can’t wait to actually see it in print! The story ‘Body’ came about when I visited my grandmother and she mistook me for her twin sister, who died in childbirth 60 years ago. It got me thinking about the confusion so many suffer from late in life, and it made me wonder – what’s it like, when the past is more real to you than the present? I hope ‘Body’ explores some of these issues.”

Valerian Darci said: “I’m delighted that the judges liked my story. I have a keen interest in traditional medicinal herbs, and I wanted to explore this in a modern setting – ‘Valerian’ was the result.”

Judge James Wong commented: “The writer, quite literally, got under the skin of a whole sector of society who are normally absent from literature. Moving and cathartic in equal measure.”

Judge James Wong commented: “Valerian is uplifting and warm; a great reminder of getting some perspective to your problems.”

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The judges Highly Commended these three stories:

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Julia’s Big Day

by Mary Swann from Knebworth Ann Burnett commented: “Julia’s Big Day is a wry comment on today’s professional women and a Cinderella theme with a happy ending.”

Counting Sheep

by Valerie Robinson from Preston Della Galton said: “Counting Sheep is an original, perfect bedtime story.”

The Richest Man in the World by Neil Walker from Norwich

Ann Burnett said: “The Richest Man in the World is a very funny tale of a misunderstanding on both parts and with a bit of social comment too.”

Read these tips on writing your 2012 short story by competition judge and author Ann Burnett Warming up So you’re sitting there with a blank piece of paper or a blank screen and nothing is coming. You need to warm up. Set your phone or oven timer to five minutes, open a book or newspaper, pick a word at random and write whatever comes into your head about that word. Stop when the timer goes. Here are some to get you started: bubbles, school children, jug, crystal. Get writing!

Tension Your story must have tension. A story isn’t interesting if it doesn’t have tension. Tension comes from wondering what is going to happen next. It can involve fear, puzzlement, excitement, romance, surprise, anger. The reader has to want to turn the page to find out what happens next.

Sympathetic characters The reader has to like the main character. But they have to be real. They can’t be absolutely perfect. That’s boring. Nobody’s perfect. We all have our flaws and that’s what makes us interesting. So make your characters true to life, not clichés or stereotypes.

Involvement The reader should engage with your story. They must be working out for themselves what is going on and what the characters are like. Don’t tell them that your character is feeling down. Show the reader by their actions and dialogue that they are depressed.

Dialogue What your character says should replicate real speech – but not exactly. We um and er and repeat ourselves, leave sentences dangling and use repetitive phrases like you know, every few words. This is boring to read and slows down the story. Cut it out. Similarly, when giving your character an accent or a dialect, use it sparingly to hint at it, rather than rendering all their speech into it.

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Now read the story of Dormeasan, sponsors of the short story competition A.Vogel, the herbal experts who make Dormeasan, know how many of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep, and to encourage us to read at night as part of a relaxing night-time routine, have developed this national short story competition. Dormeasan Sleep ValerianHops oral drops is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of Sleep disturbances caused by the symptoms of mild anxiety, exclusively based upon longstanding use as a traditional remedy. A.Vogel insist that only freshly picked Valerian and Hops plants are used to make Dormeasan. This ensures that the herb extracts obtained provide the active* ingredients that encourage undisturbed sleep. Unlike other sleep remedies, Dormeasan is available in the form of a liquid herbal tincture. Taken just half an hour before bedtime, it can help if you worry that you can’t sleep – restoring natural sleep, helping you sleep better and wake feeling refreshed. Dormeasan is not known to be habit forming and won’t leave you with that groggy feeling in the morning. Always read the leaflet. *Tobler M, et al. Characteristics of whole fresh plant extracts. Schweizerische Zeitschrift fur GanzheitsMedizin,1994.

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Why do our bodies react? In some people the immune system is triggered to deal with pollen as if they were harmful. In these cases, when the pollen lands on the mucous membranes – the lining of the nose, the conjuctiva of the eyes or the bronchial tubes – the immunoglobulin E antibodies (IgE) are activated, which stimulate the mast cells to release histamine. This in turn triggers inflammation and those classic hay fever symptoms. Hay fever sufferers know only too well that their season of irritation, and for some downright misery, can start with the tree pollens in the spring, and move to the grass pollens in June and July. The alternative to anti-histamine drugs can be surprisingly effective, ranging from barrier balms to prevent the pollen reaching the nasal mucous membranes, to food supplements that help reduce histamine release.

Gathering help from the bees Nutritional Consultant Erin McCann ( recommends Reishi mushroom, a Traditional Chinese Medicine immune tonic. “Reishi contains the bioflavonoid triterpene which inhibits histamine release. It also contains oleic acid and cyclooctasulphur compound which have antihistamine actions,” says Erin. “In

The alternative to anti-histamine drugs can be surprisingly effective, ranging from barrier balms to prevent the pollen reaching the nasal mucous membranes, to food supplements that help reduce histamine release. addition to these anti-allergic actions, reishi contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients which may be helpful in reducing hay fever symptoms.” She also suggests bee propolis supplements, such as Bee Prepared (which also contains Reishi and Elderberry), because propolis has significant immunomodulating and anti-inflammatory actions as well as a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Elderberry is best known for fighting off colds and vital infections, but, says Erin: “Elderberry is also rich in Vitamin C and the bioflavonoid quercetin, both of which are powerful antioxidant and anti-histamine nutrients. “These actions can help to reduce mast cell histamine response and reduce mucosa inflammation. Recent clinical studies have found elderberry effective at treating allergic sinusitis and rhinitis.” If bee propolis can help, what about pollen? A traditionally natural remedy that’s been around for many years is to eat local honey. The idea is the pollen traces in the honey help build a form of natural resistance to airborne pollens. Master Beekeeper James Hamill says hay fever is generally caused by breathing in ‘anemophilous’ pollens, carried by the wind. “To help build a form of natural immunity, your body requires a supply of ‘entomophilous’

pollens, that is, bee pollen gathered by the bees from a variety of different blossoms, that will act as a barrier or shield against the wind-borne and inhaled pollens responsible for allergic reactions.” However, the honey doesn’t have to be very local, James says, just UK honey, so that the pollen traces are from UK plants.

Clean and defend your nose The simple and immediate defence against the pollen is to use a barrier cream or balm around the nostrils, effectively trapping the pollen before it can gain access to and irritate the mucous membranes, reducing sneezing and streaming. Brian Craig from Xlear, makers of Xylitolbased nasal wash products, says: “Creating a natural barrier against the pollen is an effective and gentle way of reducing hay fever symptoms, not only for adults but for children too. One method is to use a Xylitolbased nasal spray to wash away the pollen in the first place and then line the nasal mucous membranes with a Xylitol and saline solution, which helps stop new pollen from adhering.” Another holistic health approach is to cleanse the nasal passages with a saline solution and then have a good sneeze to expel the loosened pollen. Dr Martin Schiele from Salcura, makers of Sinose, says: “The introduction of a salty solution to the nasal passage effectively dissolves and loosens the mucus and debris blocking the nose and hosting the pollen. “Following up this action with a sneeze enables far more of the now loosened mucus and debris to be ejected from the nose and with it comes the offending pollen.” So try not to despair over your hay fever this year; and try some natural help. If you’re not sure where to start, ask the experts in your local independent health food store. Continued on page 36 ➜


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Nutritional help for hayfever and summer allergies By Nutritionist Babi Chana, BSc (Hons) BSc Nut.Med. BANT llergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is the result of the immune system being triggered to fight off pollen, causing antibodies immunoglobulin-E (IgE) to be produced. The IgE stimulates the release of histamine, which is responsible for the irritating symptoms of sneezing, itching, tickly throat and congestion. So inhibiting histamine curbs your miserable allergy symptoms. Routine medical anti-histamines may cause drowsiness and habitual use of corticosteroid nasal sprays can promote rebound congestion. Alternatively, betaglucans can provide safe, welcome relief without adverse consequences. Betaglucans are polysaccharide nutrients in foods such as mushrooms, yeasts, grains and shellfish. These 1,3/1,6 beta glucans are capable of binding to cell surface-receptors and diminishing the symptoms caused by IgE production, especially histamine

release. They should not be confused with beta 1,3/1,4 glucans, obtained from cereals such as oats and wheat, which have a different molecular structure and are useful to help support healthy blood cholesterol levels. A large body of research literature suggests certain polysaccharides affect immune system function. One metaanalysis (Ramberg et al 2010) found 62 publications reporting statistically significant effects from taking betaglucans. Beta-glucans are more known for their ability to stimulate the immune system and are increasingly popular to combat infections. However, beta-glucans may also have an important part to play as an adjunct to standard hay fever and allergy treatments, because less histamine equates with less inflammation. Other nutritional sources of allergy relief include pycnogenol (an extract from French maritime pine bark),

quercitin (from onions) and vitamin C. These have anti-inflammatory properties and can inhibit the release of histamine. Free radicals have the ability to release histamine from mast cells, and pycnogenol has a potent ability to scavenge free radicals. It has also been investigated for its ability to inhibit histamine release (Sharma et al 2003). Increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids can also help to reduce the production of inflammatory prostaglandins, via increased dietary intake of oily fish, flax-seed/oils and fish oil supplements. Babi Chana has a BSc in Nutritional Medicine and has 25 years’ experience in natural health, lecturing, writing and broadcasting to improve public health.

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affectionate? It could be something in the air! Sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes – all the usual suspects related to hay fever present? But what about relationship side-effects? If you are one of the 12 million people in the UK who suffer from hay fever each year, you may also feel a strain on your relationship with your partner. If so, you’re not alone; an estimated 2 million people feel less affectionate when suffering from hay fever! A YouGov poll suggests that hay fever has even played havoc with the quest for love as nearly 750,000 people have cancelled a date because of it! At first you long for warmer spring days after a cold winter... then the pollen arrives! Trees, grass and weeds rather like the idea of reproducing on sunnier, warmer days, often resulting in a sudden sharp rise in airborne pollen levels. Proteins in the pollen cause our nose, eyes and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed. There is no known cure for hay fever. Unlike many other allergies where you can side-step the problem by avoiding the irritant, avoiding exposure to pollen is nearly impossible, particularly during the summer months when you want to spend more time outdoors.

Unfortunately, the same YouGov survey suggested that 49% of people with hay fever opt to stay indoors on a summer’s day to avoid exacerbating their symptoms, often turning down a social event. Certainly not the way the summer should be spent! Problems don’t just stop when the sun goes down either. The YouGov poll shows that 40% of hay fever sufferers report it has a moderate or severe impact on their sleep, correlating to an estimated 5 million people with hay fever in the UK experiencing sleep disturbance due to their symptoms. The most troublesome hay fever symptom is nasal congestion; with 85% of people with hay fever suffering from it. At the same time 70% of people with hay fever don’t take any preventative action before the key spring season really begins. So the secret lies in making it difficult for pollen to settle in the nasal passage; in doing this the ability for inflammation and irritation to take hold reduces dramatically. At Salcura, we understand and recognise that most people don’t look for a remedy until the hay fever has actually started. With this in mind we have developed the Sinose Natural Hayfever Spray – a revolutionary alternative to chemical-based products. Containing 100% natural ingredients, Sinose clears, soothes and protects the nasal passage from allergen attack.

n Himalayan Rock Salt does the important nasal clearing part by loosening up excess mucus and triggering a sneeze that ejects any existing allergens from the nose itself. This is a key action that many other products fail to do, leaving pollen in the nose to continue causing a reaction. n Sea Buckthorn is fantastic at soothing and calming the affected areas. Rich in omegas and essential vitamins, it packs a big punch when it comes to reducing swelling and inflammation. n Zinc, Iron and Selenium are included to line the inside of the nasal passages with a protective layer after any existing allergens have been cleared. So, what have you got to loose... another night’s sleep?

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What’s this? Naturtint Reflex Non-Permanent Colour Rinse is a less chemical alternative to permanent hair dyes. It is particularly suitable for the skin-sensitive or ingredient-conscious user Tell me more! This gentle, non-permanent colorant range is available in 6 fabulous shades which cover early signs of grey and last from 2 to 4 weeks. The range is free from PPD, PTD, Peroxide, Ammonia, Resorcinol and parabens How much? £9.99 for 90ml Where can I buy it? From independent health food stores or direct by calling 0845 601 8129 or visiting

HAYFEVER? Try HayMax, an organic, drugfree pollen barrier balm which stops pollen before it gets in. Simple! Less pollen means less sneezing and itchy eyes – and no drowsy side effects Tell me more! HayMax has won many awards and is regularly featured by doctors and journalists on national TV, radio and in the press. It is suitable for pregnant women, children and cynics! And one pot lasts ages Available from? Health stores nationwide and directly from or by calling 01525 406600

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Pollen problems? Bee pollen is different! HayfeGUARD® Local Honey with ProPollen Factor Plus contains fresh, local, raw unpasturised, coarse filtered honey, adding a multitude of pollen grains and fresh royal jelly to aid health and wellbeing How does it work? The idea is that by ingesting pollen your body may come in contact with the plant source that you are allergic to. By consuming it over a prolonged period your body may build up a natural resistance to the irritant, thus soothing hayfever How much? £14.95 for 280g (30-day supply) Available from? Independent health food stores. For stockists and info visit

Low immunity? Try BEE Prepared Immune Support Why should I take it? This multi-award-winning product is the ultimate wellness formula. It’s great for colds, flu and hay fever and also helps during travel, dieting and exams to keep your immune system fighting fit What’s in it? BEE Prepared combines bee propolis, elderberry, olive leaf and more and is a medicine cabinet must-have! Available from? Independent health food stores. Visit or email for stockists

Suffering with hay fever? Salcura Sinose will help you enjoy the summer without those nasty symptoms! Tell me more! This nasal spray combines Himalayan Rock Salt and Sea Buckthorn in a vitamin-rich solution. It’s formulated to both help prevent hayfever symptoms taking hold and effectively deal with it once it has started. Suitable for use during pregnancy or breast feeding How much? £6.99 for 25ml Available from? Independent health food stores. For more information call 0800 612 5810 or visit

What stops pollen? Xlear Nasal Spray for adults and Kid’s Xlear How so? This unique and natural nasal spray gently washes out the pollen and then creates a barrier in the nose with its ‘magic’ ingredient, xylitol, which helps stop more pollen from sticking to the nasal mucous membranes Good for anything else? Yes! The saline-xylitol hyper-osmotic solution soothes irritated or dry sinuses too Where do I buy?! From selected health stores and from

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I was allergic to my hay fever medication Dawn Hosking, age 40, suffered with her hay fever, with extreme symptoms including gum inflammation and jaw pain, until an unusual intolerance to her hay fever medication led her to finding an unexpected route to escaping the pain her hay fever was causing her… “My hay fever started about five years ago. My symptoms included watery, itchy and dry eyes, sneezing, itchy nasal passages, sinus pain, gum inflammation, jaw pain, tiredness and an itchy throat. I initially suffered from an intolerance to my synthetic medication, which made matters worse. I desperately needed to find a natural alternative. And this was my main reason for trying a natural barrier balm. My hay fever had started already and my sinuses were affected too. My eyes were very red, itchy and watery, I was sneezy and my throat funny and my sinuses were starting to cause me problems. I applied the lavender balm and the symptoms eased. HayMax significantly reduced my symptoms as I began to use it regularly. I can now drive the car and have the windows open, with much less sneezing, watery and red eyes, tiredness and sinus pain, which is great. I use it daily and re-apply often to manage my symptoms. I am so glad that I found HayMax as it is natural and drug free and organic, which is very important to me as I don’t tolerate synthetic drugs very well. Needless to say I am delighted!”


Can honey help hay fever? By James Hamill, Master Beekeeper and maker of HayfeGUARD® ( If you eat UK honey that has not been heat treated, it will contain traces of pollen, bringing your body into contact with the plant source causing your hay fever allergy. By consuming the honey over a prolonged period your body can build up a natural defence and be desensitised to the airbourne pollen causing your hay fever. To help build this natural immunity, your body requires a supply of entomophilous pollens, gathered by the bees from a variety of different blossoms. Many people believe they need ‘local honey’ to combat hayfever. People call me asking for honey within a mile of where they live. As a professional beekeeper I know that the flora around the UK doesn’t vary greatly and bees collect thousands of different pollens. As long as it’s UK honey, it’s local. Supermarket honey may not work as it’s mostly heat treated, killing the pollen, and most supermarket honey is sourced from outside the UK.

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IBS and the gut flora connection Barry Smith, founder of Symprove, UK biotech company, develops leading next generation probiotics. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is the most common of all gastrointestinal diseases and accounts for about 40% of all referrals to hospital-based gastroenterologists in the UK and, worryingly, once the diagnosis is made, over 90% of people still have symptoms five years later.

Affecting twice as many women as men, IBS usually begins in the late teens to twenties and fluctuates in intensity. Due to the nature of the symptoms it can be embarrassing to discuss and as a result, the percentage of people suffering from IBS at any given time is likely to be higher than reported. Key symptoms include, stomach cramps and pain, diarrhoea, constipation and bloating, with many people classed as having either ‘diarrhoea’ or ‘constipation’ predominant IBS. Whilst it is not life-threatening, IBS can take a serious toll on the quality of an individual’s life.

Researchers have yet to discover any specific cause for IBS. Theories include reactions to food, stress, abnormal motility or visceral hyper-sensitivity, the absorption of too much fluid in the digestive tract, bacterial overgrowth and the overuse of antibiotics, to name a few.

GPs and gastroenterologists find it difficult to advise a course of action. Guidelines recommend treating the symptoms rather than trying to find the cause. The available treatment options using existing psychotropic agents, serotonin receptor agonists and antagonists, are limited to the most severe cases and their use is not without side-effects. This leaves the majority of people suffering from IBS trying to find a solution themselves.

People suffering with constipation dominant IBS usually start off with laxatives and those who are diarrhoea predominant try obstipants.

Many people, having tried these repeatedly over a period of time, remain dissatisfied and seek alternatives such as a change in diet, or complementary therapies. Exclusion diets include gluten and lactose or milk proteins and whilst there may be improvement for some, for the majority, IBS symptoms remain.

A study published by a European led consortium MetaHIT in 2010 reported we all share a core group of several hundred different microbial genes, responsible for at least 600 biochemical functions. The study showed that people with diseases had an imbalance of gut flora with fewer microbial genes.

It’s now much more apparent that we are dependent on our gut flora in regulating our biochemistry and metabolism and of their importance in influencing the immune system. For this reason, many people are incorporating probiotics in their daily diet to look after their digestive health. NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) recommends that if you are going to try a probiotic, you should use it for four weeks at least to see if it helps.

Probiotics come in several formats and the principle challenge is delivering the bacteria effectively. Probiotics must avoid being destroyed or weakened by stomach and bile acids and elude triggering digestion in the stomach. They must be delivered live, fast, in the right numbers and to the place where they are needed – the small intestine and large bowel. Ideally the product should have demonstrated a health benefit in appropriately designed trials to clinical grade.

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Ground-breaking probiotics trial Ingvar Bjarnason is Professor of Digestive Diseases and Consultant Gastroensterologist at King’s College Hospital, London, where the largest independent human study on the effect of a probiotic on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has just concluded. Functional bowel disease is increasing in the population. Twenty per cent of the population have irritable bowel symptoms and about 10% of these seek medical help. Irritable bowel is the most common reason for absence from work. Doctors don’t like it as there is no explanation for it.

The research fascination with gut flora and our health has developed in the last ten years and we know that some of the patients with irritable bowel may well have an imbalance between the gut bacteria which somehow triggers the symptoms – with diarrhoea, constipation, bloating and stomach cramps. Gut flora is incredibly complex, with 500 different species, and we have no control over them. Lactobacillus are generally thought to be the good bacteria. The idea is they colonise and shift the ones not good for you. To my knowledge there are only one or two probiotic products that have undergone independent testing (clinical trials). (Probiotic) yogurts

are difficult to assess, there are no proper trials and on top of this the bacteria in the pots are dying all the time.

168 patients were recruited for the (King’s College) trial; two out of three got the (Symprove) active bacteria, one in three were put on placebo (over three months). Symprove is a liquid (drink) formula and has a mechanism in the ‘brew’ that allows the bacteria to maintain a stable level for four months, even at room temperature. It’s also very resistant to stomach acid.

We found a significant difference in the improvement of (IBS) symptoms (for the patients given Symprove), with women responding better than men, abdominal pain significantly better, and bowel habits improved significantly (less constipation or less diarrhoea, depending on which was predominant). It was a very robust study, with a statistical effect – that’s important! The full results of the King’s College Symprove trial will be published in May 2012.

Bloated tummies explained Natalie Lamb Dip NT is a qualified Nutritional Therapist at Protexin. The uncomfortable feeling of a bloated tummy is a sign of poor digestive function caused by a number of factors. Inadequate digestive enzyme production is particularly common as we get older, during times of stress, due to poor eating habits or when we are lacking the nutrients required to make these enzymes. Some vegetables and legumes can be particularly difficult to digest in the small intestine such as cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, beans, peas and lentils. Poor eating techniques can contribute to this as digestive enzyme production starts in the mouth and is stimulated by sight, smell, chewing and presence of food.

Our gut microflora is made up of trillions of different bacterial cells. Pathogenic bacteria produce gases when they ferment our undigested food (preferably sugars and carbohydrates) whereas beneficial bifidobacteria are not believed to produce any gas.

An imbalance of gut microflora could mean an overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria or yeasts leading to symptoms of excessive bloating and flatulence. It is therefore advisable to reduce simple sugars and refined carbohydrates that could cause more gas by pathogenic bacteria fermentation and encourage the growth of fungi such as Candida. 40

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The right fibre steamed), wholegrains (oats, quinoa, brown rice, millet, bulgur wheat, buckwheat, kamut, amaranth, rye, spelt, bran), legumes (beans, peas and lentils), nuts and seeds. Unfortunately those with particularly sensitive IBS or an imbalance of gut microflora may find these foods upset their digestive system but may find oats (porridge) and linseeds the easiest to tolerate.

Psyllium husk on the other hand is a very gentle fibre source that is known to absorb about 20 times it weight in water (much more than other fibres) forming a soft gel like substance to bulk out stools and help them pass more easily. This is especially useful in cases of constipation or diarrhoea and suitable for those with sensitive bowels. This can be purchased as a powder or in capsule form. The powder can be easily mixed with water or added to food and consumed daily as part of a fibre rich diet.

A recent trial of participants with constipation demonstrated that a product containing psyllium husk, probiotics and prebiotics was able to reduce symptoms of excessive gas and bloating from 90% to about 15% after three months.

Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates (eg GOS, FOS and inulin) that selectively increase bacteria already present in the microflora. Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria are more efficient at fermenting these prebiotics found in foods such as Jerusalem artichokes, onion, garlic, asparagus chicory, leeks and bananas, or purchased in a supplement form. (These can however cause

some bloating in some people until their levels of bifidobacteria are increased).

A good probiotic supplement should be manufactured to the highest standards to preserve quality and strength. After fermentation, encapsulation of live beneficial bacteria cells provides a protective coating from the potentially damaging freeze drying process and the harsh environment of the stomach acid. A good probiotic should be able to guarantee stability and count until the end of the products shelf life, not just at the time of manufacture. Encapsulation of the probiotic strains and blister packaging of the capsules offers high protection against fluctuating temperatures and moisture. If processed in this way there is no need to refrigerate.

Multi-strain probiotic formulas have been shown to exert more positive benefits and reach more areas of the gastrointestinal tract than single strain products, therefore being able to help a more diverse range of digestive disorders. It is recommended that you discuss any change in bowel habits with your GP. Many people ignore signs that should be seen as soon as possible by a GP such as rectal bleeding, blood or mucus in stools, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss and dizziness. If you find benefit from any dietary changes or food supplements why not let your GP know this too?


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Britain’s best known media GP, Dr Hilary Jones has joined forces with popular bowel health product Lepicol, in order to help promote healthy bowels and the benefits of fibre during 2012. The main ingredient in Lepicol is Psyllium Husks, a soluble plant fibre. The other key ingredients are Inulin (Prebiotics) and Probiotic Cultures. Together they are an ideal way to help maintain healthy bowels – naturally.

Now try Lepicol for FREE – and win an iPod – by entering this quick quiz Dr Hilary says: “Maintaining bowel health is incredibly important and fibre can help play an important part in this maintenance. It is exciting to be working with a product such as Lepicol that helps educate and encourage people to think about their bowels.” 42

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Easter treats

Easter is traditionally a time for scoffing chocolate eggs and other sweet treats. How about trying some of these healthier alternatives instead?

Silvana Franco’s sweet potato and Tenderstem® broccoli hash Start your Easter with a hearty egg breakfast before tucking into any chocolate eggs!

Serves: 4 150g sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 200g Tenderstem® broccoli, halved widthways 1 tbsp olive oil 6 rashers dry cure streaky bacon, cut into pieces 1 red onion, thinly sliced 4 eggs, poached, to serve


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 To make the hash, steam the sweet potatoes for 10 minutes. Add the broccoli to the sweet potatoes and cook for a further 4 minutes until both vegetables are just tender.


 eanwhile, heat the oil in a large nonM stick frying pan and cook the bacon and onion for 5 minutes until the onions have softened.


 dd the sweet potato and broccoli to the A pan, pat down with a wooden spoon and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring once or twice to break up the golden crust that forms on the bottom.


 ext, prepare the poached eggs. The N secret to a good poached egg is to use the freshest eggs possible. Fill a non-stick frying pan with water and bring to a gentle simmer. Crack in the eggs (make sure they sit below the surface of the water) and cook gently for 3-8 minutes until the eggs are set to your liking.


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Eggy hot cross buns with blueberry yoghurt, honey & toasted almonds Here’s a delicious breakfast recipe that uses up those leftover hot cross buns...

Serves: 4 1 TOTAL 0% Greek Yoghurt Split Pot with Blueberry 4 hot cross buns 100ml milk 2 eggs 1 tbsp honey 50g toasted flaked almonds 1 punnet fresh blueberries

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Slice the hot cross buns in half.  ix the milk and eggs together and soak M the sliced buns in the egg mixture for a couple of minutes.


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 o serve, stack the 2 slices on a plate, T spoon on half the pot of yoghurt and blueberry compote, drizzle with honey and top with almonds. Garnish with the fresh blueberries.

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Serves: 8 4 free range eggs 25g Pure Via granules 225g self-raising flour, sieved 1 tsp baking powder, sieved 225g margarine or soft butter For filling: 100mls half fat crème fraiche, lightly whipped Quick raspberry compote: 400g fresh raspberries 1-2 tbsp Pure Via granules Per Serving: 379 calories – saving 165 calories per serving


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 ivide the mixture between two tins and  D level the surface. Put in the oven and bake for 25 minutes until golden and ‘bouncy’ to the touch. Remove and leave to cool for 10 minutes then release from the tin and leave to cool completely on a wire rack.


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 When ready to serve, spread one cake, upside down, with the raspberry mixture and the other with creme fraiche and sandwich together. Dust with Pure Via granules and garnish with redcurrants if you wish

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Salmon with spiced cranberry relish A healthy alternative for your Easter Sunday lunch!

Serves: 4 1 x 1¼ pound salmon filet, ¾ to 1¼ inches thick For the relish ½ pint Ocean Spray Cranberry Classic Juice Drink 170g pack of Ocean Spray Craisins (Sweetened Dried Cranberries) Small onion, finely chopped 1 tsp grated orange zest ¾ tsp five-spice powder

Jody Scheckter’s Ciliegine Mozzarella Treasure Hunt Salad Jody says: “I call this Treasure Hunt Salad because as you eat it you continually uncover little gems of flavour and texture – you never know what morsel you’re going to get next! Feel free to be creative when making this salad and add whatever titbits take your fancy. This scrumptious salad of surprises should be bursting with texture, flavours and colours.” 300g selection of organic fresh crispy salad leaves – beetroot leaves, rocket and little gem 250g organic buffalo mozzarella ciliegine (small cherry-sized balls) 50g seedless red grapes 50g orange-fleshed melon Half ripe avocado 25g walnuts 25g pine kernels 1 large slice sourdough bread 1 tbsp mostarda di frutta (an Italian condiment consisting of fruit preserved in a mustardflavoured syrup) 30ml extra virgin olive oil 2 tbsp freshly squeezed Lemon juice Half tsp honey 50

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 Lightly toast the sourdough bread and cut  into cubes. Carefully fry the walnuts and pine kernels.  hen all you need to do is assemble your T ingredients and scatter them through a generous helping of salad leaves. I prefer to assemble rather than toss the salad, as you can be a bit more precise and concentrate on the presentation. But in the end it’s your salad, so just enjoy it! Serve in lovely wide, white dishes with a simple dressing of the best quality organic extra virgin olive oil mixed with a little lemon juice and honey or syrup from the mostarda di frutta.

Recipe from Discover Organic (RRP £14.99). For more organic recipe ideas visit

For the marinade 2 tbsps soy sauce 2 tbsp orange juice 1 tsp honey


 Combine all the relish ingredients  in a medium saucepan. Cook over a medium heat until the mixture boils, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for 6-8 minutes or until the onion is tender and the mixture thickens. Allow to cool.


 ombine the soy sauce, orange C juice and honey in a shallow glass dish and mix well. Add salmon, skin side up. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.


 eat grill to medium. Place H salmon skin side down and grill for 20 to 30 minutes or until the salmon is opaque and flakes easily with fork.


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Marbled Three Nut “Get Going” Bars This yummy homemade energy bar, full of natural ingredients, was born from a dislike of bland sports bars.

This recipe is a great little treat when that boost of energy is needed on a long bike ride or walk. They taste just as good plonked in front of the telly watching a Sunday afternoon Audrey Hepburn film. 120g unsalted nuts, evenly between pecans, peanuts and cashews 50g dried apricots 50g sultanas 100g porridge oats 25g Bran Flakes, gently broken up by hand 25g Rice Krispies 1 tsp black treacle or molasses 250ml condensed milk 75g Montezuma’s 73% Very Dark Chocolate 75g Montezuma’s White Chocolate Baking Tray 5cm deep x 20cm x 20cm, lined with parchment paper


 Roast the nuts on a baking tray at 180C (350F) for 5 minutes (keep an eye so they are golden not burnt!). The peanuts should be unsalted and unroasted if possible, or if not, roasted and unsalted – which won’t need re-roasting.


 Roughly chop the cooled nuts and apricots to approximately the same size. Mix together with the sultanas, oats, Rice Krispies and Bran Flakes.


The sticky bit! Gently heat the molasses and condensed milk until warm and fully blended, then add the fruit and nut mix. Put this mixture into the lined baking tray and press down reasonably firmly with a tablespoon, about half filling the tray. Bake at 180C for about 20-25 minutes, again until golden and not burnt. Remove from the oven to cool.


 While the mix is cooling, melt the dark and white chocolate separately in Bain Maries, over water that is boiling gently but not touching the bowl. Keep a very close eye on the chocolate and stir lots.


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 Pour the dark chocolate on top and then add the white chocolate. Spread gently with a palette knife to give a generous marbled chocolate top. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour and then chop into suitably convenient bars. Enjoy!

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Jemma's just made up about natural health Jemma Kidd, make-up artist supreme, model and all round beauty expert, is a huge fan of organic food and natural remedies. Jemma took time out from a photo shoot for her new book to talk to Your Healthy Living about her health philosophy and make-up school, and why they are not at odds... How did you get started in the beauty industry? Jemma: I started out as a model, but I was never really comfortable – unlike my little sister Jodie! When I discovered what it was like being on the other end of the make-up brush, I knew I'd found the right career. In 2003, I founded an academy in London to train professional make-up artists and also offer make-up workshops for women of all ages.


As a make-up artist, do you believe that ‘beauty comes from within’? Jemma: Absolutely! Good skincare and make-up can help improve the appearance of your complexion and help mask any problems, but healthy habits will make your skin glow naturally. I always try to eat well, drink lots of fresh fruit/veg juices, keep my intake of Omega 3 and 6 Essential Fatty Acids up, sleep for at least eight hours per night, try to improve my digestion and party in moderation. I’m a firm believer that beauty really does come from within and that the key is a healthy gut.

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When did you realise you needed to change your diet to a healthy and organic one? Jemma: After working in the beauty industry for 15 years, I have tried and tested all the best lotions and potions on the market. I realised it wasn’t what I put on my skin that made me look better, it was what I put in my body. I had been struggling with bloatedness and tiredness for years so I went to a nutritionist who taught me the importance of a healthy diet. I then became obsessed with it and have been researching ever since.


What did you change first?

Jemma: I stopped eating gluten, which has made a huge difference. I don’t eat much dairy and I use avocado and coconut oils for salad dressings and cooking. I take supplements tailored for me through blood tests and I’ve stopped self-diagnosing and taking supplements that my friends recommend. I only ever eat organic foods. I’m a huge believer in natural products, even more so now that I’ve had kids. I feed them and my husband the most

natural organic foods I can, and I only use organic natural shampoos, body creams, suncreams and toothpastes.


Can you tell us what supplements you take?


Why did you decide to become an ambassador for Udo’s Choice?

Jemma: I take Udo’s Choice oil in my smoothies in the morning, which is wonderful for my skin, nails and hair. I also take fish oils, Vitamin C, Magnesium and Symprove (probiotics).

Jemma: My philosophy is that beauty starts from within; make-up is a great tool but it’s what you put into your body that really counts. Having healthy skin, hair and nails is important to me and Udo’s Choice is the best product I’ve found for maintaining them. When you research and read about achieving perfect skin (which is one of my quests in life!), one thing that comes back time and time again is that it is essential to have a good source of Omega 3, 6 and 9. This was where I came across Udo’s Oil, as it’s the most effective way to get all three. I found it in my local independent health food store and once I started taking it, I could feel and see an improvement almost instantly. I rarely get skin blemishes now and my concealer has virtually been made redundant! Now I can use make-up to enhance my features, not mask them. April 2012

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When you research and read about achieving perfect skin (which is one of my quests in life!), one thing that comes back time and time again is that it is essential to have a good source of Omega 3, 6 and 9. How has your understanding of organic and natural health influenced you as a mother?


Jemma: Feeding my children a healthy organic diet is very important to me as is living a natural lifestyle; I really want to give my children the best possible start in life which means making sure they eat all of the right foods. I feel it is important to pass on all of the knowledge I have learned about what makes our bodies stronger and healthier to my children, and also to establish good eating habits and tastes from a young age. I am happy to say they drink fresh fruit and vegetable juices every morning and think green juices are normal.


At your Make Up School do you offer nutritional advice for people with dry skin? Jemma: One of the most common mistakes I see at the Academy is women attempting to apply make-up to dehydrated skin. It’s hugely important to create an even complexion before applying colour products so that skin doesn’t end up looking blotchy. In terms of skincare, I advise taking time to prep skin thoroughly – moisturise well and use a hydrating serum under foundation, which will act as a barrier against water loss. Of course it’s also vital to tackle the root cause of dehydration by drinking lots of fluids throughout the day. If I feel it’s a deeper problem, I advise them to see a nutritionist.


Can you give us some tips to achieve a natural, flawless look?

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foundation. Use a tinted moisturiser and concealer where needed for a fresh faced look. You want your skin to look alive so use soft pearl finishes to eye shadows and have a subtle illumination to your base. Make sure with any make-up look there are no hard lines and blend if you’re using eyeliner.


What’s your focus just now?

Jemma: We are always striving to expand and improve on the range of courses we have at the school so look out for our new and exciting pro and non-pro courses coming soon. I am also working on a number of very exciting projects: we are shooting my second book Jemma’s Secrets and I have designed a perfume which will be launching later in the year. The project I am most excited about is the Jemma Kidd – Vision Fund in partnership with ORBIS. We are raising awareness and funds to try to help eliminate Trachoma in Ethiopia, which is the leading cause of infectious blindness and it is 100% curable.

Find out more about the Jemma Kidd Make Up School and Jemma Kidd – Vision Fund at and visit for more on Udo’s Choice.

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...have a healthy Easter! Instead of buying lots of chocolate Easter eggs for the kids why not buy several mini eggs and organise your own Easter egg hunt? Hide the eggs around the house and garden and leave a trail of clues for the children to follow. Not only will they have fun, but they’ll get some exercise at the same time! Alternatively, you might want to join an organised event like the Great Peter Rabbit Easter Egg Hunt which takes place in Cumbria on 5 April. See www.hop-skip-jump. com/egg_hunt.php

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