Health & Beauty

Slim chance of dieting with shamed products

CONSUMER authorities in Spain have “named and shamed” a total of 23 products on sale, said to work “diet miracles” and aid weight-loss. They also reveal that, currently, there is no proper control over the advertising or distribution of these goods. The OCU’s Kilos de Mentiras (“Kilos of Lies”) campaign says many dietary supplements, slimming […]

Bad rhythms mean blues!

STICKING to a normal daily rhythm, which means being active during the day and sleeping at night, can have more benefits than you might expect. A new study looked at disruptions in the circadian rhythms, or daily sleep/wake cycles, of over 91,000 adults in the United Kingdom. It measured these by using a device called […]

Junk food may spoil chances of pregnancy

NOT many things can be more upsetting than having problems conceiving, and a recent study suggests that women who regularly eat fast food, and not enough fruit, are more likely to struggle. A survey of 5,598 women found that those who enjoyed fast food, four or more times a week, took nearly a month longer […]

Seeing a way forward

A CATARACT is a clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil. They are the most common cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40, and the principal cause of blindness in the world. They affect more than 22 million Americans aged 40 and older, and, […]

It’s food for thought

MANY of us have heard about the vegan diet, and have all sorts of misconceptions about what it entails. We imagine that the food would be tasteless and boring, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. And when Demi Thompson, founder of The Vegan Project, realised he wasn’t as healthy as he could have […]

Alcohol link to dementia

ALCOHOL-USE disorders are the most important, preventable, risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset. This is according to a nationwide, observational study, published in The Lancet Public Health journal, of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France. This study looked, specifically, at the effect of alcohol-use disorders, and […]

Flush those kidneys

YOUR kidneys are an essential part of your body’s purification system. They help to detoxify your blood, so that the waste they filter out can then be discharged through your urine. Good kidney function is essential to any healthy body, and a thorough kidney cleanse, once in a while, will help your cause. About your […]

Pull that oil for perfect health!

OIL pulling, or rinsing the mouth with a plant-based oil, in an effort to rid it, and the body, of toxins, is an ancient folk remedy that originated in India, between 3,000 and 5,000 years ago. Along with chewing sticks and eating herbs, oil pulling is a component of natural healing processes, described in ancient […]

Sugar’s not so sweet after all

FAMILIES are opting for easy-to-eat, sugar-packed products, which pack out supermarket shelves, to the detriment of youngsters’ health. Nutritionist María Merino, author of the blog Comiendo con María (Eating with María), would never have believed that a tweet about her son’s breakfast would go viral. But a picture of her child with the caption: “My […]

Va va volume!

IT’S probably the most-asked question in the salon: “How do I create volume?” The answer is always in the haircut; if this isn’t right, no matter what you put on your hair, it’s not going to create volume. Your hair must be layered for this effect, otherwise it will just fall flat. Then it’s on […]

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