"But doctor, I'm getting 8 hours of sleep and I'm still waking up tired!" There's nothing more frustrating - the constant tiredness, the brain fog, the poor memory, the inability to form a coherent sentence, the joint pain, the breathlessness - only to be advised to try and get more sleep. Of course, lack of sleep, or good quality sleep, may well be a factor, and "sleep hygiene" - tricks and habits to set you up for a peaceful night of uninterrupted sleep - is a good place to start. But it's certainly not the end. Even if your [...]
"Four out of five of the herbal supplements tested contained none of the labelled ingredients" The media love to pounce on findings that indicate supplements don't work, in order to decry the whole of the supplement industry. There is no doubt that, with such a confusing array of nutritional and herbal supplements available online, in healthfood stores, and even on supermarket shelves, it's difficult to know which ones are worth the money. And because the industry is unregulated (or self-regulated) there are a great many supplements that are substandard, ineffective or even harmfully contaminated. So how do you identify [...]
Fertility clearly isn't just a woman-thing. Up to 30 percent of cases of infertility worldwide are thought to be due to sperm-quality issues1. In the UK, 1 in 7 couples have difficulty conceiving, and one in four of these are from unknown causes - unknown, that is, to conventional medicine. The conventional avenues of treatment are drugs, surgery or assisted conception – including intra-uterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilisation (IVF)2, but aside from addressing a blockage these generally focus on the woman rather than the man. So, couples are increasingly turning to nutrition and lifestyle medicine to address the root [...]
Tips and tricks for remembering to take your supplements A friend told me recently that he'd been taking some very high quality supplements but hadn't noticed any difference in his health. He asked if he should continue taking them. "How many have you taken already, and when did you start?", I asked. "About half a pot, and about 6 months ago" was his reply. So he'd taken two weeks' worth of supplements over six months. That's like saying you had a full 7 hours' sleep on 14 days out of 6 months, but you can't understand why you're not feeling [...]
We like to have one of these amazing, nutrient-dense salads on the go during the summer (and the winter, for that matter), so we make enough for a few days and keep it in the fridge. We use quinoa (a complete-protein grain with a lovely crunchy texture), lashings of olive oil, lemon juice and rind (the rind is packed full of healthy phytonutrients), along with various other superfood ingredients for a good dose of vitamins and other nutrients. Add your own healthy ingredient ideas in to the recipe below to ring the changes.
BY DAVID GRIFFITHS I wish I didn't feel the need to write this article... At heart, I'm a back-to-nature, live-off-the-land kind of guy who loves the feeling of living in harmony with the beautiful planet that we have inherited The idea that our diet doesn't provide all that it needs to for good health in the 21st century is something that I struggle with, but being around the health and fitness industry for 20 years has led me to certain inescapable conclusions which I'll explore here. You obviously don't have to reach the same conclusions as I have but I [...]
ANGELA HENDERSON Sun-worship has been a feature of the human psyche for as long as history remembers, and not surprisingly, since sunlight is one of the fundamental ingredients for life on earth, as we all know. We also know that getting out in the sunshine just makes us feel so darn good! But just how important the effects of the sun are at the human cellular level — in particular its role in vitamin D production in the skin — is perhaps not quite so well known outside of academia and the healthcare system. It deserves to be. In fact, [...]