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You are what you eat – are your genes making you fat?

You’ll be pleased to know that your genes are not your destiny! Genes may co-determine some health issues such as who becomes obese, but our environment is what determines how many of us become obese. Epigenetics – everything we do, and everything we eat, our environment: the physical, social, poli
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Clearing the cobwebs – why detox?

We are all exposed to a myriad of chemicals, toxins and all sorts of other bugs in our daily life. Long-term exposure to toxins can affect our metabolism, behaviour, immune system, and can lead to disease. These toxins, once absorbed, are stored in tissues and cells throughout the body, including th
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Magnesium: the amazing mineral

Magnesium is an essential mineral required by every organ in the body for a range of activities including bone production, protein metabolism and fatty acid formation. It is also essential in activating vitamins B and D, relaxing and activating muscles (including the beating of your heart), regulati
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Zinc for period pains

A recent study has shown the benefits of zinc for period pains. Taking zinc supplements just before the onset of menstruation has been shown to reduce the duration and severity of period pains, also known as dysmenorrhoea. The way zinc works is by slowing down the production of prostaglandins –
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Is there a link between additives in skin care products and dermatitis?

Chemicals in personal care and cosmetic products are known to cause contact dermatitis in a growing number of people. You may have noticed them on the labels of the products you use: parabens, phthalates, triethanolamine, methylisothiazolinone and many more. They are difficult to pronounce,
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Blastocystis hominis – a persistent parasite

Blastocystis hominis is a single-celled parasite which is commonly found in both humans and animals. The symptoms and illness Blastocystis causes vary from person-to-person and there is still a lot of debate whether some of the illnesses sufferers report are from the Blastocystis or something else n
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