Insomnia: the Facts and the Treatments

Many people have difficulty sleeping occasionally – it’s not an uncommon problem. But when ‘not being able to sleep occasionally’ develops into consistently not being able to sleep yet having to wake up the next day and continue with your everyday life, insomnia can become an incredibly debilitating condition. Insomnia occurs in around 1/3 of [...]

Who Are Ana and Mia?

You may have heard about Ana and Mia. They’ve been around in the media for a while now and are talked about on internet forums, in magazines and newspapers, on the television and in a number of different talk shows. You’d be forgiven for thinking that Ana and Mia are people – but that’s not [...]

Protect Yourself Against Tropical Disease

If you’re getting ready to jet off to a foreign country, you should speak to your doctor before travelling to make sure that your vaccinations are up to date and that you’re fully protected against any tropical diseases that you could come up against when abroad. Many people make the mistake of travelling without immunizations, [...]

The Shocking Story of Foreign Accent Syndrome

Foreign accent syndrome is a very rare medical disorder characterized by speech problems, usually as a result of severe brain injury, caused by a stroke or a head injury, but more rarely caused by a severe migraine. Those suffering from the condition begin to speak with a foreign accent that is often dialectical. The accent [...]

Help for Infertility: Treatments

Infertility is a terrible thing for any man or woman to deal with and although there are a number of treatments available, they will not be successful for everyone. Infertility is diagnosed when a woman cannot get pregnant after trying to get pregnant for a year when they are below the age of 35, and [...]

Why We Drink Even Though We Know We Shouldn’t

Love going out drinking? New research has come to light that could go some way to explaining why having one more drink sounds like such a good idea – despite the crippling hangovers the day after drinking and despite the fact that you probably declared that you’d ‘never drink again’. However, most of us will [...]

Beating the Winter Blues

Winter is cold, murky, dark, chilly – and generally very dull and depressing. Most of us feel a little more down in the winter than we do in the summer – but the reason for this is actually due to the fact that we don’t get anywhere near as much sun in the winter than [...]

Depression in Children

Childhood depression is very different from the usual blues and feelings of sadness that most children will experience at some time during childhood. Although many children will feel down occasionally, when that extends into them not wanting to go out, not wanting to interact with their family or friends, having difficulty at school or being [...]

The Truth About Immunization

Immunization is the process of vaccinating you or your child against disease or infection. But something as apparently innocuous as immunization is often the cause of a huge debate –  some parents strongly believe in vaccination and will make sure their children get all of their vaccines, but some parents are strongly opposed to some [...]

Feeling Down? Or Are You Actually Depressed?

Many of us feel sad or down from time to time and that is an entirely normal part of life – you cannot feel happy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But when that sad, down feeling does not go away and becomes a constant part of your life, you may be suffering [...]

Women’s Health: Boost Your Libido

Your sexuality is a hugely important part of your health and your life. But unfortunately, for many women in their 40s and beyond and even women in their 20s, sometimes your sexuality is the last thing on your mind when you think about your general health. Feeling sexy or wanting to be intimate with your [...]

The Kitchen: The Heart of the Home or Your Weight-Loss Enemy?

If you are you struggling to control your weight, it could be that your kitchen is to blame. Although your kitchen is the heart of the home, it’s also at the very heart of what you eat and how much food you consume – everything from the size of your plates to the wattage of [...]

What Alcohol Can Do to Your Family

Alcoholism is the term used for an addition to alcohol. Alcoholism is classified as a disease, and it is diagnosed when the individual who drinks has signs of physical dependence on alcohol and who continues to drink, despite problems with physical health, mental health, and social, family or job responsibilities. There is no known cause [...]

Toxic Shock Syndrome: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Toxic shock syndrome, also known as TSS, is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by toxins. These toxins are produced by certain types of infectious bacteria, and the condition is most commonly linked to the use of tampons in menstruating women. Although it is most commonly linked to the use of tampons, it can also occur [...]

The Twenty-Year Old Alzheimer’s Sufferers

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia. It is a slowly progressive disease of the brain that is characterized by impairment of the memory and then eventually by disturbances in planning, reasoning, language and perception. Alzheimer’s disease is startlingly common and is thought to effect up to 50% of people over the age of 85. [...]

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: the Facts

Fetal alcohol syndrome is a birth defect that is 100% preventable but 100% incurable. If your child is born with FAS, they will have the defect for life. There is a spectrum of alcohol disorders – some children will have facial and physical abnormalities as well as abnormalities of the nervous system, but some children [...]

The Truth About What You Can & Can’t Do During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a scary time for any woman – the realization that you are responsible for a tiny being is enough to make anyone wary of eating, drinking and taking certain things. The media is constantly giving us conflicting advice on what is okay and what is not okay during pregnancy – for example, some [...]

Beating the Post-Holiday Blues

Dreaming of that sun-kissed, hot beach that you just left behind? Desperate to be back on your holidays? Try not to let the cold weather, dead houseplants and mound of mail and bills get you down. The worst thing about holidays is that they come to an end. One minute, the most taxing thing on [...]

Shocking Story of the EIGHT Year Old Anorexia Sufferers

When you think of anorexia, you tend to think of a very thin teenage girl. However, startling new figures have recently come to light that shows that children as young as eight, sometimes even younger, are now being treated for anorexia at specialist clinics and the number of young anorexia sufferers is rising year on [...]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): What Is It?

CFS, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or M.E./Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is a debilitating disorder that can afflict anyone of any age. Symptoms can be very draining and can affect both the body and mind, making the sufferer feel incredibly unwell. There are two main categories of symptoms and these are muscle symptoms and ‘head’ symptoms. [...]

Tips for Coping with IBS

IBS, short for irritable bowel syndrome, is an intestinal disorder that can cause a whole host of symptoms that can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Sufferers often have to deal with severe abdominal pain and cramps, excess gas, having to rush to the toilet, diarrhoea and constipation. The symptoms of IBS can come and go [...]

Practical Advice for Quitting Smoking

Many of us have our vices, be it cigarettes, a glass of wine at the end of the day or a shopping addiction. Some people have addictive personalities, meaning that they may have many vices, not just one – but some of our vices are more dangerous than others and smoking is up there as [...]

A Healthier Diet is Simpler Than You Think!

By Dr. Michael J. FunicelloWhen it comes to living a healthier life, the first thing that comes to mind is either exercising or eating right.  The only problem is, what does it actually mean to eat a healthier diet?  For that matter, the same could be said for exercising more.  However, these are important points [...]

Healthy Weight Loss

Fitness literature, both online and print, is deluged with tips on how to shed unwanted pounds.  With this ocean of (sometimes conflicting) information, it is challenging to fish out the healthy from hype to tip the scales in your favor.  And if you feel overwhelmed by the wave of information that comes your way, just [...]

Top Six Ways to Reduce Stress

These days, we’re finding that we have more stresses than ever trying to hold down a job, a family and a home. Getting home at the end of the day quite often spells the start of another working day where we have to clean the house, do the washing, iron the clothes and sort everything [...]

Tips for a Healthy Heart

Your heart is one of the most vital organs in your entire body. It keeps the blood pumping around your body to all of your extremities and most importantly, your brain. If your heart gets just a little bit out of synch, that could have disastrous consequences for the rest of your body. Equally, if [...]

Eight of the Healthiest Diet Snacks

Over 40% of women and 15% of men are on a diet at any one time. Being on a diet usually entails eating healthy meals and stopping snacking on fatty foods such as chocolate and potato chips, but what can you snack on whilst you’re on a diet? Unfortunately, we tend to think that we [...]

Family Exercise Activities Ideas

We should all be aiming to get at least half an hour’s worth of moderate level exercise 5 days a week. But most of us don’t reach this goal because we have all sorts of other things going on – work, shopping, doing chores, running errands. Having a family means that you have lots of [...]

Healthy Grilling Tips

Grilling is one of the best and healthiest ways to prepare a huge variety of food, especially if you use a grilling machine. It allows any fat that’s in the food to run off during cooking, meaning you’re taking in less fat and calories yet you’re still eating delicious food – and best of all, [...]

Vegetarian Myths and Facts

Vegetarianism is fast becoming a more popular dietary option, apart from it becoming fashionable with Hollywood getting its fair share of vegetarian celebrities.  Dietary reasons and iconic status aside, vegetarianism has been around for a long time.  In this day and age, the choice to munch on asparagus tips rather than chips and dips is [...]

Is a Raw Food Diet Right for You?

If you think veganism is extreme, you may not have heard of “raw foodism” yet. Vegans are on top of the herbivore food chain – they eat nothing but plants.  Cooked plants.  So there is really nothing to the rumor that vegetarian food is rabbit food.  More accurately, rabbit food can be considered “raw food.” [...]

Tips for Aging Gracefully

Aging is an inevitable biological process that has to be dealt with, whether it is celebrated with candles and cake, or vigorously smothered with anti-aging creams.  While it is satisfying to look younger than our actual age, how we manage the process should be more than skin-deep if we are to achieve the virtues that [...]

Healthy Summer Mistakes

You thought it was fine to unpack your picnic basket on bare table in a public playground.  Unless that table is under direct sunlight, you may want to spread a cloth first before you take out anything.  You never know who used the table last. Summer is all about fun and adventure, so you may [...]

Healthy Remedies for Common Summer Ailments

Summer spells fun!  What a bummer to spend it under the covers because of colds, or to cancel that long-awaited trip because of motion sickness.  The waters are most inviting when the sun is hottest, and it’s frustrating to just sit in the pool sides because something throbs in your ear.  Setting up camp would [...]

What to Look for When Buying Food from a Farmer’s Market

Food from farmers’ markets is literally head and shoulders above supermarket produce in terms of flavor and quality, and more often than not, it’s actually a fair bit cheaper. However, if you’ve never bought food from a market before, there are a few things that you should look out for to make sure you’re getting [...]

Top Five Places to Volunteer At

Volunteering can be incredibly rewarding – and at the same time, great fun. It’s fantastic for people who’ve been out of work for some time and who are looking to get back into it, for college students at a loose end or for people who genuinely want to help out their community. Anyone can volunteer [...]

How to Get Beach Ready in Five Easy Steps

We all want to look our best when we’re on the beach, but months of being indoors out of the sun and within close distance to the fridge can mean that we’re a little more pale and flabby than we’d like. Luckily, there are a few easy tricks you can do to make sure you [...]

Five Fat-Burning Foods to Boost Your Weight Loss

Losing weight can be a difficult prospect for anyone to face – especially when you think about the sorts of foods you have to cut out and the amount of exercise you need to do. However, there are a few foods that you can eat plenty of that can actually boost your metabolism, helping you [...]

How to Improve Your Chances of Getting Pregnant

Getting pregnant and having a baby is one of life’s greatest joys – but unfortunately for some couples, getting pregnant isn’t that simple. I give you some tips that should help you to get pregnant a little more quickly. Have Sex Three Times a Week A lot of women believe that they know their exact [...]

Top Five Ways to Improve Your Memory

Your memory is one of the most powerful tools that you have. It can help you pass tests and exams, win an argument, save money and acquire a new skill. But as you get older, your memory begins to deteriorate and if you want to keep it as powerful as it was when you were [...]

Five Ways to Become More Eco-Friendly

Many of us are looking for ways to become more eco-friendly – to reduce our carbon footprint, to recycle more, or to simply to look after the Earth a little bit more. However, it can be difficult to know where to start as there is so much conflicting information out there. Luckily for you, I’ve [...]

Top Five Ways to Stay Healthy on Holiday

Although holidays are usually meant for relaxing and having fun, that doesn’t mean that you need to stray away from your diet or from your healthy lifestyle. For some tips on how to keep on track with your diet or your exercise plan, read below. Make the Right Choices Where you’re going on holiday will [...]

Top Five Relaxing Holiday Destinations

Sometimes, all you want from a holiday is peace, quiet, sun and the sea. Unfortunately, most popular holiday destinations have lots of hotels, bars, restaurants and clubs to cater to the crowds. If relaxation is what you’re after, take a look below at our top five relaxing holiday destinations list for some inspiration. Kefalonia Island, [...]

Top Five Wellness Tips

This time of the year can be a difficult one for sticking to your long-ago New Year’s resolutions. It’s been six months since you made them, and you’ve either stuck to them, or you forgot about them by the time New Year’s Day came around. Try to implement some of these wellness tips into your [...]

Ionized Water Benefits

Water has come a long way commercially – bottled, distilled, purified, mineral-added, vitamin-enriched, flavor-enhanced, to name a few.  Electrolysis no longer applies to metals; it applies to water, too.  So now you have ionized water. Ionized water is drinking water subjected to the process of ionization where the electric charge found within magnesium and calcium [...]

Stay Stress Free While on Vacation

Wouldn’t it be great if we could laze all day in the sun, linger in one tourist attraction to another, and really enjoy slow travel?  Rushing from one must-see spot to another is one sure way to pile on stress while you are supposed to be free from it.  And yet, it happens. The things [...]

Fun Exercises to do with Children

You may make time to have a workout every other day or so and you may even have a gym membership. But why not do exercises that can help your child learn the benefits of fitness and that can help you work out at the same time? Jump Rope Jump rope is one of the [...]

Baby Weaning Plan

Once you’re beginning to move your baby from milk to solids, it can be difficult to figure out what to feed them to give them a varied diet and to expose them to different tastes and flavors. Below are some ideas for what you can feed your baby through weaning and beyond. Starting Solids You [...]

Healthy Snacks for Kids On the Go

Children are running around so much, expelling so much energy that quite often just three meals a day is not enough. Instead of worrying about their eating choices, encourage them to eat some healthy snacks. If they get into healthy snacking whilst they’re younger, it sets them up with healthy eating habits for life. Take [...]

Easy Food Swaps for an Easy Diet

Today we show you some easy ways to make swaps in your diet, rather than to completely change the way you eat. This means that you won’t really feel like you’re missing out, but you’ll still see the benefits of weight loss. Dieting this way does take longer as you’re not cutting out as many [...]

Five Health Foods That are Bad for Your Health

Today we count down some of the most prolific ‘health foods’ that are actually really not healthy in the slightest. Health foods are often full of hidden baddies like sugar, salt, fat and lots more calories than you’d think. Take a look at the list below and you’re sure to see some surprises. Vitamin Water [...]

Crazy Fad Diets that You Should Avoid

Many of us will want to drop a few pounds this summer, but a fair few of us will go for silly fad diets that are not healthy and that could harm our health. You need to remember that if you’re losing weight, anything over 3 pounds a week if you’re under 15 stone is [...]

Detox Plans and Cleanses to Avoid

Many detox plans are actually very dangerous for your health and well-being. You should only ever do a detox if you feel like you’re bogged down and you shouldn’t ever stick to a detox meal plan for over two weeks. These plans are just designed to give your body a rest, not deprive it. Below [...]

How to Detox Naturally at Home

Detoxing is a popular way to lose weight quickly and to get rid of any impurities within your body. However, there are some very dangerous detox diets, some of which give you next to no vitamins and minerals and leave you feeling far more ill than you felt before the detox. I’ll outline some detox [...]

How to Go Green and Save Money

Many of us are interested in going green and saving money whilst saving the planet. But actually, it could be difficult to go green if you’re new to the idea. Below are some simple ways to get green and to save you money. Save Energy This is actually one of the easiest ways to save [...]

Sustainable Living Tips

Self-sufficiency and sustainable living have really increased in popularity over recent years, with people yearning to help the environment and to live off of the land. However, sustainable living can be quite a minefield if you’ve never heard of it before – and there are so many things that you can do to become more [...]

How to Have a Happy and Healthy Pregnancy

Being pregnant is one of the most precious times in your life, and it’s important that you keep yourself healthy to keep your baby healthy. Follow the tips below to keep yourself happy and healthy during your pregnancy. #1 Eat Well There is a myth that you need to eat for two when pregnant. That’s [...]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: the Facts

Overview Chronic fatigue syndrome, also known as Myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) is a chronic neurological disorder that’s characterized by fatigue, unrefreshing sleep, depression, anxiety, aching muscles and joints, confusion, a sore throat, problems with cognitive function including difficulty in addition, subtraction, and something that I term ‘verbal dyslexia’, whereby the sufferer has trouble saying the correct [...]

The Lowdown on Allergies

What is an Allergy? An allergy is a reaction that occurs within the body to a common food or substance that is usually harmless to the vast majority of people. The substances that cause this reaction are called allergens and they may be inhaled, swallowed, or come into contact with the skin. The Most Common [...]

How to Look After Your Vegetable Garden

Today we conclude our growing vegetables guide and I tell you exactly how to care for your garden. Why a Greenhouse? For all of the plants that you grow in your greenhouse, you should begin them in either seed trays or little pots so that they have a chance to become established in the relative [...]

Harvesting Fruit and Vegetables

Today we continue your month by month growing and harvesting guide. April This is the month where you’ll be in between growing seasons, but you may have a few late growing chards and some early salad crops. You can plant loads of things, especially if March is a bit too cold to plant everything. Try [...]

Your Guide to Growing Fruit and Vegetables

Growing fruit and vegetables at home is many people’s idea of the perfect way to cook and eat. Fresh vegetables taste fantastic, and the knowledge that you’re the person that has grown them can be incredibly exciting. Growing your own vegetables so that you constantly have a supply of food year in, year out, is [...]

How to Be Self-Sufficient

Many people are looking to lead self-sufficient lifestyles these days to lessen their impact on the environment. Doing things for yourself means that you know exactly where everything comes from – and self-sufficiency doesn’t mean just growing you own fruit and vegetables – you can extend that to providing your own electricity, having your own [...]

How Housework Can Burn 50,000 Calories!

You may not realize it, but every time you pick up the vacuum cleaner or scrub down the kitchen, you’re burning calories – and those calories shouldn’t go unnoticed! Think of all of the cleaning activities that you do within just one day –  cleaning windows, cleaning the kitchen floor, changing the bed, hanging out [...]

Quick and Easy Exercise Ideas

We all get told that we should increase our exercise levels and start getting out and about more, but for those of us who’ve never exercised before or who have never been to the gym, that can seem like a really difficult thing to do. You’re not alone – the very idea of exercising for [...]

13 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

If you’re someone who’s constantly coming down with coughs, colds and the flu, your immune system may be slightly low or deficient and not completely able to fight away infections. You could boost your immune system at home by doing just a few simple things. Try some of the below tips today – your health [...]

Health Class: Depression

Depression is a very difficult problem to deal with, and it’s a psychological problem that affects around 50% of the world population at some time in their lives. It’s thought that antidepressants, in conjunction with a decent therapy, are almost twice as affective at treating depression than antidepressants alone.

7 Tips to Feeling Your Best

Nowadays, we all have busy, busy lives. We can sometimes neglect our health and wellbeing without realizing, or we may find that we’re so caught up in our work or sorting out other people’s problems that we tend to neglect our own. Follow the seven tips below for simple ways to help you feel your [...]

Top Vitamin Drinks and Their Benefits

The subject of vitamin supplements and drinks is always a heated debate. Some specialists say that we already have plenty of good bacteria within our bodies and that we don’t need to add to them. Some people say that those with low immune systems, such as people undergoing chemotherapy or those with HIV should take [...]

Getting Started with Alternative Therapy

The most important thing to remember when going into alternative therapy is that not every therapist will have your best interests at heart. Some therapists are in it for the money. Some therapists believe that they will help you – but they won’t. A lot of therapists will do a wonderful job, but you should [...]

How to Make Homemade Foot Care Products

Foot care is actually really important – and it’s an area that we tend to neglect. Instead of spending lots of money on expensive foot care products and a foot spa, try making your own. Using a tub filled with warm water and pebbles also does a good job of pampering your feet. Make a [...]

Homemade Bath Products Recipes

There are many, many products that you could make for your bath – things like bath salts, soap, bath bombs, and bubble bath. These sorts of products are far easier to make than you might imagine, and once you get the hang of them you could package them in cellophane and tie them with ribbon [...]

Cheap and Easy Homemade Makeup

This week, we’re focusing on homemade beauty products. You can save a lot of money using things from your store-cupboard, rather than rushing out to the pharmacy if you’ve ran out of your favorite makeup piece. You can make your own makeup to some extent, but some things are better left to the professionals – [...]

Smoothie Recipes

Health, energy and vitality are all important for your emotional and physical well-being, and one way of upping your energy and your health in one easy step is to eat foods that are full of antioxidants and nutrients – fruit are one such food. If you haven’t got a lot of time to prepare something [...]

Guide to Alternative Therapies Part Four

This article is the last in our series of alternative therapies. Next week, we’ll discuss where you can find therapists and how to make the therapies work for you. Bowen Therapy Bowen therapy was developed in Australia in the 1950’s by a man named Tom Bowen. It was limited to Australia until Bowen passed away, [...]

Guide to Alternative Therapies Part Three

Kinesiology This therapy is literally the study of body movement. It’s a holistic approach to therapy and it uses gentle testing of the muscles in order to evaluate many different functions of your body. It doesn’t test strength, rather flexibility and how effective the muscles are at responding to your body. It’s based on the [...]

Guide to Alternative Therapies Part Two

Indian Head Massage Indian head massage is an ancient Indian practice – it’s actually been used for over 1,000 years as a way of treating women’s scalp and hair and improving scalp condition. It’s now evolved into something that’s done on the whole of the upper body – on the head, shoulders, upper back and [...]

Guide to Alternative Therapies Part One

Alternative therapies are therapies that are not medicated. They’re generally all-natural and they don’t tend to be regulated in the way that other medical therapies are. There is a huge array of alternative therapies that are used for lots of different ailments. The next few articles will give you a run through on some of [...]

A Healthier Lifestyle: How to Get There

We all want to achieve a healthy lifestyle – full of exercise, eating well and taking care of ourselves. However, with all of the stress of our daily lives, that can be a little bit difficult to achieve. Don’t worry – you’re not alone. I give you some tips to follow to work your way [...]