Can An App Really Improve Your Focus?

Focus App

Breaking news alerts, social media and messaging apps are usually the vices that subconsciously have us checking our phones two, three, four, sometimes five times an hour. Last year, we spent over three and a half hours on our phones on average every day. Most of us are reliant on them for getting us from A to B, dividing restaurant bills and keeping us in touch with the office. For some, the low battery warning or loss of signal can send anxiety levels spiralling. Read More…

Time for Plan Vitamin B


B vitamins have been in the news for over a decade in connection with helping to prevent memory loss and possibly dementia. A friend asked me if they really work – the answer is ‘maybe’. The latest of several studies looked at 271 elderly people with mild memory problems, but not dementia, who took a daily high-dose vitamin B complex (with folic acid, B6 and B12) over 24 months. Those taking the supplement had on average 30 per cent slower brain shrinkage in areas associated with Alzheimer’s disease (one type of dementia) than those taking a placebo, probably because B vitamins are thought to lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid also linked to heart disease. According to NHS UK’s Behind the Headlines report, there is no positive proof but the results are promising.

I take a vitamin B complex daily, as well as omega-3 fatty acid, and vitamin D, in common with many health professionals I know. Try Betrinac by Cobalz, £16.95 for 28 tablets, Power of Krill by LifeFlo, £24.95 for 60 softgels, or D Lux 1000 Spray by Better You, £7.15 for 1000iu (15ml). Read More…

What’s the best way to soothe cystitis?


Q: I have recurrent cystitis for which the GP prescribes antibiotics. I am confused about whether or not cranberry juice would help.

A: It depends on the type of cystitis. I am guessing that it is bacterial cystitis (BC), the most common type.

BC is an inflammation of the bladder caused by bacteria. Possible causes include sexual activity, weight gain, wearing thongs, changes to the vaginal flora (eg, after menopause), diabetes (the increased sugar in diabetic urine encourages bacteria to grow), poor bladder emptying or hygiene and pregnancy.

Symptoms of BC include burning or stinging pain when urinating, frequent need to pass small amounts, feeling of urgency even when the bladder is empty, cloudy urine which may have a strong odour. Read More…