The Pros And Cons Of Going Vegan

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There might have been a time when vegans were few and far between, and some might have considered them as tree-hugging, lentil-loving hippies. But that time has well and truly passed. Over the past couple of years, the popularity of veganism has skyrocketed. Last year, The Vegan Society and Vegan Life magazine revealed that at least 542,000 Brits are following the diet.

Tinseltown is also onboard with the likes on Beyonce, Brad Pitt and Leonardo di Caprio all advocating the plant-based diet. The latter has invested in Beyond Burger, a meatless burger made of plant protein.

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Small Changes In Difficult Times

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Nobody reaches adulthood without discovering that life is a rollercoaster. Sometimes we’re up – elated, overjoyed, beaming ear to ear. But unavoidably, we all face challenging times, facing sadness, grief, frustration, depression or simply fear. (Certainly, pick up any newspaper right now and the world can definitely feel quite scary.)

We’ve long believed that small changes can make big differences to how we feel – and that’s definitely true when facing life’s challenges. So when you’re on the low of that rollercoaster, here’s what we know works – on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. Read More…

Strengthen Your Chances Against Brittle Bones

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Q: My mother has osteoporosis and I understand it can be inherited. I’m now 47 and wonder what I can do to reduce the risks.

A: Osteoporosis means porous bones, where bone density is reduced leading to a higher risk of fracture, which can have fatal: consequences. (Osteopenia is low bone density but not full-blown osteoporosis.) One in two women in the UK – and one in nine men – suffers from osteoporosis but you can act to prevent and/or treat it, says nutritionist Dr Marilyn Glenville (marilynglenville.com), author of Osteoporosis: The Silent Epidemic (Kyle Books, £10.99), which I recommend highly.

Up to 85 per cent of bone development may be genetically determined. But bone density can also be affected by lack of the right nutrients, so continuous dieting, anorexia or gut problems (eg irritable bowel syndrome or Crohns disease) may put you at risk. Other risk factors include too little exercise, smoking, and some medications (eg steroids or antacids). Read More…