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…

Lanolips – The next chapter

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A movie scene from my youth that fixed in my mind was from the very first Superman epic. Clark Kent hurt his hand, and right in front of a stunned Lois Lane the wound magically healed itself, and his ‘real’ identify was exposed. What struck me about this was that skin healing itself looked so magical… but that’s really what skin actually does (granted not quite so fast).

My view is that humans are pretty incredible, complicated, powerful & perfect, just as we are.

I don’t believe we need to add and create lots of crazy new and unproven chemicals to our skin to improve it. Our skin is magical, it really DOES heal itself. The problem is not the healing process, it is giving our skin the right environment to heal and repair on its own, by itself, to make it as quick and scar less as possible. That’s what this next chapter in my brand is about. Read More…