Spritz, Soothe and Snooze

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A colleague says magnesium spray soothes her sore neck at night. ‘It helps me sleep and stops my neck being so painful.’ Pure Magnesium Oil Spray by LifeFlo, £16.

Cold sore comforter

A male reader who gets cold sores uses Granary Herbs Lemon Balm Cream (£8.50) ‘whenever I get the dreaded itch: it really works and is nicer than the chemist’s remedy’.

Stop Bad Hair Habits

Compulsively pulling out your hair – sometimes even eating it – may sound weird, but it affects a surprising number of people. Worldwide, three people in 100 suffer from trichotillomania, the majority of them women. ‘Girls on the pull’ (as a recent documentary dubbed them) most often attack their scalps, followed by eyelashes, brows, arms and hands, and in men the beard and chest.

According to the Trichotillomania Learning Center (trich.org), hair-pulling varies greatly in severity. ‘For some people, it is mild and can be quelled with extra awareness. For others, the
urge may be so strong it makes thinking of anything else nearly impossible.’ Read More…

The Science of Staying Younger

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Staying younger without stopping time is something most of us would love to master. Yet, ageing is a multi-faceted process with numerous factors that can have an effect on it. The cells of our bodies are programmed to have a finite lifespan. Each time a cell divides, some genetic material is lost so that on average, forty to fifty cell divisions later, the cell is considered to be aged. Nutrition plays a vital role in the science of ageing. Some nutrients accelerate ageing whilst others help to protect against it. The theory of free radical damage and the role of antioxidant nutrients is well understood by most people. It states that the body produces reactive, unstable agents known as free radicals during normal metabolism, exposure to ultraviolet light or environmental toxins. Antioxidants neutralise these free radicals helping to protect the body against damage.

The science of ageing and telomeres is now rapidly growing. Among the leading experts in this field is Dr Elizabeth Blackburn from the University of California who, along with her colleagues, was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine for the discovery of “how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase”.

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Magnesium – The Most Important Mineral We All Overlook

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Why is magnesium important to the body?

If you are interested in remaining youthful with increased energy and vitality, then you should continue to read this. There is a lot of talk about antioxidants, omega oils, calcium and several other nutrients and yet we may have overlooked the missing link in our diets, the mineral magnesium. Magnesium is involved in numerous biochemical reactions carried out within the body (over 350 in fact!) and interestingly the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are identical to those found in old age and include irregular heartbeat, clogged arteries, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, low energy levels, high blood pressure and insulin resistance.

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