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Time To Go Down To The Woods Again

Added May 25, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Exercise, Parents, Vitamin D

I remember a song from my childhood (Teddy Bear’s Picnic by Anne Murray) which went: If you go down in the woods today You're sure of a big surprise If you go down in the woods today You'd better go in disguise! For every bear that ever there was Will gather there for certain Because today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic. Picnic time for Teddy Bears The little Teddy Bears are having A lovely time today Watch them, catch them unawares And see them picnic on their holiday. See them gaily gad about They ...

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How to Harness Help when you have Hemorrhoids

Added May 20, 2019, Under: Exercise, How To, Inflammation, Natural remedies, Nutrition

Hemorrhoids are a very common anorectal condition, affecting millions. While hemorrhoids are frequently seen in clinics, emergency wards, gastroenterology units and surgical clinics, many wonder how you know when hemorrhoids have developed, when you should seek medical help and how to cope with the pain? What are hemorrhoids? Hemorrhoids are cushions of tissue filled with blood vessels and found at the end of the rectum (that is just inside the anus).  Along with the muscle known as the anal sphincter, hemorrhoids help control ...

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Do Our Children Really Need All Those Plastic Toys?

Added March 27, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Parents

There has been a lot of attention recently in the UK about a nursery school/ preschool in Bristol (not too far away from me here in Somerset) that has taken the decision to replace the school's plastic toys with cardboard boxes and other natural items. This is a 'back to basics' trial to encourage improved socialising and creativity. Although the trial is just for a month, it may be made permanent. What has the school found to date? Staff say the 'back to basics' ...

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Please Let Your Children Go Barefoot!

Added December 23, 2018, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Parents

We have written before about the advantages for us all to go barefoot - but we never emphasized the need for babies and children to go barefoot too. Many young parents are anxious to put shoes on their babies as soon as they start to walk but don't be in too much of a hurry. Bare feet are important for the proper growth of the foot and even for brain development. There are lots of other good reasons too... Going barefoot helps to ...

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Retrowalking – Try Walking Backwards For These Health Benefits

Added December 16, 2018, Under: Environment, Exercise, Health

It may sound a little crazy but soccer players do it all the time when they are playing - and they definitely include retrowalking as part of their training exercises. Could you have a go yourself? An easier and safer way to start is to add backward walking to your treadmill workouts, remembering to start with a SLOW speed -  before progressing to some outdoors strolls. Walking in reverse adds extra bouts of increased intensity, similar to brisk walking or a gentle run. What health ...

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How To Handle The Stooping That Can Come With Age

Added October 30, 2018, Under: Exercise, How To, Nutrition, Women's Health

Many people (and especially women) experience that hump at the back of the neck as they age - and it can be more prominent the older they become, even leading to an obvious stoop. If this is something that is affecting you, don't despair as there are simple exercises and lifestyle changes you can do to lessen the effects of this condition (often known as dowager’s hump).  It is also known as a buffalo hump. A word of caution But be aware that ...

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Everyone Needs To Get Outdoors For Their Mental Health & Wellbeing

Added October 18, 2018, Under: Environment, Exercise, Health, Vitamin D

One of my favorite TV programs here in the UK is Gardeners' World - and one of the presenters is Mark Lane who is confined to a wheelchair after an unsuccessful back operation followed by a road accident some years ago.  He is both a garden designer and a TV presenter - all done from a wheelchair. He is the first to admit that being able to garden was his saving grace from sinking into depression at the time of his ...

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The Top Ten Benefits of Taking up Horse Riding

Added October 7, 2018, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Top 10, Vitamin D

Whether you are adult or child, if you get the chance of taking up horse riding, there are so many benefits for your health and wellbeing. Horses are probably our oldest form of transport.  Before the age of the automobile, people used horses to get around with nearly everyone being taught to care for and ride a horse. Today, it is a recreational past-time or sport - and certainly not cheap. But where there are many obvious health benefits to riding, including strong ...

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For Optimum Nutrition From Your Fruit & Veggies, Grow Your Own!

Added September 28, 2018, Under: Exercise, Nutrition, Vitamin D

There are many good reasons why you should grow your own vegetables if you can. But the main reason has to be that fruit and vegetables should be eaten as soon as possible after being picked. They will never be as nutritious as they are at the moment you pick them or dig them up.  Although fruits and vegetables remain alive after picking, it is that very quality that can contribute to spoilage and loss of nutrients. Every hour that goes by means ...

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Our Top Ten Tips For Living Longer With a Surprise at Number One!

Added August 12, 2018, Under: Diseases, Environment, Exercise, Health, How To

In the United States, the fastest growing age group comprises those aged 85 and older while centenarians are the quickest growing age group in the UK, with the number of 100-year-olds almost doubling over a 14-year period, according to the Office for National Statistics in late 2017. Whenever the media celebrates with someone who has reached 100 years or beyond, they are always asked to what they attribute their long lives.  And each will have a different answer. We might not all ...

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