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Herbal medicine: The beauty and the benefits

Herbal medicine: The beauty and the benefits

Author: Sophia Gerontakos The beauty and magic of herbal medicine is its wondrous capacity to nourish, tone, regulate, and stimulate the body’s own innate healing capacity without suppressing or over-riding any system or organ.  Ultimately our bodies want to heal and be well.  They are constantly healing and renewing themselves or parts of themselves in order to maintain wellness. We see this with the turnover of all different types of

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Going Nuts for Sperm Production

Going Nuts for Sperm Production

A recent Spanish study (14-week randomised controlled trial) concluded that men who are keen to boost their fertility may want to increase their consumption of nuts.  The study found that when healthy young men (119 of them) included 60g a day of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts they saw significant improvements in their sperm count, vitality, motility and morphology. These men also had a significant reduction in their levels of

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To Coffee or Not to Coffee?

To Coffee or Not to Coffee?

Author: Sophia Gerontakos.  As a naturopath I find people often seem to feel a little guilty about disclosing their coffee intake to me, and the debate on whether coffee is good or bad seems to be quite a hot topic so I’m here to rescue the coffee lovers… kidding! Well, sort of. It’s very hard to label most *natural* food/beverage items as good or bad, because ultimately it depends on

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Seafood and Fertility

Seafood and Fertility

A recently published U.S. study has added to the body of evidence suggesting an association between higher seafood intake and improved fertility parameters. Couples who ate two or more servings of seafood a week had a higher frequency of sexual intercourse and a shorter time to pregnancy than those who ate less. While the increased frequency of intercourse aligned with popular views of the aphrodisiac qualities of seafood, that frequency

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Alkaline diet – valid or fad?

Alkaline diet – valid or fad?

Author: Leisa Armstrong.  It seems there is always another new diet trend or fad popping up everywhere you look.  It’s worse when every man and his dog has an opinion to share about how each one is the best thing since sliced bread or complete and utter rubbish.  From Keto to Paleo, Vegan to FODMAP, Gluten Free to Fruitarian, the list is never-ending.  It is easy to see how, with

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