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Use of complementary and alternative therapies during pregnancy

Use of complementary and alternative therapies during pregnancy

This article first published in Birth Matters  The majority of women rely on health professionals such as midwives, general practitioners (GPs) and obstetricians during pregnancy and birth to ensure that both mother and baby are as healthy as possible. Are these the only practitioners providing care to women during this important time in their life? New research suggests there are ‘others’ involved. These other health professionals are broadly defined as

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Apple Cider Vinegar: what the science says

Apple Cider Vinegar: what the science says

Author: Hope Foley. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a staple of the health and wellness industry with a reputation as a home-remedy cure-all. To assess this reputation, a thorough review of the available evidence revealed some interesting findings.  The verdict There is fairly good evidence to suggest that ACV may be beneficial in general cardiovascular health by supporting healthy cholesterol, blood pressure and reducing risk factors for heart attack. It

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Organic Vs Conventional

Organic Vs Conventional

What is “Organic Farming”? Organic farming refers to a food production system that sustains the health of the land, natural biological systems, biodiversity and people. The food is produced without synthetic pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified seeds and the fertilizers used are plant and manure based without being commercially produced. Animals reared organically are not given prophylactic antibiotics or growth hormones. Is it better for me? When reviewing the available

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SHOULD I QUIT GLUTEN?

SHOULD I QUIT GLUTEN?

Avoiding wheat and other gluten-containing grains is certainly a popular dietary trend, but is it necessary? Coeliac disease and wheat allergy It is well known that sufferers of coeliac disease must adhere to a strict gluten free diet to control symptoms and manage the condition. Individuals with coeliac disease react to the gluten protein found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt and oats and an autoimmune process causes damage to the

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Artificial sweeteners for weight management?

Artificial sweeteners for weight management?

According to the currently available evidence, artificial sweeteners are not beneficial for health and weight management. Both animal and human studies indicate the consumption of artificial sugar substitutes increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease [1] with long-term consumption associated with weight gain and not weight loss [2], [3]. Although this may appear counterintuitive, it highlights the holistic approach to healthcare needed to manage these complex conditions. There are

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