The Key To Healthy Eating: Grow A Garden That Can Feed The Family

Wouldn’t we all like to spread out paycheck a bit further, and get a bit more for our money, especially when it comes to feeding the all the hungry mouths in the family. Well, if you’ve got a bit of garden space, even something tiny, why not grow your own vegetables and fruit to add to your family’s diet? It helps to ensure that your diet is interesting, high in fibre, and varied, but it also encourages the kids to get involved, and it’s a great tool for teaching about nutrition and diets. Here’s a few hints and tips for how to create the perfect garden to feed you and your family.

Focus on high-calorie food

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Essential Tremors What to Avoid

Essential Tremor is a benign condition that makes everyday tasks difficult. The characteristic of essential tremor is that in most cases it is present in the hands. From writing to trying to put your contact lenses in, everything becomes a challenge. There are cases where it is present only in one of the hands, but for my son, it's present in both.  Essential tremor in hands is present only when the person is active, but they are gone when they are sleeping or taking a rest.

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The health benefits of the great British garden



With winter on the horizon, health and fitness are set to virtually disappear while we launch into festivities. From work parties to Christmas dinner, there’ll be plenty of unhealthy moments ahead. However, New Year always brings resolutions and the desire to be healthier. If you’re after a new hobby and you want to boost your health, why not try growing your own fruits and vegetables.

In Britain, much of the produce you can grow also carries numerous health benefits. Considering it’s been proven that only 17% of Brits eat five portions of fruit and veg a day, we could all do with upping our intake. Here are some of the easiest to grow along with the reasons you should eat them.


Tomatoes are fairly simple to grow. They’re actually a fruit, contrary to many people’s belief.  They can be cultivated in pots and grown from seeds. At around 25 calories per piece, they’re delicious and guilt-free.

Antioxidants: Tomatoes have all four carotenoids: alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene. Most importantly, they contain lots of lycopene, which is great at scavenging free radical cells that can cause cancer. This makes tomatoes useful for fighting off some cancers and studies have proven that lycopene is linked to a 31% reduction in pancreatic cancer.

Vitamins: Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Potassium and Iron. Iron is useful for those suffering from anaemia and maintaining blood health, while potassium helps control the electrical activity of the heart. Potassium counteracts sodium to maintain good blood pressure.

Digestion: Tomatoes have a high fibre content which promote smooth digestion and can reduce the risk of haemorrhoids and diverticulitis.


One of the most common vegetables to see on any British plate, carrots are a favourite for Sunday dinner. They are easy to grow and you can cultivate them in containers or in the garden. Is there any truth in the old ‘see in the dark’ urban legend…

Cholesterol: Carrots help reduce cholesterol, thanks to their calcium pectate content which lowers ‘LDL’ cholesterol. Two carrots per day reduce LDL levels by between 10-20%.

Vitamins: Like tomatoes, carrots are high in various vitamins. Of those, Vitamin A is the source of the eyesight benefit rumours behind carrots. 

Heart disease: Carrots, thanks to their cholesterol reduction properties, are effective at combatting heart disease. A study in Italy found that people who ate carrots carried one third of the risk of heart attack compared to people who ate less.


Turnips are a quintessential part of a good Sunday Roast. They’re fairly simple to grow at home if you have a cool patch of garden as they grow best in moisture retentive soil. It’s a cruciferous vegetable and carries similar benefits to Kale and Broccoli. It’s a filling food, and despite its reputation as a starchy carbohydrate it contains a third of the calories of a potato.

Fibre-rich: Turnip has a high fibre content, keeping you fuller for longer and maintaining blood sugar. Dietary fibre can decrease inflammation and associated conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even cancer.

Antimicrobial benefits: Turnip sprouts have glucosinolates in them, which contain sulfur compounds that have antifungal, antibacterial and antiparastitic benefits. They have the second highest level of glucosinates after white mustard sprouts.


A classic British vegetable, different variations of cabbage can be grown year round. You’ll need an outdoor space to accommodate the large bulbs, but the health benefits make it worth your while.


Winter Medicine Cabinet Must Haves

These are my winter medicine cabinet must-haves.

Having a fully stocked medicine cabinet and being prepared for the winter bugs is essential for any family. Apart from your prescriptions, you need the medicines to treat minor, headaches, fevers, coughs, allergies, or a runny nose. Just before winter, I made sure to stock-up, buying my items with convenience and ease from Chemist Direct, giving me the piece of mind that we are prepared for winter.

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Eat The Food You Love And Lose Weight

The claim that you can eat all the foods you love and still lose weight is one that is used by most fad diets.  These phrases draw you in with the promise of losing weight without having to give anything up.  There are many hopeful dieters who take these phrases at face value, while others roll their eyes at this because it does not mean you can eat an entire pizza every day and lose weight.

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Acne Scars

Growing up as a teenager I always believed that my spots would miraculously disappear once I reached adulthood and I would never ever suffer from spots again and I would have beautiful clear mature skin.

But it didn't happen that way - although, I had nice clear skin in my 20's, but when I hit my mid-30s, I started to get Acne. The Acne was very sore and unsightly for approx 4 years before I'd finally conquered it. (thanks to antibiotics and a prescribe cream the doctor).  But, during those 4 year's I had some bad periods where my face would flare up and I had some pretty nasty Acne - the result, I am left with some acne scars.  Not very many, only a couple and they are mostly on my chin. No one notices them, but I do.

So what can I do about my Acne Scars - Is there a solution?

Laser treatment for acne scars is available and can be used on any skin type, removing the need for surgery. Laser Acne Scar Removal can be used on surgical or acne scars anywhere on the body, including the face.

How does it work?

The pulses of laser light break down the scar tissue and stimulate new, healthy tissue to form in its place. It's said on the Pulse Laser website that within 2 to 3 treatments you can start to see improvements in the condition of the skin. And, the treatment should get rid of unwanted acne scars and pigmentations

You can watch the helpful video below for more details: 

So what is acne?  There are two forms: teenage acne and adult acne. Acne is a skin disease that involves the oil glands at the base of the tiny hair follicles, and the glands fill with Sebum (oil) and get blocked, they then become inflamed/infected.

The cause of Acne is linked to several factors that can trigger breakouts:  

  • Hormones and hormonal balance, 
  • Genes, 
  • Stress, The
  • environment, 
  • Medication, 
  • Diet, 
  • Cosmetic products, and Allergies.

You can contact Pulse Light Clinic to book in a free consultation and patch-test, via the below contact:

email address
Telephone: 0207 523 5158

This is How You Can Avoid Incontinence After Pregnancy

Incontinence after childbirth is a common problem, affecting as many as half of new mums in the UK every year according to the National Childcare Trust (NCT). But you don’t have to accept this as part and parcel of being a new mum.

Rarely discussed, urinary incontinence is a common problem, especially post-birth. Many women will admit to accidentally leaking urine when they cough, sneeze, laugh or when exercising too. For many women, incontinence started during pregnancy or after giving birth.

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My Weight Journey

For the first time in my life, I am considering slimming down.  I've never been overweight or needed to watch what I eat until last year. Why this happened I am not 100% because my diet has not changed, I eat the same things (a healthy diet), maybe I drink far too much fizzy and wine - but I blame the mirena coil I had fitted which I believe could have started the change in my body. Or it could be because I am middle age now, on the wrong side of 30. Or maybe (probably) I am in denial? I am not sure. But, one thing for sure, I am determined to slim down and tone up.

At first, I enjoyed that I started to fill out a bit, I was able to fit comfortably in my size without having to wear a belt, and all of a sudden my boobs started to fill out - this was the best part. I went from having small chest, to having breasts.  But it didn't stop, the weight just keeps creeping up and a couple of months ago, I found that I couldn't fit in my size anymore, I had to buy the next size up in jeans.  But, my belly is what gets me down, it's the one thing I don't like about the weight gain, I look pregnant at times, and I don't feel comfortable with it.

I've made some positive changes recently. Last year I started yoga, which has done me and my body the world of good, and most recently I started on addition exercise (7-minute works outs and in skipping).  But, the main change I now need to focus on is my diet and what I am eating.  I drink more water and I've cut back on drinking fizzy drinks, but now the focus needs to be what foods I eat. 

So I find I am a new size but at the end of the day, I don't mind what size I am, as long as I am toned up and healthy, which I am not. I need to get rid of the bulges and watch more closely the calories I am consuming.


3 ways to get the spark back into your relationship

Whether you’ve been with your partner for a few months or many years, over time you may find that your relationship starts to become a little stale. If you feel that the days are gone when your connection with your other half was fresh and exciting, you could benefit from making some changes to help revive your partnership. To get the spark back into your relationship, take a look at these three tips.

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Cardiac arrhythmia

The most common type of Cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) is atrial fibrillation which is otherwise known as arrhythmia absoluta. It affects about 6% of world’s population and it usually appears in people who are above 65 years of age. The condition is much more common in
 males. Based on limited data provided by You! Drugstore, it seems that atrial fibrillation is much less common for people under the age of 40.

The heart is different from the all other muscles because it has the ability to create spontaneous impulses and contractions. In a normal situation, the heart is contracted and rested in normal intervals. In case of atrial fibrillation, the chambers stop pumping blood because there is unsynchronized contraction of muscles and because of that, inflow of blood starts lagging. Due to this, there is a chance for thrombus to be created. When the heart returns to its normal working condition, this clot can go into circulation and clog arteries. Thus, certain parts of the body may become deprived of blood and all the necessary substances which it carries. Depending on the artery that is being clogged, manifestation may vary. Because of this, atrial fibrillation may lead to heart attack and stroke. Luckily, Eliquis can help us with this issue and lower the risk of stroke.

Doctors believe that a thrombus can be formed within first 48 hours after initial arrhythmia. The chambers will pump much less blood than they would do otherwise. Nevertheless, the heart will still be able to function with 25 to 30 % reduced capacity. In terms, this condition can last for years without causing any detectable heart issues. However, if a patient already has some heart problems, atrial fibrillation will quickly lead to worsening of state and appearance of heart weakness.

This condition appears in people who have ischemic heart disease, weakness of heart muscles, mitral stenosis as well as in people with thyroid issues, hypertension and pericarditis. Only in 30 % of cases, this condition will be isolated. In other words, it will not be accompanied by any other issues. Sometimes, it is very hard to determine why the disease appeared. It can also be caused by some outer things such as alcohol, insomnia and emotional stress. Fibrillation may appear during the sleep, after a large meal or while resting after a stressful period. Stimuli such as caffeine and fatigue can also provoke it.

Common symptoms of this disease are an irregular pulse, lack of air, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, confusion, loss of consciousness and chest pain. If the heart frequency is not rapid, and patients can live with this condition for years without even noticing it. Nevertheless, if this state is diagnosed, the patient will need to take Eliquis as a way to prevent blood from coagulating. In terms, this will prevent creation of blood clots and reduce chances of stroke. A patient will need to take the medicine twice daily, according to doctor’s recommendation. Unlike most other drugs, Eliquis rarely causes any side effects. In some cases, patient may experience problems such as fainting, dizziness, constipation, confusion, headache, nosebleeds etc.

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St John's Ambulance #thechokeables

As a parent one of my biggest fear is the children choking, it could be on food, or on little objects. But, do you know what to do if your baby does choke? 

St John Ambulance, believe that everyone should have the skills and confidence to know what to do in an emergency. Knowing basic first aid can be the difference between life and death – and every week they hear of new people whose lives have been saved because someone nearby knew what to do.

40% of parents asked by SJA have witnessed their own baby choke and when almost four-fifths don’t know what to do in this situation so they have put together a short and effective video called The Chokeables which demonstrates how to help a choking baby. Featuring the voices of David Walliams, David Mitchell, Johnny Vegas and John Hurt, the celebrities take on the characters of animated objects that could potentially choke babies.

The video hopefully will help spread awareness and most importantly save lives - at just 40 seconds long, this is a must watch! What you can learn watching this short clip is invaluable.