The human brain is the most complex organ in the body, made up of over 100 billion nerve cells that work together to co-ordinate our physical and psychological actions including movement, emotions, behaviour and sensations. Being such a key organ, the brain needs protecting so is surrounded by the blood-brain barrier, which is a set…
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Seasonal Allergies

While the onset of Spring brings with it warmer, lighter days it’s also the beginning of the allergy season. According to the Met Office, hay fever (also known as allergic rhinitis) affects over a fifth of the UK population. If you’ve ever had seasonal allergies you’ll be familiar with the common symptoms including nasal congestion,…
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What Is Acid Reflux?

Acid reflux, also known as heartburn, is a common condition whereby stomach acid flows back up the food pipe, causing a burning sensation in the lower chest area and back of the throat. The condition is usually down to a weak sphincter muscle which relaxes at the wrong time, allowing stomach acid back into your…
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The Brain

The human brain is one of the largest and most complex organs in the body, made up of over 100 billion nerve cells that work together to co-ordinate movement, emotions, behaviour and sensations. The Brain is split into several different sections, each with very different but equally important roles. Cerebrum The cerebrum is the biggest…
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Hormone Balance – Tackling PMS

Seventy-five per cent of women suffer from headaches, mood swings, bloating, and other problems associated with their menstrual cycles. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can affect women for up to two weeks before menstruation. Common symptoms include fluid retention, pain and bloating, weight gain, breast tenderness, irritability, mood swings and food cravings. There are several factors thought…
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What are Probiotics and how do they work? How it works: Probiotic bacteria start to create a micro-environment in which pathogens are not compatible with by altering the pH slightly and producing substances that are antimicrobial. Probiotics are forms of friendly bacteria that are beneficial towards your health, in particular, your digestive system. There are…
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Depression & Anxiety

Mental health problems could be more common than you think, with 1 in 4 people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year. According to statistics, it’s not necessarily that more people are being diagnosed with a mental health problem, but that more people are opening up about having one. Mental health is…
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Getting Your Brain Back Into The Swing For School

You’ve had a relaxing summer holiday off school/college and just like that, it’s time to head back! But is your mind in the right frame to settle into the school day? Here are some tips to get your brain back into gear and ready to learn.   Nutrition Make sure you are eating the right…
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What Is Anaemia?

Anaemia is a condition whereby there aren’t enough red blood cells (or haemoglobin) in the blood to carry an adequate amount of oxygen around the body. There are many different types/forms, treatments, causes and symptoms of anaemia, some of which we will look into a little further below… Types of Anaemia There are many different types…
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