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Glasses of wine

White wine might also have health benefits




There have been some interesting reports in recent media about the health benefits of white wine and how white as well as red can provide good levels of antioxidants and other benefits.
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Gene therapy

Gene therapy – The future of our health




Whether gene therapy will fulfil its promise and in future years produce terrific treatments for many health problems we don’t know but at the moment, although still in its early stages, the results are very encouraging.
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New 5G phone

Will a new 5G mobile be dangerous for your health?




There seems no conclusive evidence on the safety of the new 5G
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The number of public toilets in the UK is reducing

Help at hand for when you suddenly need to go!




If you have ever been on a day out, and searched desperately for a public toilet, you are not alone.
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Hypnotherapy

Wake up to modern hypnotherapy




Hypnotherapy is now used to treat many modern problems
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Food allergy or intolerance?

Allergy or intolerance

What’s the difference between a food allergy and intolerance, how do you know if you have one or the other, and what are the best ways to manage it? 

Confusion around food allergies and intolerances is not unusual, with many of us growing wary of certain foods we believe might be the cause of unwanted symptoms – leaving them out of our diets ‘just in case’. But should we – are true allergic reactions to food far less common than most of us imagine?

“A food allergy is when someone eats a particular food and their immune system reacts by producing ‘IgE antibodies’, which travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction [see 'Symptom Watch']. It can easily be confirmed scientifically by an allergy test,” says Ceitanna Cooper, associate nutritionist at AXA PPP healthcare.

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Health food of the month: Radishes

Red radishes

Radishes are not only colourful and a great way to decorate salads, but they are also delicious and healthy too. Their overall lack of popularity may be because of their size; being so small they can be fiddly to cut into little slices or special shapes to add to the salad. But the effort is more than worthwhile.

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Previous Health Foods of the Month...

Brown and white foods
Potatoes
Pulses
Curds and whey
Goats' meat
Nuts
Goose
Sugar
Pumpkins
Bananas
Gooseberries
Grains
Tea
Edible insects
Sour bread
Eggs
Coconut Flour
Haggis
Mincemeat
Mascarpone
Chesnuts
Seaweed
Ice cream
Apricots
Broad beans
Kiwi fruit
Cabbage
Venison
Noodles
Blood oranges
Dates
Partridge
Milk
Celeriac
Sea Bass
Figs
Quinoa
Aubergines
Crab
Chocolate
Oats
Sugarsnap Peas
Turkey
Brussels Sprouts
Duck

 
 

Health Insurance

As well as living a healthy lifestyle, there are many plans and policies that you can put in place to give you added protection of your health and wellbeing.Click here for a handy overview of the choices available. If after reading this, you want further information or a quote specific to your needs, please contact healthcare specialists, Jelf, who are experts in this field and will be delighted to help you.

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