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8 Great Home Remedies For A Sore Throat

Read time: 2 Minutes With winter here, feeling a little bit under the weather is almost inevitable. For most of us a normal cold is easy to overcome with a few days of rest but during that time the symptoms can often drive you up the walls. When you have a sore throat, it’s hard to think about anything else. The coughing, the pain and scratchy feeling are intolerable, making it difficult to even eat or sleep. So if you’re struggling with a sore throat or trying to prevent the onset of one, here are some of the best home remedies around. Salt water Mix a quarter of a teaspoon of salt into a cup of hot water and gargle it to neutralise acids, kill germs and get rid of that horrible burning sensation. Just remember not to swallow it. Lemon and water Mix some lemon juice in water and gargle it or drink it. The acid in the lemon will help reduce the swollen tissue in your throat and kill the bacteria. Ginger, honey …

How To Use Mindfulness During Pregnancy

Read time: 4 Minutes Pregnancy is a joyous time. That’s what all the baby books, websites and TV ads say, right? Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. While pregnancy can be a period of pure excitement for many women, for others it can be incredibly overwhelming; as hormones and general life changes can cause feelings of dread. In late 2016, a study by the Trinity College Department of Psychiatry found that one in six Irish women are at probable risk of depression during pregnancy – among the highest of the 34 other OECD countries. This means that every year, there are around 11,000 or more Irish women struggling to deal with the emotional impact caused by their pregnancy. Stress and negative mood during pregnancy can not only be an unpleasant experience but can be dangerous too. Professor Veronica O’Keane who lead the research also pointed to growing scientific evidence that women who suffer from depression while pregnant are at higher risk of pre-eclampsia, which raises blood pressure. It also increases their chances of giving birth …

10 Best And Worst Foods For Your Blood Pressure

Read time: 4 Minutes It affects 30-40% of all people in Ireland, 50% of those over the age of 45, around 4 out of every 5 men and 2 out of every 3 women. Although high blood pressure affects so many of us, most of us probably even don’t realise we have it. Unless you suffer from problems with your kidneys, adrenal gland or thyroid or unless it runs in your family, there’s rarely a single cause of high blood pressure and it’s mostly symptomless. For the majority of people, the only way to know if you suffer from high blood pressure is to get it measured by your doctor. It’s recommended that you get your blood pressure taken at least every five years or more frequently if you’re overweight, a smoker or drink alcohol regularly. What is high blood pressure? All of us have blood pressure – it’s the work your heart has to do to pump blood around the body. If you have high blood pressure (also known as hypertension), this means your …

Do You Really Need To Go Gluten Free? Is It Actually Good For You?

Read time: 5 Minutes There’s no denying that going gluten free is one of the most popular health trends of recent years. Celebrities endorse it, there are gluten free cookbooks on the shelves and the gluten free aisles of supermarkets are getting bigger by the day. According to research from Kantar, the UK Free From market is valued at £740m and grew by 27% in the last year. Within this, the Gluten Free market accounts for nearly 60% of the category and is valued at £438 million, increasing by 36% over 2015. The benefits of going gluten free are claimed to be endless; from weight loss to aiding digestive issues. But is going gluten free actually good for you?  What exactly is gluten? Gluten is a mixture of two proteins (glutenin and gliadin) present in cereal grains and is responsible for the elasticity in dough. Wheat is the most popular gluten-containing grain. Why go gluten free? People with digestive issues and disorders such as celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten. It’s an autoimmune disorder, where the …