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October 17, 2018High blood pressure: What to eat and what to avoid

As of 2017 Blood Pressure UK estimate around 1.1 billion people worldwide suffer from hypertension, or high blood pressure.  That’s 1 in 7 people! Although hypertension is often managed with medication, choosing the right diet can play a huge part in helping control this common condition. Generally speaking, you should aim to eat a diet […]

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June 13, 2018The role of Vitamin D in your body

Unlike most vitamins, vitamin D acts more like a hormone than a vitamin in your body. Every cell in your body has a receptor for it, including the immune cells. Vitamin D acts to regulate the calcium and phosphate levels in the body, helping keep your bones, teeth and muscles healthy. Vitamin D deficiency is […]

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April 12, 20186 signs you’re not getting enough Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is the energy vitamin. It helps make DNA (the genetic material in all cells), nerve and blood cells, and is vital for maintaining a healthy brain and immune system. But deficiency is fairly common – around 1 in 10 UK adults are thought to be deficient.  So, what are the symptoms of a […]

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August 14, 2017Drinking tea could help stave off severe flu

Good news for tea drinkers – recent research has found that drinking tea could help ward off the flu! The research was conducted on mice, where it was found that a gut microbe helped fight off severe flu infections, most likely by breaking down naturally occurring compounds called flavonoids.  These flavonoids are commonly found in […]

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High sugar diet may be linked to depression in men

A recent observational study has suggested that consuming too much sugar may lead to anxiety and depression in UK men. The study found that compared to those who consumed less than 39.5g of sugar per day, men who consumed more than 67g of sugar per day increased their risk of developing mood disorders by more […]

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July 17, 2017Coeliac Disease Testing at Bluecrest

Bluecrest have recently added Coeliac disease to the catalogue of illnesses we can screen for – the test can be added on to a screening package, or it can also be purchased as a standalone test. Coeliac disease is a common, treatable condition which causes gluten to trigger an immune reaction and chronic inflammation of […]

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July 6, 2017What is a flexitarian diet and should you be following it?

New research suggests eating meat less frequently can almost halve your risk of obesity. The eating habits of 16,000 people were monitored over a period of ten years – over this period, 584 people became obese. Taking into consideration the age, starting weight and unhealthy habits such as infrequent exercise of the participants, the study […]

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June 27, 2017Eating fried potatoes twice a week doubles your chance of death

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that people who enjoy fried potatoes on a regular basis are twice as likely to die than those who rarely eat them. Over a period of eight years, researchers studied the potato consumption and health of 4,440 people aged between 45 and 79.  […]

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June 26, 2017National Allotments Week (14th-20th August)

Having an allotment or garden is not only a great way of growing healthy produce, but it’s also proven to be good for your health.  Just 30 minutes of gardening can burn around 150 calories – that’s the same as doing low impact aerobics. A study in the Netherlands on a group of people in […]

June 7, 2017Eating late at night is bad for your health

A recent study undertaken at the University of Pennsylvania has suggested that snacking at night before sleeping not only contributes to weight gain, but could also increase the likelihood of developing diabetes and heart disease. Researchers asked the participants of the study, nine healthy adults, to eat three meals and two snacks between 8am and […]

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