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Irish Natural Family Health Conference
March 10, Wisdom Centre, Cork St, Dublin 8
A special day with talks on everything from physical health to emotional wellbeing, for people interested in natural resilience in their families. Find out about natural foods, garden remedies, gut health and free range kids. Tickets from
www.eventbrite.ie www.facebook.com/ naturalconference

Operation Transformation, RTE

College of Naturopathic Medicine – Free Open Days & Evenings
3 March, 11.30am - Cork
14 March, 6.30pm - Dublin
22 March, 6.30pm - Galway

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Spring into Health

Spring into Health at health store Evolv in Enniscorthy from February 26 - March 3 is promising to be a week-long natural health extravaganza that’s extra special this year due to the store celebrating its 25th anniversary. Proprietors Matt and Nuala Ronan want their customers to experience new things, and share their own fascination with all things natural and healthy.

You will be able to go into the store and find half-price kinesiology, hot stone massage, reiki, hypnotherapy, allergy testing, nutritional consultations, lymphatic massage, natural skincare facials, pH acid testing and iridology. You can ask awkward questions and find out about the benefits of the latest health products. Wander a little bit further and you are given the opportunity to taste the type of dishes that can be prepared using some of the wide array of healthy, nutritious foods available in store.

Plus there’s the chance to snap up amazing health bargains on lots of popular products from salt lamps to supplements, from fabulous foods to fantastic gifts. A detailed programme for the week is printed and available at www.evolv.ie.

Are fresh veg better than frozen?

CNM natural chef Cheryl Thomson answers: Eating fresh, living food is our evolutionary key to health! As a CNM natural chef I strive to cook and eat with the seasons, supporting local farmers and choosing organic wherever possible. However, while we all know that a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables are essential for good health, they may not always be available.

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The importance of sleep

Alison Cullen, nutritionist and education manager at A. Vogel

The clocks Spring forward at the end of March which can often mean disruption to our sleeping pattern. Here, we take a look at the importance of getting a decent night’s sleep and some tips on how to achieve it.

In order for the nervous system to function well, the body needs to do its restoration work, during our hours of sleep. Unfortunately, when the appropriate restoration doesn’t take place due to a lack of sleep, the results are not very pleasant. If you don’t sleep properly you will obviously feel tired but you will also feel hungrier, be more sensitive to pain, and your immune system won’t function as effectively.

So it’s of great importance to get a decent amount of sleep. However, getting those sacred six to eight hours of slumber is sometimes easier said than done. If poor ‘sleep hygiene’ (sleeping habits) is keeping you up, try some of the following:

  • Try to wind down at least half an hour before bed – have a warm bath, read a book or have a calming herbal tea.
  • When you are in bed, ensure you aren’t winding your mind up with technology – especially if it’s for work!
  • Eat earlier – eating just before bed can cause discomfort: not what you need when you’re trying to nod off. If you eat late, you may waken during the night as your body is digesting your food.
  • Don’t be distracted – if you live in a noisy area, try ear plugs or soothing white noise. If you have a problem with light, try a blackout blind or an eye mask.
  • To encourage natural sleep, you could try a valerian and hops combination. There are tinctures of the duo that are non-drowsy, meaning you will wake feeling rested, not groggy, as it encourages a natural sleep.

Green leafy veg linked to younger ‘memory age’

Researchers from Rush University and Tufts University, both in the US, have undertaken research into how eating green leafy vegetables could affect brain function and memory. The cohort study of 960 people recruited from the Memory and Aging Project (MAP) – more than 40 retirement communities, senior public housing units, churches and senior centres in the Chicago area – began in 1997 with data collection. In order to take part in the study participants were first tested to make sure they didn’t have dementia or memory loss. In 2004 they completed food frequency questionnaires.

The research which has been published in the journal Neurology found that eating approximately one serving a day of leafy green vegetables and foods rich in certain vitamins, such as vitamin K, was linked to slower loss of memory with ageing. The researchers worked out a ‘memory age’ for each participant and found those who ate the most leafy greens had the youngest memory age by up to approximately 10 years.

Sing for your mental health

A recent study from Oxford University looked at how people attending adult education classes grew closer over a seven-month period. The study found that people in singing groups bonded more quickly than in other classes, such as creative writing and art. Other studies have found that singing improves cognition, lowers blood pressure, releases endorphins and oxytocin, both of which decrease stress, pain and anxiety; and a joint Yale and Harvard study found that singing regularly can increase life expectancy.

Mary Lowe O’Gorman and Yvonne McDonald set up adult group singing classes CÓRus.ie seven years ago and have found it to be a life-changing experience for both themselves and their members. Classes are filled with enthusiastic singers from all walks of life who have reported improved mental and physical health, as a side effect of their weekly classes. The repertoire is based on contemporary hits and older classic hits as well as musicals. People don’t have to audition or read music to join in. Corus are based in 15 locations around Dublin and looking to expand nationwide. “We want to bring about a singing revolution in Ireland,” says Yvonne McDonald.

For more info check out www.corus.ie

Drinking tea and the risk of glaucoma

Research from Brown University, Rhode Island, and the University of California into the link between consuming certain drinks and the risk of developing the eye condition glaucoma has been published in the peer-reviewed British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Glaucoma is a condition where pressure builds up in the eye which can damage the optic nerve. The main risk factors for glaucoma are having a family history of the condition, increasing age and being of African, Caribbean or Asian origin. Everyone should have a routine eye test which can detect glaucoma every two years. The study examined the link between drinking tea, coffee or soft drinks and the development of glaucoma. It used data from the 2005–06 US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

Over 1600 study participants took part – they had to be over 40 with certain eye test results already in place. The consumption of the different drinks was assessed by completion of a questionnaire. The research found that participants who drank more than six cups of hot tea per week were less likely to develop glaucoma compared with those who did not – in fact they had a 74% decreased risk of glaucoma.

What's in season in March and April?

Butterhead lettuce, cabbage, cucumbers, leeks, mushrooms, parsnips, rhubarb, cooking apples and mint. Peas and tomatoes are coming into season.

Read news stories from previous issues of Rude Health Magazine here

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