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The latest news, research and events from the world of natural health

It’s time to be SunSmart

While we couldn’t be considered a sunny country, even on dull days UV levels could still be high enough to cause damage, so it’s wise to get into the habit of protecting our skin every day from April to September, whatever the weather. This is advice from the Irish Cancer Society and their SunSmart code.

1 Seek some shade
Good shade can give up to 75% protection from UV rays. Good shade needs to protect from direct and indirect UV rays. If you are someone who sits at a window all day or drives a lot in the course of your day, you need to use clothes and sunscreen to protect your skin.

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VAT update

Following a campaign spearheaded by Health Stores Ireland, the official body representing health stores around the country and backed up with a 60,000 signature petition and demonstrations outside the Dail, a move to introduce a VAT rate of 23 per cent on food supplements has been delayed until 1 November. During this hiatus public consultation will be considered and a decision is expected later in the year. Rude Health magazine will keep you posted.

Sweetened drinks link to ill-health

Researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and the University of Calgary in Canada has looked at the intake of sugary and sweetened drinks in two groups of health professionals in the US over a period of approximately 30 years.

Published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Circulation, the study studied the results of ongoing cohort studies where nurses and other health professionals were asked to complete questionnaires every two years looking into their health status and consumption of sweetened drinks. The scientists concluded there was a 31% increased risk of death from cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and heart disease in those who consumed two or more sugary drinks per day after diet and lifestyle factors were taken into account.

What herbal remedies can I use to improve my energy?

Herbalist Leyla Moudden answers for College of Naturopathic Medicine

Herbs that positively affect energy levels are called adaptogens. Adaptogens increase vitality by reducing the energy drain that accompanies intense emotional, mental or physical exertion. Exertion of any form over a sustained period will deplete us by creating hormonal and sugar imbalances often presenting as fatigue, low mood, poor sleep or sugar cravings.

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Get down to WellFest

WellFest in Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin on the weekend of 11-12 May promises to be a great health related event again this year.

British broadcaster, best-selling author and founder of Happy Place Fearne Cotton will be a headline presenter with Joe Wicks – fitness expert, best-selling cookbook author and social media sensation who will host a workout on the KBC Main Stage, as well as taking part in a one-to-one chat with Fearne and hosting a book signing in the Dubray tent.

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Parents are sleep deprived

Researchers from the German Institute for Economic Research, University of Warwick in the UK and West Virginia University in the US have been looking into how having children affects the amount of sleep you achieve. Annual interviews with 4,500 German parents who had had a child during the previous eight years of the study asked how many hours sleep they achieved. The study published in the peer-reviewed journal Sleep revealed that both men and women reported less hours of sleep and sleep of poorer quality followed the birth of their first child. Three months after the birth women slept an average of 62 minutes less, and men slept an average of 13 minutes less compared to pre-pregnancy levels.

Time for healthier children’s parties

If you’ve ever dreaded the sugar crash following a children’s birthday party then it may be fine to consider a different option. The Cool Food School is a small company run by Deirdre Doyle that has a passion for bringing the joys of healthy eating to children. Deirdre has brought healthy eating workshops to over 2,000 children in 2018 through schools, events, libraries and more and offers individual children’s parties too. Suitable for children from age three and up, Deirdre will come to your house and make healthy smoothies together as well as having great veggie and fruit fun! Kiddies Food Kutters and Safety Food Peelers allow smallies to chop and peel the fruit and veggies by themselves, very safely. For more info check out www.thecoolfoodschool.ie

Perimenopause evenings

Catherine O' Keeffe, known as 'The Wellness Warrior' is a perimenopause coach. She will host a Peri-Menopause Presentation in Celbridge Manor Hotel on 28 March at 7.30pm. Designed for women in their early 40s and 50s, the evening will consist of an introduction to perimenopause and menopause, what to expect, how to ease symptoms and more importantly what you can do to thrive through this chapter in your life.

Catherine is also a blogger with My Second Spring, the number one menopause site globally with two million viewers, and she holds private consultations over Skype, Zoom and at her offices at Kilkenny and Dublin.

“Perimenopause is an inevitable journey for women and the more preparation and self-education you can do will ease this life transition and make it a more positive time in your life,” says Catherine. “I believe in a whole health approach to wellness and my goal is to empower women to experience vitality through good food, healthy lifestyle, exercise and nourishing self-care. I am on a mission to break the taboo that surrounds menopause.”

Catherine will also be hosting evenings Kilkenny on 9 May, Galway on 23 May and Waterford on 13 June. For more info check out www.wellnesswarrior.ie

May Events

SunSmart skin cancer awareness
Irish Cancer Societywww.cancer.ie

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