Author Archive | Andrea Maguire

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Artificial Sugars vs Gut Health

I’m a big believer in how our gut health affects our wellbeing. And we’ve blogged previously about what foods to avoid to keep a healthy microbiome (See ‘What should I eat for a healthy gut?’) This mentions to stay away from sugar as it feeds the bad bacteria in our digestive system. But what about […]

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What makes a good sunscreen? – part 1

With summer here and holidays in the sun planned, we turn to buying sunscreens and the question arises: What is a good sunscreen? In my research into this question, I realise that this is not a simple question! My quest for an answer takes me through the following journey: Why do we use sunscreen? We […]

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Be Healthy with Vitamin D

It’s now officially summer here in the UK. This brings the longer, sunnier days and the desire to soak up some sunshine and warmth. Which brings us back to the question: Is it healthy to be out in the sun? The answer – YES! Sunshine has great health benefits, including that it’s the best way […]

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Healthy Chocolate for you…

With Easter just gone and International Mother’s Day this weekend, it’s an easy time to over-load on chocolate!  We’re not against a bit of indulging but how many of us feel the negative effects of too much chocolate? The problem is not the actual ‘chocolate’ because that’s got a lot of good beneficial things in […]

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Eat well to live well…

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” ― Hippocrates. I have been blogging about healthy eating and the impact of food choices on our wellbeing for 10 years now. For most of that time, I seem to have been at odds with mainstream thoughts on statins, low-fat diets & sugar. I’ve also […]

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Which juicer is best?

It’s that time of year when we want to be healthy again and our retreat guests always ask about tips for a healthier lifestyle. As such, the question of smoothies versus juicing often arises and I’ve answered that on my blog: Juice or Smoothie – which is best? This then leads to asking: What are […]

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