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DRINKING WINE IS GOOD FOR YOUR TEETH AND MAY PREVENT GUM DISEASE…

More good news for all you wine-lovers out there… “Drinking wine may protect teeth by destroying bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease, new research suggests. Despite many dentists warning booze’s acidic content can damage teeth, a study released today suggests antioxidants in wine significantly prevent bacteria that cause plaque, cavities and periodontal disease from

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HOW TO DRESS FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE

HOW TO DRESS FOR YOUR BODY SHAPE APPLE: dress however you like, it’s your body. On saying that, be sure to get those killer legs out once in while hey? PEAR: dress however you like, it’s your body. Don’t forget however, that your little waist looks fabulous against those killer hips, ohhhhh yes. HOURGLASS: dress

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HOW TO HEAL YOUR HANGOVER THIS CHRISTMAS

T’is the season to be jolly, fa la la la la, la la la la…t’is also the season to completely and utterly overindulge and boy is it fun. Not the following day though. Whilst most experts believe that the only hangover cure is not to drink too much at all in the first place (duh),

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DON’T CHANGE HOW YOU LOOK, CHANGE HOW YOU SEE…

I don’t have crow’s feet… I have happy happy memories of laughing with friends until the tears flowed. I don’t have frown lines… I have the marks of my frustration and confusion – of which I came through – smiling in the end. I am not ‘going’ grey… I have shimmering highlights of wisdom, dashed

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PUMPKINS FOR BEAUTY!

‘Tis the season of the pumpkin!   We all know how much fun carving or decorating pumpkins can be, but are you making the most of the inside? According to beauty expert Liz Earle, turning the pumpkin meat and seeds into a delicious warming soup will do our skin the world of good! Not only

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SELF-HARM IS NOT A TREND

SELF-HARMING IS NOT A TREND Fidget spinning is a trend. Self-harming is a physical symptom of a very dark illness, with psychological scars that last much, much longer and cut so much more deeply, than the flesh ones will. A spiralling tail-spin in to an abyss with no way out except to seek more pain

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WHAT IS YOUR TONGUE TRYING TO TELL YOU?

If you want to check in with your overall health on a regular basis, doctors and ancient healers alike, believe you should keep an eye on your tongue. Your tongue can be a very good indicator of any underlying issues, according Dr. Allan MD and the Family Health Team, here is what you need to

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SQUIGGLY LIPS & EYEBROWS ARE THE LATEST THING

Okay, this is not a joke… this is, apparently, a very fashion-forward uber-trend that’s about to rock the world! Wiggles and squiggles are most definitely not for the slightly OCD amongst us and apparently it’s not the easiest skill to learn – so will you be joining in ladies? To be fair, I tend to

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

IMAGINE ….🎗🎗🎗 Imagine taking a child to the hospital… Imagine being taken into a small room and being told it’s a tumour… Imagine holding a child down so needles can be inserted… Imagine watching a child being taken to theatre for surgery… Imagine holding a child screaming in pain, unable to do anything to help…

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5 STEPS TO LOVING YOUR BODY

5 STEPS TO LOVING YOUR BODY We talk a lot about how we ‘should’ be loving our bodies, in theory we all agree, yes? But where do we begin? 1. IMAGINE IT’S NOT YOURS. This may seem strange but women are selfless creatures. Look after your body the way you would your child or loved

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WEAR YOUR FLAWS LIKE ART

In short.. I think stretch marks, freckles, scars, birth marks, fat rolls, love handles, curves, dimples – or any other ‘flaws’, are all absolutely awesome. They are our body art. They make us who we are and they tell our story, if anyone should care to read them. Whoever decided stretch marks were ‘flaws’, haven’t

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If Your War Is With Food

If your war is with food, you have a long battle ahead If your relationship with your daily sustenance is a toxic one, you are signing yourself up for a lifetime of torture. Literally. Consider the position of someone whose demon is food. Unlike alcohol or drugs it cannot be avoided. Or abstained from. Quite

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10 SUMMER BEAUTY HACKS YOU NEED

Okay ladies, here is a round-up of my favourite tips and tricks to keep you looking and feeling great this summer SCRUB UP Okay, we all want shiny golden limbs in the summer and especially on holiday. Save yourself packing space and money by making your own little potions to achieve just that. I swear

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THE 5 COMMANDMENTS OF BEACH BODY CONFIDENCE

  Now, you may have mistaken this for a straightforward weight-loss/fitness article from the title – this is actually much more. You see, Beach Body Confidence is totally and utterly all in the mind. You can work as hard as you like getting your physical shape into tip-top bikini condition but if you haven’t jiggled

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ARE YOU DRINKING TOO MUCH?

ARE YOU DRINKING TOO MUCH? Okay, I know this kind of article is really annoying because many of us feel permanently guilty about how much alcohol we consume on any given week – and although we really don’t want to know – we can’t help but click on and read…. By we, I am mostly

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MAKE UP TIPS FROM THE TOP

Are you someone who constantly feels they are missing the make-up mark? Does everyone else seem to be forging ahead with the latest brow styles and eyeshadow trends whilst you are stuck with the same look you’ve worn since 1997 (me). Then worry ye not… We are lucky enough to have received some expert advice

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IS YOUR SUNSCREEN SAFE?

Sure we all know about SPF and that the higher the SPF is, the more sun protection we have? Or so we thought…. There is a new rating system for your sunscreen and you need to be checking this out immediately because it may surprise you… The UVA Star rating appears like this on the

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WOMEN NEED MORE SLEEP THAN MEN

IT’S OFFICIAL! No more night shifts for you, show this article to your partner, there’s no denying it now. So…. There are several scientific and psychological factors behind this claim apparently, but it would appear that the bottom line is because our brains are more complex and work harder…. *tries hard not look smug* Women

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ARE YOU PELVIC FLOOR SAVVY?

There is a lot of pressure on us women to look a certain way and maintain a body beautiful but there are some things we really all should be doing – not for vanity or keeping up with social standards set by advertising companies, but for our health, and to save us all from the

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WHAT JENNIFER ANISTON EATS….

Jennifer Aniston…no doubt she is the epitome of tanned, healthy, lithe all American womanhood but could you eat a day in her shoes? Jen has recently revealed her diet secrets to the world and what she eats in a day may surprise you… BREAKFAST Jen starts the day with warm lemon water and then has

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CAN HAPPY EATING MAKE YOU SLIM?

I BELIEVE IT CAN… Now please bear in mind that I am not a dietician or expert in any way shape or form, but I am a woman who loves to eat and who loves to fit in her jeans. So, I have studied many diets over the years and digested, cogitated and ruminated over

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TAKE THE BODY CONFIDENCE QUIZ…

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Are you a lover or a fighter when it comes to your body image? Would you consider yourself to be insecure, self-obsessed, super accepting or truly confident? Take the quiz below to see where you lie on the body-love spectrum and what you can do to steer yourself in a healthier direction….[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3689″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]1.

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ARE YOU THINKING POWER THOUGHTS?

If not, why not?! Power thoughts are a tried and tested way to improve state of mind and thinking them regularly can have a direct effect on, well – everything! It really is a apractice that we should all get onboard – ask any ‘successful’ person how they achieve so much and handle so much

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WHY YOU SHOULD CALL 999 IF YOU SEE THIS

LADIES! Listen up…. apparently there is a new trend of voyeuristic videos hitting the darker recesses of the internet thanks to these innocent looking coat hooks….   The hook has a camera and a microphone and we are told they’re being hidden in hotel rooms, changing rooms and toilets to capture intimate moments to share with

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HOMEMADE MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS YOU NEED!

Too good not to share ladies…have you left it too late or are you simply uninspired by everything in the shops and online this Mother’s Day? All is not lost…skincare Guru Liz Earle showed us some fabulous, all-natural homemade beauty ideas on This Morning today… I am loving them all but this one is my

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A PERFECT POUT – NO NEEDLES REQUIRED!

THIS IS NOT A SPONSORED REVIEW If you are like me and quite fancy a perfect pout every now and again but don’t want to: a) Commit to a long-term change in your face b) Spend hundreds on cosmetic surgery c) Risk it going wrong and looking silly d) Be in any pain! Then I

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5 BEAUTY HACKS YOU NEED!

We all have our little must-haves and beauty tricks we can’t live without, here are a few super easy hacks I think we all could be using…   BE SLICK! Hair Serum, no big news right? Except it’s not for your hair in this instance! Serum is THE BEST leg shine moisturiser for perfect pins on

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THE 5 MINUTE FACE!

Before we begin, let me just add this is not a sponsored product review, but rather a woman who needs at least 4 more hours in every day sharing a new-found must-have time-saving beauty product with her sisters… BENEFIT you have done it again. Your latest range of eye and lip products are PURE GENIUS.

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STOP POSTING HEARTS! POST BOOBIES INSTEAD!

Okay, sorry for shouting. Now that I have your attention I don’t really want you to stop posting hearts, and I don’t actually want you to post your OWN boobies but I do want you to post this as well as a heart… AND THIS …. If you have no idea what I am talking

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Are we Close to Curing Cancer?

Saturday was of course World Cancer Day and with very few us untouched by the heart-breaking effects of this disease it’s never far from our minds. It was with great excitement therefore that I heard about a recent, massive, breakthrough in a clinical drug trial… Christies Hospital in Manchester has reported to the world this week that

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Know Your Hormones…

We hear it ALL the time;  ‘I can’t stop crying, I must be hormonal!’, ‘ I’m covered in spots, it must be hormones’, ‘We had such a massive row but I blame the hormones’. In fact, it’s become common terminology to refer to someone as being ‘hormonal’. Seems to me that hormones have a lot to

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A Model To us All

I was really heart-warmed by a story on breakfast TV today… At first I thought it was a simple promotional interview with the child of a famous Footballer who has been signed by a Model Agency aged 12. If anything my first thoughts were negative because (whilst as a parent I try not to be judgemental;

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#SMEAR FOR SMEAR!

There is nothing more important than raising awareness for silent killers like Cervical Cancer – did you know that this is Cervical Cancer Awareness Week? (Jan 22nd-28th). Did you also know that there is a campaign going around (remember the make-up free selfies?) to highlight this cause? The Smear for a Smear campaign asks that we

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To Detox or Not?

In a week where social media is completely awash with images of healthy, fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free meals, diet plans, fitness regimes and very little else – are you one of the many who decide to undo the festive damage with a detox? Like most things in life, where there is up there must be down,

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Dr Foster Plank Challenge!

We love nothing more than well-known faces trying to help raise funds! And we really love Dr Foster and can’t wait for the next series…. Tomorrow on December 8th, the beautiful Suranne Jones and the cast of our favourite drama Dr. Foster will be performing the Plank Challenge to raise money for MIND the fabulous Mental

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Reiki Rocks!

Suzanne Elizabeth Prince shares her love of Reiki with us…. I’ve lost count how many phenomenal experiences I have witnessed through Reiki, It’s so incredibly gentle yet powerful beyond measure. Hands on healing has been around since the beginning of time, Reiki is a form of energy healing that supports a person on so many levels. As

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THE BCS WAY

BCS = Bloody Common Sense I am Irene Estry….Giving advice and support is something very close to my heart having been a fitness and wellbeing programmer for over 35 years. I started at the age of 40 (you do the maths!) and I am still going very strong indeed. Throughout my career I have worked

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MINDFULNESS DECONSTRUCTED

Okay so we hear a lot about mindfulness these days and how it’s great for reducing anxiety, combating stress and increasing effectiveness. Sounds great right? I don’t know about you but whenever I start to read up on this subject I become slightly overwhelmed…visions of deep meditation during those quiet moments of the day (what’s

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JELLY FOR BEAUTY?

    A CUBE OF JELLY FOR NEW SKIN? Something which is very current is the use of collagen to restore the youth in our skin – experts say that collagen must be ingested rather than applied as the molecule is too big to pass through the skin layer and in fact Boots have recently

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