Probiotics – Eat Your Way to Good Health

Ever since probiotics and probiotic supplements and foods made an appearance (they have been around since the 1970s officially, tough many cultures have an ancient tradition of using probiotics and naturally fermented foods) there has been news regarding their positive properties. They have been hailed practically as miracle workers for a number of problems and [...]

Controversies Surrounding Statin Drugs

Statin drugs are routinely prescribed for lowering cholesterol levels, even if these are only slightly high and even more so if they are very high. After all, high cholesterol levels are a factor in heart attack. New studies and research caused the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology to set fresh guidelines [...]

Does That Expensive Vitamin D Supplement You Take Actually Help?

Vitamin D is one of those vitamins that are naturally made by the body when it is exposed to the ultraviolet rays of sunlight. However, for people who live in places where sunlight is not plentiful or, even if available, cannot reap its benefits because they are protected via sunscreen, the body can easily become [...]

The Latest Findings on High Blood Pressure

Millions of people suffer from high blood pressure or hypertension according to WHO and most of them have to take medicines to control their blood pressure. Two new findings can have an impact on hypertensive patients. One is about the actual blood pressure reading numbers for which medicines need to be taken and the other [...]

Staying Younger, Longer, with Health and Vitality

I promise not to dwell on eating leafy vegetables, smoking, being obese, avoiding sugars and other similar platitudes. I even promise not to broach the subjects of good-for-you foods, exercise, vitamins and nutritional supplements. I feel readers know enough already about omega-3 fats and the merits of a daily 15-minute walk. Awareness – “The road [...]

Could Vegan Diets Help Prevent Cancer?

It seems that every year we keep on getting bad news about increased cancer rates, but is this disease really so unpreventable? Here at Health and Life we've examined all the data available on how best to avoid cancer, and it turns out one of the easiest ways of reducing your cancer risk is to [...]

How to Break Bad Sleep Habits

Why don't we value sleep as highly as we should? If sleep were a commodity, one can only imagine how much it would sell for in stores, or trade at on global stock exchanges.  There is no question it would be right up there with diamonds and crude oil in terms of price [...]

The Benefits of Probiotics

There are estimated to be approximately 400 bacterial species within the gastrointestinal tract. Now that's a lot, in fact, so much so that they alone come to a total weight of two kilograms. They can be categorised under two main headings, and that is 'friendly bacteria' or 'probiotics' and harmful species known as 'pathogens'. Probiotics [...]

Your 10 Point Plan for Reducing Your Cancer Risk

Cancer of all varieties is one of the world’s most prolific killers.  Cancer is also a disease that touches most of us at some stage in our lifetimes, with almost everyone either fighting a variant of cancer themselves, or having a friend or family member who does so. While research continues across the world developing [...]

Dealing With Addiction for the Long Term

            One of the biggest frustrations when it comes to dealing with addiction is when we relapse, despite having worked tremendously hard for weeks, months, and in some cases years in order to conquer our vices. In this final edition of our addiction series, we explore methods for avoiding relapse, [...]