Retail recommendations

Apple Health Food Store, Loughrea, Co. Galway, reveals their top picks in store. Kinvara Rosehip Serum: This is a beautiful product, which is a power house of plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants and calming ingredients designed to provide intensive care for your skin. This super hydrating serum, which has a gorgeous lemony scent, will hydrate and nourish your skin, making it look and feel amazing. With 180 applications per bottle, this bottle can last you for up to six months and is a must have on your bathroom

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Jan de Vries – a tribute

Following the sad death of the much loved naturopath, Jan de Vries, his team pays tribute. Jan de Vries was born in Holland in 1937 and grew up during the Second World War. He said on many occasions that it was these difficult years of his childhood that instilled in him a strong desire to dedicate his life to helping other people. He graduated in the field of pharmacy in 1958 and two years later, met the famous Swiss naturopath, Alfred Vogel. In 1960, Jan married a Scottish girl and together they had four daughters. In the

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Cooking up a storm on the East coast

A brand new cookery school has taken its offering on the road. The East Coast Cookery School, based in Termonfeckin, has been taken on a tour to Dublin for a night. Founder, Tara Walker, introduced invited guests to her tour, where they sampled a range of signature dishes and heard about the recently expanded cookery school. The East Coast Cookery School (formerly The Tasty Tart) is a purpose built cookery school and kitchen in Tara’s own home in the countryside near Termonfeckin, Co. Louth. The focus is not just on food,

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A herbal celebration

A herbalist has been doing her bit to promote the first ever National Herb Week. Avril Casey is a member of the Irish Register of Herbalists, who used to work in Dublin’s Restore Health Food Shop, and has acted as chief coordinator and organiser of National Herb Week. Taking place from May 23-29, the event was established by The Irish Register of Herbalists, a professional association for traditional herbalists in Ireland. Their vision for this event was to engage with the public and host a range of events, including herb

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Youngsters encouraged into sport

An international initiative designed to encourage youngsters into sport arrived in Ireland. The campaign, called 50 Sports in 50 Weeks, is designed to tackle childhood obesity and the declining activity levels in kids and families and as part of the tour, took in Dublin, Cork and Tipperary. During the 10-day campaign, Australian family, headed by Paul Brown and accompanied by his wife Jacqui and son Ben, have lined up a series of activities to such as Gaelic football and hurling. The family is on a global mission to promote

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Sponsored – Have you tried that protein?

Feeling tired? Metabolism sluggish? Muscle tone not as good as it was? Why not try That Protein’s Happy Happy Hemp Protein with Baobab? High in protein, fibre and Vitamin C its been developed by irish nutritionists and has proven health benefits. The range has three products each being a 2 in 1 source of nutrition with organic plant proteins and added super foods giving you twice the nutrition in one portion! Dairy Free with no added sugars, thickeners or anything artificial. Check it out online at

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Excellence in Ireland

Proving just how well trained Ireland’s health food stores are comes the results of an annual awards scheme. The Irish Association of Health Stores (IAHS) has announced the winners of its annual training accolades, called The Andrew Cape Memorial Awards 2014, named in memory of Andrew’s outstanding contribution to the industry with particular focus on staff training. Since its formation in 1986, the IAHS has recognised the need for a professional and ethical approach to health food retailing. To maintain high standards, the

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Vitamin D linked with improvements in asthma

Researchers have discovered that asthma sufferers with low levels of vitamin D may experience more acute attacks. Writing in the journal Allergy, researchers explained they set out to assess the associations between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level and prevalent asthma as well as asthma exacerbations. A group of Israeli adults aged 22–50 with documented vitamin D status were involved. Around 308,000 members with at least one vitamin D measurement were included and among them, 6.9 per cent had physician-diagnosed asthma as

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Work it out this winter

With the darker evenings upon us, keeping children active can be a task. And new research has confirmed that lighter evenings are linked with higher physical activity levels in children and young people. A study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity has concluded that permanently increasing the hours of waking daylight could deliver health benefits. The study involved more than 23,000 children aged five to 16 in England, Australia, USA, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Switzerland, Brazil and

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Probiotics in the obese

A new analysis has suggested that probiotics may have a role to play in helping obese people lose weight. Earlier studies have reported the effects of prebiotics and synbiotics supplementation in lipid profile and glucose homeostasis, but an analysis of clinical trials in overweight or obese individuals has not been carried out. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of prebiotics and synbiotics on plasma lipid profile, fasting insulin and fasting glucose in adults who were overweight or obese. A total

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