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Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays. Most of this exposure comes from the sun, but some can come from man-made sources, such as indoor tanning beds and sun lamps. People who get a lot of exposure to UV rays are at greater risk for skin cancer. Sun safety tipsSpend time in the shade when the sun is strongest. In the UK, this is between 11am and 3pm from March to October. Make sure you never burn Cover up with suitable clothing and sunglasses Take extra care with children Use at least factor 30 sunscreen...

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Chia seeds originate from Central America and were eaten as part of the traditional Aztec diet. We’re now rediscovering the benefits of these tiny but nutritious seeds and they’ve become a favourite of nutritionists, healthy foodies and celebrities alike. So what’s so great about the humble chia seed, and why should you be eating them? Here are some of their key ‘selling points’, followed by some of their potential health benefits. High in omega-3s Chia seeds are probably best known for their high content of omega-3 fatty acids. Together with flax seeds, they stand way above any other plant source...

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Is your skin looking dull, or feeling dry or itchy? It’s all too common at this time of year, thanks to the drying effects of central heating and harsh winter winds – as well as the after-effects of holiday season indulgences. So what can you do to get your skin back to its normal healthy glow? There’s really no need for harsh topical treatments or even drastic dietary measures like a juice cleanse. Instead, minimise your intake of added sugars, refined carbohydrates and processed foods, and eat skin-nourishing whole foods. The following could be particularly helpful – our selection of...

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Here’s our guide to ten healthy foods that should be in your store cupboard. Some you may already have; others are less obvious! These foods can all be used to make a variety of healthy meals with the addition of fresh vegetables – and meat, fish or eggs if you eat them. 1. Coconut oil Coconut oil is a fantastic alternative to vegetable oils for cooking. Whereas standard vegetable oils such as sunflower oil can form harmful substances when heated to high temperatures, this doesn’t happen to the fats in coconut oil. It can be used for roasting vegetables, stir-frying,...

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