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Water for Health Blog: Promoting better health through hydration, nutrition and mindful eating.

At Water for Health, we want to help you reach peak health, look fresh and feel energised. Our broad knowledge of nutrition and hydration, as well as our commitment to keeping up to date with developments in the world of natural health, makes our blog a treasure trove of information. In this section, you’ll find diet advice, news about emerging disease-prevention studies, product reviews, topical content and lots more besides.

The Most Beneficial Bacteria

If you have your ear to the ground, you’ll have heard much about gut health in recent months. You’ll have learned that cultivating good bacteria could reduce depression and IBS, among other things. Maybe you also came across the news story, late last year, suggesting Parkinson’s disease starts in the gut. But one question remains: what’s the most beneficial bacteria of all?

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Should You Remove Fluoride From Your Water Supply?

The fluoridation of our water supply is about as contentious an issue as you can conceive. Although half a century has elapsed since adding fluoride to drinking water became normal practice, the debate around whether the process is ultimately good – or terribly bad – has barely lowered in volume or intensity. If you live in the UK, you may or may not be drinking fluoridated water on a daily basis. In this article we will explore the possible health implications of this, and suggest a means of removing fluoride from your tap water if you so desire.

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Can Ayurveda Help with Lyme Disease?

Bacteria is all around us. Every day we come into contact with both friendly and unfriendly strains – in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink and virtually everything we touch; bacteria live on us and in us, adhesive microorganisms we cannot possibly hope to escape entirely. And, of course, we wouldn’t want to: this is a symbiotic relationship, one which helps us properly digest food and absorb valuable nutrients. But not all bacteria is good.

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Immune System Boosters: How to Nurture Better Immunity

The immune system is, and probably always will be, a hot health topic. This should come as no surprise: it is, after all, our body’s first line of defence against illness. In theory, a robust immune system should protect us from the debilitating effects of the cold and other seasonal allergies, as well as more crippling chronic ailments. Of course, not everyone can rely on such a health-sustaining system – and even the strongest immune defences need a boost once in a while.

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How to Banish Bloating for Good

We’ve blogged a fair bit about gut health recently – it’s the topic on everyone’s lips in the health community – but one persistent problem we continue to hear much about is bloating. Whether caused by a large, stodgy meal, a hastily-gulped drink or a heightened sensitivity to certain foods, abdominal distention is a horrible and sometimes agonisingly painful occurrence. Only one question springs to mind: what’s the best way to deal with it?

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Spagyric Medicine: A Novel & Natural Form of Health Care

The name Erbenobili might not mean much to you, but the Italian company is one of the key players in the field of spagyric medicine. Utilising specially-selected raw materials from nature, and relying heavily on both the ancient herbal tradition and advances in modern science, Erbenobili create their impressive line of products at a large 800 square metre laboratory in Corato, a town located in the Bari province. In this blog, we’ll elucidate the key concepts of the spagyric methodology and suggest ways in which Erbenobili’s plant-based supplements could help promote overall wellness.

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Just 1-in-5 Eat Five Portions of Fruit & Veg a Day

We heard in February that 10 is the magic number when it comes to fruit and vegetables. After a wide-ranging study by Imperial College, 10-a-day supplanted the official UK recommendation of five-a-day due to the dramatic reductions in disease risk and premature death. Just four months on, however, it would seem we are failing – badly. In this blog we ask why and suggests ways to reach a target that seems unrealistic to some, impossible to others.

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Gluten-Free Diets and Gut Health: What’s It All About?

The burgeoning popularity of gluten-free diets – as advocated by many dieticians, nutritionists, food writers, sportspeople and celebrities to name a few – has had the effect of injecting a surfeit of information into the public domain, not all of it accurate or based on sound science. Questions, as a consequence, abound: are gluten-free diets recommended for those who do not have coeliac disease? What’s the deal with leaky gut? And has gluten been undeservingly tarred as a nutritional no-no?

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Should Children Take Fish Oil?

When it comes to health supplements for children, most of the press centres on vitamins and minerals. This is understandable, since many of these nutrients are fundamental for normal growth, immunity and development. Fish oils, meanwhile, tend to be associated with the health regimes of adults – though recent research is shifting the focus to youngsters. But what benefits can fish oils really bring children – and what’s the best way to keep omega-3 deficiency at bay?

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Why Reverse Osmosis Water is Pure Dead Water

If the ongoing Strathspey water dispute illustrates anything, it’s that water filters still very much have their place. Those new to the industry, however, will be understandably unsure which filter to invest their money in. Indeed, the majority are likely to go the least eco-friendly route and buy bottled water rather than drink from the mains supply. But which water filter gives the best water? And is reverse osmosis water all it’s cracked up to be?

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Strathspey Water Dispute: Residents Demand Clean Water

The Strathspey water dispute looks set to rumble on, after hundreds of residents called for a full-scale review into the safety of water chloramination. The quality of tap water in both Strathspey and Badenoch has come into question ever since Scottish Water opened a £24 million treatment works at Aviemore in 2012 and began taking supplies from a subterranean aquifer. Previously, the source had been Loch Einich in the Cairngorms.

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Are Antioxidant Rich Foods and Supplements Worth the Fuss?

Even though they are backed by research, antioxidants are one of those questionable things that everyone secretly suspects may be overrated. These naturally-occurring compounds are found in many plant-based foods. Health experts claim they reduce free radicals, eliminate toxins and prevent disease, but are they really capable of such feats or is it yet another gimmicky sales pitch? Here’s what you need to know about antioxidants and whether or not they're worth your time (and money). Continue reading

Sunscreen of 15 SPF or More Reduces Vitamin D Production by 99%

If you lather on the sunscreen every time the sun touches your skin, you could be putting yourself at risk of vitamin D deficiency, according to a recent study. Vitamin D is required for many vital functions in the body. Deficiencies have been linked to fatigue, autoimmunity, thinning hair, rickets, osteoporosis, and even weight gain.

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Understanding Colostrum and Transfer Factors

The colostrum has been studied for a great many years, but with popular interest in immune health starting to grow, perhaps it’s worth looking again at this wondrous milk-like substance. After all, despite the vast array of products in the market touted for their ability to enhance immune function, colostrum is undoubtedly among the best.

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The 5 Best Preworkout Foods

Unless you’ve pencilled in some fasted cardio, there’s nothing worse than getting to the gym and realising the tank’s empty. You haven’t eaten for hours, energy levels are nonexistent and your motivation – which moments before threatened to break through the ceiling – is suddenly at an all-time low. We’ve all been there, but left with no alternative, most of us soldier on and log an uninspired workout, all the while making a mental note to fuel up next time. But what type of fuel’s best? Which foods give us the necessary energy boost to power on and complete a high-octane workout? Read on to discover the 5 best preworkout foods.

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