When Daniel King’s mother was diagnosed with a serious blood ailment, he decided there was more that he could do than simply be a supportive son. As a scientist he began researching and before long About Health was born…

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The perfect Easter Treat! These tasty hot cross buns can be served cold, warm or toasted with a little bit of butter, mmmm!

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A stand out food that people miss the most when they move to a gluten-free diet is, bread. There are some nice gluten-free breads that you can buy, but they are very expensive. Below are two variations of bread recipes to ensure that your gluten-free diet is not making you miss out on your favourite meals – pizza and burgers of course!

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Gluten-free diets have become very popular in the last few years. In some people, gluten sets off a reaction in their gut that interferes with digestion, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, gas, bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, lethargy, headaches, muscle and joint aches, mood swings or low mood and a reduced ability to absorb essential nutrients, particularly iron (resulting in anemia). In many cases eliminating gluten can alleviate these symptoms and increase energy and general well-being.

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  • 1 SCOBY
  • 8 tea bags (type of tea bag is your choice!)
  • 1 cup sugar (organic granulated white sugar works well!)
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 gallon Mason jar
  • 1 cloth

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Eczema is an autoimmune response that manifests as a skin rash that can be itchy, dry, red, flaky or blistered. Sometimes it can be triggered (but not caused) by external irritants such as pesticides, soaps, cosmetics, and can show up on various parts of the body (not necessarily where it comes into contact with the irritant).

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Once again, a new study shows that eating a Mediterranean-style diet means a reduced chance of Alzheimer’s, as outlined in a recent article in the NZ Herald by Victoria Allen. The article specifically focuses on memory loss and brain atrophy associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, quoting the author of the study as saying that a Mediterranean diet slows down the aging of the brain whereby “the brain shrinks and we lose brain cells, which can affect learning and memory”.

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Craving a sweet treat? Try out this delicious & super easy Bliss Ball recipe, it is a healthy treat that everyone will love – even the kids! Pop these tasty & nutritious Bliss Balls in the kids lunchboxes, they will love you for it!

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Christmas is the time of year when sugary and alcoholic indulgences may seem inescapable. If you have diabetes, you will be especially nervous about succumbing to these ubiquitous sweet temptations, but this doesn’t mean you should feel excluded from enjoying your own tasty slice of healthy festive treats. On the contrary, it is essential to be well equipped with better-for-you alternatives to treat yourself a bit, so you are less likely to break your routine and wreak havoc on yourself. Having diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself! Many of the following suggestions are equally relevant for non-diabetics if you just want to maintain good health or watch your waistline over the holiday season.

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Sun protection is a major concern particularly in New Zealand and Australia, the two countries with the highest rates of melanoma in the world. This is where the ozone is thinnest and offers the least protection from cancer-causing ultraviolet rays. Despite the fact that concerted campaigns since the 1980s have encouraged us to ‘slip-slop-slap’ on the sunscreen, the incidence of skin cancer (or more specifically melanoma) seems to be increasing, and not just in older people who may have been unaware of the dangers in their youth, but also in children and young adults, especially females.

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