6 tips for enjoying good gut health over Christmas and the new year

 A season of festive food and drink can make for an uncomfortable gut, but there are ways to enjoy the best of Christmas without the bloat, writes Anna Bartter.  As a lifelong dairy-avoider (due to lactose intolerance), Christmas is the one time of year I allow myself to eat cheese. It’s a tradition for my family to have a festive […]

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Can using ear seeds really cure insomnia and sleep issues?

Ear seeds are the latest TikTok obsession – the hashtag has notched up over 120 million views and users credit them with curing their insomnia, but do they work?   TikTok throws up some questionable trends, from becoming #ThatGirl and ’healthy’ Coke to hot girl walks – and, of course, we don’t need to give all of them our full attention. But […]

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These ‘neck hump’ exercises will reduce inflammation and stiffness

With flexible working patterns here to stay, we need to prioritise postural health, focusing on our necks, writes Anna Bartter.  There’s no denying that sitting at a desk all day is bad for our posture, and with lots of us still working from home, at kitchen tables or makeshift bedroom desks that haven’t been rigorously ergonomically checked, our necks are […]

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Your mood affects how you react to alcohol – here’s why

We all know that drinking alcohol can cause us to lose our inhibitions, but what happens when we find ourselves drinking in a particularly stressful situation – like a family Christmas? Christmas can be an overwhelming time, whether you love celebrating the festivities with your family or start breaking out in a sweat at the thought of spending 24/7 in […]

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Did you know mouth and gum pain can be a sign of PMS?

This is everything you need to know about menstruation gingivitis, which can cause mouth ulcers and sore gums before your period.       You probably know the common symptoms of PMS, like stomach cramps or sore boobs. Even some of the more unexpected side effects are becoming better discussed, like period flu or constipation before your bleed. But who knew […]

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This is the surprising benefit an extra cup of coffee a day can offer women

A new study reveals that drinking coffee can reduce your risk of hip fracture – just another reason to pour yourself a cup. According to Cebr, the UK drinks around 95 million cups of coffee each day, and the health benefits of the nation’s favourite caffeinated drink are well known. But aside from the benefits to energy, life expectancy and […]

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This warming beetroot soup recipe might make your gym session feel easier

Looking for a hearty, warming soup to batch cook for midweek lunches? Look no further – this beetroot number from MOB Kitchen is packed with antioxidants and energy-boosting nutrients. We don’t do superfoods here at Strong Women, but if we did, beetroot would come pretty bloody close. It’s one veg that’s readily available throughout winter – keeping those pesky air miles at […]

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Should you get a running coach? Here’s how to find one

There’s endless free information online about running, but having a personal running coach can be a gamechanger for your training – even if you’re a complete beginner.   Running is one of the most straightforward sports you can get into. It’s widely accessible and, apart from a good pair of trainers (which do, admittedly, come at a cost), you don’t need […]

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