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Zinc and the common cold

Zinc and the common cold

Our good friends at the Cochrane Database has crunched the science behind what might be a useful adjunct to scare away the common cold virus far better than an onion. The answer is zinc, but you have to get in early.

Zinc taken as a lozenge or syrup within 24 hours of cold symptoms being detected reduced both the severity and duration of the cold in otherwise healthy people. The zinc supplement w...

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Acid food, Alkaline food

Acid food, Alkaline food

Should you be eating acid or alkaline foods? Let's see if I can make sense of this. We are oxygen breathing, carbon-based, mildly alkaline life forms. The pH of plasma is 7.35-7.45 and the pH inside our cells is 7.1. If they change much from these levels you will end up in hospital. The body has a number of systems to control the pH in your body (eg lungs and kidneys).

Que? What this thing pH?

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Coconut Water

Coconut Water

As kids we would get whole coconuts from the shop, hammer a hole in two places with a tent peg, pour the water into a glass and drink some before we hammered the coconut to split it open so we could feast on the white flesh. All very exotic in the 1960s.

Now coconut water has gained public interest as a refreshment, especially with the allure of being a natural drink, not a concocted soft drink. ...

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To Snack or Meal?

To Snack or Meal?

They say there was a time last century when we used to eat three meals a day and we should have been thankful for that many because kids were starving in Africa. I suspect they were talking about working adults between 1901 - 1970. I doubt whether kids, teenagers or housewives would have existed on three meals only. If they could sneak a biscuit, leftovers or some bread and dripping they would hav...

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Sugar - Evil for 40 years

Sugar - Evil for 40 years

It is nearly forty years since John Yudkin wrote the book Pure, White and Deadly. He thought there was a direct link between sugar consumption and heart disease, since disproven. Are we now eating more sugar than ever or are we eating the same amount as in 1980? Is there a link between our sugar consumption and obesity? Wise people at the University of Sydney have given this some thought.

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