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Women: beware teas with a gender agenda | Letters

Herbal drinks that claim to be specially blended for women should be treated with some scepticism, writes Dr James BrownTea is a fabulous drink. In its various guises it is the second most consumed beverage worldwide after water and contains many biologically active...

Holland & Barrett to offer beauty products in vegan-only shops

Retailer to take on Body Shop with test stores that will also stock bigger vegan food rangeThe high street health food chain Holland & Barrett is to open vegan stores as part of a plan to cash in on the increasing number of people who shun all meat and animal...

Social media and celebrity culture 'harming young people'

Young people’s mental health damaged by ‘unobtainable’ body image in online worldAirbrushed photographs of celebrities with perfectly preened bodies staged in exotic locations are all over social media, but such flawless images have been described as damaging for the...

Why it’s time to ban Love Island diet adverts

The popular ITV show has come under fire for showing ads for cosmetic surgery and a weight-loss supplement – and research shows just how toxic they can be to young womenWatch an episode of Love Island and you will likely a) be gripped, b) look into flights to Mallorca...

I loathe my body and feel nothing during sex

I lost my virginity at 27 and not in a good way. Now I have huge trust issues, and my efforts to fix my problems have just made things worseIn a nutshell, I loathe my body. I feel nothing during sex or dissociate entirely – I’ll sometimes even feel a void, an...

Writer Chidera Eggerue on what #SaggyBoobsMatter is really about

She started a movement with one simple question: why should only small-boobed women go braless? Now, Eggerue has written a book she calls an antidote to the self-help sceneWhen Chidera Eggerue, now 23, was a teenager, she knew exactly what she wanted for her 18th...

Nightshifts disrupt rhythm between brain and gut, study shows

Blood tests on participants show profound impact work pattern has on hormones Working night shifts can mess up the body’s natural rhythms so much that the brain and digestive system end up completely out of kilter with one another, scientists say. Three night shifts...

Drawn to success: how to bring out your inner artist

Anyone can learn to draw, and from the web-based Sketchbook Club to art-shop mini-classes and even videos from children’s illustrator Nick Sharratt, there is plenty of help to get you startedMy great-aunt was an artist, and was fond of telling us that anyone can learn...

How was your weekend running?

Track racing, snakes in the park and some news. As always, I want to hear your running stories below the lineWell I’ve had a busy old week since we last met here, running friends. First up were the mile relays last Monday evening in Battersea Park, with a couple of...

Seven ways to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder

PTSD can be caused by a range of experiences, from a car crash to rape to surviving a terrorist attack. But how do you know if you have it and what can you do?Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after being involved in, or...

What does running do to your brain?

Neuroscientists have studied treadmill runners, ultramarathon athletes – and a number of lab animals – to investigate the effects of running on grey matterIt may seem obvious – as you push on through a long run, veering wildly between sensations of agony and elation –...

Fabric swaps hedonism for meditation

For one night only, it’s mindfulness and mocktails at the London clubFabric, in London’s Clerkenwell, is famous for its vibrating dance floor and late-night partying. But on Tuesday the nightclub will play host to an altogether different mind-bending experience.More...

I’m 20 and the pressure of being a virgin is overwhelming

I have struggled with my body image for years and now I feel people my age think I’m immature because I’ve never had sexI am a 20-year-old woman who has struggled with my body image since I was 14. My first proper kiss was when I was 18 and I almost lost my virginity...

Tim Booth: ‘I want to grow old but die suddenly’

The James singer on yoga, meditation and his ‘shadow side’I’m the Woody Allen of health and wellbeing. I’m not a hypochondriac but I did suffer a lot of illness when I was younger. A liver condition I had from the age of 10 hospitalised me when I was 21. I was...

Fit in my 40s: can a running coach make me go faster?

The personal trainer Matt Roberts is so high-end that David Cameron was a client. He’s going to assess my running styleI feel about the word “runner” the way I felt about “mother” when I’d just had a baby – that it was completely fraudulent. You can’t call yourself a...

Heart & Soul: Religion vs. spirituality

Heart & Soul: Religion vs. spirituality

Many of us in the LGBTQ community grew up being told we were going to a fiery hell. Even if you've never set foot in a church or synagogue, the old traditional belief for many people was that there was only a “straight” path to heaven — no pun intended.Related...

Ramadan: Spirituality or Shopping?

Ramadan: Spirituality or Shopping?

But as soon as the fifth or sixth day of Ramadan is passed, the interest, respect and the spirituality can appear to be fading. Most among us just start returning to the previous routine. In some Muslim households, the shadow of Ramadan is perceived ...Related...

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