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Goop aside, we need to talk more about the menopause

Dec 8, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

Last week, Gwyneth Paltrow revealed that she is in the early stages of menopause and called for more discussion around it. Currently going through the menopause herself, Alyson Walsh agrees. Last week, Gwyneth Paltrow announced that she is going through the early stages of menopause. In a video posted to her Goop website, the actor-cum-wellness guru said that, at 46, she was currently in perimenopause and spoke about her experiences so far. “I can feel hormonal shifts happening, the moods, you’re all of a sudden furious for no reason…” she said, while explaining that she’s experienced an increase in sweating....

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A very unscientific report on the truth about home remedies

Dec 8, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

Has anyone actually cured their cystitis with cranberry juice? (Of course they haven’t) As I write this, I have toothpaste on my face. There are two ways a woman can have toothpaste on her face: one) if she woke up late and her morning routine had to be compacted into a rushed five-minute window, thus leaving her with a crusty white snail trail until the early afternoon; two) if she has a massive spot. I have a massive spot. I have the kind of oily skin that I am told will serve me well in middle age but, at the...

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I am followed around the internet by imperfect bodies that look like mine

Dec 8, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

How has the internet changed the way advertising targets women’s bodies? Significantly, says Rachael Sigee. She reports. In the film Minority Report, Tom Cruise walks through a future (2054, to be specific), as his character, John Anderton, is bombarded by personalised advertisements. Triggered by iris scans as he strolls past, they chatter endlessly: “John Anderton” and “Get away, John Anderton. Forget your troubles,” as logos for Lexus and American Express bob into his eyeline. It didn’t take until 2054 for this sci-fi vision to be realised. We have all looked up cheap flights for city breaks or dragged items into...

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Could better light help you survive winter?

Dec 8, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

Being clever with light may help you get more sleep, feel more awake and stay energetic all winter, discovers Brigid Moss. Think back to last winter. Did you have to drag yourself out of bed every morning, feel down, dreary, sleep too much or too little? You could self-diagnose this – light deprivation. That’s the theory of Karl Ryberg, Swedish light expert and author of new book Light Your Life. In his native Sweden, he’s been treating people using light therapy for over 20 years. The reason is brains need quality light for their best function. Having evolved at the...

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What to do now to sleep better tonight

Dec 9, 2019 by Hamza Sheraz.

Brigid Moss relies on camomile tea, massages and eye masks to get a good night’s sleep, but is she wasting her time? According to sleep scientist Neil Stanley, it’s what you do during the day that makes a difference . If you’re bad at sleeping, you've probably tried a heap of things to get better at it. I am a chronically light sleeper – last night, I was woken up by what I realised was my own bed creaking as I moved. After trying and testing scores of sleep aids during my years as a health journalist, my current pre-bed...