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As the excitement of Team GB’s mesmerising success in the 2012 Olympics begins to settle, commentators are talking about the Philosophy of Marginal Gains which played a pivotal role in their training — and how we can all apply these techniques to improve our lives.

 

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A growing number of people advocate that consuming fewer calories than the recommended levels gives the body a chance to work on cell maintenance. Doctors are now investigating the life-enhancing value of this lifestyle.

 

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Sleep problems have reached epidemic proportions in the UK due to factors including stress, increased obesity and our 24/7 lifestyle. For some, severe sleeping disorders are putting their lives at risk.  

 

 

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Imagine being in your female prime of life and then succumbing to a little-known condition where food and drink is an unmitigated minefield and a social life is a struggle, let alone intimate relationships.

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Dining on dirt – or geophagy as it is scientifically known – is found in many cultures around the world. A new scientific study has found that earth, particularly clay, acts as a shield in the stomach against parasites and plant toxins, and is a common craving for pregnant women and young children.

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Will the world end in 2012? What does the Mayan prophecy actually mean? Or is it just the end of an era, of a certain way of life . . . and the beginning of another?

 

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The English countryside is under serious threat, writes Camilla Scaramanga. Planning laws which protect our rural landscape have been overturned - with priority given to housing and economic growth. 

 

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