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  • Love can be complicated; it can be hard work, but it can also be amazing and life changing too.
    We’ve all heard the idea that if we wait just long enough and look hard enough, we’ll find the right person for us. But is love something we need to actively seek out? And do we really understand the meaning of what love is and what it looks like?
    Well today I’m joined by author and meditation teacher, Conor Creighton to talk to us about love, and how many of us don’t fully understand the power it can have.
    His new book, The Truth about love, shows us how to change ourselves and the world around us, by simply opening our hearts up.
    Conor says while loving others is important, a greater focus needs to be placed on the importance of self-love. “We all run around with this feeling of, if I can perfect myself. If I can just perform at a higher level, then I’ll be worthy of love...That’s where I think you can train this idea that hey, I’m actually enough.”
    We also discuss how to find your own tribe, learning to trust your instincts about people and how best to accept and own a breakup.
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected]
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  • As we all start to settle into our new ways of working, be it fully remote, back in the office or a mix of both, it’s important that we develop positive healthy habits around that.
    That’s why on this week’s Real Health, I’m taking you through my top tips for transforming your work health.
    One of the easiest changes you can make, is to introduce more movement and standing to your day. That doesn’t mean you have to start introducing crazy exercise regimes into your schedule. It can be as simple as standing up from your desk and having a walk around regularly. The aim is to break the long periods of sitting, which we know can have a serious and negative impact on our health.
    Working from home can make it hard to keep that movement up. Introducing some exercise in place of your commute, like a walk for example, is an effective way to make sure you aren’t becoming too sedentary.
    On the flip side, if you are back in the office, consider getting off the train or bus one stop earlier. Or park the car a little further away from the front door.
    I also talk about the importance of organisation, from planning your meals, to time management and keeping control of the tasks you have to do.
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected]
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  • I’m sure like me, you find life is bit of a juggle sometimes. From work, relationships or money, it can be difficult to find the time to fit it all in and have some space leftover for yourself. Even trying to change your routines or habits for the better can be a real challenge.
    It’s no wonder many of us can feel stressed and overwhelmed, meaning our mental health takes a hit and we get into a negative thought pattern.
    But are there simple techniques out there that we could incorporate into our day, to help ditch the thoughts that can be harmful to our mental health?
    Well, this week on Real Health, I’m delighted to be joined by psychotherapist and former NHS Clinical Lead for Mental Health, Owen O’Kane. His new book, How to be Your Own Therapist gives just these kinds of solutions to help us form a healthier perspective on things.
    Owen says thoughts that are mostly negative can be a burden in people’s lives, so changing the feeling around them can be liberating: “Neuroscientists tell us we have about 60,000 to 80,000 thousand thoughts a day, which is a lot of thoughts. They know that about 60pc of those thoughts can be either negative or critical in nature...if you have fallen into those [negative] thought patterns, there’s a way out of that. You can see them for what they are, which is just unhelpful patterns.”
    We also discuss how to view failure, the importance of self-compassion and how there is still some stigma around therapy today.
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected]
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  • On this week’s episode of Real Health, we’re discussing obesity in Ireland, the main causes of the disease and what treatments are available for it.
    Last month, the World Health Organisation released a report that said obesity has reached “epidemic proportions” in Europe.
    It showed that the disease is causing 200,000 cancer cases and 1.2 million deaths a year.
    Here in Ireland, over six in 10 adults are overweight or obese and we rank ninth in a table of 53 countries for obesity.
    To discuss obesity and the impact it has on our health, I’m joined by Donal O’Shea, HSE Clinical lead for Obesity.
    Donal says for adults who have severe and complex obesity, the treatment is not to eat less and move more. “You develop obesity because you have a genetic predisposition, and you get too much energy from the environment for those genes...what we have now is surgery as a very effective evidence-based treatment and we now have medication that’s coming and is now licensed in Europe.”
    We also discuss calories appearing on restaurant menus, something Donal says can have a positive impact on people’s health: “The calories on menu boards...it works. It’s proven to impact by about 100 calories per purchase for 30pc of people who are looking at the menu. That’s a massive reach at population level. Only vaccination would have that kind of population reach as a health measure.”
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected]
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  • Have you ever considered that being sad could actually be a good thing? Or do you avoid that emotion at all costs?
    Well, my guest this week will help us understand what sadness is good for, and how to transform pain and vulnerability into strength.
    Susan Cain is the New York Times bestselling author of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking and her Ted Talk The power of introverts has gotten millions of views online.
    Her new book Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole aims to help readers to embrace sadness and understand that it can be a superpower.
    Susan says embracing sorrow is not about wanting to be sad but understanding it is a part of being human: “It’s not that sadness is a pleasant state. You didn’t realise it was pleasant, but it really is. That is not the thing. It’s rather that sadness is an inevitable part of human life...it also happens to be a way that connects us to each other.”
    We also discuss why it is important for leaders to show more than just the strong or angry emotions traditionally associated with positions of power. Susan says embracing a wider range of emotions can help people relate to those in those kinds of roles: “When leaders are willing to express sorrow about something that’s happened...that is seen as a more relational power. What people will say about those kinds of leaders is that they feel like they’re on their side and that they are in it together.”
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected]
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  • On this week’s episode of Real Health, we’re busting some of the biggest food myths out there. There’s no doubt that you’ve heard some of the more common ones, like the claim that sugar is toxic, or dairy can cause cancer.Bringing us the latest research and debunking some of the widely shared food myths, is registered dietitian Sarah Keogh. With years of experience working as a dietician, Sarah has heard all the misconceptions out there: “I overhear some hilarious conversations...it’s people saying, ‘oh I’ve heard this or heard that’ and then suddenly, nobody is drinking milk” she says. While sometimes it is people misinterpreting the science, Sarah says this can lead to people becoming fearful of some foods or ingredients: “The other thing I hear a lot is that sugar causes cancer. That one actually has frightened a lot of people. If I’m doing talks, and people are [asking] ‘does it feed cancer?’ and ‘should you not give up sugar if you have cancer?’. The studies again, are not showing that.”We also discuss myths that surround fruit and vegetables and chat about saturated fat and the suggestion that it is actually good for you. For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected]’t forget to rate, review and subscribe on Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts from.The Real Health podcast is in association with Laya Healthcare.

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  • On this week’s episode of Real Health, we are looking at phone usage and when it can start to have a negative impact on our lives.

    With daily tasks and communication more dependent on smart devices than ever, how can you recognise when normal usage has tipped into dangerous territory?

    To discuss this, I am joined by psychotherapist and author of the Phone Addiction Workbook, Hilda Burke.

    Hilda says that although phone addiction has not been officially recognised as an addiction, those who use their devices a lot can show signs of addictive behavior: “There are some of the hallmarks of addiction amongst heavy phone users...it is that thing of, if I cannot get the hit, how disturbed do I feel? If I am without it overnight or during the day, how on edge do I feel?”

    Hilda explains that a key indicator of addiction is when someone starts putting the substance ahead of things we would highly value in our lives: “You go to the nearest playground, and you will often see a mom or a dad that are looking at their device. The kid can be hanging upside down, breaking their neck but what is on the phone is more important.”

    We also discuss what phone usage does to your brain, why it can be a highly addictive activity and some ways to help you break the cycle of overuse.

    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/

    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected]

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  • It’s fair to say, I’m a bit obsessed with my fridge. My weekly routine of organising the food shop into glass containers is something I look forward to doing.
    Aside from making it look good, can fridge organisation help reduce food waste? What goes on each shelf and are there some foods that should never be kept in there?
    Joining me to answer all these questions, is home economist at TUS Midwest, Agnes Bouchier-Hayes.
    I always sort my food into separate glass containers to keep in the fridge. While it does look neat and tidy, does it help keep food fresher for longer? Well, according to Agnes those glass containers can help with this: “The glass absorbs the cold, so when you open and close the fridge, you are keeping the food at a more constant temperature.”
    Agnes points out that there are a lot of foods that should not be taken out of the packaging they come in: “Plastic is not great. However, there are small laser holes in packaging that reduces the oxygen exchange. When you take something out of the packaging, you are opening it up to the environment and to the oxygen. Whereas when it is kept in its plastic packaging...[food] is more stable and you will get longer out of it.”
    We also discuss why it is so important to keep your fridge clean and I ask the all-important question, should eggs be kept in or out of the fridge?
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected]
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  • On this week’s episode of Real Health, I’m bringing you my top tips for weight loss.
    Weight loss is about more than simply wanting to change how you look. We know weight is one of the big predictors of health-related issues as we get older. By carrying more of it on our bodies, you are putting pressure on your joints and aging the body quicker.
    So, wanting to lose some excess fat is a great thing to do for your health.
    Now that we’re coming into the summer, it's the perfect time to try and make some positive changes, both with your movement and your diet.
    While many people might think the focus should be on upping the amount of exercise, diet is arguably more important. Making changes to what you eat, contributes to about 60pc to 70pc of the results that you will experience.
    One of the easiest changes you can make to your diet, is ensuring you leave twelve hours between dinner and your breakfast the next morning. By doing this, it gives your body time to digest the food you’ve eaten. If for example, you have your breakfast at 7am, aim to finish eating by 7pm that evening. Not only does this ensure you are leaving a good amount of time before you start eating again, it also helps stop you snacking late into the night too.
    I also give you tips for tracking your food, how to incorporate movement into your day and how intense your exercises should be, so you achieve the results you want.
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected]
    Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe on Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts from.
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  • On this week’s episode of Real Health, I’m bringing you my top tips for weight loss.
    Weight loss is about more than simply wanting to change how you look. We know weight is one of the big predictors of health-related issues as we get older. By carrying more of it on our bodies, you are putting pressure on your joints and aging the body quicker.
    So, wanting to lose some excess fat is a great thing to do for your health.
    Now that we’re coming into the summer, it's the perfect time to try and make some positive changes, both with your movement and your diet.
    While many people might think the focus should be on upping the amount of exercise, diet is arguably more important. Making changes to what you eat, contributes to about 60pc to 70pc of the results that you will experience.
    One of the easiest changes you can make to your diet, is ensuring you leave twelve hours between dinner and your breakfast the next morning. By doing this, it gives your body time to digest the food you’ve eaten. If for example, you have your breakfast at 7am, aim to finish eating by 7pm that evening. Not only does this ensure you are leaving a good amount of time before you start eating again, it also helps stop you snacking late into the night too.
    I also give you tips for tracking your food, how to incorporate movement into your day and how intense your exercises should be, so you achieve the results you want.
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected]
    Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe on Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts from.
    The Real Health podcast is in association with Laya Healthcare.

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  • On this week’s show, we are tackling the issue of burnout. It is something that we’ve all become more aware of, especially over the course of the pandemic. While hopefully the stresses of lockdowns, home schooling and working at the kitchen table are behind us, life post Covid is bringing its own strains.
    Some people may be thriving with the new hybrid work life, but it might not be for everyone. So, with Workplace Wellbeing Day tomorrow, it is the perfect time to take a look at what can be done to beat burnout.
    I’m joined by burnout expert and psychotherapist, Siobhan Murray. Over three years ago, Siobhan joined me on the podcast to chat about her newly released book, The Burnout Solution. A lot has happened in those three years, and burnout has never been more topical.
    Siobhan says while burnout is commonly associated with work, she says it can be caused by many different situations: “A term I much prefer using which is; Burnout is emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion brought on by emotionally demanding situations...That emotionally demanding situation could be work, it could be family, it could be extended family...so it's not just work.”
    We also discuss what some of the common symptoms of burnout are, what you can do if you think a loved one might have burnout and what workplaces should do in order to mind their employees.
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected]
    Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe on Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts from.
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  • We’ve all either heard it before or offered it as advice; “It could be worse” or “Everything happens for a reason.” And while people might mean well, sometimes it's the last thing you want to hear when you are having a tough time.
    Is there an obsession with looking at the bright side of things? Well, our guest on Real Health this week certainly thinks so. I’m joined by psychotherapist Whitney Goodman to discuss how too much positivity can turn negative.
    Her new book, Toxic Positivity: Keeping It Real in a World Obsessed with Being Happy, looks at exactly that. Whitney explains that timing is important in determining when positivity will turn toxic: “I think timing is one of the biggest factors that brings positivity from being helpful or healthy into the relm of being toxic. When we use it at a time when someone is struggling and looking for a different type of support, that is when we can really see it go wrong.”
    Even aspiring to be happy all the time is not something Whitney believes we should be aiming for: “This goal that we are striving towards is actually going to make us more miserable because we are missing out on so much good data and information and experiences when we try to avoid everything in life that isn’t happiness or positivity.”
    We also discuss positive affirmations and what advice we should give when someone needs help or support.

    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and Twitter and [email protected]
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  • The area of diet supplements can be a confusing one to navigate. You have to think about what vitamins you should be taking, what form they should come in and if they are worth the money.
    On this week’s episode of Real Health, I’m taking you through everything you need to know about supplements, with dietitian and sports nutritionist Kathryn Stewart.
    Kathryn says you only have to look to the name to know what supplements are meant to do. “You shouldn’t be using them as a replacement or a substitution. They are always in addition to what you are eating already. You want to think, can I get this from a certain food [and] am I getting enough from food? If that’s a no and something is low previously, then maybe you require supplements” she says.
    We also talk about some of the supplements that people should be taking all the time. Many of us have heard the advice from professionals about Vitamin D, but Kathryn also thinks omegas are something people need to consider. “If people do eat fish it tends to be the less offensive ones or the less smelly ones...but salmon, trout, mackerel sardines, the oily fish, they’re the ones where you’ll get the omegas from.” As omegas are crucial for brain and heart health, Kathryn recommends having two portions of these types of fish a week and if you can’t, then you should consider taking a supplement.
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and Twitter and [email protected]
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  • On this week’s episode of Real Health, we are talking about the negative impact a more sedentary life can have on our health.
    With remote working a major part of our lives now, it means the way we move has totally changed. Less running for the bus, shorter distances to make tea or coffee, even the toilet is not as far away as it might have been in the office.
    All this means we can fall into the habit of sitting more. But could small changes to our daily lives help us improve our health and wellness?
    Joining me to discuss this is Suzy Reading, chartered psychologist and qualified yoga teacher and personal trainer, specialising in wellbeing.
    Her new book Sit to get Fit, gives readers a practical guide to changing the way we sit for our health, energy and longevity.
    Suzy says while sitting can be unhealthy for our physical health, it can also cause problems for our mental health too: “Really interestingly, research has shown that our posture has an impact on our mood, specifically that round posture that we end up in on the sofa. Especially if you couple that with a screen. Research is showing that in that round spine, downcast gaze position, it lowers your mood and it lowers your subjective energy levels.”
    We also chat through some simple and quick movements that you can add into your day, that could offset some of the harms done by sitting for extended periods of time.
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and Twitter and [email protected]
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  • On this week’s episode, I’m bringing you my top tips for getting started with resistance training. I’ll be telling you all you need to know about introducing weight bearing exercises into your routine. From home workouts to choosing the right amount of weight for you, I’m covering it all.
    While cardio exercise like running, walking or swimming can be great for our health, resistance training is crucial for longevity. As we age, we begin to lose muscle mass and gain fat. So, training our bodies to be able to lift weights is really important to preserve the muscles we have. In turn it allows us to continue doing even the most basic of movements, like carrying the food shop in from the car or lifting our kids.
    I also have some great tips for making progress, perfect for those who have already introduced resistance training into their fitness schedule.
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and Twitter and [email protected]
    Don’t forget to rate, review and subscribe on Apple and Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts from.
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  • Since we were young, many of us have been taught that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. But what if what we believe about breakfast or food more generally is wrong?
    On this week’s episode of Real Health, I’m joined by author and Professor of genetic epidemiology, Tim Spector.
    Tim is one of the world's leading scientists in food and nutrition. His book Spoon-Fed: Why almost everything we’ve been told about food is wrong, looks to bust the myths and rules surrounding food that have been accepted in society for decades.
    Tim says even as people got older, the idea that breakfast was the meal that couldn’t be missed continued. We were told skipping breakfast could lead to weight gain and over eating. This Tim says, is completely wrong: “There is no evidence that skipping breakfast is bad for you. There is increasingly good evidence that for many people, not everybody but for many people (sic), skipping breakfast is a way of losing weight and improving metabolism. We also know that it can help your gut microbes as well.”
    We also chat about obesity as well as fasting, something Tim says he does about twice a week.
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast.  

    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected] 

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  • This week on Real Health it's all about giving you the knowledge and the tools on how to not only live healthier, but longer too.
    While many of you will have read or been told what you need to do to live longer, it's as important to understand why making certain changes can have such a positive impact on longevity.
    From mindset to exercise and fasting, we are taking a look at the best changes you can make to your daily lives, with Professor Rose Anne Kenny.
    Rose Anne’s new book Age Proof, The New Science of Living a Longer and Healthier Life looks at the latest research behind why we age and how a lot of it is within our control.
    While diet and exercise are important for staying healthy as you age, Rose Anne says it's also about your attitude to aging: “How you perceive yourself to aging, actually seems to influence your physical aging going forward [as well as] cognitive brain health.” In other words, you are as old as you feel.
    We also discuss how sitting for long periods of time can be toxic to our cells and what type of movement Rose Anne says is the best to keep you feeling young.
    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast.  

    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected] 

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  • This week on Real Health we’re discussing eating disorders, what they are and how they impact on the health of somebody suffering from them.

    Eating disorders are complex and affect both the mental and physical health of the person with one. So, when someone gets help, it's often from a team of people with different expertise.



    Today I’m joined by Aveen Bannon, Dietitian at the Dublin Nutrition Centre who specialises in eating disorders, to tell us more about them and her role in treatment.



    Aveen says for many people who decide to seek help for an eating disorder, contacting someone like a GP can be difficult: “Sometimes you might go straight to a psychologist, or sometimes you will go to a dietician. The first thing is to make one appointment. It might feel very overwhelming when you feel you have to suddenly do all of this...Once the journey starts it can be a little bit scary, but it will be worth it.”



    Aveen also talks through the different types of eating disorders there are and from her experience what some of the causes can be.



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  • With International Women’s Day coming up, we have decided to dedicate a whole episode to female health.

    Joining me this week is nutritionist and founder of The Fit Clinic, Dr Michelle Hone. We will be discussing everything from hormones and fertility to the importance of carbs in a woman’s diet.

    Michelle says women need to be treating their health and fitness differently to the way men do. She explains that a lot of the health and performance related research to date has been done in men. But with female hormones being very different, Michelle says it is not enough to simply take that information and apply it to women.
    “If you look at something like the fasting research or the low carbohydrate research, most of [that] has been done in men.
    “[Women] are not just shrunk down versions of the male physiology. Our female physiology is completely different, and we need to really honour our hormones” she says.

    We also chat about the impact overexercising can have on a woman’s body. “When we are over exercising or undereating, we are constantly sitting in this fight or flight response state. That is what is detrimental for our hormones. That is what switches off the interaction between the ovaries and the hypothalamic amenorrhea” Michelle says.

    For more episodes, tips and advice from the show just go to: independent.ie/podcasts/the-re…health-podcast/ 
    And you can get in touch - I’m @KarlHenryPT on Instagram and [email protected] 
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  • It’s the body’s largest organ, but how much do we really know about our skin? Chances are, most of you have had some type skin concern, be it acne or rosace or a mole that didn’t look quite right.
    On this week’s show I’m joined by Consultant Dermatologist, Professor Nicola Ralph to discuss skin health as well as some of the most common skin concerns people have. Acne for example affects millions of people around the world. Professor Ralph says when chronic, it can have a negative impact on an individual’s life: “If you do somebody’s quality of life index, it’s basically a questionnaire of seeing how much the skin condition impacts on [a person]. It’s [acne] just as significant as having diabetes or asthma or epilepsy.”
    We also talk about what people can expect when getting a mole checked, what it really means for your skin’s health when you tan and how much SPF we should be wearing. Dr Ralph says we should be wearing SPF every day of the year. If we’re on holidays or even on a sunny day in Ireland, we need to be topping up every two hours: “Most of us underuse sunscreen. We tend to bring that one bottle [of SPF] on holidays and it seems to go on everyone, and we still bring that same bottle home. But really a full shot glass is what an application should be for the full body and that should be reapplied every two hours or so.”
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