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9
Apr
2024
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natures secret, the stinging nettle

Nature provides everything that we need to nourish the body physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. While the humble stinging nettle might not be appealing to most as one of nature’s foods, it comes at the right time of year to lift winter sluggishness and provide nourishment for mind and body.

 

11
Mar
2024
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Spring is in the air - time to boost your endorphins

Chris Evans on his breakfast show this morning was talking about how the air feels different today, Thursday 7th March. After some discussion with his fellow team members summarised the conversation with “Spring is in the air.” I agree, looking around Hawthorn is showing first leaves, the Blackthorn is in full blossom, Daffodils abound trumpeting the announcement of spring and this week at 6am there is already the first signs of light. Waking up in the darkness was beginning to take its toll. 

 

5
Feb
2024
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Why consult a naturopath

Naturopathy is a holistic approach through the art of things natural to address health and wellbeing of both body and mind as well as your soul. More scientifically, according to the General Council and Register of Naturopaths, “Naturopathy is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies including: dietetics, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, fasting, naturopathic manipulation, traditional Chinese medicine/acupuncture, exercise, lifestyle counselling, detoxification and chelation, environmental assessment and adjustment, spiritual healing, health promotion and disease prevention.” Quite a lot to get your head around, but just think of it as a holistic approach to all aspects of your wellbeing.

 

11
Jan
2024
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new year new beginnings

New year is a time of excitement for many as we embrace the new year coming in, letting go of the old year and whatever that encompassed. 2023 was a difficult year for many, but with a new year beginning there is some hope and excitement for what 2024 will hold. Have you any plans, did you set New Year resolutions?

 

12
Dec
2023
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5 tips for managing overwhelm with serentity

At this time of year many of us try to be the archetypal model of a swan, gracefully gliding over the surface whilst paddling like fury under the water line trying to get everything done both in the work environment and at home!  I can relate to this, especially with so many events that occur at this time of year one after another as well as trying to squeeze in all the end of year things that we feel have to get done.

 

14
Nov
2023
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5 common kitchen herbs

How would you answer if I asked your question “What do you think are the top 5 herbs used in a home kitchen?” Many herbs would immediately spring to mind – oregano, parsley, ginger, rosemary, turmeric, thyme, basil, marjoram, cardamon, garlic and chilli. Perhaps not chilli, but as soon as you start to think about spices associated with a good curry, chilli would probably be the first spice you would think of.

Spices are also classified as herbs as both herbs and spices come from plants. Herbs tend to be from the fresh part of the plant – leaf and flower, while spices tend to be the root, bark, berries and seeds.

 

19
Oct
2023
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Ever heard of microwave syndrome? It is nothing to do with cooking or reheating food, but rather a health syndrome that is connected to microwaves. This boils down to electromagnetic sensitivity. Microwave syndrome is characterised by a number of non-specific multiple organ symptoms typically including the central nervous system when in contact with electromagnetic frequencies.

 

7
Sep
2023
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Why looking after your gut microbiome is so important for your health

The efficiency and the effectiveness of our system of digestion in the gut is dependent on the gut microbiome. This term “gut microbiome” refers to the microorganisms that live within the digestive tract. In fact, this is not the only place that has a microbiome in the body as we also have microbiota in the oral and vaginal mucosa, the respiratory tract, urinary tract, uterus as well as in our skin. Due to the gut-brain access, the link between the health of the gut and therefore the health of the brain, there is potential for microbiota in the brain as well. The microbiome is a diverse collection of not only bacteria, but also fungi, viruses, protozoa and archaea that coexist and live in our body with the gastrointestinal tract being the key driver that affects health overall.

 

14
Aug
2023
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A helping hand offered to a needy hand

Kindness or to be kind is a part of human nature. Sometimes I wonder when I hear of a person in my local town using a board requesting donations for a particular cause who then on opening your purse or wallet to give a donation, grabs it from you and runs away. Certainly, one side of that is being kind, the other side preying on the goodness and kindness of humanity for their own gain.

 

7
Jul
2023
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We are in that season of active creepy crawlies, biting things and things that sting. All part of the great British summer, as well as in other countries in the Western hemisphere that we are visiting to enjoy the sun and sea or to simply experience something different.