Rachel Shackleton's blog

Ageing Healthily on Meat

The news report yesterday produced by the EAT Lancet Commission, a non profit start up, has reached a consensus about what makes a healthy, sustainable diet to feed the 7.7 billion in the world today, and the expected 10 billion by 2050.

The EAT Lancet commission is a group of 37 scientists who have come together to address five main issues around a healthy, sustainable diet:

Cinnamon a Festive Spice

Cinnamon* (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) is a well recognised spice, and one of the oldest spices.  It is one of the seasonings in “Five Spice Powder”, together with anise, star anise, cloves and fennel seeds.  In the Western world cinnamon features strongly in the colder months, especially at Christmas when it is added to mulled wine, Christmas cakes, mincemeat in mince pies and many other seasonal delicacies. What benefits and effects on health does Cinnamon have?

Menopause as Nature Intended

Menopause is a natural part of any woman’s life, not a disease as some might think.  Women can now expect to live 20-30 years past the menopause.  Quality of life is vital to enjoying these years, including abundant energy, good memory, skin and hair, as well as being able to have a good nights sleep, be free from aches and pains and have a good sex life.

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is not the only option out there to achieve this desired life quality.  Treating menopause naturally through diet, herbs, supplements and exercise can make a huge difference to life quality.

Muscle Memory, Loneliness and Health

The recent news and discussion on the connection between ill health and loneliness is sad, whilst at the same time the root of many questions.  Humans are social animals.  Socializing in a face-to-face manner may not only be fun, stimulating, comforting and motivational, but also necessary to sustain who we are whilst essential to support a healthy mind and body.

KARAOKE AND LAUGHTER - TO BOOST THE IMMUNE?

As we come to the end of the summer season and school begins with a long awaited excitement of seeing friends again, sharing holiday news and other celebratory moments from the last six weeks, the weather also slowly begins to get colder as the sun changes its location in the sky, and the days become shorter.  This is the time when our immune system needs a little boosting to manage the change and avoid falling victim to often circulating colds and flu.