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28
Mar
2018
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#Stress Management

The dictionary defines stress as “a pressure or tension exerted on another object; a demand on physical or mental energy; or forcibly exerted influence usually causing distress or strain.”    In short stress is any factor, positive or negative that requires a response or change. Medical research recognises that chronic ongoing stress can lead to illness, aggravate existing disease conditions and accelerate aging.

Many diseases have a foundation of stress.  43% of adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.  75-90% of all doctor appointments are for stress-related ailments and complaints.

 

12
Feb
2018
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Boost gut and immune health

Whilst spending time in South Korea it is obvious that I should blog about the famous Korean Kimchi.  Kimchi is a traditional food made by fermenting vegetables with probiotic lactic acid bacteria and served as a side dish with most Korean meals, along with chilli paste, seaweed, and rice.

The main ingredient is Chinese cabbage, often with other vegetables, such as leek, scallions, cucumber and radish, all of which are fermented together in herbs and spices, usually garlic, cayenne pepper and ginger.

 

26
Jan
2018
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Natural, wheat free bread

Bravo to Heart of Nature for producing this fantastic bread.  It is made from wholesome ingredients including seeds of all kinds – chia, linseed and quinoa, wild oats (Avena sativa) and contains no wheat, no sugar and is dairy free.

I love it both toasted or just sliced and fresh with poached egg, avocado, salmon and humus.  Not altogether!

The main ingredient, Oats gives many health benefits, including insoluble fibre.  Insoluble fibre of which most people need about 26 g to 35 g per day, moves food along through the intestines, and in the process helps to keep you regular by preventing constipation.

 

9
Jan
2018
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Intermittent Fasting - Naturopathic Principles

Put your hands up if you made a New Year’s resolution to lose several pounds, or to get fitter, or perhaps to cut down on sweet things?  This time of the year sees many of us going alcohol free for January, starting that diet which we have been talking about for months, and signing up for that gym membership which we leap into with enthusiasm, but interest soon dwindles when we see limited or little result.

 

19
Dec
2017
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Immune booster

Traditionally and historically garlic is best known for its use in cooking for flavouring stews, pasta sauces etc.   Eaten raw this herb strengthens the immune system, but some might say “at a price!”  One such person was Thomas Nash, who once said, “Garlick maketh a man wynke, drynke, and stynke.”  (First husband of William Shakespeare’s granddaughter Elizabeth Barnard)

 

14
Nov
2017
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Essential Oils for Health and Wellbeing

After being plunged into “Daylight Saving” its time to take out the candles, and bring warmth into your life with warming foods – stews, casseroles, soups as well as festive aromas.  We can also bring warmth into the long dark evenings by diffusing essential oils.  Essential oils bring natural, delicious, warming, soothing and uplifting fragrances into the home.  Combined with the flicker of candlelight and the warm glow you are set to see the long winter nights through with ease.

What are essential oils?

 

16
Oct
2017
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I recently took part in the Wantage Pilates Studio event on “Women’s Pelvic Health”.  Whilst I do not specialize in pelvic health, I was still able to contribute from the perspective of a Kinesiologist, Herbalist and Naturopath.  The title I decided on for my presentation was “Beyond Pelvic Health?”  This blog is based on the presentation I did for that event.

 

18
Sep
2017
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Suffering from Insomnia?

Thomas Dekker the actor once said, “Sleep is the golden chain that binds health and our bodies together.”  

Sleep hygiene can be called one of the essential pillars to our health.  As we are all unique it cannot be assumed that everyone needs a certain amount of sleep hours per night, but it can be said that when you wake up, the mind and body should feel refreshed and energized ready to face the day.  There is nothing worse than putting your head on the pillow and then circular thoughts start.  Your mind runs actively over the days business, difficulties, challenges, outstanding problems, worries to do’s and so on stopping you from nodding off into a peaceful slumber and good nights rest.

 

11
Aug
2017
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Negative impact of Smart Metres

We live in a world that is ever increasing the levels of electro magnetic radiation (EMR).  This is manmade radiation used in mobile phones, WiFi, the Tetra-network and now the addition of so called Smart meters.  I am yet to understand what is smart in the smart meters, except of course the fact that this decreases the workforce who read meters periodically, which will increase the large energy giants profitability.  Oh and of course the fact that there is more control over what we are all doing?  Has anyone stopped to think about the security issues surrounding this meter?  If a cyber hacker can hack into our banks, what is to stop them hacking into your meter, and your data that the supplier has stored, as well as your home if you have an app to control the heating, lighting etc when

 

13
Jul
2017
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Rosemary is not just for flavouring lamb?

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), the hardy Mediterranean shrub that not only looks gorgeous, smells divine but has many health benefits in addition to it being a wonderful herb for flavouring lamb, adding to strews and casseroles, to breads, muffins, as well as for flavouring desserts.  Beautifully versatile!

Whilst adding flavour to food, the bitters in Rosemary stimulate the appetite and absorption, as well as aiding digestion of fats and helping both hepatic and cellular detoxification.  Tannins present in rosemary protect the gut lining from irritation and inflammation.