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Image source: This is a beautiful painting by 9th Grade Ajunath Sindhu, from Trissur, Kerala: This student painted to depict his mother’s daily routine, when his father continually introduced his mother as just a housewife and that she doesn’t work. Ajunath was surprised at his father’s comments, because he never saw his mother idle.


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The topic of mental health has been in the media before the advent of Covid. Often looked at in binary terms of those who are healthy and those who have mental illness. The truth, however, is that mental wellness covers a huge spectrum. Even those who are "mentally healthy" can still improve their mental wellness. Without self-awareness and knowledge of how to maintain your mental health, poor mental health is something that can affect anyone of us.


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The world has changed, and we are adjusting to new ways of living without any sense of how long this will go on. Throughout this pandemic and the latest lockdown, parents themselves are confused about the current situation, are often having difficulty to process their own emotions, whilst at the same time trying to coach and support their children.Lockdown has been very difficult for everyone, some more than others. Trying to juggle work as well as home-schooling can seem impossible. We have put together some ideas to help!


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“Fasting today makes the food good tomorrow”-German Proverb    


Holiday meals are all about carbs, sugar, and, let’s face it, indulgence. And we’re all here for it. The holiday season is notorious for unwanted weight gain. But it’s not just the weight you gain, it’s the onslaught of sugary foods you’re not used to consuming which will play chaos with your blood sugar and insulin levels. This will leave you bloated, fatigued, and make you lethargic, decreasing your energy levels. Extra calories and less activity can mean a higher risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. Scientific studies are showing that intermittent fasting may help reverse these trends.


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Ayurveda, health, colds, flu, wellbeing

Bringing you the best from ancient Indian healing and the medicinal art of Ayurveda; Kashayam a soothing Herbal Tonic prepared from common herbs & spices found in our kitchens.


Amidst the Covid 19 outbreak, mankind across the globe is suffering. Enhancing the body’s natural defence system (immunity) plays a vital role in maintaining optimum health. We all know that prevention is better than cure. As there is no specific medication for the treatment of COVID-19 yet, it is advisable to take preventive measures to boost your immunity and that of your family.


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As the longer nights draw in and sunlight becomes less, our bodies quickly use up any stores of vitamin D, leaving the only way to replenish the body’s needs through supplementation.  Little has been said about vitamin D in the last months of COVID19, which personally I find strange.  Why might this be so?

Vitamin D, better known as the sunshine vitamin is essential for your body playing a major role in production of calcium for bones and teeth.  Vitamin D is also involved in supporting the immune system amongst other essential functions.


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Fermented foods receive a lot of attention for one reason or another.  Is this justified?

Fermented foods are an ancient technique of preserving food, including cheese, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and kombucha.  These foods are rich in probiotics which help to keep your digestion healthy by populating the gut with beneficial gut bacteria.  With the link between the gut and the brain, fermented foods also have an impact on brain health as well as the immune system.  Seventy percent of our immune is found in the gut-associated lymphoid tissue, therefore a healthy gut is essential for a strong immune system.



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The aftermath of the COVID19 pandemic is still emerging as we return to a semi-normal life of eating out, shopping and for some working in the office environment, most of which is under some kind of mask.


What is the fear surrounding COVID19 doing to your first chakra?

The Base chakra, also known as the First, Root and Earth chakra is located at the base of the spine and is the colour red.  It represents tribal connections – society, family, groups etc.   It is the source of the coiled serpent energies of yoga, referred to as “Kundalini” in Sanskrit.  The chakra extends down through the feet to the earth. 


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It is interesting to hear the more recent news bulletins, which in honesty I seldom do because it either lacks interest or is repetition of the same.  However, what caught my attention is the fear that has been generated as part of the fallout from the COVID19 lockdown, which our leaders are trying to address to get the economy up and running by encouraging the general populous to return to work.  We see the fear manifested in different ways, such as parents not wanting children to go back to school, individuals fearful to leave their house and avoidance of using public transport, all with the same underlying cause; the fear of catching COVID19.



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With the loosening of lockdown guidelines of the COVID-19 pandemic, HR directors, CEO’s and other organisation managers will be thinking hard and planning the return to work and how to protect themselves and you, their team members from this particular virus and any other seasonal bug that comes along.

In many cases, due to the physical limitation of space it is not feasible to separate working places, meeting rooms, the use of toilets, the space for lunch and coffee breaks to observe the social distancing guidelines. Therefore, what steps can be taken to protect the environment and people within it?