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Deborah Maddison - Independent Lifeplus Associate

Your Wellness Centre – holistic wellbeing inspiration

Whether you’re starting your journey into the world of nutritional supplementation and holistic wellbeing or already well on your way, we have information, guidance and expert opinion to help and support you. Let us make it as easy as possible for you with a definitive range of trustworthy, authoritative and informative easy to read articles and advice.

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State of Mind

Exploring Eco-therapy

Reading Time: 4 minutes Tune in to what’s important by stepping outside… It might not be a huge surprise to hear that being outside, getting fresh air and exercise is not only good for your physical health it can also be beneficial for your mental health. But did you know that so-called eco-therapy – a form of therapy based […]

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The importance of sleep

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can you achieve a more restful and restorative sleep? Sleep is vital. We know that, because we all, at one point or another, will have failed to have enough and suffered as a result. Lack of sleep causes physical effects like grey eyes, dull skin and headaches, but the importance of sleep is also […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Amino acids and their effects

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why amino acids are vital for our health Amino acids are our body’s building block of proteins, giving them a key role in supplying us with energy. If the body is supplied with enough amino acids, it can have a positive effect on our wellbeing. Many people associate amino acids exclusively with fitness. Yet amino […]

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Eating Well

Why are eggs healthy?

Reading Time: 7 minutes The health benefits of eggs Are eggs good for you? This question has long been a subject of debate, the reason being that many people associate eggs with harmful cholesterol and its negative effects on the body. However, studies have shown that eggs contain many valuable nutrients important for our body’s health.1 This makes chicken […]

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Staying Active

The benefits of doing Pilates

Reading Time: 4 minutes How Pilates can help your body and mind Pilates has become more and more popular in recent years. The benefits from doing Pilates are becoming better known and it’s now a form of exercise not only popular with dancers or people who also like yoga but rather a sport for anyone wanting to get to […]

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The influence of epigenetics

Reading Time: 2 minutes Can leading a healthy lifestyle affect our cells at a genetic level? Epigenetics involves the control of our genes by factors other than our individual DNA sequence.1 We’re all made up of a series of DNA – this cannot fundamentally change but the gene activity within our DNA can be altered. The study of epigenetics […]

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Eating Well

Nutritional Psychiatry

Reading Time: 2 minutes Is nutritional psychiatry the key to understanding mental health? Mental illness accounts for a significant proportion of global health. This is why it poses such a substantial social, economic and health worry.1 While treatment has historically been dominated by prescribed medication and psychotherapies, such as talking therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy, nutritional psychiatry is showing […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Calcium

Reading Time: 3 minutes The mineral that is stored in our bones and teeth Calcium is one of the essential minerals. Since the body stores large amounts of the substance in bones and teeth, calcium is the most important mineral in terms of quantity.1 Calcium intake is mainly covered through food when eating a healthy and balanced diet. Find […]

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Staying Active

Improve your health with community sport

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’re new to an area, or have recently decided to get more active, why not take a look at the community sports available locally? Many towns, villages, charities and schools offer local people the chance to get involved in a wide range of activities, from walking to water polo. And whatever you choose, if […]

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Eating Well

Probiotic bacteria

Reading Time: 4 minutes A cornerstone of intestinal health Probiotic bacteria are desirable inhabitants of the intestine which have positive effects on our health. The bacteria accompany us for a lifetime and we acquire our first probiotic bacteria at birth – also called lactic acid bacteria.1 The probiotic bacterial cultures are present in our body from the very beginning. […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

What are micronutrients?

Reading Time: 8 minutes Vitamins, minerals, trace elements & other nutrients Nutrients are divided into two groups: micronutrients and macronutrients. By definition, micronutrients are components of food that do not give the body energy but are still essential to life due to their function and various processes in the body.1 Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals and trace elements in addition […]

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Understanding the mind-body connection for positive mental health

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can developing mindfulness support positive mental health? Positive mental health is determined by a variety of factors and while it’s impossible to control everything that happens around us, developing mindfulness can be a strong step in the right direction when it comes to experiencing greater happiness and a positive state of mind.  Why should […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

The macros

Reading Time: 5 minutes The macros: carbohydrate, protein and fat Macronutrients, or macros for short, include carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Almost everything we eat contains a certain amount of macronutrients. Our body needs the nutrients for various important functions such as growth, development and energy supply.1 Learn more about what macronutrients can do in our body. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are […]

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Reflect, Reset and Rebuild!

Reading Time: 4 minutes The New Year is here and it brings a time of reflection and goal-setting. Last year was historic in terms of challenges but it was also a year of resilience. Whilst we may not know what challenges are ahead, we’ve all proven our resilience by actively progressing forward in life — physically, personally, professionally, emotionally […]

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Eating Well

Raw food diet

Reading Time: 9 minutes Strengthen your body naturally Is raw food healthy or just a trend? Many people are sceptical about meals that are prepared with a blender, juicer or spiraliser, and prefer to pull out a frying pan or switch on the oven instead. That being the case, we often overlook the fact that not all foods have […]

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Facial yoga

Reading Time: 6 minutes Relaxation through self-care Anger, sorrow or joy – our emotions can sometimes be clearly written on our face. This is not the only reason why the muscles in our face are in motion around the clock. And as a result they become a little looser as the years pass. Facial yoga can be used to […]

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Staying Active

Feeling the effects of exercise

Reading Time: 2 minutes Regular exercise is the best solution for a healthy body, offering a whole host of short and long term benefits. The main benefits can be split into three areas: 1. Aerobic endurance 2. Strength gains 3. Psychological benefits Whilst helping to improve your physical shape externally and the health of your body internally, exercise can […]

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Eating Well

Vegetarian nutrition

Reading Time: 4 minutes Healthy living as a vegetarian More and more people are opting for a vegetarian diet. Vegetarians don’t eat meat and fish — and in some cases, they avoid other animal products as well. Many vegetarians want to make their diet healthy and balanced. The issue of animal welfare also often plays a role in the […]

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Laughter is healthy

Reading Time: 5 minutes This is how laughter affects our body “A day without laughter is a day wasted,” Charlie Chaplin once said. And he isn’t the only one to think this. Dr Lee S. Berk of the Loma Linda University School of Allied Health Professions, and one of the pioneers of laughter research, also encourages people to laugh every day. Why […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Secondary plant metabolites — also known as phytonutrients

Reading Time: 2 minutes What are phytonutrients? Secondary plant substances are also referred to as phytonutrients, phytochemicals or secondary plant ingredients. But how do the substances work? Secondary plant metabolites are responsible for dyes, bitter substances, fragrances and flavours in food. Phytonutrients do not belong to the essential nutrients of the body, but are involved in a variety of […]

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Eating Well

Green vegetables

Reading Time: 4 minutes Why it’s worth eating green vegetables and fruit A colourful diet brings variety to the kitchen. You can support your own health by cooking different coloured vegetables. Many people like to grab yellow peppers, purple aubergines or red tomatoes in the supermarket — but green vegetables can also be regularly added to the shopping basket. […]

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Staying Active

The Magic Window of Recovery

Reading Time: 2 minutes Regular, prolonged exercise is one of the best ways that we can strengthen our bodies and boost our overall health – and the best part is that the benefits don’t stop working when we do! Post-exercise is the time when your body is working its hardest. You’ve done the hard bit and you’re allowed to […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Antibiotic resistance

Reading Time: 2 minutes Antibiotic resistance has the potential to impact human health across the globe and is a top point of action for the World Health Organisation. Used to prevent and treat bacterial infections in people and animals, the high availability and misuse of antibiotics has caused some bacteria to become resistant to the very medicines aimed to […]

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Staying Active

Preventing sports injury

Reading Time: 3 minutes Top tips on preventing injury and enjoying the health benefits of physical exercise. Sustaining an injury is one of the quickest ways to derail your fitness efforts. Whether you’re an avid exerciser or are just about to embark on a new fitness programme, it’s important to know how to move and exercise properly so that […]

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Eating Well

Rheumatism, arthritis and diet

Reading Time: 3 minutes How the well-being of people with rheumatism can be supported by the right diet According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, arthritis affects nearly half of all adults over 65,1 and the pain and discomfort of arthritis can be enough to lower a person’s quality of life. A particularly painful form of arthritis […]

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State of Mind

Try something new!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Human beings are truly exceptional creatures. Think about those very first few days, weeks and months of a baby’s life, of your own life. We are born into a world of extraordinary change from day one. All around us are brand-new sensations, sounds, smells, tastes, sights. Absolutely everything is unknown. The wonderful thing is that […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Taking nutrients on the go

Reading Time: < 1 minute Whether you’re training for a particular sport, or just trying to keep in shape you need to make sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs – before, during and after exercise. While stopping to refuel is easier if you happen to be in the gym, it’s not always convenient to carry full-sized […]

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Eating Well

How to prevent meningitis in your teenager

Reading Time: 4 minutes A healthy diet and a strong immune system can help to avoid meningitis Meningitis is a serious infection whereby the lining around your brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. There are two types of meningitis – viral and bacterial. Bacterial meningitis can be life-threatening. Viral meningitis is usually not but can still leave you some […]

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Embracing Change

Reading Time: 5 minutes Positive ways to greet life’s biggest challenges Stress affects each and every one of us in all manner of ways, but one thing we generally all have in common is that we certainly don’t try to seek it out. It most often comes when we don’t expect it. As much as many of us try […]

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Staying Active

The mental health benefits of exercise

Reading Time: 3 minutes What role does regular exercise play in your mental wellbeing? The health benefits of physical exercise are many and varied and, given the obvious affects it has on our fitness, shape and health, it’s understandable that this is where attention is often focused. Exercise is not just about increasing fitness and gaining bigger muscles though […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Why is zinc important?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Aside from contributing to our DNA, what else does Zinc do for us? It’s surprising just how much! This ubiquitous mineral helps not only to maintain our immune system but also our bones, our skin,  nails and our hair. It’s also vital for our cognitive function and protects our cells from oxidative stress. It even […]

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Understanding happiness and how it helps our mental wellness

Reading Time: 2 minutes Does defining it help us to achieve it? Most of us would say we would like to be happy. We have a rough idea of what happiness is: that good feeling about ourselves, our work, our life and everyone around us. We certainly know when we feel unhappy. But it can be quite difficult to […]

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Positive mental health for wellness

Reading Time: 2 minutes The true power of positive thinking We human beings do spend an enormous amount of time worrying. It’s a bit like living in a badly insulated house. All of that energy we expend on having negative thoughts about the past, present or future simply heads off into the ether without achieving anything useful. And guess […]

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Me time makes a positive difference to your mental health

Reading Time: 2 minutes Generosity of spirit is a fine thing, no doubt about it. Giving time to other people and saying yes to requests for help reflects the value of your good nature.1 Yet in the middle of so many other demands on our time – juggling tasks, getting the basic chores down, sorting out family needs, fitting […]

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Teamwork: The secret ingredient to success

Reading Time: 2 minutes “No man is an island”, as the 17th century English author, John Donne, famously declared.  We quite agree. People are at their best when they work together towards a common goal – especially when this has benefits for the group and also the wider community at large. Cooperation for mutual benefit is fundamental in the […]

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Generosity matters for our mental health and happiness

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sometimes it’s worth stating the obvious: our world would be a better place if we were all a bit kinder towards each other.  So how can we make that happen? I read somewhere that today, generosity is today almost as endangered as rainforests – as we all strive to pursue our own happiness. But don’t […]

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The Habits of Happy People

Reading Time: 5 minutes It’s one of the age old questions; what is the secret to happiness? Being happy is not just a mood – it’s a state of mind that frames our outlook on life and has a confirmed positive effect on our mental and physical health.1 It’s easy to sit back and wait for happiness to come […]

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The benefits of developing daily mindfulness exercises

Reading Time: 4 minutes Developing presence of mind Have you ever had difficulty remembering the last paragraph of a book you just read – or perhaps even where you were just a few minutes ago? Have you walked in a particularly beautiful spot, yet missed the breath-taking scenery because you were so caught up thinking about past or future […]

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Reducing stress at work

Reading Time: 2 minutes The benefits of working in harmony There are some things that people just can’t do alone. No matter how smart, fast or strong you may be, it’s a given that everyone can still achieve a whole lot more when we face things together. From solving a tricky problem to achieving a shared goal, cooperation is […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Why is vitamin D important?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins for our overall health but it’s also one that some of us aren’t getting enough of. Vitamin D is probably best known for its contribution to our bone health by helping our bodies to absorb calcium and phosphorus, key minerals for strong bones. It’s important to […]

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Eating Well

The best foods and nutrition for your hair

Reading Time: 3 minutes How a healthy diet and healthy hair are connected Good nutrition will benefit your whole body, including your hair, because healthy hair begins from the inside out. Issues on the inside, such as nutritional deficiencies, can often present themselves in the condition of your hair, in areas such as hair loss or brittle and weak […]

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What does diet really mean?

Reading Time: 2 minutes We are what we eat, goes the saying. Certainly food plays a major part in our life, punctuating every day, often determining how we organise our time – and having a significant impact on the way we feel, mentally, physically and emotionally. As part of our attitude to food, we often talk about being on […]

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Eating Well

Foods to sharpen your focus

Reading Time: 2 minutes Eat your way to improved concentration! Some days it can feel like your brain is stuck in first gear. You might find it hard to concentrate or discover your attention is wandering from the task at hand. While there can be many reasons for your mind suddenly deciding it’s going to take the day off, […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Fasting and nutritional supplements

Reading Time: < 1 minute How important is nutritional supplementation whilst fasting? While fasting can be very beneficial it’s important to do it safely and in a healthy way. Fasting, put simply, is when you do not consume food for a given period of time. But for optimal health it’s important to ensure that, when you’re fasting, you’re still getting […]

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Food waste matters: how to be less wasteful

Reading Time: 3 minutes For our grandparents, food was precious, packaged foods are a rare treat and growing your own a necessity rather than a fashionable hobby. Nowadays processed food can be found everywhere. We are bombarded with statistics – from the mountain of food that is thrown away to the number of people relying on food banks. You […]

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Eating Well

Making healthy diet choices

Reading Time: 2 minutes Vegetarian, vegan, pescatarian, flexitarian, fruitarian…with so many different diets to pick from, making healthy diet choices can be confusing. It really doesn’t have to be though. In fact, when followed effectively, a diet doesn’t have to be a ‘diet’ at all. It can open you up to a life of abundant eating where you get […]

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Staying Active

Self-Tracking: learning about your health

Reading Time: 3 minutes What is self-tracking? There are different ways to track aspects of your lifestyle, in areas like fitness, sleep or nutrition, and while technology has made it easier than ever to do, it’s something that has been accessible to everyone for a long time. You might already keep a gratitude diary for example, where you log […]

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Eating Well

Adaptogens – herbs and other plants

Reading Time: 3 minutes Natural helpers in stress relief Adaptogens are growing in popularity around the world as people try to cope with stressful, modern lifestyles. Adaptogens can be taken in supplement form, but there are a variety of natural adaptogens that can easily be integrated by eating well through a healthy and balanced diet. What are adaptogens? Adaptogens […]

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Overcoming self-criticism

Reading Time: 4 minutes When enough really is enough We all juggle many roles and responsibilities in life —parent, spouse, employee, friend, neighbour, sibling, child. Amongst this though, it’s important to remember that we also have many responsibilities to ourselves and our own welfare. Many people deal with self-criticism on a daily basis so if you feel like they […]

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Nail health

Reading Time: 4 minutes How your nails and your health are connected When was the last time you took a close look at your fingernails? Did you know that nail health is actually a really good indicator of overall health? Nails are primarily comprised of an important protein called alpha-keratin which helps to establish the first protective barrier of […]

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The connection between skin care and self-care

Reading Time: 2 minutes All too often we can be made to feel guilty for putting ourselves first but looking after our own wellbeing is not a form of selfishness at all! Showing kindness, love and compassion to ourselves is a wonderful form of self-care and is one that we should always try to find time for. Self-care is […]

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Variety in a healthy diet is key

Reading Time: 2 minutes Many eating plans focus on limiting or cutting out entire food groups, but they each play an important role in keeping us healthy. A balanced diet is actually not about ‘cutting out’ in the traditional sense at all. It’s about striking a balance that gets the right nutrients into your body while limiting the foods […]

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The importance of taste in our diet

Reading Time: 2 minutes Do you take milk or lemon in your tea? Maybe you like to add a generous dollop of delicious natural honey to sweeten your favourite hot beverage? Or do you prefer to keep things plain – to savour the flavour as Mother Nature intended?1 It’s all a question of taste – but what we can’t […]

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Reflexology for the health of your body

Reading Time: 3 minutes What reflexology can do for you       Reflexology focuses on the zones of energy in our body. It involves stimulating pressure points distributed throughout the body, but mostly on various parts of the foot. If pressure is applied to the right points, energy can flow through the body to remove toxins and support the nervous […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Choosing the best quality in nutritional supplementation

Reading Time: 2 minutes Whenever we make a serious investment – in a house or flat, or a new car – we naturally spend a large amount of time checking that we have the best possible information available because we want to make a good choice. It’s our money at stake, after all. So if you are thinking about […]

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Increase your productivity in life

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can I increase my productivity? In today’s busy world, it seems like we’re often expected to do it all: perform at our job, keep a clean house and spend quality time with friends and family. Often we can over-commit and create mile-long to do lists. Therefore, we all need time to relax and step […]

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Eating Well

Can diet boost your immune system?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Whilst there are no foods or supplements that can stop us getting highly contagious viruses, we do know certain nutrients and vitamins are more important than others when it comes to our immune systems. That doesn’t mean we should become slaves to them or that we should become fixated on what we eat. You’ll be […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Do macronutrients matter?

Reading Time: 2 minutes The importance of macronutrients for a healthy body The Oxford English dictionary defines a nutrient as ‘a substance that provides nourishment essential for the maintenance of life and for growth’. But what is a ‘macronutrient’? Macronutrients, or ‘macros’ are the new buzzwords, but don’t let that lessen their importance as the science of macros is […]

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Eating Well

Health benefits of honey

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why honey is good for your health  Not everything that tastes sweet is bad for you. Processed and refined sugars are low in micronutrients and can lead to an insulin spike, but there are less processed sugars like honey are good for you. Honey is a popular and tasty natural alternative to processed sugars, created […]

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Speed of life

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why do some people find it hard to adjust to the apparent increase of speed in so many areas in life? Sociologists and psychologists can help us understand our perception of time1 – and how different people have differing views. 1. Technical advances give us higher expectations Hartmut Rosa, a German sociologist, describes how progress […]

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Staying Active

Yoga and mindfulness for kids

Reading Time: 2 minutes How yoga exercises improve concentration, balance and self-confidence in children Yoga is not only good for the body but also has a positive effect on mental health. It helps you to calm and center your mind by quieting your thoughts and helping you to focus on the present. Controlled breathing and meditation are also aspects […]

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Lifeworks for the young at heart

Reading Time: 2 minutes With growing up comes wisdom, experience and often better self-confidence and less insecurities. When we refer to growing up, it’s not a specific age, it’s a sense of being. You’ve probably come across a younger person who already acts older than their years, or a parent, or grandparent, who has a better social life than […]

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Eating Well

Eat superfoods for winter wellness

Reading Time: 2 minutes Traditionally, winter is not the season we tend to associate with good health. But why? Is it the masses of cold, flu and cough remedies that suddenly start to take over our cabinets? The harsh, biting wind that whips around slowly freezing us, or the long dark evenings that lower our mood and drain our […]

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Supporting healthy digestion

Reading Time: 4 minutes Your diet and nutrition choices can impact on your life in a variety of ways, including the way they affect your digestion. We all have different profiles and sensitivities when it comes to how we digest and process the foods we eat, and this can also change over time as we get older. More often […]

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Eating for wellbeing and energy

Reading Time: 2 minutes Should you decide to explore a more active lifestyle, it pays to think about the foods you should eat; there are many great ingredients for meals that are ideal to support and sustain your energy and activity levels. Your overall eating pattern may need a bit of readjustment. We are all familiar with the importance […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Antioxidants: Protecting Cells from Oxidative Stress

Reading Time: 4 minutes The power of antioxidants in supporting wellbeing Antioxidants are well known to be beneficial to us, but their potential health benefits may go even further than we thought. Studies have shown that Vitamin C, for example, is a natural antioxidant that plays a role in the healing of wounds by producing collagen. It is also […]

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Dietary guidelines – confusing but useful!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Governments around the world delight in offering their citizens detailed advice on what they should and should not eat.  Some have food pyramids, some have perfect plates, and others have simple notes. We like this simple Danish version: The Danish 8 diet tips • Eat fruits and vegetables 6 pieces per day • Eat fish […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

The timing of nutritional supplements

Reading Time: 2 minutes When is the best time to take them? Taking your supplements at the ‘wrong’ time doesn’t mean they won’t work, but for optimum effect there are certain key times when you should take different vitamins and minerals. The ‘correct’ timing can help in terms of bio-availability and there are optimal times when the body will […]

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Don’t Overanalyse What You Eat

Reading Time: 3 minutes When sitting down for a meal, what do you see? Something delicious? Something necessary to get you through to the next meal? Something to enjoy? A mixture of numbers or a scientific breakdown? For the health conscious, one of the great benefits of the modern age is that we can enjoy limitless access to information […]

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Can positivity lead to happiness?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Sometimes life throws things at us that we just weren’t expecting. Out of the blue a massive curve-ball comes round the corner.  It doesn’t even have to be something major – just something we didn’t anticipate and had no control over. What do we do? You’re probably thinking “Where are we going with this?”. The […]

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Success – a dish best shared

Reading Time: 2 minutes The simple act of recognising success is incredibly powerful, but so often in life it seems that the natural thing to do is to be humble and shy in coming forward to celebrate our successes. We fear being recognised, but why is this? Some believe, it’s because at a deep internal level, we can all […]

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The seeds of satisfaction

Reading Time: 4 minutes Many of us already know that organic whole foods are highly nutritious with little to none of the additives and preservatives that can be found in some of the processed foods lining our supermarket shelves. Yet many also believe that sourcing good quality produce involves specialist suppliers or higher price tags. Yet there’s another option […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Enzymes: catalyst for energy

Reading Time: 3 minutes Don’t we all wish there was a magic button that made our day-to-day tasks go twice as fast, so that we had more time to do the things we actually want to do? Until we discover some magic technique or device, doing the laundry is always going to take time. Perhaps we can take comfort […]

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How creative activities can be beneficial for adults

Reading Time: 5 minutes Rediscover your creative mind When did you last pursue a creative activity? Creativity is something that’s so natural to us as children, but as we grow older, it’s all too easy to become side-tracked by daily life and forget to take time out to satisfy our creative desires. Creativity in adults is just as important […]

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Little red wonders

Reading Time: 3 minutes Small, shiny, tasty – and good for you too, no wonder cherries are a firm favourite for so many. In fact, cherries are beloved in countries around the world, with National Cherry Day1 in the UK, and whole festivals dedicated to them in the USA. We just can’t seem to get enough of this small […]

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Understanding Carbs & the Glycemic Index

Reading Time: 3 minutes Many of the terms we come across in articles or advice on healthy eating or developing a balanced diet seem deliberately designed to baffle and bamboozle us.1 ‘Glycemic index’ is a case in point. You’ll often hear it mentioned in the context of blood sugar, but it is not immediately obvious what it relates to, […]

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What will boost your mood?

Reading Time: 3 minutes You could try chocolate – a tried and tested go-to for most of us. And we know, scientifically, it can help. Chocolate contains a small amount of tryptophan, an amino acid used by our brains to make serotonin (the neurotransmitter linked to feelings of happiness). 1 But we also know it’s likely to have an […]

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Vagus Nerve Exercises for your nerve stimulation

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why should I do exercises for the vagus nerve? The vagus nerve is integral to your health as it connects your brain to the other organs in your body and helps regulate all major bodily functions. The nerve wanders through your entire body and can therefore influence not only your physical health and wellbeing but […]

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Guarana as a natural energizer

Reading Time: 3 minutes What is guarana and how does it work? Guarana, also known by its scientific name of Paullinia cupana, is popular as a natural energy booster and can be added to drinks as an alternative to drinking tea or coffee. Guarana extract naturally contains caffeine, but studies have shown that it can also have a positive […]

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Rowing – the boat sport

Reading Time: 3 minutes What rowing has to offer If you are seeking a great workout for the entire body, rowing is well worth considering. This historic sport is wonderful for building overall body strength and it provides a fantastic cardio workout at the same time! Rowing is not a fast-moving trend but requires patience and dedication to achieve […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

How our wellbeing needs change through life

Reading Time: 3 minutes In our journey through life, the nutritional support our bodies need alters just as we do.1 Eating well is a core part of achieving a state of wellbeing, however old we are. But as we age, gracefully and graciously, we can also learn how adjusting elements of our diet and nutritional intake can be a […]

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Exercising mind and body in older age

Reading Time: 3 minutes Life is a precious commodity, one that most of us are lucky enough to take for granted during our younger years, when the future seems infinite and our energy boundless. Then time intervenes. As the decades pass, that energy seems a tad less boundless. There’s less in the tank. It’s a little more difficult to […]

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Balanced eating habits

Reading Time: 4 minutes We asked ourselves, why is it that so many people take a more pronounced perspective at different times of the year, only to realise that reality doesn’t catch up with expectations and the gap between what should happen and what really happens remains considerable? Scientists from the University of California looked at the effectiveness of […]

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Is your diet fit for purpose?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Making well-intended resolutions, aimed at positive lifestyle changes, is not uncommon and especially after moments of indulgence. At such times it’s only natural to give some serious thought to a sensible diet and maybe doing a bit more in the way of exercise. However, it’s important to understand how “healthy eating” differs from diets aimed […]

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Maintaining healthy habits

Reading Time: 2 minutes When we’re on holiday some of us struggle to maintain a healthy relationship with food.1 The temptation of treats is extremely enticing and while some people diet before to allow themselves room to indulge others just resign themselves to being frugal afterwards. The truth is that neither way is good for your overall health and […]

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Staying active at home

Reading Time: 4 minutes We all know that exercise is good for us. Aside from the obvious health benefits of exercise to manage your weight or keep fit, it’s also proven to help boost your immune system and your mental health.1 So, if it’s not already part of your daily to-do list, now is the time to add it […]

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What is vitamin C good for?

Reading Time: 3 minutes When it comes to the benefits of vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) the list is quite impressive. Not only does it help the normal function of our immune system including during and after physical exercise, it contributes to our normal collagen formation helping the normal function of major parts of our body including […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Supplementing your busy lifestyle

Reading Time: 2 minutes Work hard, play hard is a motto that many people can relate to. With increasing demands on our time from work, family, friends, hobbies – even exercise –  you’re probably no stranger to trying to cram in as much as possible to your waking hours. The trouble is that making such prolonged demands on your […]

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State of Mind

Kindness: Good for our minds?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Throughout history, difficult times have drawn out the best in human nature. Across the globe natural disasters, wars and economic recessions have been testament to this and it’s no different today. Each situation has been unprecedented and each has had its own unique struggles but, in each, we have seen truly inspirational acts of generosity […]

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Eating Well

How not to overeat

Reading Time: 3 minutes For millennia humans had barely enough to eat. Yet these days many people find it difficult to keep their eating in check. Knowing the health consequences isn’t enough. So here are some ideas we’ve found on how not to overeat from experts around the world 1. Change your crockery Using a smaller plate can offer […]

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Staying Active

Balancing high and low impact exercise

Reading Time: 4 minutes We all know that regular exercise is beneficial for our health and wellbeing, but some types of exercise may not seem right for you if you’ve suffered from injuries or have other health conditions. Broadly, exercise can be broken down into two camps – high impact and low impact. There are pros and cons of […]

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State of Mind

Boost your skin health with Aloe Vera

Reading Time: 2 minutes Aloe Vera is well known for giving a cooling, calming effect on the skin and the use of the Aloe plant for its therapeutic properties is not new. In fact, it is well documented in history as being used by the ancient Greek and Roman healers. The succulent Aloe is recognisable by its thick, fleshy, […]

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Eating Well

Food quality counts for weight management!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Why is quality more important than quantity when it comes to your eating habits? When it comes to managing your weight, we all know there is a link between calories and weight, and most of us accept that there is a mathematical formula of ‘calories in Vs calories out.’ Theoretically though, this would mean that […]

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Eating Well

Food and Mood

Reading Time: 2 minutes Can what we eat really affect the way we feel? The link between the mood we find ourselves in and what we decide to eat has long been known. When we are feeling down and unhappy we frequently turn to food – classic comfort eating. When we are happy we will often celebrate with food. […]

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Staying Active

Stand up to feel better!

Reading Time: 3 minutes Discover the benefits of getting out of that chair…. On average we spend 8.9 hours sitting down every day1 and when you add in the seven hours a night we spend sleeping – it’s easy to see how most of us are spending just one third of our time on our feet. Leading a sedentary […]

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Staying Active

Get moving your way!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Upping your general activity levels is a well-established way of improving both your physical and mental health.1 But that doesn’t have to mean joining a gym. There are plenty of fun, even quirky, ways you can start to increase your activity levels without the need for Lycra, Barbells or even a pair of trainers. Home […]

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Eating Well

Eating seasonal foods

Reading Time: 3 minutes With many fruits and vegetables available year-round it’s easy to forget that nature knows best, and that the foods it provides us with do in fact have an optimal eating time.1 Seasonal fruits and vegetables not only support our nutritional needs more efficiently, but they taste better too! These are just a couple of the […]

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Staying Active

Rediscover Cycling

Reading Time: 3 minutes How do you feel when you get to the office after being stuck in morning traffic or on the train? Like most of us who drive to work, probably slightly hassled and unnerved. Maybe you’ve caught yourself looking enviously at the cyclists passing by the long queue of cars or gliding across a railway bridge, […]

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Staying Active

The Foundation of fitness

Reading Time: 4 minutes An active life needs a solid backbone… When we think about staying active, we normally envision walking, running, cycling…using our arms and legs to get the heart pumping. We think less often about the foundation of all our movement – the unsung hero that is our back. Barely any of us pay attention to it, […]

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Staying Active

Keeping fit as a family

Reading Time: 2 minutes Exercise. Whether the word brings a rush of excitement or sparks a fear of dread, there’s no denying the fundamental truth that it’s good for us.1 Taking part in regular exercise not only makes you feel better about yourself, it has a couple of pretty impressive shorter-term effects too. Exercise helps us sleep better, reduces […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

What is bioavailability?

Reading Time: 3 minutes And why is it essential for nutritional supplements? Sooner or later, if you are exploring the world of nutritional supplements you will come across the term ‘bioavailability’. It sounds slightly off putting, but is actually an extremely important factor in whether supplements are effective or not. Like many scientific terms, it is better understood if […]

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Nutritional Supplementation

Understanding Supplements

Reading Time: 2 minutes Restoring the body’s natural balance The combined onslaughts of processed, nutrient-poor food and lifestyles that can be at one and the same time hyperactive and sedentary, relentless and disorientating, mean that it is no surprise that our bodies sometimes feel the strain. A healthy body naturally strives to achieve a balance between a rounded diet, […]

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