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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.
What are the health benefits of sushi?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Famous as a Japanese cuisine, sushi has amassed an equally strong following in the West. In recent years, Japanese restaurants have been popping up in capital cities to small towns across the globe. Interestingly, sushi actually originated in China, where farmers first began fermenting fish with the rice from their paddy fields, rice vinegar and […]
What is the connection between sleep and gut health?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Our bodies work in weird and wonderful ways! It might seem strange, but sometimes, things that affect one part of your body can also have an impact on a totally different part too. One such relationship is now thought to exist between gut health and sleep. Your gut can’t think and feel in the traditional […]
Reading Time: 3 minutes Can stress actually be a good thing? Most of us grew up believing that stress is a bad thing, after all, when we speak of stress it’s usually in relation to something bad. This is what’s known as ‘negative stress.’ It’s that unpleasant feeling of being out of control or unable to cope, which can […]
What is chromotherapy?
Reading Time: 3 minutes It might sound like a long, complicated word, but chromotherapy is essentially ‘colour therapy’ – the ability of certain colours to impact our physiological health. You only have to look at the way we all wish to decorate our houses in a certain way or choose to wear particular colours to see that colour really […]
Maximising your metabolism
Reading Time: 3 minutes Your metabolism is important in keeping you healthy but what exactly is a metabolism? Your metabolism is – in essence – a way of describing the chemical processes that continuously occur within your body to keep your organs functioning optimally and to keep you alive. 1 It is responsible for helping you breathe, for repairing […]
A focus on ‘feel good’ hormones
Reading Time: 2 minutes What on earth are ‘feel good’ hormones, you might wonder? Well, as the name implies, they are the hormones that make you feel good and help us maintain a healthy mental state. But what exactly are they and how do they have this power to influence our physiological health? Our hormones are essentially chemical messengers […]
The 6 secrets to maintaining a new habit
Reading Time: 4 minutes When something is a habit you do it almost automatically and without thinking, but sometimes things we want to become a habit can seem a bit of a chore. Why is this? We all set ourselves goals and it’s great to do this, but with the best will in the world, much of the time […]
Sustainable living and how it affects our wellbeing
Reading Time: 4 minutes Sustainable living, at its core, involves considering how our actions affect the environment around us and doing what we can to reduce our impact on the planet. While the environmental impact of sustainable living is clear though, what you might not have realised is that sustainable living can also help to improve our own mental […]
United by emotion – breaking down language barriers
Reading Time: 2 minutes As Allen Klein once said, “There are no language barriers when you are smiling.” Although we may not all speak the same language, simply being human grants us a common bond in the ability to feel and share emotions, which allows us to communicate without the need for any words.1 While languages might be different, emotions […]
Benefits of exercise for children’s mental health
Reading Time: 2 minutes How can positive mental health in children be enhanced by exercise? Mental health issues can affect people of all ages. And children, while often more carefree than adults, are also not immune. The health benefits of physical exercise extend beyond the physical and into the mental. With a proven link established between exercise and a […]
Reading Time: 6 minutes Inspiring people to lead healthier lives is at the heart of all we do at Lifeplus. In light of the various questions circling around viruses, particularly Coronavirus, we wanted to remind you that we’re all in this together and share some advice from our very own Dr. Dwight McKee. Perspective is key. Remaining calm whilst […]
Reading Time: 12 minutes Why healthy intestinal flora is so important The gut is the cradle of good health and the basis for your general well-being.1 Its large surface area makes it a very important organ in our bodies with its own ecosystem. Healthy intestinal flora contains 80% of all our immune cells, making it a significant protective shield […]
Mental health and social media
Reading Time: 8 minutes Managing your mental health in the age of social media Social media is the great paradox of this generation, one that inspires intense debate and emotion. I, myself used to have a complicated relationship with it. Social media is a cornerstone of modern communication, one that makes networking easy, and connecting to friends all over […]
Mental Health Tips
Reading Time: 9 minutes Mental health tips to avoid depression and improve your state of mind Having reviewed the Lifeplus: Attitudes to Mental Wellbeing Full Report conducted by Cambridge Market Research I recognise the concerns about use of antidepressant medications, including the frequency of use and long term effects, an increasing desire for alternative mental health support. About depression […]
Reading Time: 10 minutes Live a healthier life with these easy tips You are what you eat, as they say. What we eat plays a huge role in our physical health. If you want to live a healthier lifestyle, eating well is essential. We know it’s not always easy to change your diet. So we want to pass on […]
Reading Time: 7 minutes Leaky gut – what is it exactly? The term leaky gut, or what scientists call ‘increased intestinal permeability’, refers to a disorder in the protective barrier of the intestinal wall, primarily in the small intestine. As such, “leaky gut” therefore quite literally means a “leaky gut”. When the gut is “leaky”, incompletely digested protein (larger […]
How to overcome sports performance anxiety
Reading Time: 3 minutes Suffering with anxiety is never a pleasant experience. The charity mind.org.uk describe anxiety as feeling tense, nervous or unable to relax. You may feel a sense of dread or of fearing the worst, or you may feel like the world is speeding up or slowing down and everyone is looking at you judging you for […]
How can training your brain help with physical performance?
Reading Time: 3 minutes We all know that our brains and bodies are linked. But how do our cognitive abilities and our psychological health affect our physical abilities? How, for example, does training our brains help to improve response times, visual accuracy, memory and more? Sports performance requires a wealth of cognitive functions, such as attention, decision-making and working […]
How to enjoy a detox – naturally
Reading Time: 3 minutes Just the word ‘detox’ can quickly instil fear into people. It’s understandable – after all, when we think of a detox, we think about ‘getting rid’ of things. Often, these are things we enjoy and no one wants to be deprived of something that makes them happy. The good news is however, that not only […]
Breathing exercises for weight loss
Reading Time: 3 minutes How and which breathing exercises can help you lose weight When we’re considering how best to lose weight, more often than not our thoughts will probably be centred around what we eat, and whether we regularly take part in a movement workout. That makes sense. These are, after all, two major factors that influence our […]
Exercise to support a mental health issue
Reading Time: 3 minutes Getting started with exercise when you have a mental health issue The importance of mental health is thankfully becoming something that is more commonly spoken about. Our physiological health, and maintaining a healthy mental state, is just as important as our physical health. It affects how we think, feel and act, determines how we handle […]
What is mindful exercise and why is it important?
Reading Time: 3 minutes The term ‘mindfulness’ is all around us these days, and there’s a huge emphasis on the importance of doing things ‘mindfully’ – but what does this mean? When it comes to exercise, psychologist Dr.Aria defines mindful exercise as “letting go of unwanted thoughts and distractions, and instead, directing your attention to your physical sensations, breathing […]
Stress and the effects it can have on your immune system
Reading Time: 3 minutes Stress affects different people in different ways, and we all have a different ability to cope with it depending on our genetics, early life events, personality and social and economic circumstances.1 According to the Mental Health Foundation, stress is the feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure. What triggers […]
The importance of nutritional education
Reading Time: 3 minutes What constitutes ‘good’ nutrition can sometimes get a little confusing, particularly when the words ‘nutrition’ and ‘diet’ can be closely linked. Nutrition education is the process of teaching the science of nutrition – what your body needs, why you need it, and where you can get it.1 A ‘good’ diet, for example, is going to […]
Why we need vitamins and minerals – a focus on Magnesium
Reading Time: 2 minutes Vitamins and minerals are important for our overall health and it’s important to consume a full range, in the adequate amounts, so that our bodies function optimally. One of the minerals that is sometimes taken for granted is magnesium. Magnesium is prominent in the earth’s crust, so it’s not surprising that it’s incorporated into the […]
The fascinating benefits of cold water therapy
Reading Time: 3 minutes Traditional cold water therapy, also known as cold hydrotherapy, involves water that’s around 59°F (15°C) to treat heath conditions or stimulate health benefits. It might sound more like torture than therapy, but cold-water therapy is something that professional athletes have been harnessing the power of for years! Ice baths are known to help muscles post-workout […]
James Ellington’s top ten tips to staying mentally focused
Reading Time: 5 minutes What is mental focus? Olympic athlete, James Ellington, is someone that has proven his mental focus through his incredible and inspirational journey to elite level athletic competition after a major road accident in 2017. Having suffered multiple severe injuries which saw him in a wheelchair, he experienced a knockback that not only threatened his career […]
Reading Time: 2 minutes What are multivitamins and why do we need them? Multivitamins can help give you a strong foundation for your overall health. If you are struggling to sleep, suffering from stress, or working in an environment that exposes you to more common illnesses such as coughs and colds for example, a multivitamin can ensure that you […]
Snacking as part of a healthy living diet
Reading Time: 3 minutes How to enjoy snacking without weight gain as part of a healthy living diet Snacking gets a lot of bad press as it’s typically thought of as simply eating high-calorie foods between meals when you don’t really need them. But when done mindfully, snacking can actually be a great way to boost your diet with […]
The importance of finding a balance in your diet
Reading Time: 3 minutes The number of diet plans out there is vast and they cover a range of principles depending on your goals and lifestyle choices. Vegetarian, Vegan, Keto, Paleo, intermittent fasting… no wonder it’s confusing. What can make it even more confusing, is that often these diets will focus on one of the three main macronutrients (carbohydrates, […]
The importance of using our five senses for wellbeing
Reading Time: 3 minutes Wellbeing is something we all aspire to, but it’s also something that we need to work at. Fortunately, by simply being mindful and becoming attuned to our five senses, we can learn to improve our wellbeing in all manner of ways. The link between wellbeing and our five senses Our brains are responsible for processing […]
What are chemical imbalances and can they be controlled by diet?
Reading Time: 3 minutes All of our bodily functions, messages and impulses come from our brain, so what happens when it is deprived of certain nutrients, or when it isn’t getting the fuel it needs for us to function optimally? This is known as a chemical imbalance – it’s when the neurotransmitters, or chemical messengers in the brain are […]
How breathing differently can improve our wellbeing
Reading Time: 3 minutes Breathing is something that we all do, every second of every day, so it’s easy to take it for granted. We enter the world by inhaling air, and we leave it by exhaling air. Breathing brings us energy. It helps send oxygen into our cells to keep them functioning optimally and helps them get rid […]
James Ellington’s insight into nutrition for athletes
Reading Time: 4 minutes An athlete’s nutritional approach to optimal performance Whether you’re exercising to improve your mental and physical health or at more of a professional athlete level, sports nutrition plays an important role in optimising the beneficial effects of physical activity, no matter what type of movement workout you do. Making the right choices with your nutrition […]
Berries – a super tasty, superfood
Reading Time: 3 minutes The humble berry may be small but it is certainly powerful! Berries not only taste delicious, but are packed full of nutrients and antioxidants, making them incredibly good for you too. You may not have thought of berries as a superfood before but this is exactly what they are. Superfoods are foods that can offer […]
Winter skin care
Reading Time: 3 minutes While some of us love the colder winter months, for many, life seems to slow down and we go inward. Because of this, winter is the perfect time to do more self-care, particularly when it comes to skin care. Just because the sun isn’t shining every day, it doesn’t mean our skin can’t glow. Top […]
It’s all about balance – managing your weight with the 80/20 rule
Reading Time: 4 minutes There are many different diets that promote great results but the key is to find the one that works best for you. This will partly come down to your lifestyle – how much time you have to prepare meals, whether you have others to cook for in your household, and whether you have any particular […]
What is manifestation and how can it improve your life?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Manifestation is strongly linked to the law of attraction. If there is something you desire, you have to ask for it in order for it to happen. Essentially, it is the process of thinking positively or having aspirational thoughts with the purpose of turning them into reality. Bob Proctor, the famous Canadian self-help author […]
Sophrology – a mind-body technique
Reading Time: 2 minutes What is sophrology and how can it help as a relaxation technique for stress control? In Switzerland and France, sophrology is widely used for stress control, but it’s a term that is not as widely recognised as it is elsewhere in Europe. That could soon be set to change though as the trend is beginning […]
Summer and skincare
Reading Time: 4 minutes Your guide to fabulous skin in the warmer months! We all love summer but summer and skin problems go hand-in-hand. Skin conditions can be caused by gut health, foods and allergies but weather, pollution and other seasonal factors can also contribute to skin issues – particularly during the summer months. It’s common to think of […]
How to progress from a healthy diet to a lifestyle change
Reading Time: 3 minutes A healthy diet and a lifestyle change can be similar but they are not the same thing. If you confuse the two, it can leave you feeling uncertain about what your actual goal is. Switching to a healthy diet is something you would usually do if you had a specific goal, such as weight loss. […]
Everything you need to know about summer and hair care
Reading Time: 4 minutes Most of us long for the warm summer months but there’s no doubting that the change in seasons brings with it challenges for our hair. Part of the reason we need to rethink our haircare routine is down to temperature and humidity, and another part is a direct result of seasonal activities (think chlorinated pools, […]
How to get a natural energy boost with superfoods
Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s so easy to run out of energy. We lead busy lives, full of responsibility and we have to find time to work, relax, sleep and of course, enjoy ourselves though the things we love, like socialising and keeping fit. All of these things require energy, which can be difficult to come by, but with […]
The unknown benefits of growing your own foods
Reading Time: 2 minutes From better nutrition to improved mental and physical health, the benefits of growing your own food are plentiful. Whether you are growing a small pot of kitchen herbs or an allotment full of fresh fruits and vegetables, you’re doing good for both your own health, and the environment. Here are our top five reasons to […]
Mental wellbeing during a pandemic
Reading Time: 9 minutes Maintaining positive mental wellbeing during a pandemic. After reviewing the Lifeplus “Attitudes to mental wellbeing – phase 2 report” conducted by Cambridge Market Research, Dr Elizabeth Robinson RMN BSc (Hons) PhD ENB 985 DipMan IPT comments on the impact and context of Covid-19 and makes suggestions to help maintain positive mental health. Mental health in […]
Hydration, hydration, hydration – the importance of water!
Reading Time: 3 minutes Water is essential to life. Our bodies are made up of around 60% water so if we don’t keep this topped up, we run the risk of dehydration and illness. You literally cannot survive without water. Your body loses water regularly, through excreting it as waste but also through breathing, sweating and digestion. This is […]
The benefits of working from home
Reading Time: 3 minutes Working from home benefits – are you making the most of them? While it may have seemed a year ago that everyone was working from home, that wasn’t the case.1 Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, with its required social distancing and stay-at-home mandates, remote working was increasing in popularity but it certainly wasn’t the […]
Can you improve your mental strength and resilience?
Reading Time: 4 minutes Life throws us curveballs when we least expect them and there are many situations we may have to deal with that will test our feelings of being able to cope. Whether it’s the breakdown of a relationship, a job that doesn’t give satisfaction or a health concern, it can seem hard to steer clear of […]
What is the role of electrolytes within our body?
Reading Time: 2 minutes You have probably heard of electrolytes before. They’re often found in sports drinks, or in recovery sachets to be added to water if you’ve been unwell, but do you know what they actually are and how they work? An electrolyte is a mineral that carries an electrical charge when it is dissolved in water. They […]
What’s inner beauty?
Reading Time: 4 minutes What’s inner beauty got to do with how we look on the outside? The notion of beauty has changed over the decades and no longer conforms to a singular body type or a specific, enhanced physical feature. Instead, more women are embracing beauty as a multifactorial concept, with wellness at its nucleus and a recognition […]
What’s intuitive eating?
Reading Time: 4 minutes What’s intuitive eating and how is it different to eating mindfully? Intuitive eating is the antithesis of dieting, calorie counting, food obsession and body shaming. The idea was first written about on a mainstream level about twenty years ago by Evelyn Tribole and Elise Resch. They wrote a book that among other things highlighted some […]
What are toxic emotions and how can you stop them?
Reading Time: 5 minutes The term ‘toxic emotions’ is regularly used, but what are they exactly? They are feelings of anger, guilt, shame, anxiety, fear, self-loathing, regret, bitterness, and resentment – feelings that bring no positive benefit to our lives or our mental wellbeing. These are all toxic emotions that are harmful not just to us but to everyone […]
Grey hair causes
Reading Time: 3 minutes Busting the myths about grey hair causes, once and for all. There are many urban myths about why our hair turns grey. Is there a link between grey hair and stress? Can a single scare turn a person’s hair white? Are smokers more prone to going grey early? It’s a fact of life that sooner […]
What are superfoods and what makes them so special?
Reading Time: 4 minutes We’ve all got our own ideas of what a superfood is – many would argue that chocolate, for example, is a ‘super’ food, thanks to its delicious, morish flavour. But superfoods did not get their name because of the way they taste (although they do taste delicious!) but because of their very high nutritional density […]
Raw cacao – better than chocolate? Here’s everything you need to know!
Reading Time: 3 minutes If you love chocolate but know that processed foods and sugars are not the best thing for you, then raw cacao could be just the answer! Note the spelling though, as while they are similar and look almost identical, cacao and cocoa are not the same thing. So, what exactly is raw cacao? Cacao could […]
What is floral therapy?
Reading Time: 4 minutes What is floral therapy and how does it benefit our wellbeing? There are many practices that have received a lot of attention in recent years for their soothing effect on our minds and how that plays into a more robust wellbeing: Mindfulness. Nature. Aromatherapy. Aesthetic pleasure. Manual and craft therapy. Utilitarian art. Creative expression. But […]
Healthy Eating and Wellbeing Influences Generations to Come
Reading Time: 3 minutes Every action has a consequence and this is even true in terms of how our diet affects those who will be born after us. The diet you eat today will affect the bodies and worlds of your children and grandchildren. From epigenetics to environmental sustainability, your own eating habits—for better or for worse—will influence generations […]
Gardening and wellbeing
Reading Time: 3 minutes Why gardening is good for you and how to reap its rewards Some people love gardening and view it as an enjoyable hobby. Others see it as a necessary chore. Whatever your viewpoint though, part-time or avid gardeners will be pleased to know that gardening and wellbeing are very closely related! Whether it’s by presenting […]
The relationship between sport and correct nutrition
Reading Time: 5 minutes How to achieve your sporting goals Reducing fat or building muscles – the targeting of sports nutrition is versatile and can have different effects on the body. Sports nutrition that includes a balanced combination of minerals, vitamins, and essential nutrients offers the most benefits. The individual composition of the diet in sport not only depends […]
How to boost mood with food
Reading Time: 3 minutes There are so many ways food can contribute to improved mood, which is one of the reasons why our relationship with food is a complicated one. We do not eat simply to fuel our bodies. We break bread with friends and families, passing on family recipes with fondness. We share meals to grow deeper in […]
Altruism and happiness
Reading Time: 3 minutes Helping others and the link between altruism and happiness Have you ever wondered what altruism means? Altruism is the principle and moral practice of concern for the happiness of other human beings or other animals, resulting in a quality of life, both material and spiritual. Essentially by caring for others, it benefits your own wellbeing. […]
Friendships and mental health
Reading Time: 3 minutes What is the link between friendships and mental health? Nurturing friendships is important throughout the life cycle. When we place value in our friendships, this positively affects our wellbeing – friendships and mental health are intrinsically linked. The evidence has shown us time and time again that we are influenced by our social groups and […]
What is protein?
Reading Time: 4 minutes Everything you thought you knew but didn’t. Most of us know what protein is. Along with carbohydrates and fats, it makes up the three most important macronutrients of our diet. Research has shown why it’s so beneficial as part of a balanced and healthy diet, as it plays a key role in the creation and […]
Looking after your gut health
Reading Time: 3 minutes What affects gut health and why gut health matters so much in maintaining good health. Gut health has taken centre stage in the world of natural health for many years and it is finally breaking into the mainstream – but do you know why gut health matters so much? Our gut houses a tremendous collection […]
What are the best foods for a heart healthy diet?
Reading Time: 4 minutes Say yes to heart-healthy eating A healthy diet is one of the key factors for heart health, of which there are three pillars – eating well, staying active, and mindfulness.Even just making a few small changes to your diet now will have positive implications for your heart, but the aim should be to change your […]
Mindfulness and its impact on heart health
Reading Time: 3 minutes Healthy mind, healthy heart A healthy heart consists of three pillars – staying active, eating well and mindfulness. Did you know that, in addition to improving your quality of lifestyle, good mental health can also positively affect the heart? Meditation is not just great for your mental wellbeing, but it’s great for helping you to […]
Nutritional supplement types
Reading Time: 3 minutes Nutritional supplements – types, and how to optimise their impact There are many types of nutritional supplements available to us and they all provide different benefits to our health and wellbeing. But it’s not always a simple case of popping a supplement and letting it do its job – how and when we take that […]
Best herb combinations
Reading Time: 3 minutes What are the best herb combinations to enhance your dishes? Herbs. They don’t just add an extra element to your meals in terms of flavour, but they deliver great health benefits too! Have you ever wondered what the best herb combinations are though? Where should you start and what should you try to bring a […]
Inflammation and weight gain
Reading Time: 4 minutes Is there a link between inflammation and weight gain? Inflammation is a natural and healthy bodily reaction when the body is fighting off an infection or responding to some other injury. But there is another aspect to inflammation we need to be aware of – it’s potential to cause weight gain. There is nothing quite […]
Declutter to reduce stress levels
Reading Time: 4 minutes Why you should declutter to reduce stress levels We all know how good it feels to open a wardrobe and be able to easily see everything inside it, or to sit at a desk that isn’t cluttered with papers. On the flipside, do you remember the last time you walked into your kitchen after someone […]
Omega 3 fatty acids
Reading Time: 4 minutes What are omega 3 fatty acids? Omega 3 fatty acids are single or polyunsaturated fatty acids. You may be more familiar with them as “good fats”. They are also called essential fatty acids because they are essential for human life. The three most important omega 3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) […]
Flexitarian – the choice is yours
Reading Time: < 1 minute Flexitarians: what it means to be a part-time vegetarian Every day there are more and more opportunities to try out lots of different trends, and that goes for what we eat as well, especially at this time of year. With different nutrition approaches now available, the term ‘flexitarian’ has become popular among many for a […]
How Chromium works
Reading Time: 3 minutes How Chromium works – everything you need to know about this powerful nutrient As the perhaps lesser-known as some of the other minerals we know of, you might be wondering what chromium is and how it works. Chromium is a mineral that helps our bodies metabolise carbohydrates and fats on a microcellular level and it […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]