Please Select Your Country

Centro Rafi Tur - 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.

Filter
Diet
Fasting
Food sensitivities
Healthy eating
Keto
Mediterranean
Organic
Other Diets
Paleo
Raw Food
Seasonal eating
Veganism
Vegetarianism
Digestion and immunity
Gut and digestion
Immune health
Lymphatic health
Probiotics
Every day wellbeing
Behaviour modification
Essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals
Hobbies
Pain management
Relationships
Seasonal health
Sustainable living
Weight management
Face and body
Beauty
Body care
Ears, Nose, Throat
Foot care
Oral health
Skin care
Vision
Fitness
Balance
Endurance
Flexibility
High impact activity
Low impact activity
Recovery
Strength
Heart & Circulation
Cardiovascular health
Life stages
Andropause
Children
Family
Healthy ageing
Hormones
Infant care
Men
Menopause
Pets
Pregnancy
Sexual health
Women
Mind and Brain
Brain
Energy
Gratitude
Happiness
Memory
Mental health
Mindfulness
Sleep
Stress management
Movement and strength
Bones
Joints & Connective Tissue
Muscles
Clear all

Mental health

Three surprising happiness health secrets

Reading Time: 3 minutes What makes you happy? Is it a day at the beach listening to the sounds of the waves? How about a piece of your favorite chocolate cake? Or maybe a morning jog as the sun rises? All these things can bring about happiness, but did you know it’s actually due to the chemical reactions these […]

...Read more

The connection between oxytocin and happiness

Reading Time: 2 minutes If all you need really is love, then oxytocin may be where it’s at. This neurotransmitter is categorized as one of the four “happiness chemicals” (in addition to dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins) and is known for its link to feelings of love and connection. Oxytocin is created in the hypothalamus gland and released by the […]

...Read more

The relationship between endorphins and happiness

Reading Time: < 1 minute Do you feel less stressed after a good run? How about more grounded during yoga? Or refreshed after a relaxing massage? That’s because of endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters (chemicals that send messages throughout the body) released through aerobic exercise and other calming activities with the effect of relieving or reducing pain. They’re a type of […]

...Read more

The link between dopamine and happiness

Reading Time: 2 minutes Doesn’t it feel good when you’ve completed a big project, learned something new, or achieved a set goal? That sense of accomplishment and fulfillment is a reward that’s attributed to our state of happiness. Quite often, that’s due to the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine is one of four neurotransmitters known as happiness chemicals. Along with serotonin, […]

...Read more

Understanding our physical happiness chemicals

Reading Time: 2 minutes Contrary to what we may think, happiness is not all in our heads. Chemicals in our physical makeup play a significant role in the state of our happiness and the actions we take can inspire our bodies to make more. This means that what we think, the behaviors we exhibit, the food choices we make, […]

...Read more

Why it might be time to consider giving kickboxing a try

Reading Time: 3 minutes The health benefits of physical exercise are well reported, and we all know that we should be doing more physical exercise but doing the same old workout routing day-in and day-out can become a bit boring. Perhaps it’s time you tried something different? Have you considered kickboxing? If not, then why not? The fun exercise […]

...Read more

How do therapy dogs help with depression?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Anyone who has ever owned a dog will know the companionship and comfort they can bring to their human owners. Dogs are very special creatures, which is why they are used more and more to help treat people with mental health issues, including depression. Simply stroking a dog can help improve your mood and calm […]

...Read more

What are the benefits of stress management in the workplace?

Reading Time: 6 minutes Thankfully, the benefits of stress management in the workplace are gradually becoming more widely recognised and implemented as part of workplace culture. Companies of all sizes are beginning to understand that good mental health is essential for their employees’ health and wellbeing, but it’s also good financial business practice. According to research published by Great […]

...Read more

Three simple ways to utilise the season for fitness inspiration

Reading Time: 2 minutes While an indoor targeted workout or organized class can be a wonderful way to manage your health, the great outdoors has just as much (if not more) to offer. Green exercise (movement practised in nature) can have positive effects on the mind and body that extend beyond the benefits of exercise inside.  In addition to […]

...Read more

What are 10 benefits of meditation?

Reading Time: 7 minutes Over the past few decades, the practice of meditation has soared. Whether witnessed or experienced, the healing benefits of meditation are undeniable. Today, everyone from business people, professional athletes and children are learning how to meditate and embrace calm in both mind and body. The holistic benefits of meditation are diverse: It can help reduce […]

...Read more

What is long COVID and how can you manage the symptoms?

Reading Time: 2 minutes When COVID-19 was first discovered, its main symptoms were quickly learned – a persistent cough, a temperature and a loss of taste or smell being the main ones. What isn’t as well-known though, are the symptoms associated with long term COVID.   What is long COVID? Long COVID is the term given for the series […]

...Read more

How can you improve your memory?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Some people seem to be able to retain information and reel off facts and figures easily, while others might frequently struggle to remember even the simplest of things. It’s important not to panic if you find yourself become more forgetful, as studies have shown that memory will naturally decline as we age, so it’s not […]

...Read more

A holistic guide to your Mental Wellbeing

Reading Time: < 1 minute What are feel-good hormones? How do they lead to better physiological health and how can we boost them naturally to maintain a healthy mental state? Adopting an optimistic outlook is key to maintaining a healthy mind. Understanding how you think and feel inside is an essential part of your wellbeing. But sometimes, especially in challenging […]

...Read more

Create a Resilience action plan with James Ellington

Reading Time: 5 minutes What does it mean to be resilient? No matter what life stage you’re at, it’s inevitable that we all come across the ups and downs of life. Resilience is the ability to deal and bounce back from those difficult events. It doesn’t mean that emotional upheaval or varying stress levels aren’t experienced, it’s the way […]

...Read more

Positive Stress

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 […]

...Read more

The mental side of sports recovery

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sports injuries are common for most people who regularly take part in any form of movement workout. Hopefully, any injuries you sustain will be minor, but the more you do something, the more likely it is that will experience a more serious injury at some point. From sprains, strains and breaks to sports-specific injuries such […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

The importance of physical exercise for children

Reading Time: 2 minutes When we talk of children and physical exercise, it’s a lot different to how we would approach a movement workout for an adult – you certainly wouldn’t expect to see a child lifting weights at a gym, for example. For a child, any form of movement could be classed as physical activity, from running around […]

...Read more

Fitness at 40 and beyond

Reading Time: 3 minutes What to know about midlife exercise needs Turning 40 is a big milestone in life. On the one hand you may feel as youthful as you did when you were 20, but all you have to do is walk into a greeting card shop and you’ll be faced with rows of cards telling you that […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

The health benefits of physical exercise and dance

Reading Time: 3 minutes How to harness the power of dance for better health Taking part in physical exercise offers many health benefits including better physical fitness, a better ability to manage weight and the reduction of stress levels. When we hear the word ‘exercise’ though, it can sound like a bit of a chore. It doesn’t have to […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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. […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

An interview with an Olympic Athlete – James Ellington

Reading Time: 6 minutes Ever wondered what it’s like to walk in the footsteps of an Olympic athlete? Lifeplus has entered a sponsorship deal with British Olympic athlete, James Ellington, as he continues his incredible and inspirational journey to elite level athletic competition after a major road accident in 2017. While we’ll be joining him on his journey from […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more

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. […]

...Read more

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 […]

...Read more