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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.

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Understanding the importance of the immune system

Reading Time: 3 minutes Our immune systems need our support.  Our immune system is designed to be our first line of defence for fighting off what can make us sick. It’s a protector, a supporter, and a balancer. What more could we ask of it? However, when our immune systems become compromised due to a variety of lifestyle and […]

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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 […]

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Proper hydration during fall and winter

Reading Time: 2 minutes A crisp fall morning may call for a pumpkin spice coffee and a snowy winter afternoon can mean hot chocolate all around, but mindful hydration in cooler months should go beyond the occasional seasonal beverage. Hydration is important all year long. Not only does it help your overall sense of wellbeing, but specific benefits include: […]

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Delicious and nutritious winter foods

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you think fresh and nutrient-dense foods are only available in warmer months, think again. Winter is a wonderful time of year to take advantage of the abundance of delicious and nutritious foods.  Whether it’s roasting root vegetables for fibre and antioxidants, simmering broths for bone health and weight loss, or slicing citrus for immunity […]

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Ten ways to enjoy nutrient-dense winter foods

Reading Time: 2 minutes Winter is a time of hibernation in nature. For humans, this can make shopping for fresh produce feel stark and desolate. If you find yourself missing the sweet strawberries and ripe tomatoes of summer, don’t fret. Winter offers an abundance of nutrient-dense foods that can take your season from drab and boring to delicious and […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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What is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?

Reading Time: 3 minutes New styles of movement workout seem to be popping up everywhere, promising incredible results and claiming to be the next big thing. With High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), there appears to be some truth to that claim. HIIT is essentially a style of movement workout that alternates between high intensity movements and periods of rest. […]

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The importance of warming up and cooling down

Reading Time: 3 minutes The importance of warming up and cooling down to improve your athletic performance Since our school days we have been told that it’s important to warm up and cool down whenever we perform any type of movement workout. We probably haven’t questioned it. After all, we know and accept that warming up and cooling down […]

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What is endurance fitness?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Why endurance fitness should feature in your movement workouts Endurance is one of the four pillars of fitness and relates to your physical ability to sustain a movement workout for a prolonged period. The biggest threat to good endurance is fatigue, but by keeping at it and continuing to exercise, you will find things are […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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What helps joint health?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Many of us may not even think about our joints until something has gone wrong — particularly if they become swollen or painful. This is often the case in particular when it comes to exercise. It’s probably safe to assume that many of us exercise in order to keep our muscles strong and our cardiovascular […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Discover the best exercises for heart health

Reading Time: 3 minutes How regular exercise helps us live a heart-healthy life Being physically active is one of the three pillars of heart health, along with eating well and mindfulness. Studies have shown that taking part in regular exercise improves factors linked to cardiovascular health, resulting in lower blood pressure, healthier cholesterol levels, and better blood sugar regulation.1 […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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