The nights are starting to draw in, it is getting cold and wet. After work, all you want to do is crawl back home and snuggle in front on the TV. Someone in the office has got the sniffles and you know that you’re next. What can you do to prevent the lurgy attacking you? To a certain extent it’s a myth that ‘if it’s going around, you’ll get it’. You can optimise your own health with the below 5 simple steps so that the lurgy doesn’t get you!
Positive Mental Health
If only it was as simple as saying ‘be happy’ and it happened. I know life is not that simple. However, it is scientifically proven that a happy and healthy mind lowers the cortisol (stress hormone) in the body that can take over and stop everything including our immune system working.
Meditate – download a great app like ‘Headspace’ and challenge yourself to meditate for 10 minutes a day for 10 days. Or, come and have a relaxing Yoga Massage with me.
Working within the NHS with patients who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes has made sugar an area of special interest for me. It is no surprise, if you look at the government recommendation with regards to healthy eating (low fat/high carb) and abundance of cheap refined foods that we are reaching an obesity epidemic.
Table sugar (sucrose) is made of 2 molecules glucose and fructose. Table sugar has got zero vitamins and minerals and is pure refined carbohydrate. Sugar has been shown to be addictive when tested on rats, due to the brains dopamine response that means that when the sugar is cut out individuals can get craving and withdrawal – sound familiar?
We could survive and thrive without never eating a spec of sugar ever again…who’s willing? The option is there…your taste buds would over time become more sensitive to savoury taste and foods like carrots would become super sweet. I have completely cut out the sweet stuff in the past and felt GREAT… however after about a mont...
I know when I started studying Nutrition, I really wanted to be a nutritionist who did not use supplements, but instead solely used the amazing power of food. Alas, the more I studied, the more I read, the more my romantic perspective that food should be enough for optimum health started to diminish.
Unfortunately, our food is getting less and less nutritious. Fields are depleted by overuse. Pesticides limit the action of beneficial microbes in the soil that help plants draw in nutrients. Fertilisers focus on certain key chemicals and don’t take into account all the trace minerals, organic components, or beneficial microbes that go into good nutrition. And genetically modified foods have made their way into our food supply when we don’t know how they may affect us in the long term.
Will you always recommend supplements to your clients?
No. Some clients can’t afford supplements and some people simply do not want to take them. I usually try and ensure a clients’ eating habits are optimal...