December 9, 2015

Coconut oil is a heart-healthy saturated fat that balances cholesterol and supports immune system function. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a proven antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal agent that’s easily digested and absorbed. It helps the body eliminate toxins as well as improving digestion, and assists with the absorption of beneficial nutrients from our food. The best coconut oil to buy is one that’s cold or expeller pressed and unrefined. It’s the best oil to use for cooking as it has a high smoke point.

December 9, 2015

An imbalance in your gut flora can lead to an overgrowth of a yeast called candida (Candida albicans), a type of fungus that lives naturally within the human body and aids digestion and nutrient absorption.  When your candida levels are out of balance, the organism is kept in check by your good bacteria.  If your microflora is imbalanced, however, candida can becore destructive, breaking down the wall of the intestine and penetrating into the bloodstream, thereby releasing toxic by-products into your body that can cause a raft of debilitating symptoms.  If you have an autoimmune problem there’s a good chance you have an imbalance in your gut microflora and an overgrowth of yeast in your body.  

Ten Common Candida Symptoms

  1. Chronic fatigue, lethargy, brain fog
  2. Muscle and joint pain and fibromyalgia
  3. Skin and nail fungal infections, athlete’s foot or toenail fungus
  4. Oral and vaginal thrush, urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
  5. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and digestive disturbances, such as bloating,

December 9, 2015

Did you know?????

Anaerobic exercise (weight lifting) burns between five and seven times more kilojoules than the same amount of aerobic exercise (running)

Aerobic exercise burns 25 per cent muscle and 75 per cent fat, while anaerobic exercise burns 100 per cent fat.

Water with pear or apple juice and a dash of sea salt replaces fluids and minerals lost during exercise

Running shoes put more stress on your knees than high heels

Exercise boosts brainpower by building new brain cells in the region of the brain called the dentate gyrus, a part of the brain affected in age-related memory decline.

Carnosine protects skeletal muscles and the heart during exercise

Taking the amino acid leucine when undertaking intensive training results in increased muscle mass and strength.

Exercise has an anti-ageing effect on your hormone levels, boosting hormones such as testosterone and growth hormone.

  reference: healthy living diary 2015

November 27, 2015
It is important to emphasise that the menopause is a natural event, not an illness. It is a transition from one stage of our lives into another. Medically speaking. the menopause is your very last period. When we talk about the menopause we normally mean the transition period, or the “change of Life”, which can span 15 to 20 years and the medical terminology for this time is “climacteric”. At the menopause you literally run out of eggs. You are born with about 2 million eggs and as you go through puberty you have about 750,000, and by the time your 45 you may only have about 10,000 left. ‘Healthy Eating for Menopause’ is designed to assist women with healthy food choices and information to help control menopause symptoms.
November 27, 2015

AMBER Amber is not actually a stone or crystal, but rather fossilized tree resin, usually from coniferous trees. Amber is so rare because the resin has to be resistant to decomposition. While many trees produce resin, very few produce resin resistant enough to withstand sun exposure, rain, temperature extremes, and bacterial decay. Many specimens include organic plant or insect materials fossilized inside.   PHYSICAL PROPERTIES: Hardness: 2-2.5 Colour: Gold, yellow, brown, sometimes green or blue Lustre: Resinous, waxy Chemical Composition: varies, but always contains C, H, and O (carbon, hydrogen and oxygen). General formula is C₁₀H₁₆O   HEALING PROPERTIES: .Concentrates the energy of the sun .Invigorates the body’s systems .Boosts energy .Sharpens the mind .Cleanses the environment .Draws sickness from the body .Balances the brain .Absorbs pain and negative energies .Aids with depression .Strengthens the throat area .Alleviates joint pain   CHAKRA: Sacral chakra (below navel) and Solar plexus chakra (between navel and diaphragm)

November 23, 2015

Massage has many benefits, not only to the skin, muscles and joints of the body, but also on a psychological level. The many systems within the body respond to therapeutic massage.  For instance, the circulatory system and the lymphatic system are both stimulated during a massage.  This helps to improve blood flow through the body and also increased the elimination of built up toxins and waste materials.   The feeling of well being and relaxation you experience after a massage is due partly to the nervous system’s many nerve endings being soothed and stimulated.  the actual physical touch involved also has a soothing and comforting effect on the mind and body.  Increasing the circulation of the blood promotes regeneration and repair of the skin, and also improves muscle tone and the general appearance of the skin. Muscles respond rapidly to massage, and so it is excellent in sporting situations.  Massage helps to stretch the muscles and so reduces aches and spasms; it also helps to speed the healing of stains and sprains.   Tension “knots” are smoothed away, leaving a

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November 14, 2015

Looking for that something different for Christmas – what about this?

Mindful Mandala Colouring Book

By Lisa Tenzin-Dolma symbolic spiritual image which, when meditated on, can bring about profound transformation. Featuring imagery from a range of spiritual and religious traditions, as well as from the natural world, this wonderful book offers a superb collection of black and white mandala artworks for you to colour in, plus guided meditations for every image, and a further section of basic line templates for you to create your own mandala designs. Bringing together the timeless wisdom of Buddhist thought with the deeply spiritual symbolism of the Celts, and the profound healing power of nature – from plants and animals to the earth, the cosmos, fire and water – these harmonious images are perfect for engaging in mindfulness and meditation. Combining creativity and fun with concentration and contemplation, the act of colouring in these artworks helps us to ease anxiety and insecurity, bring about clarity of thought, and regain our personal balance. In today’s un

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November 10, 2015

“… everything on the earth has a purpose, every  disease  an herb to cure it, and every person a  mission. This is the Indian theory of existence.

— Mourning Dove, Salish, 1888-1936

The healing traditions of Native Americans go back for thousands of years, as the many indigenous tribes of North America learned that by mixing herbs, roots, and other natural plants, that they could heal various medical problems. But, remedies were not the only part of the Native American healing process. Many modern medicines are based on the plants and herbs tha

November 10, 2015

Sound as medicine

“If we accept that sound is vibration and we know that vibration touches every part of our physical being, then we understand that sound is heard not only through our ears but through every cell in our bodies.” “Sound enters the healing equation from several directions: It may alter cellular functions through energetic effects; it may entrain biological systems to function more homeostatically; it may calm the mind and therefore the body; or it may have emotional effects, which influence neurotransmitters and neuropeptides, which in turn help to regulate the immune system–the healer within.”

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November 9, 2015

(also known as celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, Coeliac disease).

  Coeliac disease is a common genetic disorder that affects the small intestine and the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients. Coeliac disease can be serious, and if left untreated, can result in such conditions as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, malnutrition, small intestine cancer, and anaemia. It can affect anyone but it more common in people with genetic disorders like Turner Syndrome and Down Syndrome. People with conditions like type 1 diabetes, autoimmune thyroid disease, autoimmune liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis and microscopic colitis are also at risk of developing celiac disease although it is more often seen in people of northern European descent. In coeliac disease, the lining of the small intestine is damaged by the body’s own immune system after a person eats a food containing gluten. Gluten is a protein found in certain grains, such as wheat, oats, barley, and rye. When partially digested foods containing gluten reach the small intestine, an abnormal reaction occ