Tag Archive for health

The Science Behind Tea

Happy New Year everyone! When it’s cold and I need some comfort, I reach for tea (several times a day, in fact!)  My favourite is green with a little lemon.  So I was fascinated to discover this article on Chemistry Cachet about the scientific benefits of different forms of tea.  I knew that there were health benefits but Alexis explains…

Spotlight on: Raynaud’s

I see clients regularly who have poor circulation, many of whom have been diagnosed with Raynaud’s disease. Often ladies suffer with cold feet (toes specifically) in this instance, but Raynaud’s syndrome, as it is also known, can affect the hands too. What is it? Raynaud’s is characterised by discolouration in the areas affected. As the blood vessels go into spasm,…

Love Your Pancreas

October is a great month – Autumn is well and truly here with all its colours, crunchiness and the knowledge of a cosy winter time ahead.  It’s still (usually) mild enough to walk without the need to don the heavy winter gear of November and beyond. I also thought that it’s a great month to dedicate as ‘Love Your Organs’…

Creating Positive Change: Tiny Habits

Wouldn’t it be great if you could do all those things you always mean to do but never quite seem to find the time or motivation to begin? Well, according to Dr BJ Fogg, you can! And it’s really not as hard as you might think. As part of this year’s Mindful in May, Fogg, a world renowned Stanford researcher…

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. – Voltaire

Whatever your beliefs may be, this struck a chord with me.  How often do we allow ourselves to live well? Are you pushing yourself to do more than you should?  I know I’m in a period of life where I am!

Today I stopped and thought: I need to do some yoga.  My body needs to stretch, my mind needs a break.  I’ve neglected my practice for far too long so I’m just going to do some.  Yes I, like many others, have what feels like a billion things I need to do.  But I’m reassessing my priorities (which I frequently do – it’s so easy for them to slip!) and making this one of them.

If you asked yourself and answered honestly, are you looking after yourself and your health?  Life can be busy and habits hard to break but if you feel like you’re simply existing on a day to day basis, take a pause. If you need a nap, take one.  Going to bed too late?  Go earlier for one night.  Need a massage?  Book one.  Been meaning to paint?  Grab that paint brush! What one thing can you do for yourself today to allow yourself to live well?

However far removed it may feel, you really are the one in the driving seat.  Grab the wheel and take control.  A small change is still a change.  Nurture yourself.  Happy living!

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Miso

I’m enjoying being inspired by Japanese cuisine this January and experimenting with home made vegetarian sushi, bento and miso.  Miso is a paste made from fermented soybeans and other ingredients including, most commonly, a fungus called Aspergillus oryzae.  A warm bowl of miso soup is believed to stimulate the digestion and energize the body.  This is because miso is a food…

All hail the (not so) humble pumpkin!

It’s that time of year; Autumn is well and truly in the air and the shops are full of pumpkins.  Whether you’re thinking of carving one (or several!) for Halloween or  adding the seemingly humble pumpkin to a meal this week, have a look at my latest article for Local Secrets.  You might be surprised at some of the health…

Positive thinking and health

So much of the way we perceive the world lies with our internal view of things.  I find it incredible that the same event could be interpreted in varying ways by different people.  Those alternative interpretations – positive or negative – can then go on to manifest themselves in a whole host of ways.

After talking today with a lovely client about the idea of positive thinking and health, I thought I’d share this video which I came across last week.  TED is a non-profit organisation which was started in 1984 with the idea of providing a platform for talks ranging extensively from science and psychology to history, culture and more.

This is talk appeared on TEDx which are independently run events sharing ideas in communities around the world.  It discusses the concept that positive thinking can have a beneficial effect upon our body physically.  The speaker, Dr. Lissa Rankin, reviews scientific evidence and case studies to consider how far this idea may be grounded in science.

I hope you enjoy it; whilst further research is most likely needed, I think it raises some interesting points!