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Seasonal affective disorder
The winter season hasn't ended yet, and while some of us enjoy the cosy days and winter wonderland, others can face a difficult time because they suffer from winter blues. Have you heard about seasonal affective disorder (SAD. Some individuals deal with seasonal depression during winter, and even though seasonal depression can occur during the warmer months, the percentage is significantly higher during the winter months. It might make you feel depressed and low because there are fewer daylight hours and it’s colder. Are you experiencing a winter dip? There are ways to improve your mood during this period of time! But first we would like you to understand why you might feel this way.
Pendulum's GI Repair
This medical probiotic developed by Pendulum helps to relieve occasional gastrointestinal (GI). Is there a secret behind the popularity of this supplement? What makes it special
Healthy Resolution? Here are some tips!
We're well into the new year already! And a new year means fresh starts, new goals, and positive mindsets! Is there anything you want to accomplish in the new year? Whatever your answer might be, keep reading because these tips might be exactly what you need to make this year yours! Here are some tips to help you get more organized, become more active, and quit smoking.
The role of digestive enzymes
Food is a fundamental part of our lives, but what actually happens after you take a bite of your food? The Christmas holidays are a time when we enjoy eating our favourite dishes, but what actually happens in our bodies when we consume food? Have you heard of digestive enzymes? This protein found in cells causes a chemical reaction that helps to digest food so nutrients can be absorbed by the body (1). As you enjoy your delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, your body is working hard to gain as much energy as possible from your food. The process of digestion will be explained so that you can understand how it works and what happens when you don't produce enough digestive enzymes. We'll start at the beginning... Hammm... the first bite.
Veganuary - A New Year’s resolution worth keeping
Struggling to find a meaningful New Year’s resolution for 2023, then look no further as we have found the pledge for you! Veganuary is an annual campaign which encourages the vegan lifestyle for the month of January (or longer) with the aim of “ending animal farming, protecting the planet, and improving human health” [1]. Join the 2.5 million people from 220 countries and territories who have taken part in Veganuary since its launch in 2014, and help make a difference this new year [3].
Christmas dinner tips! ✨
We want to virtually share our best wishes for the holidays! Here are some practitioner’s tips to make your holiday season as happy as possible. 1. Make sure not to overeat, be mindful of the amount you consume 2. Try to sneak in some vegetables and fibre rich foods to take off the sugar load 3. Stay away from foods that make you feel bloated, sick, or uncomfortable 4. When drinking, limit alcohol intake to 2-3 drinks per day 5. Enjoy yourself and don't feel guilty about what you eat
Protect your skin from the cold
If you have been experiencing dry, irritated, sensitive, red or chapped skin do not fret as you are not alone. The combination of cold weather, frequent temperature changes and low humidity experienced in winter can negatively impact your skin, potentially causing some of the above symptoms, if not all. We know that skin issues can be infuriating, and beyond the temporary discomfort you may feel, the appearance of your skin can also impact your confidence and self-esteem. We hope that the following blog can provide you with some insight into skin management during the winter, allowing you to feel comfortable and confident in the cold.
GERD Awareness Week
Globally, 5–7% of people suffer from Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. [1] GERD, or Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, happens when stomach acid flows back into your oesophagus, the tube that carries food and liquid from your throat to your stomach. It's common for people to suffer from acid reflux now and then. [2] However, if you experience acid reflux or heartburn more than twice a week for several weeks, take heartburn medication and antacids constantly, if your symptoms keep returning you might have GERD.[3] With lifestyle changes and medication, most people can manage GERD discomfort. [2] Despite the disease being common, it often remains unrecognised, due to its misunderstood set of symptoms. It's unfortunate, as GERD is generally treatable, though it can cause severe complications if not treated properly. [1] This blog aims to help you better understand GERD, how to recognise it, and how to manage it.
This is how you get through the winter!
Did you know that adults typically experience 2 to 3 colds per year, with this number being higher in kids? The colder temperatures of winter wear down our defences, allowing the virus to circulate easily [1]. We know that in this fast-paced world, the last thing you want is to spend 7 to 10 days recovering, which is why we have developed a guide that may help you recover as quickly as possible. Moreover, we will examine how to prevent it, so you aren’t forced to slow down multiple times a year.
The importance of sleep
Healthy eating and exercising are the two things most people associate with a healthy lifestyle. But a fundamental part of your overall health is sleep. Did you know that you spend about one-third of your life sleeping? (13) We know that the world is becoming a fast-paced happening where you are trying to combine your work, and social life, while at the same time trying to stay healthy. And let's be honest, your mobile phone is another obstacle that could prevent you from prioritising your sleep. Thinking about a healthy dish to make or when to play sports usually are things we are busy with, but we often don't include sleep in our list. You need to have the right base to build a good and healthy foundation. So, how important is sleep actually for your health? And how can it affect your health if you don't get enough of it?
Psoriasis: symptoms, causes & possible solutions
Psoriasis is catalogued as a chronic inflammatory skin disease. [1] It is characterised by raised, scaly patches of skin caused by a rapid increase in skin cell production. But psoriasis is more than a skin disease as it affects your whole body. Diabetes, heart disease, and having a despondent feeling are all associated with it. [2] Nutritional supplementation is gaining more and more traction in both popular and scientific literature to support managing psoriasis. As a result, patients often conduct independent research and consult their dermatologists regarding modifications they can make to their diet for possible better control of their condition. [3] In light of World Psoriasis Day, we aim to raise awareness on this disease, answer your questions, and share some nutritional insights that may offer some help to you or a loved one.
Everything you need to know about Vitamin D
During spring and summer, the majority of people can synthesise all the required vitamin D from sunlight in the right conditions, but, as the days shorten, so does the amount of vitamin D we produce. During these colder months, individuals must obtain their necessary vitamin D levels from food sources and supplements. This blog will examine why vitamin D is needed, the recommended daily intake, and alternate vitamin D sources to maintain a healthy vitamin level throughout the upcoming months.
Care about your mind
As human beings, we can face several challenges in life that could affect our emotional and psychological well-being. Mental illness is often difficult to discuss, but it shouldn't be! How you feel mentally can be influenced by events in your life or even genetics. Also, socioeconomic, biological and environmental factors can impact how you feel (1). During the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, anxiety and depressive disorders increased by 25% (2). We can't deny that the past couple of years have been difficult, and it has affected us. But even before the pandemic, one in eight people were dealing with a mental disorder (2). Sometimes in life, you'll go through hard times that make you feel less happy, and you'll try to deal with it day-to-day, but it takes a big toll on you. Just know that hard times don't last.
Breast cancer awareness month.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the world. Both men and women can develop breast cancer, but women are more likely to develop it. Research funding and breast cancer awareness have played a significant role in advancing the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. It is mainly due to factors such as early detection, a more personalised approach to treatment, and a better understanding of the disease that breast cancer survival rates have increased. The number of deaths associated with this disease has steadily declined. [1] Educating others about the symptoms and treatment of breast cancer, which affects everyone differently, will hopefully reduce the stigma associated with breast cancer. Knowing more about breast cancer can hopefully lead to earlier detection, which can help increase long-term survival rates. As you read this blog, we hope you will gain new knowledge, be empowered and feel supported.
Autumn Essentials: Supplement edition
As the weather transforms from summer heat to the breezy and rainy autumn, it is vital to start preparing your body for the months ahead. Instead of longing for the warm weather that has passed, it is time to start wrapping up and building your immune system to prevent common illnesses that peak in the fall, such as sore throats, the flu and the common cold. We have curated a list of four autumn supplement essentials that will keep you strong and healthy throughout this new season.
World Alzheimer’s Day: What is dementia and what preventative measures can you take?
Today, September 21st, is World Alzheimer’s Day, a day where people around the world boost awareness and challenge the stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. While we believe it is important to learn and expand our knowledge on this disease all year round, we want to utilise today’s blog to inform and break down the disease and its associations.
Sunburns: How to deal with them
It's hard to imagine summer without a day at the beach, a trip to the park, or a family barbecue. We all recognize the feeling after enjoying those activities on a sunny day, the sudden itching, painful burn. Before you know it, you have a sunburn...Aww! Relatable right? Then you probably want to know how to prevent this. We've got a few tips for dealing with UV-induced sunburns.
Curb: The easy way that can help to lose weight!
Did you hear about the new 100% natural, clinically researched appetite control from Therapeutic Kitchen? It's an easy-to-use on-the-go capsule that can help to control your hunger wherever you go! Approved by five clinical studies, Curb is based on a well-known and researched YGD formulation.
Stay hydrated
"Stay hydrated", a statement we hear a lot. It's true, being hydrated is critical. Water is the basis of your body's functions, and you need it to survive. The percentage of water in people's bodies varies. The highest percentage of water is found in newborns with approximately 78%. The amount drops to about 65% by the age of one. A typical adult male's body is composed of about 60% water, and the female body contains about 55% water. (1) Water is important for our body to function optimally. The body uses water for a variety of tasks on a daily basis, from sweating to cell repairs, urine and stool. But staying hydrated goes far beyond that and benefits your body in a number of other ways as well.
5 easy ways to maintain optimal gut health
It’s incredibly important that you regularly assess your gut health to make sure things aren’t going awry - the gut has been linked to our mood, mental wellbeing, skin conditions, and autoimmune diseases and it’s one of the easiest ways you can discover how well your body is functioning. In today’s blog, we’re going to explore ways that you can maintain good gut health and feel your best.
4 Health Benefits of Turmeric
Our in-house practitioner, Rob, has 20 years of experience practising nutrition and natural healing. He shared his thoughts on turmeric and its numerous health benefits! Read on to find out more...
The start of your fertility journey - nutrition during preconception
Written by our in-house practitioner, Marika, who specialises in nutritional intervention to support fertility. The best time to begin optimising your own health is well before you start trying to get pregnant. It takes 3 months for an egg to mature, and this is the critical time (called the Preconception Window) when you can influence the health of your eggs and help to improve your chances of conceiving naturally.
Why are some supplements more expensive than others?
It’s human nature to want a good deal and save money. However, when it comes to buying supplements, they are not all created equal - and the price often reflects this! With this in mind, we’ve highlighted three things to look out for the next time you go looking for the best supplements. We’ll also explain why higher-quality supplements are often worth the additional expense.
Choosing the best cooking oil for your health
Many of us grab a bite to eat without considering what goes into preparing the food we eat every day, especially the oils we are cooking with and consuming. Over the past century, vegetable oils have risen dramatically in popularity, but are they healthy? Here's what you need to know…
Why we love Patch MD vitamin patches!
In today's fast-paced world, restlessness is more common than ever. The number of things you have on your plate is endless: work, getting your workout done, doing some self-care, spending time with your family, friends, etcetera. With so many responsibilities, it's understandable that maintaining a healthy diet and getting all the nutrition you need can be challenging. This is where vitamin patches can come in. While vitamin patches are not a substitute for a healthy diet, they can help provide your body with the essential nutrients it needs to function properly. We love vitamin patches from Patch MD. Why? Read on to find out.
Your Questions Answered: Hair, Skin & Nails
There's no doubt that the winter months are tough on our bodies and minds. It's reflected in everything from our skin and hair to our nails. You asked us plenty of questions about your hair, skin, and nails and we thought we'd answer a few of them here.
Managing your period
Doubting your menstrual cycle, wondering what's going on with your body, and constantly comparing your own cycle to others. Recognizable? Then we hope this blog helps you clarify some things. In this week's blog, we answer some of your most frequently asked questions about menstruation. Find out why some women have irregular periods and what might promote regular periods.