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Monday, 23 January 2017

Aloe Winter: Benefits of using Aloe Ferox in the Winter || Winter Series

Aloe Ferox 24-7 Beat the Winter Blues 

One good way to help maintain good health and fitness in winter is to protect the body against bacterial, viral and fungal infection and by this we need to maintain optimum nutrition. Aloe vera has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and immune enhancing properties and when taken internally may help the body to resist infections and provide means of fighting them off quicker should they occur. In winter we are more prone to colds/coughs & the dreaded stomach flu (norovirus) so using Aloe Ferox Vera can solve many of your winter woes - including dry skin, itchy scalp to dry hair.




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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Dark Chocolate Covered Oatjacks

OatJack Recipe


This delicious chewy Oatjack recipe is perfect for a mid morning snack or when your craving a sweet treat. I don't have much of a sweet tooth but these are so good and I'm sure you will enjoy them too.


Ingredients

vegan butter / butter of your choice for greasing
250g porridge oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon 
50g raisins
4 medjool dates, stoned and chopped
40g pistachio, chopped
30g desiccated coconut
60g mixed seeds
3 tbsp vegan butter/ butter of your choice
100ml maple syrup
100ml agave nectar
150g of good quality dark chocolate/milk chocolate if you prefer or you could omit using chocolate all together.


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Monday, 16 January 2017

Staying Hydrated in Winter || Beating the Winter Blues - Winter Series

Beat the Winter Blues

Staying hydrated throughout the cold months always seems hard, it's so much easier drinking water during the warmer climates. But it is important to stay hydrated as the air is much drier and this can have an affect on your health, making you feel sluggish and run down. If your struggling with your water intake, then try drinking it warm/hot and flavouring it with a slice of lemon/ginger, drink herbal teas or eat your water.


Pineapple and Mint Infusion

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Monday, 9 January 2017

How to keep motivated to exercise throughout Winter || Winter Series

Beat the Winter Blues

Staying motivated throughout the winter months can be tough, it's so much easier to get going when the sun is shining and the weather is warmer. Not only does it come down to fitness but you find you will comfort eat too. I know all I want to do in the winter months is gather up my food and hibernate like a bear.

We all know that exercises has amazing benefits especially helping to fight SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) exercise can help to boost feel good endorphins which will elevate your mood and make you happier. So get your butt moving. 

Team Macmillan coach Phil Roberton, a fitness & biomechanics expert, says:



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Monday, 2 January 2017

Winter-Proof Your Skin || Winter Series

Beat the Winter Blues

Looking after our skin during the winter months can be a pain, humidity levels in the air drop which in turn has a negative effect because of the lack of moisture, resulting to dry, itchy and flaky skin, caused by the cold and the use of central heating.

My skin can get quite bad around this time of the year and I would suffer with dry, itchy & flaky skin and a lack radiance. Having a good skincare routine can help combat some of these horrors resulting in happy, healthy glowing skin from top to toe. Indulge and feed your skin with lotions and potions.


Face & Body


Opt for thick and creamy i.e homemade Shea butter mixture to help lock in moisture and repair damaged skin or a dry oil - my favourites are coconut oil or Argan oil - full of essential fatty acids to hydrate the skin. Choose products that will work/suit you, I know what I have mentioned are not for everyone, but they work best for my skin. Remember to exfolate too to remove dry skin.


Over the pass few weeks I have been testing out some products that were sent to me. First up it this rather gorgeous body scrub by Natural Dead Sea Skin Care :


Malki Dead Sea Body Scrub with Frankincense Oil








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Monday, 19 December 2016

How to relieve the symptoms of the Norovirus || the Winter Blues - Winter Series ||

Beat the Winter Blues

This weeks winter blues topic is the dreaded tummy bug known as the Norovirus.. A number of my colleagues at work have been hit with it and they say it wasn't pretty and they felt terrible, layed up in bed for a whole day only getting up to go to the toilet. Nice!

So what are the symptoms.

Suddenly feeling sick
Projectile vomiting
Watery diarrhoea
You may also have fever, headaches, stomach pain and achy limbs.

The symptoms appear one or two days after you become infected and typically last for up to two or three days.



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Monday, 12 December 2016

Beating the Winter Blues - Winter Series || Digestion & Gut Health

Beat the Winter Blues

On this weeks instalment of my winter blues series we look into digestion & gut health.

Having a imbalance of intestinal flora can impact on your gut health, it can influence your mind and mood. Your gut produces more mood regulating serotonin than your brain, not only is your mind & mood influenced its also harms the health of your digestion which can be brought on by stress, diets high in processed foods, antibiotic etc. It's important to boost your gastrointestinal immune cells as its the home of numerous species of microflora, which help prevent the overgrowth of harmful microbes such as yeast, bacteria and parasites.


Taking a probiotic helps to balance the flora in your gut as well as aid poor digestion, maintaining a strong immune system and contributing to your overall health, it is important to ensure that the levels of these good bacteria in your body are at their optimum.

Supporting your diet with probiotic rich products can help, you can do this through consuming cultured dairy products such as good quality yoghurt and kefir you can also get vegan alternatives too or you can choose a supplement.



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