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


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:


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


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.


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.


Monday, 5 December 2016

Supporting your Immune System with Echinacea || Beating the Winter Blues - Winter Series

Beat the Winter Blues

Welcome back to the 4th instalment of Beating the Winter Blues - Winter Series, today's post is about prevention and fighting the flu and common cold.

Supporting our immune system during winter is a priority for winter wellness. Echinacea is usually taken once you have a cold but research has shown that it can also be taken preventatively.

Echinacea works in three ways: it supports the immune system and enhances the immune response only when needed, the combination of the root and herb when combined have a synergistic actions that reduces inflammation in the body, and its shown that it a very potent anti-viral activity, because the fresh extract is used.


Monday, 28 November 2016

5 Tips to Beat the Bloat this Christmas & Immune Boosting Smoothie Recipe || Beating the Winter Blues - Winter Series

Beat the Winter Blues

Chris James Mind Body is supporting healthy eating this Christmas with "5 tips to Beat the Bloat" The 5 tips from Chris include keeping a eye on the "3 P's" - protein, potassium and probiotics.

  1. Mind your P's - Avoiding bloat isn't only about avoiding foods; it's key to eat more foods that are effective at battling bloat. Reach for a healthy helping of the three P's: potassium, protein, and probiotics. You can benefit from a boost of potassium-rich foods like sweet potatoes, winter squash, citrus, bananas, and nuts, which help regulate excess sodium.
  2. Consume Fibre - Make sure you're getting enough fibre amidst the trays of holiday snacks. If you know you're going somewhere that you won't have a lot of control over your food choices, a fibre supplement can help a lot.
  3. Slow down - Eating too quickly can cause you to swallow more air, worsening bloat. Take a full 30 minutes to finish a meal, which will help you banish the bloat and listen for when your body tells you it's full.
  4. Hydrate, hydrate hydrate - Water helps to speed up digestion and can counteract the effects of salt and carb-induced bloating. Aim for eight to ten glasses a day, especially during the holidays.
  5. Start again tomorrow - Most importantly, if you overindulge at Christmas don't beat yourself up! Indulging once in a while is not that big of a deal - just start fresh tomorrow.

I love these tips and can certainly implement them, as I do have a tendency to eat too fast and wonder why I feel so uncomfortable.

Do you have any tips to share in beating the bloat? I would love to hear about them, so please write them in the comment box below.

Gorgeous Greens



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