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Jan-Mar 2018


Vitto Weight Loss Group Launches! £30,000 Freeweights Investment in Feb! New Massage Menu Seasonal Eating with Lisa Knowles High Fat Diets for Longevity

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NEWS Welcome to 2018!

Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are ready for 2018 and to see some amazing results with your health. We are delighted to launch Vitto - our first ever group weight loss programme. We are bringing together the very latest research and results into one programme and we promise, if you follow the programme, you will see truly amazing results!

THE BMW 118i SPORT 5-DOOR SPORTS HATCH MONTHLY RENTAL FROM £299 (Plus £0 initial rental)

SEARCH: SPECIALIST CARS STEVENAGE. Official fuel economy figures for the new BMW 118i Sport 5-door Sports Hatch: Urban 43.5mpg (6.5l/100km). Extra Urban 62.8mpg (4.5l/100km). Combined 53.3mpg (5.3l/100km). CO2 emissions 126g/km.

Figures are obtained in a standardised test cycle. They are intended for comparisons between vehicles and may not be representative of what a user achieves under usual driving conditions.

Specialist Cars Stevenage is a credit broker. Price shown is for a 48 month Personal Contact Hire agreement for a BMW 118i Sport 5-door Sports Hatch, with a contract mileage of 32,000 and excess mileage charge of 4.68p per mile. Applies to new vehicles ordered between 10 November and 31 December 2017 and registered by 31 March 2018 (subject to availability). Retail customers only. At the end of the agreement you must return the vehicle. Excess mileage, vehicle condition and other charges may be payable. Hire available subject to status to UK residents aged 18 or over. Guarantees and indemnities may be required. Terms and conditions apply. Offer may be varied, withdrawn or extended at any time. Hire provided by BMW Financial Services (GB) Limited, Summit ONE, Summit Avenue, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 0FB.

We look forward to seeing you in the cafe bar for your first session.

Weds from 10th Jan 19:00

Phil Richards is Back! We are delighted to have secured another chance for you to listen to one of the gurus of fitness and health, Phil Richards.

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£30,000 Freeweights Investment As part of our continued programme of investment in the club, we are very, very excited about the £30,000 of Watson equipment that will be coming to the club in Feb. There is more about the changes later in the magazine and we look forward to seeing you more in the next edition!

Phil will be presented the very latest reaserch on Fat Loss and Gut Health Vitto is Italian for food and he promises to blow us away with some ground breaking As Ian Riches, Club Director states information that will shape how we "Members have been asking us for a approach our training and eating group based weight loss option. Vitto over the coming year. is our free-to-members programme that will educate and provide you This is a seminar absolutely not to with the support you need to be missed and Phil's no nonsense succeed, now and in the future. style will make an impact on your diet, training and health. Sharing the challenges and successes each person has on the programme Tickets are FREE and registration is is a crucial part of building confidence and strategies that help us all achieve better results, more consistently". Vitto is free if you are an Odyssey member and our weekly group will take place on Thursdays at 19:00. We will discuss a different topic each week and we will offer recipes and advice to get maximum results .

Odyssey Health Club & Spa, Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage, SG2 8DU

Winter Proof Your Hands During the colder months it’s easy to forget about our hands when they’re hidden away inside gloves, but the harsh weather and indoor heating can all contribute to dry, chapped skin and cuticles. So to keep your hands and nails at their mid-summer best, follow these simple steps: Cuticle care is a must all year round, but especially during the colder months. Phenomen Oil provides an intense hit of moisture with jojoba, almond and rice oils. Massage into cuticles at night and sleep your way to beautiful skin. Phenomen Oil can also be used on any dry areas such as knees, elbows and lips – a real dry skin saviour! Keep cuticles soft and supple with Nourish. Just a small amount will go a long way. The pure blend of antioxidant vitamins, zinc (to shrink cuticles) and healing agents melt into the skin, leaving it beautifully soft. Keep a small tube in your handbag or at your desk, and massage in throughout the day to stimulate circulation.

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Cheer yourself up this winter with an ELEMIS Power Facial and GELeration on Hands Treatment! For only £50

DIY TREATMENT: Soak a towel in warm water before wringing out. Apply a generous amount of cuticle oil and hand cream before wrapping your hands up to your wrist in cling file, then wrap around the warmed towel. Relax for 10 minutes. The heat from the towel will help to open pores so the products can be absorbed easily. Remove the towel and cling film, then massage in any remaining product. Lack of moisture can cause nails to break so to prevent breakage and to offer extra strength and protection, keep nails covered daily with a base coat. Using the correct base coat will restore the essential balance of moisture and flexibility, and help nails grow long, strong and beautiful. For the ultimate pampering treat, try the Jessica Deluxe Manicure. With heated mittens – which not only feel divine, but help products to penetrate the skin more deeply and to improve circulation – this treatment makes a perfect Christmas gift. To book yours, or to buy a gift card for a loved one, call The Spa on 01438 313320.


esearch has shown that training with a partner increases motivation and likelihood of achieving your exercise goals. Most importantly, having an exercise partner can also make your sessions more fun! For this edition only we have increased our referral offer to a fantastic £50 allowing you to enjoy everything from Personal Training sessions, Odyssey merchandise, guest passes – perhaps treat yourself or a friend at our fantastic Elemis Spa. To refer someone to the club and claim your £50, simply speak with or email our membership team or visit the membership section of our website today. What will you spend the money on? membership.knebworth@ 01438 313320, option 2





Staff Profile:

Linda Miller T

his month's staff profile is an Odyssey legend Linda Miller. Nominated by Grace in the last edition, Linda has been part of Odyssey since it was well before it was Odyssey! How long have you worked at Odyssey? 24 years exactly! Time flies when you're having fun, it only feels like 23 and a half! What is your main role? Administrator What hobbies do you have? …. I collect frogs (the ornamental kind)! I also enjoy decorating What's your favourite music? Music tastes vary from Alice Cooper, Nirvana, Kings of Leon, Foo’s to Damien Rice, Mr Bublé & Tom Jones!! At which store would you like to max-out your credit card? Debenhams, John Lewis What 3 things are on your bucket list? Move house, find a man, start a silver jewellery business or go to Ireland and drink Guinness, while Damien Rice serenades me.

Choose a movie title for the story of your life. As Good As It Gets What’s your pet hate? Moths. Rudeness. Pompous people. Posh food Where would you like to travel to? New York. The Maldives What’s your favourite motto in life? You write your life story by the choices you make – Helen Mirren Who would you like to nominate for the next staff profile? Sarah Nunn

The Spa Teams

WINTER HOT LIST Our Spa Team have put together a winter hot list for you to read and be inspired to try some new treatments or products.. We are defiantly going to be obsessing over these treatments and products this winter.

WHAT’S HOT... SCENTERED ESCAPE TRAVEL CANDLE Light your ESCAPE candle whenever you yearn for more exotic climes or crave a few precious moments for yourself. The perfect way to recharge your batteries, lift your spirits and let go of everyday worries. Stop the clock and indulge in our ritual, inhale deeply and reset your mood. Our therapeutic candles are made from a custom blend of natural waxes, sustainably sourced and non-GM, with pure essential oils for a clean burn and natural fragrance.

LASER HAIR REMOVAL With your focus on staying warm and covered up the last thing on your mind is laser hair removal. However, we believe that it is an absolute must to start your course at this time of year! We often find that people start to think about laser hair removal as it gets warmer, but this usually means that it’s too late to finish your course by the time summer comes around. Start now and be hair free by the summer!

JESSICA STREET STYLE COLLECTION Welcome to Jessica Street Style Nail Polish Collection! This season’s stand out fashion brings back strong classics and unpredictable hues that take on a new look when paired with the urban edge of neutral grey tones. Venture out into the Streets with this NEW palette of warm shades, a collection that screams style & sophistication.

‘ME TIME’ at THE ODYSSEY SPA Our NEW Me-Tme Spa day allows you to choose the 60minue body massage you want. We have selected our top 4 ELEMIS massages to choose from which include the Freestyle Deep Tissue, Hot Mineral Body Boost, Garden of England Rose Restore & Deeper than Deep Hot Stone Massages. All our spa days include full use of our club & spa facilities, relaxation suite, robe & slippers, lunch, tea & coffee and a glass of Prosecco!



Candles, essential oils and soft music are the perfect setting for this couples massage. Romance is the main ingredient in this unique experience embellished by the slow rhythm and long movements of expert hands. Enjoy the delights of an hour together as two therapists treat you both to this decadent experience. A luxurious synchronised full body massage will leave you both truly relaxed. GOOD FOR Valentines Gift, Relaxation, Stress Relief.

Our Massage Menu

DEEPER THAN DEEP STONE Balinese stones bathed in Frangipani Monoi Body Oil are worked deep into the muscles, getting into areas of tension. The result is sparkling vitality with the added bonus of intensely hydrated skin. GOOD FOR Relaxing Muscles, Warming your Muscles, Muscle Tension.


Take a walk in an English rose garden with this lavishly hydrating massage with micro wrap. The unique trio of Rose, Camelina and Poppy seed oils leaves skin exquisitely moisturised, intensely supple and delicately scented. GOOD FOR Stress Relief, Relaxation, Improving Circulation, Hydrating.



Our new Couples Time Out Massage is for those short of time. Enjoy an ELEMIS back massage which laying side by side in our couples suite. GOOD FOR Relaxation, Stress Relief.

EXCLUSIVE to our Odyssey Health Club & Spa Members Take advantage of this amazing offer, exclusively for our club members. Enjoy a complimentary ELEMIS Power Facial when you book in for an ELEMIS Freestyle 60minute Deep Tissue Massage between January and March. Please quote this offer at time of booking. T’s & C’s Apply

To Book 01438 313310

Your therapist will select an aromatic oil according to your concerns, be they muscle pain, stress relief, relaxation or balance. The flowing massage works deeper into the tension, encouraging optimum circulation. GOOD FOR Un-Knotting and loosening muscles.


A deep pressure massage of the scalp, face and shoulders. Performed in a seated position this powerful holistic treatment can aid migraines, tension and stress. GOOD FOR Relaxation, Stress, Migraines.


The perfect blend of Balinese, Deep Tissue and Indian Head Techniques come together in this Odyssey Signature Massage GOOD FOR Strained Muscles, Boosting Circulation, Sleep Problems.


Performed on a pear-shaped beanbag that moulds to every bump, mothers-to-be are restored to optimum wellness. HOT MINERAL BODY BOOST An intuitive and relaxing massage This powerful treatment hydrates skin that is expanding to stimulates every cell in the body, accommodate a growing baby helping alleviate muscular pain GOOD FOR and removing toxins. Aching Muscles, Boosting GOOD FOR Circulation, Relaxation. Muscle Pain, Metabolic Balancing, Energising Wellness, Detoxing



A deeply relaxing body massage combining beautifully fluid and soothing massage movements with a calming rhythm to surround you with a comforting harmony. This massage is design for people who are looking to relax after recovery or during Cancer treatment. GOOD FOR Wellness for Cancer, Relaxation, Hydration, Stress Relief.


Sore, aching muscles are worked away with this invigorating and deeply releasing treatment. Each area of tension is specifically targeted with the unique Amber and Quartz poultice to dissolve knots and ease tensions. Completed with a restorative facial massage, tension is dissolved. GOOD FOR Relaxation, Jet-Lag.


This massage involves holistic healing techniques applying pressures to the feet, back and scalp. It works on the major organs of the body, which are mapped out on the feet, helping to alleviate a number of problems such as back pain, headaches and digestive problems. a holistic back massage will sweep away the stresses of everyday life and a scalp massage to release tension. This treatment balances your systems and energises your body. GOOD FOR Stimulates Muscles, Sleep Problems, Boost Circulation, Anxiety, Depression.


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An extension of our deep tissue back massage focussing on the back, neck and shoulders as well as a relaxing scalp and facial pressure point massage.. GOOD FOR Stress, Tension, Relaxation.

Call The Spa to Book: 01438 313320

Mind & Body Spa Day Sunday 4th February Back by popular demand, A spa day like no other! Enjoy a day of relaxation, meditation and Yoga at The Odyssey Health Club & Spa in February. Included in your day will be a relaxing ELEMIS back massage, Hatha Yoga, Meditation Class, welcome drink and fresh fruit, buffet lunch, tea & Coffee, full use of our club and wet facilities, robe, towel and slippers to use during your visit. A day designed to reduce stress, improve sleep and increase vitality! £65 per person (Limited Spaces)

It is estimated that anywhere between 30% - 80% of the population have lower than adequate levels. Almost every cell in our body has a vitamin D receptor, which gives you some idea of its importance to our overall health. In our part of the world we simply don't get enough sun of a sufficient strength to produce adequate levels of vitamin D. So how else can we help maintain our levels?

Oily Fish

Shock horror, me recommending oily fish. You’ve never heard that before! This time though it has nothing to do with Omega 3 fatty acids. This time it is because oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, herrings etc are very rich sources of Vitamin D. One single wild salmon fillet can deliver up to 2 thirds of our daily requirements. Vitamin D is a fat soluble nutrient remember, so it will be found in these fattier cuts of fish.

Full Fat Dairy Products

For decades we have been sold the idea that the low fat diet was the key to immunity from heart disease and was the quick road to longevity - oh how that one backfired. The low fat model meant that we were encouraged

to abandon full fat dairy products for skimmed and fat free versions. These are some of the richest dietary sources of vitamin D. The fat soluble nutrient is found in the fatty portion of the product. Takeaway the fat, takeaway the vitamin D, alongside the other big fat soluble vitamin - Vitamin A.

Eggs - particularly yolks

Eggs are another rich vitamin D source. Strangely, in the midst of all this low fat fuss, people were told to avoid the yolks of eggs. We were led to believe that it was a bathing pool of cholesterol that would stop our heart flat if we dipped in so much as one soldier!! Thankfully we have moved way way past that but some people still habitually avoid the yolks. If you’ve ever had an egg white omelette you will know how utterly dull it can be! The yolks are where the highest concentration of fat is, and along with it, where all the vitamin D is found.

Fortified Mushrooms

Now, all of the foods that have been listed so far have been animal foods, which presents a big problem to the vegans in the house! But now there is

an ingenious product on the market. Fortified mushrooms! Yes, mushrooms. There are varieties of mushroom, most commonly chestnut, that have been exposed to artificial ultraviolet radiation. Like Humans, mushrooms can synthesise vitamin D upon exposure to UV. By bathing the growing fungus in this radiation, they produce significant levels of vitamin D naturally. Genius!!


We truly believe that everyone in the UK should consider a vitamin D supplement. That sounds like a big claim know, but with the massive diversity of actions that vitamin D has and the vital roles it plays in the body, coupled with the levels of inadequate intake to outright deficiency, taking a single supplement may have a profound intake on a lot of peoples health. But how much and what kind! There are literally thousands on the market, with some going up to some insanely high dosages. NHS UK state around 10mcg per day. Some supplements will deliver the dosage in micrograms (mcg), others will deliver it in international units (IU). 10 mcg is equal to 400 iu. This simple one a day strategy may be all you need.

VITTO GROUP WEIGHT LOSS Vitto brings together the very latest fat loss information and results into a brand new group format. This is a FREE group for members and you will see outstanding health benefits as well as fat loss results by following our simple, but effective food choice programme. Vitto will educate you to make the right food choices for long term results and our group will support you through the transition. We look forward to welcomg you to Vitto.

Wednesdays 19:00 Starting 8th Jan

An Afternoon Tea with

MAKE-UP TIPS How do I choose the best shade of foundation for my skin tone?

The first thing to look at is if you have a red or yellow undertone, this will determine whether you go for a warm (pink tone) or cool (yellow tone) shade of foundation. Always test foundation in natural night and apply a small amount along your jawline. The colour should blend flawlessly into your skin tone, so if the foundation is not visible, you’ve found your perfect match!

How do I stop my eyeshadow from creasing throughout the day? Simple – an eye primer. Not only will this help to keep your eyeshadow in place all day, but it will further enhance the colour too. Apply sparingly using your finger or a concealer brush, blend gently and evenly up to the brow bone.

Want to learn more about make-up? Then come along to our Mii Event!

What is a BB Cream? BB is short for Beauty Balm. Since taking the beauty world by storm just a few short years ago, they have become a makeup bag essential. These multi-tasking creams normally offer some coverage and, depending on the formula, a host of other benefits. Mii’s Skin Loving BB Cream combines a medium coverage, moisturising properties, soya extract to combat signs of ageing, a built in primer, light diffusing particles and SPF45. All in one tube!

How can I make my lipstick last longer? The answer is simple – lip liner! Using a complementary shade for your lipstick will give you a precise finish, intensify the colour and help it to last longer. Then apply 2 coats of lipstick, blotting in between.

DATE: Thursday 1st February TIME: 12pm to 3pm The Odyssey Spa welcomes you to join Mii’s Makeup Artist, Nicola Scruton on the 1st February for an exclusive makeup demonstration and traditional afternoon tea. Get the backstage glow with instant beauty solutions! Nicola will share Mii’s latest makeup tips from the catwalk and red carpet. Discover how to recreate these looks and at the end of the event, you will also receive a luxury Mii treat to take away with you. TICKETS: £25 Includes a Unique Mii Goody Bag Please book at main reception or call 01438 313320 Limited Spaces

Create a look as unique as you



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5 COLD-WEATHER SKINCARE SECRETS YOU NEED TO KNOW Your skin is likely hidden beneath layers of tights, trousers, jumpers and socks – so what’s the point in taking care of it? Yet think back to summer, when you probably took more care in nurturing your body, and you’ll realise there’s a certain sense of pride and well-being that comes simply from making good choices for yourself. Which is why we’ve put together ELEMIS’ top 5 golden rules for maintaining your body through the winter months. 1. Exfoliate: Whilst in summer, the prospect of baring our limbs jump-starts us into keeping our skin smooth, no sooner do we sink into our tights and skip exfoliation altogether. Fight the urge and keep your skin looking smoother and healthier by gently rubbing ELEMIS’ Lime & Ginger Salt Glow over your limbs to return them to maximum

softness. 2. Release that tension: For moments when you’re feeling cold and weary, ELEMIS’ Aching Muscle Super Soak releases physical tension and imparts a soothing aroma to calm the senses. 3. Hydrate, We knew about scaly shins and crusty elbows. We also knew that our feet spend most of winter looking a paler shade of blue. But it was only recently that we discovered that having dry hips is a common phenomenon. This area is particularly prone to dryness in the winter months as we move between the outside chill to the dehydrating effects of central heating inside. The solution is to hydrate in the morning and just after a bath or shower at night – adding an extra layer to those spots that are most vulnerable in winter. Tag team ELEMIS’ Frangipani Monoi Shower Cream with ELEMIS’ nourishing,

FREE FACIAL.... Some of the many benefits of Floatfit • Enhance concentration • Strengthen stabilising muscles • Greater sense of wellbeing • Adds variety to land-based training balance TRAINING MANUAL • Identify and correct postural imbalances • Improve 1 2 3 4 5 • Boost motivation and confidence a brand new way of exercising ... • Low impact training • Overcome your training plateau • Increase muscle tone • A new and different challenge! • Develop core strength


Take advantage of our ever so popular Skin Fit Programme this Winter. All you have to do is purchase 2 of the same facials and will give you the 3rd absolutely FREE! Facials included in this offer are the ELEMIS BIOTEC 60minute

fast-absorbing Frangipani Monoi Body Oil and you can say goodbye to scaly bits. 4. Treat your feet: Yes, you should moisturise them. And yes, popping some socks on after applying ELEMIS’ Treat Your Feet Foot Cream will help keep yours smooth and hydrated. But how about using your feet to reap the benefits of aromatherapy? As well as applying it to our wrists, we recommend to roll a little Life Elixirs Calm Perfume Oil over our feet at night. 5. Get your glow: If we did a straw poll of women who regularly use fake tan during winter, we’re willing to predict that numbers would be low. But whatever your skin tone, there’s something about adding a little bit of extra warmth that makes it look smoother and more supple. Whatever the weather, and you’ll always have a golden glow to be proud of. With KBM Daily Body Boost Tan.

& 90minute, ELEMIS Touch, Dermalogica Pro Skin 60, CACI Ultimate Anti-Ageing Facial and The CACI Microdermabrasion Facials. Also, why not upgrade complimentary to our Go Spa package and have a swim and relax before. 01438 313320

"The dumbell is the primary tool in strength training and I only recommend Watson" Charles Poloquin, Strength Sensei

ÂŁ30,000 Freeweights Area


Odyssey is delighted to annouce a significant investment to our freeweights area and a brand new partnership with industry leading equipement supplier - Watson. As well as producing the finest, most durable dumbells in the world, we are delighted to annouce the purchase of TWO Animal Cages, with complementary lifting platforms for an unlimited array of exercise potential. Watson are recommended by the best of the best in our industry; Charles Poloquin and Phil Richards are notable examples. As Ian Riches, Club Director states "The introduction of Watson to Odyssey sets us on a new standard in the area. We are tremendously excited to take our members on a new journey with the quality of this equipment and the training potential it gives us". The new equipment is scheduled to arrive in February.

BODY BOOST SPA DAY - £45 Give your body the boost it deserves.

Included in this offer: ELEMIS Hot Mineral Body Boost Back Massage Full use of our wet facilities Robe, Towel & Slippers to use during your visit 17 studio classes to choose from Lunch Tea & Coffee Glass of Prosecco

The reality of good nutrition HORMONES AND DIGESTION


ike so many women, I used to suffer with severe PMS. I had it for years and it was affecting every aspect of my life, so I decided I would do something about it. I wanted to try and treat mine naturally and it is this that started me on my journey of nutrition. By making changes to my diet and using supplements, I cured myself. Whether you have PMS, are going through the menopause or have one of the many female conditions that we can develop, such as fibroids, polycystic ovary syndrome or endometriosis to name just a few. There are four key things that you can do that are essential to getting your hormones into balance. They are: 1. Keeping your insulin levels low by keeping your blood sugars in check. Watch the sugar! 2. Looking after your liver and it will look after you 3. Keeping cortisol, the stress hormone levels under control. Find something that helps you destress; walking, yoga, reading, meditation or dancing 4. Dealing with any digestive issues that you may have

MOTHER’S DAY LUXURY GIFT BOX Gift the gift of relaxation this Mothers Day Included in this gift: £50 Spa Voucher ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Duo SCENTERED Be-Happy Balm The Odyssey Spa Gift Box £65 worth £104

This may all sound complicated and a bit scientific. Scientific it is, complicated it is not, however, at times it may take willpower and it won’t happen overnight, but if you start making considered changes to what you eat, you will feel better. I am also not a complete bore and do understand that we all like a glass of wine or two, the odd takeaway or even the odd chocolate bar. Don’t deprive yourself of anything, but try sticking to the 80/20 rule; be good 80% of the time and you can’t go too wrong. It really is as simple as watching what you eat and making changes to eating foods that are natural and nutritious. Make sure you don’t over indulge on

refined sugar (or avoid it all together), not putting your liver under undue stress with too much alcohol or eating very rich fatty or fried foods, but eating foods that will support it, such as green leafy veg (broccoli, cabbage, pak choi, kale, chard etc.) Finally think about what happens to you when you eat, if there are changes, you may have some digestive issues. Answer the following questions: 1. Do you feel bloated after certain foods? 2. Do you suffer with regular bouts of constipation and/or diarrhoea? 3. Do you suffer with heartburn, acid reflux or burping after eating? 4. Do you suffer from wind? 5. Do you ever feel sick after taking supplements? 6. Does coffee give you stomach pain? If you have answered yes to at least 2 of the above, you more than likely have some form of digestive issue. This could be caused by the foods that you eat or even how you eat your food; digestion starts in the mouth. Be mindful when you eat and think about what you are eating rather than eating on the run. Sit down to eat and eat food that requires a knife & fork rather than food that can be eaten with your hands and don’t forget to chew your food. You should be chewing your food a minimum of ten times (20-30 for meat) until the food almost becomes liquid. This will help the stomach to start breaking down the food more easily and it will not sit for long periods because it is too big to digest. Identify foods that you react to and try to avoid them for a couple of weeks to see if this makes any difference, then slowly introduce them back. Do not self-diagnose and do not eliminate large food groups, this may lead to nutrient deficiencies. Please see the full article on our website, under our news section. Lisa Knowles Nutritional Therapist

Sugar Industry Suppressed Evidence of Health Risks for 50 years!


he sugar industry suppressed evidence for nearly 50 years ago that processed sugars could cause heart disease and some cancers. It suddenly stopped funding the research project that was connecting sucrose to serious health risks, forcing the study to close down. The results of the 1967 study—that had discovered that sucrose increased the chances of heart disease and bladder cancer in laboratory rats—were never published, and the project's funders, the International Sugar Research Foundation (ISRF), sat on the findings. The whole project had been secret, and nobody even knew the ISRF was exploring the possibilities that sucrose might be causing two of the world's major diseases. The study, known as Project 259, had ostensibly been set up to "measure the nutritional effects of the organisms in the intestinal tract". In fact, researchers from the University of Birmingham had been commissioned to discover whether sugar could cause coronary heart disease, and especially when compared to consuming starch.

Two years after the study was closed, an internal document at the ISRF said that Project 259 had been "one of the first demonstrations of a biological difference between sucrose and starch-fed rats." In addition to discovering a link to heart disease, the researchers had also found that sucrose increased the risk of bladder cancer, something the ISRF hadn't suspected. The discovery would have been a vital addition to a growing belief at the time that sugar could raise levels of fats, known as triglycerides, that are linked to heart disease, say researchers from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), who discovered the hidden documents recently. Even last year, the sugar industry was still denying there was a link between sucrose and tumour growth, and yet, in truth, they were aware of the possibilities nearly 50 years ago. "The kind of manipulation of research is similar to what the tobacco industry does," said UCSF researcher Cristin Kearns. by Bryan Hubbard WDDTY

5 Reasons to Reduce Your Sugar Intake 1. Promotes Weight Loss 2. Lowers Blood Pressure 3. Reduce Inflammation 4. Improved Cognition 5. More Energy


With the dark nights closing in and the temperature dropping what better way to warm up and unwind with this Winter Warmer Spa Day. Included in this offer: ELEMIS Foot Ritual ELEMIS Deeper that Deep Hot Stone Back Massage ELEMIS Hot Oil Scalp Massage Full use of our wet facilities Robe, Towel & Slippers to use during your visit 17 studio classes to choose from Lunch Tea & Coffee Glass of Prosecco


Gift the gift of relaxation this Valentines Day Included in this beautiful gift is a £50 spa voucher, Scentered Love Balm & an ELEMIS Frangipani Duo. £65 worth £89


Odyssey Mail Jan 18  
Odyssey Mail Jan 18  

Our Winter edition magazine, including our new group weight loss - Vitto!