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… and welcome to the August issue of Your Healthy Living! Summer is well and truly here and I for one am enjoying the fact that my summer wardrobe is getting a good airing. For tips and tricks on summertime beauty, take a look at our feature on page 14. There’s also a range of gorgeous natural beauty products, among other things, in the second part of the Your Healthy Living Awards, so do take a look on page 23. Be sure to register your votes for your favourite products as you could be in with a chance of winning a holiday at an Ayurvedic spa resort in Sri Lanka! Elsewhere this issue we have an interview with the fabulous Trudie Styler who lets us in on her secrets to looking young and healthy. We also have some veggie, vegan and free-from recipes, a senior health special and expert advice on superfoods.
Wishing you good health, Liz Parry Your Editor Visit: www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk for all our competitions and online magazine.
inside... your health 4 Health News: Scientific backing for cranberry juice and why iron can help to tackle fatigue 8 Competition: Enter the A.Vogel 2012 Short Story Competition 12 Shona Wilkinson’s latest health tips and tactics 18 Feature: Diet tips and nutritional nous for age-related health conditions
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iveaways: Top goodies on offer this G month in our free prize draws
your living 14 Your Look: Natural beauty tips for looking great throughout the summer 40 Your Therapies: Spotlight on complementary therapies and holistic health 44 Celebrity Health: Actress and producer Trudie Styler talks about her love of yoga and shares her tips for staying young and healthy 46 Your Diary: We celebrate quality time with the family and curb our sugar cravings
34 Recipes: Delicious dishes using vegetarian, vegan and free-from foods
your healthy living awards 23 Vote now: This month’s categories include Best Organic, Best Beauty and Best Supplements & Remedies
30 Your Experts: We get the lowdown on superfoods 38 Here to Help: Independent health store advice on hydration, nutrition and supplementation for sport from Natural Health in Hertford 42 I Want to Know: Expert advice on sex during the menopause and choosing an organic moisturiser © Cover photo and above of Trudie Styler courtesy of Jaime Travezan.
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Scientific backing for cranberry juice The use of cranberry juice as a natural treatment for urine infections has received new scientific backing. Researchers at the National Taiwan University Hospital carried out 10 trials on 1,500 volunteers in which the use of cranberries was compared to no treatment. The results were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The researchers discovered that cranberry juice and capsules or tablets containing cranberries can help to ward off some E.coli infections. This is because cranberries contain proanthocyanidins, which can prevent E. coli bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder. E. coli is responsible for over 80% of all urinary tract infections. The results showed that cranberry juice tended to be particularly effective in women who had experienced recurrent urine and bladder infections. The researchers concluded that more work was needed to confirm the efficacy of the results and also to determine the optimum dose for treatment. n For more information on Rabenhorst cranberry juice visit www.treeoflifeuk.com
Time for a new career?
With Chinese Medicine growing in popularity and gaining acceptance in mainstream medicine, there has never been a better time to retrain as an acupuncturist or TuiNa massage therapist. More and more studies are coming out in support of the effectiveness of Chinese Medicine in publications such as the British Medical Journal. Also the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends courses of acupuncture for certain conditions like back pain. “Patients value not only its clinical effectiveness, but also its capacity to change how they cope with a whole range of issues,” says Anne-Sophie Morel, Acupuncturist and Course Leader at the City College of Acupuncture. “But to be able to give your patient your best, the quality of your training is paramount. Our courses at the City College of Acupuncture are almost like apprenticeships so that students develop the confidence and skills necessary to become successful and confident practitioners.” For more information, visit www.citycollegeofacupuncture.com 4
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Searching for sports stars This year the makers of natural energy bar 9bar have set up a sponsorship fund to support endurance and extreme sporting events. They have also selected a diverse group of highly active individuals to create a Team 9bar. Liz Tucker from 9bar commented: “We are targeting sports that generally find it hard to get funding but involve the most inspirational athletes who achieve the most amazing feats. It takes a special sort of dedication and stamina to run, for example, 147 miles non-stop in less than 30 hours or be a single mum and the British number one BMX champion. These are not the sort of sports we generally hear about but 9bar felt they deserved some help and recognition.” The current team members range from ultra runners to triathletes and include a championship kite surfer and the gold medal-winning cyclist Ed Clancy. 9bar plan to sponsor a new team in 2013 so if you know anyone who fits the sporting bill, get in touch via www.9bar.com
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Calorie-free sugar replacement
Canderel Green uses the naturally sweet taste of Reb A, found in the stevia leaf, to create a delicious calorie-free sweetener, which means replacing one teaspoon of sugar in your tea or coffee with Canderel Green will save you 20 calories! We have 100 individual packs of Canderel Green tablets (RRP £2.39) to give away.
Co-enzyme Q10 is a naturally-occurring fat-soluble antioxidant, necessary to the functioning of every cell in our bodies. Maintain your levels of this nutrient with HySorbQ10. We have six pots (RRP £30.59 each) to give away this month. Every entrant will receive a £5 voucher to spend at Good Health Naturally.
Lepicol is a probiotic formulation developed to help maintain healthy bowels naturally. This threein-one combination includes soluble plant fibre known as psyllium husks, inulin (prebiotics) and probiotic cultures. We have three Lepicol packs to give away, each containing a 180g tub of Lepicol, a Loo With a View book and a Good Loo Hunting book (RRP £30).
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Sun Chlorella ‘A’ is a natural and nutritious singlecelled green algae containing 60% plant protein and a rich variety of nutrients. This whole food is free from synthetic ingredients allowing the body to maximise its health benefits. We have a box of 1,500 tablets (RRP £87.95) to give away to one reader.
Ethical food firm The Redwood Wholefood Company is giving one reader £50 to spend at its online shop www.redwoodfoods.co.uk. From veggie burgers and bangers to dairy-free ‘cheese’, vegan pizzas and fish-free ‘fish’, Redwood produces a host of deliciously different foods perfect for veggies, vegans and anyone who is lactose/casein intolerant.
Cathy’s Spelt for Health is a range of five spelt mixes which can be used for home-baking bread, scones and flapjacks. Not only are they delicious but they are suitable for everyone, especially those who are wheat intolerant, as spelt is gentle on the digestive system. We have four sets of five mixes worth £17 per box, to give away.
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Weight loss link to testosterone levels By Nutritional Therapist Georgie O’Connor for the College of Naturopathic Medicine
Cardiovascular health For the vast majority of people, cardiovascular disease occurs due to unhealthy ageing brought about as a consequence of poor diet and lifestyle choices such as smoking, high junk food consumption, lack of physical exercise and insufficient intake of fruit and vegetables. It is undeniable that the UK has an ageing population and, from the age of 35 onwards, the leading causes of death for men and women are dominated by chronic diseases, with cardiovascular disease taking the lead for people over 65. It would be quite foolish to think we don’t need to worry about it until then, however, because cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a condition that can take decades to develop, silent and insidious, carefully masking itself as ‘ageing’ when the truth is, there a huge difference between healthy ageing and unhealthy ageing.
Taking responsibility for our health
We have survived as a species by being incredibly resilient up to our reproductive years; remember we are the offspring of those who have survived war, famine, plague and pestilence; we carry the genetic heritage of the ultimate survivors. Once the survival of the species has been ensured, however, Mother Nature has no further use for us; it’s up to us to take responsibility for our
health so that we enjoy happy, active and productive years later in life. Just as we grow up and take responsibility for our finances, career and housing, as we get older so too we must take responsibility for our health. It’s never too late and never too early to take action against CVD; if there are proven health benefits to stopping smoking even if you’re in your 80s, as recently published, then it’s definitely worth taking regular exercise in your 30s and 40s. We all know the public health messages: stop smoking, reduce stress, increase activity levels and cut down/out junk food, red meat and alcohol. Also increase your consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables; ‘five a day’ is the absolute minimum and frozen will do just as nicely. Consider a ‘wellness’ consultation with a naturopath or naturopathic nutritionist; this is their area of expertise, taking a look at the big picture and helping you to help your body to heal itself. There are lots of herbal, vitamin and mineral supplements that can make all the difference to your efforts, but they are supplements and can only really be effective when the foundations are solid; don’t rely on the popular press for your health advice, get some professional input. Your local health food store isn’t just for supplements; it is a treasure trove of tasty and exciting ways to revamp your diet to help you on your way to fabulous health.
CNM trains students for careers in natural therapies. www.naturopathy-uk.com 01342 410505
A new study has found that weight loss could be a potential alternative to testosterone therapy for men who have low levels of the hormone. The study, which was carried out at St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin, involved a group of 900 overweight, middle-aged men with pre-diabetes. This is a condition whereby blood sugar levels are abnormally high, but not high enough to be classified as Type 2 diabetes. The men were split into three groups, the first of which were given the diabetes drug metformin, the second a placebo pill and the third were instructed to exercise for 150 minutes a week and eat less fat and fewer calories. Of the men who followed the diet and exercise programme, about 20% had low testosterone levels at the beginning of the study. After a year this fell to 11%. Among the men taking metformin, 24.8% had low testosterone at the beginning of the study, but this number only dropped to 23.8% a year later. With the placebo group, the number dropped from 25.6% to 24.6%. The researchers said that the men taking the diet and exercise route lost an average of 17lbs over the course of the year and experienced an increase in testosterone levels of 15%. As a result of their findings the researchers believe that doctors should encourage overweight men with low testosterone levels to lose weight through diet and exercise before resorting to testosterone therapy to increase their hormone levels.
Bio-Health’s June Crisp introduces...
Salvia Officinalis L.folium (sage leaf)
Sage leaf is a common culinary herb with a historical reputation as a medicinal ‘cure all’. The ‘panacea/cure all’ fame has evolved because of the herb’s successful use over hundreds of years for a vast array of ailments. These range from weaning infants off breast feeding and controlling milk flow to its latest link with cognitive recall and subsequent use in research with Alzheimer’s sufferers. Sage is an exceptional herb for self-medication and helps with everyday ailments including dyspepsia, wind, gastric upsets and indigestion – it is even thought to be effective against intestinal worms. It can be used safely for steam inhalation during a mild asthma attack and as an effective gargle for throat and gum infections/inflammation due to its natural antiseptic/antibiotic action. Sage is an effective mouthwash for bad breath and, having a naturally occurring antispasmodic action, it can help reduce tension in smooth throat muscle which can
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help to calm a dry, tight cough. There are so many health benefits to recommend this simple herb but one in particular has brought sage into modern medicine. Sage, with its appreciable oestrogenic activity, is ideal for the varied range of menopausal symptoms and menstrual irregularities. And, due to its highly effective anti-hydrotic activity, it is very effective for reducing excessive heat and profuse sweating during the change of life. To many women, Salvia Officinalis, the common, silvery garden sage we see growing in abundance in our hedgerows, has become a lifeline! Please remember when considering sage as an anti-hydrotic for menopausal hot flushes, that a medicinal, quality licensed product such as Salvian will give the best results.
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Are you flushed with success?
As featured in last month’s issue, the search is still on for the Loo of the Year! If you have a loo to be proud of then why not enter this competition? The Loo of the Year Awards is promoted by The British Toilet Association and run in association with headline sponsor Lepicol, a probiotic formulation specifically developed to help maintain healthy bowels – naturally. This year, a new category has been introduced. Named the Lepicol Home Throne Award, members of the public can enter any domestic loo within their home. The winner will be invited to the Loo of the Year Awards presentation on Friday 7th December at St Johns Hotel in Solihull. Dr Hilary Jones, who is working alongside Lepicol in 2012 to help educate on the importance of bowel health, will present the winner their Home Throne Award. So what are you waiting for? Simply download an entry form from www.loo.co.uk and to send it in by the closing date of 31 September. To encourage you, our readers, to enter, the staff at JHN Productions and Lepicol will be entering their own loos into the awards – and here are three examples! The entrants are Heidi Thoday, Sales Manager for Your Healthy Living, Tracey Peat, Advertising Sales Manager for Natural Pharmacy Magazine and Better Retailing Magazine and Lizzie Hardy, Lepicol’s head of marketing. Can you guess which one belongs to who though? Submit your guesses to editor@ yourhealthyliving.co.uk and one winner, drawn at random, will win a year’s subscription to Your Healthy Living. B
New research has shown that iron supplementation could help reduce fatigue. The study, which was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, involved 198 menstruating women between the ages of 18 and 50 who were either given daily oral supplements of 80mg of prolonged-release ferrous sulfate or a placebo for a 12-week period. The results of the double-blinded randomized controlled trial showed that fatigue levels were reduced by almost 50% in the women who were low in iron but not anaemic.
Readers’ corner This month’s reader winner is Sue Cook of Crickhowell who won a pack of Lyc-O-Mato supplements from Vita Healthcare in our May giveaways. She said: “I enjoy Your Healthy Living as it's full of ideas for how to look after myself and feel 'tip top' as I'm getting older." n For your chance to win, turn to page 5.
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Enter the A.Vogel Short Story Competition 2012, in association with Your Healthy Living, and help the nation get a good night’s sleep! This new competition for 2012 invites you to write a short story (between 1500 and 3000 words) on a topic of your choice, the best of which will be published online and in print. The competition is FREE to enter and the first prize is £500, with another £500 divided between the three runners-up and £50 cash prizes for Highly Commended and Story of the Month.
It’s easy to enter – just visit www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk/storyenter or www.avogel.co.uk/story for the entry forms, rules, writing tips and to find out who the judges are. The competition closes on 31 October 2012.
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August story of the month
That’s All Folks! “I never had any trouble sleeping before the television arrived. With its colossal sixty-inch screen it dominated both the freshly painted ‘sunset dream’ bedroom wall and our drab, colourless marriage. Jeff stayed up later and later into the night watching made-for-TV films while I tossed and turned beside him, trying to blot out the moving lights flickering through my eyelids and the screams and gunfire that found their way into my weary skull even on the lowest volume setting. At least I’d enjoyed some peace and quiet at bedtime during his old couch potato days. The ‘bed potato’ was a most unwelcome mutation. … He was watching old Simpsons reruns from the comfort of our duvet, with two pillows squidged between his back and the headboard, a chocolate bar in one hand and the remote control in the other. … I glanced up at the television to see the giant yellow faces of Homer and Marge locked in a passionate embrace. He might be an infuriating fat fool, I thought, but at least Homer still loved his wife. At least he showed her affection. I couldn’t help feeling Marge had the better deal. How bad does your marriage have to be, exactly, to want to trade places with a four-fingered custard-coloured cartoon? … “Do you think I’d look good with blue hair?” I asked him as the credits came up. “The Marge Simpson look?”
Jeff just grunted, reaching over to his bedside table for a large slurp of tea. “Or maybe you’d prefer a bit of Betty Boop?” I said, testing to see
if he was even listening. “Long legs…” Nothing. “Big breasts…” Still nothing. If that didn’t get his attention nothing would. “So I was thinking, seeing as how you’re just a fat, lazy, smelly slob who couldn’t care less about our marriage I might just leave you to it. Find someone who appreciates me. What do you think?” “Great.” He took another noisy slurp of tea and turned up the volume...
“Or maybe I’ll just retrain as a cartoon character,” I said. “Two dimensional life looks like a lot more fun…” “Uh huh.”
“You haven’t been listening to a single word I’ve said, have you?”
… At the advert break he yawned and stretched, scratched his crotch through the duvet and then shrugged it right off as he hauled himself out of bed in search of another late night snack. …“It’s back on,” I shouted but Jeff was still downstairs, banging around in the kitchen… And then, as I sat watching, the screen went blank and everything went quiet…
“He’s finally gone then.” I spun round to see who had spoken. There was no one there. “Over here.”
I looked back at the television. There on the screen, against a plain red background, sat a smartly dressed, square-jawed cartoon figure, grinning and waving…
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Natural seasoning! Herbamare is a versatile fresh herb seasoning salt made according to the original recipe of the world famous Swiss naturopath Alfred Vogel Tell me more! The product is a mixture of pure sea salt infused with 12 organic, gardenfresh herbs and vegetables. Use Herbamare to enhance salads, sauces, vegetables or soups Anything else? With the extra flavour imparted by the herbs in Herbamare, you won’t need to use as much salt to achieve the tastes you are used to Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores or online at www.avogel.co.uk. Alternatively call 0845 608 5858
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Back to school! As we approach the next school term, feed your child’s brain with Cleanmarine® Krill Oil for Kids Why so good? The capsules in this Kids’ version of the popular Cleanmarine® Krill Oil are much smaller in size and provide a superior form of omega-3 to that found in fish oils Anything else? These small, one-a-day capsules are sustainably and ethically sourced, better absorbed than fish oils and don’t produce any fishy burps! Where can I buy them? Your local health food store or online at www.cleanmarinekrill.co.uk Beauty in a bottle! Add a healthy glow to your skin with Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend Why so good? This blend of organic, coldpressed seed oils is rich in the essential fatty acids omega-3 and 6 that your skin needs to lock in moisture. How does it work? By keeping proteins in your pores soft and stopping them from drying out and flaking off, Udo’s Oil moisturises the skin from the inside so that you can maintain a dewy, radiant complexion from within Available from? Health food stores and online. For more information visit www.udoschoice.co.uk
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Save on calories, but not taste... with Xagave Raw Agave Nectar, the complete sugar replacement What is Xagave? A premium blend of white and blue agave nectar. It has the added health benefits of naturally occurring calcium, iron and inulin (which, when taken as part of a healthy lifestyle can help support the digestive system) Tell me more! Xagave has a low GI level of 30, which can help to regulate energy levels and leave you feeling satisfied for longer! Available from? Nutrition and healthy lifestyle retailers. Visit www.treeoflifeuk.com or call 01782 567100 for your nearest stockist
What’s new? Strong nails, shiny hair and glowing skin can be yours with Hair. Skin.Nails Tell me more! This unique formula has been developed in conjunction with a cosmetic pharmacist and nutritionist to add lustre to your hair, make your skin appear more youthful and increase the strength of your nails What’s in it? Each capsule delivers 12 natural nutrients including seaweed extract, marine collagen and bamboo silica which nourish the hair follicles, the dermal layer of the skin and nail beds. Take 1-2 capsules daily with food Available from? Health food stores and online. Visit www.udoschoice.co.uk
Get that Good Gut Feeling! Having healthy gut bacteria is important for many aspects of health. A poor diet, stress and inadequate digestive function are very common in these rushed days. The over-use of antibiotics, and diets centred on sugary and yeasty foods don’t help. The result is frequently poor digestion. Stressful situations, heavy meals, irregular eating or drinking patterns, or too much fast food can leave your digestion in need of some extra support.
olkosan promotes a healthy internal environment that stimulates the growth of friendly bacteria and impedes the growth of unfriendly bacteria. The trend has been to use probiotics for digestive problems, but the difficulty is that if the internal environment hasn’t been altered, those probiotics will be killed off just as the original friendly bacteria were. Changing the internal environment for the better increases the likelihood that a probiotic supplement will work well. L+ lactic acid helps the gut support friendly bacteria.
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A healthy acidic environment is created by friendly bacteria in the large intestine, which contributes to the regular evacuation of the bowels. In a gut containing its full quota of friendly bacteria, stools are more likely to be soft, bulky and easy to pass. Intestinal fermentation and gases that cause bloating are less likely to bother you if your levels of friendly bacteria are satisfactory. A large number of immune cells are found in the gut and many toxins (including viruses, yeasts and unfriendly bacteria) are neutralised there. The lactic acid produced by friendly bacteria is excellent at killing off pathogens. B vitamins are synthesised and may be absorbed in the gut, as may vitamin K. Good bacteria can bind to cholesterol and carry it out through the gut.
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An update from Shona Wilkinson RDip CNHC MBANT, a qualified nutritional therapist with an alternative health practice in West Sussex
essentials Berry good
Becoming dehydrated or delaying the urge to visit the toilet can lead to bladder infections – as experienced by a leading Royal this year. Cranberry juice is a well-known treatment for these infections but if you’re not getting enough of the active therapeutic ingredient Proanthocyanidins (PAC) you could be wasting your money. Cys-Control is a brand new product which works quickly to help in just three days. The product can also be used once a month for general bladder health. Cys-Control is available from health stores and pharmacies, or visit www.healthy2u.co.uk
Detox diet The Finnish are famous for detoxing and this knowledge has led to the addition of the Finnish Organic Birch Sap treatment to the Dukan Diet range. The liver and kidneys are two important organs for toxin elimination and ensuring they are working effectively can assist in any weight loss programme. Just 25ml taken after breakfast either neat or diluted is all you need to get the best from your body. Available from health stores. For stockists call 01782 564512 or visit www.modernherbals.com
You may associate cold sores with the winter time but, as summer arrives, breakouts can be triggered by UV rays. Silicea Cold Sore Lip Gel is an effective natural treatment for cold sores. What makes Silicea Gel so special is that, apart from its soothing effect on the burning and itching sensation caused by cold sores, it has an unusually high bonding capacity with water and wound secretions. This means that the secretions from the cold sore are bound to the gel and the blisters are systematically dried out. In this way, the spread of the virus is inhibited and the tingling, burning and itching sensations are relieved as the healing process is accelerated. Available from independent health stores or online from www.healthy2u.co.uk
Migraines are causing me misery “I suffer badly with migraines, particularly during the summer. I have to go and lie down in a darkened room till the pain goes away. Can you suggest anything I can try?”
“For some the summer sun and a change in atmospheric pressure can trigger migraine attacks. Trials carried out on a group of migraine sufferers over a two-month period found that 91% of them rated MIGRASTICK good to excellent at relieving their symptoms. MIGRASTICK is a medical device which is small enough to be carried in your purse or wallet, ready for action whenever you feel the first signs of a headache or migraine attack approaching. MIGRASTICK is available at independent health stores and online at www.revital.co.uk.”
Food for thought A controlled, clinical, doubleblind study on 184 patients with pre-geriatric disorders, aged between 45 and 75 years, over a three-month period using the Bio-Strath food supplement has shown some encouraging results. It was demonstrated that Bio-Strath produced a significant effect in comparison with the control group on the basis of the following criteria: fatigue, headache, dizziness, mental alertness, sleep, emotional stability, speed of information flow, depressive mood, apathy and speaking letters and numbers forwards and backwards. Available from all good health stores. Visit www.bio-strath.com for more information.
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Say goodbye to spots! Salcura Antiac is a 100% natural product that packs a big punch when it comes to dealing with spot-prone skin Why so good? Used as part of a daily routine, its triple action deep-cleansing spray unblocks pores, reduces inflammation and neutralises bacterial infection. Voted ‘Best Acne Product’ by testers on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies Live How much? £9.99 for 50ml Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores or online at www.salcuraskincare.com. Alternatively call 0800 612 5812
Try this! Intact™ Digest with Nutri-Mastic™ Why so good? This product gives you the right amounts of essential nutrients to support a healthy digestive system and also assists with occasional constipation as well as maintaining daily regularity – naturally Tell me more! Intact Digest comes in both 2oz and 8oz bottles Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores and pharmacies. Call the helpline on 08456 803968 or visit www.intactnutrition.com
Wise buy! CherryActive Concentrate and Capsules Who for? Consumers serious about their health and fitness – recommended for increasing antioxidant uptake as well as for joint mobility, muscle recovery and sleep patterns Why so good? CherryActive Concentrate and Capsules are made with 100% Montmorency cherries, using special techniques to optimise their powerful antioxidant nutrients Available from? Independent Health Food Stores. Call 08451 705 705 or visit www.cherryactive.co.uk
Try New Jordans Super Granola! After 40 years of baking oats we know how to make a good granola taste just great. So now we have two new and utterly delicious granola for you to try. Super Fruity and Super 3 Seeds. Both are made with British grown oats on wildlife friendly farms, then rolled in honey and baked until crisp and golden. We then carefully blend in juicy fruit, crunchy nuts and seeds so every spoonful is worth getting out of bed for.
Super 3 Seeds and Super Fruity accompany the already established Super Berry and Super Nutty Granola in the Jordans range
www.jordanscereals.co.uk August 2012
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Natural beauty tips for looking great! The big cover up
Throughout the summer months it’s essential to wear a good quality sunscreen. Cancer Research UK recommends buying sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 and which offer protection against UVA rays – the more stars the better. Also, make sure that your sunscreen hasn’t gone past its expiry date. Natural and chemical sunscreens work in different ways. Natural sunscreens tend to contain the minerals titanium oxide and zinc oxide and they form a protective barrier on the skin, preventing harmful rays from penetrating it. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, are designed to absorb ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are some health concerns about the ingredients used in chemical sunscreens. Some of these chemicals, such as PABA and derivatives of PABA, are thought to be carcinogenic, cause allergic reactions and disrupt hormone systems. If in doubt,
look for a natural brand from your local independent health store. Apply sunscreen to clean, dry skin and make sure you reapply regularly. Try to keep out of the sun when it is at its most powerful, between 11am and 2pm, and keep covered up with clothing or by staying in the shade.
Fake it to make it!
There are so many natural self-tanning lotions around that there’s no excuse to risk your health by excessive sunbathing. Natural self-tan contains a chemical called DHA (dihydroxyacetone) derived from plant sources such as sugar cane and sugar beet. To achieve the best fake tan, always make sure you apply the product to clean, dry, unperfumed skin. Wait for 24 hours after waxing. Begin with your feet and work upwards, applying the lotion in a circular motion. Don’t go heavy on the application – it’s better to build up the colour gradually than to end up looking like an Oompa Loompa! Apply less of the product to your hands, neck and feet as the skin is thinner in these areas and always make sure you have some wet wipes on hand to clean up any overly tanned bits.
As hot weather can cause foundation to melt and smear, try using a tinted moisturiser instead – it will feel fresher and lighter on your skin. If you have blemishes that need extra Continued over ➜
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uncovered Many people are so desperate to get rid of acne that they follow acne myths blindly. They don’t realise that each person needs a specialised treatment based on their skin type and texture. These myths might seem harmless enough, but some can do serious damage to the skin. Salcura Skincare founder and Biomedical Research Scientist, Dr Martin Schiele, puts the record straight. Acne Myth: Acne is caused by dirt. Acne Fact: Acne is not caused by dirt. And no amount of scrubbing with soap and water will do anything to help clear it up. In fact, too-frequent washing can have the opposite effect. Why? Because aggressive scrubbing can irritate skin; and stripping away oil can trigger even more oil production – and both these things can make acne worse. Genetics and hormones are the acne triggers in everyone. In adults, stress can have a profound effect on hormones which, in turn, can cause acne to flare up.
Acne Myth: Acne is caused by a diet of sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks.
Acne Fact: Acne is not caused by what you eat – in almost all cases. Because it takes about three weeks for a pimple to emerge, if one shows up the day after you ate a bunch of chocolate, there is no connection!
Acne Myth: Sun exposure helps clear acne. Acne Fact: Sun exposure can actually make acne worse. Perhaps the myth started because light tanning may hide some red marks, but the sun causes skin cells to shed even more – and that’s a major acne trigger.
Acne Myth: Acne is curable. Acne Fact: Acne has no cure – not with the most expensive prescription medication; not with the best over-the-counter system. However, acne can be healed and controlled with daily maintenance therapy.
Acne Myth: Only teenagers get acne. Acne Fact: What is true is that 90% of teens get acne – but also about 50% of women and 25% of men get acne at some time during adulthood, sometimes for as long as 20 years!
Acne Myth: Acne is no big deal. Acne Fact: In one respect, acne can be seen as a common skin condition without serious health consequences, but in fact acne is a profoundly serious condition that can have devastating consequences – emotionally, socially and physically.
Voted by testers as Best Acne Product on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies, ANTIACAcne Clearing Spray from Salcura is a 100% natural alternative to pharmaceutical preparations containing chemicals such as benzoyl peroxide. Its spray action cleans deep down while extensively proven anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients work to reduce the visible signs of acne. Salcura Antiac (50ml, £9.99) is available from natural health stores across the UK and Ireland. Visit www.salcuraskincare.com/acne
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Here comes the sun! coverage, try brushing a powder foundation over them. To eliminate the dreaded shiny t-zone keep some blotting papers in your handbag for quick touch-ups. Strong coloured eye shadows can look overpowering in summer, so go for subtler hues for a more summery look. Powder shadows last longer than creams and will minimise creasing. And make sure you don’t end up looking like Alice Cooper by swapping your usual mascara for a waterproof version. Put away your usual heavy lipstick or gloss and go for a tinted lip balm instead for a touch of shine.
Glow for it!
It may be tempting to reach for the bronzer to get an instant tan, but what looks like a healthy glow on one complexion might look positively tangoed on another. Those with fair skin should try layering a cream blush over a highlighter. Sweep the colour across the cheekbones and underneath the brow bone and blend with your fingers. Mid-toned skin will benefit from a peach-coloured blusher applied to the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and temples using a large brush. Olive and dark complexions can certainly reach for the bronzer as shimmery tones will look great on these skin types. Go for a golden shade and add a bit on your eyelids as well as cheekbones.
With the sunny weather most of us will be swapping our boots and shoes for strappy sandals or funky flip flops. But this change of footwear can often result in a common summertime problem – cracked heels – caused by open-backed shoes rubbing around the edge of the heel. Lorraine Jones, a podiatrist from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, says: “We would recommend alternating your footwear so that you aren’t wearing this style of shoe day in and day out. To prevent cracked heels developing apply moisturising cream twice a day, and use an abrasive stone such as a pumice stone or a nonmetal footfile when in the shower or bath to exfoliate the build up of skin that can occur. However, if the problem worsens you may need to seek help from a podiatrist.”
Hot weather and humid conditions can play havoc with your hair, resulting in dry, frizzy locks or split ends. Allow hair to absorb its natural oils by shampooing less often or opting for a natural sulfate-free shampoo. If you have tinted or highlighted hair, try
this tip to brighten your colour: wash hair with half a cup of shampoo mixed with one tablespoon of baking soda, then wash again with your normal shampoo and finish with conditioner. Be sure to get a regular trim – every four to six weeks is about right – as hot weather can dry out the ends. If you tend to blow dry or straighten your hair every day, try giving it a rest during the summer months and allow hair to dry naturally. Or use a leave-in conditioner designed to protect hair against the heat from a hair dryer. Jojoba oil is a great natural treatment for frizzy, dry hair – apply to the ends of your locks for added protection against the sun’s rays. Better still, if you know you’re going to be out in the sun, put on a hat or cover your hair with a chic headscarf.
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According to statistics, 10 million people in the UK are over the age of 65. Population forecasts predict that there will be 5.5 million more elderly people in 20 years time and this number will almost double to around 19 million by 2050. It seems today’s pensioners are healthier than ever! With this in mind, we take a look at age-related health conditions and how they can be prevented and managed naturally.
Eye health “Free radical damage has been linked to many eye diseases,” says Debbie Paddington Dip ION, a nutritional therapist with Higher Nature (www.highernature. co.uk). “These include the three most common eye conditions in the over 50s: macular denegation, cataract and glaucoma. Antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc help to protect the eyes from free radical damage and are therefore vital for eye health. Good sources of antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables, especially carrots, sweet potatoes, blueberries, peppers, cherries and kiwis, so make sure you are getting at least your five a day. The antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin
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are thought be important for eye health as they are found in high concentration in the eye and are responsible for the yellowish colour of the macula. Foods rich in both include kale, spinach, broccoli, eggs and green beans. Omega-3 essential fatty acids are also important for eye health and are found in high levels within the retina. Eating oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines together with nuts and seeds may help support healthy eyes.”
Osteoporosis “Nutrition is essential for healthy bones which are needed to prevent and cope with osteoporosis,” says nutritional therapist Emily Whitehead (www.plymouthnutritionaltherapist. com). “Calcium is an essential nutrient for bone health. The body loses calcium every day through sweat, hair, nails and urine. To replenish lost stores, eat calciumrich foods such as cheese, yoghurt, almonds, brazil nuts, broccoli, dried figs, canned salmon and sardines with bones. Milk also contains high amounts of calcium. Vitamin D is needed for calcium absorption. Good sources include sunlight for 15-20 minutes, fortified milk, egg yolks and oily fish. Leafy, green vegetables are not only rich in calcium but also vitamin K which helps to regulate cells that remove old bone so that new bone can be deposited in its place. Include plenty of bok choy, kale, Swiss chard, turnip greens, romaine lettuce and spinach. Also, limit your caffeine, as excessive amounts can cause the body to excrete calcium. Taking excessive amounts of calcium without magnesium may encourage bone loss and soft tissue calcification, so be sure to increase your magnesium intake. Sources include nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables.”
Diabetes Age is one of the greatest risk factors for diabetes. Nutritional therapist Dr Elisabeth Philipps PhD BSc(Hons) BSC Nut Med mBANT (www.hartwellnutrition.co.uk) offers some tips to naturally prevent its onset and/or manage the condition:
Balance your blood sugar levels. Reduce foods high in sugar like desserts, biscuits, cakes, pasta, bread, breakfast cereals and sugary drinks (including alcohol) to stop insulin, the hormone that lowers blood sugar, working overtime. This is a major complication in Type 2 diabetes.
Choose foods that are low in refined and starchy sugars, such as brown rice, quinoa, nuts, seeds, vegetables, lean unprocessed meat and fish.
Krill oil supplements are a rich source of omega-3 essential fatty acids, crucial for insulin function, and in a form that is better absorbed by the body.
Increase fibre, particularly freshly-steamed, green leafy vegetables. Try a breakfast of porridge with stewed apple and cinnamon. Cinnamon contains natural compounds that help insulin and porridge oats are rich in fibre.
Arthritis “Arthritis is a common condition that causes pain and inflammation within a joint,” says Shona Wilkinson, an independent nutritionist working with PAGB, the regulatory body for over the counter medicines and food supplements (www.pagb.co.uk). “The two most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. To help ease the symptoms, try to eat more foods that help decrease inflammation. These include garlic, onions, watercress, nuts, seeds and oily fish. Eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains will not only help with the symptoms of arthritis but also improve health generally. It is also helpful to avoid refined foods such white breads, pastas and sugars. Eating fewer red meats and more lean meats and oily fish for its omega 3-content will also help reduce the inflammation. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants such as tobacco and alcohol. Glucosamine, which occurs naturally throughout the body, is thought to play a role in the maintenance of healthy joints, helping to keep them supple and flexible. As we grow older our bodies appear to produce less glucosamine which may be associated with stiffness. Taking a glucosamine supplement may therefore help.”
A daily walk or outdoor activity such as gardening also helps to prevent and manage diabetes.
Cognitive function “Mild cognitive impairment caused by brain shrinkage affects one in six of the over-70s in Britain,” says Aimee Benbow, technical manager at Viridian Nutrition (www.viridian-nutrition. com). “Fortunately, as well as making sensible lifestyle choices, there are certain nutrients which can help you maintain your mental faculties for longer. Phosphatidyl serine exerts significant benefit for cognitive functioning. It limits the negative effects of stress on the brain and improves cellular communication and neurotransmitter release. Acetyl-L-Carnitine, an amino acid, may be of benefit in treating Alzheimer’s disease and depression in the elderly. Co-enzyme Q10 is a naturally occurring substance and an essential component of the mitochondria – the energy producing unit within our cells. It is involved in the production of ATP, the energy molecule. Recent research suggests that it is beneficial in neurological disorders as it has been discovered that Parkinson’s disease patients have decreased levels of Co-Q10. In the brain, L-theanine increases dopamine and serotonin production. It also increases alpha-brain wave activity, a sign of induced relaxation. Theanine administration causes a relaxed, yet alert, state of mind without sedation. Lastly, vitamin pills which include vitamins B12, B6 and folic acid have been shown to reduce the brain shrinkage linked to memory loss in later life.”
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Heart health “The development of heart disease is influenced by a number of risk factors, some of which can’t be changed,” says Helen Bond, a state registered dietitian working with PAGB. “These include family history, ethnic origin and age. However, there are many risk factors such as high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure and excess weight that can be controlled by changes to your diet and lifestyle. To help keep your heart healthy, lower your risk of heart disease and help prevent current heart disease from worsening, you should follow a healthy and balanced diet low in saturated fat and trans fat, with moderate amounts of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, as well as plenty of antioxidant-rich fruit and vegetables. Moderate your alcohol intake (1-2 units per day) and salt and sugar levels. Exercising regularly, quitting smoking and managing stress will also help lower your overall risk. It is also recommended that you should try to eat two portions of fish a week, one of which should be oil-rich to support your intake of omega-3. However, if you don’t like fish or struggle to incorporate it into your diet, then it would be worthwhile to consider taking a fish oil supplement.”
Worried about joint health? Try Novisyn® from Fulcrum Health Ltd, a pure form of oral Hyaluronan which naturally helps to maintain joint mobility Tell me more! Hyaluronan occurs in all living cells, particularly in the synovial fluid of articular joints (knees, elbows, etc.) As we age we produce less hyaluronan ourselves and need supplementation. Don’t wait until you need an injection – give this oral product a try! How much? £19.95 for 30 x 5ml sachets Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores and direct sales. Call 01480 869 456 or visit www.fulcrumhealth.com
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Smart supplementation! Paradox Omega Oil is a pure and natural source of omega-3 Why so good? Recent research has added Alzheimer’s disease to the ever-increasing list of chronic conditions which may be helped or prevented by supplementing your diet with omega-3. Research published in the official scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology shows that a diet rich in omega-3 and vitamins may protect the brain from ageing Anything else? Paradox contains natural vitamin D3, which is essential for bone health Available from? Independent health food stores and pharmacies across the UK and Ireland. Visit www.paradoxoil.com
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What’s this? Omegaflex DUO from Igennus Healthcare Nutrition What’s it for? Joint pain and reduced flexibility are common complaints as people age, so it’s important to reduce inflammation and support the joints and bones. Omegaflex DUO’s advanced formula combines the anti-inflammatory properties of ethyl-EPA and GLA with the tissue-restoring properties of glucosamine and calcium plus vitamins C and D3 for preventative and restorative action Please note: this product contains a special form of algae-derived calcium with no heart health contraindications Available from? Independent health food stores, Revital and the Nutri Centre or order direct from shop.igennus.com
Want healthy joints? Try Collagen Plus, the acclaimed 3-in-1 nutritional drink (equivalent to 18 tablets per serving) with 3 key ingredients: Collagen 7500mg, Glucosamine 1000mg and Chondroitin 800mg What’s it do? Helps to rebuild and maintain the cartilage, bone strength and flexibility in joints – a recent study showed Collagen can help to reduce joint pain, stiffness and immobility Where from? Arthrovite Ltd, the leading UK collagen specialists, www.arthrovite.com, on 0800 0181 282 and in all good health stores
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What’s this? Dynamint Muscle Cream is for use both pre and post sport (for sore muscles and joints) or to help with general muscle aches, pains and strains What’s in it? An effective combination of peppermint oil, tea tree oil, eucalyptus and calendula oil mixed together in a gentle cream base How much? £2.29 for 30ml, £7.99 for 120ml and £14.49 for 237ml Available from? Independent health food stores, Holland and Barrett, Revital stores, The Nutri Centre, Lloyds pharmacies, independent pharmacies, JJB Sports stores, sports shops, specialist running and cycling shops and various online retailers
Try: Mason’s Dog Oil Why buy? Dog oil has an ideal viscosity for massage from its mineral and vegetable oils ingredients. It’s odourless, free from drugs and GMOs and not tested on animals Who’s it for? People! Though it was used therapeutically on racing dogs in the 1920s, hence the name. Still made by the same family too. As featured in the national press Available from? All good health food shops. www.dogoil.co.uk or call 01706 379817 August 2012
Ginseng 50+ - to help maintain energy levels With extra selenium & vitamin D During periods of fatigue, convalescence, overwork or just general tiredness, an added boost of daily energy may be needed. Fitness Pharma have developed a dietary µÂbb½µbOoO8Ën²½}µÂ²µbµbupÏ¥¢½O½8µ8½}b²½8½ vitamins and minerals in amounts normally found in good vitamin pills, but with the extra selenium and vitamin D as recommended for the elderly. Just two tablets a day taken with food will be enough to give you that little bit of a pick-me-up to cope with the daily routine! For more information, Èµ½ÉÉÉ¢o½bµµ}8²8¢Â¢O
Available at your local Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Retailer, call: 01782 567121 or visit www.treeoflifeuk.com to find your local stockist.
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Register your votes for part 2 of the Your Healthy Living Awards
ast month we launched the Your Healthy Living Awards 2012 and you’ve been voting in your droves! This month we have a new set of categories and are asking you to vote for your favourites in the categories of Best Beauty, Best Organic and Best Supplements & Remedies Read through the following pages of shortlisted entrants, decide on your favourites for each category, then place your votes either online at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk/awards or by post to the address below. Voting closes on 30 October 2012,
but don’t wait till then to nominate your favourites as, each month, one voter, chosen at random, will win a £50 prize! The winners will be announced in the December issue of Your Healthy Living. So keep visiting out website over the next few months and keep those entries coming in! This is your chance to let other readers, health store retailers and manufacturers know which products you love best. Why not ask your friends and family to vote too?
How to vote
Simply visit www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk /awards then register your details to vote and click on your favourite products. Alternatively you can register your vote by post. Write the names of your favourite products, along with your name, address and daytime phone number on a postcard or sealed down envelope and post to: Your Healthy Living Awards 2012, Unit 2, Three Hills Farm, Ashdon Road, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire CB21 4EN. T&Cs: One vote per category per person (your vote is registered to avoid multiple votes.) Monthly winners will be notified within 28 days and the overall winner by 15 November 2012. By entering you agree to being contacted on occasion by JHN Productions, publishers of Your Healthy Living and companies connected to JHN only. To opt out, tick the ‘No Offers’ box online or write ‘No Offers’ on postal votes if you don’t want to be contacted in future with any promotions. Full terms and conditions can be found at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk The holiday must be taken between 1 December 2012 and 1 December 2013 and is subject to availability at the resort. The prize cannot be exchanged for goods, or towards the purchase of goods at any retail outlet. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash. Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
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WIN! Your chance to win too! Register your vote in the Your Healthy Living Awards 2012 and you could be in with a chance of winning a week’s stay at Barberyn Ayurveda Reef Resort in Sri Lanka! Located in Sri Lanka’s beautiful Beruwala, Barberyn Reef Ayurveda Resort is the first health resort in the region to offer authentic Ayurveda treatments to the Western world. It is the ideal place for anyone seeking to recharge their batteries and take a break from their every day life. Barberyn Resorts provide all the advantages of a luxury beach resort with the facilities of a professional Ayurvedic health centre. They share the same philosophy of promoting authentic Ayurveda, yoga and spiritual enrichment. The Resorts are designed to improve guests’ health and wellbeing through Ayurvedic diagnosis, healing treatments, herbal medications, Ayurvedic diet, yoga and meditation. One lucky winner, chosen at random when the competition closes, will receive a one-week stay at Barberyn Ayurveda Reef Resort in Sri Lanka (worth up to £1,200). The prize includes full-board accommodation, a personal Ayurveda programme, yoga, meditation and tai chi sessions, cultural excursions and transfers to and from the airport (excluding flights). For more information about the resort, visit www.barberyn.com
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Best Organic VOTE for your favourite Organic product at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk For details on how to vote by post, turn to page 23.
Glutenfree gravy Kallo Organic Beef and Chicken Gravy Granules make a delicious, glutenfree, organic instant gravy from the finest organic meat and vegetables. It’s the perfect accompaniment to your roast dinner! www.saykallo.com
A delicate infusion
Heath & Heather have over 90 years of herbal expertise creating the finest teas and infusions. Their organic Soil Associationcertified Camomile is no exception. This delicate drink will help you relax and unwind at any time of the day. www.heathandheather.co.uk
Rich and satisfying
Clearspring Organic Instant Miso Soup Paste is made with only the finest organic ingredients. Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning made from whole soya beans. High in protein and rich in minerals, making it a healthy and satisfying soup. www.clearspring.co.uk
An affordable luxury Bentley Organic Calming and Moisturising Body Wash is an affordable, truly organic, Soil AssociationCertified product featuring calming lavender and the moisturising properties of aloe vera and jojoba. www.bentleyorganic.com
Rich in enzymes Delicious and nutritious Biona Organic Pumpkin Seed Rye Bread is made by a traditional method using a sour dough starter. The recipe uses freshly ground organic rye grain to capture all the nutritional wholegrain goodness. This artisan bread is wheat-free, yeast-free, delicious and nutritious. www.biona.co.uk
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RAW Health Organic Cider Vinegar with Vinegar Mother is made using organic, unfiltered, pressed apple juice. Never heated or pasteurised, this living enzyme-rich vinegar contains the nutritious vinegar ‘mother’. www.rawhealth.uk.com
Best Organic VOTE for your favourite Organic product at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk For details on how to vote by post, turn to page 23.
Bursting with goodness Organic Village Fruit Juices are made with 100% pure fruit juice, not from concentrate and with no added water or sugar. They’re positively bursting with goodness! Choose from pomegranate, cherry, peach, apricot, strawberry, red apple and grape. www.organicvillage.org
Super healthy tea
A premium product!
teapigs organic matcha is 100% green tea leaves ground down to a fine powder. Super healthy, matcha contains 70 times the antioxidants of orange juice and has the equivalent health benefits of 15 cups of regular green tea. www.teapigs.co.uk
Essence of Eden 100% Organic Premium Raw Coconut Oil is rich in medium chain fatty acids, which are beneficial to good health. What’s more, the product has won four awards in three years for outstanding quality of product in blindtasting sessions! www.essenceofeden.co.uk
Best Beauty VOTE for your favourite Beauty product at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk For details on how to vote by post, turn to page 23.
Advanced formulation Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ combines nature’s most powerful skin restoring and skin protecting properties in a unique and advanced formulation, Rosapene™. The product is certified organic and 100% natural. www.trilogyproducts.com
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Hydrating and firming Green People Hydrating Firming Serum is a twoin-one hydrating serum and toner for the face and neck with proven anti-ageing benefits. It increases collagen production by 100% and reduces wrinkles by 7%. www.greenpeople.co.uk
Kind to skin
Faith in Nature Replenishing Moisturising Cream is rich in organic green tea and other naturally derived ingredients, making it the perfect hypoallergenic cream to rehydrate and soften skin. Free from alcohol, parabens, artificial colours and fragrances. www.faithinnature.co.uk
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Best Beauty VOTE for your favourite Beauty product online at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk For details on how to vote by post, turn to page 23.
Deliciously fruity! JĀSÖN Natural Care Apricot Scrubble is one of the original JĀSÖN products from 1959. Containing brightening apricot oil and triple refined walnut powder, it removes impurities and reveals a smooth, glowing complexion. www.jasonnaturalcare.co.uk
Enhance skin’s natural beauty! Rio Rosa Mosqueta rosehip oil provides a rich source of EFAs including omegas-3 and 6; plus essential nutrients such as vitamins A and C; and beta carotene. It protects cells from oxidative damage, reduces the visibility of scars, and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. www.riorosa.co.uk
Affordable organic beauty! Purity conditioning cleansing lotion is effective and affordable organic skincare – one of seven in the Purity range, all under £10. The gentle and Ecocert organic ingredients let your skin’s natural processes work optimally! www.purityorganicskincare.com
Tints of Nature permanent hair colour is one of the kindest, most natural ways possible to colour hair effectively, containing plant extracts and organic ingredients. www.tintsofnature.com
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Regenerate and restore
Weleda’s Pomegranate Firming Facial Care is formulated to rejuvenate and restore radiance with antioxidant-rich organic pomegranate seed oil. Layer the nourishing Day Cream over the revitalising Serum to boost hydration instantly. www.weleda.co.uk
Get glowing! Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend is a blend of organic, coldpressed seed oils rich in omega-3 and 6. By keeping proteins in your pores soft, and stopping them from drying out and flaking off, Udo’s Oil leaves skin soft, radiant and glowing from within! www.udoschoice.co.uk
Best Supplements & Remedies VOTE for your favourite Supplements & Remedies online at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk For details on how to vote by post, turn to page 23.
Balance your immune system Potter’s Elixir of Echinacea Plus helps to relieve symptoms of common cold/ flu type infections and minor skin conditions. This pleasanttasting preparation contains a combination of three herbs: Echinacea angustifolia, Wild Indigo and Fumitory. Always read the label. www.pottersherbals.co.uk
Healing honey LifeMel Honey is based on bees feeding on medicinal herbs and has been used successfully to boost immunity. Research has shown that the product may help to stimulate the production of blood cells, therefore supporting iron levels. www.nutricentre.com
Effective but gentle! Lepicol has been a firm health food store favourite for many years and continues to help keep bowels healthy – naturally. This three-in-one combination includes soluble plant fibre known as psyllium husks, inulin (prebiotics) and probiotic cultures. www.lepicol.com
Symprove your health Symprove multi-strain liquid probiotic quickly delivers 10 billion+ bacteria, just where they are ‘naturally’ needed, in perfect condition, due to its Unique Delivery System. The product is non-dairy and gluten-free. www.symprove.com
The very clever enzyme SerraEnzyme serrapeptase helps to support the health of the heart, lungs, arteries, joints, colon, digestive system and much more! The product also assists with sports injuries. www.goodhealthnaturally.com
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Patented preparation Pharmanord BioActive Q10 Ubiquinol uses a patented preparation with special light-proof and air-tight blister packaging. It benefits individuals who are less able to absorb ubiquinone Q10. www.pharmanord.co.uk
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Best Supplements & Remedies VOTE for your favourite Supplements & Remedies online at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk For details on how to vote by post, turn to page 23.
Upping the iron levels
Floradix Liquid Iron Formula contains 7.5mg of iron per 10ml, so a daily 20ml dosage ensures you receive the recommended daily amount of iron. It also contains vitamin C and vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12 to help increase iron absorption. www.salusuk.com
MASQUELIER’s® Mediterranean Essentials combines three ingredients found in the Mediterranean diet in an easy-to-take capsule, providing antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPCs). www.vital-life.org.uk
Omega goodness! Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega D3 provides double strength EPA and DHA for increased omega benefits. This product supports healthy glucose levels and longevity whilst providing bone and immune support. www.vital-life.org.uk/ nordic-natural.html
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Blockbuster AllClear is the number one supplement for supporting the heart, arteries, blood pressure and circulation. The blend of 16 powerful nutrients includes enzymes, antioxidants, minerals, probiotics and polyphenols. www.goodhealthnaturally.com
Protects and supports MASQUELIER’s® French Pine Bark Extract is naturally derived from the French Maritime pine tree. Research shows that its unique three-way action protects and supports the body’s natural systems. www.vital-life.org.uk
Less is more
Cleanmarine® Krill Oil provides omega-3 in a form that absorbs better into the body meaning “less is more” from a smaller one-a-day capsule – plus no fishy burps and sustainably fished too! www.cleanmarinekrill.co.uk
Best Supplements & Remedies VOTE for your favourite Supplements & Remedies online at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk For details on how to vote by post, turn to page 23.
Local honey helper
A.Vogel Echinaforce Echinacea Drops is licensed as a traditional herbal medicine for the relief of the symptoms of colds, flu and similar upper respiratory tract conditions. Always read the leaflet. www.avogel.co.uk
HayfeGUARD® Local English Honey provides sweet help for wellbeing. This raw, fortified English honey, pollen and royal jelly is made by a fourth generation UK beekeeping family and their happy bees. www.hayfeguard.co.uk
E-EPA 90 from Igennus Healthcare Nutrition contains prescriptionstrength marine EPA at 90% concentration. This ultrapure supplement is suitable for counteracting omega-3 deficiencies, supporting joints and maintaining heart health and brain function. www.igennus-hn.com
Don’t forget to vote!
Now that you’ve read through the categories, make sure you register your votes for your favourite products before the closing date of 30 October 2012. Here’s a reminder of how to vote:
MicrOrganics Hawaiian Spirulina is nature’s richest whole-food source. This superfood is easily digestible and, with an array of rich nutrients, makes a perfect food to balance the whole family’s diet. www.microrganics-uk.com
Visit www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk/awards then register your details to vote and click on your favourite products.
Write the names of your favourite products, along with your name, address and daytime phone number on a postcard or sealed down envelope and send to: Your Healthy Living Awards 2012, Unit 2, Three Hills Farm, Ashdon Road, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire CB21 4EN.
Your chance to win! One lucky winner, chosen at random when the competition closes, will receive
a one-week stay at Barberyn Ayurveda Reef Resort in Sri Lanka worth up to £1,200! And, each month, one voter, chosen at random, will win a £50 prize!
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Full of green goodness Dan Barron is the General Manager of Sun Chlorella UK Found only in nature, ‘superfoods’ contain a remarkable yield of nutrients. Those nutrients are easily absorbed by the body, leading to a wide variety of benefits. It is important to include superfoods in your diet as many of them contain essential vitamins in a complete form that your body understands. That means that you will absorb just what you need to keep your bodily functions working at an optimum level.
Remember, superfoods don’t have to be expensive and hard to obtain. Lots of our day-to-day fresh fruit and veg could be considered to be superfoods!
In my opinion, the main superfoods are green vegetables, broccoli being a good example. To begin with, broccoli is bursting with vitamin C, essential for healthy growth and development. Rich in dietary fibre, it helps to promote good digestion and that is the start of every effective detox regime. Many green vegetables are thought to contain multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties.
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Chlorella is a fresh water algae, like a tiny green vegetable that grows in water. It has the highest content of chlorophyll of any known plant. Chlorophyll is the green pigment found in plants, and is known to be an effective deodoriser and cleanser. It also contains high concentrations of plant protein, certain vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, nucleic acids, amino acids and other phytochemicals.
Even in a healthy diet, you might not find enough of this nutrition so we should all consider supplementing with a natural product, like chlorella. Of particular interest is a component found in the nucleus of each chlorella cell called Chlorella Growth Factor or CGF. This is thought to be responsible for the fast reproduction of chlorella cells in nature and is often used on its own to promote healing and anti-ageing.
nature’s superfruit Kirsten Brooks BSc Hons, D N Med, is an independent nutritionist working with Minvita, suppliers of Baobab Superfruit Powder The Baobab tree, also known as the ‘upside down tree’ because of its unusual appearance, is traditionally grown in East Africa and its fruit – the Baobab – has been used for thousands of years by local villagers as it is packed with nutritional goodness. Baobab contains a health-busting mix of vitamins and minerals which is why it’s being hailed as the superfruit of 2012.
Baobab contains six times more vitamin C than oranges, twice as many antioxidants as goji berries, more iron than red meat, six times more antioxidants than blueberries, twice as much calcium as milk, six times more potassium than bananas and more dietary fibre than other fruits including apples, peaches, apricots and bananas. Available in powder form, it can be added to smoothies, yogurts and cereals, or stirred into a glass of juice or water. Better still you can add it to the mix when you are making cakes or flapjacks.
Other superfoods which should be included in our diets are garlic, Brussels sprouts, salmon, blueberries, green
tea, oats, Brazil nuts, tomatoes and dark chocolate. Garlic contains sulphur compounds such as allicin which have been associated with a reduction in blood pressure, plus it benefits the cardiovascular system by reducing LDL cholesterol. Garlic also has antimicrobial effects.
Brazil nuts are a good source of selenium, an antioxidant mineral which is often deficient in our diets. It is important for a healthy immune system, has anti-cancer benefits and is needed for the proper function of our thyroid gland. Blueberries are ranked one of the highest sources of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect our bodies from free radical damage associated with health degeneration. They are a particularly good source of anthocyanidins (the plant pigment which denotes the colour), which has a protective effect on our skin and our cognitive function.
– the most versatile superfood Alanah Lake-Hoole is Director of MicrOrganics UK, suppliers of Bio-Xanthin, Natural Astaxanthin and Hawaiian Pacifica Spirulina Superfoods are wholefoods that contain phytonutrients, long chain carbohydrates and omega-3s. In order for a food to be labelled a superfood, it must offer specific health benefits above and beyond its normal nutritional value. Superfoods work in unison with your body’s systems, providing nourishment at a cellular level for optimum health benefits.
In the book Astaxanthin, written by Bob Capelli and G R Cysewski PhD, the superfoods natural astaxanthin and spirulina, both known for their high levels of antioxidants, have been proven to be 14.3 times stronger than vitamin E, 17.9 times stronger than pycnogenol, 20.9 times stronger than synthetic astaxanthin, 53.7 times stronger than beta carotene and 64.9 times stronger than vitamin C!
I class the main superfoods as those that are found naturally, like micro-algaes, which are nutrient rich in omega-3 and 6, vitamin E and iron. Spirulinas are another excellent superfood, in fact Hawaiian Spirulina is the richest plant source of protein available to man, far surpassing soya. August 2012
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Spirulina is the most versatile of all the superfoods. Many people add a few teaspoons to fruit smoothies, their kids’ juice bottles, bread mixes and, recently, a trial batch of chocolate was created using spirulina. It’s so easy to incorporate into your day-to-day diet and can be enjoyed by all the family. Pets and plants can thrive on spirulina as well.
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Need a health boost? Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica has more nutrition gram per gram than any other product in the world! Why so good? Hawaiian Spirulina contains 180% more calcium than whole milk and 670% more protein than tofu Anything else? It also has 3,100% more beta carotene than carrots and 5,100% more iron than spinach! Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores or online at www.microrganics-uk.com. Alternatively call 01342 888098
What’s new? Amazing Grass Berry Green Superfood helps to boost energy and support wellbeing What’s in it? This delicious drink is infused with acai and goji berries to help you achieve your five to nine daily servings of fruit and vegetables. The product also contains a full spectrum of alkalizing green superfoods, antioxidant-rich fruits and herbs Why so good? It naturally detoxifies and boosts your immune system while the probiotics and enzymes aid digestion and absorption Available from? Independent health food stores, Whole Foods, Planet Organic, Nutri Centre and As Nature Intended. Visit www.amazinggrass.com or call 08450 725 825
Wise buy! Sun Chlorella® ‘A’ is a nutritious whole food, free from synthetic ingredients How does it work? It cleanses the bowel by clinging on to toxins like mercury, lead or pesticides and eliminates them. Waste material in the colon impairs our ability to absorb vitamins and minerals which can prevent the immune system from working at its best How much? £21.95 for 300 tablets (20-30 days supply) Where can I buy it? All good independent health food stores or direct from www.sunchlorella.co.uk. Call 0800 008 6166
The superfruit that packs a healthy punch! With a health-busting mix of vitamins and minerals, Baobab Superfruit Powder is one of the most nutrientrich foods on the planet. The Baobab tree, also known as the ‘upside down tree’ because of its unusual appearance, is traditionally grown in East Africa and its fruit – the Baobab – has been used for thousands of years by local villagers as it is packed with nutritional goodness. Minvita Baobab Superfruit Powder is 100% natural and organic. Priced at £14.69 for 250g it’s perfect for use at home or work as it can be added to smoothies, yogurts and cereals, or stirred into a glass of juice or water. The powder contains: ✓ Twice as many antioxidants as goji berries ✓ Six times more potassium than bananas ✓ Six times more vitamin C than oranges ✓ More iron than red meat ✓ Six times more antioxidants than blueberries ✓ More dietary fibre than other fruits including apples, peaches, apricots and bananas ✓ Twice as much calcium as milk Independent nutritionist Kirsten Brooks BSc Hons, D N Med, comments: “This natural, organic and sustainably-sourced Baobab Superfruit Powder is the ideal way to get a winning combination of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals into your diet. Antioxidants protect your body from harmful free radicals and can help strengthen your immune system. Baobab is a perfect way to ensure you are getting adequate amounts.”
Minvita Baobab Superfruit Powder is available in the UK and Ireland from independent health food stores and online via www.minvita.co.uk
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Following a special diet? Check out these vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free recipes
Avocado and Lime Salad This crisp and healthy salad makes a great accompaniment to your main meal
Serves: 4 1 crisp lettuce, finely shredded 50g/2oz watercress, washed and roughly chopped ½ cucumber, diced 1 red pepper, diced 1 bunch spring onions, sliced 2 avocado pears, peeled, stoned and diced
2 rings of pineapple, cut into chunks
The spices in this dish combine wonderfully to make a fragrant and tasty meal
Serves: 4 1 kg vine tomatoes, skinned, deseeded and chopped 250g green beans, blanched and cut into 2 cm pieces 175g podded broad beans, blanched and peeled to remove tough outer skin 1 medium onion, finely chopped 4 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp cardamom seeds 1 tsp ground cinnamon 2 tbsp tomato purée 2 tsp runny honey or light muscovado sugar To garnish 35g toasted walnuts, chopped 1 medium lemon, cut into wedges Season to taste
1 clove garlic, crushed 45ml/3tbsp olive oil
Sauté the onion in 2 tbsp of olive oil until soft before adding the tomatoes and spices. Cook gently until the tomatoes start to break up and then add the purée, the other 2 tbsp of oil and a little water if the sauce seems too thick. Season well.
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste Handful fresh coriander, chopped
Mix the shredded lettuce and watercress together and scatter over a serving platter.
dd the green beans and simmer gently for A 15-20 minutes until cooked but still crunchy, adding a little water if necessary.
inally stir in the honey and the broad beans F and simmer for a further 5 minutes, at which point the sauce should be quite thick.
I n a bowl, mix the cucumber, pepper, spring onions, avocados and pineapple together and reserve.
erve with a fruity couscous with fresh S herbs.
hisk the lime juice, garlic, olive oil, W salt and pepper together to make a dressing. Add to the chopped vegetable mixture and mix well. Spoon over the lettuce and watercress and scatter the coriander over the top.
hill the salad for about 30 minutes C before serving.
This recipe is one of 12 mouth-watering, monthly recipes, included in Season to Taste, a collection of recipes using seasonal and locally sourced produce and is available free of charge by calling 0161 925 2000.
© The Vegetarian Society. Recipe created by the Cordon Vert cookery school. www.vegsoc.org
© The Vegetarian Society. Recipe created by the Cordon Vert cookery school. www.vegsoc.org
Turning vegan is an immensely healthy choice,” says Lisa Gawthorne, author of vegan fitness book Gone in 60 Minutes. Plant proteins are lower in fat and cholesterol in comparison to animal proteins and they are often higher in fibre, micronutrients and lower in calories. Vegetables, legumes, pulses and meat alternatives (tofu, seiten, gardein) provide an array of vitamins and minerals. The one supplement I would recommend for raw food or macrobiotic vegans is vitamin B12 which can easily be purchased from your local health food store.
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Want a veggie treat? Check out the range of vegetarian and vegan foods from the Redwood Wholefood Company What’s in the range? From tasty dairy-free ‘cheeses’ to award-winning veggie burgers and bangers, ethical food firm Redwood produces delicious animal-free foods perfect for veggies, vegans and anyone who is lactose/casein intolerant Tell me more! New to the range are succulent fish-free ‘fish’ cakes and steaks, vegan pizzas and parmesan-style ‘cheese’, all made from natural, plant-based ingredients Where from? Independent health food stores. Visit www.redwoodfoods.co.uk or call 01536 400557
Feeling peckish? Try Trumi’s Hazelnut Berry and Raspberry Cacao Snack Bars Sounds tasty! These snack bars are naturally high in protein, omega 3s and fibre. They are also an excellent source of magnesium, iron and vitamin E Anything else? The bars are free from wheat, dairy, soy and whey, suitable for vegans and approved by the Vegetarian Society Available from? Independent health food stores, delis and whole food markets. Visit www.shoptrumi.com or email email@example.com
Want to get baking? Try the multiseed, wholemeal, white scone, tomato and herb and flapjack spelt mixes from Cathy’s Spelt for Health Tell me more! This range of award-winning spelt mixes are convenient and easy to bake. All five mixes are free from additives, yeast and are made from all natural ingredients Anything else? The breads contain no added sugar and appeal to everyone, especially those with special dietary requirements Available from? Independent health food stores, at www.cathysspeltforhealth.ie or call 00353 87 6804457
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Following a vegan diet or avoiding gluten can be achieved by reducing animal, dairy or gluten gradually, by choosing a meal or a day in the week in which to abstain from these foods,” says Adrian Ling, managing director of Plamil Foods. “Once you’ve realised that you’re not ‘avoiding’ but positively seeking a world of tasty, nutritious foods you like, meal times become something to look forward to. The advantages of following these diets include more energy, less bloating and clearer skin.
Carrot cake A delicious guilt-free vegan dessert!
Risotto of quinoa with butternut squash, woodland mushrooms and sage Gluten-free but full of taste!
Serves: 2 200g washed quinoa 150g peeled and diced butternut squash 2 finely diced banana shallots 100g mixed wild mushrooms 50g shaved Italian parmesan 50g grated Italian parmesan 10 sage leaves 2 pints of hot vegetable bouillon (gluten-free) ¼ pint skimmed milk (hot) 2 tbsps white truffle oil 80g unsalted butter 1 small glass of white wine 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1g fresh thyme leaves
In a large earthenware pot heat the oil and 40g of the butter. Soften the shallots, garlic and thyme. Add the washed quinoa and coat in the oil and shallot mixture.
dd the white wine and cook out the A alcohol. A little at a time, add the hot milk and bouillon, stirring to stop the risotto sticking.
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Olive oil Salt and pepper to taste
Recipe courtesy of Jason Church, the Coeliac UK Gluten-free Chef of the Year 2011. Visit www.coeliac.org.uk
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ake the butternut squash until three B quarters cooked and then set aside. eep adding the bouillon/milk mixture to K the quinoa, tasting and testing as you go. dd the squash and mushrooms, A reserving a little for garnish. Add the other 40g of butter, the grated parmesan and 1 tbsp of truffle oil.
4 cups grated carrot 2 cups whole wheat flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt 1 tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp ground ginger 1 ½ cups demerara or brown sugar ¾ cup raisins ½ cup chopped pecans 1 cup unsweetened applesauce 1 cup canola oil Cream cheese icing ½ cup vegan margarine (softened) ⅓ cup vegan cream cheese 2 ⅓cups icing sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the applesauce, oil, carrots and raisins and mix until everything is well combined.
our into a greased 9”x 13” baking pan P and bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
et the cake cool in the pan for about L 10 minutes and then gently flip it out onto a cooling rack. Let it cool completely before icing.
o make the icing, cream the T margarine and cream cheese together until combined. Add icing sugar ⅓ of a cup at a time and continue to beat until smooth and creamy. Add the vanilla and mix again. Refrigerate until ready to use.
Recipe courtesy of Claire Gosse, author of the vegan cookbook series Are You Sure That’s Vegan? She also runs www.vegancooking.com August 2012
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This issue’s in-store expert is Julie Goodwin, owner of Natural Health in Hertford
Here to help
Independent health store advice on hydration, nutrition and supplementation for sport and exercise For people who are embarking on a new sports and exercise regime I would recommend a good multivitamin and mineral complex as a base to ensure that all nutritional needs are being met, plus an essential fatty acid supplement. I would look at their diets to ensure that they are getting enough protein and, depending on their sport, perhaps suggest complex carbohydrates for sustained energy release. I recommend green lipped muscle extracts both internally and externally applied as a gel to reduce muscle and joint stiffness. Arnica gel is also fantastic for aches and pains.
Energy production I personally recommend co-enzyme Q10 and alpha lipoic acid for energy production. Depending on the sport I might suggest creatine and L-carnitine too. I think magnesium is no longer the underrated mineral it used to be and is vital for muscle contraction and to maintain high oxygen consumption and to reduce tiredness. There is a lot of press at the moment about the benefits of beetroot juice and I have a lot of customers who find it very beneficial in their sports performance. It is well documented that even slight dehydration can reduce sports performance. I think it is vital that everyone, no matter what their activity levels are, drink at least two litres of water a day. This is significantly increased for those exercising, particularly if in warmer weather. 38
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Healthy hydration I absolutely love the benefits of coconut water which is full of electrolytes and can help maintain body hydration. I recommend a lot of electrolyte drinks but, speaking as someone who has done a lot of endurance running, the taste of them can become a little sickly. I am now recommending electrolyte drops which can be added to water, are practically tasteless and don’t add any extra calories, additives or preservatives which give essential trace minerals in an ionic form. Depending on the sport, I tend to recommend a protein shake with or without added carbohydrates for recovery. We also get some fantastic feedback from people who used montmorency cherry juice and magnesium for sports recovery and reduced muscle soreness. I think it is important to have a good, balanced diet with a variety of vegetables, fruit, pulses and legumes. I also tend to recommend increasing protein levels. A lot of women are very worried that this will bulk them up but, once they start, they realise they are a lot less hungry and their blood sugar is much more balanced which helps stop sugar cravings. I also recommend cutting down on fast-release carbohydrates, including alcohol, and concentrating on eating moderate amounts of complex carbohydrates, with most being consumed in the morning rather than later in the day. I am a great advocate for eating little and often too.
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As a lover of vitality, fitness and all things • natural, Julie Goodwin opened the first Natural Health store in Hertford in 1997. There is now a second shop in Welwyn Garden City. Both shops stock a wide range of natural, healthy and organic foods; natural bodycare products and supplements. All staff are enrolled with the Health Food Institute Training School and the Bioforce Training Scheme. isit the website at www. • Vnaturaltherapycentre.co.uk. Alternatively, call the Hertford store on 01992 550101 or the Welwyn Garden City store on 01707 392020.
ulie is a fan of Your Healthy • JLiving because: “It is great to read and keeps me up to date with products and all the latest news within the natural health world.”
Rehydrate and revive! Coconut water has been used for rehydration and as a health and beauty aid in tropical regions around the world for centuries. It is low in fat and calories, contains no cholesterol and has a natural balance of sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium â€“ making it a truly healthy electrolyte drink. Whatâ€™s more, thanks to special harvesting and processing procedures, Chi Coconut Water is biologically pure, with no need for any added preservatives.
Healthy hydration One of the benefits of coconut water and coconut water juice drinks is their ability to restore lost body fluids as they are rich in electrolytes, which are important for rehydration. Coconut water also offers an alternative to commercially-made isotonic drinks. And people experiencing dehydration can benefit from coconut water as it replenishes body salts and liquids.
More health benefits n Coconut water helps to restore energy levels as it contains more than twice the potassium of the average banana and more than most sports drinks. n It is fat-free, low in carbs, low in sugars, low calorie and can aid with slimming, when taken alongside a balanced diet and exercise programme. n 100% pure, Chi Coconut Water is free from chemicals and contains no added sugar or preservatives. It is available in 1 litre and 330ml packs.
Seeds of hope A portion of all Chi Coconut Water pack sales go towards One Seed One Life, a charity that provides help to children in the most dilapidated orphanages throughout Thailand. Through the charity the most basic needs such as food, clothing, hygiene, education, medicine, doctors, safety, hope and opportunities are given to children across the country.
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Neuro Linguistic Programming, or NLP for short, is a personal development system based on an understanding of how the mind works – how people use thoughts, feelings, words and actions – and using this understanding to enhance our potential. Life’s everyday challenges can often produce stress, anxiety or anger if we are unable to find the right strategies to deal with them, so this is where NLP can help.
What does it help with? NLP can help with releasing negative emotions such as anger, depression, anxiety, sadness, fear, hurt and guilt. It helps to boost confidence and self belief in all areas of life. It can assist people who feel stuck in their careers or relationships, or those who are looking to change direction in their life. NLP also demonstrates how to focus on what you want and feeling good, rather than on what you don’t want and feeling bad.
Can I do it myself? Yes! NLP techniques such as anchoring, rapport, reframing and modelling are simple to learn. Find a local therapist who can teach you the techniques, or take a look at the many books on the subject, such as Teach Yourself NLP by Steve Bavister and Amanda Vickers (£9.99, Hodder).
Where do I find out more? Visit the website of the Association for NLP which seeks to raise awareness of NLP with the general public and promotes best practice amongst all NLP professionals: www.anlp.org
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I wantto know… You asked: “I used to enjoy a fulfilled sex life, but now that I am going through the menopause making love has become painful. Is there anything I can do about this?” Susi Lennox, co-founder of The Yes Yes Company, answers: Menopause changes sex for women. The well publicised effects of menopause that most women are familiar with include the infamous mood swings and hot flushes. Less well known is the onset of vaginal dryness and the painful sex it can cause. Sadly, as the oestrogen runs dry, so can the vagina, and this can come as an unpleasant shock. Prior to the hormonal changes that herald menopause, most women will be used to producing their own vaginal lubrication as part of the arousal process. But as oestrogen production goes into decline, the ability to self-lubricate also decreases. The walls of the vagina become thinner, making the area itchy and uncomfortable. Perhaps you and your partner have not previously explored the use of intimate lubricants, or regarded them as a “pleasure accessory” – but now is the time to discover the benefits of using
Reader Marianne won this month’s prize: a Yes Water-Based Organic Lubricant and Moisturiser (RRP £16.49). Email your health question to email@example.com natural products which will moisturise your intimate tissues, restore comfort and ease penetration. When the fear of pain is removed, stress is reduced, desire can be restored, the pleasure of intimacy can be rediscovered and, in some cases, relationships repaired. So the use of a safe and effective lubricant can revive your libido and enable you to reclaim a fulfilling sex life together. n The Yes Yes Company produces a range of water-based and oil-based intimate lubricants and moisturisers. Visit www.yesyesyes.org
You asked: “I have got sensitive skin, and it has been quite dry lately. I thought I would try using organic products to see if this helps. What do you recommend?” Jo Blaylock, Pravera General Manager, answers: The problem is that many of us may be using products every day which contain ingredients that are not naturally designed to assist skin recovery or to complement our skin’s natural make-up. So, read the ingredients. Avoid mineral oilbased products, i.e. those containing parabens, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphates) and synthetic fragrance, as these ingredients are not naturally occurring and
Reader Catherine won this month’s prize: a lavera Basis Sensitiv Moisturising Cream (RRP ££10.45). Email your beauty question to firstname.lastname@example.org
can cause irritations leading to sensitivity. Switching to using natural and organic products will eliminate this problem immediately. Also, a lot of people who think they suffer from sensitive skin actually don’t – they might just be using the wrong products for their skin type. Make sure you are using the right type of products for the type of skin you have. If you are using the wrong products, this can create skin problems that you don’t necessarily have. If your skin is dry, this is different to dehydrated; similarly if you have combination skin, don’t use a product specifically for oily skin. n Pravera Ltd distribute lavera, MADARA, Primavera, Alma Win, Monte Bianco, Sodasan, Florascent, terre d’Oc and Organyc. Visit www.pravera.co.uk
You can also write in with your health query: Your Healthy Living Q&A, Unit 2, Three Hills Farm, Ashdon Road, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4EN. See www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk for terms & conditions. We reserve the right to edit or shorten questions, and regret YHL and our experts cannot reply individually to your health and beauty questions.
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Going for gold! Olympic fever continues to sweep the UK with the excitement of the London 2012 Games and, in turn, enthusiasm is growing for sport and exercise. Good nutrition is essential not just for sporting performance but for wellbeing as a whole. Olympic gold medalist Ronnie Delany knows this more than most, which is why he is supporting Solgar’s new Performance Range of health products. Ronnie Delany won gold in the 1,500 metres at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne and also competed at the 1960 Games in Rome. He is supporting Solgar’s Performance Range, which consists of the following six products:
n L-Carnitine 500mg tablets
n Energy Modulators
n L-Carnitine 1500mg liquid
n Nutri-Nano CoQ-10
n Carnitine complex
n Celadrin 525mg
Team Solgar Ronnie Delany is joining forces with fellow Olympic gold medalists Tessa Sanderson and Allan Wells to form Team Solgar – and their aim is to promote the virtues of good nutrition in the pursuit of physical improvement. The Performance Range offers an innovative range of supplements aimed at athletes, sports enthusiasts and seniors wishing to continue with their active lifestyle. So, whether you are a competitive athlete, a weekend warrior or simply need your energy levels topped up to keep on top of your daily chores, Solgar’s Performance Range has something for all your health needs.
Ronnie Delany says:
“I am delighted to be working with Solgar to promote their Performance Range. I think it’s very important to choose the right supplements in order to meet the demands of a busy lifestyle. I look after my health through eating a well-balanced diet and regular exercise in moderation. For maximum insurance, supplementing with top-quality vitamins keeps my energy levels up and helps me maintain optimum health. I particularly like Solgar Nutri-Nano CoQ-10. As you get older I know how difficult it is to naturally produce this, so to keep my energy levels up and to look after my heart, this is particularly important for me.”
Top up your energy levels with Nutri Nano CoQ-10 CoQ-10 is an antioxidant and coenzyme used by cellular mitochondria to produce ATP – the body’s primary energy currency. Although it is found in small amounts in a variety of foods, the vast majority required for cellular energy production is made by the body.
Available from your local independent health food store. Visit www.solgar.co.uk for more information. August 2012
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Actress and producer Trudie Styler and her husband Sting are well-known for their eco-friendly lifestyle and passion for green living. Here Trudie talks to Your Healthy Living about her love of yoga and shares her tips for staying young and healthy What initially prompted you to take up yoga? Trudie: I first got into yoga after having my third baby, Coco. Sting and I had seen a demonstration by yoga teacher Danny Paradise, and we were converted. He was very strong, supple, graceful and there was a focus and stillness about him that was just so inspiring.
How has it helped your health and general wellbeing?
Trudie: Yoga can really be a comprehensive workout. It gives you strength, suppleness, and it elongates the muscles rather than making them tight and compact. It’s good for all the internal organs and if you do an active
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form of yoga it can give you a cardio workout too. It’s a much more enjoyable kind of exercise for me because you can’t do it mindlessly, like pounding away at the gym. You have to focus on your body and mind very closely and you have to pay attention. I’m 58 now and feel full of energy, and I really believe practising yoga for over 20 years has played a huge part in maintaining my health and fitness.
What are your favourite yoga postures and why?
Trudie: I love Warrior 2 – that’s my ultimate favourite. It’s a powerful standing stretch, elongating you from both sides equally, but the greatest strength actually comes from your core. I often hold it for 16 breaths on each
side, aware of the space at the top of the head opening up, the stretch of the fingers going beyond the fingertips and encompassing a big space. It’s like a form of meditation.
What do you do to relax and tackle stress?
Trudie: I practise meditation as part of my yoga routine. My schedule is pretty relentless, I always have lots of different projects on the go at any one time, and I find that regular meditation is a great way to centre myself and feel more in control. It helps me attain a clearer perspective on problems, overcome negative emotions and be more accepting of things that cannot be changed. August 2012
I consider myself very lucky not to have a sweet tooth, because I think sugar is the biggest problem in the diet of the Western world
to keeping healthy over the last 20 or 30 years is paying me back dividends now, though I don’t want to tempt fate!
What other types of exercise do you enjoy and why?
Trudie: I’ve tried lots of different types of exercise over the years. I was a runner at school, so I was always fairly fit, and I did ballet as a child. Then I did the whole aerobics thing in the 80s, but I had some knee surgery so after that I needed a lower-impact way to stay fit. I love Pilates and ballet-based exercise now because I enjoy doing something that’s graceful and beautiful. I like exercise that requires concentration and body awareness, because that’s much more interesting to do.
Do you follow any particular type of diet?
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Trudie: I’m gluten-intolerant so I very rarely have any wheat-based food. And I consider myself very lucky not to have a sweet tooth, because I think sugar is the biggest problem in the diet of the Western world. Other than that, I have lots of fresh, organic vegetables, and lean protein like fish, chicken and guinea fowl. I don’t really have time to cook for myself these days, and there are people who can cook much better than me. I enjoy doing it occasionally, and Sting really likes it when I do!
What would you say is the secret to looking young and healthy?
Trudie: I think a healthy diet and regular exercise over many years has done me a lot of favours. I feel like my commitment
What projects do you have coming up in the near future?
Trudie: My film company, Maven Pictures, is about to complete our first feature, Imogene, starring Kristen Wiig of Bridesmaids fame and Matt Dillon. And we’ve also just finished filming Irvine Welsh's latest, called Filth, starring the brilliant James McAvoy. My fitness DVDs are still doing well and their associated iPad apps are now coming online, which should make it really easy for people to follow a workout regime wherever they are. I’m also doing a lot of acting at the moment. Last year I was on stage again for the first time in 25 years in A Dish of Tea with Doctor Johnson, directed by Max Stafford-Clark, and it’s given me the bug again. I’m currently work-shopping two more plays, one with Max again and one with director Sean Mathias.
Trudie Styler’s Strengthen & Restore Yoga, £12.99, is available from 27 August from www.amazon.co.uk
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...party on the plot! Growing your own vegetables is good for your health in so many ways – not only is gardening good exercise, but you’ll be putting food on your plate that’s bursting with nutrients! This month sees National Allotment Week taking place from 6 to 12 August in a bid to highlight the benefits that allotments can bring. The campaign is urging all gardeners to hold a ‘Party on the Plot’ which could range from a lunchtime barbecue with stalls and a tombola to a gardening talk and demonstration or a competition for the best scarecrow/tallest sunflower/longest bean. For more ideas visit www.nsalg.org.uk
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