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hello... ...and welcome to the July issue of Your Healthy Living. We’re all getting very excited about the Olympic Games here in the office and we’re delighted to feature athletics legend Tessa Sanderson as our celebrity this month. I hope you enjoy my interview with her, where she talks about her hopes for the 2012 Games as well as her work with budding athletes. Also, this month sees the launch of the 2012 Your Healthy Living Awards, in which we’re inviting you, the readers, to vote for your favourite health products. Do register your vote as you could be in with a chance of winning a fantastic holiday at an Ayurvedic spa resort in Sri Lanka! Elsewhere this issue we have features on women’s health, stress management, eco household tips and some healthy barbecue recipes. Wishing you good health,
Liz Parry Your Editor Visit: www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk for all our competitions and online magazine.
4 Health News: We look at the health benefits of probiotics plus we embark on the search for the loo of the year! 8 Competition: Enter the A.Vogel 2012 Short Story Competition 11 Shona Wilkinson’s latest health tips and tactics 37 Feature: Top vitamins, minerals and supplements for sexual health
16 Your Look: Holistic health advice for turning back the age clock 22 Your Therapies: Spotlight on complementary therapies and holistic health 23 Your Spas and Retreats: Time for some pampering! 34 Feature: Expert tips on women’s health from the menopause to PMS 48 Celebrity Health: Tessa Sanderson ’s hopes for the London 2012 Olympics and work with budding young athletes 50 Your Diary: We celebrate the forthcoming Olympic Games and find out about new careers in holistic health
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Gut flora link to rheumatoid arthritis Charity appeal success
Researchers in the US have discovered links between gut flora and the onset of autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists from the Mayo Clinic found that larger-than-normal populations of specific gut bacteria could trigger the onset of rheumatoid arthritis and also promote the development of the condition in people who are genetically predisposed to it. The study involved the use of genetically engineered mice with a human gene indicating a predisposition towards rheumatoid arthritis. These were monitored against a control group who were engineered with a different gene promoting resistance to the disease. The scientists then compared the immune responses in the two groups to different bacteria and the effect on rheumatoid arthritis. It is hoped that the findings, which were published in the journal PloS ONE, could enable scientists to pinpoint which people are likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis and therefore prevent it occurring.
A charity appeal by herbal remedy company A.Vogel to provide underwear for impoverished children in Uganda has proved to be a huge success. The appeal, which was launched earlier this year, asked for donations of books, chalk and knickers – all of which are in short supply – for the villagers of Kitale. And last month the company’s field sales team manager Sarah Daly and her daughter Hannah visited the village to deliver the donations and help with the project. The scheme is the brainchild of Mike Willetts, the now retired owner of Morecambe Health Foods in Lancashire. So far Mike has provided the funding to establish a school for all the village children, plus a medical centre and eight wells providing clean water for around 8,000 people. To find out more about the project, visit www.kitaleschooluganda.com
Eco beauty recognised Natural beauty company Weleda has recently received an award from the association CEW (Cosmetic Executive Women) acknowledging its eco credentials. Weleda’s Pomegranate Firming Facial Care range won the CEW Eco Beauty Award which recognises a beauty product or product line that has most significantly moved towards the goal of true sustainability. CEW is the leading women-only networking organisation for the world of beauty. Now turn to page 27 to vote for your favourite natural products! More news continued over ➜ 4
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If you haven’t yet entered our competition in association with The Food Doctor and Destination Yoga, where one lucky reader will win £795 toward a dream yoga holiday, then don’t worry – there’s still time! To enter the competition, visit www.yourhealthyliving. co.uk, click on the competitions link and answer three simple questions. Destination Yoga holidays are generally for seven nights and the locations currently include Puglia and Umbria (both in Italy), the South of France, Spain, Portugal and Crete. Guests can enjoy daily yoga classes, suitable for all abilities, and delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. To be in with a chance of winning, make sure you enter before the closing date of 15 August 2012.
Multi-strain probiotics are better than single strain?
Each human being carries trillions of different bacteria, consisting of hundreds of different individual bacterial strains in their gut with each strain having unique properties and health benefits. It could therefore be suggested that a multi-strain probiotic should exert more positive benefits on a wider range of gastrointestinal complaints. Most scientific studies on probiotics, however, traditionally use single strain products. There are fewer studies on the effects of probiotics containing a mixture of strains. A review by Chapman et al in 2010* concluded that probiotic mixtures appear to be effective against a wider range of symptoms and conditions. The studies reviewed included those looking at irritable bowel syndrome and gut function, diarrhoea, atopic disease, immune function and respiratory tract infections, gut microbiota modulation, inflammatory bowel disease and treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection. The conclusion of this review was that, based on all the studies examined, multi-strain products appeared to show greater benefit than single strains, including strains that are components of mixtures themselves. *Chapman CM, Gibson GR, Rowland I. 2011. Health benefits of probiotics: are mixtures more effective than single strains? Eur J Nutr. 50(1):1-17. n For more information on probiotics, visit www.protexin.com
A wake-up call for dads According to recent research, 60% of British dads are unhealthy and unfit, putting them at greater risk of heart disease. The survey of 2,000 dads, commissioned by Benenden Healthcare Society and the Men’s Health Forum charity, also found that 40% aren’t able to pull their weight in the family home because they are too exhausted due to overwork. As part of the study 500 young adults aged between 18 and 30 were interviewed about their dad’s health and the results showed that three in 10 had cause for concern that their dad might be suffering from a more serious health issue. In fact 60% of respondents said their dad isn’t fit or very healthy and half felt that their
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dad was overweight. Statistics appear to back these findings as the average dad is said to put on 1.6 stone or 10.43 kg after becoming a father. Dr Ian Banks, president of the Men’s Health Forum said: “Men can face an uphill struggle with their health when they become fathers. The survey shows even their kids know it. Heart disease is the biggest cause of premature death in men. We’re saying in our new campaign that you only live once – if you want to be around to see your kids grow up you need to stay healthy.” n For more information on the Men’s Health Forum visit www.menshealthforum.org.uk
Readers’ corner Reader Glenys Dunworth was delighted to win a prize of DermaNova Active Care Skin Cream in our April giveaways. She said: “I was thrilled when I got the telephone call from Liz, the editor of Your Healthy Living to tell me I had won the prize. I find Your Healthy Living very informative and an interesting read. The magazine covers a wide range of health-related topics and promotes many suitable products to help with a healthy lifestyle. I take a particular interest in the Your Food section of the magazine. I never miss a copy.” n For your chance to win turn to page 5.
Do you have a loo to be proud of? Do you think it could win an award? Then why not enter the Loo of the Year awards! Now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Loo of the Year Awards is promoted by The British Toilet Association and is run this year in association with headline sponsor Lepicol, a probiotic formulation specifically developed to help maintain healthy bowels – naturally. Originally launched in 1987, the awards were introduced to recognise the best ‘away from home’ toilets, from commercial companies to local authorities. This year, however, a new category is to be introduced to enable the general public to nominate their own loo for an award. Named the Lepicol Home Throne Award, members of the public can enter any domestic loo within their home. Judges will be looking at criteria such as decor and maintenance, fixtures and fittings, cleanliness and quirkiness. “From recent research Lepicol conducted we found that 31% of people use their mobile phones whilst on the toilet and 22% have magazines, papers and books on hand to read. We think it’s time to show the world how much your loo means to you!” says Lizzie Hardy, Lepicol’s head of marketing (www.lepicol.com). The winner will be invited to the Loo of the Year Awards presentation on Friday 7 December at the four star 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 be on hand to award the winner their Home Throne Award. Entries can be made by downloading a form from www.loo.co.uk and examples of entries will be featured on the Loo of the Year Awards Facebook page. Be sure to get your entry in quick as the closing date is 31 July! To encourage you, our readers, to enter, the staff of Your Healthy Living will be entering their own loos into the awards – and here are three examples! The entrants are Liz Parry, editor, Tracy McLoughlin, managing editor and Carlota Hudgell, publisher. Can you guess which one belongs to whom? Submit your guesses to firstname.lastname@example.org and one winner, drawn at random, will win a year’s subscription to Your Healthy Living worth £19.95.
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Could you write a short story? Have you got what it takes to write a great short story? Perhaps you have already written one but haven’t yet had it published. Well, now is your chance! Once again Your Healthy Living magazine is teaming up with A.Vogel Dormeasan Sleep to encourage budding writers to enter our short story for bedtime competition. There are some fantastic prizes on offer as the winner will be awarded £500, with £300 going to the second placed writer and two third place winners will receive £100 each. Furthermore, there is £50 up for grabs for the pick of the month winner. So what are you waiting for? Fire up your computer or put pen to paper and get writing! Stories should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words and the genre is up to you (the only exclusions are erotica and children’s stories). Visit www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk/ storyenter or www.avogel.co.uk/story to enter.
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Pick of the month An extract from this month’s £50 winning story, Inches and Miles ...“And how are you today?” He looked steadily from one of them to the other. He didn’t like getting drawn into conversations with strangers. Give em an inch and some people’d take a mile. He thought of his armchair sat cosily alongside the fire and all the heat the house would be losing with the door gaping open like this. His hand grasped the door handle and he stepped back a tad. “Only we’re from the council,” the man said. Harry stopped. Best not be rude if they were from the council.
“Only we’ve been asked by the council to go round door to door. Offering free surveys.” “Free?” Not much you got these days that was free. “That’s right. Surveys. At no cost.” ... “We’re just here to have a bit of a look round and give the place the once over. Check there’s nothing going wrong.” ... Did he know the damage that could be caused by wood worm? Or dry rot? But spotted early, these things were easy to fix. And that’s what the two of them – myself, Arthur, and Charlie here – were here to offer. Peace of mind. Harry’s mind had been perfectly peaceful, gently dozing, until these two jokers turned up...
The two of them took an age. Harry climbed the staircase, stair by stair, to find them poking around in the spare room. ‘You going to be much longer?’ he asked. “Nearly finished, Sir. Nearly finished.”
The man’s smile was getting on Harry’s nerves. Fifteen minutes later and the two of them were back downstairs and perched on the sofa across from Harry’s chair. Arthur shook his head gravely. “I’m very sorry to tell you,” he said. Harry thought of all those people saying how sorry they were when he lost Jean, and hardly a one of them sincere. “And it gives me no pleasure to tell you this…”
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How to enter To download an entry form, visit www. yourhealthyliving.co.uk/storyenter and click on the PDF or Word version links. You can then submit your story and entry form online by emailing email@example.com Alternatively, you can post your entry form, along with two copies of your story, to: A.Vogel Short Story Competition, Your Healthy Living, Unit 2, Three Hills Farm, Ashdon Road, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire, BC21 4EN. There is no charge for entering. If you are unable to access the internet to download an entry form, send your full name, address and telephone number on a separate sheet of paper with your entry. For full competition rules, visit www.avogel.co.uk/story and www. yourhealthyliving.co.uk/storyenter
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By Nutritional Therapist Georgie O’Connor for the College of Naturopathic Medicine
Holiday health and first aid The one thing that you really need to do before you go on holiday, to ensure that you can truly enjoy the break, is to relax before you go! Too often we just collapse in a heap when the holiday finally arrives, so remember it’s not a race, it’s a vacation.
Avoid travellers’ tummy First things first, get your digestion in fighting-fit form by eating plenty of vegetables and fruit. The current UK recommendation is 18-20g fibre per day (1 medium apple = 4g, 1 banana = 3g and half a cup of kale = 4g). Speaking of tummies, avoid travellers’ tummy by topping up your good bacteria with a probiotic for two to four weeks before you travel and then continue while on holiday. Ginger is an absolute must in the battle against travel sickness. Grate half an inch of ginger with a teaspoon of honey into a mug of boiling water and sip when cool. If you have a history of travel sickness, try taking a zinc supplement for a week before you travel. If travelling by air, then manuka honey lozenges can help to prevent ‘ear-pop’ on take-off and landing. They also create a barrier to germs circulating on flights and calm and soothe dry mouths and throats in air-conditioned environments.
Sunburn and stings We’re always being advised to drink plenty of water and holiday time is no exception. Ensure you drink 1.5 to two litres of clean water daily. Bottled water is the best option when abroad and you should avoid ice-cubes unless you know they’re from a safe source. Try to avoid getting sunburned, but if you do, then try a tepid bath with three to four chamomile teabags for mild cases. For anything more severe, stay out of the sun completely for a while and apply aloe vera gel two to three times a day. It has proven pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties and is extremely effective at cooling and calming the skin. Get immediate medical help if your skin blisters or you feel nauseous, dizzy or start vomiting. Beach or pavement cafes are prime sites for wasp and bee stings. For wasp stings, mix a teaspoon of salt with a few drops of vinegar for instant relief. For bee stings, remove the stinger carefully with tweezers and apply an ice-cold compress. The cold signals will block out the pain because the nerves of the affected area cannot transmit both sensations. To keep other bugs at bay use a repellent with a citronella or tea-tree base. Your health food shop will have a wide variety to choose from so have a sniff to find one that suits you.
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r: Dandelion ne It’s summer and yet more dandelions have somehow
appeared in your garden, waving their seed-laden heads cheerily at you from your painstakingly weeded lawn. You must be asking yourself why this herb was allowed so much space in the grand scheme of things? Well it’s more useful than you might suppose from its generally recognised status as a weed. The leaves of the dandelion plant are chock full of potassium, a handy mineral which helps keep your urinary tract on track and prevents fluid retention. Dandelion leaves are therefore known for their ability to release the water that might be weighing you down. On the Continent they are eaten in salads, but here we prefer to take them as tea or tincture. The root of dandelion has its part to play too, stimulating the liver to process fats more effectively. It contains a variety of nutrients that the liver needs to work well, and is therefore nourishing and supportive. Dandelion overall has a bitter taste and therefore stimulates the digestive process. Not for nothing do the French include it in the green salads with which they often start their meals. Well digested food, support for fat metabolism, and no fluid retention: no wonder French women tend to be enviably slender, when they use dandelion to such good purpose.
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If you suspect that you may have a food intolerance you’re certainly not alone. Tennis stars Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Sabine Lisicki have all gone gluten-free after discovering they had food intolerances – and have reported improved sporting performance since changing their diets. Sports nutritionist Matt Lovell commented: “Food intolerance can compromise performance on a number of levels. Studies have shown significant improvement in sports stars who remove trigger foods from their diets, and Novak Djokovic has widely attributed his stellar rise to the top of his sport to the identification of gluten intolerance”. Allergy UK estimates that 45% of the UK suffers from food intolerance. This is a different condition from food allergies and one with an incredibly varied array of symptoms including migraine, extreme exhaustion, skin inflammation, fatigue and IBS. n To find out more about food intolerance testing, visit www.yorktest.com
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Meditation matters Scientists have discovered that meditation can alter the brain in such a way that it could lead to new ways of treating mental health conditions. The study involved two groups of university students: one comprising 45 students from the University of Oregon, USA, and the other 68 students from China’s Dalian University of Technology. Both underwent 11 hours of meditation training. After the study had finished, scans showed significant changes in the brains of the participants, particularly in the area of the brain that regulates behaviour. Poor nerve activity in this part of the brain is associated with mental health problems ranging from depression and dementia to schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder. The participants in the study also reported improvements in mood as well as lower levels of anger, depression, anxiety, fatigue and stress. The findings are reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
An update from Shona Wilkinson RDip CNHC MBANT, a qualified nutritional therapist with an alternative health practice in West Sussex
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Get your fill of fibre Constipation is a very common problem among sedentary women, but it can be further aggravated when following a weight loss diet that is low in fat and fruit. The Dukan Diet Digestive Aid Fruit Squares are formulated with fibres from figs, tamarinds and dates, which have the best effects on digestive transit. They work in synergy to restore proper bowel function. The insoluble fibres stimulate colonic motility, preventing bowel stagnation which can slow weight loss. Convenient to take and 100% natural with a fruit jelly taste, look out for them at your local health store.
Battle bloating Bad bacteria in your tummy can play havoc with your digestion and probiotic drinks are not always convenient to take when you’re on the move. ActiMint are probiotic mints crammed with good Lactobacillus bacteria, along with prebiotics which help your good bacteria colonise in the gut. One of the positive side effects of getting the bacteria balance right in your gut is it can often help reduce bloating which is a bonus when getting ready for the beach! Available from health stores or online at www.healthy2u.co.uk
Soothing silica Did you know that IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, affects up to 20% of the population? This condition can cause debilitating symptoms ranging from abdominal cramps, constipation and diarrhoea to wind and bloating. Silicea Gastro-intestinal Gel contains natural Silica which has a unique bonding ability with pathogens and their toxins, thus reducing many of the symptoms associated with IBS. For more information visit www.aboutibs.org or www.silicea.com. Silicea is available from all good health stores or www.healthspark.co.uk
Urinary infections are getting me down “Can you suggest a natural remedy to treat urinary tract infections? This is a recurrent problem for me and it’s really getting me down.”
“Millions of people, especially women, suffer with recurrent urinary tract infections which can make life miserable. 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. It can also be used once a month for general bladder health. Cys-Control is available from health stores or visit www.healthy2u.co.uk.”
Spice it up Ginger is a great natural remedy for digestive problems as it increases the activity of lipase and other digestive enzymes. Gingerols, which are the source of ginger’s hot and spicy flavour, stimulate bile flow and are also responsible for ginger’s anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea and antioxidant properties. The aromatic oils in ginger are useful for aiding digestion and reducing flatulence. Available from all good health stores or via www.thegingerpeople.co.uk
Products featured on this page are available from your local health store. Call 01782 564512 for stockists. This month we have 10 three-day emergency packs of Cys-Control to give away to readers of Your Healthy Living. Simply email your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘CYS-CONTROL’ in the subject box to be entered into the free draw. Offer closes 24 August 2012.
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Have you ever experienced allergy symptoms after doing your laundry? Optical brighteners could be to blame. “Optical brighteners (OBs) are dyes that absorb light in the ultraviolet and violet parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, releasing the light to the blue area,” explains John Mathias of Home Scents (www.homescents. co.uk) “Basically, OBs make fabrics, paper, etc look brilliant white, while having little effect on cleanliness. Added to laundry detergents, they make clothes appear cleaner but some of these brighteners can cause allergic reactions on contact with the skin. OBs are toxic to fish and cause bacterial mutations; not doing the planet much good, especially as they are slow to degrade. Also of much concern just now is how much residue they leave in natural nappies. More and more mothers are reporting leaking and wicking in the nappies when washed in mainstream detergents. The chemicals in these products leave residues that stay on the fabrics, increasing the chances of being absorbed through the skin. Promises of ‘brighter’ ‘cleaner’ ‘whiter’ clothes could signify that a product contains optical brighteners, but, as yet, the actual harm they do is not fully understood.”
At some time, most of us have experienced trouble falling asleep or feeling sleepy and fatigued during the day. However, when sleep problems get in the way of your daily routine and hamper your ability to function you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Poor quality sleep can have a negative impact on your energy, emotional balance, productivity, and health. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms on a regular basis, you may be dealing with a sleep disorder:
Do you… n feel irritable or sleepy during the day? n have difficulty staying awake when sitting still, watching TV or reading? n fall asleep or feel very tired while driving? n have difficulty concentrating or react slowly? n often get told by others that you look tired? n have trouble controlling your emotions? n feel like you have to take a nap almost every day? n require caffeine to keep yourself going?
Try these tips for a good night’s sleep: n Remove or make sure you turn off electrical items that emit light as this can disrupt sleep n Keep your room temperature between 18 and 21°C. This is the ideal temperature range to encourage sleep. n It’s important to have a period of rest before you retire so your body and mind have time to wind down. n You should sleep between seven and nine hours each night. Try to retire each evening at the same time.
Heartening news Swedish scientists have recently discovered links between taking supplements of selenium and co-enzyme Q10 and a significant reduction in cardiovascular deaths among the elderly. The study, a five-year prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebocontrolled trial with 443 healthy Swedish citizens aged 70 to 88 years, was conducted by researchers from Linköping University and Karolinska University Hospital. The researchers found that the individuals who were given daily supplements of selenium yeast (Pharma Nord SelenoPrecise 200mg) and co-enzyme Q10 (Bio-Quinone Q10 GOLD 2x100 mg) had over 50% lower risk of dying of cardiovascular disease compared with those who took identical ‘dummy’ pills. Also, the active treatment group showed signs of an improved heart function. The study was published in the May issue of the International Journal of Cardiology.
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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 and suitable for vegans Available from? Independent health food stores, delis and whole food markets. Visit www.shoptrumi.com or email email@example.com
What’s this? Sun Chlorella ‘A’ is a natural whole food free from synthetic ingredients Why so good? Containing an amazing quantity and variety of nutrients, Sun Chlorella ‘A’ is composed of 60% pure plant protein; the daily intake of essential amino acids plus vitamins A, B12, B6 and D as well as folic acid, iron and fibre How much? £21.95 for 300 tablets (20–30 days supply) Where can I buy it? All good health food stores. Please ask in store for more information
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Healthy nibbles! If you love nibbling, but want a healthier option, then try Tree of Life’s range of all-natural snacks Tell me more! From CarobCoated Raisins to Bombay Mix or Japanese Rice Crackers, there’s something in the range to tickle your taste buds. Available in individual size snack packs up to 250g bags, they’re great for lunch boxes or enjoying whilst entertaining friends in the sunshine! Why so good? Containing no artificial additives, salt, fat or sugar the range provides the very best in natural goodness Available from? Nutritional and healthy lifestyle retailers. Visit www.treeoflifeuk.com or call 01782 567100 for your nearest stockist
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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Wise buy! Kara Dairy Free Original + Calcium 1L is a dairy-free, lactose-free, soya-free alternative to milk OK, why so good? Made from freshly pressed coconut milk, the product has a fresh, clean, natural taste. It won’t dominate your delicate sauces, baking or favourite breakfast cereal and doesn’t curdle in tea and coffee How much? £1.69 for one litre Available from? Independent health food stores. Call 01564 731980 or visit www.karadairyfree.com
Fancy an ethical cuppa? Try the organic, fairtrade range of herbal teas from Essential Tell me more! The teas are grown in Egypt on reclaimed desert land. The cultivation and production processes have created and sustained a healthy, resilient ecosystem on this previously barren land. The livelihoods of thousands of people depend on this successful biodynamic tea production How much? £1.40 for 20 herbal tea bags Available from? Independent health food stores, online at www.ethicallyessential.coop or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Love honey? Ogilvy’s offers 100% pure, unblended premium honey ethically sourced from all over the world, under one label Tell me more! With flavours ranging from a light, delicate, crystal clear Serbian Honey right up to a rich, tropical, spicy organic African forest honey, the Ogilvy’s range offers customers unbeatable choice How much? From £5.95 for 280g Available from? Independent health food stores. Call 01780 450 377 or visit www.ogilvys.com Unbalanced gut? Showing signs… Try new Symprove Multi-Strain Liquid Probiotic Why so different? Non-dairy and gluten free, it quickly delivers 10 billion+ live bacteria, just where they are ‘naturally’ needed, in perfect condition due to its Unique Delivery System Tell me more! Not affected by stomach acids, it efficiently restores and balances your system within 90 days Where from? Buy direct at www.symprove.com or call 01252 413600. Also available from Amazon or Nutri Centre stores nationwide
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
What’s this? Minvita Baobab Superfruit Powder can supplement your recommended daily allowance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants Why so good? Baobab Superfruit powder forms naturally inside the hard-shelled fruit of the African Baobab tree. It is packed full of goodness and is 100% natural and organic Tell me more! The fruit contains twice as many antioxidants as goji berries, six times more antioxidants than blueberries, six times more vitamin C than oranges, six times more potassium than bananas and twice as much calcium as milk! Available from? Independent health food stores or visit www.minvita.co.uk
Got hayfever? Try HayfeGUARD® Local Honey with ProPollen Factor Plus. The product contains fresh, local, raw unpasturised, coarse filtered honey, adding a multitude of pollen grains and fresh royal jelly to aid health and wellbeing How does it work? The idea is that by ingesting pollen your body may come in contact with the plant source that you are allergic to. By consuming it over a prolonged period your body may build up a natural resistance to the irritant (hayfever) How much? £14.95 for 280g (30-day supply) Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores. For stockists and info visit www.hayfeguard.co.uk
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Want smarter sanitary protection? Try Mooncup Why so good? Looking for an easy way to look after your health, reduce waste and save money? It’s called Mooncup. It won’t dry you out or leave fibres behind and you only need one which lasts for years Is it eco-friendly? Yes! Thanks to it, 814 million fewer tampons and pads have been sent to landfill since 2002 Available from? Independent health food stores nationwide. For further information, visit www.mooncup.co.uk
Going for gold! With the Olympic Games in full swing, enthusiasm across the UK for sport and exercise is at its peak. Optimum nutrition is vital in order to get the best performance – as any athlete will tell you. Olympic legend Allan Wells MBE knows this more than most, which is why he is supporting Solgar’s new Performance Range of health products. Allan Wells won gold in the 100 metres at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow and secured the silver medal in the 200 metres. He also competed at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. Allan, who continues his work as a leading sprint coach, 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
Allan Wells says:
“As someone who has been using Solgar vitamins both during and after my athletic career, I would recommend them to all performers who participate in sport. Solgar’s attention to detail matches mine when I trained. I was delighted to be asked to promote their Performance range. I love all the products but cannot be without my Energy Modulators as I still train and lead a busy lifestyle. The fantastic blend of nutrients and herbs helps fight fatigue whether I am on the golf course, in the gym or going about my daily business.”
Team Solgar Allan Wells is joining forces with fellow Olympic gold medalists Tessa Sanderson and Ronnie Delany 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.
Maintain energy levels with Energy Modulators Energy Modulators is a unique, synergistically balanced formula, containing nutrients and botanical extracts. The formula contains creatine which plays an important role in the manufacturing of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), a molecule found in every cell of the body that is used to store and release energy. It also contains Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA); an essential co-factor for energy production in the mitochondria (mitochondria are the energy power houses in every cell). Additional nutrients include CoQ10 and botanical extracts possessing adaptogenic properties, known for their energy-supporting effects during times of stress.
Available from your local independent health food store. Visit www.solgar.co.uk for more information. July 2012
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Liz Parry speaks to a number of holistic health experts to get their anti-ageing tips and tricks
rom fine lines and wrinkles to aching joints and memory loss, the ageing process is an unfortunate but inevitable cycle that we all have to go through. However, with the right dietary strategies and lifestyle adjustments, it is possible to delay the onset of ageing and maintain our youth that little bit longer. Here, a range of holistic health experts give us their tips and tricks.
Fight free radicals “One of the main causes of ageing (apart from genetic predisposition), is the excess of free radicals in the system, combined with external and internal aggression from pollutants, environmental conditions, psychological and emotional stress,” says Dr Mariano Spiezia, founder of Inlight Organic Skincare (www. inlight-online.co.uk). Free radicals are unstable molecules which may cause damage to the body’s cells, accelerating the ageing process. In order to combat this damage, Dr Spiezia recommends following a “mainly vegetarian and organic diet with a high proportion of natural antioxidants, plenty of vitamins, essential fatty acids and vital nutritional elements.”
Start the day right
“The secret to anti-age ing lies not on the su rface of the skin, but underneath it,” say s Dr Prasanna, Ayurv edic Consultant at Ayush Wellness Spa, Jersey (www.ayushs pa.com). “As the large organ, the skin relies st on a good blood supp ly for all the right nutrients, in addition to absolute clarity fro m the mind to avoid ageing by str ess. Each morning, ris e with the sun and practise me ditation, allowing your body and mind to harmonise so you can start the day fresh. To kick start your metab olism and rid the body of any toxins, drink a cup of water with one teasp oonful of honey. The cleansing of your body and cla rity of your mind will be ref lected in your newly renewed appearance.”
Take deep breaths “We hold our breath when tense, building up CO2 in the blood,” says Dr Spiezia. “Practise yoga breathing exercises (pranayama), laugh more often, take time out, walk and do physical exercise. If you can’t walk daily, walk on the spot, closing your eyes and imagining lovely woodlands.” Continued over ➜
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Face facts! Rio Rosa Mosqueta rosehip oil has exceptional skin-regenerating properties Why so good? A rich source of omegas 3 and 6, and essential nutrients including vitamins A, C, and beta carotene, it protects cells from oxidative damage, reduces the visibility of scars, and prevents fine lines and wrinkles How much? £10.49 for 20ml and £20.49 for 50ml Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores and natural pharmacies. Call 01273 570987 or visit www.riorosa.co.uk
Great Buys at your Health Store
for turning back the age clock
Want flawless skin? The Perfect Aloe Matrix is ideal for dry skin and acne scarring Why so good? Skin is a vital organ and should therefore be addressed from the inside. Based on 30 years of R&D by ‘the father of aloe’, Dr Ivan Danhof, the new Perfect Aloe Matrix capsule has unsurpassed potency (1 capsule = 120ml of aloe juice) and absorption levels. Combined with its renowned healing qualities, your skin will never look so good! How much? From £35 for 60 capsules Where can I buy it? Independent health food stores and online at www.aloealoe.co.uk
Botanical beauty! No matter what your age, discover and experience healthy and young looking skin with Inlight 100% organic Line Softener Tell me more! This award-winning, plantbased moisturiser is packed with gentle yet powerful botanicals to soothe, smooth and revive. Long-lasting and concentrated, Inlight Line Softener comes in a recycled glass jar with a mini wooden spatula How much? £56 for 30ml Where can I buy it? Independent health stores and direct from www.inlight-online.co.uk
Hold back the years… Syno-VitalTM is a completely natural and tasteless, easy way to enjoy the many anti-ageing benefits associated with Hyaluronic Acid. It provides relief from painful joints and eases stiffness as well as maintaining healthy and younger looking skin and moist eyes.
Slow down the ageing process with Syno-VitalTM hyaluronic acid HYALURONIC ACID is a protein which occurs naturally throughout the human body and its function is to bind to water and lubricate moveable parts of the body like joints and muscles. As we age, the body produces less Hyaluronic Acid -we get stiff joints, dry eyes and wrinkly skin -so use Syno-VitalTM to boost your Hyaluronic Acid levels!
Hydra-Vital is a professional strength HA Serum to add in to your skincare regime • Maintain youthful, healthy skin • Raise and maintain the moisture levels in your skin • Helps to plump up tissues and tone down lines. • Boost your skin’s tone and texture
To find your local stockist call 0800 731 0725 or visit www.modernherbals.com
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“Whilst there are many variables involved in how long you live, staying active and eating a nutrient-packed diet can help to slow the ageing process,” says nutritional therapist Sarah West. “To help boost your body’s natural defence systems against many age-related diseases and conditions, try including the following wholesome foods in your diet:
Olive oil is the favourite anti-ageing ingredient of the Mediterranean diet – and for good reason. The mono-saturated fats found in olive oil (most notably oleic acid) can help improve cholesterol levels and also contain an anti-inflammatory compound which may prevent or relieve arthritis, helping you to feel younger and fitter. Broccoli is low in calories, rich in fibre and iron and contains a
Practise yoga “Yoga actually reverses much of the age-related muscle loss which is otherwise an inevitable consequence of ageing,” explains Jonathon Miles, director of Kaliyoga yoga and detox retreat in Spain (www.kaliyoga.com). “For people with rheumatoid arthritis yoga decreases pain, improves balance and increases functionality. It also helps reduce back pain. Scientists have found that yoga helps straighten the hunched back that we get as we age (kyphosis). Yoga helps to reduce menopausal symptoms – scientific evidence suggests that a yoga practice reduces hot flushes, alleviates insomnia and balances mood. Furthermore, yoga nidra (a meditative relaxation exercise often given at the end of a yoga class) helps to control type 2 diabetes. In a study from India, people with type 2 diabetes had better blood glucose control when they practised yoga nidra for 30 minutes per day.” Balasana or child’s pose is said to balance the immune system, boost the immunity and relieve allergies. It also eases neck and back pain, relieves stress and calms the brain. 15 minutes of deep rest in child’s pose is said to be equivalent to one hour of sleep. Kapalabathi Pranayama is a yogic breathing exercise which helps to boost the supply of oxygen, purifies the blood and promotes radiant and glowing skin.
Get moving! “If you really want to stay feeling young, don’t forget to exercise,” says Sarah West. “Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain and is one of the best ways to help reduce memory loss and promote the growth of new brain cells. It can also help to ward off depression and stress, both of which can contribute to age-related memory loss.”
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herring) contain a rich source of anti-inflammatory fatty acids, making them highly beneficial in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. They also appear to slow or even halt the progress of both early and late stage eye disease and help lower risk of dementia. To obtain the most benefit you should aim to eat two portions of oily fish per week or try an omega-3 fish oil supplement.
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“Our brains work better with plenty of water,” says Dr Spiezia. “It is indispensable for the inner metabolic exchanges as well as flushing out toxins. Drink until your urine becomes clear. It is easy to forget to drink unless you are thirsty so always keep a glass of fresh water on your desk.”
n From the age of 25, collagen levels reduce by around 1.5% every year. Skin loses elasticity, hair and nails become brittle and joints stiffen. By 45, collagen levels have reduced by up to 30%. n Cases of osteoarthritis in Britain look set to double to over 17 million by 2030.
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potent cancer-fighting compound called sulforaphane, making it one of the healthiest vegetables you can eat. Steaming for 3-4 minutes is the recommended cooking method to maximize its anti-cancer properties.
n Around 73,000 Britons undergo a hip replacement every year. Mostly, this is because the cartilage which cushions the hip joint has worn away. n Collagen is the most common protein found in our bodies. It helps keep connective tissue flexible, enabling our bones and cartilage to bear weight. To find out more about Collagen Plus, a 3-in-1 joint supplement, visit www.arthrovite.com
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I wantto know… You asked: “I have a rather sensitive stomach and suffer with frequent bouts of diarrhoea. It seems to be linked to times when I am stressed. I’d appreciate any help you can offer to overcome this embarrassing problem.” Natalie Lamb, Dip NT, a Nutritional Therapist with Protexin Probiotics answers: It is extremely important that stool transit time is normalised to allow sufficient time for complete digestion and absorption of nutrients. Loose bowels can also cause damage to the sensitive gut lining and affect the ability of beneficial bacteria to attach. Some vegetables, legumes and grains can be difficult for a sensitive gut to digest such as cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, beans, peas, lentils and wheat. During times of stress you may find it preferable to consume easier to digest foods such as soups, stews, smoothies, juices, eggs, meat and fish. Taking a highly water retentive gentle fibre such as psyllium husk could help to absorb excess water in the bowels and form a soft, easy to pass mass and slow down bowel movements. I would avoid harsh, bulk-forming fibres such as wheat bran at this time as these can be uncomfortable to a sensitive gut.
Reader Anne won this month’s prize: a 350g pot of Lepicol (RRP £16.98). Email your health question to email@example.com Probiotics and prebiotics can help to restore a balanced gut flora, often disrupted during times of stress and bowel irregularity. It is, however, important to rule out an infection as the cause of the diarrhoea – nature’s way of removing the bad guys from the gut. I would advise you to discuss this with your GP first. n Protexin are manufacturers of natural healthcare and probiotic supplements such as Bio-Kult and Lepicol and are committed to producing digestive health products of the highest quality. Visit www.protexin.com
You asked: “I have naturally dark blonde hair which I have had highlighted for many years. It is very long and wavy and the ends are dry. The last few times I have had highlights my hairdresser has used low bleach products. I am very keen to use natural products where possible and wondered what you recommend for dealing with greasy roots but drier ends. The roots need washing every two days but the rest of my hair could last three to four days.” Jo Blaylock, Pravera General Manager, answers: Greasy roots and dry ends are a common hair problem for many women and can be caused by harsh haircare products and diet. Natural shampoos and conditioners contain less harsh ingredients than conventional haircare products so will not strip the scalp of its natural oils. If the natural oils are removed from the scalp this can cause the scalp to over produce oil which can cause oily roots. The lavera Lemon milk shampoo is a gentle shampoo especially for oily hair, which will gently cleanse the hair and scalp without stripping away too much of the scalp’s own natural oils. To treat the dry ends I would recommend using lavera’s Rose Milk Conditioner on the ends of the hair
after shampooing to condition and nourish the hair, and as a weekly treatment I would suggest massaging Primavera®’s Macadamia Nut Oil through the ends of the hair, leave for 10-15 minutes then shampoo and condition as normal. Macadamia nut oil is rich in essential fatty acids and will rapidly absorb, enriching and replenishing the hair. n Pravera Ltd distribute lavera, MADARA, Primavera, Alma Win, Monte Bianco, Sodasan, Florascent, terre d’Oc and Organyc. Visit www.pravera.co.uk
Reader Zoe won this month’s prize: a lavera Lemon Milk Shampoo and Rose Milk Conditioner, (RRP £8.45 each). Email your beauty question to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Bach flower remedies
therapies Did you know? The homeopathic remedy allium is particularly good for alleviating the symptoms of colds and hay fever. The red onion used in cooking is the source of this remedy. It helps to relieve streaming eyes and nose, sneezing, swollen eyes, headaches and neuralgia.
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New findings on acupuncture A Japanese study has revealed that acupuncture can help to improve breathing problems in individuals with chronic lung disease. The study, carried out at Kyoto University, involved 68 patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD. For a 12-week period half of the subjects were given weekly acupuncture sessions and the other half were given fake acupuncture, where the needles do not pierce the skin. All were allowed to keep taking their regular medications. At the beginning and end of the trial the patients carried out exercise and their breathing levels were monitored according to a 10-point scale, with 10 representing the most difficulty breathing. The results, which were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that in the real acupuncture group, breathlessness was initially rated at 5.5 out of 10 after exercise, whereas after the 12 weeks of treatment this number fell to 1.9. In the placebo group, breathlessness scores remained the same at 4.2 before treatment and 4.6 after. The belief is that acupuncture helps to relax the muscles around the chest wall, therefore making it easier for patients to breathe.
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What are Bach flower remedies? A system of 38 flower remedies made from wild plants, trees and bushes, designed to treat the individual rather than the disease or its symptoms. They are a gentle way of managing emotions and rediscovering the positive side of ourselves. The system was devised by Dr Edward Bach, a physician and homeopath who became dissatisfied with the scientific approach to medicine and embarked on a quest to find natural ways of healing. How do they work? Each of the 38 remedies is unique and helps to treat a different emotion. They are designed to help with mental and emotional issues rather than physical complaints. The remedies are classified into seven groups: fear, uncertainty and indecision, insufficient interest in present circumstances, loneliness, oversensitivity, despondency or despair and overconcern for the welfare of others. They can be taken individually or combined. The therapy is a form of self-help in that most people can find the right remedy for their emotional issue, but sometimes a consultation with a practitioner may be helpful. How do I take them? The remedies can be found in most health shops and are easy to take. Simply add two drops of your chosen remedy to a glass of water and sip from it as often as you want. Take four times a day for longer-term issues. For immediate use the remedies can be taken undiluted direct from the bottle. Just drip two drops on your tongue and repeat as necessary. Where do I find out more? Visit www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com to find out more about the remedies and select the right one for you using the remedy chooser.
Spas & retreats Shape up fast!
A-listers Renée Zellweger, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cindy Crawford have all been reported to have gone to weight loss and fitness boot camps in order to keep in shape. Now you could follow in their footsteps at New You Boot Camp’s Eco-Luxe Portugal Retreat. The retreats take place at AlmaVerde Village & Spa (see main pic) where guests can expect to increase their fitness levels, lose weight as well as develop confidence. The programme includes a specific nutritional programme, 10 to 12 hours per day of intense physical training, plus outdoor adventure activities such as full-day hikes and half-day cycling. There is also access to the private wellness spa in the evenings. n To find out more, visit www.newyoubootcamp.com
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Just in time for the London Olympics, Ragdale Hall is launching a new treatment using products with gold as the main ingredient! The Golden Touch is a 70-minute luxurious treatment incorporating products with extracts of champagne, pearl and caviar, leaving skin feeling lustrous and looking radiant. The therapy begins with a full body exfoliation followed by an anti-ageing body wrap and relaxing facial. A shimmering gold dry body oil is applied before the treatment ends with a soothing back massage. Utterly blissful! n For more information visit www.ragdalehall.co.uk
Spa at home If you can’t afford an expensive spa treatment why not have a go at some DIY body brushing at home? Body brushing is simple to do and is highly beneficial to the skin and lymphatic system as it helps to eliminate dead cells, improves circulation and rids the body of toxins. First things first, choose a brush with soft bristles and a handle so that you can reach behind your back. Make sure that your brushing is gentle, especially on sensitive areas, and always move in a circular motion towards your heart. Start at the soles of your feet and move upwards, brushing your calves, knees and thighs. Brush the abdomen in a circular motion to stimulate the intestines. Then brush your arms, starting at the palms, working your way to your chest and neck. Finish off by stepping into the shower to rinse off any dead skin cells. www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk
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sweep! Supermarket shelves are filled with multi-purpose cleaners, laundry detergents, oven cleaners and dishwasher tablets, containing a host of nasty ingredients that could pose serious health hazards. In fact, toxic ingredients can be found in the majority of household cleaners. A quick review of the label will reveal the presence of chemicals such as chlorine, not to mention carcinogens like formaldehyde, perchlorethylene and even hydrochloric acid. The big question is: are we doing more harm than good when cleaning our homes? In general, people just don’t realise that every day cleaning products have such damaging effects on their home environment. Chemical levels inside the home can be up to 70 times higher than those outside. Over 100 chemicals commonly found in homes have been linked to allergies, skin reactions, headaches, depression, joint pain, chronic fatigue, chest pains, dizziness, loss of sleep, asthma… the list is endless.
Don’t compromise! Recognising that there are solutions out there, consumers are increasingly making better informed decisions when choosing household cleaning products. Ecozone® offers a full range of non-toxic cleaning and laundry solutions that have been tested to perform as well as the mainstream competition, reducing dependence on toxic chemicals without compromising on cleaning performance. Ecozone’s® ‘Free From’ liquid range contains sustainable, plant-based ingredients and utilises essential oils to provide a natural, gentle fragrance. Offering exceptional cleaning performance the range has been benchmarked against many traditional market leading products. Green-cleaners have at last caught up with their mainstream competitors. There’s never been a better time to cut out toxicity, take control of our health and reap the benefits for our families.
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eco household yourexperts
How to have a greener home Eco living expert and BBC 2 radio presenter Janey Lee Grace is the author of Look Great Naturally Without Ditching the Lipstick The single most effective thing we can do to save energy in the home is lower usage. Years ago the average
Turning your boiler temperature down by one degree can save you 10% on bills. Put your heating on a timer and make sure it comes on just before you intend to arrive back home. Ideally your radiators should have individual thermostats but at least ensure they’re insulated. Put a sheet of tin foil wrapped over cardboard behind them or buy ready made radiator panels that are like padded foil.
Good, thick curtains work a treat to save heat lost through a window. Second hand or reconditioned curtains will save a small fortune. Try a curtain exchange store. Don’t forget your trusty old draught excluders too. Make your own with a
Wash time! Why not try Violet’s 100% natural range of laundry products from Home Scents Ltd? What’s in the range? From liquids to powders, softeners, stain removers and sanitizers, all the products are 100% natural. Available in delicate naturally scented or unscented varieties made with organic natural seaweed soap. Super concentrated means value for money and absolutely no ‘nasties’ Where can I buy them? Independent health food stores and Suma Wholefoods. Or direct from www.homescents.co.uk or email email@example.com
Need a natural cleaner? The fine crystals of Natural & Clean Whoops a Daisy! convert liquid spillages into gel, making them easy to control and remove Why should I buy it? The product is non-toxic, biodegradable and safe to use around both children and animals. It can be used on any carpet, hardflooring, upholstery, bedding or clothing How much? £4.99 Available from? Independent health food stores as well as www.naturalandclean.com, www.ecotopia.co.uk, www.bgstores.co.uk and www.biggreensmile.com
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long stuffed sock or use bits of old fabric to create a snazzy vintage one. Make sure there’s a jacket on your water tank or even two if insulation is less than 80mm thick.
Don’t leave power on when it’s not needed! Leaving lights on will account for 10 to 15% extra energy use. Don’t leave anything on standby. Use smart gadgets that monitor energy use or make use of a smart ‘panel’ that automatically cuts off power to all the peripheral appliances.
You probably know about only boiling the water you need to make a drink, but remember too that you can wash almost all clothing at 30 degrees. Ditch the energyguzzling tumble dryer and check out local junk shops for an old-style top-loading spin dryer as it will literally squeeze your clothing almost dry in two minutes flat.
home was incredibly draughty and was not ‘sealed’ and centrally heated. These days we’re so molly coddled in warm, centrally-heated, triple-glazed homes that we forget it’s normal to put on a jumper in winter if you feel chilly. Most of us aren’t at the stage of installing solar panels or installing a super efficient boiler but there’s still plenty we can do to be energy efficient.
Great Buys at your Health Store
for eco households
Want a greener clean? Try the eco2life range of refillable and reusable cleaning products Tell me more! The range is made in the UK from naturally derived, readily biodegradable materials and is approved by the Vegetarian Society and eco expert Janey Lee Grace. If 100,000 UK households started using the eco2life system they could take 1,000,000 plastic bottles away from recycling and landfill! How much? Priced from £2.50 Available from? Independent health food stores and various online eco stores. See www.myeco2life.com for further details
yourexperts eco household
Chemical-free cleaning Lois Clark is the director of Greenbrands.co.uk, the mail order business that sells natural, non-toxic cleaning products and accessories Today, you can find a natural alternative for every household cleaning need. Standards of ‘eco’ credentials vary by brand but I believe that the minimum standard for an eco cleaner is one that is formulated from natural sustainable plant extracts without the use of toxic chemicals like phosphates (which create algae blooms), chlorine bleach, ammonia, formaldehyde and petrochemicals that are proven to have a negative impact on the environment and human health.
If you are going to switch to eco cleaners, then I would not compromise and use a partially green product, but go for the best quality product you can. They will end up lasting longer and working more effectively. Look for credentials like Carbon Neutral, Palm Oil Free, Vegan, Not tested on animals (on pack third party logos can verify this), then you can be confident that you are making a healthy sustainable choice. And don’t forget, they must smell wonderful or be fragrance free depending on your preference.
Effective cleaning products and air fresheners can be made entirely with natural and sustainable plant and mineral-based ingredients like coconut oil (not palm oil), corn, sugar, essential oils – going back to Mother Nature’s cleaning solutions.
Protecting family health and the environment are key motivations to clean green. Consumers are aware that conventional cleaners and room fragrances may expose them to a cocktail of toxic chemicals. A US study indicated that the air in homes was five to 70 times as polluted as the air outside and household cleaning chemicals were suspected as the culprit. Green cleaners give you the option to keep your home naturally clean.
Genuine customer feedback tells us of the clearing up of skin reactions that they suspect are caused by conventional laundry detergents, fabric softeners and washing-up liquids; decrease of chemical sensitivities, allergic and asthmatic reactions brought on by conventional cleaning products and air fresheners as well as delight at not having to flush harsh acidic drain cleaners into the water supply.
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Chemical nasties Lois recommends avoiding the following chemicals which may be found in conventional cleaning products. Petroleum-derived surfactants These are found in laundry detergents, washing-up liquids and multi-surface cleaners. They are a suspected carcinogen and environmental pollutant.
1,4 Dioxane This can be a by-product of creating SLES (Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulphate – a detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products). It can be found in green cleaners too and is said to be carcinogenic.
Formaldehyde This is a preservative found in conventional cleaning products, but also some green cleaners too. It is said to be a skin, eye, nose, mouth, throat and lung irritant.
Chlorine bleach Found in toilet cleaners, dishwasher tablets and laundry detergents, it can cause irritation to the lungs, skin and eyes.
Phosphates These water pollutants, often found in laundry detergents, create toxic algae blooms which may kill fish.
Phthalates Phthalates can be found in air/fabric refreshers and may disrupt the normal workings of the endocrine (hormone) system.
Ammonia Sometimes found in glass cleaners, dishwasher detergents, furniture and floor polishes, ammonia can cause irritation to the lungs, skin and eyes.
Your Healthy Living
ith a readership of 320,000, Your Healthy Living is the UK’s widest read health magazine, so who better to decide on the nation’s best health products than you, our readers? We’re therefore delighted to announce the launch of the Your Healthy Living Awards 2012. 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? This month we’re asking you to vote for your favourites in the categories of
Best Free From, Best Healthy Treat, Best Eco Product, Best Slimming and Fitness and Editor’s Choice. Have a read of the following pages, decide on your favourite products, 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 winning products will be announced in the December issue of Your Healthy Living.
Your chance to win too! WIN! 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 voting 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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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 1st December 2012 and 1st 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. www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk
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Editor’s Choice Award VOTE online at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk These products have been tried and previously recommended by the Editor of Your Healthy Living, but now it’s time to vote for your favourite!
Superfood for your furry friends Din Dins Wickedly Raw Superfoods for dogs and cats is a healing blend of wholesome ingredients such as cranberries and probiotics which helps with itchy skin, bad breath, digestion and more www.dindins.co.uk
Boost Vitamin B12 Oral Spray is an effective source of natural energy. Delivered orally under the tongue, it quickly enters the bloodstream for the ultimate in bio-availability and convenience www.betteryou.uk.com
CherryActive Concentrate and Capsules are made with 100% Montmorency cherries, using special techniques to optimise their powerful antioxidant nutrients. Recommended for joint mobility, muscle recovery and improved sleep patterns www.cherryactive.co.uk
Natural immune support Sambucol® Immuno Forte contains black elderberries, powerful antioxidants plus vitamin C and zinc. Sambucol strengthens the immune system and prevents viruses from replicating www.sambucol.co.uk
Natural seasoning A.Vogel’s Herbamare Original is made to the recipe of famous Swiss naturopath Alfred Vogel. Organically grown fresh vegetables and herbs are combined with natural sea salt and allowed to steep for up to one year. Very tasty! www.avogel.co.uk
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GfM’s 100% Organic Wellbeing range is packed with all the goodness from the hive including nutritious pollen, royal jelly and propolis. Now also featuring GfM’s bioactive Organic Manuka NPA 10+ honey! www.gfmhoney.co.uk July 2012
Best Healthy Treat VOTE for your favourite Healthy Treat at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk For details on how to vote by post, turn to page 27.
A fat-free snack
Panda Liquorice All Natural Bars are a real healthy treat. Containing just 99 calories and fat-free, they are made with only four ingredients: molasses, wheat flour, liquorice and aniseed oil www.landofliquorice.co.uk
Nutritious and delicious! Choccy Munchy Seeds are a nutritious and chocolatey mix of sunflower and pumpkin seeds with pieces of dried apricot, enrobed in luxurious Belgian milk and dark chocolate. Yummy! www.munchyseeds.co.uk
The tasty probiotic ActiMint is the probiotic supplement that helps digestion and is excellent for good breath. It helps to keep an optimum probiotic level in the gastric region. Dissolve a minty tablet in the mouth after each meal www.actimint.com
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A lunch box-treat! Be Fruity Bars in fig, apricot and strawberry are a 100% natural treat for the whole family and a popular snack for kidsâ€™ lunch-boxes. With no added sugar, and no artificial preservatives, the bars are high in fibre, gluten-free and with no GMO www.befruity.com
Kallo Organic Belgian Milk and Dark Chocolate Rice Cake Thins are only 56 calories so perfect for chocoholics! They contain no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or gluten and are naturally irresistible! www.saykallo.com
Natural sugar replacement XyloSweet table-top sugar-free sweeteners are available in 1lb, 3lb, 5lb bags and also in handy 4g sachets. XyloSweet can be used in the same way as sugar and yet has 40% fewer calories. Recommended by dentists and hygienists, using it may reduce the risk of tooth decay www.anyone4tea.com
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Best Free From VOTE for your favourite Free From product online at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk For details on how to vote by post, turn to page 27.
Kids will love these!
Crispy Rice Bites from Nature’s Path are geared towards neglected five to nineyear-old coeliacs. Available in peanut butter, milk chocolate and blueberry and raspberry flavours, these soft and chewy bars are the perfect lunchbox treat www.naturespath.co.uk
Yummy free-from bread! General Dietary’s Ener-G Gluten-Free Loaf is light, soft and contains vitamins and minerals including calcium and folic acid. However, it’s free from wheat, gluten, milk, eggs, soya, maize and nuts. Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and kosher diets www.generaldietary.com
Wholesome and hearty! Choco Jungle Cereal from Hale & Hearty Foods is a deliciously wholesome organic kids cereal made with quinoa, corn and rice mixed with the finest organic dairy-free chocolate. Free from wheat, gluten, dairy, soya and GMOs www.halenhearty.co.uk
GOOD HEMP is a delicious tasting, healthy, dairy-free alternative to milk containing omega-3 and GLA. Made with hemp seed, the product is low in saturated fat and fortified with calcium and vitamin D. Great in tea and coffee or simply as a refreshing drink www.goodwebsite.co.uk
A sweet treat Barkat Gluten-Free Ice Cream Cones are now available in a new 12 pack, wrapped in two sleeves to keep the product fresh for longer. A great-tasting product from the Barkat range of gluten and wheat-free foods www.glutenfree-foods.co.uk
Plamil’s no-added sugar chocolate is a fabulously tasty guilt-free snack; free from dairy, gluten and nuts. With ethically-sourced ingredients and produced with 100% renewable power, the products are wrapped in biodegradable packaging www.plamilfoods.co.uk
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Best Free From VOTE for your favourite Free From product online at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk For details on how to vote by post, turn to page 27.
Cool for kids! Creamy goodness!
Colour and care
Panda Liquorice Creams are soft, chewy liquorice pieces filled with mouth-watering strawberry and chocolate flavoured cream. Now dairyfree so suitable for vegans www.landofliquorice.co.uk
Naturtint Permanent hair colourants are free from ammonia, resorcinol and parabens. They are enriched with approved and certified organic and natural ingredients and cover 100% of grey hair, in 30 mixable and multi-application shades www.naturesdream.co.uk
Sunshine Armour SPF 25 Sun Cream from Naturally Cool Kids is a natural mineralbased sun cream free from soy, nuts and dairy and suitable for vegans. Children will love the fun packaging of this four star UVA sunscreen www.naturallycoolkids.com
Best Eco VOTE for your favourite Eco product online at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk For details on how to vote by post, turn to page 27.
Natural cleaning power ECOS Laundry Liquid offers excellent cleaning performance, a natural fragrance, value for money and cares for your skin, clothes and the planet. No wonder itâ€™s a worldwide best seller! Fragrance-free and baby ranges are also available www.earthfriendlyproducts.co.uk
Natural antibacterial action Bentley Organic Kitchen and Surface Cleaner has a unique, patented, natural antibacterial action that is proven to kill 99.9% of harmful bacteria such as E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella. The product is Soil Association Certified www.bentleyorganic.com
Keeping it clean! Natural & Clean dry carpet cleaner is a unique absorbent cleaning powder suitable for use on all types of carpeting including natural fibres like wool and sisal. Endorsed by Woolsafe www.naturalandclean.com
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Best Slimming VOTE for your favourite Slimming product online at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk For details on how to vote by post, turn to page 27.
XyloBrit is a natural toothfriendly sugar-free sweetener which looks and tastes just like sugar – but with no aftertaste. And with only 2.4 calories per gram it can be used as part of a low-calorie diet www.xylobrit.com
Making weight loss fun!
Mohdoh has harnessed the unique benefits of aromatherapy, play therapy and colour therapy to create ‘Slim’, a powerful yet fun and effective aid to weight loss www.mohdoh.co.uk
Natural detox Zeolite is a rare mineral formulated through processes occurring within millions of years in nature. It is considered to have the capacity to clean and bind other elements and entire compounds, making it a great natural detox product www.superfoodstm.co.uk
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The low carb pasta
Dreamfields Pasta contains a special ‘matrix’ within the durum wheat semolina making it low GI, low carb and has twice the fibre of regular pasta; it releases energy more slowly to help you feel fuller for longer – A Dream-pasta! www.dreamfieldsfoods.co.uk
Natural weight loss plan
MY Food fresh food diet plans are delivered straight to your door, providing healthy, nutritious meals designed to help you lose weight naturally as part of a balanced diet and exercise programme www.myfood.co.uk
Easy and tasty!
Easy Bean one-pot meals are healthy and tasty. Each provides two to three of your five-a-day. These naturally low fat, low salt, gluten and dairy-free meals are recommended by Slimming World and Weight Watchers. Winners of six gold Great Taste Awards! www.easybean.co.uk
MenoPlus Complete - For Women during the Menopause Provides relief from the symptoms of menopause Whilst the symptoms of the menopause are very individual, the commonest problems are hot flushes and night sweats as well as fatigue caused by disrupted sleep. Another common symptom is dryness of the mucous membranes due to changes in hormonal production. Fitness Pharma have developed a dietary supplement regime designed to help relieve these and other discomforts. Fitness Pharma MenoPlus Complete contains three Food Supplements: - A Sage tablet - A Sea Buckthorn Oil capsule - A Soya capsule For more information, visit www.fitnesspharma.uk.com
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Available at your local Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle Retailer, call: 01782 567121 or visit www.treeoflifeuk.com to find a stockist near you.
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A DA ILY E N E RG Y BO O S T E R
From PMS to painful periods and the menopause, women’s health issues can be draining and distressing. Never fear though – our natural health experts are here to help!
ore and more women are turning to natural remedies and therapies to treat common health issues from PMS to menopausal symptoms. Herbal remedies, supplements and nutritional changes can be particularly effective in balancing hormones and regulating menstrual irregularities. Here we get the lowdown on the natural approach from a range of experts.
Period pain “Menstrual cramps are caused by prostaglandins – substances that occur naturally in your body – which cause the uterus to contract and create pain and cramps,” explains Dr Caroline Longmore, founder of the Galen Wellness Centre (www.galenwellness.com). Dr Longmore recommends the following tips to help you deal with the discomfort:
❋ Gently rub your abdomen to relax the muscles or try using a Tens
machine (transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation) Research suggests that PMS affects 70 to 90% of women, with ❋ Have a bath with an infusion of herbs like thyme, chamomile or symptoms ranging from mood swings, depression and irritability to juniper for about 20 minutes bloating, breast tenderness and swelling and water retention. The ❋ Make sure you add in enough time in your daily routine to relax term is used to describe any symptoms that occur after ovulation and and reduce your stress levels disappear almost as soon as the period arrives. “If you want to eliminate PMS, the most important thing you can do ❋ Acupuncture can encourage menstrual flow is to balance your blood sugar,” says Dr Marilyn Glenville (www. ❋ Check your thyroid marilynglenville.com), author of The Natural Health Bible ❋ Reduce your sugar intake and try to avoid for Women. “This means cutting out refined sugar When it comes caffeine too and refined carbohydrates, eliminating alcohol to that time of the month, ❋ Try ginger to relieve nausea and abdominal and eating six small meals a day (including wellness coach Ann Hobbs discomfort (www.annhobbs.co.uk) advises us to three healthy snacks, such as a handful of literally ‘go with the flow’. She says: nuts), always with a little protein, to keep your ❋ Before your period, increase your whole “When it comes to hormonal changes, energy levels stable. This can help to balance grain consumption to stabilise your mood working on being calm will have your hormones, especially if you are getting and when your period starts, reduce it tangible benefits. The more stressed we irregular cycles.” Dr Glenville recommends ❋ Vitamin B complex and magnesium help are, the more we are likely to suffer PMT. taking a vitamin B6 supplement as this to reduce cramps and bloating We feel pain more intensely when we “plays a vital part in synthesising certain are anxious. So, finding non-toxic ways ❋ T ry consulting a herbalist who may neurotransmitters that control mood and to alleviate our stress, from punching advise Black Cohosh to help relieve pain and behaviour.” She also recommends magnesium pillows to pampering cramps, guilder rose to relax uterine muscles or which is “classed as ‘nature’s tranquilliser’ and is, ourselves, will make all raspberry remedy for most conditions involving therefore, vital in symptoms that relate to anxiety, the difference.” the uterus tension, or other emotional states.” Studies have shown ❋ If your pain continues, check with your doctor for the that women with PMS have been found to have lower levels possibility of fibroids or endemetriosis. of zinc, so this is another supplement worth considering. Continued over ➜ 34
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The natural way to manage the menopause The menopause can be a tumultuous time in a woman’s life. At least 80% of women suffer with symptoms ranging from hot flushes, insomnia and anxiety to urinary problems and weight gain. Now, thanks to the healing powers of honey, a natural solution is available. Just one teaspoon of LadyMel Day and one teaspoon of LadyMel Night each day could soothe away menopausal symptoms.
How does it work? Research in Israel in the 1970s found that bees feeding on plants with healing properties would produce a honey containing medicinal benefits. When a bee processes its food, a synergetic process takes place during the digestive process which intensifies the active properties of herbs and plants, increasing their effectiveness. In order to produce the LadyMel Day and LadyMel Night honeys, the bees are fed the following diet of healing botanicals: n Alfalfa (Day and Night) – a natural antiseptic, this herb is traditionally used to tackle problems relating to menstruation and menopause
n Siberian Ginseng (Day) – used traditionally to boost energy; can help with disrupted sleep patterns
n Red Clover (Day and Night) – helps to tackle menopausal symptoms due to the oestrogenic properties of the leaves
n Peppermint (Day) – cools the system through vasodilation (expansion of the blood vessels allowing cooling)
n Agnus Castus (Day and Night) – particularly potent in addressing hormone imbalances
n Purple Passionflower (Night) – commonly used to combat insomnia, it also soothes nervous system tension, unease and PMS
n German Chamomile (Day and Night) – tackles stress, unease and acts as a carminative
n Common Hop (Night) – widely used in traditional medicine to tackle a variety of problems including mood changes and stress
To find out more about the new range of healing honeys from Nu Vitality, contact your local independent health food store.
What’s this? Incostress is a simple and effective device for naturally controlling female incontinence as well as supporting and strengthening the pelvic floor Tell me more! This international, multi-award winning device is recommended by medical professionals and praised by the top team of Boots Alliance for its efficacy. As shown on TV by Dr Chris Steele, Incostress is used by athletes, post-natal women who need extra pelvic floor support and is also perfect for post-menopausal women How much? £29.99 Where can I buy it? Most independent health stores, Boots or direct from www.incostress.com
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Going through the menopause? Vitabiotics Menopace is the leading supplement used by women specifically for during and after the menopause Tell me more! This supplement includes vitamin B12, biotin and niacin to help support energy release. It also contains pantothenic acid, which contributes to normal synthesis and metabolism of steroid hormones, together with iodine, which contributes to normal thyroid functioning. Menopace can be continued as a nutritional safeguard for many years after the menopause How much? £6.30 for 30 tablets Available from? Independent health food stores, Boots and Holland & Barrett or call 0208 955 2600 or visit www.vitabiotics.com
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Menopausal symptoms? Try Promensil Menopause What’s in it? The product contains red clover – the richest source of isoflavones – and provides natural support to women during and after the menopause. It is completely natural, backed by 15 years of clinical research and 18 clinical studies What does the research say? A 2011 study published in Gynecological Endocrinology, conducted on 109 women, showed that Promensil Double Strength can reduce hot flushes by 73% Available from? Independent health food stores and pharmacies, Boots or direct from www.promensil.co.uk
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Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil from Good Health Naturally “Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) helps to reduce stress as it is commonly offered for menopausal “The menopause is a transition that affects all soothes the nervous system symptoms,” explains Babi Chana, a nutritionist women,” says Philip Weeks, a master herbalist and triggers the hormone with Pharma Nord (www.pharmanord.co.uk). and traditional acupuncturist (www.philipweeks. DHEA. It is thought that some “But an effective natural option lies in the org). “Although the change of life is inevitable, the menopausal symptoms can myriad of nutrients found in Seabuckthorn discomfort and distress that many experience be alleviated by replacing berries. Used in Asian traditional medicine for need not be. diminished levels of DHEA over 1,000 years, the seabuckthorn berry is a An effective herbal remedy that I use frequently is which reduce as source of over 200 nutrients, including vitamins, Black Cohosh which helps to balance progesterone and we age antioxidants and essential fatty acids including oestrogen. Vitex agnus-castus is also useful as it regulates omega-3, omega-6, omega-9 and the relatively rare the pituitary gland which in turn balances the whole hormonal omega-7. Seabuckthorn is particularly beneficial for women system. Sage tea can be a great help for the reduction of hot flushes experiencing vaginal dryness due to the menopause as it improves and I would also recommend avoiding common triggers such as red symptoms of vaginal inflammation. Seabuckthorn has been shown to wine and spicy food. It is also important to reduce stress and schedule significantly slow down the ageing process of mature skin, by increasing in some rest and relaxation as stress hormones can make the whole hydration, softness and elasticity as well as decreasing the amount of menopause experience more uncomfortable. Taking essential fatty deep wrinkles. It also speeds up the regeneration and renewal of normal acid supplements will help too as the body needs the good fats skin and is renowned for its ability to hydrate and nourish skin, and is to make hormones, and a low fat diet can make the transition commercially used in oral and topical skincare products.” more difficult.”
Herbal helpers Lucy Stephens, a medical herbalist with The Reva Clinic (www.revaclinic.com) recommends the following herbs for women’s health:
Vitex agnus-castus is able to bind to dopamine receptors in the brain to inhibit prolactin – elevated levels of which are linked to lack of ovulation, lack of periods and loss of libido. It also regulates the luteal phase (second half) of the menstrual cycle and is useful for PMS. A short luteal phase after ovulation is linked to fertility problems. Cimicifuga racemosa (black cohosh) decreases vascular spasm and is thought to act on neurotransmitters in the brain. It helps to control menopausal symptoms and reduces painful periods and uterine spasm in endometriosis.
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Trifolium pratense (red clover)
contains isoflavones which have weak oestrogen-like actions. It’s used to control menopausal symptoms and may have some effect in preventing bone loss. Viburnum prunifolium has uterine and intestinal antispasmodic activity and is able to relax smooth muscle. It is used for painful menstruation and associated lower back pain. Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort) acts on the central nervous system and is used for premenstrual and menopausal anxiety, particularly associated with innocuous palpitations. Angelica sinensis (dong quai) has antispasmodic and stimulant effects on the uterus as well as pain-relieving properties. It is used as a female reproductive tonic, as well as for PMS, lack of periods and painful periods.
healing We take a look at a range of vitamins, supplements and herbs to help with sexual health and libido An intimate issue “Vaginal dryness, also known as vaginal atrophy or atrophic vaginitis, is a common and distressing condition which afflicts many women in the course of their lives, causing embarrassment and, at times, extreme physical discomfort,” explains Susi Lennox, co-founder of The Yes Yes Company Ltd (www.yesyesyes.org). Vaginal tissue is kept moist, elastic and comfortable by lubrication which is naturally created by glands at the neck of the womb, and governed by the body’s production of oestrogen. When oestrogen production is disrupted, which can happen for a number of reasons, the vagina can feel itchy, dry and irritated. The resulting discomfort can be debilitating, and impact the ease and pleasure of sex, and even affect day-to-day comfort. The commonest cause of a decrease in oestrogen levels is the menopause, which leads to a thinning of the vaginal tissues and a reduction in the number of lubricating glands. In time, the vagina can become drier, shorter and less supple. For some women, these changes may occur without causing particular discomfort, while for others, distressing symptoms may develop. For women who are experiencing vaginal dryness but are not perimenopausal, there are many other possible causes. These include childbirth and its aftermath, hormone treatments, such as HRT and contraceptives, illness such as cancer and its treatments, medications such as anti-depressants, reaction to substances such as nicotine and alcohol or intolerance to harsh soaps used in the vulvar area. If enough lubrication is not being naturally produced by a woman’s own body, she can ease the dryness and relieve the discomfort with the use of a commercially available waterbased intimate lubricant or vaginal moisturiser. In choosing a product for this sensitive area, care is needed in finding a natural product that is soothing, kind and rapidly effective.” July 2012
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Vitamins for va va voom!
“There are many vitamins, minerals and supplements that support sexual health and libido in men and women,” says nutritionist Marisa Peer (www.marisapeer.com). “For men, zinc boosts testosterone and increases sperm count. It also enhances the immune system and boosts sex drive. Foods rich in zinc are prawns, chicken, steak, eggs, sesame seeds and peanut butter. Vitamin E is known as a ‘sex vitamin’ because it aids in the production of sex hormones increasing attraction, mood, desire and energy, so be sure to stock up on vitamin E-rich blueberries, broccoli and eggs.” Marisa also recommends foods rich in the B vitamins to boost libido. She says: “Avocado is rich in B6, whereas eggs are full of vitamins B5 and B6, which help to decrease stress and balance hormone levels. Folate is a B vitamin that helps increase the production of histamines in your body. Histamines are the neurotransmitters that are significant to your body’s production of an orgasm.”
“Loss of libido is usually connected with stress so taking steps to reduce it and get enough sleep is very important,” says Drew Price, a registered nutritionist with No 1 Boot Camp (www.no1bootcamp.com) “A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise are vital. Avoiding too much sugar, eating a range of different vegetables, getting the proper intake of essential fats and decent protein are all good steps to take. For men, arginine is an amino acid
involved in the production of nitric oxide which helps with the dilation of blood vessels. In terms of herbs, gingko is good as it aids circulation and keeps the blood vessels healthy. There are a range of adaptogens which can help the body to deal with stress, such as Korean ginseng, which also helps with erectile dysfunction, and maca which has aphrodisiac properties. Vitex agnus-castus is said to work on the endocrine system and boosts the production of certain hormones. It can increase the amount of progesterone, which increases sexual desire, and reduce the amount of prolactin which can interfere with libido levels. These remedies will work with some people but not others, so I would recommend a consultation with a professional medical herbalist.”
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This issue’s in-store expert is Annette Tuckey, co-owner of The Natural Health store in Banbury
Here to help Independent health store advice on combating stress Stress is a common problem in today’s hectic world, but fortunately there are many ways of tackling the problem, naturally. Before giving advice I would first establish the person’s age, circumstances and whether the problem is long-term or shortterm stress. For long-term stress I would recommend taking a high potency vitamin complex B as B vitamins are particularly good for supporting the nervous system and combating stress and anxiety. I would also suggest magnesium as this is a natural relaxant. A good quality multivitamin will also help, as will following a healthy, balanced diet. Caffeine can exacerbate stress, so reducing your intake or cutting it out completely can often have a beneficial effect.
Natural soothers Herbal teas are not only a good substitute for tea or coffee, but the camomile, marigold and valerian varieties can also be very good for easing stress. Valerian is a particularly good herb if the person is having trouble sleeping, which can often be the case with stress. Essential oils such as lavender and camomile can have a very calming and soothing effect and can be used in a variety 38
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of different ways. Running a bath and adding a few drops of oil is one way of using them or a few drops can be placed in a diffuser to aid relaxation. Himalayan salts can also be added to baths as they have relaxing and de-stressing qualities. If a person is stressed about a one-off situation, for example, a forthcoming exam, I would suggest trying flower remedies, which are a gentle and natural way to ease anxiety and stress. They can be added to water or a few drops dripped onto the tongue, so they are a very handy remedy to carry with you during stressful situations.
Easing tension Complementary therapies can be very useful in easing stress, so I would suggest considering a massage to ease tension or perhaps some hypnotherapy to get to the root of the problem. Yoga, meditation and relaxation classes can also be beneficial. A good support network is essential, so if a person is feeling particularly overwhelmed by stress I would urge them to talk things over with family or friends as this can help to ease the burden. Professional counselling or group therapy could also be considered.
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Going in for the grill Summer’s here and (hopefully) the sun is out, so it’s time to fire up the barbecue! Why not try one of these healthy recipe suggestions?
Roasted pepper and chilli style mince wraps A tasty barbecue treat for vegetarians and vegans
Serves: 6 1 red pepper, (julienne) 1 red onion, chopped Bragg (or soy) sauce 2 freshly chopped tomatoes 1 courgette sliced Handful of spinach leaves 1 pack of pre-seasoned Redwood mince 1 tbsp chilli oil 1 freshly chopped red chilli 6 tortilla wraps
In a frying pan sauté the onion, red pepper and courgette until the onion is translucent and the red pepper and courgette are softened.
dd the Redwood mince and chilli A to taste then add the tomatoes. Sauté for 15 minutes. Do not overcook.
or the last few minutes add the F spinach leaves until wilted. horoughly mix the ingredients T and place into pre-warmed tortilla wraps (as per instructions). Garnish with lime and serve. For a stronger taste add a dash of Bragg sauce.
Recipe courtesy of The Redwood Wholefood Company. Visit www.redwoodfoods.co.uk
Radish, feta and baby leaf salad An easy-to-make salad to accompany your barbecue
Great on its own as a salad or stuffed into a pitta.
Serves: 4 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp red wine vinegar 1 shallot, finely sliced 20 French breakfast radishes
Combine the oil, vinegar and shallot and season with salt and pepper.
½ bag lambs lettuce
uarter the radishes and toss with the Q lambs lettuce and chard and spinach or red leaf salad leaves.
½ bag chard and spinach salad or ½ bag of red leaf salad
150g feta cheese, crumbled into chunks
Recipe courtesy of www.loveradish.co.uk
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Prawn kebabs with Herbamare® infused red lentil purée A spicy addition to the barbecue!
Serves: 4 calories 1 red chilli 1 shallot, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated Freshly ground pepper ½ tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp groundnut oil 12 large, raw prawns, shelled, approximately 500g 4 thin stems of lemongrass For the lentil purée 100g red lentils 1 tsp fresh ginger, grated 150ml coconut milk ½ tsp Herbamare® Spicy ½ – 1tsp curry powder ¼ tsp turmeric powder ½ lime 1 tbsp groundnut oil
Yvonne BishopWeston’s power salad A superfood salad that’s tasty and filling
Serves: 1-2 depending on appetite! For the dressing: 50g natural organic yogurt or soya yogurt 4g (1 tsp) fresh dill, finely chopped 10g (1 tsp) horseradish 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice For the salad: 2 omega-3 eggs, hard boiled or poached 80g cooked beetroot, chopped 60g yellow pepper, chopped 40g (2 tbsp) sprouted beans and lentils (supermarket mix) 2 handfuls (40g) of mixed leaves, washed and drained 6 walnut halves Rock salt to taste
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Mix the dressing ingredients together. oil the eggs (we like the yolks to B be a little soft and ever so slightly runny but you should cook them to your taste).
lace the leaves on a plate. Mix the P beetroot, peppers and sprouted beans and place on the leaves. Cut the egg into halves and place on the beetroot mix with the walnuts.
op with the dressing. Serve T with one slice of rye toast topped with half a small avocado, black pepper and lemon juice or with hummus or tahini.
Cut the chilli lengthways, deseed and chop. With a pestle and mortar, work into a paste with shallots, garlic, ginger, pepper, soy sauce and oil. Mix with the prawns. Lightly crush the lemongrass, make a pointed end and skewer the prawns. Leave to marinate in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
or the purée, wash the lentils and leave to drain. F Cover with 200ml of cold water. Add ginger and bring to the boil. Lower the heat and leave to simmer until all the liquid has been absorbed. Mix the coconut milk, Herbamare, curry powder and turmeric. Bring to the boil and then remove the pan from the heat. Add grated peel and lime juice. Purée well in a blender. Add hot water if a thinner consistency is needed. Finally, add the oil with the machine still running.
riefly cook the prawns on both sides under the B grill or in a pan. arm the lentil purée slightly and serve with W the kebabs.
Recipe courtesy of A.Vogel. Visit www.avogel.co.uk
The lentil purée can be eaten cold as a dip or as a spread for bread. Monkfish fillets, scallops or calamari can also be used in this recipe. Firm fleshed fish such as halibut, swordfish or tuna fish steaks can be marinated with a stem of prepared lemongrass and grilled in one piece on both sides in the pan with 1tbsp groundnut oil for two to three minutes.
Recipe courtesy of www.lovebeetroot.co.uk
Dining alfresco? Try the range of veggie treats from Fry’s Vegetarian Foods Why so good? Approved by The Vegan and Vegetarian Societies, Fry’s awardwinning products are perfect for outdoors dining Tell me more! Serve Fry’s burgers with roasted red peppers, salad and mayonnaise. Barbecue corn-on-the-cob, whole tomatoes and Fry’s sausages together for a delicious alfresco dish. Or serve Fry’s chicken-style burgers with salad, pickle and vegan “Sheese” Available from? Independent health food shops, Holland & Barrett, 3663 and online from www.frysvegetarian.co.uk
Having a veggie barbecue? Try Redwood’s delicious Vegideli gourmet meat-free quarter pounders What else? Check out Redwood’s award-winning Lincolnshire Style Sausages, Vegideli Hotdogs, Vegideli Gourmet Chicken Style Pieces and Cheatin’ Chorizo. All are made from 100% plant-based ingredients; free from animal ingredients and derivatives as well as cholesterol, artificial colours/preservatives, lactose, casein, hydrogenated fats and GMOs How much? The quarter pounders are £2.56 for 228g Available from? Independent health food stores. Call 01536 400557 or visit www.redwoodfoods.co.uk
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Feeling hungry? New delicious organic Taifun Tofu Tofritto Slices can be served hot or cold as a meat substitute for any dish Tell me more! Taifun Tofritto with Capers and Bell Peppers combines tamari marinated onions with a twist of lemon, whilst Taifun Tofritto with Olives and Cashews has a Mediterranean flavour created from a delicate blend of herbs and paprika. Both are made from glutenfree ingredients, zero cholesterol and suitable for vegans How much? £2.69 for 180g Where can I buy them? Independent health food stores or various online retail outlets
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A royally good dessert Jubilee fever has been in the air all summer, so why not celebrate the event with this delicious ice cream recipe flavoured with honey from the Commonwealth country of Zambia? The recipe uses Ogilvy’s Organic Zambezi Plains Honey, which is a rare 100% organic honey found in the remote Miombo forests located at the head of the Zambezi River in Zambia. Rich in bioflavonoids it has a slightly spicy taste with a distinctive redcurrant flavour.
Ogilvy’s Commonwealth Honey Ice Cream
This sweet and tasty dessert has a luxurious flavour that all the family will love 1 vanilla pod 500ml double cream 250ml whole milk 150ml Ogilvy’s Zambezi Plains Honey
Split open the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds, along with the pod, into a medium-sized saucepan. Pour in the cream and milk and heat until just before the mixture boils. Remove from the heat.
Stir in the honey until it dissolves thoroughly. Cover the saucepan with a lid and leave the mixture to steep until it is cool.
When cool, strain the mixture, removing the vanilla pod. Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker if you have one.
If you don’t have an ice cream maker, transfer the mixture to a plastic container, cover with cling film and place in the freezer for five to six hours. After this you need to break down the ice crystals so place the ice cream in a food processor and mix until smooth. Then put the mixture back in a container and return to the freezer for four to five hours before serving.
Shamus Ogilvy, founder of Ogilvy’s Honey, is a chef by trade who worked in the upmarket catering world before establishing his own company specialising in English food. He now specialises in sourcing unique honeys from around the world. Shamus says: “I want to educate consumers about the different types of honey that are available and also about their many uses. You can do so much more with honey than just spreading it on toast or stirring into your porridge.” Visit www.ogilvys.com to find out more. 46
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Healthy summer fruits of the forest tiramisu
Serves: 6-8 1 small sponge flan case 500g frozen summer fruits in bag 4 tbsp cassis (or Ribena) 250g Quark cheese (low fat) 4tbsp Total Sweet 200ml Skimmed milk Cocoa powder for dusting
Take a large dish and cut the sponge to fit in the bottom. efrost the fruits, whilst keeping D them in the bag, and then tip them into a sieve placed over a bowl.
Take the juices in the bowl and tip them over the sponge with a sprinkle of cassis or Ribena. Spread the fruits over the sponge and place in the fridge.
In the meantime beat the Quark with the Total Sweet for 30 seconds with an electric whisk.
Slowly beat the milk into the Quark until thick and creamy, then spread evenly over the fruits.
Dust with cocoa and chill for two hours – perfect!
Total Sweet is the leading brand of xylitol, which is a natural sugar alternative produced from birch wood. Whilst Total Sweet looks and tastes just like sugar, and can be used in recipes, sprinkled over cereals or fruit and used in hot drinks in exactly the same way, it has some surprising health benefits. It has 40% fewer calories than sugar, 75% less available carbohydrates and a GI value of just 7 – making it ideal for diabetics, dieters and those wanting a healthy alternative to sugar. Furthermore xylitol actively promotes healthy teeth and reduces plaque. It also replaces sugar like for like, so there’s no need for special recipes. For more information and healthy recipe ideas visit www.totalsweet.co.uk. July 2012
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From 1976 to 1996, athletics legend Tessa Sanderson CBE competed in a record six Olympic Games, clinching a gold medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Here she talks to Liz Parry about her hopes for the 2012 Olympic Games and her work with budding young athletes What you are most looking forward to about the 2012 Olympics? Tessa: Oh there’s a plethora of things. It would be wonderful if the British team came home with more medals than ever before. I think this is the best I’ve seen the athletics team for a very long time so I have high hopes for them. I’m confident that we will achieve, if not better, our targets.
Which athletes do you think are the ones to watch this year?
Tessa: It will be wonderful to see Jessica Ennis do well. She’s on great form and is definitely one to watch. Dai Greene will be good to watch in the hurdles – he’s very focused. I’ll also be keeping an eye on the women’s football team as I think they will do very well. It’s about time we promoted women’s football big time in this country!
What do you think will be the biggest benefits to Britain as a result of the Olympics? Tessa: I think the biggest benefit we are seeing is that people are being inspired to go out there and get fit and healthy. It’s drumming up new interest and enthusiasm for sport across the country, which is a fantastic thing. There are so
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many talented youngsters out there who are being inspired to take up sport and that talent needs to be nurtured and encouraged. Also, the Newham area of East London is being regenerated as a result of the Olympics, and this is giving a huge boost to the local community.
You’re doing a great job of encouraging youngsters into sport through the Tessa Sanderson Foundation and Academy. Are you proud of what you’ve achieved? Tessa: Oh absolutely. I’m so proud! We’ve got lots of youngsters who are training in all kinds of different sports from table tennis to basketball and judo – not just athletics. We have some great success stories. There’s Jahmal Germain, a 19-year-old decathlete, who’s doing fantastically well. He’s gone from 300th to fourth in the country, which is just incredible. And there’s Shaun Sewell, a wheelchair javelin and shot-put competitor. We’re hopeful that he will qualify for the 2012 Paralympics. It’s hard work to keep the foundation going, but it’s so rewarding to see these youngsters realising their potential.
Tell us a bit about your work with Team Solgar. I understand you’re promoting the links between good nutrition and physical fitness?
Tessa: Yes, that’s right. I’ve been taking Solgar vitamins for many, many years now, since before I competed in the 1984 Olympics. That’s why I am delighted to be working with Solgar to promote their Performance Range. I think it’s very important to choose the right supplements for your health needs to maintain good energy levels and optimum health and fitness.
What supplements do you take yourself?
Tessa: I always take a good quality multivitamin to make sure that I’m getting all the vitamins and minerals my body needs. I also like Solgar’s L-Carnitine tablets and liquid as they help to replenish my energy levels and speed up recovery after exercise. I particularly love the lemony taste of the liquid! I made sure I took the L-Carnitine whilst I was taking part in Dancing on Ice as I suffered an injury and it really helped with the healing process.
Tell us about your diet. What sort of foods do you eat to keep healthy and maintain your energy levels? Tessa: I try to eat as healthy as I can. I don’t do lunch so I make sure I have a big breakfast that will keep me going till about 4pm. Normally I’ll have a bowl of Alpen with a banana and a soft boiled July 2012
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egg and a slice of toast. Or I might have cornflakes and a banana and half a bagel. The other days I’ll have porridge with milk. Dinner is mostly fish or chicken. We will have grilled or baked salmon with a jacket potato or vegetable steamed rice. My husband and I rarely eat any red meat. On Sundays we’ll have a Caribbean meal of rice and peas with chicken.
Do you still do a lot of sport and exercise these days?
Tessa: I don’t do as much exercise these days, but I do keep fit as I think it’s important to set a good example to the young people I work with. I do quite a bit of jogging and stretching. On Sunday mornings I’ll be in West Ham Park with my colleagues and we’ll do about 5k. Anyone can come along and run with us. I’ve also been keeping up my skating, since appearing on Dancing on Ice. Before that I’d never skated in my life. It’s a beautiful sport and I love it. I think a lot of over-50s think that they can’t take up a new sport, but I say go out there and give it a try!
Solgar’s Performance Range offers an innovative range of supplements aimed at athletes, sports enthusiasts and seniors wishing to continue with their active lifestyle. To find out more, visit www.solgar.co.uk The Tessa Sanderson Foundation is looking for sponsors to work with. For more details and to get in touch, visit www.tsfa.co.uk
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With a summer full of barbecues, Jubilee parties and Olympic celebrations, it’s inevitable that many of us will end up overindulging on food and drink. That’s why we love A.Vogel’s Digestisan oral drops, a traditional herbal medicinal product used to relieve indigestion, feelings of fullness and flatulence. This herbal liquid tincture contains extracts of freshly harvested cynara (artichoke), dandelion, peppermint and dried boldo leaves. Take 15 to 20 drops three times a day to help relieve the symptoms of indigestion. Visit www.avogel.co.uk
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