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4 Health News: All the latest news and research from the world of natural health and wellbeing 12 Celebrity Health: Hollywood star Teri Hatcher gives us the lowdown on her natural approach to health and beauty 32 Your Health: Natural ways to care for your joints 36 Your Nutrition: Foods and supplements to help soothe migraines

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YOUR HEALTHY LIVING AWARDS 19 Get Voting: This month’s categories include best women’s health product, best toiletries and beauty product, best vegan product, best slimming or detox product, best immunity product and best joint care product

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I’m very pleased to be able to announce that voting is now open for the 2019 Your Healthy Living Awards. This is where we ask you, our readers, to register your votes for your favourite natural and organic health products. What’s more, everyone who votes will be in with a chance of winning a fantastic spa break for two at Ragdale Hall! Turn to page 19 to find out how to enter. We have a very exciting celebrity interview this month with none other than Hollywood star Teri Hatcher. Teri lets us in on her secrets to looking and feeling great and talks about her passion for natural, healthy living. Turn to page 12 to find out more. Our other features this issue include expert tips for some of the most common beauty problems, plus tips and advice for dealing with embarrassing health issues. Our in-store expert gives us the lowdown on dairy alternatives, while our recipes include some delicious and healthy summer salads. We also look at the best foods and supplements for soothing migraines, as well as natural ways to care for your joints. Wishing you good health,

14 Health Q&A: Our experts answer your questions on stress, post-natal fatigue and losing stubborn weight 18 Your In-Store Advisor: Independent health store advice on dairy alternatives from Natural Health in Hertford and Welwyn Garden City

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Body fat distribution linked to prostate cancer risk Higher levels of abdominal and thigh fat are linked with an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer, researchers have found. Prior studies have demonstrated that obesity is linked with an increased risk of advanced prostate cancer and a poorer prognosis after diagnosis. Also, emerging evidence suggests that the specific distribution of fat in the body may be an important factor.  Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health analysed body fat distribution and assessed the risk of being diagnosed with, and dying from, prostate cancer among 1,832 Icelandic men who were followed for up to 13 years.  During the study, 172 men developed prostate cancer and 31 died from the disease. The accumulation of fat in specific areas – such as visceral fat (deep in the abdomen, surrounding the organs) and thigh subcutaneous fat (just beneath the skin) – was associated with the risk of advanced and fatal prostate cancer. High body mass index (BMI) and high waist circumference were also associated with higher risks of advanced and fatal prostate cancer. It is hoped that the findings, which were published online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, may lead to a better understanding of the relationship between obesity and prostate cancer and provide new insights for treatment.  4

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Researchers have been able to ‘retrain’ the body clocks of so-called ‘night owls’ – people with extreme late sleeping and waking habits – in order to improve their mental wellbeing and performance. Teams from the Universities of Birmingham and Surrey in the UK, and Monash University in Australia, showed that, over a three-week period, it was possible to shift the circadian rhythm of night owls. Disturbances to the sleep/wake system have been linked to a variety of health issues, including mood swings, increased morbidity and mortality rates, and declines in cognitive and physical performance. The 22 participants in this particular study had an average bedtime of 2.30am and wake-up time of 10.15am. Over a three-week period, they were asked to: wake up two to three hours before regular wake up time and maximise outdoor light during the mornings, go to bed two to three hours before habitual bedtime and limit light exposure in the evening, keep sleep/ wake times fixed on both work days and free days, and have breakfast as soon as possible after waking up, eat lunch at the same time each day, and refrain from eating dinner after 7pm. The study, published in Sleep Medicine, showed participants were able to bring forward their sleep/ wake timings by two hours, while having no negative effect on sleep duration. In addition, participants reported a decrease in feelings of depression and stress, as well as in daytime sleepiness.

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Ancient magnesium + CBD cream New Ancient Magnesium + CBD Cream from Good Health Naturally is a powerful antioxidant cream that combines ‘ultra-pure’ Zechstein magnesium chloride with 100 per cent natural CBD oil and OptiMSM. It helps to naturally support a wide range of normal body processes including normal muscle function, normal psychological function, reduction of tiredness and fatigue and more. Five winners will receive a bottle worth £29.95, plus every entrant will win a £5 voucher off a £15 spend. DRAW CODE: YHL-GHN-0719 TRAVEL SIZES

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27 July Wanderlust London 108 Battersea Park, London This unique one-day event gives visitors the chance to take part in a mindful triathlon consisting of a 5K run or walk, a DJ-powered yoga class and a 30-minute meditation. After completing the event you can take part in a whole host of other activities from aerial yoga and bodywork slacklining to sound healing and breathwork. www.wanderlust.com

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Liver disease is on the increase, report reveals Liver disease is now the biggest cause of death in those aged between 35 and 49 years old, a new report has revealed. The findings were released by the British Liver Trust to coincide with the Love Your Liver campaign. The trust also revealed that liver disease is expected to overtake heart disease as the biggest cause of premature death in the next few years. More than 90 per cent of liver disease is due to three main risk factors: obesity, alcohol and viral hepatitis. Liver problems develop silently with no obvious symptoms in the early stages yet if caught early, the disease can be reversed through lifestyle changes. The Love Your Liver campaign focuses on three simple steps: • Drink within recommended limits and have three consecutive alcohol-free days every week • Eat a balanced healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight and take more exercise • Know the risk factors for viral hepatitis and get tested if at risk. There are now very effective cures for hepatitis C. To find out more, visit www.britishlivertrust.org.uk/ screener

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Health News The Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen Cookbook by Leslie

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A Vogel’s muscle and joints expert, Earle Logan, looks at the topic of inflammation Whether an ankle sprain or a muscle strain, our bodies are very good at letting us know we’ve pushed ourselves beyond our limits. Significant tears and traumas cause pain and swelling – signs we definitely need to rest the area. However, when building fitness, we must push our bodies a little beyond what is comfortable in order to see results and this also causes aches and pains. How do we know when to rest and when to continue? Aches and pains that develop gradually and which are worst 24 to 72 hours after exercise are called DOMS (delayed-onset muscle soreness). This is a natural and helpful response to the stress that exercise puts on our muscles and joints and, in fact, causes the body to rebuild stronger than before. Cycles of moderate but progressive exercise, followed by a few aches and a day off, is how fitness develops and this process shouldn’t be interrupted. Sudden and prolonged pain, however, needs managing. Inflammation is part of the healing process, but we all have to go back to work or carry the shopping, so a balance has to be struck between allowing nature to take its course and remaining useful in the office and at home. New activity, too much progression (increasing gym weights or running distance by more than 10 per cent per week) and turning every training session into a competition are sure-fire ways to suffer an injury. That’s where Arnica gel comes in. Arnica gels, as opposed to the milder creams, are excellent for both pain and inflammation caused by injury or overload of muscles and joints, yet not so powerful as to stop healing taking place. Arnica gel is not the same as homeopathic arnica, which is used for various types of shock. Look for a licensed gel to ensure quality and strength for best results and don’t be surprised if symptoms are improved within 10 to 20 minutes. Arnica gel is not associated with any common side effects and is even safe to use during pregnancy, when injuries can happen due to changing hormones causing you to be a little clumsier and joints a little looser.

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Energy Medicine by

Jill Blakeway (£14.99, Scribe) For thousands of years, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine have used the body’s own energy – which they call ‘qi’ – to promote healing. Here, one of the world’s most soughtafter acupuncturists sets out to understand the science behind this ancient practice.

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Lynne Robinson, Lisa Bradshaw and Nathan Gardner (£19.99, Kyle Books) Drawing on the latest medical research, this new book focuses on the techniques that can be most effectively practised at home and includes updated old favourites as well as new exercises. All can be performed with little or no equipment and readers can progress at their own pace at home.

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healthyliving Cysticlean 240mg PAC® has been specifically formulated to support urinary health. The active ingredient in the product is PAC, which is derived from American cranberries, long used for supporting urinary health. Cysticlean 240mg PAC is the highest active available in the market, proven to work and demonstrates a superior anti-adhesive effect on toxins on the bladder wall when compared to lower-dose cranberry products. A good alternative to consider for people wishing to reduce reliance on antibiotics.

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Survey highlights sleep issues New research from the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has revealed that 43 per cent of adults reported sleeping less than the recommended minimum of seven hours and that 32 per cent of primary and 70 per cent of secondary school children reported sleeping less than nine hours. On top of this, 80 per cent of adults, and 44 per cent of secondary school children, reported waking up at least once during the previous night. The research, conducted as part of BNF Healthy Eating Week, surveyed 6,018 primary and secondary school students aged between seven and 16, and 1,576 adults from across the UK. ‘Sleep Well’ is one of the focusses for this year’s BNF Healthy Eating Week, and aims to highlight why getting enough good quality sleep is a key element of a healthy lifestyle. Dr Lucy Chambers, Senior Scientist at BNF says: “With more and more emerging research linking lack of sleep to poor dietary choices, and the burgeoning obesity crisis in the UK, we are keen to place a new focus on sleep this year – looking into how well we’re actually all sleeping, and providing advice and resources to help improve sleeping habits”.

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11 August Reclaim your health: the road to recovery from ME/CFS Move Studio, 472 Fulham Road, London This workshop is aimed at those who suffer with endless fatigue or have been diagnosed with ME or CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). The programme includes a breath work class, a panel discussion hosted by healthcare professionals, a healthy brunch and a goody bag. Attendees will gain a thorough understanding of ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and will learn about helpful nutrition and lifestyle strategies. www.ardere.com/events

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Poll reveals fears about climate change A survey has revealed that 70 per cent of respondents would be happy to reduce or give up consuming red meat in order to combat the effects of climate change. The study of 2,000 adults, which was commissioned by The School of Health, also found that over two thirds would willingly stop using plastic packaging and bags and 40 per cent would stop charging equipment overnight, such as phones and televisions. The survey revealed that three quarters of respondents believed climate change is the biggest crisis facing humanity today – but many are ‘confused’ about how they can help. Human behaviour was blamed more than deforestation and fossil fuels as the factor most strongly affecting climate change. Over one third of those polled believe over-population has an impact, leading to 40 per cent admitting they would avoid having more than three children, while one in 10 would give up having kids altogether. The study also found that four in 10 people would happily give up their diesel car to help the planet and one sixth is prepared to swap their current vehicle for an electric one in the ‘near future’. A further 44 per cent of those polled via OnePoll.com admitted they are ‘worried’ about their health due to the impact of climate change and half are concerned over the amount of chemicals in medicines.

A clean sweep! The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is appealing for people to become part of the solution to the litter problem that is engulfing UK beaches by adopting a beach and leading a clean-up and survey during this year’s Great British Beach Clean, which takes place from 20 to 23 September. During last year’s event, volunteer cleaners picked up over 600 items of litter for every 100m of UK coastline surveyed and just under 15,000 volunteers took part. Data collected by volunteers from the 25 years of MCS-led Great British Beach Cleans has been instrumental in the introduction of the 5p single-use carrier bag charge, the ban on microbeads in personal cleaning products like shower gels and toothpastes, the commitment to a Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland (and the consultation on one in England and Wales), and a ban on plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England from next year. To get involved, find a beach you want to clean, sign up and register it on the MCS online system, and MCS will provide you with all the help you need to get going. Visit www.mcsuk.org/ beachwatch to find out more.

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Wise buy! Genie’s unique range of kombucha and live soda redefines ‘soft drinks’ and finally gives you a gut-healthy way to enjoy a delicious drink. Tell me more! They are all packed with highly effective Bacillus Coagulans cultures, which are crafted to survive until they reach the gut. They have no added sugar or artificial ingredients and are 100 per cent vegan. Available from? Independent health food and retail stores. Visit www.geniedrinks.co.uk Have you tried?

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This exciting new range uniquely combines the powerful health benefits of organic mushroom extracts with those from full spectrum hemp, rich in CBDa (50mg-100mg per pack). Tell me more! Mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine for their health properties and hemp/CBDa is the ‘must have’ of 2019. Serious health products! Priced from £35.99 to £46.99 for 100g to 102g. Available from? Independent health shops. Visit www.healthstrong.co.uk

Hay fever? We are in peak hay fever season now! Try this! HayMax™ balms trap all types of pollen. Suitable for

kids, pregnant and breastfeeding women, car drivers, machine operators and cynics. 80 per cent of respondents said HayMax worked in a recent survey. Certified organic, 100 per cent natural and drug-free – and from an ethical, ‘green’ company. How much? £6.99 (or 3 for 2 in the tin). Available from? Independent health food stores and pharmacies. Store locator available at haymax.biz/store-finder Facebook “f ” Logo

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Hot flushes? Night sweats? Coping with the menopause can be very difficult. However, it needn’t be. Tell me more! Sage has a long history of use for treating common and troublesome excessive sweating, menopausal flushes and sweats. A.Vogel Menoforce® Sage Tablets are a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the relief of excessive sweating associated with menopausal hot flushes, including night sweats, exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy. Anything else? Made using the extract of organically grown fresh sage (Salvia officinalis), Menoforce® Sage Tablets are available in a convenient one-a-day dose. Always read the leaflet. Priced from £13.99. Available from? Independent health food stores. Visit www.avogel.co.uk

What’s new? Award-winning Captain KombuchaTM has launched two new flavours: Pineapple Peach and Cayenne Pepper. Tell me more! The two new flavours join the already popular Original, Raspberry, Ginger & Lemon and Coconut flavours. They’re organic, vegan, all natural, free of any artificial flavours and colours and they taste simply amazing! Available from? Independent health food stores. Visit www.bravurafoods.com

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Bears are one of the six strong range that make up the fabulous range of sweets. Why are they so good? These tasty vegan Gummy Bears are all made without sugar, gluten, gelatine and dairy! These fabulous products are suitable for everyone, including vegans and vegetarians. Extensive testing with sweetie fans ensured the right variants, flavours, tastes and textures were selected. The products are also egg-free, soy-free, GMO-free, nut-free and are free from artificial flavours and colours. How much? £1.40 for 70g. Available from? Independent health food stores. Visit www.bravurafoods.com

Making worldwide history! Hempture is a small, highly specialised company based in Ireland producing organic CBD (cannabidiol).

Tell me more! Hempture has earned a reputation as Ireland’s oldest

hemp CBD producer and operates farms in Ireland and the EU. The strict organic production allows the CBD oil to be of the highest quality on earth. Hempture collaborates with biochemists and neuroscientists around the world and its oil quality is verified by GMP certification and third party laboratory testing. Hempture primarily focuses 100 per cent on cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp products. Hempture is IIHA approved and all products are HPLC lab tested by EIRLAB. Available from? Independent health food stores and www.Hempture.ie

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Pomegranate is one of the ready-to-drink range of organic super fruits and tea drinks. Tell me more! The products are free from additives, preservatives and GMO ingredients, as well as being natural, organic and fairtrade. All drink blends are sweetened with organic agave and are less than 70 calories. Available from? Independent health food stores. Visit www.bravurafoods.com

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Hollywood star Teri Hatcher gives us the lowdown on her natural approach to health and beauty Teri continues: “I’ve been taking the product daily for just six weeks and although it seems a short amount of time to see a difference, I actually think I do. It just really does feel like it’s stronger. I also think the mindfulness of remembering to take it once a day might be trickling down to my other self-care. It’s acting as though it’s a catalyst for healthy behavior and is a great addition to my daily routine, in more ways than one.”

rom Lois Lane to Susan Mayer, acclaimed Hollywood actress Teri Hatcher has played some truly memorable acting roles. Her breakthrough performance was in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, in which she appeared from 1993 to 1997. She then went on to appear in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, as Bond Girl Paris Carver. But she is perhaps best known for her role as Susan Mayer in the hit TV series Desperate Housewives, which ran from 2004 to 2012, and for which she received multiple awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy. In 2018, Teri launched her YouTube channel, Hatching Change, which features videos aimed at helping viewers to ‘eat better, feel better and live better’. The channel was inspired by her own personal quest to discover what ‘living healthily’ means. And in June this year, Teri was announced as the global ambassador for New Nordic’s Hair Volume™ product. “It fits perfectly with my ethos that living positively and healthily are catalysts for healthy behaviour,” she says. Teri adds: “Being over 50 is time to take stock and really mindfully choose what it is you want out of life – and then making it happen. I always come back to wanting to be able to do things. I want to be strong physically and mentally and stay motivated to make good choices about nutrition. I meditate and I exercise too. I try to do all this regularly so my body can do things long into the future.

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Teri adds: “Of course, I’m not a doctor or hair expert, but I think everyone should make sure they try to get the best nutrients to address their personal needs. It’s really important to me that New Nordic Hair Volume™ is completely natural. I also use good products in regards to shampoo and conditioner and even the brushes I use are easy on my hair. I try to let it be natural when I can and use heat-protecting sprays when I’m styling it. When you’re over 50, you should talk to your doctor to check out your hormone balance and also ensure you’re getting all the right nutrients.”

All of my body needs to be healthy – including my hair.” By her own admission, Teri’s hair has been through a lot over the years. She explains: “The truth is, I was not blessed with amazing hair. When I was young it was frizzy with strange cowlicks I didn’t know how to manage. When I was pregnant, it was suddenly thick and fabulous, then after my daughter’s birth it thinned away again – and then the perimenopause rollercoaster started. It now seems to be more settled and I feel I’m the perfect candidate to lean on a vitamin supplement for some hair support, which I’ll treasure and where I can feel the benefit.”

Teri’s fame means she’s often on show, so it’s important for her hair to look the part. “My signature Red Carpet is to hire a great hair stylist!” she says. “It really is fun to work with them, so while I typically go for soft curls and just wavy, sexy and natural as a look, it’s fun to switch that up too. Keeping my hair in shape all the time is another matter – up to now, I’ve felt that every day could be a possible hair disaster! However, I believe that beautiful hair comes from within.” Facebook “f ” Logo

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You asked: “I recently read an article on post-natal fatigue and really identified with it. What natural strategies can I use to recover? (My baby is 21 months and still wakes at least once per night for a breastfeed.)”

GEMMA HURDITCH ANSWERS: “The root cause of your tiredness might be more than lack of sleep. Postpartum thyroid disorder affects as many as 1 in 12 women worldwide and, whilst you are no longer in the ‘postpartum’ window, hormonal factors could be playing a part, requiring a different treatment approach. Iron deficiency can also be a causative factor. Your GP should be able to organise the appropriate tests for you. To reduce drain on your energy reserves, try some or all of the following suggestions. Focus on whole organic foods, fresh and locally sourced. Limit anything processed or refined, especially sugars and carbs. Drink sufficient filtered water. Have your main meal at lunchtime instead of dinner; less pressure on your digestive system. Avoid caffeine; the energy rush it offers is short-lived and can rob you of quality sleep. Avoid alcohol; it stresses the liver which can keep you awake in the small hours. Some other considerations include having a nap when your baby naps as this is better for the family than a tidy house, so prioritise your rest and wellbeing. If you are not already, you might consider co-sleeping, which can make things easier for you and baby. Epsom salt baths with a few drops of lavender or chamomile essential oil promote a deeper sense of rest and can help relax and unwind. Seeking nutritional and lifestyle advice from a naturopath or naturopathic nutritionist may also offer you some additional, or specific to your circumstances, ideas.” n Naturopath Gemma Hurditch is a CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine) lecturer. CNM trains successful practitioners in a range of natural therapies. Visit: naturopathy-uk.com

You asked: “I’m going through a period of stress in my life at the moment and I constantly feel jumpy and jittery. Are there any herbal remedies that could help?”

You asked: “I have succeeded in my diet but I can’t shift those last five pounds. What can I do?” RICK HAY ANSWERS: “If you can’t shift those stubborn last five pounds there are a few things that you can do to get things moving. Firstly, get the liver into gear with some dandelion tea or coffee – this will help with fluid retention and cravings too. Secondly, look at ways to help with digestive function: apple cider vinegar, probiotics, digestive enzymes and aloe vera juice could all help. They can also help to reduce bloating. Next, look at some circulatory boosters – things like ginger, chilli, cayenne and black pepper have fat-burning properties when added to cooking. Here are some more easy tips. Try to eat breakfast later in the day five days a week – intermittent fasting where you leave around a 14-hour window between dinner and breakfast is good for weight loss. Walking at a steady pace for around 30 minutes a few times a week will help too. If you really want to push the boat out, go vegan for a week; high-fibre, plant-based foods are a healthy way to shed a few pounds.” n Nutritionist Rick Hay is the author of The Anti Ageing Food & Fitness Plan as well as a health and fitness presenter for Ideal World TV. To find out more, visit www.rickhay.co.uk

PAMELA SPENCE ANSWERS: “Absolutely! Herbs can help alleviate the symptoms caused by stress. Key to this is giving your overworked adrenals some TLC. So, first off, ditch the caffeine, which stimulates the adrenals, further causing anxiety and disrupting sleep patterns. Opt for decaf or – even better – choose calming herbal blends with ingredients like chamomile, limeflower and lemonbalm. These herbs help to reduce symptoms of stress while chamomile and lemonbalm also support the digestion, which is also often affected. If the stress is long-term, adrenal tonics like liquorice or ashwaganda can help. Liquorice is an ingredient in many herbal infusion blends and ashwaganda is available as a supplement. Eating regularly is also key to keeping your adrenals happy and protein is best to keep your blood sugars level. Keep a small box of mixed nuts and seeds at your desk, by the kettle and in your car and make sure you eat a handful every three hours. If sleep is an issue, try a bedtime infusion with passionflower, which is traditionally used to help with insomnia. Also – breathe! If you have underlying health conditions or take prescription medication it is always best to see a medical herbalist. Find your nearest one here: www.nimh.org.uk/find-a-herbalist.” n Pamela Spence is a medical herbalist, writer and educator and runs a successful clinical practice on Scotland’s beautiful west coast. Pamela has written and presented her own BBC online series on traditional herbal medicine and ethnobotany.

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orking out at the gym is not everyone’s cup of tea. For some of us, it’s difficult to find the time to get to the gym, or perhaps the cost of membership is too much. That’s why athome workouts can be so beneficial. “The benefit of at-home exercises is of course convenience and simplicity,” says Vicki Anstey, leading Barre expert and founder of Barreworks.co.uk. “There is no need for any equipment, and you can exercise at any time that suits you.” “There is no ‘best’ way to exercise for everyone, as it depends on your ability and goal,” adds Luisa Valenti, leading PT and co-founder of YourBodyProgramme.com. “Whether your intention is to lose fat, build muscle, improve posture or work on injury rehabilitation or prevention, bodyweight exercise can be beneficial. The majority of bodyweight exercises are compound movements – meaning you engage numerous joints and muscles. This maximises your time and results in an effective workout.” Here are some examples of great bodyweight exercises you can perform at home:

Overhead reach (scapula retraction)/lat pulldowns

Squats

Side plank

aligned. Draw your navel to your spine and lock in. Keep your hips down and your lower back slightly lifted. Try to hold for increments of 10 seconds, 20 seconds or 30 seconds. When you get really good, go for a minute or two, or as long as you can! When you have perfected that, turn the position sideways with your elbow under your shoulder and your hips stacked to target your obliques.

Squats/pliés

Squats target the glutes and quads – big muscle groups and major fat-burners. Think angles and lines. You want to see 90 degrees at the knees and hips. Your chest should be lifted and your weight in your heels. Keep it low enough that your thighs are parallel to the floor. Perform 10 reps, rest and then repeat three times. To turn your squat into a plié (and target the external hip rotators, challenge your core stability and stretch your inner thighs) simply turn out from the hip so that your feet are in a ten-to-two or quarter-to-three position (depending on your natural turn out). Perform full range reps as above, and incorporate end-range pulses (for 10) at the bottom of the position. You should keep your back in a straight position (tailbone dropped, crown of the head up) throughout.

One of the quickest ways to build strength in your back (essential for posture and beautiful Donkey kicks/hill-climbers tone) is to learn how to retract your scapula For a final attack of the glutes, go to all-fours on (shoulder blades). If you can, use a mirror. the floor, hands under shoulders, knees under hips. Donkey kicks Stand or kneel and reach both arms over Aim to keep your bodyweight evenly distributed your head. Your palms will be facing forward. (plenty of core control) and move one leg away. You Imagine you have strings on the tips of your can keep the knee bent or fully extend the leg, or a shoulder blades and draw your elbows down to retract your combination of the two. Lift the leg to end range and perform shoulder blades (they should feel as though they are sliding pulsing movements, or go full-range to the floor and back to hipdown your back). Repeat 10 times, rest and go again for three level. Repeat 10 full-range, 10 end-range pulses and a 10-second sets. To advance this, use a resistance band over a door frame hold. Rest and repeat three times. attachment and perform the same movement – the resistance If you want to incorporate a more cardio focus, change (or will accelerate results. upgrade) to hill-climbers. You can wear trainers on a carpeted floor and jump between legs, or wear socks on a wooden floor and slide feet up and down. Keep your hips low and your abs Plank/side plank engaged. Minimise as much movement of your torso as you can Perfect plank position is about keeping your ‘plumb line’ (a and not only will you get your heart rate up, but you’ll get a good gauge for perfect upright posture) in your horizontal position. abdominal workout too. So, your ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles should all be 16

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Looking for advice on natural health and wellbeing? Your local independent health store can offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise. This month we speak to Julie Goodwin, owner of Natural Health in Hertford and Welwyn Garden City.

ere at the Natural Health Stores, I would definitely say that we have noticed a growing interest in dairy alternatives among our customers. We are finding that it is becoming much more mainstream. People seek out dairy-free products for ethical reasons – such as becoming vegan – but also for health reasons, for example due to dairy intolerances, skin problems or hormone issues. People with coeliac disease may also cut out dairy for a while after receiving their diagnosis until the gut has ‘healed’.

Dairy-free milk and cheese

We stock a wide range of dairy alternatives from milk, cheese and spreads to yogurts, chocolates, sweets and sauces. There are plenty of options available now to customers who want to avoid dairy. Our most popular milks are almond, oat and coconut. Coconut milk and oat milk work best

avocado mayonnaise which is extremely well received, as well as other non-dairy dressings such as vegan varieties of honey and mustard, blue cheese and ranch. Our dairy-free pestos are popular too. Most of the chocolate that we stock is nondairy and we also stock a vegan ‘chocolate’ spread which is made from hazelnuts and is very popular with our customers. Coconut cream and oat cream make delicious alternatives to traditional cream and are great for dessert recipes. Our coconut and soya-based yogurts sell well as do the non-dairy kefirs of which we have a huge range, including water-based and coconut varieties. We also have a wide range of non-dairy ice creams which are made from ingredients such as hazelnuts, cashew nuts and coconuts. Vegan varieties of marshmallows and fudge were recently introduced and are selling well, as are the vegan biscuits and raw energy bars that we stock. So, as you can see, there are plenty of dairy alternatives to be found in your local independent health store. Just ask us for advice and we’ll be happy to help!

for coffees and lattes. Oat milk doesn’t tend to curdle easily in hot drinks, which can sometimes be a problem with other types of dairy-free milk. Coconut is best for smoothies and sauces whereas cashew is particularly good for creams and desserts. In terms of dairy-free cheeses, there has been a huge growth in variety over the past three to four years, giving customers a lot more choice. A lot of the products are much higher quality than previous ones. You can also get a lot of different textured cheese for different purposes such as goat’s cheese texture, feta, mozzarella, halloumi and so on. You can now get cheese made from soya, coconut oil and fermented cashew nuts.

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Of course it’s not just milks and cheeses though. We also stock a range of coconut oil and olive oil spreads as opposed to normal dairy. We have an

Natural Health, Hertford and Welwyn Garden City Julie Goodwin is the owner of two independent health food stores, both named Natural Health, with branches in Hertford and Welwyn Garden City. The Hertford store was opened 22 years ago and the Welwyn Garden City store has been established for 15 years. Both shops stock around 4,500 product lines including vitamins, minerals and supplements; gluten-free and dairy-free products; raw foods; healthy snacks and natural and organic body care items. All staff are enrolled with the Health Food Institute Training School and the A.Vogel Training Scheme. One staff member practises crystal healing massage, another is a beauty therapist and another is a qualified nutritionist. A wide range of natural therapies is offered in the stores’ therapy rooms, ranging from acupuncture to reflexology and counselling. To find out more, visit www.naturaltherapycentre.co.uk. Alternatively, call the Hertford store on 01992 550101 or the Welwyn Garden City store on 01707 392020. Facebook “f ” Logo

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oting is now open for the Your Healthy Living Awards 2019! And the exciting news is that we have a brand new range of categories for you, our readers, to choose from this year. This is your chance to let health store retailers and manufacturers know which products you love best. In this issue, and in our August edition, we will be showcasing some of the very best natural and organic health products around and asking you to vote for your favourites. In this issue you can cast your vote in the following six categories: Best Women’s Health Product, Best Toiletries and Beauty Product, Best Vegan Product, Best Slimming or Detox Product, Best Immunity Product and Best Joint Care Product. It couldn’t be easier to register your vote! Just have a read through all the products on the following pages and decide on your favourite in each category. Then register your votes either online at www.yourhealthyliving.co.uk/awards, or by post to the address below. Voting closes on 18 October 2019. The winner will be announced in the December issue of Your Healthy Living.

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 envelope and post to: Your Healthy Living Awards 2019, JFN Productions Ltd, Unit G2 Blois Meadow Business Centre, Steeple Bumpstead CB9 7BN.

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One lucky reader who takes part in the voting for the Your Healthy Living Awards 2019 will win an Overnight Reviver Break for two people at Ragdale Hall Spa worth £544! The winner and their guest will share a Superior room at this awardwinning spa. The prize will also include all meals (three-course dinner and lunch, and breakfast delivered to your room) plus full use of all of Ragdale’s facilities and a full programme of exercise classes on offer. You’ll also enjoy a 50-minute Blissful Face and Back Therapy, complimentary robe hire throughout your stay and Ragdale Hall flip flops. Facilities include: • The newly opened Rooftop Infinity Pool • Multi-million pound Thermal Spa featuring a series of heat and water experiences • Indoor and outdoor pools • Gym • Tennis courts Visit ragdalehall.co.uk or call 01664 434831 to find out more about Ragdale Hall’s range of spa days and breaks.

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2019 Best women’s Awards

health product

Live bacteria supplement

Support for bladder health

Bio-Kult Candéa is a scientifically developed, seven-strain live bacteria supplement with added garlic and grapefruit extract to help support the body’s natural defences. BioKult Candéa does not need to be refrigerated and can be taken alongside antibiotics, by babies, when pregnant, by vegetarians and as part of a healthy diet. www.bio-kult.com

Waterfall D Mannose® consistently achieves five star reviews. E.coli attaches like Velcro to mannose, flushing out bacteria during urination. Waterfall D Mannose is fermented from birch wood, never corn. The WDM stamp on each tablet guarantees quality (pressure formed, with virtually no excipients). The packaging is 100 per cent biodegradable and recyclable (PP5). www.waterfall-d-mannose.com

Natural intimate care

Support for the menopause

Topida Intimate Hygiene Spray from Salcura Natural Skin Therapy is an effective product for people keen to use the best and most hygienic natural intimate care for thrush, vaginal discomfort and irritation. This soothing, quick-acting solution is deeply moisturising and balances the pH levels, helping to maintain skin cells and mucosa in a healthy condition. salcuraskincare.com

Meno Support (Multi) is a multivitamin and mineral supplement formulated to help women through the menopause. It contains a full spectrum of nutrients including vitamins A and E, plus the B vitamins, beta-carotene and selenium, and the all-important bone nutrients calcium, magnesium and vitamin D3. It also contains digestive enzymes to help digest fats, protein and carbohydrates. www.naturalhealthpractice.com

For women’s intimate health

Natural vaginal moisturiser

OptiBac Probiotics ‘For women’ has been especially developed to support women’s intimate health. It has been clinically trialled by over 2,500 women around the world and contains two extensively researched strains of friendly bacteria; Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-1® and Lactobacillus reuteri RC-14®, proven to survive to reach the vaginal flora. www.optibacprobiotics.co.uk

YES VM is a long-lasting, oestrogen-free vaginal moisturiser designed to relieve symptoms of vaginal dryness, menopausal vaginal atrophy and painful sex. This natural, certified organic, pH-matched gel hydrates intimate tissues immediately and as needed. Recommended by healthcare professionals and also available on NHS prescription. www.yesyesyes.org

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For a healthy urinary tract Bladapure is a unique food supplement which combines the effectiveness of D-Mannose with organic inulin, cranberry and key nutrients to create an inhospitable environment for bacteria which can cause cystitis and bladder discomfort. Available in capsules or a delicious pure powder, Bladapure provides a pure and natural solution to help maintain a healthy urinary tract. www.healthy2u.co.uk

Compact, collapsible menstrual cup The Lily Cup Compact folds flat and fits into a small protective case. It comes in two sizes: size A is recommended for women who have not given birth or for those who have given birth by caesarean. Size B is recommended for women who have given birth or have been diagnosed with a weaker pelvic floor. www.intimina.com

Help to regain balance Australian Bush Flower Essences Woman Drops can help to harmonise imbalances during menstruation and the menopause. They are most commonly used to help you overcome mood swings, feelings of weariness and will ensure you feel good about yourself, your body and your beauty. They help you to regain your balance and cope with change. www.ausflowers.com.au

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Best toiletries or beauty product Activated charcoal toothpaste

Soothing aloe vera gel Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Gel is produced from aloe vera juice, capturing the maximum nutritional activity of the aloe vera plant (Aloe barbadensis). This soothing gel nourishes, cools and can help restore dry and damaged skin. It can be applied to stretch marks, scars and dry, chapped and sun burned skin. www.optimah.com

Aloe Dent Charcoal Toothpaste is a natural product with a host of bioactive and organic ingredients including soothing aloe vera, activated charcoal, Icelandic moss and tea tree oil, which help maintain healthy teeth. You can be sure that you are getting all the benefits of a fluoride-free toothpaste, rich in natural ingredients that really work, every time you brush. www.optimah.com

Natural eczema cream Hope’s Relief Intensive Dry Skin Rescue Cream is Australia’s No.1 natural eczema cream and helps to soothe and heal itchy, dry skin prone to eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Clinically proven and formulated by naturopaths, it is an effective, natural alternative to cortisone and other medicated treatments and is suitable for babies, children and adults for long-term use. www.hopes-relief.com

Tone, nourish and reduce wrinkles Rejuvenate and renew your skin with Green People’s Fruitful Nights organic moisturiser, a night-time ‘facial’. It smooths away fine lines and improves pigmentation marks. It is rich in omega-3 and 6 for soft and supple skin and rosehip oil for tissue-regenerating properties which help reduce wrinkles. Enjoy true beauty sleep. www.greenpeople.co.uk

Natural deodorant roll on Colour gloss lip balm

Meet the new Amber & Sandalwood Natural Deodorant Roll On from Salt of the Earth! Scented with elements of spice, citrus and floral, with an added dimension of vine-ripened berries and grapes, this new roll on is made from 100 per cent natural ingredients and provides long-lasting, effective protection from body odour. Approved by the Vegan and Vegetarian Societies. crystalspring.co.uk

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The Good Boom Nudieville Colour Gloss Lip Balm is the perfect everyday vegan colour lip balm. The nude colour adds a subtle, moisturising highlight to your lips. This lip balm is not only vegan, with organic and fairtrade ingredients, but is also made using renewable energy. www.goodboom.uk

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An affordable luxury Flaya Island is a warm, fruity, fun fragrance. Tantalisingly tempting tropical aromas encourage dreams of sunbathing on a deserted island beach. Spritz on holiday, at a party or at home. Certifications: Vegan Society, NFCC (80 per cent certified organic ingredients), Naturewatch Foundation (crueltyfree) and Ethical Consumer Best Buy. Certified, ethical, affordable luxury. www.flaya.co.uk

Natural face wash Bursting with botanical extracts including Lemon Tea-Tree and Oregon Grape, these healing, antiinflammatory and anti-bacterial ingredients reduce and prevent spots and acne. The unique formula in SkinGenius Face Wash includes Nettle and Calendula and is full of antioxidants, leaving your skin clean and smooth. Natural ingredients help to restore clear skin and bring confidence back. www.skin-genius.co.uk

Nourishing and hydrating Made with key ingredients and natural fragrance synonymous with Skin Food original, Weleda Skin Food Light has a lighter texture, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and instantly hydrated. Ideal for oily or combination skin, this super affordable NATRUE-certified natural formulation is suitable for everyday use on the face, hands or body. www.weleda.co.uk

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Best vegan product Moisturising vegan lip balm

Organic raw virgin coconut oil

This Crazy Rumors vegan lip balm in Black Cherry gives a juicy treat for lips and is loved by all ages! The super moisturising balm is clean, tasty and ethical and 100 per cent natural. Made with shea and jojoba, this smoothing, flavourful lip care is handmade in small batches for the purest and freshest balms. RRP £3.99. www.crazyrumors.co.uk

Optima 100 per cent Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil is cold processed and non-GM, produced from raw, fresh, coconut flesh. The cold processing method ensures that the vital nutrients and delicate omega fats are retained intact. Unlike most vegetable oils, it is resistant to the breakdown of fatty acids chains even at higher cooking temperatures. www.optimah.com

Great-tasting vegan health spray

Delicious vegan chocolate Plamil So free Organic Fairtrade dark chocolate sweetened with unrefined coconut blossom sugar is a stunningly delicious vegan chocolate. This ethical organic Fairtrade dark chocolate is simply and lovingly made with just cocoa and unrefined coconut blossom sugar – nothing else. The Plamil chocolate factory is powered by 100 per cent renewable energy. www.plamilfoods.co.uk

BetterYou’s Vegan Health Oral Spray delivers scientifically substantiated levels of nutrients lacking in a plant-based diet including: vegan-certified vitamin D3, vitamin B12, iron and iodine. The supplement has a natural mixed berry flavour and is designed to be absorbed through the inner lining of the mouth. The bottle is made from 100 per cent recycled materials. www.betteryou.com

Brain boosting benefits

New seaweed snack flavour

TIANA Memory Oil helps to activate your memory, maintain your cognitive ability and boost your brain function. The very best brain nutrients are used in this breakthrough Memory Activation formula. Think faster and sharper, improving your attention and concentration. Reduce stress and inflammation in your brain. Vegan. Ideal for all adults. www.tiana-coconut.com

Clearspring has added to its best-selling seaweed snacks range with the new Organic Seaveg Crispies™ with Black Pepper. The new flavour delivers a fiery, clean peppery heat on lightly toasted, crisp nori sheets. The new Black Pepper flavour has been launched in a larger 8g size and a new tray-less pack. www.clearspring.co.uk

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Support for a vegan diet Pulsin Vitality Supershake in Vanilla Matcha contains 20g of plant-based protein per serving and has a perfect blend of vitamins and minerals to support a vegan diet. The blend of matcha and vanilla, when added to water, make it a great-tasting and easily digestible protein drink, which is rich in vitamin B12, iron, zinc and magnesium. www.pulsin.co.uk

Intensive moisturisation and nourishment For dry skin in need of some extra pampering, the new NATRUE-certified Weleda Skin Food Body Butter is formulated with Skin Food’s iconic plant ingredients to provide intensive moisturisation and nourishment, plus organic cocoa and shea butters are combined to create a luxurious whipped texture that melts into the skin indulgently. www.weleda.co.uk

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Best slimming / detox product Natural food supplement

A hero product

Lepicol Lighter is a scientifically developed, natural food supplement which could assist your weight loss journey, containing glucomannan to help you feel fuller for longer, chromium to help balance your sugar levels and seven strains of live bacteria to keep your gut healthy. www.lepicol.com

Apple Cider™ is one of New Nordic’s hero products. Apple cider is a classic herbal and nutrient combination, which is designed to help contribute to efficient digestion and break down fats. Apple cider has been used in medicine for 5,000 years. This is why thousands use Apple Cider™, worldwide. newnordic.co.uk

Super power green tea

Feel fuller for longer

teapigs matcha is 100 per cent premium organic green tea leaves, ground to a fine powder – essentially a super power green tea containing natural green tea flavonoids (catechins). One serving contains the equivalent nutritional value of 10 cups of regular green tea and only half the caffeine of a cup of coffee. www.teapigs.co.uk

Forget about hunger cravings when dieting with the GoFigure® Mixed Berry Meal Replacement Shake. At 200 calories per serving, it contains the science-backed and awardwinning ingredient SlimBiome®, which keeps you feeling fuller for longer, reduces cravings for sweet and fatty foods and with its fibre rich content, improves gut health. optibiotix.online

Natural weight management SlimBiome® Medical is a natural, hunger-free approach to weight management which helps individuals to reduce their food intake, keeps them feeling fuller for longer and reduces cravings for sweet and fatty foods. Each sachet contains the award-winning, science-backed ingredient SlimBiome® which contains important fibres to boost gut health. optibiotix.online

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Raw apple cider vinegar Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is made by fermenting organic apples. It is kept raw, unfiltered and unpasteurised, which explains its cloudy appearance: it still contains the Mother of Vinegar, a naturally occurring mix of enzymes and friendly bacteria. Use as a delicious addition to food or as a daily health drink. www.bragguk.co.uk

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Healthy portion plate Marianne’s PLATE is designed to help make portion control easy. The plate is split into three sections covering each major food group to provide a healthy, balanced diet. The plates are competitively priced, high quality and with three beautiful designs available. They are user friendly – easy to understand, demonstrate and educate – and are used by the NHS. www.MariannesPlate.com

Natural sugar alternative Total Sweet is a leading brand of the natural sugar alternative ‘xylitol’. Whilst xylitol has less calories than sugar, it is the fact it has a much lower glycaemic index (a measure of how quickly a food affects your blood sugar levels) that is thought to be behind studies that highlight its potential to help with weight loss. www.totalsweet.co.uk

Detox foot patches Bodytox Detox Foot Patches are a centuries old method combining quality natural active ingredients with the power of reflexology. In both oriental and western practices, the sole of the foot works as a reactor map to the internal organs, supporting the correlation of wellbeing and being well. Bodytox foot patches, when placed on the feet, promote purity, relaxation and balance. www.bodytox.co.uk

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Best immunity product

A traditional herbal remedy

Multi-strain formulation

A.Vogel Echinaforce Echinacea drops and tablets contain a unique formula made from extracts of freshly harvested, organic Echinacea purpurea herb and root. Echinaforce is a traditional herbal remedy used for the symptomatic relief of colds, influenzatype infections and similar upper respiratory tract conditions. It works by strengthening the immune system. Always read the leaflet. www.avogel.co.uk

Bio-Kult is a scientifically developed, advanced multistrain formulation containing 14 live bacterial cultures which are proven to survive the high acidity of the stomach. Bio-Kult does not need to be refrigerated and can be taken alongside antibiotics, by babies, when pregnant, by vegetarians and as part of a healthy diet. www.bio-kult.com

Raw turmeric and ginger

Natural help for colds and flu

This Raw Turmeric + Ginger shot combines two organic super roots for a phenomenal immunity boost. It contains fresh, wet, organic turmeric root (known as nature’s most powerful anti-inflammatory) and is packed with antioxidants and immune-boosting properties. Blended with other fresh, functional, superfood ingredients, it is cold pressed, with no added sugar and a bioavailable formula. www.theturmeric.co

Bee Prepared Max Strength immune formula is formulated by nutritionists, combining active plant-based ingredients with proven benefits which aren’t usually found in a regular diet or multivitamin including bee propolis, elderberry, olive leaf, beta glucans, reishi and more. It is rated 5 stars in 90 per cent of reviews. www.unbeelievablehealth.co.uk

Healthy immune system support

Immune system support

BioBran is manufactured in Japan using a proprietary process to enzymatically break down rice bran. The resulting compound contains a unique blend of hemicellulose nutrients, which, combined with vitamin D3, make Biobran Plus ideal for healthy immune system support. Unusually for a food supplement, Biobran is backed by 43 peerreviewed studies. www.healthy.co.uk

A fully functioning immune system requires optimum levels of nutrients to maintain its efficiency. Studies carried out on Strath herbal yeast have shown that it can mobilise the immune system. It is thought that this could be a result of its ability to increase nutrient absorption during the digestive process. www.bio-strath.com

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The goodness of raw honey Lifeplan’s Honey C contains freeze-dried 16+ Manuka honey which provides all the goodness of raw honey in an easy-to-take capsule form. Enhanced with vitamin C and zinc, this product helps to support your immune system throughout the year and give you a much-needed energy boost! www.lifeplan.co.uk

Unique antioxidant supplement REGENATIVE is an innovative, antioxidant supplement containing unique, biologically-active whey protein. Beyond athletic performance, this whey has been shown to support immune function and antioxidant status due to the higher quantities and bioavailability of glutathione building blocks, and the superior content of immunomodulating peptides like lactoferrin and immunoglobulins. www.regenative.com

Immune system support Royal Green Immune & Energy contains a powerful combination of certified organic Echinacea, ginseng and five mushrooms. Echinacea, ginseng and reishi support the immune system. Ginseng gives more energy. Guaranteed grown without the use of pesticides, 100 per cent pure and free of fillers. 100 per cent vegetarian and vegan. Certified organic. www.royal-green.eu/en

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Best joint care product Pure collagen supplement drink

1. A carefully designed formulation

Collagen Plus is a unique 3-in-1 pure collagen supplement drink renowned for helping anyone suffering from osteoarthritis, joint and mobility problems. It rebuilds and maintains cartilage, eases joint discomfort and increases mobility. It contains collagen hydrolysate (7,500mg) glucosamine sulphate (1,000mg) and chondroitin sulphate (800mg). Completely natural, simply add to water – a proven pain relief formula for under 90p a day. www.arthrovite.com

Optima Joint Complex Gel is a carefully designed formulation for muscle, joint and connective tissue massage. It is formulated with Glycosaminoglycans, a source of Glucosamine which are well documented for their positive effect on joint health. This active ingredient is combined with Devil’s Claw, MSM, menthol and natural essential oils. www.optimah.com

Hemp massage oil

Support for natural collagen formation

Waiting for knee surgery? Crippled by fibromyalgia? Sleeping poorly? The CannaFlex™ Tri-Active Formula provides quality massage for drug-free pain relief, relaxation and skin conditioning. Massage is recommended by the NHS and Arthritis Research UK. Researched and developed by Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Henry McGee FRCSEdOrth. www.marblehillonline.co.uk

LithoLexal® Advanced Joint Health, containing a unique marine plant extract, helps to inhibit the inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and is clinically proven to be more effective than Glucosamine – trials showed improvements in all WOMAC parameters, overall comfort and flexibility. LithoLexal® helps to support natural collagen formation, joint function and development of cartilage. litholexal.co.uk

For connective tissue support Joint Action Turmeric Formula is a unique formula providing high-strength botanical extracts of Turmeric, Ginger, Boswellia and Cayenne, together with Copper and Manganese for connective tissue support. It is enhanced with black pepper, which improves the bioavailability of Turmeric. These easy-to-swallow capsules are registered with the Vegan Society. www.lifeplan.co.uk

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JOINT ACCOUNT Natural ways to look after your joints

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ain, swelling and stiffness in the joints is more commonly known as arthritis, although there are different varieties of the condition. According to the organisation Versus Arthritis, there are thought to be around 10 million people in the UK who are

to quench free radicals that can exacerbate inflammation and damage to the joints. The deeper root vegetables are also an excellent source of trace minerals needed to support the immune system and bone density (particularly important in cases of osteoarthritis or osteopenia). I recommend aiming for five to seven servings of mixed-coloured vegetables per day – think of a rainbow of colour on your plate!”

affected by it. “Arthritis is not the preserve of the elderly, as is often thought,” says Henrietta Norton, a nutritional therapist and founder of Try some turmeric Wild Nutrition (www.wildnutrition.com). “In fact, “Nutrition becomes more and more important joint degeneration and indeed autoimmunefor joint health as we age,” says Keeley Berry, related joint concerns such as rheumatoid Nutritional Expert and New Product arthritis can begin at any age. Looking Development Executive at BetterYou after our joints through diet and lifestyle (betteryou.com). “As we get older, our at a young age is both a very powerful production of hydrochloric acid reduces preventative measure as well as effective and this in turn reduces our ability to support for existing conditions.” Glucosamine and/or break down and absorb the nutrients from Here are some top natural ways to look chondroitin provide the our food; therefore supplementation may after the health of your joints. be needed. Turmeric is often used for the building blocks for cartilage management and treatment of inflammatory Eat a rainbow production and repair. conditions due to its potent curcumin “Vegetables and fruits are high in vitamin content. Research has shown that it can pose as C, which is essential for collagen production an alternative therapeutic treatment. This is due and the health of cartilage,” says Henrietta. to curcumin molecules interacting with numerous “Each ‘colour’ within a vegetable provides a molecular targets involved in inflammation. Whilst different array of natural anti-inflammatory chemicals inflammation is a normal response within the body, too much or called ‘phytochemicals’ such as flavonoids. They are also rich too strong of an inflammatory response can result in joint pain in a variety of antioxidants (such as vitamin C or beta carotene) – so upping your intake of this orange spice may help to ease any discomfort.”

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Top up your magnesium levels “Magnesium is an essential mineral which supports bone and joint health,” says Keeley. “It stimulates the activity of cells critical to bone formation. And, by encouraging the body to absorb calcium, it prevents calcification in muscles and soft tissue, helping the body to maintain flexibility and movement.

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LithoLexal

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Better than Glucosamine?* We think so!

Clinically tested to: • Help improve joint pain and stiffness* • Help improve speed and walking distance even after reducing the use of NSAIDS**

Available at: Health Food Shops · Independent Pharmacies For more information visit www.litholexal.co.uk or call: 0800 389 3633 * Results from a 12 week double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled study, with 70 subjects with moderate to severe osteoarthritis showed greater improvements in 6 minute walking distance and all WOMAC parameters (pain, stiffness, activities and composite) than glucosamine sulphate. Frestedt JL, Walsh M, Kuskowski MA, et al. A natural mineral supplement provides relief from knee osteoarthritis symptoms: a randomized controlled pilot trial. Nutr J. 2008;17;7:9. ** Frestedt JL, Kuskowski MA, Zenk JL. A natural seaweed derived mineral supplement (Aquamin F) for knee osteoarthritis: a randomised, placebo controlled pilot study. Nutr J. 2009;2;8:7.

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Your Health Green leafy vegetables, whole grains and nuts are great nutritional sources of magnesium so increasing your intake will also support joint health.” Seek some herbal help “Some herbs have anti-inflammatory properties similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, but without the risk of gastric complications that can sometimes be associated with their long-term use,” says Dr Dick Middleton, registered pharmacist and director of the British Herbal Medicine Association (www. bhma.info). “Modern research has shown that herbs such as Devil’s Claw and Sigesbeckia tablets, taken orally, may relieve muscle aches, minor sports injuries, joint pain and backache. Arnica gel and comfrey oil can also Collagen has shown benefits be applied topically to for joint pain, including both the affected area to help slow the inflammatory rheumatoid arthritis and processes. These herbal osteoarthritis. medicines can be bought from most good independent health food stores but always make sure that you choose a herbal medicine displaying the THR symbol on its packaging. This symbol guarantees that it has been checked for quality and safety assurance, and approved for sale in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare also contain some omega-3, and can also products Regulatory Agency.” be excellent sources of nutrients such as

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Enjoy your fats “Another important nutrient is omega-3 fatty acids,” says Henrietta. “This type of fatty acid – especially EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) found in oily fish – can be converted into substances in the body that help to control inflammation. To get more omega-3, eat oily fish such as sardines, mackerel, trout and salmon two or three times a week, and include omega3-rich seeds – flaxseeds and chia seeds – and cold-pressed oils of these seeds in your diet. Raw nuts and other seeds are rich in omega-6 essential fatty acids and

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magnesium, zinc and calcium that are important for bone health.”

Choose suitable footwear “Having suitable footwear can significantly assist people with joint pain,” says Julie Jennings, independent occupational therapist at HSL Chairs (www.hslchairs.com). “Shoes that are well fitting, offer cushioning in the sole and that are not too high will assist in supporting and protecting the joints in your feet, ankles, knees, hips and back. Avoid shoes with narrow heels as the impact of walking creates tiny shock waves that transmit up the heel and into

the knees. The narrower the heel the more impact is directed into the joint. People with joint pain generally find boots that support the ankle joint, shoes with rubber soles, wedge heels and memory foam insoles generally more supportive and comfortable.” Ditch the heavy bags “Carrying heavy bags should be avoided as this will increase the impact upon your shoulders, elbows and wrists,” says Julie. “Avoid carrying handbags with thin straps as this will focus the pressure into one particular spot. Try and distribute weight evenly where you can; using rucksacks with wide padded straps will help spread heavier loads without stressing the upper limbs. Using a wheeled shopping trolley will reduce the impact further, but make sure the height of the trolley is suitable to avoid you twisting or stooping whilst walking.” Facebook “f ” Logo

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Enjoy a warm bath “Take a warm bath or shower,” says Julie. “Whilst this can be done at any time of the day it will be most effective on a morning as the heat will help blood to flow more easily to the surface of the skin and soothe painful/aching joints. Taking a warm bath on an evening can be both relaxing and therapeutic; a 20-minute soak will again warm up your joints and if you gently mobilise your joints this will ease out any stiffness present. Using a soft washcloth or sponge to massage stiff, aching joints will again assist with blood flow and reduce any swelling present. Stay in the bath or shower long enough to warm up your body for best relief.”

Get up and go! Julian Keel, a registered chiropractor with over 25 years’ experience (www. barnes-chiropractic.co.uk) suggests some simple exercises to help ward off or ease joint pain.

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1. ‘Floor’ or ‘wall angels’ Lean up against the wall or lie on the floor with your arms at your sides. Try to keep your body and arms in as much contact as possible with the wall or floor. Slowly sweep your arms up as high as you can manage without lifting them away from the surface and then slowly bring them back to your sides – think of snow angel motions. Repeat 15 times. 2. Lunges Do walking lunges across the floor: 10 steps up and 10 steps back. Or, if pushed for space, do ‘clock lunges’ whereby you point your right leg in the direction of 12 o’clock, then 2, then 4 then 6 o’clock. Then point your left leg out to 6, then 8, then 10 and 12 o’clock. 3. Supported squats Hold onto something that can take your weight and gently lower yourself into as deep a squat as possible with your feet flat on the floor and your shins vertical. 4. Work your feet Try rolling one foot over a tennis ball or golf ball for two minutes and then swap feet. 5. Prayer hands Press your palms together with all fingers touching. Lower your wrists until they’re at the same height as your elbows and hold for 15 seconds. Then try the reverse of this by placing the backs of your hands together with your fingers pointed upwards.

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What’s this? Optima Joint Complex Gel is a carefully designed formulation for muscle, joint and connective tissue massage.

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The gel is formulated with Glycosaminoglycans which are a source of Glucosamine that are well documented for their positive effect on joint health. This active ingredient is combined with Devil’s Claw, MSM, menthol and natural essential oils. Tell me more! Initial application creates a pleasant, cooling effect due to the menthol content, whilst the essential oils result in a sensation which is comforting to the skin. Optima Joint Complex Gel smells pleasantly fresh, is non-greasy and absorbs immediately. For best results, use in conjunction with Optima Joint Complex Tablets. Available from? All good health food shops. Visit www.optimah.com

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Migraine misery?

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Natural help for soothing the symptoms of migraines

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ccording to the Migraine Trust, one in seven people are affected by migraines, and the condition is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma combined. “Migraines are headaches which commonly cause visual disturbances, nausea and an increased sensitivity to light and sound,” explains Julie Lamble, senior nutritionist at Lifeplan (www. lifeplan.co.uk). “They can be caused by hormonal changes, stress, tiredness, dehydration, as well as certain foods and drinks. If you are a migraine sufferer, thankfully there are natural ways for you to help prevent attacks.”

There are 190,000 migraine attacks every day in the UK, according to the Migraine Trust.

and pain. Studies have suggested that taking 250mg of ginger in its powder format is comparable in its ability to relieve migraines as taking Sumatriptan, a common medication prescribed for migraines. Try mixing ginger powder in warm water and sipping to help relieve headaches and migraines.”

onset and development of migraines. Also, be aware that if you drink coffee or certain teas that are diuretics, this can lead to dehydration, as diuretics make us excrete more fluid than we take in. For every cup of tea or coffee, reach for another glass of water to hydrate!”

Supplement with magnesium “Magnesium is needed for over 300 functions in the body, including the nervous system, which is one of the bodily systems responsible for the development of headaches and migraines,” says Clarissa. “Studies actually suggest that taking magnesium supplements can help reduce the severity and frequency of migraines.” Find out your triggers Julie adds: “For best “Some foods are associated absorbency, choose one with increasing the risk that provides a triple of migraine attacks, such “The mineral magnesium is a source of magnesium, as chocolate, cheese and natural muscle relaxant and can taking 400mg daily citrus foods,” says Julie. lessen the severity of migraine which should help to “So these are best eaten attacks and reduce their prevent migraines or in moderation or not frequency by 40 per cent,” says reduce their severity.” at all by sufferers. Also, You can also increase the substance tyramine, nutritionist Julie Lamble. your magnesium intake which is found in smoked through foods. Eat lots of fish and cured meat, is a green leafy vegetables, brown known migraine trigger, so it’s best rice, quinoa, beans, fish and avocados. avoided.”

Try some herbal help “Migraines are very often related to stress and/or hormone imbalances and working with a medical herbalist can really help to prevent migraines,” says Hannah Charman, a medical herbalist who runs www.physichealth.uk. “Feverfew is a wellknown migraine remedy but although it’s useful for reducing migraines, its relative Alecost (Tanacetum balsamita) is better at stopping them in their tracks. Taking 20 drops of tincture in water every 30 minutes is often enough to keep migraines at bay, but both herbs should be avoided during preconception, pregnancy and breastfeeding. You could make basil tea from the fresh herbs you find at the supermarket, by covering it in boiling water and covering it whilst it brews for five minutes. Another trick is to firmly pinch the area between the thumb and forefinger for a few minutes, but again, avoid this during pregnancy and preconception.”

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Mix up some ginger powder “Ginger is a fantastic spice that can be added to curries, stir fries, dressings and found in teas,” says nutritionist Clarissa Lenherr (clarissalenherr.com). “It is great for digestive comfort, nausea

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Stay hydrated “Hydration is key for every system and function in the body, and as the weather gets warmer, more of us can find we are dehydrated,” says Clarissa. “Ensuring you drink enough water can help reduce the

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NO SHAME! Our natural health experts offer some top tips for dealing with some of the more embarrassing health conditions

Bad breath “As embarrassing as it may feel, it’s a good idea to see your GP about bad breath if it’s causing you a problem,” says Hannah Charman, a medical herbalist who runs www.physichealth. uk. “There are lots of different reasons which might need to be addressed, and if the tests you have don’t find anything, a medical herbalist will be able to help. As a first aid measure, make sure you’re drinking enough water to make your urine very pale yellow, and avoid coffee which tends to make things worse. Also try chewing a cardamom pod, which is great instant breath freshener that aids healthy digestion too. A 2006 study found a number of herbs to be helpful in dealing with bad breath, but echinacea and lavender were most effective. If the cause is found to be H.Pylori infection, there are several herbs which can help including clove, cinnamon and thyme, so adding those into food or drinks will help.”

Flatulence “Flatulence is a common, yet debilitating symptom,” says Emma Thornton, a nutritionist with A.Vogel (www.avogel.co.uk). “From a naturopathic point of view, one of the first things to consider if you struggle with flatulence is to ensure that your stomach and key digestive organs, such as your liver, are working optimally. Liver-supporting herbs such as artichoke and dandelion will not only help to ensure the proper secretion of digestive enzymes and therefore the proper breakdown of the food you eat, but they can also help to keep things moving along by supporting the movement of bile from your gallbladder. Bile helps to stimulate peristalsis, the unique muscular contractions that help to carry waste swiftly along the full length of your digestive tract. Flatulence may also be an issue for those who suffer from constipation. If your bowel is moving more slowly, old waste is subject to fermentation by the bacteria that line your gut, and gas is produced as a result. Whilst diet and lifestyle practices such as drinking enough water or consuming enough fibre are useful habits to employ to help counter constipation, sometimes, at least initially, we may need a helping hand to get things moving. Products containing linseeds together with extracts of senna and frangula can help to move things along more quickly, although shouldn’t be considered a long-term solution for constipation and flatulence.”

Excessive sweating and body odour “Excessive sweating and/or body odour is often a common complaint during the approach to menopause,” says Emma. “During this time, oestrogen levels tend to fluctuate and this can affect your body’s ability to manage body temperature effectively, meaning you can be left feeling a little hot and bothered! In terms of diet and lifestyle tips, it’s important to keep hydrated, limit stimulating foods such as caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods and sugar, as well as managing stress levels. Employing these helpful habits will help to minimise potential hot flush triggers. Next, in terms of remedies, gently supporting your oestrogen levels with options such as fermented soy isoflavones can be one tactic to help counter unpredictable sweating, but the herb sage is also a helpful choice. Research suggests that although sage isn’t oestrogenic in action, extracts may influence temperature control centres in our system, and therefore, help to keep troublesome flushes at bay.”

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) “IBS describes a group of symptoms which may belong to various subtypes depending on form or frequency – IBS with constipation, diarrhoea or mixed and alternating symptoms,” explains Eli Sarre, nutritionist with Genie Living Drinks (geniedrinks. co.uk). “IBS may be an indication that nutrients are not being digested and absorbed properly so it’s important to consider potential causes and eliminate them if you can. Otherwise, following some simple gut health tips and tricks may set you on your way to a more comfortable way of life. Chronic stress is one of the most common underlying causes. Nutritional factors may include low consumption of vegetables or noncoeliac gluten sensitivity as well as deficiencies in key nutrients such as vitamin D. Other possible causes include functional imbalances such as pancreatic insufficiency or intestinal permeability, often referred to as leaky gut. Another cause could be dysbiosis, or a low level of beneficial gut bacteria and overgrowth of bacteria or yeasts. Sometimes IBS can be due to parasitic or viral infections which need reliable testing to uncover. Take time to relax and eat around your meals – think ‘rest and digest’. Repopulate your gut microbiome with probiotic food and drink and make sure you eat plenty of vegetables to provide the right environment for your micro flora to thrive.”

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“Most women experience a bout of thrush during their lifetime,” says Amanda Porter, advanced teacher at The Arvigo Institute and the Luna Hive Expert (www.thelunahive.com). “It is a vaginal yeast infection, which occurs due to overgrowth of Candida albicans in your vagina. The symptoms of thrush can include white discharge, itching, irritation, painful sex and stinging urination. The following natural remedies aim to help you gain balance and decrease symptoms. At the first sign of irritation, take a vaginal probiotic. This is a product that is designed to bring your vaginal microbiome back into balance by fighting bacterial and fungal vaginal infections. Secondly, try wearing a sanitary pad with a large dollop of organic live yogurt at night. Not only does it feel soothing, but it also helps restore the healthy bacteria. For further relief, put the pads in the freezer for two to three hours before wearing, as the coolness acts to reduce inflammation. Lastly, clean up your diet. Yeast loves sugar, so try to cut out sugar from your diet. This may seem a huge ask but you will very soon start to feel the benefits.”

Cystitis “Cystitis is an inflammation of the bladder and is one of the most common types of urinary tract infection (UTI), caused by bacteria entering the bladder,” explains Emily Harris, registered naturopath and the Luna Hive Expert (www.thelunahive.com). “The symptoms of cystitis commonly include needing to urinate more frequently, experiencing a burning pain on urination, lower abdominal pain, and urine that has a dark colour, looks cloudy or has a strong smell. The following natural remedies can offer relief but if a fever or back pain accompanies these symptoms then it is advisable to seek medical advice. Firstly, drink more water. Water dilutes the urine and helps flush out the bacteria in your bladder. Next, try some cranberry and D-Mannose. Unsweetened cranberry juice contains D-Mannose, a naturally occurring simple sugar which prevents bacteria from attaching to the wall of the bladder. Lastly, probiotics specific to the urinary tract, such as the Lactobacillus species, can decrease complications from a urinary tract infection. Probiotic treatment is especially effective in preventative treatment of UTIs. Look for a probiotic supplement that contains a mixture of Lactobacillus strains, particularly L. rhamnosus and L. reuteri.”

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For personal health

What’s new? Salt of the Earth’s multi awardwinning Lavender & Vanilla Natural Deodorant Spray is now available as a roll on! Made from 100 per cent natural ingredients, this deodorant offers long-lasting and effective protection from body odour, without blocking the skin’s pores. No synthetic chemicals and no embarrassing white marks! Approved by the Vegetarian and Vegan Societies. How much? £5.49 for 75ml. Available from? Independent health food stores. Visit www.crystalspring.co.uk

What are these? Earthwise Menstrual Pads. Why should I try them? These washable

menstrual pads are available in easy-care fabrics and vibrant prints and are supplied without plastic packaging. Tell me more! The pads are available either as single items or in Buy 3 Give 1 charity packs. For each charity pack sold, a pad is donated to a girl in need in Kenya via the company’s link with the Nasio Trust. This help girls to remain in fulltime education well past puberty, significantly improving their life choices. Available from? Independent health food stores. Visit www.earthwisegirlsuk.co.uk

Reaching for the cranberry juice again?

Try these! Bio-Kult Pro-Cyan and Bio-Kult Candéa. Why should I try them? Bio-Kult Pro-Cyan is a triple action formulation with cranberry extract, two specifically selected bacteria strains and vitamin A that together help maintain a healthy urinary tract. Bio-Kult Candéa is a live bacteria supplement with added garlic and grapefruit extract to help support the body’s natural defences. How much? £15.71 for Bio-Kult ProCyan 45 capsules and Bio-Kult Candéa 60 capsules. Available from? All passionate retailers. Visit www.bio-kult.com

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Try one a day Cysticlean 240mg PAC®. Why is it so good? PAC is scientifically documented to be the active ingredient in cranberries. It is the highest active concentrated ingredient available and is proven to be effective against toxins on the bladder wall. Tell me more! The product is natural, safe and drug-free. Try today to maintain and support your urinary health. Available from? Independent health stores and pharmacies. Email: infoeurope@vitagreen.com

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Your Look

Summer beauty

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Our natural beauty experts are here to solve some of your most common beauty concerns

ummer is here and our winter coats and jumpers have been banished to the back of the wardrobe. But just as we’re getting ready to dust off the floaty dresses and swimwear, it’s often the case that niggly little problems like cellulite, skin breakouts and stretch marks start rearing their ugly heads. Don’t suffer in silence though as our natural beauty experts are here to help! No matter what your beauty problem may be, we have all the tips and advice you need to feel confident and happy all summer long.

Cellulite

“Let’s be honest, cellulite is one of those conditions that gradually appears slowly, creeping up over time,” says Denise Rabor, founder of Wow Beauty (wowbeauty.co). “The thing is that once you have it, it’s difficult to get rid of, but the good news is that you can try to improve the look of it. Drink more water and reduce consumption of sugary drinks, reduce saturated fat intake and increase consumption of essential fatty acids like omega-3. Avoid white bread and products made with white flour and increase fibre. Also, reduce salt as it leads to water retention that can make cellulite look worse. Dry skin brushing is a popular practice that devotees swear by for improving the texture of the skin. It is said to improve blood circulation and encourages lymphatic flow, ultimately helping to improve the look of cellulite. Always brush up towards the heart. Try using a coffee scrub – some people say that it has a firming and tightening effect on the skin. Lastly, try using creams and lotions designed to improve skin texture. It’s said that creams that contain caffeine can be helpful as caffeine makes the cells shrink by dehydrating them.”

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Drink plenty of water!

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Thinning hair

“The most common causes of diet-related hair thinning are: low iron levels, unhealthy dieting, the general intake of poor quality (low nutritious) food, and foods that cause specific problems,” explains Tony Maleedy, a leading trichologist and creator of the Juniper Scalp Therapy range (www.tonymaleedyhair.com). “When we don’t eat the right foods our hair can be one of the first parts of the body to suffer, so it is enormously important that we have a good, well balanced diet, one rich in protein, fruit, vegetables, minerals, vitamins, water and fruit juices, and low in fats, carbohydrates and synthetic substances. Dieting, particularly crash dieting, can be disastrous on the hair. To suddenly stop eating food can cause hair loss by the hand full; this type of dieting should never be undertaken unless it is required for medical reasons. Anaemia, or simply just low ‘normal’ iron levels, is another common cause of hair loss. In some cases, leading to a marked thinning of the hair. Women are more susceptible to this problem than men because of the loss of iron in the blood during their menstrual periods. It is therefore very important that this iron is replaced either by way of iron tablets or iron-rich foods such as almonds, asparagus, bran, celery, egg yolk, kidney, lettuce, liver, oatmeal, soybeans and whole wheat, or by taking iron supplements. It is also useful to take zinc supplements as these help to metabolise iron.”

Eat iron-rich foods

Problem skin

“A healthy gut equals clear, glowing skin,” says Shann Nix Jones, gut health expert, nutritional therapist and director of Chuckling Goat (www. chucklinggoat.co.uk). “Putting it simply, if you want to clear the skin, you have to heal the gut! Researchers as far back as 1930 suspected a link between gut and skin health, and modern research has now confirmed the importance of this relationship. This is because both stress and gut inflammation can impair the integrity and protective function of the epidermal barrier. This leads to a decrease in antimicrobial peptides produced in the skin, and an increase in the severity of infection and inflammation in the skin. The good news? Probiotics like kefir, which contain lactoferrin, work to heal both the gut and the skin, improve intestinal barrier function and reduce inflammation in breakouts. The most effective protocol is to combine drinking a probiotic like kefir, while also applying it to the skin in the form of kefir soaps and lotions. This means that you’re healing from the inside and outside, at the same time.”

Healthy gut, healthy skin! Wrinkles and fine lines

“Growing older is a fact of life,” says Kathryn Danzey, founder of Rejuvenated (www.rejuvenated.com/uk). “However, we can do much to delay the effects of advancing years to stay looking and feeling youthful. Scientists are becoming increasingly aware that what we eat and drink has an impact on our skin and the way to easing those lines might just lie in your fridge. Think Mediterranean; the Continental lifestyle is good for health but it also provides all the key nutrients for vibrant, glowing skin. Brightly coloured fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants which help to nourish and protect cells from the harmful effects of our environment. Add a variety of nuts for a range of nutrients, including omega-3 essential fatty acids. You’ll also find omega-3 in oily fish, including salmon, sardines and mackerel. These precious essential fatty acids are in every cell in our body and moisturise naturally from the inside out. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body; it boosts skin softness and elasticity. Unfortunately, as we age, our collagen levels start to deplete, which can be seen as fine lines and less vibrant skin. A collagen supplement can help to replace diminishing levels to give fresher and brighter skin. Also, start your day by drinking two glasses of water and keep topping up your water bottle to naturally plump out fine lines.”

Take omega-3s

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Your Look

Stretch marks

“Stretch marks can appear at any age and often look like thin silver streaks on your skin, especially around the thigh and tummy area,” says Jo Morris, the UK brand manager for e’lifexir Natural Beauty, a range of natural and vegan body-targeted creams. “They can also appear as red, purple and even blue marks. They are generally caused by the skin stretching, often due to rapid weight gain or loss, especially during puberty or pregnancy. Their severity is affected by several factors, including genetic traits, degree of stress on the skin and cortisone level. Cortisone – a hormone produced by the adrenal glands – weakens elastic fibres in the skin, and consequently corticosteroid creams and pills can cause stretch marks by decreasing the skin’s ability to stretch. To help lessen the severity of stretch marks developing during pregnancy, the best advice is to try to maintain a healthy weight throughout and use rich oils with high levels of moisturising ingredients to help keep the skin supple and elastic. Shea butter, rosehip oil, Scotch thistle and Centella asiatica are all good ingredients to look for. Make sure you eat a diet rich in vitamin C, to help support healthy collagen production, plus vitamin E and D and protein to help repair damaged skin cells.”

Eat a diet rich in vitamin C

Water retention

“Quite simply, water retention is when excess fluids build up inside your body and often causes swelling in the abdomen, legs, ankles, feet and hands,” says Denise. “Many women retain water around the time of their period, for example, but hormones, hot weather, and gravity can also be the cause. Water retention can also be a symptom of serious medical conditions so if you have concerns, see your GP. There are several steps that you can take to reduce water retention, including reducing your salt intake and reducing your intake of coffee and tea as they can lead to dehydration which then causes the body to retain fluid. Drink more water, the idea being that when you drink enough water, you encourage the body to eliminate more and retain less. If you suffer from PMS, try taking a magnesium supplement as it’s been proven to help. Try natural diuretics like dandelion tea, cucumber and parsley. Get more exercise as movement helps with improving circulation, and try lymphatic drainage massage as it encourages the body’s natural drainage of unneeded fluid via the lymphatic system. Finally, if you’re prone to swollen feet and ankles, try elevating them at the end of the day.”

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Try this! There’s no replacement for a healthy, balanced diet, lots of water and early nights to help our skin to look fresh and at its best, but if feel you need a little extra support, try Efamol Woman Pure Evening Primrose Oil to support beautifully smooth and nourished looking skin. Tell me more! Efamol has been producing its unique premium evening primrose oil for over 40 years and contains an oil extracted from a specific type of evening primrose plant seed called Rigel. Rigel seeds are specially cultivated and contain up to 33 per cent more GLA (gamma linolenic oil) than other types of evening primrose plant seeds. From £9.99. Available from? Your local health food store. Visit www.wassen.com Facebook “f ” Logo

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Your Food

Summer

salads

Embrace the summer with these healthy, tasty and colourful salad recipes

TIPS

• This recipe is best with kent pumpkin (squash), which has green and cream speckled skin. It caramelises and goes so incredibly gooey. • You can eat the skin of the pumpkin. It’s delicious and high in fibre! • Try mint instead of parsley and chopped almonds or pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts.

BAKED PUMPKIN WITH FETA

Enjoy this as a baked dish on its own or layer it on a bed of fresh rocket or baby spinach for a delicious salad. PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES COOKING TIME: 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES SERVES: 6 INGREDIENTS • 2 red onions • ½ small kent pumpkin (squash), skin on, about 1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil • ⅓ cup (50 g) pine nuts • ⅓ cup (50 g) crumbled Danish feta cheese • ¼ cup (15 g) chopped parsley

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METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F). Line a baking tray with baking paper. 2. Slice each onion into six wedges. Chop the pumpkin in wedges about the same thickness as the onion. Keep the skin on! 3. Spread the wedges of onion and pumpkin on the prepared tray and drizzle with the balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Bake for 1 hour or until caramelised. Add the pine nuts and cook for a further 10 minutes. 4. Serve with crumbled feta and parsley.

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QUINOA POMEGRANATE TABBOULEH

This recipe is ideal for meal prep in advance (or perfect for camping) because it keeps well in an airtight container. PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES COOKING TIME: 20 MINUTES SERVES: 6 INGREDIENTS • 1 cup (200 g) quinoa (or 2 cups cooked quinoa) • 2 –3 large tomatoes, finely chopped • 1 cup (20 g) parsley leaves, finely chopped • 4 spring onions, finely chopped • J uice of 1 lemon • 1 pomegranate (see tips for collecting seeds) •¼  tsp salt METHOD 1. Cook quinoa as per instructions in 4 cups boiling water for 20 minutes or until soft but still chewy. Drain and set aside to cool. 2. Meanwhile, put the chopped tomato into a sieve to drain slightly. 3. Combine all of the ingredients in a salad bowl, toss well and serve.

TIPS

• If you can’t find pomegranate or it isn’t in season, use currants instead or simply leave out the fruit. It’s still going to be an incredibly tasty and healthy salad. • Deseeding a pomegranate can be a chore. To make it less painful (and messy), scoop the seeds into a bowl and then fill the bowl with water. The bitter white pith will float to the top, making it easy to remove. Drain well, and the seeds are ready to use.

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Have you tried? Suma Organic Jackfruit. Why is it so good? This vegan meat-free alternative

has been taking the cookery world by storm. The new tinned jackfruit is tender and organic. A jack of all trades, it pairs beautifully with pasta bakes, wraps, tacos, burritos and buns. Tell me more! Free from dairy, gluten, wheat, palm oil and artificial ingredients. Say yes to the meat-free revolution! Priced at £2.79 for 400g. Available from? Ask your local retailer or independent health food shop, or contact 01422 313845 for your nearest stockist. Visit www.suma.coop/wholesale

Enjoy good gut karma: with the fresh new flavours of RAW Organic Sauerkraut.

Tell me more! The range includes: In the pink, a crisp

kraut with vibrant citrus and ginger; Golden Glow, a bold and flavourful curry-flavoured kraut with zingy ginger and Feel the Heat, a spicy combination of jalapeno and chilli. All are made with raw ingredients which have not been heated above 42°C, ensuring all the beneficial bacteria and enzymes remain intact, so you can enjoy good gut health. How much? £4.39 for 410g. Available from? Independent health food stores. Visit www.rawvibrantliving.co.uk Facebook “f ” Logo

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Tree of Life Apple Cider Vinegar is made from the finest, organically grown, Spanish apples. Raw and unfiltered to protect the valuable enzymes and fruity flavour, our cider vinegar contains the ‘mother’ which makes raw cider vinegar so beneficial and has been used for centuries for its amazing health properties.

Available from your local health food store. Call Tree of Life on: 01782 567100 for your nearest stockist.

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Your Healthy Living July 2019  

Your Healthy Living is the UK's number 1 free health read, committed to raising awareness of natural health products and bringing the latest...

Your Healthy Living July 2019  

Your Healthy Living is the UK's number 1 free health read, committed to raising awareness of natural health products and bringing the latest...