Earlier this month the BBC aired Kirsty Wark’s great documentary about the menopause: The Menopause and Me. The documentary explores how the menopause affects every woman in a different way. Some women sail through and others experience physical and psychological changes that affect their lives for decades. This blog explains what the menopause is and why you experience some of the symptoms you do. It also explores some natural medicines (including natural hormones) you may want to try before reaching for pharmaceutical HRT.
Two in every ten mothers experience postnatal depression, but many mothers assume their struggles are just part of motherhood or they don’t know where to go for help. This blog explains why some mothers develop postnatal depression, and where you can go for support, including your doctor and other healthcare or complementary medicine professionals.
Over 10 million people in the UK suffer from hay fever, and media headlines tell us that the hay fever season this year is going to start earlier than normal due to the clement weather. This blog explains why you get hay fever, how you may be able to prevent your children getting it and some natural solutions you may not have heard before, that may just do the trick.
There is a wealth of information online about how to improve the health of your gut and reduce your digestive troubles including a nice holistic article in the Telegraph. Our blog is about how to work with the two masters of your digestive system – your nervous system and your gut bacteria, with detailed information about how probiotics (which ones and how to take them), prebiotic foods, herbal medicines and massage can all help.
As summer is approaching, there are few things as refreshing as an ice cold glass of kefir. Perhaps lesser known than the milk kefir version, water kefir (tibicos) is a fermented drink packed with probiotics, typically including a mix of Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, Pediococcus and Leuconostoc bacteria with yeasts from Saccharomyces, Candida and Kloeckera (see this wiki page for more info). Water kefir is somewhat lighter – and in our humble opinion – more palatable than milk kefir.
Today saw the final session of our BRUNCH pilot programme with our runners completing 30 minutes of jogging (10 min jog, 2 min walk x 3). They were ready for their brunch and surprised to find seaweed on the menu. They were even more surprised to find that they loved it. Seaweed is an amazing source of calcium, protein, omega-3 and vitamin C – all of which we need for good bone and joint health. We used three different types of fresh seaweed dulse, wakame and kombu along with sweet potato chips – another great source of calcium.
As always, today’s recipes are available here: BRUNCH.
We thank everyone who took part in the BRUNCH pilot and based upon participants’ kind feedback we have now finalised the programme moving forwards. For more details please visit our BRUNCH page.
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