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Natural solutions for teenage period pain

Natural solutions for teenage period pain

Period pain is the most common reason teenage girls give for missing school and it is the main gynaecological complaint at the doctors. This post explores why teenage girls may experience painful periods, and some natural solutions that may help relieve discomfort and empower them to love and look after their bodies.

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Natural ways to manage your menopause

Natural ways to manage your menopause

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.

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Natural solutions for postnatal depression

Natural solutions for postnatal depression

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.

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Natural solutions for your hay fever

Natural solutions for your hay fever

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.

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Natural solutions for your digestive troubles

Natural solutions for your digestive troubles

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.

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BRUNCH – Joints & Bones

BRUNCH – Joints & Bones

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.

seaweed brunchAs 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.

BRUNCH – Digestive system

BRUNCH – Digestive system

Today at BRUNCH we looked at the digestive system. Following a sunny run, Victoria and the group had a lively discussion about our digestive systems, its interaction with the brain, and how to look after it. She explained the importance of good gut bacteria to overall health and how to feed our good bacteria with prebiotic foods, as well as the effect of stress on our digestive system. The menu included probiotics (foods containing good bacteria), prebiotics, fibre and volatile oils… and a taster of some herbal tinctures we commonly use to support the digestive system.

As always, today’s recipes are available here: BRUNCH.

The intake for the next BRUNCH programme will be shortly after Easter.  Keep an eye on the blog and our Facebook page for more info, or get in touch.

BRUNCH – Cardiovascular

BRUNCH – Cardiovascular

The focus of the latest BRUNCH session was on the cardiovascular system (CVS).  After their run, Victoria explained the basic workings of the CVS to the runners, and shared a number of thoughts on how (and which) foods can play an important role.  Key nutrients included B-vitamins, curcumin, folate, fibre, magnesium, manganese, omega-3 fatty acids and potassium.

The recipes for today’s session are available here: BRUNCH.

The intake for the next BRUNCH programme will be shortly after Easter.  Keep an eye on the blog and our Facebook page for more info, or get in touch.

Natural solutions for your cholesterol

Natural solutions for your cholesterol

Six million people in the UK take statins everyday to reduce cholesterol and research published last year said that number needed to double. This post takes a look at the contentious debate about cholesterol and suggests some natural lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your cholesterol, your risk of heart disease and improve your overall health.

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BRUNCH is launched!

BRUNCH is launched!

This morning we launched our new running club, BRUNCH. We were not deterred by the rain and runners returned with rosy cheeks, high spirits and an appetite for food! The focus this week was on foods that help our body produce energy including slow release carbohydrates, B vitamins, iron and essential minerals – magnesium, calcium, potassium, copper, zinc & manganese.

The recipes for today’s session are available here: BRUNCH.

The intake for the next BRUNCH programme will be shortly after Easter.  Keep an eye on the blog and our Facebook page for more info.