Ayurveda Tip: Drinking Water

According to Ayurveda there’s actually an art to drinking water to make sure your body gets the most out of it.

Drinking water in big gulps and chugging it down will mean that most of it does not get absorbed or it may drain important salts from your body. Drinking too much water is actually not good for you. Instead, it’s important to sip water throughout the day at a steady rate. Here are some Ayurveda tips to get you started and find the right balance. Read more…

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  • Detoxing from Alcohol

    Do I need to detox from alcohol?

    As I sit here and write this, off the back of three independent Christmas parties in a row, all influenced by alcohol, I wonder how bad this is for my liver, and we haven’t even met the main event yet! I often think back to my youth, when drinking large volumes of drink was “normal”. In those good old days we would quote “the liver regenerates”, which is in part true, but like anything, it can only take so much. So, since Christmas, New Year and anything in the same vicinity generally involves a tipple or two, could January be the booze detox month?

    The revised number of units of alcohol is now 14 for both men and women. A unit is 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol, so it varies from drink to drink. Half a pint of beer and a single 25ml shot counts as 1 unit, while a small 125ml glass of standard strength wine and a standard pub shot (35ml) already counts as 1.5 units. Binge drinking, where you consume more than 4 units in one sitting, is bad for your health. You shouldn’t save all your units to consume on one night.

    What does 1 unit of alcohol look like?

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  • Cheap retreats for a happy new 2017

    The weather outside if frightful – cheap retreats would be delightful… Read more…

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  • Have yourself a healthy little Christmas

    Is it possible to have a healthy Christmas?

    With the UK ranked as the second highest consumer of calories over Christmas dinner (pipped to the post only by 2 calories by the USA), it’s pretty easy to see why we don’t have healthy Christmas habits. But is there a way to stay on track during the feasting… I mean festive season?  Read more…

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  • Let’s get physical

    We are regularly bombarded with health messages regarding being physically active, and while the magic 10,000 step guideline seems rather basic. Could there be other benefits from the two main type of physical activity groups; aerobic and strength training?

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  • November retreats for those who just can’t wait

    Desperate for a break but can’t hold out for the winter holidays?

    You don’t need to. Treat yourself to a last-minute getaway and get some much-needed time off by picking one of our November retreats – from relaxing weekends in the UK, to sunny shores abroad. Read more…

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  • Iron and the Irony of Popeye

    Iron is a mineral which is required for the production of haemoglobin in the body, essential for carrying oxygen to the cells in our body. Without adequate levels, you may feel tired, look pale and be irritable. Severe deficiency can lead to iron deficient anaemia, but this can be resolved with a good diet or in extreme cases, iron supplementation.

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  • Intermittent Fasting

    The popularity of intermittent fasting has grown over the past few years, catapulted into fame by the Horizon program first aired in 2012. The revelation of what we eat, and when we eat it may determine life expectancy. Traditionally, fasting diets have thought to increase life expectancy and reduce age related diseases, but the impact of weight loss has meant these types of diets are becoming more popular. So what are the types of fasting diets? Read more…

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  • What is the best source of calcium?

    What’s required for our body to absorb Calcium? And what’s the link with Vitamin D?

    Getting enough calcium in the diet is important for healthy bones and teeth, as well as helping regulate blood pressure, nerve function and muscle contraction. Too little calcium in the diet can lead to osteoporosis in later life, a chronic disease leading to weakening of the bones, resulting in bone fracture. Worldwide it is estimated that 1 in 3 women aged over 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, while 1 in 5 men will be affected. Read more…

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  • Vitamin D – In the spotlight

    With new proposed vitamin D requirements set to change later this year, how will this affect you?

    Currently there are no UK recommendations for vitamin D as it is assumed individuals will make enough from skin exposure to the sun during summer. Vitamin D3 in particular is essential for bone health, with low levels linked to osteomalacia, the adult form of rickets where bones become soft and painful. This vitamin has also shown beneficial roles in other health outcomes, including reducing the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune diseases. It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults in the UK could be at risk of low vitamin D status.

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