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November retreats 2016
Travel money matters
I never go on holiday without…
Flip-flops, ear plugs, gadgets… A personal list of essentials that always make it into my travel bag.
5 tips for really flying on a budget
Things you can do to keep flights affordable.
Going away? Don’t forget the travel packing checklist
Use our handy tips for packing the right things and avoiding unnecessary pre-holiday stress.
12 tips for a cheap travel insurance that works
How to pick travel cover that works for you.
Healthy living news
Iron and the Irony of Popeye
Feeling tired and irritable? Looking pale? Are you iron deficient? Is Popeye’s myth true?
Find out how intermittent fasting can improve your health.
What is the best source of calcium?
We bring you the answers in this comprehensive summary.
Vitamin D – In the spotlight
The UK recommendations are set to change later this year. How will it affect you?
Why detox? – Here’s what you need to consider
Does your body need a little extra help?
Easy tips for going sugar free
Help, tips and anecdotes for going sugar free and living a little more healthily.
Tai Chi retreats
Travel apps reviews
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- Turn of the seasons, time for a raw food & juice #detox #retreat in Sussex tailored to your needs @PlatinumHealing https://t.co/TNYZ6dg7YZ, 19 hours ago
- LATE OFFER £50 OFF: 21-23 Oct weekend #retreatUK, reviving yoga, massages @adventureyogi: https://t.co/MSsGvL7x9t, Oct 19
- How to peel #ginger root the easy way and more useful kitchen tips https://t.co/OqguSvvNCc, Oct 19
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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.
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…
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…
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.
Heading off to escape ‘summer’ in the UK? I’m not jealous, I promise. I’m not. In fact – here’s a parting gift of my own handy list of holiday essentials to take when I go away, designed for swift and compact packing that beats budget-airline red tape.
(But really, I’m not jealous at all.)
My top 10 holiday essentials
Guaranteed warm weather in much of Europe and beyond, and still a chance to cheat the rush by getting away before schools close… What’s not to like about summer retreats in July?
And with a great line-up of summer retreats, we’re sure to have the perfect getaway to help you relax – and potentially escape yet another wet July in the UK.
We give you yoga escapes in the beautiful countryside of the Surrey Hills, creative holidays in Spain, and a variety of detoxing getaways for a fresh start. And among our hand-picked summer retreats in July there’s something for the time-poor as well as those looking for a longer holiday. Dig in!
Affordability is a huge part of an enjoyable holiday. And since holidays invariably start with a journey, we thought it would be a good idea to look into flying on a budget.
In this blog post we focus on the usual suspects – cheap flights – and how to ensure you’re really flying on a budget. We’ve saved you the leg work and put together some tried and tested tips for keeping travel costs down.
When summer gets going, the warmer sun and longer days help wellbeing retreats across the UK and Europe really come into their own. June summer retreats are some of the best.
Home-grown destinations have so much to offer. Whether it’s Ayurveda massages in Wales or yoga in Somerset and Devon, there are plenty of June summer retreats where you can immerse yourself in peaceful seclusion.
June is also perfect for European getaways. With the more expensive school-holiday season yet to start, you could make your hard-earned cash go a long way on June summer retreats in France or Spain.
Are you looking for a short break, or retreat to recharge this spring? A holiday in May means you can make use of the bank holidays!
May bank holidays always fall on the first and the last Monday in May, in 2016 that’s Monday 2 May and Monday 30 May (Spring bank holiday).
Here’s our selection of where to go on holiday in May. Places where you can go alone without being alone, from yoga retreats to creative breaks. Read more…