30 days to healthy living

30 DAYS TO HEALTHY LIVING

😴Feeling tired all the time?
🤔Grumbling tummy?
😢 IBS flare-ups?
🤔Lacking energy and oompf?

Read on as I have some exciting news!

I’ve been working away in the background for the past few months investigating and trying out new NUTRITION products that will help support my clients and friends on their wellbeing journey.

We know gut health and clean eating massively contributes to an overall feeling of wellness BUT REALISTICALLY this can feel really hard to get started with.

If you are:

🙉 Confused about where to start with food?
🙈 Interested but lacking in motivation?
🙉 Overwhelmed by products and supplements?

Let me help! PM me and we can talk about how to get you feeling back on track in just 30 days 🙋‍♀️

I can support you with:
* Menu planning and recipes
* Nutritional products to help
*121 coaching to get your started and keep you motivated

Comment below or send me an email and let’s get you back on track to wellness xx

Cold, dark and feeling down

Waking up in the dark and getting home in the dark can have major effects on our mood but also our overall health. Recently, I’d been feeling a little low, run down and not my usual bouncy self. While we can all have need for a quieter day, I noticed that the sluggish feeling was hanging around longer and my usual cheerfulness was missing.

I had a kinesiology session which showed I was struggling with a virus but also low serotonin levels. This surprised me as I had recently returned from a holiday to Thailand with plenty of sunshine, however on our return the change to darker, colder days was extremely noticeable. To be fair I also had a minor operation under a general anaesthetic which had also affected my body and mind. I was very grateful to have a good balancing session with kinesiology and felt much better over the next few days. I also gave into resting a little more as I felt I needed to help my body reset and recharge.

A good kinesiologist will check you not only for Vitamin D in these winter months but also folate and B12 as well as other minerals to ensure your body has the best balance. I am a firm believer that we need to give ourselves a helping hand with nutritional supplements, with different vitamins and minerals needed at different times of the year depending on our circumstance.  We often just need a boost for a few months of a particular one which is sufficient to top up your natural levels. I am currently taking FolaPro by NutriAdvanced (£15.95 for 60 tablets, 1 a day) and  Vitamin D3 from Neal’s Yard Remedies (£12.50 for 60 tablets, take 1 a day).

Shorter days, darker mornings and a lack of sunlight can directly impact our body’s endocrine glands and result in feeling tired, lacklustre and experiencing a low mood. The endocrine glands are the master glands of your body controlling your hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal & adrenal glands to name a few, essentially, they are in charge of sending messages to the brain and controlling our hormone levels and body functions. Serotonin and melatonin are the ones you will hear of frequently. Serotonin levels affect our mood, sleep and memory as well as impacting on our behaviour, while melatonin relates to the pineal gland the body’s natural circadium rhythm (natural body clock) which helps us distinguish light and dark, day and night and helps us want to sleep at night.

When these are out of balance through stress, mental tension, travelling or anything to upset our natural body clock, we can struggle to fall asleep or indeed to stay awake. I have always been a believer of a bedtime routine, factoring in 30-60 mins per night for me to unwind and switch off. Admittedly this is easier than for some as I don’t have children, however even 5 mins to yourself to put the iphone, switch off the tv and just have a few quiet moments before getting into bed will help. After all, we do this for children every night so why not ourselves? Our poor bodies are just not used to having an abrupt ‘sleep now’ message given to them, and like all good machinery need time to close the files, switch off and recharge.  You can find out more about this during my Sleep and Relaxation workshops.

Alongside this advice, one extra area of support I would not be without during Autumn and Winter is my Lumie Bodyclock. It’s a gorgeous SAD light therapy, aromatherapy diffuser, natural alarm clock. Although I must admit I rarely use the alarm as I set the ‘sunrise’ and uplifting aroma for 30 minutes to naturally wake me up before the need for an alarm. The Lumie is designed to support your natural body clock, allow you to gently wake up through the REM, deep and light sleep cycles, and help you slowly switch off at night. The sunrise and sunset light settings plus two aromatherapy diffuser chambers allow you to control your wake up and relaxation cycles. The Lumie has two separate chambers to make it easy to automatically switch from morning to evening essential oil blends. If you order this through me, I can give you £25 worth of free essential oils to help you unwind, relax and awaken refreshed.

Check out the advice from MIND, the mental health charity on how to manage Seasonal Affective Disorder:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Have a kinesiology session to check for any underlying health imbalance, vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Don’t try to do too much, go through your diary and cross out any non-essential times that you can just rest in
  • Create a bedtime routine to switch off. Unplug the technology, take some deep breaths, do a couple of stretches and settle your mind. Write down any ‘to do’ list items, read a fluffy book to switch off or have a warm bath.
  • Consider getting yourself a Lumie Bodyclock. Yes it can seem like an expense, but to be honest I would gladly pay 5 times the price to get my happiness and energy back. It really does work wonders.

I hope these help. Do let me know what else has helped you in these Autumnal months and get in touch if you’d like a kinesiology session to help find out exactly what you need.

 

Hayfever survival guide – what to take, eat, drink and avoid

SUMMER HAYFEVER TIPS

Runny or blocked nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat, sneezing, headaches – the joys of hayfever are often multiple.

Seasonal rhinitis, also known as hayfever, is a type of inflammation in the nose which occurs when the immune system overreacts to allergens in the air.

Grass, trees and weeds are the most common allergens in the summer which produce IGe inflammatory reactions but it can occur all year round (perenial allergic rhinitis) with allergens including house dust mites, pets and mould.

As a hayfever sufferer, I have spent many years dependent on daily anti-histamines and nasal sprays having received a positive skin test showing that I was allergic to grass (hardly ideal considering I live in the countryside!). There is absolutely a time and place for medication but  I started to search for natural aids that could lower my immune system’s response and control histamine levels.

Below are some of the tips I have picked up along the way to help alleviate my hayfever symptoms. On top of these, I’d also recommend a kinesiology session to investigate the trigger cause of your symptoms and discuss how to strengthen your body.

One of the quickest ways to calm your system during a hayfever attack is to use the cooling White Tea range from NYRO, I absolutely swear by these as my hayfever survival kit.

White Tea Facial Mist and White Tea Eye Gel from NYR Organic. The anti-inflammatory properties of white tea helps reduce puffiness while eyebright coupled with calming aloe vera soothes sore, itchy eyes. Place eye gel around and over your eyes and spritz the mist onto your face to cool and refresh. You’ll be delighted by how much it soothes  your hayfever.

1.WHAT TO TAKE:

Vitamin C – known anti-histamine found in citrus fruit like oranges, lemons + grapefruit, wonderfully high in beta carotene.

Bioflavonoids – combines well with vitamin C and have great anti-histamine properties.

Quercetin – anti-oxidant which prevents immune system releasing histamines

Essential Fatty Acids – increase your intake of essential fatty acids with omega 3+6. Beauty Oil is a fish free version containing hemp, flax, avocado and evening primrose oil.

Supplements suggestions:

Quercetin & Nettle  – take x2 a day for a few weeks to build up natural histamine levels with its vitamin C, quercetin, bromelain and nettle leaf extract.

Aller-C by Nutri Advanced contains vitamin C, bioflavonoids, quercetin and bromelain.

 

2. WHAT TO EAT:

Foods: Tumeric, garlic, onions, chillis, broccoli all contain quercetin.. Garlic can help boost your immune system as well as acting as a decongestant to relieve the stuffy nose feeling.

Pineeapple is a the natural source of bromelain (a digestive enzyme) which helps the body absorb quercertin in other foods reduces inflammation and the production of mucus.

Omega 3 found in oily fish (mackerel, sardines, salmon) and nuts and seeds (walnuts , sunflower, pumpkin, flax and sesame seeds). These essential fatty acids help coat your cell membranes and the clinical tests show it can reduce your symptoms.

Honey – eating a spoonful of LOCAL honey can help reduce the symptoms as the bee pollen can de-sensitise your body to other pollens.

Considerations: Be mindful that garlic, onion + chillis can increase the symptoms of IBS in some people, so do be tested for tolerance beforehand and consider garlic as a supplement instead. 

 

3. WHAT NOT TO EAT:

Avoid: Dairy, wheat + tomatoes are common culprits for exacerbating immune system triggers such as hayfever. Avoid any food triggers kinesiology may have identified; sugar and refined foods are often linked to lowering immunity and heightening hayfever symptoms.

 

4. WHAT TO DRINK:

Camomile tea – antioxidant + antihistamine and is great at reducing inflammation.

Summer Tea NYRO – refreshing peppermint and elderflower are combined with revitalising eyebright, energising liquorice and mineral-rich nettle

Plenty of water – adequate hydration will help flush toxins out of the body

 

5. WHAT ELSE?

Cold water splashed on face and cupping hands to flood the nose with cold water to reduce inflammation.

Wash hands regularly to remove the pollen

Change clothes as soon as you come into your house, or at least remove the outer layer which could have a layer of pollen sitting on it. Don’t hang your washing outside as this could pick up more the pollen.

Putting eucalpytus salve around your nose to both help you breath and also hopefully act as a tacky substance to catch the pollen

 

FINALLY, 

I hope these help as a starter for 10 for some natural ways to alleviate your hayfever. Do get in touch if you want to discuss further and book in for a kinesiology session with me so we can discuss and address what your system needs for long term better immunity. Good luck!

Sarah x

Thrive Health and Wellness

Kinesiologist Cert. ASK and NYRO Independent Consultant