FINALIST for Businesswoman of the Year!

I’M A FINALIST!

I am honoured to have been chosen as a Finalist for Businesswoman of the Year in the Dorset Echo Industry Awards. Goodness!

The award ceremony is on Friday 15th June and it’s made even more special as some of my fellow Successful Women in Business network friends have also been nominated too. What a night that will be!

Full details of the awards

 

DIGESTION WORKSHOP

WATCH THE 1 MINUTE VIDEO HERE

IBS? Food Intolerances? Confused about what to eat for a balanced diet? Unsure when and why to take vitamins? Kinesiologist Sarah and Yoga Teacher Nadiya are passionate about natural health.

🧘‍♀️Book now to join our next Nourish event EAT WELL: DIGESTION. www.thrivehealthwellness.co.uk/events/

🥗Discover how the digestive system works, what foods benefit it, how food intolerances affect us, what vitamins and minerals we should take and why…
😄PLUS enjoy many activities including smoothie making and mindful eating…
🧘‍♀️PLUS enjoy over 2 hours of relaxing yoga with Yogawithnadia specifically to calm your mind, aid digestion and relax your body.

BOOK NOW for your ticket £75 for a full day 10-4pm including a delicious generous lunch and plenty of refreshments. Visit www.thrivehealthwellness.co.uk/events to secure your place.

SATURDAY 2ND JUNE 2018

10am-4pm

Dorchester Yoga & Therapy Centre, Dorset

Black Friday 20% off sale

GO GREEN IN OUR BLACK FRIDAY SALE!

Enjoy 20% off Christmas Gift Sets in the Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic sale of Organic Christmas gifts!

If you love:

*Organic, paraben free skincare

*Sustainably sourced aromatherapy essential oils and diffusers

*Ethically created products

Then this is the time to try Neal’s Yard Remedies. Go green in the Black Friday sale!

Stock is flying off the shelves and some gift sets are already sold out. Do get in touch asap if you’d like to place an order.

Email me   or order directly via my webshop

AROMATHERPY GIFT SET

Esta diffuser – bamboo with light

x4 essential oils

Little Book of Aromatherapy

RRP £85 reduced to £68 in the sale

 

 

FRANKINCENSE INTENSE GIFT SET

Frankincense Cleanser

Frankincense Intense Serum

Frankincense Intense Cream (moisturiser)

RRP £120 reduced to £96 in the sale

 

 

Happy Black Friday!

 

Invisible illnesses

*STRESS BUSTING AND ENERGY BOOSTING WORKSHOP Mon 2nd October 7.30pm. Book tickets now*

THE CURSE OF THE INVISIBILITY CLOAK

Tired all the time, poor memory and concentration, muscle pain, headaches, low mood, sensitivity to light and noise, disrupted sleep. Imagine having to feel that way day in, day out. This was my life for 8 years.

The symptoms are widespread and changeable but for the estimated 250,000 sufferers of M.E./CFS (Myalgic Encephalopathy or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) that’s exactly how they feel every day.

I was diagnosed with M.E. after failing to recover from a bout of glandular fever during my GCSEs. Over the next few years, my health continued to decline until my mother was having to wash me, feed me and push me in my wheelchair when I was unable to walk.

Often the most frustrating part about this illness is the battle you fight behind closed doors. I felt like I was wearing Harry Potter’s Invisibility Cloak as people couldn’t always see or understand the symptoms. Reactions from friends and family were polarising and often strained. After all, it’s just not normal for a previously healthy, over-achieving teenager to become chronically ill.

The illness was and indeed remains relatively misunderstood with multiple theories on its causes from a virus, response to a stressful or traumatic experience, to mitochondrial disruption. Children and teenagers are often the worst affected however adults can also be suffer especially in their 20s to 40s. Hormone changes and increased stress levels, especially in the exam years for children, trigger all sorts of chemical reactions within our bodies.

The M.E. Association explains: “It can be a difficult diagnosis to make. In some the effects may be minimal but in a large number, lives are changed drastically: in the young, schooling and higher education can be severely disrupted; in the working population, employment becomes impossible for many. For all, social life and family life become restricted and in some cases severely strained. People may be housebound or confined to bed for months or years.”

This is why having a diagnosis or label can be so helpful. We all like to know what we are facing. M.E., CFS and Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome are umbrella terms as are other invisible illnesses such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), anxiety or depression which all have a plethora of causes, triggers and solutions. Diagnosis is an emotional time. Some people need labels, other do not want to be restricted by them. Whatever your approach, it is unifying to acknowledge your symptoms, to share with them with your practitioner and look for commonalities.

Dr Tim Robinson wrote a great article on multiple treatment options last year (in the Sherborne Times). For me, it was a combination but ultimately, I do think that acceptance and lifestyle changes played a significant role.

Einstein’s definition of insanity is to “Keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”. I kept trying to battle on, to try to pace and manage my energy but would get too excited on a ‘good’ day and overdo it, resulting in two ‘bad’ days for recovery, hidden behind closed doors.

Step One: Accept there is a problem.

Step Two: Be willing to work towards a solution rather than burying your head.

I just wanted to be normal and to be healthy. I didn’t want to spend time finding solutions, I wanted a magic wand. But as we all know, that doesn’t exist. A quick fix would not provide a long-term solution. Through various treatments including kinesiology, I worked to identify the root cause and find an approach to help manage multiple symptoms.

Recovery is a long process and there will be obstacles and detours, which in hindsight often provide our greatest learnings. Managing lifestyle and stress levels are hugely important in leading a healthy, balanced (ish) life.

For me it’s an on-going process.  As life evolves so have my methods of treatment.  What worked for me in my twenties has been adapted and reviewed to have relevance in my thirties.  I’m not perfect (don’t tell my husband!) and could always do more, but it’s having the willpower to return to the basics (step 1 and 2 above) and courage to accept where things need to change.

*STRESS BUSTING AND ENERGY BOOSTING WORKSHOP Mon 2nd October 7.30pm. Book tickets now*

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