Immunity

The difference between probiotics and prebiotics

There’s been so much in the press recently about prebiotics, with claims that they’re a dietary wunderkind linked to anti-ageing, weight loss and lots more. Prebiotics are the food source for our probiotics, the healthy bacteria in our gut. They cannot be broken down or absorbed by the body but – in an ideal healthy…

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Turmeric: a root to good health

The spice turmeric, a root much used in Asian cookery, has been – rightly – grabbing the headlines for its health benefits. Similar in appearance to raw ginger but smaller, it has vivid orange flesh that, ground down, transforms into a bright yellow powder. Curcumin, the constituent that’s responsible for this distinct colour and the yellow…

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Immune boost mix: potent protection against colds & flu

There’s an awful lot of snot in the air right now! So many people have already succumbed to a heavy lurgy this season, and we’re barely into winter. Our immune systems have to work extra hard at this time of year, exposed to more bacteria and viruses than usual – then we go and clobber…

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Stop yourself going down with flu this winter

Arm yourself for winter: we recommend that every household should stock up with oscillococcinum, the homeopathic flu prevention, this winter   NHS officials are in a tizz apparently that we’re in for a bumper year for flu, with record numbers of people set to go down with the virus this winter. Australia has just battled…

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So how are you sabotaging your immune system?

As the government predicts record levels of flu this winter, it’s going to be crucial that we all keep our immune system on top form. Our naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple outlines some of the ways you could be compromising your immunity   It’s that time of year again when our immune systems are working super-hard…

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5 ways to boost your immunity

So, sad to say, the nights are drawing in. At this time of year, as the autumn mists begin to swirl of a morning, we have a single mantra: immunity, immunity, immunity. However healthy you are and however saintly your lifestyle and diet, you will be exposed to more bacteria and viruses over the coming…

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Give yourself an autumn boost by rebalancing your gut flora, or microbiome

We strongly urge you to get your gut sorted NOW! Rebalancing your micro biome (or gut flora) is, as Dr Michael Mosely has reported widely in the press and media, the secret to good health – not only physically but also mentally emotionally. If you follow our 21-day microbiome Purify programme you are setting yourself…

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Experience the deeply relaxing, healing and de-stressing benefits of Thai yoga massage

Shelley Edwards is now offering the wonderful experience of the ancient healing art of Thai yoga massage Thai yoga massage therapy is a lovely holistic process combining acupressure massage, gentle stretching and applied yoga. Not only is it hugely beneficial for both giver and receiver, as it releases energy blockages and deep healing occurs while you’re in a…

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Summer survival guide

Our naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple offers handy holiday hints, from how to fend off mozzies to guarding against holiday stress and sun damage Taking a B Vitamin Complex that includes Vitamin B1 is great for preventing insect bites. Local bee pollen is effective at warding off nibbly insects, and it will naturally help your histamine…

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Matcha your mindfulness… the body and mind benefits of matcha tea

Just before Christmas my daughter converted me to matcha tea. And now it’s become a ritual part of my day – every day. This health powerhouse of a green tea, which was once the centre of tea ceremonies in Japan and drunk by monks before meditation, means literally ‘powdered tea’. Because matcha is made from…

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