Health jottings

Welcome to our Health jottings, where we share our team's experience and expertise to help you live a healthier and happier life. From natural remedies for common ailments, through news on our many complementary therapies, to easy and quick de-stress tips and the latest health research, our Health jottings are here to keep you informed and give you down-to-earth advice.

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Beginners' yoga class

Yoga could ease pressure on the NHS

Yoga is at last being recognised by the NHS. We at The Hub know of course about yoga’s profound health and well-being benefits – and have been banging on about them since we launched! Here’s what we’ve said in the past: that it is so beneficial that yoga should be on the NHS, and would…

Sue Leach in New Forest

Why I love my job. By owner of The Hub Sue Leach

The Natural Health Hub’s homeopath Sue Leach shares her passion for homeopathy and for complementary health I have been a homeopath for 15 years and I am still, at times, blown away by its power. Sometimes someone comes for an appointment visibly, palpably looking and feeling a whole new person. A fresh spring in their…

Heart health

Getting to the heart of the matter

Doctors have just announced what complementary practitioners have long observed: that self-medicating with aspirin in the belief that it will help prevent heart disease is counterproductive. Aspirin may indeed benefit those with heart conditions or at high risk of stroke by thinning the blood, but these benefits are often outweighed by the fact that the…

Spring flowers and magnolia

Hay fever sufferers, beware: spring is coming early!

The coming weeks are predicted to be the mildest on record for this time of year. Which means gardens are going into bloom earlier. Seasonal flowers – including witch hazel, viburnums, shrubby honeysuckles, magnolia and Edgeworthia – will be flowering larger and more profusely as a result of last year’s hot, sunny summer and the…

woman unable to sleep

Sleep loss is a pain – literally!

Poor sleep can heighten our sensitivity to pain, new research has confirmed. When scientists at the University of California subjected 25 volunteers to pain after sleep deprivation they reported feeling the pain sooner. The 25 young participants had uncomfortable levels of heat applied to their legs and, rating their pain on a scale of one…

Woman holding her back in pain

Non-drug alternatives to painkillers

Britons are taking too many painkillers. Shock research by The Sunday Times has revealed that Brits ‘are in the grip of an opioid epidemic’ – even the British Medical Association has used these words. There has been a huge rise in prescriptions of the most powerful painkillers, soaring addiction rates, and even overdoses and deaths.…

Probiotic capsules and bottle

Probiotic myths: the more billions of bacteria the better

In today’s society we are bombarded by the marketing message that more is better – not least the message that the more billions of bacteria in a probiotic the more powerful it will be. But when it comes to probiotics this is definitely not necessarily so. In fact, the quality of the probiotic strain or…

Hayfever sufferer with catkins

Nutritional tips for hay fever sufferers

As the hay fever season clicks in with the tree buds starting to shoot out their pollen, here’s some advice from our naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple on reducing hay fever symptoms. What to eat and what to avoid, supplements that can ease symptoms and other measures you can take to lower your histamine levels. Ensure…

Hayfever due to tree pollen

Homeopathy for hay fever: our success stories

While most of us are enjoying the spring air and the hottest temperature recorded for February, this respite from winter chills means the trees are budding more quickly – and that means hay fever will begin to strike earlier. Please spread the word: homeopathy really can crack your hay fever. That’s crack it rather than…

Huge waterfall illustrating The Water Element in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Naturopathic seasonal support for your Water Element

The Hub’s naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple describes the benefits and joy of nurturing your Water Element at this time of year   The Water Element: 21 December-20 March As a naturopathic nutritionist I follow the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system of The Five Elements which bring balance to our mind, body, emotions and spirit. They work…

Writing your goals for 2019

It’s not too late to set goals for 2019!

Yes, we know it’s a month since the start of the new year, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to make some positive resolutions! Eighty per cent of people have already failed to do any of their resolutions by now anyway. Our polarity therapist Jane Seaman offers some inspiration on changing the path of…

Squash soup with spices to boost energy in winter

How to boost your energy naturally through winter

Feeling weary, sluggish and low? Does this time of year make you want to duvet dive and make it all go away? Rhi Hepple offers a naturopathic guide on how to stay positive and boost your energy through this cold weather Energetically winter is slow and heavy – but in fact there is a whole…

Woman showing a positive frame of mind

Think positive and you’ll get healthier

A positive state of mind is one of the first rules of good health. Our polarity therapist Jane Seaman explains how to break the cycle of negative thoughts to live a healthier life The science of polarity therapy is founded on spiritual principles that exist throughout our lives, principles that operate no matter how unaware of…

De-cluttering

Declutter your life: our four-week challenge!

Clutter is bad for you… it saps your energy, wastes your time and makes for extra stress in life. Polarity therapist Jane Seaman explains how and offers you help in achieving balance in your life in the form of a four-week challenge to declutter your environment and your head I was in the Army many years…

Writing your New Year resolutions

Objective > Gameplan > Execution

Rod Davis knows a thing or two about motivating people. As well as being a world-class sailor himself he has coached many sailors to Olympic success. Here are his thoughts on how to motivate yourself to achieve your goals: it doesn’t matter if you want to be get to the Olympics, shed a few kilos, or…

Key to New Year resolutions

The key to turning New Year resolutions into reality

New Year is a time for reflection. You may be feeling remorse after too much indulgence over Christmas. You may want to put 2018 well and truly behind you. You are probably thinking about New Year resolutions to improve your life, set goals or achieve an aspiration. Here are 10 steps to turning those resolutions…

Homeopathy for ear infections

Antibiotics don’t work for ear infections

Homeopath Sue Leach explains how homeopathy is more effective at treating ear infections than conventional medicine One of the top reasons children come to see me as a homeopath is repeated ear infections. Sometimes children have had up to 10 rounds of antibiotics by the time they are two; yet, as parents come to realise,…

Soak away the stress

Soak away the stress

We all get over-charged mentally, emotionally and physically over the festive season, says polarity therapist Jane Seaman. ‘A great way you can recharge yourself from all that frenetic energy,’ she advises, ‘is to have a soak in bath salts: 20 minutes is the most beneficial time, allowing you to feel calm, at peace and centred…

Happy healthy family

Inflammation: why you need to keep it in check

Inflammation is in many ways the body’s best friend. It is your system’s essential protective response, to help eliminate chemical toxins or foreign invaders, or to repair your body after physical injury. It also helps prepare you for battles, hence why you may get a sore thoat and swollen glands when you’re confronted not only…

Homeopathic remedies for colds and flu

Natural remedies for colds & flu

If you’re looking for something natural to give the family for colds and flu, then think no further than homeopathy. There are numerous homeopathic remedies you can take to help beat the symptoms of colds and flu – not just masking symptoms, but really helping you get better. And they come with no side-effects Adults suffer an…