Health jottings

Keeping you up to date with health news, views, advice and support from our team at The Hub.

The treehouse meditation to take you to a place where you always feel safe and at ease

The treehouse meditation with Shelley Edwards

As we head into the second week of the second lockdown you may well feel drawn to this treehouse meditation from our NLP life coach and yoga instructor Shelley Edwards… A calm place amid the uncertainty   ‘No matter what is happening in the forest of your life you can always return to the sanctuary (…)

vitamin d3 drops vegan

Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

Are you getting enough Vitamin D? The odds are you’re not, particularly this year. As our top source of this nutrient is the sun, not food, and most of us have been forced to be home-bound for a long period this spring, yet another byproduct of lockdown is you’re most likely deficient in Vitamin D. (…)

Sweet potato and bean bake

Sweet potato and bean bake (vegan)

Our recipe of the month, from holistic nutritionist Nikki Robertson, is this winter warming sweet potato and bean bake I like to use up whatever’s around in recipes. So I had a tin of butter beans and a little left of two types of dried beans, which I cooked first. The bake is delicious served (…)

Smoothies with substance

Smoothies to stop lockdown bingeing

Ah yes, here we go again – days spent hovering around the food cupboard, mindlessly eating every time we make a cup of coffee. Well, not this time: take control of bingeing and take the hassle out of deciding what to eat for two meals a day at the same time. We’re offering a new (…)

ways to get a digital detox from the electromagnetic stress from computers and phones

Taking a rest from electromagnetic stress

Feeling tired? Anxious? Depleted? Constantly on edge? Worried? The reason could be that you’re using your phone and computer too much – a survey conducted by Deloitte in 2015 found that around 59% of smartphone users check a social media platform in the five minutes before going to bed and within 30 minutes of waking (…)

Why we all need to take a digital detox from our phones and computers

Reasons why you need a digital detox

WhatsApp, Instagram, Twitter, Zoom, TikTok… where would be without them right now? We’ve all been relying so much on technology to amuse ourselves, work from home and stay connected (and sane!) over the past few months. The time we’re spending online is at a record high since the end of March, with seven out of (…)

Kids who take children's probiotics take 40% less time off school

Probiotics mean 40% less time off school

So they’re off back to school… and now comes the season of snot, sniffles and wheezing. How to stop the snots? Research shows kids who take children’s probiotics through winter have 25% less chance of getting some infections and miss 40% less school. They’re also less likely to go down with ear, nose and throat (…)

Why taking vitamin C is crucial to guard against Covid-19

Why taking Vitamin C is crucial right now

It has long been established that Vitamin C helps boost our immune system, both used to prevent colds and flu and to treat it. But in lockdown it has come into its own in the fight against Covid-19… Renowned preventive health expert Patrick Holford spent the first few weeks of lockdown writing a ground-breaking new (…)

5 ways that meditating benefits physical and mental health

5 reasons why meditating works

We’re great advocates of meditating here at The Hub. Here are five reasons why you don’t have to just take our word for it – medical proof that regular meditation can really make a difference to both your physical and mental health   1. Research using brain imaging has shown that meditating daily creates new (…)

Adi shakti: restoring your personal power

Adi shakti: restoring your personal power

We share with you a meditation, Adi shakti, to empower and motivate, tuning into your personal power and the infinite energy of the cosmos  This Hindu mantra is sometimes also called Adi parashakti, meaning the First Power. It’s a powerful mantra to attract infinite divine power and energy. When meditating with this mantra our intention (…)

Homeopathy and Covid-19

Homeopathy and Covid-19

Sue Leach, owner of The Hub and homeopath for the past 15 years, shares the experiences homeopaths around the world have had treating people suffering from Covid-19 Homeopathy is already renowned for its effectiveness in curbing epidemics. Samuel Hahnemann, the German physician and founder of homeopathy, successfully used it to treat patients during the scarlet (…)

Eating seasonally

Eating seasonally: win-win for you and nature

Eating with the seasons is a great way to get hold of organic produce more cheaply while also reducing the footprint of your diet. September is an amazing time to start eating seasonally if you live in the UK. British soils are busy bearing the very best of two seasons’ crops – the last of (…)

Vitamin C: the frontline soldier to treat and prevent Covid-19

Vitamin C: the frontline soldier

It has long been established that Vitamin C helps boost our immune system, both used to prevent colds and flu and to treat it. But in lockdown it has come into its own… Renowned preventive health expert Patrick Holford spent the first few weeks of lockdown writing a ground-breaking new book, Flu Fighters. He provides (…)

Journalling for mindfulness and setting your intentions

Journalling for mindfulness, setting intentions and getting creative

Keeping a journal isn’t simply keeping a diary. Journalling is a chance to be reflective every day or few days, go deeper with your own thoughts, set your intentions and express yourself. Rebecca Marr outlines its many benefits, with suggestions on how to get the maximum benefit from your journalling   Journalling for mindfulness, setting (…)

Homeopathy for Homeopathic Awareness Week

Why choose homeopathy?

To celebrate Homeopathic Awareness Week (10-16 April) Sue Leach, owner of The Natural Health Hub, outlines 10 reasons to choose homeopathy over conventional medicine   Kit yourself out for day-to-day ailments You don’t have to have a degree in homeopathy to use it highly effectively on a day-to-day basis. With a kit of a dozen (…)

Mother's love illustrated by a swan with her babies on her back

To mother with love

Remember a time when your mum went above and beyond? A time when she hugged you through an illness or after a nightmare, coaxed you through fear and loathing before a big event, praised a drawing that was utterly rubbish?! Maybe a moment of hilarity or fun that has a special place in your memory. (…)

Benefits of pilates for core strength, toning, flexility and the feel-good factor

5 reasons to do pilates

We’re so pleased to offer pilates at The Hub. It’s just SO beneficial in so many ways. Here are 5 reasons it should be part of everyone’s life – not least those who sit at a desk all day… ⁠Pilates brings positive realignment of the spine and body, allowing you to connect with your body (…)

Hypnotherapy used in mainstream medicine

Proof that hypnosis should be taken seriously

For too long hypnosis has had a bad rap. People have associated it either with cheap entertainment designed to amuse an audience, or with fear that somehow they will ‘lose control’ when they ‘go under’. But not only is a growing body of research starting to prove the benefits of hypnotherapy, hypnosis techniques are increasingly (…)

Whisper oil from DoTerra, tailormade for women

Perfect gift for Mother’s Day

It’s Mother’s Day on 22 March. Fancy giving your mum something she will treasure for longer than just Mothering Sunday? Something that is quintessentially feminine and premium quality and guaranteed to make her feel special? We suggest DoTerra’s Whisper, a blend of  essential oils specifically tailormade for women  Whisper is a complex and diverse blend. (…)

The unforeseen problem of plastic waste due to coronavirus

Let’s cool it about coronavirus!

The most dangerous thing about coronavirus is the media hysteria, says Sue Leach, owner of The Natural Health Hub. You have much more chance of dying from flu or a traffic accident than from Covid-19, and if you’re going to get het up about infectious diseases look at the figures for TB   There’s no (…)