Health Notes

Welcome to our Health Notes, where we share the experience and expertise of all our team to help you live a happier and healthier life.

From natural remedies for common ailments, through to easy and quick de-stress tips that you can do at home and the latest health research, our Health Notes are here to keep you informed and give you down-to-earth advice.

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An eye in the middle of a storm

Finding peace in the eye of the storm

Polarity therapist Jane Seaman offers wise words on keeping calm when you’re feeling all discombobulated and scattered, finding peace in the eye of the storm. It’s all about the art of sometimes just being rather than always doing… Like many people I feel there is a lot going on, recently more than usual.  I put…

Probiotics for children

Boost children’s immunity for start of term

Here comes the start of a new school year – and home come all those sniffles and snot! To ensure your children have the right kickstart back to school, free from illness, dose them up on OptiBac’s high quality, well-researched probiotics For Babies and Children. They are clinically proven to boost children’s immunity to the…

Good intentions NOT to make in September

September is a time when it’s great to review and refocus. Weather cooling down, nights drawing in, kids back to school. It’s a bit like a New Year – but without all the tinsel and palaver. Yes, it’s the ideal point in the calendar for setting yourself a target to get losing weight, but hold it…

Juicing

September: time for setting new intentions

Too much ice-cream over summer? Too much rosé? Too many BBQs? Feeling sluggish in your energy, your mind, your bowels and your skin? September’s the perfect time to put some good intentions into practice to set you up for autumn and winter Refocus, rebalance and restore vitality The Hub’s naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple gives you five simple ways…

gongs

Sonja goes for world record for gong playing!

On Sunday around 170 gong players will gather at Olympia to go for the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest gong ensemble. And of course our sound therapist Sonja Gundry will be there gonging with the best of them! The event, which will be an amazing spectacle and sound extravaganza at Olympia, London, is…

jar of honey

Treat coughs with honey

Funny how granny always knew best… honey and over-the-counter remedies should be the go-to treatment for coughs rather than antibiotics, health officials have announced today. The advice, from Public Health England and the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE),  is part of a growing government effort to tackle antibiotic resistance. In most cases…

homeopathy on the NHS

NHS pulls the plug on homeopathy

Sad news is that homeopathy is now no longer available on the NHS. When I finished training as a homeopath 15 years ago there were eight homeopathic hospitals. Now the last bastion of NHS homeopathy in the country, in Bristol, which has provided ground-breaking research and has some top academic brains in homeopathy, is to…

Micro biome link to earth

Our micro biome link to planet Earth

It is now widely recognised that our gut flora – the bacteria, fungi, viruses and archaea living in our guts (known as our micro biome) – help to determine how stressed or relaxed we are, how happy or how depressed we feel, how our bodies develop and how well we fight disease. Given that these…

woman playing the flute

Sound is a natural painkiller

No one would dispute that many sounds bring pleasure. There’s nothing quite so soothing as harmonious music: the trill of the flute in Mozart’s Flute Concerto maybe, or the soulful singing of Aretha Franklin. Bird song and the lapping of waves on the shore bring a smile to the face. But did you know that…

foot reflexology chart

Reflexology: a whole lot more than just foot massage!

People always come out totally chilled out after reflexology with Tracey or Rhi. Clearly one of the most relaxing therapies we offer at The Hub, it’s actually a whole lot more than just foot massage… Check out on the reflexology chart where areas of the body correspond to areas of the feet and you can…

Probiotic strains in gut

Choosing the right probiotic strains

One acidophilus is not equal to another acidophilus. Increasing evidence proves that choosing the right probiotic is all about finding the right STRAIN of friendly bacteria rather than a generic type of probiotic. Here’s the lowdown on how to choose the right probiotic strains. The only probiotics worth taking are those that contain live bacteria. The range…

Reduce stress

Blow a raspberry to stress

Ever put your tongue in neutral? It’s a simple way to blow a raspberry to stress – literally disengaging your head from your brain chatter. Practise it any time to reduce stress I learned this technique in a training session when I was doing my diploma in coaching and I have shared it with hundreds of people…

The Drama Triangle: woman cross with husband

Take the drama out of your relationships

Hubbie gets in from work, dinner’s overdone and he lets rip to his wife. She’s ‘always’ burning food, he shouts. She retaliates with a ‘yeah but’ – can’t he see their son’s upset and needing some help with a fall-out with a friend at school? He comes back with something like ‘You’re for ever pandering to…

Yogic relaxation

Yogic relaxation: de-stress blend of breath work, chanting & yoga nidra

For this monthly yogic relaxation class you will be using a mixture of yogic breath work, chanting and yoga nidra to de-stress and revitalise your mind, body and soul. The class is led by yoga instructor Hannah Bimpson, to allow you to surrender to the practice without having to worry about what to do next.…

pretty water bottles with crystals to infuse water

Water bottles with crystals to infuse water

Bewater bottles… be inspired! be empowered! be revitalised! Your body needs water to survive and thrive. Drinking the right amount is essential for good health, with every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needing water to work properly. Good hydration boosts your energy and immunity, strengthens your skin and hair, flushes toxins from your…

Suitcases packed ready for holiday

Travel sickness and diarrhoea

It’s not what anybody wants to think about really before they fly off for two weeks’ relaxation. But sickness and diarrhoea can be a holiday wrecker. So here are a few homeopathic remedies for travel sickness and diarrhoea – they take up a minuscule space in your suitcase, yet pack immense relief if food poisoning,…

Mats and bolsters on yoga retreat

10 reasons to take our yoga retreat

On Sunday 16 September we are holding a one-day relax and rejuvenate yoga retreat. This will involve some yoga, some meditation, some goal setting, lots of relaxation and a sound bath – most importantly, it will be an opportunity to withdraw from life… and recalibrate. Time for you. Good time to do it: September, after…

Kid with suitcase at airport

Probiotic for travelling abroad

Off on holiday somewhere you think you might have a spot of bother with your stomach? We advise that you go armed with our probiotic for travelling abroad. When eating and drinking differently in unfamiliar environments it’s all too common to experience stomach upsets, often caused by an upset of the body’s natural gut flora.…

Counting sheep

Mindfulness meditation for sleep

So you’re having difficulty sleeping? Trouble is, if that goes on night after night, then bedtime becomes a ‘try harder’ trial: you lie there awake and when sleep doesn’t happen you get in a tiz. Forget counting sheep. Your head gets cluttered with those gibbering thoughts… It’s happening again; if I don’t fall asleep soon…

glass of cold water

How much to drink in this heatwave?

Do you know how much to drink when it’s hot? A lot more than most of us think, it turns out. A leading surgeon at Southampton General Hospital recommends that in this heatwave people ought to be downing three litres of water a day – yet he’s found hardly anyone drinks that amount. He says…