Health notes

Welcome to our Health Notes, 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 Notes are here to keep you informed and give you down-to-earth advice.

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Stress fight and flight

Are you stuck in fight or flight?

Find it impossible to relax? Feeling overwhelmed? Stress is one of the most disruptive ‘states of being’ to our mental, emotional and physical health. Whereas our ancestors struggled for survival, today we’ve got so many continual complex pressures – time, money, technology and a thousand other tensions – that society has created. And if we’re not…

2 pairs of BAM bamboo socks

Look after your feet with bamboo socks

Good foot health is obviously particularly important through winter to prevent athlete’s foot and other problems – and wearing the right socks is vital. We recommend bamboo socks, particularly if you are diabetic, have Raynaud’s or other circulatory problems, or are prone to fungal infections and nails. Here are some tips on choosing the right…

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 Last year was a bumper year for flu, with records numbers of people suffering. It was the worst flu season in almost two decades. Part of the reason flu has managed to hit so badly is that the…

woman doing pranayama or alternative nostril breathing

Nadi shodhana: alternate nostril breathing

Hannah Bimpson‘s yogic relaxation classes are a monthly highlight at The Hub: an opportunity for us all to take time out and share 75 minutes of complete and utter forget-the-outside-world relaxation. One of the elements in that class that people most appreciate is Hannah’s help with breath work (pranayama), when she shares her knowledge of…

boosting your immunity

Preparing your body and mind for winter

Morning mists, a chill and damp in the air, leaves mellowing red and yellow… autumn is upon us. And with the mists rolls in a different kind of energy. After the expansive energy of summer the colder months offer an opportunity to restore, reflect and re-nourish ourselves. Our polarity therapist Jane Seaman offers her thoughts on…

maca energy balls in a bowl

Maca energy balls to give yourself a boost

These delicious crunchy cacao and maca energy balls that Rhi Hepple, our naturopathic nutritionist, made for Hannah’s yoga retreat last weekend went down a treat with the yogis. So we persuaded her to share the recipe. The energy balls contain maca root powder which is a wonderful adaptogenic tonic that supports our adrenals and is…

Woman with hands over her stomach craving a healthy bowel

The 5Rs to a healthy bowel

Autumn is a natural time to take stock. The perfect time to do a mind/body MOT and set yourself a goal to get yourself in better shape physically or mentally – or both. And probably the single thing you can do to make the biggest difference to your health is getting your bowels in good…

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…

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…

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…

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,…