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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Probiotic myths: you can get all the probiotics you need from your diet

Forget the advertising hype: probiotic yogurts and fermented food just aren’t the same as taking a probiotic supplement. And eating well is not alone guaranteed to deliver the same health benefits to your gut bacteria as a good probiotic supplement Your diet is the first place to start for many aspects of your health. To…

Woman suffering menopausal depression and anger with husband who's asleep in bed

Homeopathy beats Prozac for menopausal depression

A study in Mexico has found that homeopathic treatment can be more effective than fluoxetine (Prozac) in the treatment of depression during menopause. Not only that… the homeopathic remedies were also proven to help reduce the women’s hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms The study compared individualised homeopathic treatment with the antidepressant for moderate to…

Woman suffering from acute back pain

Finding non-drug solutions to pain

Whether it’s physical or mental and emotional pain, Jane Seaman describes how polarity therapy can help relieve and re-energise your mind and body so you can live pain-free  In today’s world ‘pain’ has become such a generic word as there are so many forms of physical, mental and emotional distress we can go through. It can range…

Rhi Hepple - Mind body therapies - Nutrition

Naturopathic nutrition turned my life around

Rhi Hepple describes how she went from being so ill with an autoimmune disorder that a specialist said nothing further could be done and she just had to learn to live with her symptoms, to living a full, symptom-free, happy life of fulfilment and positivity. She tells how naturopathic nutrition turned her health and whole…

Teenagers in a classroom revising for an exam

Homeopathy for exam nerves

As the exam season draws nearer there are so many households up and down the country going through the mill as teenagers grow grumpy, sullen, weepy, silent, intense, panicky… As the parent of two, one academic who worked all hours and still felt it wasn’t enough, the other who really wasn’t completely onboard, I know…

Relaxed happy woman on swing swinging with gay abandon

Mindful steps to making yourself happier

Helping people live a happier, more fulfilled life is at the core of what we’re all about here at The Natural Health Hub. Achieving happiness is a matter of looking after yourself emotionally, physically and, we reckon, spiritually. Here are suggestions from Sue Leach, owner of The Hub, on steps you can take to think…

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Physical steps to making yourself happier

Your happiness is in your hands – that’s what we firmly believe at The Natural Health Hub. But it takes work to stay happy… here are suggestions from Sue Leach, owner of The Hub, on steps you can take physically to bring more happiness into your life Feeling low at the moment? Life throwing all…

Woman on a beach in a happy mindful bubble

Spiritual steps to making yourself happier

Happiness is not only a matter of looking after yourself emotionally and physically. Research shows that true happiness lies also in a further dimension: nurturing yourself spiritually. For us spiritual is nothing to do with religion, or connecting with ‘spirits’… in our book it is about reaching deeper than the day-to-day, having elements in your life…

Healthy bacteria, known as probiotics, within the gut

Probiotic myths: the best probiotics are kept in the fridge

The belief that the best probiotics are those that need to be refrigerated is now old hat. There are few reasons why refrigeration is necessary for a probiotic nowadays because freeze drying techniques have been improved, plus new more robust strains of probiotic have been discovered through the intensive R&D that has gone into the…

Resetting your micro biome helps you feel happier

Reset your microbiome for spring

Rebalancing your microbiome (or gut flora) is, as TV doctor Dr Michael Mosely has widely reported in the press and media, the secret to good health – not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. Spring is the best time of year to give a gift to your microbiome:  our 21-day Purify programme is a belt-and-braces…

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Give your kidneys some TLC for spring

Polarity therapist Jane Seaman explains why the kidneys are so important for our overall health and recommends you give them some extra love for spring. Here’s why… Do you have an achy lower back? Are you feeling tired all the time? Do you find it hard to make clear judgements? Are you feeling the effects of…

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…