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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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

When the children break up from school it finally seems like summer has arrived – nothing quite like the sound of kids’ laughter as they play outdoors to say hello to the holidays. Fingers crossed we continue with this good run of fabulous weather! Whether it’s staycation or vacation for you this year, we’ve got…

How to breathe properly through diaphragmatic breathing

Are you breathing properly?

Noticing and understanding how we are breathing is huge step to living a more balanced and calmer life. Shelley Edwards outlines why and how to breathe right We all take breathing for granted but have you ever contemplated the power of your breath – or wondered if you are actually breathing properly? Breathing is the clearest…

Nurturing the Fire Element

Nurture body and mind through summer

Have you recently started struggling with palpitations, dizziness or lightheadedness, rosacea, hot flushes, panic attacks, a heavy sensation on the chest area or restlessness, insomnia or feelings of being burnt out? If so, it’s highly likely your body’s suffering from a seasonal imbalance – and you need to nurture your Fire Element. Here’s our naturopathic…

Pregnant couple holding hands

Hypnosis to help you through childbirth

Hypnobirthing is a really valuable way of preparing yourself for labour and childbirth. It means you’ll be fully prepared (however the birth goes…), in control – and most certainly less fearful. And partners have an active role through the birthing process. Serena Williams of Bump and Glide is The Hub’s hypnobirthing expert, a passionate advocate of…

sound therapy

The benefits of sound therapy

Do you use music to slow down and relax? Put on something classical to help you concentrate? If so, you’re on the right track. Studies prove that sound can be deeply healing – particularly sound therapy and sound baths. Which is why most of our staff make Sonja’s monthly sound bath a firm diary fixture…

Probiotics Do Not Need Enteric Coating

Probiotics myths: probiotics need a coating to reach the gut

There is a lot of mythology bandied around about probiotics – and one of the biggest misconceptions is that many are destroyed by the acid in our stomachs so they don’t reach the intestines to do their work. The assumption is that a good-quality probiotic needs a special coating to ensure its transition to the…

Releasing pain with polarity therapy

Is pain holding you back in life?

Jane Seaman describes how releasing pain with polarity therapy could enable you to have a whole new lease of life, get fresh energy – possibly even make some big changes or kickstart a new life Pain is insidious. It can take over your life. Physical pain clouds your emotions, emotional pain eventually manifests somewhere physically…

Avoid chemicals in nail varnish

Get your toes out, girls! Harmlessly…

It’s that time of year at last, with the sun out and licence to air your toes. But did you know that every time you coat your nails in polish you’re actually giving your body a dose of toxicity? You may avoid eating ready-made food, preservatives and additives… try not to take drugs… shun weedkillers…

How sound waves can benefit your mental health

Say om to depression and anxiety

We recently received a newsletter from Jonathan Barrett, owner of Sound Travels, who supplied The Hub’s magical Himalayan bowl and wind chimes. In it he interviewed Lyz Cooper, founder of The British Academy of Sound Therapy (BAST), who talks about using sound and music not only to improve health and well-being, but to help prevent…

It is advisable to take probiotics at the same time as antibiotics

Probiotics myths: Don’t take probiotics while on antibiotics

For a long time it was considered a waste of money to take probiotics while on antibiotics. Now that’s no longer the case: taking a good-quality probiotic alongside antibiotics can help reduce the risk of antibiotic side-effects Probiotics are bacteria (apart from S. boulardii), which means they’re susceptible to being killed by antibiotics. So it…

How to nurture your Wood Element, the Traditional Chinese Element that is strongest in spring

Naturopathic support for spring

Have you recently started struggling with migraines, sinus issues, eye pain, liver problems, painful or heavy periods, skin rashes or acne, muscle cramps or pains in your joints? Odds are you’re suffering from a seasonal imbalance – here’s our naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple’s advice on the support your body needs at this time of year…

Breathing properly is essential for health and well-being

The Breath is life’s teacher

This is a beautiful, beautiful poem that Shelley Edwards, our yoga instructor and NLP practitioner, shared with us at her recent yoga retreat. It’s all about the way we should all cherish our breathing… Having a shallow-breathing stressy day? Never pause to take a deep breath in life? Then read on… The way you breathe…

Benefits of homeopathy for mental health

A quarter of the UK population will experience some kind of mental health problem in any year, yet conventional medicine has so far failed to find any solution to this growing problem. Homeopathy, on the other hand, has been shown to work as well as anti-depressants and better than placebos. [4] Homeopathy is one of…

qigong class

Movement, relaxation and meditation

Activate and move stagnant energy in your body and mind to find balance and harmony within and without! A fun new class from our polarity therapist Jane Seaman As a polarity therapist and teacher, I help people find balance and health in their lives. As part of this therapy we use movement, relaxation and meditation…

Bio yogurt containing probiotics

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…