Health jottings

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

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 (…)

Natural remedy for hayfever sufferers with itchy eyes

Homeopathy for hay fever: our success stories

While most of us are enjoying the spring air and rise in temperatures, this respite from rain and 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 merely (…)

Huge waterfall illustrating The Water Element in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Naturopathic seasonal support for your Water Element

The Hub’s naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple describes the benefits and joy of nurturing your Water Element at this time of year   The Water Element: 21 December-20 March As a naturopathic nutritionist I follow the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) system of The Five Elements which bring balance to our mind, body, emotions and spirit. They work (…)

Squash soup with spices to boost energy in winter

How to boost your energy naturally through winter

Feeling weary, sluggish and low? Does this time of year make you want to duvet dive and make it all go away? Rhi Hepple offers a naturopathic guide on how to stay positive and boost your energy through this cold weather Energetically winter is slow and heavy – but in fact there is a whole (…)

Woman showing a positive frame of mind

Think positive and you’ll get healthier

A positive state of mind is one of the first rules of good health. Our polarity therapist Jane Seaman explains how to break the cycle of negative thoughts to live a healthier life The science of polarity therapy is founded on spiritual principles that exist throughout our lives, principles that operate no matter how unaware of (…)

De-cluttering

Declutter your life: our four-week challenge!

Clutter is bad for you… it saps your energy, wastes your time and makes for extra stress in life. Polarity therapist Jane Seaman explains how and offers you help in achieving balance in your life in the form of a four-week challenge to declutter your environment and your head I was in the Army many years (…)

Homeopathy for ear infections

Antibiotics don’t work for ear infections

Homeopath Sue Leach explains how homeopathy is more effective at treating ear infections than conventional medicine One of the top reasons children come to see me as a homeopath is repeated ear infections. Sometimes children have had up to 10 rounds of antibiotics by the time they are two; yet, as parents come to realise, (…)

Bath treats

Soak away the stress

We all get over-charged mentally, emotionally and physically over the festive season, says polarity therapist Jane Seaman. ‘A great way you can recharge yourself from all that frenetic energy,’ she advises, ‘is to have a soak in bath salts: 20 minutes is the most beneficial time, allowing you to feel calm, at peace and centred (…)

Happy healthy family

Inflammation: why you need to keep it in check

Inflammation is in many ways the body’s best friend. It is your system’s essential protective response, to help eliminate chemical toxins or foreign invaders, or to repair your body after physical injury. It also helps prepare you for battles, hence why you may get a sore thoat and swollen glands when you’re confronted not only (…)

Homeopathic remedies for colds and flu

Natural remedies for colds & flu

If you’re looking for something natural to give the family for colds and flu, then think no further than homeopathy. There are numerous homeopathic remedies you can take to help beat the symptoms of colds and flu – not just masking symptoms, but really helping you get better. And they come with no side-effects Adults suffer an (…)

Woman juggling Christmas jobs

Have a happy homeopathic Christmas

The Hub’s homeopath Sue Leach offers some tips on homeopathic remedies to help with the Christmas juggling, whether that’s too much to do in too little time, kids hyper with excitement, or one too many during Christmas lunch… Sue wishes you a happy homeopathic Christmas There’s a certain inevitability about Christmas. The lights have been (…)

Christmas food

Our Christmas survival guide!

The Hub’s naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple offers six nutritional tips to help you get through the indulgence of Christmas, from supplements to take to counteract a rich diet, to taking care of your detox organs, to suggestions for a little something to ease the system the morning after the night before… 1. Morning after the night before juice Fuzzy (…)

Woman with cold and mucus looking miserable

Why am I so snotty? Emotional causes

Our naturopathic nutritionist Rhi Hepple explains how mucus is not always due to physical causes. All too often if someone is constantly mucousy or feels congested a lot of the time, it can be put down to emotional reasons. For physical issues that can lead to mucus click here, read on for emotional issues… Whenever someone asks (…)

Woman with a cold

Why am I so snotty? Physical causes

Are you struggling with clearing mucus, knocked down by a cold or feeling sluggish and congested? Our naturopathic nutritionist  Rhi Hepple explains some reasons why your cold may be lingering and offers some naturopathic tips for added support. Whenever someone asks me about mucus I wonder what is going on for them not only physically but also (…)

Coping with grief over the loss of a dog

We’re here to help with YOUR grief

Two members of the team at The Hub are in mourning for the loss of their elderly dogs this week. The picture shows my little pooch, Storm, who went on one of her last outings in our wheelbarrow a few weeks ago because she’d become too weak to walk. Grief is never simple, and our (…)

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 (…)

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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 (…)