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Inulin – How does it help with my digestion?

Inulin powder is created from a plant extract, primarily the Chicory Root, but can also be found in artichokes, onions and bananas, amongst others. Inulin is classified as a soluble dietary fibre and its uses are varied, but most importantly it acts as prebiotic in your digestion system and increases your daily soluble fibre.  Increasing your daily soluble fibre helps your bowels to work properly as well as helping your digestion system absorb nutrients from food. Our stomach, bowels and digestion system contain a delicate balance of good bacteria and enzymes unfortunately, even a small amount of bad bacteria can upset your system significantly causing stomach acid, bloating, trapped wind or diarrhoea. What are the benefits of taking inulin? Makes you feel full As a soluble fibre, Inulin is essential for good health. By dissolving a regular dose of Inulin powder into some water as a drink, it helps to…

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Benefits of Living a Vegetarian life

This is a widely discussed topic around the world as there is a growing population that are choosing to embrace a plant-based diet! Why are people drawn to the vegetarian lifestyle? Generally, it falls into two categories, for environmental reasons (reduce greenhouse gasses in farming) and for ethical reasons, where people are uncomfortable at eating animals. Fun Fact: You do not need meat to get all the nutrients required for good health, but it is good to supplement with a plant-based Vitamin B as there are few fruit & veg that can give you the same nutritional benefits as meat. A Meat-free Diet can lead to a generally healthier life for various reasons. Better Heart Health According to Crowe et al. (2013)’s research on heart disease, people with a vegetarian diet are a 1/3rd less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease. A vegetarian diet is inherently healthful…

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Arnica – What is it and Its Healing Properties

Arnica – As one of the most ancient homoeopathic medications, arnica has been used for centuries in many households. We, today, would like to let you know all about the mysteries of arnica. The Origin of Arnica The use of Arnica as a traditional medication has been documented to date back to Greece in the 16th century where it became popular, and then knowledge regarding the plants healing properties was spread far and wide across Europe after this time. Back to more recent history, more and more populations around the world have shunned what we call traditional medicine in western society, like painkillers & anti-inflammatories, to take a more measured natural approach.  In fact, medications and natural products that include arnica in its ingredients are increasing, and they have been mainly used for the treatment of osteoarthritis, swelling and bruising. What does the flower of Arnica do? With the flower…

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Things that you can do to help with a sore throat

Sore throats are one of the most unavoidable health issues that everyone has to deal with unfortunately, however, with our years of experience with our customers suggestions and our own experiences, we’re hoping that these few suggestions can help alleviate your discomfort. The causes of a sore throat Generally speaking, most sore throats are caused by cold & flu viruses. Other reasons could be: smoking cigarettes – damages the back of your throat and windpipe with the smoke and nicotine allergies to pets – an antihistamine response or sensitivity to pet hair & dander. muscle strains from yelling or talking loudly – straining those vocal cords and drying out the throat Gastroesophageal reflux disease (Acid reflux) – high levels of stomach acid expelling through the top of the stomach into the windpipe & throat There are some serious causes of sore throats too, such as tonsillitis or tumours but let’s…

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De-stressing yourself is Easier than you think!

Sometimes life doesn’t treat you well and everything seems just a bit harder than normal.  We understand that, it happens to us too.  But, just remember good times are always around the corner and you can learn to cope with whatever difficulties you’re having, with the right support and mindset. Both our body and mind are connected to each other, so its important to take time for yourself every once in a while – it’s often called “self-care”.  Most of us are bad at self-care as we have busy lifestyles and are often looking after family members, so we’ve compiled a list of a few things that we can add into our daily routine to reduce our stress and to help our overall wellbeing.  Relaxing your body Listen to your favourite music Try to meditate – it doesn’t take a lot; literally sitting in a quiet room and focussing your…

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Back to Basics: Vitamin C Article from Natural Health World

Back to Basics: Vitamin C

A friend to all Ascorbic Acid, or ‘Good old vitamin C’ was first identified in 1928 by the Hungarian Biochemist Albert Szent-Györgyi, who discovered the components and reactions of the citric acid cycle. There are a lot of myths about Vitamin C, one of which is that our bodies can produce it but, this is not the case and so the only sources of Vitamin C are from our food or via supplementation.  Some foods that are high in Vitamin C are Citrus fruits like Oranges, other fruits like Strawberries & Blackberries as well as Peppers, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts and Potatoes. It’s rarely known that the body cannot store Vitamin C in the body either, so, you can never have too much in your body, because your body will remove any excess Vitamin C that is not required, via your normal digestion process.  This means that even if you eat foods that…

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