Category Archives: Self Care

Six ways to cope with the change of season and combat hay fever symptoms

There is always excitement in the air as we transition from winter into the warmer months of spring. But unfortunately, that isn’t the only thing in the air – allergens can wreak havoc on our systems, resulting in sniffles, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat and fatigue as the battle of hay fever begins. Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is an allergic reaction to environmental allergens such as pollens, dust mite, moulds and animal hair.  Pollen particles contain a protein that causes inflammation, Read More...

Why play is essential – regardless of your age

Play is for kids, right? Or is it? As you grow up and become an adult, play is no longer something you prioritise or consider as an important part of your life. Despite it being crucial in your development as a child, helping you to develop communication skills, adapt to change and understand relationships to name a few benefits, we reach a certain age and blindly accept that play is far too childish for us. But could we have got Read More...

How to build your immune system up to avoid winter colds and flu

With the colder months upon us, it’s that time of year where you can find your immune system being tested, not only with the extreme weather elements we can face but also with the colds and flu that are out in full force. If your immune system is weak, you will be more susceptible to these infections. So this flu season, instead of hoping you can get through unscathed, here are some steps you can take to build your immune Read More...

Four ways to help you overcome inaction

Have you ever been fired up to make changes and achieve your goals only to find that in a month or two you’ve been plagued by inaction? Often we know what we need to do to get healthier and achieve our goals, but we get in our own way and fail to do anything. To help you, here are four ways to help you overcome inaction. Identify your distractions Let’s face it, we live in a world full of distractions, and they Read More...

Sleep and its impact on the immune system

There is enough research that suggests there is a link between your sleep and your mental and physical health. However, did you know that the lack of quality sleep has a direct effect on your immune system making you more susceptible to catching colds and flu? Now that we are in the season for sickness, one non-medical approach to keeping healthy is to make sure you get a good night’s sleep. To help you understand the value of a good Read More...

How stress increases inflammation in the body

For years we’ve heard about the harmful effects that stress can have on our bodies, and now, as we are living more and more in a state of stress, we are finding out just how much damage is possible. It can mess with our mindset through to our metabolism and as you've probably noticed during times of high stress, our immune system. Recent research is bringing to light just how much stress lowers our immune system and increases inflammation. Stress Read More...

The importance of cleansing your body (and where to start)

Chemicals and toxins bombard our bodies daily. They are in the foods we eat, the products we use in our bodies, the cleaning products we use in our homes and offices and they are created through the constant stress we put ourselves under on a daily basis. All these toxins affect your health, so it’s time to take stock and eliminate them from your life! Imagine a swimming pool if you will. In a swimming pool, you can see all Read More...

You are what you eat: food as medicine

Today many find their bodies are not living up to what they need and want from them. While this can be caused by our lifestyle and environment a lot has to do with the food we put into our bodies. Nowadays many of our foods are heavily processed and artificially made, and it’s taking its toll. While our food may still look the same as it did decades ago, the ingredients have substantially changed. Convenience has come at a cost. Read More...

The dangers of visceral fat

Often when we think about the fat in our bodies, we think about subcutaneous fat. This is the fat we see, the fat under our skin that we try to shift when we want to lose weight. But there is another fat, a more dangerous fat that affects all of us regardless of whether we are thin, healthy or overweight - visceral fat. Visceral fat is a silent killer, and it’s responsible for many diseases including heart attacks, some cancers, Read More...

Healthy GALT, Healthy Life

With all the talk about gut health these days (I’m a huge fan of this by the way), the focus of eating healthy is especially emphasised (again, I’m a huge fan). But how the gut keeps us healthy is all about how well your GALT helps your MALT…WT? Right? GALT or Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue is a lymphoid tissue of the gastrointestinal mucosa that contains both B and T cells (these are the good guys!), and it is vital to Read More...