Merry Christmas...….

> NOVEMBER 2019

Boost your Skin's Health..


With filtered make up technology readily available on the high street and creative Aesthetic treatments and procedures being introduced on what seems like a weekly basis. Working within the industry in recent years has certainly been a revelation. With new developments and techniques, the aesthetics world is leading with innovative technology and brimming with upcoming ideas of preserving our youthful appearance without the risks involved.

As I managed to settle with a steaming cup of coffee and a cinnamon whirl this Sunday afternoon; it suddenly dawned on me, that there are vast numbers of people using social media platforms as a resource for quick beauty fixes in the hope of offering there “try before you buy” shared view and opinion on various products and services to launch a true account on leading brands and there claims for preventing and correcting problematic skin.

Like many, I have recently noticed fine lines and wrinkles on my skin, dark circles and to boot sallow dull skin. Of course, speaking to my Mum’s generation, they will all say… we abuse our skin irreparably and ought to stick to a healthy approach to restore and regenerate a perfectly healthy complexion. I often reminisce on watching my mum apply her much loved Yardley, face cream morning and night at a very early age. Like most little girls, the scent transports me back to those days and reminds me that yes, she did have great skin.

The following simple health boosting anti-ageing tips can help to maintain and regain a sense of “You!” and will meet with Mum’s approval too!

STOP, the aggressive behaviour- Dragging and pulling roughly on your skin will influence your skin and causes irritability and redness. If you wear contact lenses, you might even be experiencing increased sagging around the eyes. Always apply skin products with a light touch, working the product from the centre of your face out. Don’t pull on your eyes unless necessary and try not to apply eyeliner by stretching the side of your eye.

Eat Healthy- Eating Healthily affects everything, including our skin. Foods containing antioxidants are truly influential for gaining healthy skin and are better described to help prevent free radicals from breaking down your skin’s collagen and elastin. Having enough protein is also important, as it’s something we have less of as we age.

The Power of Sleep- Attaining enough sleep is essential when it comes to getting better skin, as well as drinking plenty of water. We all know that this is the basis of every health and beauty-related resolution. Speaking of which, we are all victims of waking with creases all over our face? Prevention is key, invest in silk like pillow cases.

TRY…..

Peel away the years - If none of these tips seem to help, a Chemical Peel might just be the perfect option for you. Chemical peels are used to remove dead skin cells, improve tone & texture, minimise the open pores and stimulate the growth of new cells to name a few of the benefits from having this procedure. The aim of this procedure is to improve the appearance of the facial skin – for example, by reducing age spots and evening out skin your tone. A Chemical Peel also helps to reduce those fine lines and wrinkles – and don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds, it’s a gentle but effective tool in combating the ageing process.

> OCTOBER 2019

More than Skin Deep....


The fountain of youth may be a lot more accessible and easier to tap into than you think, as growing evidence suggests that adding ‘vital beauty boosting’ supplements to our daily routine may help loose decades. Natural dietary supplements help to restore and nourish cells – and some even do it while you sleep! Here are a few ingredients to look out for on your next visit to a health store. We know that beauty is more than skin deep and with the growing number of supplements available to improve our hair, skin and nails from within is on the increase.

Beauty supplements to try:

Rejuvenated Collagen Shots – Experts have repeatedly announced that after the age of 25 collagen production and synthesis reduces at a rapid rate of 1,5% a year and by the age of 45, collagen levels can have collapsed by as much as 30%. The visible signs are lines and wrinkles as well as a loss of firmness. In order to encourage increased hydration and elasticity in the skin, collagen shots contain marine collagen, acai berry, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.

Hair and Nails nail capsules- Continuous variations in skin texture can make it difficult to see the improvements sometimes in regard to making a difference in the skins complexion. Imadeen, containing Biotin for healthy hair, Vitamin B12 to support normal cell division and Zinc for strong nails, these capsules are also suitable for vegetarians as well as being starch, gluten, gelatine and preservative free.

Deep Cleanse - My Essential Smoothie Staple- This recipe gives me endless amounts of energy and is the perfect drink to blend supplement powders into first thing in the morning. It’s great for fighting off that mid-afternoon lethargy.

I personally prefer the powder formulas because I can easily blend them into a breakfast smoothie and forget about the endless number of daily supplements. I’ve included my recipe for a wonderful smoothie below.

1 small handful of spinach

1 small handful of Kale

A few sprigs of parsley

1 celery stick

1/3 of a cucumber

Juice of a lemon

1 small banana

½ a pear

1 large glass of water

1 tablespoon of Amazing Grass Raw Reserve

1 scoop of Rejuvenated Collagen Shots

2-3 teaspoons of Aduna Baobab Fruit Pulp Powder

Simply blend and drink

> SEPTEMBER 2019

Avoid Emotional Eating


Adrenal exhaustion; is this snowballing your stress and anxiety? Your adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and secrete vital hormones including cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones assist you to safeguard stress and adapt to everyday life demands by determining the stress response.

This stress can be anything from a diet high in stimulants, exposure to environmental pollutants, a demanding job, lack of sleep, excessive worrying or feeling powerless.

If the revelation to stress becomes chronic, the adrenals can no longer keep up with the demand, and can cause you to feel anxious and nervous. Complaints of insomnia, fatigue, depression, irritability, and digestive difficulties are also too common for those under extreme stress.

A diet that is rich in protein, essential fats, slow releasing carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are important in particularly supporting those with extreme anxiety.

We are living in an era where ‘doing’ is valued more than ‘being’ and this is having a detrimental effect on our mental and physical wellbeing.

A balanced diet is essential, try the following tips:

Protein, this slows down the breakdown of foods and absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. The categories of foods highest in protein are eggs meat, fish, beans, lentils, chickpeas, nuts and seeds.

Dairy products such as natural yoghurt and cheese are also high in protein. Make sure that you are not intolerant to dairy (cow’s milk) as an allergic reaction can put further strain on the adrenal glands and the whole body, so these foods may need to be avoided; or swap for goat’s or sheep’s milk products.

B vits are essential for energy production, for the standard functioning of the nervous system. Good sources include whole grains, eggs, beans and lentils, a wide range of vegetables, fish and meats. Taking a B vitamin complex can be very supportive.

Magnesium is crucial for energy production. The best examples are nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds and hemp seeds. Greens such as spinach and kale, and fish and seafood are an excellent source.

Vit C is an additional nutrient that is vital for the building of adrenal hormones. Fruits and vegetables are the best source as well as peppers, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, watercress and red cabbage.

As well as what we eat, the right lifestyle practices are extremely important to alleviate stress and to avoid over-stimulating the adrenal glands and nervous system. The following are some key tips to follow:

• Get plenty of good-quality sleep.

• Get regular exercise. Walking, swimming, a gentle jog, a dance class, or some form of yoga can be excellent types of exercise to relieve stress.

• Do something enjoyable for yourself. Set aside regular time to do something that you love and that makes you feel good or try to find a hobby.

> AUGUST 2019

Auriculotherapy (Ear Acupuncture)


Auriculotherapy (or ear acupuncture) is believed to help with all sorts of health concerns…..

Over the past few decades acupuncture has become one of the most popular complementary therapies in the UK. Used by everyone seeking an alternative method to combat many health issues but very little I known in regard to auriculotherapy?

Like other alternative practices such as reflexology, auriculotherapy (or ear acupuncture) is founded on the knowledge that there are points on the ear relating to all our different organs and muscles. Stimulating these references is believed to help energy flow freely throughout our body, boosting our different mechanical inner workings and improving our emotional and physical wellbeing.

Auricular acupuncture is a comprehensive treatment and can be easily administered and is effective for the most chronic complaints today.

Ear acupuncture is a system whereby very fine, single-use, sterile needles are inserted into specific points in the ear that help the body regulate itself more effectively, clear pain and restore you back to health. With more than 200 acupuncture points, each acupuncture points treated triggers electrical impulses from the ear via the brain and neural pathways, to the specific part of the body being treated. Each point treated releases endorphins, blocks pain receptors, and elevates levels of adenosine that affect a change in the targeted anatomical area.

This helps refresh and rejuvenate our body. Ear acupuncture has been clinically proven to reduce stress and anxiety, improve heart health, reduce cravings (including addiction to weight loss), reduce pain, balance hormones and calm the nervous system. Many people report a rapid sense of calm and equilibrium when coming for ear acupuncture, and that regular treatment helps them stay clearer of stressful patterns of behaviour.

A usual session will involve inserting five to seven needles into your ear, depending on the condition you are hoping to address. The needles used for ear acupuncture are much smaller and thinner than those used in full body acupuncture. The needles tend to be left in your ear for 20 to 45 minutes, while you relax and enjoy the experience.

Key Areas to Treat:

Point Zero: This is the master point of the whole ear and is thought to help transport the whole body towards balance and restoration. It can be found at the centre of the ear, on the helix root.

Shenmen: Located near the top of your ear in the middle. The Shenmen is said to be excellent for soothing anxiety and helping with insomnia.

Heart: Found in the lower concha region, is believed to help ease palpitations, lower blood pressure, tightness in the chest and anxiety.

> JULY 2019

Skin Hacks!


For the purposes of crystal healing, crystals have a distinct arranged, impalpable repeating structural matrix. For the purposes of crystal healing, all kinds of stones are often referred to for healing all sorts of gemstones, semi-precious stones, pieces of rock or amorphous substances.

Hours spent (Cue weird music and “s” shape visuals), with live ingredients, a glass of red and of course a healthy dose of that repeat Spotify playlist, not to mention the odd fist pump from your friends and a disapproving eye roll from your fella, only to wake up the next morning with the cat licking your face! Yes, those disastrous home care products!

It’s amazing just how great and effective these treatments can appear to be. Though harmless fun, it seems we do spend hours researching the best products and treatments that will suit our unique and individual needs. Home- care treatments aside, it’s never enough! 

Several elements are required to give us that healthy complexion including product ingredient, synthetic agents, application, diet and a little know-how can go a very long way. Try these simple hacks….

LESS IS MORE, whether that's make-up or an anti-ageing serum, don't overload or over work your face product as this can lead to breakouts and over productive oil glands. Also, in the case of applying too much foundation, this can highlight the very wrinkles and fine lines we're trying to reduce.

Sleeping BEAUTY, getting the suggested eight hours of shut eye each night is proven to reduce dark circles and improve the appearance of dull skin. mess with your body clock. Instead, get into a daily sleeping rhythm for optimal beauty results.

COCONUT OIL, helps to discipline flyaway brows, nourish dry locks and use as a staple ingredient in simple DIY home-treatments such as a brightening sugar scrub and nourishing hair or face mask. Coconut oil's beauty properties are endless so it's always handy to keep a jar in the bathroom cabinet to soothe dry skin and act as an instant pick-me-up whenever you need.

Do IT RIGHT, it’s no use applying product after product if you're doing it in the wrong order. After cleansing, apply a small amount of moisturising serum and then dab a tiny amount of eye cream to the delicate eye area. Top tip, eye cream also acts as a highlighter and naturally bounces the light which helps to diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

Line it up, speaking of fine lines around the eye area and simple tricks to reduce the appearance, swap your trusty black eyeliner for a softer hue. This will soften your face and in turn, any unwanted harsh lines.

OMEGAS, feed your skin with the nutrients it needs such as omega 3 and 6 found in oily fish, flax seeds, avocados and walnuts. A high dose of these essential fatty acids not only helps to plump the skin to diminish the signs of ageing but can also prove beneficial to sufferers of chronic skin conditions such as eczema, acne and psoriasis.

VITAMIN C - Look for this brightening agent in your products and also up your daily intake to help boost collagen production, p

> June 2019

Wonderfaul or simply Wacky......?


Our daily health and beauty fixes can seem a little strange sometimes. Those who have applied toothpaste to spots or used peroxide on their hair can affirm. But some very uncommon health and beauty treatments have been sweeping the globe and entering our psyche.

We all know that a healthy diet, exercise and a low-stress lifestyle plays a chief role in looking and feeling great. For some seeking unconventional methods for more eccentric treatments is starting to appeal to our better nature.

Our hectic lifestyles breed an impatience in everything we do in our lives, has overextended to our health and beauty regimes, with fad treatments promising us a filtered appearance.

While there’s a lot to be said and be grateful for when it comes to natural healthcare, can critters and animal bodily fluids being experimented with in the name of beauty elixirs really be the answer?

Would you try.........

The Leech Facial - Leeches were observed as a cure all remedy by ancient Egyptian doctors. Today, they are still regarded as a treatment, even having their own medical term (hirudotherapy). While their bloodsucking powers might send some running for the door, many credits Leech Therapy as a key part of their beauty regime. During a treatment, live leeches are placed on the face – and once the critter has eaten its fill, it is cut in half. The patient’s blood is then massaged back into the skin to rejuvenate and anti-age. Personally, we’d rather have the wrinkles…

The Bull Semen Hair Masque - This is a home-grown treatment, whichever way you look at it.. Once the sperm samples are extracted from bulls, it is mixed with the vitamin-rich root of the Iranian katera plant. The resulting blend is a protein-packed intensive conditioner that is said to leave the recipient’s hair nourished and smooth, particularly those with hair that is prone to frizz or breakages.

The Snake Massage- Can you ever truly relax with a serpent writhing on your back? This treatment is found in Israel. During their signature snake massage, up to six live snakes can be placed onto the receiver’s back, neck, face or legs, and are then left to slither away your aches and pains. It is believed that the effects can be soothe the mind and body. Snakes of varying sizes can be used on a patient, depending on their needs, bigger snakes are used for slower movements to relieve back pain. Smaller, snakes are typically used to alleviate tensions on areas such as the neck and face.

The Bird Dropping Facial- In Japanese urban myths, legend has it that ‘Uguisu No Fun’ (‘nightingale droppings’) had a class that made it one of the few materials robust enough to take away a Geisha’s heavy white make-up. Due to its rich enzyme, guanine and having a high nitrogen. The combination together both exfoliates and isdeep-cleansing. Nowadays, the droppings are used in a powder form. Recently, New York has become one of the initial Western institutions to implement the treatment. With the results said to parallel that of chemical peels without the side effects.

The Cactus Massage - It’s often subtly referred to as a Hakali massage and involves being rubbed with a cactus during treatment and is used to massage the skin all over the body, like a sponge or loofah. As well as the obvious exfoliating effect, the cacti is said to be rich in skin-strengthening plant nutrients.

If that’s all a bit too much, the following therapies are based more on plant life than animals.

The Gondola Massage- Italy, certainly offers one of the more surreal spa treatments around; this is a standard massage, only rather than have your muscular discomforts rubbed away in a quiet, candlelit room, you are transported throughout the city’s famous canals in a traditional gondola.

The Ramen Bath- Famous for its jacuzzi experiences, with green tea, coffee and red wine all featured in their extensive treatments in Japan. One therapy that refuses to leave our sensors is the ramen (‘noodle soup’) bath, in which a hot tub is turned into a flavourful broth to bathe in. Nutrients such as garlic, black pepper and spices are brewed along with collagen to leave your skin soft and nourished.

The Tok Sen Therapy - is an ancient Thai therapy that treats the body’s ailments with wooden tools. During a session, gentle rhythms are tapped into acupressure points on the skin using apparatus. This therapy is used to unblock energy channels within the body, with some tools emitting sound vibrations to stimulate acupressure points further.

The Arctic Ice Room- The ancient Romans popularised this therapy following a sauna or steam room session by plunging into an ice-cold pool of water. Spa-goers in Las Vegas now can cool off in their post treatment ‘reverse sauna’, known as the Arctic Ice Room. To complete the experience the room’s cooling atmosphere, synthetic snow rains down from the ceiling, and the air is infused with refreshing mint extracts.

> May 2019

Improve your Health....!


We live in a rat race. It’s a lifestyle where we are regularly exposed and unprotected from the constant barrage of stress, with increasing workloads, frantic schedules and an expensive cost of living. Long working hours, unpaid overtime, stressful jobs, less time with loved ones no to mention the length of time spent commuting that adds to our emotional exhaustion/burnout.

According to recent papers the overall pace of life has increased by 20 percent! Developments in technology have contributed to a upsurge in stress-induced illnesses. A vicious circle, you may agree!

It is important to be aware that a more harmonious work-life balance is required to avoid our own self destruction. There are many alternative ways to fix ailments and keep your mind and body healthy particularly in this hectic world we live in.

Acupuncture comes from traditional Chinese medicine and is most commonly used to treat pain. Acupuncture is a technique where thin needles are inserted into the body at specific points, to manipulate the ‘flow’ of energy or Qi. Qi goes through the body via pathways, which are called meridians.

Acupuncture provides a well needed boost to the immune system, which is key if you lead an unforgiving and fast paced lifestyle. Not only is Acupuncture good for pain, it is also a natural way to treat anxiety.

Reiki Healing is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. But how does it vary to Acupuncture? Reiki is based on the principle of ‘laying on hands’ to activate healing and restore physical and emotional wellbeing and is a very spiritual type of healing, but there is no religious belief associated with its practice.

Hypnotherapyis more often being used for stress and anxiety treatment. Like many alternative treatments, hypnosis can help you relieve and manage your stress levels, but its purpose is to eliminate or reduce the difficulties triggering the stress internally. Hypnotherapists claim that they can help you change the way your mind tells your body to deal with certain situations by staying stress-free and in control.

Massage Therapy-Today, you can choose different massage therapy styles with a wide variety of pressures, techniques and movements and include Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports and Hot Stone Massage. Similarly, to the other therapies, massage can provide stress relief as well as help with certain medical conditions.

> April 2019

Vibrational Healing


Expressions such as “I’m feeling good” or “I’m getting good vibes’ might sound like 1960s throwback but in reality Vibrational Therapy is the new comeback method of being in tuned!.

Vibrational frequencies play an enormously significant role in our lives. Every single atom is tuned in to a specific vibration which can be measured. This includes the organs and cells in our body and the food we eat. 

While the ability to measure these frequencies is a relatively modern development, vibrational healing is nothing new. Ancient Indian texts precisely define the human energy with diagrams presenting the exact location of the main anatomical energy sources and how imbalances affect our physical, mental and emotional state. Even our electronic devices and the environment we live in create an energetic vibration.

Vibrations are, of course, invisible, but we intuitively know when we feel positive, empathetic and enthusiastic. When something unpleasant happens, such as an accident or a relationship break-up, the frequency lowers and we begin to feel sad, negative and lost.

Whenever this happens, it is important to restore equilibrium by balancing the energetic frequencies within the body by effectively levitating one’s vibration to bring harmony, health and balance back once again into your life.

Healing, this is possibly the ultimate vibrational reset, with a highly specific, targeted treatment. The healer or therapist acts as a power source to emit high frequency, vital life-force energy through their hands straight into the client’s aura (the electro-magnetic vibrational charge around the body).

Crystals aren’t just attractive objects; they are essentially a solidified vibrational energy that countless numbers of people believe that resonates tremendously well with the crystalline structures within our own body. Just as magnets use energy to attract or deter, crystals use energy to alter, vibrate, pulsate, move and shift in accordance with their innate assets and energetic signature.

Crystals can be used to heal a variety of physical and emotional conditions, but it is important to match the right one with the right ailment and can be placed on or around the body for deep healing.

  • Hematite, Selenite or even Black Tourmaline can absorb and remove certain types of energy.
  • Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Sunstone and Apophyllite can bring new energy into your mind, body and spirit.
  • Smoky Quartz, Amethyst, Citrine, Sodalite or Black Kyanite help to balance misaligned energies and they help to remove negativity.

Essential oils help to cleanse, protect, oxygenate, nourish, and offer many therapeutic benefits and have been used for thousands of years to treat physical and emotional ailments.

According to research, the vibrational frequencies of essential oils are the highest of any known natural substance, influencing emotions and affecting structural and physical change.

By putting a few drops into your bath helps to harness their sweet-smelling power.

Try adding:

  • Rose helps to boost self-confidence, self-assurance, libido and mental strength while fighting negativity.
  • Jasmine improves mood, eases stress and balances hormones and Neroli can discharge insomnia and is useful for stress-related depression.
  • Sandalwood, meanwhile, is relaxing and calming, enhances mental clarity, acts as a natural aphrodisiac and is a powerful antioxidant and anti-ageing.

Sound moves in waves through the air and affects the a (subconscious) nervous system in many ways dependent upon the vibrational energy of the sound. Some sounds, for example, the flow of the ocean, can be used to produce deep relaxation and a meditative state known as ASC (altered state of consciousness). Gongs/Tibetan and crystal bowls produce precise vibrational frequencies, and are used by many sound therapists to influence brainwave activity and trigger the innate healing processes of the body’s nervous system in a inflexible way.

Tension and Trauma Release Exercise (TRE) is a physical vibrational therapy that is principally used to heal chronic stress. It includes a sequence of exercises, which are then used to activate a reflex/ mechanism of shaking or vibrating to help the body release deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma without any need to talk about the traumatic experience.

> March 2019

Mother's Day ...........


Mums all around are looking forward to being spoiled on Mothering Sunday. Stuck for ideas?

Scented Candles - All woman love candles and offers the ultimate occasion for mums to unwind so what better gift than a scented candle

Relaxing Oils- is there anything more relaxing than a long soak in the bath? Give your mum the chance to enjoy an evening in the tub with a natural bath treat, free from nasty chemicals and preservative. Rejuvenating bath oils are perfect for a pampering present, a gift your mum won’t be able to thank you enough for, I’m sure.

Scent of a woman- Flowers are a typical Mother’s Day gift, but unfortunately, they don’t last forever, so this year why not try gifting her with a floral scent instead? Fragrances are a spring staple and a perfume must-have. It’s sure to be something very special for the most important woman in your life.

Chocolate Dream- The sweet stuff doesn’t have to always be avoided if you or your mum are trying to live a natural, healthy life. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants and has a handful of health benefits – including its ability to improve cognitive function, keep your heart healthy and lower your cholesterol. Plus, there are even vegan options available too!

Glowing Skin -Looking good is important to everyone and beautiful skincare sets are always well received as a present. While anti-ageing products can be a sore subject for some women, your skin's needs change as you get older and require different ingredients to maintain their youthful glow. This is particularly true as keeping wrinkles and lines at bay can sometimes be a struggle.

> February 2019

Love the right Carb !!


There’s so much debate and confusion around carbohydrates these days. Some experts tell us to avoid them and follow other-types of diet programmes while others advise us to ‘carb up!!’.

We all know that refined, processed sugars are lethal for our health and looks. In fact, it is one of the most devastatingly ageing things we can have. Refined sugars make us age rapidly by causing untold damage to us internally as it compromises many of our organs’ ability to function and can even lead to their total failure. They can also affect our skin, causing it to wrinkle as the collagen stiffens, breaks and collapses. So simple, processed, refined carbohydrates such as sugar must be avoided.

Equally, complex carbohydrates found in their natural state in plant-based whole foods have huge benefits in that they are wrapped up in hugely beneficial Phyto-chemicals (including vitamins and minerals) that are intensely health-enhancing.

Resistant starch has many helpful functions and one of these is that it is a prebiotic. Prebiotics are a form of food that our healthy gut bacteria feed on and when we have an abundance of healthy bacteria. When your good bacteria flourish, they can then get on with the job of vitamin production, hormone regulation, toxin excretion and the creation of healing compounds that keep your gut – and you - healthy and functioning properly.

Imbalances of healthy and unhealthy bacteria are implicated in obesity, heart disease, autoimmune illness, diabetes, inflammatory bowel diseases, and many cancers. Resistant starch improves your metabolism and blood sugar levels. It can also improve insulin sensitivity and reduces your blood sugar following meals. This means that it can help reverse type 2 diabetes – if a healthy diet is also followed.

Add resistant starch to your diet:

1) Cook, then cool your starches. This process changes starches and how your body digests them, decreasing insulin spikes and feeding good bacteria. For example, cool pasta or potatoes after cooking, and place in the fridge for a few hours before eating or reheat them for an extra hit.

2) Eat plenty of complex, unrefined carbohydrates. Healthy guts thrive on a wholefood, plant-based diet which provides plenty of nutrient-dense, fibre rich foods. Try to increase your intake of broccoli, aubergine, courgettes, green beans and asparagus.

3) Eat prebiotic-rich foods to feed your gut bacteria. Add raw chicory and dandelion leaves into salads. Try to incorporate bananas, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, garlic and leeks into your diet daily.

Interesting facts

The bacteria in our intestine outnumber our body’s cells 10 to one. In that respect, we are only 10 percent human.

Most foods we eat feed only 10 percent of our cells, and resistant starches feed the other 90 percent.

We have over 100 trillion bacteria living inside us and weighing about three pounds.

> JANUARY 2019

Wellness


2019 should all be about improving our physical and mental wellbeing going forward.

Financial restraints, relationship woes and over indulging with too much excess of food and wine after the Christmas season? You are not alone.

The global wellness market has grown 12.8 per cent in the last two years. As soon as the New Year begins; we all fall fowl…. working longer hours, eating when we can and on a constant play harder attitude leaving us feeling 'overwhelmed' or 'unable to cope'.

It's no wonder that we are constantly searching for new ways to improve our mental and physical wellbeing. Luckily, there's a lot more to the wellness industry than just yoga and scented candles. In fact, there are many ways to add a sense of wellbeing into your life in 2019...

Social usage- To decrease social media usage, individuals are increasingly turning to usage monitoring technology provided by Apple, Facebook and Twitter.

Corporate wellness- Once upon a time your wellbeing was an individual matter, but companies are now realising that they have a responsibility to look after their employees mental and physical health.

Breathing classes- We don't often think about it but focusing on your breathing could be the most significant act of self-preservation. Focusing on deep and shallow breathing can really elevate your stress levels.

Clean comfort food- You'd be hard-pressed not to notice the growth in gluten and dairy-free lifestyles. It’s no surprise that bespoke nutrition plans that make eating this way easy and enjoyable are becoming more popular.

Crystals- 2019 is set to be when crystal healing finally becomes mainstream. With the Duchess of Sussex's wearing black onyx and diamond necklace that she wears for protection and love, this trend will continue.

Intuitive eating - The no-diet approach has been silently growing in popularity in recent years as it allows you to embrace your hunger, makes you focus on when you're full and puts realigning your own feelings about your body first.

Sound healing -While sound therapy isn't new, it's been used in Tibetan, Chinese and Indian cultures for centuries. The West is drawing on that expertise and incorporating sound medicine into yoga sessions, spa treatments and workshops

More accessible yoga retreats - With yoga a mainstay in the British fitness and wellness scene, we predict a further growth in trips abroad for a more immersive experience.

Male wellness – The Wellness industry has too often been directed towards women but that needs to change, especially as suicide is the leading cause of death among young men. Whether it's from male-focused yoga classes or specially formulated supplements, expect to see the industry embrace a much more diverse range for all.