Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

21 December 2016

Treating IBS with Indigo Herbs

We all live stressful lives in one form or another; it's a facet of modern living. We are bombarded everyday with messages that our brain determines are urgent which leads to a constant state of low-level stress. For others, this low-level stress can graduate into persistent worrying, anxiety, depression and ultimately ill health. 
Earlier this month I was diagnosed with stress-onset acute IBS. I've met several people with IBS before and I think it is more common today than ever before. That said, I had never be informed that it was a side-effect of stress. I truly believed my life wasn't that stressful, but, as it turns out, it kind of is! I run this blog; work nine hours a day in Central London in a highly pressured role; manage my home; plan my wedding; and all the other tasks expected of a functioning home, every single day. It's hard to balance my time and I often feel busy as hell, but I never saw myself as 'stressed'. 

I've suffered with other stress-related conditions in the past (constant headaches, brain fog, exhaustion, lack of motivation etc) but have always blamed things like my diet, inconsistency with exercise, boredom or lack of sleep. I've not really ever made the connection between my day-to-day life and the effects on my health. In many ways this is completely ridiculous - I'm always reading articles about stress and it's effects on your health, I'm a food and fitness-led person and I am a true devotee to sleep. Why I expected to go on running my busy life in the way I have been with no effects on my health, I have no idea. 

So that's where I am now - stuck with a life-long illness that is causing me daily pain. I wake up in the night in pain, I feel sick throughout the day, I'm learning to avoid certain food and I'm feeling unhappy with my constantly bloated appearance. Although there is no cure for IBS there are things you can do to alleviate the symptoms and that's where Indigo Herbs come in. 
I've worked with Indigo Herbs quite a lot in the past. I think their products are fantastic and the range is truly mind-blowing. I mean who even knows what mushroom extract is or how to use it! The team at Indigo Herbs reached out to me recently and I explained my IBS diagnosis. On the website they have blog posts and product pages dedicated to digestive health and specifically IBS. I picked out the Super Cleanse Bundle - a four piece set including tea, essential oil, pulse point roller and massage oil - and peppermint herbal tea which was recommended by my GP. 
You can follow my updates and how I get on with these products on Twitter and Instagram. Have you ever used natural methods to alleviate these problems? Let me know in the comments below. 

9 August 2016

My Nutritionist Experience with Bidvine

I've always been fascinated by the idea of a nutritionist. Having someone available to advise on my diet and have I can tailor it to my goals is such an exciting concept to me. Luckily for me, I was invited to test run a local nutritionist using Bidvine a searchable marketplace where you can submit a request and received five quotes from professionals in your area.  They help to connect you to local professionals within your selected field, be it home, learning, wellness, events management, yoga or personal care, and provide detailed profiles on each of them. It effectively takes the searching element out of trying to find the right person for the job! It's really simple and you can use the system on a desktop, tablet or mobile so it's really flexible. 
I met with Juliet Morcas, a registered nutritionist working in Camden and West London. We began with an introductory quiz which I took ahead of my appointment. The quiz went through my daily foods, any intolerances I have, my mental, physical and emotional health, my vitamin uptake and so much more. I never realised there was so much to understanding how good (or bad) nutrition can affect your body and how it works.

At the appointment, Juliet and I discussed the results of my quiz and how certain responses would be impacting on my goals - both fitness and mental health. We identified a slight irregularity with my glycemic uptake (how your body converts food into energy) and established that adding a little more fish into my diet would help with my current low protein eating patterns. We also identified how using certain terminology with certain foods (such as chocolate being naughty and salad being good) can damage your mental relationship with your food and lead to mental health problems and eating disorders. 

Speaking with Juliet gave me a sense of confidence in my diet. We agreed a two-month plan of health-concious but nonrestrictive eating and a number of supplements that I can add to my diet. I've been taking Omega 3 fish oils, Vitamin B and Spirulina on a daily basis and I have to say it's had a big impact on how full I feel and how much energy I have. 

I also found including probiotic yoghurt in the form of Bio-tiful's Kerfir drinks has also helped with my digestion and avoided bloating.  I've been using Bio-tiful's Kefir drinks to make bircher muesli as well as drinking them alone - I actually prefer the plain flavour to the cherry one which really surprised me! 

I find it so inspiring that such simple changes and tweaks to your diet can have such a huge impact. You don't need crash diets or faddy foods; you don't need to obsess over every mouthful or exercise until you faint. As I have felt all along, balance is key and I am so happy that Bidvine introduced me to Juliet as we will continue to see each other over the coming months. 

Have you ever tried a nutritionist? I would love to know your thoughts and experiences. Also if you would like to give Bidvine a go yourself, simply click here. 

* First appointment with Juliet was paid for by Bidvine. Any further appointments will be paid for by myself. 

8 January 2016

Holiday Skin the Safe Way

Hurrah! Christmas is over and with January, the new year and all those summer body dreams just around the corner I know I am definitely thinking about that holiday in the sun. We all know that we need to look after our skin, but over the years, being tanned has developed into a sign of wealth and class leading people to take drastic measures to have that ‘healthy’ glow. We all want to look nice, but do we really know the impact of our sun worshipping?

I have teamed up with Bupa to share their adviceI have teamed up with Bupa to share their advice on why we should be taking care of our skin in the sun and checking any moles that crop up regularly. 

Looking after your skin 

The risk of developing skin cancer increases with age. However, with the number of young people aspiring to look like celebrities and going on sun beds increasing over recent years, more than a third of all malignant melanoma cases occur in people under the age of 55.
With the numbers continually rising, it’s important to take precautions to protect your skin from sun damage. If you want the bronzed look, try a false tan. It’s much safer and gives you the same effect. 

So, what do moles have to do with it?

Nearly everyone has moles. And most of the time they’re completely harmless; but it’s essential that you know what to look for because sometimes they can be cancerous. Melanoma develops in abnormal moles, and is often spotted through changes in their appearance. No one is saying you should  stop going on holiday, but checking your moles and using a strong enough sun screen are simple ways of protecting yourself  from the risk of skin cancer. 

Checking your moles

First of all, you’ll need to know what to look for.
Changes in the colour, the shape and size as well as itching, pain and bleeding are all things to look out for. Changes can sometimes happen over weeks rather than months, so you’ll need to check regularly.

  • A useful way to try and remember what to look for us the ABCDE method: 
  • A – Asymmetry 
  • B – Border irregularity 
  • C – Colour change 
  • D – Diameter 
  • E – Evolution
Most moles are no bigger than the width of a pencil, so a change in shape that makes it uneven or asymmetrical can be a cause for concern
A normal mole is also usually only one or two colours; but melanoma can have lots of different colours and shades. If you notice a new mole or change in an existing mole, speak to your doctor. 

Can I make lifestyle changes to prevent skin cancer? 

Although there are no proven ways to prevent cancer, there are things you can do to reduce your risk of getting it. Whilst there’s a lot of research going into how your diet can affect the chances of developing different types of cancer, there’s still no solid evidence because there are so many different factors involved. 

According to Cancer Research UK, more than eight in 10 cases of melanoma could be prevented through enjoying the sun safely and avoiding sunburn.
Following these tips could help to reduce your chances of developing skin cancer: 
  • Avoid using a sun bed completely. Using one before the age of 30 can increase your chances of melanoma by a whopping 75%. Use a tanning spray or lotion instead to safely create the same look. 
  • When the sun is at its strongest, sit in the shade.
  • Know your sunscreen; if you’re out in the sun, use a lotion that protects against UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • If you’re fair skinned or have eczema, take extra care to protect yourself in the heat. 
  • Don’t let your skin burn. Sunburn once every two years can triple your risk of skin cancer.

Stay safe in the sun

Being careful and staying safe in the sun has great benefits. Keeping a close eye on your moles can help you to identify any signs of melanoma in the early stages and receive treatment as quickly as possible, stopping it from spreading and making it easier to treat. 

1 June 2015

My Experience of Reiki Massage, at Beta Ki Massage

Hello! I'm back from my little blogging break and feeling like sharing some of my latest health and fitness experiences.

I mentioned in my 'Redefining the Young Domestic Goddess' blog post that I was keen to feature more health, fitness and general well-being posts. Then life got in the way. I was invited to multiple restaurants and events by the lovely PR teams that I work with across London, and was beginning to become super dedicated to my exercise schedule. Due to this hectic life style (don't forget I have a full time job too!) my health really took a nose dive, hence my break, and I have been exploring holistic therapies to treat myself. And anyway, who doesn't love a massage?

Using the amazing Wahanda app, seriously get it - it will change your life, I booked myself a cheeky massage at Beta Ki Massage in Highgate. What really stood out to me about Beta Ki Massage was their focus on massage as a health therapy, rather than a lovely treat we get at the spa once a year. The owner Zannah is a Reiki Master, which she explained to me basically meant she was a total ace at this style of massage. She trained in New York and currently runs the Beta Ki Massage business from her beautiful home. I even got to meet her cat!

Before the treatment we discussed what I was looking for from the massage, my previous experiences, what health issues I had and what medication I was taking. Zannah introduced me to the various instruments she would be using during the treatment including a tuning fork which was tuned to the Om. This was something I had never come across before and it certainly heightened my interest in the treatment. 

Using a mix of the tuning fork, essential oils, pebbles and stunning Reiki techniques I received a full-body massage like no other. We focussed on breathing to start with to create a meditative state allowing Zannah to really access my mind and treat specific areas of my body. She carried out a great deal of reflexology which felt divine and made me feel really comfortable at every stage of the process.

Zannah is a warm, kind and open-minded woman who's massage treatments I would thoroughly recommend to anyone. In terms of holistic therapy I cannot wait to visit Beta Ki massage again soon. I feel a weekly or fortnightly treatment could truly make a difference and I encourage you all to check her out.


21 April 2015

London Health Week, 2015

It's officially London Health Week! If you've been bombarded by my Twitter and Instagram feed (sorry), then you already know this, but if you don't (WHY NOT?!) then allow me to indulge your curiosity. London Health Week runs from the 20th to the 26th of April in London and is an amazing opportunity to sample the best that the health industry has to offer at a discounted price.
London Health Week was started by a group of health conscious people who understood that accessing the best of London's health scene is not always accessible. By participating In London health week you gain a unique opportunity to sample the great and good that healthy London has to offer. From fitness clubs to juice bars, health cafes to grocery stores and even active wear companies.

So how does it work? Well all you need to do is pick up a LHW2015 wristband from a Health Hub (Raw Press Mayfair, MADD Hatters Cafe Covent Garden, Supernatural Old Street, Supernatural Canary Wharf). This wristband entitles you exclusive discounts at loads of health outlets plus exclusive talks and workshops.

On Sunday May of Red Velvet London and I headed down to Raw Press Mayfair for a gorgeous bloggers brunch to celebrate the launch of LHW. There we met the lovely Hannah, KST and his wife. We indulged in GF cakes, granolas and cheesecakes from Pearl & Groove, and amazing cold pressed juices from Raw Press.

I went for a fresh bowl of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and pineapple from the Raw Press counter with raw honey, bee pollen, spirulina powder and cacao nibs. This was matched to Raw Press's signature Deep Rooted juice with beetroot, horseradish, Jerusalem artichoke, carrot, apple, fennel and celeriac.  Oh plus a gorgeously rich skinny cappuccino hand made by our lovely barista on the day. 

Thank goodness for this amazing breakfast, as after the London Health Week launch May and I headed down to Fulham for a butt-kicking (or rather leg-murdering) class at Ride Republic. It may be miles away from anyone who doesn't live in SW London, but Ride Republic is a fun, luxurious and calming space to experience.

Let me know if you grab a LHW2015 wristband and where you visit. See you there!