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  1. Weekly Tip - My top 3 Benefits of Cranberries

    Cranberries are very close to the top of this list of fruit with the highest antioxidant concentrations. They can be a little bitter to eat, so not usually your first choice of berry, but I hope after reading this you will start including them in your diet more often. They have many health benefits, have a read below to learn about my top 3 benefits of cranberries.
     
    Help prevent and treat UTI’s. - If you get UTI’s frequently I recommend supplementing with cranberry. Cranberries contain special compounds that can stop bacteria from sticking to the surface of the urinary tract. Next time you feel a UTI starting try either drinking pure cranberry juice or taking a cranberry supplement, chances are you won’t need to take an antibiotic!
     
    Great for your digestive tract and immune system - Just as cranberries can stop bad bacteria sticking to your urinary tract, they can do the same for your gut linin
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  2. IBS

    IBS stands for irritable bowl syndrome and it’s the most common gastrointestinal disease. It effects our digestion by disrupting the functions of the large intestine which leads to abdominal pain and change in bowel habits There isn’t one exact cause of IBS and different factors can contribute to it. The most common being intestinal permeability, stress, food allergies, and alterations in the gut microbiome. It’s common for symptoms to differ from one person to another and its more common in woman than men, people under the age of 50 are more susceptible to it. Unfortunately there is no test to confirm IBS, a diagnosis is usually made after months of tracking symptoms.
     
    The most common symptoms of IBS are diarrhoea, bloating, constipation, easily feeling full, nausea and stomach cramps. It’s important to remember that these symptoms can change over time and vary from person to person. Some research points to IBS being caused by abnormal functio
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  3. Weekly Tip - Three supplements to benefit your health during the cold and flu season

    The below supplements can help support your body during the cold and flu season.
     
    Propolis - containing over 300 natural compounds that work along side the immune system as complimentary agent helping it be more effective when fighting illness. Studies have shown it to help treat and shorten the length of colds. Take it at the first sign of illness.
     
    Vitamin C - Most peoples ‘go to’ vitamin at the first sign of a cold. Studies have shown that it can help reduce the length of illness and helps with the absorption of other important vitamins and minerals.
     
    Zinc lozenges - can help reduce the length of a cold. The lozenges allow the the zinc to be absorbed closer to the effected nasal passage preventing the virus from spreading.
     
    When taking a supplement you need to make sure you are taking it correctly and
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  4. Blog - Probiotics

    Probiotics are the beneficial live bacteria and yeasts found in our bodies.They 
    have several characteristics - Probiotics are able to be isolated from the
    human body, resistant to the acidity in our stomachs when consumed, and 
    safe to include in our daily diet. Probiotics help us to absorb nutrients and 
    maintain healthy gut flora, which keeps our immune system healthy.
     
    If you are lacking in beneficial bacteria you might find yourself with condition known as gut dysbiosis. Dysbiosis occurs when the bacteria in your digestive tract becomes unbalanced. Symptoms can include anything from diarrhoea, bloating, heartburn, stomach ache, nausea to anxiety and depression. Low levels of beneficial bacteria can also lead to conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory conditions in the body.
     
    One
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  5. Weekly Tip - Vitamin D Reminder

    It’s that time of year again, the days are getting shorter, it’s getting colder and we are wearing more layers and because of this we are having less sun exposure. Our main source of vitamin D is the sun, so as winter starts approaching it is an important time to start supplementing with vitamin D.
     
    Vitamin D deficiency can cause many different symptoms throughout the body from weakened bones, poor immune function, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, fatigue, hormone imbalances, poor cognitive function and even making us more susceptible to certain cancers. Studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and respiratory track infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
     
    There are many different types of Vitamin D supplements available which will prevent you becoming deficient in the winter months. I personally prefer FSC’s vitamin D3 drops as all you need is a few drops on yo
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  6. Weekly Tip - Home made pesto

    I try include raw garlic in my diet as much as possible to get the most health benefits. One of the main compounds found in garlic is allicin. Allicin is produced when the garlic clove is chopped or crushed - it also gives garlic its strong smell. Allicin has been found to reduce inflammation and has antimicrobial properties. Unfortunately its destroyed when heated - so to get the full benefits from garlic we need to eat it raw and ideally leave it to rest for 10-15minutes or so after chopping/crushing. 
     
    Try my home made pesto recipe - a delicious way to include raw garlic in your diet!
     
    Home made Pesto
     
    Ingredients
    • 1 handful fresh basil
    • 1 handful fresh baby spinach 
    • 2 tablespoons parmesan 
    • 2 cloves garlic
    • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds 
    • Big drizzle of avocado oil (think
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  7. Weekly Tip - Home made chocolate

    I’m a big chocolate lover - so having a healthy alternative to my favourite treat is a must for me. These chocolates tastes just as good as the real deal but with the added benefit of being good for you! Containing organic coconut oil which is packed with lauric acid to fight off bacteria and viruses and raw organic cacao which is high in antioxidants, iron, calcium and magnesium.
     
    Ingredients
     
    1/2 cup coconut oil
    1/2 cup raw cacao powder
    3 tablespoons organic maple syrup
     
    Method
     
    Warm coconut oil until melted and then add the raw cacao in.
    Stir in the maple syrup and the peppermint oil
    Stir until well mixed
    Pour into a silicon mould and leave to set in the fridge for at least 1hour.
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  8. Top 7 benefits of CoQ10

     Top 7 benefits of CoQ10

     

    CoQ10 is short for Coenzyme Q10 is a compound that our body produces naturally and found in some of the foods we eat. (beef, chicken, rainbow trout, sardines, mackerel, sesame seeds, pistachio nuts, broccoli, cauliflower, oranges, strawberries and eggs.) In some cases a supplement form is needed to increase levels of CoQ10 as the food only contain small amounts. 

     In its active form it goes by the name ubiquinol and it is in every cell of our body with the most concentrated forms in our heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas.

     

    See below for my top 7 benefits of CoQ10

     

    • Treat symptoms of fybromaliga - Supplementing with CoQ10 has shown to help decrease the symptoms associated with fybromaliga.

     

    • Required for our cells to produce ATP energy from the foods we eat.

     

    • Slow down ageing - supplementing
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  9. Weekly Tip - L Carnitine Benefits

    Amino acids are the building blocks for protein and make up a large part of our muscle and tissue. L-carnitine is formed from the amino acids lysine and methionine. Both of these amino acids are essential, meaning our body cannot make them so we need to make sure we are getting them though our diet or supplement form. Examples of food groups that contain L-carnitine are Dairy, meat and poultry.
     
    • Helps regulate blood sugar - studies have shown that L- carnitine can help improve insulin sensitivity.
    • Helps prevent muscle damage - a study done on athletes taking L- carnitine showed that those who took L-carnitine vs the placebo were found to have lower levels of the markers that indicate muscle damage.
    • Increasing exercise endurance - L-carnitine carries fatty acids into our cells mitochondria where they can be burnt and used for energy.
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  10. Anxiety

    We are all effected differently when it comes to anxiety, what causes you anxiety might not worry someone else in the slightest. Often if we don’t speak up, those around us won’t know that we are feeling anxious, and will be completely unaware of how their actions or the situation is making us feel. Over the years I have really had to push myself and learn to say no to situations that I know would cause me to feel anxious.
     
    The main signs you would commonly experience when suffering from anxiety are - uneasiness, worry, nervousness restlessness, irritability and stress. We all feel like this from time to time, but thankfully that feeling usually passes. For some people though it can be a more persistent, more uncontrollable feeling of the above signs that doesn't go away. It can be constant or come and go, it can last anywhere from minutes to months to even years! Chronic anxiety can have a knock-on effect on all areas of our life. It can
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