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Nutrition and Cancer

May 19, 2020   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, News  //  No Comments

Cancer is a frightening but common word. Many have asked me this question: did you use your knowledge of nutrition in your journey of dealing with cancer. ABSOLUTELY!! Vital. Totally important. Completely relevant, wouldn’t be here writing this if I hadn’t.

Gut-Brain connection

May 19, 2020   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Nutrition  //  No Comments

In other words, the use of probiotics.

A lot of research is going on in this amazing connection between the gut and the brain. Pro-biotics rather than anti-biotics are words if you are new to tailored nutrition, that indicate we are discussing nutrients specific to the flora or micro nutrient in the digestive system. The health/balance of the digestive system is incredibly important to whole body, to the whole system. We are now aware of a vital connection with the working of the brain. If the microbiome in the gut is not ok, the brain energy will not be efficient.

Let’s cut to the quick! – I am focusing here on Anxiety and Depressive states. The main thing to look out for in the listed ingredients are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. If these two are the main ingredients you won’t go far wrong. Research may bring more to the front with time, which I will report.

Those especially new to this therapy need to be careful in their choice. There are very many of this supplement on the market. They can have side effects. They do need to be taken as instructed, either by your Nutritional Therapist, or you trust to the bottle instructions. This is because taken carelessly they could produce uncomfortable side effects, or certainly reactions. They are not dangerous if you know about them and how to handle the situation. Neither do you need to be afraid, anxious or panic – the very thing we are attempting to resolve with their use! So strongly suggest you speak with a Nutritional Therapist to ensure you don’t put yourself off before you get anywhere! Powerful, successful, enduring results will prevail, as powerful supplements they are – some needing refrigeration, some not. Some will not make it through the stomach acid. Some are powders, some are tablets, some are capsules. Your unique system needs specific care. Be nourished. Be well. Be in touch if you have need.

Magnesium for calm alertness/relaxed muscle power

May 13, 2020   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Nutrition, Uncategorized  //  No Comments

In these unprecedented days of continuous isolating yet public concern for everyone, there is plenty of recognised and understood upset, worry, strain, anxiety, stresses and pressures, constant ongoing obstacles to fulfilling our routines, usual, well known to us formats that sees our days moving along in a forward manner. All of sudden we are thrown into chaos, unknown territory, looking for guidance we all need to adhere to as a focused nation to come through the crisis as unscathed as possible. Not easy for very very many. Politicians in charge of our status seem as confused as the rest of us!

So we must absolutely must keep alert, aware, conscious of what we are doing, deciding, following, choosing. Choosing with care and thorough thoughtfulness what to eat, drink, do, remove, change, create etc from day to day, moving into different spheres and phases, dealing constantly with new processes to simply stay in the loop of life that is meaningful with pockets of enjoyment, contentment, hope and faith. Achieving this is different for everyone. Every person has a different set of circumstances.

And everyone has a different unique system. Accomplishing our day to day stuff takes its toll. Some more than others. But again, it depends where your whole person was when the Corona Virus shut down began. No one is immune from the challenges presented. You know when you could do with an extra top up of ease and comfort within ourselves as time runs on and we continue to stay under pressure. Food for pleasure is ok. We can do that.

Nutrients vital now to carry us through rely on working with the stressed out body systems. This is where MAGNESIUM is an important essential mineral at this time. It is needed in quite large quantity – depends as usual of course on your gender, age, situation. It is needed for metabolism, energy production, transmission of nerve reflexes, 350 approx enzymatic reactions exercise, muscular issues, inflammatory issues, high blood pressure and more.. PMT for example, asthma – all these conditions worsened by anxiety.

MAGNESIUM is found in muscle, soft tissue, fluids, and bone. We don’t get enough – we don’t take enough in our diet, our soil is too undernourished to enter the foodstuffs grown. LACK OF MAGNESIUM (over 70% in women and 50% of men according to recent surveys are not digesting enough MAGNESIUM). We are very susceptible to stress, lack of good sleep, headaches, chronic fatigue, poor bone health, and more issues, like heart problems, without SUFFICIENT MAGNESIUM. Chronic stress and long term stress/anxiety leads to more and more DEPLETION OF MAGNESIUM

In supplementation, you have choice of powder, tablets, skin spray and absorption via bath salt soaking. MAGNESIUM comes in many forms: citrate, elemental, oxide, carbonate, hydroxide. There are combination tablets too. Be in touch if you need help choosing which is the best for you.

Boost Immune System to be well – here’s how in simple ways to beat coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching, News, Nutrition, Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

The thing to remember is that anxiety/stress/fear – created by the C Virus news and more, challenges the immune system, it suffers, you suffer.

It is a complex system, a complex piece of armoury in the body/mind mechanism. Every day papers are published in research of how it operates. To date here are accepted positive actions YOU can take in a simple way to fit in easily with your life, to enhance and protect this so important body activity. It will support you then in your constant unseen work to protect you from all virus.

Feel EMPOWERED.. really think in this way. Your mind will then connect with mechanisms that automatically run along to protect your cells, to keep toxins at bay, to kill them as they produce. Your brain is stimulated by your thinking to instruct the body to be strong and well. So, Positive Thoughts are key. However, along with that are other powerful requirements, listed here.

EAT WELL. organic, or very clean, unprocessed foods. Mostly, if you can, plant based diet – unless you know better about your unique system, but always ask a nutritional therapist, who are qualified to discuss, if unsure! Phytonutrients are the ones to gather in. Plant foods are the right ingredients to succeed in this focus, such as Kiwi, Garlic, Onions, Ginger, Green Tea, Cruciferous Veg as per Broccoli, Cauli, Chinese Cabbage, Bok Choy, Berries, Red Grapes, Citrus Fruits, Red Peppers, Apples, Mushrooms. And all seeds as per sunflower to create antibodies. Supplements may be applicable to boost your levels. Again, speak with a nutritional therapist. There are specific known base nutrients that we need to have in good supply for the immune system to work efficiently.

EXERCISE: releases the nutrients via the bloodstream, which flows happily if encouraged by the heart picking up speed a little, and beating regularly and comfortably. Endorphins are released for feel good factors. All the best vitamins can be conducted to the places essentially required to function at optimum state. If you are already poorly or exhausted, go gently. You can do simple stretches, yoga, tai chi, gardening, walk in nature for example.

SLEEP: the exercise and the right nutrients at the right time of day, aid and good productive sleep – the healing balm. We know sleep is vital for healing. During this time of quietness, the brain can direct the renewal and restore procedures – while we aren’t interfering! Immune cells especially are increased with regular, relaxed sleep. Before or after sleep then, we can support our immune boost help with some –

MEDITATION: or at least some private to ourselves time, to gently nurture our responses, which are constantly commanded during our days. To be still, reflective, accepting of Self, deliberately promoting steady and –

DEEP BREATHING: which is proven to instantly calm the immune response, and all our body functioning. We cannot keep well and alert to incoming danger if we are distracted continually by outside stimuli. There are many breathing exercises to investigate, but start simply – using the diagphram. Ask for help if this is not understood. Yogi breathing uses this method from the start. It becomes a way of life, of living – the breathing you learn – to enhance every cell, to teach the immune system to relax and be nourished in oxygen. Perhaps try this: using the belly muscles, push them out, and bring in oxygen for the count of five. Hold for the same, release for the same count, slowly, deliberately. Do this many times. It is calming. You need to focus, it stops therefore, naturally, the mind busyness. You are filled with health supportive oxygen and release toxins. It feels great. Try it!

COMMUNICATE: – we can do this for others, and in support of ourselves better when calm and steady. Or because we aren’t and are reaching out. We can though engage our thoughtfulness and kind response if we know of someone vulnerable who may be frightened and or lonely in their days. These negative feelings are quick to gather and expand. Generally a kind or understanding conversation, or sharing of upset can sooth the immune system and allow the continuation then of more supportive and positive vibes. So reach out for yourself or for others and “meet” to learn, improve, and genuinely care. This is why Life Coaching, or Mentoring works. The whole system begins to function in a positive well-being focused way.

Anne as a nutritional therapist is always happy to listen to your specific concerns. And will undoubtedly then find answers with you. REMOVE the FEAR. BUILD the CONFIDENCE of yourself and your IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Corona Virus Immune System support to avoid…

Mar 11, 2020   //   by Anne Russell   //   Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

Take a look at the blog to read how to support yourself through this global health danger

How to feed your mood

Feb 15, 2020   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Nutrition, Yoga  //  No Comments

Amazing research into how we can really give ourselves a lift in mood and motivation and energy and feel so much more in the right mood to move on with our life.

Microbiome of the gut is essential to well-being. It must be diverse and of multiple strains and in plenty supply. Those of you suffering daily with IBS, general low feelings, tummy upsets and digestive unrest are especially and quickly improved with the correct dosage of the correct pro/pre biotic.

This might sound like “what??” to you – please feel free to give me a ring or email for more explanation and direction.

It seems too from ongoing research around the world that gut “flora” is affecting many health conditions we want to improve. I have myself been using probiotics for around thirty years, not being able to tolerate anti-biotics. I wouldn’t be without. And so the gut-brain axis as we can acknowledge this connection now – is becoming an important and deeply interesting really does affect your mood. Lifts the senses from feeling “low”. Are you affected? Do you feel interested in learning more? Having this tailored to your system is so important. Your system is unique.

I am here to resolve these issues for you.

Nov 15, 2019   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Yoga  //  No Comments

Let us remind ourselves why we love YOGA!

It has us smile! Yes indeed. A smile that pervades the whole Being. It works to release tension. The physical body relaxes as it stretches and becomes supple. Regular yoga practice will reduce back pain. Chronic back pain will find relief. It has been noted in studies that blood pressure can lower. Heart rates come to settle into better rhythm. If too fast, it will slow, and if too slow it will normalise. Restless leg syndrome symptoms diminish. If we suffer from anxiety or depression or a sense of loneliness, these moods will improve. Yoga usually boosts mood. And, it does mean if done with thoughtfulness, we are living absolutely in the NOW. Not worrying about the future or regretting the past.

Breathing techniques pull the body and mind together in a positive fashion. Calmness descends and a sense of purpose results. Good feeling endorphins result with a happy yoga session. Muscles strengthen and lengthen. Balance becomes steady, which reduces the concern of falling. Posture improves dramatically which supports good breathing and a smooth supply of life affirming oxygen. Stiffness in the joints gradually reduces and all in all, we feel so much better, optimistic, motivated, settled, relaxed and yet energised. And sleep? Oh yes, we sleep soundly!

Just a few of the reasons we LOVE yoga!

Colour your world Beautiful

Oct 19, 2019   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching, Nu U Program  //  No Comments

Now we are in Autumn Days and Autumn Life, our whole world changes.

We look to wear different colours. We eat different food. We go different places. We sleep different hours. We talk different topics. We are excited by different things. We have different Energy. And that’s the point.

Be aware that your Energy is different, and that’s fine, that’s appropriate. What is not fine or appropriate is to resist the change, the difference to a few weeks ago when we were living in Summer. That attitude creates Stress. Stress we all know, we are well informed, goes against our Well Being.

I began this company many years ago, and found much resistance to the concepts that now we find usual. Back then, no one admitted to Stress. Now hardly anyone admits to No Stress! So what to do? Become Aware, of being in the Now, of learning to understand your system.

Hans Selye was the scientist who came up with the word Stress – and explained this was his word for the sensation of what was actually Change.

Some of us cope with Change, some of us find it a big challenge that causes un-ease, dis-stress, dis-comfort, worry. Worry exhausts us. Some do not know where to start. The good news is that there are many ways of overcoming this potential fear, this half-full glass attitude, this low mood, this whole world of fear. You can learn new strategies and enjoy that process of putting to right, what is mightily wrong. Put them to use to alter your life for the good, for ever.

Here at LifeHolistics, there are bountiful forms and ways that are tailored to your unique system. Via thought, realisations, new information (Coaching) food and drink (Nutritional Therapy) movement (Yoga one to one or group) breath (new amazing Breathing skills) deep relaxation (Reiki) cleansing (Reflexology) new colour decisions (Colour Therapy/analysis) empowering – all of the therapies available to this.

So let Autumn be the start of as said Nu U, or at least Changing with optimism, re-gaining perhaps your previous Energies, or new outlook that suddenly has you think you have indeed Coloured Your World Beautiful.

Be in Touch, to explore and change Stress into Excitement and Transformed Feelings which will create Positive Elements – that bring your existence into good shape.

Autumn Days

Sep 24, 2019   //   by Anne Russell   //   Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

Breathing exercises, deep breathing, slow breathes during the day help to bring in steady energy as the days lengthen and temperature cools.

Autumnal Days Wellness

Sep 24, 2019   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Nu U Program  //  No Comments

Autumn is here – we need to change our habits, our lifestyle, our diet, our environment. It can be a beautiful, warming time.

It’s a time to gather in, to collect, to gain from the summer abundance.

What does this mean then? Your habits need to be more connected with the change in temperature. Preparing for sleep a little earlier. Creating softer lighting for the evening. Having wraps and warmer clothing clean and ready. Planning your ideas for the coming winter activities that take note of the changing weather. Perhaps more baths with soothing/relaxing oils.

Perhaps the exercise needs to alter a little taking note of less energy already available: that the body may need to vary what exercise is taken to include the changing daylight hours, the lower and wetter conditions. Not expecting quite as much in stamina as energy is released to deal with the changes of everyday life.

The food we eat and the fluids we drink are so helpful, and need to be designed to cater for our changing needs, no matter how subtle. Soups are a glorious change for autumn days. Still packed with nutrients, but more quickly nourishing. A very fast way to introduce a huge variety of different vitamins, minerals, enzymes. The fruits come in bumper crops of our native apples, pears, vegetables, now becoming more root-type based. Internal warmth from warming foods gives us energy to feel comfortable and deal with external coldness, keeping muscles relaxed and ready to go! And importantly, keeps up the mood that often sunshine brings.

The environment we work/play and simply live in will change too. More unnatural lights pervade the day, in the office, in the home, in the gym, in the shops. They are decidedly energy sapping and headache making if not correctly aligned with our need for light. Attempt to find some daylight each day. Walk as much as possible in the outdoors, preferably near the green that is slowly turning to golds, browns, yellows and rust colours.

By these ways and acknowledgement of our changing environment, we are gathering and using the goodness already there, to prepare for the more challenging weather days yet to come.

Lots of ideas are available here at Life Holistics if you need more assistance in the changes that must be made now to prevent depressed days, weeks, aches in muscle and joint pain, too much weight gain from heavy foods, sore backs and distressed stomachs, turning to alcohol too much…. be in touch than be down in the dumps!