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Ger’s January 2018 Monthly Update!

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A fresh new year is upon us once again, a blank page to fill however you wish.  It’s time to acknowledge all our achievements of the past year and be excited for what you can achieve in the coming one. We, in Only Natural, are here to help you on that journey and we think we’ve made it a bit easier for you to know exactly who to ask.

Getting to Know Us

We’ve just festooned our hallway with some rather dashing pictures of ourselves and I hope it’s going to serve a little more than our vanity. We’re currently eight in Only Natural and, despite our common passion for natural health, I think we’re a pretty diverse group of individuals. Each of us has particular interests and strengths (from essential oils to gluten free food, from sports nutrition to natural bodycare) within the sector so we thought we’d put that out there a bit so you know who to ask about an area of particular interest to you or a problem you need help with. So check them out next time you’re in the shop, the theory is ‘Get to know us better and you’ll get more out of your interactions with us.’

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Therapist of the Month – Herbalist Diann Fletcher Jones

A New Herbalist for Wexford

We’re delighted to announce that Diann Fletcher Jones, whom we’ve worked with previously in her roles as eating disorder Councellor and Raw Food Chef, has just completed her 4 year course in the Masterherbalist Tradition with the Irish School of Herbal Medicine in Portlaoise and is now practicing in Wexford.
Diann’s background in psychiatric nursing and the knowledge of the workings of conventional medicine that that entails has given her a unique knowledge basis from which to approach the treatment of illness. However her training (involving 600 supervised clinical hours spent in the herbal medicine clinic in Portlaoise) has led her to an approach which is anything but ‘conventional’ in the sense that allopathic medicine can be conventional. Rather her approach is holistic in the best sense of the word.

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Happy New Year, Happy New You

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Only Natural Health Store and Spiritual Earth bring you 5 nights of education, fun, transformation and inspiration. Learn how to deal holistically with some of today’s greatest challenges.
Jan 12   Detox for vitality and healthy weight management
Jan 19    Sleep better, stress less
Jan 26   Pain and how to manage it
Feb 2    Overcome depression and low mood
Feb 9    How to have more energy than you know what to do with
 
Sessions are from 7 to 9 in Only Natural every Thursday, guest therapists will be invited to contribute and refreshments and healthy treats will be served.  The cost is €12.50 per session or €50 to attend all 5 evenings. 
Bookings and information on 053 91 23236 or 087 7426 380.  Places limited so early booking is advised.  Gift vouchers are also available.  
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Product of the Month – Viridian 7 Day Sugar Detox

Product of the Month Viridian 7 Day Sugar Detox

Sugar is the new smoking; it is addictive and linked to a wide range of serious health problems and, like cigarettes 20 years ago, there are no health warnings on high-sugar foods.  Sugar and refined carbohydrates from white bread, pasta, bakery items, cereals and sweetened beverages can disrupt your blood sugar balance over time. Another problem is that sugar makes healthy food taste worse, as our taste buds are conditioned to the sweetness of sugary foods.

Recently a sugar detox was found to be a very successful way to reduce sugar cravings (within a few days), reduce desire for sugary foods, and improve the taste of healthier alternatives. A sugar detox could be the start of your road to better energy levels, better mood and a whole list of other ‘betters’.

Viridian, the company we love for their ethical stance just as for their brilliantly effective products, have just brought out a great tool in the fight to change our sugary ways, The 7 Day Sugar Detox. The great thing is that it’s not just a product (although the combination of cinnamon and chromium that it contains probably is THE nutritional path to better blood sugar balance), it also comes with great support in the form of a free app which helps you track just how much sugar, much of it hidden in foods, you’re currently eating, how to make better food choices to support the supplement’s action and lots of information on just how refined carbohydrates are bad for your metabolism.

Product of the Month Viridian 7 Day Sugar Detox

There’s even a suggested mealplan and recipes for each meal of the day, with many of them from, our friend of the store, Oliver McCabe’s Fuel Food Cookbook (Viridian and Oliver are now working closely together).  You can view the meal plans, recipes and shopping list here so there’s no guessing work!

We’re hugely behind this great new tool on the road to better health, so much so that’s we’re prepared to do it ourselves!  So make sure you keep an eye on our Facebook page to see how we’re getting on!  And at less than €10 for a week’s supply what have you got to lose (except low mood and energy and a few inches round the waistline maybe?).

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Aromatherapy for Detox

Armatheraphy for Detox Lavender
This the season for detox and, while many of us know about herbs to promote the body’s cleansing process, we’re less likely to think of using aromatherapy. Ellen from Atlantic Aromatics, whose excellent essential oils we’ve sold from the very beginning of Only Natural, put her thoughts on the matter together for us and here they are. So have a read and get blending, use the relaxing and mood balancing properties of essential oils to make your new year detox all the more pleasurable and effective.

Aromatherapy and Detox

Detox is a word we hear a lot about in general these days and while there may be mixed messages about detoxing (especially in marketing blurb promoting the magical detox effects of a certain product) it does suggest that people are thinking about their health which is good.  Let’s try to get a bit of clarity about this matter.

Detoxification is “the metabolic process by which toxins are changed into less toxic or more readily excretable substances” (Dictionary.com).   Our organs all play a part in this process:, sweat from skin, urine from kidneys, C02 from our lungs etc.  Effectively this means we are detoxifying all the time, yeahhhh!  A healthy diet, daily exercise and balanced lifestyle all have a vital role to play in reducing toxins and therefore making the natural ongoing process of detoxifying less of a burden on the body and the organs performing this metabolic process.

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Nichola on the Radio

Nichola Forrest

Join Nichola for her monthly slot on The Morning Mix with Alan Corcoran on Friday 25th November at 11.15am.  This month Nichola will be talking about Liver Health and Detoxing.  We all know that for some of us the indulgences of the festive season can put an additional burden on our bodies, especially the liver so Nichola will be able to give you advice on what you can do beforehand to be able to enjoy all the festivities!

So make sure to tune into South East Radio this coming Friday at 11.15am and hopefully Nichola can help you have a very happy holiday season!

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Give Your Liver A Helping Hand This Christmas!

Give your liver a helping hand

The season of indulgence is on us and indulgence inevitably leads to stress for the liver and possibly also for the waistline so this year why not take a few simple steps to boost your liver’s function before Christmas? We’re on a mission in Only Natural, we just did some great training with Caroline Harmer who works with Renew Life UK, the leaders in natural health supplements for digestion and metabolism and here’s Caroline’s considered take on what you can do right now to guarantee a happier, healthier Christmas and beyond.

Looking after your liver during the Christmas party season

Many people find themselves thinking about cleansing in January and detoxing their liver following the Christmas festivities. But there are things you can do to support your livers health while indulging in festive food and drink.

The liver is your major detoxification organ, performing over 500 functions in the body. Even with healthy organic eating, purified water, restful sleep, and regular physical activity, in today’s modern world the liver requires additional support to keep up with everyday stressors, environmental pollution, and chemical toxins.

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LiverDTX from Renew Life – Product of the Month

Product of the Month LiverDTX
Now that you’re convinced to act now rather than let the Christmas splurge leave you in even more dire need of this product here are some details of just how it works!

LiverDTX is a unique, 30-day two-part cleansing program designed to cleanse and detoxify the liver, while at the same time, support and enhance normal liver function.

LiverDTX Part 1 contains herbs which have long been used by tradition practitioners to support detoxification of the liver. Part 2 contains a blend of amino acids and amino acid derivatives that help support optimal liver function, including bile production, and antioxidants.

LiverDTX works on many different levels. First, it works to enhance the natural detoxification action of the liver by enhancing both Phase 1 and Phase 2 liver detoxification. Second, LiverDTX works to support and enhance liver function, such as the production of hormones, enzymes, and regulation of blood sugar levels. In this way, LiverDTX not only helps support the liver, but thousands of bodily processes that are necessary for optimal health.

LiverDTX also helps stimulate the liver’s production of bile, which is used to emulsify dietary fat. Bile is also used as a vehicle to carry toxins into the small intestine, where they are absorbed by fibre and removed from the body through the colon.

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Time to Renew

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Digestion and elimination! Yes I’m on my soapbox again, effective digestion and effective elimination are the two cornerstones of good health and when they break down due to poor diet or lifestyle choices that’s when the whole gamut of diseases we think of as ‘modern’ illnesses (inflammation of skin, joints or digestive system) kick in and take their toll.
So it’s a new year, Christmas was a blast hopefully, but now it’s time to look forward, get into shape and feel good in 2016.

Enter Renew Life. This is a Company who’s products we only took on in a serious way this year but already we love them and are seeing real results. As with many very successful companies this one was born from the experiences and drive of one person and has chosen to specialise in one area, in this case digestion and elimination. They’ve chosen to make a small and highly specialized product range where quality and effectiveness are paramount. Of the vast number of probiotics on the UK market Renew Life’s Ultimate Flora Critical Care took the accolade for Harper’s Bazaar Best Probiotic 2015 which says a lot!

To understand what makes Renew Life a special company, one must first know the story of Brenda Watson, who founded Renew Life in 1997. Suffering from poor health and chronic aliments, Brenda began her journey towards better health by embracing the philosophies of Bernard Jensen (a holistic nutritionist and pioneer in the health field). She quickly realized that through cleansing and proper dietary choices, her health was improving for the better.

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