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Salt is Salt is Salt!

Anna Skrine

An Anna Skrine Case Study

There are many types of salt that are currently used as condiments to food – table salt, sea salt, Himalayan salt, Low salt and herbal salt. Though some are marginally more nutritious than others, containing other minerals, in the end they all contain the salt sodium chloride in abundance. Himalayan salt, for instance, contains 98% sodium chloride, with just the remaining 2% making up other minerals. read more →

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Therapist of the Month – Olly Gogarty (N.C.E.F. A.C.E )

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Working on Wexford’s Fitness for 25 Years

I’ve known Olly Gogarty for at least the 25 years that he’s been offering fitness training in Wexford both in the Talbot Hotel Gym and under his own steam at Olly Gogarty Fitness.
When I asked Olly just what sets his offering apart from the many fitness classes/personal training options out there he was quick to inform me about just how all inclusive his approach is. Olly specializes in tailoring exercise programs of his designing to individuals’ strengths or indeed their possible limitations. With this in mind his first task is always to establish the individual’s health status as a starting point. “Everybody can be facilitated to some extent” says Olly “My mission is to empower you to become as fit as your potential allows by designing programmes that are effective, enjoyable and specific to you”. Currently Olly is working with clients suffering from MS, Spina Bifida, COPD, Depression and with clients suffering from and in remission from Cancer. His approach is to facilitate people’s journey to better fitness and the improved vitality that comes with it no matter what individual challenges they need to surmount. read more →

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Damien Wade, Wexford’s holistic gym instructor

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September’s here and Summer’s a fond memory so many of us are gearing up for a new schedule for the months ahead. Inevitably gyms, of which Wexford has many, get busy again. If you’re among those thinking if reacquainting yourself with treadmill and weights you might like to know about a gymnasium where the offering is subtly different, if you want it to be.

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Solgar Sports Nutrition talk by Paul Chamberlain

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In early May myself and two other staff members attended a sports nutrition training presented by Paul Chamberlain on behalf of our biggest brand, Solgar. Paul is a very well respected marathon and ultra-long distance runner. Nutritional requirement and supplementation were covered for both endurance and power and strength sports. Even though these two areas of sports are distinctly different, a lot of the basic principles are the same.

From a nutritional perspective, the first focus should always be on functional nutrition. This means eating correctly to maintain overall health, supporting the immune system and preventing injury. The second focus should be on performance nutrition. This is where specific fuelling for the exercise is taken into consideration, plus recovery and hydration plan.

Eat enough calories

The first priority in any training plan should be to eat enough calories. The only exception to this is where weight loss is a goal. It makes sense, especially during endurance training that more calories will be burned, therefore additional calories must be consumed. This is vital to maintain a positive energy balance. Not getting enough calories can lead to poor quality training, poor recovery, fatigue, weight loss and suppressed immune system to mention a few. Additional calories from healthy fats or carbohydrates could include; oily fish, avocado, mixed nuts and seeds, coconut oil, quinoa, rice, brown basmati rice, sweet potatoes, whole fruit etc.

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Happy New Year, Happy New You

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Would you like to maximize your potential for happiness and health in 2017? If so this is for you. Happy new year, happy new you is a holistic health and awareness programme put together by Spiritual Earth and Only Natural. It will take place over 5 Thursday evening sessions running from January 12th to February 9th 2017 from 7 – 9 pm. 
Gain insight and understanding of our most powerful tool – our mind and practical tools to find your way to health, energize your life, restore wellbeing and thrive at physical, mental and emotional levels.

Topics covered include:

The 5 sessions will deal with how to approach in a truly holistic way five common issues that can stand in the way of health and happiness in today’s world. These are as follows:

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

When we can change our mind we can change anything, change that happens in the mind can be sustained, if we are fully present in every moment we will move towards balance and alignment – bringing what we think, say and do all into balance. Learn tools to help you live in the moment and make the best of the moment and bring lasting, positive change to your life.

Our mind can be our best friend or our worst enemy – it is our ticket to happiness or misery – our choice – we can be the boss of our mind and our thoughts or we can be slaves. Learn how your mind works and how to use it to get the very best out of yourself and your life.

Learn how to use breathing techniques to ease pain and stress in the body, learn how to address emotions that may amplify pain – learn different, light gentle movements and techniques to ease pain in the body.

Putting it all into practice:

The programme is designed to introduce participants to all the paths to wellbeing from the physical such as diet, nutrition and exercise to the mental and spiritual paths of meditation and yoga and how to use them to overcome life’s physical and emotional challenges. It represents a unique synthesis of what Only Natural and Spiritual Earth are all about.
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The cost is €12 per session or €50 to attend all five, guest therapists will be invited to contribute and refreshments and healthy snacks will be served each night.
If you are looking for a boost – This could be just the gift for you and for friends and family –  An excellent Christmas gift, giving you the right start to 2017!  Gift vouchers are available from Spiritual Earth or Only Natural.  Call Spiritual Earth at 0871 335230 or call or visit Only Natural 053 912 3236 or book online.
Places are limited so it is advisable to book early.
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Men’s Health – It’s a Man Thing!

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The state of men’s health is in crisis. Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier. Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute.

This rather shocking statement is from the Movember Foundation website. Starting from a conversation between two Australian men in 2003 the Movember Foundation has brought the Men’s Health Cause to worldwide attention and Ireland is now firmly on board with events to raise awareness and funds happening all over the country this month.
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Men do seem to start at a disadvantage here, we just don’t talk about it! The 2011 E.C report into The State of Men’s Health in Europe says that ‘health is often socially constructed as a feminine concern so that men often feel they should appear unconcerned about their health thus presenting a ‘real’ male identity.’ Is it ‘real’ not to take care of yourself? I don’t think so! Once this stereotype is broken down we can admit to our concerns and get into the habit of voicing them, seriously looking at the lifestyle factors that are stopping men from having the same health expectations as women and addressing them and getting the routine health checks that spot symptoms before they turn into major issues. So perhaps the first step is to become ‘body aware’ and to be willing to seek help and advice at the first sign that anything might be wrong.
With regards to lifestyle the basic recommendations are valid for both sexes, eat a natural, wholefood diet and get enough exercise. The ‘gym shake’ is a great starting point for increasing your nutrient intake through food by looking at the many ‘superfood blends’ available specifically for this purpose.

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Don’t worry, be happy!

Whether we like it or not, stress is a fact of modern life, whether it’s the ongoing challenge of ‘managing’ life in this increasingly frantic world or coping with individual high stress events as life throws them at us. It is a natural reaction to events, our mind telling us to be alert and ready to navigate life’s difficulties. It only becomes a problem when that state of alertness becomes habitual. When we experience prolonged periods of worry and anxiousness so great that we start to become overwhelmed by them, then all sorts of things can go wrong. Firstly there’s the feeling itself, life’s joy becomes overshadowed by fear and worry and then other areas of life become affected. We don’t sleep well and don’t have the energy to function properly and our immune system brain fog imageand digestion come under pressure leading to sickness. Mental fog and poor or no decision making replace clarity of mind. Long term unresolved stress can lead to depression and isolation, not a pretty picture!
So whether you’re trying to cope with a tough period or event or fighting a longer battle to feel better remember the natural strategies and aids that can help. There are many herbal, homoeopathic and nutritional aids to combat excess stress, see our product of the month to see the effect some of these have on the body.

These are some lifestyle recommendations.

Eat plenty of whole grains, beans, nuts and green leafy vegetables, they provide B vitamins and Magnesium to support the adrenal glands. Fish, nuts, seeds and good vegetable oils help to balance your mood. Avoid tea and coffee which jangle the nerves (while matcha or powdered green tea can actually help them!) and be wary of alcohol (it’s actually depressive and in troubled times we’re more open to addiction).

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Healthy Heart Naturally – more than COQ10 and Fish Oils Supplements?

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As Ireland continues on the road to becoming Europe’s most obese nation avoidable deaths and diminished quality of life due to heart disease are still part of our health climate. Better heart health is achievable through lifestyle choices and, where applicable, preventative and remedial supplementation. Coronary heart disease involves damage and narrowing of arteries and veins resulting in the heart having a more difficult job to fulfill its function of pumping blood around the body resulting in an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Firstly reduce your exposure to the risk factors that predispose to heart disease. These include being overweight, smoking, excessive stress, insufficient exercise, raised cholesterol and diabetes.

A heart healthy diet includes lots of whole grains and vegetables, healthy fats from fish and vegetable sources, soluble fibre to both regulate the digestion and reduce cholesterol (oats and oat products like oat bran and oatcakes come to mind here) and heart healthy herbs such as garlic and turmeric.
Hawthorn is a very effective and quick acting remedy for high blood pressure.
If elevated cholesterol is a problem due to lifestyle or hereditary causes Red Yeast Rice (taken with COQ10 which is sometimes included in the supplement), Plant Sterol tablets (Irish made brand Zerochol comes to mind) and Soya Lecithin can all be beneficial.

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Ensure healthy levels of both calcium and magnesium. Calcium aids the heart’s read more →

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