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Colin Smith of KI Health Instore

Colin Smith

Colin Smith, co-founder of KI Health Steps, is instore on 23rd and 24th November to showcase his range of natural supplements.  Colin has decades of experience in the health industry and through this experience he develped a range of supplements for cardiovascular health – KI Gold and KI Sport.

Colin will be in Only Natural from 11am to 3pm on both Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November when he will be offering tastings of these products and also going into the science behind them and how they work they work in the body. If you or anyone you know is concerned about their heart health make sure to call instore on either of these days to find out how you can help your heart out!

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Colin Smith – KI Health Steps

Colin Smith

We’re happy to be working with Colin Smith, Natural Health Practitioner from Ferns, whom many of you will have heard on South East Radio where he does a regular natural health spot. Resulting from many years of his own practice Colin has brought a remarkable range of health supplements aimed at general and, in particular cardiovascular, health to the market and here’s Colin’s own summing up of their benefits. Colin will be in Only Natural to introduce and sample his range on the 23rd and 24th of November so be sure to come in for a chat with him if you have any issues which he might be able to help you with on one of these days.

Putting Your Heart Into It

Ki Health Steps is a Wexford based company located in Ferns owned and managed by husband and wife team Colin & Lorraine Smith.

Colin has over 30 years’ experience working as an alternative therapist in many different sectors, specialising in Arthritis and cardiovascular issues as well as many other complaints. He has always had a passion for health and nutrition and how to help people live a long and healthy lifestyle in a simplistic way but also how to reverse illness. read more →

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Vitamin K, an update on its it’s benefits

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In 2003 Lipitor, a branded name for statins became the best-selling pharmaceutical drug in history. Due to their ability to bring down cholesterol levels, statins are today’s number one recommendation for cardiovascular disease even though now there is some doubt as to whether cholesterol is in fact the root cause of the problem (inflammation and oxidation are now suspected culprits). We’ve known for some time that statins have the undesirable side affect of depleting the body’s supplies of CoQ10, which is itself a prerequisite of heart health, but now it seems that they have the effect of depriving their users of an other important heart protective nutrient, Vitamin K.

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Magnesium Info. Instore

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Aoife from our most popular magnesium supplment, MAG365, is hosting an instore in Only Natural on Saturday 17th February from 11am to 3pm.

Magnesium is used in over 300 different bodily functions and can help with such things as energy production, building of strong bones and teeth, muscle cramping, headaches, migraines, period pain, restless legs, constipation and racing mind to name just a few! It is also one of the minerals that in today’s society a lot of people lack, especially due to stress and consumption of caffeine and alcohol.

If you would like to know exactly what taking a magnesium supplement might do for you make sure to pop in to have a chat with Aoife on Saturday 14th between 11amn and 3pm.

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Medicinal Mushrooms, Ancient Healing for the Modern World

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The use of medicinal mushrooms for healing and health enhancement goes back millennia in eastern cultures but relatively little is known about their properties and benefits in the west. Until recently that is, as health scientists have taken a serious interest in their uses and beneficial properties. We’ve just taken on a range in the form of dried mushroom powders and, as we’re keen to recommend them where appropriate, have been doing our research. The Company’s called Om Organic Mushroom Nutrition and they’re based in California. Their remit is to organically grow and minimally process (low temperature drying and powdering) the most potent medicinal mushrooms on the planet. They sell them individually and in combinations. Here’s some information I found on the web on just three of them Reishi, Chaga and Cordyceps.

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In China known as the “Mushroom of Immortality”, “The Great Protector” and “The Herb of Good Fortune” Modern Science is now validating these curious names given to what is truly an extraordinary substance. Reishi is one of the most researched herbal substances on the planet. Terry Willard’s book “Reishi: Mushroom of Spiritual Potency and Medical Marvel” sums up for us what numerous Modern Scientific Studies have revealed about Reishi. The following properties are all attributed to this amazing mushroom.

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Recipe of the Month – Molasses Oat Bran Cookies

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Oats are officially a superfood, they keep you fueled and energized, they keep you feeling full if you want to avoid cravings, they keep your digestion ‘right’ and they even contain compounds to keep you calm.
But what about the oatbran, this is the often quite finely milled outer husk of the oat grain? It’s special properties come from the fact that it’s a type of fiber called ‘soluble fibre’ with unique heart healthy, cholesterol busting properties.
You can simply throw a few tablespoons of oatbran into your granola or yoghurt or indeed you can make porridge from it on its own but with a little imagination it can become the basis for any number of baked delights. We asked Ruth, our in store super baker, for some ideas for oatbran and here’s what she came up with.

These cookies are crunchy and yet chewy in the middle! They are full of flavour from the spices and molasses, balanced out by the sugar. As this is Heart Health month at Only Natural, we decided to combine Oat Bran, a high-fibre food that can lower your cholesterol. We’ve also added molasses, which is rich in Iron.

We’ve used organic unrefined cane sugar as it has been minimally processed and hasn’t been exposed to the damaging pesticides present in conventionally grown sugarcane. Unrefined cane sugar also contains 17 amino acids, 11  minerals and 6 vitamins, including antioxidants that may help reverse oxidative damage.

These cookies are perfect with a cuppa!

Ingredients

165g Wholewheat Flour (use plain gluten-free flour for coeliac friendly version!)
135g Porridge Oats
100g Oat Bran
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
¼ teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Ginger
200g organic Unrefined Cane Sugar (e.g. Billingtons)
220ml Rapeseed Oil
1 large Egg
85g Molasses
Flaked Almonds to decorate

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Method

In a large bowl, thoroughly stir together flour, oats, oat bran, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger.
In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, oil, egg and molasses.
Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients and make sure it’s mixed through before putting in the fridge for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line three baking trays with parchment paper. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and space them evenly on each cookie sheet. Press down with palm of hand to make half inch thick rounds. Sprinkle tops lightly with flaked almonds. Bake for 7-10 minutes.

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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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Nichola on the Radio

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Join Nichola this month on The Morning Mix with Alan Corcoran on Friday 24th June at 11.15am.  This month Nichola will be talking about Heart Health and what you can do to make sure yours is ticking over smoothly!

Most people know that fish oils and COQ10 are great for a healthy heart but there is so much more you can do so make sure to tune into South East Radio this coming Friday at 11.15am and lets see if we can make your heart sing!

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