Immune System

Staying Well in Winter

winter scene

The darker months of winter are a challenge to many of us when it comes to staying well with less daylight and harsher weather bringing what can seem like a maelstrom of colds and flus, coughs, sneezes and sore throats. Consequently in Health Stores we spend these months advising our customers just how not to succumb to winter ailments and here are our top tips. read more →

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Breast is Best!

Breastfeeding Only Natural
Who could deny that the best start in life for any child is the food that nature intended, mother’s milk? Not only is baby optimally nourished but their immune system also gets the kick start it needs from sharing mother’s probiotic organisms as well as which the physical and emotional mother/baby bond has every chance to flourish from day one to the benefit of both.
However it’s easy for a new mother to be overwhelmed by the birthing process, breastfeeding itself, which doesn’t always run smoothly, and all the big changes that happen at this time.
So we thought it would be good to run our next coffee morning around this topic. This is your chance to come in for a chat with other mothers who’ve learned from the experience (these include Chloé, Kim and Michelle on our own staff who’ll be happy to talk to you anytime they’re on the floor) as well as Nuria and Stephanie Murray, both very experienced Midwives and Lactation Consultants from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 7th October.

Hints and Tips

In advance of the day here are some hints and tips that we’ve put together to help to make the whole experience flow (pun intended).

-Weather and climate permitting, topless sunbathing before and after birth is a great way to help to toughen nipples especially if thrush is a problem.
-Feed on demand, follow your baby’s cues. Don’t wait ’til their hand is in their mouth, you want to feed them when they’re calm to establish a good latch. It is especially very important to feed them often during the first few weeks after birth to establish a good milk supply.

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Nichola on the Radio

NicholaJoin Nichola for her monthly slot on The Morning Mix with Alan Corcoran on Friday 7th October at 11.15am.  This month Nichola will be talking about Immunity and how we can help strengthen our immune systems coming into the cold of winter.

So make sure to tune into South East Radio this coming Friday at 11.15am and hopefully Nichola can help set you on the right path for the winter months ahead!

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Recipe of the Month – Bone Broth

Bone broth, the elixir of life?

Receipe of the Month Bone Broth
If you’re vegetarian or vegan look away now, this post isn’t for you. Bone broth is nothing more than a long simmered soup made from animal or fish bones plus vegetables and other seasonings if you like. It’s nothing new and forms part of practically every culture’s native culinary traditions. Our parents and grandparents certainly made soup from animal leftovers and now it seems that nutritionists are linking regular consumption of this with many, many benefits.

Here are the main benefits that I’ve come across. 

1. Heal and seal your gut. According to Jill Grunewald, a holistic nutrition coach and founder of Healthful Elements, a cup a day works miracles for leaky gut syndrome but it’s also good for protecting non-leaky guts. The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines. This helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances.

2. Protect your joints. Taking glucosamine supplements to help with joint pain has been common knowledge for years, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine too. But unlike pills, the broth also includes a host of other goodies that help keep your joints happy, healthy, and pain-free. The chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis.

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Staying Well This Winter, Some Product Updates

Winter’s on the way

And it’s time to think of how to stay well during the more challenging season ahead. We’ve given you the basics before. You know to eat well, to stay active and to keep mentally positive. You know about all the supplements that can keep your immune system fighting fit and we all have our favourites, from elderberry to olive leaf, from zinc to coltsfoot and from Manuka honey to probiotics.

So this time we thought we’d focus on the latest developments with just two of the most important winter supplements, Echinacea and vitamin D, what’s on the shelves and why we recommend them.

Echinacea

Firstly lets look at Echinacea, long revered and used by native Americans and first introduced to these shores in the 1980s. It soon became and still is a much loved and trusted herbal immune booster and has kept many a cold, flu and other infection at bay over the years.

In the last few years a home grown brand called Irish Botanica has appeared on the scene and has already gained a mighty reputation and a huge following. It’s one of a small but growing number of herbal tinctures and compounds brought to market by Irish herbalist David Foley. I spoke to David to get a sense why he chose to introduce an other range of tinctures to the Irish market and what was the ethos behind them. His answers were refreshingly simple.

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