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How Are You Feeling? – A Song by Paula O’Reilly

How Are You Feeling Paula O'Reilly Aware

Grappling with mental health issues is part of life today. If you’re not personally affected then you probably know someone who is. A local woman is doing her bit to support Irish mental health charities and to raise awareness of how any one of us could help someone that needed it by simply reaching out to them.

Says Paula O’Reilly “I am a singer/songwriter from Adamstown in Co. Wexford and have released a single that I have written called How Are You Feeling? The song is available on iTunes etc with a focus on promoting positive mental health. 50% of proceeds from the song will go to the mental health charity Aware (www.aware.ie). The song just reminds you to ask those around you how are you doing.”

Here’s the itunes link so you can have a listen and maybe support Aware by buying the song and maybe also keep your eyes peeled for anyone who might just ‘need a chat’.

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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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Viridian Natural Health Summit 2016

Viridian Natural Health Summit 2016

Road Trip Time!

It’s well known that we love the big hearted brand Viridian here in Only Natural so when we were invited to their Natural Health Summit in London recently we knew we had to attend!

Viridian are known for doing things right – the company was founded on two fundamental principles; to develop a range of supplements with the highest possible ethical standards and to generate significant funds for children’s and environmental charities – so we knew their health summit would be no different.  It was an all-day event with a host of inspirational, world-leading experts.  The theme of the day was Transformation – transforming the health of people, lives, society, future generations and the planet.  So with that Nichola and Michelle headed off with open minds, hoping to come back all inspired.

The first and fourth speaker of the day was Deanna Minich and she was discussing ‘The Science of Colour and the Art of Healing’ and then delving into this in more detail in her afternoon talk on ‘Phytonutrients: Latest Science and Clinical Application.

Viridian Natural Health Summit Deanna MinichAccording to Deanna ‘We can think of food as pure physical nourishment – to give us the calories we need to function – to move, speak or think.  Or, we can expand our vision to encompass eating as something that connects us to our inner and outer landscapes – our emotions, creativity, mind, heart, truth, expression, intuition, and need for connection with the environment, people, animals, plants, earth, water, planet and universe.

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