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Nichola’s on the Radio discussing Menopause

Nichola Forrest

Join Nichola for her monthly slot on The Morning Mix with Alan Corcoran on Friday 2nd June at 11.15am.

This month Nichola will be discussing the menopause and different ways in which you can help get through it!  The symptoms of menopause are varied and differ from person to person but it can affect your mood, sleep, skin, hair, weight to name a few!!  But fear not there are things you can do to alleviate these symptoms, some simple, some not so simple but there are options!

So make sure to tune into South East Radio on Friday 2nd June at 11.15am to hear what advice Nichola has to give.

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Nichola’s on the Radio

Nichola Forrest

Join Nichola for her monthly slot on The Morning Mix with Alan Corcoran on Friday 27th January at 11.15am.

This month Nichola will be discussing a few different topics but a few simple changes can make a difference to all of them!  She is going to be discussing finding balance in your life, how to reduce stress and increase mood and energy.  It might sound complex but sometimes all it takes is one or two small changes to make a difference.

So make sure to tune into South East Radio on Friday 27th at 11.15am to hear what advice Nichola has to give!

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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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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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Product Review – Body Balance for a Healthy Heart

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Local innovation leads to a new heart health supplement

For over 10 years now David Burke has run a very successful naturopathic practice in Waterford, offering services including acidity and allergy testing, nutritional medicine, NLP and hypnotherapy. I spoke to Wexford man StephenBody Balance image Carr with whom David recently set up Celtic Nutrition. The Company’s aim is to bring David’s unique nutritional supplement formulas to the Irish marketplace. The first of these, Body Balance for a Healthy Heart, has just hit the shelves and we’re delighted to be stocking it in Only Natural.
My impression from speaking to Stephen is that David is more than passionate about his formulas, taking as long as it takes to get the right nutrients, in the right forms and dosages, in the right ratios and from the right sources for optimum benefits! Body Balance for a Healthy Heart is the result of long years of clinical practice and three years of product research.
According to the Company website “Most cardiovascular problems are created by one or all of three elements: blocking of arteries, stiffening of blood vessels and blood thickening. The ingredients of our “Healthy Heart” product have been specifically chosen and blended to combat these three elements.” Interestingly, although cardiac health is the main focus of Healthy Heart it has also been found to benefit sports/athletic performance as well as mood and clarity of mind.
It has a very comprehensive list of ingredients so I’ll just touch on some of the main ones here. See celticnutrition.ie for the full picture including testimonials.

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Featured Product – Mastermind by Revive Active

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Maximize your brain’s potential, good news for old and young!

As Irish students have just finished the mock exams and start the final push in preparation for the real thing it’s timely that Irish Company Galway Natural Health, the makers of Revive Active and Revive Active Joint, has just introduced its newest offering to the Irish Market. The new formula is aimed at providing key nutrients for mental performance and is called Mastermind. It’s aimed at both an older demographic keen to use natural supplements to keep the mind sharp and students seeking the same benefits for optimal study and exam performance.
Here are the supplement’s ingredients and their roles:

 

Mastermind Breakdown
Perfect for:
student-studyingSeniors – If preventative 1 sachet daily. If are starting to suffer from memory and cognitive deterioration, than can take 2 sachets daily (separately for the best effect).
Parents & Professionals – 1 sachet daily.
Students – 15 and up 1 sachet daily. Under 15 ½ sachet daily. Probably not necessary or needed for under 13.

Synapses – When you hear synapses, just think Brain Connections and Memories.
DHA, Uridine and Choline work in synergy to promote:
In General: Brain Function, Nervous System Function, Mental Performance, Cognitive Function
More Specific: Memory, Focus, Mood

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