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Staying Well in Winter

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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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Ger’s June 2017 Update!!

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Hi everyone,
We hope you’re all enjoying the start of a great summer. In Only Natural we’re very excited as more opportunities present themselves for us to go in the direction we want to. It’s a new direction and it’s not, in ways we’re just going back to our roots. Over the next few months you’ll see us increase our offering of fresh, local produce, all produced by people who care as passionately as we do about wholefoods and how a diet firmly based on them really is the way to health and vitality.
As well as this we’ll be taking a serious look at sustainability and how we can help you, our customers, to make the most environmentally sound buying choices, whether that’s by buying organic, buying local or just minimizing packaging . Let’s look to the health of the planet as well as our own, after all they do go hand in hand. Yes these are lofty ideals but we can all make a difference, no matter how small, and we’d welcome any suggestions or comments you have so don’t be shy!

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Holiday Packing – What’s In Your Suitcase??

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Oh thank goodness it’s that time of year again when most off us head off for sunnier climates!! It’s time to soak up the sunshine, build up your Vitamin D reserves and get away from the stresses of everyday life.

We’re often asked here in Only Natural for suggestions on what to bring away, sometimes it’s gift ideas for someone moving overseas but most times it’s just for people who want to enjoy their trip as much as possible and be as comfortable as they can.  So we’ve compiled a list of what we would recommend gets packed in your suitcase or in your hand luggage.

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Raw Milk, the Benefits!

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We had been looking for a supplier of raw unpasteurized milk and dairy products for some time and are delighted to have discovered The Fermoy Natural Cheese Co. (check them out on Facebook), who are now supplying us with raw milk and hopefully soon raw cheese, yoghurt and kefir. Anna Skrine who works with us as a naturopath and food intolerance tester is also an advocate of the benefits of raw milk and here’s Anna’s take on just why it’s so much more wholesome and beneficial than the pasteurized version:

Anna-Skrine-photoWonderful News – Live Raw Milk is now available in Only Natural!

Live Raw Milk is a wonderful food source, and delicious! It is how nature intended it to be, and is alive because the natural lactic acid bacteria are still in it; and it is they that help you both to digest the milk, and make it easy to assimilate (i.e. absorb) into the body and use the calcium in the milk. Live raw milk has natural probiotics, such as such as lactobacillus acidophilus. The fats in raw milk, which are in their natural form (and so again easy to use in the body), contain all the fat-soluble vitamins – Vitamin A, D, E and K. The milk fat also contains Omega 3, and CLA (Omega 6), which has anti-carcinogenic properties, and incidentally is often used in products used for slimmers. In fact, the fat is the most important part of the milk! Live raw milk also contains Vitamin C and B vitamins.

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Time to Renew

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Digestion and elimination! Yes I’m on my soapbox again, effective digestion and effective elimination are the two cornerstones of good health and when they break down due to poor diet or lifestyle choices that’s when the whole gamut of diseases we think of as ‘modern’ illnesses (inflammation of skin, joints or digestive system) kick in and take their toll.
So it’s a new year, Christmas was a blast hopefully, but now it’s time to look forward, get into shape and feel good in 2016.

Enter Renew Life. This is a Company who’s products we only took on in a serious way this year but already we love them and are seeing real results. As with many very successful companies this one was born from the experiences and drive of one person and has chosen to specialise in one area, in this case digestion and elimination. They’ve chosen to make a small and highly specialized product range where quality and effectiveness are paramount. Of the vast number of probiotics on the UK market Renew Life’s Ultimate Flora Critical Care took the accolade for Harper’s Bazaar Best Probiotic 2015 which says a lot!

To understand what makes Renew Life a special company, one must first know the story of Brenda Watson, who founded Renew Life in 1997. Suffering from poor health and chronic aliments, Brenda began her journey towards better health by embracing the philosophies of Bernard Jensen (a holistic nutritionist and pioneer in the health field). She quickly realized that through cleansing and proper dietary choices, her health was improving for the better.

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