by Calodagh McCumiskey, Spiritual Earth
Unhealthy stress affects everything from our sleep, to food habits, alcohol and sugar consumption, our biological age, mental and physical health, our ability to focus, our relationships – and our joy. Unaddressed, unhealthy stress can take over your life and cause a host of debilitating problems. read more →
A good night’s sleep is simply crucial for all aspects of health and happiness.
Anyone who has children will know all about sleep training and getting them back into regular circadian rhythms for back to school in September – well, it’s a similar concept for grown-ups. read more →
Nichola Forrest, Nutritonal Therapist B.A. HDipEd, DipNut IINH, mNTOI. See clients from Only Natural on Wednesday mornings, cost of appointment is €60 for the initial consultation and €40 for follow ups. For appointments ring or text 087 619 6831.
Nichola Forrest has kindly decided to share some of her nutritional tips with us, just little ways in which we can try to increase our nutritional intake. This blog will be updated month to month and we hope you’ll find it very informative.
Oil Pulling for Oral Health
This oral therapy is a type of Ayurvedic medicine that dates back 3,000 years and it involves swishing approximately 1 tablespoon of oil, preferably raw virgin coconut oil, around the mouth for 10-15 minutes.
Make sure to oil pull first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything. Swish the oil around for 10-15 minutes, do not gargle or swallow the oil. Spit out the oil, preferably into a bin, and then rinse your mouth and brush your teeth as normal.
Some of the reported benefits are: Whitens teeth; Strengthens teeth, gums and jaw; Prevents cavities and gingivitis; Banishes bad breath; Relieves headaches and hangovers; Helps you sleeps better; Clears sinuses; Detoxifies the body. read more →
It’s that time of year again for the kids to head back to school. As they dive in to classes, sports, and other after-school activities, it’s a good idea to take a few measures to help set them up for a healthy year. Here are our top 5 back to school health tips to think about.
It’s important for kids and adults to get enough sleep each night. Most adults need around eight hours of sleep every night with kids needing a little more. Sticking to a routine is important so those early mornings don’t become grumpy ones. Set them (and yourself) up for the day with a reasonable bedtime. read more →
Join Nichola for her monthly slot on The Morning Mix with Alan Corcoran on Friday 29th September at 11.15am.
This month Nichola will be discussing herbs and herbal remedies. Herbs have been used for centuries to treat many common and not so common conditions and Nichola will do her best to go through as many as she can such as menopausal support, sleep, stress, anti-viral and immune boosting. She will also be talking about herbalist David Foley and his Irish Botanica herbal range which are some of the most potent on the market.
So make sure to tune into South East Radio on Friday 29th September at 11.15am to hear what advice Nichola has to give.
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.
From a nutritional perspective, the first focus should always be on functional nutrition. This means eating correctly to maintain overall health, supporting the immune system and preventing injury. The second focus should be on performance nutrition. This is where specific fuelling for the exercise is taken into consideration, plus recovery and hydration plan.
Eat enough calories
The first priority in any training plan should be to eat enough calories. The only exception to this is where weight loss is a goal. It makes sense, especially during endurance training that more calories will be burned, therefore additional calories must be consumed. This is vital to maintain a positive energy balance. Not getting enough calories can lead to poor quality training, poor recovery, fatigue, weight loss and suppressed immune system to mention a few. Additional calories from healthy fats or carbohydrates could include; oily fish, avocado, mixed nuts and seeds, coconut oil, quinoa, rice, brown basmati rice, sweet potatoes, whole fruit etc.
Bone broth, the elixir of life?
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.