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Holly from Viridian Instore Discussing All Things Magnesium

Viridian Natural Health Summit 2016

Holly from Viridian, the leading brand of ethical vitamins, is instore with us on Thursday 13th June from 1.45pm – 3.45pm.  Holly will be sharing her expertise and giving free healthcare consultations and also will be discussing the many, many benefits of magnesium, why we can be deficient and also offering tastings of their magnesium supplements and advising which one might be best for you.

Some of the things magnesium can help with are stress; sleep, anxiety, vertigo, migraines, period pain, muscle aches and pains, hormone and mood regulation and much more!

So if you have any health issues you would like advice on make sure to call in between 1.45pm and 3.45pm on Thursday 13th June to have a chat with the lovely Holly.

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Holly from Viridian Instore

Viridian Natural Health Summit 2016

Holly from Viridian, the leading brand of eithical vitamins, is instore with us on Thursday 7th February from 11.00am – 2.00pm.  Holly will be giving free healthcare consultations and also will be discussing the many, many benefits of magnesium, why we can be deficient and also offering tastings of their magnesium supplements.

So if you have any health issues you would like advice on make sure to call in between 11am and 2pm on Thursday 7th February to have a chat with the lovely Holly.

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Ger’s May 2017 Update

Ger's Monthly Update Only Natural
As summer approaches not everyone looks forward to this time of year as exam time is getting close again so don’t forget that there’s lots you can do to alleviate the stress of it and improve your chances of the good performance you deserve with some well chosen natural supplements. We’ll have some great promotions on these supplements all month.  Here’s a link to an Exam Preparation blogpost where we outline the options and we wish all you hard working students the very best!

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Viridian’s new Curcumin Latte Tasting Instore

Curcurmin Latter imageNew to Viridian and instore – Viridian’s Organic Curcumin Latte is a contemporary take on the traditional turmeric latte also known as ‘Golden Milk’ or ‘Haldi Ka Doodh’. Originating from South East Asia, Golden milk has a rich history of use and is a blend of turmeric root powder with aromatic spices such as ginger, cardamon and chilli stirred into warm milk. Viridian’s Organic Curcumin Latte features turmeric root extract with enhanced levels of the active compound known as curcumin.

Holly from Viridian will be instore on Tuesday 18th April from 2pm to 4pm offering tastings of this wonder drink and telling all about the multiple health benefits of turmeric.

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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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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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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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Product of the Month – Viridian Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3

Product of the Month Viridian Vitamin D

In my opinion Vitamin D3 is one of the most important nutrients, especially in winter. In fact the UK Government advises that people who are housebound or cover their skin for long periods, all pregnant and breastfeeding women, people over 65 years of age and infants from 6 months to aged 5 should take vitamin D supplements. While we can get some vitamin D from dietary sources such as fish, cheese, eggs and fortified foods, we mostly make it through sun exposure (and opportunity can be limited in Ireland). As we get almost no sun exposure in winter, supplementation is the only way to go. Apart completely from its role in maintaining good bone and muscle health it can be particularly beneficial in winter for two reasons.

Firstly it’s a direct stimulus for immunity. In particular it triggers and arms the body’s T cells, the cells in the body that seek out and destroy any invading bacteria and viruses. Secondly SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder (commonly called Winter Blues) seems to be more prevalent when vitamin D levels are low and research shows that supplementation can be an effective treatment for it. 
With this in mind we’ve taken on Viridian’s full Vitamin D range for the following reasons. Unlike many ranges Viridian supplements contain no fillers or excipients, every ingredient has a therapeutic value. They’re all vegan (Viridian use mushrooms and lichens as sources)  unlike many vitamin D supplements which derive from lanolin. They offer options in drops and capsule form which are suitable for all ages and needs. No other supplement company stands for ethics, sustainability and highest quality like Viridian does.
Product of the Month Viridian Vitamin D

And for the month of October we are offering 25% off the Viridian Vitamin D range which make them even better value!

  • Viridian D3 2,000iu 150caps regular price €39.10 offer price €29.32 you save €9.78
  • Viridian D3 2,000iu 60caps regular price €17.50 offer price €13.12 you save €4.38
  • Viridian D3 400iu 90caps regular price €15.50 offer price €11.62 you €3.88
  • Viridian D3 400iu 30caps regular price €7.85 offer price €5.89 you save €1.96
  • Viridian D3 liquid 50ml regular price €16.00 offer price €12.00 you save €4
  • Viridikid Vitamin D3 drops 30ml regular price €10.75 offer price €8.06 you save €2.69
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