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Food Allergies and Intolerances

The Difference Between Allergies and Intolerances The symptoms of both conditions may be very similar and can even confuse the experts, as both cause unpleasant symptoms and inflammation! Generally food allergies are triggered by a protein and cause the body’s immune system to over react – with serious systemic symptoms (maybe life threatening). Food intolerances generally only affect…

The Importance of Strength Training

Whilst fitness disciples (and the media) often focus on cardiovascular training (eg cycling, running etc.), numerous studies have shown the importance of developing and maintaining strength for quality of life, longevity and avoiding chronic disease. Some researchers even suggest that strength training is similar to saving into a pension, as when we get older the…

The Real Causes of Aging and What We Can Do About It

There is a lot of research and scientific effort going on at the moment into understanding aging and the consequences of aging.  Most of this research is NOT concerned with extending lifespan but increasing our healthspan – that is reducing the length of time in later life when many people become chronically ill or frail….

Mindfulness and Yoga

In Yoga it is said that the nature of the mind is to become focussed on certain thoughts, desires and aversions.  This leads to samskaras forming in the individual mind.  This invariably leads to mental pain and distress. What is Mindfulness – “Paying attention on purpose to the present moment, without judgement” Jon Kabat Zinn MINDLESSNESS…

Metabolic Flexibility

We are often told a “calorie is a calorie” and the way to get fit and lose weight is by controlling our calorie (or energy) intake. General advice is that men need about 2500 KCal per day and women about 2000 KCal per day – however these guidelines are anything but scientific – the Food…

Really Want to Lose Weight this Year?

One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and become more healthy.  Yet every year more and more people become overweight or obese (in 2021 the % of overweight or obese adults in England and Wales was a massive 67%). There is a huge amount of data of the illnesses linked…

Balance and Health

The majority of people – including the inactive, active and very fit – tend to define balance as the ability to “not fall over”. However balance is much more than not falling and lack of it can negatively affect a number of major bodily systems.  It is also connected with increased risk of a number…

Yoga for Hayfever and Sinusitis

We all look forward to the warmth and longer days of Summer.  However for some people Summer can be a real challenge with hayfever and/or sinusitis. Well Yoga has a cure (possibly) in the form of Kapalabhati kriya.  This brilliant technique helps to clean the cranial and facial airways and leaves the practitioner energised. Start…

Stretching V Strength in Yoga

Up until recently Yoga was seen purely in terms of flexibility and it’s benefits. There are 2 questions that are now emerging after recent research – Is Yoga JUST about stretching and flexibility? How beneficial is stretching to our mental and physical health? Besides stretching Yoga has strength work, core work, balance/motor skills, breath work,…

The Cold Cure

As a society we have become obsessed with comfort and keep ourselves ourselves in an environment that promotes this.  We have centrally heated homes, hot tubs, air conditioning, cars with temperature control, food constantly available (and delivered to our doors if needed), covered shopping centres, medical care on hand 24 hours a day and all…