January 23, 2020

So,  this week started off with ‘Blue Monday’, apparently the most depressing day of the year.  There are many reasons that we can feel a bit down at this time of year – post Christmas bills, miserable cold days & much too long to wait until the next pay day.

For most of us, these are short lived feelings, but for some the problem lasts much longer and can be far more debilitating than just a desire to stay under the duvet all day.  Dietary and lifestyle changes can really help, but the health benefits of vitamin C when it comes to depression and anxiety are not widely known.

We’ve all heard of the benefits that it has on our immune system, but did you know Vitamin C deficiencies can cause depression and cravings for sugar too?

Stress and smoking can really use up our body’s supply of vitamin C.  Smoking reduces up to 40% of the body’s supply of vitamin C daily.  A non-smoker needs an average of about 1,000 mg of Vit C per day, whereas an average smoker may require about 3000 mg....

January 13, 2020

It's thought that a fortnight into January, people abandon their gym membership, fall back into unhealthy eating habits, or reach for that bottle of wine after persuading themselves to partake in Dry January.   But why can’t you stick with those resolutions? The key? Well, there are simple and manageable lifestyle changes that make a difference. Whether you take baby steps or big leaps, the choice is up to you.

According to psychologists, even though you might want fast results, you procrastinate. Sustained effort is key to success, so by wanting too much and therefore spreading yourself too thin, you end up at the starting line, feeling defeated already (and even less inclined to begin all over again if you need to).

Resolutions are a healthy way to reboot your life – but you need to keep them real.  The secret is to fashion long-term, reachable goals that contribute towards what everybody wants, in the end: happiness. Here’s how:

1. Your attitude determines your altitude. The way y...

January 7, 2020

The peri-menopause can be one of the trickiest times for women to get their head around. One minute you’re 30, full of energy to do all the things you want in your life. Yes, there may be challenges but none of them seem unmanageable. Life – especially when you look back – seemed pretty great. All of a sudden it seems life and age have snuck up on you. You’re just not quite the same person you used to be. You notice you get tired more easily, some days you’re literally dragging yourself through the day, you’ve lost your get up and go for no reason, the weight you used to be able to lose in the run-up to an important event stays stubbornly in place no matter what you try, and you can’t seem to shift that foggy feeling in your brain.

But it can’t be the menopause, right? You’re too young…The menopause actually refers to a time when you haven’t had a single period for at least a year. The run-up to it can last for years and it’s called the peri-menopause. Think of it as the menopause trans...

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