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Health Zone

In the health zone we have highlighted some very obvious aspects to leading and living a healthier life. Sometimes a brief reminder of these things is all that is needed to help re-direct your aims away from the strains and stresses of everyday life and concentrate on the very thing which is the key to all other things – good health. Without good health you are not focused, alert, motivated, fresh, calm, collective and in touch with what is going on around you.

It is our belief that the answers to today’s challenges can to be found in nature itself. Whether it is utilising 100% natural products, going for a walk or a run in the fresh air, eating organic fresh foods etc, nature plays an important role.

Your health

All of us are subjected to the immune suppressing action of ageing, environmental contaminants, chemical in foods and water, disease and the stresses of a fast paced lifestyle. Over time, it can become the cause of inducing various disabilities or diseases both in physical and mental states with cancer and cardiovascular disease being the two which are most recognised. Arthritis, allergies, obesity, and many skin problems are others. In addition, a wide range of symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, pains, coughs, gastrointestinal problems, and problems from immune weakness, can be related to toxicity.

Toxicity occurs on two basic levels - external and internal. In every day life we dispel external toxins when we shower, bath, wash our hands, rinse our mouth, and brush our teeth on a regular basis. Hygiene is essential in maintaining our health! If we neglect our body by not keeping it clean, we would soon find ourselves accumulating offensive agents leading to disease.

Detox and stress

How we manage stress remains the loadstar of optimal health. Its importance can not be overstated.

Stress is defined as a state of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter equilibrium. Physically, stress results from overused and fatigued organs. Psychologically, stress is the inability to cope with daily confrontations.

A few days spent detoxifying your system is one of the best ways to begin to de-stress your life. Detox is not just about food, Herbal Remedies, Aromatherapy, Ayuervedic medicine, Colour Therapy, Fitness, Homeopathy, Meditation, Reiki, Reflexology and Yoga are all used to restore and maintain balance. Embarking on a detox journey for health and vitality with a more peaceful lifestyle will help you sleep better, wake up earlier and enhance your energy levels.

Eating a well balanced diet is also crucial to preserving good health and in turn helps to reduce stress levels. Certain foods and drinks act as powerful stimulants to the body and hence are a direct cause of stress. This stimulation, although quite pleasurable in the short term, may be quite harmful in the long term.

Foods to eat:

Whole grains promote production of the brain neurotransmitter serotonin, which increases your sense of well-being. Green, yellow, and orange vegetables are all rich in minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals, which boost immune response and protect against disease.

Foods to avoid:

Coffee and other caffeinated beverages: If you are currently addicted to coffee, drink black tea; it has less than a third of the caffeine of coffee, and none of the harmful oils. Fried foods and foods rich in fat are very immune-depressing. Reduce animal foods. High-protein foods elevate brain levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, both of which are associated with higher levels of anxiety and stress.

Detox & wellbeing

Get motivated!

A lack of motivation is one of the main problems for people embarking on a detox regime. But with the right preparation and mind set, you can clear all obstacles to reach a cleaner and healthier lifestyle - and maintain it. You might want to be fitter, healthier and in control of your life, but staying motivated on a detox programme may prove challenging. If you feel yourself weakening, think about the pay-off. Sticking to any kind of Detox programme will help to improve your appearance, energy levels and confidence, and in return reduce stress too. Although motivation often seems to be the missing ingredient when it comes to detoxing what you may not realise is that motivation isn't constant--it can change from day to day depending on your mood, goals and attitude. The trick is to find something (anything!) that gets you moving along the detox route and embrace a healthier lifestyle e.g. being able to fit into a favorite pair of jeans again or walking up hill without getting out of breath.

It's normal to experience cravings during a detox programme, especially for the things we want to wean ourselves off. Your thoughts influence your every action, including what you eat and how active you are. Therefore, the more deprived you feel whilst detoxing, the harder it will be to stick to your plan. On the other hand, if you think positively - that eating better and being more active makes you feel great, for example - your desire to succeed will remain. After all what is more beneficial to you, health and vitality or a cup of coffee? It is as easy as you make it. The feelings will pass and the key is to manage them until they do. Have some strategies to hand - go for a walk, do a spot of cleaning, go shopping or phone a friend - these will help you through the first few days of a detox programme.

Do not worry if you feel lightheaded, emotional or experience cravings for sugary foods as this can happen during any detox programme. Think of them as positive steps on your self-cleansing programme. It's not the end of the world if you do go off track. Put the incident behind you and continue with the detox. Visualise yourself successfully completing the programme and use this image to re-motivate yourself.

The affects of toxins

How are we affected by toxins?

These are just some of the symptoms that are directly associated with high toxicity levels:

  • Fatigue and chronic fatigue
  • Unclear Thinking
  • Memory Loss
  • Chronic Pain
  • Weak immune system
  • Weak thyroid
  • Arthritis
  • Constipation
  • Heart Disease
  • Skin Ailments
  • Headaches
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Mental confusion
  • Gastro-intestinal tract irregularities
  • Cardiovascular abnormalities
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Allergic reactions inc. hives, stuffy/runny nose, sneezing and coughing
  • Autoimmune disease inc. inflammatory and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Neurological disease such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
 
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