Hello there! I can’t quite believe where this month has gone – and what a selection of great British weather we’ve had! I hope the snow didn’t disrupt your lives too much. I have quite a few seasonal snippets for you today plus February offers especially for Valentine’s Day. Have a lovely day and let me know what you think of the newsletters. Thanks.
Valentine’s Day Gift Voucher
Chocolates and flowers are nice but how about a Tension Massage with the addition of an Energy Balance? This will leave your muscles feeling great as well as ensuring that your meridians and chakras are humming beautifully leaving you feeling more energised and on top form! £25.00 (takes 45 minutes) Please phone to order the voucher – I can post them out to you if you can’t collect and you can pay over the phone.
Keep those winter colds at bay
One of the most important minerals at this time of year is zinc. Without it the immune system, amongst other body systems, struggles to function effectively. All multi supplements will contain zinc but you can increase your intake by consuming more of the following: cashews, pecans, pine nuts, sunflower seeds and brazil nuts. Brazil nuts are pretty good because they also provide you with selenium which is a major player in keeping viruses from becoming more virulent. And finally Vitamin D (not just good for bones). At this time of year a lot of us are deficient in Vit D as we aren’t getting enough sunlight (another good excuse for that sunshine holiday – Vit D will store in the body for @ 3 weeks!). Vit D is found in oily fish (mackerel, herrings, salmon), oysters (Ohhh! maybe a Valentine’s Day meal with health in mind!?!), cottage cheese & eggs. Again all multis will have Vit D but make sure you’re getting D3 and not just a D derivative.
More bad news for Statins
Another piece of research is now linking statins with an increasing risk of developing diabetes so if all the bad news surrounding statins haven’t persuaded you to say no then if you have diabetes in the family it may be a good idea. I know your GP will be telling you you have to be on them but do your own research – the texts I’ve read are in agreement that only men with heart conditions benefit. If your cholesterol is high (and remember a couple of years ago 6.5 was fine! Gotta love those pharmaceutical companies and their paid research to bring the numbers down) there are other ways of improving the readings – ask me if you are interested.
Eating Animals – interesting reading
I read a book before Christmas about the whole journey of meat from field (or more often indoor facilities of various standards) to table. It makes fascinating reading and for those of you who are carnivores (and that is absolutely fine – I am a farmer’s daughter and although a vegetarian now am perfectly OK cooking meat for others) I would suggest giving it a go. After reading you may decide to choose your meat more carefully – never mind the ethics of keeping animals in horrendous conditions and then killing them without care – did you know that all animals that are not allowed to be outdoors have to be on antibiotics from day one? Maybe it’s not our GP’s who have created the problem with our antibiotics not working. There is another problem with this antibiotic use – it messes up the animals digestive system and alters their gut bacteria. So how does that affect us? The altered gut bacteria cause the animal and then us to gain weight!
I have no issue with an animal being given an antibiotic to treat it for a particular condition but to put them on them permanently because their immune systems are so weakened they can’t survive without? Apparently the poultry and pig industry are the main culprits here so maybe think about where your chicken and pork comes from a bit more. Your butcher should be able to tell you if it was pasture fed/free to roam throughout the year.
A piece of research has shown that people need to sleep in a completely darkened room. Even the dim light from a night light can be enough to adversely affect the chemical balance in the brain and over a period of months can lead to depression. So look at your bedroom and get rid of any light source at night. Let your brain know it’s night time so it can instruct the body to sleep well.
DNA and the bee
A lovely piece of research looked at what makes a bee a worker or a queen (their DNA is identical). They have found that queen bees are fed royal jelly (high in vitamins, minerals and enzymes) from day one whereas worker bees are not and this difference in diet switches certain parts of their DNA on and off and this makes the difference between the bees. So if you fancy improving the lot of your offspring make sure that they are fed the good stuff (fruit/veg/etc) – full of vitamins, minerals and enzymes – because the scientists think that it may be the same with us and that the diet when we’re young may make a bigger difference than we currently believe on our ability to achieve greater things in our life. Equally, just because you are no longer at the junior end of the spectrum don’t think that it doesn’t matter. Our DNA is being affected by our environment and that includes our diet every second.
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