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Your gut microbiome is a vast community of trillions of bacteria and fungi that inhabit every nook and cranny of your gastrointestinal tract, and have a major influence on your metabolism, body weight, propensity to illness, immune system, appetite and mood. Each of these bacteria require different combinations of the chemical compounds found within our…

3 Good Reasons to Learn Something New

This month we’re encouraging you to run with your curiosity and try something new. Step out of your comfort zone and take the plunge! Here are 3 good reasons to give it a go: 1. Science:  The white matter in our brains (called myelin) helps to increase our performance and becomes more dense the more…

Our 3 Top Tips to Maintain a Healthy Body

Life is busy. It seems now we have less time than we did 10 years ago. So how do we maintain a healthy, active body and mind the older we get? It’s time to put a few key habits in place to ensure we maintain the healthy body and a strong, sharp mind. 1.  Maintain…

What are Good Fats?

The subject of fats can be incredibly confusing. We hear good, bad, trans, mono – how do we make sense of it all? Luckily, our nutritionist Nereda Merrin has done that for us. Here is the definitive guide to our favourites, the Good Fats. Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated fats Good fats come mainly from vegetables, nuts,…

Power of the Pose: Side Plank

This exercise is often overlooked in favour of the regular plank pose to build a strong core. This version of plank pose will ensure you target the quadratus lumborum, part of the posterior abdominal wall that plays an important role in avoiding back pain. Finnish researchers discovered that people with deficient muscle endurance in their…

Why We Need Resistance Exercise

We’ve all heard that doing resistance work is beneficial, whether it’s using weights, resistance bands or our own bodies. But what parts of the body does it help? 1. Bones: Resistance exercise helps to build strong bones and with great bone density we can avoid weakened bones and osteoporosis. 2. Heart: Improved heart health comes from including weights or…

Is your sleep on track?

Check the questions below (issued by the National Sleep Foundation) to see if your sleep is on track: You fall asleep within 15-20 minutes of lying down to sleep. You regularly sleep a total of seven to nine hours in a 24-hour period. While in your bed, your sleep is continuous—you don’t have long periods…

Connecting Mind & Body Through Breath

There is no denying our mind and body are fully connected. When we feel anxious and stressed we frequently experience non-specific aches, pains and tightness in the body. Here’s an easy breathing technique to relieve stress and generally improve your mood. Box or Four-Point Breathing is used frequently by athletes and people who work in stressful and…

What your sleeping position reveals

We all know how important it is to get enough sleep. We know that to function well each and every day our body and mind needs those valuable hours to rest and repair. It really is one of the most important elements to maintain your wellbeing. While you may be getting enough sleep, have you…

Are You Healthy The Size You’re At?

How you look in your favourite jeans or dress does not indicate whether your body (and mind) is healthy. It merely indicates that you are happy with your appearance in relation to the cultural norm. Good health is about so much more than how you look but so often a person’s lead reason to change…