Healthy Homegrown Top 10 For Keeping The Dr Away

We have all read about the governments recommendation that we eat 5 portions of fruit/veg per day and even more recently this has been increased to 7 with the main part of this being on vegetables rather than fruits.

However, come on now lets be honest about this – how many of us really do eat just 5 per day on a regular basis let alone 7?

Most people will hover around the 3 to 4 mark for most days and this most likely includes a couple of pieces of fruit.

I know for me the challenge lies not in disliking vegetables but in needing the inspiration and not having enough time to prepare my food particularly for lunchtime when not at home.

So, I thought that it might be a useful exercise to have a list of those veggies which are considered to be super veg – being a vegetable grower these are the ones that I grow every year without fail so that for at least a few months per year I have a ready supply of homegrown nutritious organic produce.

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Keeping Yourself Well

Keeping yourself fit and healthy is a multi pronged approach, which needs constant care and attention on all sides.

We need to be fit, well fed with the right sort of foods, we need to be mentally and emotionally balanced.  We need to get plenty of the right sort of sleep and to keep our bodies well maintained.

Quite a lot to think about, on top of everything else that we cram into already busy lives.

Here in the west we do not put a high priority on ‘looking after ourselves’.  We are happy to spend a lot of our hard earned money on expensive new clothes, nights out, eating out, treats and trips.  However, when it comes to spending on essential wellbeing then this tends to get overlooked as a ‘luxury’ we really cannot afford.

Ever get the feeling we are working back to front or inside out?

In the East particularly in India or China great emphasis is put on personal wellbeing.  Massage is an integral element...




Why An Adjustable Bed?

One question we keep getting asked time and time again is …. ‘Why would I buy and adjustable bed – just why are they so good?’

Well, this is a very good question and one that we are more than happy to answer as many times as is necessary.

You see an adjustable bed is good for so many things that it is easier to list and explain these rather than reeling them off in a very long list.

Let’s start with some background information about adjustable beds so that you can get a good idea of how they are so versatile.

Historically adjustable beds were they type of heavy clanky beds on wheels that you found in hospitals and nursing homes.  You know the type with the noisy foot pedals to enable you to lower or raise the bed with the cot sides to stop you from falling out.  On top of that they usually had a kind of clumsy ramp attachment at the top of the bed to enable you to be propped up with numerous pillows.  These beds...




Jim & Lucy’s New Mobility Bed

I have just come back from a very nice weekend away staying with family down south.  They have just moved into a lovely brand new home which is light bright airey and very modern.  One of those enviable homes, where you even get the kitchen appliances and wooden floors thrown in, (Bosch ones at that).  Apart from needing a few extra shelves and furniture adding absolutely nothing else needs doing.

So, the celebrate the new abode they decided that it was high time to invest in some really good new furniture to replace the cheap and cheerful stuff that has served them well over the last few years.  Money is no longer as tight as it was and quality and style were the order of the day.  Not to mention the fact that as they are now getting older comfort and ease of use was also a big factor.

So, imagine my delight when they showed me with great pride their new adjustable mobility bed.  At last,...




Adjustable Beds – Why You Might Just Benefit

 

Adjustable beds for many people invoke a picture of a metallic, clanky hospital bed that is both big and heavy and very very noisy.  Obviously not something that most of us would dream of having in our own homes.  We associate that picture in our minds with being ill in hospital.

Now look at it this way – we spend approximately one third of our lives in bed yes one third.  We take to our bed when we feel ill or need comfort or warmth.  Our bed is seen as a place of safety and security and we feel safe whilst there.  Whilst we sleep we go to far away places and let our subconscious mind deal with what it need to deal with and our physical body gets on with what it is supposed to be doing which is keeping fit and healthy so that we can become who we are meant to be – happy and healthy.

It is whilst we sleep that our bodies do the necessary repair and regeneration and so it stands to reason that if we do not get the right...




Massage For Helping Your Back

How many times have you got out of bed on a morning and felt that ‘twinge’ in your back?

Some days you know right from the start that you will have an uncomfortable day which if you are very unlucky may even stretch to several days.  You also know that in order to get some relief from the pain and discomfort that painkillers will be the order of the day added to heat/ice packs, hot baths and lots of backrubbing to try and loosen it up.

Deep joy!

This is reality for thousands of people week in and week out as we all know that according to official figures that back problems account for one of the biggest reasons for sick time from work.  Back problems not only make for great pain for us personally but also for your employer and the country as a result of lost work days and sick pay.

Here in the west we are not good at giving to ourselves to maintain good health.  We tend to regard having a massage as one of those luxuries that we...




Different Ways To Strengthen Your Spine

Keeping a strong and healthy spine is essential – as a recent injury taught me that even doing something which at the time seems to be a normal activity can sometimes go horribly wrong.  Keeping your spine strong and supple will always help to minimize injuries and problems and will help you to recover as fast as you can.

I know from experience that making the effort to leave your home to go to the gym is not always an appealing thought especially here in the UK when it is cold , dark and wet outside the last thing we want to do is to go outside.  I also know that even on a weekend in warm weather that we do not always have the time or inclination to make the effort to go to the gym.

So, that being said the easiest option is to make the most of being at home and use this to provide exercise.

·      Gardening – Just think about it all that digging and weeding is fantastic exercise...




Sleep Apnoea

Sleep apnoea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or shallow breaths whilst sleeping.  When the breathing stops it can be for 10 seconds to perhaps a minute or more and this causes sleep disturbance and also variation in blood oxygen levels.  The pause in breathing is called apnoea and where there is an episode of shallow breathing this is called hypopnea.

There are 3 different types of apnoea and there are tests available to determine which of these are the culprits.  Central apnoea is where the lack of breathing is caused by the respiratory system temporarily stopping.  The central nervous system is not working as it should be and so the messages from the brain to the respiratory centre are disrupted. Obstuctive apnoea is where there is an obstruction within the airway this type is often accompanied by snoring.  Mixed apnoea is a mixture of the 2.

Those who suffer with any type of...




Juice Cleansing And Fasting

 

Spring is a time where we take the opportunity to sweep away winter, brush down the cobwebs and start afresh with a rebirth.  We spring clean our homes, we spring clean our wardrobes as we put away the warm woolly clothes and many look to spring clean their bodies ready for a long hot summer of sunshine and fun.

Spring cleaning on all levels is about starting afresh from a clean clear base where we can feel good about ourselves and our homes – like they are new from scratch.

In all major religions there is the opportunity to fast and cleanse ourselves (Ramadam, Lent)  and for the human body it is a valuable time to cleanse the system of toxins whether they be physical, mental or emotional.

Most of the repair and regeneration of the human body is done at night whilst we are sleeping (a very good reason to make sure that you have the best adjustable bed that you can afford to buy) but...




Look After Your Spine – Pilates

 

Today Pilates is a very popular exercise regime, which in many circles is as highly regarded as Yoga for helping to keep the balance between both body and mind.

Pilates was developed Joseph Pilates a German, during the first half of the 20th century.  Joseph was a man ahead of his time for western Europe as he recognized that body and mind are closely linked and for good health to prevail then the 2 need to be in balance and harmony.

Like yoga, Pilates needs focus and control where the body and mind work together harmoniously.  Pilates help the body to strengthen and stretch which in turn improves balance, flexibility and posture.  The mindfulness when doing the exercises helps the focus and concentration and it creates a place of meditation like calm and peace.

The core muscles – the abdominals, hips, buttocks, thighs and lower back are seen as the powerhouse and this is where all movements begin flowing out to the...