Natures Aid

27/05/2020

4 ways to support a healthy immune response, naturally

The immune system is the guardian of our health.  Its job is to provide protection from invaders, germs and damaged cells.  It is made up of a vast network of different cells, tissues and organs, which all work together to keep the body as healthy as possible. If we get run down, or our immune system is not working as well as it should, we are more likely to catch colds, coughs and flu.  These four natural ways to support a healthy immune response, could be helpful in trying to... Read More

Holiday bugs and bites prevention

In my previous blog post on holiday health, I talked about taking good bacteria supplements to help prevent holiday tummy. In this blog I will continue along the same theme, looking at ways to prevent other holiday bug problems. HEALTHY FLYING As soon as we sit on an aeroplane, my husband turns off the air vents that are blowing at us – I think if he could sit there holding his breath throughout the flight, he would! The air circulation system is the perfect way to ensure that if one... Read More

27/05/2020

Good Mood Food? The link between bacteria and behaviour

AVOIDING THE ‘HOLIDAY DOG’ I remember well, as a child, being told to steer clear of any dogs we met on holiday – just in case they had rabies. A rabid dog is something of a horror story, but it is also a display of how dramatically a microbe can affect and alter behaviour. Dogs infected with rabies start to ‘foam at the mouth’, as their mouth overflows with virus-filled saliva. Previously calm, friendly dogs will go looking for a fight, as they are driven by the need to bite... Read More

27/05/2020

Good Bugs & Holiday Health

One type of bug, which has ruined many holidays (not just my own I am sure!), is the tummy bug. Exposing ourselves to new foods, different water and the heat, seems to be something almost guaranteed to lead those people with a sensitive digestive system to lose one or two days of their holiday every year to a bad stomach. Reviewing the research however, there may be things that we can do to try and prevent this problem. It seems that the answer may lie with so called ‘good bacteria’.... Read More

27/05/2020

Understanding blood sugar balance & insulin resistance

Type 2 diabetes is a condition which develops most often between the ages of 40 and 50. It is caused by the body becoming resistant to insulin – the substance produced by the pancreas to deal with sugars. There are many reasons why people may develop this condition, and some warning signs that you may be at risk: • Do you often feel hungry even after food? • Do you crave sweet food, bread or pasta? • Do you feel angry, irrational or upset when you are hungry? • Do... Read More

27/05/2020
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How can we use the ‘Stress Bucket’ analogy to support good mental health?

It is important to think about our mental health every day – even when things are going well. Taking note of our mental wellbeing during the good times, can help us to feel more resilient during the bad.When thinking about mental health, one of the best ways to understand why sometimes we can cope, and other times we cannot, is to use the analogy of the stress bucket.

06/01/2020

Why all the fuss about Omega 3?

The National Diet and Nutrition Survey has shown that only 4% of children are getting the suggested amount of oily fish in their diet. Oily fish provides an omega 3 fat called DHA – which has been shown to support healthy brain function. WHAT IS OMEGA 3? Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid found mainly in oily fish such as trout, salmon, sardines and mackerel. It is called an essential fatty acid because our body cannot produce it, so needs us to consume it in our diet or from... Read More

06/01/2020

Natural & Traditional Remedies for Cold & Flu

People are being urged not to see a doctor about cold and flu type infections. Why? In large part because of the ever increasing risks of antibiotic resistance. ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN A NUTSHELL Antibiotics have long been regarded as a miracle of modern medicine, helping to prevent and treat many dangerous bacterial infections.  However, decades of overuse have resulted in the bacteria they are designed to kill, starting to become ‘resistant’ to the effects of the antibiotics.  This means that bacterial infections are becoming harder to treat and that, in... Read More

24/12/2019
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A Quick Guide to Keto

Fans of the keto diet plan claim that it leads to effective and long-term weight loss, without any loss of muscle mass.  It is also said to provide sustained and reliable energy levels. WHAT IS A KETO DIET? Keto is short for ketosis; a state where the body is burning fat for energy instead of sugar.  The goal of the keto diet is to keep the body in a state of ketosis, so that fat is burned effectively. HOW DOES KETO WORK? The body has two main sources of energy:... Read More