Category Archives: Body Talk

Body Talk 17/6/18

Scientists have finally done some positive research into the benefits of taking herbs and have found that there can be many benefits such as feeling calm, sleeping better and feeling more positive. They do this by increasing or reducing nerve cell activity. Botanical brain balms contain a range of ingredients with different remedies.Traditional plant medicines have a long legacy of safe use, having been taken for thousands of years.

Chilli oil is a very effective skin oil for aches and pains. It has been shown to reduce post shingles pain and back pain. It contains cayenne papper which knocks out receptors in the brain which induce pain.

If your memory is beginning to fail it may well be that you need to use a little lemon balm and sage to boost those little grey cells. Sage has been found to enhance memory and alertness and has also been found to be helfpful with Alzheimers.

White Willow is used for gout, sciatica and fevers as it contains aspirin, and has been found to be effective in studies for lower back pain. In some cases it has been shown to be as good if not more effective than aspirin, and doesn’t cause internal bleeding which can happen with aspirin.

Sage and lemon balm have been proven to improve recall, and you can use sage as a good antibiotic spray too on work surfaces.

Body Talk 10/6/18

Sometimes our diets go a bit too far, and we can get hooked . Eating disorders affect about 30 million Americans , and are mental illnesses, characterised by severe disruption to eating patterns. Full recovery is possible but it takes a long time. The causes can be many and varied; trauma, loss, illness, genetics are just a few, but whatever the cause it is sderious and often overlooked in today’s diet based culture.

The most imporytant action that a person can take on the road to recovery is to stop dieting. Food restriction and binging and purging are all too common in this disorder, so any kind of food regime is to be abandoned, and instead the focus turns to the reasons for the actions, and building self esteem.

It’s necessary to address the factors that maintain the disorders. It might include monitoring food intake and avoiding eating socially. It’s important to find different strategies around food and eating behaviours.

Continued concern for weight and shape is a safety behaviour that might indicate relapse, and asking about your size and shape and continually checking in the mirror.

Unconditional permission to eat is the exact opposite of an eating disorder. Food rules prompted study participants to over indulge.The freedom to eat when needed is an important part of trust and self care.

You have to learn to trust yourself and to respond to the signals that your body gives you.



Body Talk 3/6/18

Arthritis and asthma medication reduces the effects of Parkinson’s and is paving the way for new research. People who took this medication were found to suffer 20% less tremors.

It is possible that Parkinsons may be triggered by an over active immune system which the drugs work to reduce. Researchers are currently investigating people who have been newly diagnosed and hopefully those results willl be available soon. In addition research is also being carried out on a cocktail of medication which will assist the brain to repair itself, which will also be of use to patients who have suffered a stroke and also those who may be susceptible to Alzheimers.

It has also been reported in various studies that it is very bad for you if you don’t get the right amount of sleep, and, rather alarmingly, it has been found that the brain actually starts to eat itself if it doesn’t get that sleep healing time!

If you don’t get enough sleep your body goes into overdrive and certain of your brain cells start to eat each other, which may be why sleep is more important as you get older and those who don’t sleep well are more likely to report dementia onset and Alzheimers.

Women who sleep too much or too little had a 70% greater chance of having a stroke. The optimum amount of sleep has now been set at 7 hours. Prevention is better than cure, so make sure you get a good night’s sleep.


Body Talk 27/5/18

Insomnia is a very difficult subject to come to tems with, but unfortunately is all too common these days. There are a host of theories as to why it should happen; medical, nutritional and psychological. All of them have their benefits,there is no one answer to this ever growing problem.

There is also an increased risk of death, according to new research.A long term sleep study revealed chronic insomnia sufferers are more likely to die of any cause. The researchers found that lack of sleep can actually induce other severe health conditions.

The usual route is to take prescription medicines, but they can have many side effects including insomnia, which is rather ironic, and depression.

There are other things that you can do, more natural alternatives. Melatonin is a natural hormone which regulates the body clock, slow release melatonin was found to be a safe and effective treatment for more elderly sufferers.

L-tryptophan which is found in chocolate, oats, turkey and peanuts can also help to improve sleep quality. 5HTP a related compound, is also a promising treatment.

You coiud have low magnesium levels, especially if you suffer from restless leg syndrome. Vitamin B12 levels are also a possible cause if they are too low.

There are also many plant based remedies that have been linked to aiding sleep. Valerian, which is now a top selling naturalsleep aid. Hops, lemon balm, passionflower and chamomile are also useful too.


Body Talk 20/5/18

500,000 people in the Uk are apparently suffering from Coeliac Disease without even knowing it. It’s a disease where the body attacks itself, sending out antibodies to attack cells which it believes are harmful. Their body triggers an immune response to gluten in the gut and the immune system sends out responses which aren’t all tummy related.

It can often be misdiagnosed, which means that many are suffering. It can be that children miss days of school,adults miss days of work;  it can trigger depression, and, in terms of ongoing health, it can have a huge impact on life.

It isn’t all doom and gloom though, the symptoms can be reversed by cutting gluten out of the diet. Although it’s a problem that affects the gut, symptoms can be varied. Gastrointestinal problems are common, nausea, diarhoea and constipation can be wrongly linked to IBS.

Mouth ulcers can also be linked, and can be a symptom of a generally run down immune system.

Tiredness is almost an everyday symptom,but can also be linked to gluten intolerance.

Skin rashes can also be a problem, a rash like dermatitis can appear on the elbows and knees, and can be easily tested.

Anaemia can occur too, as can deficiencies in B vitamins.

Neurological problems can become apparent too. Co-ordination, balance and speech can be affected.

So there are a surprising range of symptoms that can be connected to Coeliac disease, if you feel that you can identify with these things then it may be time to visit your doctor and get tested,or try your own experimentation and try leaving gluten out of your diet and see if you can identify any changes as a result.


Body Talk 13/5/18

Love conquers all, so they say, but could being in love be bad for you?

You could be addicted to your partner in the same way as you can be addicted to drugs, food or alcohol! There are different signs that will tell if you are addicted to your partner. When the thrill of new love dies down, and the addiction sets in.

If you have to be with your partner constantly, this could be un unhealthy sign. If you annoy your friends to the extent that you have to be with them whatever the event, and it is invading your and their lives.

If you are regularly skipping work to see your partner, things could be getting out of control.

Maybe you are constantly buying presents for your partner or getting into debt because of them.

Time spent together should be enjoyable, if you don’t have other people or things in your life,things can become a little strained.
You may feel anxious when they’re not around, like when you go to bed at night,, or when you’re at work.

You should be able to enjoy time alone with your friends, and so should they, and if you can’t stop texting them while you’re out, that relationship may be unhealthy.

If you bump into their ex and get angry,if you pick fights about petty things, and if you feel  ecstatic when you’re together and miserable when they’re apart all could be signs of addiction.

If the housework doesn’t get done and if you were used to be spending time with friends and family and now you never see them, it could be time to have a rethink.

Set boundaries and start to love yourself first, and don’t be afraid to seek professional help. If you have an addictive personality, it is easy to become addicted to anything at all. Watch out for the signs.

Body Talk 6/5/18

Omega 3’s are essential fats that our bodies can’t make themselves,but are crucial for our heart and overall health. You can find them in flaxseeds and oily fish, poultry, omega 9 are found in cashews. Omega 7 can be found in salmon and anchovies, olive oil and macadamia.

News is just emerging as well that Sea Buckthorn is also a rich source of Omega 7.  The nutrients found in Sea Buckthorn oil is essential for the health of the mucus membranes, whose function is to keep our eyes, skin, mouth and intimate areas well lubricated.

They also have anti inflammatory effects, and could help to stave off hayfever. It’s great for vegetarians and vegans who don’t eat fish oil.

It can help with dry eyes which affect about 30% of the population.

It is great for the skin as it helps with the production of collagen,and can help with psoriasis and eczema, and mouth ulcers.

It can alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth and aid the production of saliva.

A diet rich in oily fish and green beans could help delay the menopause,but those who eat pasta and white rice and other refined carbohydrates could speed it up. Research has found that the natural age for menopause is 51, but those who ate green beans, peas, oily fish grapes and poultry delayed it for about a year, whereas those who were eating the refined carbohydrates started a year earlier.

So try to avoid, pasta, white rice, white bread, cakes and biscuits, not just for the menopause but for your health in general.

Body Talk 20/4/18

What effect is social media having on us all?

The older generation often worry about it’s effect on young people, but it is also taking its toll on those of us who aren’t so young!

It can cause anxiety and depression in the upper age groups too. Research has found that those aged 30-40 could be suffering more than we realise, and could be making that mid-life crisis worse. They are more likely to report problems with mental health, while those aged 18-29 are more likely to suffer no harm as they have grown up with it as a normal part of everyday life.

After 30 people are more likely to dwell on their life and compare to others in terms of what they have achieved and how successful they seem to be.

In their desire to validate accomplishments, they compare themselves to their peers, and, of course, the posts always look great, which may not be a true reflection of reality, but to those on the outside looking in, it can make them feel as though they don’t measure up.

The research found that 22% of those over 30 were receiving treatment for depression, but this wasn’t the case for those under 30. It may be because the younger generation stay in contact and don’t notice the changes so much, whereas the older generation are suddenly making contact with people after many years and can often be surprised by the difference in the lives of their peers.

Also the under 30’s are much more comfortable with sharing their innermost thoughts and problems online, and so have a built in support system.

Facebook in particular has been in the media a lot recently, and not in a good way, however, it has to be said that if used in a positive way it can be helpful to connect with groups and individuals who can enhance your life too. It all depends on the way you use it!

Body Talk 22/4/18

Bright electric light in the evenings can suppress melatonin production in young children, which basically interrupts the circadian rhythm,or sleep wake cycle, which can result in poor quality sleep, and possibly other serious problems in the future. Although this research was done with fluorescent lighting, the researchers said it would also apply to the use of mobile phones, tablets etc, late into the evening.

Excess evening light is part of the light pollution problem that many of us experience these days,which can also be from things like street lighting too. One of the causes of depression can be linked to excess exposure to light, another being social isolation, and these could be the reasons that so many more teenagers are suffering with mental health issues.

Migraine affects approximately one in seven people,but a new self injected drug could be the answer for millions of sufferers. This drug blocks pain signals in the brain, and a test group halved their number of headaches. 25 million days are lost each year in this country due to migraines. There has been no real advancement in this area for more than 20 years, so this drug could be the start of changes in this area.

Back pain is also very common but many patients are wrongly prescribed painkillers or told to rest when a few simple stretches and gentle exercise could be the answer, this is more effective than painkillers,which can induce various different reactions, including gastric problems.So check out a therapeutic yoga or pilates class to help ease out your back and maybe even stop the pain naturally.


Body Talk 15/4/18

Exercise is not just good for us,but for future generations too. Research has proved that parents who exercise are more likely to have children with improved abilities to learn.

It can apparently change DNA to the extent that it can enhance decision making and take in new information more easily, but it has only so far been tested on mice, but nevertheless it’s a good reason to get down to the gym! This research follows hot on the heels of another study that claimed dancing can boost your intelligence. People have to learn steps and stay in time to the beat which means they cannot lose concentration, so if the gym doesn’t seem appealing, then join your local dance class.

It has also been suggested that exercise such as walking and running could delay the onset of dementia. Being active several times a week keeps the parts of the brain associated with memory active as well.

Exercise can be seen as a maintenance programme for the brain.

An interesting fact, discovered recently, is that eating cheese three times per week could prevent men from developing osteoporosis. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work the same for women, who are more susceptible to this condition.

Another alarming fact is that tinned tuna contains 100 times more zinc than is safe for us. It’s to do with the canning process and the lining of the tin which is used for its anti-microbial properties and so prolongs shelf life. This is absorbed into the fish, and could be bad for the gut.