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3 Things You Can Start Today to Change Your Life Forever

3 Things You Can Start Today to Change Your Life Forever

Living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to be about a drastic overhaul. As with many times in life, if you try to change too much too quickly, you can soon lose motivation.

Making small steps consistently will leave you in a far better place to achieve your goals.

So, what are things you can do TODAY, that will change your life for the better?

Drink more water

It’s recommended that you drink at least 2 litres of water, every day. If we’re honest, most of us don’t manage that on a regular basis.

Especially when you consider that tea and coffee are a diuretic, meaning that all those workplace brews are DEHYDRATING you!

As well as properly hydrating your body, drinking an appropriate amount of water also helps relieve fatigue, promotes weight loss, and can improve your complexion. Surely that’s enough of an incentive to drink more water.

Check your body’s minerals and deficiencies

Most people are completely unaware of the minerals or toxins in their body. You might ask, why is it important?

Well, one issue is heavy metals. They are present in all biological systems and they can also can be found in some pharmaceutical drugs but ideally levels of heavy metals should be as low as possible in the human body.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests a link between heavy metals and significant developmental and neurological damage to the brain. Toxic metals can have negative effects on the healthy development of babies and children and are linked to a multitude of serious health conditions.

Assess your body’s mineral deficiencies and toxin levels to find out if you need to make any serious changes to improve your health. A Nova Detox hair analysis test can check for mineral imbalances and determine concentrations of toxic heavy metal contaminants with a hair sample.

The results from the hair test are displayed in an easy to read graph and are accompanied by detailed dietary and supplement recommendations, a comprehensive mineral nutritional deficiency and toxic heavy metal report, as well as a patient and practitioner report of your metabolic profile.

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Get the right nutrients

Do you often feel low on energy, or do you pick up niggling illnesses on a regular basis?

This could be because your body is lacking in the right vitamins and minerals. A healthy, balanced diet is the best way to ensure you get the right amounts of the vitamins and minerals you need.

One example of a possible requirement is women thinking of having a baby. The NHS recommends women should take a folic acid supplement, as should any pregnant woman up to week 12 of her pregnancy. This can help to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.

In addition to this, it is recommended by the Department of Health that everyone over the age of five (including pregnant and breastfeeding women) should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement, particularly between October and March.

We have a wide range of vitamins and minerals available on our website. Find the right ones for you by clicking here

If you can get started with these 3 things today, you could well find yourself feeling fitter, happier, and pain-free.

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3 Essential Minerals You Are Probably Missing

3 Essential Minerals You Are Probably Missing

Minerals….

Everybody hears about them and knows they should ‘have them’ but don’t know what they are for.

Health fanatics talk about how important vitamins and minerals are for functioning properly and yet a lot of ‘health’ professionals don’t really know how much of each mineral is required. More importantly, they don’t realise they are specific to each person.

We are here to make it easier for you. We are going to look at three of the most important minerals you should have which are Magnesium, Calcium and Selenium.

Magnesium…

This is particularly important for women and, put in simple terms, it is vital for energy production, nutrient metabolism, cell and bone formation, and blood coagulation. Let us explain.

Energy production is pretty straight forward, if you are feeling low in energy then you may be lacking in magnesium. It can be taken in capsule form and now it is most commonly known to be found in Epsom Salts. These are great by the way because anything you put on to your skin is soaked through in 16 seconds so it reaches your blood supply quicker to be carried around your body.

Cell and bone formation are common sense and blood coagulation is essentially blood transforming from a liquid to a gel like texture to clot, which is absolutely vital if you cut yourself as it prevents further blood loss.

Calcium…

This is similar in some respects to magnesium as it’s necessary for blood clotting and bone formation. It’s also vital though for regulating muscle contractions including your heartbeat.

You may be wondering what muscle contractions are vital for. Well, your muscles are connected to your bones so muscle contractions help you with flexibility and the movement of your bones. Oh let’s not forget calcium is good for healthy strong teeth too!

Selenium…

This is super important for cognitive function, a healthy immune system and fertility, would you believe?

Cognitive function is primarily concerned with the brain and covers memory, concentration, attention and retention of information. So, if you are feeling slightly brain foggy and have a short memory it’s definitely worth getting tested for this.

A lot of people suffer from colds and viruses but, if the immune system was healthy, then the person would be healthier too. A healthy immune system starts with the gut being 80% responsible for your immunity.

As for fertility, which relates to both men and women, some people see right past testing for minerals when it comes to this. Consequently, they just wouldn’t know if it was something as simple as a shortage of minerals in their system, particularly calcium.

Is it important getting tested for minerals then? Yes, you bet. Particularly based on the above, and healthy levels of those three minerals could already make a difference to your health.

The Nova hair analysis test can test for all three minerals above and more, and you can buy yours right here with the results coming in as little as a couple of weeks: Click here

What Your Hair Says About You

What Your Hair Says About You

Hair is so important to a person because it’s their identity. Women alone spend on average £460 a year on hair care and around 6 full days on washing and styling, and that’s just the time spent at home. Any time and money spent at salons is additional.

It’s important to most people how they look and you can tell the difference between the well groomed, and the folk that don’t put as much effort in. However, it’s not all about the styling. Whether you spend 6 minutes or 6 days a year on your hair it plays another important role.

Taking a strand of your hair and getting it tested can reveal a lot about your health. It can tell you which minerals you are deficient in and test toxin levels. So if you want to stay super healthy without leaving your home it may be a good way forward for you.

Let’s have a look at some other information and hair conditions your hair can tell you.

Dandruff

This is completely harmless and generally just dry flakey bits of scalp. You and your hair are probably dehydrated so make sure you drink plenty of water and get yourself a good hair treatment to moisturise intensely. Additionally, it could be a sign of dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis and, if this is the case, consult your doctor or an over the counter pharmacy if you are worried.

Sun Damage

Dry, brittle, bleached blonde, and split ends in your hair is usually a sign of too much sun. Wear a sun hat in really hot weather and get an intense hair mask, preferably one that you can leave in and has an SPF. This will help to protect you from the sun. Too much sun can burn your scalp which is a painful experience.

Shiny Hair

If your hair is looking and feeling a bit dull you can get it to look luscious through your diet. Go for foods contain Omega 3 such as oily fish, Vitamin A in carrots and spinach, Selenium through brazil nuts, and Zinc through cashew nuts.

Hair Loss and Alopecia

This is sometimes caused by stress and built up emotions that haven’t been released. Sometimes it comes from being too tough with your hair. Hair styles like pony tails, buns, plaits, pin ups, and head extensions all require harsh brushing. These can cause the hair to break and and fall out so be more gentle with that brush.

Drug Side Effects

Certain drugs for lowering cholesterol, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, birth control and menopause can cause hair loss. Generally though, when the drugs are stopped the hair does grow back.

Drug Testing

Did you know that you can be tested for drug abuse through your hair? In fact, it goes way back before urine samples. With your head hair it can detect as far back as 90 days and body hair 90+ days. Nobody really uses this anymore apart from the police but always something to bear in mind.

Brain Fog Anybody?

Did you know you can use hair testing as a blueprint to increase energy, reduce brain fog and increase performance? It detects what minerals are low in your system which are crucial for clarity, energy and performance.

Low Energy

If you have low energy you are likely to have certain minerals and nutrients missing and hair testing is a great way of finding out what you need. You can be tested for anything from Adrenal Fatigue, Inflammation and Thyroid Function to Mental Health. However, if you are concerned, please do seek medical advice.

The Hair Mineral Analysis Test will test for mineral deficiencies and toxin levels. Please note, that if you have any health concerns then you should visit your doctor as this test is not a replacement for professional medical advice.

At £69 though, it can give you peace of mind at home for staying in optimal health, plus you will receive a full lab report showing you every mineral and heavy metal level in your body.

5 Failed Dieting Fads

5 Failed Dieting Fads

It’s one thing that has never disappeared from our vocabulary. Diets.

Love them or hate them, a bit like Marmite, they are certainly here to stay. At any one point there are 1 in 4 of us on a diet, and yet it is reported that over half of the population are overweight. Some people are happy with the way they are, some don’t know which is the best diet is to follow, some diet day in and day out without really maintaining a healthy level of weight consistently.

Some diets came and went quicker than Wigfield on a Saturday night, and here we talk about those that were complete fads and thankfully are not too popular these days.

The Alkaline Diet

Cutting out dairy, meat, sweets, alcohol, caffeine, and processed food, it’s built around keeping your body in a good PH balance. However, there is little evidence to show that cutting out these foods affects it, and besides, your body is regulated to maintain a good PH balance anyway. This diet is extremely time consuming and particularly complicated, and there isn’t really a lot of evidence to say it has worked and can remain sustainable.

The Cabbage Soup Diet

Yuk! We don’t know anybody who could eat just cabbage soup three times a day for a week. It apparently worked because it was low calorie, full of water and fibre, and so essentially it helped you feel full for a longer period of time. However, there are healthier and more nutritious ways of doing this with a healthy eating regime with more variety than just cabbage.

The Sleeping Beauty Diet

It is true that sleeping well can help you lose weight because between the hours of 11pm and 3am, your body heals mentally and physically. So, you should certainly aim to be sound asleep between those hours. To claim though that you can diet through sleeping is a bit far-fetched, based more on the common sense that you are not going to eat whilst you are asleep. Everybody has a great life to live though so don’t sleep for too long.

The South Beach Diet

This originated in the US and was slowly drip fed to the UK about 10 years ago. Concentrating on lean protein, low fat dairy, grains, vegetables and fruit, it seemed to last a couple of years then disappeared again. First introduced by a US based cardiologist to help prevent heart disease, people realised you can achieve the same results by maintaining a healthy balanced diet.

The Atkins Diet

The ‘eat all the meat you want’ diet that significantly restricted your carb intake to begin with was all the rage a few years back. As with many other diets, the aim was to reduce sugar-fuelled foods and beverages as well as flour based products. All in all, there were claims that the diet lacked calcium, which as we know is important for bone density and health.

Always check with a medical professional before undertaking a particular diet, eat healthily, watch your alcohol intake, and maintain regular exercise. We have a wide range of products available to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle, browse the full selection here.

What Are The Benefits of Acai Berries?

Benefits of Acai Berries

Acai berries took the health market by storm about 7 years ago and became famous for their health benefits, and the fact that you don’t have to eat many each day to feel great.

Sometimes, away from the medical profession where tablets are dispensed a plenty, yet you still don’t feel as if they are helping you improve, a supplement is required. They support and supplement your system for optimal health and fill in the gaps of what you’re missing.

Acai berries are most definitely one of those superfoods. Whilst the word superfood has become slightly overused and some are getting fed up of hearing it, in this case it is still most definitely relevant.

Some of the benefits of this tiny fruit are:

Acai Berries For Your Heart

If you don’t look after your heart, it’s unlikely you are going to remain in optimal health for long. Acai berries offer the same benefit as red wine, obviously we are not talking alcohol here, and the berries are definitely better for you. They are loaded with anthocyanin which is an antioxidant and plant sterols which are naturally found in this tiny superfruit. Between them they help lower cholesterol, prevent blood clots, improve blood circulation, and relax all blood vessels to ensure a consistent blood flow to the heart and body.

Sex Life Gains With Acai Berries

Sometimes it’s not all about the woman. The Acai berry can burst into your life and your sex life. Because they are known to increase blood circulation, this can naturally boost your sex drive. Go on and try it. It can only do you good.

Weight Loss Diets With Acai Berries

Acai berries can provide a natural energy boost and help even out blood sugar levels. In which case, you are more likely to want to go to the gym to boost your exercise regime. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fibre to support a low calorie intake, and increased energy means you burn more fat. Always remember though you are looking to take these alongside a healthy diet and exercise.

Anti-ageing isn’t about how old you are

From sun damage, to alcohol, to stress which is one of the biggest contributing factors to looking older, a lot of people now want a solution to prevent it, or turn back time. With 10x the amount of antioxidants contained in grapes and 2x the amount in blueberries, antioxidants in Acai berries can help reverse or stop the anti-ageing process.

Do you want healthy skin?

Taken instead of chemically loaded skincare products, Acai berries that are full of antioxidants will give you a healthy glow. Plus, you have the added benefit of not smothering yourself in cream that doesn’t work. They can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions.

Take 4 a day to assist with any of the above but always seek medical advice first if you are already taking medication.

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