Five Ways To Boost Your Wellbeing This Autumn

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While the usual rumours of an Indian summer are circulating and temperatures are still well into double figures, there is no denying that summer is over and autumn is on its way. It’s getting dark at 7.30 pm and the days are certainly feeling shorter. Here are five ways to keep your energy levels high and boost your health this autumn…

Boost your immune system

In August, the NHS released its draft guidelines recommending we opt for natural remedies to support our immune systems rather than relying on medication to ease sore throats and common colds. If you’re prone to getting ill as soon as the weather changes start taking Daily Immunity now. With astragalus to boost your white blood cells and garlic to help fight off fungi and bacteria, taking two Daily Immunity supplements a day helps to support your immune system and protect against infections.

Switch up your vitamin D for autumn

Studies have been highlighting the link between vitamin D and the immune system, bone health and chronic illnesses for years. Yet, many of us don’t get the recommended amount of vitamin D, especially during the winter months. Experts tend to recommend anywhere between 2000iu and 4000iu of vitamin D per day should be sufficient. 

While it is possible to get vitamin D through a healthy diet, it’s thought that most of us only achieve about 10 percent of the recommended amount via this way. Therefore, lots of experts recommend we supplement vitamin D from October through to March. Better You’s D Lux 1000 Spray and the 3000 Spray are two of the most efficient supplements to top-up your  levels.

Avoid too much red meat

You might have lived on salads over the summer, but now autumn has arrived it’s time to start introducing warm food into your diet. Don’t over-indulge in hearty hot meals that can be hard to digest though. Chinese Medicine expert and acupuncturist Dr Phoebus Tian recommends avoiding red meat, particularly steak and opting for seasonal vegetables to ensure you get all the correct nutrients required at this time of year.  

Take time out

September and October are always a flurry of activity and then before you know it, it’s Christmas. Taking time out to switch-off and relax can make a whole world of difference. If you don’t have time to take a long, hot bath with Magnesium Oil Original Flakes, enlist the help of Magnesium Sleep Lotion. The lightweight lotion boosts your magnesium levels and not only helps to relax sore, tight muscles, but can also help you to drift off.

And, if you want to go the extra mile, invest in de Mamiel’s Anchor. The soothing balm includes watermelon seed oil and passionflower oil, which both maximise your body’s ability to absorb magnesium and B vitamins.

But don’t give up on the gym

A new study carried out by the University of British Columbia has suggested that our brains could be pre-wired to prefer lazing on the sofa and as a result, we’re getting lazier. As the evenings get darker it can be tempting to put-off going to the gym, but plenty of research has proven that exercising releases endorphins and can help reduce high stress and anxiety levels.

If you’re brave enough this autumn, one study has suggested that taking a daily dip in cold water can help fend off depression and anxiety. Writer Tina Gaudoin, who has written about her struggles with autoimmune disease, wrote about how wild swimming has helped keep her worries in check.

Why We’re Not Exercising To Lose Weight Anymore

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Exercising and weight loss have always been intrinsically linked for years, but new research has revealed that more and more women are working out for another reason. According to a recent poll of 2,000 gym goers, we’re hitting the treadmill to lower our blood pressure and cholesterol rather than drop the pounds.

Improving our health has officially become more important than loosening our waistbands. But, it has meant that more of us are being struck down by the next-day aches and pains, and in some cases injuries. The poll showed that women go to the gym around 15 times a month, which works out at three to four times a week. Yet, three fifths of those complained of tiredness and stiff, achy muscles after exercising. Read More…

Are You Missing Magnesium?

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Many of us are deficient in magnesium, which is known as nature’s tranquilliser. Among a host of functions, including bone building, it helps to relax muscles. It’s brilliant for aches and pains of any kind, as well as restless leg syndrome. Taking magnesium orally can cause diarrhoea, but it is absorbed well through the skin. Tipping magnesium flakes or oil into your bath is ideal, but if that gives you itchy skin, spray it liberally on sore parts of your body. Try Better You Magnesium Oil Spray Sensitive (£12.20) or Original Soak (£19.95). Read More…

Cold Weather Beauty

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There’s a reason they call this ‘the dead of winter’: just look at your dry, lacklustre skin, for a clue… It’s a fact: skin behaves differently, according to the seasons. In summer (with the right SPF) you can get away with skimping and still look great. But at this time of year, the plummeting thermometer can mean lizard lips, alligator elbows, chapped cheeks – and dull skin. So the cold weather watchword, regardless of skin type, is ‘more’. More moisturising, more gentle, more often.

Choose a gentle, water-soluble cleanser that’s non-irritating to skin. Balms or cleansing oils are perfect make-up-melting winter-weather skin choices. Remember: all these are best used with a muslin cloth, konjac sponge or washcloth, which you can use to rub gently at patches of dry skin, when the skin’s warm and damp. This buffing helps to remove the dead layers of skin which look matte and dull – and are the main reason skin is less vibrant-looking, at this time of year. (Just one warning: never ‘pull’ at skin flakes, or you’ll tear off skin that’s not ready to be removed yet.) Read More…