Monthly Archives: November 2014

Why you need to stop taking antacids

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Antacids make it impossible to absorb minerals, digest food and leave calcium deposits around the body. The calcium deposits interfere with peristalsis in the bowels, cause kidney stones, arteriosclerosis in the blood vessel, including the blood vessels in the brain causing alzheimers and parkinsons disease.

To help with indigestion try peppermint or nettle tea.

If you have digestive issues and would more help contact Sarah or check out the website for more info.

 

5 reasons you need magnesium in your diet

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Magnesium is vital for many bodily functions but modern day diet leaves many deficient in this mineral.

  1. Magnesium controls the activity of the heart, helping to maintain a regular heart beat.
  2. Magnesium controls blood pressure and peripheral blood flow
  3. Magnesium controls the entry and release of calcium into cells
  4. Magnesium is responsible for muscle relaxation following muscle contraction.
  5. Magnesium controls neuromuscular transmissions.

 

A deficiency in magnesium can lead to arrhythmia and heart palpitations, muscle twitches, spasms and convulsions. Magnesium also plays a role in digestion and works in conjunction with several other minerals for absorption and transportation.

Food sources high in magnesium are spinach, nuts and seeds, mackerel, beans, lentils, whole grains and avocados.

Common conditions associated with a deficiency in magnesium are; arthritis, diabetes, gallbladder diseases, osteoporosis and gum disease.

If you want help with maintaining a healthy body through nutrition check out our website or contact Sarah.

 

Menopause belly fat

 

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Why females put weight on especially around their middles after the menopause.
When females hit menopause their levels of estrogen and progesterone drop. These 2 hormones are important for females in fighting weight gain. Estrogen is an insulin sensitising hormone, when insulin is high we become fat storers, so if estrogen isn’t present to fight insulin females will store fat around their middles. Estrogen also controls the negative impact of cortisol, cortisol is also a fat storing hormone. Progesterone works with estrogen to control cortisol too. With estrogen and progesterone being low and insulin and cortisol being high the female body is pushed into a fat storing state, with the tendency to store the fat around the middle.
Females after the menopause need to work on reducing their insulin levels by increasing protein and reducing but not cutting out carbs, and reducing stress to their bodies to lower cortisol levels. If you would like more info or would like to try our female 50 plus fat loss programme check out the website or contact sarah.

 

Mocktails

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Just because you are pregnant doesn’t mean you should have to miss out on Christmas drinks. Here are a few recipes for mocktails for you to enjoy over the Christmas period.
Mojito:
Fill a tall glass with crushed ice.
Half fill the glass with lemonade
Pour in apple juice to almost the top.
Add mint leaves and sprigs
Squeeze half a lime in
Stir and serve.
Cosmopolitan:
Half fill a martini glass with cranberry juice
Add a splash of fresh lime juice
Add a splash of orange juice
Fill to the top with 7up.
Garnish with a slice of lemon and serve.
Sex on the beach
Half fill a tall glass with ice cubes
Pour orange juice to half full
Fill almost to the top with cranberry juice
Add a splash of peach juice
Add 1 tablespoon of grenadine syrup
Serve.
Enjoy.

Fitness for Tennis

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With the World Tennis ATP Finals at the O2 starting this week I thought I would briefly discuss what training these people do to stay at the top of there game!

To be a top rate Tennis player you of course have to put in a lot of hours on the specifics of the game learning how to hit that winning shot. What if you could improve your chances of hitting that shot though? The key components of tennis specific fitness are Aerobic Fitness, Flexibility, Strength, Speed, Agility and Muscular Endurance. By training each of these areas you can drastically improve your game without spending £100s on fancy new equipment or lessons. Try this core strengthening sequence for a great example.

If you want to know what exercises are best for making these improvements then contact me direct for a tennis specific training programme!

 

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