The mind-body connection; how meditation can make you happier and healthier
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by Nicki Williams
1w ago
When I started studying nutrition, I soon realised how much more I needed to know about what makes us healthy. It’s not enough to eat well, we need proper sleep, exercise, less toxins, and most of all, manage our stress levels. It was this part that intrigued me the most. I had never thought of myself as stressed out. I’ve always been quite balanced, never suffered anxiety or been a worrier. But when I did an adrenal test at college, my cortisol levels were on the floor. This happens when you’ve been so stressed out for years that your adrenals struggle to pump out enough. I thought feeling ti ..read more
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How to look after your brain health during and post menopause
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by Nicki Williams
1w ago
Brain health and cognitive decline is a common worry for many women in midlife. And I’d say it’s one of the most scary too. We all know of someone with or caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s – and women are twice as likely to suffer from it as men. But it's vital to remember that mental decline isn't an unavoidable part of getting older. There is so much we can do to protect our brains. A study by the Lancet Commission on Dementia in 2020 found that by taking preventive actions in our twenties, thirties, forties, and fifties, we might be able to ‘prevent or delay' around 40% of dem ..read more
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Heart Health for Women: Natural Tips for a Happy Heart
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by Nicki Williams
1w ago
You might think that heart health isn't your biggest priority as you go through menopause. Heart disease is often perceived as a “man's disease”, but it’s actually the leading cause of death among women over the age of 50.  What's even more concerning is that almost two-thirds of women who die suddenly from coronary heart disease show no previous symptoms. The good news is that there's lots you can do naturally to look after your heart health. Watch the video below or listen to the podcast (episode 145). Risk Factors for Heart Disease Aside from genetics, going through menopaus ..read more
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4 Simple Breathwork Techniques That Can Reduce Stress And Improve Your Health
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by Nicki Williams
1w ago
Unless you live in a bubble, you won't have escaped the buzz about breathwork in recent years. If you've done yoga or Pilates, you'll know about the benefits, and if not, you'll no doubt know about ‘Ice Man' Wim Hoff, who has made his breathwork practice famous. Despite its recent popularity, breathwork is far from a new phenomenon. Across diverse cultures, it has been practiced for millennia. These days, breathing has evolved into a thriving industry, with a plethora of courses, coaches, and retreats promising transformative experiences. But you might still be a bit skeptical. Surely breathin ..read more
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The Many Health Benefits Of Olive Oil – And Why Quality Matters
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by Nicki Williams
1w ago
You probably already know that olive oil is really good for you. It's been a staple of the much lauded Mediterranean diet for centuries, and a common food shared by the Blue Zone communities, renowned for their longevity. In fact Hippocrates, the ‘father of medicine’, is known to have called olive oil “the great healer.” These days, it's one of the few foods that is universally recommended by experts and doctors alike for its health benefits. Health Benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, particularly oleic acid, and is packed full of polyphenols, a ..read more
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Backed up? Common causes and natural solutions to relieve constipation
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by Nicki Williams
1w ago
While constipation may not be a topic that's openly discussed, it's surprisingly common. In fact, it's thought around 1 in 7 adults in the UK suffer from it. Unfortunately, it's more common in women, and can get worse as we get older. That means if you're a midlife woman like me, it can be an uncomfortable and often frustrating thing to deal with. But ‘common' doesn't mean it's ‘normal'. While occasional bouts (for me especially when I travel!) are nothing to worry about, chronic constipation is a different beast. It not only affects your day to day life, but can increase the risk of more seri ..read more
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Why Eating More Protein Can Help With Midlife Weight Gain And Healthy Ageing
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by Nicki Williams
1w ago
If you're navigating the midlife or menopause journey, chances are you're not getting enough protein. And that's a bigger deal than you might think. As levels of oestrogen and progesterone drop, you're not just dealing with symptoms like weight gain, fatigue, and mood swings. Your body also faces challenges in absorbing and holding onto protein. The good news is that by upping your protein intake, you can tackle many of these issues head-on, reaping a range of health benefits in the process. You can watch the video below or listen to the podcast (episode 136); Health benefits of pro ..read more
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Embrace the Glow: The Health Benefits of Heat, Saunas & Red Light Therapy
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by Nicki Williams
1y ago
We've heard all about the health benefits of cold therapy, but if that's not your thing, did you know that there's a whole host of benefits associated with heat and red light therapy? Heat therapy has been appreciated for centuries all over the world for its wellbeing benefits. Red light therapy on the other hand is relatively new. It uses the power of infrared energy without heat (or very low levels) to rejuvenate your cells at the mitochondrial level. Harnessing the power of heat and light in your wellness routine can provide a range of advantages to support you and promote healthy ageing. Y ..read more
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Natural solutions for PCOS; Your 5-Step Plan
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by Nicki Williams
1y ago
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) affects millions of women worldwide, causing a range of distressing symptoms and hormonal imbalances. While conventional medicine primarily focuses on managing symptoms, through a holistic approach that considers how different parts of our bodies are connected, we can identify and address the root causes of PCOS for long-term relief. You can watch the video below or listen to the podcast (episode 131);  What is PCOS? PCOS is a very common condition describing a set of symptoms that can include missing or delayed ovulation, excess androgens (acne ..read more
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27 Reasons You’re Struggling With Weight Loss After 40
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by Nicki Williams
1y ago
Are you finding weight loss so much harder as you get older? You've always been able to lose weight if you set your mind to it, right? You go on holiday, put on half a stone, get back and go on that old diet that always used to work a treat. Except that now you're in your 40's or 50's, that old diet just doesn't work any more. You literally have to STARVE to lose any weight, and you probably know that you've just lost fluid and muscle! The minute you look at a piece of cake, that weight's right back on. So what's going on? Why is it so damned difficult to shed the pounds after 40? You can watc ..read more
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