Health and Fitness
The festivities of Christmas, New Year and Kings may now be a distant memory, but their effects may still be very evident...around the waistline and a sluggish metabolism!
The term ‘detox’ conjures up words like ‘purge’, ‘cleanse’, ‘purify’ – none of which sound very appealing, especially in the winter months. In a bid to make the process easier, a lot of money is made out of persuading people that they need to detox using expensive products, especially after they’ve overindulged. Each year there are an increasing number of detoxifying products on the market promoting a ‘New Year Healthier You’. However, did you know that a few simple changes to your diet and drinking more water can bring just as effective results. Furthermore, we should all be reminded that an effective detox requires long-term changes, not costly quick fixes. And, a body has its own detoxifiers: the liver and kidneys.
Christmas holidays are supposed to be a time of fun, relaxation and getting together with family and friends to eat, drink and be merry. Yet for many, this season is the most stressful time of the year. Planning meals, entertaining, buying presents, not to mention party excesses and late nights can wear down both mind and body. As a result, we can suffer from fatigue, infections, depression, anxiety, digestive problems and many other ailments. This Christmas, soothe away the effects of stress with the help of natural remedies by incorporating these herbs and spices into your festive cooking and reap the health benefits they bring.
Researchers continue to uncover evidence to confirm the disease-fighting and health-promoting abilities of many spices. Mouth-watering spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger are fantastic ingredients in festive cooking, while essential oils from these spices can be used to perfume a room, add to a bath or as a carrier oil for massage. Packed full of nutrients and antioxidants, spice up your holiday with the following 12 herbs and spices which are just as good for you as they smell and taste.
Already known to many in Menorca, Peter and Sue Stokes-Chapman are now offering a personal coaching, hypno-therapy, healing and aura photography service to residents and regular visitors to the island.
Both highly qualified and experienced professionals in their own right, the couple have delivered personal development training to blue-chip companies, Chambers of Commerce, Government contracts, educational establishments and to the public sector. Just as importantly, however, they live their own lives through the philosophies they teach.
Prior to moving to Menorca, Sue was employed as NHS Training Manager and Peter also worked at the NHS as their Personal Development Manager. They jointly introduced innovative personal development training within the NHS, which was highly acclaimed.
Meet Anne Maddison, Menorca’s very own fully qualified Complementary Therapist and also well known on the island for her energy and relentless fund raising activities for the Red Cross and R & R Menorca, a new venture founded a year ago to provide relaxing mini-breaks for soldiers wounded in Afghanistan.
A busy lady indeed, who has built up a successful career in Menorca as a professional Complementary Therapist since she came to live here seven years ago, offering a full range of Holistic total relaxation massage treatments to be enjoyed in your own home, holiday villa, boat or at her treatment room in the Biniarroca Hotel in Sant Lluís.
While most of us can’t wait for the warm summer weather, its onset can also bring dilemmas…bear legs and arms and horror of horrors….swimwear….!! Those firm resolutions to do something about problem areas last year now come back to haunt us. While there is no miracle cure, it’s not too late to make just a few changes that promise a positive effect in time for summer.
Cellulite is created by the accumulation of fatty deposits resulting, as many of us know, in dimpled or uneven skin often on the thighs, buttocks and upper arms. These fatty deposits are down to a number of contributing factors: poor circulation, diet, activity levels, weakened connective tissue and hormonal changes.
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