Tag: health

We think about what we eat and drink. We want what we clean ourselves with and what we clean our homes with to be sustainable and eco-friendly. We even care about what we put in our bins but ladies...  Have you put much thought into what you put in yourself every month?

Did you know that many leading brands of Tampons often contain chemicals, fragrances, dyes, rayon,
polyester, polyethylene, polyproprylene, chlorine and pesticides? And did you also know that it's not a legal requirement for these ingredients to be stated on the box?

Now, this isn't another promotion for Mooncup - although very eco and body friendly I don't feel I could quite get on board with that. No. I want to introduce you to Freda.

Freda launched in January and is a great new option for modern, health- and socially-conscious women. Made in eco-
certified factories in Scandinavia and Central Europe with over 70 years of expertise, Freda tampons are made from 100% naturally-absorbent, breathable, hypoallergenic organic cotton for enhanced protection and comfort - and are free from the chemicals and synthetic fibres found elsewhere, making them kinder to you and the environment.

You can even get an online subscription so no big panic searching in the bottom of every handbag when you're taken by surprise! It has a period tracker that syncs the delivery of your products to your cycle. How modern is that?! Also, it's only £6.99 a month! Surely your inner body health is worth that? I think so.

Now Freda has joined Fashion Revolution, the global movement advocating greater transparency, sustainability and ethics- which has attracted more than 1,000 brands and retailers such as ASOS, Burberry and Nike - to bring greater transparency to the femcare sector and transform the way period products are sourced, produced and purchased.

Freda is on a mission to break down period taboos, which have contributed in part to the opaque nature of the industry, by discussing the topic openly. The company has been created for women by women - and they give back to women as a portion of every Freda purchase is donated to initiatives worldwide tackling period poverty.

Vita Coco is inviting Londoners down to #JustGetThirsty at its brand new beach hangout, the Vita Coco Coconut Grove at Potters Field Park, Southwark, on Thursday 30 June and Friday 1 July.

Vita Coco is encouraging the public to get thirsty by shimmying up a 23ft coconut tree, matching the scores of their fellow attendees, as well as those of the well-known faces who will be popping up at the event. Whether it is the fastest, the funniest or the most ridiculous, everyone who has a go will be entered into a draw to win one of two unique adventurous fun- filled trips.

Open from 7am to 8pm, with free entry to all, the stunning replica of a tropical beach offers loads of different thirst-making activities,from boogying to Brazilian beats, snapping moving selfies in a GIF photo booth to create gorgeous beach shots and the opportunity to try your hand at climbing a life-size 23ft coconut tree – bring your friends, race your colleagues and have fun whilst doing it!

All guests at the action-packed and fun-filled event will have the chance to sip on delicious Vita Coco Coconut Water from the on-site Beach Shack. There’ll also be street food on offer, with Vita Coco Coconut Oil teaming up with KERB, London’s top street food vendors, to sell delicious coconut-inspired dishes from acclaimed  street chef Oli Baba.

Powering up the Coconut Grove, will be Noble Espresso, who will be offering free ‘powered-up coffees’. The blend of espresso coffee and Vita Coco 100% raw, organic, cold-pressed, extra virgin Coconut Oil will be sure to help put that little extra energy into your day and help to power you through the range of activities on offer...

girl-eating-chocolateIt's hard living a fast paced London lifestyle, fitting in all the right meals and being able to afford healthy food. We all get cravings in the afternoon or whenever else meaning we just can't do without that biscuit with our tea or that pizza when we get home. But here's a little tip if you are still on your health kick from Dec - you can substitute these cravings with something 'proper' and far more healthy that your instant go to.

Cravings are our body’s way of telling us that something is missing. By sending these messages across, our bodies can maintain the balance of minerals, vitamins as well as energy levels. But what do our desires for certain foods really mean?

We have asked Shona Wilkinson, Nutritionist at NutriCentre to help explain...

Craving: Something sweet

You need: Chromium

‘As you eat, your blood sugar goes up and insulin is released. If you are eating refined sugar and carbs they will hit your bloodstream fast and cause an imbalance in blood sugar. Your body will release more insulin to deal with this rapid rise in blood sugar. Once dealt with, the blood sugar levels will drop, but because you’ve generated the release of so much insulin, the levels will drop too low and you will soon feel like snacking on a bar of chocolate. The more sweets you eat, the more you will crave them – it is a catch 22.’

To help curb sugar cravings, you can try taking Chromium - a mineral that helps balance insulin levels and keeps afternoon sugar pangs at bay. Try Chromium Picolinate by Nature’s Plus, available from www.nutricentre.com for £11.49.

‘Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast, which contains protein as well as carbohydrates (scrambled eggs with rye bread) and continue later during the day with vegetables; this helps to maintain a steady flow of blood sugar. This means, that by the time you get to 4pm, your blood sugar should not have dropped so much that you need that quick sweet fix.’

Craving: Chocolate
You need: Magnesium

Another craving that most of us experience on a daily basis is chocolate. However, what we really want and need is magnesium. It has been estimated that approx. 80% of the population is lacking magnesium in their daily diet. ‘Magnesium not only can support the immune system by preventing inflammation but it also plays a crucial role in balancing the nervous system and easing anxiety. It is also important for good bone health. The best way to deal withthis craving is to reach for a square of dark chocolate (70% of cocoa).’

If you feel like you are not eating enough fish, green leafy vegetables and nuts to keep your magnesium levels balanced, try to include a supplement, for example Synergistic Magnesium, available from www.questexcellence.com for £5.99.

Craving: Salt
You need: Sodium

‘If you crave salty food, it could mean that your sodium levels are too low, usually due to dehydration (after exercise, illness or drinking alcohol).’ Sodium is a very important mineral that helps to maintain water balance in our body and regulate blood pressure. ‘You can quickly replenish it by snakingon e.g. dried anchovies or salted popcorn, which are naturally high in sodium. You can also find small amounts of this mineral in celery and carrots, which should help your craving.’

Craving: Stodgy carbohydrates
You need: Tryptophan

‘Carb cravings are a sign of low levels of the amino acid - tryptophan, which is necessary for the serotonin production – a ‘happy’ brain chemical. It plays crucial role in sleep and wake cycles as well as digestion. A lack of it can lead to low mood and anxiety. Instead of reaching for stodgy carbs try to include certain protein in your diet that can provide you a fair amount of tryptophan, e.g. turkey, eggs, bananas or walnuts.’

Craving: Meat
You need: Iron

‘Craving meat could mean that your body needs iron.  Recently, there has been a growing tendency to cut down on red meat in our diet, which is a main cause of iron deficiency. It plays a vital role in supporting the immune system, as it helps to transport oxygen throughout the body. Without it, we become fatigued and tired. Try to include red meat at least once a week in your diet and add lentils, spinach and pumpkin seeds, which are also a great source of minerals and vitamins.’ Alternatively, you can replenish iron deficiency by taking Iron by Nature’s Plus available from www.nutricentre.com for £8.09.

sweatbox yoga

Following the runaway success of their summer yoga sessions, City restaurant Coq d’Argent and international wellness and conscious networking community, SERENE Social, have teamed up once again to offer a series of winter yoga classes.

The classes will be held at Coq d’Argent’s stunning rooftop ski lodge, ‘Lodge d’Argent’, every Saturday at 10am throughout the season*. SERENE’s powerful Vinyasa classes are led by some of the best yoga teachers in the industry, with lessons carefully crafted to warm and uplift the mind and body during the colder months. Mats are provided courtesy of Liforme, and are uniquely designed to perfect alignment and offer unparalleled grip.

Following the class, guests are encouraged to stay and socialise over an après-yoga breakfast provided by the Coq d’Argent kitchen.

Tickets for SWEAT LODGE yoga classes are £25 for non-members and digital members and £15 for SERENE members. Classes will take place rain or shine (or snow!) on the covered winter terrace.

To book tickets please visit www.serenesocial.com or contact leslie@serenesocial.com

*Class dates: November 22nd - December 13th, January 10th – March 28th  

Coq d’Argent, No.1 Poultry, London, EC2R 8EJ




The terrible virus that so far we have been lucky enough to not see in London has potentially reared it's head in Tooting.

There are multiple reports this morning that a woman is being tested for Ebola in St George's Hospital. She was admitted to the A&E department with what has been described as a “haemorrhagic fever”.

The results of tests are currently being awaited but if this woman comes back as positive for the virus then it will be the first case to have developed in the UK.

A spokesman for St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust said: “A patient has been admitted to St George’s Hospital with a haemorrhagic fever and is currently undergoing a series of tests, as a precaution one of which is for Ebola.

“The trust has followed national guidance and moved the patient to our clinical infections unit where they are being cared for in isolation, away from other patients. Infection control procedures remain in place while we await the results.

“We are confident that all appropriate actions have been taken by our staff to protect the public and the patient.”

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