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  • Getting The Sleep You Need?

    Amazing sleep facts

    Do you feel refreshed and alert when you wake in the morning? Or are you typically slightly or seriously sleep deprived?

    The ancient physicians of Ayurveda knew how important sleep is to the human mind and body. A sleep study by researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science and SRI International on how genes express with sleep deprivation, highlights some interesting facts.

    • The control of sleeping and waking is associated with gene activity in the brain regions involved with sleep regulation and higher level functions.
    • Neurons in the forebrain (neocortex, amaygdala …

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  • Amazing Health & Younger Old Age

    One of the advantages of a system of health care that has its origins over 3000 years ago is the depth of understanding about how to preserve health and to age gracefully. Some of this wisdom fits within the framework of ‘common sense’ and some of it is leading edge.

    Here we highlight the two most important choices you can make to preserve health and negate old age.

    1. Adopt a daily routine suited to your unique nature and needs

    2. Protect and nourish your mind and body by taking Amrit Kalash daily – a leading edge herbal formula.

    Ancient Wisdom for a busy life
    It is common sense that …

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  • Three Tasty Drinks

    Here are three delicious drinks to help provide your daily quota of fluids this week. Apple Ginger TreatSpicy Apple Ginger and Spiced Milk with Almond.

    A note about fruit juice
    There are many benefits of drinking fruit juice, including high amounts of vitamin C and other nutrients. However, fruit juice is very high in sugar and very low in fibre. This combination of high sugar, low fibre can make blood sugars rise and fall rapidly. This means that it creates an increase in energy, followed by a rapid decrease, which can cause low moods and tiredness.

    The best way to drink fruit juice is …

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  • Are You Feeling A Little Thirsty?

    This week we look at how adequate fluid intake is vital for your body's health and your daily energy and clarity. Do you find it easy to get the prescribed 2 litres of fluid a day for women and 3 litres a day for men?

    The body is made up of about 60-70% water for men and 55-65% for women. Women have a higher body fat percentage than men, which accounts for their lower water percentage. Even 1-2% dehydration can cause physical and mental tiredness and everything can seem harder.

    Your body uses water to…

    • Aid breathing and digestion
    • Transport nutrients around the body
    • Help pass electrical …

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  • Do You Buy Organic?

    Why organic?

    “Choosing organic food is like an insurance policy for your future health”
    Coronary and Diabetic Care report UK 2004

    How can I make organic foods affordable?
    Prioritize the items that you feel would benefit you and your family the most. Fruit and vegetables, grains and dairy products may take precedence, while you may decide that it is not necessary to spend the extra money on a bottle of organic tomato sauce. This is where you can make healthy choices.

    Consider buying in bulk and save on the cost of packaging.

    Buy in season and enjoy the variety. In season fruit and …

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  • Get Up, Get Moving…Energise!

    Have you felt that wave of increased warmth and a lift in the air?  The promise of summer is on the horizon now that spring is here.

    In considering the focus for this week’s article, my attention was drawn to the needs of clients recently.

    • Would you like more physical energy? To feel energised and drawn to being physically active again? The bulkier clothes of winter may have hidden an increased waistline for some. Now is a great time to get active .
    • Or would you like to energise your mind to support a happy and positive state of mind?
    • Or is an uncharacteristic runny nose, cough and chest …

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  • Time To Turn Over A New Leaf (Or Two?)

    Turning over a new leaf

    As we move from winter to spring it’s a great time to increase intake of a variety of crunchy vegetables and fruits. Time to see what nature has on offer and to increase our intake of leafy greens and other fresh, spring vegetables and fruits.

    You may even find the desire for some salad greens starting to arise again as the weather becomes warmer. Consider mixing and matching from a variety of leafy vegetables:  endive, spinach, red chard, arugula, watercress, green and red leaf lettuce and raddichio (red or Italian chicory). Not only does the end result look …

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  • Congestion And Hay Fever Symptoms?

    What is Hay Fever?

    As spring arrives do you find yourself experiencing any of the following...
    Runny, blocked nose or post nasal drip, which often causes a cough?
    Frequent sneezing, itchy, red or watery eyes?
    Itchy throat, mouth or nose?
    Loss of smell and occasional loss of taste,
    face pain or headaches?

    These are common signs of hay fever, which is also known as allergic rhinitis. Some people experience minor symptoms while others can experience quite debilitating symptoms.

    Seasonal allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction most often to wind-borne pollens, especially grass and …

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  • Fast And Tasty Frittata

    Fast Frittata… yum tasty!
    Have you noticed your taste buds are looking for a little zing, or that you’re prefering to eat lighter? These are signs that your body is gradually transitioning from winter to spring and desires less of the heavier winter fare and more of the lighter spring foods.  Here is a tasty and gently cleansing meal to try this week.

    FAST FRITTATA – serves 2

    4 fresh eggs, 1/4 red onion finely chopped,1 Cup shredded spinach,
2 large potatoes or kumara (sweet potato) baked then cubed,
4 Cups steamed green vegetables of your choice,
cooking oil

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  • When’s A Good Time To Detox?

    Have you noticed how much smoother a car runs after it has had a tune up?  It can sometimes seem as if the car is new again!

    Just as our car does best with a regular service so also nature has coded within our physiology two times of the year when a tune up can make all the difference to how we feel and perform – the transition from winter to spring and the transition from summer to autumn.

    After a gentle Ayurvedic cleanse people often comment about how much more energy they have, how their aches and pains have gone, and how much happier they feel. It makes sense that a cleanse can bring …

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