Health

Win everything on the page!

Fancy winning the ultimate feel-good hamper to help you kick-start the New Year? Great, because you could win everything on this page!

The deadline was 9 January 2019 but we have decided to extend it following the postal delays over Christmas and New Year and open it up to our online followers too!

The prize includes:

Keep Active Bundle from Together Health, comprising a 30-day supply of Together Magnesium, Together Ashwagandha, and Together B Complex

AQUA Carpatica Still Natural Mineral Water, comprising 1x 1 litre and 2x 500ml of award-winning natural mineral water naturally extracted from the Carpathian Mountains

Bo Tree Black Kampot Pepper and Fleur de Sel set, including 90g of award-winning gourmet pepper sourced from Bo Tree’s 100% organic family farm in Kampot, Cambodia.

Elizabeth Shaw Premium Biscuits, including three 140g packets of crisp, chewy, caramel biscuits

Holistic Spaces, a book which will teach you how to improve your spaces to enhance the natural flow through your life

Creativity Journal, learn how to live a happier, more fulfilled life with the help of this Creativity Journal

Ponderlily Eco-Friendly Weekly Planner, ideal for putting wellness on your agenda in 2019

incognito Second Skin Moisturiser, with aloe vera, Korean ginseng and calendula extracts

Best Kept Secrets Seriously Scented Christmas Elegance Candle, a vegetable wax candle combining fresh bergamot, lemon, neroli, cyclamen and sandalwood

Equinox Kombucha, comprising 4x 275ml award-winning Raspberry and Elderflower Kombucha packed with health-boosting good bacteria

Natural Beauty, a book in which natural skincare expert Karen Gilbert shows you how to make your own natural lotions and potions


To enter, just complete the form below. Entries will be included in the prize draw, to be drawn at random after the closing date of Tuesday, 16 January 2019. Good luck!

Health

EVENT: Fitness and Wellbeing at Bowhouse

Getting along to a brand new Fitness and Wellbeing event at Fife’s Bowhouse is a great way to start the New Year as you mean to go on

Taking place on Saturday, 19 January and bridging the gap between fitness and healthy eating, this is Bowhouse’s first Fitness and Wellbeing event.

Packed with activities and inspiration and more than 10 different classes to take part in, as well as healthy food demonstrations and a selection of healthy street food stalls, the event promises to be the ultimate start to 2019.

Based on Balcaskie Estate near St Monans, Bowhouse is Fife’s innovative makers hub, bringing people closer to a healthier understanding of the food they eat.

Alongside the food and drink producers based at Bowhouse is Fit to the Core, a fitness studio offering a range of classes with tailored training, nutritional coaching and more.

At the new Fitness and Wellbeing event, the Fit to the Core team will be running a taster of its regular programme, including spinning classes, Pilates and aerial Pilates, a fun take on the balance workout which suspends parts of your body from the ceiling in mounted hammocks in a fun mash-up of Pilates and aerial skills.

More down to earth but no less challenging, the line-up of other fitness activities includes CrossFit classes and demonstrations from Functional Fitness St Andrews, Boxercise, Metafit and Zumba.

And, if you’re feeling the chill this January, St Andrews Hot House Yoga’s classes might be the remedy. With a focus on breathing, each class is a total body workout, as well as a great way to reduce stress and improve sleep.

Hot House Yoga specialises in practising in the heat, which includes benefits such as detoxifying the body through sweating and allowing the muscles to stretch further.

Once you’ve got your breath back , you can enjoy a taste of some delicious and nutritious food. Healthy street food stalls include Milly’s Kitchen from Cupar, which will be serving a hearty menu of deli-style dishes. and Good Food Good Feelings with on-the-go vegan treats.

If you’re looking to boost your own healthy food repertoire, there will be a full programme of demonstrations from Scottish chefs and food and drink insiders. This will include a chance to learn how to make your own protein balls and find out more about healthy fat loss.

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Since it first opened its doors in 2017, Bowhouse has grown to become one of the major food and drink developments in Scotland, quickly placing itself at the centre of national conversation about all aspects of the national diet.

You can reach Bowhouse by bus to nearby St Monans or take advantage of its ample parking and drive. It’s only 90 minutes from Edinburgh and under an hour away from Dundee.

Or why not really get into the spirit of the event and walk or cycle your way along the Fife Coastal Path, which runs close by?

Fitness and Wellbeing at Bowhouse will open its doors at 9am and run classes from 10am till 4pm on Saturday, 19 January. Get tickets here

Nutrition

Does CBD live up to the hype?

Yes, CBD really is the next big thing, says Henri Sant-Cassia of CBD Virtue

From the stories appearing about CBD and its near miraculous effects, to the pharmaceutical companies rushing to catch up, it seems everyone is talking about cannabidiol. But Henri Sant-Cassia of online retailer CBD Virtue says the buzz around CBD is loud because it can help so many diverse conditions, from cancer and back pain, to anxiety and ADHD.

However, because it ‘s relatively new to the UK, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction.

WHAT IS CBD?

“CBD is cannabidiol, one of the two main substances found in cannabis plants,” says Henri. “The other, THC, is what gives marijuana its high, and is a psychoactive drug.  CBD works on the body, and has no psychoactive effect.  CBD was legalised in the UK last year, provided it comes from EU approved plant strains and any THC has been removed. As we’ll see, these guidelines are not always followed.

“Once the preserve of Californian hippies, today you’ll find CBD everywhere from the high street to specialised online retailers, and there is a growing lobby who want to see it available on prescription. 

“Following a Home Office decision to make certain cannabis derived medicines available to patients with ‘exceptional clinical need’ Home Secretary Sajid Javid admitted that ‘our position on cannabis-related medicinal products was not satisfactory.’  So CBD is headed for the mainstream.”

DOES CBD LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?

CBD can help alleviate chronic pain and reduce inflammation, according to CBD Virtue.  Anthony Atterbury, a decorated West Midlands fireman suffers from Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, and the combination of pain and reduced mobility left him unable to walk or stand.

“It has taken a lot of mental strength to go from leaping up and down ladders to being housebound,” he says. 

CBD gummies and honey sticks from CBD Virtue have reportedly got him back on his feet, after years of trying conventional medicine and a cocktail of painkillers.  Today he reports a 70% reduction in pain, and believes that with continued use, he will one day walk again.

“Many people are also using CBD to fight cancer and the side effects of treatments such as chemotherapy,” says Henri.

“According to the American Cancer Society, ‘cannabinoids such as CBD slow growth and/or cause death in certain types of cancer cells growing in lab dishes.’  It can also help with symptoms such as nausea and sleeplessness.”

Tracy Fyfe has lymphoma and says CBD had an immediate effect on her symptoms, “after just one try.”

“Overall, both anecdotal evidence and a growing number of clinical trials show that CBD has real potential, and there is no doubt you’ll hear more in the coming months, especially as it’s not just for those with serious illnesses” says Henri. 

“A growing number are using it to help them deal with minor ailments and lifestyle needs.

“If you work out regularly, CBD is great post workout recovery, and as it’s natural, it has none of the side effects of the typical recovery drinks, pills and powders.”

Shaun Perry, a boxer, martial artist and weight trainer for 16 years says, after taking CBD, “I can feel the difference right away, even my sleeping pattern is better.”

“For smokers, CBD has been found to reduce cravings, and can help you quit,” says Henri. “It has a soothing effect, which has helped people suffering from everything from anxiety to epileptic seizures. As it is considered safe for children, parents are using CBD as an alternative to Ritalin and other ADHD medicines.

WHAT MAKES GOOD CBD?

“Not all CBD is created equal,” says Henri. “Plenty of unscrupulous companies are jumping on the bandwagon.  As one of America’s biggest producers, John Merritt, explains: ‘It’s common to find cheap Chinese CBD, watered down with labels claiming it is high strength, and untested products with no CBD at all in them. It’s the wild west.’

“The very best CBD is made in the US from special plant strains with the right genetics, and is gently extracted to preserve all the beneficial chemicals which are naturally present but stripped out by the harsher, industrial extraction used in cheaper products. Look out for full spectrum CBD, and buy from a company that has traceable, tested products.

“CBD is available in a bewildering range of products, including creams, oils, tinctures, and edible treats like gummy sweets and honey sticks. Recently, Coca Cola announced they were looking at producing a CBD drink. CBD is also available in many different dosages, and it can be hard to know how much to take, and when. For most people, a daily dose of 10mg to 25mg is ideal, and the best way to take CBD is through an edible product such as gummies, honey sticks or a tincture.

“CBD will continue to hit the headlines, as ever more effective products become available, and more clinical trials are done to prove its effectiveness.”

Business Services, Nutrition

Get free entry to Scotland’s only hair and beauty trade show

The Scottish Hair & Beauty Show returns to Scotland this year but only after ringing in the changes by introducing a brand new holistic section AND a whole host of Scottish Barber exhibitors. In fact, it’s now being dubbed Scottish Hair, Beauty & Barber!

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The SEC Glasgow

Exhibitors at the trade-only event – to be held at the SEC Glasgow on 28 and 29 April 2019 – will include Neals Yard, Holistic Scotland Magazine, The Chocolate Fondue Company, Therapy Rooms and more than 300 other leading names.

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If you run your own health and beauty or holistic business, there’s still time to register for your own stand. It’s a great opportunity to showcase your business to 350 leading brands, plus thousands of visitors, and be part of Scotland’s only hair and beauty trade show.

Register for free tickets and you’ll have the opportunity to see the latest Spring/Summer launches in hair, beauty, nails and tanning. There’s even a Salon Owners’ Business Forum, plenty of networking opportunities and lots of awards and activities to get involved in, plus discounts and special offers.

Find out more at scottishhairandbeautyshow.com

Nutrition

Eight ways to keep your fitness resolutions on track

Whether we openly admit to making New Year’s resolutions or not, most of us will at least make certain promises to ourselves at the turn of the year.

If one of your commitments is to get fit, lose weight, or shape up, these eight tips compiled by health and fitness website Vivotion.com might just help you stay the course. 

Be realistic

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and complete health and wellness doesn’t happen overnight, so be realistic, and be patient. For most people, upending a lifetime of habits can’t happen at the click of the fingers. Long-term results are achieved through small, gradual changes, so rather than thinking that you want to get up and start running 5k every morning, work up to it slowly instead of jumping in at the deep end.

If you push too hard, you may find it difficult to maintain new habits and then you’ll end up giving up altogether.

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Set small goals

By establishing small benchmarks – perhaps monthly – you’ll be able to maintain your motivation throughout the year. This will give you reason to celebrate small victories and help you realise that you’re moving towards a bigger goal, bit by bit.

Write it down

Instead of simply thinking to yourself “I want to lose weight” or “I want to run a marathon”, think how you’re going to get there. How do you get from point A to point B? When you’ve established what you need to do, day by day, week by week, (see point #2) make sure you write it down. Keeping a regular checklist and something material to refer back to will help solidify the task and keep you on track.

Talk about it

Don’t keep your resolution a secret! Talk to friends and family members who will be there to support you. Even better, it might help you find a buddy who shares your New Year’s resolutions so you can motivate each other.

Keep it fresh

No matter how and when you choose to move your body, it should be enjoyable and for the purpose of celebrating it, not punishing it. Hate the treadmill? Try a Zumba or Bar Method class. If you’re already going to the gym regularly but find it hard to stay motivated, try something new to revive your resolve and boost your fitness level.

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Eat real foods

Regardless of your fitness goals, by making sure that your meals are made from fresh, whole, minimally processed ingredients, your body – and mind – is going to reap the benefits. And never, ever starve yourself. Restrictive eating slows down your metabolism and deprivation only leads to cravings and future binges.

Get your beauty sleep

You might not think that prioritizing quality shut-eye actually counts as a fitness resolution, but getting the right amount of sleep is crucial, especially for those with a more active lifestyle. So shut off your phone about an hour before you hit the hay, experiment with relaxing essentials oils, or try out a few soothing yoga poses to ease you into bed.

Reward yourself

Celebrate your successes by treating yourself to something you enjoy – but don’t overdo it. Most fitness fans will admit to having a cheat meal or two, but make sure you know when to draw the line. On the other hand, you could reward yourself with new fitness clothing, or by going to the cinema with a friend.

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“According to the results of a YouGov poll released earlier this year, the two most popular resolutions made for 2018 were to eat better and exercise more,” says the team at Vivotion.com.

“We expect a similar trend this year – partly because so many people will have fallen off the bandwagon somewhere along the line.

“It’s not easy to overturn a lifetime of unhealthy habits, but by being realistic, eating real foods and getting your beauty sleep, you’ll have a far greater chance of sticking to your resolutions and achieving your goals this year.”