HEALTH TOOLKIT

The Ultimate Probiotic 

The importance of gut health has become more and more apparent in recent years with the gut impacting so many aspects of health both physically and mentally. The newest innovation from Pro-Ven Probiotics, ShapeLine (RRP £32.95, www.provenprobiotics.co.uk) is somewhat of a ‘wonder pill’ where clinical trials found taking one ShapeLine capsule a day provided an improvement in sleep, fewer headaches, slimmer shape, better mood, fewer coughs and colds and feeling better overall!

Now there are even more reasons to take a probiotic – If you’re struggling with sleep, always picking up a cold or are unhappy with your muffin top why not try Pro-Ven’s ShapeLine!

Mental Fitness

We’re seeing people starting to focus on mental wellbeing in the same way that people started to focus on physical fitness in the 1970s. Mental wellness advocate, trainer and coach Ben Bidwell, aka The Naked Professor working in association with ThinkWell-LiveWell (www.thinkwell-livewell.com) explains, “With the rise of social platforms and the constant exposure we have to others living highlight reel, we are increasingly competing in a visual world that is asking us to pay more attention to how we present our life, than actually how we live it, how we look than how we actually feel. If physical health is about being able to move well and look good on the outside, mental health is about feeling good on the inside. With physical health being, dare I say it, more shareable, the easy option is to focus our attention on what can be visibly seen by others, rather than paying attention to how life actually feels on the inside. Life changes when we work harder at how we feel than how we look. When we actually live a life that inspires us, rather than one that presents well to others but feels empty on the inside, then we start to become proud of ourselves – our self-esteem grows. ThinkWell-LiveWell shows us new ways of thinking and being that can help us feel good.”

The new mindfulness toolkit from ThinkWell-LiveWell (www.thinkwell-livewell.com) has numerous programmes to help support a healthier and happier you – including their well in mind programme, which focuses on mental agility, control of stress and habits.  We all know it can be difficult to feel calm when time is short and pressure is on. TWLW offers a Quick Stress Buster 5 minute programme that will relax, centre and restore you and you can visit these quick reboots easily during your day! It takes 21 days to form a new habit so why not sign up to ThinkWell-LiveWell for a month for £8.00 and take care of your mental health as well as you do your physical health.

Boost Energy Levels Without Caffeine

Are you the type of person that can’t function without their morning coffee? As much as caffeine can feel like a great energy booster – the potential side effects can put many people off. Why not opt for a gold standard multivitamin that helps keep energy levels charged up. Natures Plus Source of Life Gold Liquid is the gold standard for whole-food based multivitamin supplementation. All- natural ingredients provide energizing, antioxidant and anti-ageing power which is sure to put a spring in your step and mood. With an irresistible delicious tropical flavour, Natures Plus Source of Life Gold Liquid provides a complete daily vitamin profile of 13 vitamins and 8 minerals and all it takes is one 30ml dose per day. Natures Plus Source of Life Gold Liquid is gluten free and Vegan Certified! (RRP £44.95,www.revital.co.uk)

Control Blood Sugar Levels

CuraLin (RRP £59.00, www.curalife.co) is a specially tailored natural formula that promotes healthy and balanced blood sugar levels and insulin production in those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. The nutritional supplement is made from a mixture of ten natural ingredients, which work with the body to help balance the blood sugar profile. Dr Sarah Brewer recommends CuraLin for those suffering with type 2 diabetes due to the positive effects reported and measured by its users. Dr Brewer explains, “The blend of 10 Ayurvedic herbs within CuraLin have a range of beneficial effects on glucose control and metabolism. As a result, users report that their glucose control quickly improves and, in some cases, normalises within 4 weeks. Users also report reduced cravings for sweet food, and experience improved energy, sleep and general quality of life.”

“Research[i] involving the individual herbs within CuraLin shows their many benefits on metabolism. Bitter melon[ii], for example, contains a chain of amino acids known as polypeptide-p, which is structurally similar to insulin and can reduce glucose levels, reduce glucose absorption from the diet and reduce the production of glucose in the liver, so that blood glucose levels improve. Others, such as Turmeric[iii], Fenugreek and Amla fruit improve insulin release from the pancreas or activate insulin receptors to reduce insulin resistance. Gymnema[iv] sylvestre reduces sensitivity to sweet tastes and suppresses sugar cravings, while Picrorhiza kurroa[v][vi] inhibits an enzyme (alpha-amylase) that breaks down dietary carbohydrates to slow the release of dietary sugars. Together, these synergistic actions produce an effective response to improve blood glucose control and energy levels.”

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