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The Really Healthy Company Newsletter
  July 2012 Newsletter

 

Dear Customer

It has been a busy few weeks for us at The Really Healthy Company and we all know that being very busy can sometimes lead to being stressed. So in this month's newsletter we talk about stress and the effects it can have on your health. We also have some exciting new offers for you, as well as a new range of products to keep you in tip top condition.

In the Q&A section we've answered some of your questions about immunity, and if you've managed to overcome a health condition, we're inviting you to share your success stories with us – we'd love to hear them!

Wishing you good health always,

The Team at Really Healthy

 

Stress and Your Health

You would think from all the coverage of the recent Jubilee celebrations across the country and of the preparations for the Olympics that we would appear to everyone as a happy, care free nation. Just take a peek under the surface, however, and you will see that stress related conditions are rife in today's society. Consider the pressures we are all faced with such as long hours at work, job uncertainty, financial struggles, home and family pressures, unhappy relationships, and failing businesses. It's no wonder our nation's health is suffering. A survey released in October 2011 by CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) shows stress has become the main cause of long-term sickness absence for the first time across the British workforce, overtaking illnesses like cancer.

While stress can have a positive aspect, helping us to cope in demanding circumstances, long-term stress does have a devastating effect on our health. Stress causes chemical changes to occur in the brain that then go on to influence our bodies and the state of our health. When faced with stressful situations our body's natural reaction to the perceived threat or danger is the Fight-or-Flight response. When this occurs, certain hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are secreted. These hormones have the effect of speeding up our heart rate, slowing down digestion and preparing our bodies to either run away or stay and fight. The problem is that this response is inappropriate for most of the stress related situations in which we find ourselves. Once the apparent threat has dissipated, the body is designed to return to a relaxed state, yet in our times of prolonged chronic stress, this doesn't happen, causing damage to the body.

When faced with chronic stress and an over active nervous system people begin to experience physical symptoms. The first symptoms are relatively mild, like chronic headaches and increased susceptibility to colds and flu due to a lowered immune system. With more exposure to chronic stress, however, more serious health problems may develop. There are many stress-influenced conditions including depression, anxiety and mood disorders, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, peptic ulcers, heart disease and even diabetes. In fact many doctor's visits are for symptoms that are at the very least partially related to stress.

All this can result in a merry-go-round effect as people try to cope with the symptoms of stress through unhealthy habits such as smoking, eating junk food and excessive drinking. And we all know the consequences of leading such a bad lifestyle. So what can we do to turn this around and not only protect ourselves from the effects of stress but improve the way we cope with it? Here are a few tips to help:

1. First and foremost, it's important to identify the areas that cause us the most stress and try to either change them or change our thoughts and behaviour towards them.

2. Take a thorough look at our dietary habits. Our diets play a vital role in providing energy and helping us combat the effects of stress. A diet rich in whole fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, good proteins and healthy fats will not only sustain energy but also help to balance our moods. There are certain nutrients that are essential to help us cope with stress such as the B vitamins. These are important for supporting a healthy nervous system and energy production. B vitamins are nearly always depleted when the body is under stress so it is crucial to maintain them. Another important nutrient is magnesium which is known as the relaxation mineral. It helps to relax muscles and reduce tension. Magnesium rich foods such as bananas, almonds, rice bran, beans and pulses will help us increase our intake of this essential mineral. We can also help bolster our nutrient intake in a more natural way by adding more green foods to our diet such as Klamath Algae, especially great for kids that don't like to eat their greens. Klamath Algae provides a rich source of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants in a concentrated and easily absorbable form.

3. Exercise is a great way to cope with stress. It encourages the release of chemicals called endorphins that create feelings of positivity and happiness. Exercise also helps improve circulation to the body, particularly the brain. It helps us work off excess energy and feelings of restlessness.

4. Take time out to relax, unwind and recharge your batteries. Walks in a park, reading, meditating and taking up a new hobby are all great ways to help make us relax and take our minds off problem situations.

While we may not always have control over the stress we are exposed to, for example problems through work and family, we do have control over how we react and how we cope. By managing our lifestyles better, incorporating a healthier diet and exercise regime and using specific nutrients that greatly support our bodies, we may yet win not only that battle but also the war against stress and its harmful effects.

Special Offers

Max B & Klamin Offer

This month's special offer brings you two stress busting supplements Max B and Klamin.

Quantum Nutrition Max B is a unique liquid B complex made form naturally sourced whole foods using an exclusive probiotic culture to produce end-chain B vitamins in their most bio-available form. Click here to read more.

Klamin contains the special algae extract, PEA (phenylethylalamine), a nutrient that works predominantly in the brain to help reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and promote improved mood and feelings of wellbeing. Click here to read more.

For a limited time only both Max B and Klamin are available at a 20% discount. To take advantage of this special offer, click here to order or call us on 020 8480 1000 quoting STR20 – Offer ends 20th August 2012.

 

Really Healthy Take-Aways

express packs

At The Really Healthy Company we have listened to our customers' most common health concerns and have created 4 new 'Health Express' take-way packs to provide you with the best combination of supplements. Health Express Packs are designed to take the guess work out of what supplements to take for your particular needs.

Calm In A Box

We all go through periods where we feel overwhelmed by the stresses and strains of our everyday lives and sometimes it can be a struggle to cope. Calm In A Box provides you with the right nutrients to help relieve stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. Learn more.

Super Health Pack

Designed to help you achieve optimum health and wellbeing, Super Health packs provide a combination of nutrients that will help to raise your energy and vitality. As well as feeding your body with high quality nutrition you will also help protect your body from damage caused by toxins and oxidants.Learn more.

Turbo Force Pack

We could all do with an energy boost to help us keep going when we feel run down. The Turbo Force pack helps to keep your energy levels raised, allowing you to get more out of your day. Not only will you experience more get-up-and-go, you will be providing your body with good nutrition. Learn more.

Travel Pack

We all go through periods where we feel overwhelmed by the stresses and strains of our everyday lives and sometimes it can be a struggle to cope. Calm In A Box provides you with the right nutrients to help relieve stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. Learn more.

Q & A

I do my best to eat well and try to have at least 5 portions of fruit and veg a day, yet despite this I frequently catch colds and feel my immune system could do with a boost. What would you advise I do?

Though your diet may be healthy and contain good amounts of fruit and vegetables, you may not be getting adequate amounts of the essential nutrients necessary for supporting a healthy immune system. Nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, zinc, selenium and many other antioxidants are vital for a healthy working immune system to protect you from cold and flu infections. The simplest way to ensure you regularly consume high enough levels of these and other important nutrients is to take a good quality broad spectrum antioxidant supplement every day. Not only will it help improve your immune function but will also help protect your body from oxidative stress.

Other than eating well and taking food supplements what else can I do to support my immune system?

Healthy eating and food supplements are only two ways in which you can help maintain a healthy immune system. There are many other lifestyle tips that you can employ to benefit your immunity. Getting enough sleep, around 6 to 8 hours a night is important to allow your immune organs, such as your tonsils and lymph nodes to regenerate. Regular exercise encourages efficient functioning of your circulatory and lymphatic systems that are both vital for getting essential nutrients and oxygen round the body and removing waste material. Relaxation is also key to helping reduce your risk of infections. Recent studies at the University of Reading showed that stressful negative thoughts can actually lower levels of immune antibodies. Therefore it is just as important to incorporate enough rest, relaxation, exercise and positive thinking into your daily life for a powered up immune system.

If you would like your health questions answered please email us at nutritionist@healthy.co.uk

World Health News

Celebrity chef Nick Nairn has teamed up with Martha Payne to help improve the quality of school meals. Nine year old Martha started her blog NeverSeconds, using it to post images and updates of her school meals highlighting the poor quality of the food. Her blog has also raised over £100,000 for charity, helping impoverished children all over the world. She recently came under fire from her local council, ordering her to stop taking pictures, but they soon retracted following a stream of internet protests. Read more.

McDonalds appears to have done a u-turn on its efforts to offer healthier meals after a recent shareholder-led proposal to measure the effects of its food offerings on children's health was roundly defeated.Read more.

In a positive move to protect the survival of bees, the French have suspended the use of pesticides implicated in the collapse of bee colonies. Read more.

More dietetic crimes against humanity, just look at the dietary recommendations for a patient recovering from bowel cancer surgery! Read more.

Your Health Successes

Do you have a story to tell? Have you managed to turn your health around or overcome a health condition using natural approaches? We would love to hear your inspirational success stories and testimonials. Send them to us at nutritionist@healthy.co.uk and we will publish them in our newsletter.

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We wish you, your family and friends continued good health.
From Everyone at The Really Healthy Company.