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Pumpkin is King!

As October begins to step into full swing, many of us will begin to notice an increase of pumpkins available on our supermarket shelves. What many of us fail to realise is that a pumpkin is not just for hollowing out and creating an award winning design! Pumpkins really are incredibly good for you, and offer more health benefits than many of us may realise. They’re also a fruit and not a vegetable, but you already knew that right?

Pumpkins – The real super food

So why are they so orange? Well first and foremost, pumpkins are loaded with the invaluable anti oxidant beta-carotene, also found in carrots and sweet potato. This has been known to reduce the risk of many diseases including cancer, whilst helping to protect us against long term illnesses such as heart disease. Pumpkins are also a great source of fibre, potassium, and magnesium which all help to keep our bodies running like a well oiled machine.

The seeds found inside pumpkins have been used since colonial times to assist with digestive problems, and even as an addition to medicine. The oil found inside the pumpkin seeds has a high level of both magnesium and zinc which has been proven to offer various health benefits from extra bone protection to anti inflammatory benefits for those suffering from arthritis. A study of approximately 400 men ranging from 45-92 years of age published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed a clear correlation between low dietary intake of zinc and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.

Incorporate Pumpkin into your diet today!

There’s plenty of ways you can incorporate pumpkin into your diet starting today! The seeds are widely available and make an excellent accompaniment to any breakfast cereal, but the fruit itself is at the height of season in October so grab them fresh whilst you can! If you’re lucky enough to get a pumpkin with the flowers still intact, be sure to not throw them away – They taste delicious!

Remember, pumpkins are not just for decoration! For more information on healthy vegetables you never knew existed (or did but just choose to ignore), check out this book from Michael Pollen.

Shaving Pain Be Gone!

This is a follow up from the last post which I made on shaving. For the past few months I haven’t really shaved too much, but rather I would trim my facial hair short. Whenever I would think to myself, ‘You could shave today’, I would shy away at the idea as the last time I used my Mach 3 blade it felt incredibly blunt (and I didn’t have a replacement at hand). It’s one of those vibrating Mach 3 blades, and of course the battery has run out so it doesn’t vibrate at the moment. Yes, I know I should have bought some new ones…

I was even more concerned about shaving this morning as my facial hair was quite long, with each hair measuring about 8mm; not the ideal scenario even for a razor sharp blade brand new out the packet, let alone an 8 month old Mach 3 blade sorely in need of replacement.

As you may have gathered from my last shaving post; I loathe shaving. I woke up extra early as I knew it may take a while! There was no way on earth I was going to attempt this without the aid of steam so I started the steam running in the steam shower. I went into the kitchen, drank about one and a half pints of water, had breakfast and headed for the bathroom. At this point, maybe about 20 minutes, the steam was about 36c. I stepped in; the steam felt like a cloak of warm mist enveloping my body, warming and soothing my muscles; a brilliant feeling don’t get me wrong, but I was there on a different mission!

The razor and shaving cream used


I waited for about 15 minutes for the steam to open my pores and soften the hair on my face. I put my shaving gel on, it’s ‘Gillette Series: Moisturizing Hydration’. I’m not promoting this one by any means; this is just what I used! I started shaving. After 3 or 4 strokes on the same area the blade would be clogged up and unable to shave, so I would run it under the shower and continue. I looked into the mirror and couldn’t believe it; it didn’t even look like I had even shaved in that area, even though the razor was blocked with hair; it looked like I had just wiped all the shaving foam off! Have you ever had a shave where it took about 3 or 4 rinses of the blade just to cleanly shave one spot on your face? Frustrating isn’t it; that’s all I can say! I must have taken about 15 minutes to shave my face because I had to clean the blade so many times.

Let’s get onto how the shave felt: even with a blunt blade and long hair I didn’t feel any discomfort until the point where I was shaving the very short stubble. I should have reapplied some shaving cream, but the discomfort wasn’t to a level to warrant it. Even with my last post and my past experience with shaving in the steam shower, I was surprised at how comfortable it was.

For those like me who use a blade, try to at some point shave in a very steamy environment, steam showers work well; it’ll turn your mornings upside down!

Are there any of you who despise shaving? Has anybody shaved in a steam shower or a very steamy environment before? I want to hear your thoughts.

The importance of Detox

Each day the food that we eat and the air that we breathe causes a build up of toxins inside the body, causing many of us to feel tired, lethargic and unhealthy throughout. Many health experts believe the toxins we take in are a primary cause of many health illnesses, pains and disease.

How do I get started?

Taking the above  into account, many of us are making detoxing part of our regular routines, rather than just an annual event. Founder of BeautifulBreak, a detox food, states “More than ever, people want to cleanse their bodies through detox treatments to prevent obesity, diabetes and even cancer.”

First and foremost, in order to detox you must learn to prevent the build up of toxins. Here are some top tips that must not be ignored:

  • Avoid smoking entirely – This requires no further explanation!
  • Limit the amount of alcoholic units you intake or cut them off completely.
  • Avoid coffee, saturated fats and refined sugary foods!
  • Increase your intake of fruit and vegetables that are high in anti-oxidants and free of pesticides

Why is detoxing so important?

Serious detoxers tend to point towards colonic therapy, helping to expel toxins directly from the inside body. Herbal enemas and fasting with special herbal tea based drinks are also popular methods. In the US, it has been known that 3% -grade hydrogen peroxide ozonated water is popular for extreme detox whilst popular celebrity Beyonce Knowles  turns to a master cleanse diet of hot water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Extreme for some I’m sure!

So why bother with detoxing? In short detoxing helps to keep your body working like a well oiled machine, helping vital organs work more efficiently. Detoxing naturally helps us keep a healthy weight whilst putting life back into dulling skin, hair and nails. The above methods may seem a little extreme, so why not get started with a more gentler approach.

Start your detox today!

Anyone looking for a gentle introduction into detoxification can get started by increasing their cardiovascular exercise, sweating your toxins out using a steam cabin or sauna, or by booking yourself in for a lymph-circulating body massage. It is important to note that these treatments will leave you feeling dehydrated and thirsty, so drink plenty of water during and afterwards.

Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at some popular detox methods used around the world so be sure to bookmark us and come back!

Increase your energy levels!

With winter continuing strong and snow falling all around the UK,  it’s important to not let your energy levels dip throughout the day. By maintaining certain aspects of your day to day life, you can ensure you feel good from morning until night. Below are a few of our top tips towards feeling great;

  • Drink plenty of water – Two-thirds of the body is made from water, so it makes sense to ensure you’re well hydrated throughout the day. Joints, eyes and the digestive system are the first to benefit as the body works constantly to flush out toxins and other unwanted materials. Although we receive a lot of water from the food we eat, it is important to drink plenty of water throughout the day, in many cases between 6 – 8 glasses. In you are participating in heavy exercise, sauna use, or similar you obviously need to compensate for increased water loss. If you feel that you are struggling to concentrate, thirsty or have dark coloured strong-smelling urine, there is a strong chance you may be dehydrated.
  • Eat well –  The importance of what we eat and when we eat can have a huge impact on how we feel throughout the day. Supplements should not be needed if you manage to maintain a healthy balanced diet, providing you’re fit and healthy, but sometimes individuals do not get the recommended daily vitamin intake. Vitamin C is important for maintaining a strong immune system.
  • Exercise – When we do exercise, our bodies release endorphins, boosting metabolic rates and increasing our overall energy levels. One of the worst things an individual can do is avoid exercise when they are feeling tired.
  • Sleep – The amount of sleep required can vary from person to person, with factors such as age and activity levels coming into play. The common requirement for most is between 7 – 8 hours per day, even though many of us fail to get even this. Try to familiarise your body with a routine, by going to bed a similar time each night. A good tip is to take a bath before bed allowing your mind to switch off from work or exercise. Ensure your bedroom is at the right temperature free from light, noise and other stimulants such as TV or computers.
  • Relax – Stress and anxiety can cause fatigue on our bodies without us even knowing about it. Taking as little as 10 minutes of each day to clear your mind and relax the body can have substantial benefits on your health long term. Along with relaxing in the bath, utilise other means of relaxation such as having a massage or using a personal infrared sauna. All can help contribute in giving yourself a chance to relax.