Whether you think Valentine’s day is a beautiful day to celebrate and appreciate your significant other or a holiday exploited by companies to make money, love can feel all-consuming and there is a science as to why.
Love paints a grin across your face when that text message bling’s onto your phone or makes you ‘coo’ when you see your friend post a photo of their new baby in a cute outfit.
So what exactly is it that gives us those warm and fuzzy feelings? good old oxytocin.
Oxytocin is a chemical that is produced from our hypothalamus (a part of our brain that also works with the adrenals, thyroid, and gonads)
It is often referred to as the ‘love hormone’ as it is the chemical that is released when we fall in love or when we orgasm.
However you don’t need to fret if you currently aren’t in a state of blissful romance, there are plenty of other ways for us to tap into this wondrous flow of good feelings.
Oxytocin plays a role in our social behaviours, so the act of cuddling either a person or...
The juice cleanse has gained popularity in recent years, with many people partaking in regular juice fasts throughout the year. I often have clients ask me, what are my thoughts on a juice fast? My answer is always the same “I have never actually tried one and as a person who eats like a grazing cow, I don’t really wish to” but with any great researcher and with claims of clearer skin, increased energy and a general feeling of wellness having all been reported. I decided to do some research, bite the bullet or drink the juice in this case and try one for myself.
These are my findings and experience.
The idea of fasting
Recent studies by Dr Mark Mattson have shown benefits for intermittent fasting with results of reduced inflammation, improved cognitive function, increased stress resistance and reduced blood pressure. Intermittent fasting has also shown high efficacy for weight loss, improvements in insulin resistance and reduced risk of cardio vascular disease by enhancing mitocho...
Camping is all about being in the great outdoors, becoming one with nature, meeting some new people and eating food from a can right! wrong.
Just because you have limited access to cooking facilities, does not mean that you have to forgo the healthy eating.
On a recent trip across America I took charge of the cooking side of things (shout out to the guys and gals who put up the tents) and we rocked it each and every day with great tasting and healthy food.
To get access to some of the delightful treats I whipped up click on the link below.