Give your mum a gift to make her glow!

So as we approach Spring 2019 (despite the weather) its a good time to assess our health needs. I seem to be surrounded by friends suffering from colds and viruses at the minute and thankfully have not succumbed to any of them yet (I credit this to my regular use of Liposomal Vitamin C!)

With March also comes Mother’s Day, the perfect time to treat your mums to something different rather than the usual flowers & chocolates. As a single mum I normally get hand made gifts which I love but for my own mum (a breast cancer survivor, 10 years clear) I like to give her health related presents and normally an additional treat that I put thought into (I am still thinking!)

Below are some ideas for your mum, I have included some of my favourite skin care products too as who doesn’t love glowing skin to hide the tiredness of chasing around after our kids!

First up is from Magnitone. If you haven’t heard of them they sell a range of products and devices for your skin. I recently purchased a daily cleansing & toning skin brush and have fallen in love! It’s so easy to add to your skincare routine and perfect for busy mums as its all over in a minute (literally) and my skin feels so soft and smooth after using. After just one week I can notice improvements in my skin which is a dream for me as I suffer from dry skin on my face which has dramatically improved. These devices are £90 RRP but at the time of writing Look Fantastic have them on offer at a bargain £63. Perfect for mum or yourself, get dropping those hints to your partner and/or kids now!

A great all rounder product for women is Quicksilver Scientific Dr Chris Shades Thrivagen. A liquid herbal blend that can support the female endocrine system. Thrivagen can help support regular menstrual cycles, balanced mood and immunity, resilience, endurance, and healthy sleep. This is a great energy booster and so its perfect for mums on the go, whether that may be at work or chasing after little ones all day and crashing at night. Priced at £53.95 and uses a liposomal delivery system for higher absorption.

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SkinGlo Collagen is up next, what’s great about this one I hear you ask, well… it really works. My dry skin on my face and arms has cleared up using this and my Magnitone brush. My mum has even complimented me saying my skin looks good lately and when I put my make up on its not going patchy, I actually have achieved a bit of a glow. It has a lovely exotic fruit taste so no need to worry about it tasting like seaweed (I have tried some that do!) and uses liposomal technology to give the product up to 8 times higher absorption to the bloodstream than other supplements. I love this product so much that I will be stocking it in the near future but for now you can buy direct from SkinGlo it costs £54.99 for a one off purchase of 14 sachets or you can select a subscription option. They also do a version for men which can be seen on their website as well as reviews of the product.

I don’t know about anyone else but I often walk into a room and forget why I’m there or attempt to put the milk in the tea cupboard. I found that once I became a mum this forgetfulness increased and as I work full time I often have to be reminded of things. The solution to this same in the form of Revive Active Mastermind. This product was actually formulated in collaboration with the University of Northumbria – the Brain Performance Nutrition Centre and I find it really helps with mental clarity for me. Mastermind has become a popular product with University students to help their focus when revising for exams but for us mums it can help when we are trying to multitask! Currently on sale at £28.13 at the time of writing. Normal RRP is £37.50 

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Another amazing product is Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm. I have searched high and low for a cleansing balm that I really love for my skin and finally got my answer in this product. It comes with a handy cleansing cloth and my skin always feels so clean & fresh after each use. The great thing about this balm is it lasts ages thanks to the fact that you only need to use a small amount each time and it smells divine thanks to the essential oils. Perfect for boosting your skin and getting a dewy look. This cleansing balm can also be used on clean skin as a mask or overnight treatment but mostly I use it at night time or when I come home from work to let my skin breathe. At £47 it may seem pricier than other cleansers on the market but there’s a reason for that… its better! Can be purchase from a multitude of beauty sites all for the same price including Cult Beauty

Finally, I know I bang on about Vitamin C a lot but only because it really is the most important vitain in my opinion, mostly because our bodies don’t make it naturally yet it is a vital supplement for our diets. A lovely gift for mum or yourself is Sufficient C. It contains an impressive 200mg Vitamin C per scoop and is 100% water soluble. There is also added benefits from Green Tea extract and Bromelain. The benfits of this product are increased hydration, immune system support, reducing inflammation and is high in antioxidants. Sufficient C is Non GMO, sugar free, vegan and caffeine free. It comes in two sizes, 250 mg or a handy 125mg travel sized pot. There are price options for bulk buying on this one but prices start at £20.45 for one 125 gram pot.

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I hope everyone has a lovely Mothers Day this year and at the very least gets a little lie in!

 

Opinions are all my own and Magnitone, SkinGlo and Emma Hardie or any supplier did not give me products to review (sadly).

And as always these products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

 

 

“The cure” How to shift a hangover and look after your liver (Giveaway)

Lets face it over indulgence of alcohol may seem like a good idea at the time but waking up with a banging heading and a mouth that tastes and feels like you’ve been licking the carpet isn’t great and often leads to regret and what is known as ‘the fear’ in the Urban dictionary.

Some people are lucky and don’t seem to suffer too much with just some tiredness and nothing a big fry up can’t cure, while others (including myself) pay for every drop of alcohol that passes our lips ( I can get a hangover from one glass of wine!)

Our hangovers are our bodies way of telling us it has been over burdened, it has become dehydrated, our blood sugar levels have declined and fatigue from toxins takes over.

Over the years I’ve tried many different remedies and now I have found a few great ways to beat my hangover into submission and also look after my liver at the same time so here we go!

Hydrate

We’ll start with the most obvious one and that is we have to combat the dehydration that is inevitable from alcohol consumption. Even people who don’t suffer too badly the morning after need to take heed to this one. Trying to get a glass or two of water over the course of your evening between the alcohol can really help and two before you go to bed. What’s even better than just water is an amazing product called Sufficient C. Each scoop added to your water provides 2000mg of vitamin C as well as L-lysine, bromelain and a 94% pure green tea extract. This will give your immune system a much need boost, aid your digestive system and most importantly aid your body in hydrating. I would recommend a large glass before bed and another when you wake up. One to avoid is coffee! You may think that this will give you the energy you need to get on with your day but the caffeine will only dehydrate you further and make your headache worse.

Nourish your liver

Whilst we are busy focusing on the pain in our heads or fuzziness we forget that the real part of body that needs looking after is our liver. It’s now working overtime to rid our body of toxins and needs some protection. Now this one is bitter by name and bitter in taste but it’s a wonderful product and just the tonic! Dr Shade’s Bitters no.9 is designed to strengthens your bodies natural cleansing system and remove the toxins, in turn it will aid in the restoration of your liver health. For anyone who has trouble with liquid formulas or bitterness there is an alternative from Ayush herbs called Livit-2 which comes in a capsule form to nourish and support your liver and give your immune system a boost at the same time!

Take a long soak in Himalayan mountain salt

Almost a third of toxins excrete from our skin. Soaking in a nice warm bath filled with Himalayan pink mountain salt is a great way to rejuvenate your skin, eliminate toxins and relax your muscles. You can buy in it most health food stores and online a large 1kg bag is normally about £5. I love a bath to de-stress and the salt can be added to your bath at all times and not just when hungover, its amazing for my dry skin too!

Feed your body the right way

The morning after often leads to cravings of fatty foods and a big fry up is top of the list for most people. This is due to the massive drop in your blood sugar levels and dehydration but these foods aren’t good for your already sensitive stomach and lead to gastric upset. (it should be noted though that a big hearty meal BEFORE you start drinking can help prevent or lessen your hangover as it lines the stomach!) As your body is already overloaded from the chemicals in alcohol and an overburden of acid its now time to increase alkalinity and get some vitamins and minerals in there. Eggs are a great source of vitamin B and are full of amino acids try having them scrambled, boiled or poached instead of fried with some whole wheat toast to help raise your blood sugar. Or why not try some oats, filled with B Vitamins, calcium and iron this superfood can help neutralise the acid build up and raise those blood sugar levels. Serve with some organic honey for an energy boost and sliced banana to raise your potassium levels.

Boost your glutathione levels.

In a previous blog post I talked about glutathione, what it is and what it does. You can read this here, in short Glutathione is our bodies master detoxifier. When we are ill or as we age it depletes and so our bodies ability to shift toxins reduces. This also happens after a bout of alcohol and we need to boost our glutathione levels to get our system up and running again. My previous blog post talked about various methods for doing this but for a hangover my absolute favourite is Quicksilver Scientific Glutathione complex. The reason I love this one so much is that it has other ingredients rather than just the Glutathione, it also has milk thistle (absolutely perfect for your supporting your liver!) and a suite of B Vitamins to up your energy. At £72.95 a bottle it may seem the priciest option but this is because it is a liposomal product. Liposomes are tiny microscopic bubbles that protect the nutrients as they travel though your stomach, protecting them from the acid. Once they reach the intestines the nutrients are then absorbed into your blood stream. This means that about about 98% of the product gets absorbed by our body whereas pills, powders, fizzies etc have about a 15% absorption rate.

Other supplements you can take

If you’re just looking for one all rounder supplement you can take then I quite like Revive active, called a “super food” it has 26 active ingredients in each sachet including the all important vitamin C. It’s a great daily supplement and can really help your immune system the morning after the night before. It can boost energy levels, reducing the fatigue associated with your hangover. Prices start at £12.50 for 10 sachets.

Sleep

When all else fails to lift that grogginess and fatigue sometime a bit more sleep is the best option to let your body heal while you sleep. Take your supplements, have some food, water and a rest. Many of us don’t have this option due to our family lives and so in this case I recommend going the opposite way and going out for a walk with your partner/kids/dog. The fresh air will do your body a world of good and the gentle exercise will shift some of the fatigue, it may not seem like it but once you’re up and out the distraction will definitely help.

Have your say and win! 

I want to hear what everyone else does to cure a hangover. Maybe its yoga, oodles of green tea or do you have a home remedy that you put together… egg yolks and so on! I’d love to hear them all and in return I will randomly select a winner to receive a hangover survival pack including a Brita FUN water jug, A pot of Sufficient C, some revive active sachets, a £10 Just Eat voucher and more!

(If you are T-Total and don’t drink you can still enter by writing why you would like to win instead)

Please enter via the gleam app below. Giveaway ends 31st October 2018 23.59pm and is open to all of Europe (over 18 only)

Proactive Healthcare Blog giveaway – hangover survival pack