Challenge yourself in 2019

Another year is over and I for one definitely indulged at the end of 2018. I still have a house full of chocolate that I am trying to give to visitors to remove the temptation! I am taking on dry January as part of a detox despite the fact that several friends and family members bought me Gin for Christmas ( I will hold on to these despite the temptation, I think I have enough for the whole year!)

I have set myself a few challenges for 2019 as well as a dry January but these goals have only begun today (Monday 7th). So today I have started my diet as the pounds appear to have creeped on since summer ended, I don’t follow any specific diet as I am no stranger to having to shift the pounds. Ever since I had my son I find it so much harder to keep myself slim and have to be more conscious of what I eat. I have set myself a target of mid march to reach my desired target, normally I don’t focus on weight but how I feel in my own skin as the numbers on the scale don’t mean much nowadays but rather being happy with my body and there is a little too much on my waist and arms at the minute.

Another goal is to brighten up my skin, part of fixing my diet will help with this, adding in lots of fresh fruit and leafy greens work wonders for your skin, reducing my coffee intake and replacing with plenty of fresh alkaline water and of course supplements to get a higher intake of vitamins than cannot be acquired by diet alone.

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So what will I be taking? Firstly I am going to up my Vitamin C game. I take two sachets a day of liposomal vitamin C (more when I am run down) but from today I will be taking four, since it has been proven that 3 a day can improve skin by 33% in four weeks, I’m hoping that four will give me that little bit extra and also fight off seasonal colds that we can expect in January.

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Second I will be taking Beauty complex, one that I have mentioned before simply because I love it so much! I will continue with one sachet a day which provides Marine collagen, Phyto ceramides and Hyaluronic acid, so many of my friends wouldn’t be without this product after trying it. After finishing their first box they are hooked with reports of improvements in dry skin, brightness and overall appearance! I use my Promixx vortex mixer for my beauty complex which whizzes the powder and water together with no lumps and is a handy drinking bottle to have at my desk. They are also great for anyone who takes protein supplements or shakes and prices start from £18.95

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Next I shall be introducing a whole family of B Vitamins using just one supplement. B vitamins are important for healthy hair, skin, nails, eyes and liver as well as playing an important role in converting  food into energy and helping the body metabolise fats and proteins. For this I will use a B complex (liposomal of course!) and my absolute favourite is Dr Chris Shades Methyl B. This has B1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12 as well as Milk thistle extract which is perfect to aid digestion and detoxification. For this I will be taking one dose per day as per the label.

Finally I will be adding in routine exercise to tone my mum tum! I am not the best at finding time for exercise but I have purchased an exercise bike (that hopefully will not end up masquerading as a clothes hanger!) so that once my son is in bed and my daily chores complete I can attempt a minimum of 30 minutes on. Since I can watch TV at the same time this shouldn’t be a difficult task to complete, I am starting with an aim of four nights a week to fit around my sons evening classes and activities. Walking to the shop more is also on the cards and me and son quite enjoy this one as there is a lovely walk way by the river with ducks etc that take us to the supermarket.

I would love to hear what everyone else has as their goals, resolutions or changes for 2019? I know many people don’t bother with resolutions as they feel it is a fad that is long forgotten by the end of January but for every 9 people that quit the gym in a few weeks there is that one that sticks at it, I really hope that by March I can comfortably squeeze into my jeans again!

A follow up at the end of this month with how I am getting on will hopefully be filled with progress, I suppose I should take some before pictures today… *shudders* at the thought!

Giveaway!

I am giving away a Promixx vortex mixer over on my twitter so why not head over to @Proactive_blog for your chance to win! Closes Friday 11th January 2018 at 12pm. Open to EU residents

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“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

Glutathione (GSH) our bodies master defender

Glutathione (GSH) has been considered our bodies most important antioxidant as it is found in all of the cells of the human body, yet most us do not know what it is or what it does.

Currently medical interest in GSH is on the increase and research is beginning to show the benefits of it in treating many conditions. Studies have begun to demonstrate the protective antioxidant, detoxifying, immune boosting, and healing properties of GSH throughout the body.

So what is Glutathione?

Glutathione (GSH) is an important antioxidant in plants, animals and fungi. GSH is capable of preventing damage to important cellular component’s caused by oxidative stress from the likes of free radicals, peroxides and heavy metals. GSH is our bodies master defender and protector of our immune system, Our bodies create its own glutathione but things such as stress, bad diet, toxins, infections and aging deplete the levels making it unable to do its job properly. When working correctly your bodies Glutathione system acts as a ‘sticky magnet’ to all of the toxins in our body which it then flushes to our bile and stool to be carried out. As we age or if we become ill, our glutathione levels most likely become deficient.

Studies have shown that that elevated levels of Glutathione can help increase our mental and physical function and even for making our energy metabolism run well.

Glutathione is also great on the run up to Christmas when the inevitable office party leads to a few too many tipples! Due to its detoxifying properties supplementing GSH can helps raise the levels that alcohol depletes in our livers when we have over indulged!

How to boost your GSH levels.

Eating a diet high in antioxidants is a good way to boost GSH levels, raw peppers, apples, bananas, onions, spinach, garlic, broccoli and potatoes are great sources of glutathione.

Exercise! Doing regular exercise can increase the levels of Glutathione in our body and it also boosts our immune system.

Supplemental/nutritional compounds that can be taken include;

Alpha Lipoic Acid– highly important to our cells and aids in energy production, blood sugar control, brain health and detoxification. Again oxidative stress can deplete ALA levels in our body. ALA is useful at recycling the Glutathione in our bodies and supporting the Glutathione system.

Vitamin C & E – These can work together to recycle glutathione

Liposomal Glutathione GSH
– Liposomal delivery prevents gastrointestinal degradation and assures high absorption into the blood, but it also appears to be capable of targeting the intracellular space and even further into sites within the cells such as mitochondria or nuclei. Combining GSH and liposomes for optimal absorption and bioavailability would appear to be a great combination as it should insure a very high (if not complete) absorption into the blood of the Glutathione.

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Vitamin C and the common cold

In my family we are well aware of the importance of Vitamin C. With a young son in primary school it is easy for bugs and viruses to be brought into our home. At this time of year colds and flu’s are rife and so it is always a good idea to arm yourself with all the information and the preventative measures that are out there to stop these pesky viruses in their tracks!

Our immune systems are liable to be attacked for many different reasons, a vast amount of factors can lead to us feeling run down leaving the gates open for bugs and viruses to get a firm hold on our bodies and leave us unable to function and perform our everyday tasks (or certainly not with any ease!) Stress, late nights and an imbalance in movement levels (too much or too little exercise) can all effect our immune system and leave us
feeling low.

This is where the importance of Vitamin C comes into play. Our bodies, unlike other animals does not make its own vitamin c. This means that Vitamin C must be consumed and this can be done through whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables or supplemented, with the popular choice being over the counter powders, tablets, capsules and fizzies.

Whilst these over the counter Vitamin C supplements and foods can help we can only consume so much before we encounter gastric upset as our bodies do not absorb all of the Vitamin C and rather it gets rid of it. Liposomal Vitamin C has an absorption rate of up to 98% as tiny little bubbles called liposomes protect the Vitamin C as it travels through our digestive system and enters the blood stream via the small intestine where it goes directly to the cells that need it.

Using this method we can gradually build up our daily dose of Vitamin C which in turn builds up our immune system’s ability to fight off bugs and viruses and we can pip them to the post before the grogginess kicks in!

Me and my family take our Vitamin C everyday and if/when we feel that oh so familiar cold working on us we take an extra dose to help the battle of fighting it off and for us it works a treat!

There are a few variations on the market but my favourite is Quicksilver Scientific liposomal Vitamin C. It comes in glass bottle (120ml) and easily mixes with my sons Orange juice unlike other thicker liposomal solutions.

If fighting off the cold isn’t enough Vitamin C also helps with Collagen production, boosting skin elasticity, promotes healing and so much more!

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