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  • Do You Know Where Your Greens Come From?

    The answer isn’t as black and white as you think...

    Green Powder

    There’s no denying that green powders are an incredibly potent, natural source of raw fuel that our bodies need so they can perform at their very best every day. Providing energy, improving digestion, increasing metabolism and easing fatigue, they’re a quick and easy way to bring green foods into your diet and can be little jars of wonder. We say “can” because not all green powders are created equal. In fact, some may not be nearly as good for you as you’d imagine…

    Green smoothiePure Blend

    When was the last time you thought about where your green powders comes from? Most are grown in China where 20% of the ground is toxic and much of the water is also polluted. Not so with Irish brand, One Nutrition Power Greens. From its spirulina and chlorella, which are organically grown in India (the world’s first supplier of spirulina) to its brassicas (grown on an organic farm in Germany) and its wheat and barley grasses (grown organically in Utah in the US), its blend of ingredients is rigorously tested for contaminants, purity and toxicity.

    What’s Inside

    One Nutrition® Organic Power Greens - 200g PowderHumans are not designed to be able to digest grass (cows have four stomachs to do this!), therefore why do we think we can digest wheat and barley grass powder? These products are literally grass ground down into an indigestible powder. In order for us to be able to digest the nutritional benefits of wheatgrass and barley grass, the grasses must first be juiced. Power Greens contains wheat and barley grass juice powder, so it is the juice that is dried and then powdered. Not only does this further concentrate the nutrients, but it means the body absorbs them much more easily. It is this crucial extra step that most other green powders skip to keep costs down.

    Power Greens also contains spirulina, a protein-dense microalgae that grows in fresh water and contains a full suite of all eight essential amino acids. Gram for gram, it also packs 58 times the iron found in spinach. Chlorella, another famed algae, is chlorophyll rich to help cleanse the body, while vitamins B6 and B12 contribute to a normal energy-yielding metabolism and to easing fatigue.

    By delivering concentrated green food nutrition in a way that suits modern lifestyles, Power Greens is the quick, easy, smart and safe way to bring potent green foods into your diet, providing the fuel your body needs to perform at its best.

    Power Greens is available in powder, sachets and capsules from health stores, pharmacies and online. The ideal way to boost your five-a-day on the go!

  • 5 Tips for Reducing PMS

    Did you know there are over 150 different PMS Symptoms, both physical and emotional!?

    Some of the more common symptoms include; bloating, cramps, breast tenderness, fatigue, insomnia, tension, anxiety, irritability. These symptoms can have a substantial negative impact on activities of daily living and quality of life and what’s worse is that almost 90% of Irish women believe that PMS is a normal part of their monthly cycle! With Cleanmarine for Women it doesn’t have to be. Containing Rosemary Oil, Soy Isoflavones, Vitamin D3 and B Vitamins Cleanmarine for Women is designed to help alleviate PMS symptoms.

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    Here are 5 tips to help you combat the symptoms of PMS...

    1. Eat little and often

    Eat regularly leading up to your period to stabilise sugar levels. Include plenty of high fibre and protein rich foods such as wholegrain cereals, seeds, nuts, root vegetables and fruits to keep your digestion system moving and sugar levels steady. Top up your “feel good” serotonin hormone levels with by eating tryptophan rich foods such as such as turkey, brown rice and almonds

    2. Cut out the bad stuff

    Cut out caffeine, alcohol, salt and sugar. These all lead to bloating, mood swings and anxiousness.

    3. Top up your “good” fats

    Cleanmarine for Women was developed especially with PMS in mind.  Along with pure Omega 3 it has all the key ingredients needed to combat the most common symptoms of PMS such as mood swings, bloating and breast tenderness. It also contains soy isoflavones, a plant-derived ingredient to help ease headaches, cramps and back pain. Cleanmarine for Women is renowned for improving skin, hair and nail quality as well as having proven benefits for heart, joint and vision health.

    water4. Drink plenty of water

    Treat your body to 1.5 - 2 litres of water a day. Rather than causing you to retain more fluid, additional water will stimulate your body to flush away toxins and remove excess fluid in the process. You can gain between 3-7lbs of fluid before your period so water and natural diuretics such as celery, onion, parsley and garlic will all help to reduce this extra fluid.

     5. Get moving

    Exercise can be very effective in reducing the symptoms of PMS. Aerobic or cardio exercise reduces stress, boosts circulation, increases endorphins and has been shown to improve mood, stress levels and sleep. Yoga in particular has been shown to cause a significant drop in both psychological and physical symptoms of PMS.

    Cleanmarine for Women is available in Health Stores, Pharmacies and Online.

  • Get Moving with Udo’s Oil & Win

    We all know exercise and diet is the way to a long and healthy life. If your body is functioning at its optimum level, you’re going to think faster, feel happier, be more energetic and less stressed.

    What’s more, you’re less likely to get one of the many diseases that can shorten your life, including coronary heart disease (Ireland’s No.1 killer), high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes.

    We explore how to add more exercise into your daily routine plus we have a fantastic competition to win an Activity Weekend away worth €500.

    Get Moving

    The key to exercise is finding something you enjoy, so it won’t feel like such a chore. Love the water? Swimming uses all the major muscle groups in the body at once, so it’s a great calorie-burner. Good freestylers will burn 100 calories every 10 minutes (more than jogging). Aerobic dance can burn  upwards of 443 calories per hour, while a kickboxing class burns 585 calories in a 60-minute session. If you’re looking for something a little less strenuous, then golf could be worth a swing. It may not be the most strenuous of sports, but it still burns calories. In fact, nine holes of golf, while carrying your clubs, uses about 820 calories.

    So how much exercise is enough?

    A brisk 20-minute walk each day is all it takes, reveals a recent study. Scientists at Cambridge University looked at the effects of obesity and exercise on 334,161 European men and women whose progress was followed for 12 years. They found that people who engaged in moderate levels of daily exercise – equivalent to taking an energetic 20-minute walk – were up to 30% less likely to die than those classified as inactive.

    Udo's Oil Benefits

    However, sometimes modern life gets in the way, and due to long working hours, stressful relationships and poor-quality diets, exercise is put on the long finger, our health is put on the back-burner and our hearts come under attack. When it comes to heart health, omega 3's are true heroes. They have been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce blood clotting and decrease stroke and heart failure risk. Udo’s Oil contains the richest source of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids available in Ireland. These essential fatty acids play a vital role in heart, brain, joint and skin health to help you feel and look amazing, inside and out.

    Udos OilAbout Udo’s Oil?

    Certified Organic, Udo’s Oil is a seed oil that contains the perfect 2:1:1 ratio of Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. It is also the richest vegetarian source of Omega acids available in Ireland. These wondrous essential fatty acids play a vital role in skin, joint, brain and heart health to help keep you moving all year round.

    Udo's Oil combines only the very best natural ingredients;

    • > Flax seed oil
    • > Sunflower seed oil
    • > Sesame seed oil
    • > Coconut oil
    • > Evening primrose oil
    • > Soy lecithin (GMO-free)
    • > Rice bran and oat bran germ oils
    • > Mixed Tocopherols

     

    Documented benefits include greater suppleness in the joints, better mood and energy levels and softer, silkier skin and hair. Meanwhile users report a certain glow that comes with simply great health!

    We are giving away an activity break worth €500 and if you are not lucky enough to win this great prize, then don’t worry as we have five FitBit Activity Watches for the runners-up.
    Click the button below to enter for your chance to win by 30 September 2016.

    Udo's Oil Competition

  • Setting Some New Life Goals

    Dublin GAA legend Alan Brogan talks to us exclusively about football, fitness and where he sees himself in five years’ time...

    When Alan Brogan scored that famous point into Hill 16 in the All-Ireland final win against Kerry last year, it was the perfect ending to a career that had already passed into legend. The 33-year-old retired, after 14 seasons, with three All-Ireland medals, 11 Leinster titles, three All Stars and the 2011 Player of the Year award. Now, nearly a year on, he talks about what life has been like since leaving the Dubs.

    Alan Brogan Cleanmarine for Men

     

    Q. Why did you decide to retire late last year?

    A. I had played for Dublin since 2002, winning 11 Leinster medals and three All-Irelands. Scoring the last point in the All-Ireland final in 2015 was the icing on the cake and gave me the opportunity to retire on a really positive note.

    Q. What has life been like since then?

    A. I’m enjoying the extra time with the family and have been able to play with my club a bit more. I will miss playing with the Dubs as it meant everything to me, but I am happy with my decision for now.

    Q. What do you miss most about being part of the team?

    A. The banter in the dressing room is probably the part I will miss most. Apart from the winning and losing, I really enjoyed the camaraderie that being on a team like that brings.

    Q. Would you like your sons to play for Dublin?

    A. I’ll always be careful not to put too much pressure on them. My oldest is only seven, but is really enjoying playing Gaelic and soccer now.

    Q. What advice would you give him if he decided to take up the sport?

    To any kid, I’d always say, “enjoy it”. This is how I always approached sport; it’s a hobby at the end of the day.

    Q. Your favourite sporting memory?

    A. Winning the All-Ireland in 2011 – Dublin’s first in 16 years.

     Q. Who inspires you the most?

    A. I always wanted to impress my dad as a youngster.

    Q. Any career regrets?

    A. Not winning an All-Ireland before 2011 with some of the guys that I played with for so long, like Ciaran Whelan and Jason Sherlock.

    Cleanmarine for Men

     Q. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

    A. On a sideline cheering my kids on. Career-wise, I work for a great marketing services production company called Custodian. I am very happy here.

    Q. What do you eat in a typical day?

    A. I try to eat a healthy balanced diet, but that can be a challenge when busy. Every morning I make sure to have a hearty breakfast of porridge and fruit as it sets me up for the day. I do enjoy the occasional treat too but it’s all about balance.

    Q. Any healthy snacks?

    A. I’m a big fan of cereal bars and rice cakes.

    Alan Brogan

     Q. How often do you exercise and what does your regime involve?

    A. I exercise about three times a week now. Since retiring from inter-county football, my training isn’t as intense, but I still play club football and try to keep as aerobically fit as possible.

    Q. How do you juggle work, family and keeping fit?

    A. I find the key is time management and planning my week in advance so I can fit everything in.

     

    Cleanmarine for Men - Sport SafeQ. Why do you take Cleanmarine for Men?

    A. Cleanmarine for Men tops up my diet so I know I’m getting all the good fats and vitamins I need without having to take lots of individual supplements. It couldn’t be easier.

     

    Alan Brogan is the official ambassador for Cleanmarine for Men. Available in Health Stores, Pharmacies and Online. Visit cleanmarine.ie to find out more.

  • Breathe Easy

    Nutritionist & Fitness Instructor, Kerry O’Connor, is on the trail for a  hay fever solution with no nasty side effects.

    Hay fever can cause great discomfort and can make the upcoming summer months quite miserable and unbearable for sufferers. Hay fever, also known as Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, is an allergic reaction of the nasal passages and airways to wind-borne pollens. In Ireland, up to 90% of sufferers are allergic to grass pollen with some allergic to tree and herb pollens.

    HayfeverHay fever sufferers can spend the summer season with a blocked and runny nose, sneezing, itchy red and watery eyes, sinus congestion with headaches. Overproduction of mucus can lead to coughing and postnasal drip. The symptoms of hay fever can in turn, lead to fatigue and lethargy. This occurs because the body’s immune system produces antibodies to the allergen (pollen) which results in the allergic symptoms previously mentioned. Even though everyone has some of these antibodies, an allergic person has an unusually large amount. The body’s first response is usually to release a chemical called histamine, this causes the itching and watering of the nose and eyes typically seen in hay fever sufferers.

    The severity depends on each individual with some people thinking they have a summer cold, however unlike a cold which will disappear after a few days, hay fever symptoms remain as long as the pollen does. Other people can be almost housebound on hot, sunny days.

    Tips to boost your immune system

    >> Start taking good quality microbiotics such as Udo’s Choice Super 8, this helps boost the good bacteria that stimulate your immune system.

    >> Increase antioxidant-rich foods in your diet, eat the colours of the rainbow through your fruit and vegetables daily.

    >> Take a bio-dynamic Echinacea tincture such as the therapeutic grade Echinacea from Irish Botanica as this stimulates the immune system to stabilise the cells that produce histamine. This is best started before the hay fever season begins.

    Medical Herbalist, David Foley, says “Echinacea has been traditionally used in the treatment of Hay Fever and perennial allergic rhinitis. It is usually used in combination with other anti-allergy herbs such as nettle, eyebright and plantain.”

    >> Quercetin, found in certain foods such as apples, onions and green tea has also been shown to inhibit histamine release.

    Some tips to help you through hay fever season

    >> Avoid areas of lowland country grassland, get to the coast as much as possible as the pollen levels are lower there.

    >> Keep car and house windows closed during the peak pollen hours of late morning and late afternoon.

    >> Don’t sleep with the bedroom window open.

    >> Avoid smokers and smoky environments as smoke can aggravate the condition.

    >> Wear wraparound sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes.

    >> Put a smear of Vaseline inside each nostril to capture pollen entering the nasal passages.

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