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28th Mar 2016

Hy-giene

No, not a hello to a new client but a word about your gym kit...
Please keep it clean folks, the warm damp sweaty environment of your workout clobber is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Bacteria that can cause nasty skin conditions - I've seen the odd case of 'gym rash' before and it's not nice.

Make sure you wash you kit well and often. Don't use fabric conditioner on wicking materials mind you - they won't work as well if you do.

As well as looking after your skin you'll also please your gym buddies too - or at least their olfactory sense!

Michelle Day

PS - Merino wool is the one expection to the 'wash every time' rule. It has anti-bacterial properties and can be reworn without smell or danger to skin for, well I trialled mine for a fortnight until my hubby kindly asumed it needed a wash even though it stilled seemed fine!



Habits

As a kid I loved watching Ronnie Barker in Porridge - he was the habitual offender in the title!
His habit was burglary!
I hope you have healthier habits!

Eating good food regularly - fruit, veg and meat
Exercising often - be it walking the dog, running or any indoor fitness pirsuits
Getting plenty of sleep - 6-8 hours a day, starting around 10pm.

These habits will keep you healthy. But you need to work at it to make them habits, things don't always 'just happen'. Sometimes you need a little push, sometimes it's more than once!

Keep at it and it will pay off!

Just had my habitual protein smoothie for breakfast - tastes great, it's easy to make and very portable. I just need to plan to make sure I have the right fruit and veggies in store and some vegan protein powder. Not much of an effort really now is it?

Michelle 'choco-raspberry smoothie' Day  



How do you make a hormone?

No, not a queue for a bad joke but a question that will now be answered...
 

Hormones are secreted from the endocrine glands in the body, directly into the blood stream Some of the major endocrine glands in the body include:
  • Pituitary gland
  • Pineal gland
  • Thymus
  • Thyroid
  • Adrenal glands
  • Pancreas
  • Testes
  • Ovaries
These organs secrete hormone in microscopic amounts and it takes only very small amounts to bring about major changes in the body. A very slight excess of hormone secretion or slightest deficiency in a hormone can disease and poor health.
In the cases of hormone deficiency, a synthetic hormone replacement therapy may be used and in cases of excess hormone production, medications may be used to curb the effects of the hormone.

And what do they do?
Hormones are chemical messengers telling the organs to exert their functions. There are many types of hormones some of these include:
  • Development and growth
  • Metabolism of food items
  • Sexual function and reproductive growth and health
  • Cognitive function and mood
  • Maintenance of body temperature and thirst
It's important that we look after our bodies to ensure correct hormone balance (as far as we can). This includes not giving our livers too much to do - that detox idea? It's designed (when done properly) to assist the liver to perform it's function to the best of it's ability.
This is especially important if you are going through any major hormonal changes such as in pregnancy, menopause or puberty. This even extends to the skin care and cleaning products you use - which can also disrupt normal hormone balance.

This is a big area of study - just ask us for more support if needed.

Michelle' perfectly balanced' Day

Extra material from: http://www.news-medical.net/health/What-are-Hormones.aspx 



Be Happy!

Yep!
Do it!
Smile and be happy!

OK! OK! I know it won't solve everything and sometimes you just can't face it but exercising with a clear purpose and doing it regularly will increase production of hormones that lift mood and may you happier. Even getting out into the sunlight will have an uplifting effect.

So, maybe what I should have written was, exercise and be happy! Lack of knowing what to do/how to do it or a clear purpose holding you back and making you feel down?

You know where we are when you need us...

Michelle