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Solaray Kelp contains high amounts of the trace mineral iodine, which assists in the production of thyroid hormones. Kelp helps maintain normal metabolism in every cell.

Vegans may need to supplement their diet with kelp, as the main foods containing iodine are seafood and dairy produce.

Kelp is an important staple in the ocean. Kelp is called a “gift from the sea”, referring to its nutritional value. Folic Acid has been researched to compliment kelp.

Kelp (Fucus vesiculosus) contains nearly thirty minerals which nourish the glands (especially the thyroid and pituitary). By enhancing the action of the glandular system, it helps balance the body’s metabolism and rate at which it burns calories.

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biosun ear candles ~ relaxation biosun ear candles ~ aromatherapy biosun ear candles

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Biosun Eucalyptus & Pine Needle Hopi Ear Candles 1 Pair Pack

This is an ancient natural therapy originally used by Hopi Indians. Biosun Hopi Ear Candles are for Adults and Children and may be beneficial in the temporary relief of the symptoms of: Sinus problems, Ear aches, Glue ear, Swimmers ear, Some chronic headaches, Hearing difficulties, Headache, Irritations in the ear, Sore throat and Allergies.

The locally administered intensive heat (thermopherapy) stimulates the peripheral blood circulation, and strengthens the cleansing circulation of the Lymph glands. This is a pleasant and completely painless method. It also stimulates energy points and the reflex zones.

Using only natural ingredients and carefully made by hand from a traditional recipe, the candles are produced to excellent standards. Valuable Honey extracts, Linen fabric in its natural form, powdered Indian medicinal herbs (especially Sage, St Johns Wort and Chammomile), Beta-Caratene ensure a constant high quality. Together with Thermopherapy this is a wonderful Ear cleanser.

Please see more in the Natural Matter health and fitness shop for the entire Biosun range. If you have any questions regarding this product please contact info@naturalmatter.co.uk and we will try our best to help you.

Warning:- The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any medical condition. Should you have any medical condition, always consult your doctor, before undertaking any change in exercise or dietary advice.

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Coconut oil and the benefits of its medium chain fatty acids

There are many coconut oil products for the skin and hair that support the natural chemical balance of the skin. So, why is coconut oil now seen as a new all round health food as well?

It’s all to do with the fatty acids in the coconut flesh. The majority of fatty acids that we consume via our food are long chain fatty acids. The fatty acids found in coconut oil are medium chain fatty acids and coconut oil is one of the best sources for medium chain fatty acids.

Our bodies utilise each fatty acid in a different way depending on its size. Medium chain fatty acids have a very positive effect on the body. Some of the benefits of medium chain fatty acids include,

  • A negative effect on cholesterol.
  • Protection against heart disease.
  • Better absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
  • An improved digestion.
  • A lowering of body fat.

Medium chain fatty acids, which are found in coconut oil, are also used in the treatment of diarrhoea, Celiac disease, Liver disease and Alzheimer’s disease. See Daily Mail article on Coconut Oil benefits and Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to these benefits, coconut oil is also a nutritional source of energy.

So take a fresh look at the humble coconut. It’s overflowing with potential health benefits.

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Warning:- The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any medical condition. Should you have any medical condition, always consult your doctor, before undertaking any change in exercise or dietary advice.

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Anti Ageing ~ what can you do to slow down the ageing process?

Many scientists believe that ageing is caused by a limited cell lifespan. In other words, we are all pre-programmed to age and die.  This added to the everyday damage cells are subjected to,  it just seems that there is no way to avoid the wrinkles.

So what happens to our bodies, as we get older?

The main changes that occur are; our immune function decreases, our blood pressure rises, we become less active, our strength decreases, our immune system is impaired, and our body fat increases.

What causes all these changes?

These changes are triggered by genetics and also by our lifestyle choices. Our genetic make-up cannot be manipulated yet, but lifestyle and mental attitude play a very important role in maintaining a longer, healthy life. We know that diet and exercise will help a great deal with anti ageing but what else?

Your mental state directly affects your immune system. Learning to cope with stress can have a beneficial effect on your ageing. Even the simplest of stresses can cause damage. So be happy and learn to relax and cope with life’s pressures.

As you get older your Insulin levels and hormones don’t function as well. Your cells don’t get the best nutrients they need. As a result of this you store more body fat resulting in higher blood pressure.

If you reduce the level of food that you eat, you have less need for Insulin. Reducing the food you eat but maintaining a healthy balanced diet will help in delaying the ageing process. It’s not about starving yourself but more about stopping the overindulgence.

As the body matures it produces less testosterone in males and less growth hormone in both sexes. These hormones help build both muscle and strength. By exercising and training into older age the body is encouraged to keep on producing these hormones. This will ensure a level of strength and agility well into your later years.

Keeping your mind active will ensure that the body stays active too. We go through our whole lives developing and learning, so this shouldn’t stop with old age.

There are practical things we can do to hold the wrinkles and pains back, read the following anti ageing checklist.

  1. Eat regular healthy balanced meals, don’t overindulge and eat small and often. This keeps insulin and blood sugar levels low.
  2. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables; make sure you get good levels of Vitamin C and E regularly. These vitamins counteract the free radicals that cause cell damage from everyday living.
  3. Relaxation techniques and meditation slow your body and mind allowing it to cope. If you learn ways to control anxiety, your body and mind will not put unnecessary stress on itself.
  4. Regular exercise, incorporating cardiovascular exercises, stretches and resistance (weight) training all keep muscles strong. It also keeps your body producing growth hormone and also keeps your blood pressure down.
  5. Find a personally fulfilling role. This creates a healthy mental attitude. Being happy with a positive outlook on both life and the ageing process will help you stay both mentally and physically strong.

If you feel like you need a little extra help with the wrinkles. For our anti ageing cream, anti ageing serum and collagen range please visit our website.

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What is Propolis used for?

What is Propolis?

Honey bees collect a resin from trees and plants. They mix wax, pollen and their own saliva with the resin to produce propolis. Propolis is a substance produced by honey bees in order to plug unecessary holes (halting predators) and to stop infection of the bee hive.

Various studies have been conducted in order to reveal any potential health benefits of Propolis. One such study revealed the potential benefits of propolis cream as a treatment for burns. Apparently the cream achieved greater results with second degree burns victims than the current health department recommended medicine.

In addition to this, other benefits recorded in separate studies were the Propolis’ anti-inflammatory abilities. It was also noted as having a positive effect on the immune system by increasing immune responses within its users.

Propolis was also shown to be an antioxidant rich compound.  Not only was it shown to have anti bacterial properties but also, anti inflammatory and anti fungal properties too.

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Measuring body fat for women

 Hi there, I’m Vicky and I am one of the team here at www.naturalmatter.co.uk

I am approaching 40.

I think I have a way of getting over the looming 40 year depression. Get fit and ready for it. I’ve been putting my fitness off for too long now and so I have decided to get my act together and sort my diet and fitness out. I’m meeting my 40th year head on and with enjoyment rather than depression. I want that flat stomach, the flabless tricep and the stamina to match. I know its going to be tough but its not impossible.

I have been asked by the team here to document my rise to fitness at 40 and post it on the website.

So I got myself a set of cheap body fat calipers.  body fat calipers

A great way to get your exercise program off on the right foot is to get a set of body fat calipers. This instrument measures your body fat and lean muscle mass ratio. It is important to have an accurate measurement of your fat / lean muscle ratio from the very beginning of your program, rather than relying on the bathroom scales.

Scales are inaccurate because they do not let you know if you have replaced body fat with lean muscle. They give you the same reading regardless of dramatic changes in your body. You may have reduced body fat but replaced that weight with lean muscle. Unfortunately, your bathroom scales are unable to detect that difference. If you attend a gym you could ask them to do this measurement for you, as they will have the correct instruments. When you are training you need motivators to keep you on course. body fat calipers allow you to see any results immediately helping you stay on track.

Measure four folds of skin with your body fat calipers and work out your body fat/lean muscle percentage by using the table provided with them.                                                                                       
Body fat calipers
measure the thickness of a fold of skin. There are 4 places on the body where a measurement should be taken, because of where these places are someone else can help you do this. They are,

· Centre of the back of arm (the triceps)

· Centre of the front of arm (the bicep)

· The back, just below the shoulder blade at a 45% angle.

· The waistline between the hipbone and the naval horizontally.

I have now recorded my body fat measurements in the four locations bicep, tricep, shoulder blade and stomach next to belly button. You have to pinch the skin in this area and then measure the fold. It can be a bit tricky as the measurement can change slightly each time you take the measurement (you are dealing in millimetres). So I took three measurements and went for the average.

I added the four measurements together. The results were

bicep 10mm
tricep 19mm
shoulder blade 20mm
stomach area 28mm

total  77mm

Combined body fat measurement chart for women

Total in mm Age 16-29 Age 30-49 Age 50+
14 9.4 14.1 17.0
16 11.2 15.7 18.6
18 12.7 17.1 20.1
20 14.1 18.4 21.4
22 15.4 19.5 22.6
24 16.5 20.6 23.7
26 17.6 21.5 24.8
28 18.6 22.4 25.7
30 19.5 23.3 26.6
35 21.6 25.2 28.6
40 23.4 26.8 30.3
45 25.0 28.3 31.9
50 26.5 29.6 33.2
55 27.8 30.8 34.6
60 29.1 31.9 35.7
65 30.2 32.9 36.7
70 31.2 33.9 37.7
75 32.2 34.7 38.6
80 33.1 35.6 39.5
85 34.0 36.3 40.4
90 34.8 37.1 41.1
95 35.6 37.8 41.9
100 36.3 38.5 42.6
110 37.7 39.7 43.9
120 39.0 40.8 45.1
130 40.2 41.9 46.2
140 41.3 42.9 47.3
150 42.3 43.8 48.2
160 43.2 44.7 49.1
170 44.6 45.5 50.0
180 45.0 46.2 50.8
190 45.8 46.9 51.6
200 46.6 47.6 52.3

I have gone for 80mm as the closest figure to my total measurements in the table.  I’m 39 so the body fat percentage for a female of my age is 35.6% body fat.

The ideal range for my age is, 15-23%

For women, the range up to age 30 is 14-21%, from 30-50 it is 15-23%, and from 50 up it is 16-25%. It is best to be at or below the upper limit, and a woman near the lower limit would be lean.

So if I want to reach 20% body fat ratio. I now have to lose over 15% body fat.

So I will measure myself monthly to see if there have been any changes. Check your progress on a monthly basis. This will allow you to see any changes and plot progress. Don’t check yourself any more than this as there are natural changes in the body throughout a period of a month, depending on whether you are retaining water, perhaps from food you have eaten. It is best for females to check themselves after their period has finished due to water retention. Try to stick to the same part of the month when you record your fat/lean muscle mass ratio.

Now I have  to take my fitness test.

Healthy eating and my weigh in.

Hi there, I’m Vicky and I am one of the team here at www.naturalmatter.co.uk

I am approaching 40.

I think I have a way of getting over the looming 40 year depression. Get fit and ready for it. I’ve been putting my fitness off for too long now and so I have decided to get my act together and sort my diet and fitness out. I’m meeting my 40th year head on and with enjoyment rather than depression. I want that flat stomach, the flabless tricep and the stamina to match. I know its going to be tough but its not impossible.

I have been asked by the team here to document my rise to fitness at 40 and post it on the website.

Day 1

weight: 9st 13lb – not too bad but I need to lose a stone (14lb / 6.35 kg)

Eating Plan  : healthy eating, moderate portions, roughly based on the Zone Diet.

Fill your plate into three parts, one part protein, one part carbohydrates (above ground veggies) and one part fats.