Heath & Heather Organic Super Tea

Written by: Helen

 

I love trying different teas.  My tea shelf (which is gradually expanding into a tea cupboard) is well stocked with a variety of herbal and unusual teas (I’ve written an article before about the health benefits of herbal teas.  You can read it here).  So I was pleased when Heath & Heather sent me their range of organic super teas to try.

The great thing about these teas is that they have been created by herbalists and each is designed with a specific purpose in mind.  Struggling to sleep at night?  Try the Organic Relaxing Night Time tea.  Coming down with a cold?  Try the Organic Supportive Root Remedy tea.  I’ve included the full range of teas along with their descriptions.  There’s one to suit any mood.

I enjoyed these teas.  They are made from natural ingredients, no funny business and the main thing is they taste great.  So far my favourite, I think, is the Night Time tea but it depends how I’m feeling.  These teas are available from Holland & Barrett and independent health food shops.

 

The Company

Heath & Heather was first established in 1920 by Samuel and James Ryder.  They were among the first to study the therapeutic benefits of English botanicals, herbs and plants.  Today the company continues to develop a range of fruit and herbal infusions, designed to help support a natural, healthy lifestyle.

You can contact the company through their social media at-

Instagram: Heathandheathertea
Twitter: @HeathHeatherTea

 

The Full Range

Organic Energising Morning Time tea– It contains ginseng root and Amazonian guarana which are natural energy boosters.

Organic Relaxing Night Time tea– chamomile and spearmint infusion with valerian root and hops, traditional herbal remedies for easing insomnia, anxiety and restlessness.

Organic Supportive Root Remedy– This uses turmeric, ginger, galangal and ginseng roots to support health and help keep colds and flu at bay.

Organic Detoxing Slim Tea– An infusion of green yerba mate, guarana seeds, psyllium and rooibos meant to assist natural bowel movements, aid detoxing the liver and curb food cravings.

Organic Digestive Super Seeds– This combines coriander seeds, anise seeds, fennel seeds and fenugreek seeds; herbal aids to ease digestion and bloating.

 

I received these teas for free.  All opinions are honest and my own.

 

Perfecting your Posture

Written by: Helen

 

“Sit up straight” may sound like something grown-ups used as a nagging tool when you were a teenager, but in fact it was very good advice (so if you’re reading this and you are still a teenager, take heed).  The definition of posture is the ‘position someone holds their body in when standing or sitting.’  Therefore good posture means you hold your body in a good position.  But good for what? Does it really matter?  Actually you may be surprised at the things posture can impact.

 

Importance of Good Posture

There are various benefits we can feel when we pay attention to our posture and try to correct any bad habbits.  Here are a few of the benefits:

Allows for better and deeper breathing- Lungs have room to expand

Improves digestion– allows organs to properly align including the stomach

Better on your muscles and joints- reduces stress on ligaments and helps to keep our joints correctly aligned.  It can reduce the risk of injury.

Reduces stress on spine

Makes us feel happier and more confident- This may initially seem a little far fetched.  However when people feel sad they are more likely to slouch and when people feel happy they are more likely to stand straight.  Good posture is an outward display of confidence and someone who is in control.  This can help to change our frame of mind so that we feel confident and in control.

Makes you appear taller and slimmer

 

What Does Good Posture Look Like?

Good posture is when you are in a position (whether you are standing or sitting) that doesn’t place strain on your joints and ligaments.

When sitting you should sit up straight and push your bottom to the back of the chair.  When standing some tips are to pull in your stomach and straighten your spine (you should never aim for a completely straight spine as our spines have natural curves); keep your shoulders back.

The thing is that we are all individuals so ‘good’posture may vary slightly for each of us.  Ultimately the aim is to make ourselves a little straighter and taller whilst protecting the three natural curves in our spine.

If you want to find out more about what your posture should look like then this article details it here

Ways to Improve Posture

1) Start to notice bad habbits

We can’t start to correct ourselves until we recognise where we might be going wrong.  Most of the time when we stand or sit we don’t even notice our position.  If you work in an office start to pay attention to how you sit in your chair.  When you are walking do you walk tall or do you slouch?

2) Look for warning pains

Back pain can be a sign of bad posture.  There can, of course, be other causes but if you start to notice that you suffer with back ache then checking your posture and making any adjustments is a good place to start.

3) Take a break

It can be hard to maintain good posture if we are trying to sit or stand in the same position for a long period.  Take a break and move around, change positions or do something different.

4) Make gradual changes

If your posture is bad you could improve it gradually.  This may make it feel more comfortable and also make it a little easier.  Start by pushing your bottom back in your seat or straightening your back or pushing your shoulders down.

5) Find a way that works for you

Perhaps you work well with imagery.  In this case imagine you are being pulled upwards by a piece of string.  Perhaps you need reminding throughout the day so you could set a reminder on your phone to check your posture at regular intervals.  Make sure your chair and desk are set up correctly ie. you have a footrest if needed, your chair is at the right height for the desk etc.

What is your posture like? Thanks for reading 🙂

10 Healthy Food & Fitness Events in 2017

Written by: Helen

Last year I listed some food and fitness events taking place around the UK and I’m going to do the same this year.  There are great things happening so if you’re looking for inspiration to help keep you eating and feeling well this year then attending one of these could really help.  You can get motivated by trying new products and foods, taking part in classes and workshops and speaking to experts.

 

1) SFN Expo 2017

14-15th October, Glasgow

This is all about fitness.  So if you like to exercise this is worth a visit.  It has various brands, athletes and coaches attending and you can watch bodybuilding and Strongman championships.  You can find out more here.

 

2) Be:Fit London

28th-30th April

The UK’s only health and fitness festival for women.  The website says it is a ‘three day celebration of health & fitness with back to back classes, talks from industry leaders, live cooking demonstrations, workshops and more, all included in the price of your ticket- plus a shopping village filled with a hand picked selection of the best brands in health, fitness & nutrition. We will also be launching a Be:FIT London yoga studio, functional training studio, cycling studio and the Be:FIT braid bar, all brand new for 2017.’ Find out more here.

 

3) FitCon

21st-23rd April, London

Held over three days at Olympia, London you can meet top brands and athletes, as well as fellow fitness enthusiasts.  Find out more on their website here.

 

 

4) International Yoga Day

18th June, London

In the beautiful grounds of Alexandra Palace you can join some leading instructors for hours of free yoga and meditation.  It’s on from 8am-6pm and there will be classes for all abilities.  Find out more here.

 

5) Natural & Organic Products Europe

2nd-3rd April, London

This event at Excel London has natural healthcare products, organic foods and even eco-household products and more.  Visit their website here.

 

 

6) Eat Clean Fair

2nd April, Gloucestershire

This is a big gluten free and healthy living fair in Thornbury.  It has all sorts including food and drink, beauty, sports, wellbeing and you can speak to experts.  There are more details here.

 

7) Soul Circus

18th-20th August, Gloucester

This is a yoga and wellness festival.  If you like yoga or if you’ve been wanting to give yoga a try, this looks fab.  You can be at a sunrise yoga class in beautiful surroundings.  To find out everything that’s on you can visit their website here.

 

8) MindBodySpirit Wellbeing Festival

28th April-1st May, London

This is at Olympia London and there is lots going on.  There are workshops, exhibitors, yoga and a wellbeing spa.  You can check out the specifics on the website here.

 

9) Vegfest

20th-21st May, Bristol

The event is at Amphitheatre and Waterfront Square on Bristol Harbourside.  It is about all things vegan and there will be lots of stalls with vegan food, information etc as well as music in the evening.  The website is here.

 

10) Sport & Fitness Show

16th-17th September, Brighton Seafront

This event will have exhibitors, free fitness classes, triathlon entries and other activities.  The website says it is something the whole family can enjoy.  Find out more here.

 

Let me know if you’re planning on attending any of these.  Perhaps I’ll see you there! Thanks for reading 🙂