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Primary energy - meditation

Primary energy: what is it and how to find it

This week’s blog exploring the topic of primary energy is written by guest writer and mindfulness coach, Bev Alderson.

A few years ago, I did a second yoga teacher training in India.

It was a month-long intensive programme which took place in the beautiful setting of the Himalayas, overlooking the Ganges.  For the 100 or so participants, it was an opportunity to experience the yogic gurukula system which basically means you live, work and study with your teachers.  In this instance the teachers were yogic monks, also known as Swamies.

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In the news – health & nutrition research

In this week’s article we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, five items comprising:

  • Baby’s first stool can help predict risk of developing allergies
  • Is your diet keeping you up at night?
  • The ‘neuro-9’: nine foods you should eat to nourish a midlife brain
  • Why are food allergies on the rise?
  • Being vegetarian makes you less likely to develop cancer and heart disease, major study finds

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The impact of poor sleep

Sleep is a wonderful aspect of life that can often be either an enigma or a non-priority to some people. It is a strange evolutionary trait which renders all organisms vulnerable to attack and predation due to the inducement of a state of perceived unconscious paralysis. This highlights how essential sleep must be for life as some form of it is performed by every organism on the planet (even bacteria have a primitive form of a sleep/wake cycle), even though it puts them at increased danger.

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Magnesium – the underestimated mineral

Magnesium1 is one of seven macro minerals that needs to be consumed in levels of over 100mg a day. It plays an important role in over 300 enzyme reactions in the body. According to the Human Genome Project more than 3500 proteins have binding sites for magnesium, so it is essential for numerous functions within the body.  50-60% of it is found in the bones, the remaining 50-40% is mainly found in muscles, soft-tissue and bodily and cellular fluids. European Union NRV levels recommend 375mg daily.

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In the news – health & nutrition research

In this week’s article we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, five items comprising:

  • Research review: UK needs five-fold vitamin D increase
  • Vitamins C and E linked to reduced risk for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Sleep deprivation decreases testosterone levels and muscle protein synthesis
  • Beetroot juice benefits brain and heart through oral microbiome modulation
  • A changing gut microbiome may be good for you as you age

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