Back to school

The beginning of a new school year is here and whilst for many it is a welcomed chance to return to some sort of normality and routine, it often goes hand-in-hand with back-to-school germs, which in these times may be of particular worry to parents. In contrast to the summer months, which sees most children spending time outdoors, children tend to spend more time inside as the weather gets colder. Continue reading  ▶

Integrating wellbeing

Our blog this week is written by guest writer, Bev Alderson. Bev is a wellbeing professional who works with individuals, groups and workplaces, choosing to take a more positive and proactive approach, to enhance wellbeing and in turn achieve greater results.

In deciding what to write and share this year, I obviously had no idea we would be in the midst of a global pandemic, when the topic of ‘Integrating Wellbeing’ would come up on the schedule.

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Stress: what is it and how does it affect our brain health?

We are living in unprecedented times where our levels of stress are at an all-time high.  We may be stressed about the fragility of our health and the health of our loved ones, we may be stressed about our work and finances. Some of us have lost our jobs and others are adapting to a totally new way of working either remotely or in an environment with PPE and ’social distancing’. Even prior to COVID19 we were living in a world where stress was the predominant constant in our lives. The article below explores what stress is and how it impacts our brain health.

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How probiotics support the respiratory system: protecting against viruses and helping recovery

At present, during this current pandemic of COVID-19, no effective preventive and curative medicine is currently available. Subsequently, a healthy immune system is considered paramount and therapies addressing the immunopathology of the infection have become a major focus.

There are a number of nutrients which are essential for the normal functioning of the immune system, of which probiotics have shown effectiveness for treatment and prevention of viral infections as well as a supportive role in enhancing immune response(1) and this will be discussed in more detail below.

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