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Kathy Read

Kathy Read

22 April 2014 In Blog 0 comment

Imagine you are on holiday and the weather is very hot and obviously you want to enjoy the sun. You are lying beside the pool for about four hours and feeling maybe that you fancy an alcoholic drink or two, It may seem that you have quenched your thirst after these drinks but you actually find that you are starting to get a headache and feel dizzy. This you cannot understand as you are quite relaxed and usually feel fine after two alcoholic drinks. To add to this you have not been to the toilet for many hours and do not feel you need to. This whole scenario has been happening each day of the holiday.

Stop to think for a moment. When was the last time you had a glass of water?

03 April 2014 In Blog 0 comment

As young children we are able to move freely, with balance, fluidity and less tension in our bodies. The stressful and awkward environments that we begin to encounter as an young adult and then as we age causes us to start to adapt to incorrect patterns of tense awkward movements and holding of bad postures.

Badly designed car seats, very comfy sofas, poor mattress support in bed all contribute too enhancing an already stressed body posture. On top of this add in emotional and work stresses and before we know it we have a recipe for overworked global (larger muscles) and weak under-used postural muscles. Most of this will happen unconsciously and develop over a period of time before we actually become aware of the change are selves. Long-term bad posture can cause back pain and other areas of the body to become strained inflexible and less mobile.

27 March 2014 In Blog 0 comment

How confident are you? Confidence is not the same as happiness but if you are confident in your appearance, attitude and ability, to an extent this may contribute to a certain level of happiness. Be aware by fixing things such as outward looks and appearances you can indeed give yourself a welcome boost of self-esteem, but if it is fear of being in certain situations and coping that affects your confidence then this is only a quick fix and not a long term solution to addressing your inner needs.

A wave of low self-esteem is affecting us from an early age. Nine out of ten teenage girls are unhappy with their bodies and are obsessed with looking like their favourite (mostly adult) celebrities. Four out of ten young girls have considered plastic surgery. Only eight per cent of girls as young as thirteen had no complaints about their figures. The trend for perfect slim figures and attractive facial features is making this generation of teenagers want a new body and personality before their own has fully grown and developed. It is not suprising that teenage girls are wanting to follow the way their mums are turning to plastic surgery as a means of 'fixing' the ageing process or to perhaps find a new look to feel better about their relationship or career. As an adult, it is personal choice as to finding the things that will work for you within the areas of your life that could need a little injection of esteem and confidence, it is not just looks that count.

20 March 2014 In Blog 0 comment

The next time you are over - reacting to something trivial or searching in the recess of your brain to remember some information that you should easily recall consider what you have eaten prior to this.
Certain foods can have a powerful effect on us emotionally, mentally and physically. Foods which contain excess sugar, starch and refined white flour are associated with a dip in blood glucose shortly after eating them, inflicting a blood-sugar imbalance and this can cause a fluctuation in our moods. These fluctuations can cause us to become anxious, irritable, confused, lacking in concentration and to have a headache. An amino acid called Tryptophan, is present in certain foods and has a role in regulating our moods. It helps the brain to produce another chemical called seretonin ('the feel good chemical') which keeps us satisfied, calm and helps sleep regulation. Foods such as wholegrain cereals, oats and breads will enable the brain to have a more constant release of the seretonin, providing calmness for longer. Fresh dark green leafy vegetables and celery contain magnesium, which helps to calm and fight misery and confusion. . Other foods to help with promotion of seretonin are apricots, bananas, honey and nuts.

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