Dr Journal: wellness

Our latest member, STRACURA!

By Alexandra Botez

Our latest member, STRACURA!

We have been so excited to launch this product as we have designed it especially so that you ladies will be able to work just as hard as you always have minus all the stress you carry! Doesn’t that sound wonderful?

Stracura has been formulated for the female body in order to help reduce stress, give ladies more energy to work and support a relaxing work ethic! 

What is stress?

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or risk. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body's defences kick into high gear in a rapid, instinctive process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the "stress response".

Do you know why stress is so bad for our bodies? Here are a few reasons;

  • It makes us exhausted
  • It messes with our libido
  • It makes it hard for us to be regular
  • It makes us break out
  • We forget things easily
  • It makes us gain weight
  • It makes our backs ache

Imagine one product that could help us as women fight all the points above?  Sounds like magic doesn’t it?

Reducing stress in our lives is very important for our overall health.  It improves our moods, boosts our immune function, promotes longevity and allows us to be way more productive!  Don’t put yourself at risk by letting stress get the better of you!

Get your hands on Stracura now and enjoy a more relaxed Monday!

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The Importance of Collagen

By Hampton Pharmaceuticals

The Importance of Collagen

I am sure that many of us have heard about collagen, but what exactly is it and what does it do for our bodies?

As defined by the medical dictionary, collagen is “any family of extracellular, closely related proteins occurring as a major component of connective tissue, giving it strength and flexibility.” (TheFreeDictionary.com,2017).

There are various different types of collagen fibres that are found in the body. Collagen is a type of protein that is found in both humans and animals (bovine collagen).

Collagen fibres in the human body are found specifically in the bones, cartilage, the teeth, the skin – which contains about 30% of collagen, and it forms a protective lining around the organs, these linings are defined as basement membranes.

The main, overall function of collagen is to provide elasticity, support and strengthening agents for the skin; although each different type of collagen has its own specific function for the body.

Collagen clearly plays a significant role in our bodies but what are the most beneficial aspects of collagen fibres?

Collagen has an important role in the health of both skin and hair. Naturally as we age our collagen stores begin to deplete, this leads to the appearance of wrinkles, loose skin and a loss of hair. This decline in collagen causes the skin to lose its elasticity, leading to more visible and increased chances of getting stretch marks and cellulite.

Collagen is essential for the joints in the body. A study conducted at Harvard’s Beth Israel Deconness Medical Centre, revealed that increased collagen relieves the pain that is experienced by individuals who suffer from arthritis, specifically, rheumatoid arthritis. Decreased collagen leads to joint degeneration and increased pain that is experienced through the various joint disorders.

Collagen has fitness and weight loss benefits as well. Collagen has been found to speed up your metabolism, which allows for better absorption of vital nutrients that are ingested and it contributes to gaining lean muscle instead of fat.

Collagen is depleted via the aging process, smoking, consuming too much sugar and ultra-violet rays.

The process of aging is inevitable and unfortunately with that process our collagen stores slowly start to deplete. Smoking is a major contributor to the reduction and damage of collagen, as the many toxins found in a cigarette destroy the collagen fibres.

Consuming large amounts of sugar is dangerous in many aspects, but it is detrimental to our collagen fibres as the sugar molecules bind to the protein strands and produce new molecules that destroy the collagen in the body.

The ultra-violet rays from the sun destroy and break down collagen; these rays decrease the elasticity in the skin, leading to more wrinkles and skin that looks tired and aged.

Collagen is an essential protein that is needed by the body, its various health and wellness benefits are evident, we need to ensure that we take care of ourselves and that we protect our bodies as best as we can.

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Pilates

By Hampton Pharmaceuticals

Pilates

Pilates is described as a form of exercise that focuses on flexibility and strength, an alternative name for Pilates is physical mind method.

Pilates is a fully body workout that strengthens all the large muscle groups such as the back, buttocks and abdominal muscles. The strengthening of these main muscle groups is extremely important for reducing the risk of injury and correcting postural impairments. Through teaching the correct technique, the risk of both injury and postural problems is largely reduced.

Not only is Pilates a full body workout, but it incorporates all the fundamental aspects of a proper training programme, such as strength training, muscular endurance, flexibility, balance and proprioception.

Pilates is a fun and interesting way to keep active and healthy; due to the incorporation of the many muscle groups. It is a great way to keep fit, tone up or lose weight.

There are a vast array of medical benefits that are associated with Pilates such as a reduction in high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

Pilates is extremely beneficial for people who have experienced injuries as it contributes to increased range of motion and flexibility around the affected joints. Pilates increases coordination, balance and strength whilst reducing stress.

There are a wide variety of exercises that you will encounter along your Pilates journey. The hundred exercise, is done lying on your back. Lift your head, neck and back as well as lifting your legs to a 45 degree angle. Place your hands beside your legs and raise them, then lower them continuously for 30 seconds.

The roll up is done for abdominal training and stretching of the spine. Lie on your back and extend your hands toward the ceiling. Tuck your chin in and slowly roll yourself up.

For a core and leg work-out the double straight leg stretch is the ideal exercise. Lie flat on your back. Hands placed behind your neck while it is relaxed. Slightly raise the upper portion of your back and slowly raise both legs up to a 45 degree angle, then slowly lower them.

A bridge, is done by lying on your back, shoulders relaxed. Bend your knees to 90 degrees. Slowly lift your hips towards the ceiling and hold for 5-10 seconds then relax and repeat.

If you want to try something different and if you feel like the weight section in the gym is not for you, try Pilates and start experiencing the benefits while having fun!! 

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Get back into the swing of things

By Hampton Pharmaceuticals

Get back into the swing of things

It’s the New Year and you are trying to get back into the swing of things, but nothing seems to be going according to plan.

Its already the second month of 2017 and you feel like you are just following the same pattern as last year. None of the ‘New year’s resolutions’ have been met. How do you shake things up and reach the goals that you want to achieve?

To start, you need to set some goals. These goals must be realistic and attainable, they should be challenging but not impossible to achieve.  The point of setting goals is to ensure you reach them. There is no point in a setting goals that are not reachable as this will only add to feelings of disappointment.

The first step in goal setting is to identify appropriate goal and write them down, These goals need to be specific and to the point. Set deadlines for each of your goals, this way you will feel accountable and it will encourage you to reach them by the set date.

Identify your strengths and weaknesses, decide which aspects you would like to improve and set some of the goals based on achieving those changes. For example if one of your weaknesses if negativity, you want to become more positive, find at least one thing every day that you are grateful for.

If exercising more and getting fit and healthy is one of your goals for this year, try and set an exercise program for yourself that will accommodate your busy schedule.

The American association recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise in order to stay healthy. Start of easy and build your way up, try jogging, swimming of find a sport that you are passionate about; this will make it easier to achieve your fitness goals.

Exercise not only helps you physically but mentally as well, it has tremendous benefits for the overall well-being of a person. During physical activity the brain produces chemicals such as dopamine and serotonin, all with many other beneficial chemicals and hormones.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is synthesised from the amino acid, tyrosine. Dopamine assists in the releasing feelings of positivity and a positive overall well-being, and it improves your long-term memory.

Serotonin is also a neurotransmitter produced by the brain, it aids in an increase in social behaviour, encouraging you to become more social. It decreases negative aspects such as anger, hostility and depression.

Included in your exercise and healthy living goals should be meal preparation. As a busy mother and business women it can be very difficult to do a meal preparation each week, but organising all three meals for the day can actually help save some time. You don’t need gourmet meals in order to eat “clean”, they can be simple and easy.

Meal preparation will help prevent those ‘on the go’ quick meals such as fast food. Some healthier options are fish or chicken, some vegetables such as broccoli, spinach or gem squash, accompanied by a baked potato.

Snacks for the day can also be easy to prepare, instead of grabbing a packet of chips in the shops rather pack yourself some healthy snacks such as nuts, cucumber strips, carrots, cherries, fresh popcorn or some yogurt. These are the perfect snack if you are sitting in the office or if you are stuck in the car on the way to fetch the kids.

Although it can be difficult to set goals and stick to them, preparation is key! Not only will goal setting help with time management, it will also help with your overall well-being. The satisfaction of achieving your goals will make it all worth it in the end.

Slimatone offers a wide variety of products that can assist in the attainment of your goals and help you accomplish a better, healthier lifestyle. Whether it is a product that aids in helping with your workout routine, something to help you relax and sleep better or just a mineral and vitamin support, Slimatone has the best solution for you!

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The positive and negative effects of fibre

By Hampton Pharmaceuticals

The positive and negative effects of fibre

Fibre is described as the part of fruits and vegetables, all plant based foods, which cannot be digested. Another term that is often used to describe fibre, is roughage. Fibre is comprised of polysaccharides which are carbohydrates that are made up of bonded sugar molecules.

Fibre is extremely important in terms of living a healthy lifestyle. Fibre is divided into, two different types, firstly soluble fibre and secondly insoluble fibre.

Soluble fibre is defined as the type of fibre that passes through the digestive system and is dissolved in the water of the gut. As the fibre passes through the digestive tract, it absorbs the water, which then changes the composition, causing it to become gelatinous.

As the Soluble fibre passes through the digestive system it is fermented by the bacteria in the gut, this improves your digestive system and immune system.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, Soluble fibre reduces cholesterol, therefore, protecting against heart disease. Soluble fibre is also known to reduce constipation.  People who suffer from diabetes can greatly benefit from soluble fibre consumption as it regulates the amount of sugar intake from foods.

Foods high in soluble fibre are broccoli, brussel sprouts, spinach, apples, grapefruit, carrots, prunes, potato’s, whole wheat bread, rye, oatmeal and barley.

Insoluble fibre is the opposite of soluble fibre, it doesn’t dissolve in water. Unlike soluble fibre it doesn’t change its composition. Insoluble fibre helps other foods pass through the digestive system; insoluble fibre is fermented in the colon.

The benefits of insoluble fibre are, that it keeps healthy bowl movements and decreases the likeliness of constipation, although it often can contribute to diarrhoea.  Insoluble fibre shouldn’t be consumed in large quantities if you are susceptible to this type of bowl movement.  

Insoluble fibre also aids in speeding up the process of eliminating waste via the colon. Insoluble fibre has also been found to keep the correct pH balance in the intestines; it can also prevent the chances of colorectal cancer.

Bran, nuts and seeds, leafy dark greens, whole wheat, the skin of fruits and certain cereals such as All-Bran Flakes.

The overall positives of fibre are that fibre provides the feeling of fullness. This is beneficial if you are wanting to lose weight, adding to that fact, is that foods rich in fibre are often very healthy, therefore not only will you be improving the functioning of your digestive system, you will also be eating healthy and clean.

The negative effects of fibre are mainly attributed to eating too much fibre too quickly. Some of the consequences related to eating too much fibre are intestinal cramping. The cramping is due to the body’s inability to break down the fibre being passed through the gut, and this in-turn causes the digestive process to slow down, or possibly stop.

Another negative effect of fibre is the issue of diarrhoea. Fibre that is consumed too quickly can increase the speed at which it is passed through the digestive system, the body will not have enough time to adjust.

A study conducted by the Colorado State University stated that fibre could hinder the absorption of vital mineral and vitamins as the fibre binds to nutrients.

Bloating and intestinal gas may also be caused by consuming too much fibre to quickly, this happens because the fibre and bacteria in your gut  have a negative effect on each other.

Some guidelines to reducing the side effects of fibre, whilst consuming it, are starting off slowly, don’t overload your body with fibre in a short amount of time. Exercise more frequently, as exercise activates the movement of the bowl. Increase your water intake while consuming high fibre foods.

If you are a woman who struggles to achieve their daily fibre requirements due to the fact that you are negatively affected by fibre consumption, Slimatone’s Fibre Support is for you, here’s why. This product assists women in achieving healthy and regular bowl movements, it helps combat bloating and wards of those horrible hunger pains.

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Yoga and it’s benefits physically and mentally

By Hampton Pharmaceuticals

Yoga and it’s benefits physically and mentally

Yoga also aids in weight loss and increases muscle tone, firming up the parts of your body that you might not be particularly happy about. Studies show that yoga has beneficial aspects for athletes as well, due to the fact that it can reduce the risk of injury. It has major benefits for the cardiovascular system as it increases the blood flow to the heart.

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