Does a meal replacement have to taste bad?

This great product can help and support in people losing weight and super-charging their success

– as a meal replacement

-in between meals or

-to enhance training and recovery.

First and foremost, it tastes fantastic in Vanilla or Chocolate flavours.

Contains 10% fibre, organic grass-fed protein (43%) and 23 different vitamins and minerals
PLUS an incredible Chinese superfood called Ganoderma Lucidium.

A True Superfood

Ganoderma or King of Herbs in Chinese medicine, is included in over 1800 medical studies and has many positive effects on the human body  including helping the body burn fat.

Ganaderma can assist the process of burning calories and burning more fat ( thermogenesis ).

One study from 2016 (PMID:27636731), discusses the 3 medical mechanisms by which Ganoderma promotes fat loss:

Reducing cravings- by changing the brain chemistry to cause appetite reduction, reducing the amount of fat that is absorbed from the digestive tract and increasing insulin sensitivity so body uses less insulin.

Increasing metabolism-Ganoderma can increase the rate of metabolism, and actually increases fat burning.

Improving gut health-It changes the bugs in the gut in a way that’s favourable to reduce overall inflammation in the body and overall calorie absorption.

The Power of Protein

Protein is the building block of our bodies and is essential for optimal health. In OGX Fenix the protein source is whey from grass-fed cows.

Why is this such a great source of protein?
Whey protein may be the perfect protein to maintain lean mass and lose fat.

–  increase muscle protein synthesis.

–   enhance the immune system.

–   has direct antioxidant and anti-viral action which helps the body to detoxify by contributing to the body’s production of glutathione.

It is casein and lactalbumin free – which are the dairy proteins which can cause sensitivity issues in some.

OGX Fenix is just a high quality whey protein product with high quality vitamins and minerals and fibre.

OGX Fenix has a low glycemic index and contains nothing artificial, no additives and no preservatives, and, of course, it includes the king of herbs, Ganoderma.

 

 

 

How do we breathe?

The process of breathing (respiration) is divided into two distinct phases,

a) inspiration (inhalation) and b) expiration (exhalation).

When you breathe in ( inhale), your diaphragm contracts (tightens) and moves downward. This increases the space in your chest cavity so your lungs expand. The intercostal muscles between your ribs also help to increase the chest space because they contract to pull your rib cage both upward and outward when you inhale.

When you breathe out (exhale), the diaphragm relaxes, and the chest space decreases, while the pressure within it increases. 

 

 

How does it do that?

A rise in carbon dioxide (CO2) stimulates the respiratory center (in the brain) to increase the rate and depth of respirations (breaths) . This  removes excess carbon dioxide and  breathing is  then stimulated by   low oxygen levels.

 

Breathing technique.

Breathing starts in your nose and then moves to your stomach. As your diaphragm contracts, the belly expands and your lungs fill with air. It ‘s the most efficient way to breathe, as it pulls down on the lungs, creating negative pressure in the chest, resulting in air flowing into your lungs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you more vulnerable to dehydration as you get older?

 

Older people can be more vulnerable to dehydration because of :-

physiological changes due to ageing

complications from disease and

sometimes unable to move around.

Common risk factors for dehydration in older age:

Living in residential care
Requiring assistance with foods and fluids
Incontinence
Cognitive impairment/confusion
Impaired functional status such as swallowing and assistance required for feeding
Depression
Multiple medications, particularly diuretics (water pills)
Decreased thirst
Acute illness, diarrhoea and vomiting

Consequences of dehydration.

You are more likely to become dehydrated if already in poor health and admitted to hospital.

If you’re dehydrated then you suffer a stroke it is more likely to be fatal.
Even mild dehydration adversely affects mental performance and increases feelings of tiredness. Mental functions affected include memory, attention, concentration and reaction time.

Common complications of dehydration include low blood pressure, weakness, dizziness and increased risk of falls.

Poorly hydrated individuals are more likely to develop pressure sores and skin conditions.

Water helps to keep the urinary tract and kidneys healthy. When you limit or reduce how much you drink you increase the risk of urinary tract infections. Inadequate hydration is one of the main causes of acute kidney injury.

Inadequate fluid intake is also one of the most common causes of constipation. Drinking more fluid can increase how often you go to the toilet and enhance the beneficial effect of eating more fibre.

Many older people are reluctant to drink to avoid the need to go to the toilet, particularly at night.

Restriction of overall fluid intake does not reduce urinary incontinence frequency or severity.

30 Day Challenge

Does your coffee or tea:-

relax your mood? promote fat loss? improve circulation similar mechanism to viagra?

Drink our coffee or tea exclusively for 30 days and see how you feel! If you tell us  we can help other people feel healthier too.

You may need to buy a couple of boxes to make 1-2 drinks for 30 days.

If you do not feel any benefit, contact us by email or facebook !!!

Dehydation : is it different in babies and young children?

Dehydration is sometimes different in children and often it’s faster.

Risk: Children and babies are unable to say when they are thirsty or get their own drink.

The symptoms for dehydration are dry mouth, no tears when crying, dry nappies,sunken eyes, sunken fontanel on the top of the baby’s head, sleepiness, no energy.

If you ignore or miss the signs and symptoms then severe  dehydration will develop. It is an emergency and you must get  treatment for it immediately.

Babies and very young children will be more likely to have severe vomiting and diarrhea. This group lose the most body fluid with a high fever too.

Are you dehydrated? How can you tell?

Dehydration: when your body fluid is reduced by 1.5%.

You start to feel thirsty once you have reduced your body fluids by 2%.

Even if  lying in bed or running on a treadmill your experience of dehydration will feel the same.
See last blog http://www.myhealthydrinks.co.uk/blog/2019/05/03/what-is-dehydration/

If you are a woman, you experience mood changes, energy changes, fatigue, headache, difficulty in concentrating.

If you are a man, you experience fatigue, tension and anxiety. You may  struggle with remembering or memorising new information.

Mild or moderate dehydration is thirst, dry mouth,dark yellow urine and less of it, dry cool skin, headache, muscle cramps.

Severe dehydration is very dark yellow urine or none at all, very dry skin, feeling dizzy, racing heart, fast breathing, sunken eyes, feeling sleepy, no energy, confusion, fainting.

What is Dehydration?

Dehydration is when there’s not enough fluid in the body.

There are  3 types:- mild, moderate and severe.
Fluids leave the body in many ways including sweating, breathing and going to the toilet.
Increased fluid loss can be due to medications such as diuretics as they cause increased urination or illness such as sickness and /or diarrhoea.

sleep

Exercise can overcome sleep problems!

sleep

sleeping teenage girl

Exercise for overcoming sleep problems

Exercise releases chemicals in your body that promote more restful sleep. Even if you have mobility challenges, there are many activities you can do to prepare yourself for a good night’s sleep. Always check with your doctor before starting  any new fitness activities.

Exercises you can try:

Swimming/water exercises. Swimming  is a gentle way to build up fitness and is great for sore joints or weak muscles. Many community and YMCA pools have swim programs just for older adults, as well as water-based exercise classes.

Dancing. If you love to move to music, go dancing or take a dance class. Dance classes are also a great way to extend your social network.

Lawn bowls  are gentle ways to exercise. The more you walk, and the brisker the pace, the more aerobic benefit you’ll experience.

Golf is another exercise that doesn’t require vigorous movement. Walking adds an aerobic bonus and spending time on the course with friends can improve your mood.

Cycling or running. If you are in good shape, you can run and cycle until late in life. Both can be done outdoors or on a stationary bike or treadmill.

Aerobic exercise helps older adults sleep better

A study  found that aerobic exercise produced the biggest improvement in quality of sleep, including sleep duration, for middle-aged and older adults who had been diagnosed with insomnia.

  • The participants exercised for two 20-minute sessions or one 30-to-40-minute session four times per week.
  • They worked at 75 percent of their maximum heart rate on at least two activities including walking or using a stationary bicycle or treadmill.
  • Their sleep quality improved from poor sleeper to good sleeper.
  • They reported fewer depressive symptoms, more vitality, and less daytime sleepiness.
how to nap

How to power nap properly.

If you’re not feeling fully alert during the day, try having a power nap to boost your energy and see if it helps?

Some tips for napping:

  • Short – Naps as short as five minutes can improve alertness and certain memory processes. Most people benefit from limiting naps to 15-45 minutes. You may feel groggy and unable to concentrate after a longer nap.
  • Early – try early in the afternoon. Napping too late in the day may disrupt your nighttime sleep.
  • Comfortable – Try to nap in a comfortable environment preferably with limited light and noise.

Try our mocha or hot cocoa to help you drift off.

sleep problems

9 Common causes of sleep problems in older people.

There are many things that can cause sleep problems. Here are the 9 most common causes.

1. Poor sleep habits and sleep environment. Irregular sleep hours, drinking alcohol before bedtime, and falling asleep with the TV on are all poor habits which affect sleep. Your room must be comfortable, dark and quiet.

2. Pain or medical conditions. A frequent need to urinate, pain, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, osteoporosis, night time heartburn, and types of dementia can interfere with sleep.

3. Menopause and post menopause. During menopause, you find hot flashes and night sweats often interrupt sleep  but even post menopause, sleep problems can still continue.

4. Medications. Older adults often take more medications than younger people. The combination of drugs, plus their side-effects, can impair sleep.

5. Lack of exercise. If you don’t move around during the day, you may never feel sleepy or you may feel sleepy all the time.

6. Stress. Significant life changes create stress for all ages such as retirement, the death of a loved one, or moving from a family home into a smaller home.

7. Lack of social engagement. Social activities with friends, time with family, and work will keep your activity level up and prepare your body for a good night’s sleep.

8. Sleep disorders. Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) and sleep-disordered breathing—such as snoring and sleep apnea – occur more frequently in older people.

9.Lack of sunlight. Bright sunlight helps to regulate your sleep-wake cycles. Try to get at least two hours of sunlight a day. Keep curtains or blinds open during the day.

Why not try our Hot Cocoa before bed?