Health & Wellbeing

What Does Collagen Actually Do?

Collagen is becoming a popular supplement, with many believing that it reduces aging, improves muscle mass and aids weight loss. So let’s see if these beliefs are supported by evidence and science!  Collagen is a protein that gives skin elasticity, as well as keeping bones strong. With age, our bodies […]

Burnout – How to Avoid It, and How to Treat It!

What is burnout? Two good definitions of burnout are: “A state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion caused by long term involvement in emotionally demanding situations.” – Ayala Pines and Elliot Aronson. “A state of fatigue or frustration brought about by devotion to a cause, way of life, or relationship […]

Five Ways to Boost Your Brain

I remember a few years ago (or maybe more than a few…) there was a sudden trend for ‘brain training’ exercises and games. As with most trends, it fizzled out after a while and now it seems no one is fussed about giving their brains a workout.  However, there are […]

The Benefits of Reflexology

Here at The Comfoot Zone, one of the treatments Deborah offers is Reflexology. You may have heard of it, but what exactly is it, and who can benefit from it?  Reflexology is a type of massage that can be done on the hands or feet (here at The Comfoot Zone, […]

Is Earl Grey Good For You?

Every day I start my day pretty much the same – I roll out of bed and head straight for the kettle to make myself a cup of Earl Grey! But I got to wondering – is Earl Grey actually good for me? I decided to do some research and […]

How To Strengthen Your Lower Back

As adults, many of us will suffer with lower back pain at some point. Here are some simple stretches you can do to strengthen your lower back and help to alleviate/prevent pain.  Partial Sit-Ups Lie on your back with your knees bent, your feet flat on the floor, and your […]

Why You Need Coenzyme Q10!

What is Coenzyme Q10? It is a compound that is produced by our bodies and is stored in the mitochondria of the cells. It isn’t considered to be a vitamin, but it has similar properties such as assisting with reactions in the body.  It is produced naturally in the body, […]

Do Runner’s Feet Swell?

I’ve written a post before about the fact that many runners think they need to buy bigger shoes for running, and why doing so actually causes more harm than good. But recently my attention was drawn to a study which set out to see whether there actually is a major […]

What To Do When You Can’t Sleep…

Most of have those nights now and then where we either can’t get to sleep at all, or we have some sleep but it’s not very good quality. But according to experts, there are a few things you can do to help yourself to fall into a refreshing, deep sleep. […]

Is Sorbet Really Healthier Than Ice-Cream?

During summer, most people naturally look for a nice cool treat on hot day – and often that treat is ice-cream. Others, however, tend to choose sorbet because they conclude that it’s healthier. Is that actually true? Let’s compare the two! Most ice-creams are made using full fat milk and […]

How To Make Cruelty-Free Cleaning Products

Fed up of shelling out money for cleaning products which are full of chemicals? Here’s how you can make your own simple cleaning concoctions, and they are all completely cruelty-free!   All-purpose Cleaner: You need to get a spray bottle, and add half a cup of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons […]

The Benefits Of Cycling…

The city I live in has rental bikes everywhere at a very cheap price, so I’ve decided that this year I want to try cycling as a new way of exercising. But I was wondering, what are the benefits of cycling? Let’s take a look! Firstly, cycling is a good […]

Benefits of Papaya

Papaya is rich in vitamin C – one fruit contains about 300% of the recommended daily amount! It’s also full of other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including high levels of vitamin A and fiber! It contains active enzymes which are highly beneficial for your skin. You can use it with […]

The Benefits Of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant, so it boosts the immune system and helps the body fight against inflammation. Additionally, it helps in the production of collagen, which is a substance that makes up about 30% of our bones, and it’s what enables them to be resilient. Vitamin C […]

How To Recover From A Cold Quickly!

I came down with a cold recently, but rather than taking the usual time of a week to feel like a human again, it only took me 3 days, and within 4 days I was back to normal! This has never happened before! As you know, we always swear by […]

5 Root Veggies That Are Great For Your Health!

Onion Onions are surprisingly high in nutrients – including B vitamins, potassium, and a high amount of vitamin C. They are full of antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties, and research shows that they may help prevent heart disease, high blood pressure and inflammation. Other promising studies have shown that onions […]

Six Of The Healthiest Teas…

Chamomile Tea The main benefit of this tea is as a sleep aid, but it is also believed to be anti-inflammatory, ant-bacterial, and to help improve liver health. It has been shown to boost the immune system, helping to fight illnesses such as the common cold. Its soothing properties have […]

Daily Foot Care Tips

In the middle of winter our feet are often neglected as they’re not on display. But it’s important to look after our feet all year round. Wash and moisturise your feet regularly, especially as you get older, as the skin on your feet gets very dry, and even more so […]

This Chemical Is Found In Everyday Products – Including Food!

The chemical in question is actually a family of man-made chemicals called Phthalates. Firstly, what are they? They are chemicals that make plastic soft and flexible, and they are found in many everyday products – including food!   So what kind of products contain phthalates? Everything from cosmetics such as […]

Are These Old Wives Tales Proved True By Science?

  You shouldn’t swim after eating!   When you eat, your body increases blood flow to your stomach to aid with digestion, which means less oxygen is available for your arms and legs, which can lead to cramps. But considering this was something we were told as kids, it was […]

5 Things You Think Are Bad For You, But They’re Actually Not!

Eggs Eggs are loaded with nutrients, they contain a small amount of almost every nutrient you need! They raise your HDL, helping to prevent many health problems including heart disease! They also contain substances which are really beneficial for eye health.   Butter Butter is great for you in moderation. […]

Diabetic Foot Care Tips

People with diabetes may be aware that they need to take extra care with their feet, but why is it so important? A high blood sugar level causes damage to nerves and leads to poor circulation, so it can result in loss of feeling in the feet. This lack of […]

Why You Should Take Care Of Your Gut (And How To Do So)…

Inflammation is suggested to be the root of all disease, and it usually stems from your gut. Suffering from inflammation causes your immune system to work harder, and this has a huge impact on your health. As you can imagine, what we eat is very important when it comes to […]

Does Your Shoe Size Matter?

Do you know your correct foot size? Does it always stay the same? Does it matter? Let’s look at some facts!   Several studies have found that around 75% of people are wearing the wrong shoe size (length and width)! This can cause many foot problems, such as bunions, hammertoes […]

5 More Natural Secrets to Prevent Colds/Flu…

As promised, here is part 2 of this post, discussing a further 5 natural products that help to prevent colds/flu, or help to alleviate the symptoms quicker if you catch one!   Turmeric/Black Pepper   Turmeric is anti-viral, and even a small amount is enough to inhibit the activity of […]

4 Natural Secrets to Prevent Colds/Flu!

So winter is on its way, and already there’s been some nasty colds making the rounds! I was unfortunate enough to catch one, and in my frantic attempts to get well quickly, I ended up researching lots of natural cold remedies, and testing them out!   Unfortunately I already had […]

6 Foot Myths Busted!

I’ve worked in the foot care business for over 10 years now, so I’ve heard lots of misconceptions about feet in that time! Here’s a few ideas that are commonly believed to be facts, some of which are partially untrue, and others are complete myths! Shoes cause bunions. It seems […]

World Heart Day- Take Care Of Your Heart!

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) is the world’s number one killer, claiming 17.5 million lives every year. World Heart Day aims to raise awareness for this, and to educate people on how to prevent and control CVD.   So how can each of us look after our heart? Here’s a few simple […]

5 Common Foot Problems, Treatments and Prevention!

  We rely on our feet a lot, and considering how much we use them, it’s not surprising that most people encounter foot problems from time to time. But many of these foot problems are not only treatable, but preventable too! Here’s a list of 5 common foot problems and […]

What is a Medical Pedicure?

Summer is coming to an end- that means the socks will be going on and our feet will no longer be on show! It also means that when spring rolls around, there will be a sudden need to get our feet looking and feeling good again before we’re back in […]

5 Reasons You Should Dance As Much As Possible!

Music and dancing are a big part of many cultures. Often when we hear music, we can’t help but tap our feet or sway our hips to the rhythm. But did you know that dancing actually has many proven health benefits too?   Boosts Memory/Decision Making Physical exercise increases oxygen […]

What Is Cortisol?

What is Cortisol? Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands (which sit above each kidney). It is often referred to as the ‘stress hormone’, because it’s produced in response to stress (physical or emotional) or fear.   What does it do? Without a healthy level of cortisol […]

7 Natural Ways To Relieve Stress

Unfortunately, most of us lead hectic, challenging lives that cause us to feel stressed a lot of the time. When we are stressed, our cortisol levels rise, which negatively affects us both physically and mentally (I’ll write a blog soon with more information about cortisol)- so what are some natural […]

How To Treat Inflammation

What Is Inflammation?   Inflammation is when part of the body reacts to injury or infection by turning red, swollen, hot and often painful. It is an immune response which indicates that the body is fighting something harmful and trying to heal itself. So it may not feel good- but […]

The Safest Way to Treat a Fever

What is a fever?   A fever is when the body temperature rises- although if it’s below 38 C it’s considered a low-grade fever and is not medically significant. The rise in temperature kick-starts an immune response to a bacteria or a virus, since these cannot survive in a high […]

Milk Alternatives: Part One

In the past few years, my family has suffered with various health problems which have led them to alter their diets. Currently my sister is trying a dairy-free diet, and in a few days time I’m going to join her! We have been experimenting with different milk alternatives, so I […]

What Is Indian Head Massage?

Here at The Comfoot Zone, we now offer a new treatment- Indian Head Massage. Maybe you’ve heard of it- maybe you haven’t- but what are the benefits?   One huge benefit of Indian Head Massage is that it helps relieve back/neck pain, as well as migraines and headaches. These things […]

What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a serious lifelong condition that affects around 3.5 million people in the UK. There are 2 types of diabetes- known as Type 1 and Type 2, and 90% of those with diabetes have Type 2. Experts estimate that there could be as many as half a million people […]

Asthma and Cold Weather- How To Protect Yourself

4.5 million people in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma, and the cold weather, such as that we’ve been experiencing this winter, can often be a trigger.   So how can those who suffer with asthma protect themselves at this time of year?   Firstly, it’s important for […]

What To Say To Someone With An Invisible Illness

As discussed in a previous blog post, many people quietly suffer from illnesses that are unseen by others. If you have a loved one who has an invisible illness such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Anxiety, or something else, it can be hard to know what you should and shouldn’t […]

What is Physiotherapy?

Here at The Comfoot Zone, one of our most popular treatments is Physiotherapy. Many people may link Physiotherapy to recovering after an accident, and that is certainly one reason a person may need a session. But is it limited to helping those who have sustained a serious injury?   What […]

Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Toenails…

Recently, I was referred to a melanoma specialist to get something checked out. Luckily, it was a false alarm, but it made me aware of something I hadn’t realised before- melanoma can occur on the skin under the toenail.   As I researched it online, I saw that many people […]

September is Sepsis Awareness Month.

September is Sepsis awareness month, and today (13th September) is World Sepsis Day! Every 3.5 seconds someone in the world dies from Sepsis, yet when caught early enough it can be cured simply with antibiotics and fluids! It costs only £90 to save a life from Sepsis. What is Sepsis? […]

What is Acupuncture?

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a treatment originating in the Orient, and it involves inserting very fine sterile needles into certain parts of the body. How does it work? The needle is inserted to stimulate the sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles, in order to encourage a […]

Are Berries Good For You?

Berries are, in my opinion, massively underrated. They are tiny, tasty bites of deliciousness filled with nutrients, and can aid weight loss, fight disease, and fill you up! Here’s a few of the many health benefits of berries… Blueberries  Blueberries are jam-packed (see what I did there?) full of antioxidants! They […]

Simple Ways to Protect Your Sight…

Our eyes are incredible- and very important! How can we keep them healthy? Here’s a few tips! Eating Right Will Protect Your Sight! Fruit and vegetables contain powerful antioxidants that maintain your eye health. Veggies such as kale, spinach, broccoli, peas and avocados are all high on the list! Citrus […]

An Insight Into Invisible Illnesses…

There are many illnesses people have that may not be obvious at all. It’s actually quite astounding the amount of people who suffer with Depression, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, and even Cancer- to name but a few! Many of my friends struggle with one or more of these […]

How To Protect Your Skin From The Sun

We’ve been enjoying some amazing weather here in England, but as great as the sun feels on our skin, exposure to UV radiation is very damaging. It is actually the leading cause of skin cancer, plus it contributes to premature ageing. There’s two types of UV rays- UVA and UVB, and we need […]