Health & Wellbeing

How To Feel More Positive

Positive thinking is like a muscle that needs to be trained. But that is definitely easier said than done! So here are a few tips on how to alter your mindset, leading to a happier and healthier life. The first tip is to accept what you can’t change. Stop focusing […]

Simple Self Care Ideas (Part Two)

As promised, here is a continuation of the list of simple self-care you can introduce to your daily life. (Here is part one!)   Try something new It’s very good for us when we try something we’ve never done before. Challenging yourself with something outside our comfort zone can give […]

Self-Care and Self-Indulgence: What’s The Difference?

Self-care is a term that is banded about a lot, but it’s generally much easier said than done. What exactly is self-care? Essentially, it’s anything that we deliberately do for the sake of our own well-being.  Unfortunately, the lines between self-care and self-indulgence have been blurred a little. Self-care is […]

Food & Pregnancy Myths

Fish You may have heard that seafood should be completely avoided during pregnancy. Contrary to this, the benefits of eating fish while pregnant actually far outweigh the risks. Fish is rich in many essential nutrients such as omega-3, vitamin D, choline, iodine, zinc and copper, which are very beneficial for […]

Delicious Sugar-Free Summer Drinks

Fruity Iced Tea What you need:  -Fruit tea bag -Boiled water -Strawberry -Slice of lemon -Sweetener  -1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar (optional) -Ice   How to make it:   Boil the water, and pour into a mug with your fruit tea bag. Add a sliced up strawberry and a slice […]

A Guide To Cooking Oils…

Olive Oil  Probably the most popular choice, olive oil is both versatile and healthy. It can raise good cholesterol levels and lower bad ones, as well as being full of antioxidants and nutrients. It also tastes great and doesn’t alter the taste of food.  A major downside to extra virgin […]

Benefits Of A Low-Carb Diet

It’s pretty much an indisputable fact that low-carb diets work – in fact there have been over 20 high-quality studies conducted to prove it.  Additionally, these diets seem to be very safe to follow, with no major side-effects. They’ve also been shown to have many health benefits such as lowering […]

How Does Sugar Affect Your Mental Health?

Most of us are aware of the impact too much sugar can have on our physical health – such as causing problems with our dental health, weight gain, widespread inflammation, or diabetes. However, it’s less commonly acknowledged just how damaging high sugar intake can be on our mental health. One […]

Vitamin D and COVID-19

There have been some suggestions that if a person with a vitamin D deficiency catches COVID-19, it could be one contributing factor to a more severe case of the virus.. After studying global data, some researchers have noticed that there is a correlation – countries with higher death rates had […]

Health Benefits Of Daily Walking…

You may be surprised at the amount of benefits to your health come from something as simple as walking! So let’s get straight into it, here are 8 of the best ways daily walking can improve your health…   Burns calories Daily walking is a great low-impact exercise to burn […]

Tips For Wellbeing in Lockdown

How can we stay positive and healthy during this lockdown? Here are a few wellbeing tips and general ways to help you stay sane…   Limit exposure to bad news… It’s important to stay informed, but there’s a lot of misinformation out there which is only going to heighten anxious […]

Healthy Foods That Are Harmful If You Eat Too Much…

Cinnamon   Cinnamon is very healthy- it has lots of antioxidants and many health benefits. However, it also contains a compound called coumarin, which may be harmful in big doses.  There are 2 main types of cinnamon – cassia and ceylon. Cassia is much more common and contains higher amounts […]

Veggies That Are Healthier Cooked Than Raw…

It’s quite a common belief that vegetables are healthier when consumed raw. However, this isn’t always true, as there are some veggies that are better for you when cooked! Here’s a list with some examples of veggies that are healthier when cooked:   Tomatoes When cooked, tomatoes lose a lot […]

Common Myths About Weight

For many of us in the western world, especially women, losing weight is almost always on our mind. There is so much information available nowadays about losing weight, that it’s hard to know what is accurate and what is not.  Many of us who do try to be conscious of […]

Complementary Therapy Day – 23rd March 2020

What is complementary therapy?   Complementary therapy can be used alongside conventional medicine to help treat a medical condition. Examples of such therapy include acupuncture, which has become increasingly popular in many countries, and aromatherapy which many people have been using for years.   Such therapy is based on a […]

Health Benefits of Cauliflower..

Recently I started cutting down on carbs, and generally trying to make healthier food choices. One discovery I have made is that cauliflower is a fantastic replacement for many carby foods – it’s got quite a neutral taste and texture, so it’s very versatile!  With this in mind, I thought […]

A Tea For Every Occasion…

When you need energy… My favourite tea to drink in the morning has always been black tea – I find that it gives me just the right energy boost to help me wake up! Black tea comes in many different varieties including Breakfast Tea, Assam, Earl Grey, fruit-infused and more. […]

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 us 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 […]

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 […]