Natural Health Tips

Hey Guys,

I hope you are all having a lovely Saturday. I am doing a post today about little methods that can help improve your wellbeing. I am sick yet AGAIN, despite the fact that I am only after recovering from a chest infection which was pretty bad. I really dislike taking antibiotics though at the moment I am fighting a loosing battle with my family, friends and boyfriend, who are ganging up on me to go see the doctor.

I usually am never sick. I rarely see the doctor and I always use natural remedies, which I find work best for me. Lately I haven’t been taking very good care of myself though; between lack of sleep, my diet and not taking any supplements to boost me. I have also been extremely busy so I have noticed that I am lacking in that aspect too. Thus is probably the reasoning behind my sickness. So today I have put together a list of things that can help you avoid this ‘Plague’ yes I am a tad dramatic in my sickened state 😛

Natural Health Tips

1. Add some Zinc to your diet. Everybody always talks about Vitamin C to help boost your immune system and it is still important, but Zinc is also a powerful tool in building you up. As with everything don’t overdo it, 15-25mg per day is sufficient. Zinc can be found in a number of different foods or you can get capsules to take daily.

2. Incorporate Flaxseeds where possible. Flaxseed is excellent for improving your immune system’s response to infections and autoimmune diseases. Improving the speed of response will effectively prevent you from falling victim to chest, throat and other infections. Try it in smoothies, over yogurt, if you’re baking, there are a number of ways to incorporate it.
3. Reduce Stress Levels. This is a lot easier said than done, trust me I know. Whether it is physcological or physical stress, it can negatively impact your immune system. Long-term stress can decrease the cells’ activities within your immune system. Stress can have a number of negative impacts on different aspects of your health. I’m continuously stressed out so I am going to try and reduce this where possible. I previously did  a post about reducing stress and anxiety, which you can find here.
4. Add some Spirulina into your diet. It is a form of sea algae that can provide amazing health benefits. It’s anti cancerous and contains nutrients and iron which can act as antioxidants. It can also stimulate the functioning of the body’s immune system. A superfood if ever there was one 🙂 I’m going to try and start incorporating it into smoothies!
5. Balance – everything in this life is about balance. I’m not going to do a blog post preaching that we all have to eat 100% clean, get at least 8 hours sleep a night and to never stress out. I don’t live like that so I think I would be a bit of a hypocrite to say that it is the best way to stay healthy and happy. It is probably the most effective but nobody can live that kind of perfect life. So in my opinion incorporating the above factors where possible is what will make a difference. We all have days where we are extra stressed out, we eat crap, we didn’t get much sleep and / or exercise. It’s about balancing that with the good days that will improve our health and wellbeing.
I am going to try and incorporate the tips above into my lifestyle and hopefully kick this sickness’ ass! I hope it is helpful to you guys too and will hopefully prevent you from feeling like I have for the last few weeks.
Enjoy your weekend folks ❤
Until Next time My Loves
Z x

 

 

Sunday’s Casual Attire

Hey Guys,

I can’t believe it’s Monday already, where did that weekend go? As I said in my last post, I stayed at home Friday and Saturday due to illness, but Sunday I decided to venture outside. As I was going for dinner, I wanted something comfortable but that still looked remotely decent.

IMG_0916Wrap Blouse €22.99 Newlook, Jeans €50.00 River Island, Hat €9.00 & Necklace €6.00 both Penneys / Primark.

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It was of course freezing outside, so I wrapped up in my River Island leather jacket minus the fur (I still love that it is detachable!) My boyfriend also laughed quite a substantial amount at my hat but I still maintain that I love it 🙂

It was lovely to get out of the house and feel normal again for the day. We ended up staying in the place longer than we had originally planned; just eating, drinking and chatting. I don’t think we had planned to eat quite so much food, but we ended up going for the full three courses. I didn’t get a picture of dessert. It didn’t last very long!

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I love days like this, they are what Sundays are all about!

I am back on healthy eating today guys and will be doing a post on it this week, so stay tuned. I hope you all had a great weekend 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

These are a few of my Favourite Things

Hey Guys,

I hope you’re all having a great weekend! Sorry I haven’t been posting as much this week, I’ve been really sick and I’ve  just been sleeping after work. I am thankfully on the mend and the sun is shinning here so I’m in an absolutely great form 🙂 so I decided to do a piece on  few of my favourite things this week.

Favourite Thing No. 1 ; Music

There’s enormous hype over the 50 Shades of Grey Movie hitting our screens this week. What has caught my attention the most however is the soundtrack. Slowed down, sexy, sultry towns of Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love is replaying in my head over and over. I’m loving Sofia Karlberg’s version, her voice is amazing!

Favourite Thing No. 2 ; Food

Yes food will always make my list of favourite things, lets be honest. I find when I’m sick I look for comfort food. This week I have been loving scones and muffins (all in moderation) from Keogh’s on Trinity Street, Dublin 2. They are handmade and come in a range of different flavours; my favourite being the pear and vanilla! If you are in the city centre be sure to check them out.

Favourite Thing No. 3 Body Lotion & Hand Cream

The Royal Jelly Collection from Boots is my new favourite body lotion and hand cream. It’s so soft and creamy and it smells absolutely amazing. I love putting it on after a shower. The hand cream is also great for keeping your hands soft and smelling divine. Both are really reasonable (can’t remember off hand but approx. €4.00 – €5.00) so are a guilt free indulgence.

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Favourite Thing No. 4 ; Alexa Chung

I’ve been reading Alexa Chung’s book ‘IT’ and I’ve been really enjoying it. I really love her unique style. She always manages to perfectly combine sophisticated, lady like style with a hippie chick look. I always admire someone who breaks away from the fashion ‘norm’ and even more so when they do it successfully. I think her looks are ideal for some Spring, Summer style inspiration!


Favourite Thing No. 5; Lazy Days Off

As I said I was sick this week but as work has been so busy lately, I couldn’t justify taking a day off. Since Monday I have been counting down the days (more so than usual) until I could stay in my PJs, stay makeup free and basically wallow in my sickness! I usually never take a proper day off, even at weekends I generally have quite a lot to do. This weekend however I think my body just needed to slow down. I can get quite irritated when I am sitting still for too long as I like to be busy, but I have to say this chilled weekend has done me the world of good. A lot of chocolate was consumed however to replace the alcohol.

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So that’s my week summed up by my favourite things. I hope you enjoyed and are all having a lovely Sunday, doing whatever it is that makes you happy 🙂

A Sunday well spent, leads to a week of content

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x