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Carola Pickenhan - Independent Lifeplus Associate

Your Wellness Center – holistic wellbeing inspiration

Whether you’re starting your journey into the world of nutritional supplementation and holistic wellbeing or are already well on your way, we have information, guidance and expert opinion to help and support you. Let us make it as easy as possible for you with a definitive range of trustworthy, authoritative and informative, easy-to-read articles and advice.

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Why is stress management important for students?

Reading Time: 6 minutes What is stress? All of us experience stress throughout our lives. There are common stressors we all recognize, such as major life changes, uncertainty about the future, illness, conflict, and financial problems. Although these can cause real challenges to our mental health, stress isn’t always a bad thing. In fact, in certain circumstances, short-term positive […]

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What is adrenal fatigue?

Reading Time: 3 minutes While it is not recognized as a medical condition, the term adrenal fatigue was coined in 1998 by the chiropractor and naturopath James Wilson and is thought to occur when one or more essential hormones, including cortisol, are not being produced in high enough amounts by your adrenal glands. When we are experiencing stress, our […]

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Mental health tips

Reading Time: 9 minutes Mental health tips to avoid depression and improve your state of mind Having reviewed the Lifeplus: Attitudes to Mental Wellbeing Full Report conducted by Cambridge Market Research I recognize the concerns about use of antidepressant medications, including the frequency of use and long term effects, an increasing desire for alternative mental health support. About depression […]

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What is strength fitness?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Why strength fitness should form a big part of your planned movement workouts. Being physically fit comes in different forms. For example, someone who can run a marathon is no doubt physically fit, but they might not be able to lift heavy weights. Someone who might be able to lift heavy weights on the other […]

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Overcoming barriers to physical activity

Reading Time: 4 minutes Quite often, the most difficult thing about any type of regular movement workout is simply finding the motivation to start. It’s not even that moving your body is necessarily going to be hard… but not moving it is almost certainly going to be easier. Not moving your body won’t bring you the wonderful health benefits […]

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An insight into nutrition for athletes

Reading Time: 4 minutes An athlete’s nutritional approach to optimal performance Whether you’re exercising to improve your mental and physical health or at more of a professional athlete level, sports nutrition plays an important role in optimizing the beneficial effects of physical activity, no matter what type of movement workout you do. Making the right choices with your nutrition […]

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Snacking as part of a healthy living diet

Reading Time: 3 minutes How to enjoy snacking without weight gain as part of a healthy living diet Snacking gets a lot of bad press as it’s typically thought of as simply eating high-calorie foods between meals when you don’t really need them. But when done mindfully, snacking can actually be a great way to boost your diet with […]

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How to get a natural energy boost with superfoods

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s so easy to run out of energy. We lead busy lives full of responsibility and we have to find time to work, relax, sleep and, of course, enjoy ourselves though the things we love, like socializing and keeping fit. All of these things require energy, which can be difficult to come by, but with […]

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The unknown benefits of growing your own foods

Reading Time: 2 minutes From better nutrition to improved mental and physical health, the benefits of growing your own food are plentiful. Whether you are growing a small pot of kitchen herbs or an allotment full of fresh fruits and vegetables, you’re doing good for both your own health, and the environment. Here are our top five reasons to […]

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What is the role of electrolytes within our body?

Reading Time: 2 minutes You have probably heard of electrolytes before. They’re often found in sports drinks, or in recovery sachets to be added to water if you’ve been unwell, but do you know what they actually are and how they work? An electrolyte is a mineral that carries an electrical charge when it is dissolved in water. They […]

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What are superfoods and what makes them so special?

Reading Time: 4 minutes We’ve all got our own ideas of what a superfood is – many would argue that chocolate, for example, is a ‘super’ food, thanks to its delicious, morish flavor. But superfoods did not get their name because of the way they taste (although they do taste delicious!) but because of their very high nutritional density […]

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The relationship between sport and correct nutrition

Reading Time: 5 minutes How to achieve your sporting goals Reducing fat or building muscles – the targeting of sports nutrition is versatile and can have different effects on the body. Sports nutrition that includes a balanced combination of minerals, vitamins, and essential nutrients offers the most benefits. The individual composition of the diet in sport not only depends […]

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What is protein?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Everything you thought you knew but didn’t. Most of us know what protein is. Along with carbohydrates and fats, it makes up the three most important macronutrients of our diet.  Research has shown why it’s so beneficial as part of a balanced and healthy diet, as it plays a key role in the creation and […]

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Understanding the mind-body connection for positive mental health

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can developing mindfulness support positive mental health? Positive mental health is determined by a variety of factors and while it’s impossible to control everything that happens around us, developing mindfulness can be a strong step in the right direction when it comes to experiencing greater happiness and a positive state of mind.  Why should […]

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Macronutrients

Reading Time: 5 minutes The macros: carbohydrate, protein and fat Macronutrients, or macros for short, include carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Almost everything we eat contains a certain amount of macronutrients. Our body needs the nutrients for various important functions such as growth, development and energy supply.1 Learn more about what macronutrients can do in our body. Carbohydrates Carbohydrates are […]

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Overtraining

Reading Time: 3 minutes How much exercise is too much? Anyone actively training to increase their performance can be at risk of overtraining – especially when using high training loads to achieve your fitness goals and improve performance. As studies have shown these can only be tolerated by your body through periods of rest and recovery.1When considering how much […]

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What are micronutrients?

Reading Time: 8 minutes Vitamins, minerals, trace elements & other nutrients Nutrients are divided into two groups: micronutrients and macronutrients. By definition, micronutrients are components of food that do not give the body energy but are still essential to life due to their function and various processes in the body.1 Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals and trace elements in addition […]

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The Magic Window of Recovery

Reading Time: 2 minutes Regular, prolonged exercise is one of the best ways that we can strengthen our bodies and boost our overall health – and the best part is that the benefits don’t stop working when we do! Post-exercise is the time when your body is working its hardest. You’ve done the hard bit and you’re allowed to […]

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The importance of sleep

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can you achieve a more restful and restorative sleep? Sleep is vital. We know that, because we all, at one point or another, will have failed to have enough and suffered as a result. Lack of sleep causes physical effects like grey eyes, dull skin and headaches, but the importance of sleep is also […]

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The mental health benefits of exercise

Reading Time: 3 minutes What role does regular exercise play in your mental wellbeing? The health benefits of physical exercise are many and varied and, given the obvious affects it has on our fitness, shape and health, it’s understandable that this is where attention is often focused. Exercise is not just about increasing fitness and gaining bigger muscles though […]

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Adaptogens – herbs and other plants

Reading Time: 3 minutes Natural helpers in stress relief Adaptogens are growing in popularity around the world as people try to cope with stressful, modern lifestyles. Adaptogens can be taken in supplement form, but there are a variety of natural adaptogens that can easily be integrated by eating well through a healthy and balanced diet. What are adaptogens? Adaptogens […]

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Guarana as a natural energizer

Reading Time: 3 minutes What is guarana and how does it work? Guarana, also known by its scientific name of Paullinia cupana, is popular as a natural energy booster and can be added to drinks as an alternative to drinking tea or coffee. Guarana extract naturally contains caffeine, but studies have shown that it can also have a positive […]

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Exercising mind and body as we get older

Reading Time: 3 minutes Life is a precious commodity, one that most of us are lucky enough to take for granted during our younger years, when the future seems infinite and our energy boundless. Then time intervenes. As the decades pass, that energy seems a little less boundless. There’s less in the tank. It’s a little more difficult to […]

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Reflexology for the health of your body

Reading Time: 3 minutes What reflexology can do for you Reflexology focuses on the zones of energy in our body. It involves stimulating pressure points distributed throughout the body, but mostly on various parts of the foot. If pressure is applied to the right points, energy can flow through the body to remove toxins and support the nervous system. […]

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What will boost your mood?

Reading Time: 3 minutes You could try chocolate – a tried and tested go-to for most of us. And we know, scientifically, it can help.  Chocolate contains a small amount of tryptophan, an amino acid used by our brains to make serotonin (the neurotransmitter linked to feelings of happiness).1 But we also know it’s likely to have an effect […]

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Increase your productivity in life

Reading Time: 3 minutes How can I increase my productivity? In today’s busy world, it seems like we’re often expected to do it all: perform at our job, keep a clean house and spend quality time with friends and family. Often, we can over-commit and create mile-long to-do lists. Therefore, we all need time to relax and step back […]

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Understanding carbohydrates and the Glycemic Index

Reading Time: 3 minutes Many of the terms we come across in articles or advice on healthy eating or developing a balanced diet seem deliberately designed to baffle and bamboozle us. “Glycemic Index” 1 is a case in point. You’ll often hear it mentioned in the context of blood sugar, but it is not immediately obvious what it relates […]

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Enzymes: catalyst for energy

Reading Time: 3 minutes Don’t we all wish there was a magic button that made our day-to-day tasks go twice as fast, so that we had more time to do the things we actually want to do? Until we discover some magic technique or device, doing the laundry is always going to take time. Perhaps we can take comfort […]

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