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Escape to Devon For The Ultimate Wellness Weekend

With the summer holidays a distant memory and darker nights drawing in, Beyond Escapes Devon is partnering with a wellbeing expert to host the first BE Body & Soul wellness weekend this autumn.

Taking place from Friday 28th September at the luxury resort and spa, the weekend is specifically designed to allow guests to take a break from everyday life and focus on their mind and body for a few days.

Looking after your mental as well as physical health is now considered an essential pillar of self-care. The BE Body & Soul weekend includes guided meditation and yoga sessions, power walking in the beautiful Devon countryside and nutritious food from the BE Tempted restaurant.
The break also includes three nights’ accommodation in Beyond Escape’s Deluxe Apartments and historic Mansion House Suites.

Jason Bruton, Managing Director at Beyond Escapes, said: “Our exclusive BE Body & Soul weekend provides the perfect opportunity for guests to recharge their batteries in the Devon countryside and unplug from the daily grind. Whether you want to wind down through meditation or get your blood pumping with a high impact work out class, this is a weekend that’s all about you.”

Debbie Miller-Wright from Fighting Fit is leading the wellbeing sessions over the BE Body & Soul weekend. She has over 20 years in the fitness industry and is a multi-marathon runner and third-degree black belt kickboxer. Debbie is also an on-call firefighter, based at Totnes Fire Station.
“Taking some time out from the day-to-day routine and focusing on how you feel is something that can really change your entire mindset for the better,” says Debbie.

“I’m so looking forward to delivering the BE Body & Soul itinerary which is packed with activities and sessions to help guests re-focus and re-energise.”

The weekend will include:
Low and high impact workouts
Power walking in beautiful Devon surroundings
Pilates
Yoga
Body balance
Slow flow
Meditation
Nutrition and lifestyle
A menu based on 2,000 calories per day
Use of the spa and time for some beauty treatments
£10 spa product voucher or goodie bag

BE Body & Soul Weekend starts at 6pm on Friday 28th September and runs through to 10am on Monday 1st October. Prices start from £440 per person for three nights’ accommodation in a BE Deluxe Apartment sleeping two. All meals included. Places are limited.

For more information and to book, please call 03301 274300 or visit www.beyondescapes.co.uk

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Book a Mindful Triathlon Holiday

The term ‘mindfulness’ has become a major buzzword over the past few years as increasingly more individuals are realising that a healthy mental state can translate to tangible benefits in performance, stress relief, motivation, focus and self-confidence.

Combining exercise with mindful living, Mindful Triathlon provides individuals with the tools and skills needed to achieve just that, by focussing on a key sport or activity of interest, then tackling areas that need to be improved with a supportive mindfulness approach. With the help of leading health and fitness experts, individuals are guided towards greater body awareness and optimal well-being.

Mindful Triathlon Holidays are the perfect choice for active travellers looking to experience a comprehensive spiritual and body strengthening retreat, where in a little corner of paradise, they can invest in their mental health, physical skill and overall well-being.

Mindful Triathlon Holidays focus on the following three key elements:

Be Active

Choose from; Personal/ Performance Training, TRX Training, Nature Walks, Mountain Trekking, Functional Training, Tennis, HIIT, Cardio Jogging, Swimming & Boxing.

Be Mindful

Choose from: Guided Meditation, Guided Mindfulness and Mindful Walks, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Reiki, Yoga Nidra, Pranayama, Yin Yoga, Trataka, Ajapa Japa, Antar Mauna & Breathing Techniques.

Be Balanced

Choose from Balinese Massage, Abhyanga Massage, Oil Thai Massage, Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage Massage, Osteopathy, Restorative Yoga, Pilates, Vinyasa Flow, Shirodhara & Crystal Healing.

For advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com or call 0203 397 8891

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Road Cycling Holidays in Spain

The final stage of Spain’s iconic Vuelta a Espana takes place on Sunday 16 September. Experience the best road cycling Spain has to offer on one of Saddle Skedaddle’s guided cycling holidays in Andalucía and Northern Spain
Ride the roads of Ronda Dates: 10-16 November 2018


Using the quintessentially Spanish town of Ronda as its base, Saddle Skedaddle’s seven day, guided road cycling holiday in Andalucía tackles some of the region’s most iconic road cycling routes. The five days of riding is developed with the group and ensures individual riders can set their own challenges.

Example rides include the 59km trip through the Guadiaro Valley, which follows holm oak and wild olive groves towards the limestone peaks of Tavizna and El Hacho. The route passes the entrance to the Pileta cave and includes a lunch stop at the hilltop village of Atajate.

There’s also the chance to ride one of the most iconic cycling passes in Andalucia, Puerto de las Palomas. It’s a challenging ride on the flanks of the El Torreon mountain to the stunning views at the summit. The pueblo blanco of Grazalema makes for a perfect rest stop.

Other rides include the 46km journey through the Genal Valley, a 103km ride along the beautiful Puerto del Viento (pass of the wind) into the open mountainscapes of the Sierra de las Nieves, and an exhilarating journey to the shores of the Mediterranean at Estepona.
Dates: 10-16 November 2018
Price: From £1,225pp. Price includes accommodation (half board), full tour service and selected transfers.
Flights and bike hire not included. easyJet fly from London Stansted/Luton/Gatwick and a number of regional airports to Malaga. Flight price approx £150pp. Bike hire from £160pp
Booking: skedaddle.co.uk, 0044191 2651110

Explore Andalucía’s los pueblos blancos with Saddle Skedaddle (skedaddle.co.uk)Dates: 29 December 2018 – 04 January 2019
Following quiet country roads past Andalucía’s famous pueblos blancos, Saddle Skedaddle’s seven day, guided road cycling holiday through the west of the region combines history, food, countryside and lots of Andaluz character.
Beginning in the Los Alcornocales Natural Park – the largest cork oak forest in Europe – the route leads its way through the Serrania de Ronda mountains to the edge of the Natural Park of Las Nieves.

After exploring the sights and sounds of Ronda, cycle through the Gaudiaro river valley before climbing to Puerto de las Palomas for stunning views of Grazalema’s whitewashed houses.

The trip ends with a decent of over one thousand metres to one of Andalucia’s most picturesque pueblos blancos – Arcos de la Frontera.

Dates: 29 December 2018 – 04 January 2019
Price: From £1,195pp. Price includes accommodation (half board), full tour service and selected transfers.
Flights and bike hire not included. easyJet fly from London Stansted/Luton/Gatwick and a number of regional airports to Malaga. Flight price approx £175pp. Bike hire from £160pp
Booking: skedaddle.co.uk, 0044191 2651110

Experience your own Vuelta a Espana with Saddle Skedaddle
Dates: 16-23 June, 28 July-04 August 2019

Get a true Vuelta a Espana experience on Saddle Skedaddle’s eight day guided road cycling holiday in Northern Spain. Taking in three of the country’s most beautiful and unspoiled wilderness regions; the Somiedo, Fuentes Carriones and the spectacular Picos de Europa National Park, this challenging trip features many routes from Spain’s Grand Tour.

After tackling the 1,587m Puerto Ventana in Somiedo Natural Park its time to take on another Vuelta classic, and what many believe to be one of the toughest climbs in road cycling – the Angliru. Ascending 1,248m with an average gradient of 9.9%, it’s a leg burning challenge for even the most experienced road cyclist.

Other highlights include the 119km ride from Potes to Cangas de Onis, which the locals call ‘La Ruta de los Cuatro Puertos’ (The Route of the Four Passes). Featuring alpine style passes, long descents, incredible mountain views and miles of smooth roads, it offers some of the best cycling on the trip.

The final ride begins with a classic Vuelta stage finish, the ascent of Lagos de Covadonga. After completing the 12km climb, enjoy the unforgettable ride over the Sierra de Cuera before following the Cantabrian coast to the pretty fishing town of Ribadesella on the banks of the river Sella.
Dates: 16-23 June, 28 July-04 August 2019
Price: From £1,375pp. Price includes accommodation (half board), full tour service and selected transfers.
Flights and bike hire not included. easyJet fly from London Stansted to Asturias/Oviedo. Flight price approx £150pp. Bike hire from £185pp
Booking: skedaddle.co.uk, 0044191 2651110

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House of Elemis introduce two new Crystal Therapies

Its said that all crystals and semi-precious minerals give off a vibrational frequency as does the human body. Our bodies however are not always in tune and balanced by our vibrational energy flow and so Elemis have introduced two new Crystal themed treatments to their Spa in the heart of London.

This is the thought behind the state-of-the-art Amber and Quartz bed at The House of ELEMIS. The heated Quartz and Amber crystals, work in tune with the body to balance and restore energy flow. The warm crystal sand flows around and envelops the body releasing muscular tension, and paired with specific ‘rhythmical’ massage techniques helps blood flow, increases body circulation, aids detoxification and relieves pressure.

Poultice-Powered Muscle Release – 1 hr £115
Sore, aching muscles are worked away with this invigorating and deeply releasing treatment. Using a uniquely designed Amber and Quartz poultice, and combining the power of Eucalyptus and Juniper, each area of tension is specifically targeted with vibrational energy to re-mineralise. Painful knots are eased. Tension is dissolved. Completed by a restorative facial massage, the Amber and Quartz in the Poultice talks to the Amber in the bed; a powerful mineral connectivity that invigorates the body and elasticises the skin.

Hot Mineral Body Boost – 1hr 15mins £155
This powerful treatment stimulates every cell in your body, helping alleviate muscle pain and remove toxins. The heated minerals are a catalyst to warm and deeply relax the body, perfectly prepping for the nourishing Amber balm, while your mind is whisked off to invigorating shores with the aromatic Ocean Spa oil. Completed by a restorative facial massage, this is a revolutionary, minerally-charged experience of skin conditioning, metabolic balancing and energising wellness.

Book a treatment by visiting www.elemis.com/house-of-elemis-london

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Gourmet Retreats: A Swiss Treat for Foodies

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is delighted to announce that Michelin Star Sven Wassmer will be the Executive Chef for a new gastro launch at Grand Hotel Quellenhof, which is set to open in July 2019.

At the young age of 31, Sven has already established himself as a leader in the industry. To date, he has two Michelin Stars and 18 GaultMillau points under his belt and has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. As a native Swiss, Sven and his English wife Amanda Bulgin will revolutionise the launch of two new gastro concepts at Bel Air restaurant at the resort: a healthy fine dining option and Sven’s signature restaurant. With a Master of Wine qualification, Amanda will be the restaurant Sommelier, sharing her knowledge and pairing delicious wines to her husband’s fine dining cuisine.

Leading medical health and wellbeing resort, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, recently announced a complete renovation of Grand Hotel Quellenhof to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2019. The two new restaurant concepts will complement the major renovations of the hotel, providing guests with an ever more exclusive culinary option. The new lifestyle restaurant will be open daily and will offer exquisite health-conscious dishes which will be created by a leading nutritionist, head chef and of course led by Sven Wassmer himself.

At Sven’s signature restaurant one can enjoy an open show kitchen and a fantastic wine cellar. Sven will also be on hand to welcome guests five nights a week. The dining delicacies will feature the finest regional ingredients with little treasures from all over the world. A culinary explosion on the taste buds is guaranteed!

“More and more people are travelling for exceptional gourmet experiences. We have found an extremely talented young chef in Sven Wassmer, whose style perfectly complements our own product, and he has ambitions to push on with us to rank among Europe’s best,” enthuses Hotel Director Marco R. Zanolari about the newcomer.

Sven is excited to put his own stamp on the traditional and world-recognised resort commenting, “Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is beautifully located, surrounded by nature and the mountains and my producers and top vintners are in close proximity, I am extremely excited to be involved with this project.”

Renato Wüst, Executive Chef at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, who celebrated his 40th year of service on 01 July 2018, will continue to run the culinary side of banqueting and room service as well as the restaurants NAMUN, Zollstube, Olives d’Or and Hotel Schloss Wartenstein.

Nightly rates at Grand Resort Bad Ragaz start from £215* per person sharing a double room. Rates include breakfast, welcome aperitif, use of the Thermal Spa area and Tamina Therme, fresh fruit and Ragaz water each day and daily fitness and relaxation lessons as well as VAT.

*Prices in Pound Sterling are according to today’s exchange rate.
For further information and reservations please contact Grand Resort Bad Ragaz on +41 81 303 30 30 or visit www.resortragaz.de/en

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Longevity Cegonha Country Club Wellness Packages

Longevity Cegonha Country Club just outside Vilamoura offers high impact spa and wellness services paired with access to five immaculate Vilamoura Golf Courses and just in time for the upcoming golfing season, Longevity have put together two new tailor-made Spa & Golf Packages to help unwind and release tension before a big game or relieve tired and aching muscles after 18 holes of golf.

Golf lovers will spend days teeing off at any of the five golf courses just 8 minutes away; the Laguna, Millennium, Old Course, Pinhal, and even the Victoria golf course, which is held as the Portugal Masters European Tour Stage. Guests can then rebalance back at the hotel with a carefully curated spa programme designed to improve health and wellbeing. Whether searching for a last minute break or planning a winter sun golf holiday, Longevity Cegonha Country Club provides a unique wellness and golf getaway experience in the heart of Portugal’s Algarve region.

Longevity Feel Rebalanced & Golf

Exclusively available at Longevity Cegonha Country Club, the affordable 5-night Feel Rebalanced & Golf is designed for those wanting to feel good and hone their golfing techniques. The programme will include accommodation on a half board basis, with healthy and tasty breakfast and dinner available at PURE Café. Guests will also receive a Longevity Relax Infusion, Alkaline Water pH 9.5 and Aromatherapy Essential Oil.

In order to ensure the most effective wellness experience, the talented wellness professionals behind Longevity have meticulously selected the spa offerings for the Feel Rebalanced & Golf, which include:
1 Osteopathy Session
1 Premium Drainage/Firming/Cellu-Contour Treatment
1 Facial Lifting
1 Anti-Ageing Facial
2 Pressotherapies
1 Reflexology
1 Neck and Shoulders

As part of the programme, guests will have complimentary access to the gym facilities and the Detox & Relax Wet Area Circuit including Infra-Red Sauna and Epsom Salt Room. In addition, guests are invited to take part in a range of complimentary daily Body & Mind group activities as part of the Longevity Vitality Plan. From Yoga and Pilates, to Core Training, Bike Tours and Zumba, there are activities suited to all levels and preferences.

Included in the programme are the green fees for three exceptional 18-hole courses. Visit Millennium Golf Course to experience one of the pivotal courses in asserting Vilamoura’s placement as Europe’s most visited and best loved spot for golf. Designed by American golf course architect Joseph Lee, The Laguna Golf Course is renowned for its water hazards, high grass and strategically placed bunkers making placement essential. Finally, guests can aim for a birdie over at the Old Course Golf Course, a Frank Pennink design and one of the first-established layouts in the region.

Longevity Feel Beauty & Golf

For those looking for the same experience but are short on time, Longevity have created the 3-night Feel Beauty & Golf programme. Guests will be accommodated on a half board basis, with the same offerings and complimentary services including access to the Detox & Relax Wet Area Circuit and the Longevity Vitality Plan. As part of the golf programme, guests will receive complimentary green fees for both the 18-hole Pinhal Golf Course and the 18-hole Laguna Golf Course.

For the Feel Beauty & Golf, the spa offerings will include:
1 Osteopathy Session
1 Premium Drainage/Firming/Cellu-Contour Treatment
1 Facial Lifting
1 Anti-Ageing Facial

Offering world class wellness solutions designed to last, Longevity is the ‘Source to Wellness’ for guests looking to boost their health and wellbeing both inside and out.

Longevity Cegonha Country Club (www.longevityvilamoura.com; +351 967 108 244) offers the 5-night ‘Feel Rebalanced & Golf’ package starting from €2,858/£2,541 per person sharing a double room, or from €1,579/£1,404 per person in a single room. The 3-night ‘Feel Beauty & Golf’ package starts from €1,696/£1,508 per person sharing a double room, or from €938/£834 per person in a single room.

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Wellness Guru Tips: Sonia Castro of Longevity Cegonha Country Club

Longevity Cegonha Country Club is fast establishing itself as one of the top Wellness Retreat locations in the Algarve. And is it any wonder, with a Manager like Sonia Castro at the helm, carefully taking care of every detail to ensure they uphold their tradition of quality, luxury and excellence in wellbeing.

Sonia is such an expert in her field i asked her to share her Wellness Guru Guide on how she stays at the top in one of the best jobs in the business

1. Tell us about yourself, and how you got to be where you are today?

I am a senior hotel professional with 15 years of experience in the luxury travel industry. I was previously focused in the leisure and luxury segment working in a property in the Algarve with a strong focus on sport. This was my first contact with sports science/ stress management and the understanding of what wellness tour operators are looking for.

I am self-motivated and results driven, I have a clear and in-depth knowledge of all elements of the sales and marketing function. My particular skill set lies in customer acquisition, client loyalty, team management and the creation and implementation of successful sales & marketing strategies. 

Combining my passion for luxury hospitality with attention to detail, excellent interpersonal communication skills and strategic commercial instinct, I have developed a comprehensive understanding of hotel operations and value the achievement of doing a job well.

I chose to move deeper into the wellness segment to focus on personalised health and wellness programmes, to give back to our customers. As I have progressed in my career I have realised that numbers are obviously important but they only mean so much. At Longevity seeing the positive results and educating clients to take away their tools to create a better life for themselves is a powerful motivation.

2. How do you spend your average working day?

As a young mum, organisation is really important to allow me to balance my life and also have some time for myself. I start my day with my little one and take her to nursery, from there to the coffee shop next door where I eat my breakfast and check the news of the day.

I start work at around 09:30 and I work through until lunch. Due to the fact Longevity is focused on healthy options, there are always healthy choices for lunch, so I can keep a well-balanced diet. As a recent mum this is very important to me to stay fit and healthy.

I finish work around 6pm and pick my little up one for nursery (yes, it is also a working day for her there) so the next two hours are exclusive mum and daughter time. I also have a personal training session twice a week to focus my mind, including HITT & Core Classes.

Normally I try not to look at emails from 9 pm until 8 am, as I have learnt over the years that taking time to unwind is very important.

3. What inspires you?

Mostly adventure and travelling, I definitely got that from my husband, he is a wild spirit. Also my little Emma, my daughter is a blessing in my life, after some misfortune with my own health she came out as miracle proving everything is possible. Basically, everything that makes me smile inspires me!

In work I find I am inspired from the results of the work we do with our clients, which sounds cliché but seeing the joy in people’s faces after they have experienced the programmes and they have achieved personal goals, is a great motivating force and one of the main reasons I choose to work in the wellness sector.

4. What’s your goal in life?

Other than to win the lottery? I have always completed my career goals as I have a clear belief in where I want to go. The next step in that area would be to work towards a General Manager position. I believe my experience in a Sales & Marketing background has allowed me to understand the guests from a different angle and obtain a deeper understanding as to what attention to detail really means. My personal goals include climbing Kilimanjaro with my husband as we discussed this early on in our relationship as a joint personal goal. My mother was born in Mozambique and hasn’t been back since, so I would also like to take her back and explore together.

5. What does Wellness mean to you?

For me wellness is a philosophy of living. It means something different to every individual. It is the balance between work and personal life. I strongly believe wellness is a state of understanding yourself and your needs and looking for the best way of nourishing those needs within yourself. Wellness is such a focus point these days however it can become overwhelming with keeping to what we should and shouldn’t do. I believe wellness is striking that healthy balance and understanding what works for you, I may enjoy a glass of wine in the evening, however I still make healthy choices and can still achieve my version of personal wellness.

6. What advice would you give to a person looking to change their lifestyle to a happier healthier one?

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

We live our lives for years believing in paradigms and then make a life changing decision we want to implement overnight. Just don’t… take one step at time, start with little things and when those became a part of you go to the next level.

7.Tell us about your business?

We have an expression that I just love to use which is Longevity is your source to wellness. We don’t sell a miracle but we provide the right tools, education and therapists to support everyone who is willing to change.

Each of Longevity’s impact driven programmes have been carefully researched to provide a targeted focus on each individuals’ wellness needs, putting this knowledge at the centre of its properties.

Longevity promotes a deep understanding of the causes of imbalances and offers individualised strategies to improve health and wellbeing. Through a synergy of diagnostics and assessments including anti-ageing therapies, postural realignment, monitoring of the physical condition, nutraceutical supplementation, detoxification and nutrition, the talented wellness professionals behind Longevity are dedicated to rebalancing body and mind.

Every guest on a Longevity Ceghona Country Club Nutrition Programme gets a consultation with their in-house Nutritionist


To give an example, one of our clients signed up for a Longevity programme, in 2 months he lost 14 Kg, when he arrived he lacked self-confidence, 2 months later his health had improved, his self-belief had improved and his life had improved, that is what our business is all about. When you look at yourself and you love yourself, our job is done.

8. Tell us your Top 3 Tips for Wellness?

1) Don’t try and do everything at once.
2) Look for the right expert, don’t look to take the cheap option, take the best option for your needs
3) Believe in yourself always, no matter no what the circumstances – change starts inside of us


9. So what’s next in your career/life?

Career wise, General Manager is definitely my next step, to take more time to speak with the guests and understand their experiences. I learnt the most through speaking with our guests to build a deeper understanding. In my personal life I would like to put down roots and buy a home, having always rented this is important for me to buy a family home for my daughter to grow up in.

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Love Your Gut Week Recipe: Courgette Shakshuka

Courgette shakshuka

Courgette Shakshuka Recipe for Love Your Gut Week

This recipe is inspired by the Middle Eastern dish made from spicy peppers and onions topped with eggs. In this version courgettes are spiralised and stir fried with sunflower seeds and herbs. The sunflower seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients and together with the courgettes provide dietary fibre to feed the microorganisms in the gut. Most people in the UK do not eat enough dietary fibre but adding vegetables and seeds to everyday meals increases the fibre content of the diet and helps to keep the gut healthy.
Preparation and cooking time 20 minutes
Serves 4

Ingredients
• 4 medium sized courgettes
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 4 tbsp sunflower seeds
• 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
• 16 piccolo or cherry tomatoes, halved
• Juice from ½ lemon
• 4 free range eggs
• Small bunch mint (or parsley)

Method
1. Cut each courgette into lengths that will fit the spiraliser. ‘Spiralise’ the courgettes to form lengths of curly courgette. Place the lengths of spiralised courgettes in a large frying pan that has a lid and drizzle with a little olive oil. Begin to stir fry the courgettes over a medium heat. When the courgettes begin to soften add the sunflower seeds, garlic and tomatoes. Cook for about 8 minutes moving the ingredients around the pan to ensure even cooking. Season well with salt and pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon.
2. Make four little wells in the courgette mixture. Break the eggs into a cup, one at a time, and drop them carefully into the wells. Cover with a lid if you have one and cook for five minutes or until the whites are just set and the yolks are still runny.
3. Serve sprinkled with a little chopped mint or parsley.
Cooks tip: You might find it hard to make enough space for 4 eggs in one pan. If so, divide the courgette mixture between two pans and cook two eggs in each.
Variation: This dish would be lovely with small pieces of chorizo or bacon tossed through the courgette mixture to suit meat eaters.

Recipes care of Dr Joan Ransley for Love Your Gut www.loveyourgut.com
For more information visit www.loveyourgut.com

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Love Your Gut Week, 17th to 23rd Sept

Top Tips for Good Gut Health for Love Your Gut Week, 17th-23rd September 2018

A healthy gut is vital to our overall health and wellbeing and one of the most important organs in the body. It may be easy to take for granted, but this special organ really does deserve to be looked after!

The good news is that it isn’t hard to show your gut some love and ahead of Love Your Gut Week (17th-23rd September), Dietitian Jo Travers has shared her top tips for good gut health.

As Jo says; “The gut has now been found to do a lot more than just digest the food we eat. We now know that there is a direct connection between the gut and our brain and with a little looking after it will definitely look after you.”

1. Eat a varied diet

Your gut is home to a range of helpful bacteria that help train our immune system, digest food and even affect our genes. To keep them thriving, you need to feed them well. Fibre-based foods are perfect for this so eat plenty of plant foods like vegetables, beans and whole grains.

2. Keep hydrated

For food to move through the digestive system and bowels it needs to be properly lubricated and this simply means drinking enough water. Aim for around 2 litres of fluid every day.

3. Eat fermented foods

Traditional fermentation of foods like yogurt and kimchi, grows lactic acid bacteria which colonise the gut when eaten and may have a positive effect on metabolism. Introducing bacteria to your gut through fermented foods can also support the bacteria that are already living there.

4. Get into nature

Just coming into contact with the outdoors is enough to influence your gut bacteria. Microscopic airborne particles are colonised by a variety of bacteria that make their way into us via the air we breathe.5 Getting into different environments – like taking a trip to the countryside – will also increase the diversity of environmental bacteria we are exposed to and may also improve our microbiota.

5. Get enough sleep

We all know that good night’s sleep can make us feel better, but it has also been shown to have a direct effect on our microbiota. Even two nights of disrupted sleep has been shown to disrupt the ratio of two strains of bacteria thought to be involved in obesity.

6. Keep moving

Getting enough exercise can increase populations of some bacteria that can reduce inflammation.8 It also aids peristalsis – the movement of food through the gut – and may help to improve symptoms of constipation.

For more information visit www.loveyourgut.com

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Sopwell House Spa Special Offer

Get a free ‘Beauty Boosters’ gift worth £42 at Sopwell House Spa when you treat yourself to two ESPA products at Sopwell House Spa.

Sopwell House Beauty Booster Gift

Loaded with pure, highly active ingredients, your free gift will include five supercharged Tri-Active formulas to return your skin to its radiant, healthy and beautiful best. The free gift is complete with a metallic cosmetic purse.

The offer is valid whilst stocks last.

Sopwell House is a stunning Georgian manor house located in the city of St. Albans within the Hertfordshire countryside. Located only 20 minutes from London St. Pancras, the hotel is the idyllic getaway just outside of the hustle and bustle of the capital, with its 128 stylish guestrooms including 16 bespoke Mews suites.

The spa at Sopwell House is the perfect place to relax with 14 treatment rooms, a 15-metre swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and Eucalyptus steam room, along with a fully equipped gymnasium.

Sopwell House, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, AL1 2HQ
For reservations, please call: 01727 864477
www.sopwellhouse.co.uk

Ushvani Spa, London launches Shri Vivek Yoga classes

Ushvani Spa in London’s Chelsea which is usually known for its exclusive Malaysian spa rituals and Malay inspired spa products has launched Yoga classes in its beautiful Sentosa Studio.

Ushvani Spa

Every Tuesday at 6.45pm
75 minutes / £18

Private One to One Classes Available on Request
Monday – Saturday
60 – 75 minutes / £85

Private classes are available with all three of Ushvani’s instructors. As well as the Shri Vivek with instructor Ishat, Ushvani also offer Vinyasa sessions with Emily and Deepa.
www.ushvani.com

Shri Vivek is a traditional concept originating in India and based on master Shri Guruji Swami Vivekananda’s teachings. Shri Vivek yoga is designed to integrate all the techniques of yoga to restore physical, mental and spiritual well-being.

Instructor Ishat’s classes are founded on the four pillars of Yoga – asanas, pranayama, kriyas, sutras. Ishat teaches from a holistic perspective engaging body, mind and reducing stress through developing an inner awareness in students. At each level of ability this practice is designed to ease the stresses of modern living through the ongoing development of spiritual and physical balance.