APRIL 2018: Anti-Perspirant or Deodorant?

Anti-Perspirant or Deodorant?

What’s the difference? Which is better? I’ve been experimenting with both recently and this is what I found.

First of all, why do we need to use either? It’s all to do with sweaty armYoung girl holding nosepits. But surely we sweat all over our bodies so what’s the big deal with armpits? It’s because the sweat glands are more highly concentrated in the armpits (as well as in the groin) and because they excrete fats and proteins from the food we eat, bacteria feed off this and create a stinky odour. Sweat on its own actually has no smell!

 

The difference between Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant is that Anti-Perspirants stop you from sweating in the first place using ingredients like aluminium and zirconium to plug sweat glands. Deodorants don’t stop the sweating but neutralise the bacteria that cause the odour.

Put simply – Anti-Perspirant stops the sweat and Deodorant stops the smell.

So what does that mean from a health point of view? There are some theories that suggest Anti-Perspirants prevent the body from releasing toxins and when trapped, said toxins find their way into the lymph nodes where they build up and contribute to cellular changes that lead to cancer. Part of me thinks that if these products were so potentially harmful, they wouldn’t be allowed to sell them – but then I’ve met quite a few women who have had breast cancer and without exception they have been advised to avoid aluminium based Anti-Perspirants. There are also many articles written about links between aluminium and Alzheimers. We come across aluminium in many guises from cooking pots to food containers to Anti-Perspirants.

Scientists tell us that there is no evidence to suggest aluminium in Anti-Perspirants causes cancer. But that’s a bit like statistics – you can make them say what you like. quote-there-are-three-kinds-of-lies-lies-damned-lies-and-statistics-mark-twain-321226Maybe the issues isn’t the aluminium. Maybe it’s the toxins being trapped in the body because the aluminium has clogged up the pores as opposed to any toxicity in the aluminium itself? I’m no scientist but I haven’t met a breast cancer survivor yet that will use an aluminium based Anti-Perspirant.

Are Deodorants the answer? Maybe neutralising the bacteria that cause the smell is the way forward. But that isn’t the end of the story because deodorants can also contain other chemicals that may be considered harmful such as Triclosan, an anti-bacterial agent that is known to be a hormone disruptor and might prompt cancer cells to grow as well as encouraging antibiotic resistant bacteria such as MRSA. They can also contain parabens, a preservative and another know hormone disrupter, and although not proven definitively to be harmful, there has been evidence of parabens being found in breast tumours.

Armed with all this information, I decided to switch from Anti-Perspirant to Deodorant and looked for some that contained only natural ingredients and definitely no aluminium, triclosan or parabens. Believe me – there aren’t many on the market that fit the description! Having found a couple of suitable products I started to use them and within the first couple of days nearly gave up because I was sure the products just weren’t going to work. Although my nearest and dearest assured me I didn’t smell bad, all I could smell was the worst sweaty armpits imaginable – like strong onions following me round – and I found myself washing and reapplying 2 or 3 times a day! Luckily a friend who had already made the change some time ago (Thank you Mary!) assured me that this was basically my body getting rid of all the toxins that had built up over all the years of using pore-clogging Anti-Perspirant. And she was right! Within a couple of weeks the smell had gone and I guess my body had got used to not having clogged pores and detoxified itself, and the Deodorant was doing its work neutralising the bacteria that cause the odours.

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That was about 6 months ago and I know it was the right choice to switch after researching all those Deodorants and checking the ingredients. Now everything’s smelling of roses – or maybe that’s sage oil, tea tree and lemongrass!  Just another step towards reducing the amount of chemicals we use in everyday life.

Till next time

 

Vicky Farmer
Feelgood Factor – The Holistic Approach to a Healthier Lifestyle

Vicky is a Nutrition Adviser and Elite Health Coach with a mission to help the nation achieve optimal health. We are all living longer so it’s really important to ensure we live as long and healthy a life as we can. Healthy eating, a natural approach to skincare and a reduction in the amount of harmful chemicals in the home all play a part in ensuring we are as healthy as we can be rather than simply not ill. For more information visit vickyfarmer.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. vickyfarmer.com makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis

 

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MARCH 2018: Good customer service is the key

Good customer service is the key

Yesterday evening, my husband and I decided to go out for something to eat. It was a bit of a last minute decision so we hadn’t booked anywhere, but being a Wednesday evening we didn’t think that would be a problem. We fancied some Italian cuisine and headed off to an Italian restaurant in a nearby town. We hadn’t eaten there before, but the menu looked goodlets eat out when we’d looked it up online so we thought we’d give it a try. It was part of a chain and as we entered at about 7.40pm, the place was buzzing with a good atmosphere and there appeared to be at least 8 tables available. So far so good. No-one was at the front desk to greet us, but when she had finished chatting with her colleagues at the bar, a member of staff came over. She was very smiley and greeted us warmly and asked if we wanted a table for 2. She then asked if we had a reservation, which of course we did not. Her response was, “I’m afraid we’re fully booked”. But there were at least 8 tables available (accounting for at least 32 guests) which we pointed out to her – “they’re all booked” she said. “Really?!!!” I responded. “Nothing available till at least 8.30”. She made no effort to check if they really were all taken and didn’t even try to squeeze us in – there were only 2 of us; we could have sat at a table in the bar. She didn’t even offer for us to come in and wait in the bar. So we turned round and walked out. It was the first time we had visited the restaurant and it will definitely be the last.

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We went across the road to another Italian restaurant – this time independently owned, and what a difference! The place looked full through the window and when we got inside I couldn’t see an empty table anywhere. A waiter who was busy serving a table acknowledged us as we walked in and came over to greet us as soon as he could. “Table for two?”. “Yes please,” we replied, “but we haven’t booked”. “No worries” he said and looked through his booking sheet, then went to speak to a colleague. He came back and very apologetically told us they had no tables and it would be 9pm before they did – which was too late so we thanked him and left. As we went back out through the door, another waiter came chasing after us to see if everything was ok. They couldn’t accommodate us but what a difference in attitude. They acknowledged our request, they were empathetic and they tried. We will definitely go back there and we’ll make sure to book next time. We did find somewhere to eat on the way home so we didn’t go hungry!

And the moral of the story is, good customer service, politeness and going the extra mile can take you a long way in business to keeping your customers coming back. Even if you can’t help, sometimes it’s the way you say “No”. At Feelgood Factor we like to think we provide a good service to our clients and it looks as though they think so too as we are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted as finalists in the Business to Consumer category of the Business Networking Awards 2018. Thank you if you voted for us and fingers crossed for the Awards Gala Dinner on 7 April. But even if we don’t win, we know we’re doing something right, because the Customer is Always Right!Networking awards

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MARCH 2018 : Radio Star!

When I agreed to be a speaker at the Healthy Lifestyle Show at Telford International Centre later this month, I was over the moon to be asked and really excited to be able to share my top tips on how to survive in a toxic world through healthy nutrition and by radically reducing chemicals used in the home. I was even more excited when the show’s organiser asked me to accompany her, and one of the other speakers, to BBC Radio Shropshire to be interviewed on the Sunday Kitchen Show about the show and to give a plug for my talk.

Today was the day that we went to thhealthy lifestyle showe radio station and had a fab time talking to presenter Paul Shuttleworth about the Show and healthy lifestyles in general. If you’d like to listen to the interview click here for a link to iplayer, (my spot is from about 34mins 40 sec till the end of the first hour)   but hurry as it won’t be there forever and if you are free on Sunday 25 March, come and spend a few hours at the Healthy Lifestyle Show – advance tickets are only £5 on Eventbrite and all the activities inside are free.

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SEPTEMBER 2017: Eat out, eat healthy

Eat out, eat healthy

When you are following a healthy eating programme, it’s good to stick to the healthy choice items as much as you can but the 80:20 rule is a good one to follow to ensure you are making healthy choices most of the time without depriving yourself of things you enjoy now and again. In other words, a balanced diet.

As part of my healthy eating programmes, I provide my clients with menu planners, recipes and even shopping lists to ensure they find it easy to stick to the programme. However, I am often asked about eating out. My general advice is to try and stick to items shopping listthat are included on the shopping list, but how can you manage to keep up with a healthy eating regime when presented with all manner of temptations when eating out? Do you find it difficult to make the right choices from a menu that is crammed with burgers and pizzas and chips and pasta and cream sauces and deep fried things, not to mention the dessert menu and the cocktails and the speciality coffees…. the list goes on!

Well don’t panic, because here are my Top 10 Tips for making healthy choices while eating out.cooking-eat-cut-food

  1.  Never go out to eat when you are so hungry you could eat a horse and your hunger is actually affecting your mood – I believe the term is HANGRY!
  2.  Many restaurants have a website where you can view the menu online before you go and plan your meal before you even set foot in there. I have often changed my mind about my intended destination as a result of seeing the food that’s on offer.
  3.  Say “No thank you” to the baskets of breads and dips.
  4.  Always choose your proteins and veggies grilled, steamed or baked/roasted.
  5.  Be present when eating. Eat really slowly and savour your food. That way your brain has a chance to signal to you that you are full before it’s too late.
  6.  Vegetables and salad should take up half of your plate. The other half should be split between protein and starchy carbs (Remember – vegetables are also carbs but should always exceed the amount of starchy carbs you eat).healthy plate
  7.  Avoid desserts and cocktails.
  8.  Reastaurant portions sizes are often on the XL side, so don’t feel the need to clear your plate. In fact, put your napkin over your plate when you’re finished so the waiter knows and can take it away.
  9.  If you know you won’t be able to finish your meal, eat the proteins first as these will fill you up and keep you feeling fuller for longer.
  10.  As the paying customer, don’t be afraid to ask for your food the way you want it or to ask questions about how the food is prepared.

Till next time

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Vicky Farmer
Feelgood Factor – The Holistic Approach to a Healthier Lifestyle

Vicky is a Nutrition Adviser and Transformational Elite Health Coach with a mission to help the nation achieve optimal health. We are all living longer so it’s really important to ensure we live as long and healthy a life as we can. Healthy eating, a natural approach to skincare and a reduction in the amount of harmful chemicals in the home all play a part in ensuring we are as healthy as we can be rather than simply not ill. For more information visit vickyfarmer.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. vickyfarmer.com makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis

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JULY 2017: Why do we eat?

Why do we eat?

Have you ever asked yourself “why do I eat”?  When I’m assessing a client prior to recommending a healthy eating programme, the obvious questions that every client expects are “When do you eat?”, “What do you eat?” and even “Where do you eat?”

But when I ask “Why do you eat?” I’m often faced with a quizzical expression and then I get the answer my client thinks I want to hear – “It’s for fuel”, or “It’s to give me energy”, or even “It’s to provide nutrtion”.why do you eat

So if these are the only reasons why we eat food, how come we are currently facing the epidemic of all epidemics that is diabetes, cardio vascular disease, obesity, not to mention new heights in the number of cases of Parkinsons and Alzheimers? Could it be something to do with the real reason why we eat?

Next time you have a meal or a snack, let me challenge you to stop and think about why you are eating it. Because this will help you to become aware of something called emotional eating.

And here are a few reasons you may or may not have thought about where eating becomes more than just for fuel or nutrition:

  1. Habit – when you pop into the petrol station, the marketing experts have made sure the tempting chocolate bars and other sweet treats are positioned right next to where you queue up for the next available cashier. How often are you tempted? Do you have a takeway on a certain every week? Do you always have biscuits in the afternoon with you cuppa? These are all habits and not needed as part of a healthy diet.
  2.  Boredom – how often are you busy being busy? When gaps occur in our routine we can’t help but try to fill them. Maybe reaching for our phones, social media and for some people it means reaching for a snack because it feels strange not doing anything in our busy routine. I know I’ve been a victim of that in the past – so Mind The Gap!snacking
  3.  Reward – maybe you’ve had a good day or a successful week or been eating healthy all day and you want to reward yourself with something sweet to eat. It could stem from childhood when you received sweets as a reward for something and has spilled over into adulthood. We all need to be mindful of using food as a reward.
  4. Celebration – when it’s someone’s birthday at work there’s always cake being shared around and if it’s a large office, that could be 2 or 3 times a week!
  5. Feeling sad or depressed – we often choose food to to cheer ourselves up, usually sweet things as we are hard-wired to feel better when we eat sweet things.
  6. Feeling stressed – this can make us want to eat more or indeed less and either way is not ideal.
  7. Loneliness – this can result in food becoming our friend as we indulge in comfort eating
  8. Tiredness – when food definitely isn’t needed as fuel. When we feel tired we may crave sugar or caffeine as a way to get a quick burst of energy.
  9. Pleasing someone else – i.e. when we want to feel connected to someone so we might go out for a coffee with them and they want a piece of cake; and although we don’t really want or need a cake, we will still have one to make them feel better.

8020ruleThe conclusion is to try and be mindful about why you are about to eat and remember how easy it is to feed our tastebuds rather than to nourish our whole body. That isn’t to say we shouldn’t have a treat now and again, but if we stick to the 80:20 rule we won’t go far wrong to maintaing a healthy lifestyle

 

 
Till next time

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Vicky Farmer
Feelgood Factor – The Holistic Approach to a Healthier Lifestyle

Vicky is a Nutrition Adviser and Elite Health Coach with a mission to help the nation achieve optimal health. We are all living longer so it’s really important to ensure we live as long and healthy a life as we can. Healthy eating, a natural approach to skincare and a reduction in the amount of harmful chemicals in the home all play a part in ensuring we are as healthy as we can be rather than simply not ill. For more information visit vickyfarmer.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. vickyfarmer.com makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis

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Great results after only one month

Louise from Birmingham wrote: I contacted Vicky as I was experiencing weight problems, feeling lethargic, low energy, high blood pressure, ill most of the time.

Vicky recommended a diet plan – low carbs, no low fat foods, white meat and fish. Drinks to take every day in the form of food supplements.

I took her advice and stuck to the plan rigidly for 1 month. I have made many changes to my diet which will just stick as they have become habit.  I’ve drastically reduced my diet coke habit.  I have been forgetting to drink my food supplements so Vicky has now refocused me on that.

The result after just one month was less bloating, sleeping better, no illnesses, feeling more alert, less tired, less mood swings, generally happier and more positive, I now play tennis again and I’m back in heels and I have lost a stone in weight.

I will be continuing with the regime as I see it as a 12 month thing to reach my goal.

 

 

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JUNE 2017: Breakfast like a King

Breakfast like a King

You must have heard the saying “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper”?breakfast like a king

It’s basically saying front end load your daily eating and with good reason. But so often I hear people say – “I never eat breakfast”, or “I can only stomach coffee in the morning to get me going” – which is not a good strategy in many ways, not least because breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.

 

The name “Breakfast” literally refers to “breaking the fast” – i.e. ending the fast that has taken place while we were sleeping. Going without food for 8 hours or more is a long time so it stands to reason we need to take fuel on board on waking. Eating a healthy breakfast gives you the energy to start the day and research has shown that people who eat breakfast are less likely to snack and make unhealthy food choices because they feel less hungry. Hunger tends to get the better of breakfast skippers and they tend to eat more at lunchtime and throughout the day. So it should come as no surprise that breakfast eaters tend to weigh less than breakfast skippers.

So which are you? An eater or a skipper?

salmon and eggAnd even if you eat breakfast, are you making healthy choices? It’s been proven that adding some protein to your breakfast is much more effective at keeping you feeling fuller for longer than just having cereals. Eggs are a good source of protein for breakfast. Have you tried smoked salmon and poached eggs with spinach on wholegrain toast? Or what about a herby omelette with slices of tomato?

 

 

Not convinced?

Well here’s the scientific reason why it’s a good idea to eat a healthy breakfast……

How-strong-is-the-acid-in-stomach-copyOur stomachs produce hydrochloric acid in order to digest our food. It produces most of it first thing in the morning ready to digest the food we need to eat when we wake up to give us energy for the day’s activities. It stands to reason that if we don’t eat anything in order to give that acid a job to do, it has to do something such as attack our stomach lining or create problems with acid reflux. And that can start a viscous circle of not feeling like eating because we feel discomfort, so more acid is produced that isn’t utilised and so it goes on.

So if you are a breakfast skipper, make that one change tomorrow and see how your energy levels increase, your concentration improves and you don’t feel the urge to snack all day, which all adds up to a more effective weight management approach in case that’s something you need as well!

Till next time

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Vicky Farmer
Feelgood Factor – The Holistic Approach to a Healthier Lifestyle

Vicky is a Nutrition Adviser and Elite Health Coach with a mission to help the nation achieve optimal health. We are all living longer so it’s really important to ensure we live as long and healthy a life as we can. Healthy eating, a natural approach to skincare and a reduction in the amount of harmful chemicals in the home all play a part in ensuring we are as healthy as we can be rather than simply not ill. For more information visit vickyfarmer.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. vickyfarmer.com makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis

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MAY 2017: Why Diets Don’t Work

Why Diets Don’t Work

As far as I am concerned, where weight loss is the issue, “diets” don’t work. So why is that?

“Diet” is actually a confusing word because it actually means “the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats”.  For example if someone follows a vegan diet, they would not eat dairy products so remember not to serve a cheese sauce when they come round for dinner. Diets are also prescribed for medical reasons such as a gluten free diet for someone with celiac disease.

However most of us think of diet in a different context as “an eating plan where someone eats less food, or only particular types of food because they want to become thinner”.

Why am I against that kind of diet? Let me tell you…

 

dietcycleFirst of all, since dieting as a weight loss programme is by definition a temporary food plan, it won’t work in the long term. 95% of people who lose weight by dieting will regain it within 5 years. Restrictive diets can lead to overeating or a diet:binge cycle and since your body doesn’t want to starve, it responds to overly restrictive diets by slowing your metabolism, which in turn makes it harder to lose weight.

 

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Second, fad diets can be harmful, for example they may lack essential nutrients resulting in an unbalanced diet. They also teach you nothing about healthy eating. This means at the end of the fad diet, you simply revert to the unhealthy eating habits that caused the weight gain in the first place.

 

 

Thirdly, overly restrictive diets take the pleasure out of eating which is totally unnecessary in order to lose weight

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, dieting and the compulsive weighing that goes with it can lead to eating disorders. Research has shown that peoplewho diet are 8 times more likely to develop an eating disorder compared to those who don’t.

And lastly, unscrupulous people will be waiting to sell you magic weight loss potions which at best can cost you money and at worst can have dangerous (even fatal) health consequences. If I had £1 for every potential client who had taken a popular detox product containing laxatives, caffeine and appetite suppressants because of its weight loss claims (just think about it!) and ended up feeling ill as a result, I wouldn’t need to spend my time writing these articles to earn a living! In fact have you ever noticed how every diet product claims to be effective if used alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise….?

So if you want to lose some weight before that gala dinner or your next holiday, it’s fine to keep an eye on your portion sizes and skip pudding – that’s healthy eating, but skipping meals or starving yourself is not.

The first step towards permanent healthy weight loss is actually to ditch the diet mindset and think instead about a Healthy Eating Programme like my 30 Day Challenge that you can live with and enjoy long term – pleasurable eating plus regular exercise is the key.

Till next time.

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Vicky Farmer
Feelgood Factor – The Holistic Approach to a Healthier Lifestyle

 

Vicky is a nutrition adviser with a mission to help the nation achieve elite health. We are all living longer so it’s really important to ensure we live as long and healthy a life as we can. Healthy eating, a natural approach to skincare and a reduction in the amount of harmful chemicals in the home all play a part in ensuring we are as healthy as we can be rather than simply not ill. For more information visit vickyfarmer.com

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. vickyfarmer.com makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis

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Testimonial: Relief for Eczema

I asked one of my clients to send me this after her husband’s eczema improved after using one of the Neals Yard Organic products I recommended; she agreed to do so anonymously.

“My husband had developed a skin condition on his leg. Nothing too serious but quite itchy. After numerous visits to the GP, the doctor concluded it was type of eczema and prescribed a succession of different creams (including steroid cream). But there was no real improvement, and if he didn’t apply the cream, it just flared up again. Vicky suggested applying the Wild Rose Balm from her Neals Yard Organic range and after just 3 days, the irritation had subsided and the skin had virtually healed. I would recommend a natural remedy any time. It’s also an amazing moisturiser for me!”

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APRIL 2017: A Rose By Any Other Name…

A Rose By Any Other Name

Spring is here and I expect many of you are out in your gardens getting them ready for a beautiful display of colourful flowers over the coming months. But are you troubled by weeds spoiling your view? And if you are what do you about it?

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  • You could pull them up – but that only results in them growing back even stronger, especially if you don’t remove all the roots.
  • Or you could spray them with chemicals – but that’s going to create a toxic environment and may even kill the beautiful blooms.
  • By far the best way is to simply plant more flowers to smother all the weeds.

 

The same applies to our health. In particular, recent scientific research has found that the key to optimum health is to have a healthy gut, because in our gut we have good and bad bacteria that work together to keep us healthy. The good bacteria are the flowers and the bad ones are the weeds.

A good balance between good and bad is 85% good to 15% bad but for many people this ratio is reversed with the “weeds” taking over. This may be the evidenced by a number of factors including taking medication (especially antibiotics), vitamin and mineral deficiencies, stress, skin problems and even some autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and IBS.

So it stands to reason we need to nourish the flowers and smother the weeds and here are some simple steps to help you balance your gut bacteria:gut health

  1. Avoid toxins, including sugars and saturated fats (amongst other things), that help to nourish the bad bacteria.
  2. Eat fermented foods, such as Sauerkraut, kimchi, yoghurt or kefir, to help nourish the good bacteria.
  3. Take Probiotic supplements – but just like gut bacteria there are good and bad ones:
    *  Stay away from “bargain bin” prices; you get what you pay for.
    *  Ensure they are potent with at least 10billion bacteria and more than 5 different strains of bacteria per dose – I recommend ProB11 which has 11 strains.
  4. Manage your stress

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The good news is that with knowledge and smart action it is possible to literally heal yourself from the inside out.
It won’t happen overnight but changing your gut might be the first step to changing your life.

 

Till next time.

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Vicky Farmer
Feelgood Factor – The Holistic Approach to a Healthier Lifestyle

Vicky is a nutrition adviser with a mission to help the nation achieve elite health. We are all living longer so it’s really important to ensure we live as long and healthy a life as we can. Healthy eating, a natural approach to skincare and a reduction in the amount of harmful chemicals in the home all play a part in ensuring we are as healthy as we can be rather than simply not ill. For more information visit vickyfarmer.com

 

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