People often ask ‘What is the secret to losing weight?’ when they see a friend drop a few dress sizes, or they have a target date that they want to lose weight in time for. We see so many ads for ‘miracle weight loss pills’, or diets that have helped celebrities to lose weight and plenty of people are happy to part with their hard earned cash in the hope that they too can shed the pounds.
Research just published in the journal Environmental Research reports on a study which tested the urine of four racially and geographically diverse American families after eating their usual diet of conventional food for 6 days, and then after a controlled diet of all organic food for a further 6 days.
Those of us that think we sleep well tend to take sleep for granted – it’s just something we do at the end of every day. But for some people, a good night’s sleep is an elusive fantasy – something which is desired and longed for but rarely achieved. Yet a lack of sleep or poor-quality sleep can have a significant negative impact on all aspects of our health and wellbeing. Recent research is showing just how important sleep is. For example, poor sleep is associated with poor cognitive function, a higher risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, and decreased performance at work.
Sick and Tired of Being Fat? Then you’re not alone… An estimated 47% of men and 75% of women will diet at some time during their lives in order to lose weight. Right now, as you are reading, 13% of men and 25% of women are currently dieting.
The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research states that every two minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer. These are alarming statistics and one that spa owner and director of Homefield Grange Wellness Spa, Suzanne Peck wants to tackle head-on. Having lost both her mum and dad to cancer, then being diagnosed herself in 2016 – cancer has played a powerful role in Suzanne’s passion to help and support cancer patients – even though the norm in the wellness industry continues to turn away those whose lives are affected by the illness.
It can be difficult to eat healthily at this time of year – there are way too many temptations! Rather than risk offending your hosts or depriving yourself or your guests, try the following swaps and choices that may mitigate at least some of the damage.
Over the last few years, many studies have shown the benefit of calorie restriction and intermittent fasting. Benefits include weight loss, increased fat burning, muscle gain, improved energy levels, and improved insulin sensitivity. A recent trial, known as CALERIE (Comprehensive Assessment of the Long Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy) tested the metabolic effects of calorie restriction in a group of 53 healthy, non-obese volunteers who cut calories by 15% over two years.
When people arrive at Homefield, we ask them to keep the public spaces, i.e. our lounge, dining room, garden, and courtyard as technology-free zones leaving mobile phones, laptops, and tablets in their bedrooms. Not only is this detox from technology a gesture of courtesy to fellow guests, but it also a step in helping to protect you against the many health concerns associated with mobile phone use. There has been a lot of publicity recently about the blue light from phone and other devices affecting levels of melatonin which is important for sleep, but other issues such as low sperm count, depression, mental illness, contact dermatitis, crossed eyes and “text neck” have all been associated with overuse of mobile phones.
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Based in beautiful Northamptonshire countryside, just a short taxi ride from Kettering station and less than an hour from London. We’re easily accessible by train or road.
We are a ten minute taxi ride from Kettering Station. East Midlands Trains operate a direct 55 minute journey time from St Pancras station twice every hour.