10 Natural Ways to Induce Deep Sleep

Sleep is essential to good health. Poor quality of sleep has been linked to a wide range of problems, including heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It is also a risk factor for mental health problems such as depression and anxiety disorder. Unfortunately, according to statistics, 25 per cent of the UK population suffer from some form of sleep problem which usually results to excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue and the big word: STRESS.


While sleeping pills are always available, these medications are addictive and have side effects. Long-term use of sleeping pills has been found by experts to be potentially harmful to health. Good thing, there are natural sleep-inducing ways that are safe and effective! Here are some of them:More...

5 Natural Antibiotics that Destroy Superbugs As Nature Intended

Antibiotics are perhaps one of the most used drugs in the world. We take it for many health problems, from bacterial infections to viral diseases. These drugs have been greatly revolutionised in the modern arena and have saved thousands of lives. Nevertheless, we know too well that antibiotics do have negative effects too. Mass produced by pharmaceutical companies with little regard to the fact that regular use of these drugs may lead to both short and long-term health consequences.

Natural antibiotics are a different thing. The way nature intended it. You really don’t have to always rush to the nearest pharmaceutical store just to get yourself an antibiotic that has the potential to do harm as well as good. Perhaps, in your kitchen, you already have some of the best antibiotics in the world! Here they are:

Garlic   
Garlic is one of the best, natural antibiotics widely available today.  More...

Natural Remedies for Acid Reflux

Acid reflux, commonly called heartburn, is a common condition wherein acid leaks out of the stomach into the oesophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest. Other symptoms include bloating, unpleasant taste in the mouth, flatulence, and difficulty swallowing. Many people experience occasional episodes of acid reflux and sometimes, over-the-counter medications or simply letting it subside is the best way to deal with acid reflux. However, some people experience it too often. If you are experiencing recurring symptoms of acid reflux, undergoing treatment is necessary.

Often, acid reflux is caused by the inability of the oesophageal muscles to contract after swallowing food – allowing the acid from the stomach to come up to the oesophagus. But what causes these muscles to contract poorly? Experts blame it to obesity, binge-eating, lying down after meals and eating lots of processed foods.

Medications are only going to relieve the symptoms and not totally the cause of your acid reflux. If you are looking for long-term solutions that involve no side effects, you better try the following natural remedies:

1. Increase your intake of digestive enzymes
Cut back on your consumption of processed foods.  More...

10 Ways to Reduce Acidity in your Body

Acidity occurs when there is an excess secretion of acids in our stomach, particularly in our gastric glands. You really don’t want to underestimate the power of acidity because a whole heap of problems could result from this condition, from headaches to fatigue, conjunctivitis, digestive problem, gastritis, ulcer, and so on. Acidity is a serious health problem that could shut down your entire system.


To maintain good health and avoid hyperacidity, you need to balance the alkaline and PH levels in your body.  How? Here are ten sure-fire natural ways to maintain a pH balance:

1.       Eat foods that are high in alkaline.
Fruits and vegetables are the best source of alkaline. Among the best foods to include to your diet are herbal teas, soy products, olive, flax and canola oil, almonds, chestnuts, asparagus, potatoes, lemons, and mangos.

2.       Choose organic products.
When shopping for fruits and vegetables, look for organic ones or those that were not genetically modified. This will ensure that the food you are eating is free from pesticides and other harmful substances. More...

Can Nutritional Therapy Help Control Mood Swings?

People with mood swings, such as bipolar disorder, are sometimes recommended to take drugs to manage their condition. However, many patients continue to experience the debilitating symptoms right after the effect of the medication has subsided. While there’s limited evidence suggesting the role of nutrition in mental problems such as depression and bipolar disorder, a diet rich in vitamins and minerals could be effective in alleviating the symptoms for a longer period, a new study finds. More...

10 easy ways to boost your winter immunity levels

Viruses use coats during winter just like we do! And it’s the kind of coat that makes them stronger. Just as some people hate this time of the year, viruses love winter because they tend to live longer in cold and dry conditions, finding it easy to spread in thin air.


1. Get your five-a-day servings of fruits and vegetables. The best way to boost your immune system is to eat foods that are high in essential nutrients and enzymes. Although any kind is a good one, if you are specifically looking to protect yourself from cold and flu, fill your plate with fruits and vegetables that are high in vitamin A, C, and E as they have a direct impact on your body’s immune system. Broccoli, carrots, spinach, and citrus fruits are great options.

2. Exercise. Lack of physical exercise could increase your chance of catching a cold. Those who exercise improve blood circulation and heart rate which in turn helps the lymphatic system (which doesn’t have a heart) to pump its fluid through its cleansing nodes. Your immunity boosting lymphatic circulation relies on your activity.

3. Wash your hands regularly and appropriately. More...

18 Top Herbal Teas

Let nature's goodness into your body...here are my favourite herbal teas which can improve health by swapping your 'usual' to a range of options depending on what your body needs.

Elderflower
Because the leaves can be poisonous, it is the white elderflower blossoms that are used in tea to fight colds and clear catarrh. Elderflower tea is also thought to reduce fevers as they raise body temperature. Elderflower also boosts the immune system, stimulates circulation, eases constipation and reduces inflammation and rheumatic problems.

Ginger
Used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine, ginger is renowned for soothing the digestive system. The root treats nausea and so can ease travel and morning sickness and reduce dizziness, and is also used to control chronic pain by reducing inflammation.

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About the author

Steve from AlcovoBorn in Worcestershire, and educated to second (Masters) degree in Geography, I worked in a corporate company before being inspired more fully into well-being from travels to the Eastern and Tropical countries of the Philippines, India, Kenya, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mozambique.

I gained an understanding of spas, treatments and clients along my way, and have developed this into my own practice, al Covo, to which I welcome you warmly. I pride myself on al Covo's warmth, peaceful aura, hygiene and thoroughness.

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