Health Check – Simple steps to help keep an eye on your health!

If you want to keep an eye on your health, you could do worse than to spend a few minutes scrutinizing your body in the mirror. Are your eyes pink? Have your nails turned brown at the top? Noticing small changes can nudge you into paying attention to potential problems, as I found out during a recent facial. “Do you have high cholesterol?” creamy spots round my eyes? which could be full of fatty cholesterol. Of course, it’s vital not to let symptom-spotting get out of hand: Trivial signs are often just that. It’s when they persist, or are combined with other symptoms, that they become important. If that’s the case, see your doctor.

1. Going grey before 40
Premature greying can have a medical cause. “If you have 50% grey hair before the age of 40, it is worth being checked for diabetes.

2. Rough spots
Crusty blemishes, or keratoses, are usually benign. Dark ones often run in families, but are harmless. Solar keratoses, however, are triggered by sun damage and are an early warning of skin cancer, so seek advice.

3. Short brows
Losing hair from the outer edge of your brows is a sign of an under active thyroid. It thins hair on your head too, but treatment is available that will soon restore your crowning glory.

4. Hooded eyelids
They may look sultry, but have them checked — the cause could be more than aging or a family trait. If they droop so much that your sight is impaired, this is the one time you can have an eye-lift on your insurance.

5. Not-so-white whites
This usually means you’re tired, hungover, or just made that way, but watch out for whites that turn yellow when you’re run down — it may be a sign of Gilbert’s Syndrome, where bilirubin builds up in the blood, causing jaundice. “Pink eye” is a common name for conjunctivitis. If it persists, have a test for chlamydia, which can inflame eyes.

6. Creased earlobes
Earlobe creases probably increase with age, as does the likelihood of heart disease, diagonal crease can up the risk of heart disease by a third and 77% if both lobes are affected. The theory is the line shows a lack of elasticity, which also affects the arteries. But the culprit also could be also aging:

7. Flushed face
Red cheeks and nose (rosacea) often affects women aged between 30 and 55. Stress, sun, and spicy foods make blood vessels dilate, so limit your exposure. Rosacea can affect the eyes and is sometimes confused with lupus. See a general practitioner, who can prescribe antibiotics.

8. Cracked lips
Cracks at the corners of your mouth are sometimes caused by a shortage of B vitamins or zinc. With long-term cracks, a fungal infection may set in. Treatments for oral thrush may help.

9. Sunless tan
Darkening skin is worth reporting to your doctor. A rare cause is Addison’s disease (failure of the adrenal glands), which also makes you tired, sick, and achy. If you do have it, the good news is that it can be treated.

10. Chicken skin
Permanent goosebumps, caused by an overgrowth of keratin, are common — one in three of us have them, usually on the arms. They’re harmless, but if they bother you, use a soap-free body wash and plenty of moisturizer.  If they flare up, your dermatologist may prescribe a steroid cream.

11. Red palms
These can be an early symptom of liver disease — you’ll probably feel sick and lethargic, too. It’s wise to ask for medical advice quickly to limit the damage

12. Unsightly nails
A horizontal line (or Beau’s line) can be a sign of past illness or poor nutrition — or that you’ve hit your nail with a hammer. But if they keep appearing, take steps to improve your health. Spoon-shaped nails that curve outwards can be a symptom of anaemia. And nails that are pale at the cuticle and brownish-red at the tip could mean your kidneys are struggling.

13. Cold feet
They are a long way from your heart, so your feet are often the first place vascular disease shows up. Abnormally cold feet and hands are linked to Raynaud’s syndrome, where the blood supply drains from fingers and toes. But don’t just reach for your socks — Raynaud’s is linked to several autoimmune conditions, so it needs to be checked out.

Winter Warmers & Spring Sizzles

What an extremely cold winter’s week!

Am I the only one that can’t wait for Spring and some warmth!?


January is a time to protect yourself against the elements – wrap up, nurture your skin, relax and pamper, ready for a fantastic Spring!

A sensible scarf, woollens and a fabulous cosy coat are always good investments whilst it’s chilly outside! Choose a rich body lotion to douse yourself with after a bath or shower, relax and invest in a fabulous moisturising face cream to help combat signs of dehydration.

Ensure that you to look fresh and your skin is invigorated ready for the warmer Spring. Drink plenty of water with a dash of lemon to detox and remove any impurities from your body.


Why add a new addition to the wardrobe!? A Beautiful Channel feminine luxe. This fit and flare dress is crafted with floral appliqué, featuring a tulle skirt, a detachable grosgrain tie, a sweetheart neckline, a lining, a back keyhole with button fastening and a side zip fastening. Pair with heels for a special occasion.

Make sure your prepared for a fantastic year ahead and Lushious Life!

Skin Conditions & Characteristics

Did you know that certain skin conditions and characteristics are linked to your digestive health.

If you are intolerant to certain types of drink or food, you might see certain parts of your face reacting to stress in the gut in a number of ways.

Take a look – it’s fascinating.


Lines and wrinkles on the forehead, sagging under the eyes, gaunt look to the face, painful pustular pimples all over the face, thinning of the skin, a grey/pasty white hue to the skin, thinner eyebrows.

It can disrupt the bacteria in your gut triggering pimples.

Face Mapping (an ancient idea that links parts of your face to organs in your body) indicates your digestive tract is linked to your forehead so you’ll see dry patches and pimples there.

Spikes in insulin can put pressure on adrenal glands which in part control brow growth, so you can see thinning or sparse brows.


Pronounced lines or redness between the eyes, droopy eyelids, enlarged pores, dehydrated skin with feathery lines across cheeks, reddish cheeks and nose, deep nasolabial folds.

Alcohol is dehydrating which worsens lines and wrinkles.

Face Mapping indicates the area between the brows is linked to liver health, so you can see more lines here.

Alcohol can cause capillaries to dilate resulting in flushed cheeks.


Puffy red cheeks, dark pigmentation patches or spots around chin.

An increase in inflammatory reactions in your body, caused by gluten, can lead to bloated or flushed skin.

If you react to gluten your immune system reacts which affects the reproductive balance, which can lead to hormonal pimples around the chin specifically.


Swollen eyelids, bags and dark circles under eyes, small white spots and bumps on the chin.

A common lactose intolerance can also affect the immune system leading to more inflammatory responses in the body. Just as a swollen ankle happens when you damage it, your eyes can become puffy and bags more pronounced.

The estrogen and progesterone hormones in milk cause your skin cells to over-produce which block pores, bind with sebum and cause spots.

Can you identify with any of the  characteristics?


If you do, we help identify why!

Is it a habit?

Understanding what causes the reaction gives you to ability to deal with matters and promote inner harmony.


Healthy Sleep Remedy


We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep. In recent years, the average amount of sleep has been steadily decreasing. In both men and women, the average amount of sleep has dropped from 7-8 hours a night to 6-7 hours.

While this might not seem like a big difference to some, it makes a huge difference to your body.

During the day, your body is working hard to keep up with your daily activities and it requires the appropriate amount of time to rest, recover, and recharge to do it all over again.

Most people think that not getting a good night’s sleep simply means you’ll be a little tired the next day, maybe a little foggy. It’s nothing that a cup of coffee can’t fix, right?  I find that coffee does help if you’ve had a sleepless night but loading yourself up with caffeine is a band-aid solution and not a permanent fix.

Health and Lack of Sleep

A lack of sleep is also a factor in some of the most serious health problems in people and can be a trigger for illness and disease. People who have a shortened sleep, which is defined by less than 6 hours are at an increased risk of heart disease or stroke.

Interestingly enough, long sleepers, or people who average nine or more hours a night, also showed an increased risk in developing or dying from coronary heart disease and a 65% increased risk of stroke. With sleep, as with most things, balance is the most important thing.

People that suffer from sleep deprivation are predicted higher blood pressure. For most people, the body uses the time you are asleep to lower blood pressure, and with a shorter amount of sleep there may not be enough time for this dip to take place.

So what are the Daily Distractions?

The world we live in today does not make it any easier for us to get a good night’s sleep. People are reporting higher levels of stress caused by things like work, current events, family situations, and other factors that have not affected past generations.

We are also using more and more technology that affects our sleep cycles without us even realizing it.

There are many sleep aids that can be purchased but they are artificial and may even lead to dependency with some people.

Thankfully , nature has provided us with a natural solution to this ever increasing problem.

Do you need a Healthy Sleep Remedy?

If your struggling to get a good night sleep, why not try this simple, two ingredient solution. It will help your body relax and reform from the day and prepare itself for the next morning.

All you need is:

5 teaspoons of organic raw honey
1 teaspoon of pink Himalayan sea salt

Mix these two ingredients together and store it in a glass jar. You can make as much or as little as you want, but a 5:1 ratio works the best. Just put a little bit of this mixture under your tongue every night before you go to sleep and let it dissolve naturally.

Salt and Honey Mixture

Himalayan sea salt contains more than 80 minerals and elements that your body needs for different processes, aiding your body in recovering from the day. Honey contains glucose with aids in supplying our body’s cells with energy.

This salt and honey combination works to increase serotonin as well, helping us to de-stress naturally allowing us to get the best sleep possible.

So try out this natural sleep aid, and rest easy knowing your body will be ready to face the day.


Fitness for ALL

Do you aspire to get fit?

Often wondered what it takes and how your going to achieve it?

Keep reading and discover the secrets of success and transformation!

As the evenings draw in, it is easy to sit back and cosy up in front of the fire and hibernate.

We all have good intentions when it comes to fitness, however unless we really commit ourselves to a disciplined programme our efforts and endeavours will simply be in vain!

With a little focus on what is important – a healthy lifestyle, health and wellbeing, it is possible to achieve some truly amazing results.

Achieving and maintaining a sustainable level of fitness relies on many factors, not least an organised routine and a dedicated work out ethic – like all good things it takes effort and determination to succeed.

Remember, little steps at a time, one at a time.  Have a goal that you can work to, achieve and exceed. Never give up!  The results will come!

To help inspire and motivate, here are some simple steps to assist you with your fitness.

Use the Daily Health Journal on to record your performance, achievements and goals for today and targets for the future.  It is critical that you listen to your body and its needs.

It’s a fact that nutrition plays a major part in your overall fitness.  It is generally considered that fitness is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. What you put into your body will ultimately determine what you get out by means of performance and results.

Look after your body:

The body needs food, for energy.

Protein to repair and rejuvenate.   A really good source of protein is Salmon Omega 3,  Eggs and Wholefoods/Grains.

Vitamins provide essential nutrients that promote health and wellbeing.

Keep the body hydrated:  WATER will keep the cells hydrated and has miraculous properties, activating internal organs, assisting with digestion and preventing high blood pressure, reducing the risk of Stroke and Heart Attack.  In addition, another key benefit is that it keeps the skin radiant, youthful and positively glowing.


A 20 minute walk a day, will provide significant health benefits, keeping the joints moving and oxygen flowing around the body.  In addition it will clear the mind and relieve stress or anxiety.

Set yourself goals,  whether your running a mile or a marathon.  Keep a record or your achievements in your journal.  On a personal note, I’ve just completed my first sub 10 minute mile (9:44) and the feeling of euphoria at achieving and smashing my target has really motivated me to continue to do better.  I’m now looking at a sub 30 minute 5k!   I will achieve this, with persistence, grit and determination!


Improve your own performance by tracking your progress against others on

Alternatively, why not enrol in a Yoga or Pilates class to enhance the feeling of wellbeing, improve posture and strength,  relieve stress or anxiety and improve your quality of sleep and concentration.


Finally, Learn how to relax, stay calm.  Allow your body to cool off before you sleep.  Sleep will help you on the road to good fitness, good eating and good health and wellbeing.


These simple steps will undoubtedly transform your overall fitness levels and your life!  Let me know how you get on.

Share your success with me,  I’d really love to hear how you get on! Good Luck!







Your Face – Are you taking good care of it!?

It’s the first thing that people see when they meet you. The first impression you create is made in seconds! How important is it to you that people like what they see?


Do you want people to admire the way you look and comment accordingly on a good complexion, beautiful eyes, make up and contiuring?

What if anything are you doing to get results?

Here are a few simple steps you can take that will help ensure you have a healthy, beautiful face that glows and prompts others to ask – “What’s your secret!?”

1. A clean diet, water and exercise.
2. Remove make-up
Cleansing with oil before foam wash is known as a double cleanse.
3. Cleanse daily exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
Foam cleanser is thought to be better for oily/combination skin while milk cleanser is better for dry/sensitive skin.
Dry with a towel or tap dry with fingers.
4. Balanced pH levels and use an effective Alcohol free toner. Alcohol is dehydrating. Apply with cotton wool pad or fingers.
5. Face mask: A popular mask is Egg White & Honey. Use Ice cubes on the face to reduce swelling or irritation.
6. Treatment Products in abundance. Use the lightest texture product before the heavier as that’s the order your skin absorbs things.
7. Facial exercises. Stimulate the circulation by massage, sculpting the face, capturing the warmth by cupping your face, contouring smile lines.
8. Treat delicate areas with your ring finger.
Under eye strips are effective and will help with puffiness.
9. Moisturise like mad upward strokes from the centre. Warm the product before applying and patting rather than rubbing on your face will help it absorb.
10. Dowse yourself with sunscreen. Venture out in a wide brimmed hat to prevent exposure to the sun rays.
11. Dehydration is the enemy! Facial mists are wonderful for keeping your skin moisturised all day.

Health – Hot Water & Lemon

Health Drink


Are you preparing your hot water with lemon drink correctly to benefit from miraculous advantages?

A single glass of hot lemon water before breakfast can not only help you stay hydrated, but also improve digestion and regulate an overactive appetite.  Prepared successfully it eliminates accumulated toxins in the body, whilst at the same time, improves the function of the digestive system.

It has amazing natural cleansing properties and the ability to increase detoxification due to the lemon’s bitterness, which activates the bile flow, helping emulsify and remove fat soluble toxins.

Is this not enough reason to start drinking lemon water tomorrow morning!?

There is however,one thing to bear in mind and not forget and that is the most important ingredient in the preparation of your glass of lemon water – to add some lemon zest!

The lemon skin contains the flavonoid limonin, the bitter, white, crystalline substance found in citrus and this is where the detox properties come from. Adding the lemon zest will help you make use of all the benefits that this drink offers.

To conclude, the next time you prepare your glass of hot lemon water, remember to add at least half a teaspoon of lemon zest to it, which will provide you with maximum health benefits.

Hot water and lemon has become an increasingly popular everyday routine nowadays. Now you know why! Enjoy!

Daily Health Journal

Healthy Choices! Fun Challenge – Daily Journal for those aspiring to enhance and improve their lifestyle.


We all need a little structure in our life. Why not take a look at how you can actively begin shaping your new life.

Start the day – Wake up with a nice big glass of water, get the metabolism moving and prevent bloating. Having a small snack ready will ensure you get some quick carbs and protein into your system. Banana and Almond are great to jump start the metabolism.

Now go and work-out! it is a known fact that people who participate in morning exercises tend to work out longer and more intensely than those who sweat it out during other times of the day. It will keep your metabolism burning more calories during the day.

Make sure you stretch after exercise. Why not do this whilst you are In the shower?

Enjoy a filling breakfast including protein and carbs, you’ll have plenty of time to burn them off.

After breakfast, prepare lunch for later.

Ensure you fill your reusable water bottle when you arrive at work. You will then be able to sip water throughout the morning. Staying hydrated will prevent hunger and the temptation to snack.

Make sure you have a mid-morning snack of some fibre, try to keep it around 150 calories.

Whilst you have a spare moment create a Daily Health Journal and take some time to fill it in. Write down what you’ve eaten and how much you have exercised it will keep you focused, giving you an idea of calorie intake and keep you motivated to achieving your goals.

Mid-day, Get yourself moving – go for a walk, bike ride do some strength training exercises.

After your walk or activity, eat the healthy lunch you packed from home – low fat protein fibre fresh veggies whole grain and fruit for desert. Enjoy with some water.


After lunch has settled, keep walking, either on the phone or in a meeting, walking can help you think more clearly while burning calories.

Md-afternoon have a snack ready to keep energy levels going till dinner. Opt for something sweet or indulging to prevent over eating later.

Sip green tea – caffeine will give you a little pep and green tea has been shown to suppress the appetite and increase metabolism.

Walk or bike from work to help release work stress, which can trigger overeating.
For dinner choose low calorie veggies, low fat proteins and grains. Put away left overs to prevent overeating and going back for more!

After dinner brush your teeth while doing this, do some squats to tone your legs, the minty breath will prevent mindless late night snacking.

In the evening, RELAX in front of TV – doing strength exercises during commercials.

Prepare and make sure you have your workout gear ready for tomorrow, think about your breathing, get comfy in your favourite chair, this will encourage sleepiness.

At the end of the day snuggle into bed and prepare to dream – sweet dreams! Getting enough sleep is proven to help maintain emotional stability and a healthy lifestyle.