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Andrea Bayles Nutritional Therapist
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August is traditionally a month for holidays and summer time activities and although our weather hasn't been the kindest to us, let's focus on why relaxation and lifestyle is such an important part of healthy living.

Relaxation is essential to calm the mind and body and relieve symptoms of stress. When the mind and body are relaxed then stress simply seems to melt away. Relaxation exercises are the easiest methods for quieting the body and mind. The goal of relaxation techniques is to produce a physiological response known as the 'relaxation response' a response exactly the opposite of 'stress response.' Harvard Professor and Cardiologist Herbert Benson M.D., was the first to describe this physiological response in the 1970's.

In the stress response the sympathetic nervous system dominates and in the relaxation response the parasympathetic response dominates. The parasympathetic nervous system controls body functions such as digestion, breathing and heart rate during periods of relaxation, visualization, meditation and sleep. While the sympathetic nervous system is designed to protect us from danger and designed to repair, maintain and restore the body.

In order to achieve the 'relaxation response' a variety of techniques can be used. Some of the most popular are meditation, prayer, progressive relaxation, self-hypnosis and bio-feedback. The type of relaxation that your use is totally individual and it is what works best for you. The important thing is to set aside 5 10 minutes each day for performing a relaxation technique.


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  • "I was very run down, lacked energy and was finding it very difficult to control my weight when I first consulted with Andrea.  We talked through my issues very thoroughly during the first consultation and Andrea recommended that I take an adrenal fatigue test.  This highlighted that I had an abnormal cortisol pattern throughout the day and was affecting my energy and appetite - I had intense sugar cravings from mid afternoon onwards.  On the back of the results of this test, Andrea recommended a new diet and a course of supplements to restore normal cortisol levels and revive my tired adrenals. I now have more energy and do not have the same urges for sugar during the afternoons. I am also sleeping much better now as well.  I am also sleeping much better now too (after 5 years of 2am waking!).  "Elizabeth