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Andrea Bayles Nutritional Therapist
ND, Dip Nutr, Dip Herb, MBANT, MURHP, MCNHC


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Why is 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 had been back and forth to my GP with various digestive complaints including bloating, acid reflux, alternating constipation and diarrhoea and abdominal pain. My GP prescribed me laxatives and tablets for the acid reflux. I decided I was far too young at 36 years old to be having these problems and went to Natural Solutions. Andrea assessed all of my symptoms, looked at my diet and lifestyle and came up with a detailed but not overwhelming plan for me.  I felt someone was finally listening to me. Andrea suggested I try a gluten free diet among other things and try this for a month to see how that affected my symptoms. Wow! What a difference it has made. I no longer have the above symptoms. I no longer take any medication. I have energy, I rarely get a headache and it's made a huge difference to my Fibromyalgia symptoms.  At first it seemed a little daunting to be making such a huge change to my diet but Andrea was there with lots of recipe ideas and helpful tips. Andrea also took me to the local health food shop and gave me plenty of suggestions and alternatives. I would recommend Natural Solutions to everyone. "Tanya Mitchell