Sleep – Why is it so important

Why is sleep so important to our health and wellbeing, we all know that if we are tired, we can be moody, lack energy, and generally feel unwell, but what is really happening to our bodies:

According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch, sleep aids learning, memory, metabolism, weight, mood, cardiovascular health as well as a healthy immune system.
Everyone has their own body clock ( Circadian Rhythm ) a 24 hour cycle that determines when we get sleepy and when we wake. In an ideal world we would wake with the sun and sleep when it got dark.
When we begin to feel sleepy, we fall into very tiny sleeps (nod off for 5-10 seconds) these spells can happen whilst reading or watching television, but can also happen behind the wheel of a car, which is obviously dangerous for those driving as well as other road users. It is thought we need 8 hours sleep a night but most people find they don’t need that amount and can manage quite happily on less.
Studies have shown that sleep disorders can affect the brain and nervous system, cardiovascular system, metabolic functions and immune system. Some of those at risk of sleep deprivation include night shift workers, lorry drivers, parents and teenagers.
Stress suffered due to school, work, personal pressures at home etc can also hamper sleep patterns
There are two kinds of sleep: REM (rapid eye movement sleep when we dream) and non-REM sleep, also called slow wave sleep (SWS). It is during the slow wave sleep that healing takes place, allowing our body to rejuvinate and restore itself, this is also why we tend to sleep more when we are sick to enable the body to heal
Drinking alcohol or tea, coffee, high caffeine drinks before bedtime. Temperature of the bedroom, partners that snore, bright lights, pain or discomfort, even some medications can have side effects that can cause sleep disorders.
The nutrients you give your body can directly affect the amount and quality of sleep you get. Want to learn more about how nutrition affects our overall health sign up to our newsletter for dates of events.

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep. Homer @ 800BC
Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. Thomas Dekker 1572 – 1632
Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin 1760 – 1790


Juicing it Forward

Young people from the Phoenix Youth Project discovered the wonders of juicing on Monday 29th July 2015 when Natural Juice Therapist Carol Brace delivered a 90 minute info session on juicing and the benefits of a healthier diet. Carol demonstrated how to make a very natural lemonade, the wonders of real apple juice and the young people also experienced ginger shots. The whole session was a real eye opener.

Carol also donated a brand new Juico “slow” juicer for the youth project, so from now on we can offer real fruit juice during youth sessions and young people can find out how easy it is to juice and how great natural ‘real’ fruit juice actually tastes.

The young people thoroughly enjoyed the excellent and informative session that Carol delivered and they would all like to say a very big thank you to Carol for giving up her time, passing on her knowledge and for the donation of the juicer.


This article was written back in March 2011 in response to an article in the Daily Mail. The article informed us that ” 10,571 patients were admitted to hospital during 2010 because doctors feared they were so fat that their health was in immediate danger.

Obesity is still a growing problem, and will continue to grow until governments start to educate people about natural nutrition.
Natural Juice Therapy is the perfect way to start.

Nutrition: If all Nursery’s were helped to set up a juice bar in their kitchens to provide each child with one glass of juice a day made up of fresh raw fruits and vegetables.  If these young children were also taught about how important it was to have this intake of vitamins and minerals etc. If they were allowed to help make them and knew what was going into them and how nice they tasted. Perhaps grow some vegetables for use in the juices. They would be consuming more nutrition in that one drink than they probably get all day from the standard diet eaten today.
Schools, also should have Juice Bars set up in the kitchens and all students provided with 1 juice a day instead of being offered milk, there should also be a choice for students to have smoothies at lunch time instead of the cooked meal offered. This of course should only be made up from fresh raw fruits and vegetables, not concentrates.
Every College and University should be encouraged to have juice bars, some, I believe already have. Again students should be made aware of the importance of what we consume, in respect to our health.
Every Hospital should be supplying Fresh Juices to all their patients, it is a known fact that people heal quicker when given correct nutrition.
To expensive ? What was that old saying – you have to speculate to accumulate – Children fed properly would behave better, as would teenagers, a lot of behavioral problems children have today are food related, they are so full of toxins the poor kids don’t stand a chance to live a healthy purposeful life. Fill them full of natural nutrition and see the difference. This would result in a huge saving on the Police Force as our youth would be better behaved.
When you look at how much the NHS could save it could be huge! People would not need such long spells in hospital healing after op’s – less people would need to be in hospital as they would not be suffering the degenerative diseases, most of which are food related, and there would definitely not be people admitted to hospitals due purely to obesity.
Exercise: More emphasis should be made on children having fun outside, so many restrictions have been placed on groups, clubs etc – children should be encouraged to play outside, I consider myself so lucky to have been born in 1948, I used to walk to school with my brother and sister, we would go down the beach on our own every day we were not at school, as we got older we cycled everywhere, we used to go out in the morning with a sandwich for lunch and didn’t go back home till we were hungry – we had accidents from time to time but it only made us more careful. We had a TV – just one in the front room but it wasn’t on much, in fact we didn’t watch it at all in the Summer, and in Winter children’s TV was only on for 1 hour so after tea we would watch whatever was on, 2 choices of channel it was either BBC or ITV:  We all need to move our bodies, and we don’t actually need to be members of gyms etc to do that, just turn off the TV, PC, X BOX, etc. Buy a ball, a skipping rope, a couple of racquets and a tennis ball – go outside and PLAY!!
Days gone By:
I guess we were considered working class, dad was paid weekly and mum was always waiting for him to come home on a Thursday with his pay pack – This was the night we had a takeaway, the only one available back then was Fish and Chips. Thursday night was also the night we had our bag of sweets, and when they were gone that was it until the following week. We had cornflakes for breakfast in the summer ( No sugar on them then) and porridge in the winter.   Our dinner was meat, potatoes and whatever vegetable was in season at the time, and a home made pudding. Then for tea we would have maybe some bread and Jam or Lemon curd – and a piece of homemade cake if we were lucky.  We never had anything to eat between meals unless there was some fruit available. Mum used to get 2 bottles of pop from the van who used to come around once a week ( between 4 children ) other than that all we drank was water from the tap. Christmas was the only time our house seemed full of goodies, crisps, chocolates, biscuits and a big box of fruit. We were happy, never went hungry, and full of energy.
I can never remember seeing many fat people, certainly not children.
When I had my own children, things had changed somewhat, but I don’t ever remember taking them to a Burger bar for their lunch, dinner or tea. I fed them at home with freshly cooked food. They were outside at every opportunity, none of them had TV’s, computers etc in their rooms, They were all active, slim and healthy.
This next generation don’t actually stand a chance, everywhere you look there are fast food outlets selling burgers ( if you showed the children where the meat comes from and how the animals are treated so they can get their 99p burgers I am sure you would see a downward trend very quickly ) pizzas, chicken, and so on. This type of food, along with all processed food is completely devoid of nutrition therefore is not feeding the cells of the body, this is why people can continue eating it – most overweight people are actually suffering from malnutrition, they are starving, so it is a vicious circle the more they eat the hungrier they are. The hungrier they are, the more they eat, and the more they eat the fatter they get.
There is a solution to Obesity  – EDUCATION, EDUCATION, EDUCATION. Educate people in Natural Nutrition, Natural Juice Therapy as I said previously is a great way to start – There is one side effect with this therapy. WEIGHT LOSS.
So it all makes perfect sense to me – if you want to be healthy, fit, slim, contact your nearest Natural Juice Therapist. She / He will show you the way.


Natural – Holistic – Wellbeing

It is all about “balance” I have successfully achieved this with my body by practising Natural Holistic Wellbeing, recognising what my nutritional needs are to enable the whole of my body to remain balanced.
A balanced body is a healthy body so by making sure I meet my nutritional demands easily on a daily basis I have achieved a truly healthy body that doesn’t let me down by becoming stressed or sick.
My working life as a Natural Juice Therapist is becoming busier by the day. With a passion to make a difference in the world I find I haved joined lots of juicy, raw groups on various forms of social media so have become swamped reading posts every day and commenting where I think I have the expertise to help. I have come to realise it is now time to practice my natural, holistic, wellbeing in this area. I have removed myself from all but a few groups and amazingly, over the last few days I have found so much more time to do the things I love, the things I planned to do when I began my journey 8 years ago.
Yesterday, I parked away from my local town and walked in. I found a lovely new shop that had been there for a month but I had been to busy to notice, I went into the council offices to pay for the venue I had booked for a forthcoming workshop and bumped into my old yoga teacher ( I gave up my weekly class over a year ago as work got in the way ) I start again next Friday. I then popped along to check out her new venue as I wasn’t sure where it was – I was met by a lovely couple who now run it on a volunteer basis, apart from running it as a venue that is used daily for different therapy’s as well as yoga, pilates, and fitness classes etc. they also run youth clubs from there on a voluntary basis doing lots of things with young people, one of which is teaching nutrition. So instead of spending, what was becoming many hours a week I am going to spend some of those saved hours really making a difference to a group of kids, I will be a part of the cooking class they hold each week teaching nutrition, which will of course include juicing. It didn’t end there – I picked up an NHS community health leaflet on my way out, so every Wednesday morning I am going to join the 75 min walk covering the beautiful riverside and rural footpaths around Sandwich.
If all that can happen in just one day of changing how I look at the ways in which I can have more “me” time to live out the next 60 odd years on this amazing planet, just bring on today – I’m off to the hairdressers this morning and instead of my usual rush I will be parking further away, connecting with real people and definitely “smelling the roses” Have a brilliant day however you choose to spend it. 9th May 2015


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