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Nature & Health

December/January 2018

Nature & Health is an extensive and integrated natural health and lifestyle media brand dedicated to helping its readers to improve their health and inspiring them to live a balanced and fulfilling life. The magazine is jam-packed with health news and reviews, information and advice on herbs and supplements, natural beauty products, eating well, natural household products, and up-to-date research in the fields of complementary medicine and alternative therapies.

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eco beauty

CONFESSION time: Not so long ago, I opened my bathroom cabinet and took a long, hard look at the bottles of moisturisers, shampoos, face mists and body lotions. Could I possibly need all this stuff? Now I’m the girl who writes on the blank side of used printer paper, air-dries her clothes and takes her own bamboo bags when going food shopping. So why this blind spot with beauty products? Turns out I’m not alone – according to one survey, women have anywhere between 20 and 30 personal care and make-up products in their skin and haircare arsenal. And while nearly all the respondents said they recycle, fewer than one-third said they actually considered the amount of product they use and the type of packaging the product came in before buying…

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strive for life

WHAT if you have gone through so many challenging times that it’s almost obvious that life is hard? How do you find the resilience, and the hope, to continue? Amy Molloy is the author of the recently published ‘The World is a Nice Place.’ And she is well-equipped to talk about this topic: she’s survived anorexia, was widowed at 23, divorced her second husband in her late 20s, married for the third time and had two babies. And she’s only in her early 30s. So, how does someone who’s been through so much have such faith and hope, and truly believe that the world is a nice place? Amy Taylor-Kabbaz spoke with Amy about life after tragedy, and what makes some of us thrive despite the hardest lessons. You have been…

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obstacles to opportunities

Don’t let the worst day of your life be your greatest achievement. Over the years, I’ve interviewed so many amazing people who turned their toughest moments into triggers for their greatest achievements: people who went on to found not-for-profits, or studied social work to help young teenage girls with eating disorders, or fostered children in trouble. I have realised that these people did not let that tragic thing that happened to them become the biggest part of their life. I struggled with this at first after my husband died. I admit that I became selfish, and did what I wanted, because in my mind, I’d lost ‘the one’ and had nursed him to his death, so now what was the point of anything? I told my best friend that I would…

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play in the sand

Walking or running on sand stimulates the 200,000-plus nerve endings on the soles of the feet and engages muscles that don’t activate when wearing shoes on stable ground. This helps plantar fasciitis and mimics a reflexology session. Scientists found that sand exercise takes 250% more energy than on a hard surface. Soft sand is more challenging than hard sand. Walking barefoot also clears electromagnetic frequencies from our electrically overwhelmed bodies. To deeply ground yourself and increase your metabolism, try the Amazonian shamanic ritual of a sand grave. Apparently burying your body in sand tricks the brain into thinking that you also weigh more, increasing your metabolism. For a mindful meditation, try sand sculpting or writing.…

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vitamin sea

Y OU pad barefoot onto soft, warm sand, inhale the salty air, listen to the gentle waves, and gaze at the endless azure horizon. A tonic trip to the seaside has been prescribed by physicians since before modern medicine’s founder Hippocrates coined the term thalassotherapy. The four element energies of sand, sea, sun and sky envelop all in a healing experience. And with over 620,000 kilometres of coastline on earth, there’s room for everyone to reap the rewards of coastal therapy for free. Beach benefits Sand: From crunchy breadcrumbs to fine white dust, its consistency varies but its qualities are consistent. Sand is a silica-rich exfoliant. While a barefoot beach walk gives a smoothing pedicure, Brazilians buff their whole body with wet sand for skin like a luminous shell. Try this by…

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blissful beach meditation

1 Enjoy a slow barefoot walk by the shore. 2 Looking down while feeling the earth, say “sand.” 3 Look to the side seeing water, and say “sea.” 4 Look up and say “sky.” 5 Look to the other side and say “mountains.” 6 Look at your body and say “me.” 7 For a minute while walking recite this smooth cyclical chant “sand, sea, sky, mountains, me.” 8 Stand by the shore with feet hip-width apart and knees slightly bent to practise ocean breathing (Ujjayi). As the wave swells towards you, inhale with the your throat slightly closed like a gentle snore. Rock back on your feet and spread your open palmed arms out to the side like wings. As the wave rolls away sway forward, exhale out the mouth and sweep your arms forward into heart…