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Liz Earle Wellbeing Spring 2015

Built on over 30 years of Liz Earle’s personal, award-winning advice, experience and research, our much-loved bi-monthly magazine brings you the best ways to look good and feel great. You’ll find each issue packed with tried-and-trusted recipes, inspirational ideas and simple ways to bring out the very best in you. Wellbeing wisdom you can trust is at the heart of all we do. Enjoy!

United Kingdom
Liz Earle Associated Productions limited
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
hello & welcome

It’s been wonderful to hear from so many of you since we launched last November. Thank you for all your kind comments and feedback. It’s now time for us to celebrate spring – and what a wonderful time of year to look at the best wellbeing ways to re-energize and recharge. From internal cleansing and cleaner eating to enjoying the great outdoors, plus some great ways to refresh inner health, outer beauty as well as our home environment. There’s so much to enjoy here. In recent months I’ve spent time travelling across East Africa for the various charities of which I’m a patron. Part of my focus is to encourage ways of highly nutritious, sustainable farming – often in very dry and challenging environments. I’m always so impressed by how struggling…

3 min
beat the blues

Invigorating Iron Lethargy can be due to low iron levels, especially amongst women who lose iron in their monthly period. A good source of easily absorbable iron is red meat, (pasture-fed is healthiest), but good plant-based options include dark green leafy vegetables such as watercress and the ‘superfood’ du jour, curly kale. Brown rice is also a good source and it’s worth searching out the short grain, organic variety in health food shops for its intensely satisfying flavour. Iron-rich foods for snacking include dried fruits, especially dried apricots, prunes and raisins. If all else fails, try Floradix iron tonic, a truly excellent all-round concentrated plant-based blend of iron gluconate and vitamins B2, B6 and B12, all of which combine to overcome tiredness and put a new spring in your step. Calming chromium This…

2 min
happy herbs

Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) This small herby shrub comes from Asia and is widely used in Chinese Traditional Medicine (CTM) and by European herbalists under the name Asiatic or Indian Pennywort. It is used as a sedative to help anxiety and depression, although large amounts can cause excessive drowsiness and can harm the liver if taken with other medications. In small amounts, gotu kola is reputed to have a positive effect on the adrenal glands, acting as an internal nerve tonic and refreshing flagging brain power. St John’s Wort (Hypericum) Used by Ancient Greeks and Romans as a painkiller and nerve tonic, its oil is also highly prized as a skin healer and soother. The late 19th century saw St John’s wort used for treating melancholy, and more modern clinical investigation has focused…

3 min
talking sad

WHEN DID YOU FIRST EXPERIENCE SAD? Twelve years ago when I moved up to Newcastle with my family, I found myself getting increasingly miserable in the wintertime. Every year, as the days got shorter and the nights got darker, a blanket of depression would overcome me. I felt disengaged and annoyed, and would wake throughout the night. I was plagued by a lack of energy and interest in life, which I initially put down to being stressed, busy and overworked. WAS IT ONLY IN THE WINTER YOU FELT LIKE THIS? Yes. Up until October I was a very cheerful individual, but as it got darker, I would feel my happiness and enthusiasm for life just plummet. It would pick up momentarily around Christmas, but come January and February I would be really low. WHEN…

1 min
foods of love

Brazil nuts Packed with natural antioxidants and the amino acid arginine (proven to stimulate blood flow), Brazil nuts also contain selenium, a trace element that is vital for women’s fertility. Chillies The perfect love food! The heat in chillies comes from the active chemical capsaicin, known for its ability to stimulate endorphins – the brain’s feel-good chemicals – as well as speeding up the heart rate and increasing circulation. Chocolate Abundant in feel-good properties, chocolate contains the ‘love chemical’ PEA (phenylethylamine), known for its ability to stimulate the brain cells into releasing dopamine – a hormone that induces feelings of pleasure and wellbeing. Pomegranate A symbol of fertility and abundance in many cultures, the pomegranate is packed full of potent antioxidants that can promote blood flow throughout the body and increase sensitivity. Pumpkin seeds…

3 min
valentine dining

Watermelon, king prawn & feta salad A stunning medley of fresh, exotic flavours, bursting with taste and energizing antioxidants, with chilli and pumpkin seeds as a pep-up. Serves 2 FOR THE SALAD 8 uncooked shell-on king prawns 4 spring onions, cut into thirds 200g watermelon, chopped 100g feta, diced ½ red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped Handful mint, roughly chopped Handful basil, torn 2 tbsp pumpkin seeds FOR THE DRESSING 1½ tbsp olive oil ½ tsp Dijon mustard 1 tbsp red wine vinegar Runny honey, to taste First make the dressing by whisking the oil, mustard and vinegar together with plenty of seasoning, then adding a drizzle of honey to taste – you won’t need much as the watermelon will also provide sweetness. Set aside. Heat a griddle pan over a high heat. Once hot, cook the prawns for 2 minutes on each side until bright pink…