Our immune system is powered, above all else, by our microbiome and our gut health. The microbiome has become a hot topic over recent years and no wonder, as it is a key driver of our physical health, our immune system, is intimately related to areas of emotional health and wellbeing and is even considered to be our ‘last organ’. Not only that - research into the field of microbiome could even lead to ways we (humans) and other life could help provide solutions to combating our lifestyle driven contribution to climate change.
So, what is the microbiome, how does it impact us and, vitally – how do we optimise our microbiome health. Next week, we will be starting a series of posts, in collaboration with one of our brand partners, Ixcela, a leader in the field of microbiome health, to give you all the answers you need, to provide practical guidance and tips and to also bring you some special opportunities – all of which will help you to optimise your microbiome health and reap the benefits.
We mentioned in a post last week that meditation is the greatest gift you can give yourself for life – for healthier, happier, longer, younger and even more successful life.
This Sunday 29th November (other dates are also available), we are running an online, one-hour, ‘taster’ session to learn meditation for health and wellbeing and we wanted to give you a ‘head’s up’ and a little background information. The following is from Stuart Bold, the founder of SuperAger World:
Many people think meditation is not for them. I’ve been teaching meditation, around the world, for over 30 years to all sorts of people, of all ages. My approach is straightforward, down-to-earth, practical, evidence-based and suitable for everyone. I’ve had so many people say to me ‘I will not be able to do this’ - and I have always succeeded.
Meditation can be easily learnt, when taught well, and this practical, informal and fun ‘taster’ session will show you how to start – and why you should.
By the end, you’ll have a good idea of what meditation is, the huge range of benefits and why you should bring it into your life, plus some practical exercises showing how easy it is to learn.
I have taught people of all ages (from young school children to those in later years) and with all sorts of desired outcomes. I’ve worked with patients, hospitals, clinics, the NHS, top spas, doctors, universities, top business, charities, armed forces veterans and the rich and famous and I can say, hand on heart, that meditation is the very best thing you can bring to your life.
The cost of the session is just £10 . It will be followed by a full, on-line programme that Stuart has successfully taught to hundreds of people and different groups and which has been validated by leading Universities.
To register your interest and reserve a place, please email email@example.com and please do feel free to share this link.
Not surprisingly in the current climate, there are indications that people are generally less active than they used to be – which is rather worrying, as many people were not exactly that active beforehand. There is a wealth of evidence-based benefits showing that regular activity and exercise significantly improve health and healthy ageing.
The research also shows significant mental and emotional health benefits - and now, a recent but long running study, with a whopping 157,000 participants (aged 40-69) and reported in the BMC Medicine Journal, shows just how essential physical activity is in optimising mental health and helping to prevent mental health challenges. The study clearly shows an undisputed link between low levels of cardiorespiratory physical fitness/activity (and muscle building) and risks of depression and/or anxiety – with the greatest benefit being the combination of cardiorespiratory activities and muscle exercises. Participants who had low levels of combined cardiorespiratory and muscle strength had a huge 98% higher risk of experiencing depression and 60% greater risk of experiencing anxiety. 🙌
The lead author of the study, Aaron Kandola, recognises that in the current Covid climate, the more we can do to protect our mental health, the better and that is absolutely the case. So, better physical health and mental health is within your power, and your grasp – and whether you are starting from scratch or re-starting, or ramping up your game, let’s get going (research shows you can meaningfully improve your physical fitness in as little as three weeks). Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be posting content to help you start and providing links to some of the experts we feature on our app. We will also be posting some personal fitness challenges some of the SuperAger World team will be embarking upon.