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Complementary Fitness 1 June news + video

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I’ve been spending some time over the last 3 weeks listening to a couple of docuseries online and the first was listening to 3 different speakers/interviews a day who talked with the host (John Robbins) about aspects of food and health in a series called The Food Revolution Network.  Many of the eminent speakers were US medical doctors and all spoke about the importance of a whole food, plant based diet and how this can help improve many diseases.

The second one that I’m literally just finishing on day 12 today has been Awakening from Alzheimer’s docuseries and again, it’s been sooo insightful.  Over these 12 days, there’s just been one video of the series presenter talking to different medical doctors and experts in this field and it’s just been one video per day to listen to which has been easier to manage (rather than 3 per day time-wise).  Of course, all of the experts have books that they’ve written and I may (aka probably) buy one or two of them for more info.  One of the US medical doctors who was interviewed told the story of her own husband who, in his early 50s, started showing symptoms of cognition and memory decline and over the course of time, she found out about supplements and ways to transform and really improve his memory and she says it’s been ‘miraculous’.  Another MD advised us to start to take preventative steps by living a healthy lifestyle to cut Alzheimers Disease (AD) by 50%.

I love one of his quotes which is: “knowledge is only power when you use it”.

One of the top causes of memory loss though is sleeping poorly/not sleeping enough and quality sleep.  We know that exercise is one of the easiest ways to improve the quality of your sleep.

A lot of repair and maintenance goes on in our brain while we’re sleeping so if you don’t sleep deeply throughout the night, our brain can be damaged.  Poor sleep causes dementia and fixing it is one of the ways we can reverse dementia.  Sleep can prevent the build up of brain plaques.  It’s amazing how much better you feel when you get a good night’s sleep.

(btw: I’ve been reading and love the info in the book by Matthew Walker ‘Why We Sleep’).

Anyway, this (AD) course has been particularly interesting because my own mother-in-law is suffering with dementia and we’re trying to do the best that we can for her.  ‘Normally’, she’d go to a day centre a couple of times a week for people with dementia but of course, who knows when she’ll get back to that again (hopefully soon).  Luckily, she’s still in her own home with daily help from carers and we do what we can to help.  She’ll be 93 next month.

I just signed up to watch this FREE documentary series called “Proven: Healing Breakthroughs Backed By Science” which, if you choose to sign up for, starts on Tue 2 June.  The blurb about the series says: ‘It’s about the most effective natural and alternative medicines that are scientifically shown to heal major diseases – big and small.  They say this stuff works for autoimmune disease, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, digestive problems, brain problems, anxiety, cardiovascular and a whole bunch of other stuff including M.  Plus there’s a whole episode about stress and I think you’ll find some helpful information here.  Proven: a 9 part docuseries on the power of alternative medicines to heal the diseases of our time starts on June 2nd and it’s totally free’.

Here’s the link to watch the trailer:

Here’s a link to this week’s short 8 minute yoga sequence that I did in the garden.  It’s been great weather and it was nice to get outdoors and exercise, even if briefly.  You can of course do this sequence in the house if you’re watching it on the tv.  It was nice to hear the birds singing too (and you’ll hear neighbour’s kids playing out too).

Bryce M (Tue/Thurs classes) also has a Youtube channel and he has many great and interesting videos on different topics both in the UK and overseas.  He sent me a couple of links that you may be interested in – one of the Water of Leith one with the wildflowers and the other focussing mainly on the river itself.  You can view them at and respectively.

A funny: ‘well, that’s me in hospital, this has not been a good day.  After spending the last 10 weeks quarantined inside the house and going stir-crazy, I decided to go horse-riding.  Something I haven’t done in ages.  It turned out to be one big mistake.  I got on the horse and started slowly which was fine but then we went a little faster.  Before I knew it, we were going as fast as the horse could go.  I couldn’t take the pace and fell off and caught my foot in the stirrup.  The horse was then going like the clappers with me on the ground with my foot stuck in the stirrup.  The horse just wouldn’t stop.  It was out of control.  I’ve never known anything like it.  Thankfully, the manager at Tesco came out and unplugged the machine.  He actually had the nerve to take the rest of my coins so I wouldn’t try to ride the machine again’. 

Ha, not so funny…..who’d have thought that 10 weeks of no hair cuts would have weighed a stone but it must be right – that’s what the scales say.  Heavy hair, hmmm, not, it’s all attached itself to my middle mostly! 

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In the meantime, stay fit, flexible, strong, well, relaxed and positive.

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Have a great week and take care, Susan x