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Complementary Fitness 8 Feb News

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Did you know that a healthy brain needs plenty of water? 

Our brain is about 78% water and when there’s drop in hydration (even 1-3%), it can negatively impact our focus, attention and memory.  We’re advised to drink 1.6-2L of water a day.

I love making smoothies and as you’ll probably know, a go-to one I regularly make contains dairy plant milk, 1T peanut butter, banana & cacao powder.  However I also enjoy green smoothies and you could opt for a 50/50 or 75/25 ratio of greens to other smoothie ingredients.

For the ‘greens part’, you could include kale, spinach, broccoli, celery, parsley. 

Then opt for low glycaemic fruits ie pears, apples or berries or vary with some ripe avocado, a few slices of frozen banana (thickens up a smoothie & cools), 1T nut butter, coconut oil, hemp/flax/chia seeds – these additions/extras add protein, fibre & omega-3 fatty acids to your smoothie.  You might like to use coconut water as your liquid base.

I thought you might be interested in this free mini-series all about the connection between the gut-brain and how they impact each other.

Episode 1 of the series starts on 15 Feb at 8pm Eastern time (1am our time) and there are 9 episodes and each one is available for 24 hours then the next one will be aired.

In the series, you’ll discover solutions for anxiety & depression (I’ve signed up as I’m really struggling with anxiety atm tbh 😢). 

In another episode, food will be discussed (a topic I’m always interested in, you can tell) ie how to eat to protect your gut from stress & anxiety.

You’ll learn about seeds ie pumpkin seeds that are high in tryptophan which is an amino acid that can decrease anxiety as well as the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric (it was initially used to dye clothes before its mental health benefit were discovered).

Also the old fashioned breakfast cereal which, you might guess is ……. oats – they naturally balance the gut-brain axis and gives our neurotransmitters a boost!

I’m so ‘happy’ (ha, see what I did there?) about that as I often eat porridge and sometimes add porridge oats into a smoothie too. 

PS a smoothie with oats & banana in the evening may help you to relax & sleep too.

If you want to sign up to the free series, it’s at

Just a wee short newsletter this week but … as always, I love getting your feedback, love seeing you in our live Zoom classes & am so glad you’re joining all our Zoom classes inc the Tue & Thurs recorded ones too.  Thank you 🙏 for your continued support and commitment to exercise and keeping fit.

I also know that a lot of you have said you’d love to return to our classes but are waiting until we can all exercise together safely again and waiting until we’ve all had our vaccinations and it’s safe to return to outdoor and then indoor classes again.

One day, we will get back – I can’t wait.

Oh and lastly, I was flicking through a Sunday supplement in a newspaper and the feature said was entitled ‘our thoughts exactly’ which then said: “I was going to work out but I had an appointment with the armchair”!  

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