MY BOOK REVIEW OF THE MONTH – THE BLUE ZONES: LESSONS FOR LIVING LONGER FROM THE PEOPLE WHO’VE LIVED THE LONGEST…

My book review for this month is a book you will not want to put down. A New York Times Best Seller – The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From The People Who’ve Lived The Longest by Dan Beuttner.

National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in The Blue Zone, places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. In this dynamic book, he discloses the recipe, blending this unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life.

This book had me hooked from the beginning and is one you will read to the very end. Some of the fascinating people Dan writes about in the book include a 94-year-old former and self-confessed ‘ladies man’ in Costa Rica, a 102-year-old grandmother in Okinawa, a 102-year-old Sardinian who hikes at least six miles a day.

It’s such a brilliant read! It’s one of those books that you buy and read within the span of a few days because it is just that good ! The straight forward advice makes you think about your own lifestyle and how to make you feel happier.

A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE DEVELOPMENT OF THE THERMAFLX GARMENT FOR BACK PAIN…

Ross Lorberbaum a long time back pain sufferer, like myself, contacted me about his launch to “Kickstarter”, to raise funds for a full body hot and cold therapy garment they have developed. Here are the full details on how the ThermaFLX garment can help you.


ThermaFLX brings you the ability to take full advantage of hot and cold therapy anytime and anywhere. ThermaFLX Hot & Cold Garments allow the user mobility, ease of application, and evenly distributed hot or cold therapy to any combination of major muscle groups. Our compression fit garments bring a unique and much needed solution to applying hot and cold therapy.

Whether you have an upper or lower body injury, stiffness, muscle pain, aching, back problems, or muscle spasms; ThermaFLX was designed with you in mind!

When you head over to their page there is a video on how to use the ThermaFLX to get the full benefit of the garment.

ThermaFLX Hot & Cold Packs bring the best of both worlds, offering you access to the full benefit of either hot, cold, or contrast therapy. Our packs were made with a focus on quality, longevity, and ability to maintain the proper temperature to meet the demands of your therapy.

Use our all-in-one packs for heat applications by throwing them in the microwave, or for cold applications by throwing them in the freezer. There’s no need to have different packs for different situations. ThermaFLX packs can handle them all!

Our team knows what it means to have no way to apply hot & cold therapy on the go. We’ve all been stuck on the couch laying on an ice pack for what seems like eternity. We couldn’t help but think there had to be a better way to apply hot & cold therapy.  

We set out to start developing ThermaFLX products well over a year ago as a small side project. It quickly turned into a full-blown passionfor our team. We’ve been through countless product design iterations to ensure we bring our customers the quality and functionality they deserve. Mediocre is not something we were willing to accept. The more individuals we connected with, the more we felt a sense of duty to bring these products to the market.

Check out the ThermaFLX story on “Kickstarter” to maybe help them and you kick start their journey to pain relief for many with the ThermaFLX garment.

SEVEN REASONS WHY PLANTS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH…

1. They purify the air, plants help air circulation which can prevent the spread of viruses.

2. They boost your energy. The positioning of a pot plant or two can boost your focus and studies have shown that workers are more productive when their office is filled with greenery.

3. They will help you sleep. Placed around your bedroom, house plants can be a very useful aid to a better nights sleep.

4. They can ease stress. Being so close to nature has been shown to lower stress levels. We talk to our plants in the hope they will grow better. They say that interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress.

5. They will make you happy, Yeh ! they do make me happy even though I am far from green fingered. I get a real buzz if one I’m looking after grows well. Apparently it’s this “nurturing” of your plants and the joy of plants doing well that will make you feel happy.

6. They help to improve mental health. Researchers in the U.K. found that people who live around nature feel much happier than those that don’t. If you are in a flat and not near the countryside then plants in your home will help you feel less boxed I’m and have a sense of peace around them.

7. They add more humidity to the home as plants release almost all of the water they take in. This is great as the water will help to improve your air quality and health. You don’t need to use a humidifier as the plants does it all for you.

There are lots of books or online sites that can help you with what type of plant to buy for your home. One I recently bought was The Kew Gardener’s Guide to Growing House Plants: The Art and Science to grow your own house plants, Kew Experts, Kay Maguire

The perfect book for the house plant gardener! Are your house plants forlorn and do they need more knowledgeable attention? With the expertise of Kew experts, discover which plants are delicate and which indestructible, whether these are cacti, succulents, air plants or those famous for their flowers, foliage, fragrance and even air freshening.
Learn how to nurture your house plants and cultivate an oasis of calm using the advice and projects in this pretty guide to 70 of the best. Here you’ll find plants for all tastes, all rooms, cold and warm temperatures, all light levels and every skill set. Find the right home for your plants and the right plants for your home.
This beautifully illustrated guide mixes exquisite botanical prints with 12 step-by-step photographed projects that show how to create and display the trendiest and lushest arrangements today. Author Kay Maguire goes back to the basics of choosing, potting, feeding and care, then looks further at pruning and propagating in order to make more plants.
The perfect book is for new and experienced stay-at-home gardeners wanting to improve their outlook, freshen their air and cultivate a little bit of calm.

Source – nbcnews.com , ecowatch.com & Mail on Sunday.

WHY YOGA COULD KEEP YOUR NIGGLES AT BAY…

It doesn’t matter whether you have had a chronic backache for decades or whether you have recently suffered an acute back injury, yoga can play a vital role in getting you back to full fitness. Yoga was once the realm of dreadlocked hippies, chanting oms while being surrounded by sweet-smelling incense sticks.

Nowadays, yoga is seen as a viable treatment for all sorts of aches, pains and physical ailments. Alongside its mental health benefits, doctors are choosing to prescribe yoga rather than painkillers to help people recover from injuries and manage pain. Take a look at how yoga could keep your niggles at bay.

Mental Health


Our mental health can have a massive impact on our physical well being. Feeling anxious and stressed can lead to physical tension which can result in more injuries and pain. This can mean a vicious cycle ensues as you are keen to recover quickly from an injury, but you are anxious about it at the same time. By dipping your toes in the yoga water, you can enjoy a new exercise that will endeavour to improve your mental well being, making you feel less worried and stressed. With yoga, you will learn all sorts of breathing exercises alongside physical postures. This can ease tension within your body and mind, resulting in fewer niggles and aches. This can be a great form of pain management rather than reaching for the pills.

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Muscle Tone


If you have suffered an acute injury at the gym, you might be more into spin classes and HIIT workouts than the slower pace of yoga. However, yoga can be used within an exercise plan to help you recover more swiftly from injury. Coupled with natural supplements, yoga can be part of an anti-inflammatory attack on your injury. Supplements like CBD can boost your immune response. So, what is CBD good for? Coupled with yoga, it can increase the anti-inflammatory response in your body, relieving your pain and enhancing muscle recovery. Yoga, strengthening your core and improving muscle tone, will enable your body to remain flexible and active without causing further damage to any injuries.

Chronic Pain

If you are suffering from a chronic niggle that has no definitive diagnosis, you can feel depressed thinking that you have to live with this ache forever. Yoga can help treat chronic injuries by not getting rid of them altogether, but by helping you manage the pain more effectively. Arthritis and fibromyalgia sufferers have credited yoga with helping them to become more active and live a more fulfilling life as their pain is reduced. This has a knock-on effect on their mood, meaning they are more optimistic and positive about their future. Improving flexibility, strengthening muscle groups and maintaining a stable mood are key facets of yoga that can keep your niggles at bay.

Being a yoga buff will require a commitment to taking classes. However, by following a beginners’ yoga plan, you can enjoy a more pain-free existence.

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TWELVE LIFE AND WORK HAZARDS THAT CAN CAUSE LOW BACK PAIN…

1. Static work postures.

2. Repetitive tasks, like packing products or even typing.

3. Bending, crouching or stooping.

4. Ageing – after the age of 60 you are more likely to develop back problems.

5. Genetics.

6. Nursing staff in the environment due to lifting of patients.

7. Pushing, pulling or dragging heavy loads.

8. Sleeping policeman can be one of the worst culprits so driving can be quite high on the list.

9. People in the construction industry due to all the lifting of heavy goods.

10. Cooks as they have to lift heavy pans of vegetables.

11. Cleaners as they have to bend and stretch so much.

12. Joiners as there’s heavy objects to lift and awkward positions to work in.