By David Saunders, Health Editor
World Friendship Day is on the 30th of July, so what better time to reconnect with your bestie and encourage a healthier regime for you both! We all know somebody who could do with that little extra support with their wellbeing, but this can of course be a delicate subject. Luckily, our experts are on hand to offer their top tips on subtle ways you can help your friend to get fitter.
Help minimise their stresses
Life can be stressful no matter who you are, and its horrible when you feel powerless to help a friend in need. However, a little gift of CBD oil, that could help a friend’s anxiety, is a lovely gesture.
Nutritional therapist Fiona Lawson working in association with CannabiGold (www.cannabigold.com) explains the benefits of using a CBD oil. “The Cannabis sativa plant, from which CBD is extracted, has been used medicinally for thousands of years.
In fact, records suggest that it was a valued pain reliever in ancient China. Today, modern science is uncovering how CBD (cannabidiol) can help to support the body. Preliminary studies suggest that CBD can help to improve sleep, as well as reduce social anxiety. In an interesting study[ii], researchers measured anxiety by giving people a public-speaking test.
They found that the people who received CBD oil before speaking felt significantly less anxious! These results were interpreted to mean that CBD could reduce anxiety in social settings”.
Top tip: To help minimise you or your friend’s anxieties, try dispensing a controlled amount of CannabiGold Classic 500MG CBD oil (£29.90, www.bionativa.co.uk) directly under the tongue. This oil is the perfect strength for those who are new to the CBD world.
Spend time getting the perfect snap for instagram
It’s obviously imperative nowadays to spend a good ten minutes getting the perfect snap of your food before tucking in… this may not actually be as ridiculous as it sounds! Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist and author of Natural Alternatives to Dieting (www.marilynglenville.com) explains why, “Researchers suggest that taking a photograph of food just before you eat, concentrates the mind to eat not only healthier foods but also less of it.
The photographs seem to deter binges.” So, try and delay your friend for as long as possible by persuading them they could take a better photo!
Share a healthy snack in the park
It’s the simple things in life like taking a picnic to the park with your friend, which can bring so much joy. Consider a healthier alternative to the usual packet of crisps! Not only are itsu Crispy Seaweed Thins a great summer time snack but also they’re ideal if you’re trying to be healthier.
Fiona explains, “It’s rare to find a food that’s both convenient and healthy, but itsu Crispy Seaweed Thins are just that. Whenever we fancy something crispy or salty, many of us reach for a packet of crisps. itsu Crispy Seaweed Thins are a much smarter choice—not only can they satisfy a hankering for salt, but they also offer us a host of nutrients.
One of the sea’s best-kept secrets, seaweed contains a unique blend of vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients. Amongst fatigue-fighting iron and energy-boosting B vitamins, seaweed is an especially rich source of iodine. This mineral, which is found in very small amounts in land grown vegetables, plays a key role in optimising our metabolism”.
itsu crispy seaweed thins are available nationwide at Tesco (RRP £1.00) in 3 fabulous flavours, sea salt, sweet soy and wasabi.
Join a community
If you or friends are diabetic then you might be dealing with both the physical impact of type 2 diabetes as well as the mental side of it too. From doctor appointments, to restricting your diet, the restraints and worries of the disease can have a huge effect on your social life.
Luckily, online communities exist that offer extra support from individuals who are experiencing the same thing! CuraLin, the type 2 diabetes supplement (www.curalife.co) has a wonderful community on Facebook!
Get inspired from the lovely customers of CuraLin too, like Lillian who said “Since taking CuraLin, my quality of life has changed drastically; I can now go for long walks, participate in yoga classes with my friends and do the simple things that we take for granted, such as gardening.
I am singing CuraLin’s praises on the CuraLife Facebook group and would highly recommend CuraLin to anyone who suffers with Type 2 Diabetes. I honestly feel that I wouldn’t have a life without it and I hope others find it as beneficial and life changing as I have!”
CuraLin is a specially tailored natural formula that promotes healthy and balanced blood sugar levels and insulin production in those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes. The nutritional supplement is made from a mixture of eleven natural ingredients, which work with the body to help balance the blood sugar profile. Available to purchase here: www.curalife.co/shop/