Saturday, January 18, 2014

Dolf Cheng - Essential Oil Educator - Young Living Philipines

Lemon, citrus fruits and their essential oils

Dolf Cheng knows a thing or two about essential oils. So we asked him to give us the low down on the essential oils and their benefits.

"If I were to talk of only 1 essential oil then that would be Lemon. Lemon essential oils has so many benefits but primarily it is antiseptic, promotes micro-circulation and an immune stimulant as well. These oils are expressed from the peels of citrus fruits and contain a high percentage of d-limonene which is studied for its anti-tumoral benefits. But let us just talk about the reasons why I always choose lemon - it is invigorating and promotes a sense of clarity even if I were just to peel the skin off a mandarin. Yes, all citrus fruits hence their essential oils share the same invigorating qualities. Another reason is its acid-binding abilities. Each morning, as long as I have a good supply of lemon; I squeeze 1/4 lemon into my water, swish one sip in my mouth and let the lemon water sit inside for a good 3 to 5 mins. I then spit out the water and whatever has stayed overnight in my gums teeth and tongue go down the drain. I proceed to drink the lemon water to bring back an alkaline balance. Lemon may be sour and even if I can't explain the chemical reaction that happens in the stomach, it works to bind all the acids hence this is called acid-binding. Regarding lemon as being able to promote micro-circulation, the experience I can relate is that I don't use lemon essential oils, drink lemon water or even eat citrus fruits at night. I can't sleep. Each time I take a drink of water with lemon in it or even with just a drop of lemon essential oil (I only use Young Living), I wake up. For lack of a better explanation, I feel the blood rushing to my head. It is the same effect that I have from coffee at first! However, coffee slowly wears off its stimulant effect and later on, I will be lethargic and cloudy. This is the reason why if I choose a snack, I would choose a mandarin orange over a donut or a cookie. The alertness stays for a longer time and it even adds fibers to internal cleansing. Lastly, it's an immune stimulant. I may not have experienced a live-blood analysis on the after effects of lemon in my system but I always have less chances of catching a old as long as I use constantly use lemon, another citrus fruit or its essential oil. When I am starting to get sniffles again, I then know that I have neglected it for awhile.

Dolf Cheng is on Facebook and his stories are very simple and practical. He likes to write about natural ways to achieving health after having been in a cycle of pharmaceutical prescriptions 15 years in his life. This led him to find a more whole-listic approach to living. He feels strongly that information should not be kept but to be shared freely so that others too can find a way out of illness."

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Friday, January 17, 2014

The Spinach Inquisition - Todays 5 Minute Health Hotplate - Spinach & Garlic

Popeye loved it. And he never suffered low iron or lacked vitamin C. Thats because spinach is one food that packs a powerful punch when it comes to nutrients.
Spinach Inquisition
- Low fat
- Good source of Iron
- Packs a better nutrient punch when cooked
- Contains Chlorophyll, a major anti oxidant
AVOID When? - Spinach does contain high levels of uric acid so best avoided by those suffering from gout and arthritis.

Ingredients - 1 bag fresh spinach, garlic, onion, pine nuts, pumpkin seed oil, black pepper, 1 egg, low fat mozzarella cheese. 

Its late. You have 5 minutes before your hunger gets the better of you. Heres the plan. 
1. Grab a pan. Put a couple of drops of Rapeseed oil on a medium heat
2. Chop up half a clove of garlic & 1 small onion
3. Wash and empty the contents of your spinach onto the pan
4. Put a lid on it for 3 minutes or until soft
5. Crack a egg and put on top of the spinach. Leave for 30 seconds. Then fold it into the dish. 
6. Cut up some low fat mozzarella (Lean Protein ) but dont place on pan. 
7. Tip the spinach onto a plate. Place the mozzarella  ontop and sprinkle with black pepper and gently roasted pine nuts 
OPTIONAL drizzle with pumpkin seed oil. Voila!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Mary Campion - The Chic Physique

We are delighted to feature award winning blogger Mary Campion today. Mary has created a very unique  health and fitness blog. She is Irish but now lives in the UK. She took some time out to send us some great tips and information about getting the type of body that many people can only dream of....and with plenty of time left until summer. Heres what do we need to do over the next few months to improve our bodys.


Mary set up her blog “The Chic Physique” just over a year ago to encourage people to get fit and healthy.
She wanted to show people that getting the body of your dreams doesn’t mean spending hours in the
gym and it doesn’t mean spending a fortune on gym membership and fancy equipment. She focuses a
lot on clean eating and believes that ABS ARE MADE IN THE KITCHEN! Eating clean and healthy is not only going  to make you feel good, it is also going to help you break down the fat stores around your belly and Mary always believed that to get the body she wanted, she had to spend hours in the gym doing low intensity cardio like running on a treadmill etc. But that never seemed to work and she never achieved any results with this type of training and got de-motivated quickly. About three years ago, she was introduced to High Intensity Exercising (HIT) and after a lot of research she said she would try it out.

"I absolutely loved how challenging the workouts were, how quick they were and more importantly how they shaped my body and gave me abs and muscles I never thought possible. I then started incorporating weight lifting with my HIT exercises to achieve even greater results. Girls can be afraid of weight lifting as they believe that they will achieve that manly muscular look. Trust me this is not true, muscle burns fat and gives girls that lean toned look."  

What will People find on Your blog?

You will find exercise tips, workouts, motivation photos, food ideas and recipes. I am currently on a
gluten and dairy free diet for the month of January and I have a daily food diary of what I eat each
So if you want to get fit, toned and healthy for free follow me on the below

Remember Strong is the new Skinny!

If you wish to contact Mary, see the following links for more details.



-Instagram: @thechicphysique

So there you have it, Marys top tips for a fab body in 2014. Let us know your thoughts and comments and if any of you have tried HIT and strenght training, how is it going for you.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Guest Bloggers Welcome

We are delighted to hear from Guest Bloggers who work or have expertise in the area of health, fitness, nutrition, exercise, beauty, skin care, holistic therapys or similar. 

We are currently putting together a shortlist of excellent and informative health and fitness blogs and websites to feature on This is designed to add richness to our clients experience and to provide a broad and interesting view of the health world in Ireland.

 I would therefore be interested to hear from any professional or subject matter expert in the areas of health,beauty, fitness, nutrition, detox, alternative and holistic therapys who would be able to write a 500 word article or less and a link to your website.  In return, we will provide an article for your website or blog. Email Francess

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dublin Vitality Center - 3 Steps To Younger Skin Programme

How great would it be to have younger skin without botox or surgery. Well, Dublin Vitality Center  has come up with a very unique and exciting youth giving skin programme called  The 3 Steps To YOUNGER Skin. This programme addresses aging skin problems in 3 ways.

Step 1. Microdermabrasion is used to remove surface damage such as course skin, sun damage, pigmentation, fine lines and acne scar.
Step 2. Skin Needling or Mesotherapy is used to tackle problems in the deeper layer or "mesoderm".
Step 3. Diathermy is then used to instantly treat the dreaded broken red veins and capillarys that appear around the nose and cheeks with age.

So there is it, 3 Steps to younger skin without the surgeons knife. Try it today at Dublin Vitality Center. We love it. We hope you do too. And to top the whole thing off, get a sparkling white smile with zero peroxide laser teeth whitening for a dazzling smile in just 60 minutes.

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Dublin Vitality Center Blanchardstown Village Dublin 15 Ireland 01-8201602