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In Conversation With Vera Duse

Vera is a dedicated health professional with a multifaceted background. Beginning her career as a nurse, she soon recognised the limitations of traditional Western medicine in preventing diseases and promoting overall wellbeing. Driven by her passion for holistic health, she pursued training as a Nutritional Therapist and Yoga teacher. Vera believes in addressing the root causes of illness through personalised, naturopathic approaches that integrate nutrition, lifestyle, and mindfulness. Drawing from her nursing experience, she emphasises the profound impact of lifestyle choices on health outcomes. Through her practise, Vera aims to empower individuals to take charge of their health, offering tailored guidance and Hatha yoga classes designed to foster self-awareness and vitality. Her ultimate mission is to accompany others on a journey toward enhanced well-being and a fulfilling life.

As someone deeply engaged in holistic health practises, how do you personally define “healthy ageing”, and what role does nutrition play in this journey?

People often tend to blame their age for their poor health or their “aches and pains” but the truth is that healthy ageing is possible, and to me, it means being able to maintain the maximum level of functionality of our body and mind over the years. Health does not only mean the absence of disease but to have abundant vitality and feeling “in love” with life at any age.

This can be achieved, by following a healthy lifestyle that incorporates holistic practices like yoga and meditation, looking after our gut health, avoiding too much stress, exercising in moderation, prioritising sleep and doing more of what we love. Most importantly, nutrition plays a huge role in healthy ageing as by changing what you eat every day we can literally “bio-hack” our metabolism and achieve maximum health, versus driving disease through eating inflammatory foods.

One example of this is the impact that an anti-inflammatory, low-carb diet can have on keeping us free from disease or even reversing typical “age-related” illnesses like diabetes, osteoarthritis, or high blood pressure.

How has your expertise in yoga and nutrition intersected in supporting individuals through the phases of menstruation and menopause, promoting both physical and emotional well-being?

Our menstrual cycle is at the centre of women’s health and often ignore it. Each phase of the menstrual cycle (follicular, ovulation, luteal and menstruation) has a peculiar set of nutritional and movement-related needs that can allow us to navigate the cycle a lot better, avoiding the typical pre-menstrual symptoms and achieving physical and emotional wellbeing. One example of that is – did you know that women need 200 extra calories a day during the two weeks before menstruation? Ensuring to add that extra bit of nutrition every day (1 handful of mixed nuts, one small sweet potato) can really help with managing the sugar cravings that are so characteristic of the luteal phase and avoid unhealthy sugar binges.

Another example is how much more flexible we are in the second phase of the cycle because of the effects of progesterone on the ligaments. Knowing this allows me to advise my yoga students during that phase to not stretch “too deep” and avoid injuries.

Menopause has a totally different set of needs as well and it’s important to know where we are in our reproductive life phase so that we can act accordingly and prevent any health problems arising. Gut issues seem to be increasingly common nowadays.

What are some common signs or symptoms that indicate someone may be experiencing gut imbalances and how do you incorporate mindfulness and relaxation techniques into your practice to help alleviate these?

Any digestive problem is an indication that something might be wrong with your gut. Digestion should be easy and painless, and we should be able to tolerate a vast variety of foods without developing any gastrointestinal issues. When we experience bloating, erratic bowel habits, cramps or stomach burning, it’s a sign that our gut flora might be out of balance, that we might not be absorbing food very well and perhaps we have low stomach acid or inflammation in our gut.

Changing our diet is the first step in the process towards healing but it is not all – our nervous system also plays a huge part in allowing us to digest food properly! I often find that my clients are stuck in the “fight or flight” sympathetic part of the nervous system due to excessive amounts of stress, overworking culture or the presence of past trauma. When we are in fight or flight, the brain sends a message to the gut to “turn off” digestion as we don’t need it to survive. Over time, this leads to several digestive problems and is the reason why I often incorporate exercises to return clients back into the “rest and digest” parasympathetic state – the part of our nervous system where we feel safe enough to perform non-survival functions like secreting stomach acid and beginning digestion.

I often advise people to practice diaphragmatic breathing, yoga, or other relaxation techniques daily so that they can shift their “fight or flight” state to a “rest and digest” state and allow gut healing to take
place. Digestion and our nervous system are so interconnected that without relaxation, any dietary advice alone won’t work.

Could you share some favourite recipes or dietary tips that you recommend to your clients for supporting hormonal balance and their gut?

One of the most important things when it comes to supporting our hormones, is to begin the day with a sugar-balancing breakfast rich in fat, protein and fibre. I have come up with this delicious sugar-balancing smoothie when looking for a recipe that would keep me energised throughout the morning and at the same time feed my gut microbiome and be easy to digest.

The yoghurt in this smoothie acts as a source of fat, slowing down the absorption of sugar and nourishing the hormones as well as replenishing the gut flora with the anti-inflammatory “good” bacteria Lactobacillus. Bananas contain a type of fibre called inulin that feeds those same bacteria, keeping your gut healthy. The berries are rich in antioxidants and the walnuts are a good source of protein. The seeds can be changed following the “seed cycling” method if you are still menstruating: flaxseeds and pumpkin seeds in the follicular phase and sesame and sunflower in the luteal phase. Each set of seeds contains the nutrients we need to nourish that particular phase of our cycle.

For 2 people:
2 bananas
1 big handful of walnuts
1 tbsp of flaxseeds
1 tsp of chia seeds (optional)
3 tbsp of full-fat natural yogurt
½ glass of plant milk of your choice
1 handful of blueberries/raspberries

And, for women who are going through the menopause, the elénzia MENOPAUSE™: AM menopause sachets are an incredibly nutritious addition to give sustenance in a busy morning and reduce some of the difficult symptoms that might appear in that phase, such as hot flushes.

In your experience, what are some common misconceptions or myths about menopause and healthy
ageing that you often encounter, and how do you address them through your work as a nutritional therapist, yoga teacher, and menstruality mentor?

Often people think that going through the menopause is going to be this incredibly unpleasant experience and they feel scared about it. The same misconceptions can be applied to ageing as often people think that illness is going to be unavoidable in our old age. As a holistic health practitioner, I know that this is not true and that when you put yourself at the forefront of your worries and pay attention to your diet, movement, mental wellbeing and your cycle, there is no reason why menopause and ageing should be a difficult experience. Of course, this requires shifting your priorities at the same time.

As women, we are compassion experts, but we are not very good at self-compassion. If we understand the importance of taking care of ourselves to avoid illness, then we can change things around us and make arrangements to make this journey very easy. It all starts with putting ourselves first.

Finally, what advice do you have for individuals looking to improve their gut health and overall well-being through a holistic approach encompassing yoga, nutrition, and menstrual awareness?

To support your gut health and overall well-being, one of the most important things (nutritionally speaking) is to keep processed food and sugar to a minimum. These foods often drive inflammation – which eventually speeds up ageing. Follow a diet that is prevalently plant-based but with plenty of oily fish for its wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, Plenty of leafy greens, and maintain a good variety of vegetables and fruit — eating all the colours of the rainbow.

I would advise everyone to regularly practice a discipline that allows them to rebalance their nervous system and spend more time in that “rest and digest” state as opposed to “fight and flight” such as many different types of yoga, breathing exercises and meditation. We need to bring some form of yoga into our lives to ensure healthy ageing – and not just for the benefit of the mind but also to maintain a well-functioning body.

In terms of being in tune with our menstrual cycle, practising menstrual cycle awareness is the first step: being aware of which phase of the cycle you are in and scheduling your life around it. For example, we might feel more social around ovulation and we may want to retreat during menstruation – remember that, mark your cycle on your diary and know when to say yes to social events and when to decline and opt for a snuggly night in. These simple changes can have a huge impact on our well-being.

When approaching menopause, you almost need a full clear-out of your schedule. In that case, making others around you, especially your family, aware of what is going on for you, would allow you to be fully supported to spend as much time for yourself as you need. I believe that healthy ageing is possible when we put ourselves and our health first!

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How Stress Could Be Making You Sick

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, stress seems to be an unavoidable companion for many of us. From juggling work responsibilities to managing family commitments and everything in between, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But what if I told you that stress might be doing more than just making you feel frazzled? What if it’s actually impacting your health, especially us mature women?

Our bodies undergo various changes as we age, and our ability to cope with stress may diminish. What once seemed like manageable stressors in our younger years can now take a toll on our overall wellbeing. This is because stress doesn’t just affect our mental state; it can also manifest physically, leading to a range of health issues.

Understanding the Stress Response

Before delving into how stress impacts health, let’s take a moment to understand how the body responds to stress. When faced with a stressful situation, the body goes into “fight or flight” mode. This triggers a cascade of physiological responses, including the release of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.

In the short term, this stress response can be helpful, preparing us to deal with the immediate threat. However, when stress becomes chronic or ongoing, these constant surges of stress hormones can wreak havoc on our health.

The Impact of Chronic Stress on Health

Chronic stress can contribute to a host of health problems, both physical and mental. Here are some ways in which stress may be making you sick and how we can help tackle them:

Weakened Immune System

Chronic stress has been linked to a weakened immune system, making you more susceptible to infections and illnesses. As we age, maintaining a robust immune system becomes increasingly important for warding off diseases.

What to use: elénzia IMMUNITY™ for targeted immune support.

Digestive Problems

Stress can put a strain on your digestive system, leading to issues like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, and ulcers. These problems can be particularly troublesome for mature women, as digestive issues tend to become more common with age.

What to use: elénzia PROTEIN™ for a clean, easily digestible source of protein.

Hormonal Imbalance

Stress can disrupt the delicate balance of hormones in the body, exacerbating symptoms of menopause and potentially leading to hormonal imbalances. This can contribute to mood swings, hot flashes, and other unpleasant symptoms.

What to use: elénzia MENOPAUSE™ for support during every stage of menopause.

Mental Health Concerns

Last but not least, chronic stress can take a toll on your mental health, increasing the risk of anxiety, depression, and cognitive decline. For mature women already navigating the complexities of life transitions, such as retirement or empty nesting, managing stress is essential for maintaining overall wellbeing.

What to use: elénzia ENHANCE™ for cognitive function and mental wellbeing.

Managing Stress for Better Health

Given the significant impact that stress can have on health, it’s crucial to take proactive steps to manage stress effectively. While it may not be possible to eliminate stress, there are strategies you can employ to reduce its impact:

Practise Stress-Relief Techniques: Incorporate stress-relief techniques into your daily routine, such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, or tai chi. These practices can help calm the mind and relax the body, promoting a sense of inner peace.

Prioritise Self-Care: Make time for self-care activities that bring you joy and relaxation, whether it’s indulging in a warm bath, taking a nature walk, or curling up with a good book. Remember that self-care is not selfish; it’s essential for maintaining your health and wellbeing.

Stay Active: Regular physical activity is a powerful antidote to stress, releasing feel-good endorphins and promoting overall health. Find activities that you enjoy, whether it’s dancing, swimming, or gardening, and make them a regular part of your routine.

Connect with Others: Social support is crucial for coping with stress, so make an effort to connect with friends, family, and loved ones regularly. Whether it’s sharing a laugh over coffee or confiding in a trusted friend, nurturing your social connections can help buffer the effects of stress.

In conclusion, while stress may be an inevitable part of life, it doesn’t have to rule your health and wellbeing. By understanding the impact of stress on your body and implementing effective stress management strategies, you can empower yourself to lead a happier, healthier life. Remember, your health is your greatest asset, so make stress management a priority. After all, a little self-care goes a long way towards keeping stress at bay and ensuring that you thrive, no matter what life throws your way.

The Proven Powers of Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting emerges as a beacon of scientific validation and transformative potential. It’s not just another fleeting dietary trend; it’s a lifestyle choice that’s stirring up attention for its profound impact on health, longevity, and overall wellbeing. Let’s journey together into the heart of this approach and explore its deeply rooted benefits that transcend the realm of mere fads to become a sustainable path to wellness.

Understanding the Concept

Intermittent fasting isn’t solely about what you eat but rather when you eat. It encompasses various eating patterns that cycle between periods of eating and fasting. Common approaches include the 16/8 method (16 hours fasting, 8 hours eating), alternate-day fasting, or the 5:2 diet (eating normally for five days and restricting calorie intake for two non-consecutive days).

1. Enhanced Weight Management

One of its most prominent benefits is its effectiveness in promoting weight loss and management. By restricting the window of eating, intermittent fasting naturally reduces calorie intake, leading to a calorie deficit. Additionally, fasting initiates metabolic processes that enhance fat-burning and preserve lean muscle mass, facilitating sustainable weight loss.

2. Improved Metabolic Health

Studies have shown improvements in various markers of metabolic health, including insulin sensitivity, blood sugar levels, and cholesterol profiles. Intermittent fasting can reduce insulin resistance, lower fasting insulin levels, and decrease blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

3. Cellular Repair and Longevity

At a cellular level, intermittent fasting triggers autophagy, a natural process that removes damaged cells and cellular components. This cellular “spring cleaning” not only helps repair and rejuvenate cells but also has profound implications for longevity. Research has demonstrated its potential to extend lifespan in various organisms and delay the onset of age-related diseases in humans.

4. Cognitive Enhancement

Fasting stimulates the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a protein that promotes the growth of new neurons and enhances synaptic plasticity. Consequently, intermittent fasting has been linked to improved memory, focus, and overall cognitive performance.

5. Inflammation Reduction

Intermittent fasting exhibits anti-inflammatory effects by reducing the production of inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein (CRP) and interleukin-6 (IL-6). By mitigating inflammation, it may help prevent and manage inflammatory conditions, contributing to overall health and wellbeing.

6. Gut Health Enhancement

Intermittent fasting fosters a thriving ecosystem of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, which is crucial for optimal digestion, nutrient absorption, and immune function. It reduces gut permeability and inflammation, mitigating the risk of gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Ensuring adequate protein intake supports muscle health, metabolic function, and satiety. Taking elénzia PROTEIN™ during eating windows will help preserve lean muscle mass, promote muscle repair and growth, and keep hunger at bay.

Incorporating intermittent fasting into your lifestyle requires a mindful approach tailored to your individual needs. Experiment with different fasting protocols and remember to stay hydrated and nourished with nutrient-dense foods during eating windows. In conclusion, the science-backed benefits of intermittent fasting extend beyond mere weight loss to encompass metabolic health, longevity, cognitive enhancement, and inflammation reduction, offering a holistic approach to wellness aligned with our innate biological rhythm.

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Sourdough Hot Cross Buns Recipe

As Easter approaches, the season ushers in a plethora of indulgent treats, but who says you can’t enjoy the festivities while nourishing your body at the same time? At elénzia, we believe in celebrating traditions without compromising on health. This Easter, we’re excited to share a recipe that combines the time-honoured tradition of hot cross buns with the nutritional benefits of sourdough and wholesome ingredients.

Why Sourdough?

Sourdough isn’t just a delicious bread; it’s a nutritional powerhouse backed by science. The fermentation process involved in making sourdough not only enhances its flavour but also brings about numerous health benefits. During fermentation, beneficial bacteria and yeast work their magic, breaking down gluten and phytic acid, making nutrients more bioavailable and easier to digest. This means that even individuals with gluten sensitivities may find sourdough more tolerable than conventional bread.

Nutrient-Rich Ingredients

🌾 Whole Wheat Flour: Rich in fibre, vitamins, and minerals, whole wheat flour supports digestive health, helps regulate blood sugar levels, and provides sustained energy throughout the day.

🐝 Natural Sweeteners: We’ve opted for honey or maple syrup instead of refined sugars. These natural sweeteners not only add sweetness but also offer antioxidants and other beneficial compounds that refined sugars lack.

🧈 Healthy Fats: Coconut oil or butter provides essential fatty acids necessary for brain function, hormone production, and nutrient absorption.

🧂 Spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice not only enhance the flavour profile of the buns but also boast antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, supporting overall health and well-being.

🥜 Fruits & Nuts: Raisins, currants, orange zest, and nuts contribute vitamins, minerals, and fibre, promoting heart health, immune function, and satiety.

🍫 Dark Chocolate (optional): Dark chocolate, if added, brings its own set of benefits, including flavonoids that support heart health, cognitive function, and mood regulation.

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Brain Age: How to Turn Back the Cognitive Clock

Have you ever wondered if your brain has its own clock, ticking away the years? It’s not about the wrinkles or the grey hairs; it’s about the concept of brain age. Let’s dive into what it means for us and discover how we can keep our minds vibrant and full of life, regardless of the numbers on our birthdays.

What is Brain Age?

Imagine if your brain had a birth certificate of its own, indicating how well it’s holding up against the passage of time. That’s essentially the idea behind the concept of brain age. It’s a measure of how efficiently your brain is functioning compared to an average brain at a specific age. In other words, it reflects the health and performance of your brain, providing insights into cognitive abilities, memory, and overall mental agility.

How is Brain Age Calculated?

Various factors contribute to determining your brain age, including lifestyle habits, genetics, and overall health. Cognitive assessments, often involving memory tests, problem-solving challenges, and reaction time evaluations, are used to gauge cognitive performance. Advanced imaging techniques, like MRI scans, may also play a role in assessing brain structure and function.

Tips to Improve Your Brain Age:

Now that we understand the concept, let’s explore ways to defy the aging process and optimise our brain age:

Stay Physically Active: Regular exercise isn’t just beneficial for your body; it’s a powerful ally for your brain. Physical activity improves blood flow, encourages the growth of new neurons, and supports overall cognitive function. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week to keep your brain in top shape.

Feed Your Brain Well: Embrace a brain-boosting diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and essential vitamins and minerals. Foods like fatty fish, berries, leafy greens, and nuts have been linked to improved cognitive function. Consider incorporating elénzia ENHANCE™ into your routine, our brain health supplement containing a unique combination of nutrients vital for cognitive function and clinically proven to improve working memory by 60%, increase brain energy by 13.6%, improve concentration in 40 minutes and reduce theoretical brain age by 10 years.

Challenge Your Mind: Engage in activities that stimulate your brain, such as puzzles, games, and learning new skills. These mental challenges help create new neural connections and keep your brain sharp. Whether it’s solving crosswords, playing chess, reading, or picking up a musical instrument, find activities that make your brain work a little harder.

Prioritise Quality Sleep: Adequate and restful sleep is crucial for cognitive function. During sleep, your brain consolidates memories, clears toxins, and rejuvenates itself. Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night to support optimal brain health.

Manage Stress: Chronic stress can take a toll on your brain. Practice stress-reducing techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or yoga. These activities not only promote relaxation but also positively impact cognitive function.

Your brain age is not set in stone; it’s a dynamic aspect of your health that you can influence. By adopting a brain-friendly lifestyle, you have the power to improve cognitive function, enhance memory, and maintain mental agility. Embrace these habits, and watch as your brain age becomes a testament to the vitality and resilience of your most important organ.

Try out the Brain Age Test by The Telegraph to find out how old your brain is.

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elénzia RESTORE™ – The Data

The clinical research data supporting elénzia RESTORE™‘s ingredients is extensive, showcasing meticulous attention to detail and scientific rigour. Through clinical trials, each component’s safety and efficacy have been validated, with studies exploring mechanisms of action, optimal dosages, and potential synergies.

Collagen Type II (Porcine Collagen)

Joint Health & Mobility

Joint pain is a prevalent issue, particularly among older adults, leading to discomfort and hindrance in movement. Cartilage damage, a common culprit, occurs due to the natural wear and tear of the tough, shock-absorbent tissues that cushion bones within the joint. Consequently, when this protective layer is compromised, inflammation and pain ensue. Age-related conditions like osteoarthritis affect many individuals over 45, resulting in pain during walking and stiffness following movement. Similarly, rheumatoid arthritis manifests as pain and stiffness that exacerbate with activity.

Type 2 collagen, a significant protein found in human connective tissues, cartilage, and bones, plays a crucial role in enhancing cartilage strength and elasticity through the formation of amino acid chains. However, as we age, collagen production diminishes, contributing to increased joint stiffness. Collagen, the most abundant protein in the human body, is a key component found in elénzia RESTORE™, specifically, Collagen Type II (Porcine Collagen), which provides strength and elasticity to our joints. Research indicates that Collagen Type II (Porcine Collagen) can effectively reduce joint pain and improve mobility, particularly in individuals suffering from osteoarthritis.

Skin Health

As we age, our skin undergoes significant changes, including thinning, reduced elasticity, and increased fragility. Decreased production of natural oils can lead to dryness, while wrinkles, age spots, and skin tags become more prevalent. Additionally, collagen degradation outpaces its replenishment in aging skin. Factors such as UV damage, smoking, stress, and poor diet can accelerate this decline in collagen levels, exacerbating the aging process.

Protein, a fundamental component present in every cell, constitutes approximately one-third of our body mass. Collagen, the most abundant protein, plays a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of our skin, muscles, bones, and joints, distributed throughout various bodily tissues. Collagen Type II (Porcine Collagen), comprising lengthy chains of amino acids, forms a sturdy framework that facilitates the cohesion of skin cells. However, collagen levels naturally decline with age, beginning around 20 years old and diminishing by roughly 1% annually. This decline affects the skin’s elasticity, reducing the likelihood of sagging or loose skin and promoting a smoother, more youthful appearance. Additionally, collagen helps mitigate and prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles, while also maintaining skin hydration for a youthful complexion.

Collagen Type II has been shown to improve skin health through double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled clinical studies.  

Collagen Type II (Porcine Collagen) emerges as a vital ingredient for joint health and mobility, combating prevalent issues like joint pain and stiffness, particularly in age-related conditions such as osteoarthritis. Moreover, it plays a pivotal role in maintaining skin health, countering the effects of aging such as thinning, reduced elasticity, and dryness. Through its ability to promote skin strength, elasticity, and hydration, Collagen Type II (Porcine Collagen) exemplifies elénzia RESTORE™‘s dedication to holistic well-being, supported by robust clinical evidence.

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In Conversation With Elizabeth, Co-Founder

From building a brand alongside her mother, elénzia’s co-founder Elizabeth found her passion in holistic wellness, specifically looking at health from a 360-degree perspective. In admiration of all powerful women, we catch a glimpse inside her life while balancing business, motherhood and health.

Your journey into skincare and wellness started with the loving care from your mother. Can you share a cherished memory or lesson about self-care that your mom passed down to you?

Growing up, and still to this day, my Mum has looked immaculate every single day. I can’t remember a day when I was younger when she didn’t spend the time to look after herself in the morning, even with 4 children! This has been my key lesson from her, to take the time to take care of yourself and do what makes you feel good. She also has amazing skin and spends a good half an hour each night on her skincare routine.

Reflecting on your journey with a melanoma diagnosis at a young age, what has shaped the approach you take towards healthy living? 

Being a mum and prioritising what matters to me. You never know what is going to happen in life and finding out I had a cancerous mole at the age of 24, despite never having been on a sunbed in my life, proves that. Therefore, you can’t live your life from the point of view of “what could happen to my health in the future, but you must determine what is important in life for you and your family, and understand what health and wellness changes you might need to make. For example, for me at this moment, immunity is a top priority. Not only am I pregnant, but I have a two-year-old son, so this winter I made sure to prioritise all my family’s immune health to protect each other and make sure our daily routines aren’t impacted by illness.

As a woman in your 30s, expecting a new addition to your family, has your perspective on nutrition and skincare evolved, and what practices do you find most essential for your wellbeing during this time? 

I think it’s evolved to finding what fits in with my daily routine, as opposed to having to change my daily routine to fit around a health or wellness goal. Skincare has remained an important element within my day-to-day and something that I value as part of my overall wellness. However, it can easily be one of the first things to fall by the wayside when you just want to take your make-up off and crawl into bed at the end of a long day. So, I try to keep my skincare routine as minimal but impactful as possible, as that’s what works for me. I combine key ingredients that I know work for my skin concerns and will make a difference – I’m currently using Endor Technologies® Pure Cleansing Milk, P-Biotic Toner, Eye Cream and Anti-Aging Cream, combined with The Ordinary’s Niacinamide and Zinc Serum (and of course an SPF for the day!).  

Short and long-term cognitive health is also something that is important. My Granny had Alzheimer’s for quite a while in her later life, therefore I know that it is something that could be genetic, so being aware of my long-term brain health and performance is something I’m conscious of… From a daily perspective, it’s not easy being a working mum – especially when functioning on 3 hours of sleep – that’s why I need to try and be as focused and productive as possible during the working day. The combination of these elements for cognitive health is actually the key reason elénzia ENHANCE™ was born!

How has your experience shaped the values and mission of elénzia, catering to the needs of women with similar challenges?

Being a full-time working mum has definitely shaped the vision of elénzia. Ultimately, it’s about products that work. No one wants to waste their time and money on trying a multitude of different skincare and nutrition products when they have a health need today that needs solving. That’s why we make sure that we spend that time ensuring that clinical trial data for our products and ingredients is truly going to maximise efficacy for our customers.  

We make sure that we put the thought, care and time into creating our products so that they are tailored to our customers’ everyday needs and long-term goals. It’s from both my own and my family’s experiences, that we have focused on the importance of health longevity and vitality with our brand and products. Having the multi-generational element to elénzia allows us to empathise with our customers and provide products that we know will make a real impact on their lives.  

Juggling motherhood and business can often lead to stress. Have you found a way to navigate stress and ensure that it doesn’t cast a shadow over your work and home life? 

It’s probably best to ask my husband this question… unfortunately, there are always going to be ebbs and flows within life that make certain times very difficult and lead to stress. During these periods I try to talk about how I’m feeling with my family and friends so that it doesn’t impact me mentally. In the past, I tended to bottle things up, so taking this approach has helped me during those challenging times.  

To fellow women, juggling various roles, what advice can you offer for integrating a holistic approach to health and wellness into their routines?

Understand your health and wellness priorities. Find solutions that you can work into your existing routines so that you can stay on top of them.

This Mother’s Day, what three affirmations can you leave for women who may be seeking that delicate balance between caring for their families, running a business, and nurturing themselves?

1- Have confidence in yourself.

2- Seek help when you need it.

3- Take time to look after yourself.

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Unlocking the Secrets to a Longer Life: The Gut Microbiome Connection

In the quest for longevity, science has been unravelling the mysteries of the human body, and one fascinating revelation points directly to the gut microbiome. Renowned genetic epidemiologist and science writer Tim Spector sheds light on this connection, stating, “A beneficial microbe can have an effect on our guts to, in some way, change our metabolism to stop us putting on weight”. Let’s delve into the profound implications of this statement and explore how cultivating a healthy gut microbiome might just be the key to a longer, healthier life.

The Gut Microbiome and Your Wellbeing

The human gut is home to trillions of microbes, collectively known as the gut microbiome. This complex ecosystem of bacteria, viruses, and fungi plays a crucial role in various bodily functions, from digestion to immune system regulation. Recent research suggests that the composition of our gut microbiome may hold the key to unlocking the secrets of longevity.

Tim Spector’s Insights

Tim Spector’s research emphasises the importance of a diverse gut microbiome for overall health. He notes, “The advantage of having a diversity of the good microbes is linked to more diverse diets as well, in terms of different foods that we should have.” Spector’s study involving 11,000 people revealed that the optimal diversity of the gut microbiome is associated with consuming 30 different plants a week.

Understanding the Notion of 30 Plants a Week

While the idea of consuming 30 plants a week may seem daunting, it’s crucial to recognise the diversity within this recommendation. Spector clarifies, “But it’s 30 different plants. You’ve got to remember, go back to biology, remember what a plant really is… it’s also a peanut, a seed, it’s a bit of turmeric, and each plant will help promote the growth of a different set of bacteria or strains of bacteria.”

The Diversity Connection

The link between a diverse gut microbiome and a longer, healthier life becomes clearer when we consider the diverse range of nutrients provided by different plants. Each plant introduces unique compounds and fibres that serve as fuel for specific strains of beneficial bacteria in the gut. As these bacteria flourish, they contribute to improved metabolism and weight management, as highlighted by Spector’s research.

Practical Steps to Cultivate a Healthy Gut Microbiome

1. Embrace a Rainbow Diet
Incorporate a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables into your meals to maximise nutrient diversity.

2. Include Seeds and Nuts
Snack on a mix of seeds and nuts to introduce different plant compounds to your gut microbiome.

3. Experiment with Herbs and Spices
Enhance the flavour of your dishes with a wide range of herbs and spices, such as turmeric, ginger, and basil.

4. Choose Whole Grains
Opt for diverse whole grains like quinoa, barley, and brown rice to support gut health.

5. Consider Fermented Foods
Incorporate fermented foods like yoghurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut to introduce beneficial probiotics to your gut.

Protein Synthesis

Alongside Tim Spector’s insightful recommendations, incorporating a high-quality protein supplement into your daily routine can be a game-changer for your gut health. Our elénzia PROTEIN™ peptide gel provides a concentrated source of essential amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, which play a crucial role in supporting the growth and maintenance of a healthy gut lining. As we age, our bodies may require extra support in protein synthesis, and supplementing can be a gentle yet effective way to meet those needs.

By embracing a diet rich in various plants, seeds, and nuts, we can positively influence our metabolism and weight management, ultimately contributing to our overall wellbeing. So, let’s embark on a journey of culinary exploration and nourish our bodies with the diverse array of foods that nature has to offer, unlocking the potential for a longer, more vibrant life.

Listen to Tim Spector on The Life Scientific here.

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Sun Protection: The Year-Round Skincare Essential

Caring for your skin goes beyond seasonal concerns – it’s a year-round commitment that stems from a genuine desire to nurture your wellbeing. In the UK, the sun may feel most intense and potentially harmful between March and October, but it’s essential to recognise that its influence persists even during the winter months.

How does sun damage the skin?

Sunlight is a blend of visible ultraviolet (UV) and infrared light. Among these, UV light, comprising UVA and UVB rays, has the most significant impact on our skin.

UVB rays, responsible for tanning and sunburn, prompt us to safeguard our skin effectively. On the other hand, UVA rays are linked to the accelerated aging of the skin, manifesting in reduced firmness, elasticity, and the emergence of fine lines and wrinkles.

To truly grasp the effects of sunlight on our skin, let’s delve into the skin’s composition. The epidermis, our outer layer, acts as a protective barrier, with keratinocytes and melanocytes playing crucial roles. These cells, affected by UVB rays, contribute to the tan we get after soaking up the sun.

Beneath the epidermis lies the dermis, a thicker layer supporting the epidermis and providing firmness and elasticity. Fibroblasts, the major cell type in the dermis, synthesise collagen and elastin, essential for skin strength and elasticity.

While UVB rays penetrate the epidermis, UVA rays reach deep into the dermis, impairing fibroblast function and causing collagen and elastin breakdown. This results in photoaging, characterised by saggy skin, fine lines, and wrinkles.

UVA rays also generate Reactive Oxygen Species, leading to oxidative damage and the production of free radicals linked to aging. To counter this, skincare products with antioxidants, along with antioxidant supplements, play a crucial role.

Long-term exposure to UVA light contributes significantly to visible skin aging. To prevent premature aging and burning, it’s vital to protect the skin from both UVA and UVB rays using broad-spectrum products.

How can it be prevented?

Now, let’s talk about prevention. To combat the effects of photoaging, use moisturisers with broad-spectrum protection and an SPF of at least 25 daily. For better protection, incorporate a dedicated SPF 50 product into your daily routine, even during winter.

elénzia SKIN™ is our nutritional supplement designed to be your all-in-one solution for skin health. This unique formulation bridges the gap between nutritional and topical skincare by internally reducing the impact of external stressors, such as UV rays and air pollution. elénzia SKIN™ not only protects against inflammation, photoaging, wrinkles, dryness, and dullness, but it also enhances your skin’s external glow.

Featuring patented ingredients clinically proven to improve skin tone, increase collagen synthesis, and reduce signs of aging, elénzia SKIN™ feeds your skin from within, ensuring it remains healthy, radiant, and youthful.

As we conclude our exploration of sun damage, let’s emphasise the vital role of proactive care during the colder months. Though winter sun may be less intense, its impact on our skin remains significant. Tailoring our skincare routines to protect every layer, from the epidermis to the dermis, is essential. This includes the use of broad-spectrum products and daily moisturisers with SPF, complemented by elénzia SKIN™ for internal fortification. By adopting this holistic approach, we can help our skin to remain resilient, radiant, and youthful throughout the winter season.

Here’s to embracing self care and protection, welcoming each day with a healthy and glowing complexion, regardless of the weather outside.

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elénzia SKIN™ – The Data

With a unique combination of natural extracts, elénzia SKIN™ emphasises the interconnectedness of gut and skin, showcasing our commitment to holistic health.

Rosemary and Grapefruit Extract – UV Protection

Skin damage occurs as a consequence of exposure to environmental stressors, such as pollution and UV radiation, leading to adverse effects on skin health and appearance including diminished skin health, poor complexion, and premature aging.

elénzia medical nutritionists have highlighted a clinically proven and unique combination of natural extracts from Mediterranean Rosemary and Grapefruit, aiming to protect the skin from external factors using a holistic approach that extends beyond topical application. 

[Monteloeder 2023, Nobile et al., 2016]

Grape Seed Extract – Skin Radiance

The acceleration of aging and dulling of the skin involves various factors, including both intrinsic elements like natural aging and extrinsic influences such as sun exposure, smoking, and medication usage.

A patent-pending formulation of natural antioxidants, combining French grape seed and melon extracts, bioactive Superoxide Dismutase, vitamin C, and zinc provides optimal antioxidant protection, preventing oxidation, and regulating melanin synthesis, collagen fibres, and microcirculation, unlike most skin anti-aging solutions.

[Dumoulin et al., 2016]

Fibre – Gut-Skin Axis

The Gut-Skin Axis connects gut and skin wellbeing, where imbalances in gut bacteria can lead to pro-inflammatory molecules entering the bloodstream. This process may trigger skin issues like acne, eczema, rosacea, and other skin problems.

Promoting the Gut-Skin axis through prebiotics can play a crucial role in sustaining the health of the outer skin layer, known as the ‘stratum corneum.’ It helps maintain softness, smoothness, hydration, and skin flexibility.

Our formula includes a partially hydrolysed guar fibre, which acts as a prebiotic, positively influencing the gut microbiome and enhancing skin health. These essential metabolites play a key role in maintaining a healthy gut by producing short-chain fatty acids in the gut and elevating acetate, propionate, and butyrate levels in the GI tract. They directly support the cells of the gut lining, promoting cellular integrity, bolstering the protective mucosal layer, and reducing inflammation.

[Kapoor et al., 2023]

In closing, elénzia SKIN™ is the result of rigorous clinical research, offering evidence-backed results for enhanced skin health. From UV protection to skin radiance, our formula addresses various factors contributing to aging. The holistic approach extends to the Gut-Skin Axis, promoting gut health through prebiotics for overall well-being.