7% - Regina Brett (A Must Read)

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .
"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short – enjoy it.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks.
16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19.. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy clothes. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need
42. The best is yet to come...
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."



From stress and anxiety to general digestion problems, it seems the causes of irritable bowel syndrome are complex and hard to pin down.  IBS affects up to one in five people in the UK at some point in their lives.

But new research now suggests the condition may be linked by so-called bad bacteria which already live in our gut. According to the new study, published in latest issue of Journal of Gastroenterology, the proportion of harmful gut flora may be critical to understanding IBS.
The findings now suggest that rebalancing the good and bad bacteria in the gut “could be key to manage IBS suffering, including bloating, abdominal pain and urgent dashes to the toilet.” Said Dr Sean Preston, a Consultant Gastroenterologist Chair of the British Society of Gastroenterology and General Physician, Barts and the London NHS Trust:

“The new research looked at a population of patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with severe, moderate and mild disease and also patients without Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Researchers could identify a particular bacterial composition in the patients who have severe symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, giving evidence that it our gut bacteria are playing a large part in our symptoms.
Down the line this is going to give us an opportunity to identify those patients and more importantly manipulate their gut bacteria and improve our patients’ symptoms.”
Such advice rings true with 29 year old Sanoobar Patel from London, who was diagnosed with IBS over two years ago after suffering with uncomfortable bloating, constipation and a hard, tender stomach.
At first Sanoobar assumed her gut issues had been sparked by the stress of preparing for her wedding and moving home.
But when the problems continued – despite trying to alter her diet by cutting down on carbohydrates - Sanoobar, approached her doctor.
“I did discuss with the GP the possibility that I was suffering from Irritable bowel syndrome but she was reluctant to give this as a diagnosis.”  However salvation for Sanoobar, who writes a lifestyle, fashion and beauty blog in her spare time, came after attending an event in London where she stumbled across a stand for Alflorex, a probiotic  targeted specifically toward IBS.
The product`s key ingredient is its unique 35624® culture, a `good bacteria` which helps replenish beneficial bacteria in the gut and balancing the gut flora while it improves many IBS symptoms
The 35624® culture, a naturally occurring bacteria, isolated from a healthy human colon -   It has been backed by over 15 years of research and numerous scientific publications. It’s now the #1 recommended probiotic by US Gastroenterologists.
Dr Preston also commented: “Alflorex I guess is the one I use most commonly, I’ve been having really good results with it within my patients.”

For Sanoobar, Alflorex has been a lifeline.
She added: “I wasn't convinced it would work, and to be honest for the first month I didn’t notice too much. Then slowly but steadily the bloating and discomfort starting to improve and I began to feel so much better. Now, six months on its absolutely brilliant how much I’ve improved and I can honestly say I feel back to normal. Naturally I’m a real convert to the product and wouldn’t be without it. I feel so much happier and more energetic now my bloating is gone.”

About Alflorex:

·         Alflorex is a probiotic, available in pharmacies throughout the UK ch contains the unique 35624® culture. 

·         The 35624™ culture has been clinically studied in IBS patients and has been shown to lower abdominal discomfort, passage of gas, bloating/distension and regularise bowel movements.

·         The 35624® culture is the number one recommended probiotic by Gastroenterologists in the United States.

·         Alflorex should be taken daily as part of a healthy lifestyle. When starting, take Alflorex for 4 weeks to prime the gut and continue to use it thereafter.

·         Alflorex capsules are tasteless and do not need to be stored the fridge.
*This is a collaborative post


2017 so far.. Blonde Diaries!

… okay how is it even possible that it’s already nearly St Valentines Day? Wasn’t it like Christmas 5 minutes ago? Oohh when’s pancake day? And they are already selling Easter eggs in all my local superstores.. I mean that is torture!!

2017 hit off to a bit of a rocky start for me.. 2 days before new years I found a lump in my left breast which to be quite frank scared the shyt out of me. I tried my best to keep it together over the last of the festive period whilst waiting for a doctors appointment to become available. Now I knew from day one it could have been a million different things, and yet at the back of your mind will always remain the worst possible thing that it could be, for me this was Breast cancer. My nan passed at a young age of breast cancer and my mum has had several cysts which thankfully have all been found to be benign. So I’ve been very aware from a young age the dangers of breast cancer and well last year cancer just seemed to be everywhere, each week on the news a celebrity of some form was being diagnosed or passing away.
Anyways I finally got to see the doctor about a week after finding said lump, due to the high risk in my family I was immediately referred to the hospital where I had an appointment just under a week later, and finally after another long 10 days, the results came in ‘Benign cells’
Thank you all my lucky stars!!!!
What a start to the year eh? Emotionally I didn’t know whether I was coming or going, I would be fine one minute, superwoman the next and hiding under my duvet ignoring the world with a tub of ice cream after that!
I continued my daily gym rituals to the best I could, but would sometimes find myself distracted or unable to get together my ‘mojo’ and then I would get home and eat twice the calories I had burnt and then some! Then just to really ice the cake.. I gave myself food poisoning with some very out of date salmon… euggghhh.

Alas.. it’s done now. January is finished.. February has begun! I took a couple of days after getting the all clear to rest – I slept like a baby for like 3 days straight and then it was time to refocus!

I got back to responding to fitness related questions on my Instagram DM’s and emails (oh yeah, if you have any questions please feel free to drop me a mail at Blond3Ambition@gmail.com I try to get around to responding to these 2-3 times a week and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll always try and find it for you – perks of many friends in the fitness industry)
I passed the coursework stage of my L2 fitness instructor course, just the practical to do, back in the gym 6-9 times a week (6 days, 3 doubles) I’m training with one of the best female personal trainers I know once a week and I’ve reduced my cookie and ice cream cravings down to just twice a week!

So… January sucked, but February is looking much better, I’m focused, happy and feel so fortunate to be sitting here in full health!

Fingers crossed January wasn’t too sucky for you all.. but if it was – Yay to February!!!

Love from me to you! Blonde - xox


Pure Smoothie Box!! Try It Now!!!

You guys you guys!!! I am having a crazy week! It’s all 4am starts and madness right through to 9pm right now!
Fortunately I had a little spare time to get my breath back today and I wanted to spend it telling you about this really great independent smoothie business that I am so grateful to have stumbled across!


Pure Smoothie Box is an online subscription service that will take care of your micronutrients and energy levels for hours! Each box contains the ingredients to create two servings of five different recipes inclusive of at least one of your five a day and even taking care of some of your fibre and healthy fat requirements with a mini blend of flax/sunflower seeds, vanilla protein etc.
Each box contains all the ingredients you need plus a leaflet on instructions on how to store the ingredients, guidelines on preparing the fruit and recipes for the PERFECT flavoured nutritious refreshment!
I am in looooove! I have been using these smoothies as a pre workout because each one contains the perfect portion of quick digesting carbs as a pick me up after a long day in the office! Which trust me right now, I need!!!
The ingredients you will receive in each box will allow you to make: The Mighty Mango! Cranberry Cleanser! Tropical Twist! Perfect Peach! & My personal favourite Pear Bananza!!! PLUS a box of real Chinese green tea! Delishamous!!
Click here for the macro’s per smoothie – enter these into your myfitnesspal et voila, they are even easy to track and fit into your fitness goal plans!

I personally, am all about supporting small independent business’ and Pure Smoothie Box have gone above and beyond to create a flavoursome, nutritious, quick and fresh service that will blow your mind!

IN ADDITION TO THIS! YES THERES MORE! For every box ordered Pure Smoothie Box donates 10% of the profits to Children In Need who work endlessly to provide happy, safe and educational support to young people across the UK.

Support this incredible independent business, allow them to contribute to your health and to the happiness of Children In Need HERE!!!!!


Kiss cold sores goodbye this Valentine’s with Liquorice Balm!

A survey carried out by Skin Shop on 1000 cold sores sufferers found that 80% admitted they had cancelled dates in the past due to cold sore outbreaks, while 40% admitted they would rather cancel a date than let their dates see them with cold sores. 30% admitted their cold sores had ruined at least one Valentine’s Day in the past.

But fear not, Liquorice Balm will come to your lips’ rescue this Valentine’s!

A trial by the Herpes Virus Association found that Liquorice Balm helped reduce the frequency and intensity of cold sore outbreaks if used regularly.

The herpes cold sore virus can be picked up from one simple kiss with an infected person, which is why over 30 million people in the UK carry the virus and why Valentine’s can be a tricky time for cold sore sufferers as the virus is only contagious when a cold sore is actually present.
Liquorice Balm could be an aide to reducing such regular outbreaks. Unlike conventional treatments, due to its naturally derived ingredients, sufferers can wear the lip balm at all times, meaning that the intensity of the cold sore outbreaks could be diminished before they really have a chance to take hold.

The liquorice lip balm was found to be effective in a double-blind trial, carried out by the Herpes Viruses Association on forty people. It reduced the severity and duration of outbreaks for over 73% of subjects tested and, furthermore, 83% of subjects using the liquorice balm reported experiencing less severe outbreaks than when using their conventional treatments. While using the liquorice lip balm, testers reported that on average their outbreaks were only half their normal length.

The key cold sore fighting ingredient in liquorice is glycyrrhizic acid (GA).  GA specifically targets the genes that are required to maintain the virus in its latent state by interfering with the production of special proteins that feed the infected cells.  Recent research published in the US Journal of Clinical Investigation in March this year has shown that liquorice actually has the ability, in some cases, to eradicate the cold sore virus which lies dormant in between outbreaks.

Marian Nicholson from the Herpes Viruses Association says; "We were aware of the research on liquorice and were interested in carrying out an in vivo trial. Quite often results which look impressive in a test tube are not as effective in real life testers. However the liquorice balm has performed well with respondents showing a marked reduction in severity and duration of their cold sore outbreaks. In light of this research we are happy to recommend this treatment to our members."

Liquorice Balm can be rubbed into lips as often as necessary and not only could it help reduce cold sore outbreaks, it is also a nourishing balm that helps keep lips well-conditioned.

Liquorice Balm costs £7.95 for 30g from www.skinshop.co.uk

Happy Valentines Month Beauts!! 

* This is a collaborative post.


Baked Spinach Egg Muffins!

Morning my lovelies! 

Quick little recipe that takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and 12 minutes to cook! I generally start my day with a good serving of proteins and fats, to which this recipe covers perfectly!

You will need:

Tear up the spinach and use it to line a non stick muffin pan, I accounted for a cup of spinach but realistically used a lot less than that, you need maybe 3 leafs per muffin hole.
Top the spinach with egg whites, you want to fill roughly half of the muffin hole.
Top with an egg in each hole
Top with you favorite seasoning & bake in the oven at 190 for 12 minutes until the egg is set. 
Let it cool, storage et voila! Breakfast is good to go!


My Natural Smile Product Launch!

My Natural Smile, the natural and organic teeth whitening and oral healthcare products specialist, are delighted to announce the launch of their new online store mynaturalsmile.co.uk.
Clinically proven and sourced globally from the most exciting natural brands in oral healthcare, My Natural Smile's curated selection of products ensure beautiful healthy bright white smiles, the natural way.
So why go natural?
As the gateway to your body, your mouth is a powerful organ, so taking care of it is essential! Gentle, effective and tasty, My Natural Smile products will whiten smiles, combat sensitive teeth, strengthen gums, freshen breath and guarantee you and your families oral health, using the very best nature has to offer.
If you eat natural, now is the time to brush natural. With ingredients including Pomegranate, Papaya, Mint Oil, Rosemary extract and Thyme, you can ensure happy smiles without the need for harsh alcohol contents and chemicals. Nature truly has your smile covered.
Available online now is powerful Charcoal teeth whitening toothpaste, all-natural vegan teeth whitening pens, natural products for sensitive teeth and bleeding gums, as well as organic oral foam for freshness on-the-go. There is even toothpaste created specifically for smokers.
With fantastic flavours including Pomegranate and Chilli and fun flavoured toothpaste for children including chocolate, berry and more, My Natural Smile will challenge perceptions of oral healthcare, offering innovative, natural remedies with fantastic results.
About My Natural Smile

Passionate about health and happiness, My Natural Smile is an online store dedicated to natural oral healthcare.
Launching across the UK this week, My Natural Smile has been endorsed by the dental team at Visage, the UK’s best Private Dental Practice North as voted for at the Private Dentistry Awards 2016, as well as Avsan, one of the UK’s leading dental groups.

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