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5 simple alterations I’m making in to my life at the moment to increase my health and well-being.

  • Hazel Butterfield
  • 28 October 2021

Aren’t we always looking for ways to boost our health, wellbeing and chances against illnesses that just add to the pressures of life? Here are my favourites at the moment…

5 simple alterations I’m making in to my life at the moment to increase my health and well-being.


1. Not sweating the small stuff. LET IT GO. Don’t give other people the power to make you feel bad about yourself.

Who holds the power over your emotional state?

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about ‘mantra’s and ‘affirmations’ but these really can be anything to suit you and your needs. Whether it is as simple as repeating to yourself ‘Let it go’ when you are overthinking a comment made toward you that upset you. Or when you are getting FOMO because you just can’t stop looking at the socials –‘It’s just for show, it’s not real!’ or ‘Fun to look at but I know it’s bullshit!’.

Find what works for you and drill it in. Make it as fun as you like!


2. Aloe Vera

Antioxidants are important for health. Aloe Vera contains powerful antioxidants belonging to a large family of substances known as polyphenols – also found in red wine and dark chocolate! Polyphenols, along with several other compounds in Aloe Vera, help inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that can cause infections in humans.

If you are prone to getting mouth ulcers due to stress or your diet, Aloe Vera has also proven helpful to accelerate the healing of sores and ulcers. Those with IBS, like myself, could really benefit too. I’ve decreased my need for IBS suppressant medication since regularly consuming Aloe Vera Juice.

It’s not just for when (and if) you get a chance to overdo it in the sunshine. 



3. Good Gut Health with Dish Dash Deets – appreciating how important Gut Health is.

“Bringing Plant Based Food and Science together with a Modern Twist” – Knowledge is power.

There is a reason we are supposed to listen to our gut. Did you know that nearly 70 percent of your immune system is housed in your gut? While frequent hand washing and social distancing are crucial in preventing the spread of illnesses, being mindful of the food and beverages you consume can also help support your immune system and keep you well.

Listen to my chat on Riverside Radio with Dr Sunni Patel of Dish Dash Deets here.


4. Biophotonic Scanning

This was brought to my attention by an old neighbour while having a chat at the gym, as you do, who as a sideline to her dentistry has started testing people for their antioxidant levels and educating her clients in regards to free radicals.

The patented Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner is a cutting edge testing tool that non-invasively measures carotenoid levels in living tissue, providing an immediate indication of a person’s overall antioxidant levels. Everyone can instantly know their own antioxidant status. This empowers individuals to make improvements to their diet and lifestyle, and helps them make an informed decision on which supplements are properly formulated to impact their antioxidant health. (https://www.nuskin.com/content/nuskin/en_US/products/pharmanex/scanner/s3_whatis.html


I know I eat quite well being a Flexitarian but I also eat well - like loads! I also consume my fair share of (red wine) polyphenols too so even I was surprised that I got quite a good score, but I love a challenge to go that one step further and boost it even more so. To increase my health further through knowledge of free radicals and antioxidant boosting foods, without ditching the fizz and vin rouge.


5. Using all my old veg, it helps my OCD and is sustainable as well as contributing to upping my antioxidant levels

I can’t stand wastage, I actively get upset with myself if I waste food. If I have a couple of random ingredients that need using before they pass over to the other side of acceptability and am struggling to come up with a creative use, I either pop them into Pinterest and see what recipes get churned out, chop them up and freeze them or blend/cold press for a juice fix. I always have both fresh and frozen ginger in to spice up anything I concoct!




What are you go-to’s at the moment? I’d love to hear.