After years as chiropractor, Nick Wood frequently found his clients couldn’t find the right braces for their needs and were confused about what was most suited to them. Nick designed the Brace Me range to bridge that gap. His range of braces provide a high-quality, straight-forward solution, designed to support his clients in their everyday lives. His expertise as a chiropractor has shaped the designs to support specific injuries and conditions, as well as supporting weak joints during exercise and movement.
The Brace Me range has now been expanded to include resistance bands, exercise balls, foam rollers, yoga mats and trigger point balls. This collection of rehab equipment is intended to facilitate Health Space clients in their rehabilitation, from the clinic to their living room.
It might surprise you to learn that our gut is the epicenter of our health. Good gut health not only determines our digestion and absorption of nutrients, but our vitality, immunity, mental health and risk of chronic disease.
The gut is a breeding ground for trillions of microbes, both friend and foe, known as the gut microbiota. This population of microorganisms can weigh up to 2kgs and, much like our fingerprints, is unique to each of us. This dynamic ecosystem interacts with its host in a complex manner known as the gut-brain axis. This interaction makes gut health pivotal to issues such as anxiety, depression and the stress response. Interestingly, the majority of serotonin (the neurotransmitter in charge of making us feel happy) is synthesized in the gut. Even more astonishingly, 70% of our immune system also resides in the gut. Known as gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT) and located just below the mucosal lining, the GALT is responsible for red flagging any bad guys passing through the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and triggering an immune response.
Winter can easily wreak havoc on our usual health routine. Cold mornings are enough to keep even the most ardent exerciser in bed hitting the snooze button. We are far more likely to overindulge and forget the importance of a wholefood diet when we’re not faced with being in a bikini! Seasonal weight gain is common but with winters in Australia being relatively mild our weight doesn’t need to yoyo throughout the year. Desperately trying to slim down for summer is an unnecessary stress that can be avoided by staying mindful throughout the colder months, even when your body is all covered up!
· Keep moving! Our exercise routines will probably look different during the winter months and that is fine, as long as we continue to move our body on a regular basis. As well as keeping us in shape, exercise increases our circulation which will help to combat the winter chill long after the session has finished. Swap swimming and coastal walks for heated yoga and indoor group exercise classes. If early mornings are proving difficult, try working with a trainer or a friend so you are accountable to someone when your alarm goes off.