What will be biggest wellness trends this year?

What will be biggest wellness trends this year?

As the UK’s leading health and wellness store, Holland & Barrett have paved the way for many wellness trends over the years, from pioneering CBD and plant-based collagen to making free-from and vegan foods more accessible.
Each year, our crack team of expert nutritionists, trend forecasters and innovators put together a Wellness Trends Report that looks ahead at the ingredients, products, services and behaviours that everyone will be talking about – and trying over the next 12 months.
Hot off the press, this year’s Wellness Trends Report has just landed and our experts have revealed:

  • Generic sleep solutions are a thing of the past. Considering the average person spends a third of their life asleep (or trying to sleep), it’s no surprise that we are always on the lookout for ways to improve the quality of our shut eye. In 2023, our experts are predicting a shift to using smart tech and wellness solutions that will help us to realign with our internal circadian clocks.
  • Foods with benefits are the future: functional mushrooms & adaptogens. From microalgae superstars to tufty mushrooms, 2023 is looking to be the year that we ‘get back to our roots’. People are moving towards foods that multitask - from helping to relieve stress, to helping with better sleep and relaxation, energy and immunity.
  • Gut-friendly foods like fermented legumes & chia seed milk will be making their way to your kitchen. Say hello to the new era of nutritionally supercharged store-cupboard staples! Taking a new approach to packing natural products with flavour, we will see gut-loving fermented legumes, grains and root veg take centre stage, while nut butters will make way for their eco-friendly alternative, seed spreads.
  • Next level personalisation will lead to giant leaps in wellness tech. From patches tracking dietary biomarkers to breath-testing to determine your metabolic function, the future is all about using health data for optimum health. AI is going to transform how health information is delivered, and we expect to see a shift to at-home personalised testing, backed up with actionable support and intervention for those at risk of certain conditions.
  • Ayurveda is here to stay: ancient healthcare traditions backed by science. The 2000-year-old principles are hardly new, but we’re seeing Ayurvedic-inspired routines entering our everyday wellness to ensure the mind, body, and spirit are in sync. Paired with modern scientific evidence, more of us will integrate tension/pressure-relieving natural ingredients and beauty practices shaped by Ayurveda into our lives.
  • Women’s wellness & cycle intelligence will continue to be a priority. From their first period, to their last and beyond, we are excited to see taboos being challenged and help women understand their bodies. We are seeing personalised solutions and femtech founders continuing to help lead the revolution, talking openly about menstrual health, endometriosis, PCOS, fertility, miscarriage and more. A period tracker is standard for many – but you deserve more than just a calendar when it comes to menstrual health. In 2023 we’ll be matching the right kind of exercises and nutrients to the phase of our menstrual cycle.

If you are interested in reading the full report, you can do so over on the Holland & Barrett website.

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It really was One Great Day!

It really was One Great Day!

Thursday 8th Sept. Each store in our centre gave us a gift hamper to raffle off with all proceeds going to the charity One Great Day! This generosity has meant we were able to raise £653.22 for this great cause!

Many thanks to everyone who bought a ticket and made it down to the draw!


One Great Day 08/09

One Great Day 08/09

Thursday 8th Sept. Each store in our centre has given us a gift hamper to raffle off with all proceeds going to the charity One Great Day! Don’t forget tickets will be available outside Peacocks from 10am with the draw to made at 2pm.

Don’t forget tickets will be available outside Peacocks from 10am with the draw to made at 2pm.


World Bee Day 20/05/22

World Bee Day 20/05/22

Happy World Bee Day! To celebrate World Bee Day we have put together a poster of ideas as to how we can all support our bee population.

If you’d like to spread the word on how to support our bee population please feel free to print your own leaflet out by clicking here.


Mother's Day 27th March 2022

Make Mum's Day with our range of gifts and treats from our stores. From Mother's Day lunch to homemade afternoon tea, cards, coffee, gifts and hampers. Shop the perfect ways to show Mum how much you care!

Mother’s Day 27th March 2022

Show your Mum just how much she means to you this Mother’s Day by surprising her with a wonderful card and gift. From cooking your fav dinners to being an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on; your Mum is a superwoman 365 days of the year and there are 365 reasons to say Happy Mother’s day to show her how much you appreciate everything little thing she does.

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Even if you can’t be together in person, let your Mum know you are thinking of her with a beautiful Mother’s Day card from our wide selection available online. Or pick up the perfect Mother’s Day gift – from the latest books releases, magazine subscriptions, photo albums, or a special vinyl record by her all-time favourite artist – we have something to make her day as special as she is.

Card Factory

Mother figures come in all forms and Card Factory have cards for all the wonderful women in your life! No matter what your budget, they’ve got fantastic Mother’s Day cards and gifts to fit it, and to show your mum how much you appreciate her. From their in-store range to personalised items, they’ve got a brilliant and varied selection so you can choose something that suits her tastes perfectly.


Merry Christmas

May your days be merry and bright!

Are lights are up and on.

With December here, Christmas is most definitely in the air! With our festive lights switched on the shopping centre is a buzz with festivities. Head down and tick those items off your Christmas list with are wide variety of shops on offer.


The Hub Launch Party

Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for…

The LIVE event will be held on Friday 13th August and between 11:00AM till 4:00PM

Summer is a time for engaging and fun entertainment for all the family! That’s why, we’re bringing a circus themed centre take-over, filled to the brim with bright stripes, showman swag and heaps of clowning around – all topped off with the all important sprinkle of magical mystery!

Join the party here

Plant Based Perfection

What's the hype about plant based milks? And why do they taste so great in your favourite coffee#1 drink?

At Coffee#1 they love to invite as many people as possible to enjoy their delicious coffee and treats, and part of that is catering for all kinds of dietary requirements. Their quest for inclusion has led them to launch 3 plant based milk alternatives for you to enjoy- Soya, Coconut, and Oat- but they’re not just for people who can’t have dairy! Here’s a few reasons why you should try one of our plant based milks in your usual coffee soon…

Flavour!

What better reason to try out soya, coconut or oat milk than the new, exciting, and scrumptious flavour they can bring to your brew? We love our soya milk in a white hot chocolate (be careful- that one still contains dairy), our coconut milk makes one delicious mocha, and our oat milk is fantastic in a flat white. But who are we to decide for you? Test your own flavour combinations!

Texture!

Some people enjoy the smooth texture of a latte, others the thick foam of a cappuccino, but have you considered the different texture of our plant based milks? Coconut has quite a thin, silky texture; oat is the most similar to whole milk once steamed; and soya can make thick, creamy foam. Why not give one a try and see how your mouth feels about it?

Nutrition!

We’re sure that you’ve heard before about the health benefits of lower-fat milk alternatives and how plant based options can form part of a healthy diet, so we won’t lecture you here! (Lord knows we’re still partial to whipped cream on our oat milk caramel macchiato!) But the health benefits of switching your regular coffee from whole milk to a plant based option are certainly something to consider. The plant based milks we have chosen have also been specially selected because they contain as few allergens as possible. There’s soya in the soya milk- we can’t help that sorry- but the coconut and oat milks are allergen free*, making them safe for as many people as possible!

So next time you’re queuing for your coffee fix, consider a plant based option and see what happens. And be sure to let us know if you find the perfect combination!


Can daily stresses affect your gut?

Let’s talk all things gut

First off, what is stress?

Everyday stress is common but that doesn’t mean you should just brush it off. Stress is the body’s response to pressures and can cause physical changes in your body such as a pounding heart, tense muscles and sweating. It can also affect you mentally and emotionally. You might feel stress in all three of those of ways or maybe just one – but we’re here to talk to you about how everyday stress can affect you physically, mainly in relation to your gut, so let’s get going.

They call the gut your second brain for a reason…

And not just because of the phrase “go with your gut”. Scientists have started referring to your gut as the enteric nervous system (ENS), as it communicates with the brain that’s in our head – neat huh? This is one of the reasons that anxiety and stress may upset the balance of your digestion.

So what can stress do to your gut? ​​​​​​​

It can cause your gut to slow down

What does this mean though? Essentially, a slow gut can cause constipation which can make it difficult to poo.

It can cause bloating 

Not only annoying when you want to squeeze into your favourite outfit but it can also make you feel really uncomfortable. But check out how to beat the bloat for handy tips on easing bloating.

It can speed up your gut

If your gut slowing down causes constipation then, you guessed it, your gut speeding up can cause diarrhoea.

You can even lose your appetite

Too long without your favourite food isn’t fun, so make sure you eat little and often – think bananas, little nibbles, rice and plenty of water.

If you have IBS, everyday stress can make it worse 

So we’ve gathered some tips below to help…

How to help manage everyday stress

Give yourself some TLC in the form of self-care

If the term “self-care” causes you panic, just take a step back and consider taking a bath, reading your favourite book, popping on a face mask or binge on your go-to TV show. Self-care comes in many forms so however you relax, just keep doing that.

Saying no to plans

Especially if you’re super busy and feel like you have no time for self-care, saying no to a few plans or changing them to something more relaxing – like, instead of going out for cocktails with your pals, have them round for a cheese and wine night instead.

Try regular exercise

Exercise can help reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease and stroke. It’s free and it’s easy, once you get into it. It’s also great for your mental health – it can boost self-esteem, mood and help lower your stress levels.

Get plenty of sleep

Lack of shut eye can leave you feeling irritable and can stop you from being your best self. So take a look at our slumber saviours to help you get off to sleep in no time.

How can you help your gut chill out?

Don’t rush your food

Take the time to eat, this can also make your food taste better, and try sitting up straight whilst eating as this can help with digestion.

Try not to overeat 

Reducing your portion sizes can help your gut to feel better – remember you can always go back for seconds if you’re still hungry. Or try eating four to five smaller meals instead of three larger ones.

Avoid a big meal right before bed 

As well as sitting on your stomach and being uncomfortable, eating a larger meal late in the evening has also been linked with having more body fat because you don’t get chance to burn it off.

Drink plenty of water 

This helps flush anything bad out of your system. If you aren’t great at this, try getting a water bottle that cheers you on when you reach different water targets.

So essentially, everyday stress can affect your gut but hopefully you’ll now have plenty of tips on how to help it. If you’re concerned about how stressed you’re feeling or concerned about your gut, then speak to your GP.


The best sources of Vitamin D

Are you getting enough?

Are you getting enough Vitamin D every day? In fact, thinking about it, how much is ‘enough?’

Before we delve deeper into the ins and outs of Vitamin D, let’s spend a minute or two focusing on what it is, the main sources of Vitamin D and what it does to our body.

What is Vitamin D and what does it do?

Vitamin D is the vitamin that is responsible for helping to regulate how much calcium and phosphate we have in our body.

It is these nutrients that make sure our bones, teeth and muscles stay nice and healthy.

Our bodies are fully capable of making enough vitamin D to keep us healthy but it is our lifestyles that sometimes cause us to fall short.

In fact, it is thought that as many as 1 in 5 people in the UK have a vitamin D deficiency.

How much Vitamin D do I need?

According to the NHS guidance:

    • Babies up to the age of 1 year – need 8.5 to 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day.

 

    • Children from the age of one need 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day. This includes pregnant and breastfeeding women and people at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

 

  • Adults – need 10 micrograms every day if they are not often outdoors, live in a care home, have dark skin or fully cover up when they are in the sun.1

Ideally, if you are at risk of having low Vitamin D levels, you should consider taking a Vitamin D supplement all-year round. This also applies to children from the age of one to four.2

How can I boost my Vitamin D levels?

We tend to get most of our Vitamin D from the sun.

However, because it is not permanently sunny all-year round in the UK, and because not all of us spend lots of time outside in the sun, it is easy for us not to have enough of it in our system.

Vitamin D is known as the ‘sunshine vitamin’ because our bodies can actually make and absorb Vitamin D from sun exposure.

How long do I need to spend in the sun to get enough vitamin D?

Spending between five and 30 minutes in the sun from 10am and 3pm twice a week on the face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen is usually enough to help boost our intake.3

Uncover your forearms, lower legs, hands and face. Sitting by a sunny window or in a car sadly does not count, because the glass will block the UVB rays.

Most people in the UK are at risk of Vitamin D deficiency during winter months, even if they get outside every day. It can therefore make sense to take a daily Vitamin D3 supplement to keep your levels topped up.

Summary

The best way to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D is by making sure we benefit from several sources, primarily:

  1. The sun
  2. Foods
  3. Vitamin D supplements4

 

Sources

  1. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/
  2. https://www.nhs.uk/news/food-and-diet/the-new-guidelines-on-vitamin-d-what-you-need-to-know/
  3. https://oldwayspt.org/blog/vitamin-d-sources-vegans-and-vegetarians
  4. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-d/