Dispelling the myths of colon hydrotherapy

If you were listening to Girls Around Town this morning, you’ll have heard The Tummy Queen Linda Booth explaining why there’s nothing to fear about colon hydrotherapy.

But sometimes actions speak louder than words…

So here’s Linda putting one of her clients at ease during a treatment at the Nottingham Health & Wellbeing Clinic.

Don’t worry – it’s been watched by over 700,000 people on YouTube and you won’t be seeing anything you might prefer not to!

Helping to End Plastic Soup

Did you know that every time you use your washing machine, thousands of microplastic fibres too small to be caught by its filters flow into the sewage system and eventually into the ocean?

Or that these tiny particles, shed from synthetic clothes when laundered, are readily ingested by aquatic life, filling up their stomachs which can eventually lead to death?

With fish, crab, shrimp and birds all having been recorded as ingesting microfibres, it’s also known that they’re ending up in the food we eat, although the long-term effects of this are yet to be made clear…

According to the End Plastic Soup campaign action pack published by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, over 36 billion loads of clothes are washed across Europe every year. And, depending on the type of fabric those clothes are made from, the numbers of microplastic fibres released from a single load of washing are nothing short of mind-boggling :

  • 137,951 fibres released from polyester-cotton blend
  • 496,030 fibres released from polyester fabric
  • 728,789 fibres released from acrylic fabric

The End Plastic Soup campaign isn’t asking for synthetic clothing to be banned but calls on the government and industry to research and develop innovative solutions to the problem. It also offers a list of simple ways in which everyone can help make a difference by taking action at home, based on the EU Mermaids Ocean Clean Wash research project…

  • Wash less: Only wash clothes when they need it. Items that are not worn close to the skin often do not need washing after just one wear – this will also prolong the life of your clothes.
  • Fill up your washing machine to the max: Washing a full load results in less friction between the clothes and so less fibres are released.
  • Use liquid detergent rather than powder: The ‘scrub’ action of the powder grains loosens fibres more than liquid.
  • Wash at low temperature; When clothes are washed at high temperature some fabrics are damaged, resulting in the release of fibres.
  • Cleaning the dryer: Do not flush the lint down the drain, throw it in the bin.
  • Avoid long washing cycles: Long periods of washing cause more friction between fabrics, which can result in more tearing of the fibres
  • Detergent: Avoid using detergents with a high pH level and oxidising agents

Find out more about the scale of ocean plastic waste and how it’s entering the food chain in this Sky documentary…

These girls can – can you?

This_Girl_Can_Logo_PMS_248We’re loving the ad promoting This Girl Can, the national Sport England campaign celebrating active women who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it – and letting nothing (not even sweat!) stand in their way.

Designed to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome, the initiative has been gathering support from individuals and clubs across the country and beyond since the ad first appeared on TV a few days ago.

good things come 2It’s aimed at encouraging women of all ages and abilities, shapes and sizes into sport or exercise, showcasing ‘real’ women to demonstrate that, although fear of judgement is stopping many of us from taking part in exercise, it really doesn’t have to.

And with “Sweating like a pig, feeling like a fox” and “I kick balls, deal with it” among the hard-hitting lines used, the campaign certainly doesn’t pull any punches(!) in its approach…

you don't have to go fastDefinitely an initiative and a topic the Girls Around Town will be exploring on the show when we’re back on air – well, what else would you expect when one of us is the updisputed Deadlift Queen of a leading Newark gym?!

And we’ll be inviting you to contribute to the discussion by sharing your own stories on air and on our Facebook page, so watch this space.

In the meantime, you can find out more about This Girl Can and how to get involved here.

If you haven’t already seen the ad, take a look now – it’s guaranteed to make you giggle. And if it doesn’t inspire you to wiggle, jiggle and ‘get your freak on’, then nothing will!