It’s Your Life! Show Exhibitor Blogs – Health and Hart

Joanne works with busy professionals and sports people who want to achieve optimum health and peak performance.  With a first class science degree in Nutritional Therapy and a British Wheel of Yoga teaching qualification you can be assured of a friendly and professional approach.

Joanne particularly enjoys working with people who enjoy doing sport.  Performance requires effective training and anything that gets in the way of your training such as lack of energy, weight, poor sleep, digestive issues, hormone issues, mood, stress, mindset or poor flexibility is a reason to get advice.

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 If you’re busy at work (or life!) then Joanne helps with practical ideas and can plan a programme to suit your personalised needs, and this can be a combination of some or all of nutrition (food, optional supplements and scientific laboratory testing), yoga and coaching.

This is a personalised approach and no one size fits all; Your genetic predisposition, lifestyle, environment, health history, food likes and dislikes are all taken into consideration.

Joanne has many happy 1-1 clients and also delivers corporate wellbeing (details on request).


Nutrition and resilience programmes for Professionals and Athletes.
Releasing your inner potential…


It’s Your Life! Show Exhibitor Blogs – Ladybird First Aid

Ladybird First Aid, set up by Rachel Moffatt, offers a range of courses including a 2-hour introductory baby and child first aid course. The two hour course, run by Rachel, covers baby and child first aid from birth to puberty and will include Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (“CPR”), Choking, Recovery Position, Burns and Scalds, Meningitis, Raised temperatures, Febrile Convulsions, Bleeding and Bumps & Head Injuries.

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Held at various venues in the Henley area including Henley Meeting House in Henley as well as Sonning Common, Marlow, Reading and Maidenhead each course will have a maximum number of 12 attendees to maintain an informal setting and so that people feel relaxed and able to ask questions. There is also the opportunity to host a course at your own home with a minimum number of 4 people.

In addition to the basic course, Ladybird First Aid also offers other certified courses including a two-day Paediatric First Aid course that complies with the requirements of OFSTED and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), First Aid at Work and Emergency First Aid at work.


Speaking about her business enterprise, Rachel Moffatt, Founder of Ladybird First Aid, said: “Since becoming a mum to my two children, Jack and Ella, I have felt an ever-greater need to learn first aid. When your child becomes ill or gets injured, it can be your quick reactions and knowing what to do in those first few vital minutes that can prevent any further injury or from the illness getting more serious. I feel that there is a gap in the market in Henley and the surrounding areas for this type of course and hope that Ladybird First Aid can fill that void.

“The courses we offer cater for different levels of knowledge and with many grandparents and other family members helping out with childcare duties these days, it may be a perfect course to attend to help them brush up on their child first aid skills as well.”

For further information or to enrol on a course, please click on the link below
or contact Rachel directly on 07812 164350 or

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It’s Your Life! Show Exhibitor Blogs – Tropic Skincare

Tropic Skincare

Pure, Honest and Effective is at the heart of everything we do.

We create natural and effective products that are a pleasure to use and are effective on all skin types.

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You won’t find any harmful toxins in Tropic products. We only use natural ingredients that have been used for millennia, and are known to work.

Our skincare range contain only 100% naturally derived ingredients from the whole plant (the flower, the seeds, the stem, the roots, the leaves and the fruit) to extract the wonderful vitamins and antioxidants nature has to offer.

Our multi award-winning natural, vegan and cruelty-free skincare range is packed to bursting with active plant proteins, nourishing vitamins and powerful antioxidants.

All Tropic products are certified by the Vegan Society and Cruelty Free International, and we list all our ingredients in plain English.

You won’t find any of these in our products:

  • Parabens
  • Mineral Oils
  • Harmful Synthetic Fragrances
  • Harsh Preservatives
  • Toxic Chemicals
  • SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)
  • Unsustainable Palm Oils

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It’s Your Life! Show Exhibitor Blogs – Henley Health & Detox

Experiencing low energy and weariness?
How to cure Spring Fatigue!

Spring is the time of year when we often feel tired. Low energy, dizziness, muscle tension, loss of appetite, and sleeping problems are just a few of the symptoms of spring fatigue. Prevent it through a balanced diet, exercise, and taking the right combination of vitamins and minerals.
Scarce sunlight during winter (decline of Vitamin D reserves) and reduced physical activity are factors that largely contribute to spring fatigue. Inadequate nutrition which does not provide the body with the necessary vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients can also result in fatigue. The vitamin level of fruits and vegetables available in the winter are not equal to those we consume in the spring and summer, which could also lead to a vitamin deficient state.
By introducing some minor changes, the period of exhaustion can be greatly reduced.

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Consume a lot of water – about 1.5l-2l per day – and drink herbal teas every day, they are delicious!
Do more sports! Any movement will do and it’s especially good to exercise outdoors thus you can help your Vitamin-D reserves fill up – from May onwards, the sun is strong enough for our skin to produce Vitamin D naturally.
In order to replenish our reserves, in addition to a balanced diet and regular physical activity, we should provide our body with sufficient vitamins and minerals. Increased amounts of vitamin C, vitamins of the B group, magnesium, and iron will stimulate your energy, strengthen your immunity, relieve fatigue,
and help prevent anaemia (Boost B12).
Discover the benefits of a HIGH QUALITY NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT at:

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Find us on Facebook  and Twitter @HenleyHealth .

Friendly team and FAST DELIVERY!

Best wishes,
Henley Health & Detox Team

It’s Your Life! Show Exhibitor Blogs – rawCo

At rawCo, we pride ourselves on offering high quality, versatile ingredients to encourage more people to start making delicious, nutritious homemade food from scratch. We regularly update our website with quick and easy recipes using our products to help show that eating well need not be expensive and time-consuming.


 We started rawCo in the Spring of 2015 with our Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. As big fans of coconut oil, we wanted to ensure we were providing the best quality coconut oil possible; hence, we stuck with a provider of cold-pressed coconut oil. The cold-press process entails coconuts being de-husked, grated, dehydrated and pressed at an average temperature of 40°C (105°F). The production does not use solvents or other nasty chemicals. Minimal processing ensures an unadulterated product that retains the full breadth of flavour and all the natural goodness of the coconut. rawCo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil has been produced on machinery that is used to manufacture only coconut products. It does not contain soy, eggs and milk products meaning this is an ideal for those following a Vegan diet.

rawCo Coconut Flour and rawCo Coconut Amino Sauce were added to our product range in Autumn 2015. Coconut Flour is a delicious and healthy alternative to wheat and other grain based flours. It is naturally gluten-free, high in fibre and low in digestible carbohydrates. Coconut Flour is ideal for use in cakes, muffins, pancakes and other baked goods.

rawCo Coconut Amino Sauce is crafted from the sap of the coconut tree. It is aged and blended with sun-dried, mineral-rich sea salt, resulting in a salty and tangy sauce with a sweet aftertaste. Naturally soy-free, gluten-free and wheat-free, it is ideal for coeliacs or those following a paleo or primal lifestyle. This sauce can be added to salad dressings, marinades, stir-fries or used for dipping.

Please visit our website where you will find further information on our products, an online shop, regular blog posts and easy to follow recipes.

Find us on Facebook or on Twitter & Instagram under the handle @rawco_coconut.

The rawCo Team.

It’s Your Life! Show Exhibitor Blogs – h by Maia

h by Maia is a Berkshire-based brand that handcrafts honest all-natural skin care for those who love a little luxury, value naturally radiant skin and want to limit the toxicity in their lives.

h by Maia is transparent about its ingredients and its philosophy encourages you to make informed choices about what you put on your skin.

h by Maia-OilsAs the skin absorbs as much as 60% of what is put onto it, h honest natural skin care is formulated solely with this in mind.  The result is a luxurious blend of high-quality organic oils and rich creamy butters bursting with nutrients, vitamins and essential fatty acids, carefully-selected for their known therapeutic and nourishing benefits to the skin.

Unlike many skincare brands h formulations are oil-based (anhydrous) and completely water-free , which means they have a naturally long shelf-life and do not need any preservatives, emulsifiers or thickeners. Instead every single ingredient is 100% active and selected for its specific therapeutic benefit for the skin. h formulations contain no parabens, petro-chemicals,  SLS, thickening agents, emulsifiers or other synthetic ingredients.

h started out of a love for things honest and natural.  Believing that natural beauty is about integrating nature into our daily lives, h skincare is about being pure and enjoying the simple things – there is nothing more beautiful than naturally radiant skin…

h stands for a host of things:            h by Maia-Cleanser

h is for health

h is for honesty

h is for healing

h is for happiness

It really is quite simple…

Creator and Founder Maia Smith set out to develop a range of products to soothe her own skin problems, which resulted in the first range of h by Maia formulations. “I realised the only way I could make sure the products I used on my skin contained no nasties was to make them myself”.  So that’s exactly what she did.

Having noticed the considerable difference the products made to her skin, Maia now has an increasing local client base who are also now reporting the difference these natural plant oils make to their skin. Two years later she still uses her products every day!

Maia With a background in public health, a key objective of  Maia’s brand is to raise awareness  – through social media and other channels – about undesirable ingredients, and make the use of natural skin care products the norm.

h by Maia exhibited at the November 2015 “It’s Your Life” show as it seemed the perfect opportunity to reach people interested in natural health and wellbeing.  The show included a good range and balance of nutrition, therapy, skin care and wellbeing exhibitors – both local and bigger known brands – which attracted Maia to the show.  It was the ideal opportunity for a start-up business like h by Maia.

As well as increasing the visibility of the brand, the “It’s Your Life” show proved in particular to be an excellent opportunity for networking with other like-minded people and businesses, some of whom Maia hopes to collaborate with going forward.  “I think we are so lucky to have an event of this nature and scale in Reading, and everyone needs to know about it! I enjoyed the atmosphere and really look forward to the April show”.









It’s Your Life! Show Exhibitor Blogs – Inspire Healing

“Facial Reflexology is a unique treatment which focuses on the reflex points in the face to give an extremely relaxing treatment. It not only helps you to improve your health and wellbeing, but it can also help you look better, younger and have a healthy glow on the outside.

The face will feel and look smoother and more toned as the circulation is increased which helps to release muscle tension.

If you are reading this blog you would have most likely heard of foot or hand Reflexology, and Facial Reflexology works on the same theory that areas on your face are connected to areas of your body, and stimulating them improves underlying energy imbalances which can help promote wellbeing. The proximity of the face to the brain is key to the effectiveness of this original therapy.

Facial Reflexology is not a beauty treatment; however it does have some great beautifying side effects. The treatment ‘lifts’ the face to make your face feel and look smoother and more toned. It also encourages lymphatic drainage, stimulates the facial nerves, increases blood flow and muscle tone, helps to build up new skin tissue and improves skin tone. Facial reflexology helps to improve skin tone, strengthen layers of skin tissue and may also help to reduce lines and wrinkles over a series of treatments.  `

Facial Reflexology aims to help reduce the symptoms and effects of many common ailments including stress, IBS, back pain, arthritis, depression, MS and sleep disorders.

It is a really relaxing treatment, and most of the clients I treat fall asleep during the session. It is also great combined with foot reflexology, not only will you get the benefits of both treatments; it is also extremely relaxing to have the face and then feet worked on.

I was trained by Ziggie Bergman at the London School of Reflexology, and you can visit her website here.

If you would like to book a treatment with me, please visit the contact page where you can either call or email for an appointment.” Please click on the link below to see website.

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It’s Your Life! Show Exhibitor Blogs – Active Silver

“Active Silver is Colloidal Silver of the highest quality, used as a very effective antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and tissue healing solution.

You can use it as a daily preventative to enhance your body’s immune system, or as a first defence to naturally treat infection, disease and heal tissue and skin. It’s also used by those with illnesses that cannot be treated or have defeated modern drugs, or who want an alternative/don’t like the idea of antibiotics or modern drugs. It can be taken orally or put onto skin. It’s also brilliant for pets too such as cats, dogs and horses.”



It’s Your Life! Show Exhibitor Blogs – A Basing Bakes


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” A Basing Bakes is a home baking business, based in Basingstoke, and specialising in gluten free products.  Helen Lang is the proprietor, she has been cooking professionally for 15 years and 3 years ago decided to branch out on her own.
Having many requests from customers to cater for special diets, and seeing the lack of good quality products on the supermarket shelves, Helen decided to teach herself how to bake gluten free.
Since then she has won 2 stars in last years coveted Great Taste Awards, for one of her quiches and is now a member of Hampshire Fare, sourcing as many ingredients locally as possible .
A Basing Bakes now has a dedicated gluten free food prep area, keeping the risk of contamination to a minimum.”


Cancer – Can We Prevent It?

Having lost four celebrities to cancer last month, I was motivated to write this. We are all to some degree, sad at the loss of these influential people because they touched our lives. But their deaths are just a drop in the ocean. These statistics are from the Macmillan website:

  • There are now an estimated 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, rising to 4 million by 2030
  • By 2020 almost one in two people (47%) will get cancer at some point in their lives
  • More than a thousand people will be diagnosed with cancer everyday in the UK by the end of 2016

Around 160,000 people in the UK die from cancer every year


 I couldn’t find any statistics regarding the ages of sufferers, other than for specific cancers. However, it’s apparent that cancer diagnoses are increasing in young people. On my first ward as a student nurse in the 1970s, I remember a man who had the terminal stages of lung cancer. He was in his early 50s. I was chosen to accompany the ward sister on the consultant’s ward round whilst this gentleman was a patient and was witness to the discussion following the round. Even though they had seen cancers in people this young before, it was still uncommon to see terminal illness through cancer in someone so young. As was said at the time – “cancer is a disease of the elderly” – when the body’s usual repair functions, start to slow down and don’t work correctly. People as young as 30 are being diagnosed – and younger. What is happening?

My view is that it’s never just one thing – it’s usually several. Yes this man smoked, but so did my grandmother (like a trooper!) and she died at 83 – not surprisingly, from lung cancer. My grandmother out-lived this man by 30 years! The difference, I believe, was that my grandmother had a wonderful diet – rich in good fats and free from toxins. The 70s saw the uprising of toxic vegetable oils in preference to butter, lard and dripping. I could relate many more anecdotes, but suffice to say, that there are more anecdotes.

Can we protect ourselves? I don’t have the definitive guide to preventing cancer, but I can cut your chances:

  • Reduce your use of toxic household and personal products. Get rid of the products under your sink that have hazard warnings and try these instead.
    Use just water for showering or find some very pure organic toiletries.
  • Eat organic food – especially the things you eat daily.
  • Get some sunshine for the vitamin D3 it gives us. Read the sunshine blog.
  • Stop eating foods that cause inflammation – especially seed oils, margarine and anything loosely called “vegetable oil.” Sugar – need I say more? Remember that all carbohydrate foods provide sugar to the body (limit grains), so don’t base your diet on these. Stop smoking.
  • Some medications are vital, but in general, try to find other ways to deal with illness and discomfort. Our main source of defence against illness, our microbiome (the good bugs in our gut and on our skin) is so easily disrupted by medications. We all make rogue – or potentially cancerous – cells in our bodies every day, but a strong immune system will dismantle them. Nurture your immune system.
  • Don’t overdo anything! If you drink – have days off. If you smoke (give it up!), cut them down. If you run, (this can cause inflammation in the body if overdone), relax or meditate as well. If you must have a Big Mac, please, make it a monthly occurrence! (I can’t bring myself to say treat!)
  • Always take time for relaxation – read, meditate, take a long bath and so on. These are anti-inflammatory practices.
  • Read my guidelines for health.



These measures will take you a long way towards protecting against cancer, but there may be others. I’ll keep you informed!