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 – 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.”


More Deception – Bowel Cancer

We have become used to believing what is said in the media. They must be right mustn’t they? The government say it’s OK or not OK so we think we’re OK.

There is a saying that goes something like, “Just because the majority believe it, doesn’t mean it’s not a lie” and how true that is! When it’s concerning our health, these lies make us ill and for me it’s just not acceptable.

Starting from basics: Why does organic food need to be labelled so? It is FOOD. Why do foods that have been tampered with genetically, sprayed with toxic chemicals, or come with a side-garnish of antibiotics, get to be called “food”? We have got used to this system. To my way of thinking it should be turned on its head. The goods that grown/bred with chemicals, should be labelled as such because they are extra to the food.Dairy CowNow let’s look at the recent, scary news headlines. “Eating bacon, sausages, ham and salami increases your chance of bowel cancer.” Then they added – red meat probably does too. What a load of twaddle! (Unless we are talking about cheap food in which case, they may not be healthy – but still may not cause cancer on their own.) We have been eating most of these foods for hundreds/thousands and in the case of red meat, millions of years! Before we had refrigeration, many meats were salted, spiced and dried or “cured” because they lasted longer without rotting. Sausages were a great way to use off-cuts of meat and made to go further by adding breadcrumbs. I don’t know where to start with red meat! Actually, yes I do. We have eaten red meat for millions of years – or we would not be here in the way that we are. Please remember – it is NEVER one food that makes someone ill – it is their diet that has this dubious accolade. See my guidelines.

Cheap foods with added toxic chemicals, should come with a health warning. Look at the list of ingredients on a pack of sausages, talk to a butcher – get wise. If you vote with your feet and buy organic food, more farmers will turn back to the traditional ways of producing food – real food. You could grow your own of course – and keep a few hens!

It is a sad fact that cheap food is produced through greed. The producers will say that it is  consumer demand, so let’s change it. Don’t be a victim – eat food the way nature intended.


No Salt? No Life!

Hundreds of millions of years ago, an ocean existed on Earth allowing the creation of life. The planet was changing in the same way as it had over billions of years. Not instantly but over millennia – seas, mountains and volcanoes came and went, forming Earth into what it is today.

Himalayan crystal salt At a time when the land was growing hotter this ocean gradually dried out, forming vast plateaus of minerals in the form of rock salt. Not just the sodium chloride that we buy in supermarkets, but most of the minerals to be found in our world – in pristine condition. As the earth constantly moved, the pre-Cambrian ocean was subjected to enormous pressure as the Himalayas were formed. This action created crystal from rock and the Himalayas have nurtured the crystal for around 250,000,000 years. It is clean, pure and completely uncontaminated – this is Himalayan crystal salt.

Life can only be brought into existence when water is added to salt so in storage, it will not support microbial life. When you add it to your food you are replenishing the minerals that the body loses naturally each day (and bear in mind how depleted the soil has become from over-farming) and you are adding them exactly as nature intended. It has been said that when some primitive life-forms crawled out of the sea, in order to live, they had to take the sea with them – in their simple circulatory systems. That would be us then! Himalayan crystal salt appears an attractive pink colour – this may be due to the range of minerals present or possibly the remains of the harmless salt-loving algae that lived in the primordial sea.

In nature today, some animals will travel miles to lick natural salt – they instinctively know that they need it. Even domestic animals are given “salt licks” as it is known that they need the extra minerals it provides. If you consider it, an animal would only take something offered, if it was needed, so perhaps we should do the same. In fact, I give “salt licks” to some of my clients who are for whatever reason, poorly nourished. I just supply them with a Himalayan crystal salt lump and tell them to lick it whenever and for however long they need to. (Do not do this with other salt.) If you use the right stuff, you would be hard-pushed to consume too much because your body would tell you “enough is enough”.

When minerals are taken like this they act together to rid the body of toxins, balance fluid retention and excretion and equalize acidity and alkalinity. They are needed for the essential electrical conductivity in heart and other muscle and in nerves. They are vital for the proper formation and function of stomach acid and enzymes and much more. We should get all these minerals from our food but so much of our soil is exhausted and the produce of this land will be lacking too.

Himalayan Crystal Salt is regarded as gourmet salt and is highly prized by some of our leading chefs (Jamie Oliver for one).This may boost salt’s reputation but basic as it maybe, it is a food, ie something which if ingested helps promote healthy life. Fortunately, the salt mines are enormous and salt will be mined in the Himalayas for several hundreds of years yet.

Celtic grey salt is also very good and has a slightly different mineral profile – less of some and more of others. As it is damp, there is more iodine which is essential for thyroid function. It does not grind as well as Himalayan salt, so use it in cooking and leave the Himalayan salt for the grinder. Sprinkling these on your food has to be THE best way to ensure that you obtain some of all the minerals that you need for health.  Rather than just adding saltiness, they enhance the natural flavours – and it’s much cheaper and safer than taking pills!

Both of these natural salts are available online, health food stores or organic shops.

“Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea”– Pythagoras 580 – 500BC

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