September Blurb

1. Vivesco will be back soon

2. Beat the Winter Blues 8 week program

3. Get some Turmeric (Curcumin)

4. Creating happiness

5. Juice of the month

Martina – Back soon 🙂

It has been just under 5 weeks now that I have been traveling through Europe and so far it has been a blast!
Never the less, I won’t let September go by without sending out the monthly blurb to you. Enjoy 🙂

As I just wrote above, I am just over halfway through my holiday by now. It has been amazing and I am sure there is more to come!
But to make sure you don’t have to wait  longer than necessary to get back into your sessions with me, and in case you haven’t organized any sessions before I left, here is the date that Vivesco Mobile Health & Fitness will be officially back in action:
Tuesday the 23rd of September
So write me an email if you want to book in for any sessions and I will make sure to get back to you as soon as I can so we can lock it all in 🙂
Nothing much will change, I still operate Monday to Sunday by appointment.

I know I know, I have written about this a few times now, but I just want to make sure you don’t forget about it, if not for yourself, maybe for someone else you know.
On Monday the 29th of September Vivesco’s 8 weeks Beat The Winter Blues Program will commence.
8 weeks with a maximum of 4 fitness sessions per week to attend, weekly support on your individual health goals, weight and body measurements chart, Food & Mood Diary, a Golf Ball, a Pre Start catch up as well as a Finisher get together, a closed FB group for more support, random challenges with chances to win prices, and a special offer for those who will continue! All for only $499
For further details please click here


Turmeric has had a lot of attention over the last few years. Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies. In fact, research has revealed over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects. 
With all this research done, here is a list of conventional medicines that have been found less effective/more dangerous compared to using supplemental/natural turmeric in their place:

1. Lipitor/Atorvastatin (cholesterol medication):
A 2008 study published in the journal, Drugs in R & D, found that a standardized preparation of curcuminoids from Turmeric compared favorably to the drug atorvastatin (trade name Lipitor) on endothelial dysfunction, the underlying pathology of the blood vessels that drives atherosclerosis, in association with reductions in inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients. 

2. Corticosteroids (steroid medications):
A 1999 study published in the journal, Phytotherapy Research, found that the primary polyphenol in turmeric, the saffron colored pigment known as curcumin, compared favorably to steroids in the management of chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease.
A 2008 study published in 
Critical Care Medicinefound that curcumin compared favorably to the corticosteroid drug dexamethasone in the animal model as an alternative therapy for protecting lung transplantation-associated injury by down-regulating inflammatory genes.
An earlier 2003 study published in 
Cancer Letters found the same drug also compared favorably to dexamethasone in a lung ischaemia-reperfusion injury model.

3. Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine (antidepressants):
A 2011 study published in the journal, Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica, found that curcumin compared favorably to both drugs in reducing depressive behavior in an animal model.

4. Aspirin (blood thinner):
A 1986 in vitro and ex vivo study published in the journal, Arzneimittelforschung, found that curcumin has anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects compared to aspirin, indicating it may have value in patients prone to vascular thrombosis and requiring anti-arthritis therapy.

5. – 12. Anti-inflammatory Drugs:
A 2004 study published in the journal,Oncogene, found that curcumin (as well as resveratrol) were effective alternatives to the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and tamoxifen in exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity against tumor cells.

13. Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy drug):
A 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that curcumin compares favorably with oxaliplatin as an antiproliferative agent in colorectal cell lines.

14. Metformin (diabetes drug):
A 2009 study published in the journal Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Community, explored how curcumin might be valuable in treating diabetes, finding that it activates AMPK (which increases glucose uptake) and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression (which suppresses glucose production in the liver) in hepatoma cells. Interestingly, they found curcumin to be 500 times to 100,000 times (in the form known as tetrahydrocurcuminoids(THC)) more potent than metformin in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC). 

Another way in which turmeric and its components reveal their remarkable therapeutic properties is in research on drug resistant- and multidrug resistant cancers. There are no less than 54 studies indicating that curcumin can induce cell death or sensitize drug-resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment. 27 studies on curcumin’s have been identified showing the ability of turmeric to either induce cell death or sensitize multidrug resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.

Considering how strong a track record turmeric (curcumin) has, having been used as both food and medicine in a wide range of cultures, for thousands of years, a strong argument can be made for using curcumin as a drug alternative or adjuvant in cancer treatment.

Or, better yet, use certified organic (non-irradiated) turmeric in lower culinary doses on a daily basis so that heroic doses won’t be necessary later in life after a serious disease sets in.  Nourishing yourself, rather than self-medicating with ‘nutraceuticals,’ should be the goal of a healthy diet.


Defining happiness is difficult, as happiness is actually a state of mind. What brings on happiness is therefore unique to the individual person; what makes you happy may be quite different from what makes your neighbor or your officemate happy.
Still, despite being hard to define, there’s something about happiness that has universal appeal. Virtually everyone strives for it, but not everyone will reach it.
Yet, as abstract, and at times as elusive, as happiness may be, there are proven ways to make yourself happier, and you can do many of these things starting today.

1. Exercise More Often
Exercise is one of the best strategies for overcoming depression. Indeed, it can have a dramatic impact on your mental health. For example, a Duke University team studied three groups that tried exercise only, exercise plus drugs, and drugs only, to see what treatment best treated depression. 

They found that 10 months later, it was the exercise-only group that was most successful in maintaining wellness and avoiding a depression relapse!
Yet, exercise may still make you happier even if you’re not depressed. It can help you to feel better about your body, for starters, while also boosting levels of health-promoting brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress.
Rather than viewing exercise as a medical tool to lose weight, prevent disease, and live longer – all benefits that occur in the future – try viewing exercise as a daily tool to immediately enhance your frame of mind, reduce stress and feel happier.

2. Get Proper Sleep
A lack of sleep makes it more difficult to recall pleasant memories (but gloomy memories are recalled just fine). Lack of sleep may also make you more susceptible to negative emotions like fear and anger, while taking a nap in the afternoon may enhance positive emotions.
Not to mention, sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety and bipolar depression, while getting the right amount of sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve difficult problems.
I have written another blog post on sleep before, you can find it here

3. Shorten Your Commute
If you can move closer to where you work, or work closer to where you live, do it. A long commute is stressful and draining, even if it allows you to buy a bigger house or have a better job. Such factors do not make up for the unhappiness created by a longer commute, according to research by two Swiss economists. Generally speaking, it would take a 40 percent increase in pay to make up for a job with a longer commute.
Pretty big number which I am sure most payslips don’t reflect…

4. Nourish Your Relationships
Friends and family mean everything in life, and research shows spending social time with your friends and loved ones generally makes people much happier. One study even found that relationships are worth more than $100,000 in terms of life satisfaction, while actual changes in income buy very little happiness.

5. Spend Time Outdoors
Simply going outside to get some fresh air and sunshine boosts mood, broadens thinking and improves working memory. Studies found that it takes just 20 minutes outdoors to make most people happier.

6. Help Others
Volunteering can lower your risk of depression and anxiety, and significantly boost your psychological well-being. Not only does it keep you active and on your feet, but there’s a definite social aspect as well, both of which contribute to happiness. Volunteering to help others also gives you a greater sense of purpose and can even lead to a so-called “helper’s high,” which may occur because doing good things releases feel-good hormones like oxytocin in your body while lowering levels of stress hormones like cortisol.
Helping others can be anything that makes someones elses day: The good old “helping an elderly person cross the street” to donating time or money for those most desperate in need.

7. Smile
Putting on a fake smile can worsen your mood, but thinking positive thoughts and then smiling as a result can make you happier. When you smile at others, they’re also more likely to smile back in return, creating an ongoing feedback loop that may lead to more positivity in your life and the lives of others.

8. Plan a Vacation
It might be that the simple act of planning a vacation can make you happier, even if you don’t actually go on one. Research showed that people were happiest during the planning stage of their vacation, when their sense of anticipation was peaked. After the vacation was over, levels of happiness quickly returned to baseline.
(NOOOOO don’t tell me that!!! 😉     )

9. Meditate
Meditation helps you keep your mind focused, calms your nerves and supports inner peace. Research shows it can even lead to physical changes in your brain that make you happier, including an increase in areas associated with compassion and self-awareness and a shrinking in areas associated with stress.

10. Practice Gratitude
People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals. The best way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re grateful for each day. Doing so has been linked to happier moods, greater optimism and even better physical health.

True Happiness Comes From Within

If there is one common thread to the tips above, it is that the factors that increase happiness tend to do so from the inside, as lasting happiness is not something that can be achieved from external sources. It may be helpful to remember that happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think.
This is part of the power of affirmations, which can also help you to boost your happiness.
For example, starting each day by thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for is one way to put your mind on the right track. Also, remember that your future depends largely on the thoughts you think today. So each moment of every day is an opportunity to turn your thinking around, thereby helping or hindering your ability to think and feel more positively in the very next moment.
Most experts agree that there are no shortcuts to happiness. Even generally happy people do not experience joy 24 hours a day. But a happy person can have a bad day and still find pleasure in the small things in life.
Postponing your happiness until you reach a certain goal, like getting a promotion or pay raise to go on vacation, is a sure-fire way to stay stuck in misery. Instead, consciously spend a few minutes every day thinking about the good things in your life, such as eating a balanced meal or getting enough rest. Practice this every day and each day try to extend the time you spend on positive thoughts.
Additionally, while there is no rule or special formula that can make a person constantly happy, happiness tends to come more easily when you focus on developing positive social relationships and enjoyable work, and have a sense that life has meaning. Overall, having a spiritual dimension tends to be an essential component of happiness for most people as well.
Puh, that was a big one 😀
And last but not least
The Juice of the month September
Its the end of winter so you should still be able to get your hands onto some nice crisp apples
Juice of the month September 3 Apples
1/2 Beetroot (you can use one if you want to, but the taste can be pretty full on)
1 Sweet Potato (med size)
Water/Coconut water if required
 Enjoy and see you soon, back in beautiful Perth, WA 🙂
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