Our E-Magazine for integrative health
Welcome to the world of Escapada, a place where lifestyle, nutrition, mindful fitness and integrative treatments merge. By combining the wisdom of eastern philosophies with our western lifestyle, our aim is to strip away excess information and create healthy lifestyle habits.
Let your lifestyle and nutrition be your medicine and explore the beauty of health and wellbeing!
Whenever people hear the word "hormones," their minds are quick to jump to our reproductive hormones: oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. But in reality, our bodies host a network of around 50 different hormones that keep us functioning properly, which is why keeping them balanced is so important.
After years of struggling with mysterious health and illnesses, visiting doctor after doctor, taking test after test, and spending hundreds on your health, it can all boil down to one simple answer: toxicity.
Our bodies were built to deal with natural pollution created by digestion, respiration, and metabolism, but they're not designed to handle the enormous amount of artificial pollutants we're exposed to in today's chemical-filled world…
Physicians have been seeing increasing symptoms of toxicity in their patients over the last few decades. Hormone imbalances, obesity, mental fog, memory loss, fatigue, lack of vitality, metabolic syndrome, sleep disturbances are all manifestations of a toxic body. Spring is upon us, a perfect time of year for detoxification… As the seasons change, many of us are motivated to do ‘spring cleaning’ in our homes and gardens….
You might know all about healthy eating, but did you know what’s deemed as ‘healthy’ changes from season to season according to Chinese medicine?
And that eating what would be considered good for your constitution in summer might actually be thought of as the opposite in winter? When the weather is cold, like during a British winter, we need to be eating thermogenic foods to keep our systems running properly. “All bodily processes are warm, so most of us need warming foods in winter to maintain healthy organ function and overall wellbeing.
Nature and your body are very much intertwined, according to the theory of five elements. Ancient Chinese philosophers discovered that most things in the world can be broken down to five energy types - wood, earth, fire, metal and water. There’s said to be a little bit of all five elements within each of us, but Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) advises that we must sustain a balance of them all in order to maintain good health.
In TCM understanding how the elements affect your health allows you to create a comprehensive and effective treatment plan to eliminate disease and chronic conditions….
Integrative Health is a medical system that encompasses us as a whole individual and takes into consideration our physical body, mind and spirit. This means that our health should not be just the absence of disease, but the feeling of wholeness, balance and resilience.
We may know what’s good for us but we often struggle with the practical application of a healthy lifestyle in our everyday busy lives. In addition, with an overwhelming amount of information around us…
While the word “hygiene” conjures up images of hand-washing and teeth-brushing, sleep hygiene is different. It’s the habits that you can put in place each evening to optimise sleep. And it doesn’t take much effort. Just a few simple changes can make the difference between a good night’s sleep and night spent tossing and turning…
Sleep is not important - it is essential. Sleep and health are strongly related - poor sleep can increase the risk of having poor health, and poor health can make it harder to sleep. Sleep disturbances can be one of the first signs of distress and that the body is out of balance. An old Chinese quote says that “replenishing health with medicine is not as good as replenishing health with diet, but that replenishing health with sleep is the best treatment of all”…
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? Read the news? Check your emails? Scroll through social media? Now, imagine your phone’s not in the room. If that makes you feel aimless or uncomfortable, it may be time for a digital detox. Depending on who you are, and how much you use technology in your daily routine, a digital detox might seem either insane or too easy. It’s not until you begin to experience the highs and lows of a digital detox rollercoaster that you realise just how addicting social media and television is…
In Chinese Medicine, it is believed that the appearance of your tongue is a reflection of your health and can be a powerful diagnostic tool. Tongue diagnosis is a very traditional and effective method, which has been used to diagnose diseases for over two thousand years. Knowledge of tongue diagnosis is one of the unique treasures of Traditional Chinese Medicine….