Radiance Loves....barrecoreVIRTUAL classes

by Christina Agnew,

During the festive period your normal workout schedule can easily go awry, thanks to endless Christmas parties and being away from home and your usual gym or classes. Of course a bit of indulgence is a must at this time of year, but if you let things go completely it is so much harder to get back on track come January. That's why we are loving barre fitness specialist barrecore's online classes. You can log in anytime, anywhere to the website and pay to view a one-off class, or if you're looking to stay more motivated we'd recommend the £25 monthly subscription. Look out for barrecore founder Niki Rein's mixed level class, or Marysa Dalton's bootcamp. Here's Marysa providing a bit of fitness inspiration....


Radiance Recipe: Flu Fighter Shot

by Clare Ward, , link

With flu season upon us we like to boost our immunity by having this fiery flu-fighting juice shot.


1 orange (peeled)

1/2 lemon (peeled)

2" ginger root (peeled)

1 tsp manuka honey (at least UMF 10+)

Pinch cayenne pepper

Pinch turmeric

Pinch black pepper


60ml aloe vera

1 tsp Pukka elderberry syrup

1 tbsp sea buckthorn juice (try Weleda)


Put the orange, lemon and ginger root through your juicer. Then mix in the other ingredients to the juice. Drink immediately.


Both orange and lemon are great sources of Vitamin C, whilst ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is a known antioxidant and this comes from the active compounds within it called curcuminoids.  These help to support your immune system and can help to protect your cells from free radical damage. The black pepper helps with the absorbtion of the turmeric so that your body can get the full benefits of it. 

We've specified Manuka honey because the type of honey you use is crucial. All honeys are not created equal. Research into Manuka honey carried out by biochemist Professor Peter Molan at the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato, New Zealand has found that Manuka honey has a uniquely impressive anti bacterial action, even combatting antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. He terms this the Unique Manuka Factor or UMF. When choosing your Manuka honey try to opt for one that has a UMF strength of at least 10+ on it. This will be clearly displayed on the label.  We like the Manuka honey by Comvita, Medibee and Manuka Gold.

Radiance Loves....Better You Magnesium Flakes

by Christina Agnew, , link

There is little better than a long hot bath at the end of a cold Wintery day. Lately, we have been supercharging the health factor of our must-have soak time with Better You's Magnesium Flakes. Frank Lipman MD cites research indicating that as many as 80% of us are magnesium deficient, so supplementing it is an excellent way to support good health. By creating a diluted solution of magnesium chloride with these flakes, greater areas of the body can be exposed for longer periods of time, allowing a more gentle absorption of the mineral.

Here are a few of our other favourite bath additions:

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