• Dec 4




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  • Dec 1

    Helping your body cope better with stress - 7 Nutrients


    Lots of Foods

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    Dance Fitness with Nottingham Dance and Fitness helps reduce stress

    This article focuses on how to reduce stress and anxiety with what we eat Excercise is considered vital for maintaining mental fitness so don't forget to check out our Timetable and get yourself to one of our super fun Clubbercise, Zumba or Yoga Classes. If you're looking for a more fun and sassy body confidence class try out our Burlesque!

    It’s officially time to re-think the term, ‘comfort food’. New research by bodies such as  Harvard Medical School  proves that eating certain foods can help support our body in times of stress and anxiety. But how does this work and which foods should we be adding to our de-stress diet? Health writer  Helen Foster  asks the experts…

    Balancing neurotransmitters in the brain

    Stress is caused by all kinds of factors and sadly, there’s no miracle cure. However, certain things make us more disposed to to feelings of anxiety. For example, we’re more prone to stressful thinking if our neurotransmitters (responsible for transmitting the nerve impulses in our brain) are imbalanced. “You may have too many excitory compounds that enhance the stress response or too few inhibitory or mellow-out compounds that calm it,” explains registered dietitian  Ali Miller , author of  The Anti-Anxiety Diet .

    What you eat can help balance this. “Protein is key, as neurotransmitters are made using amino acids in proteins as building blocks,” explains Ali. Try to eat a little protein – meat, fish, tofu, beans, yoghurt – at every mealtime.

    Maintaining blood sugar levels 

    Protein as well as high-fibre foods such as wholegrains, beans, peas and lentils help to balance blood sugar. “It’s important to maintain steady blood sugar levels when you suffer from stress or anxiety, as sudden drops can leave you feeling on edge,” explains  Rob Hobson , registered nutritionist and author.

    Creating a healthy gut microbiome

    Looking after our gut bacteria with probiotic and prebiotic foods such as yogurt, kefir, kimchi, leeks, onions and garlic can also help with stress. “When the gut bacteria is imbalanced, we produce higher amounts of stress chemicals, which can drive anxiety,” says Ali.

    So, which foods can help us cope better? Here are seven vitamins and minerals which can help us control how our body handles stress:

    1. B vitamins (B6, 9, 12, thiamine and folate)

    B vitamins play a role in our mood stability. The body also uses these to turn protein into neurotransmitters. “At times of mental stress and anxiety, more B vitamins are needed for the task,” says Ali.

    Find them in:

    • Wholegrains
    • Meat such as beef and turkey
    • Eggs
    • Pulses such as lentils and peas

    2. Vitamin C

    According to a study by the  University of Trier in Germany , ingesting vitamin C before public speaking helped participants feel calmer and lowered their blood pressure during their speech than those without. This could be because vitamin C helps to support healthy adrenal glands, which produce stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.

    Find it in:

    • Berries, blackcurrants and citrus fruits
    • Vegetables such as red peppers and broccoli

    3. Selenium

    Stress can create physical reactions that damage our brain. Specifically, it creates free radicals which damage the neurons (nerve cells), according to Ali. Antioxidant nutrients such as selenium can help to neutralise and reduce oxidative stress to our body and brain.

    Find it in:

    • Nuts such as Brazil nuts and cashews
    • Fish such as tuna and sardines
    • Sunflower seeds
    • Garlic

    4. Magnesium

    According to Rob, one symptom of magnesium deficiency is increased anxiety. Magnesium relaxes the body by limiting levels of the stress hormone cortisol. “We use up more magnesium when we’re stressed, so it’s definitely something to focus on,” he says.

    Find it in:

    • Nuts and seeds
    • Leafy greens
    • Avocado
    • Dark chocolate
    • Beetroot

    5. Vitamin D

    When levels of vitamin D drop, so do levels of the stress-fighting neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, says Ali. The problem is, we make most of our vitamin D through exposure to sunlight, so our levels in winter can be particularly low.

    Find it in:

    • Oily fish such as mackerel
    • Fortified cereals and dairy products
    • Eggs
    • Mushrooms

    6. Chromium

    “To make the mood-boosting hormone serotonin, we need a substance called tryptophan and chromium helps this process,” explains Ali. Chromium also lowers the amount of cortisol we produce when stressed out, and has a role in blood sugar regulation.

    Find it in:

    • Broccoli
    • Green beans
    • Prunes
    • Shellfish
    • Cinnamon

    7. Zinc

    The immune system is negatively affected by prolonged stress – “Zinc is essential for a healthy immune system,” says Rob. Zinc also balances out levels of copper in the body – high levels of which have been linked to chronic anxiety.

    Find it in:

    • Oysters
    • Liver
    • Eggs
    • Meat such as pork and turkey
    • Pumpkin and sesame seeds

    Which foods and drinks should we cut down on?

    According to Ali, it might also be wise to ease up on certain foods and drinks to help ease stress and anxiety.

    Firstly, caffeine increases our production of cortisol and  raises acid levels in our stomach , which can irritate the gut lining. The body also releases cortisol to balance our blood sugar, so cutting down on foods which are high in sugar could alleviate this added stress.

    Lastly, alcohol puts stress on our physiological balance in general ­– from our blood sugar to our gut microbiome. Look to drink low-alcohol drinks where possible.

    Looking for some de-stress recipe inspiration? These  de-stress recipes  contain all the right ingredients, whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack ideas, plus ideas for no-alcohol drinks.

    Source: Vitality Health, Accessed December 2019


    Posted By Jon on Dec 1, 2019 at 1:52 PM

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  • Nov 16
  • Aug 7

    22nd April 2018 Workshop

    Jo King - Goodtime Mama Jojo! Burlesque Legend Workshop!

    Mama Jojo


    For the Facebook event click HERE

    Jo King is a performer, teacher, choreographer who has taught, inspired and empowered thousands of women world-wide, including Immodesty Blaize and last year's judge Miss Polly Rae!

    Feisty, fearless, and 50 something, with over 37 years experience in the cabaret industry, Jo King tirelessly promotes female confidence through her work.

    In 2000 (after many years of teaching and choreographing burlesque striptease dancers in London clubs) she formed the pioneering London School of Striptease which was the very first company in Europe to offer opportunities for every woman to learn exotic-dance, classic striptease and pole-dancing.

    Jo also formed the London Academy of Burlesque which specialised in the theatricality, performance skills and re-invention of this sensational Vaudevillian genre.

    In June 2008, celebrating her 30th year in the industry, Jo was invited to perform at the 52nd Annual Burlesque Legend's Reunion Showcase in Las Vegas. Jo is the first British performer to be recognised as a “Burlesque Legend” by the Burlesque Hall of Fame.

    This was a fabulous workshop. Don's miss out on the next one!


    Posted By Jon on Aug 7, 2018 at 10:13 PM

    Categories: Workshops
  • Nov 2

    Donation to The Alzheimer's Society

    This year's Miss East Midlands Burlesque competition, held on 25th September at Oceana raised money for charity via the sale of voting tokens. Audience members purchased tokens to vote for their favourite act and nominated which charity they'd like to see the money go to. The Alzheimer's Society was chosen and we are delighted to have raised £235.00, which has now been donated and gratefully received. Thank you to all of those who came to the event and purchased tokens. 


    Posted By administrator on Nov 2, 2015 at 3:06 PM