Are you suffering from Depression?

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

Someone with depression.

Someone with depression who?













Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days.

Everybody goes through periods of feeling down, but when you’re depressed, you feel you feel sad and lethargic for weeks and months. There are people who still consider it as something whimsical and not a health condition and are met with remarkes of snap out of and pull yourself together.

There are many levels of Depression from mild forms to the more serious & clinical. The great news is that with the right treatment and support, most people can make a full recovery.

There is a theory that we spend our lives in constant flight or fight mode thus we never exercise off the chemical balance the body creates by constantly being in this mode. This eventually leads to an imbalance that causes us to feel down, lethargic and sad.

How to tell if you have depression.

Depression affects people in many different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms. They range from lasting feelings of sadness and losing interest in the things you normally do. You also may feeling anxious or indecisive There is also symptoms such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive and complaining of various aches and pains. The severity of the symptoms can vary.  At its mildest, you may simply feel persistently sad mood and at its most severe, it can make you feel suicidal and that life is no longer worth living.

When to see a doctor

It’s important to seek help from your GP if you think you may be depressed. Many people wait a long time before seeking help for depression, but it’s best not to delay. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you can be on the way to recovery. Sometimes there is a trigger for depression. Life-changing events, such as bereavement, or losing your job or even having a baby, can bring it on, you can also become depressed for no obvious reason.

Lez Wright’s Solution On Depression 

Whilst it can be a very serious condition, at it’s mildest stage there are many things you can do to help yourself to recovery. Working with your GP’s advice and our programme you may be in a position where you can get yourself back to leading a happy and fulfilled life without depression.



Could you be consuming foods that are bad for you?

It is extremely likely that we all consume foods and drinks that are toxic to our bodies. Unfortunately, we would never know because these foods and drinks are purchased in good faith and we would not necessarily link our poor health to our eating habits. These toxic products would have an adverse effect on our health and it is possible that the rise in obesity, diabetes, cancers and other illnesses can be attributed to what we unknowingly eat and drink.

The following are types of reactions, allergies, intolerances and sensitivities that could be caused by what we eat and or drink; hives, asthma, hay fever, abdominal cramps, arthritis, a bloated stomach, chest pains, depression or mood swings, feeling dizzy, joint and muscle pains, nausea, palpitations, rashes, irritable bowel, a swollen tongue or throat, tiredness, lethargy, an unexplained cough, runny nose, watery or itchy eyes.

There are growing concerns that the food and drink we consume is contaminated with products that are really harmful to us. We are unaware of this danger because we often do not know what ingredients have been used, or what the effects of the food additives really are.

Processed foods

Processed foods are designed for mass consumption and long shelf life. Products that have a long shelf life usually have preservatives and other chemicals included. Additives have little or no health benefits and, in many cases are the causes for many health issues.

It is an interesting fact that some of the giant corporations producing foods are also the same people who produce the same pharmaceutical drugs the doctors hand out because of the foods we eat. Do we really know what they are putting in our foods?

“Two New Zealand schoolgirls humbled one of the world’s biggest food and drugs companies GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in a school science experiment they found that their ready-to-drink Ribena contained almost no trace of vitamin C. When the commerce commission investigated, it found that although blackcurrants have more vitamin C than oranges, the same was not true of Ribena. It also said ready-to-drink Ribena contained no detectable level of vitamin C.

‘The Guardian, Schoolgirls rumble Ribena vitamin claims’ By: Jeevan Vasagar Source: The Guardian, Tuesday 27 March 2007

If you want to be certain of what you are drinking you can buy the fruit and juice it yourself if you want to guarantee fresh unprocessed drinks. Not to suggest that all manufacturers of processed foods and drink are dishonest and deceptive but they are all manufacturing processed foods to make huge profits. If profits are the main concern, morality tends to go out of the window.


High salt level in foods

‘Industry wants high salt level’ Source: BBC News Online, 16th April 1999

Professor Graham Macgregor, of St George’s Hospital, London, said there were huge commercial reasons for keeping the salt content of processed food high. He said:

“If we reduce our salt intake soft drink sales will fall. For these reasons the salt and food and soft drink industries are very reluctant to cut the salt content of processed foods.”





Aspartame, saccharin and other artificial sweeteners/additives are consistently under a great deal of scrutiny and controversy because it is widely believed that such artificial sweeteners can cause multitude of illnesses when they are consumed. These sweeteners are used in over 6,000 diet products, including sugar free soft drinks, chewing gum, sweets, desserts, and yogurt as well as in medicine, namely, syrups and antibiotics for children.

Additives seem to be in most, if not all, processed products including organic food products. As more research continues into our food and drink, new facts on the detrimental effects of additives are sure to be uncovered and I believe more natural, plant based fresh food is the way forward. There are too many additives being added to our foods and we do not know what they are or how they are made.

When tested on their own, they may pass food guidelines, but when combined with our daily intake of food and drink, alcohol, prescribed and non-prescribed drugs, they are likely to be extremely harmful for us. Have a look at the list of ‘E’ numbers categories to follow and please read on.

Additives ‘E’ Numbers:

Colours (E100–199), Preservatives (E200–299), Antioxidants & Acidity regulators (E300–399), Thickeners, stabilisers & emulsifiers (E400–499), pH regulators & anti-caking agents (E500–599), Flavour enhancers (E600–699), Miscellaneous (E900–999), Additional chemicals (E1100-1599), Waxes (E900–909), Synthetic glazes (E910–919), Improving agents (E920– E929), Packaging gases (E930–949), Sweeteners (E950–969), Foaming agents (E990–999), Acesulfame K (E950), Aspartame (E951), Cyclamate (E952), Isomalt (E953), Saccharin (E954), Sucralose (E955), Alitame(956), Thaumatin (E957), Neohesperidin dihydrochalcone (E959), Salt of aspartame-acesulfame (E962), Maltitol (E965) Lactitol (E966) Xylitol(E967).


Additives: Negative health effects

There has been extensive research on ‘E’ numbers and a comprehensive list of negative health effects can be found in books and on the internet. I strongly recommend you research and see for yourself some of the dangerous and highly toxic substances manufacturers are putting in our food and drink and decide if you wish to continue consuming such products. There is far too much data on the health problems surrounding these ‘E’ numbers to mention here but I hope the following gives you the incentive to look further into what food and drink you consume, even if its looking on the labeling of the foods you purchase.

I have chosen just one of the ‘E’ numbers from the above list to demonstrate what devastating effects one ‘E’ number additives can have on your health.


Thoughts and feelings: Part 2

Thoughts and feelings continued 


Imagine your home has been burgled, your thoughts will reflect your feelings, which will either be negative or positive. If your perception of the situation is negative you would be focusing on how bad things appear to be; someone coming into your home taking your possessions and you having to deal with the police, insurance, telling friends and family of your misfortune, triggering more negative feeling and thought, perpetuating a negative situation and circumstances for yourself and the people around you.

However, if your response is more positive you will have the opposite effect. You would be looking for an optimistic view on the situation and circumstances, which will allow you to be in control of how you think and feel. Although this would be an uncomfortable situation, you can control how you think and feel about it, as opposed to the burglary and circumstances taking control over how you think and feel.

Funny negative Thoughts and feelings

Another example on Thoughts and Feelings:

Most would view being burgled in a negative way because privacy has been violated, personal items stolen that can or cannot be replaced, damage to property and so on. These would inevitably bring about thoughts and consequent feelings of anger, disappointment, annoyance, disbelief, resentment, hatred, sadness and outrage that could lead on to more physical conditions such as fear, stress, anxiety and even depression. How we view a burglary or any negative situation for that matter is a personal choice and it is this choice that can help protect us from feeling negative and disempowered.

How we can be in control of our thoughts and feelings?

If we decide to view things in a way that empowers us, such as looking for the good in a negative situation, we can be in control of our thoughts and emotions. If we are suffering from any negative thoughts and feelings we are not in control of ourselves or our emotions because we perceive them to be negative. Hence positive thoughts are associated with smiling, laughter and the all natural glow, whereas negative thoughts elicit visions such as crying, shaking, anger disturbed sleep etc.

If we are to maintain control over our emotions we can perceive situations in a positive way, and this limits the amount of impact, or type of impact that situation is going to have on us. The statements and questions we make in our minds can be positive or at the very least optimistic if we choose to do so in order to control our emotions. What tends to happen is the exact opposite.

Negative and positive emotions play a massive part in the thoughts and feelings process as they determine a persons thinking and feeling habits, but more importantly they determine who we are, and who we choose to become.

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Thoughts and feelings

Our thoughts stimulate the way we feel and our feelings stimulate the way we think.
Dr Dennis John Gersten a diplomat of the American board of psychiatry and neurology inc. (ABPN) said:

“The average person runs about 15,000 thoughts per day in which at least half of those are negative. And we know that our thoughts turn into our emotions and our emotions turn into physiology”.

By: Roger G. Mazlen, M.D. Host with Dr. Dennis Gersten

Source: CFS Radio Program (radio interview) Feb 1st, 1998

 Thoughts and feelings

Our thoughts and feelings determine who we are, what we say and how we truly think about ourselves and others.

Our thoughts are our secrets, our desires and our dreams. They can also be our fears, our insecurities and our biggest hindrance. How we think and feel ultimately concludes the outcome of our lives.

Thoughts and feelings are fundamental in determining a person’s attitude and make up.

We have the power, and most certainly the choice to decide how we think and feel about situations, circumstances, ourselves and others, whether this be in the past present or future.

We process negative and positive thoughts and feelings through habitual choices formed and nurtured from childhood. We create these thoughts ourselves and despite being heavily influenced by external factors such as parents, relationships, family, friends, education, work, media and so forth, the control over these thoughts ultimately still belongs to us.

How we process thoughts and feelings is significant as this is what determines our state, how happy or sad a person really is. The great thing about this is, we truly have the gift to decide how we perceive outside influences and to manage our internal thoughts and feelings to our benefit. Whether our thoughts and feelings are negative or positive, they attract that same response in the way we feel and act.

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High Blood Pressure – Is there a cure? Is there hope?

High blood pressure 

15 million people in UK, 60 million people in USA and 1 billion people worldwide are reported to have High Blood Pressure.  The story is that 50% of people over fifty in the UK have high blood pressure. One of the fundamental causes of high blood pressure is lifestyle. Lifestyle is made up of habits and conditioning that has been developed over time.  This is why high blood pressure is known as the silent killer.

High blood pressure causes

Common causes of High Blood Pressure as suggested by the NHS include: kidney disease, diabetes, narrowing of the arteries (large blood vessels) supplying the kidneys, hormonal conditions, such as Cushing’s syndrome (a condition where your body produces an excess of steroid hormones), conditions that affect the body’s tissue, such as lupus.

High blood pressure can also cause depending on the individual and the severity of the condition fatigue, shortness of breath, numbness, cramp, dizziness, sleep disorders, and any of the conditions within the circle of death. See here

High blood pressure problems

High blood pressure can be very dangerous and life threatening. It can cause Cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease heart attacks strokes and other illnesses.

Pharmaceutical Drug risks

The side effects of high blood pressure tablets and the combination of other drugs prescribed can cause as much problems as having high blood pressure such as diarrhoea, gout, Asthma symptoms, coughs, dizziness, facial flushing, swollen ankles, constipation, poor sleep, impotence and depression. It is now suggested and speculatedthat some drugs could actually cause cancer.

According to the Alliance of natural health the risk of death from pharmaceutical drugs in the UK is 62,000 times that of taking food supplements see UK bar chart 

High blood pressure control & maintenance HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CHECK

If you have high blood pressure, avoid smoking cigarettes, processed foods or consuming products of a negative nature. This can only make your situation worse.  One of the reasons why people cannot maintain normal levels of blood pressure is because they continue or return to the very same bad habits that produced high blood pressure in first place.

High blood pressure exercise program

If you have high blood pressure, you should exercise daily. And work towards a vigorous training programme that you can enjoy. Weight training, Running, badminton, squash, martial arts, dance etc. If you have high blood pressure, training 2- 3 times a week isn’t going to cut it. Everyday is the only way. You need to get a sweat on.

High blood pressure Diet

Diet is one of the major reasons why people have high blood pressure. The consumption of fatty & processed food, processed drinks, drugs and alcohol over the years can produce such thing as high blood pressure. Changing your diet is fundamental.  For more details go to

High blood pressure weight loss

Loosing body fat is a fundamental to lowering high blood pressure.  Having more weight than necessary on the body puts more stress on all major organs especially the heart. The more weight you have, the more blood you have, making the heart stress more than needed. However, thin people do get high blood pressure usually because of hardening or stiffening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis)

High blood pressure Treatments             

Doctors, pharmaceutical drug companies, nurses, hospitals, clinics, blood pressure machines chemist etc, this is multi billion pounds/ dollar industry and there are vested interests and incomes at stake in not creating any cures. There is simply no money in the cure. These organisations will not be the ones to deliver the cure when there are vast amount of money to be made in the treatments.

Whilst there is an industry that depends and thrives on people being ill, there simply is no hope for a cure coming from that direction; however there are lots of treatments and drugs to be had . Treating blood pressure usually means doctors prescribing pharmaceutical drugs. Definition of treatment is: 1. the manner in which someone behaves towards or deals with someone or something.

High Blood Pressure Cure 

So is there a cure? Is there hope? Legally as I understand it, I cannot say or make any claims that I have developed any cures for High Blood Pressure. However I will say if I am personally training a client and they do as requested and they still have High Blood Pressure at the end of my training duration I would simply give them their money back. My approach is totally different to anything else when it comes to High Blood Pressure.



Hire a personal trainer to lose weight

Well if you have read any of my other articles, you will remember I suggest asking yourself why you need a personal trainer, the answer that I often hear is ‘I want to hire a personal trainer to lose weight.’ As a personal development trainer that is the starting point of my client brief, however I need far more information than that. One of the first things I might ask is ‘OK you want to hire a personal trainer to lose weight, why?’ Peoples reasons for losing weight vary, it could be for health reasons, it could be to get into the perfect wedding dress, whatever your reason is, I will use that as a basis of the training schedule I devise personally for you.


Finding a personal trainer

Finding a personal trainer can be a confusing experience, lets face it we are all individual so our desired requirements from a personal trainer will also be unique. Go along to any gym and you could immediately sign up with a personal trainer, but what you really need to do is a little bit of research first. Ask yourself some questions to ensure you are clear in your own mind about why you are thinking of finding a personal trainer. Let me give you an example, one of my clients came to me because he had very high blood pressure which medication was struggling to control.


Do I really need a personal trainer?

Do I really need a personal trainer? How many people have asked me that over the years, too many for me to keep count. In some of the earlier articles I have tried to give a generic view of the role of a personal trainer to enable clients to gather relevant information. From a personal view the answer to the question ‘do I really need a personal trainer’ would always be yes. Now I know some people would argue that I only say that because I am a personal development trainer. However if you sign up for one of the Lez Wright courses you will very quickly realise why my support, advice and encouragement will provide you with the motivation to succeed.


Do I need a personal trainer to lose weight?

Most people have asked themselves specific questions before joining a gym, if you asked yourself ‘do I need a personal trainer to lose weight,’ the answer is probably yes. If you felt confident that you could adhere to a health and fitness regime on your own, the question would never have occurred to you. Engaging a personal trainer focuses the mind keenly on your goals, after all you are now not only investing your time into this workout but also your hard earned cash.


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