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Despite being a novelty in Western society, oil pulling is an age-old remedy embedded in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.
Maybe you’ve heard of oil pulling, but you’re not sure what it means or how it’s done, or maybe you’ve never heard of it at all!
In this blog we’re going to cover the ins and outs of this simple and effective ancient technique so you can jump on the oil pulling health wagon yourself!

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is simply the act of swishing oil (usually Coconut, Sesame or Sunflower) in the mouth for up to 20 minutes first thing in the morning. The oil is pulled back and forth through the teeth and gums, and then spat out.

The oil acts as a powerful cleanser, picking up and drawing out the millions of bacteria and toxins that live in our mouths, cutting through plaque and removing toxins from the body.
Oil pulling is a natural way to clean and detoxify the teeth and gums and even has the added bonus effect of whitening teeth naturally, helping to improve our overall oral health.


10 Ways to Look and Feel Amazing Naturally

Posted: Thu, 04 May 2017, 18:44

If you want to look and feel good naturally, then here are my top 10 ways to get you there!

No. 1 - Be nice to your gut

Your gut flora can influence your health in a lot ways, from helping to extract energy from your food, building and supporting your body's immune system, and even having the ability to affect your mood and metabolism.

And did you know that bacteria can also produce vitamins?

Bifidobacteria and lactic acid bacteria produce B-complex vitamins, including biotin, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), and cobalamin (B12), as well as folic acid and vitamin K.

A happy gut is the first step to a happy and healthy body. If you want abundant energy, glowing skin and shiney locks, then your digestive system is your number one man.

Try boosting your levels with probiotic rich foods like fermenting veggies like sauerkraut (see my blog here on the benefits of fermented veggies), kimchi, pickles, yogurt, kefir, tempeh etc. or supplementing with high quality supplements like Udo’s Super 8.


Fermentation is one of the oldest forms of preservation.
Vegetable fermentation helps to transform a simple raw vegetable into something infinitely healthier and even more delicious.

How is this achieved?

The transformation owes everything to the microbes in the soil that the veggies are grown in and the sugars present in the vegetables.

During fermentation, microorganisms including bacteria, yeasts or moulds break down complex molecules into simpler substances. Given the right conditions, the bacteria kick-start fermentation by feasting on the vegetables natural sugars and converting them into a variety of things including lactic acid, carbon dioxide and a tinsy amount of alcohol.

This not only transforms the chemical composition of the food, but also enhances its nutritive value.

Fermented vegetables are so good for you and your gut health; they really should be eaten daily.

Not only do they aid in digestion, healing the gut, and boosting the body’s ability to absorb more nutrients from your food; they’ve also been linked to an increased immune system and an improved mood.

Our bodies are populated with trillions of bacteria, most of which live in our gut and have a huge impact on our overall health.
Our microbiome do so much to keep us healthy, from keeping our good:bad bacteria ratio balanced, synthesising vitamins including Vitamin K and B, enhancing nutrient absorption, regulating inflammation and immunity throughout our entire body and so much more.

That's why I believe that nurturing our guts is the number one thing we can do to boost our overall health and immunity.


Drinking enough alcohol to get yourself a hangover is definitely not something I would recommend, though having said that, I do believe alcohol can be immensely pleasurable and aid in relaxation which is something so many of us need!

As a result, there can be the odd time that we have that one drink too many and you wake up thinking “I’m never drinking again!”

Hangovers happen when our already overburdened livers struggle to clear out the excessive amount of toxins and chemicals ingested from too much alcohol. Our bodies are dehydrated, our blood sugar levels are all over the place, our electrolytes are depleted and fatigue takes over.

Worse than just feeling awful, hangovers can actually wreak havoc on our immune system, digestive track and organ function – yikes!

Here are some of my favourite natural hangover tips and what I recommend you do before, during and after drinking alcohol to help limit the damage.


What To Do Before You Drink

1. Line your stomach and eat well before drinking

The golden rule of alcohol is to never drink on an empty stomach.

Since alcohol is absorbed from your stomach, if you haven’t eaten anything before drinking, you’ll certainly feel the effects of drinking much more the next morning.

By lining your stomach with food, you’ll be able to slow down the metabolism process which allows alcohol to be absorbed at a slower pace
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Next time you’re planning on heading out, fill up beforehand with plenty of slow releasing carbs, protein, good fats and high-fibre foods like asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, brown rice, sweet potato and quinoa.

The difference between feeling normal versus waking up the next morning with a nauseous stomach and sore head can be as simple as a good meal.


What's The Scoop On Beetroot Juice

Posted: Tue, 31 January 2017, 13:20

Beetroot - the beautifully blushing pink vegetable bursting with sweet, earthy flavours. Perfect in salads, sandwiches, hummus, and even chocolate cake (notions!), beetroot isn’t just the sweet root vegetable that stains all it touches cerise pink. Beetroot is also a powerhouse of nutrients. Beetroot is without a doubt, a super food, and what better way to get these nutrients in than via an easily digested juice.  This month, we are lucky enough to be offering 20% Off James White Beetroot Range (pink – valentine’s day – see what we did there?!)

So in the spirit of the month of looooove, I have put together my top 6 reasons for giving beetroot some lovin’ this February!


Easy New Year's Resolutions For The Best Version of You

Posted: Tue, 17 January 2017, 11:30

Happy New Year everyone!. Did you start the New Year with a list of new resolutions? It’s pretty clear from the sudden surge of people in gyms at this time of year that one of the top resolutions on everyone’s mind is to get fit, get healthy, and lose the Christmas gains!

 

Every New Year, so many of us set unrealistic resolutions for ourselves. We have rose tinted dreams of becoming health gurus, having 6 pack abs, and developing the fitness a marathon runner. Let’s be real - we are only human! There is a belief that with the New Year comes the ability to change ourselves overnight into what we believe is ‘the perfect human’. With so much conflicting information out there to ‘help’ us, it’s no wonder The University of Scranton estimates only 8% of people actually see their resolutions through.

 

 Let’s not be so hard on ourselves. We are all human beings with incredible capabilities. With that in mind, here are my top new year’s resolutions that are easy to follow - but more importantly - easy to maintain...


What's the Scoop On : Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted: Thu, 18 August 2016, 14:51

Apple Cider Vinegar has been a popular tonic in the health and nutrition community for years, however recently it has become increasingly popular. So what's the big deal? Apple cider vinegar is by no means the new spirulina or acai. However, it definitly brings with it an abundance of goodies for whoever takes the plunge and manages to shoot it down every morning! (This supplement isn't for the faint hearted)

 

Good for the inside and out (because we all know beauty isn't just skin deep), here is our guide on apple cider vinegar, minus the myths (teeth whitening? With acid? Whaaaat?!). We also delve into the best ways to take apple cider vinegar. If you have given it a shot (literally!) and found it too intense to carry forward with, fear not! We have outlined slightly more subtle methods of consuming this digestive superhero.....


What’s the Scoop On: Milk Thistle

Posted: Thu, 28 July 2016, 13:12

Milk thistle (AKA Silybum marianum) is an herb native to southern Europe and southern Russia and has been used for thousands of years to support liver, kidney and gall bladder health. In particular, Milk thistle has been used to treat liver diseases like alcoholic hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver poisoning, viral hepatitis, jaundice, as well as gallstones and even hangovers.

You can take milk thistle in many forms:

Tablet form – Try A.Vogel’s Milk Thistle Complex Tablets or Viridian’s Milk Thistle Herb & Seed tablets

Tincture form – Try Viridian’s Organic Milk Thistle tincture or Irish Botanica’s Milk Thistle Tincture

Or view all of our Milk Thistle products here.

Let’s delve in a little deeper shall we?


What are the Benefits of Milk Thistle?


No. 1 - Liver Protection and Regeneration

If you find you are always feeling tired, irritated, bloated, having skin breakouts such as acne, or perhaps perspiring constantly and feeling hot all the time, you may need some liver-love in your life.

Milk Thistle contains a range of therapeutic compounds known collectively as silymarin which is thought to be responsible for many of milk thistle’s beneficial effects, including its liver protection and restoration.

Milk Thistle is known to help prevent liver destruction and enhance liver function through its ability to prevent toxin-induced damage from toxic substances including alcohol, drugs and chemicals.
It also stimulates the growth of new liver cells to replace old damaged cells allowing for regeneration to occur.


4 Simple Detox Tips for a Healthy New Year

Posted: Thu, 07 January 2016, 10:55

Detoxing is the process of eliminating and or neutralizing toxins through our major organs, including the colon, liver, kidney, lungs, lymph and skin.

Our bodies naturally cleanse and filter toxins everyday as one of its most basic automatic functions, but sometimes the need for a detox or cleanse can come along after the body has been overwhelmed by an unhealthy diet and/or lifestyle, or after being in a polluted environment. (I’m talking one too many New Year drinks, a truck load of mince pies and a Christmas party-turned-all-nighter!)

A cleanse or detox works by optimizing our natural cleansing system and taking the weight off the detoxifying organs for a while. This allows organs such as the liver, one of the main detoxifying organs to have a bit of a break.

In short, detoxing is the process of removing toxic substances and allowing your body to heal and regenerate itself.

In this modern world with all its toxic battering, we need to put a lot more attention on natural detoxification and cleansing and allow the body to heal itself and regenerate new healthy cells.

Often the Christmas season means an onslaught of some of the naughtiest of things, including an over-abundance of sugar, animal protein, refined/processed fat from sweets, pastries, deserts etc. and too much caffeine and alcohol.

This onslaught can radically alter our internal ecosystem and put a much higher burden on our natural detoxification system that’s in place.

Here are 4 simple tips to add to your daily routine to give your body a gentle, helping hand towards a fresh and healthy New Year!!


The word detox is often being thrown around a lot and has become a bit of a fad nowadays.
It is often suggestive of being a quick-fix to end all kinds of health problems, and if done improperly can be more harmful to your health than good. If you’re considering doing a detox or cleanse, there are a few things you need to know before you begin.

What is a “cleanse”?

A detox or a cleanse works by optimizing our natural cleansing system and taking the weight off the detoxifying organs for a while. This allows organs such as the liver, one of the main detoxifying organs to have a bit of a break. In short, detoxing is the process of removing toxic substances and allowing your body to heal and regenerate itself.

How long does a cleanse last?

There are always different options for cleansing; whether you want a daily, weekly or seasonal cleanse.

A ‘proper cleanse' is often between 14-30 days, cutting sugar, gluten, dairy, caffeine, meat, processed/junk food, soda and alcohol. These can all give your liver a hard time, so a cleanse can help to restore the liver and give it a break.


7 Top Tips for Natural Detoxing and Daily Cleansing

Posted: Mon, 18 May 2015, 13:10

Say no to drastic detox and hello to natural detoxing and daily cleansing!

In this modern world with all its toxic battering, we need to put a lot more attention on natural detoxification and cleansing and allow the body to heal itself and regenerate new healthy cells.

Often, people go full steam ahead and throw themselves into a drastic detox programme, and then promptly make themselves feel awful as they release all their stored toxins into the body all at once.
There is a better, safer, and gentler way to cleanse away those toxins on a daily basis without a drastic detox.

If you’re considering doing a detox and want to learn more about them, then see our sister post about detox basics and why we recommend daily cleansing.

Here are my 7 top tips for natural detoxing and daily cleansing!

1. Open up the exit routes
Ensure your bowels are moving efficiently and you’re passing urine often enough (this depends on your age/size/how much you liquid you drink and your caffeine consumption, but on average you should be urinating 4 -8 times per day).

To help move things along, try starting your morning with warm water with ½ lemon and 2 tbsp of Braggs apple cider vinegar (start with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and build up if you find it too strong). This will really help to cleanse the liver and re-alkalize the body.


What's the Scoop on: Greens

Posted: Mon, 09 February 2015, 10:41

If there's one thing we should be eating more of, it's greens, and here I'm going to lay out just why they're so important.

Here are 7 amazing benefits of consuming your greens:

1. Great cleansers of the blood

Greens are an incredibly important component of the human diet.
They are cleansing, detoxifying and alkalising to the body, and help to cleanse and nourish the blood. 

Greens remove toxins from the body’s system, detoxify heavy metals and pollutants, bring the body towards an alkaline state and away from being too acidic and even help bring down areas of inflammation within the body.

2. High in nutrients

Greens are very high in essential vitamins and minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll and enzymes and are a great source of potent antioxidants.
Dark leafy greens, including kale, spinach, swiss chard, collard greens, dandelion greens and mustard greens to name a few are incredibly rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, folate and potassium, as well as being high in vitamins A, C and K.

3. High in antioxidants

Incredibly high in antioxidants, greens are powerful oxidisers and natural anti-inflammatories. These antioxidants can help our cells fight against environmental stressors and toxins, helping to reduce the negative effect of our daily exposure to harmful oxidising elements.


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