Tag Archives: gut health

Natural Cold Remedies

pillsBelow I share some non-typical natural cold remedies, as they don’t involve cold and flu tablets or panadol!

My philosophy is first do no harm. Long-term medication use can have some side effects which may impact our long-term health and wellbeing. I try to opt for natural remedies in the first instance before resorting to medications.

Vitamin C

Continue reading

Herbs and Spices 101

medical_10034722-031914I’m sure I don’t need to tell you the taste improvement of any meal simply by adding a few herbs and spices! For such small things they really do pack a flavour punch.

But have you thought much about the health benefits of these little guys? Today’s article is all about the health benefits of herbs and spices!

Remember that just as with food, try to look for organic herbs and spices to ensure that you are getting the best quality with the least toxins.

 


Bay Leaf

Benefits:

  • Aids digestion
  • Regulates metabolism
  • Boosts immunity
  • Assists with blood-related conditions, e.g. anemia
  • Does wonders for your skin and hair

Uses:

  • Add to any kind of stew or soup to add flavour.
  • Also bay leaves are often used with other spices to make curries.

Continue reading

digestive complaints? check out these free resources!

Because I’m all about sharing the love when it comes to gut health and digestion, I felt compelled to share these two amazing resources from two amazing guys!

I’m a huge fan of Sean Croxton and Dr Josh Axe, as their mission is to spread the word when it comes to the latest findings in natural health and nutrition. Continue reading

an update on my personal PCOS story

Things have been moving in the right direction this year with my PCOS diagnosis, so I felt I should share my success! As you may be aware, last year I decided to tackle my PCOS and hypothyroidism without the use of medications. I wanted to balance my hormones naturally.

light end of tunnel

It’s taken a very long time to start to heal, but I can see light at the end of the tunnel!

If you wanted to catch up on my diagnosis and story thus far, please check out this post.

This year, my cycle has slowly returned, inconsistently but at least it’s happening! As you may be aware, women ovulate from alternate ovaries. I seem to have one cycle that is pretty close to 28 days now, and I can pinpoint the day of ovulation. The period associated with this cycle is completely pain free! No PMS!!!

However, the other cycle from the other ovary is not so pleasant. It fluctuates from 35 to 65 days long, and I can’t seem to pinpoint ovulation. The period associated with this ovary still quite painful, with cramps, headaches and a bad mood.

I have found that castor oil heat packs have eased the period pain. You can read more about them here.

So what do I believe have been the contributing factors to easy my PCOS symptoms, balancing my hormones and  bringing my cycle back into line?

Continue reading

Recipes for using Gut Healin’ Gelatin

Last week Sarah Wilson (a Coach Kate favourite!) posted about the benefits of gelatin. So rather than cover that aspect, please check out her post here. She also points out the research that supports these claims. I have also touched base on these benefits in my bone broth recipe.

I started incorporating gelatin into my diet a few months back, primarily for the benefits to my gut health, as it does wonders for the gut lining!

It’s such a versatile product, and you can easily disguise the taste. Here’s how I’ve been taking my gelatin:

 

Vitamin C Jelly Cubes

IMG_0112I saw this little doozy on the Changing Habits Facebook page, so I can’t take the credit.

Camu Camu* is a natural superfood that is super high in Vitamin C. Mix it with a good quality, grass fed gelatin to make little jelly cubes. You can even add a little rice malt syrup or raw honey to slightly sweeten it.

Directions: 

  • Dissolve and mix 1 tablespoon Camu Camu in 1 cup of slightly warm, filtered water (don’t use HOT water – it will damage the Camu Camu).
  • Add 2-3 heaped tablespoons of the Great Lakes gelatin and stir to dissolve.
  • Cover and place in fridge to set.
  • Cut up into little cubes and serve with fruit.

 

Lemon-Coconut Panna-Cotta

Continue reading