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KOMBUCHA- “Mushroom Tea”

KOMBUCHA also known as “mushroom tea” is one very effective and healthy tea that has proved to be one of the best detoxing teas and stomach soothers.

Kombuchas speciality is that it is a sweet fermented tea with SCOBY (symbiotic, Colony of Bacteria and Yeast), which is to become a nutrient rich beverage.

Kombucha and the stomach:

Kombucha is excellent when it comes to the digestive system. Many suffer with gas, bloating, inflammation (gastritis) and IBS. This is exactly what the tea helps avoid and heal.

Your gut needs to have healthy bacteria in order to function properly. The healthy bacteria boosts your immune system and helps fight infections. With Kombucha the SCOBY is a group of microbes that turns sweet tea and sugars into probiotics and healthy acids. Probiotics is what aligns your digestive tract, it cleanses the gut, getting rid of all the bad bacteria and excess toxins.

“Almost 80% of your immune system is situated in your gut ! Now you already understand how important a clean and healthy gut is”

Therefore Kombucha is extremely good for your gut. Promoting a healthy digestive system, eliminating bloating, gas and cramps and infections such as Candida, by ridding all bad bacteria. Also supporting your immune system, it aids the absorption of nutrients and promotes the fighting of infections.

Many doctors and gastro professionals prescribe probiotic tablets to cleanse the gut, because your gut is everything, it all starts and ends with your gut. We even determine our decisions based on our “gut feeling”.

Kombucha – refreshing and better yet a great detox !

The benefits:

  1. Detoxes the liver
  2. Helps IBS
  3. Natural detoxification
  4. Boosts immune system
  5. Increases energy
  6. Improves digestive tract (better digestion)
  7. Cleanses the gut
  8. Reduces Candida (yeast)
  9. Helps promote nutrient assimilation
  10. Also has weigh loss benefits due to the detoxing agents.
  11. Lowers cholesterol*
  12. Helps anxiety and depression (better moods)

The main reason why Kombucha is great for the stomach is due to the enzymes and acids it produces which include Gluconacetobacter, Lactobacillius, Zygosaccharomyces. These enzymes helps digest the foods, reducing bloating and other digestive problems. Many digestive enzymes contain this.

For more information, benefits and possible cautions visit:

KOMBUCHA

And

8 reasons to drink kombucha daily !

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Dance, Making It Visual

Introducing the 2017 Post Modern Queen of the Willies.

The White Light Festival in Cape Town 2017

The annual White Light Festival was a spontaneous evening filled with artistic performance acts, sculptures and other art forms from around Cape Town. The dazzling light festival celebrates art and wine in December once a year. Jay Pather, a South African choreographer and director of Siwla Sonke Dance Theatre together with choreographer, movement director and creator of musical theatre, Fiona du Plooy, put this extraordinary event together.

Every year the White Light Festival brings families together to celebrate a time with food and wine at the SPIER WINE FARM. One of Cape Town’s most famous and beautiful wine farms in Stellenbosch. The wine farm is known for its soothing red wines, as well as its beautiful hotel and spa. Not to mention the lovely road trip amongst the vineyards and countryside. During the festival the farm is lit up, shining brightly with gaudy lights from the performance acts, fires and lanterns in the forrest and amongst the flowers. This truly is a wonderful time for families and couples to celebrate the festive season accompanied by live music, many performance acts.

As one of the proofers my fellow dancing friends and I were the ballerinas of the night. Covered in clay, clothed in beautiful white dresses and fairy lights, we were dancing amongst the trees, in between acts and around the audience.

The ballet dancers were thrilled to be apart of such an eventful evening. Besides our usual stage and dressing rooms, we made the most of the outdoors. From being staged in professional theatres, with neat make up, pink tights and  pointe shoes to the forrest, hard rocky found, clay and ballet pumps, we are the post modern version of Les Willies.  No matter the site, costuming or music, dance has evolved so much. From training in the studios to dancing amongst the trees, dancing is a beautiful form of art to being light and shine light to a festival full of lights.

Whether we are dancing to the wind or the DJ, dance is movement in any way, with anything, on anything to anything.

Covered with clay from head to toe, brushing our ballet pumps in dirt, gracefully and elegantly performing allegro on grass. This was an awesome experiance. Talk about ones comfort zone. Who said Ballerinas can’t get a little dirty? Not to mention, our costuming was also decorated with live Christmas beetles, they seemed to be attracted to our lights, along with other species of bugs. Every act was unique, amazing and creative in their own way.

It was an honour to be apart of this festival. Truly is worth your time and you don’t want to miss out next year. Every year is different and exciting, so be sure to book your tickets next year. 

For more information visit Spier Wine Farm 

 

 

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BERRY SMOOTHIE, weight loss, healthy stomach and heart benefits

**BERRY WONDERFUL**


HELLO to a healthy heart and digestive system. 

Strawberries, raspberries, goji berries, blueberries, acai berries, mulberries are the most well known berries and the most consumed. Maybe you are not aware of the large berry family, which also contain watermelon, coconut, banana, tomatoes and more. The berry family together promotes a healthy heart and a happy stomach. It has great benefits to our health (if you are not allergic). 

Firstly according to Nancy Copperman (a dietitian and the director of public health at the Community Health in New York), berries have high levels of phytochemicals which are natural nutrients that help protect cells from damage. This is great, your white and red blood cells are the main gears that keep your whole body system going. They basically are best friends, if one is down, the whole system is down.

Also berries are delicious and easily accessible weight loss pill sfor many that want to loose weight. The reason for the weight loss effects is due to the high fibre content in berries and also gives a sense of fullness. This corresponds to a well known weight loss diet called the ACAI Diet. This diet plan consists of the berry family. It is basically a detox diet, which  fights fatigue, boosts energy, flushes out excess pounds, and eliminates toxins. These are all the properties of berries. 

Furthermore berries are full of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which helps oxidation, preventing oxidative stress (lack of oxygen to the brain), improving your focus and memory. Raspberries contain ellagic acid, which inhibits blood flow and has anti-cancer properties. All berries are a healthy detox. Overall for the stomach it helps balance good bacteria. 

FULL BODY BENEFITS:

Weight Loss
Anti inflammatory (helps muscles)

Lowers Blood pressure
Flush out toxins
Great for skin (acne and wrinkles)

Helps maintain healthy digestive system, reduces bloating, and gas
Prevents cell damage

Helps IBS
HEALTHY HEART

MY SMOOTHIE RECIPE

  • 1 Banana (not super ripe, just a little bit of green)
  • Handful of blueberries 5 cut up
  • 5 Strawberries
  • Tablespoon of Peanut butter
  • 250ml Almond Milk (your choice of milk) 
  • Teaspoon of Cinnamon
  • Vegan Protein powder (2 scoops, whatever the labels dose instructions are)

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(Vegan powders are very healthy and tasty ingredients to add to smoothies, because they are lactose free, GMO free, soy free and has non artificial flavours or sweeteners. Some cocoa and pea protein is soothing and light). #Herbalife

To read up more about the vegan protein and ACAI Diet click on the links below:
**ACAI DIET**
**VEGAN PROTEIN POWDER**

 

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Stomach Soothers, NO MORE BLOATING !

Tired of fighting a bloated uncomfortable stomach? Always gassy? Feeling exhausted, because you are struggling to digest? If you are the person carrying Rennie’s, Rolaids or  Pepto-Bismoloften in your bag, this is most certainly for you. Everything we eat today, may cause mild or sever bloating, gas, indigestion,  constipation, heartburn and sometimes diarrhea. 

Well, the best solution is to turn to the herbs ! The herbal life is the best way to detox, cleanse and heal. Instead of another cup of coffee turn to a herbal tea when you are out. It is a cheap and natural effective solution. Don’t waste money on so many tablets and medications that all have side effects…We don’t want to look like drug addicts at the table plus we do not have time for side effects.

Here are some of the best remedies for stomach relief:

TEAS

PEPPERMINT TEA:

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Is the best tea for bloating, because it soothes the stomach. Peppermint together as a herb is made up of Mentha and piperita. This has a direct antispasmodic effect, because it has antimicrobial properties. This relaxes the stomach muscles, freshens the breath and calms the nerves. Not to mention peppermint also regulates blood flow to the scalp which his great for hair growth. It is also great for the skin and is healing  for acne. Peppermint for the stomach truly is a heavenly relief. One of the best stomach relief tablets is SPASMOPEP, which is peppermint oil. Now the OIL has a greater effect than the tea. It is cheap and VERY effective, if you are bloated and in company, this is the best way to go.

spasmopep_caps-228x228This is the magical product, all natural. It is just peppermint oil and you can carry it in your bag for any digestive problems. No time for uncomfortable and unhappy you anymore.

More Benefits: 
Peppermint Oil

GINGER TEA:

Ginger TeaAnother natural herb. Ginger tea is proven to be one of the best teas for stomach relief, upset stomaches and pain. Ginger tea causes the inside of your body temperature to generate more heat. It is exactly the same idea of trying to put a hot water bottle on your stomach to reduce swelling, but this is internal, therefore it has a much greater and promising effect.

Some may find the extra warmth a little weird, which is why peppermint tea might be a better option. Although in more sever cases ginger tea helps vomiting and nausea. Mainly all the stomach problems…

Ginger Tea BENEFITS

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I hope this helps. It is much better to rather have herbal teas after meals as opposed to coffee. It is will help your digestion even if you are not bloated, caffeine is the worst, rather keep that for the mornings. Ginger or peppermint tea is golden, however if you are at a restaurant and they don’t have it, camomile tea would be the third option. Some restaurants may give you fresh peppermint or ginger instead of the tea bag, which is still just as effective and beneficial.

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NO MORE BLOATING, GAS, IBS or DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS !

NO MORE:

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FINALLY, the root solution for IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), constant bloating, gas, digestive problems and constipation (symptoms of intolerances and more).

I know so many people including myself who are intolerant to most foods and try to eliminate them to avoid digestive problems. That’s great, but it’s not just the foods you are intolerant to. Its about the bad bacteria in your stomach caused a large amount of sugar and carbohydrate servings. You may think everything you are eating is healthy, but if you are having room much of the same thing you will have these symptoms. It’s all about your gut, learn to balance the good bacteria in your gut. 

Everything starts and ends with your gut.

Your diet is everything, I’m not promoting a fancy diet like the 100000s of diets you come across. This is to help you cleanse to have good balanced bacteria in your stomach. Also you may have visited a dietitians that have set out a meal plan or a doctor that prescribe medication for your IBS or whatever else. This is awesome, more money down the drain and you are still suffering. I have been to them all and I have experimented on so anything. I have tried basically everything on the market. The catch is, don’t treat the symptoms, treat the cause and that is your DIET (lifestyle eating choices).

The solution to a happy stomach and no more of this digestive nonsense is the FODMAP diet. Don’t think of it as a diet think of it as a cleans or an eating phase so that you can go back to normal. It’s just an elimination of certain foods to help your intestines go back to having balanced bacteria in your gut.

Bloating, gas, constipation, IBS, diarrhea and others is due to the bacteria in your gut and intestines. The bloating, gas and diarrhea comes from your small intestine, which is due to consuming too much sugars found in foods and large amount of carbohydrates (causing a large amount of bad bacteria in your stomach) or eating something you are intolerant too. The constipation and cramps happen in your big intestine, where some of the food that already caused problems in your small intestine went into your large intestine, enhancing the problem.

Solution for life !

Now you may not have heard of probiotics and prebiotic’s. This cleanses your gut, and as previously mentioned,

YOUR GUT IS EVERYTHING !

Probiotics balances the bacteria in your stomach, which is great and needed, but you ALSO need to have a balanced  diet (healthy lifestyle) to maintain the good bacteria in your intestines. A LOW FODMAP diet is basically eliminating foods that is HIGH in FODMAP, which causes too much bad bacteria. FODMAP is commonly known as carbohydrates…This is not a permanent diet it’s just for your stomach to go back to “normal”, having balanced healthy bacteria and not too much bad bacteria.

FODMAP (What does it stand for):

Fructose:
A simple sugar found in many fruits, vegetables and added sugars.

Lactose: A carbohydrate found in dairy products like milk.

Fructans: Found in many foods, including gluten grains like wheat, spelt, rye and barley.

Galactans: Found in large amounts in legumes.

Polyols: Sugar alcohols like xylitol, sorbitol, maltitol and mannitol. They are found in some fruits and vegetables, and often used as sweeteners.

So now that you know what it is, you need to learn how to just eliminate foods that are high in FODMAP for a while then reintroduce them slowly and find out what truly is the weapon of stomach destruction.

The foods that are HIGH in FODMAP are:

Fruits: Apples, applesauce, apricots, blackberries, boysenberries, cherries, canned fruit, dates, figs, pears, peaches, watermelon.

Sweeteners: Fructose, honey, high fructose corn syrup, xylitol, mannitol, maltitol, sorbitol.

Dairy products: Milk (from cows, goats and sheep), ice cream, most yogurts, sour cream, soft and fresh cheeses (cottage, ricotta, etc) and whey protein supplements.

Vegetables: Artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, beetroot, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, garlic, fennel, leaks, mushrooms, okra, onions, peas, shallots.

Legumes: Beans, chickpeas, lentils, red kidney beans, baked beans, soybeans.

Wheat: Bread, pasta, most breakfast cereals, tortillas, waffles, pancakes, crackers, biscuits.

Other Grains: Barley and rye.

Beverages: Beer, fortified wines, soft drinks with high fructose corn syrup, milk, soy milk, concentrated fruit juices.

This is suitable for all vegans and vegetarians♥️
So no matter what your lifestyle eating choice is, if you are lactose I am sure you are sorted with your lacto-free milks or substitutes like almond, soy, oat, rice and other milks, perhaps you are taking lactase tables before you consume dairy, which helps with digestion. However with A LOW FODMAP you need to avoid all dairy to align your stomach (gut). If FODMAP is the cause of your problems then you’ll feel relief IMMEDIATELY.

People who have problems with FODMAP foods end up feeding the wrong bacteria and build so much bad bacteria. Try not having these foods for about a week and a half. This is just to experiment with your body. Its recommended by MANY dietitians. So once you have eliminated these try introduce the food one at a time and figure out what is too harsh on your stomach. When you start introducing the foods and you feel that something its too heavy and destructive you may want to avoid it permanently.

Read up more about the FODMAP diet. Some doctors and dietitians don’t know your body like you do. So have fun, it’s a project, go for blood tests, figure out what you can and can’t eat. Try the LOW FODMAP…Guarantee you it will work. And we all want to have a happy stomach. I know this from experiments, my research and professional advice.