October062017

Feel better, naturally!

 

As the seasons change and the days get warmer, I tend to become more conscious of my health and wellbeing. Feeling and looking better, inside and out, doesn’t have to mean expensive treatments and procedures, it can be as simple as incorporating more natural remedies into your day.

These natural tips will help you to feel your absolute best coming into the warmer months!

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

 

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for centuries to help with all sorts of health problems, including lowering blood sugar and fighting diabetes, lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of heart disease. A few tablespoons with water in the morning will boost your immune system, and as an anti-inflammatory tonic, apple cider vinegar will help with everything from problem skin to headaches. Its anti-bacterial properties also make it ideal for a facial toner, simply dilute a couple table spoons with water and apply to face.

 

Lemon water

 

My wellness go to! In the same vein as apple cider vinegar, lemon water in the morning will do wonders for your energy levels and general wellbeing. When ingested, lemon becomes highly alkalising, helping to balance out your internal PH levels. Lemons are also a great source of vitamin C, so this antioxidant-rich water will help to fight off free radicals, which will leave your skin glowing, and support weight loss.

Exercise and Meditation

 

Maintain a healthy body and mind with exercise and mindfulness. Stress can take a huge toll on your health, so an hour long walk in the morning, yoga class or jog will help you to sweat, which helps to release toxins from your skin and most importantly, will help you to de-stress.

 

Meditation, or just slowing down, also has a world of benefits – find a quiet spot, close your eyes, inhale positivity and exhale the stress and negativity from your day.

 

Dry Brushing

 

I’ve recently stumbled upon this absolute gem for natural health, and my skin has never looked or felt better. Brushing your skin once a day with a natural brush will boost circulation, sweep away dead skin cells, stimulate your lymph nodes, aid digestion, and improve the appearance of cellulite. The easiest time to do it is before a shower, and always brush towards your centre.

 

Drink More Water

 

This one seems obvious, but the moment you make a conscious effort to drink more water, you will notice your energy level rise, and your mind will become clearer. Water is the most important thing to flush out toxins, improve complexion and general wellbeing. I find I will drink more water if I have a drink bottle on me.

 

 

March312017

Six Super Spices to Add to your Diet

Time to spice up your life, ladies! I’m always interested in finding new, natural ways to improve my health. Having done some research, I’ve found six ‘super spices’ that have amazing health benefits and provide tasty additions to your meal plan. These spices are easy to incorporate into your daily diet and will have you feeling and looking fabulous in no time.

 

Cayenne Pepper

cayenne pepper

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If you love spicy food you’ll be pleased to know that cayenne pepper is one beneficial spice. Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which aids weight loss by enhancing fat burning and reducing appetite. It also has strong cleansing properties and helps soothe the digestive system.

How to Use It: add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (or a whole one if you dare) to your dinner each night. You won’t notice the difference in taste too much, but your body will certainly feel a change.

 

Tumeric

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This yellow spice has a ton of amazing qualities. Tumeric contains the compound curcumin, which is a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Turmeric aids in the treatment of arthritis, calms the digestive system and can improve brain function. On top of all that, it has an anti-cancer component.

How to Use It: I have a glass of warm water with one teaspoon of tumeric and a squeezed lemon every morning. It’s quick to make, doesn’t taste terrible and is packed full of goodness!

 

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

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Cinnamon contains antioxidant and antiseptic properties that cleanse the body of harmful bacteria. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and has been proven to aid cholesterol and reduce risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. If that’s not enough, cinnamon boosts the metabolism and regulates blood sugar levels, aiding in weight loss.

How to Use It: Eating just half a teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have enormous health benefits. Add it to your morning muesli, hot chocolate or smoothie. It’s also a delicious addition to muffins and cakes. Yum!

 

Cumin

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Cumin seeds are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. They aid digestion and provide vital minerals including phosphorus, thiamine and potassium. Cumin also improves bone strength and eyesight, and lowers blood pressure. It helps manage the heart rate and has anti-cancer properties. Even better, it reduces appetite and boosts the metabolism, increasing weight loss.

How to Use It: add a teaspoon of cumin to hotpots like soup or stew. Sprinkle it over nachos, burritos and potato and mix it into hummus as a healthy snack.

 

Ginger

Ginger is a delicious spice which can easily be added to your diet. Like many of our other ‘super spices’, ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used as a treatment for nausea and as a natural form of pain relief.

How to Use It: I love adding ginger to smoothies and juices. Combine a teaspoon with beetroot, banana and sunflower seeds for a scrumptious mid-morning drink.

 

Cardamom

Cardomom

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Cardamom has many health benefits, from decreasing blood pressure to boosting the metabolism. It contains many essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, potassium and niacin. It also has helps digestion and increases circulation.

How to Use It: cardamom has a more mild flavour than other spices, so is great for adding to smoothies, biscuits, muesli and porridge along with cinnamon.