Lemon water

lemon water

Lemon water a tasty way to provide the body its required hydration.

Adequate hydration is necessary to achieve optimum functioning of the body systems.

Drinking lemon water can boost the digestive system by stimulating the natural movement of the gut.

Living within the UK finding fresh water to drink is simple, we just turn on the cold tap. Yet, surprisingly many of us don’t drink the recommended daily intake by the British Nutrition Foundation of 1.6 litres approximately 8 glasses (200mls) a day.

What we must consider is the water content of the food we consume, as this can be up to 20% of our intake.

The amount we drink will vary depending on our age, level of activity, health status, geographical location and climate.​

A refreshing start to the day is achieved by drinking 200 mls of cooled freshly boiled water with fresh lemon slices. Drink this before eating breakfast and your potentially improve your digestive system functions.

Why does water and lemon help the digestive system?

Warm water is thought to increase the tightening of the intestines, which improves bowel function.

Other benefits are:

  • Aid digestion of food
  • Reduce weight as it increases the bodies temperature and therefore increases the metabolic rate
  • Decrease muscle pain as the warm water relaxes the muscles
  • Can delay skin aging as warm water flushes toxins from the body

Lemon has many nourishing elements:

vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus and protein.

It is used to aid digestion, relieve constipation, ease tooth ache, and reduce weight.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Power of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is such an amazing product I have to dedicate a whole page to it. I read several years ago how apple cider vinegar was used to remove a skin tag.  So I tried it on a small skin tag and after 7 days the tag had vanished. I had a hunger to learn more and find out what else this apple cider vinegar could do.

I haven’t tried them all but what I have tried I shall share.

Every morning I drink a small glass of warm water with lemon slices. I have done this for the past 11 years. Now I add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and have noticed I now have a regular bowel movement and I have lost weight.

I also use it as a toner for my face and neck. I have used this for the past 3 months and friends have commented on the condition of my skin and how my wrinkles has decreased. I did have an age spot on my lower neck area and have noticed this is also fading.

So what is in this amazing apple cider?

The item description states –

Certified Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized and 5% acidity. Contains the amazing Mother of Vinegar which occurs naturally as strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules. Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is made from delicious, healthy, organically grown apples. Processed and bottled in accordance with USDA guidelines, it is Certified Organic by Organic Certifiers and Oregon Tilth; and is Kosher Certified. Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is full of zesty natural goodness. It’s a wholesome way to add delicious flavor to salads, veggies, most foods, and even sprinkle over popcorn. Apple Cider Vinegar has been highly regarded throughout history. In 400 B.C. the great Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing health qualities.

So it appears that the magic is in the enzymes, yet scientist disagree. The choice is yours, try and see for yourself like I did.

However, there have been some serious side effects when using apple cider vinegar such as throat burns from the acidic content, skin burns, and unbalancing of blood sugars in diabetics, so please use with caution. I am not a seller or have any financial interest in the Bragg Organic Apple Cider, I am only sharing my positive experiences.

As with all content on this site, please consult a registered practitioner prior to using any suggestion within the site.

Vegetable – powerful and important

Vegetable – powerful and important in healthy eating

A diet with high vegetable content provides beta carotene, vitamin C, folate, potassium and other minerals. The high fibre content aids bowel function and the bioflavonoids help prevent disease.​

Whether we consume vegetables in their natural form or cooked, they provide a great source of essential nutrients.

Portion sizes vary depending on the vegetable, though if you can imagine 3-4 heaped tablespoons this is a good guide. Try to consume both raw and cooked and a variety of colours, not only will your dish look appealing you will maximise the nutrient variety. For example the darker the leaf the more vitamin C and beta carotene it will have. Deep yellow will provide a high antioxidant in the form of vitamin A.

Maximising the nutrient content

Nutrient content is altered depending on the way the vegetables are prepared.

The yellow carotene is not water soluble, so remains when boiled but vitamins B and C leak into the water. However, the enzyme that destroys the vitamin B and C stops at boiling point, so always add your vegetables to boiling water. The best method is steaming.​

How to increase your vegetable intake

  • When making a sandwich add tomatoes, shredded white cabbage, cucumbers, peppers and raw spinach.
  • Make homemade pizza with small pieces of raw vegetables or lightly steamed.
  • Add extra vegetables to any ready meals you use.
  • Make some homemade vegetable soup.
  • Cut vegetables into mouth size snack pieces and store in the fridge for a quick healthy snack.​

If eating a vegetarian diet

Always select a variety of vegetables, whole grains and seeds.

Use natural yogurt to increase vitamin B12.

Fruits and their powerful contents

Fruits

Fruits are the perfect on the go snack and great for a natural sugar boost.​

Fruits provide

  • Excellent sources of vitamin C, beta carotene and potassium.
  • Many contain phytochemicals, thought to help protect against cancer.
  • High in fibre.

Ways to increase you fruit intake

  • Add fruit to your morning cereal or porridge
  • Drink a small glass of juice with your breakfast
  • Keep the fruit bowl topped up and in a handy place to grab a quick snack instead of reaching for the biscuits
  • Take a small tub of chopped up fruit to work or on days out to snack on
  • Make your own smoothie with natural yogurt, frozen berries are great for this
  • Add berries into your pancake batter mix
  • Save the over ripe bananas for smoothies
  • Add slices of apples or pear to salads
  • If you see fruit you haven’t tried, buy it to add a variety to your fruit bowl
  • Chopped apricots are delicious when mixed into couscous

Eating a balanced diet can support weight management and improve mood and overall wellbeing. Interested to learn about pro active eating, click here to request further information 

Herbal Teas

Herbal teas can be refreshing, therapeutic and or stimulating, whichever you chose your body will benefit greatly from the herbal properties.

Herbal teas freshly brewed emit aromas that tantalise the taste buds. The wonderful thing about making your own herbal tea is that you know its fresh and the exact contents.

For those who have limited time, visit the shop to purchase organic teas.

If you wish to dry your own herbs, berries or flowers:

  1. Collect leaves, berries, or blossoms in mid-morning. If there is dust or soil on the leaves wash in cool water and shake off excess water.
  2. Lay out your selection on to either a tea towel/paper towel/drying sheet/cheesecloth and place out of direct sunlight. A warm dry place such as an airing cupboard is ideal. Don’t layer- place in single depth.
  3. The drying time can be between 7-15 days. When the herbs,flowers, berries are dried, they will crumble. Store in clean glass jars with air tight lids.

For immediate fresh brews, simply select your chosen herb, flower, berry and place into a teapot. Pour on freshly boiled water and allow to steep for approximately 10 minutes. Kick off your shoes, sit back and savour the magical taste of your own freshly made brew.

Once you feel confident in brewing why not try mixing different herbs, flowers and berries together to find some wonderful aromatic and healing brews.