The Simple Ginger Brew

The Simple Ginger Brew

A simple ginger brew to settle your stomach and keep your digestive tract healthy.

You will need

    • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger (peeled)
    • Freshly boiled filtered water
    • Lemon juice to flavour
    • A tall glass
    • Tea pot or pot for brewing
    • Tea-leaf strainer
    • Boiled water for brewing
    • Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
    • Pour in glass through the strainer.
    • Add lemon juice to taste.

Did you know this drink helps your digestive system function more efficiently. The properties act as an anti-inflammatory and relaxant.

Ginger can also treat:

Stomach upsets, nausea, travel sickness.

Acne

Acne – Simple overview of what acne is and ways to manage it.

Myth – chocolate and fatty foods cause acne …….. Reality – dermatologist say NO, but eating a healthy well balanced diet can help improve skin.

Your skin is made up of three layers; epidermis, dermis and hypodermis. Sebaceous glands or more commonly known as oil glands, are located in the dermis. In simple terms the sebaceous gland produces an excess of oil (sebum) that blocks pores. The oil (sebum) removes dead skin cells, and when this blocks the pores irritation occurs, causing the pore to become inflamed and at times rupture.

What increases the oil production in the sebaceous gland?

Stress, changes in sex hormones and low levels of vitamins and minerals. These three key causes are usually at their highest during puberty early adolescence and young adulthood, which is why we often see acne on younger faces.

Ways to manage and reduce acne.

Stress

Firstly, everyone will experience episodes of stress at sometime during their life, we are born with the internal response flight or fight. Whilst this is a natural mechanism, excessive emotional stress can have damaging effects on our bodies.

What happens to our body during stress?

There are multiple changes that occur in the body both in the mind (psychological) and the body (physical). Here are the more common ones:

  • You become short of breath, you start taking rapid short breaths, this may make you feel light headed and dizzy.
  • You may have a headache, or neck pain
  • You may experience diarrhoea or constipation
  • You may experience abdominal cramps
  • You may find it difficult to concentrate or remember things
  • You may be extra tired and or unable to sleep
  • You may experience extreme emotional outbursts

How we handle stress varies for each individual, though there are three key strategies that will help lower your stress levels –  Well balanced diet, Relaxation, Talking.

Well balanced diet

I am sure you are tired of reading what you should or shouldn’t be eating, but here is a very basic summary of the foods that help manage acne and also stress.

ZINC – Research carried out by scientists have identified a link between Zinc and acne, showing that those with acne were low in zinc. You can find zinc in food such as nuts, skinless poultry, red meat and yogurt.

Vitamin A – This vitamin helps skin remain healthy; found in eggs, salmon and liver. Beta carotene in plant foods are found in yellow and green fruits and vegetables. (Do not increase your vitamin A intake if you are pregnant)

Vitamin B – This vitamin is water soluble and comes in several different types including B3, B5, B6 and believed to leave the skin less greasy, which may help prevent blackheads.

Vitamin C – Can help fight infection, found in citrus fruits.

Vitamin E – helps to the skin heal and can be found in eggs and pressed oils.

Relaxation

Allowing your body to relax is a skill that many of us find difficult. Turning off mobile phones, ignoring the chores that need to be done require self discipline. You don’t need hours, just 15 minutes a day with no distractions will benefit you.

If you find it difficult to switch off, close your eyes and think of times you were happy and felt calm, or imagine you are walking in open fields or along a white sandy beach.

Talking

Sharing how you feel is a great way to de-stress. Talking to friends is free, but you may prefer to speak to someone you don’t know, so seeing a counsellor might be your best option. Acne isn’t going to vanish over night but sharing how you feel can help you become less tense and reduce your stress levels.

Although this advice is aimed at those suffering with acne, parents can help support their adolescent by encouraging plenty of nutritious meals, relaxation time and talking. The ideal scenario is where an evening meal becomes a social event. The meal is eaten at the dining table; conversation is focused around the week’s events with encouragement to share feelings. Finish off the evening with a board game or a walk. You may receive a negative reception, though if you remain positive and focused you may be able to make this a regular occurrence and everyone will benefit from valuable family time.

Why not arrange for your teenager young adult to attend a consultation to learn the benefits of a balanced diet and alternative therapies in acne management.

Malini White has produced a super book specifically focusing on natural treatment of acne. Acne Cure: A Practical Guide to Natural Cure for Acne : Through Herbs, Salves, Essential Oils and Other Natural Remedies’ . 

Click here to purchase your book. 

Care for your lymphatic system

Lymphatic System

Ever wondered why your body is feeling sluggish? It could be linked to your lymphatic system not functioning at its best. Its simple to care for and can even lead to weight loss and reduction in cellulite!!! Yes that pesky dimpled skin of fatty deposits in the adipose tissue below the skin surface. As this is naturally lumpy, excessive fat, sluggish lymphatic system or sedentary lifestyle enhance the lumps and produce the dimpled effect.

So what is the lymphatic system… in basic terms it is our body’s waste and debris removal system to rid toxins and clean the circulatory system.

How do I care for it?

Easy … no need to buy expensive creams, pay for high priced salon treatment, just use natural methods and you will save ££££££ and be working towards a more healthier fitter you…

Body Brushing
No need to buy a body brush… you can use a face cloth scrunched up!! On dry skin, using firm but flowing strokes work from toes up towards your heart, fingers up towards heart. The strokes must go towards the heart to aid natural system flow. Do this every day.

Soak in the tub
Run a warm bath and dissolve two generous handfuls of Dead Sea Salt into the warm water. Allow your body to relax and visualise the magnesium properties clearing toxin and residue from your skin.

Drink  Water
It is essential to maintain optimum health and drinking less than 6 glasses a day will hinder your body’s functioning. ( Drinking filtered/natural spring water is recommended). Adding a slice or two of fresh lemon aids the digestive system.

Yoga
Don’t forget the amazing power of Yoga! Even performing the Sun Salutation poses once a day will aid the lymphatic system.

Reflexology

An ancient therapy that is used to align the energy flow through manipulation of specific zones on the feet that correlate to the bodies zones/systems/organs. Manipulation of the lymphatic systems and associated organs can remove/clear blockages to enable to energy and flow of waste be managed efficiently by the body. Nutrition Body and Soul offer Reflexology sessions in the Southport area for £40. Interested, then click here to book your session.

How to Spice up your Celery

Here is a super dip to spice up your celery

How to spice up your celery. Celery can be a little disappointing on the eye, yet as its a powerful ‘negative’ food it is in our interest to eat it. This simple dip can transform and support the nutritional value ensuring it supports the ‘pro active’ eating methods.

Ingredients

  • 25g Bulgur Wheat
  • 150g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Half teaspoon ground cumin
  • Half small chilli chopped and seeded
  • Half tablespoon of shredded mint leaves
  • Half tablespoon of turmeric
  • Half tablespoon of toasted pine nuts (optional for topping)
  • Soak Bulgur Wheat for 10 minutes in freshly boiled water.
  • Blanch tomatoes for 10 seconds in boiling water.
  • Place all ingredients in a blender (minus the pine nuts)
  • Blend to preferred consistency.
  • Place in bowl add pine nuts to top and enjoy with crisp fresh celery.

Did you know that Bulgur Wheat is lower in calories and fat than brown rice and packs in twice the value of fibre! Super to aid weight loss and help maintain a healthy gut.

Bridge Pose great for releasing stress

Unfortunately no matter how good our intentions are, at some time in our lives we experience bouts of anxiety, episodes of fatigue, headaches & backaches and often insomnia.

The Bridge Pose is a great way to release stress an can help to decrease all the above symptoms.

Taking time to allow your body to focus on breathing and hold the Bridge Pose between 5 – 15 breaths will help to reduce the above symptoms.

If you suffer with asthma, elevated blood pressure, bone disorders like osteoporosis the bridge pose should not be practiced.

How to do the Bridge Pose

Lie flat on your back, arms at your side, knees bent and feet flat on the floor.

Feet should be hip width apart. Raise your hips to the sky pressing your upper arms and feet into the ground.

Hold your pose for 5-15 breaths.

As with all forms of exercise please consult a registered practitioner prior to attempting any of the exercise recommended by Nutrition Body and Soul.