What is Kombucha?

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Have you tried Kombucha?

Kombucha starts out as a sugary tea, which is then fermented with the help of a scoby. “SCOBY” is an acronym for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.”

The scoby bacteria and yeast eat most of the sugar in the tea, transforming the tea into a fizzy, slightly sour beverage.

Kombucha is full of probiotics and is reported to have a variety of health benefits including:

  • liver detoxification
  • increased energy
  • better digestion
  • improved mood (helps with anxiety/depression)

Kombucha does contain a little bit of alcohol as a by-product of the fermentation process. It is usually no more than 1%, but people with alcohol sensitivities or who avoid alcohol should be aware of its presence.

Tips for quick and healthy meal preparation

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Tips for Quick and Healthy Meal Preparation

Set aside a few hours once a week to plan, shop and cook for the week ahead.   Prepare and freeze meals for the upcoming week like stews, soups and casseroles.  These will come in handy on busy week nights.

Don’t waste money buying expensive pre-cut veggies.  Chop extra fruit and vegetables when preparing meals so you have extra for lunches, snacks and meals the next day.

Cook twice the chicken or mince you need and keep extra in the fridge to make chicken salad, san choy bow, or bolognaise the next day.

If you’re roasting vegetables, cook double the amount. Leftover roast vegetables can be added to a green salad or used to make a quick and easy frittata for breakfast or dinner.

Slow cooking saves time. With a slow cooker, you can prepare healthy delicious meals while you’re at work (or even while you’re sleeping).

Probiotics and Prebiotics – What’s the difference?

 

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Probiotics and Prebiotics – What’s the difference?

Probiotics are live microorganisms which can help improve and maintain the health of your gastrointestinal tract. Some common food sources of probiotics include yoghurt, kefir, miso, kombucha, sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables

Prebiotics are non-digestible food fibres that stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut.  Jerusalem artichokes, asparagus, garlic, leeks, legumes and onions are good food sources of prebiotics.

Pathogenic bacteria can flourish when there are low numbers of beneficial bacteria in the gut.  This can lead to bloating, flatulence, constipation, diarrhoea, candida, inflammation and damage to the gut lining (which can lead to leaky gut syndrome).  Low levels of beneficial gut bacteria can also increase susceptibility to urinary tract infections, colds and flu, allergies and inflammatory disorders.

Having a combination of prebiotic and probiotic rich foods in your diet and topping up with a supplement if needed can help to maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria and support overall health and wellbeing.

Spring is the perfect time for a gentle detox

 

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Spring is the perfect time for a gentle detox

After a long cold Orange winter filled with comfort foods and cosy evenings, there’s no better time to refresh your diet.

This is a popular time for people to try “detox” products in the hope that the heaviness, bloating and tiredness will go away, but why not try a gentler detox that is easier on your body and much cheaper.

Starting the day with lemon juice in warm water is a great way to flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body.

Replacing your normal breakfast of cereal or toast with a nutritious smoothie is a great way to include some extra vegetables in your diet and reduce your carbohydrate intake. There are so many ingredients you can add to your smoothie including protein powder, coconut water, almond milk, avocado, spinach, berries, almond butter, maca powder, yoghurt, kale and kefir.

Juicing can help flush your system of toxins and provides the body with plenty of nutrients and enzymes to optimise many different functions in the body. The key to juicing is to limit the sugar content by using mostly vegetables instead of fruit. Some great juice ingredients include cucumber, carrot, lemon, lime, kale, celery, ginger, parsley, spinach and turmeric.

Remember to drink lots of pure, filtered water to ensure your body is properly hydrated.  Lack of water can cause fatigue, short term memory problems and difficulty focusing.

Try to focus on lean protein such as salmon or chicken with salad or lightly steamed vegetables and snack on fruit, nuts or vegetable sticks with hummus.