Month: October 2015

Vitamin C, you see better, and a whole lot more besides

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that our body doesn’t make or store, which is why we must obtain this little powerhouse, anti-ageing, antioxidant from our diet. What does it do? Not only does it support your adrenal glands, and help your body turn fat into energy (yey!), it also promotes collagen production, keeping us looking younger for longer (double yey!) As well as blocking the havoc those bad free radicals wreak within our bodies, it’s also great for lowering blood pressure and general heart health; wound healing; maintaining the health of bones and teeth; boosting immunity; improving vision; and...

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Smooth Mama’s Zesty Zinger

For a fabulously tangy autumnal or even spring pick-me-up try this carrot, ginger and lemon juice with a pinch of black sea salt to boost your essential mineral intake! Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. The humble carrot is one of those super antioxidant superfoods that has a multitude of health benefits… They really do improve your vision – vitamin A is converted to rhodopsin in the retina, which is a purple pigment necessary for night vision. Beta-carotene has also been shown to protect against other vision conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Research shows that the falcarinol and...

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Brush Away Those Toxins & Stimulate Your Lymphatics!

WHAT is this? The lymphatic system is a system of thin tubes and lymph nodes that run throughout the body. The lymph system is an important part of our immune system. By transferring waste into our bloodstream in preparation for elimination, it plays a role in fighting bacteria and other infections and destroying old or abnormal cells, such as cancer cells. HOW does it work? The lymphatic system does not use a pump like the circulatory system, where the heart keeps the bloodstream flowing. It depends on the contractions of muscle, through body movement, breathing, exercise or manual stimulation,...

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Fancy a cuppa?

From good old fashioned English Breakfast tea to Taiwanese Bubble tea and beyond, everyone loves a cuppa, don’t they? But that quintessentially British drink, which we’ve been knocking back for the last 350 years, has a history that goes back much further than that and has now morphed into a whole other tea beast entirely! Here’s a potted history of the humble cup o’ char and I shed some light on some of those fancy herbal blends and what they’re supposed to be good for 🙂 A brief history of tea Legend has it that tea originated in China...

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Smooth Mama’s Cacaochino delight

This week Smooth Mama celebrates the most super superfood of them all – CACAO! *2 tsp cacao *1 tsp lucuma *1 tsp maca *1 cup any nut mylk *1 tsp vanilla *2 ice cubes *1 small banana *1 tsp coconut oil *guarana optional – all *omniblended to perfection and garnished with *cacao nibs and *cinnamon. Cacao is packed full of powerful antioxidants called flavonoids. It also contains an abundance of magnesium and iron and other essential minerals including calcium, sulphur, zinc, copper, potassium, and manganese; vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E; essential heart-healthy fat known as oleic acid...

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