Why I love Kombucha

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Fermented foods, filled with good bacteria, are all the rage at the moment and rightly so. With over 80% of our immune system situated in our gut it seems incredible that we don’t talk more about it. And with scientists linking gut health with brain health, there are new and interesting facts about how influential gut health really is for our general well being and state of mind. Continue reading “Why I love Kombucha”

Home-made Kimchi

 

How nice to be back, it’s been a little while since I last wrote…

As were moving towards the end of Summer, we’ve been lucky to have had a mini heat wave here in London. A couple of days ago we spent a glorious afternoon on the veranda of a beautiful houseboat near Hampton Court in Surrey. It was baking hot, boats were passing, kayaks were paddled and all the kids were splashing about in the river. It was pure bliss. Continue reading “Home-made Kimchi”

Community Rocks

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As an only child, coupled with being an independent Swede, the lives of other people can sometimes take a backseat. Or not feature much at all. Don’t get me wrong. I would go to the end of the earth for my friends and family and I am intensely loyal. But in a wider context I get on with my stuff and let others get on with theirs – I am seldom the person who’ll put my hand up to join the PTA or voluntarily take on a set of responsibilities which may benefit a greater whole. I keep myself to myself in the nicest possible way. Continue reading “Community Rocks”

5 Top Summer Tips for looking and feeling your best.

IMG_8225It always happens at this time of year without fail. A few days of perpetual sunshine and suddenly, without warning, you realise that the beckoning of beach 2017, so far ahead in the distance with time to visit gyms or change diets, is actually here and now. Scary thought right? And the prospect of baring flesh that has been safely tucked away all year is not immediately appealing. So what can be done, quickly?

Continue reading “5 Top Summer Tips for looking and feeling your best.”

10 Healthiest Fermented Fruit & Veg

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Are you looking after your gut flora, people? If you’re not sure then join the club.

I remember being shocked a few years back when I learned that 80% of our immune system resided in the gut. Really? Who knew? But with more science pointing to the importance of optimising our gut condition, it is clear that in order to stave off disease and inflammation in our bodies we need to take this seriously. And with an emerging gut-brain link, we also know that a bad gut can be behind all kinds of mental and psychological conditions too, like depression, anxiety, ADHD and so on. In the future, these conditions may be treated with supplements and diet rather than pharmaceuticals. The well informed and always relevant Dr Mercola has got several good articles on the science behind gut health (and lots of other things too) and its consequences. It’s worth doing the research. It’s quite an eye opener. Continue reading “10 Healthiest Fermented Fruit & Veg”

Let’s talk about beets, baby…

IMG_7175Beetroot has come a long way from being seen as something pickled in a jar. This fibrous, sweet and iron rich root vegetable has been used since the Roman times where it had a reputation for being a blood purifier and cleanser of the liver and intestines. Continue reading “Let’s talk about beets, baby…”

Bone health is on the menu…

 

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Having just come back from Mallorca and the beautiful city of Palma, I was struck by the immediate benefit that being in the warm sun has on us northern Europeans. The sunshine eases our moods and we become fun, frivolous and feel alive. Everything seems possible and little joys can make a huge difference. Like finding the last sunny table in your favourite cafe and knowing you’ve got a little extra time to spare… just heaven. Continue reading “Bone health is on the menu…”