Bitter herbs for Gut Health

7th February, 2016

Bitter herbs like Gentian Root and those in Swedish Bitters have long been used to treat digestive disorders, and states of exhaustion from chronic diseases. They stimulate the liver, gall bladder and digestive system, strengthening the overall human body. Internally, they are taken to treat liver complaints, in-digestion, gastric ulcers, aneroxia.
You”l find t these herbs in your health food store.


Grains for Gut Health

4th February, 2016

GRAINS – most are pretty difficult to digest properly especially the refined kind. There are a few reasons for this but one reason is the LECTINS they contain, and they’re in wheat, rice, spelt and soy as well. In small amounts they seem to be ok for some of us but once they become a daily habit – then not so good.

But wait, there is a loop hole – sprouting and fermenting grains (and soy) reduces lectins, making these foods easier to digest. GMO and hybridized foods tend to be the highest in lectins, and on top of this, gluten–containing grains will damage your intestinal lining and cause leaky gut syndrome.

Lifestream ‘Advanced Digestive Enzymes’ is a great way to support your digestion and get the most nutrient absorption out of your food. I also prescribe lifestreams‬ AloeVera‬ and BowelBiotics‬ for good gut health.

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Coconut Products for Gut Health

4th February, 2016

Coconut Products – all (organic, preferable or at least sulphur-free) coconut products are especially good for your gut. The MCFA’s (medium chain fatty acids) in coconut are easier to digest than other fats so they work well in helping to repair a leaky gut.

The MCT in coconut also helps to convert the food we eat in energy instead of storing it for fat. Coconut contains about 20% MCT or you can buy straight MCT in oil form from you health food store. You’ll find it in the fridge.

Coconut kefir (a fermented food) contains probiotics that will be very beneficial to gut health also. Make you own or you’ll find it in your health food store also.


LEAKY GUT and Diet.

1st February, 2016

Sprouted Seeds like chia seeds, flaxseeds and hemp seeds can help support the growth of beneficial bacteria and heal Leaky Gut.

Lifestreams Sprouted Superfoods‬ (pictured right) is just this, plus it contains sprouted amaranth, quinoa, millet and buckwheat. Add 1 tsp a day to your smoothie, water, coconut water or porridge. It’ll also be a nice addition to your soups, muesli bars, Bliss Balls, veggies and salads.

essential lifestream

If you symptoms of leaky gut are pretty bad, start slowly with the fibre – perhaps bu concentrating on getting more from your cooked veggies and some fruit.


Leaky gut health

1st February, 2016

Leaky gut progression

LEAKY GUT: As Hippocrates said – All disease begins in the gut, and I think we’re starting to understand just how true this might be. Food allergies, fatigue, joint pain, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions, depression, bloating, skin issues, Endometriosis and weight gain have all been shown to be linked to LEAKY GUT.

What is it?

Your GIT is like a tube from our mouth to your anus. This tube is fussy about what it lets through, so it has tiny holes in it that allows only specific things through.


1. Poor diet – un-sprouted grains, sugar, GMO’s and conventional dairy.
2. Long Term Stress – you know who this means
3. Toxic overload from the chemicals in our food, cosmetics, soft furnishings etc etc
4. Bacterial imbalance: Candida, SIBO etc


There are a few different ways to address this and I’ll cover them this week. First up –

L-Glutamine is an essential amino acid supplement that is anti-inflammatory and necessary for the growth and repair of your intestinal lining. It protects and coats your cell walls. Available from your health food store or health practitioner. Take as directed.


Essential oils for gut health

28th January, 2016

Be sure to get only therapeutic grade essential oils, and put them in vegan capsules with an enteric coating – meaning they won’t break down in your tummy but lower down the GIT.

– Peppermint oil is proving to be very effective in treating IBS, as it allows digestive muscles to relax.
– Thyme and Rose essential oils suppress pathogens in gut.
– Cardamom stimulates stomach juices so will reduce acid reflux and diverticulitis. Take 1-2 drops in a capsule before u eat. It is an analgesic (pain relief) and antispasmodic.

Try 1 drop at first to see how your body responds. If all is ok then increase to 2-3 drops in 2 capsules. Take 2 caps twice a day.

peppermint oil


HOW TO make Apple Cider Vinegar

26th January, 2016

how to ACV

Along with its many other virtues, ACV will help ease almost any gut complaint.

The ACV available in supermarkets is refined and distilled, over-processed, over-heating, and filtered. Look for organic brands or else DIY vinegar is easy, and cheap.

By making your own ACV you’re boosting the natural fermentation qualities of the apples. When the vinegar is ready, it contains a dark, cloudy, web-like bacterial foam called mother, which becomes visible when the rich brownish liquid is held to the light. The mother can be used to hasten maturity for making more Apple Cider Vinegar. Natural vinegars that contain the mother have enzymes and minerals that other vinegars in grocery stores may not have.

How To Use It: Mix 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup warm, clean water and 1/4 cup of raw honey (can use less or more honey, depending on your taste). Have it spread out throughout the day, or drink it all at once. ‪#‎ACV‬

Find my recipe for homemade ACV here –



26th January, 2016


Switchel is a tart and not overly sweet mix of apple cider vinegar and maple syrup or honey that’s diluted with water. A simple way to increase your daily intake of alkalizing apple cider vinegar, especially if you find ACV hard to swallow, literally?

Maple Ginger Switchel
Serves 3

3.5 cups clean water
2 lemons, juiced
3 tbsp apple cider vinegar, with the mother
1tbsp fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 tsp raw honey or pure maple syrup, to taste
1 x mason jar, 300-500ml

Method – Place all ingredients in the mason jar, then put the lid on and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Shake before drinking. It’s also good diluted with soda water.


DIY Ant Repellent.

26th January, 2016

ant repel

Combine all the ingredients apart from the water in a bucket then transfer to a spray bottle, otherwise it’s likely to erupt in the bottle before u can add the water. Messy!

2 cups apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp non-toxic dish liquid
2 tbsp non-toxic baking soda

Then add enough water to make a thin liquid. Spray on plants, benches – wherever you need to.


Use Apple cider Vinegar around the house

26th January, 2016

Use it in the garden, to freshen up your carpets, stop the itch, de-clog your sink, clean your fridge, remove grime from your bathroom. And.. it’s cheap and won’t harm our earth. Try to buy it in glass for the lightest footprint.

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Health benefits of ACV

26th January, 2016

benefits acv

Interested in incorporating ACV into your daily routine/diet? Below is a morning detox tea and a raw ACV+honey drink that I would recommend trying out>

morning detox tea

acv drink


Healing Apple Cider Vinegar dressing.

26th January, 2016

Healing Salad Dressing, or a nice marinade or dressing for steamed or roast veggies.

3 tbsp olive oil, 1 tbsp ACV, 1 tsp raw honey (or maple syrup), 1 tsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp tamari (wheat free soy sauce, 2 tbsp sesame seeds, and 1 clove crushed garlic. Put all the ingredients in a bottle and shake, shake shake. It’ll last at least a few weeks int he fridge.



Wash your hair with ACV!

26th January, 2016

soda acv

You’re hair will be shiny, soft, strong and clean – all for a fraction of the cost, and with no horrible chemicals.

Dilute the ACV in water 1:3, and use the same ratio to make a thin paste out of the (aluminium free) baking soda (or bi carb) and water. Us the baking soda to clean your scalp by massaging it in then rinsing out – the rinse the diluted ACV through you hair and include, the scalp if it tends to get oily

Use therapeutic grade Essential Oils to mask the smell of the ACV – Lemon, Chamomile, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Rosemary. Each has its own benefits, so check out which ones are best fro your hair colour and type.

FOR Dandruff:

apple cider

Mix equal parts water/vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on hair after shampooing with a natural product (or aluminium free baking soda). Keep it on for 15 minutes, then rinse. Repeat for a few days until dandruff disappears. Repeat once every week or so for maintenance.

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