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Beef & lentil meatballs on spinach & garlic butter rice

This recipe can be tailored to your children and their preference (or not!) for veggies 😊 Full of the good stuff - zinc, vitamin D, vitamin C, glutathione and Vitamin A Ingredients 🍝 Meatballs 500g Beef mince 1 tin of lentils 1 egg 2 tablespoons of panko breadcrumbs (swap for Orgran Premium Panko Style Crispi Breadcrumbs for Gluten Free option) 🍚 Rice 1 cup of Basmati rice 1 tablespoon of grass-fed butter, ghee or dairy-free alternative 4 cloves of garlic 1 cup of spinach leaves finely chopped or 1 cup of frozen spinach 🍅 Sauce 2 cups of passata 1 cup water 1 carrots finely grated 1 celery finely grated 1 zucchini finely grated 2 tbsp Chicken bone broth concentrate Himilayan sea salt to taste Method 🍝 Meatballs 1. Rinse lentils thoroughly 2. Mix lentils, lamb...

Weird Period Symptoms – Mittelschmerz

Periods! That monthly (or less regularly, or missing) friend In an ideal world, your period would turn up without the fanfare of PMS Symptoms. It would be not too heavy and not too light. And definitely would not bring with it any pain. After 5 days it would disappear, not to be seen again for another 21 days. Unfortunately, only a lucky few experience cycles like this. Most of us have a number of symptoms which range from mild to extreme. And some of these symptoms are a little weird! Over the next few Fridays, we are going to delve into these weird and somewhat annoying cycle symptoms. Mittelschmerz - Ovulation...

Our Top 5 nutrients for kids

Wanting to boost your children's immune system? Check out our top 5 nutrients to include in their diet. *Zinc - One of the most important minerals in supporting the immune system is Zinc. With even small deficiencies impairing the immune system by reducing macrophage function, decreasing T- lymphocytes, including zinc rich foods is important. Some good food sources include Pumpkin seeds, Beans, Grassfed Beef / Lamb, Sesame seeds, Lentils, Cashews, Eggs, Organic Poultry, Shellfish. *Vitamin C - Stimulates leukocytes and phagocytes and one of the most significant antioxidants go clean up those free radicals. Good food sources include – Papaya, Citrus Fruits, Berries, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Mangos, Pineapple, Asparagus. *Vitamin D – Vitamin D...

Mushroom and noodle hotpot

The powers of Fungi- rich in b vitamins, beta glucans, selenium and immune regulating properties Ingredients 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced Small knob ginger, thinly sliced 1L filtered water 500g swiss brown mushrooms thinly sliced 3 shiitake mushrooms thinly sliced 1-2 tbsp white miso paste 1 tbsp tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) 1 long red chilli thinly sliced (or ¼ - ½ tsp red pepper flakes – adjust depending on heat preference) 3 spring onions thinly sliced 200g buckwheat soba noodles, cooked (or noodles of your choice) Small handful coriander, to serve Nori seaweed, to serve Optional add-ons 1-2 tbsp bone broth (powder or concentrate) 1-2 tbsp marine collagen 225g organic firm silken tofu, to serve (or steamed white fish,...

Support your child’s immune system naturally

Your child’s immune system undergoes a massive amount of change in the first few years of life and is sensitive to both internal and external factors. Helping to support your child’s immune system so they are resilient and can bounce back rapidly and become stronger. How can we do this naturally? Through proper diet and lifestyle and targeted nutritional support. A healthy diet and lifestyle are the basis of a healthy immune system. This is where real food, connection to people and our environment, moving our bodies daily and getting good quality sleep plays a crucial role. Daily habits Colours – eat as many as possible every day. Fruit and vegetables that...

Simple tips to reduce toxins in your home

Many chemicals in fragrances, cleaning products and endotoxins may disrupt the endocrine system and have an impact on our bodies hormone functioning. This is because their chemical composition is structurally similar therefore may have an affinity for the receptor site. Eliminating these toxins with a few simple tricks may help decrease the toxic load and give your body a rest. Simple tips to reduce toxins in your home: *Indoor plants – natural detoxifiers great for reducing VOC’s and carbon dioxide 👟 Take your shoes off when entering the home- reducing the risk of bringing pesticides and other chemicals into your home. 🧽 Multi purpose spray 250 ml white vinegar 250ml water ½ tsp eucalyptus of...

Toxins & Your Hormones – Endotoxins

Many things in your household can be harmful to you and your hormones. Today we are talking about endotoxins or mould, which can have a toxic effect on human health and can factor in fertility issues. Endotoxins Endotoxins are widely present in our environment- one of the most well known one is mold. The primary sources include airborne endotoxins from water damaged buildings, dust, animal waste this can lead to inflammation in the respiratory tract. These chemicals may enter the body through the skin or inhalation this may have serious adverse health consequences such as shortness of breath, lung conditions, headaches, fatigue, nausea, impaired memory, skin reactions, dermatitis, irritation to the nose,...

Toxins and your hormones – Phthalates & Parabens

Many of your household products can be harmful to you and your hormones. Synthetic chemicals can have a toxic effect on human health and can factor in fertility issues. Today we are talking about phthalates and parabens. Phthalates ❌ Phthalates are found in many household items and personal care products such as hairsprays, aftershave, perfumes, shampoos as plastisizers. The toxic molecules will often find their way into our body. A few to watch out for dibutyl phthalate (nail polish), Di -2 -ethylhexylphthalate, diethyl phthalate. There is also a significant amount in building materials, furniture, air fresheners, shower curtains, polyvinyl flooring, plastic coated wallpaper. Phthalates have various mechanisms of action including mitochondrial and...

Traditional Chinese Medicine & the microbiome

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been around for thousands of years. In that time, TCM has observed the importance of the gut in relation to a person’s overall health, even so far as recognising the relationship between the gut and the mind. This relationship has become well known in the conventional medical world over the last few years as the gut-brain axis or the mind-gut connection or the gut as the second brain. As TCM has known the importance of gut health for so long, they have used a number of different tools to help with gut health including acupuncture, herbs, diet and lifestyle changes. The Research A number of different...

Wellbeing Weekend: Yoga & hormones

Stress management is key factor that needs to be addressed when tackling hormonal imbalances of any sort. Our stress response can occur within seconds of encountering a stressful situation. When this happens, our hypothalamus secretes corticotropin releasing hormone. This then tells the anterior pituitary to produce adrenocorticotropic hormone which then gives the adrenals a little nudge to produce cortisol. Cortisol and melotonin play a crucial role in regulating your sleep and the quality of sleep. At night cortisol is lower and melatonin peaks, as the morning comes the cortisol should spike and awaken you to feel fresh to take on the day. With chronic stress this becomes all out of whack...