Author: Dr Sandy Krafchik


What is Lupin?

By GMB Doctor Sandy Krafchik. What is lupin: Lupin is a legume that originates from the same plant family as peanuts. Lupin beans are used as a traditional food in Mediterranean cuisine. They can be eaten raw (after being soaked in salt water for 2–3 hours to smooth the flavour) and are used to make lupin flour and lupin protein isolate. These ingredients are used in baked goods and pasta dishes. Just a heads up if you’re allergic to peanuts, you may also

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How To Practise Mindfulness With Tea

By GMB Doctor Sandy Krafchik. Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing your awareness on the present moment, while acknowledging your feelings, thoughts, and sensations objectively. It is often used as a therapeutic technique as it slows things down and immerses you into the present moment, thereby resting the analytical mind. Mindfulness means paying attention to, and experiencing the world directly with, the 5 senses - feeling, touching, seeing, hearing, and tasting. It is a powerful tool to help us understand and deal with

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Nutrition Snacks
Are All Muesli Bars Good For You?

By GMB Doctor Sandy Krafchik. Muesli bars are a very popular snack choice since they are portable, convenient, cost effective, and provide vitamins, minerals and fibre. A healthy muesli bar should also keep you full between meals. However, it can be difficult to navigate which ones are healthy and which are not. Muesli bars are marketed as healthy snacks, but unfortunately many contain added sugar, refined starch and fat, are highly processed and lack sufficient fibre to keep you satiated until your next meal. Don't

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Mind & Body
Ultimate Winter Skincare Routine

By GMB Doctor Sandy Krafchik The skin is responsible for regulating body temperature, removing toxins and pathogens, and acting as a barrier to maintain adequate hydration. Dry skin is a result of the barrier function losing its integrity. During winter cold weather (especially cold winds) in combination with the increased use of central heating has a dramatic drying effect on the skin. Even people with ‘normal’ skin notice changes in their skin during the cooler months e.g. dry skin and cracked lips. Cold air

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A Guide to Buying Healthier Muesli From the Supermarket

By GMB Doctor Sandy Krafchik. Choosing a healthy muesli at the supermarket can be an overwhelming experience! The shelves are filled with numerous options. In addition, one needs to navigate the ingredients, health benefit claims, nutritional labels and of course consider the cost. The following guide will assist you in making a healthier choice the next time you shop for muesli. Try Food for Health Fruit Free Nutty Almond Clusters in the July 'Gut Lovin' box Supermarket muesli/granola often contains a variety of unhealthy

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The Benefits and Uses of Propolis

Propolis (bee glue) is a sticky substance produced by bees. It is a resinous mixture produced when bees combine their saliva with beeswax and the sap they collect from needle-leaved trees or evergreens. This creates a sticky, greenish-brown compound which is used as a coating to seal small gaps during the construction of bee hives. Research has identified more than 300 compounds present in propolis – including polyphenols (mainly flavonoids and phenolic acids), phenolic aldehydes, coumarins, amino acids, sequiterpene-quinones, steroids and inorganic compounds. Propolis is one

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