Author: Dr Sandy Krafchik


Why Coconut Water Could Replace Your Sports Drink

By GMB Doctor Sandy Krafchik. Coconut water has become a popular beverage choice recently and is often marketed as “mother nature’s sports drink”. It is derived from young green coconuts and is rich in potassium and low in fat and sugar. Compared to sports drinks - it is lower in sugar, sodium and calories and much higher in potassium. Potassium assists in alleviating muscle cramps that may result from exercise. Coconut water contains small amounts of sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Straight up Coconut

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What is Raw Cacao & Why Is It Good For You?

By GMB Doctor Sandy Krafchik. All forms of chocolate originate from the Theobroma cacao tree. This tree produces seed pods. The seeds harvested from these pods are known as cacao beans. Raw cacao is the powder made by cold-pressing un-roasted cacao beans. This process retains the living enzymes in the cacao and removes the fat (cacao butter). It undergoes minimal processing, however since the natural fat found in cacao beans, the cocoa butter, is removed, cacao powder is relatively low in fat. Raw cacao powder

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Nutrition My Box
Restoring Gut Health

The gastrointestinal tract contributes to health in many ways. Research clearly shows that the function of the gut is not limited to digesting food and regulating nutrient and fluid uptake. There is evidence that the gut also: communicates with bacteria that support digestion by their enzymatic capacity regulates epithelial and immune functions that are important for gut health and overall health provides feedback to the brain via the vague nerve and hormones about energy uptake and other conditions that may affect mood and general wellbeing

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Nutrition Snacks
Are Purple Carrots Healthier For You?

Prior to the 17th century almost all carrots had a dark purple colour. Although purple carrots provide many of the same health benefits as orange carrots, they also offer some additional nutritional benefits due to their high concentration of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are flavonoid pigments that give many blue, purple, and black vegetables and berries their intense colour and strong health-boosting properties. Purple carrots contain up to 28 times more anthocyanins than orange carrots. Blueberry & Purple Carrot Rice Cakes from Only Organics is a great

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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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