Author: Stephanie Malouf


10 Things You Must Know About Kombucha

Kombucha is a naturally fermented drink rich in probiotics, which are live bacterial cultures. It’s brewed with tea, sugar and the starting culture called a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) which is from what most of its health benefits are derived from. The exact origins of this fermented drink remain unknown however many believe it originated in China, where the first emperor, Qin Shi Huang drank kombucha for its health benefits and subsequently gave it the name lingzhi – ‘the elixir of immortality’

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Can Antioxidants Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is a natural process. It is what allows our body to defend itself from harm and then heal and repair itself. For example, when we get stung by a bee, the swelling and pain is the result of blood rushing to the site of the wound with immune fighting cells to protect us against further damage and then initiate healing. This is called acute inflammation. The response is supposed to be short and targeted because during the process of defending, some further damage is

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The Imporance of Good Gut Health

The gut is the cornerstone to good health and plays a key role in the way in which the different body systems communicate. Firstly it’s referred to as our second brain but in fact the gut sends a lot more information to the brain than the brain sends to your gut. This is because the gut has its own nervous system, involving a complex network of 100 million neurons that are embedded in the gut wall. This nervous system, known as the ‘enteric nervous

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Vegan Nutrition
4 Things You Must Know When Buying Vegan Treats

The vegan diet is associated with a number of health benefits largely attributed to its high intakes of plant based foods such as fruit and veggies. As a result, veganism is gaining increasing popularity and becoming synonymous with “healthy”. Businesses are capitalising on this diet trend, however not all vegan foods are healthy. Below are 4 things you must know when buying vegan treats. Vegan treats can be highly processed Some vegan treats can be loaded with not so healthy ingredients such as sugar, high

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Nutrition
3 Health Benefits of Chai

Masala chai, more commonly known as chai tea has become an extremely popular hot beverage for the sheer enjoyment of its delicious sweet taste. Chai, however, dates back as far as 5000-9000 years ago created by a King in China or Siam (now Thailand) as a healing Ayurvedic recipe. Since then chai evolved as it started to spread into different regions such as China, India and Great Britain. Depending on the region, it was prepared differently, served both hot and cold and using different combinations

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Nutrition
5 Reasons You Should Support FairTrade Coffee

Most people cannot live without their coffee. Coffee is a highly lucrative industry, being the most traded commodity after oil. However whilst coffee has huge profit potential, it isn’t always traded in a fair manner. Thankfully fair trade is popping up on more and more coffee labels but what does fair trade actually mean and why should we drink fair trade coffee? Fairtrade coffee is environmentally sustainable## With the increasing demand for coffee, comes the increase in supply. The biggest source of environmental damage

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