Kombucha Tea

Kombucha Tea.

We’ve just taken delivery of two Kombucha teas from Glastonbury Ferments and, if you’d like to sample them, I’ve got a couple of bottles open for tasting in the shop this week.

 

So, what is Kombucha?

 

In its simplest terms, Kombucha is a fermented tea – two teas in this case, a gunpowder green tea for the hibiscus and ginger and a black pu’ehr tea for the hops with citrus.

 

Kombucha is made by a process of natural fermentation that utilises tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. This process increases the nutritional value of the vitamins, minerals and enzymes, whilst making them easier for your body to digest.

 

And, being a probiotic culture, Kombucha helps to populate your digestive system with the “friendly” bacteria that we’re hearing so much about these days.

 

So that means that, by drinking Kombucha tea, you’ll be making a direct, positive contribution to your overall health and well-being.

 

Plus, it tastes pretty good, too! (If you look on their website, they’ve teamed up the hibiscus and ginger with gin and ice to produce a rather delicious cocktail.)

You can find out more about fermented products at Glastonbury Ferments website by clicking here.

Monty’s Christmas Raffle

NAWT christmas raffle

 

Monty’s Christmas Raffle

 

Monty came to us from the Heaven’s Gate Farm branch of National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) at Langport.

They asked if we’d like to have a hamper for a Christmas raffle to help them raise funds…so we made up our own

You can’t really tell from the photo, so here’s a list of what’s in the basket:-

 

A bottle of rather nice Rioja

A bottle of mulled wine

A bottle of coconut vinegar

A bottle of pomegranate vinegar

Sunflower body butter – from Salisbury NHS

Divine mint chocolate thins

Divine ginger mint thins

Vogel Milk Thistle tablets

Yogi detox tea

Heath & Heather night-time tea

Heath & Heather chamomile tea

Corn crispbreads

Buckwheat crispbreads

Loving-Earth organic salted caramel chocolate

Lamberts dog calming tablets

Lamberts omega-3 for dogs & cats

Lamberts glucosamine for dogs & cats

Lamberts multi-vits for dogs

There’s stuff to help you over-indulge and to help you recover; plus there’s even products to help your dogs cope with the stress of it all!

That’s a total of around £75! And tickets are just £1 each

Call into the shop to buy yours and help other dogs (and cats) like Monty find good homes.

 

8 Ways To Make Desserts Using Egg Substitutes

I’ve been contacted by Positive Health Wellness to let me know about their post on the subject of “8 ways to make desserts using egg substitutes”.

Way back in the mists of internet time (2010 in fact) I posted an article by Becky Striepe titles “Eight Tasty, Egg Free Dishes“.

However, Positive Health Wellness tell me that their article, in their words “is more comprehensive, up to date and quotes more trustworthy sources”.

So here it is…

8 Ways To Make Desserts Using Egg Substitutes

BY

Whether you don’t eat them for ethical reasons or prefer to avoid eggs completely, you may start to wonder about the ability to enjoy your life. There are so many meals that involve eggs, especially when it comes to desserts. Can you even bake a cake without using at least one egg? Will it taste just as good without?

There are egg substitutes out there, and you can use them all to make your desserts. Whether you want cookies, cakes or trifles, there is something available.

Here are 8 ways to make desserts using egg substitutes.

Read the full article here>>>

 

Better Digestion – Simple Steps You Can Take

Better digestion can improve your life in many ways.

If you can improve your digestion, you’ll get

  • far more of the nutritional value from the foods you eat,
  • an improved immune system
  • more energy
  • less bloating

and many more benefits.

And to help you, I’ve made up a simple infographic highlighting 7 simple steps you can take right now for better digestion.

Just click on the image to go to a full-sized version.

infographic better digestion

Top 10 Home Stomach Remedies

 

 

If you’ve ever had an upset stomach after a spicy meal, a particularly stressful day, or just when you try out new foods (and it’s too late to visit the pharmacy), you know that your stomach is in need of some home stomach remedies.

But, the answer may not lie in running to the pharmacy and grabbing something off the shelf, anyway. When stomach trouble hits (and even before in some cases), consider home stomach remedies as your first line of defense.

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Really? The Claim: Taking a Walk After a Meal Aids Digestion

Here’s a post from the New York Times that shows that, sometimes, the simplest change to your routine can have enormous benefits…

New York Times 24th June

The Claim: Taking a Walk After a Meal Aids Digestion

By ANAHAD O’CONNOR
 
THE FACTS
For many people, the food-induced stupor that often follows a big meal is a good excuse for a nap. But for some, a brief walk shortly after eating is a quick way to burn some calories and aid digestion.
 
Over the years, researchers have found that a post-meal walk, as short as 15 minutes, can in fact help with digestion and improve blood sugar levels.
 

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Taking Care Of Your Prostate

 

I found the following report about taking care of your prostate on line and thought it covered this topic extremely well. It’s written by  H. K. Jones who is a registered dietitian, freelance writer, and nutrition professional based in Washington, D.C.

It includes a simple quiz that you can take to see why you should be taking care of your prostate. It’s towards the end of this rather lengthy article & I would give you a direct link – but it’s better that you read all the way through!

Prostate 101: Taking Care of Your Prostate

By H.K. Jones

All jokes about latex gloves and ice-cold lube aside, if you were to name the top 10 things most men—gay and straight—would rather just avoid, prostate exams would be high on the list. But there’s no good excuse to ignore the walnut-sized gland that forms part of the normal male reproductive system.

Located just below the bladder, the prostate’s primary function is the production of fluid in semen; it also contains some smooth muscles that help expel semen during ejaculation, and its stimulation plays an important role in the so-called “male g spot” of receptive anal sex.

But this small gland is also prone to inflammation and disease, particularly in older men. Three main problems can occur in the prostate gland: infection, enlargement, and cancer. Here’s what you need to know today, to protect your prostate tomorrow.

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Seven steps you can take to get better sleep

 

Seven steps you can take to get better sleep

steps to better sleep

Sometimes small changes in your lifestyle can make a big difference in your sleep.

You know you’re not getting enough if you feel tired all the time, if you get sick often, and if you depend on caffeine to get you through the day.

Maybe an additional hour a night is all you need.

So let’s take a look at some simple steps that you can take to get better sleep.

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5 Foods To Improve Your Prostate Health

 

5 Foods to improve your prostate health

This is a post I originally wrote in 2011 ! It’s still as relevant today as it was then.

 

Good prostate health is supported by a variety of foods rich in nutrients that are often considered to be “super foods”.

And it’s not just a trendy term, these really are super foods and doctors will often recommend diets based around these foods as they do such a good job of keeping your prostate healthy.

However, doctors generally only get to recommend things that help with prostate problems when you actually know (and admit) that there is a problem.

Ensuring that you include these following 5 types of food in your regular diet will help to keep that visit to the doctor (and the need for the dreaded Digital Rectal Examination!!) at bay.

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