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Inulin – How does it help with my digestion?

Inulin powder is created from a plant extract, primarily the Chicory Root, but can also be found in artichokes, onions and bananas, amongst others. Inulin is classified as a soluble dietary fibre and its uses are varied, but most importantly it acts as prebiotic in your digestion system and increases your daily soluble fibre.  Increasing your daily soluble fibre helps your bowels to work properly as well as helping your digestion system absorb nutrients from food. Our stomach, bowels and digestion system contain a delicate balance of good bacteria and enzymes unfortunately, even a small amount of bad bacteria can upset your system significantly causing stomach acid, bloating, trapped wind or diarrhoea. What are the benefits of taking inulin? Makes you feel full As a soluble fibre, Inulin is essential for good health. By dissolving a regular dose of Inulin powder into some water as a drink, it helps to…

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Top 5 Tips on Sports Injury Recovery

What is considered as a Sport Injury? There are a few things that fall under the sport injury classification, but they include: A physical accident A fall or heavy blow Not stretching properly before exercising Using gym equipment that is inappropriate – like too heavy weights Applying the incorrect technique when exercising – like twisting and moving in an awkward way Pushing yourself above your comfortable limits. Sports Injury recovery can be a long journey depending on a lot of factors including your body’s ability to heal naturally and also your nutrition.  But there are some easy steps you can take to help you ease the pain and get back to your regular sporty life, as quickly as possible. TIP 1. ICE PACK For the first 48 hours when a sports injury occurs, apply an ice pack directly to the injured part of your body – but make sure you…

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Why is honeydew honey different to normal honey?

Honeydew honey is not the regular honey we commonly know here in the UK, not only because of the way its produced but also because of its colour, which is darker than the “light brown” colour we normally associated with honey here.  Honeydew honeys are always beautifully distinctive in terms of aromas & flavours, and are packed full of amino acids, enzymes, vitamins & minerals as well as natural sugars, which are easily absorbed and processed by your body unlike processed sugars. what is Honeydew honey and where does Honeydew Honey come from? Honeydew Honey is a honey that has been produced using the sap of a tree rather than the nectar of a plant or flower. Rather than the bees feeding directly on the nectar of the plant (which is the normal process for making honey), the bees feed on the by-product of another insect called an aphid.  Aphids…

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Top LOW-IMPACT Exercises to do with Joint Pain

For those of us who experience joint pain, it’s quite difficult to think about exercise, when you have a lot of pain just moving around.  So, in this blog we’re going to suggest a few types of exercise that you can do to help keep your movement fluid, which should hopefully reduce the severity of the pain. The aim of this, is to start slow, and go slow. You don’t have to do major amounts of movement, you just need to move, little and as often as you can. The reason we experience so much pain with our joints is that with Arthritis for example, you have wear & tear general deterioration of the joint, which causes inflammation, and then, all the tendons, nerves and muscles tighten up around the affected joint to protect you, and to stop you moving.  Whilst this is what the body needs, it can often…

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“Virgin” or “Non-Virgin” – Does it make a difference for your coconut oil?

As big fans of coconut oil, we all love how versatile & nourishing it is, not only in cooking but as a wonderful replacement to many beauty & haircare treatments. But do you know if your coconut oil is virgin or not? And does it make any difference? The answer is YES, it does.  Below we compare Virgin & Non-Virgin Coconut Oil properties:   Virgin Coconut Oil Non-Virgin Coconut Oil Scent & Flavour Strong Coconut Scent yet subtle flavour No Scent & neutral flavour  Highest Heating Point 176°C 205°C What is it made of? Fresh Coconut flesh Dried Coconut flesh Food & Safety Unrefined (to not damage the coconut oil) Steam refined with no chemicals used Given the contrasts listed above, Virgin Coconut Oil is more natural and just as nature intended.  With an irresistible aroma and yet a delicate coconut taste, Virgin Coconut Oil is packed full of healthy…

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Benefits of Living a Vegetarian life

This is a widely discussed topic around the world as there is a growing population that are choosing to embrace a plant-based diet! Why are people drawn to the vegetarian lifestyle? Generally, it falls into two categories, for environmental reasons (reduce greenhouse gasses in farming) and for ethical reasons, where people are uncomfortable at eating animals. Fun Fact: You do not need meat to get all the nutrients required for good health, but it is good to supplement with a plant-based Vitamin B as there are few fruit & veg that can give you the same nutritional benefits as meat. A Meat-free Diet can lead to a generally healthier life for various reasons. Better Heart Health According to Crowe et al. (2013)’s research on heart disease, people with a vegetarian diet are a 1/3rd less likely to be hospitalized or die from heart disease. A vegetarian diet is inherently healthful…

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Bee Hive Security – How do honeybees protect their hives from predators?

The front line The first defence mechanism for most kinds of bees is the same method the bees use to protect themselves against us humans, is to use their sting and inject venom into their enemies.  Unlike when they sting humans and other mammals that have thick skin which holds onto the sting and kills the bee, to other animals it delivers a shocking sting without killing it.  Protecting the Hive Propolis is a resin-like white sticky natural substance that the bees make in processing honey and it plays an important part in protecting the hive.  Propolis is put at the entrance to the hive, which traps the unwitting predator in the substance and allows the bees time to get to the predator and sting it with venom before it can cause too much damage to the hive.  The natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties (amongst other key benefits) of Propolis…

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The Beautiful History behind Thyme Honey

As one of the most revered Greek Honeys, Thyme Honey, is mainly harvested in the early summer season. With a bright amber colour, wonderful aroma, most importantly, with its excellent anti-bacterial and antifungal properties, Thyme Honey is a great way to stay healthy when you cook with it in the kitchen! In the Ancient Times Thyme itself thrives better in hot and well-drained soil and lives for more than 2 years. The first mention of the plant itself could date back to ancient Greek history, where the burning of the plant symbolising courage from your heart. The herb was then introduced to the Romans and they used it as aroma (an incense) to purify the smell of their houses, and in more recent times it has been used to flavour cheeses and different liqueurs. Back in the Modern Day FUN FACT- In Greece, thyme honey is made from the pollen…

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Arnica – What is it and Its Healing Properties

Arnica – As one of the most ancient homoeopathic medications, arnica has been used for centuries in many households. We, today, would like to let you know all about the mysteries of arnica. The Origin of Arnica The use of Arnica as a traditional medication has been documented to date back to Greece in the 16th century where it became popular, and then knowledge regarding the plants healing properties was spread far and wide across Europe after this time. Back to more recent history, more and more populations around the world have shunned what we call traditional medicine in western society, like painkillers & anti-inflammatories, to take a more measured natural approach.  In fact, medications and natural products that include arnica in its ingredients are increasing, and they have been mainly used for the treatment of osteoarthritis, swelling and bruising. What does the flower of Arnica do? With the flower…

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Things that you can do to help with a sore throat

Sore throats are one of the most unavoidable health issues that everyone has to deal with unfortunately, however, with our years of experience with our customers suggestions and our own experiences, we’re hoping that these few suggestions can help alleviate your discomfort. The causes of a sore throat Generally speaking, most sore throats are caused by cold & flu viruses. Other reasons could be: smoking cigarettes – damages the back of your throat and windpipe with the smoke and nicotine allergies to pets – an antihistamine response or sensitivity to pet hair & dander. muscle strains from yelling or talking loudly – straining those vocal cords and drying out the throat Gastroesophageal reflux disease (Acid reflux) – high levels of stomach acid expelling through the top of the stomach into the windpipe & throat There are some serious causes of sore throats too, such as tonsillitis or tumours but let’s…

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