Fermented food

by Olivia Cartwright,

  

The world of probiotics is a complex one. Fermented foods contain cultures that our bodies love. If your gut is your second brain then it is hugely important to look after it. Your gut microbiome thrives when it is been fed with diverse good bacteria. 

Not only does fermenting your food helps to enhance the preservation of foods, but eating fermented foods can also boost the number of beneficial bacteria, or probiotics, found in your gut. Regulating mood, boosting your immune system, decreasing inflammation, removing toxins, and assisting with both digestion and metabolism are some of the profound functions of probiotics and fermented food is the easiest and not to mention cheapest way to do this!

Fermented foods are far more potent than probiotic supplements. To give you an idea, 2 ounces of sauerkraut has more probiotics than 100 capsules. 4-6 ounces of fermented vegetables has around 10 trillion bacteria, compared to the average probiotic supplement that contains around 10 billion. In general, the diversity of the organisms present in fermented foods are far greater than those in supplements. 

It can be an acquired taste but don’t let that put you off. There are options for every taste preference. From sauerkraut to kimchi to kefir, to kombucha to yogurt there are a whole host of options for everyone! I like to have a shot of mango coconut kefir every morning before breakfast. 


Lymphatic drainage massage with Flavia Morellato

by Olivia Cartwright, , link

                                BEFORE                                                                       AFTER

                                        

Lymphatic drainage has long been a treatment we recommend on a cleanse for it’s incredible detoxing benefits but this is just one of the advantages! Lymphatic drainage aids circulation, weight loss, increases metabolism, reduces bloating and inflammation, supports the immune system and so much more. We have long been looking for a particular practitioner that we can direct our clients to and we think we’ve found just the person. 

Flavia Morellato's reputation precedes her and for very good reason. With a quick glance of her Instagram you will immediately see she has an a-list celebrity following and I completely understand why. Flavia’s warm energy is contagious and she was so inviting from the offset, making you feel incredibly comfortable even in a state of undress! Her passion for what she does is immediately apparent, it’s so obvious she truly loves caring for people. 

I have had a few lymphatic drainage massages in the past, typically whilst on a cleanse but it hasn’t always been the comfortable experience but this was quite the contrary, it felt great and you could feel the changes in your body instantly. Mid way through the massage she asked me to elevate the leg she had just finished and in comparison, my other side felt like it was filled with lead. I couldn’t believe the difference. 

Flavia told me that lymphatic drainage massage is considered commonplace in Brazil, it is even prescribed as mandatory for those after surgery due to it’s anti-inflammatory and detoxification benefits. Flavia initially trained as a physiotherapist and her knowledge of the body and it’s anatomy is second to none. Since lymphatic drainage transformed her own life, helping her get her body back post partum, she then wanted to help others get the same results she did.  She set out to do her own training and even secured a masters in lymphatic drainage, today she has developed her own unique method.  The Flavia Morellato method is totally unique and she has become so busy that she has personally trained some trusted physiotherapists she cherry-picked from her home in Brazil in this incredible technique. 

I have mentioned before that I have struggled with IBS and bloating and I never imagined I would see such instantaneous results. I honestly didn’t recognise my own body after the treatment. Everything felt tighter, lighter and more contoured than ever, like a new person. The before and after photos speak for themselves, I would go every day if I could, I walked out of the room feeling lighter than air and floated my way through the rest of my day. I cannot recommend Flavia and her services enough! 


Passion Fruit Chia Pudding

by Olivia Cartwright, , link

Ingredients

  • 30 grams chia seeds
  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 150 ml coconut water
  • drop of vanilla extract
  • 1 mango
  • 1 lime
  • 1 passion fruit
  • toasted coconut flakes

Instructions

  1. Place chia seeds in a container and add coconut milk, coconut water and a drop of vanilla extract. With a spoon stir until well combined. Close the jar with a lid or with cling film and leave to soak for about 2 hours. You can also refrigerate overnight, but keep in mind if using canned your coconut milk will thicken to almost solid and you may need to warm it up to loosen again in the morning.
  2. Peel and cut mango into chunks and put into a blender. Save a couple of smaller chunks for topping. Add juice of 1 lime to blender. Blend until smooth and thick.
  3. Assemble your pudding: place a couple of spoons of mango puree, then add a layer of chia pudding and repeat. Top your pudding with the saved mango chunks, passion fruit and toasted coconut. Serve.


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