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Could your diet be a better sunscreen than your actual sunscreen?

I am not a huge fan of chemical sunscreens.  Something just feels a bit unnatural about putting something on your skin that needs 15-20 minutes to “soak” in, then before it works.  The soaking in seems a bit strange.  I understand how it works, but then we need to stop seeing our skin as a barrier and more of an extension to the internal system, as it is all connected. 

 

So when you think about something needed to “soak in” to work, my mind goes straight to the thought of, “well, when does this get into my blood stream, if it needs to soak in?”  It’s a little bit the same as makeup and moisturisers, if you don’t think it is safe to eat, then why would it be safe to put on your skin?  I am more of a fan of physical zinc sunscreens that more “sit” on your skin to protect your skin.  I have yet to find one that I think is perfect, as there is a lot of questions about nano particles being very dangerous too. 

What if your diet could be an even more effective sunscreen? 

My posts never cease to mention the word “antioxidants” as they are a critical part of a healthy body.  Interestingly there was a study, done a long time ago, done in Australia, that showed a dramatic DECREASE in cancer cell production from an increase in eating omega 3 fatty acids.  In this study, the omega-3 fatty acid known as DHA not only stopped cancer cells from continuing their production cycle, it also resulted in apoptosis, which means the cancer cells died. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10945621?dopt=Abstract%20and%20http://www.pnas.org/content/98/13/7510.full.  Another study had a similar conclusion.  http://www.pnas.org/content/98/13/7510.full

Sources of omega 3, fish are great source, but a lot of fish is full of mercury too, so eating fish every day may not be the best solution.  Plant based sources include chia seeds, walnuts and flaxseeds.  But an amazing plant based source is algae, which is things like spirulina and chlorella.  These algae’s contain ALA which is the Omega 3 found in plants, while EPA and DHA are the Omega 3’s typically found in seafood.  We have some great supergreen sachets that you add to your cleanse online here: https://www.schkinnymaninny.com.au/products/shakti-superfood-blend

The miracle wonder drug that can help prevent cancer and heart disease!

Imagine if the news tonight ran a story about a new cheap wonder drug that could PREVENT you from getting cancer and heart disease.  What do you think would happen?  Would you run out and grab it, for you and everyone you know?  I am sure most people would.  Now what if I tell you that this affordable wonder drug ALREADY exists.  And it is available to everyone, everyday for most people, right around the corner. 

The wonder drug is called: FRUIT AND VEGETABLES.  A number of studies have shown a significant link between fruit and vegetable consumption and reduced cancer and cardiovascular mortality.  Vegetables may have a stronger association with mortality than fruit. Consumption of vegetables or salad were most protective, while frozen/canned fruit consumption was apparently associated with increased mortality.  This study adjusted for a number of other factors such as age, sex, social class, education, BMI, alcohol consumption and physical activity.  So eating at least seven portions of fresh fruits and vegetables per day may lower your risk of dying from cancer by up to 15% https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24687909

 Another study found that total fruit and vegetable intake was inversely associated with risk of cardiovascular disease, this means that eating more fruits and veg may LOWER your risk of developing heart disease.  Heart disease is the biggest killer of people around the world and yet doesn’t get the publicity that cancer does.  Of the food groups analyzed, green leafy vegetable intake showed the strongest inverse association with major chronic disease and cardiovascular disease.  It looks like just increasing your servings by only one more day you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15523086

Easy ways to increase your vegetable intake:

  • Throw a few handfuls of baby spinach through your dinner – baby spinach wilts easily so you really don’t need any extra cooking. Just toss into a hot dish, stir through and viola!
  • For a pasta dish, half the pasta amount and replace with steamed cauliflower – the white cauliflower can easily “fool” your mind into thinking you are having a nice big comforting bowl of pasta
  • When making a meat dish, half the meat portion and add in extra mushrooms – mushrooms have a lovely meaty flavor when cooked with sauces.
  • Make more soups! There is no easier way to eat more vegetables than to throw a whole heap in a pot and cook them up.

Less popular benefits of a juice fast

This past week my partner was away for work and I have finished breast feeding so thought it would be the perfect time to get my cleanse on.  There a lot of obvious benefits to a juice fast, like all liquid to be easily assimilated into the body, allowing the body to detoxify and cleanse naturally and boosting my system with massive amounts of fruits and vegetables.  I know exactly how much produce goes into each juice, so when you are drinking the juices it just feels good to know I am putting all the right things in.  But there were a couple of other benefits that I had completely forgotten about:

1.     I forgot how nice it was to have someone else prepare my food.  There was no thought, no effort, nothing involved.  With an almost 1 year old and a full time business, it is easy to neglect me in the whole picture, so having everything pre-prepared was so GOOD.  I didn't have to think about the babies food, milk, snacks, nappies, clothes, toys, etc, then think, what I am going to eat/drink today.  It was such a pleasure to be totally taken care of, like my fairy god mother totally had my back for a week.

2.     I forgot how much extra time you have when you don’t have to prepare meals.  I had such a productive work week and got so many jobs finished because I wasn’t spending the 40-1hr prepping, making and cleaning dishes that is involved every night.  It was such a good feeling.  Like a mini holiday.  Time is the only thing finite in our lifetimes, everything else is infinite, so having a little bit more of it to be productive, read my book, do some exercise, watch the baby explore and discover or just be was a little luxury.

Souper Dooper - New JUST SOUP Cleanse

Tis the souping season and the season to drink warm things.  So we are launching a super dooper special Soup Cleanse.  Featuring all your favourite soups, plus some delicious new ones.  The program has 4 soups each day plus a hot shot elixir and organic vegetable broth each day.  We are featuring the delicious gut healing broth from the fabulous cooks over at Broth of life.  The broth is made from nothing except pure organic vegetables, Himalayan rock salt, and organic extra virgin olive oil.  Our hot shot elixir is a spicy mix of ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper with lemon juice.  The hot shot elixir is a natural immune boosting and natural anti bacterial shot that needs to be mixed with hot water.

Our new soups include a scrumptious Pumpkin Coconut soup, and an Asian style Kale Broccoli soup and an Indian spiced Kale Coconut curry Soup.

Our delicious soup cleanse has a sample menu such as:

Breakfast: Pumpkin coconut soup – pumpkin, coconut milk, leek, ginger, garlic, chives, coriander

Post breakfast: hot shot elixir – ginger, lemon, turmeric, cayenne pepper

Late morning snack/early lunch: carrot cashew soup – carrot, cashew, ginger, coriander seeds, pear

Early Afternoon snack/late lunch: Lentil Luncheon – tomato, carrot, lentils

Pre dinner drink: Organic vegetable broth

Dinner: Rockin’ tomato soup – rocket, tomato, chickpeas, celery

You can order our Just Soup Cleanse online now!

November 10, 2015

Posted in cleanse, detox, ginseng, tea, toxins


Tea is good for you and me!

Being pregnant and desperately wanting our new little addition to come out and meet us, I have been drinking a lot raspberry leaf tea. It is supposed to help tone the uterus to make contractions smoother and more consistent. So it got me thinking about what other teas are good for other parts of the your body. As most of your would know, we supply a detox tea blend with our cleanses of 3 days or longer. The blend we use has dandelion leaf, fennel seed, celery leaf and peppermint leaf. The dandelion leaf is reported to help support kidney function, fennel seed is very good for reducing bloating as well as being a mild diuretic to help flush toxins out. Peppermint leaf positively supports digestion by helping to break down fats and reduce bad cholesterol. Decreased cholesterol levels reduce the work load required from the liver. Here are some other popular (and easy to drink) herbal remedies that could help you feel better on the inside:

Chamomile tea which for me is the go to “before bed tea” chamomile has a mild sedative effect, but it also could help you manage anxiety and stress. It could also be very effective in treating stomach and intestinal cramps as it does contain fairly strong antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory constituents.

Ginseng tea may help to improve the immune system by increasing the number of immune cells in the blood. In one study 227 people got either ginseng or placebo for 12 weeks, and got a flu vaccine after 4 weeks. The number of colds and flu were two-thirds lower in the group that took ginseng. Ginseng is also popular as a natural appetite suppressant.

 Rooibios (pronounced Roy-boss) tea is a great alternative to normal black tea. It has a similar taste to black tea, so can be had with milk and sugar but it is totally caffeine free. Plus it is loaded with essential minerals potassium, manganese, fluoride, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium and calcium. Three of these minerals – fluoride, manganese and calcium – promote a healthy bone structure.

 Lemongrass tea possesses anti-hyperlipidemic and anti-hypercholesterolemic properties that support healthy cholesterol levels. It is possible that the regular consumption of lemongrass tea could have significant results in sustaining healthy levels of triglycerides and reducing the bad cholesterol in the body. 

August 20, 2015

Posted in charcoal, detox, fatty acids, fresh juices, healthy, nutrition


Is charcoal the next best detox ingredient?

Activated charcoal is a medicine and drug sponge. It’s not absorbed into the body, and is put into the gastrointestinal tract to reduce the absorption of drugs and other poisons after they have been ingested, but before they have been absorbed into the body. While the overall effectiveness of charcoal isn’t well documented for all drugs and poisons, it has become a routine part of poisoning protocols. Huge doses of activated charcoal are given with the intent of clearing the harmful substance out of the gastrointestinal tract. 

It is made by burning a source of carbon such as wood, debris, or better yet, coconut shells. The high temperature removes all the oxygen and activates it with gases like steam. What is produced is a highly adsorbent material with millions of tiny pores that capture, bind, and remove poisons, heavy metals, chemicals, and intestinal gases which have thousands of times more weight than the charcoal itself. The porous surface has a negative electric charge that attracts positively charged unwanted toxins and gas.

It is mainly used to remove toxins from the body, and has been known to be to used for the following purposes:

  • Taking it when eating out at restaurants or eating low quality foods like processed junk foods
  • It can be helpful to take when drinking alcohol

However, and the main reason we don’t use it in our juices is that Activated charcoal doesn’t discriminate between the healthful chemical components of food, and any unwanted chemicals in the digestive system. Activated charcoal appears to bond vitamins like ascorbic acid (vitamin C), niacin, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), thiamine (vitamin B1) and biotin, so it has the potential to make food and drinks you consume actually less nutritious, not more.

Should you try to alkalise your body? And how can you?

One of the main objectives of a juice cleanse is to alkalise the body.  The alkaline greens are a fantastic way to reduce your body’s pH.  But why is that important?  Most of us would remember school chemistry and the litmus paper tests we had to do, measuring the colour against a code and deciding whether the substance was acidic or alkaline.  Well your body is the same.  It has a pH level.

The pH level is the Potential Hydrogen, and it is the driving force behind a lot of bodily functions, including metabolism, pain, and disease.  If your body is higher is acidity, it causes a condition called acidosis and it is associated with many conditions, for example, organs show signs of chronic cardiovascular, liver, kidney damage, adrenal insufficiency, bladder and kidney stones. Structurally, muscle soreness and fatigue can result from an overly acidic system. In addition, an acidic body terrain is linked with poor oxygen utilization, premature aging, asthma, allergies, immunodeficiency, slow recovery from colds and flu's, arthritis, osteoporosis, anemia, and chronic fatigue. Emotionally, people who are depressed have shown to have a constant acidic body terrain.

How do reduce your internal acidity?

Even though there are many sources of acidity and toxicity in our environments, the biggest contributor to unbalanced pH is our diet.  Eating too much animal protein causes sulfuric acid to build up in the blood as amino acids are broken down.  Calcium-rich dairy products cause some of the highest rates of osteoporosis. That’s because they create acidity in the body! When your blood stream becomes too acidic, it will steal calcium (a more alkaline substance) from the bones to try to balance out the pH level. So the best way to prevent osteoporosis is to eat lots of alkaline green leafy veggies!

Alkaline Foods
Fruits, mushrooms and vegetables (especially citrus, dates, raisins and spinach) promote an alkaline pH.  Strangely enough, acidic fruits such as orange, lemon and tomatoes don’t create acidity in the body. They do just the opposite and contribute to an alkaline environment.
Raw foods
Uncooked fruits and vegetables are said to be biogenic or “life-giving.” Cooking foods depletes alkalinizing minerals. Increase your intake of raw foods, and try juicing or lightly steaming fruits and vegetables.
Alkaline Water

Alkaline water has a pH of 9 to 11. Distilled water is just fine to drink. Water filtered with a Reverse Osmosis filter is slightly acidic, but it’s still a far better option than tap water or purified bottled water. Adding pH drops, lemon or lime, or baking soda to your water boosts alkalinity.
Green Drinks
Drinks made from green vegetables and grasses in powder form are loaded with alkaline-forming foods and chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is structurally similar to our own blood and alkalizes the blood.
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