For most people, every day sees their life getting busier and more stressful, rather than simpler and more present. These changes affect our health and wellbeing, particularly our gut health.
When we are fully aware of the present moment and mindful, we connect more with our children and partners, work more efficiently and live safer, less stressful lives. Stress and an unhealthy diet are ultimately the main causes of disease.
Lacto-fermentation is an ancient preservation method that creates probiotic bacteria. Fermented foods and drinks have been a part of ancient cultures for centuries but they have gained recent popularity because of the focus on the beneficial bacteria they produce. You may be familiar with sauerkraut, dill pickles, fermented vegetables, yoghurt, Kimchi, beet kvass, kombucha, kefir, tibicos and other lacto fermented vegetables that help inoculate the body with beneficial bacteria. These beneficial bacteria are called probiotics. Probiotics help to nourish the gut and make your immune system healthier. The impact of probiotics on our health and wellbeing is still being explored and will be the subject of much more research in years ahead.
What is Master Tonic?
Master Tonic is a powerful tonic, made of natural, fresh ingredients. It can aid with infections, inflammations, immune conditions, cold and flu. The ingredients are designed to help detox the bloodstream. This tonic is known by many names such as a fire cider, super tonic, four thieves vinegar, herb vinegar and plague vinegar. It’s wonderful for preventing illness as it has amazing immune boosting properties.
Do you feel you drink too much coffee? Do you need help getting over your coffee fix? If you’re looking for an alternative drink, try drinking Kombucha instead. Kombucha is a lightly fermented tea consumed chilled and not with milk! Kombucha can give you the energy boost of coffee without the side effects.
Have you ever pondered how, as an adult, you developed your gut flora or microbiome? Where does the process start and does it ever end?
The makeup of your gut flora starts during your birth and continues from that moment down a myriad of paths. The birth canal or the C section environment will give the gut its first inoculation of gut flora. So there are 2 very different paths purely based on the birth process and circumstances. The differences can be significant and procedures are adapting to make the lifesaving C section infant’s gut flora more akin to their mothers than the ward they are born in.
SO WHAT IS KOMBUCHA?
Kombucha is a fermented, sweetened tea made using a live culture known as a SCOBY. What’s a SCOBY? It’s an acronym for a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. The culture resembles a rubbery mushroom-like disk that reproduces or develops on the top of each new brew.
Beauty in the modern era is so often portrayed through what we apply to our bodies and skin. There are an increasing number of beauty companies and natural skin care brands that are moving from the latest, trendy laboratory manufactured ingredients to natural, organic and probiotic products. The fermentation process which creates probiotic products helps to slow the aging process of the skin. To foster ageless beauty we need to make sure that everything that touches our skin is natural and free from nasty ingredients and organic.
Eating fermented foods has the ability to clarify and rejuvenate the skin from the inside out. Think about your beauty as an expression of your health, not just the result of applying products to your skin. Focus on what’s happening internally to glow externally.
Just pause a moment and let that sink in!
I’ve had reason to ponder the messiness of life at the moment and am learning to see it from a new vantage point. This happens periodically as a new perspective is presented to me. Over the years I have taken a journey that has shown me how opposites can be complementary. That the harmony and balance in my life changes with time as my perspective shifts and I now appreciate how interdependent these opposites are. I must have the chaos to feel the calm!
The start of a new year can offer opportunities and challenges. I’ve experienced both in these last few months which has led to having to work with changing dynamics with our SCOBY’s and ferments.