Manuka Honey and Cider Vinegar – a winning combination

manuka honey and cider vinegar
Healing combination

Some people would swear by cider vinegar for treating weight loss, rheumatism, blood pressure and more.

Others will tell you that manuka honey is the elixir of life, its antibacterial and antioxidant properties can be used to treat complaints internally and externally.

So, why not combine them together?

The wonderfully named Picklecoombe House are doing just that with an active 5+ Manuka Honey & Cider Vinegar.

I’m looking forward to hearing what folk are going to say about this!

If you’re considering low calorie baking, it’s worth remembering xylitol

Just a reminder about xylitol, in case you didn’t know.

It’s a natural sweetener, taken from birch trees, found in fruits and even our own bodies. And it’s almost ½ the calories of sugar.

40% less calories than sugar

New sweeteners are coming on to the market constantly, but xylitol has been around for some time and has nothing artificial about it – in fact it can be used in cooking in the same way as sugar and is suitable for diabetics.

As a brand of xylitol, Total Sweet is a sugar alternative, that looks, feels and tastes just like sugarand has a GI value of just 7.

For an example of the kind of recipes you can use xylitol with, jams, mirangues and pastries for example, check the Total Sweet website.

A healthier protein powder made from raw sprouted brown rice

I like fitness, but I’ve never added protein to my food to help build muscle.

However, when you see rugby players using the stuff you realise it undoubtedly has benefits for those with a demanding training regime.

vegan protein powder
Made from sprouted grains

A new 100% Brown Rice Protein from Pulsin shows how nutritious extra protein can be. They use raw, sprouted grains to harvest nutrients from the rice at its most potent – the result is a protein powder that has a 98% correlation with mother’s milk.

It is made unflavoured and unsweetened without any artificial additives and, as a vegan, gluten free, dairy free, soya free protein powder, is suitable for almost any diet.

Comparing it to other protein powders it has more protein and fibre than your average whey protein and less fat than hemp protein, so, not bad if you’re looking for a healthier source of raw protein power.

The power of the artichoke

Did you know that artichokes have more antioxidants than any other vegetable?

Artichoke Juice
Packed with healthy benefits

They taste pretty good too.

But if you can’t get your hands on any fresh artichoke there are other ways to enjoy them.

Artichokes have been linked to the treatment of dangerous diseases and rank seventh out of foods with the highest antioxidant content in a recent study. They’re also high in fibre, known to reduce choleserol and great for hangovers!

So, if you’d like a little more artichoke in your life you could try Biotta’s Organic Artichoke Plus, a juice made with artichokes and other vegetables.

Biotta make a great range of juices such as the Powerberry Juice and the curiously named Breuss Juice (developed by the Swiss for fighting disease). All their drinks are 100% premium juices, with no preservatives, no dilution and nothing artificial.  They are naturally rich with vitamins and minerals – so they can work with your body to promote health.

How to make Fenugreek tea

fenugreek seeds
Healing tea from ancient seeds

Fenugreek seed has long been used by civilisations to treat ailments and has recently been thought of as useful for diabetes.

It has a taste like maple syrup or licorice, and is a popular ingredient for curries, soups and stews.

However it can also be brewed to make a tea for medicinal purposes. Some people make it to control blood pressure, others for the common cold, but researchers are still speculating about whether it helps the body produce insulin. (Always talk to your doctor before regularly consuming fenugreek tea.)

It’s easy to make the tea. Steep 1 teaspoon of organic whole fenugreek seeds in a cup of boiled water for 5 minutes. Pour the water through a strainer to remove the seeds. You won’t have to sweeten it because the tea will naturally be very sweet.

Overindulgence of pancakes on Shrove Tuesday may be remedied by charcoal tablets on Ash Wednesday… obviously!

Had too much on pancake day? A little charcoal on Ash Wednesday may help that stomach trouble.

As surely as Shrove Tuesday is followed by Ash Wednesday, so the excesses of pancake day might be treated with digestive charcoal.

Bragg's Charcoal Biscuits
A suitable choice of food for Ash Wednesday

Back in Victorian times charcoal biscuits were popular for easing stomach trouble. So, if you ate a few too many pancakes last night, they might do you some good too.

Charcoal has traditionally been used to absorb gases in the digestive system, relieving the discomfort caused by indigestion, wind and heartburn. It’s still used by many as an antidote to flatulence today.

Bragg’s began selling the sooty remedy baked into biscuits back in 1879, and still makes the recipe today, though you can now also buy charcoal capsules if you prefer. So, if you feel a little uncomfortable after a little light festivity, the old remedy may well be worth the investment

For Valentines: 3 Rules for Fertility from fertility expert, Natalie Kringoudis. Rule 3: Sex

We asked fertility expert, Natalie Kringoudis, if she’d pass on her tips for conceiving a baby. She very helpfully wrote back a lot of information on how to tune your body for reproduction.

Natalie comments on the importance of blood flow, and it has been noted that this can be improved through the use of the herbal remedies like Ginseng and Ginkgo

I’m regularly asked ‘What can I do to be more fertile?’

It’s actually one of the main reasons I wrote my ebook – Fertilise Yourself.

There are many things that need to be addressed to gear you toward a healthier, more fertile you.  Here’s the third of 3 key points to have your reproductive organs raring…


How much sex do you need to make a baby? Actually not that much. But how much sex do you need to be healthy?… That’s the million dollar question.

Many patients share their anguish when it comes to ‘baby making sex’. You know the kind? The kind that begins with good intimate intentions but that quickly take a turn toward the “hurry up and get this over with because it’s the third time in three days……  and I’m OVER it” kind.  Yawn.

The biggest mistake I see couples make in the natural fertility game is to confine their timing to what they believe is their ‘ovulatary window.’  This can be a trap for several reasons.

Firstly, we don’t all ovulate at the same time.  Ovulation doesn’t necessarily occur on the 14th day of the cycle.  The timing of ovulation can be quite confusing, which adds complication and explains why many people are missing the timing.

Secondly, limiting the amount of intimate time we spend, limits the amount of exercise our reproductive organs receive.  This means exercising them all month round, in order to increase blood flow to the pelvic cavity and to nourish and condition the reproductive area.

Also by increasing blood flow, we are nourishing the area with all it requires to work best.  If a woman has already ovulated,  intercourse in the later part of the cycle is essential to help feed the growing embryo as it imbeds into the endometrium and feeds off adequate blood supply.

This is especially appropriate for couples going through IVF. The same rules apply in the need for the reproductive organs to be getting all the oxygen and blood supply they can.