Give Candida, UTIs or IBS a knock out punch

If you suffer from candida, UTIs or IBS or similar, listen up.

If you’ve never had such illnesses then you’ll want to know this when you do.

Bio-Kult is a vegetarian supplement range developed to boost our immune system through probiotics. So much so that a standard box of Bio-Kult contains 14 different probiotic strains.

That should be helpful if you suffer from travel sickness, diarrhoea, leaky gut syndrome, irritable bowels or eczema.

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Advanced probiotic supplements

But there’s more…

Candida can be a life-changing illness when the bacteria gets out of hand – and, apparently, one third of us carry it. So, Bio-Kult have also developed a probiotic supplement called Candéa which includes powerful properties from garlic and grapefruit seed extract: these are believed to strengthen the body’s natural defences against the overgrowth of Candida.

A more common illness are Urinary Tract Infections which cause a lot of unpleasant experiences in the nether regions. Bio-Kult Pro-Cyan uses probiotics with with cranberry extract and Vitamin A to help your body to maintain a healthy urinary tract.

It’s also just recently won an award as the Best New Product from 2012 as voted for by CAM (Complimentary and Alternative Medicine) Lifestyle Magazine readers.

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How to make Fenugreek tea

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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.

Go for a healthy resolution that will last

As New Year’s Resolution’s go, “Floss My Teeth” might not be top of your list…

Beetroot Juice
Beetroot Juice delivers a nitrate boost to the body

Though it doesn’t usually matter as our resolutions don’t tend to last that long, especially when they’re to do with health and fitness.

But, if you really want your fitness resolutions to last, then a little help wouldn’t go amiss.

As Olympic Champion David Weir, the Weir Wolf, testified, beetroot juice gives muscles a nitrate boost and results in less energy wasting. In short it keeps you going for longer.

Beet It Sport is the latest improved version supplying 0.4g of nitrate per 7cl shot – that’s more intense than any beetroot drink so far.

So, if you do want that extra edge for 2013 invest in beetroot. And a Happy New Year.

Get the word out about echinacea – great for defeating colds

It’s amazing how many people don’t know about Echinacea (let alone how to pronounce it)…

The powdered flower is used to increase the white blood cells in our body which fight colds and flu.

My own personal experience with echinacea is so good that I recommend it all the time. It stops me getting worse when I’m run down.

Come to think of it there are loads of herbal remedies which people find useful for different purposes. Schwabe make a product called EchinaCold, but they also make various other concoctions for migraines, depression, sleep problems, indigestion, coughs and stress… The list goes on.

For those of us who prefer to use herbal remedies Schwabe make a useful source of medicinal treatments, all with the Traditional Herbal Remedy certification mark.

 

What do you do to deal with cystitis (honeymoon syndrome)?

If you’re a fan of the movie The Green Mile and have seen the way the Tom Hanks character suffers you’ll know that it isn’t just women who suffer from cystitis.

However, when you survey discussion forums for answers it’s generally women who pass on suggestions like cranberry juice or barley water. One solution that often comes up is Potters Antitis – which is a herbal remedy used for the relief of urinary or bladder discomfort and infections.

Antitis is made of several natural ingredients including Buchu and Uva Ursi (diuretic and urinary antiseptics), Clivers (a diuretic which also controls bleeding in the urinary tract), Shepherds Purse (a urinary antiseptic with anti-haemorrhaging action) and Couchgrass (a diuretic specific to cystitis).

It’s not a pleasant experience but anyone can experience it, so it’s worth knowing Antitis can help. If you have any other solutions you’d like to share, feel free to add a comment.

Life enhancing natural supplements – introducing the Reds series

If you’re feeling washed out you might want to try Spirulina.

The advantage of spirulina is that it is a sea vegetable containing the richest known concentration of nutrients of any food. It contains every nutrient required by the human body in an easily absorbable form.

The supplement firm, Lifestream, have combined their organic spirulina with the organic fruit acerola, a rich source of Vitamin C, to provide excellent support for your immune system.

7 berries of power
7 power berries

Lifestream’s Reds combination supplements

You may also want to try Lifestream’s Reds Acai, which actually blends together the organic and antioxidant power of seven superberries: acai, pomegranate, cherry, blueberry, raspberry, blackberry and one you may not have heard of: the noni berry from the Pacific.

Nutrients for life
Nutrients for life

As well as providing an energy lift the antioxidants will benefit your immune system and support anti-aging for your body.

Boost weight-loss
Boost weight-loss

Another life-maxing combination is Lifestream’s synergy of Resveratrol and Tart Cherry, again rich in antioxidants for improved energy and health, but also beneficial to sleep, heart health and your body’s joints.

Finally, Lifestream have also combined the acai berry and ‘fucoxanthin’ from the kombu seaweed to produce a supplement for weight management called Fucocai. Acai is well known for supporting weight loss and kombu is a food which helps raise the metabolism meaning you burn your calories faster.

Bounce Balls – nutrition on the go

You don’t need extra protein if you eat well.

That is… the average man can get all the protein he needs if he drinks his milk, eats tuna for lunch and steak for dinner. Even vegans get all the protein they need from a good selection of plant foods.

But, if your diet isn’t as perfect then you may need a boost, especially if you enjoy exercise.

A little bundle of natural nutrition
A little bundle of natural nutrition

Keeping a few Bounce Balls in the cupboard will help. They are delicious healthy snacks, in a ball, made from 100% natural ingredients. They offer health–conscious people a convenient and tasty, top quality nutrition treat which you can eat at any time.

They are also gluten free, low carb, naturally sweet and cholesterol free.

Bounce Balls come as the Peanut Protein Blast or the Almond Protein Hit, they are loaded with whey protein and perfect as a snack. There’s also a Spirulina & Ginseng Defence Boost aimed at helping the immune system – Spirulina is a complete protein and a rich source of iron & fibre.

A great source of nutrition on the go.