24 hours to win The Juice Diet book by Christine Bailey

Our friend, Christine Bailey, has been hard at work on a new book and to highlight it we’ve got a copy to give away as a prize. But you’ve got less than a day to enter…

Change your life with 'The Juice Diet'
Change your life with 'The Juice Diet'

If you’re looking to change your diet to boost your immune system or energy levels, and to help you feel great, then this book is for you (and, yes, you could lose weight too).

The Juice Diet has more than 100 juices and smoothie recipes divided into chapters for just a weekend blitz or a week-long plan, or even juicing for life. Make drinks to help attend to your beauty, energy or immunity, by delivering the right nutrients to your body in these mouthwatering recipes.

The Juice Diet offers an easy and delicious way to achieve your body’s true potential. And a free copy could be yours!

If you’d like the chance to win a copy simply email me your name and address and I’ll enter you into the prize draw. BUT, you’ve only got 24 hours to enter starting NOW, as the competition closes at 11am on Friday 28th January (UK addresses only).

Good luck! (And don’t worry, even if you don’t win, we’ve got a special offer lined up for everyone who enters.)

The author, Christine Bailey, is a qualified nutritionist, food and health consultant, chef and cookery teacher. You can find out details of her courses and workshops at www.advancenutrition.co.uk

The Juice Diet by Christine Bailey is new this January, published by Duncan Baird at £10.99

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Lepicol for a healthy gut – you might never know how much you need it

How’s this for a testimony:

I have been using Lepicol for a few weeks and I am now sure that my bowel problems are over.

My Irritable Bowel Syndrome, ‘piles’ and constipation has virtually gone and I can’t tell you how pleased I am.

When people remark how much perkier I seem I don’t hesitate to tell them about my Lepicol success story.  I aim to always take it daily and tell my G.P. Surgery to take the doctor’s ‘remedy’ off my repeat prescription list.

I can’t believe I’ve stumbled across Lepicol – a product that works so much better.  Thank you and keep it coming.

What is Lepicol?
Lepicol is a clever mix of an incredible fibre food (called Psyllium husks), probiotics and a chicory based inulin. They work together to bring you relief if you have a sluggish or sensitive tummy.

So many people have been spreading the word about how helpful they’ve found Lepicol, whether it’s with IBS, piles, diverticular disease, constipation, cramp pains, bloating or discomfort, acid reflux, diarrhea or colitis.

Often converts add that they now have more energy, a better immune system, and improved weight loss.

This is good news. There is greater understanding nowadays that laxitives can be very damaging for your health in the long run, resulting in poor nutrition and damaging your digestive system.

Is it good for me?
Lepicol is made of natural source ingredients that are gentle on your gut – leaving you with healthy bowels and protection from future disease.

Psyllium husk fibre absorbs 20 times its own weight and it has a spongy feel to it, which means it doesn’t rip at your insides like other fibre foods. And, because Lepicol is not absorbed by the body, it is suitable for everyday use.

The inulin is a prebiotic which works with the probiotics to maintain friendly bacteria in your stomach for a healthy colon.

Lepicol comes in capsules and is gluten free, wheat free, phytate free and GM free. You can also get the psyllium husks in tablet form by themselves.

The Healthy Bowels Company now produce a Fibre Food for Kids which adds oat bran to the psyllium husk mix. You can even have a Colon Massage Oil to encourage relief.

Are you getting enough minerals? – Quiz

Our bodies can’t make minerals. We get them from what we eat and drink. You don’t need loads but they are as vital as vitamins are. They are needed for structural strength, fluid control and energy conversion.

So here’s a test: Count up the foods in each category (A,B,C etc.) that you eat on a regular basis (several times a week). Then compare your score with the guide at the bottom.

A Apples, Kale, Broccoli, Live yoghurt, Cottage cheese, Cheddar cheese, Sesame seeds, Whitebait, Sardines, Salmon (tinned)
B Tomatoes, Broccoli, Onions (raw), Liver, Chicken, Turkey, Oysters, Mussels
C Avocados, Asparagus, Chickpeas, Barley, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Pecans, Sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Pistachios, Sesame seeds, Walnuts
D Spinach, Apricots (dried), Chickpeas, Kidney beans, Lentils, Soya beans, Tofu, Liver, Beef, Lamb, Venison, Prawns, Anchovies
E Pumpkin, Lettuce, Spinach, Brown rice, Spelt, Whole wheat, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Pecans, Sunflower seeds, Almonds, Brazil nuts, Cashews, Pumpkin seeds, Scallops, Salmon
F Pumpkin, Seaweed, Peas, Beef, Lamb, Poultry, Game, Liver, Cheese, Yoghurt, Eggs, Pecans, Pine nuts
G Cabbage, Onions, Brussel sprouts, Peas, Red meat, Poultry, Eggs
H Potatoes, Avocados, Tomatoes, Sun dried tomatoes, Dried fruits, Squash, Sweet potatoes, Cucumber, Peppers, Bananas, Celery, Lettuce (dark), Herring
I Pineapples, Sweet potatoes, Spinach, Peas, Leeks, Chickpeas, Kidney beans, Lentils, Soya beans, Tofu, Barley, Brown rice, Oat, Wild rice, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Pecans, Sunflower seeds, Almonds, Sesame seeds, Walnuts


Results

A = Calcium levels. You are: 1-3 probably deficient, 4-6 possibly deficient, 7-10 adequate
Maintains strong and healthy bones and teeth. Also aids blood clotting, muscle and nerve function, lowering blood pressure.

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Tired? Lethargic and irritable? – Common low iron levels can be turned around by Floradix

Floradix is an iron supplement, but more than that, it’s a household name.

One woman writes,

I’ve used Floradix in the past after illnesses and it seems to be quite good for me.

Women often need more iron in their blood, and will regularly experience a lack of energy after menstruation, exercise or not eating much meat, sometimes due to a vegan or vegetarian diet.

Another female blogger observes:

…tired throughout the day, I didn’t feel normal. I also noticed that I was bruising very easily on my arms, hips, and legs… I decided my iron might be low. Fortunately, the grocery store down the street carries Floradix.

You don’t have to be anaemic to suffer from low iron levels. Fatigue, mental ability, frequent illness, circles around the eyes, brittle hair and nails, cold hands and feet – all can be the result of your body running low on iron.

No energy? Floradix can help
No energy? Floradix can help

Your bloodstream needs iron to help transport oxygen around the body and this should be at an optimal level. Iron deficiency can lead to anaemia, chronic fatigue syndrome, lack of fertility and poor growth in children.

If you think you might be deficeint in iron (you’re not alone: 50% of under 18 women lack iron) try asking your doctor for a blood test or a ferritin test.

Also examine your overall diet in order to increase your intake of iron. Some foods will inhibit iron absorbtion but red meat and baked beans are a good source of iron.

Healthy Floradix

The good news is that Floradix is an organic iron made from a recipe of fruit, vegetables, grains, flowers, honey and yeast. As a liquid it delivers at least twice as much iron to your body than tablets and it contains vitamins B and C.

Liquid iron won’t leave you constipated but will boost your energy, health and well being.

A delighted mother reported that,

I was recommended Floradix by the midwife. I was totally sceptical but I gave it a try. I was amazed by the difference it made to me. I felt great, my skin looked great and I had loads of energy. I felt alive and refreshed. Since then I have been a regular user of Salus products.

Floradix is also available without yeast and gluten-free.

Salus Haus make other health products as well as Floradix Floravital, including Kindervital Fruity Formula for children, herbal rememdies for the intestines, blood sugar and heart, a magnesium supplement and multivitamin tincture. They also make herbal teas.

Note: Iron supplements should not be taken by children under 6.

Unlock your car over your mobile

Did you know you can unlock your car by your mobile using the spare keys miles away? I’m fascinated.

Apparently if your car has remote keyless entry and if you lock your keys in the car and the spare keys are at home, you can call someone at home on their mobile phone from your mobile.

Hold your mobile phone about a foot from your car door and have the person at your home press the unlock button, holding it near the mobile phone on their end.

Your car will unlock. Saves someone from having to drive your keys to you.

Distance is no object. You could be hundreds of miles away, and if you can reach someone who has the other “remote” for your car, you can unlock the doors (or the boot)

Denise tried it out and it unlocked her car over a mobile phone.

Guarana – the real facts about the famous rain forest energiser

For centuries, natives to the Amazonian rain forests have used Guarana as a way to stay energised, alert and cool in the tough environment. Guarana is probably one of the best known of Amazonian herbs – but also one of the most misunderstood. If you thought that Guarana was ‘just caffeine’ – then think again.

For centuries, natives to the Amazonian rain forests have used Guarana as a way to stay energised, alert and cool in the tough environment. Guarana is probably one of the best known of Amazonian herbs – but also one of the most misunderstood. If you thought that Guarana was ‘just caffeine’ – then think again.

How does Guarana work?

The special combination of actives that gives Guarana its unique benefits are gradually released into the body over a sustained period – this is because the seed contains oily substances which act as buffers and slow the uptake of the other actives. This provides a natural ‘time release’ mechanism that gives gentle stimulation for up to six hours.

The average daily dose of Guarana (1000mg) contains just 35mg of caffeine – compared to the 80-100mg dose you’ll get in just one cup of fresh coffee. This means Guarana is a good alternative to using strong stimulants, and a good way to reduce caffeine consumption.

Researchers at Northumbria University recently conducted a human trial to compare the effects of Guarana with Panax or Asian Ginseng – and found that the subjects using Guarana extract performed better over a number of tasks involving concentration and mental agility.

The researchers concluded that Guarana’s actions could not be attributable to its caffeine content alone.

Who can use Guarana?

Guarana is ideal for students, shift workers, sportsmen and anyone who wants to remain alert and energised in the hectic modern world.

Excellent for long distance driving and popularly used for jet lag – Guarana is also great for a party – something the Brazilians know how to do very well.

If you are too tired to Samba – perhaps its time to try Rio Amazon Guarana?

Rio Amazon Guarana is the original brand of the rain forest energiser – available in best selling 500mg vegicaps, as well as in a potent ‘jungle Elixir’ and many other formats – so you can enjoy this amazing tonic herb in any way you choose.

Rio Health © Rio Health 2007

Vitamin B Complex

B Vitamins are vital for human life. They help to release energy from foods and maintain the health of the nerves.

We need to eat various foods daily to maintain good blood levels, as B Vitamins are water-soluble and will not be stored by the body. At certain times in our lives we will need more of the B Vitamins than others, and ideally it should come from a variety of wholegrains and cereals, nuts, pulses, meat, poultry, fish, liver, eggs, potatoes, bananas, dried fruit, yeast extract, brewer’s yeast and green leafy vegetables. However, in todays hectic lifestyle this is not always possible, and therefore supplementation may prove to be of benefit to maintaining our health.

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamin) is essential for healthy nerves and release of energy from food.
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) helps to utilise energy from food, and is involved in the transporting and metabolism of iron around the body.
  • Niacin plays a role in over 50 different processes in the body – including promoting healthy skin.
  • Pantothenic acid is well known for helping to maintain healthy hair, and it helps the body and nervous system to deal with everyday stresses and strains.
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is well known for helping to ease PMS, and is also needed for protein metabolism, nerve function and health of the red blood cells.
  • Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is especially important for nerve cell communication and formation of red blood cells. It is a supplement commonly taken by vegetarians and vegans as its main source is animal based foods.
  • Biotin is required for the utilisation of fatty acids and glucose, and also for healthy sking and hair.
  • Folic acid helps the body to produce red blood cells. It is especially used during pregnancy to safeguard against neural tube defects in the foetus (such as spina bifida or cleft palate).

These vitamins occur in the same foods, and were originally thought to be one and the same vitamin (B). Although the functions may overlap, it was later discovered that they were in fact vitamins each with a specific role to play, hence they were grouped together as the B Complex.
As discoveries were made as to the exact compounds of what were originally thought to be vitamins, certain ‘vitamins’ such as B4 and B7 were no included in the B Complex – hence the gaps!

Tracy Owen © Goodness Direct 2006