Over 10 million people in the UK suffer from hay fever, and media headlines tell us that the hay fever season this year is going to start earlier than normal due to the clement weather. This blog explains why you get hay fever, how you may be able to prevent your children getting it and some natural solutions you may not have heard before, that may just do the trick.
There is a wealth of information online about how to improve the health of your gut and reduce your digestive troubles including a nice holistic article in the Telegraph. Our blog is about how to work with the two masters of your digestive system – your nervous system and your gut bacteria, with detailed information about how probiotics (which ones and how to take them), prebiotic foods, herbal medicines and massage can all help.
As summer is approaching, there are few things as refreshing as an ice cold glass of kefir. Perhaps lesser known than the milk kefir version, water kefir (tibicos) is a fermented drink packed with probiotics, typically including a mix of Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, Pediococcus and Leuconostoc bacteria with yeasts from Saccharomyces, Candida and Kloeckera (see this wiki page for more info). Water kefir is somewhat lighter – and in our humble opinion – more palatable than milk kefir.
Today at BRUNCH we looked at the digestive system. Following a sunny run, Victoria and the group had a lively discussion about our digestive systems, its interaction with the brain, and how to look after it. She explained the importance of good gut bacteria to overall health and how to feed our good bacteria with prebiotic foods, as well as the effect of stress on our digestive system. The menu included probiotics (foods containing good bacteria), prebiotics, fibre and volatile oils… and a taster of some herbal tinctures we commonly use to support the digestive system.
As always, today’s recipes are available here: BRUNCH.
The intake for the next BRUNCH programme will be shortly after Easter. Keep an eye on the blog and our Facebook page for more info, or get in touch.
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