The Importance of the body’s pH Balance

Our bodies live and die at the cellular level. The billions of cells in our bodies must maintain alkalinity, in order to function and stay alive. The first line of defense against disease is a proper pH balance. Disease can only grow in an acidic body, which makes a condition favorable for the growth of…

Top tips for dealing with night sweats and fatigue

Night sweats and fatigue are common menopausal symptoms and often come as a package. These symptoms are very common during perimenopause but can also last for the full transition. Dealing with night sweats and fatigue can be difficult but there are some tips that you can follow to help, or even stop, these problems. Night…

All-in-one beef soup

Ingredients (serves 4) 1 tbs olive oil 500g lean beef chuck, coarsely chopped 2 carrots, peeled, finely chopped 2 celery sticks, finely chopped 1 large brown onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary 500ml (2 cups) Salt-Reduced Chicken Stock 500ml (2 cups) water 80g (1/3 cup) pearl barley, rinsed 2…

Diabetes and your risk of having a Stroke

What is a stroke? A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is suddenly interrupted. Then brain tissue is damaged. Most strokes happen because a blood clot blocks a blood vessel in the brain or neck. A stroke can cause movement problems, pain, numbness and problems with thinking, remembering or speaking.…

Is protein key to weight loss?

Most of us have heard of someone who has dropped weight fast on a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. These diets, such as the Dukan diet and Atkins, are low in carbohydrates, which makes the body produce less insulin. And when insulin levels are low, the body burns more fat. While they might help you drop the…

What causes poor blood circulation?

Restricted flow of blood in the body is called poor circulation. The symptoms for this is numbness or cramps in hands and legs. Over time, however, symptoms also present as coldness in the limbs, extreme tiredness in the legs or even all over, pain in the limbs, redness and swelling, water retention, headache, sleep interruption,…

Barbecued garlic and herb mushrooms

Ingredients 2 tablespoons Olive oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves 4 (150g each) large flat mushrooms Lemon wedges, to serve Method Preheat a barbecue chargrill on medium-high heat. Combine oil, garlic, thyme and rosemary in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.…

Woman with stomach issues

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) & Gut Health

IBS may indeed be caused when certain intestinal bacteria trigger antibody production causing an over-reactive immune response. These bacteria are fed by carbohydrates (starches and sugars). Studies carried out in patients with IBS found that symptoms associated with the condition improved after a short period on a low- or no- carbohydrate (starches and sugars) diet.…

Slow-cooked lamb and chunky vegetable stew

Ingredients (8 servings) 2 tablespoons olive oil 8 (200g each) lamb forequarter chops, trimmed 2 large brown onions, halved, cut into thin wedges 2 large carrots, peeled, halved lengthways, sliced 2 (720g) sweet potato, peeled, chopped 850g butternut pumpkin, peeled, chopped 1/3 cup cornflour 2 beef stock cubes, crumbled 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce 6 sprigs…

Spicy bean soup

Ingredients (4 servings) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 medium brown onion, chopped 1 medium red capsicum (bell pepper), chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed ½ teaspoon dried chilli flakes 2 medium zucchini (baby marrow), roughly chopped 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed, cut into 3cm lengths (optional) 400g can crushed or diced tomatoes 3 cups Vegetable stock 410g…