Warming, stimulating, detoxifying and softening. Who’s skin doesn’t like a little bit of this?Read more
Coffee is high in many beneficial nutrients and antioxidants with some studies even suggesting that coffee consumers have a lower incidence of serious disease. Scientists have identified approximately 1000 antioxidants in unprocessed coffee beans with an abundance of health benefits.Read more
The controversial link between diet and acne has been an age-old debate. Scientific studies have shown the most common causes of acne include excess sebum production, hyperkeratosis, an increase in inflammatory mediators present in the skin and the presence of p-acnes (Propionibacterium acnes). Other factors that predispose an individual to acne include genetics, abnormal hormone production, specifically, excess androgens, immunological disorders, stress, anxiety and environmental causes. And yes, diet also plays a role, with studies suggesting dairy, a high GI diet and sugar can trigger acne. But what about your supplements?
While vitamins such as zinc vitamin A, C, E and vitamin D are known to have a protective effect on our skin from conditions such acne, pollutants and environmental stressors more recent studies have shown vitamin B12 can promote acne by changing the gene expression of the most commonly found bacteria in the skins microbiome, the p-acnes. This causes an inflammatory response in some individuals, leading to breakouts. According to some older research, B6 is also thought to cause acne in those with no prior history but the how and why remains unclear. While more studies are certainly needed to validate the link between these B vitamins and acne, there is no doubt that what we eat and drink has the ability to impact the microbes that inhabit our skin and body. Food sources of B vitamins should not be avoided, they are absolutely necessary for most metabolic processes in the body but being aware of how your skin feels following the consumption of a certain food or beverage can help determine whether that particular food is right for you and your resident bacteria. For every cell in the human body, we have 10 bacterial cells and the more we learn about the bacteria that colonise the different regions of our own personal eco-system the more we realise what an integral role they have in our overall health and wellbeing.
It’s that time of the year again when I get pen on paper and set some yearly personal goals and get back into weekly planning.Read more
I want to share with you some tips that I’ve found useful to help you be mindful this Christmas while saving some money and your sanity.Read more
I am by no means a yogi but I discovered this yoga pose in a Yin Yoga class with my fellow Liebe Wellness bud and Yogi, Liana. In yoga its called Viparita Karani which in sanskrit means "inverted in action”. in lamens terms, its known as the Legs-Up-The-Wall-Pose …Read more
Today was a bad day, but it didn’t start off that way. It was a normal Wednesday. I woke up at 6am had a shower, got lunches ready, put the library bag in Noahs school bag, made breakfast for the kids, made the beds, tidied the house and was ready by 7:30 to walk to the train and head into the city for my 8am lecture. I put on my scarf and backpack and went to kiss my kids goodbye. Thats when I saw a look on my husbands face that made me feel sick inside.Read more
Traditionally chai is made by the decoction of spices and black tea and recipes vary from one family to the next. This is a version we made in Botany class last week and its absolutely delicious and caffeine-free, although for those of you who need that "hit" just add some black tea leaves.Read more
Its that time of the year, BACK TO SCHOOL!! Now while I bet some of you cant wait for this and the time couldn't come any sooner..Read more
How often do you leave the house in the morning in a mad rush because LIFE and you just don't have time for breakfast? Here's a yummy quick and easy fix that even the kids will love, its nutritious, delicious and packed with goodness. Heres whyRead more
Springtime is here. The weather is becoming warmer the days are getting longer and with the flowering of the flora and fauna comes pollen. For most allergy sufferers it’s a dreaded time because… hay fever, that’s why.Read more
While the winter is well a truly here, so are all the nuisance bugs that can cause us to feel lethargic, achy, dehydrated and generally off-our-game. Before you know it inflammation kicks in which can leave some of us bedridden for days and lets face it, “ain’t nobody got time for that”!Read more
The benefits of mindfulness have become more apparent in recent years. The ancient buddhist practice has become very much mainstream with mindfulness being integrated into university curriculums and even practiced in pre-school. The benefits of mindfulness seem to be endless however it can sometimes become overcomplicated without needing to be. There is also a misconception that you need to meditate to be mindful. Mindfulness is innate and can be practiced while you drive, eat, exercise, while reading a book, washing the dishes , even cleaning your car. Its about intention. Being completely in the moment without evaluation or judgement.Read more