Author: Sarah - Welcoming Wellness

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14 Nov Sun Exposure, the little know (and free) way to help your gut health

We have been lead to believe that sun exposure is BAD. However getting a sneaky bit of safe sunshine could be just what your gut needed. I am not sure of the exact age I became interested in tanning but there is something sexy about a nice tan and I wanted in. I remember baking out in the back yard with my bestie and a bottle of olive oil as a teenager to try and get that summer glow with little success. I guess I am a slow learner and the penny never dropped due to the fact that I have a strong English Irish background and an English rose complexion. However even today I still feel better having a slight tan, I feel healthier and it usually means the sun is shining, which makes everyone happy. Unfortunately these days I have resorted to faken it because of my English / Irish heritage which means tanning takes a lot more effort than I am willing to make and to be quite honest, I don’t have time to lay out all summer. I don’t know many people that tan easily, for most of us Aussies it take a serious summer commitment to get...

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24 Oct Is Snacking Ruining Your Gut Health?

  To snack or not to snack, is the question. Could any food in between meals really be a contributing factor to your gut health journey? You know you are obsessed with food when you get anxiety when you don’t have enough snacks close by, know what I’m sayin? I used to pack so many goodies into my lunch bag for work to snack on ALL day. Can you relate? Of course you can, you are totally thinking about snacks now aren’t you? I believe it is called food anxiety… anxiety when there is NO food available. If you are someone who likes to be super organised so you are eating healthy that's amazing, you are setting yourself up for success, rock on. I am definitely one that like’s to be organised so I ALWAYS have healthy food available (especially living with food allergies you kinda gotta be organised).   HOWEVER…   If you are struggling with gut related issues such as acne, anxiety, mood swings, hormonal issues bloating, gas etc listen up. Fixing your gut health back to a more healthful state requires some work. One snippet of info I found to be interesting (and beneficial) is that constantly eating is not always the best practice for...

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12 Sep Aloe Vera, the medicinal gut healer internally and externally.

Aloe Vera is (as you know) a plant, it’s resilient, great for sunburns but also amazing for gut health and skin care!! Since I struggled with acne and skin scarring aloe has always been a medicinal staple for me both internally and externally… but you may not know how good it is for your gut and digestion so let me divulge. If you follow me on instagram (@welcomingwellness) you will know I recently moved and have been posting some of my gardening antics. I Have not only been freaking out (in a good way) over the added space but also freaking out about the fact that I have a small patch of lawn to ground myself on daily… eeeek so exciting because I have been a city slicker for close to a decade. Since moving from the city I realised I had seriously neglected my aloe vera plant and it was looking a bit sad and trying to escape from the pot… literally. So it was time to get my hands dirty and do some gardening, find a bigger pot for my aloe babies. There are 2 things you should know with aloe vera… it’s hard to kill and it should...

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01 Aug Fermented Dill Pickles

Do ya love a good pickle?? I'm not talking vinegar pickles, I'm talking amazingly tangy, crisp and probiotic pickles you can make at home. People ask me all the time to share with them fermenting recipes and while I prefer to coach people through the process because there are so many things you can do to stuff it up, I have shared one with you today. Dill pickles are one of the simplest ferments to have a go trying. When fermented right, dill pickles are teaming with probiotics and can be a great pre-dinner or lunch snack to get the digestive juices flowing in preparation for digestion and to repopulate the beneficial bacteria. Hopefully this will help give you confidence to give it a try. Please feel free to comment over at you tube or below if you have any other questions. Its pretty simple though so I hope you have a go. Give it a go and give me a tag (#happyguts) so I can join in your journey.   [embed_popupally_pro popup_id="10"]...

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