Gut Health

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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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26 Jun Herbs, Spices + Your Microbiome

  Don’t you hate it when a food looks really good in a restaurant or at a friends house… until you take a bite and it’s bland and needs a bit of flavour? I think we have all been there. Sometimes all you need is a pinch of salt, a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dash of fresh herbs. I’m constantly reaching for herbs and spices to pimp my food. I want my food to sing, crunch, pop, sizzle, full of spice and all things nice. Why? Because herbs and spices not only add flavour but they add extra nutrients and healthy properties to boost any meal. They are small but mighty and your mircobiome loves them.  If I am honest, there are numerous veggies I’m not crazy about but when they are slathered and hidden in among flavours you are going to be more inclined to eat not only the veg you don’t like but more veggies in general. The most common excuse for not eating brussel sprouts is because boiled sprouts are gross!! I totally agree. But lathered in ghee, sprinkled with smoked paprika and roasted they are one of my fav winter veggies. Learning to introduce herbs and spices will open you...

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25 Apr 3 Gut Destroying Pantry Items and what to use instead

I get it, overload of information haha. As you can see I am just a little passionate about eliminating gut destroying foods. By simply swapping some of your pantry items over to more healthful ones can be super beneficial for your overall health in the long run. It is almost to simple and that is part of the reason we don’t do it… we just think we will get round to it eventually, can you relate to this? Now is your chance and hopefully this video has sparked a fire inside of you to grab the bin and start ditching all the crap that is sneakily destroying your health and could be the leading cause to some weird and unexplained symptoms.   Over the years testing and experimenting with different less “main stream” food items has been a passion and I have found that simply swapping items has made a huge difference to my health, my friends health and also my family. I have found it extremely fun to learn how to cook with different item not everyone has heard of, sometimes they take a bit of getting used to but other times they are an easy sub. I have found that...

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