Fat burner drink – lemon and parsley

You will absolutely love this drink which helps not only lose 2-3 kilos in one week but it is also a wonderful source of vitamin C and antioxidants.

All that you need is parsley, lemon, and water

Lemon, has definitely become one of my best friends in the kitchen for many years. I just can’t imagine my daily routine without drinking a glass of lemon every morning which helps flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body. It also stimulates white blood cell production which is absolutely vital for your immune system to function properly. As an antioxidant, vitamin C also protects cells from oxidative damage. … Drinking lemon water daily ensures your body gets a great amount of vitamin C every day.

Parsley benefits your immune defenses due to its high levels of antioxidants, including vitamin C and vitamin A. Vitamin C helps to maintain a healthy gut environment, where much of the immune system is actually located.

Immune system booster – sweet potato, ginger and tumeric soup

I couldn’t resist sharing with you this powerful recipe that will not only boost your immune system but also increase your energy level.
I tried myself and I absolutely fall in love with this recipe.
Following CNM description, this spicy, warming soup has a perfect variety of ingredients to help with overall health and wellbeing.
  • Turmeric and ginger have anti-inflammatory properties and may support the immune system as well as sore, achy joints.
  • Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, necessary to form vitamin A which is essential for eye health, digestion and the immune system.
  • The chickpeas are a good source of protein. Eating protein with every meal, as well as eating complex carbohydrates such as vegetables helps sustain energy levels throughout the day. The soup can be made in batches and frozen.
  • 4 sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 tbsp olive/coconut oil for heating
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed 8 minutes before cooking to benefit from its properties
  • 2 cm freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 600 ml vegetable stock/water
  • 400 g cooked chickpeas rinsed thoroughly
  • salt and pepper to taste
Optional topping
  • a drizzle of extra virgin cold pressed olive oil or
  • 1 tsp coconut yogurt

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Dirty happiness. Your way to health

The old proverb says “through the stomach to the heart”, however, the up-to-date modern version should read “through the gut to happiness”. Doesn’t sound glamorous and romantic but it is certainly more accurate.20151215 sucessful people

Serotonin – commonly referred as the hormone of happiness, is one of the best-known neurotransmitters affecting our emotions and behavior. As much as 90% of the production of this hormone occurs in the gut –  not as previously thought – in the brain!

Serotonin can’t complain about lack of activities, it regulates sleep, appetite, sexual drive, affects body temperature and blood pressure. The whole umbrella of properties is still being discovered but the breakthrough finding was to prove that the huge effect on serotonin production is the effect of colonizing bacteria.

In a recent study published by Cell, Pasadena researchers found also that there are three types of hormone-producing cells: immune cells, nerve cells and primarily enterochromatophilic (EC) cells. After careful observations and experiments, scientists have shown that if there are no typical bacteria in the intestines of the mammal, then EC cells produce 60% less serotonin, which can result in disrupted hormone production, energy loss, and depression. If the digestive system once again resides microbes, the level of happiness hormone returns to the previous state, which immediately reflects on our well-being. Therefore the role of good bacteria for our well being is critical.

Let’s not go into an obsession of using antibacterial cleaning products, wipes. I am not to avoid cleanness but as of everything in life, there has to be balance!

Stay tuned –  my next blog post is dedicated to good bacteria and what food to avoid and include to make our gut happy.  If you are interested in the subject to join me on Gut Health Symposium on the 16th September 2017.