Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Let's Beet it!

I have recently had an issue with my blood pressure, It used to be low, but recently it shot through the roof, I have always believed that food can be used as a type of medicine, eat healthily and food can support your growth into fitness.

As soon as I found out that I had HBP ( high blood pressure) I researched on, if any, what foods can aid with my current health scare.

I am not going into too much about how HBP can be really bad for you, but I will say that, if left unchecked can lead to heart attack and stroke.

My researching brought up beetroot juice, it appeared in pretty much every article I read, so I had to try it, I have always liked beetroot, so the juice would be no problem ..right?

I decided upon this juice, I had the choice of a couple of products from my local supermarket, I choose this one because it says it is organic and has beetroot juice and apple juice in it, no other added extras!

It tastes very earthy and I am glad that they have added a little apple juice. At first I was not sure if I was going to like it, was downing a glass full for the benefits it would give me, but as they time went on I have started to drink it for pleasure and take my time to enjoy it.
The juice is the same colour as a beetroot, a deep purply Burgundy, its very pretty actually, but here is an example

Now, don't to business, why is this juice good for you-

  • Low in calories
  • Rich in anti-oxidants
  • Good source of folate, manganese, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, choline, betaine, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper and selenium 
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Detoxifying and can aid in digestion
  • Atheletes use this pre training to aid in stamina
  • Excellent source of dietry nitrate
  • Vitamins B1, B12 and C
  • The antioxidants in beets protect the skin by neutralizing free radicals. The lycopene in the juice helps to keep the skin elastic while protecting it from the sun.
  •  and many more!

So you can see, this vegetable is certainly worth eating and drinking!

I do have to mention - as you can see - I buy the carton as I have found the bottled juice is not quite as thick and to me tastes different and I did not like it, for me its the carton or no.

  • Have you tried this?
  • If not this brand, which one? 

Don't be shy, let's chat!

Julie :)

( information gathered from various websites and the picture of the beet it bottel comes from the Beet it website, the picture of the juice is copyright free, this is not a paid promotion)
Saturday, 11 November 2017

Pumpkins are not just for carving!

Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin. Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.

I have always loved the humble pumpkin, I just love the way it looks and I think orange is a jolly colour, I love autumn colours and the season.

Not only have I read the nutritional value of the pumpkin but also the skincare values that this humble fruit can provide.

I had a pumpkin left over from halloween untouched, so set about putting it to use -

Roast Pumpkin-

  • 1 small pumpkin or 1/4 large pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  1. Heat oven to 400F. Using a large metal spoon, scoop out the seeds and insides of the pumpkin. Save the seeds for roasting. Use a sharp chef's knife to cut slices of pumpkin, 1-inch thick.
  2. Place pumpkin slices on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and rub on both sides of pumpkin. Season with, spices. Roast for 18-20 minutes, depending on thickness of pumpkin slices (check at 15 minute mark).

Homemade mask - 

I had no recipe to follow, I wanted to free wing it and simply cooked the pumpkin and mashed it into a bowl

then plain and simply plastered it all over my face! A word of warning, it gets messy and it takes a little while for you to get it to stay on your face, so I decided to get a dollop on my face and massage it around my face and then took a good ten minutes to 'press' the rest onto my face.
I did make sure that it had cooled, but not cold and then left it for a good half an hour. I did not feel any tingles and my face was not aggravated in any way, some of the pumpkin had dried, but a splash of water sorted that out, and then removed the rest with a warm flannel :)

I was not expecting anything amazing, but my skin felt smooth and felt nice and comfortable, I even got a compliment on how good my skin looked!

I will most defiantly experiment with adding other ingredients to the pumpkin, whether it be other skincare to aid in 'sticking' it to my face or something else from my food cupboard.

( I used the recipe from here, but I omitted the salt and sugar )
  • Have you made a mask from your food cupboard?
  • if so, let me know what it was!

Thank you for dropping by and stay healthy, happy and positive :)

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Asthma | Does the colder weather trigger you?

If you are like me, the winter months and the plummeting temperatures can trigger my asthma symptoms, also unfortunately it is flu season as well, but I have written a post on that already.

It is important to take a strong view on bugs, I know it sounds obvious, but try not to be sneezed upon, purposely stay away from friends that are coughing or snivelling, and if you need to blow your nose, then wash your hands afterwards.
I always carry a little bottle of hand gel in my bag, in case I cannot get to a basin to wash my hands, if that is the case, then I make sure that I keep my hands away from my face,eyes and mouth in particular.

 Another thing I like to keep an eye on is my diet, I try not to eat foods that will give me indigestion,  as sometimes stomach acids can irritate your airways and exacerbate your symptoms, always talk with your Asthma advisor or talk to the people at Asthma UK.
If I eat when I am out, I make sure it is food that I can use cutlery for, no fast food that I have to use my hands for.
Keep yourself hydrated, it is just as important in the winter months as it is in summer and try to keep off processed foods and eat healthy. Do not skimp on the sleep and try to take some exercise, just take precautions if exercise exacerbates your symptoms.

I ALWAYS wear a scarf, as the cold air going into my 'pipes' breathing in the cold air can trigger asthma symptoms, so breathing thorough a scarf can take the edge off the chill.

I have been known to have several on, a woollen one to keep my neck warm and one that encircles my neck so I can bring it up to my face if necessary, almost like a face mask.

One last thing to check is your inhaler technique, I know form personal experience that after a number of years, it can get sloppy, here is a page that is useful for re evaluation of your your technique.

I use a spacer, so this is a very helpful video, but YouTube is full of informative videos, for whatever device you use.

I hope that, this has been helpful and not teaching you to suck eggs!

Hope you have a great day and a healthy winter!