June 29, 2015
Working on a new detox bath soak!
#healthy #skincare #detox #natural #salts #healing #bath
Your skin is the largest organ of your body and is one of the main organs via which toxins are eliminated.
For this reason it is important to brush your skin daily using a skin brush before you bathe. This will stimulate your lymph system, promote circulation, clean blocked pores and remove dead skin from your body.
Another pampering alternative while you are on a detox is to treat yourself to a hammam.
This traditional middle eastern bath uses steam, heat and humidity at varying temperatures to cleanse the body.
The steam and humidity in a hammam will open the pores eliminating the toxins.
It is best then followed by an exfoliation treatment with natural soaps.
It’s the perfect way to treat and reward yourself while you are on a detox!
For more information about hammams go to the Studio Australia Barcelona blog post
Special offer for readers in Barcelona from Rituel’s de Orient, check our their website!
Our clients will receive a 15% discount on any of the Hammam Rituals packages for the rest of June! To take advantage of this offer, just click here, choose your treatment package, and when completing your online purchase at checkout, type in “DETOX SAB” as the voucher code. Your treatment will be valid for 6 months but must be purchased by 30th of June.
I just had to try this recipe from Chef Tina Jo and I am so glad I took the time. The perfect recipe for your detox journey.
As I didn’t have time to find 4 young Thai coconuts in Barcelona and do not have a dehydrator I have adapted the recipe to suit!
You can make it as a raw soup but I just warmed the finished broth through before serving.
I also layered the bowl with fresh bean sprouts to give a little crunch.
The result was a fresh, nourishing, satisfying and delicious meal!
Thai Coconut Soup
1 400ml can of organic coconut milk
2 cups coconut water
1 tablespoon agave nectar
1/2 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
1 clove garlic, minced
1 spring onion, sliced
2 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon lime zest
4 teaspoons white miso
2 teaspoon tamari
1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt
1 tablespoon ginger, grated
1/2 cup broccoli, julienned
1/2 cup red pepper, julienned
1/2 cup fresh peas
1/2 cup bok choy, cut in thin strips
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
1/4 cup carrots, julienned
1 spring onion, julienned
1. Place all the ingredients for the broth in a blender and process until smooth.
2. Place the broth in a saucepan on medium temperature and bring to just before boiling point.
3. Place a good handful of fresh bean sprouts in a bowl and pour soup over.
Clean out the cupboards and fill your home with fresh food!
Here’s a basic shopping list for the 3 day Raw Food Cleanse to guide you on your way.
Preparation is the key, so be prepared.
Let the journey begin….
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How do you describe a SUPERFOOD?
Did you know there is no official definition of a SUPERFOOD?
In 2007 the EU actually legislated to protect the consumer by banning the labeling of any food as a SUPERFOOD unless it is accompanied by a specific authorised health claim that explains why the product is good for their health.
It you Google “superfood” you get the Wikipedia definition:
“Superfood is a marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits.”
The Macmillan Dictionary defines superfood “as a food that is considered to be very good for your health and that may even help some medical conditions.”
The Oxford Dictionary definition states a superfood is “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.”
And it seems that there are very few superfoods that are scientifically proven to defend us from chronic disease. There have been medical studies that “prove” that garlic can lower blood pressure (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20594781) and olive oil can prevent cardiovascular disease (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18069902) but generally mainstream medical experts dispel the idea that there are SUPERFOODS.
Catherine Collins, chief dietician at St George’s Hospital in London doesn’t hold back her opinion on the subject:
“The term ‘superfoods’ is at best meaningless and at worst harmful,” “There are so many wrong ideas about superfoods that I don’t know where best to begin to dismantle the whole concept.”
Yet I believe that a healthy lifestyle and eating the right foods goes a long way in preventing cancer, heart disease, cholesterol and stroke.
These diseases cost the US 120 billion dollars each year. Have a look at their diets. Obesity rates globally have doubled since 1980, and in 2014, more than 1.9 billion people over 18 years old were overweight.
The concept of superfood is everywhere and the business savvy are onto it. There are superfood cafes www.powerplantsuperfoodcafe.com , cocktail bars www.tanyascafe.com , superfood coaches superfoodrepublic.com and of course superfood cookbooks.
But what are your superfoods?
Here are the superfoods from our list that we found in our cupboard and fridge today:
- Beet Green
- Dandelion Leaves
- Leaf Lettuce
- Raw Cocoa
- Sweet Potatoes
- Chia Seeds
- Flax Seeds
Do you need help deciding what superfoods you should be putting into your body each day to get the most benefit from what you eat?
I realised what you really need is your own superfood reference list!
It took me a few hours but here it is, including the benefits that you can get from most of the foods on the list and whether they are scientifically proven or not!
The reality is that fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds – whole foods (foods that are not processed) are all superfoods and they should all be eaten in a balanced way. Eating copious amounts of expensive blueberries or drinking litres of green tea (which has caffeine by the way), as the scientists say, won’t do anything special for your health, however maintaining a Mediterranean diet will….
The Mediterranean diet emphasizes: Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Replacing butter with healthy fats, such as olive oil. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods.
So don’t get sucked into the superfood marketing fad. Supplement your diet with these nutrient, vitamin and antioxidant-rich foods – the definition of a superfood – and keep the calories in check!
Our SUPERFOOD (or not) list for you:
- Tea (green or black)* http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/superfoods/Pages/is-green-tea-a-superfood.aspx
- Cape gooseberry (inca berry)
- Goji berry (wolfberry)
- Kakadu plum
- Tomatoes *
- Pomegranate juice
- Cruciferous greens
- Brussels sprouts
- Chinese cabbage
- Collard greens
- Sweet potatoes