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Power Bean Dip

I’m always looking for easy and quick ways to get protein and healthy fat into my meals without having to cook up a storm. High protein and healthy fat foods keep our energy levels up for longer and help our metabolism stay in tip top condition. This recipe was born out of the desire to keep this important balance going.

Also, when I’m out the country my husband Roop survives on veggie burgers and koftas and these dips help upgrade his meals into something more substantial! Plus I give to host gatherings around food and this makes the perfect dip for crudités and crispy things.

Substitute butter beans for cannelloni, chickpeas, navy beans or black eyed peas! I prefer using dried beans which I prepare by soaking overnight and cooking myself rather than from a can. But sometimes you gotta go for the convenient which is ok! If you can buy beans in jars rather than cans, even better!

Servings:

Medium bowl full

Preparation time:

5 minutes

Cooking time:

5 minutes blending time

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked butter, cannelini, navy or black eyed beans

1 clove garlic

1 veggie yeast free stock cubes

1/2 avocado

Seasoning

1tsp apple cider vinegar

3 tbsp live yoghurt (any)

4 tbsp olive oil

4 tbsp filtered water

Method:

1. Put everything together in the blender except the seasoning. Blend for 20 – 30 seconds. Keep stopping the blender to give the mix a stir and make sure everything is incorporating.

2. Once you’ve got a smooth consistency, taste and add in your seasoning.

3. Serve with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped herbs, chopped nuts, toasted seeds or anything else!

Enjoy!

 

Activated sunshine smoothie

Between it being summer and owning a new Vitamix style blender – I just cannot get enough of blended drinks. From therapeutic cacao to medicinal smoothies to ice cream desert drinks – I’m well and truly enjoying drinking high vibe, purposeful summer drinks.

Here’s another smoothie I’ve been treating myself with that’s in keeping with my love for all things tropical. The beautiful thing about this smoothie is that it’s completely supportive of the digestive and hepatic (liver detoxification) systems, encourages proper functioning of both systems as well as boosts the immune system and stimulates detoxification of the liver.

The products I’ve used are my favourite from BioCare. I’m absolutely loving their new range of powders and this one – the NutriCleanse is top. It combines all my favourite herbs and nutrients for liver detoxification all in one easy formula that’s tastes amazing!

The liquid B Complex product also helps with detoxing as well as energy metabolism and hormone balancing. This product combines with healthy fats and proteins makes this smoothie a prefect drink for maintaining stable energy levels… You won’t feel like crashing after this drink.

I just love this all-rounder and am proud that it’s therapeutic, medicinal and holistic all at the same time, so can enjoy summer without missing out on these treats.

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Servings:

2 large glasses

Preparation time:

5 minutes

Cooking time:

1 minute blending time

Ingredients:

1 mango

1/3 medium pineapple

1 orange, juiced/squeezed2 tbsp coconut butter4 tbsp hulled hemp seeds1 tbsp organic inulin from chickory root1 heaped tsp BioCare NutriCleanse Powder12 drops BioCare Liquid Methyl B Complex3 cups filtered water

Method:

1. Add all ingredients into a blender.

2. Blend for 30-45 seconds until smooth. Add more water to create the consistency you want.

3. Serve and enjoy!

You can also add to this; ice, banana, papaya, passion fruit, probiotics, lime, lemon, apple cider vinegar, coconut water, coconut flesh/creme and so much more!

Honey vanilla nut granola

Servings:

Lots!

Preparation time:

5 minutes

Cooking time:

20 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups rolled gluten-free oats

1 cup mixed dried fruit, seeds and nuts of your choice – we’ve used peanuts, brazil nuts, raisins, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

Pinch of salt

2 heaped teaspoons honey or maple syrup

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tsp vanilla bean paste or a vanilla pod – scrape every bit out!

Other optionals/replacements – cinnamon, wild orange peel grated, chopped dates, nutmeg etc…

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 150 degrees Celcius.
  2. Get a large glass pyrex of baking tray – add in the coconut oil and put it in the over to melt to oil.
  3. Get the tray back out and add in all the dry ingredients and mix well with the melted coconut oil.
  4. Add the vanilla bean paste and mix well.
  5. Add the honey and as it’s likely to be in big blobs, just leave as it is. Spread the mixture out into a medium to thin spread. Put the tray back in the oven to bake at 150 degrees Celcius for 15 – 20 minutes until light brown, lightly toasted.
  6. Check halfway through ad also to mix the honey thoroughly.
  7. Remove tray from oven and allow to cool down before serving!
  8. The granola can store in an air-tight container for 2 weeks.

See our beautiful serving suggestion! Enjoy!

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Vegan golden milk

Surprisingly I only discovered golden milk later on in life in my 20s… As s child we didn’t have it much as I grew up in Saudi Arabia and with the extreme heat we didn’t do hot drinks much! When I went back home to Mauritius and was old enough to understand (and when I actually started to care!), I discovered this incredible, ancestral drink that was the cure-all medicine of medicines.

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As I’ve made this a fair few more times this winter than normal, I thought I’d share this special and nourishing drink in the traditional way that it’s made with some of my added bits.

The benefits of this drink are;

  • It’s anti-inflammatory with turmeric working on a number of immune pathways. Auto-immune conditions such as Chron’s, Ulcerative Colitis and Psoriasis react very well to support with turmeric as it helps to reduce inflammation and also prevent the risk of relapse.
  • Our immune system also reacts to toxins and pathogens that were exposed to all the time, so regularly supporting the immune system means we’re at less risk of them infiltrating our system.
  • It supports the liver to detoxify, enabling the liver to let go of toxic gunk and function better, keeping us clear. Without a strong liver, the other organs and systems of our body cannot function optimally as the liver is one part of foundational health.
  • The curcumin, one of the active medicinal agents in turmeric, is a powerful antioxidant, meaning it can neutralise free radical damage happening all the time in the body. This will help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia, heart disease, and many more. The antioxidant properties also make it excellent for the skin and preventing the physical appearance of skin ageing. Read on why anti-oxidants are so important to us.
  • Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and combined antioxidant power makes it an amazing treatment for osteoarthritis. See my other blog article on the effectiveness of turmeric as compared to their anti-inflammatory pharma drugs here.
  • Turmeric acids, another medicinal agent in the root helps to balance blood sugar levels, which supports people with type 1 and 2 diabetes as well as with metabolic conditions and weight gain. Turmeric can be a used aid in enhancing pharma drugs for those with type 2 diabetes and other conditions.
  • Turmeric could, if part of a wider protocol, prevent cancer as it’s been shown in many studies to influence the growth, development, and spread of cancer cells at a molecular level. Research has also shown that curcumin can potentially lower the growth of new blood vessels in existing tumors, prevent metastasis, and could also potentially contribute to the elimination of cancer cells.
  • Using event relatively small amounts of turmeric in food, it can significantly lower the unhelpful cholesterol, LDL (low density lipoprotein).
  • Turmeric helps to boost bile flow which helps digestion by breaking down dietary fat. This can improve overall digestion and control weight gain.

Servings:

2 large portions

Preparation time:

2 minutes

Cooking time:

10 minutes

Ingredients:

600 ml Almond/coconut milk or mix of both – that’s what I prefer

2 tsp organic turmeric powder or root

DoTERRA Ginger and/or clove essential oil

Pinch black pepper

1tsp Coconut oil

Honey or agave to sweeten

Spices – 6 cardamom – crushed, 5 cloves – crushed, 1/2 tsp dried ginger powder, 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder or bark pieces

OR

Mum’s chai masala mix (green cardamom, clove, fennel seed, cinnamon, tiny bit of pepper for spiciness – all ground)

Method:

1. Bring the milk to a simmer.

2. Add turmeric powder or root, black pepper and spices OR Mums chai mix masala if you’ve got some pre-made.

3. Simmer for another 5 minutes.

4. Add 2 or 3 drops of the ginger and clove essential oil and serve well.

5. Strain and serve!

You can stimulate detoxification and immune health in other ways

Always start with the gut! If we are constipated regularly, we wont be able to eliminate toxins and they will just recirculate! No, no, no, that totally defeats the object. Read about optimising gut health here.

Incorporate an anti-inflammatory diet to get in high vibe nutrients that stimulate the immune system. Read my article about it and get the list of foods here. And also find out how and why certain foods are good for detoxification here!Enjoy my article on 5 things you can do to boost your immune system now! And learn more about how to boost the immune system at this article here!

Improve & optimise sleep hygiene which helps to produce more melatonin which is the most powerful antioxidant our body produces helping us to detox while we sleep. Read more about how to do this in my article on sleep hygiene here.

Use essential oils like the ginger oil mentioned in the article which give the body potent, high quality, therapeutic doses of many of the nutrients discussed above. Other amazing essential oils for the immune and detoxification system are: rosemary, hemp, thyme, frankincense (boswellia), chamomile, clove, oregano, grapefruit, fennel, helichrysum, juniper berry, lavender, melaleuca, rosemary, wild orange.

Consider all the levels of detoxification – the mind, body and spirit. When we look at it as a whole picture and detox holistically, we are able to shed more and power up our immune system even more. Our immune system so relies on having good detox mechanisms in the body, so working on it on all levels is key. Read my article about how you can detox on all levels here. And read below for the link to our Holistic Liver Detox Online Course starting this February 18th 2019!

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We love Biocare! They have the best, natural, toxin free supplements around and an amazing clinical team on hand if you want advice on products. For example, their probiotics are some of the best on the market! Visit their online shop and resources at www.biocare.co.uk

We love then so much – we’re giving away 25% discount via our special discount code – if you sign up to our mailing list. Plus other goodies you’ll get when you sign up like our free 30 minute Discovery Call Consultation and free E-Book!

Need more support?

Sign up to my mailing list and get my FREE E-Book – “Instant Evolution” with my steps to foundational health which will help you kick start things! Sign up here!

Come to our Evolve yoga class to boost your energy systems, reprogramme your body’s response to to toxins and pathogens, and cleanse toxic debris! Literally empower your immune system with high vibe energy! Check out our classes on Facebook here.

Sign up to our Holistic Liver Detox Online Course which we run once a year with Claire Cockburn from Rawfuly Good Detox… Contact me to find out when it’s running next on natasha@yourearthclinic.com

See what other courses, workshops and gatherings we’ve got going on that can help you with your health and wellness. We’ve got a range of holistic gatherings around energy medicine, Internal Family Systems, yoga, meditation, physical health and more! See them here!

Work with me at Earth Clinic over an all-inclusive incredible package that gives you everything you need to holistically progress with your health and wellness – a very FAST-TRACKED service to bring in balance, rapidly. Ive also got clients overseas, there are no boundaries! See my packages here.

Do deep-dive work at one of our sister company’s immersive retreats where we will detox on all levels and support you through processes with the mind, body and spirit. Visit Sri Yantra Retreats to see what’s on this year here.

Love, Natasha Anand xxx

Clear out the old to make way for the new…

Completely transform your health and wellbeing in 6 weeks without having to do extreme things or spend ridiculous amounts of money!

And with 2 powerful humans who have done it themselves – This is tried & tested – and works!

Course Dates: Monday 18th February – Sunday 31st March 2019

The liver and the gut is the root of our health and the driver of health issues we may have. As we enter into the New Year ask yourself… Is it time for an internal cleanup? Do I want to start the year with energy and clarity, abundance and strength? If your answer is yes… You can rid your body & mind of the acclimation of last year’s toxic waste to step into your full potential for this New Year!

A strong healthy liver and gut gives us a strong immune and hormone system, that creates a strong core energy and increases our longevity and enjoyment of life!

SOOO… I’ve teamed up with the incredibly knowledgeable and experienced Detox Warrior Claire Cockburn from Rawfully Good Detox and together we’ve created a unique, easy-to-follow and interactive HOLISTIC LIVER DETOX ONLINE COURSE based around a MULTI-DIMENSIONAL and HOLISTIC approach to GUT HEALING, LIVER CLEANSING & FULL BODY DETOXIFICATION.

More about the facilitators, Natasha Anand Boojihawon & Claire Cockburn, energy exchange, cleanse kits here

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Who needs this?

^^ Do you have a New Year’s Resolution or intention to clean up your diet or detox?

^^ Do you want to manifest your desires and needs for the new year?

^^ Did you overindulge over Xmas?

^^ Have you struggled to loose weight over the years?

^^ Do you feel sluggish and low energy more than you should and wonder if this will ever change?

^^ Are your hormones imbalanced, you get PMS or experiencing an intense menopause?

^^ Do you have any type of health issues, especially digestive issues like bloating, IBS, allergies and acid reflux.

^^ Do you get frequent colds and flus, infections, feel run down, get acne or other skin breakouts and rashes?

^^ Do you suffer with or anxiety, or have a chronic inflammatory or auto-immune condition(s)…

^^ Are you aware you’ve taken in a lot of toxins over the years from alcohol, air pollution, cigarettes, cosmetic and cleaning products, workplace environmental toxins, car fumes and other?

> > > IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO ANY OF THESE QUESTIONS – THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU! < < <

What this course can do for you!

^^ DETOX THE GUT, LIVER & LYMPHATIC SYSTEM of accumulated toxic waste like heavy metals, waste, hormone metabolites and more gunk stuck at a cellular level that is just recirculating around our system with nowhere to go. In the process we support the detoxification of the lungs, skin, kidneys, lymph and blood too!

^^ RADICALLY IMPROVE YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE & increase your energy & vitality giving you greater productivity.

^^ COUNTERACT & SLOW DOWN AGEING & IMPROVE YOUR LONGEVITY as well as give you the tools to live a long happy healthy life!

^^ DRAMATICALLY IMPROVE YOUR DIGESTIVE FUNCTION including eliminating persistent IBS symptoms and food intolerances and long term gut healing

^^ START TO HEAL CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY ILLNESS that has been difficult to put into remission

^^ PREPARE FOR CONCEPTION and giving your children the absolute best start in life!

^^ GIVE YOU MORE VIBRANT HAIR, SKIN AND NAILS to look tip top for the spring

^^ RELEASE TOXIC STAGNANT ENERGY you’ve been carrying around for years, weighing you down and preventing you from reaching your HIGHEST POTENTIAL!

^^ TRANSFORM & GAIN CLARITY OF THE MIND and align it to your true essence by releasing burdens and heavy energies keeping you in looped states and repeated patterns

^^ STEP UP YOUR CREATIVITY through working with your internal energy systems and creative core

^^ GET YEAST AND CANDIDA OVERGROWTH UNDER CONTROL as well as turf out parasites and unhelpful bacteria.

^^ BOOST YOUR ENETGY CENTRES & SYSTEMS & power up your internal mind, emotional and bodily functions!

^^ RELEASE TRAUMATIC BURDENS & OLD STUCK PATTERNS that want to go!

^^ SORT OUT STRESS & FEELING WIRED & TIRED, balancing your thyroid and adrenals.

This much?! This is just how much our liver supports the whole system and yes there is a fair bit we need to do to keep ourselves clear, clean and functional and prevent imbalances and chronic health conditions!

More about the facilitators, Natasha Anand Boojihawon & Claire Cockburn, energy exchange, cleanse kits here

Register Here…

…And give yourself the permission to take things to the next level…

2019 really is the year for transformation and stepping into our true power and this is going to help you get there. Claire and I hope you can join us!

Have a healthily indulgent summer

Want to stay healthy and vibrant this summer? Check out our

…Summertime Food & Drink…

…& Mind Body Mind Hacks…

You can indulge and stay healthy this summer… Its just a state of mind and some inspired action!
Do you have to stop having fun to stay healthy? No!
Do you have to deny yourself great food to keep on the straight and narrow? No!
Does staying healthy mean you miss out on the best bits of summer? Certainly not!

This is how we do it!…1. Get yourself some mouth watering, nourishing, tasty, indulgent recipes, like ours below to try out… Throw some dinner parties so you can have fun AND eat what you want!

2. Make sure you have your larder and fridge stocked to make some refreshing and nourishing drinks, snacks and impromptu picnics – check out our Summer Larder list below…

3. Cut our nasty toxic products and swap them for natural ones to keep your body clear and lessen the toxic load and need for a stronger detox later – check out some ideas below.

4.  Strengthen your system with some important supplement products to keep you in tip top condition! We’ve got some suggestions below…

Dips and tricks… Yummy dips you can have with raw veg sticks or nachos are a must, they also add flavour and extra mmmm on the side of many dishes. Try our avocado and spinach dip, or our roasted red pepper one. They are DIVINE! 

Creamy soups and curries… Which can be served cold too have lots of flavour and are super refreshing and indulgent… We’ve got a creamy cauliflower soup and a coconut curry you could try…

Fresh and light… Food which can be easily knocked up with whats in the fridge but SUPER tasty are must have recipes… Check out our Asian broth with veggies and our 

Puddings and sweet things… Well, you can do wonders with chia seeds – here’s a blackberry pudding we made but you can swap this for other fruit of course… Oh and mmmm our raw cacao and almond Opera cake is LUSH. 

Juices and smoothies… Are delicious deserts in themselves and can help empower the system! Juices that cleanse the gut and liver like our purple juice are amazing… And check out our amazing SUPER indulgent cacao peanut butter smoothie… You can’t go wrong with this – especially if you add in gut clearing inulin! 

You absolutley must have these essential items in your larder this summer!! 

… shit loads of avocados
… grilled/non-grilled artichokes
… coconut creme, butter and milk
… raw cacao
… chia seeds
… nuts, seeds, nut butters and all that
… stock cubes
… fresh herbs
… dried spices you love

… dried lentils, chickpes and beans
… yummy cold pressed oils to drizzle over everything
… fresh and dried berries to go in smoothies, snacks and in your mouth!
… fermented foods
… lemons
… dried mushrooms like shiitake, reishi and maiitake

… broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower and all those yummy veggies
… herbal teas that you can cool and make fresh tonics with
… citrus fruits and fresh herbs like peppermint, or mint to make water taste sweet!
… delicious essential oils to add to foods and drinks like lemon, wild orange, ginger, lemongrass, rosemary, clove, peppermint, rose, geranium and more! Check out our doTERRA essential oil shop link below to buy!

Make sure you cut out toxic nasty chemicals from your environment, especially those going onto your skin that are going to cause a greater burden to your system. Choose your toxins wisely my teacher once said… You can;t have the whole cake and eat it, or whatever that saying is… So here’s how to control your toxic load…

1. Throw away chemical cleaning products and opt for naturally derived ones you can find at the supermarket easily like Ecover.

2. Invest in natural cosmetics, make up and toiletries as they go on your skin and directly into your bloodstream. You shouldn’t put anything on your skin you wouldn’t put in your mouth! Oh and that includes sunscreen – these are full of the worst toxic chemicals. Stay out of the sun and invest in a natural sunscreen – there are many online… Organic products preferably but 100% natural is good! Fluoride free toothpaste is a good place to start!

3. Get rid of plug in chemical scents, oudourisers or sprays – unless sits a natural essential oil or candle – get rid!

4. Try alcohol free beers, wines and drinks… They often taste just as good (bad!) and you can trick your mind into thinking its the real deal by telling it! Honestly!

5. Stop using plastic to store your food, aluminium to cook in and non-stick pans – these are all highly toxic and majorly disruptive to the hormone and immune system. Out with the old, invest in new!

6. Read the food labels! If you don’t recognise it – its probably not natural… If its got E numbers, its not healthy… If theres loads of sugars that saturate, its not gonna feel good… If there are weird sounding chemical like words, they are probably chemicals… Organic is best!

Keeping your gut clear is integral for immune health and supporting your liver to detox this summer… Immune health can also be boosted by antioxidants and multi-nutrients…

Products that will help you are:

Everyday Acidophilus and other live bacteria products from Biocare – get 25% off with the practitioner discount code P6744 – see link below

Inulin from Golden Greens 

Vitamins, minerals and capsule multi-nutrients, antioxidants and more from Biocare – get 25% off with the practitioner discount code P6744 – We love the Methyl Multinutrient, an excellent all-rounder and great for detoxing.

Have a beautiful Summertime folks!

Protein packed smoothies

Smoothies are an amazing way to get more healthy fat and protein in the diet – especially protein which we need to regulate and optimise our metabolism – see my article “Transforming your body’s energy system through food”. Smoothies are so handy and I have at least 3 a week to optimise my nutritional and calorie intake.

What I love about them the most is that you can make something yummy – thats like a pudding in a cup, but it can be highly medicinal too!

I love experimenting and creating a new “twist” to my smoothies… I have some staple recipes but have a whole pantry of ingredients to use depending on the outcome I want. For example, if I want something more energising, I may add in a good hit of raw cacao, matcha green tea powder and ashwaghanda (Indian ginseng). I I want something more detoxing, I may do a green smoothie with broccoli and broccoli powder, chlorella and spirulina, spinach and berries.

There’s always a way to balance the smoothies out to make them tasty and filling too. It takes some time to get your smoothie tasting just right, so you’ll have to give it a few goes before you’re happy with the taste. But don’t give up – you will get there if you stick at it! And when you hit gold and get that yummy yummy creamy desert-like smoothie – you’ll know you’ve hit the jackpot!

See some of my top tips below…

Fats – try almond/hazlenut/coconut milk, raw cacao powder (raw chocolate), cinnamon, soaked chia seeds, nut/seed butters or cacao butter, coconut oil, flesh or crème.

Proteins – include a good hit of protein (equivalent of 15 grams protein), organic pea protein powder can be bought from http://amzn.to/2ou9EQ6. Add more vegetables so that you’ve got a 1:5 fruit:veg ratio as having too much fructose is not ideas and contributes to Insulin desenstitisation and fat storage, nuts & seeds (soaked overnight in water or nut milk), nut/seed butters and oils, brocolli, protein powders (Pulsin, Sun Warrior etc), tahina.

Play around with the ingredients, make it taste good with vanilla/almond essence, more berries, more nut butter or cacao. You can do this without the protein powder. Use stevia or xylitol to sweeten.

Other ingredients: see my article about anti-inflammatory diets for more ideas on the medicinal value veggies and herbs you may want to include in your smoothies.

Milks:

Almond, gluten free oat, coconut, hazelnut (naturally sweeter), hemp

To sweeten:

Dates, date/agave Syrup (use only a tiny bit – its really sweet!), xylitol, stevia, raw honey

Soaking:

Oats, millet, chia seeds, goji berries, nuts and seeds could be soaked overnight before being added to smoothies to improve digestability

Try adding:

Protein powder

Chlorella powder

Soaked chia seeds

Hulled hemp seeds

Soaked nuts and seeds

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Broccoli powder

Spriulina powder

Kelp powder

Chlorella powder

Ashwaghanda powder

Slippery Elm powder

Inulin/FOS/probiotics – (How Inulin does work? It’s a type of fibre (fructooligosaccharide – FOS) that feeds beneficial bacteria in the gut – or probiotics – love to feast on – its their favourite food! And the FOS can be extracted from many things – the one I use is from chicory root – that seems to be popular)

Activated coconut charcoal

Medicinal mushroom powders like cordycepps, chaga, reishi, turkey tail, ganoderma and so on

Bee pollen

Inulin or probiotic powders

Astralagus powder

Tryphala powder

Psyllium husk

Essences eg vanilla

Essential oils eg ginger, cilantro

Try one of my favourite recipes… almond/hazlenut/coconut milk, protein powder (equivalent of 15 grams protein), 2 tsp raw cacao powder (raw chocolate), ½ tsp cinnamon, handful spinach, 1 tbsp berries, 1/3 banana, 1tbsp dry/4 tbsp soaked chia seeds, 2 tbsp nut butter or cacao butter, 1 tsp maca powder, stevia to sweeten.

Enjoy your liquid desert! All my love xxx

Anti-oxidants combat damage from modern living and natural internal processes

You may have heard this idea bounded about before, but why are antioxidants so important? In this article we really break it down for you and show you how to increase your own antioxidant status…

We need antioxidants to balance out oxidative stress caused by natural processes the body goes through – such as detoxing, breaking down waste, production of reactive oxygen species (which comes form intracellular processes), neutralising “free radicals” from toxins and so on.

Ultimately, when these bodily processes are not functioning properly, because they are missing these vital nutrients, the body struggles to protect this damage that naturally occurs. As this damage progresses, it changes our energy levels, our ability to heal quickly, how well our liver can detox, and so much more, and we feel weaker, more tired, get ill easily and take longer to recover. Lets learn more about what else is going on under the surface…

The negative effects of harmful ‘free radicals:

  • Free radicals are electron-hungry molecules, which are formed in the body as a consequence of being exposed to different stressors.
  • Free radicals cause oxidative stress and cause damage to cells in the body and brain.
  • Free radicals are electron-hungry molecules, which are formed in the body as a consequence of being exposed to different stressors such as alcohol, fried food, pollution, stress and smoking.

Antioxidants are also needed as nutritional co-factors for detoxing, mainly for neutralising reactive oxygen species (ROS) which is a byproduct of the detoxing process. Antioxidant protects cells and prevents cellular damage…

  • ROS intermediaries are produced as a normal product of cellular metabolism.
  • Various environmental stresses lead to excessive production of ROS causing progressive oxidative damage and ultimately cell death.
  • Antioxidants are nutrients that can counter the negative effects of harmful ‘free radicals’ and ROS.

  •  It’s essential to have good antioxidant status for the liver to be able to detox well.

If detox processes are not protected and toxin and hormone metabolites (these are broken down hormones that need to leave the system) aren’t able to leave the system properly then they may stay within circulation in the body clogging up our channels, making the system more toxic and impacting our mood (some hormones are neurotransmitters – the ones responsible for transmitting thought patters and maintaining mood).

Modern living increases our demand because we may be exposed to pollutants from the environment, toxins in the home, cosmetics, products and in food, we may be more stressed due to city life or work or have a high carbohydrate diet due to being on the go and being away from the land and plant based complex whole food sources that are protective and good for the metabolism. And this exposure needs to be neutralised on a daily basis.

So if your need for antioxidants in this way is increased, we may need more than someone else who lives, lets say, a stress-free life in the country making meals from whole foods.

Antioxidants are also needed for a whole host of other bodily functions, the list is endless but here are some important ones…

  • fighting ageing
  • bone regulation
  • gene regulation
  • eye health
  • brain health and mood
  • hormone health

To improve your antioxidant status, consider:

  • Sleep hygiene, time and quality – as melatonin produced when we sleep is a superior antioxidant

  • Nutritional intake/status
  • Doing functional testing to check your status eg One Test from Genova Diagnostics – Natasha’s clients get 40% off these tests.
  • Your existing oxidative stress/load
  • Quality of the source of your food

There are endogenous (sources produced within and by our body) & exogenous (we get these outside the body from nutrition) sources of antioxidants…

So a long term goal would be to optimise processes within our body to produce more of our own antioxidants, which, actually, are more superior than the food ones! Making sure your body is producing as much of this as it can so it relies less on external sources. These are (many of which you can by from nutraceuticle companies like Biocare where our Earth Clinic & blog subscribers get 25% off):

  • Glutathione peroxidase (GPX)
  • Melatonin
  • Alpha liopoc acid (ALA)
  • CoQ10
  • Catalse
  • Superoxide dismutase (SOD)

Some exogenous antioxidants

  • Vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene and the mineral selenium, plus many other plants – beta-carotene is its primary plant-derived precursor antioxidant. Some sources are below…
Vitamin A Vitamin C Vitamin E
Sweet potatoes Cantaloupe Sunflower seeds
CArrots Oranges Almonds
Dark leafy greens Broccoli Dark leafy greens
squashes Red/green sweet peppers Avocado
Papaya Broccoli Peanuts
Red peppers Brussel sprouts Asparagus
Fish Strawberries Hazlenuts
Liver Pineapple Seeds
Tropical fruit Kiwi Pine nuts
Paprika Cauliflower Papaya
Turkey Guava Olies
Tomatoes Berries, blackcurrants
Peas Organ meats eg liver
  • Foods including bioflavonoids are the best-known antioxidant substances, which have been found to have other beneficial anti-inflammatory effects. Good Food Sources include – almonds, avocado, berries, blackcurrants, broccoli, liver, organ meats, red and green sweet peppers.

Use the ORAC values to find the highest value antioxidants– triphala powder, clove, cherry coffee fruit sumac bran, oregano and rosemary are at the top, goji berries, blueberries, artichoke, cacao, berries (elder, black, cranberries), coriander/cilantro (essential oil) and so on are up there too. Check out Superfoodly’s ORAV value website here to look up your favourite foods…

Other incredible antioxidant superfoods also containing other beneficial nutrients:

Coconut, moringa, goji berries, pecans, coriander/cilantro, raw cacao, aloe vera, acai, apricots, avocados, broccoli, buckwheat, cinnamon, figs, flaxseeds, chia seeds, garlic, leeks, onions, ginger, green tea, kiwi, melons, mushrooms, peppers, pineapples, pomegranete, pumpkin, seaweed, spinach, sesame seeds, turmeric, bosweillia.

Here are some tests to help you measure your antioxidant status, immune health and interrelated pathways…

  • pH testing with lipmus paper – tests for alkalinity – acidity status of the mody which indicates current nutritional status. Themore alkaline th ebody, the more nutrients and antioxidants the body has.
  • Heavy metal for toxiciity and determining what demand your body will have
  • Methylation pathways – how well you body is detoxing through this pathway and determining what demand your body will have
  • Liver function – determining what demand your body will have
  • Kidney function – determining what demand your body will have
  • Blood tests/counts – looking at vitamin and nutrient status, common ones in the UK through the GP are, vitamins D, A, B12, C, magnesium, selenium, iron, calcium, phosphorous, sodium, potassium
  • ESR/CRP – these are markers for inflammation in the body – so we determine the demand for antioxidants
  • ONE Test with Genova Diagnostics (Natasha’s clients get 40% off this and other tests)– tests for full antioxidant and mineral status
  • Genetic testing – SNPs/abnormalities in genes involved in bodily processes like liver detox are useful to optimise these functions and target medical interventions – 23andme is a Google owned company that provides the most cost-effective solution but Genova Diagnostics and other companies also do tests.

Our immune system is part of the foundation of our overall health and with this increasingly toxic modern world we live in, we’ve got to consider whether we are getting enough antioxidants to keep it running well. I hope this article has helped you understand more about how to support your immune and overall health better.

Bacteria really is our best friend…

… And the key to a relationship of mutual benefit is to feed it well…

We keep learning more and more in the world of natural medicine, but the mainstream is yet to catch up – however, we do know – friendly bacteria is fundamental to optimising our general health & wellbeing as well as preventing ill health.

At Earth Clinic, supporting the microbiome – that’s the whole world of beneficial bacteria in our body – is one of the 1st things we get our clients to do. Why? Because bacteria…

… removes dagerous toxins that enter the body via the gut and skin
… helps detoxify the body
… helps create new cells
… helps create most of the happy hormone, seratonin in the regulate to elevate mood
… supports the regulation of the metabolism and is linked to obesity
… helps prevent allergies
… strengthens the immune system
… protects skin integrity and prevents skin infections
… supports proper digestion and absorption and MORE!


What scientists are telling us now, is that our microbiome is set around the age of 2 and 1/2 years old and is dependant on a number of factors – whether we were naturally born or caesarian, if we were breastfed or not, if we enjoyed a natural environment vs a sterile one, antibiotic intake as an infant, nutritional intake, time of weaning, exposure to other humans and animals etc. After this age, we have to work to increase the diversity and abundance of bacteria through nutritiotnal intake. And if we stop that – the micorbiome status will just go back after several weeks – to the way it was before. These two things are key:

Diversity – we still don’t know how many types of species of bacteria reside within us – but we do know its a lot – like A LOT – and we need these different species and strains to help with a whole host of different biochemical functions and reaction in the body. Some bacteria produce specific hormones in the gut, some help generate new neural pathways, some bind to toxins, some mediate allergic responses – the list goes on!

Abundance – we’ve got billions and billions of bacteria living in our system – up to 10,000 in our stomach, up to 100 million in our small intestine, and up  to 1000 billion in our large intestine! That’s mega! The more bacteria we have – the more support we have to digest food, regenerate new cells, create now hormones etc… all all this quicker too!

At the end of last year, I was away in Mauritius for 5 weeks and over this time I developed an extreme bout of constipation – mainly due to too much refined carbs in the diet and also holding onto emotional baggage and stress. Well, it was a MASSIVE initiation – to learn to let go of the residual sludge from the year before and to be able to keep working on my inner peace and not letting others around me break that. And I was in a lot of pain, to really feel it and notice it.

I worked through it emotionally and energetically, with lots of self-healing, inner emotional work through Internal Family Systems (IFS) to release this stuff… Then with massage and prayer to help it go. Of course I also used nutrition and used this to try out 3 methods to clear this deep obstruction. Activated charcoal from coconuts was used, as was large quantities of pure green juices (kale, moringa, basil, coriander, spinach, apple, rocket, tulsi) and inulin doses of 2tbsp a couple times per day.

Inulin came out on top! It cleared things very easily, quickly and was a more sustainable method because it wasn’t replacing anything or doing the job of anything either – it was simply enabling my gastrointestinal flora to become more abundant and do the job it should be doing, itself.

How does Inulin work? It’s a type of fibre (fructooligosaccharide – FOS) that feeds beneficial bacteria in the gut – or probiotics – love to feast on – its their favourite food! And the FOS can be extracted from many things – the one I use is from chicory root (which I didn’t realise looks just like a parsnip!) – that seems to be popular. But you can also get it from Agave plant and jerusalem artichoke.


I’m now raving about it all the time – I always know Inulin was great – but having had this literally gut wrenching experience and seeing how my whole body now feels everyday on this medicine – I want to spread the love.

Inulin is great taken alongside probiotics or on its own. I do both, plus eat lots of yummy fermented foods like saurkraut, kimchi and home brewed kombucha.

Morninga – the miracle plant (plus my chai receipe)


On holiday in Mauritius in December, I fell in love with the amazing abundance of greenery on the island, especially all the amazing edible plants, the numerous varieties “brede” (Creole – Mauritian native language) or “bhaji” (Bhojpuri – Indian dialect) as we call general dark green leafy veggies and herbs… But the one I really connected with is moringa!

I was truly initiated to this amazing plant through its calling out to me and working with it for the last 2 years. I have been aware of the plant for many years – my grandfather used to make an elixir form the flowers and cure eye conditions back home in Mauritius. When I went back in December 2016 I knew I must commune, play and experiment with this beautiful and powerful plant.

Straight away I knew that its bitter green properties would make it an excellent herb for assisting digestion and the liver. So I juiced it, brewed it and ate it for dinner. As a juice its ridiculously potent – in fact I’d made a few juices in my experimentation phase with way too much moringa and it made everyone feel really nauseous! However it did help my sister and I go keep regular toilet visits and keep out intestines nice and clean. It helped us combat the effects of a holiday on the liver too as my moon cycle bleed wasn’t challenging that month (that’s always a sign for me of liver congestion – when I get PMS).

So now, having returned back to the UK with a load of dried moringa in tow and wanting to integrate this herb somehow into my naturopathy and energy work, I’ve embarked on a little study into it. And what I’ve found has really surprised me…. Read below to find out more… First here’s a little on where the moringa is from and how it’s been prepared…

What you need to know about moringa…

Moringa is a known as potent miracle plant that can adapt and grow in challenging terrains as it is hardy and has a strong determination to survive and thrive. The plant bears flowers, fruits and leaves all of which are highly medicinal. The seeds found within the fruit are also incredible… for example they can purify water as they contain cationionic proteins and when crushed and added to raw water, they attract the predominantly negatively charged dirt particles! Find out more about this and other uses on this hand pdf.

This moringa is grown on fertile volcanic land rich with nutrients on the Island of Mauritius, a south eastern island of Africa. The plant was harvested from wild jungle land away from roads that has not been treated with pesticides or other chemicals and then hand picked lovingly by Natasha’s and her family members. The whole leaves and branches were slow dried at 28 degrees celcius over 4 – 5 days retaining all the delicate nutrients. The leaves naturally dropped off the branches and we bagged them up to being to the UK! This plant has been used for hundreds of years by the ancestors of Mauritius as one of the main means to support their health and wellbeing in a variety of ways.

Moringa breakdown…

The University of Mauritius has been doing research into moringa oleifera. This is what they have found…

“The leaves are rich in vitamins B,C, A and E which are very good antioxidants, omega 3 fatty acid, amino acids, minerals such as potassium, magnesium iron and also selenium. The leaves are also rich in protein. 100 g of leaves gives us twice as much protein and calcium as a cup of milk; twice as much vitamin C as an orange and as much potassium than banana for example. Nowadays, moringa is very present in cosmetology and pharmacology. The seeds and flowers also have several benefits”, lecturer and researcher Dr Vidushi Neergheen-Bhunjun said.”

Quote from Africa News

This SUPERFOOD plant is an excellent antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties working on many pathways, supports pancreatic health, reduces blood sugar levels, supports respiratory conditions and lung function, protects and rejuvenates skin, detoxifies the liver and kidneys, supports gastrointestinal health, digestion, absorption and cleansing, and detoxification – to name a few of which will be discussed below...

There are so many incredible potential benefits to moringa, but there are also some dangerous aspects to it as well – read below. Therapeutic use of moringa for a specific purpose MUST be put past a naturopath with knowledge or herbalist first.

Its pretty widely known among people who regularly use food and herbs to optimise their health and wellbeing, that moringa is a wonder herb and miracle plant – and it is. However, more awareness needs to be raised as to its other side, so that people understand why its important to consult trained professionals on some commonly used foods and herbs. We’re here for a reason and its for your protection and safety.

So that point being made – lets get into it! Most of the information below I pulled together from an excellent website I found – examine.com

So as my initiation into moringa continues, Im now brewing a tea to have everyday for the next week to feel the impacts on gastric juice secretion. So far so good! It’s particularly gut cleansing. I’ve got a little recipe for you at the end…

Benefits of moringa:

  • Is a potent antioxidant
  • Has anti-inflammatory effects
  • Increases pancreatic function as it reduces blood glucose concentrations so good for diabetes and diabetic kidney and eye related issues
  • It’s protease enzymatic abilities help digest food proteins
  • Being a bitter herb it supports digestive juice secretions like stomach acid, digestive enzymes and bile
  • It’s beneficial to enhancing digestion as its a clear liquid and more easily absorbed
  • It is anti-bacterial
  • It may prevent eye health deterioration (retinopathy) associated with diabetes
  • It has an antihistamine and anti-asthmatic properties and supportive to the lungs
  • It supports seratonin production in the gut enterochromaffin cells
  • It’s protective against asprin, drug and alcohol induced ulcers
  • May soothe intestinal spasms
  • May prevent colitis of the intestines and also reduce inflammation from colitis
  • May protect the kidneys against oxidative damage
  • Preserves important nutrients the liver needs like glutathione and fights oxidative stress in the liver
  • Seems to be protective for certain types of cancer like melanoma, cervical, pancreatic and colon cancer
  • It increases lactation to support breastfeeding post birth
  • Can be used in natural abortions with a trained herbalist
  • Has wound healing properties

For dosage – see below

WARNING!

If you have an issue with bleeding, have ulcers in your digestive system, are on blood thinners or pregnant – do not take large quantities of morninga (read on to see what this is) – and definitely consult a GP, naturopath or herbalist for guidance.

Supplementation of moringa may also suppress thyroid activity – particularly T4 hormone conversion to T3.

This is because moringa is anti-coagulant – so it thins blood when eaten in larger doses, and it can also be an abortifacient (abortion inducing).

It appears that 3-4 times the recommended dosages of moringa are damaging to DNA and anti-coagulant.

See recommended dosage below…

Recommended dosage for the dried leaf:

1.2 grams – 1.6 grams for 100lb/45kg person

1.6 grams – 2.2 grams for 150lb/68kg person

2.1 grams – 2.9 grams for 200lb/91 kg person

2.7 grams – 3.6 grams for 250lb/113kg person

If you are drinking the tea rather than eating the recommended dose – the effects are less potent – so safe.

If you’d like to use moringa therapeutically and be initiated into this incredible plant, you must see a qualified naturopath or herbalist in order for a trained professional to be able to look at the science and properly assess your needs and food state that would be most beneficial to you as well as your recommended dosage.

For example, seed oils tend to be good for some things like the liver, but the roots could be more useful for intestinal colitis.

If you’d like to be initiated with moringa, please contact me for any guidance! natasha@yourearthclinic.com

Sources:

https://examine.com/supplements/moringa-oleifera/ which has an extensive list of references I have referred to

Moringa Chai Recipe

As Im 48 kg – I’m using a dose of 1.6 grams of dried moringa leaf

as much ginger as you like – pummeled

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

6 cardamon seeds split open and crushed a bit

1-2 inches turmeric root – pummeled (or less if its too strong/bitter

4 cloves – – pummeled a bit

Star anise

Brew in a teapot for a couple cups at 60 degrees Celsius for 5 – 10 minutes – anything above this may kill the delicate nutrients.

Enjoy!