Autumn anti-inflammatory ginger tonic

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As the seasons begin to change, you may notice a few more sniffles in the office or maybe you are a little bit more achy than usual, if so, Lizzy of Primal Junction has the perfect tonic for all our beauties.

Start your day with a dose of this refreshing tonic full of anti-inflammatory gingerols and alkalizing fresh lemon. If you’re used to waking up and having coffee on an empty stomach, try some ginger tonic first to reduce acidity and kick-start digestion.

You may recall Lizzy wrote in depth about inflammation and how anti-inflammatory foods can play a vital role in our recovery and overall vitality. If you missed her post, you may want to check it out here.

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Flavoured Water 5 Ways

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We all know that water is good for you – benefits of downing your H20 include:

  • Balancing your body fluids (we are predominately made of water
  • Increases concentration and focus
  • Improves skin condition
  • Keeps you regular
  • Flushes out toxins – it’s kind to your kidneys
  • and a whole lot more!

If you’re struggling to get your recommended daily dose of this good stuff, here are some refreshing flavours to get you on your way. They’re super easy to make and super yummy to drink!

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The ins and outs of inflammation

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Inflammation is a natural response by the body as a way to protect itself from infection, injuries and intruders. Inflammation is natural, healthy and important for survival. For example, acute inflammation is the redness, swelling and heat that occurs when you cut your finger and is a critical stage in the repair process.

However, inflammation does become an issue when things go wrong and the body starts to illicit an immune response much more often than it needs to (or chronically). The result is  issues such as acne, fatigue, allergies, poor gut health, ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and more.

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Green skin food smoothie

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To me, true beauty is about health, happiness and a passion for life. One of the first places we notice this exuberant and energizing beauty is in healthy, glowing skin.

When our skin is clear and blemish-free, it is less tempting for us to cover it with heavy make-up and harsh products. I’m a big believer in ‘feeding’ our skin with nutrient dense foods, just like our bodies. I like to check the ingredients of any skincare product to make sure that I can eat it before I feed it to the largest organ in the body that’s responsible for protection, regulation and absorption.

This green smoothie is a creamy, delicious ‘skin food.’ Combining avocado, peppermint and coconut oil, it’s jam packed full of fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins that will promote a healthy glow on the inside and out.

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Beauty Foods For Good Gut Health

As you may recall we blogged a while back about how good gut health = beautiful skin? Well, today we have another treat for all our beautiful readers – our newest contributor Lizzy Marsh is going to chat to us a bit more about easy ways to add probiotics to your diet.

You may have heard more and more lately about the importance of gut health. In fact, many believe that our health stems from the gut and the intricate balance between our gut flora, our intestinal lining and the foods we eat. Without a properly functioning gut, it becomes impossible to absorb the nutrients within our food and achieve optimal health. The human gut is home to approximately 100 trillion microorganisms and these help us with things like digestion, protection from infection, metabolism and immunity.

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