Monthly Archives: March 2013

Milk – do you still drink it nowadays?

Perhaps you are familiar with a raw cow’s milk from your childhood or your parents/grandparents stories. Few decades ago our food, including milk, was quite different. The human body is not designed to digest pasteurised milk which is the milk we know at the present time. In the process of pasteurisation, the molecules of the main milk protein, casein, are changing. It has an adverse effect on the pancreas, which is forced to produce its own digestive enzymes to decompose these molecules.

IndigestionThis is one of the reasons why so many people are allergic to milk. Like any other enzyme-free food, pasteurised milk requires a huge effort of the human digestive system. People who suffer with milk intolerance, intestinal diseases, or poor digestion, would let the casein get into the bloodstream through the intestinal wall. This is the cause of many allergies and autoimmune disorders. Destroyed and lost, in the process of pasteurisation, enzymes were supposed to help the human body break down nutrients, such as calcium. Without these enzymes the body is not able to utilise the calcium and this so vital element passes through the body completely unused. Continue reading


Sleep – the best natural remedy

Our brain is our biggest asset, it enables us to think, feel and analyse, it controls all our body functions and it even has its own clock. We’ve already discussed the importance of looking after our brain in a different post:

sleep 1The best way to take care of your brain is to allow it a good night sleep. We are all somewhat aware how important the sleep is for us, however quite often we ignore it and carry on with our routines. By doing it we are robbing our bodies of the great benefits that a good sleep brings. Despite of a sleeping person looking quite peaceful (in most cases), there are a lot of activities occurring during our sleep, so it is not at all a passive exercise. It is recommended to get around 7.5 to 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep for an adult, to have the body and mind rejuvenated for the next day. If our sleep is cut short, the body doesn’t have time to complete all of the phases needed for various tasks including muscle, bones and nerve repair, memory consolidation, new cell growth or hormones release. Continue reading

New recipes – desserts

I’ve just added a new Desserts section to Your Instinct.

Few new recipes there:

Wholemeal apple pie without eggs

Chocolate banana cake

Wholemeal fruit crumble

fruit platterMost of them can use wholemeal flour, even if not listed. I’ve experimented with a lot of recipes, including pancakes, and they are all fine with replacing white with wholemeal flour. Also, a dessert does not have to mean ‘sweet’ or ‘sugar’, it could be a beautiful fruit platter or an organic cheese platter for non-vegans. Continue reading

Nourish your brain – it’s worth it

Eating well is vital for our mental as well as physical health. We know how important all organs and cells are for our bodies and what their functions are, however we need to appreciate the leading role of our brain. It controls absolutely everything we do, even when we are asleep. Therefore we need to look after it properly, so it can serve us to its best capacity for years to come.

Below are some examples of foods that could help us with just that:
Wholegrains: improve the ability to concentrate and focus, by providing the adequate, steady supply of energy, in the form of glucose in our blood to the brain. Wholegrains release glucose slowly into our bloodstream, keeping us mentally alert throughout the day. Complex carbohydrates  boost serotenine, a brain neurotransmitter protein that is responsible for the feeling of well being and calming down. Other benefits of wholegrain foods are covered in one of my previous posts: Continue reading

Natural indoor air purifiers

With ever growing number of pollutants around us, it is important to ensure we try to purify the environment we live in as much as possible, especially the air which is vital for our health. The indoor air seem to be far more polluted than outdoor air.

In another post some time ago, I highlighted the dangers of chemicals we use on daily basis:

The other factors include:

  • Biological contaminants like mold and pollen
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Pesticides
  • Gases such as radon and carbon monoxide
  • Materials used in the building Continue reading

New recipes – soups

tomatosoupAs the winter is lurking just behind the corner, yet again, we better undust our soup recipes, as they may come very handy soon.
I’ve just added a couple of extra quick and easy soup recipes on Your Instinct, packed with lost of nutrients and super tasty too!

Red lentil and chilli soup

Butternut squash and orange soup

Celery and walnut soup Continue reading

Lavendula, commonly known as Lavender – get it out of your cupboard

This beautiful plant is native to the Mediterranean, but it is also grown in northern and eastern Africa, and southern regions of Asia. Many varieties are cultivated extensively as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, however this versatile plant has been wildly used as culinary herb and is also known for its medicinal and health-enhancing properties, especially as essential oil.
lavender fieldIt grows best in dry well-drained, lime-rich soil and can reach more than 1 m in height.  Lavender is best harvested just before full blossoming on a dry mid-summer day.  To dry this wonderful herb, tie the stems together and hang upside down for several days.
The most common way to extract the essential oil from the lavender flower is distillation which involves the boiling and condensing of liquid. Continue reading

Introduction to chakras and energy

Most of us, especially those who practise yoga or meditation, are familiar with terms such as ‘chakra’ or ‘energy’. ‘Chakra’ is a Sanskrit word which means ‘wheel’ or ‘spinning vortex’ of energy. The energy can be collected from several different sources and levels of vibrations, including colour, that are utilised in various parts of the body. Throughout our body we have main energy centers, represented by 7 major chakras, which are connected to the main vital organs or glands that affect other body parts.
The seven main chakra centers are aligned along our spinal column. If there are disturbances on any level, our body will be showing signs of inbalance, as each chakra is not only associated with our physical health, but also controls aspects connected to our emotional, mental and belief systems. In order for us to become fully self-realised and in harmony with our physical and spiritual nature our denser lower energies need to be harmonised with the lighter energies of the upper centers.
chakras Continue reading

What is your opinion on soya?

It’s been widely promoted for so many years, but is it really good for you? Almost every coffee shop nowadays offers a soya milk as an alternative to diary. I must say that personally I never bought into the soya propaganda, I did use it, but in moderation, somehow deep down I was rather cautious about it.

soya milkI came across couple of interesting articles while doing my research about soya recently, it’s been said that we shouldn’t really be eating soya that has not been (traditionally) fermented. That would include soya milk, yogurt, tofu etc. Continue reading

Wholegrain foods

A very important aspect of switching to vegetarian/vegan diet is to ensure that we get the best nutrients from our food, therefore we need to try to eat fresh, natural foods and avoid processed and refined.

Whole GrainIf your body can tolerate grains and pasta, as we are all different and you have to establish it yourself, you already know that the brown/wholegrain versions of these foods are the ones we should be eating. While all pasta is effectively considered processed food, it is a personal preference, however often could be a food intolerance stipulation, whether to keep it in your diet. Continue reading