Winter Bathing: To Winter Bathe or Not to Winter Bathe

What’s the Deal with Winter Bathing Winter Bathing…like sunbathing only less warm! I’m enjoying exploring the concept of bathing at the moment. What does it actually mean to say we’re sunbathing and is it good or bad for us? Are there different environments or atmospheres that offer bathing opportunities Is Forrest Bathing nothing more than a…

Forest Bathing: To Forest Bathe or Not to Forest Bathe…

Forest Bathing Compared to sunbathing, Forest-bathing is the new kid on the block.  It’s already gaining a lot of traction in the UK, as a therapeutic tool. But we’re in danger of missing the point.  Whilst it’s being sold as a relaxing mindfulness exercise, really it’s a straight-up case of biological survival. Of course, a walk…

To Bathe or Not to Bathe…

Sunlight Vitamin D is one of 24 micronutrients critical for human survival.  And Vit D deficiency is pretty common due to low sunlight.  Common enough that the NHS offers Vit D supplements for free – Healthy Start. All pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children are at risk of vitamin D deficiency (teenagers, younger women and those from…

Candy Conscious

We live in interesting times… Times where companies act more like governments than governments?!? It appears Google likes to reward it’s staff whilst factoring in long-term health implications of ‘treats’. Google’s Behavioral Science Team (if our Government wasn’t broke i’m sure they’d have behavioral science teams too!) ran an experiment or two with M&M’s. These…

The Planet is Fine

We’re going away. Pack your shit, folks. We’re going away. And we won’t leave much of a trace, either. Maybe a little Styrofoam … The planet’ll be here and we’ll be long gone. – George Carlin   The unimitable George Carlin kicking us, ‘Save the Earther’s’, where it hurts! Imagining styrofoam as our last mark…

Lignification

Trees get ready for the long winter through a process known as lignification (Latin lignum ‘wood’). The woody tissues and other organs of the plant begin a highly orchestrated process whereby cell walls are strengthened.   Using energy harvested through summer, new growth is hardened to protect from frost, damp & disease. Come the spring…

Infusion Living – Maté

Yerba Maté is a plant that people make tea from – particulalry in South America. Maybe I’m just imagining it (placebo), but although it contains caffiene, it doesn’t give me the jitters like a strong coffee can! Yerba maté has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol within weeks of supplementation….

Infusion Living – Oatstraw

I’m still filling the paperwork to trademark Infusion Living as a lifestlyle brand, but I think it’s going to be BIG! 😉 Joking aside…I’m very grateful to my lovely wild-women friend, Shando, for introducing me to this wonderful calming elixir Oatstraw. Tradionally, oatsraw was prescribed to raise libido (sowing your wild oats) and i think…

How to be ‘BULLET-Proof’!

  As someone who doesn’t tolerate supermarket milk, I’ve been putting butter in my coffee for years.  It might seem like a radical new thing to do, but the Tibetans have been putting butter in their hot drinks for hundreds of years – yet another traditional forgotten food! Dave Asprey is credited with the resurgence of this ancient practice…

Fermented Foods, Homemade Kombucha Tea!

  Fermented foods are an everyday part of my diet…I make homemade sauerkraut, kefir and this kombucha tea drink everyday.  I wanted to share my method with you to hopefully explain in simple terms how to make fermented wonder foods part of your every day!   It’s ALIVE! These additions to a healthy diet can…

Glorious Golden Milk

  Curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric, and is also found in limited amounts in Ginger. It is a potent anti-inflammatory and cancer preventative molecule, and similar to Fish Oil it seems to be an effective metabolic syndrome band-aid. Black Pepper greatly enhances absorption. — examine.com   Huge bag of the wonder spice!   Turmeric has…