Best Immune Shot Ever

This is my favorite Immune Boosting Recipe. I've been having it during Autumn days for the last few years. I haven't caught a cold or flu for a few years now. It's wonderful. Try it!

It will help you feel stronger for the cold months ahead. ;) 

Turmeric Immune Shot

  • 5cm piece of ginger 
  • 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder or 2cm of fresh turmeric
  • 1-2 tsp of raw honey
  • 1/2 lemon juice 

Bring 1 cup of water and the ginger to boil

(if you're using fresh turmeric simmer it with the ginger)

Simmer for 20min

Take the piece of ginger out

Mix the turmeric powder, lemon juice & honey with the ginger water

This recipe will make 2 shots. Have 1 shot in the morning & 1 shot in the evening

 

Have the shots every day for 7 to 10 days. 

 

Much love & health,

Carolyne x

Autumn Time. . .

Notes to help you embrace the Autumn Season fully: 

Autumn is the season of harvest, a time when we start to go inward and gather together on all levels, a time to store up food, fuel and warm clothing, a time to think, perhaps study and plan for the soon coming stillness of the winter. In nature, everything moves its energy inwards and downwards. Leaves and fruits fall. Green grasses turn into lighter and drier colours. Those enchanting yellow, orange and red colours are everywhere!

The forces of Autumn create dryness in Heaven and metal on Earth; they create the lung organ and the skin upon the body... and the nose, and the white colour, and the pungent flavour...the emotion of grief, and the ability to make a weeping sound.   - Inner Classic

The autumn is the time to be more focused on the preparation of food to obtain the energy required for the cooler months ahead. Soups, grains and loads of earthy vegetables come in play, hotpots, roasts...

Play with the vegetables and fruits in season: apples, damsons, pears, plums, chestnuts, elderberries,blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, artichoke, aubergine, beetroot, broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, celery, courgette, fennel, garlic, kale, leeks, onions, potatoes, turnips, watercress, celeriac, kohlrabi, pumpkin, Jerusalem artichoke, parsnips, chicory, beetroot, cauliflower. 

In Chinese medicine, Autumn is the season of the metal element and the organ represented are the lungs and the large intestine.

Here are a few words associated with the Autumn/Metal element. Take a look at them and observe yourself and the others around you. Can you recognise any symptoms? This may indicate balance and/or imbalance. 

Reflective              Spiritual and mental nourishment          Heavenly father providing the chi

with the ability to let go - to grief life or someone       Pure             Valuable

Cold       Perfectionism         Precise           Congestion          Sharp         Strength      

Materialism            Hard            Shiny             Connection/Network within our body  

connectedness in a spiritual level - if imbalanced, feeling of disconnection    

Colour: white - pure / high expectations

Organs: lungs and large intestine

Lungs: we take in pure chi energy and are connected to the Universe and each other               Large intestine: we get rid of what we don't need.

Imbalances: asthma, skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, IBS, constipation, a flamy cough, mucous, weeping eyes...  

If many of these words, symptoms resonate with you, not only during the Autumn season but during the year or perhaps, for many years, you might have an imbalance.

Contact me if you'd like me to help you understand & heal any of these imbalances. There are many foods, herbs, supplements and natural techniques to support the bodymind during the healing process of these imbalances. 

 

'We cling to our own point of view, as though everything depended on it. Yet our opinions have no permanence; like Autumn and Winter, they gradually pass away.' - Chuang Tzu

'Everyone must sit and watch the leaves turn.' - Elizabeth Lawrence

'Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.'

Water Kefir Recipe

Water Kefir

Prep Time: 10 minutes     

Ingredients

For Initial Fermentation

1/4 cup water kefir grains 

1/4 cup organic cane sugar

2 dried, sulphured figs, dates or any dried fruit 

1 lemon, cut in half

For the Secondary Fermentation

1/2 cup fruit juice OR 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar

 

Instructions

Bring about 6 cups of filtered water to a boil, then stir in the sugar. Continue stirring the sugar into the hot water until it dissolves, then allow it to cool to room temperature.

Place the water kefir grains into a 2-quart jar, Pour in the sugar water, and drop in the figs and lemon. Cover the jar loosely with a lid, or with cheesecloth secured with cooking twine to allow air in but to prevent stray debris from spoiling your water kefir. Allow the water kefir to ferment for 2 to 3 days. The longer it ferments, the stronger its flavor will become.

When the water kefir acquires a flavor that suits you, strain it through a nonreactive (plastic, wood or stainless steel) strainer into a pitcher. Discard the spent lemon and figs, but reserve the water kefir grains which can be immediately recultured or which can be stored in water in the fridge for up to 1 week.

While the water kefir can be enjoyed as it is, after its initial fermentation, you can also ferment it a second time. Secondary fermentation allows you to flavor the water kefir, and the secondary fermentation process, which occurs in a tightly capped bottle (like these) allows carbon dioxide to develop, producing a fizzy water kefir.

For the secondary fermentation, pour either 1/4 cup fruit juice of your choice or 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar into each of two flip-top bottles (like these). Then pour the water kefir from the pitcher into the bottle, filling them within 1/2 inch to 1 inch of their openings. Seal the bottles, and set them on your countertop to ferment a further 18 to 24 hours, keeping in mind that warm temperatures will speed up the fermentation process while cool temperatures will slow it down. Transfer the bottles of water kefir to the fridge for 3 days to allow the bubbles to set. Open carefully over a sink, as the liquid in the bottle is under pressure, and when you release the bottle's seal, the water kefir may fizz and foam.

Sugar Substitutes. The beneficial bacteria and yeasts that make up water kefir grains and produce water kefir need caloric sweeteners in order to live and reproduce. I use organic cane sugar in my water kefir; however, you can substitute unrefined cane sugar, jaggery or honey. Keeping in mind that honey has some antimicrobial properties and may weaken water kefir grains over time.

Website with some ideas of flavored water kefir. 

http://www.culturesforhealth.com/ten-ways-to-flavor-water-kefir

Hydrate for health!

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Hydration is extremely important for our overall health and wellbeing. 

Dehydration is the number ONE stress to the body. Dehydration creates stress, stress creates dehydration, and more stress and more dehydration. . . 

Here are a few facts about WATER: 

  • We are about 70% water, as is the planet. Blood is 80% water, bones are 40% water, lungs are 90% water
  • It is crucial for the hydration of every cell in the body.

We are a community of about 70 trillion cells!

  • All movement of nutrients in and waste out of the cells and the body requires water. Other daily body functions require water e.g. breathing, digestion, elimination, urination, sweating, for every chemical reaction, etc.
  • Our brain is 85% water. Hydration keeps us alert & focused.

5% dehydration knocks a third of our brain function!

  • Correct hydration level helps us to go with the flow on every level.
  • Drink the cleanest water you can afford.
  • If we don't drink enough water our blood will thicken and it will draw water out of the cells, leaving the cells dehydrated. Over time, this will lead to all sorts of imbalances in the body and eventually, lead to major diseases.  

How, when & why?

. Replacement of fluids needs to be consistent and establishing a daily routine is crucial if the body is to recognise and use the water you are giving it.

. The body needs about 4 pints (approx. 2 litres) of water per day to function well. When exercising or under emotional or physical stress, more is needed. Drink up! 

. Always drink your water slightly warm, at blood temperature.

. Have 1 pint as you wake up

. 20 to 30min before every meal, have a pint of water. This ensures your bowels are hydrated to aid digestion.

. Don't drink water with your meals as this confuses the body and depletes the spleen energy.

. Have a bottle of water with you all the times.

. If you drink water only when you are thirsty then you are not getting enough water.

. At the end of the day, drink 1 pint of water.

 References:                                                                       

Your Body Many cries for water - Dr FBatmanghelidj                                                                         The pH miracle - Dr Robert O Young                                                                                                 The Secret Life of Water - Masaru Emoto

 

'A solution to pollution is dilution'  

-  Ali Holden

 

Foods to Calm the Mind

Foods for calming the mind

A simple diet with occasional light fasting promotes deep, peaceful thinking. 

Introduce these foods to your diet, especially during stressful & challenging times and you will experience a much more centered & calmer approach towards life

. Grains: whole wheat, brown rice, and oats gently calm the mind.

. Silicon foods: cucumber, celery, lettuce, celery lettuce juice. Silicon foods strengthen the nerve and heart tissues.

. Fruits: mulberries and lemons calm the mind.

. Chia seeds: have sedative action

. Spices: dill and basil can be used both in food and teas.

. Herbs: chamomile (my favourite!), catnip or valerian - helpful for nervous person or insomniac.

. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar: one tablespoon diluted in a little bit of water. Take it every day. 

. Magnesium in foods is healing to the heart. It retrains the "anxiety peptide", a complex of amino acids in the brain which appears to contribute to anxiety.                                           Green foods like kale, broccoli, spinach, avocado, lettuce, cucumber, green cabbage, parsley, etc are rich in magnesium. Magnesium is in the centre of every chlorophyll molecule. 

 

'When the mind becomes still, the heart speaks'.

Tips to Improve Digestion

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Improve your digestion with these simple guidelines:

. Morning Lemon Water: start your day with a glass of warm water with a slice of lemon or lime. This helps to gently activate your digestion for the day. Lemon water is also very detoxing & alkalising.

. Chew your food well: chewing is crucial for healthy digestion.                                                    

5 reasons to maximise your chewing time:                                                      

  • Chewing stimulates enzymes found in saliva that help to break down carbohydrates.
  • The act of chewing sends signals to the digestive tract that it's time to get to work.
  • Chewing your food helps to prevent acid reflux as it stimulates the oesophageal muscles.
  • Chewing makes it easy to get the nutritional benefits from the broken down food.
  • Proper chewing stimulates pancreatic digestion, vital to the digestion of fats and proteins.
  • Remember, your stomach does not have teeth.

. Eat mindfully. 

. Sit down. Make time for your meal, even if for 15minutes. 

. Eat properly at mealtimes and avoid snacking on the go.

. Give eating your FULL attention. Switch off the TV shut down the laptop & especially, put your smartphone away. 

. Enjoy the taste, smell, texture, and look of each bite.

. Food is fuel to your bodymind.

. Drink water: drinking a glass of body temperature (slightly warm) water 20 - 30min before & after main meals hydrate the digestive system, making it easier to break down food.

. Try apple cider vinegar: organic, unpasteurised apple cider vinegar is great to get the digestive juices going. Apple cider vinegar is very alkalising & have many other benefits to health such as balancing blood pressure, soothing depression, clearing candida, etc.               Simply add a teaspoon or so to a cup of water and drink it before meals.

. Detox: detox is a fantastic way to give your digestive system a rest to renew itself! 

Detox takes the pressure of the digestive system giving it space & time to sort the 'house out' - the cleansing & nourishing fruit & veg, herbs, and supplements will assist the system getting rid of old matter and sooth & replenish the whole system. 

Detox helps with symptoms like bloating, feeling heavy & lethargic, heartburn, abdominal pain, IBS, constipation, etc. 

 

A Clean & Well Nourished gut for stronger immunity... for a better you!

Testimonial from Tuscany Detox retreat, Autumn 2014

I have been going to see Carolyne Ji at a high-grade gym in London for a Deep Tissue massage for a few months, for me she was one of the very few people who understood what I wanted from a massage and when she mentioned she is starting a company which will focus on retreats and detox, I was instantly interested.

Over the course of the following weeks, I read all the information regarding the upcoming retreat in Tuscany, and despite the strict schedule, after seeing the pictures of the beautiful villa and surroundings, I knew I had to experience it. I quickly sent the info around my circle of friends and gained a partner who would come on this amazing journey with me within a few days, after all it was too good to pass on. After booking the retreat, I had a strict diet to stick to for 2 weeks, referred to as Pre-detox diet which was a little tough at first, but I soon understood that all the obstacles are in my mind, and managed to thoroughly enjoy it.

What attracted me to this detox retreat specifically were a small group and the details, such as yoga sessions, daily inspirational talks and an array of therapies to choose from. It sounded like a truly incredible getaway with breath-taking views on the Tuscan mountains. And it was exactly that. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Carolyne and her team of experienced professionals. It felt comfortable and easy. As group of us were explained the schedule for the upcoming week, what to expect and how to manage our spare time ( I slept most of my spare time ). Sitting by the fire, we were all wondering if we are ready for such an experience, as it is deep & spiritual one, one that requires you to give it your all in order to cleanse and improve. For me, the very essence of this was to cleanse off past experiences, shake off bad dietary habits and engage in therapies which better your health and state of mind.

Carolyne and her team are an absolute dream- from our great cook Stacey to a wonderfully healing and kind Purnima, we all bonded daily, experiencing new feelings together, and connecting. In between yoga sessions, therapies and daily chats, we had some spare time, which we could use however we wanted.  I mostly slept for the first few days, as my energy levels were low, however by day 4 I was enjoying hikes, swimming and outdoor games. Yoga sessions were exceptional, Nadya the instructor is a great teacher who understands the complexity of each person and she was able to create sessions which were suitable for everyone, by the end of the retreat I felt much rested and could do a headstand and hold it for 1 min, for me this was a personal progress. The not eating aspect of the retreat was a little difficult, however being in a group who are supporting each other, we often forgot we haven’t eaten ( I am referring to the 2 day juice cleanse). I remember begging Carolyne for a banana, and to my disappointment she handed me another juice, that moment I understood the strictness that comes, rightly so, with a detox.

In all honesty, I took this trip in order to rest from life in London, and gain some perspective; however it ended up being quite a life-changing event. After coming home, I made serious decisions without any hesitation, and improved my habits dramatically. I enrolled in training for AYM Massage, one of the therapies I received in the retreat. The course was run by the lovely Purnima who introduced me to the art of healing through AyurvedicYoga Massage, and one year later I am about to enrol in Level 2, hoping to provide this service to people soon. I also made a huge decision to go back to college, and am now studying Naturopathic Nutrition, my course will last 3 years, however I am determined to become a practitioner and change my career into Health & Well-Being. Too often we get caught up in hectic schedules, and out lifestyle becomes toxic, unfortunately we only notice this if we are 1. Starving for a day and have nothing else to think about but life (and food) or 2. We get sick. I am happy that I realised I needed to make some changes at the time that I did, and I feel much happier for it. I saw life from a different perspective, and personally I came head to head with my dream career, and little did I know it was different to the industry I am in now.

I would recommend this detox to anybody who is looking to make a change in their lifestyle, relax, rest from daily routines, or simply cleanse. Along the way, I promise you will make friends, trusted mentors and enjoy each day to the full. I speak to our group and all say this was a great experience which gave them something new, perhaps not as life-changing as me, but life-style changing for sure.

Thanks to Carolyne and her team for this wonderful experience.

Love

Julia

 

What is detox?

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Detox is a natural and continual process of movement of toxins out of the body. The body has inbuilt wonderful detoxification systems and channels for elimination which work constantly to obtain balance in the body.

Our environment today is the most toxic in history so we need the help with a cleansing diet and cleansing techniques. If the body fails to remove these toxins weight gain, anxiety, burn out, fast aging and many symptoms like headaches, eczema, IBS, and diseases may manifest. 

The Global Healing Centre estimates that the body can deal successfully with around 1 million toxic molecules daily.  In today's challenging environment where we are exposed to increased levels of pesticides, insecticides, additives and chemicals in our food and toiletries and substances like caffeine, alcohol and sugar are widely available the average amount of toxic molecules we ingest in nearer to 2.1 MILLION .......an excess of 1.1 million toxic molecules that the body struggles to cope with.

Detox is not only for the ones that need to lose weight. We all need to detox. 

I used to belief that detox programs should be done only twice a year but now, I belief that we need to introduce detox foods and tools on a daily basis. 

Benefits of Detox

Detox is a perfect healing tool. More so it's a tool for life to learn that will leave you finding greater depths of overall health & better well-being in yourself! 

•  to increase energy & vitality

•  to heal illness 

•  to purify all cells

•  to increase clarity

•  focus & sharpen your mind

•  for weight loss

•  for radiant skin & hair

•  for better sleep

•  to improve fertility

•  to support life-changing phases

•  to break addictive cycles

•  to rest the digestive system

•  to improve health & well being

•  help prevent diseases

•  to fell lighter & fresher

The bodymind knows what it needs to be in equilibrium, to be healthy and happy. We do better when in tune with our bodymind. We out to observe and listen to the body and do whatever is needed to create a foundation to support & encourage the body to perform its best.

Detox is a perfect tool to get us in tune with our bodymind!