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Spring is the perfect time for renewal of your body - it's time for spring cleaning and detoxification!

This time of year is always so special.  Everything starts to buzz with life and oscillate between bright, fresh, intense sun, extreme wind and rain.  All elements playing their role in generating new bright green growth, vibrant flowers and energy in everything and everyone!  Energy for “Spring Cleaning!”.


The History of Spring Cleaning

There are several thoughts about where the term “Spring Cleaning” came from.  It appears to date back many centuries and could have been influenced by several traditions.  The Jewish tradition during Passover (March and April) requires the removal of all leavened products from the house including  utensils used for making these products.  In doing so it is thought that this time coincided with a thorough clean of the house.


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Image source: This is a beautiful painting by 9th Grade Ajunath Sindhu, from Trissur, Kerala: This student painted to depict his mother’s daily routine, when his father continually introduced his mother as just a housewife and that she doesn’t work. Ajunath was surprised at his father’s comments, because he never saw his mother idle.


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The topic of mental health has been in the media before the advent of Covid. Often looked at in binary terms of those who are healthy and those who have mental illness. The truth, however, is that mental wellness covers a huge spectrum. Even those who are "mentally healthy" can still improve their mental wellness. Without self-awareness and knowledge of how to maintain your mental health, poor mental health is something that can affect anyone of us.


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The world has changed, and we are adjusting to new ways of living without any sense of how long this will go on. Throughout this pandemic and the latest lockdown, parents themselves are confused about the current situation, are often having difficulty to process their own emotions, whilst at the same time trying to coach and support their children.Lockdown has been very difficult for everyone, some more than others. Trying to juggle work as well as home-schooling can seem impossible. We have put together some ideas to help!


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“Fasting today makes the food good tomorrow”-German Proverb    


Holiday meals are all about carbs, sugar, and, let’s face it, indulgence. And we’re all here for it. The holiday season is notorious for unwanted weight gain. But it’s not just the weight you gain, it’s the onslaught of sugary foods you’re not used to consuming which will play chaos with your blood sugar and insulin levels. This will leave you bloated, fatigued, and make you lethargic, decreasing your energy levels. Extra calories and less activity can mean a higher risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other illnesses. Scientific studies are showing that intermittent fasting may help reverse these trends.


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Ayurveda, health, colds, flu, wellbeing

Bringing you the best from ancient Indian healing and the medicinal art of Ayurveda; Kashayam a soothing Herbal Tonic prepared from common herbs & spices found in our kitchens.


Amidst the Covid 19 outbreak, mankind across the globe is suffering. Enhancing the body’s natural defence system (immunity) plays a vital role in maintaining optimum health. We all know that prevention is better than cure. As there is no specific medication for the treatment of COVID-19 yet, it is advisable to take preventive measures to boost your immunity and that of your family.


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As the longer nights draw in and sunlight becomes less, our bodies quickly use up any stores of vitamin D, leaving the only way to replenish the body’s needs through supplementation.  Little has been said about vitamin D in the last months of COVID19, which personally I find strange.  Why might this be so?

Vitamin D, better known as the sunshine vitamin is essential for your body playing a major role in production of calcium for bones and teeth.  Vitamin D is also involved in supporting the immune system amongst other essential functions.


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Fermented foods receive a lot of attention for one reason or another.  Is this justified?

Fermented foods are an ancient technique of preserving food, including cheese, sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and kombucha.  These foods are rich in probiotics which help to keep your digestion healthy by populating the gut with beneficial gut bacteria.  With the link between the gut and the brain, fermented foods also have an impact on brain health as well as the immune system.  Seventy percent of our immune is found in the gut-associated lymphoid tissue, therefore a healthy gut is essential for a strong immune system.