👩🍳I tweaked my Oma’s sourdough rye recipe slightly . . and the dough rose perfectly! (Turns out there’s no need for white flour! 🙃)
👩🎓 Sourdough is a fermented dough, in which naturally occurring bacterial & yeast cause the bread to rise. This method of leavening bread is one of the oldest means of baking bread (dating back around 6000 years!) & like most traditional foods, it also provides protective health benefits – eating sourdough helps to control your glycaemic and insulin responses after a meal. Pair that with rye and whole wheat flours (as in this recipe) and you have created a powerhouse to fight cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes!
👩🍳 Food by Nikola Hamilton.
📷 Photography by Nikola Hamilton
👩🎓MSc Global Public Health Nutrition.
MITOCHONDRIAL THERAPY - the treatment came about due to Dr Kucera's research whilst working with NASA to reduce the ageing process of astronauts (the body ages a lot faster in space). This has led on to other revolutionary medical results. The therapy does not diagnose disease, however these innovative and unique techniques aim to measure the state of health of an person before pathological symptoms are detectable. The therapy works by restoring the efficiency or the mitochondria. First the patient is tested to assess their ability to adapt to stress (internal and external), followed by a targeted mitochondrial therapy treatment plan using supplements designed by Dr Kucera. To find out more please read my blog post or get in touch. I am holding a talk in Shrewsbury on 26th March 6pm for those interested to hear more. #antiageing#preventativehealth#prevention#preventativemedicine#knowyourbody#mitochondria#stressrelief
Matcha tea & My hormonal health…. .
I was introduced to Teapigs Matcha powder around 8 years ago by my Naturopath/Nutritional Therapist. I had trouble with my hormones back then, excess oestrogen to be exact and she'd advised me to drink 3-4 cups of Matcha Tea a day to help to remove the excess oestrogen (the bad oestrogen) from my body. Later DNA testing through @nordichealth, showed issues with my detoxification provided an even greater insight into my health, and explained why I had a problem with high oestrogen. .
My body really struggles to remove this Oestrogen from my body, so it recirculates, and can cause all sorts of issues in the longer term. Sadly this also increases my chances of getting a female cancer to 70%. Does this scare me? No it doesn’t. Knowledge really is power and dietary intervention and supplementation are absolutely essential in order for me to stay healthy. .
I take quite a few supplements to support my detoxification but Matcha really gives me the most pleasure. It tastes great with oat milk in a latte, it gives me that lift of energy I desperately need being a Mam, and most importantly it contains a potent class of antioxidant known as catechins, that aren't found in other foods. In particular, the catechin EGCg provides the potent cancer fighting properties. One of the best things I have ever done is become a Nutritional Therapist, knowing how to treat the body and mind, is essential to longevity and happiness. .
I think it's time to all embrace the mighty matcha! Start your week off on the right foot. @teapigs#matcha#cancer#antioxidants#teapigs#greentea#matchalatte#loveis#happinessis#caffiene#nutrition#nutritionaltherapy#healthydrink#green#monday#mondaymotivation#femalecancer#foodismedicine#mumlife#preventativemedicine#functionalmedicine#functionaltesting#testing#hormonalhealth#femalehealth#DNAtesting#genetics#detoxificationsupport
Brainspotting (BSP) is a relatively new type of therapy designed to help people access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and pain, including psychologically induced physical pain ••According to therapist and creator David Grand, the direction in which people look or gaze can affect the way they feel. Upon application, therapists help people position their eyes in ways that enable them to target sources of negative emotion. With the aid of a pointer, trained BSP therapists slowly guide the eyes of people in therapy across their field of vision to find appropriate brainspots: or eye position that activates a traumatic memory or painful emotion. Practitioners intend to target the physical effects of trauma by reassociating the basal reactions brought on by orienting to a fixed point. 📍
There is increasing evidence that trauma is manifest in/vivo and that it can alter the way the brain affects emotions, memory, and physical health. Brainspotting seems to activate the body’s innate ability to heal itself from trauma. While a therapist may attempt to access both the physical and emotional “locations” of negative emotions, BSP therapists use something called dual-attunement: a process through which the therapist simultaneously attunes to the therapeutic relationship as well as the brain-body response of the person in therapy. There is also some evidence that brainspotting works primarily on the limbic system, a collection of brain structures with a role in emotion, long-term memory, cognition, motivation, impulse control, and several other psychological factors affecting wellbeing.
Through his work applying somatic experiencing (SE) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), Grand developed Brainspotting — integrating these two types of therapy. It grew further after one individual dealing with both physical and emotional symptoms of trauma experienced significant, rapid improvement following a session in which a locked eye position enabled a cathartic expression of memory and emotion. Grand eventually developed a formal training,and today more than 8,000 therapists know the approach, a fast-growing tool for clinical psychology.
EATS || Chocolate Porridge. Porridge made with whole milk and water and a drop of vanilla bean paste. Then 85% dark choc melted in with about a teaspoon of @foodthoughtsuk cocoa powder and a pinch of dark brown sugar. Topped with toasted hazel nuts, plain and acai coated cocoa nibs. 🌰🍫
Brain Awareness Week (13-19th March) is coming to a close but I couldn’t let the opportunity go without discussing how important good brain health is to me. Personally watching family members deteriorate after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s (the most common form dementia), I knew that I had to do my best to take care of my brain, and reduce my risk of developing neurological diseases (my family history of it already increases my risk). .
Olive oil is well known as a “superfood” for its antioxidants properties, but I looked a little deeper into what olive oil could mean in maintaining a healthy brain. 🧠 olive oil contains polyphenols (easily absorbed antioxidants) which can help to prevent oxidative damage and also chelate metals - both of which can help suppress the onset of Alzheimer’s. 🧠 olive oil also contains Vitamin E which has not only been shown to delay the progression of Alzheimer’s but is also generally associated with less age related cognitive decline. 🧠olive oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which promotes brain cell health and also helps reduce overall inflammation 🙌🏽
When choosing an olive oil, ensure it’s Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), as virgin or light olive oils have undergone chemical processes that may have strip its nutritional status. 🌿 read the label and ensure the olive oil hasn’t been blended with other less healthy oils in a bid to reduce its cost. 🌿 make sure it’s fresh, as rancid olive oil would lost its omega-3fatty acids and polyphenol qualities. 🌿use olive oil in raw or low heat dishes, as high temperatures can turn it into potential harmful substances. .
My favourite salad dressing combo includes a drizzle of olive oil, a dumping of lime juice, a dash of pink Himalayan salt and alllll the cracked pepper in the world. 🙈🙌🏽
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