What’s missing from your diet?

Whenever you make a salad, (and hopefully that’s everyday) try using a variety of different coloured vegetables, as they not only look great together, but also contain different phytochemicals, which helps protect our cells from damage and disease.

As you can see from this picture, I made a salad consisting of:

Cucumber – The natural diuretic effect of cucumbers helps flush and cleanse the kidneys and bladder.

Spinach – The high fibre and cleansing effect of spinach, aids the digestive system by keeping things moving.

Red Peppers – Are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which helps to reduce the risk of infections.

Avocados – The healthy monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats that they contain, promote a heathy heart.

Avocado oil – Rich and smooth, tastes great and has many health benefits.

Cherry Tomatoes – Are high in Lycopene, an antioxidant, which helps reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and sunburn.

Feta Cheese – Is lower in fat than most other cheeses and contains beneficial bacteria.

What kind of salad do you enjoy?

The Healing Power of Garlic // Recipe

Pharmaceutical anti-biotics can weaken your immune system, as well as destroying good gut bacteria, leaving you open and susceptible to an overgrowth of yeast. (candida).

This is why it’s important to eat foods that will keep you strong and healthy. Garlic is one such food. It’s a supperfood, a natural anti-biotic, which can help cleanse the body from the harmful effects of bacteria, fungi and yeasts.

Enhance the flavour of your cooking with this wonderful aromatic vegetable. Pop some in amongst your roasted veggies, use them in your: soups, stews, casseroles, pasta sauces, vinaigrette dressings, and so on, or be brave and eat them raw.

I often make this dish as it’s quick, simple and tasty.

Green beans and garlic

  1. Steam and drain your fresh green beans.
  2. Then in a frying pan, add a tablespoon of olive oil and a crushed garlic.
  3. Add the beans to the frying pan and toss gently for a few minutes so that they take on the flavour of the garlic.
  4. Sprinkle with a little sea salt and serve with whatever you wish..

Bovine Colostrum Repaired My Gut

I chose to take ‘Immune-Tree Colostrum 6‘ when in 2014 I had taken some strong antibiotics for what seemed to be a bladder infection, but turned out to be interstitial cystitis…a chronic bladder disease, due to a weak immune system.

Soon after taking the antibiotics my health quickly deteriorated. My good gut bacteria (specifically lactobacillus) was completely wiped out, which then allowed candida to take hold, and thrive throughout my body. This caused loose stools, rapid weight loss, and anxiety,

Desperately praying, studying my Bible, and searching online for some kind of help, I came across Bovine Colostrum. It’s the pre-milk produced by cows and is also known as the first food of life, as it contains a meriad of antibodies which is vital for good health and well-being. I took it for about a year, but to my surprise, within only 3 to 4 weeks my IBS symptoms had stopped, making everything else that was wrong with me much easier to cope with, and eventually heal. Praise God!

Bovine Colostrum is an ideal food supplement for anyone suffering with: leaky gut syndrome, Candida, Coeliac disease, Crohns disease, Diverticulitis, Irritable bowel disease, Interstitial Cystitis, and Ulcerative colitis, etc, just look on line for yourselves. You will be amazed! It goes to work by strengthening the Immune system and repairing tissue damage.

It has helped many of my clients regain their strength and feel good again!

Don’t suffer! I went through it, so you don’t have to. Make an appointment, and get back to living your life to the full!

25 top tips for healing from Interstitial Cystitis

I spent many nights, glued to my iPad watching all the YouTube videos that I could on Interstitial Cystitis, hoping that I’d find a cure for this terrible, debilitating bladder disease.

The constant feeling of not being able to get rid of what seemed to be a full-blown bladder infection, accompanied by excruciating pelvic spasms used to drive me crazy! I just couldn’t function properly; simple daily tasks became so difficult. I felt as though I spent most of my time on the toilet. I used to stuff a hot water bottle inside my jeans, against my pelvic area just to ease the pain, while cooking, doing my house work. watching a film, it was terrible!

Even though I had been told by three different doctors that there was no cure for IC and to take pain killers all my life, I just couldn’t and wouldn’t accept it. I believed in my heart, that this awful disease could be reversed and that my body WAS capable of healing, given the right fuel.

So, I began putting my faith into practice, and looked to God as my physician (Luke 8:43 – 44).

While reading and studying the foods in the Bible, I realized just how far from healthy we had all become. Many years ago people were far more physically active than we are today. They only ate fresh, organic, whole foods. They tilled the land, grew their own crops, made their own cheeses and ate fresh ripe fruits straight from the trees. Time was taken to prepare wonderfully nutritious meals. And then, they would spend the rest of the evening eating together as a family, enjoying one anothers company.

But nowadays, we do the complete opposite. We have so many distractions, we don’t have time to think, we’re always under pressure, and we’re always feeling under the weather. Many of the foods we eat are highly processed. We drive everywhere, even to the corner shop. We spend far too many hours infront of a computer screen and then end the day slummped on a sofa for hours in front of a television screen. So as you can see this is a recipe for disaster.

So I decided to take control, make some positive changes, and today I’m feeling so much better!

Don’t believe anyone that says there is no cure for IC. There is always a way to heal your body. Everyone is different and what works for one may not work for another. Your health really does depend on how you look after yourself mentally, physically, and spiritually. DON’T take your health for granted; keep your IMMUNE SYSTEM STRONG, by eating real foods and doing some form of exercise, and it will be better able to protect you from most western inflammatory diseases.

Here are some of my top tips for healing:

What To START Doing

  1. Drink plenty of water, herbal teas- dandelion, camomile, nettle, turmeric, and moringa (which I found the most helpful and alkalising).
  2. Make nourishing soups, stews, and broths without tinned tomatoes.
  3. Drink fresh home-made vegetable juice (my favourite and simple one) 1 large cucumber with 1 green apple a day.
  4. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables.
  5. Eat lots of salads.
  6. Eat non-acidic fruits such as blue berries, pears and watermelon.
  7. Eat organic natural Greek yoghurt (probiotics).
  8. Learn a relaxation technique.
  9. Breath properly from the gut, this helps relieve tension in your pelvic floor muscles.
  10. Try and get out of the house, take a walk in the park, meet a friend for lunch and just know that you won’t feel like this forever.
  11. Gently, do some pelvic floor exercises.
  12. Take “Waterfall D-mannose” to protect the bladder from infections.
  13. Take a good quality Turmeric supplement to reduce bladder inflammation.
  14. Keep your sugar intake low.
  15. It is very important that you get tested for Coeliac disease and Candida (yeast infection).
  16. If suffering from; IBS, Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, etc., take Bovine Colostrum to help support the immune system and help seal and heal the gut.

What To STOP Doing

  1. Smoking.
  2. Drinking alcohol.
  3. Drinking coffee and tea (they are stimulants which will irritate the bladder).
  4. Using tinned tomatoes (to acidic).
  5. Using any type of vinegar.
  6. Eating processed foods (sausages, bacon, white bread, etc).
  7. Eating anything that contains yeast.
  8. Eating cakes, biscuits, sweets etc.
  9. Holding on to negative emotions (stress, worry and guilt), as they will prevent you from healing.

What To READ

  • ‘Heal Pelvic Pain’ by Amy Stein M.PT.
  • ‘Painful Bladder Syndrome’ by Philip Weeks
  • ‘The Better Bladder Book’ by Wendy Cohan, RN
  • ‘You Don’t Have To Live With Cystitis’ by Larrian Gillespie, M.D.

Please let me know if this information has helped you,

God bless, Piera 🌸

Gut health, ‘Prevention is better than cure’!

When I was a child, many of the doctors (and some even to this day) did not know or understand the importance of good gut health, and how it affects the health of the entire body. And as a result, many people were prescribed medication for their symptoms, without looking deeper into where, why and what was causing the problems in the first place. We now know that most diseases begin in the gut, when the gut microbiome is off balance. This can happen for many reasons: from eating a lot of processed foods, drinking a lot of alcohol, smoking, antibiotics, medication, and depression etc.

I believe that my many annoying health problems (which I had over the years): IBS, Duodenal ulcer, Rosacea, Ovarian cysts, Endometriosis, Intestinal thrush (candida), and Interstitial cystitis, were all connected and due to having leaky gut syndrome… Ceoliac disease, which I did not know I had until 2015. I often wonder, if only I knew this years ago it would have spaired me alot of pain and disstress.

But then again, if I hadn’t gone through it all, I probablly wouldn’t have been so determined and focused on studying natural ways in which to heal my body. I am proof that there is always a way to heal, and I’m so passionate for people to know that they can also take control and lead happier, heathier lives. Because the saying is true ‘prevention is always better than cure’.

So please listen to your body, if you have health problems that just won’t clear up, then look at the health of your GUT, eat a whole foods diet, do some form of exercise, learn to relax, forgive and let go of negative emotions, and have some fun!

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. – Phillipians 4:13

 

Are you a coeliac?

Do you feel bloated all the time? or are you suffering from any type of digestive problem? Such as Irritable bowel syndrome, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease constipation, loose stools etc. Then why not give your digestive system a break from eating foods containing GLUTEN. For you may be gluten intolerant.

Unfortunately, for many of us, wheat, rye, barley, spelt and for some people oats, have become terribly indigestible. These grains have been genetically modified (which I think is absolutely ludicrous) to the point where the body does not recognize them as being real foods anymore. As the digestive system struggles to break down these frankinstein foods, in order to absorb the nutrients, the immune system begins to suffer and eventually becomes compromised. Therefore allowing a whole host of other health problems to arise.

So why not try and replace those troublesome grains with some highly nutritious ones such as: brown rice, quinoa, polenta (corn), amaranth, sourghum, millet, oats and teff. Be creative, and have fun trying these new flavours and textures in your recipes. Once you start to regain your energy and feel great again, you won’t want to go back to your previous eating habits.

Coeliac disease (gluten intolerance), or gluten sensitivity can affect any part of the body. So please do not ignore persistent signs and symptoms of: headaches, fatigue, skin rash, bloating, over active bladder etc. Get an allergy test done, or as I said before just take a break from eating these foods for at least two to three weeks to see how you feel.

The Bible says in Exodus 29:2 –

“And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil: of wheaten flour shalt thou make them.”

God created these wonderful foods to help nourish and sustain us, but yet again “we” have tampered and destroyed them for no good reason. Will we ever learn? 🧐

Eggs for breakfast anyone?

Stay away from all those sugary cereals, which can cause your blood sugar levels to rise and leave you feeling hungry again an hour later. Why not eat a couple of eggs instead. Eggs are wonderfully nutritious, low in fat, and will not affect your blood sugar levels like most cereals do.

Organic eggs are a natural God given food and will not raise your cholesterol levels either, as you may have been lead to believe. They contain many health benefits, which are far better for you than any man made food. So throw away those sugar laden boxes of cereal and enjoy a hearty egg breakfast instead.

Try them poached, boiled, as an omlette or scrambled and if you fancy a fried one just go easy on the oil. 🍳

I love eating eggs for breakfast, so please let me know how you like your eggs and I will give it a go.

1 Hour Chicken Broth

Why not give your immune system a boost with this quick and easy nourishing broth!

Ingredients you will need: Serves 3-4

  • 4 organic chicken thighs
  • 2 chopped carrots
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 leeks
  • 1 potato
  • small tin of tomatoes (227g)
  • 2 organic chicken stock cubes – melted in 2 pints of hot boiled water
  • pepper and oregano to season
  • about 200g of small shaped pasta (optional)

Method:

Place the organic chicken thighs in a large saucepan and seal them in a little water or oil. Add the chopped carrots, celery sticks, leeks, potato, and the tomatoes. Melt the chicken stock cubes in 2 pints of hot boiled water, pour over the vegetables and season with a little pepper and oregano. Cook for 1 hour until meat starts to fall off the bone. Once cooked, debone the chicken discard the bones and pop chicken pieces back into the saucepan. In a separate saucepan cook a little pasta, drain and add to the chicken broth. Or if you want a super healthy version add a tin of organic lentils or any other type of beans and enjoy.

(check out some wonderful recipes on how to make traditional bone broth on You-Tube)

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. – Genesis 1:29

Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. – Genesis 9:3

Breakfast – red grapes and natural yoghurt

I don’t know about you, but sometimes mornings can be hectic in my household. With two girls often squabbling over who’s going to use the bathroom first, breakfast needs to be quick and simple.

So as long as I have plenty of fruit and natural yogurt in my fridge, I can breathe a sigh of relief. As this breakfast is delicious and only takes a few minutes to prepare.

What you will need: This serves 1

  • A handful of sliced red grapes
  • 3 Table spoons of organic natural yoghurt
  • 2 Table spoons of nutty granola
  • 1 Teaspoon of honey

Place yoghurt, grapes and granola into a bowl and then drizzle over the honey and enjoy!

Red grapes are incredibly good for you and along with a healthy diet can help prevent many health problems such as macular degeneration, reduces hypertention, prevents colon and prostate cancer and many more chronic diseases.

The Bible says in Numbers 23-24:

“And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs.”

The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence.”

So go ahead, next time you’re out food shopping grab some grapes! 🍇

Time (and your body) is precious

Time is precious and the Bible says in James chapter 4 verse 14, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

So why waste this valuable time you’ve been given on things that are going to harm you, such as eating highly processed foods or drinking several cups of coffee a day, alcohol, and sugary-fizzy drinks; working all hours stuck in front of a computer screen, or any other job that takes up most of your time away from your family and friends; taking harmful drugs or smoking cigarettes; watching films that will leave you feeling gittery and disturbed all night, and whatever alse is going to make you sick and eventually cut your life short.

Come on! Wake up! If you want to live a reasonably long and pain free life, you have to be prepared to make an effort, and stop taking your body for granted. Good health is an ongoing process, and you can achieve amazing results, just by making positive changes to your diet and lifestyle.

So treat your body with the respect it deserves; nourish it with real wholesome food, and it will give you all the energy you require. Keep it hydrated with clean water, every cell in your body depends on it and cannot function properly without it. Exercise, it helps maintain strong healthy bones and muscles, therefore keeping you supple. Learn to relax and take deep breaths from the gut; it’s surprising how many people have forgotten how to breathe. Watch a baby breathe and you’ll see that it’s their belly that moves, and not their chest.

Just remember that the body wants to stay in a state of wellbeing, and will do everything it can to protect itself. But if you choose to ignore the constant warning signs of tiredness, and aches and pains, it will succumb to sickness and disease. Learn to listen to your body, and you will be better able to cope with whatever life throws at you.

Another wonderful verse that comes to mind is from Genesis chapter 2 verse 7, “And the LORD GOD formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul.”

What a wonderful God we have!!