health benefits

The Health Benefits Of Coconut Water And Yet ANOTHER Smoothie Bowl Recipe

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Coconut water is the latest fad. Found everywhere from gas stations to speciality health-food stores, coconut water is taking over our world – one coconut (or carton box or plastic bottle) at.a.time. Why? Coconut water contains five vital electrolytes essential to the human body. These include: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium. Because of this unique composition, coconut water can be enjoyed by individuals with varying medical conditions. In addition, the rich nature of coconut water helps you feel fuller for longer minus the added guilt as the fat content in coconut water is extremely low. Coconut water can also work wonders on our skin from the inside out – its natural properties not only hydrate dry skin but also help add that naturally beautiful glow we all crave (no pregnancy required) – no wonder so many health products (shampoos, conditioners and creams) contain coconut extract. Moreover, the high concentration of fibre in coconut water helps reduce bloating at the same time as aiding good digestion – double win! Lastly, coconut water is popular for its vampiric qualities. Seriously, i’m not joking. Since it is isotonic to human plasma, coconut water can be used in extreme emergencies to rapidly rehydrate the human body if administered intravenously. It is not uncommon for the drink to be used in poorer, third-world countries to save human lives – need I say more?

1 cup unsweetened natural coconut water
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen blackcurrants
1/4 cup plain unsweetened yoghurt (dairy free if vegan etc)
1 tbsp rolled oats (omit if gluten intolerant)
1 tsp honey (or maple syrup if vegan)

Place all ingredients in a food processor, whizz away until nice and smooth then finish with a combination of your favourite toppings. Happy lazy Sunday y’all!

 

The Insanely Powerful Health Benefits Of Cinnamon

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This morning, I cheated on my smoothie bowl infatuation with a bowl of cinnamon oatmeal. Not only did my oats take less than 3 minutes to prepare, they were also incredibly delicious and insanely nutritious, too. Why? How? Cause, cinnamon is a superfood homerun, yo!

Once upon a time, cinnamon was more valuable than gold. Seriously. In medieval times, cinnamon was considered a panacea, used to treat various conditions such as sore throats, indigestion and cramps. It was also believed to help improve energy, vitality and circulation, too.

Turns out modern research agrees:

Cinnamon is a natural food preservative. Because of its anti-fungal properties, it has been said that candida cannot live in a cinnamon environment.

Cinnamon keeps blood sugar steady, making it a suitable choice for diabetics and hypoglycemics alike. More importantly, (just kidding) cinnamon helps reduce wrinkles and blemishes by preventing insulin spikes.

Cinnamon reduces LDL cholesterol levels. LDL is also known as the harmful cholesterol. Reducing it may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Cinnamon reduces pain linked to arthritis. Cinnamon has been shown in studies at the Department of Internal Medicine, Kangnam Korean Hospital, to reduce cytokines linked to arthritic pain.

Alzheimer’s disease. Tel Aviv University researchers discovered that cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. According to Prof. Michael Ovadia, of the Department of Zoology at Tel Aviv University, an extract found in cinnamon bark, called CEppt, contains properties that can inhibit the development of the disease.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As a digestive, cinnamon dramatically reduces the uncomfortable feelings associated with IBS especially the bloating. It does this by killing bacteria and healing infections in the GI tract and enabling the gastric juices to work normally. If you’ve been suffering from an upset stomach, a cup of cinnamon tea 2-3 times a day will dramatically reduce your pain.

That said, I am not advocating you start wolfing down the cinnamon – as it has been found to be toxic in large doses. LOL. Instead, I am merely encouraging a little pinch (or stick) here and there in places you might otherwise have overlooked (in your hot bevvy, added to savory dishes, etc.) – if not for the health benefits, for its undeniably lush aroma and high yum-factor.

Cinnamon oatmeal
1 cup quick oats 
2 cups almond milk 
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey 

Bring all ingredients to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a minute or two (all the while, stirring constantly) then serve with your favourite toppings. Recipe makes for 2.