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To finish off our gut health series, I wanted to talk about a product we’ve formulated specifically to assist with the healthy functioning of our digestive system, our Bestow Gut Love +.

The Bestow Gut Love + was based on our very successful product, the Bestow Be Cleansed. We took the Be Cleansed formulation and added a few key things to make it even more effective.

One of the main things added was a dose of 30 billion live cultures of very special probiotics. These probiotics include one of the first probiotic fungi to have ever been discovered. It seems quite unusual to be talking about probiotic fungi because we are so used to hearing about bad fungi like candida. But it was discovered that like bacteria, there are good and bad. This particular fungi, Saccharomyces boulardii, is one of the most useful fungi found in the human body and is considered the king of all good fungus.  S. boulardii helps protect our microbiome when it is challenged by infection or drugs like antibiotics. One study found that if you took  S. boulardii during and after antibiotic treatment, the microbiome wasn’t as badly affected and was able to recover much faster. It is both a protective and a regenerate probiotic fungi.

The Gut Love + also contains an enzyme that helps break down a digestive biofilm that bad microbes can form. This film lines our gut the bad microbes use it to hide behind and prevent our immune system from rooting them out. This biofilm is similar to the plaque that forms on our teeth and like that plaque, we want to break down. The enzyme in Gut Love + has been specifically developed to dissolve this film and expose these bad bugs to our immune system.

 

Bestow Gut Love + also provides us with a rich source of both soluble and insoluble fibre to promote the elimination of wastes and toxins.  It contains soothing ingredients that help heal the gut wall and as an added bonus, it also contains vitamin D which is not only vital for our gut but also for the healthy functioning of our immune system.

Bestow Gut Love + is a really effective product and this is why we recommend starting off just taking 1 teaspoon in liquid a day, slowly build up over time to 1 tablespoon.  This gives your body time to the increased dose of healthy fibre and all the other goodies it delivers.  So why not give the Bestow Gut Love a go and see if you feel better for it!

INGREDIENTS
1 cup of roasted, in-season veggies (such as sweet potato, carrots, beetroot, pumpkin)
1 tablespoon of sauerkraut
½ cup of smoked salmon, flaked
½ cup of blanched greens (such as broccoli or asparagus)
½ an avocado, sliced (optional)
½ cup of fresh, raw greens (such as spinach, kale, rocket, lettuce)
Himalayan salt 
 
TO SERVE
Bestow Beetroot Whip (see below)
 
1 serving
 
METHOD
Arrange all ingredients in a beautiful bowl.
Serve with Bestow Beetroot Whip and season with salt.
 
Nourishing Notes
 
This is a typical Bestow Healing Bowl combination and it can be spotted at our Bestow lunch table at least twice a week. It takes such a short time to assemble, especially if you have left over roast veggies from the night before. With the addition of healthy protein (salmon), fermented veggies (sauerkraut), leafy greens and healthy fats (avocado and dressing) you have a colourful, tasty and decadent bowl. Enjoy! 
BEETROOT WHIP
1 beetroot
1 tablespoon of coconut yoghurt, unsweetened (dairy free)
½ lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil
Himalayan salt
 
Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees celsius. Wrap beetroot in tinfoil  and roast for 45 minutes. Leave until cool.
 
Peel the skin off, roughly chop and place in blender along with other ingredients. Blend on high until fully combined.
 
Dollop on food, or thin down with water to make a dressing.  Refrigerate for up to three days.
  • April 6, 2021

In this blog series, we are talking about the importance of gut health. So far, we have discussed the value of limiting our sugar intake and the benefits of eating a wide range of plants. In this blog, I would like to talk about the value that fermented foods offer our gut. 

One of the goals for gut health is to have a large variety of different microbes inhabiting our gut. Each microbial family will do different jobs for your body, promoting your health through their unique capabilities. The more variety of microbes we have, the more adaptable and resilient our body becomes. 

One of the ways we can promote more microbial diversity is to consume fermented foods and drinks. Fermented foods have a long history of use, and most cultures will have their version. Think of Asian cultures with their tempeh or kimchi or Germany with sauerkraut. There are many other examples like yoghurt, sourdough, kefir and kombucha, to name just a few.

Fermented foods are produced through controlled microbial growth, and consuming these foods can potentially increase the numbers of microbes in our diet by up to 10 000 times. Consuming fermented foods helps counteract the highly processed and sanitized diet we have in Western societies. One popular theory is that it is important to our health to be exposed to microbes and is essential for the normal development of our immune system and our neural function. Therefore, consumption of fermented foods may provide an indirect means of counteracting the hygienic, sanitized Western diet and lifestyle

But it is not only the health benefits of suppling our gut with microbes that fermented foods offer. In fact, some ferments don’t contain enough live microbes by the time we consume them or those microbes might not survive the journey through our acidic stomachs, but they are still good for us. This is because one of the major benefits of fermented foods is that the microbes they contain turn that food into a completely different food. Think of yoghurt or cheese versus milk or cabbage versus sauerkraut. The fermented versions tastes, looks and is completely different from the original food. And in this process completely new compounds are formed. The fermentation process creates potentially health promoting compounds in the foods, while removing those with negative health potential. The food just becomes better for you.

A good example of that is milk. In its unfermented form it contains lactose, a sugar that some people can’t digest. But in yoghurt, the fermented form, most if not all of the lactose has been consumed by the microbes making it more digestible. And other healthy compounds will also have been formed. Studies have revealed strong links between eating fermented dairy and weight maintenance, reductions in risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. There is evidence suggesting that kimchi is anti-diabetic.  Fermented food offers health benefits for immune-related disease such as arthritis and sclerosis although clinical data is not yet available for that. The list goes on. There is even an indication that fermented food consumption can alter mood and brain activity.

So my advice is to try adding more fermented food into your diet. Personally I enjoy diluting kombucha in water for a refreshing drink or adding a tablespoon of sauerkraut to my lunch or dinner. Good quality yoghurts are another good source of fermented foods. Once you get the taste for them, you might even have a go at making them yourself.

  • April 6, 2021

The holiday season can present a bit of a challenge for our gut health. More sugar, less sleep and more alcohol are all key factors that are all guaranteed to upset the delicate balance of the microbes that live in our gut.

If you are feeling a little off or find you are lacking energy, then your gut health may need some attention.

Luckily small imbalances in the gut can be easily and fairly quickly remedied. One study showed that within five days of changing your diet, fairly significant positive change was observed.

So, how do you do you improve your gut health?

Let’s start with one of the most effective ways. One of the biggest enemies of gut health is sugar. The problem with eating sugar is that you can cause an overgrowth of the microbes that prefer to live on sugar. This causes a major imbalance in the variety of microbes that live in our gut.

We know that the microbes can influence our feelings. They do this in two ways. Firstly they can hack into our nervous system and secondly, they are responsible for the production of neurotransmitters. So this means that the balance of microbes we have in our gut can change the way we feel about things.

One interesting theory is that if enough sugar-loving microbes take hold of your gut, they can drive our cravings for sugar and then reward us with a flood of feel-good hormones when we satisfy their demands. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen but I do know if I eat more sugar on one day, the next day I have cravings for more sugar. What helps me is to envisage a gang of sugar-loving microbes mounting a takeover of my gut and trying to influence my choices. That image helps my determination to starve them out. I don’t like being told what to do by a bunch of bugs. Maybe this image will help you resist the temptation for that chocolate bar! 

 

You have two options when trying to reign in your sugar intake. Slowly reduce it over time or go cold turkey eliminating all processed and natural sugars. This means avoiding fresh and dried fruit as well. Once you are sugar-craving free, you can reintroduce a few pieces of fruit each day as it is great for your health but at first it helps to have none, natural or otherwise.

Both approaches require some dedication and you will know what is most likely to be the most successful approach for you. But one of the best things you can do for your gut health is to address the sugar issue.

Good luck with your efforts to reduce sugar and don’t forget that you can use the bestow cleanses as a guide or for inspiration. Just go to bestowcleanse.com and sign up for our free programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel your gut needs more attention than simply reducing sugar, I would recommend our book, The Gut-Skin Connection. It contains a comprehensive programme and many recipes that support gut health.

  • February 21, 2021

In our last few blogs we have been discussing the benefit Bestow Collagen Boost offers our skin.

The main advantage is the increased production of collagen in our skin and the protection it offers our existing collagen and elastin.

Just as a reminder, collagen is the fibre in our skin that gives it strength whereas elastin provides the stretchability and snap-back. Having good levels of both fibres is important for healthy, strong skin. 

But I feel this series of blogs wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t look at some of the lifestyle and dietary things we can do to look after our existing collagen and elastin fibres.

So let’s look at their enemies.

Both collagen and elastin are degraded by smoking and sun exposure. In the case of sun protection, using a good sunscreen is vital. But remember sunscreens aren’t anywhere near 100% effective and can often give us a false sense of security. Many protect our skin from burning but not from ageing. It is important to boost your sun protection by wearing good, wide brimmed hats and choosing to sit in the shade where possible.

Elastin is affected by dehydration so it is crucial to keep your water intake up. A lack of sleep is also a key factor in the breakdown of elastin, as is stress. Getting enough sleep often helps us cope with stress, so my advice would be to start by prioritising sleep. Here’s a link to a handout on tips for getting a good night’s sleep to get you started. 

Collagen is degraded by sugar. Sugar oxidises and latches on to our collagen fibres then attaches to another collagen fibre causing them to become entangled and inflexible. Try to cut down on sugar where you can. This can be difficult at first as you have to overcome the cravings. But as time goes on, it does get easier so I it is worth the effort. The Bestow Treats from our cookbooks are a great way to start replacing refined sugar with natural sugars. We still don’t want to eat a lot of them but at least you are getting other nutrients with your sweet treat.

So those are my tips on protecting your skin. This time of year is a great time for putting some more supportive rituals in place and kicking out some of those bad habits.

  • February 7, 2021