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Pretty much everyone knows by now that probiotics are vital for maintaining good gut health.  But did you know that there is a key probiotic source that is readily available but often overlooked?

More on that in minute.

But firstly, what’s the deal with probiotics and gut health?

The research all basically says the same thing: a healthy and balanced gut microbiome is foundational for health and wellbeing.

Balance is the key word here. There is a constant tussle between beneficial and harmful microbes going on in your gut – with both groups trying to claim territory and gain the upper hand.

When the good guys win, your health improves.

Probiotics support a healthy microbiome by seeding beneficial microbes into your gut.  More good microbes in the gut = better gut health.

Common Probiotic Sources

Two valuable sources of probiotics are fermented foods and probiotic powders and supplements.  For the latter, it’s important to choose a probiotic that supplies both beneficial bacteria and fungi to support the total microbiome.  I designed Bestow Gut Love + Powder with that in mind, and I am proud that it features the world-class Biohm probiotic.

But there is another probiotic source that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Organic Fruit and Veggies Provide Living Microbes

Organic fruit and vegetables are a lesser-known but hugely important source of probiotics. Living microbes can be found on the leaves and skins of spray-free fruit and vegetables. These naturally occurring microbes can actually help to establish beneficial bacterial colonies in our bodies.

You might be wondering, “why does the produce need to be organic?”

Choose Organic

Unfortunately, our culture’s obsession with cleanliness and sanitation has seeped into our food production methods. Any fruit and vegetables that are not squeaky clean and perfect are discarded or ignored by consumers. This has led to an overuse of pesticides and other sprays to prevent spoilage, which of course, kill the microbes that live on the surface of the produce.

If our fruit and vegetables are too clean then our gut is robbed of an important source of natural probiotics. Research has shown that beneficial microbes are capable of helping our body rid itself of ailments. In particular they help regulate our immune system, preventing it from the over-reaction that is the cause of many inflammation based diseases, whilst keeping it alert enough to ward off unwelcome invaders. Good gut health supports your internal protective mechanisms.

Keep It Local

Another benefit of these microbes is that they adapt to the environment in which they grow, defending themselves again potential allergens in their surrounds.  For optimal health benefits, you are best to eat organic produce from your local area as these microbes will train your body how to respond appropriately to the allergens in your local area.

Shop at Farmers Markets

An easy way to do this is to source your produce from local organic farmers markets. Eat what you can in its fresh, raw state, only gently washing them to remove obvious dirt.

Grow Your Own Spray-Free Herbs

Another option is to grow your own produce. Fresh herbs are a great way to start.  They don’t take up much room in the garden and can even be grown on a window sill. Home grown herbs are an affordable and tasty source of live probiotics that are can be easily grown in your own environment. I would encourage you to pick up some herbs at your local garden centre and plant your own little organic herb patch at home.

Pesto Perfect

Once you have herbs ready to harvest, celebrate by making this yummy Bestow Pesto below. Enjoy the delicious satisfaction that comes from eating organic herbs that you have grown yourself to support your gut microbiome. Happy days!

BESTOW CORIANDER PESTO

This recipe is from the Bestow Love Your Gut 7-Day Online Programme. You could substitute the Coriander for Basil, Rocket or Italian Parsley if you wish or even a mixture of herbs.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups coriander, stalks and all (around 1 plant from the supermarket)
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
Himalayan salt to season

METHOD
Place ingredients into a blender and blend until fully combined.

NOTES
Coriander (sometimes known as cilantro) has well-known digestive properties and has a calming and anti-inflammatory affect in the intestinal tract. It also helps to prevent a build up of gas, reducing bloating.

  • March 7, 2019

Beautiful skin begins in the gut.  

Research shows that the connection between gut health and skin health is very direct.  As holistic skincare therapists, we have a golden opportunity to improve our client’s skin  by helping them to cultivate a healthy gut microbiome.

How do you identify whether a client has an imbalanced or unhappy gut?  

There are some simple red flags to look out for.

We have created a downloadable PDF document which includes:

– A simple checklist of seven symptoms of an unhappy gut
– Information about Bestow Gut Love + powder.
– Information about the Bestow Love Your Gut programme.
– Two free recipes from the Bestow Love Your Gut programme.

 

We recommend that you go through this checklist with your clients as part of your consultation process. It will help you and your client to together identify their gut challenges, and it opens the opportunity for you to offer them gut health solutions and support.
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  • January 29, 2019

When gut-health is prioritised, skin transformation accelerates and wellbeing sky-rockets. I have understood this connection for decades, but it wasn’t until I faced a personal health crisis in 2016 that I realised just how critical gut-health is…

Make no mistake, gut health is on trend. What interests me is that the latest scientific research is affirming what holistic skincare wisdom has been saying for decades – there is a direct connection between gut health and skin health.

I have incorporated gut health strategies into my skin transformation coaching since my early 30’s, but I recently faced a debilitating health crisis which suddenly made this gut wisdom very important to me.

In late 2016, over a period of just one month I went from being fit and active, hiking in outback New Zealand and in the most advanced Pilates class to hardly being able to walk or dress myself.  The discomfort started off in my lower back, spread to my hips and then to my upper back and shoulders. I was in terrible pain. As I continued to deteriorate, I started fearing that I was going to end up in a wheel chair. Then as an added bonus I developed perioral dermatitis and patches of persistent eczema.

I underwent a huge number of tests ranging from MRI’s to blood tests for autoimmune disorders.  None of the specialists could find anything wrong with me except for high levels of inflammatory markers in my blood.  There was no explanation and I had no idea what to do next. I started thinking this could be the end of my career.  How could I continue to teach skin care therapists about health and wellness with any integrity when I couldn’t even heal myself?

Luckily I ended up under the care of a great physiotherapist who used a holistic approach and could help me to connect the dots.

Janine Tait | Bestow Founder

A year prior to this happening I had picked up a mild gastro infection while I was travelling New Zealand offering skincare education. It didn’t cause me too much distress so I let nature take its course and within a week the symptoms settled down. But they never fully disappeared and I was left with an irritable bowel.

After about six months of this mild discomfort I decided to get it checked out. A physician took a biopsy of the bowel and diagnosed me with lymphocytic colitis, an inflammatory condition of the colon where the lymphocyte or immune cells accumulate in the bowel wall. The physician suspected that my immune system had dealt with the original infection but had failed to turn off. My gut immune system remained on high alert, the lymphocytes all waiting for invaders and at the same time inflaming my bowel.  There was no cure, I just had to hope the situation would resolve itself given time.

A few months on, my gut was still unhappy and the pain in my joints began. Looking back I realised that my sensitised immune system had continued to inflame the colon, resulting in leaky gut. The increased permeability of the gut meant undigested food and inflammatory substances could enter the blood stream and spread throughout my body. For me they took up residence in my joints and skin.

Nothing I tried gave me any relief. I couldn’t exercise, could hardly walk, needed help to dress and couldn’t even travel for any distance in the car. I became fearful, stressed and in constant pain.  You can imagine what a relief it was for me to find this holistic physiotherapist who could help me.

She encouraged me to go on a dietary programme to heal my gut. Within 24 hours of eliminating certain foods I started to feel just a little bit better.  These were foods that I would normally consider to be healthy but I now know are irritating to a damaged gut. It was the first sign of improvement since this saga began and I was encouraged. I stuck to the programme religiously and it took me a good 18 months to completely heal myself!  My skin was the first to heal and then slowly, as my gut symptoms improved, the inflammation in my joints reduced.

I am now back to full health, I’m focussing on regaining my spot back in the advanced Pilates class and I’m out enjoying the New Zealand great outdoors – a recent trip to Steward Island being a highlight!

There were other gifts that came out of this challenging experience too. Firstly I lost weight. It just dropped off me as soon as I embraced the dietary programme and I lost 7 kilograms in total. I also find I’m more motivated to pursue wellness as a priority, incorporating daily meditation, good sleep rhythms and enjoying a healthy balance of breath-based and cardio exercise.

I am so grateful to have had this experience. I now have a strong sense of conviction about how important it is to heal your gut before you try to heal your body or your skin.  

I’ve become passionate about producing resources and tools to help therapists and their clients transform their skin and their wellbeing with gut-health strategies.  The Bestow Gut Love + powder and Bestow Love Your Gut online programme are game-changers and I can’t wait for you and your clients to try them.

BESTOW GUT LOVE + POWDER

A world-class synbiotic powder, including probiotics, prebiotics and digestive enzymes to restore the gut and renew skin from within. Rich in fibre, it promotes regular elimination of toxins, creating the inner environment for clear, glowing skin.  READ MORE.

BESTOW LOVE YOUR GUT PROGRAMME

This online programme combines gut science with wellness wisdom and provides the dietary guidelines I used to heal myself. The beautifully designed online platform provides gorgeous gut-healing recipes, a 7-day meal planner, shopping guides, nurturing rituals and inspiring education. READ MORE

Bringing it all together

The Bestow Love Your Gut Programme brings together all four principles in a 7-day gut healing plan which can be cycled as a four week programme for greater benefits. The beautifully designed online platform provides gorgeous gut-healing recipes, a 7-day meal planner, shopping guides, nurturing rituals and wellness wisdom.

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JANINE TAIT is New Zealand’s leading dermo-nutritionist, a holistic skincare educator and the founder of Bestow Beauty, a fast-growing wellness company which offers a beautiful range of organic skin nutrition superfood blends, recipes and rituals to heal and nourish skin from within.

  • September 21, 2018

Bestow founder, Janine Tait shares with us 4 awesome benefits of drinking Green Tea, the extra benefits of Bestow Green Tea and why she created an organic range of fair trade Teas.

FOUR AWESOME BENEFITS OF DRINKING GREEN TEA:

  1. It’s anti-carcinogenic
  2. Is scientifically proven to increase the hydration of the upper layers of your skin
  3. It enhances the action of protective enzymes in your skin
  4. Improves the protective barrier of your skin

TWO EXTRA BENEFITS OF DRINKING BESTOW LUMINOSITEA (Green & White Tea):

  1. It’s very high in Catechins a type of disease-fighting flavonoid and antioxidant. Here’s a tip: the longer you steep the tea, the more flavonoids you’ll get in your brew.
  2. White tea is even more powerful than green tea as it does all of this and more! And helps prevent the loss of your anti-wrinkle fibres. Bestow Luminositea is a Green and White Tea Blend.
Janine Tait, Bestow Founder
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You get enough of these powerful phytonutrients in one cup of Luminositea to reap all these benefits. Drink at least one cup a day!

BESTOW ORGANIC HERBAL TEA GIVES BACK

I think you’ll pleased to know that Bestow Organic Teas are not only delicious and good for your skin, they are also helping to transform a community in Sri Lanka.

When we decided to develop a range of skin-beautifying teas, it was very important to me that they were not only organic but were sourced from a fair trade supplier.

I know that many of the workers in tea plantations in third-world countries are poorly paid and treated like second-class citizens.

For me, socially conscious business it is not about beating the supplier down to get the bottom dollar but paying a fair price for a quality product that is fair to all the people who are involved in producing it.

  • May 14, 2018

With the warm months ahead we’ve created some wonderful Iced Tea Recipes featuring our Bestow Organic Herbal Teas. You will find them very refreshing and hydrating for your skin. We recommend making a large jugful each day to enjoy throughout the day.

Make a strong brew of any of our teas by infusing two tablespoons of tea with a cup of boiling water. Add this to a one litre jug with a cupful or two of ice, add the ingredients of any of our iced tea options and top with filtered or sparkling water.

OPTION ONE

Sprigs of fresh mint / lime or lemon wedges / slices of cucumber

Perfect for: Eternitea, Lumositea, Puritea
and Generositea

OPTION TWO

Sprigs of fresh rosemary / lemon wedges / two cinnamon sticks / one tablespoon of raw honey

Perfect for: Beautea and Puritea

OPTION THREE

Sprigs of fresh mint / lemon wedges / slices of cucumber / half a cup of fresh berries / one tablespoon of raw honey

Perfect for: Eternitea, Lumositea, and Generositea

OPTION FOUR

Sprigs of fresh mint / lemon wedges / slices of fresh ginger / slices of peach or mango / one tablespoon of raw honey

Perfect for: Lumositea, Beautea and Generositea

OPTION FIVE

Sprigs of fresh lavender / lemon or lime wedges / juice and seeds of a pomegranate / slices of cucumber

Perfect for: Lumositea, Eternitea, Puritea and Generositea

 

HIBISCUS & CINNAMON

WHITE & GREEN TEA

ROOIBOS, CARDAMOM, CINNAMON, GINGER, CLOVE & NUTMEG

TURMERIC, GINGER, LEMONGRASS & CINNAMON

LEMONGRASS, HIBISCUS, CINNAMON & PEPPERMINT

Profits from the sale of Generositea go towards supporting the work of Cambodian Charitable Trust, providing education and opportunity for vulnerable girls. Thank you for being part of this good cause!

  • October 17, 2017

One-pot savoury meals, bursting with flavour are our favourite type of meals to cook. Our fifth recipe book Bestow Savour is a collection of vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar-free recipes which rescue vegetables from bland side dishes and make them the star of the show. The recipe that follows is one of these and perfect for this time of year as there is nothing better than a steaming bowl of Roasted Cauliflower Goodness Soup flavoured with turmeric, cumin, paprika and sumac and garnished with the thyme-fried mushrooms on a cool winter’s day!

 

Roast the Cauliflower.

 

Saute the onion and garlic and add the spices.

 

Golden and tasty!

 

Add the cauliflower and vegetable stock.

 

Simmer and blend.

 

Serve with thyme-fried mushrooms!

RECIPE:

2 heads of cauliflower, cut into florets
Olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric, ground
1 teaspoon sumac, ground
2 teaspoon cumin, ground
2 teaspoon paprika, ground
1 litre of vegetable stock
Juice and zest of one lemon
1⁄4 cup of Italian parsley, chopped
Small handful of fresh thyme
1⁄2 cup of button mushrooms, sliced
Himalayan or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.

Arrange the cauliflower florets on a large baking tray lined with baking paper; use two baking trays if you need to. Sprinkle cauliflower with salt and pepper and drizzle generously with olive oil. Roast in oven for 30 minutes, turning over midway through. They should be starting to turn golden brown. Remove from oven. Reserve a cupful of florets for the top of the soup.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large frypan. Saute the onion gently until translucent (10-15 minutes). Add the chopped garlic, turmeric, sumac, cumin and paprika. Stir together for a brief few seconds until fragrant.

Now add the roasted cauliflower. Stir to coat cauliflower well with the spices then add vegetable stock. Bring to a simmer on medium-high heat. Cover and cook for five minutes.

Uncover and remove from the heat, cool for 10 minutes. Using a stick blender, blend and liquid until you achieve desired consistency. If the soup is too thick add more stock or water.

Return to a medium heat and stir in the lemon juice.

While the soup is heating through, fry the mushrooms in a small pan in 1 tablespoon of olive oil over a medium- high heat. As they start to brown add some fresh thyme and cracked black pepper. Remove from the heat when they are starting to crisp and turn golden brown. Set aside.

Add the soup to serving bowls, top with mushroom, reserved cauliflower florets, fresh thyme, parsley and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper.

And recently we were featured in the Bay of Plenty Times with the Cauliflower Goodness Soup being the main recipe 🙂

 

 

 

 

  • June 1, 2017

A breakfast smoothie is a delicious way to kick-start the day nutritionally and super-easy to make. This smoothie recipe includes protein to sustain your energy throughout the morning.  Naturally, it includes the Twin Skin Essentials (Bestow Beauty Oil and Bestow Beauty Powder) and you can also add any other Bestow blends you are using.

White beans are an amazing way to provide your smoothie with a creamy texture and a protein hit. Adding protein to a smoothie allows your body to stay full for longer and using beans is a skin-friendly way of doing this. Many protein powders and other protein products that are used in smoothies are congesting to the skin and just 1/4 cup of white beans provides you with the protein you need without causing you to break out. Creaminess is essential to a tasty smoothie and we find avocado is one of the best ways to do this as well as providing a serving of healthy fats for your body, keeping it full for longer. The chia seeds in the smoothie are bound to keep you full providing the body with fibre to help with gut health.

RECIPE

250 ml of liquid (such as water, coconut water, almond milk or coconut milk)
1/4 cup of cannelini beans (drained)
1-2 medjool dates (or 2 teaspoons of honey or rice syrup)
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 of a ripe avocado (optional)
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Beauty Powder
1 good handful of spinach leaves
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
6 fresh mint leaves (optional)

Blend well, enjoy!

 

  • May 24, 2017

A breakfast smoothie is a delicious way to kick-start the day nutritionally and super-easy to make. This smoothie recipe includes protein to sustain your energy throughout the morning.  Naturally, it includes the Twin Skin Essentials (Bestow Beauty Oil and Bestow Beauty Powder) and you can also add any other Bestow blends you are using.

Cacao powder is a great way to get that chocolatey taste and feeling of indulgence with the added benefits of providing your body with nutrients found in cacao such as magnesium and antioxidants for skin health. Creaminess is essential to a tasty smoothie and we find avocado is one of the best ways to do this as well as providing a serving of healthy fats for your body, keeping it full for longer. Tahini, which is made from sesame seeds, also contributes to the creamy texture and gives the body a calcium boost. The chia seeds in the smoothie are bound to keep you full providing the body with fibre to help with gut health.

RECIPE

250 ml of liquid (such as water, coconut water, almond milk or coconut milk)
1.5 tablespoons of cacao powder
1 tablespoon of tahini
1-2 medjool dates (or 2 teaspoons of honey or rice syrup)
1/2 frozen banana
1 tablespoon of cacao nibs
1/4 of a ripe avocado (optional)
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Beauty Powder
1 dessertspoon of Bestow Be Cleansed
1 teaspoon of chia seeds

Blend well, enjoy!

 

  • May 24, 2017

BAKED JACKET KUMARA
WITH BLACK BEAN SALSA

4 medium sized kumara or sweet potato
1 400g can of organic black beans 2 avocados, chopped
1 red onion, diced
8 cherry tomatoes, chopped
Juice and zest of 2 limes
Small handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Pre heat oven to 200 degrees celsius.
Wash the kumara and pat dry. Brush all over with olive oil, place on a baking tray, sprinkle with Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bake in the oven till soft – approximately 40 mins.
While the kumara is baking make your salsa. Drain and rinse the can of black beans and place in a bowl. Add all the remaining ingredients except for the lime zest. Mix gently then season with salt and pepper.
When your kumara is cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes. Slice through the centre lengthwise but don’t cut right through the bottom. Fill each kumara with spoonfuls of salsa, dress with tahini dressing, garnish with lemon zest and serve. Serves four.

TASTY TAHINI DRESSING

1⁄4 cup of tahini paste
1⁄4 cup of water
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil Juice of one lemon
1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon of honey
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Blend all the above ingredients with a stick blender. Store in a jar in the fridge for several days.
One cup of kumara (sweet potato) contains a whopping 38,433 IU
of the plant version of vitamin A. This is over seven times your daily recommended requirement. They are also rich in vitamin c, many of the b vitamins and lots of minerals. What an amazing skin food they are! And don’t forget all the fibre you will get from this dish with the addition of the black beans.

  • May 23, 2017

To make life super easy for you we have been busy creating short videos and recipes on 5 simple ways that you can include Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil in your daily life.

This fifth one is Bestow Overnight Oats, prepare the night before and wake up to breakfast already done!

 

 

RECIPE
Bestow Overnight Oats

1/2 cup of organic rolled oats or buckwheat groats
1/2 teaspoon of himalayan salt
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
1 cup of water

Place in a lidded jar or covered bowl and soak overnight. You can add seeds such as pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and dried fruit such as raisins, chopped apricots at this stage. You can also try adding small amounts of other spices such as turmeric or cardamom for extra health benefits.

In the morning add chopped fresh fruit, a dollop of dairy free coconut yoghurt, 1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil or Bestow Beauty Plus Oil and a pinch of cinnamon. Add nut milk if you feel your oats are too thick.

View all the 5 Ways videos.