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So today I wanted to answer a question we sometimes get about our Bestow Gut Love + powder. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this product, it is our answer to having a happy, healthy gut. It contains a wide range of ingredients that help heal and rebalance your gut.

The Bestow Gut Love + contains probiotics to help populate your gut with helpful microbes. These microbes have a protective coating to enable them to resist stomach acid and make their way down to the intestines where we want them to be. Once they are there we need to make sure they can establish themselves. So we have added prebiotics to the Bestow Gut Love + to feed and nourish them. Another great ingredient it contains is a special digestive enzyme that clears away digestive plaque. I didn’t realise until a few years ago that we can develop a thin, gooey film that lines our gut. This film acts like the plaque on our teeth, shielding bad bacteria and fungi. This digestive enzyme breaks this plaque down, exposing those harmful microbes to our immune system for removal.

The Bestow Gut Love + contains slippery elm, licorice and organic sulphur to soothe and heal the gut wall.  It also contains vitamin D which we always link to bone health but is actually a vital nutrient for a healthy immune system too. Lastly, it contains loads of fibre. This is key to bowel health as the majority of our good microbes require fibre to survive. It is their main food source and from it they produce lots of amazing nutrients that we absorb to nourish our own body. This brings us to our question, “Why does the Bestow Gut Love + make my smoothie thicker?”

The reason for this is simple, it contains plenty of soluble fibre. Soluble fibre loves moisture so when it is put in liquid it absorbs all that lovely moisture and swells. This is what makes soluble fibre so good for absorbing all the toxins from our gut and helping carrying them out. It also swells in our gut causing our gut wall to expand. This distension stimulates the nerves found in our gut wall causing peristalsis. Peristalsis is the name given to the process where the muscles lining our digestive system rhythmically contract, propelling waste along the digestive tract and finally out of our bodies. So you can see just how important this type of fibre is to the health of your gut.

If you have had gut issues in the past you will be very used to taking soluble fibre as it is such a key ingredient in helping balance our gut problems. You will be used to the way your gut products increase the thickness of your drink. But if you are new to gut health products you may find this surprising.

If you don’t like your smoothies thick, one thing to be aware of is the longer you let your drink sit, the thicker it will get as that soluble fibre absorbs the moisture. So drinking your smoothie straight away is the best approach to avoid it thickening.

Also make sure you aren’t adding too much. We recommend a tablespoon but the tablespoons we have in our cutlery drawer tend to be huge so make sure you are using a level measuring spoon and level it off with a knife. This doesn’t mean you have to do this every day, after a short time you will get used to how much you should be using and you will be able to measure it visually pretty accurately.

Secondly, if even the level measuring spoon is too much, reduce the dosage. It took me years to understand that there is no optimum dosage we can recommend for all people. David, who formulates the products for us, always has a little chuckle when I ask him to give me a dosage to put on the labels. He says “that’s like asking me how much broccoli you should eat, Janine. There is no perfect amount that is going to suit everybody. It is so bio-individual.” Ah! I never wanted to hear that because everyone asks for a dosage. But the lesson here is that the dosage is actually fluid. Experiment to see what suits you. So if you find it is thickening your drink too much for your taste, just reduce down the dosage. It is better you are taking it and upping your fibre intake than not having it at all.

Just so you are aware, the Bestow Gut Love + also contains insoluble fibre. This type of fibre doesn’t absorb moisture and acts more like a soft brush, cleaning along the gut wall. Insoluble fibre also helps stimulate elimination and can be very helpful for those clients that can suffer from constipation.

It is really important for any true gut health product to contain both types of fibre as both have very different jobs in our digestive system and are therefore both essential to the wellbeing of our gut.

So why not give it a try and see what the Bestow Gut Love + can do for you.

 – Janine Tait, Bestow Founder.


2 cups unsweetened plant based milk (coconut, almond or rice)
1/2 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon peeled, grated fresh turmeric
3-4 black peppercorns


2 cups of frozen pineapple or mango
2 golden kiwi fruit (optional, can also be frozen)
1 banana (optional, can also be frozen)
1/2 cup of turmeric milk (prepared ahead and chilled)
1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil or Beauty Plus Oil
1 teaspoon of Bestow Berry Beautiful for dusting (optional)


TOPPINGS (optional)
fresh fruit, coconut thread, chia seed, dried rose petals, Bestow Berry Beautiful

Suitable for:
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Snack


TUMERIC MILK (prepared ahead)

Add all ingredients to a saucepan, stir well. Bring to a simmer and then lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and set aside to cool then refrigerate for up to two days.


To make smoothie bowl blend chilled turmeric milk, frozen and/or fresh fruit and Bestow Beauty Oil. Scoop into a small bowl, add optional toppings. Enjoy!


Turmeric is a spice well known for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties it offers the skin. It helps reduce redness and supports the process of healthy cell renewal and repair.

This smoothie uses the turmeric infused milk as a base which is versatile in other ways. With the leftover turmeric milk you can add it to other smoothies, use in place of milk with other breakfast options or have it hot. We like to heat the remainder, adding some cinnamon, ginger and a small amount of honey or maple syrup (for sweetness if needed) for a delicious, creamy, homemade turmeric latte.

  • June 21, 2020

Today I would like to answer a great question I was recently asked. The question was if both the Bestow Collagen Boost and the Bestow Beauty from Beneath are designed to provide the building blocks for our skin to produce collagen, do we need to take both?


The answer is yes. This is because each product provides a different piece of the puzzle.


Collagen is a very complex fibre made up of approximately 400 amino acids all joined together in a chain. Accompanying those amino acids are numerous vitamins and minerals. Altogether these nutrients make up a flexible, elastic fibre that gives our skin its youthful appearance. Unfortunately a deficiency in any one of these nutrients can restrict how much collagen we can produce. This is why it is very important that we ensure our skin is well nourished.


The Bestow Collagen Boost provides the amino acids that form the backbone of our collagen fibres. These amino acids are proline and glycine. It used to be thought that our bodies could make all of the proline and glycine it needed from other protein sources. We now realise that our body can’t produce these amino acids as efficiently as we would like. Without these important nutrients there are restrictions in how much collagen we can actually form. This is why a dietary source of proline and glycine, like Bestow Collagen Boost, is an important piece of the collagen puzzle.


The Bestow Beauty from Beneath on the other hand provides all the other nutrients our collagen-producing cells require. Not many people realise just how many vitamins and minerals are needed to turn those amino acid into healthy collagen in their skin. Calcium, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins, iron, silica, vitamin K, E, C, A, copper, selenium and bioflavonoids are all needed. That’s a lot of nutrients!


So that is why you need to take both the Bestow Collagen Boost and the Bestow Beauty from Beneath every day. Each of these products provides a different piece of the collagen puzzle! One plus one equals collagen!

  • June 16, 2020

Winter is the most challenging time of year for our skin. Dropping temperatures, indoor heating and low humidity all create potential problems but our skin’s not totally defenceless. As it senses conditions are changing it starts ramping up its production of certain substances that strengthen and increase its level of protection. Isn’t the skin so amazing!  We used to think that the outer layers of our skin were completely lifeless but we now know there is quite a bit of metabolic activity in these supposedly dead layers. In fact, the cells here can actually communicate with the deeper more productive layers, telling them life is getting tough now its winter. These deeper layers then really rev up and start producing things like humectants which help your skin trap and hold on to precious moisture. Your skin also produces ceramides. These are waxy substances that not only prevent your skin from losing water but also act as a barrier, preventing harsh environmental threats from damaging your skin.

However, there are two things your skin needs in order to go through this strengthening process. 

The first one is time. It takes at least two weeks for the substances being produced in the deeper layers to make it out to the front line where they fortify our skin’s defence. This is why sudden drops in temperature can leave our skin’s feeling out of sorts for a couple of weeks until it’s had time to adjust. You may notice this happen when you return from an overseas holiday from somewhere warm and sunny. When you return home to New Zealand the change in climate can mean your skin struggles for the first few weeks.

The second thing your skin needs is raw materials. You can’t make something from nothing and your skin is the last organ of your body to receive nutrients so the most likely to lack the required building blocks.


The key nutrients your skin needs for winter strengthening is your Essential Fatty Acid’s. These are especially important for producing those vital ceramides. There is a trick though. There are lots of different types of ceramides. Some are great for the skin and others, not so great. So of course you only want the goods ones and the way you can determine that is the types of fats you eat which form the raw material for these ceramides. You want lots of a fat called linoleic acid because this encourages your skin to produce the very best ceramide you can get, ceramide-1-lineolate. Our Bestow Beauty Oils specifically contain this important fat because it has been designed with not only our health in mind, but also the beauty of our skin. 

Other key nutrients for winter skin are the B complex family. All of the B vitamins do something for the skin, they are skin super-hero’s. Zinc is also vital as it does many things to reinforce your skin. The Bestow Beauty from Beneath contains these nutrients and more. So winter is not the time to forget to take your Bestow Beauty from Beneath or your Bestow Beauty Oil. These products take on a new level of importance over the next three or four months.

Lastly, eat your fresh fruit and vegetables to get ample amounts of vitamins C. Your skin needs this important vitamin for health and healing. Vitamin A is also key. Eggs, leafy greens, pumpkin, kumara and carrots are all great sources and needed for strong, healthy skin.

So don’t forget to feed your skin and make sure it has all the building blocks it needs to protect itself from harsh winter weather.


  • June 9, 2020


1 and 1/4 cup of frozen peas 

1 clove of garlic 

1 small handful of mint or parsley. roughly chopped

2 tablespoons of Creamy Hummus

1 tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Plus Oil (or Bestow Beauty Oil)

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 teaspoon of Bestow Beauty Powder

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon of himalayan salt

A little water if it is too thick

Suitable for:
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner | Snack


Place all ingredients in a bowl and blitz with a stick blender. Add water to thin if needed. Alternatively you could use a blender, food processor or just mash!

To turn the hummus into a dressing take half a cup and put in a jar with a little water, salt and pepper. Shake well to combine, add more water to suit.


This pea hummus is super skin friendly with our Twin Skin Essentials (Bestow Beauty Oil and Bestow Beauty Powder) being included to give your skin a good does of essential fatty acids, vitamin b and zinc.

  • May 28, 2020