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A common question I’m being asked is what the difference is between the Bestow Beauty Powder and the Beauty from Beneath capsules.

Nutritionally they have similar goals; to provide the nutrients the skin requires for collagen and elastin production, to heal effectively, and for health and beauty. But how they do this is completely different…

The Beauty Powder is a blend of super-foods chosen because of the nutrients they contain. The advantages of this approach are that, being food-based, the nutrients in the Beauty Powder are very bio-available (easily absorbed by our bodies) and will also contain nutrients that we’re not even aware of yet. For example, it wasn’t so long ago we didn’t know of the existence of phytochemicals such as lycopene or resveratrol, but they have always been available in our food and that’s the advantage of using something supplied by nature.

The Beauty from Beneath is supplement-based so the advantage is that you can guarantee the quantities of nutrients whereas food levels naturally fluctuate with each harvest. It’s also very convenient to take and easy to travel with.

You may find that you naturally gravitate to one or the other. It could be because of your diet or lifestyle, maybe you always have a smoothie so the powder is an easy addition or alternatively, you could travel a lot and prefer the convenience of a capsule. Or it could be a philosophy that makes one option more attractive than the other, for example you only eat organic, whole food or you prefer the guarantee a supplement that provides higher levels of nutrients.

Or you could be like me and take both the powder and the capsules so you receive all the anti-ageing nutrients from both sources – the ultimate insurance!

See our stockists to order.

  • July 28, 2015

We all know that looking after ourselves is important but somehow it seems like a struggle for many of us. It can be overwhelming at the best of times to make sure we are eating well, resting, exercising, and doing all those other things that ensure our overall health and wellbeing is good.

So we decided to make it a bit easier by giving you a list of 20 things you can focus on that will help your overall health and wellbeing. Be sure to take note of those things you already doing and then focus on a few at a time to work on until they just become part of your life.

1. Start fresh every single day
Leave behind the negative feelings and thoughts of yesterday, today is a new day.

2. Adopt a “meatless Monday” mentality
For recipe ideas check out this fun website

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3. Keep your phone in your bag when you’re out with people
Be present in the moment and enjoy the company

4. Cut back on sugar
Cutting back on the white stuff in all its forms can help improve the quality of your collagen, helping stop premature aging and wrinkles

5. Drink warm water with lemon daily on rising
A simple yet effective way to prepare your body to digest your most important meal of the day, breakfast

6. Never grocery shop on an empty stomach
We all know why! It ends up costing more and we often make unhelpful food choices

7. Eat whole foods as much as possible
The less processed food you consume, the better!

8. Don’t overdo the alcohol
Alcohol heats and dehydrates your skin (red wine in particular stimulates and weakens capillaries) as well as putting stress on your liver

9. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day
Water is one of the key nutrients needed for skin health, important in hydrating your skin from the inside

10. Make your home a place you want to be
A place to rest and relax

11. Don’t buy things you’ll only wear once
It happens to the best of us…. doing it less will save money… think of what you could do with that money instead

12. Use YouTube for free exercise videos
We particularly like this Pilates one
13. Google “how to make your own cleaning supplies”
You might even find one you want to try!

14. Listen to your body
It speaks to you all the time, so keep an ear out

15. Don’t skimp on sleep
Sleep gives you energy and allows your body to rest and recover. It is especially important during the hours of 10pm and 2am when your liver does its daily washing cycle, cleaning the body internally.

16. Do mental health checks
Checking in with yourself mentally is just as important as looking after your physical health. It can be as simple as asking yourself how you are feeling at the moment or check out this information sheet for something more in depth details

17. Read labels on everything from food to makeup
It is always good to know what you are giving your body, whether through eating or what you are putting on your skin

18. Prioritise stress management
Stress creates all sorts of problems with our health and wellbeing, it can heat our skin and affect our gut health to name a few. Help manage stress with regular exercise, making time for fun and relaxation and adopting a healthy lifestyle

19. Always wear a seatbelt, even in a taxi
Your life is precious – do what you can to be safe

20. Count your blessings
Be grateful for what you have, it is enough

  • July 17, 2015

What we put INTO our body is just as important as what we put ONTO our body. When it comes to skin we need to soothe it from the outside with beautiful skin care products as well as the inside with the foods we are eating.

While talking with women in the South Island this week, we discussed how easy it is to be fueling skin problems without being aware of it. Many of us tend to get little blockages or breakouts and wonder why?

Becoming more aware of the foods we are eating and what they are doing to our skin is the key to this. Are the foods you are eating congesting or smoothing?

  1. Ricotta, cottage cheese or feta

These are best enjoyed in small quantities and make a delicious addition to a salad, sandwich or savoury treat. They are great to use in place of hard cheeses which contain six times more saturated fat than steak.

  1. Soy milk, almond milk, rice milk or soy yoghurt

An alternative to full cream dairy products, these are lovely in desserts or the occasional coffee as well. Soy yoghurt and a little fresh fruit makes an easy and healthy snack.

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  1. Grilled or baked lean meat dishes, organic chicken, turkey or fresh fish

These provide amazing nutrients for our body and are better options than eating mostly red meat. Try to reduce the red meat intake, trim off visible fat before cooking and avoid mince, sausages, pork and lamb (which all contain high levels of saturated fat).

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  1. Grilled, steamed or baked foods, salads and stir fries

There is nothing more tempting that hot chips, takeaways or other fried foods when you are running short of time and are very hungry but trust us, go for the healthier option of grilling, steaming or baking your food and your skin will thank you. Salads and stir fries are quick, easy options to whip up that will be far more beneficial to your health and won’t leave you with that yucky feeling we so often get after consuming foods that are fried and high in fat, salt and sugar.

  1. Bestow French Dressing (ask your therapist for our recipe)

After you have whipped up your salad (instead of getting takeaways) be sure to top it off with Bestow French dressing, a healthy alternative to mayonnaise.

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  1. Eggs, almonds, walnuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, spirulina powder and brewers yeast

Protein powder, drink and bars seem all the rage at the moment but can have a congesting effect on the skin. Instead, go for any of the above ingredients mixed into a smoothie, sprinkled on a salad or eat on their own.

  1. Tahini, almond butter, raw, unsalted nuts and seeds

Like to snack on peanuts or spread peanut butter on your toast? Peanuts are prone to causing blockages in the skin so try Tahini as an alternative spread which is made of sesame seeds and is a great source of calcium. Otherwise, a more similar tasting option would be almond butter and this is also a wonderful source of magnesium and the most alkaline of all nuts. Snack on raw, unsalted nuts and seeds such as almonds and Brazil nuts instead of peanuts or cashews.

  1. Mejool dates and cacao balls

Dates are an amazing sweet treat to enjoy! They can be eaten on their own or made into balls. Mix dates and cacao in a food processor, roll into balls and sprinkle with LSA. You can add other nuts and seeds to these if you would like something a little adventurous. They make a great go to instead of chocolate when you need that sweet fix, otherwise, if you must have chocolate, the darker and more bitter, the better!

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  1. Gelato

With summer over but the heat still lingering at times, opt for Gelato when out with friends instead of icecream.

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  1. Warm milk or soy milk with a dash of cacao, molasses, cinnamon or honey

As those cold nights approach, try warm milk with a dash of honey and cinnamon instead of milo or hot chocolate; it gives that same warm, soothing feeling. Nothing like sitting in front of a fire with a hot drink in your hand!

  • April 2, 2015

Learning to breathe properly again can have many benefits and not just the obvious ones that we have discussed but some surprising ones for your clients and yourself.

There is growing evidence that there is a relationship between respiration and hormones. Many people have found that by correcting their breathing they notice an improvement in symptoms such as PMT and menopausal problems like hot flushes.
It is also interesting to note that in Traditional Chinese Medicine the lungs and the skin are linked. So correct breathing can impact on the health and appearance of your skin.

There is also growing evidence to suggest that breathing correctly can burn fat, helping you to lose weight. With all the benefits it certainly makes sense to spend a bit of time getting it right. So if you think your breathing needs work or want to be able to refer your clients, check out what practitioners are available in your area or take a look at the BradCliff Method website, www.bradcliff.com, “find a physio” and start breathing your way to beauty and health…

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  • December 17, 2014

What is your breathing rate? The rate at which you breathe is also important and is linked to how you breathe. It will either be rapid and shallow or deep and slow. You should be taking between 10 to 14 breaths per minute. Anything higher than this and your breathing is too shallow and rapid and anything less is too slow.

So why does our breathing get so out of kilter? There can be many triggers like respiratory disorders (asthma, sinus problems), physical injury to the nose, poor posture, pain, anxiety, prolonged computer use, or simply being too busy with life. Even once the trigger has gone, changes in breathing habits can continue on, undermining your health.

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  • December 11, 2014

Shallow or Deep?
Are you a deep, belly-breather or a shallow breather?

The process of breathing involves the lungs taking oxygen from the air and transferring it to de-oxygenated blood pumped into the lungs by the heart.

The lower lobes of the lung contain more capillaries, therefore exchange more oxygen. This makes deep breathing much more effective for oxygenating your blood than high, shallow breathing. When you test which hand on your belly not the hand under the collarbones. Shallow breathing is far less effective than deep, belly breathing.

Shallow breathing also activates your fight or flight system resulting in feelings of anxiety, stress and irritability. It can also cause you to hyperventilate by expelling too much carbon dioxide and this can cause symptoms such as dizziness, rapid heart rate, chest pains and lightheadedness.

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  • November 25, 2014

How well do you breathe? Firstly, you need to observe how you currently breathe.

 

  • Are you a ‘nose breather’ or a ‘mouth breather’?
  • Count the number of times your breathe in one minute.
  • Place one hand on the middle of your chest just below your collarbone and the other hand on your belly, above the belly button and below the chest bone. Which hand moves the most when you breathe in and out? This will determine if you breathe more into the upper lobes of your lungs or if you’re a belly breather.

So armed with this information, you can now check how well you breathe.

Nose or mouth?

Firstly, it is important to always breathe through your nose not your mouth. The mucous membranes of your nose warm and humidify the air you breathe, making it more agreeable to your lung tissue.

Nasal hairs filter the air, removing air-borne allergens and viruses. The nasal hairs also produce nitric oxide, which when added to the air you breathe, increases the uptake rate of oxygen in your lungs. In fact, because of the nitric oxide you will get 10% more oxygen from the air you breathe through your nose.

Nasal breathing provides more resistance than the mouth, slowing down your breathing and giving the lungs longer to absorb the oxygen and expel the carbon dioxide. In addition, your lungs inflate and deflate at a gentler rate.

Your body is also calmed by slow, deep, rhythmic breaths, helping flip your nervous system from ‘fight and flight’ into ‘rest and repair’.

Check out the next blog to see if you are a shallow or deep breather…

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I recently attended a talk given by Justine Jones, a Dunedin-based physiotherapist who specialises in the BradCliff method of breathing. I was completely inspired by Justine’s message and I want to share her pearls of wisdom with you because I didn’t realise how much breathing properly could do to support both your physical and your emotional health. So this is the first in a series of blogs on the Beauty of Breathing.

There is growing evidence to suggest that breathing correctly can burn fat, make your skin glow, help balance out your hormones and support your overall health. So with all the benefits it certainly makes sense to spend a bit of time getting your breathing right.

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It is becoming more evident that incorrect breathing can impact very negatively on your health and be the underlying cause of many health issues.
The way you breathe could be responsible for many of the following symptoms.
The obvious ones like:
• Feelings of ‘ air hunger’
• Breathing discomfort
• Frequent sighing and yawning

The less obvious:

• Disturbed sleep
• Upset digestion
• Feeling tired all the time
• Pins and needles
• Shattered confidence
• Clammy hands
• Feeling irritable, anxious or upright
• Erratic heart rate, chest pains or dizzy spells (check with your doctor if you experience these symptoms)

Check out the blog next week for tips to check out how you breathe…

– Janine Tait

  • November 3, 2014

Our thoughts are very powerful. Our brains don’t often know the difference between reality and what we think reality is! For instance, have you every found your mouth watering at the thought of enjoying a delicious meal or felt a feeling of nervousness at the thought of an uncomfortable situation. That is your body reacting physically to a thought not a reality.

So your body will react to the thoughts that are running through your head. The concern is that we often let our minds wander without control and we are not always aware of the internal conversations we are having with ourselves.

A lot of respected scientists are starting to think that we attract what we think. So if we think negatively about things, we attract negativity into our lives.

We are also starting to realise that we are not our minds! Your mind is a tool, one that should be used when thinking, planning and logic are required. But often instead we have a constant flow of unhelpful chatter in our heads. The power to switch off the constant flow of noise and internal dialogue is a very powerful skill and one that should be practised often if not daily.

Exercises like meditation, yoga, qi gong, visualisation, pranayama and practising gratitude are all tools that can improve the quality of your thoughts and attract more positivity into your life.

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  • September 10, 2014

A few years ago I attended a lecture by Sharon Kolkka at the Gwinganna Health Retreat. Sharon talked about the theory of the four levels of thought and I found it such an interesting concept I thought I would pass it on.

The theory centres around the belief that there are four levels of thought. Two higher levels (pure thought and productive thought) and two lower levels (non-productive thought and destructive thought).

1. Pure thought – Joy compassion, love, peace, forgiveness, gratitude
2. Productive thought – solution orientated. “How will I work a way around this problem?”
THESE LEVELS OF THOUGHT STIMULATE THE PARASYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM

3. Non-productive thought – Reliving situation (The Victim). “If only that hadn’t happened, I would be so much happier/healthier/better off”.
4. Destructive thought – self-criticism. “How silly of me, I am always doing that, how stupid can I be?”
THESE LEVELS OF THOUGHT STIMULATE THE SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM

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As you can imagine our minds can spend a certain amount of time each day within each thought level but often we are not aware of this. So the first step in the process of seeing how this works for you is to carry out a ‘Thought Audit”.

Take a day to observe what thoughts and conversations are in your mind. See if you can work out the percentage of time you spend in each ‘level’ over that period of time.

The interesting thing is that the different thought levels effect our bodies physically in different ways. The two upper levels of thought encourage our bodies to be in the parasympathetic nervous system, which is your rest and repair mode. Conversely the lower two levels of thought encourage our bodies to be in the sympathetic nervous system, your flight and fight or stress mode which is not ideal as in the modern world our bodies spend too much time in this stage. Also, in these lower levels of thought your body will find it very hard, if not impossible, to produce serotonin, your happy hormone, making it even harder to think positively and reach those higher thought levels.

So edit your thoughts and become aware when you enter those lower thought levels. Stop the negative thoughts in their tracks and counteract them with some positive affirmations. A helpful tool is doing a gratitude exercise. Start or end your day by listing all the things you are grateful for and this will open your mind and relax your body. Another helpful tool is making a glory board. What are all the things you have done that you are proud of?

These little tricks can help you send more time in the higher levels of thought and are ultimately more kind to your body.

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