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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

This Christmas, we are giving our clinics a gift with a difference, the gift of making a difference!

We have donated our Christmas gift budget to a Bestow Sisterhood Special Project. We are supporting a second year Cambodian medical student, Nav Sreynak, who is struggling to pay her fees. Sreynak’s education has been sponsored through the Cambodia Charitable Trust since she was a young girl and it’s inspiring to see her doing so well at university. Together, we are truly giving her the gift of a brighter future and the opportunity to fulfil her purpose and potential.

Nav Sreynak’s Story

The odds were stacked against Sreynak from birth. Born into a poor family in rural Cambodia, the chances of her completing even a primary school education were slim to none. In light of this, the fact that she is about to begin her second year as a university medical student is truly remarkable.

The turning point in Sreynak’s life occurred when she was sponsored through the Cambodia Charitable Trust (CCT) as a young girl. She responded to this opportunity by working hard at school and pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor. She loves medicine and this career will empower her to support herself and her family and to help many people.

Sreynak lives in Phnom Penh with her sister, who through the CCT support their family has received over the years, can now study to be an accountant. Sreynak works hard juggling household chores, studying for her medical school exams and learning English and French. Her basic living costs are covered by a Kiwi sponsor through the CCT, but the medical student fees of $2300 per year are totally beyond her, or her family’s, ability to pay.

It is our privilege this Christmas, as a Bestow Sisterhood, to make a significant contribution towards Sreynek’s second year of medical school fees so she can continue along this life-changing path to a brighter future.

It’s bright, determined young women, like Sreynak, who are Cambodia’s hope for the future. Changing the life of one girl has a transformative effect that ripples out to her family and community and helps to turn the tide against systemic poverty.

We will tell Sreynek that there is a sisterhood of women who are cheering her on her way!

Thank you being part of being part of such a generous and big-hearted sisterhood.

Much love,

Janine x

  • November 29, 2018

With Christmas fast approaching, many of us are reaching for a delicious seasonal treat.

Our Bestow Christmas Loaf will not only satisfy your Christmas cake cravings, but also makes a perfect Christmas present. Wrap it in a beeswax wrap and finish off with a festive ribbon for the perfect zero waste gift this year.

RECIPE:

GF/DF/RSF/*Vegan Option

1½ cups buckwheat flour

1½ cups almond meal

½ cup of coconut sugar

¼ cup of tapioca flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

½ teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of salt

3 teaspoons of cinnamon

2 teaspoons of ground ginger

1 teaspoon of fennel seeds

½ teaspoon of nutmeg

½ teaspoon of ground cloves

1 teaspoon of ground cardamom

½ cup of chopped dates

½ cup of chopped dried apricots

½ cup of raisins

½ cup of dried cranberries

½ cup of chopped walnuts (reserve 1 tablespoon for the top)

½ cup of chopped pistachios (reserve 1 tablespoon for the top)

2 ripe bananas, mashed

2 eggs*

1 cup of dairy-free coconut yoghurt

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla

 

METHOD:

Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees celsius.

Place all the dry ingredients, seeds, fruit and nuts in a large bowl and mix well. Add the eggs to a seperate bowl and beat. Add the mashed banana, coconut yoghurt and vanilla. Mix well then lastly add the coconut oil and stir. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Spoon mixture into a large loaf tin lined with baking paper.

Sprinkle the top with the reserved walnuts and pistachios. Add some sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds too if you wish.

Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes – test with skewer, bake another 10 minutes if required and test again.

Cool in tin for 30 mins then remove loaf from tin and place on a cooling rack.

Keeps for several days in an airtight container and also freezes well.

*For a vegan option replace with two flax eggs by soaking 2 tablespoons of flax seeds in 6 tablespoons of water for
ten minutes.

  • November 29, 2018

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