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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.

  • July 1, 2020

INGREDIENTS

TURMERIC MILK
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

 

SMOOTHIE BOWL
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

METHOD

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.

SMOOTHIE BOWL

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!

NOTES

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
By Janine Tait
Dermo-nutritionist and Holistic Skincare Educator

In 2007, when I decided to produce a skin-friendly EFA supplement to support my clients’ skin healing programmes I had to make a choice. Would I create an EFA capsule or would I create an oil?

As a dermo-nutritionist, the right choice was obvious to me.

An EFA oil supplement is far superior to a capsule supplement for two key reasons.

1. An oil more easily provides the optimum quantity of EFA’s needed for skin health.
2. An emulsified oil (i.e. oil mixed into food) is far more easily digested than a capsule and more of the EFA’s can be put to good use by the skin and body.

This was the nutritional understanding that laid the foundation for Bestow Beauty Oil and Bestow Beauty Plus Oil.

Let’s look at these two important points in more details.

1 Tablespoon Oil vs 13 Capsules

In order to make a real difference to your skin-health and general wellbeing, you need to take a good dose of EFA’s. One tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil provides you with 13,000mg of oil which equals 10,000mg of EFA’s. This means you would need to have 13 EFA capsules per day (based on 1000mg capsules) in order to get the same skin health benefits. That’s a lot of capsules!

Oil and Water Don’t Mix

Have you ever heard the saying “oil and water don’t mix”? It’s not just a helpful metaphor for tricky combinations, it’s scientific fact. When you put oil into a water based system the oil and water will immediately separate. Our digestive system is water based (think about the salivary start to the digestive process) which means that oils are not easily digested if they are taken neat (i.e. without being mixed into food).

Ready for Some Science?

When the body detects that oil has entered the digestion production line, it first tells the gall bladder to produce bile, which acts like dish-washing liquid to break down the oil, and then instructs the pancreas to secrete lipase, a digestive enzyme tasked with breaking down fats for assimilation by the body.

However, if the oil globules are too big, (as is the case with capsules, or oils taken neat) the lipase can’t do its job effectively and the oil basically moves through the digestive system unutilised and out into the toilet. This is why taking a tablespoon of oil, without first mixing it into food, can cause diarrhoea in some people.

Emulsify For Maximum Health Benefits

Mixing an EFA oil into food prepares the oil for effective digestion. The technical term for this is emulsification. The oil particles are broken down into smaller globules that the body can digest and assimilate into the body. This means that all the EFA health promoting and skin glowing benefits can be realised.

How do Bestow Beauty Oils help my skin?

Bestow Beauty Oil moisturises the skin from within with a skin-friendly blend of EFA’s which help to clear congestion, make your skin feel soft, smooth and velvety and give it a natural, luminous glow. What you put on your skin is only half the story. You need to also nourish it from within.

What is the Best Way to Take Bestow Beauty Oil?

For optimum skin and wellbeing benefits, take one tablespoon of Bestow Beauty Oil mixed into food every day.

THE ULTIMATE

The very best way to take Bestow Beauty Oil is to add it to a smoothie. Whizzing it in a blender breaks down the oil into very fine globules which the gall bladder and pancreas can easily deal with. In addition, if you have plain milk or yoghurt in your smoothie the amino acids will significantly increase the effectiveness of EFA’s in your body.

 

 

THE NEXT BEST

If you are not in the habit of making a daily smoothie, you can emulsify Bestow Beauty Oil in a salad dressing. Another option is to pour Bestow Beauty Oil over your breakfast or add it to mashed vegetables once they are cool enough to eat (heat can destroy EFA’s).

And if that all sounds like too much hard work, you can simple mix one tablespoon of oil into a ¼ cup of yoghurt. Be sure to mix it well so it properly emulsifies.

The trick is to find something that you can do every day, which is why a daily Bestow Smoothie Ritual is such a great wellbeing investment. (It’s so easy to add in other Bestow skin nutrition products for a skin-nutrient feast)

 

  • June 7, 2020