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Detox Smoothies to Spring Clean the Gut

Spring Clean from the Inside Out

The beginning of Spring is the ideal time to concentrate on nourishing your body to give you a ‘spring clean’ feeling from the inside out. Incorporating a daily smoothie is a simple way to include fresh ingredients to support your health naturally. Here are three super smoothies designed to spring clean your body by aiding digestion, healing and repairing the gut, and boosting your liver function.

1. Cleanse with Antioxidants

Antioxidants are known to protect the gut lining, which is particularly important for those who suffer with conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease (1). New research also suggests that irritable bowel syndrome is also marked by raised levels of inflammation in the digestive tract (2).

Antioxidants also help to support healthy levels of beneficial bowel flora, making them an essential consideration for anyone looking to support digestive health.

Super Antioxidant Chocolate Mint Smoothie

If you’ve overindulged on Easter chocolates, then this Chocolate Mint smoothie is the perfect detox remedy. Black beans, cacao and fresh mint have particularly powerful antioxidant properties, while bananas boost levels of healthy bacteria in the gut. Peppermint relaxes digestive spasms, easing symptoms of indigestion and IBS. This smoothie also packs in a whopping 20 grams of fibre, making it the ultimate digestive cleanser.

If you’d like to sweeten it further, then a couple of medjool dates are the best fibre-rich sweetener available.

Superboost your smoothie: add a teaspoon of acai powder for a powerful antioxidant boost.

2. Soothe and Repair with Demulcents

Certain plant foods provide special demulcent fibres. These fibres form a gel with water and coat the gut lining, forming a soothing and protective layer. Smoothies with demulcent ingredients are perfect for soothing irritated or inflamed tissue, making them valuable digestive ‘cleansers’.

Gut Healing Apple Pie Smoothie (Serves 2)

The ingredients in this smoothie all have properties that support and repair the gut lining and help to protect against infection. Apple pectin, oat beta-glucans and chia are special ‘demulcent’ fibres which soothe and protect the gut lining. Cinnamon, ginger, manuka honey and coconut milk each have antibacterial properties. In studies, glutamine has been found to protect the intestinal lining, effectively healing a ‘leaky gut’ (3).

Superboost your smoothie: add a teaspoon of glutamine powder to nourish the intestinal lining.

3. Boost Digestion with Bitters

Bitters have long been valued for their unique ability to cleanse the body. This is because bitters or ‘cholagogues’ stimulate the liver to produce digestive enzymes, improving overall digestion and the absorption of fats. They also provide essential balance to the Western sweet and salty diet.

Liver Cleansing Green Smoothie

The best green smoothies are packed with detoxifying ‘bitters’ or ‘cholagogues’. Try this super cleansing green smoothie for a refreshing digestive boost . Leafy greens, citrus and almond butter also provide a combination of Vitamins A, C and E for antioxidant support.

    • 1 cup water
    • 2 handfuls of kale
    • ½ avocado
    • ½ lime
    • ½ lemon
    • large handful of frozen pineapple chunks
    • 1 tbsp almond butter

Superboost your smoothie: add a couple of teaspoons of supergreens powder – a simple way of including more ‘bitters’ and phytonutrients from greens such as kale, broccoli and artichoke.

References
1. Miller et al (2001) Dietary antioxidants protect gut epithelial cells from oxidant-induced apoptosis. BMC Complement Altern Med 1: 11.
2. Barbara G et al (2015) A role for inflammation in irritable bowel syndrome. Gut 51:1
3 RadhaKrishna Rao and Geetha Samak. (2012) Role of Glutamine in Protection of Intestinal Epithelial Tight Junctions. J Epithel Biol Pharmacol. 5(Suppl 1-M7): 47–54.

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Introducing: Simplee Aloe! All Natural Aloe Vera Products

Simplee Aloe are leading the way with an array of all natural Aloe Vera products. Whether you are a hard-core health fanatic and want a dose of pure Aloe Vera, or a keen discoverer who wants to uncover the benefits with something slightly softer; there is something for everyone. Give Simplee Aloe a try and begin your Aloe journey to a healthier and optimally functioning body.

Benefits of Aloe

Aloe Vera, known by the Egyptians as the Plant of Immortality, has been used for centuries as a healing super-plant. Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties have a soothing effect on the gut, leading to a healthier digestive tract, while its natural prebiotics are a fantastic boost for the immune system. Perfect, because as we all know, a healthy gut is key to a healthy body and mind!

Aloe Vera is a natural prebiotic, with a high polysaccharide content. It forms and develops healthy gut flora, allowing our body to cultivate the ability for higher nutrient absorption from what we eat. As such, not only does Aloe Vera relieve our body from negative digestive symptoms, it gives our bodies the best chance of retaining and maintaining optimal health through high nutrient absorption and good bacteria flow.

Aloe & the brain

Already, it has become clear how wondrous this power-plant is. In fact, it doesn’t stop there! Recent research by Harvard and nutritionists such as Libby Limon have uncovered the added benefit of Aloe Vera, arguably the most influential of all; impacting our brain. Its ability to transform our digestive tract, the bacteria it contains and the nutrients our bodies absorb has been shown to directly impact anxiety, depression and other mental health difficulties. In short, this can be explained through the fact that the state of our gut directly impacts the state of our brain. With good bacteria surrounding our gut lining and high nutrient absorption, our digestive system communicates with our brains in an optimal way. Stress is shown to be relieved, anxiety reduced and general mood and outlook to be far more positive as our bodies are absorbing and flowing with bacteria that helps our systems function at their best.

Simple Aloe Range

Simplee Aloe offer organic health supplements & all natural juices. Try Simplee Aloe’s 100% natural & organic Aloe Vera, 10 servings per bottle & highest level of polysaccharide content of any inner leaf supplements on the market! Or for those wanting a refreshing alternative to a sugary fruit juice with the added benefit of Aloe Vera, try Simplee Aloe’s Aloe Vera Coconut Water.

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Stressed out? Try this herbal remedy to de-stress naturally

April is stress awareness month, so what better time to check in with yourself and your loved ones to make sure your lifestyle is sustainable and that you’re managing your stress levels? Although some stress is a natural part of life, we often forget that it doesn’t need to be ongoing.

Stressful situations trigger the body to increase the activity of the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) which activates our fight-or-flight response. This heightens our senses and makes us hyper-alert to keep us safe during times of immediate danger. Naturally, and ideally, once the threat has passed the body should dampen down the SNS and find a balance with the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS), which supports rest and digestion and anything that requires a relaxed and calm state. Sadly, due to the pace and constant stimulus from our modern lifestyles, many people are living with SNS dominance.

Chronic stress can become a catalyst for disease if left for too long. Ongoing stress can manifest in disorders such as anxiety and depression, accelerate the ageing process, trigger reproductive issues for both women and men and interrupt sleep patterns. Unbalanced levels of cortisol from chronic stress can lead to a compromised immune system and regular infections, autoimmune disease, allergies and increased fat stores around the waist (1). Chronic inflammation from long-term stress is implicated in many diseases and when it comes to heart health, researches are suggesting that it could be as important a risk factor as smoking and high blood pressure!

Adaptogens

When your stress levels have gone on for a bit longer than expected and your nervous system needs a bit of support in toning down its overactive response, there are herbs that can help. Herbs classified as adaptogens are used by herbalists to help the body cope with stress to help you feel calm while increasing energy and focus. It is thought the effect is associated with the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, a part of the stress-system that plays a key role in how the body responds to and adapts to stress (2).

Siberian ginseng (Eleuthero) is one of the oldest and most popular adaptogenic herbs prescribed by herbalists today. It has a long history of use in Asian cultures as a tonic to reinforce qi, calm the nerves and support fertility. Research indicates that Eleuthero works with your central nervous and hormonal systems to moderate how your body responds when you feel tense and anxious (3). Other research suggests it also has the ability to protect your brain from the damaging effects of stress (4).

Stress and the gut

Times of intense stress can literally shut down your digestion. Interestingly, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is considered a “gut-brain disorder,” since it is often worsened by stress. Half of IBS sufferers also have difficulties with depression or anxiety (5).

The gut and the brain talk to each other via the gut-brain-axis. This is a bi-directional pathway of communication which means that one can influence the other. For example, science has found that certain bacteria in the gut can have a short term influence on anxiety and calm the nervous system via their effect on the neurotransmitter receptors GABA (6). However, on the other side of the coin, stress can destroy healthy gut bacteria, showing that it’s equally important to look after both!

Perfect combination

Taking Sun Eleuthero together with Sun Chlorella makes for the perfect combination in supporting your nervous system and gut health. The founder of Sun Chlorella had become very ill from a hard military life. His pursuit for healing lead him to Chlorella and Siberian ginseng, which changed his life so dramatically that he gave up his business and dedicated the rest of his life to sharing his findings.

Sun Chlorella is a sustainable fresh water algae that contains fibre, chlorophyll, protein, vitamins and minerals. It acts as a prebiotic food to support gut function and a healthy gut microbiome as well as helping rid the body of toxins. The chlorella plant’s ability to photosynthesise at a rate unlike any other makes it rich in a protein called Chlorella Growth Factor, which is known for its healing properties.

Aside from its benefit as a healing food, chlorella also has many environmental applications from reducing greenhouse gases to cleaning up oil spills. It cleaned up the earth’s atmosphere millions of years ago to make it one that could support life and scientists hope they can use it in a similar way.

The chlorella plant has a tough exterior cell wall which contains the valuable nutrients – but this fibrous exterior makes it difficult to digest. Sun Chlorella is the only company that uses a patented process called the DYNO®-Mill to liberate the nutrients without the use of heat or chemicals to make them available for absorption and assimilation by the body.

References
1. Epel ES, McEwen B, Seeman T, et al. Stress and body shape: stress-induced cortisol secretion is consistently greater among women with central fat. Psychosom Med 2000;62(5):623-632.
2. A Panossian Ge Wikman ,Effects of Adaptogens on the Central Nervous System and the Molecular Mechanisms Associated with Their Stress—Protective Activity, Phytother Res. 2005 Oct;19(10):819-38.
Panossian, A., Wagner, H. (2005). Stimulating effect of adaptogens: an overview with particular reference to their efficacy following single dose administration. Phytotherapy Research, 19(10), 819-838.
3. Farnsworth NR et al. Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus): current status as an adaptogen. In: Wagner H, Hikino H, Farnsworth NR, eds. Economic and medicinal plant research. Vol. 1. London, Academic Press, 1985:217–284; Yance D. Adaptogens In Medical Herbalism. Healing Arts Press. Rochester, VT: 2013; Halstead, BW. Eleutherococcus Senticosus. Oriental Healing Arts Institute. 1984. P. 4
4. Panossian A et al. Adaptogens Stimulate Neuropeptide Y and Hsp72 Expression and Release in Neuroglia Cells. Front Neurosci. 2012; 6: 6. Published online 2012 February 1. Prepublished online 2011 November 12
5. Borre YE, Moloney RD, Clarke G, et al The impact of microbiota on brain and behavior: mechanisms & therapeutic potential. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2014;817:373-403.
6. Bravo JA, Forsythe P, Chew MV, et al. Ingestion of Lactobacillus strain regulates emotional behavior and central GABA receptor expression in a mouse via the vagus nerve. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2011;108(38):16050-16055. [Full text]

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