New in! Chemical free skincare…

I’ve always wanted to find an affordable eco friendly way to care for my skin. That’s when I decided to experiment in my kitchen with natural products. The goal was to create skincare that nourishes and cares for my skin in the healthiest way possible.

Hello Loveliness! I whipped this up (literally) in my food processor and relished every drop. My skin was in love with me.

It’s paraben free, sulphate free, paraffin free, aqueous free, alcohol free, vegan and eco friendly. Phew. 

I use pure essential oils for fragrance, and make per your fragrance request. 

#shanthihealing #loveliness

Menopause: Real Health this week

This week I was invited onto the show to discuss menopause. What is menopause? What are the symptoms, the causes, and the changes that happen in body?

Tune in this week to get a better understanding of how to treat the symptoms of menopause, as well as my take on a homeopathic approach.

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Find it on The Home Channel DSTV Channel 176 this week at the following times:

Mon 18:00 | Tue 23:00 | Wed 10:00 | Thu 14:00 | Sat 09:30 | Sun 08:00

Natural Skincare: This week on Real Health

This week on Real Health we  explore the root of common skin conditions in order for healing and skin health to take place from the inside out rather than hopelessly treating the symptom or occurrence on the outside of the skin.

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We look at the ingredients on skincare products, discuss the microorganisms living on the skin, and look at how our negative emotions affect our skin.

Tune in on The Home Channel DSTV Channel 176 this week at the following times:

Mon 18:00 | Tue 23:00 | Wed 10:00 | Thu 14:00 | Sat 09:30 | Sun 08:00

Beetroot antioxidant smoothie!

Last week on the show, I made a super easy smoothie, that is high in anti oxidants. These nutrients are important, especially when we start looking at how our environment affects our body, on a cellular level. Before I get into the deliciousness of the smoothie, let’s look at some VERY simple science to understand what this smoothie is going to do for us:

What are free radicals?

A free radical is an unstable molecule that is sometimes produced in our body from certain normal cellular reactions, or they can be introduced into our body from our environmental toxins, such as cigarette smoke, pollution, tap water, medications, alcohol, radiation, or perhaps a poor diet.

When this free radical is in our cellular environment, it attacks our normal cells, by an oxidising reaction. By oxidising our cell, it “steal’s” an electron, and destabilises the structure of our cells, leaving our cells damaged. By now, we know that a damaged cell, means lowered function to the tissue and organ as well as to many important systems, such as our immune, nervous and cardiovascular systems. This damage appears to be a major contributor to development of over 50 diseases! If you have ever watched Despicable Me 2, and have seen those purple, crazy minions- then that would be an embodiment of a free radical 🙂

We naturally balance the fight between healthy and unhealthy cells in our bodies. Our body is quite capable of punching those free radicals in the face. But, when our body is overwhelmed by too many oxidising reactions, this is where trouble can start.

What is a an antioxidant?

Let’s break it up- “Anti” meaning against, “oxidant” meaning the bad guy (haha). So an antioxidant is really like an elite team that scavenges the body for trouble makers, and then eliminates them. Antioxidants are also naturally produced by the body and/ or we can get them through foods. They are critical to our body’s defense system.

Antioxidants are capable of  deactivating free radicals before they attack cells. If you suffer from a chronic disease/ autoimmune disease, it is safe to assume that free radicals have contributed to the development to your pathology.

Beware of high dose antioxidant supplements, as they may overload the system. It’s a delicate balance. Try get your antioxidants instead from whole foods, which is better for absorption.

So now, that smoothie…

The smoothie I made is very simple. The ingredients are of course, are very important. Most raw fruit and vegetables contain high amounts of antioxidants. I have selected simple ingredients that you can use, wherever you live! This recipe is vegan, vegetarian.. and should fit most ‘diets’.

Ingredients and method:

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  • 3-4 medium sized strawberries
  • 50g of blue berries
  • 3cm of fresh ginger root (wash thoroughly, and leave skin on)
  • 3 tablespoons of flax seed
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 large de-veined spinach leaf
  • 1/2 a large beetroot (wash thoroughly, and leave skin on)
  • Water for consistency

Liquidise in your smoothie maker of choice. I prefer a watery consistency, so I add about 1 cup of water. The serving size is approximately 600ml.

Many plant substances such as “phytonutrients,” or “phytochemicals” possess antioxidant properties. Spinach, beetroot and berries provide copious amounts of these. I prefer to give my veggies a good scrub and leave the skin on, as the nutrients sit under the skin. The skin also provides extra fibre. As mentioned on the show, turmeric requires a fat for absorption- therefore the addition of the flax seed as it provides this fatty medium.

I hope you enjoy the natural earthy taste of this smoothie. I try have this smoothie three to four times a week. Mother nature is quite awesome in trying to help us maintain our health- embrace the gifts!

 

 

Autoimmunity: Real Health this week

This week, I was invited on the show to discuss the topic of Autoimmunity with host Stacey Holland, Nutritional therapist Ian Craig, and Chiropractor Dr Kevin Linton. It is becoming increasingly prevalent amongst society, and at the same time, sometimes tricky to diagnose.   We discuss what it is, and how it is diagnosed, and how we manage it.

I also show you the ingredients of how to make an antioxidant rich smoothie, that is packed with goodness!

Tune in!

Real Health (Channel 176 DSTV)
Monday 23:00| Tuesday 10:00| Wednesday 14:00| Friday 18:00| Saturday 10:00| Sunday 8:30
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Vegan sugar-free Coco-cacao mousse!

At the Good Food & Wine Show 2016, I made a guilt free mousse. It was SO easy to make, and even easier to eat! This dessert is for the REAL chocoholic, and has a really satisfying edge to it.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder (my favourite is from Wellness Warehouse- well priced and top quality!)
  • 200g of creamed coconut (I love the Amaizin brand- also at Wellness Warehouse) or coconut cream (if you use coconut cream, place in the fridge for at least 620160730_130954 hours to solidify)
  • 2 tablespoons of vanilla bean extract
  • 3 tablespoons of Xylitol syrup
  • 1 medium sized avocado
  • Pinch of salt to balance richness
  • Raw cashew nuts for garnish

 

Method:

  • Place coconut cream into a liquidiser and add vanilla extract. You can also add about 50ml of hot water to get things melting quicker. Blitz.
  • Add the balance of the ingredients (Cacao powder, xylitol, avocado, salt)
  • Blend until smooth and silky texture.
  • Dish up and garnish with nuts.
  • Try to eat it slowly 🙂