Is aloe vera juice good for you?

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What is Aloe Vera juice?

The Aloe is a succulent plant belonging to the Liliaceal family, which is most widely known for the clear gel that is found in the leaves – commonly known as aloe vera gel.  This gel is primarily used in skin conditioning agents that sooth irritated, wounded or sun burnt skin.

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Claire Yates

By Claire Yates

Claire Yates is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, holding a Bachelor of Health Science, who is passionate about paleo nutrition, health and having fun! She is the author of Optimal Health The Paleo Way and is a self-confessed lover of good food and good coffee.

Healthy holidays with our favourite traditional Easter foods from around the world

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Rather than going head first into gorging on chocolate Easter eggs, we thought we might do a bit of hunting around and dig up some different and unique traditional Easter foods and dishes for you during this upcoming holiday period.  Some a little more healthy…others not so much :) The whole idea was to simply show you that there are many different flavours and tastes to be explored!  We like to present things that are a little ‘outside of the box’ to get you thinking. [Read more…]

Claire Yates

By Claire Yates

Claire Yates is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, holding a Bachelor of Health Science, who is passionate about paleo nutrition, health and having fun! She is the author of Optimal Health The Paleo Way and is a self-confessed lover of good food and good coffee.

Green & lean spinach and leek soup

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This beautiful, rich green soup is packed with all the good stuff! The recipe is from Claire’s book Optimal Health The Paleo Way and it’s perfect number to add to your rejuvenating recipes box. Flavours will develop more over a few days so it’s a great soup to store and to freeze.

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Claire Yates

By Claire Yates

Claire Yates is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, holding a Bachelor of Health Science, who is passionate about paleo nutrition, health and having fun! She is the author of Optimal Health The Paleo Way and is a self-confessed lover of good food and good coffee.

Healing & Soothing Turmeric Tea Recipe

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Recipe: Warm and soothing turmeric tea recipe

This warm and soothing turmeric tea contains healing and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin. This magic compound has many interesting actions including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, hepatoprotective and anti-arthritic properties. Adding black pepper with turmeric and consuming this combination with fat enhances the bioavailability of the curcumin.

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Claire Yates

By Claire Yates

Claire Yates is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, holding a Bachelor of Health Science, who is passionate about paleo nutrition, health and having fun! She is the author of Optimal Health The Paleo Way and is a self-confessed lover of good food and good coffee.

The wonders of coconut oil & how to use it

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What is coconut oil?

Coconut oil is an edible oil, that is extracted from the meat or kernel of coconuts, which is primarily used in cooking.  For many parts of the world and including places such as the Philippines, it is the most commonly used cooking oil.  The oil, comprising of up to 95% saturated fat is said to have many health benefits, including anti-inflammatory properties, antibacterial and may aid in weight loss. Unlike other highly saturated and unsaturated fats, virgin coconut oil is made up of 70-85% medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) – which are sometimes also referred to as medium chain triglycerides (MCT).

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Claire Yates

By Claire Yates

Claire Yates is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, holding a Bachelor of Health Science, who is passionate about paleo nutrition, health and having fun! She is the author of Optimal Health The Paleo Way and is a self-confessed lover of good food and good coffee.

Benefits of blueberries

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What are blueberries?

The blueberry plant belongs to the Ericaceae family and to the genus Vaccinium which is of the same genus as other berries such as cranberries.  They have small blue-black berries that are sweet-tasting and are well-known for their powerhouse nutrient properties.

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Claire Yates

By Claire Yates

Claire Yates is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, holding a Bachelor of Health Science, who is passionate about paleo nutrition, health and having fun! She is the author of Optimal Health The Paleo Way and is a self-confessed lover of good food and good coffee.

What you actually need to know about kale

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What is kale?

Kale is very much the ‘cool and hip’ vegetable on the block at the moment! Kale is part of the Brassica group, and includes other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbages, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. Kale has gorgeous, sometimes very curly leaves that have a unique earthy, slightly bitter flavour to them, with quite tough fibrous stems.

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Claire Yates

By Claire Yates

Claire Yates is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, holding a Bachelor of Health Science, who is passionate about paleo nutrition, health and having fun! She is the author of Optimal Health The Paleo Way and is a self-confessed lover of good food and good coffee.

Ultimate Radiance Turmeric Face Mask

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The ultimate anti-ageing face mask! Turmeric is such a powerful antioxidant and Indian women have used it in their beauty regimens for gorgeous, glowing skin. It nourishes your skin, while reducing acne and dark circles under the eyes. The lactic acid in the yoghurt helps to smooth and exfoliate your skin. This face mask does not generally stain, but a patch test is recommended.

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Claire Yates

By Claire Yates

Claire Yates is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, holding a Bachelor of Health Science, who is passionate about paleo nutrition, health and having fun! She is the author of Optimal Health The Paleo Way and is a self-confessed lover of good food and good coffee.

All About Turmeric – Nutritional Benefits, Uses & Recipes

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What is turmeric?

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a plant that belongs to the ginger family.  Its familiar use is that of a spice – which has a warm, bitter flavour and a bright yellow-orange colour.  The part of the plant that is used is the rhizome, the bulbous root like part of the stem that grows underground. It can be used fresh (commonly found in Asian grocers or farmers markets) or in powdered form, which is how it is found in many supermarkets or speciality spice shops.

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Claire Yates

By Claire Yates

Claire Yates is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, holding a Bachelor of Health Science, who is passionate about paleo nutrition, health and having fun! She is the author of Optimal Health The Paleo Way and is a self-confessed lover of good food and good coffee.

Understanding food labels – what you need to know right now

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Understanding food labels… what a mine field!  Where do you start?  Caramel colour is natural – right? It can be quite daunting navigating your way around various food labels – even foods that you think are healthy, whole foods. Various additives and perversities have been linked to all sorts of health conditions from asthma and allergies to gastrointestinal irritation and other gut issues.

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Claire Yates

By Claire Yates

Claire Yates is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, holding a Bachelor of Health Science, who is passionate about paleo nutrition, health and having fun! She is the author of Optimal Health The Paleo Way and is a self-confessed lover of good food and good coffee.