Category Archives: Nutrition and skin

New Aloe Vera health drink

Did you know that Aloe Vera juice has been mixed with a number of different fruits to make a  new healthy, delicious-tasting drink?

Higher Nature has just launched a new Orange/Papaya flavoured Aloe Vera juice, which contains all the goodness of high-potency, organically grown, whole-leaf Aloe Vera juice, blended with new exotic flavours. Yum!

Aloe Vera often referred to as the ‘elixir of youth’ and Egyptian queens Nefertiti and Cleopatra were both said to have used it as an age-defying beauty therapy.

Apart from moisturising and providing antioxidant support for the skin, Aloe Vera is also known for its immune-supporting and antimicrobial properties, as well as maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system and joints – to mention just a few of its benefits.

But the really interesting ingredients in the new edition to the Aloe Gold range of juices are papaya and orange.

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The many benefits of tea

Good news folks! The lovely English tradition of afternoon tea is back in business!

At Tesco, a trend emerging over the last year hints at an afternoon tea extravaganza all around the UK.

Reports show an increase in the sale of scones (62%), custard donuts (55%), cream donuts (51%), choux buns (36%), carrot and orange cake (48%), coconut macaroons up 37% and frangipanes 36%.

Twinings has stated that in the last year the company has seen volume sales increases in speciality tea blends, which are lighter in taste and traditionally served for afternoon tea, with rises of Lapsang-Souchong (23%), Ceylon (20%) and Earl Grey up 6%.

While we sit down with friends for a nice cuppa and a feast of cream cakes, it might be a good idea to chug down on a healthy tea option to compensate for the calorie overload that we are inflicting on our figures.

Below is a list of delicious tea options that are sure to accompany a little afternoon feasting with class and character:

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Fenugreek spice – one of the best natural cold remedies

I’ve been struck down with yet another cold (one of the perils of living with small children) and tonight find myself wrapped in a blanket and reaching for the comfort food: soup, lots of tea, chocolate and some iced gems from the back of the cupboard.

But is seems that a hot curry would have been a better choice.

My other half has always sworn by a hot curry and a couple of glasses of red wine to ward off the beginnings of a cold, and by all accounts it seems to work.

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Milk – an alternative way to lower blood pressure

We all know it’s good for healthy bones and teeth, and in recent years it has been linked with weight loss and hailed as a great way to rehydrate after a workout, but did you know that milk has also been shown to lower blood pressure?

A recent study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggests that increasing your consumption of milk, milk products and other low-fat dairy products can reduce your risk of developing hypertension (high blood pressure), which is a key risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

The investigators defined low-fat dairy products as all milk products with a fat content less than 2.0 g/100 g or cheese products with a fat content less than 20 g/100 g.

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Weight Watchers update – new Pro Points plan

Celebrity diets – who can keep up? From the high-fashion (Beyonce’s alleged maple syrup diet anyone?) to the low carb (Atkins, The Zone) and low GI (such as the South Beach Diet), rarely does a celeb diet work purely on the old adage of ‘calories in versus calories out’.

From food-combining to metabolism-boosting, more often than not there is science behind the madness.

Not to be outdone, Weight Watchers has recently updated its range of weight-loss programmes with the new ProPoints plan. Instead of obsessing about fat and calories, ProPoints encourages us to think more about the types of food we eat and the way they are processed by the body.

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