Why MSM is changing my yoga game

Hi guys!

After a couple of weeks not being able to find the time to post anything, I have finally taken an hour to write down this article regarding MSM, aka “the miracle supplement”.

As you know, I am against protein supplements. However, when it comes to micronutrients, I very much encourage supplements. You see, 99% of the people on this planet experience some sort of micronutrient deficiency, some of which can lead to real problems for the body.

But first of all, we need to define exactly what a micronutrient is and what it does for the body.

“Micronutrients play crucial roles in human nutrition, including the prevention and treatment of various diseases and conditions, as well as the optimization of physical and mental functioning. Understanding micronutrients is critical for anyone seeking to maintain or improve his or her health.”

What Are Micronutrients?

There are two types: Vitamins and minerals. While only needed in small amounts, they play very important roles in human development and well-being, including the regulation of metabolism, heartbeat, cellular pH, and bone density. Without proper consumption of micronutrients, humans can suffer from many diseases.

Types of Micronutrients

Vitamins are available in two forms: water-soluble and fat-soluble. Water-soluble vitamins are easily lost through bodily fluids and must be replaced each day. They include the B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. Fat-soluble vitamins are not lost as easily as their water-soluble counterparts and therefore tend to accumulate within the body and are not needed on a daily basis. The fat-soluble vitamins are A, D, E and K.

Minerals are also available in two forms: macrominerals and microminerals.

Macrominerals are needed in larger amounts. They include Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium and Potassium.

Microminerals are only needed in trace amounts. They include Iron, Copper, Iodine, Zinc and Fluoride.

What are MSM Supplements?

MSM (aka: methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic compound that’s used to improve immune function, lower inflammation and help restore healthy bodily tissue. MSM provides biologically active sulfur, which is the fourth most plentiful mineral in the body and needed for many different critical bodily functions every single day.

Benefits of MSM Supplements

Commonly used topically on the skin and also taken by mouth, MSM is especially popular as part of an arthritis diet and supplementation plan to treat arthritis or osteoarthritis/degenerative joint disease since it helps form connective tissue and repair joints, tendons and ligaments.

MSM is especially popular as part of a supplementation plan to treat arthritis or osteoarthritis but it is important to note that it also does the following:

  • Improving flexibility and restoring collagen production.
  • Helping the body form new joint and muscle tissue while lowering inflammatory responses that contribute to swelling and stiffness.
  • Helping rebuild the lining of the digestive tract and lower inflammation/allergic reactions to certain foods.
  • Helping improve skin’s tone, reducing redness, easing sensitivity, treating symptoms associated with rosacea, preventing wrinkles, scar formation, dark spots and sun damage… I know, right?!?!? Where has this been all my life? :pΒ 
  • Helping prevent and treat muscle aches and pains, throbbing and swelling while improving range of motion and mobility.Β It’s also been shown to help muscleΒ recovery after exercise, injuries and even surgeries
  • Restoring the flexibility and permeability of cell walls within muscles, which means nutrients can pass through the tissues more easily, facilitating repair work faster and removing lactic acid, which causes that β€œburning feeling” following exercise.

MSM is originally naturally present in our food, however it is very likely that the sulfur compounds get weaker as the soil quality is unfortunately worsening and as the foods lose their freshness with time. Hence why supplementing can be very helpful.

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MSM Dosage Recommendations

The FDA doesn’t recognise a recommended dietary allowance for an MSM supplement or for sulfur (which it contains), because there’s no proven symptoms of sulfur deficiency described in medical literature as of now. Therefore the dosage you’ll want to take depends on what you’re using MSM for and your current state of health. Please consult if unsure.

Make sure you buy MSM from a reputable seller, and always check for the correct chemical compound name β€œMSM (methylsulfonylmethane).” Keep in mind that many MSM supplements contain synthetic byproducts and fillers. You want to look for an organic brand that sells β€œ100% naturally derived MSM.”

See the chart below for more information

MSM supplement dosages - Dr. Axe

 

I hope that you have found this article useful and look forward to hearing your views on MSM! Have you tried it?

With Love,

Nat

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How to decrease stress

2 Easy and Effective Ways to Decrease Stress

We all get stressed. Whether it is because of our job, school or because of personal problems, we will all go through a stressful period at some point in our lives.

Today I want to share with you my top two tips to decrease your stress levels and turn them into something positive for your mind… and your body! You will need to:

– Re-learn how to breathe

– Incorporate hormone balancing infusions into your diet.

 

Re-learn how to breathe

Here is one breathing exercise that I would like you to incorporate into your everyday evening routine, 15 mins before going to bed.

Sitting cross legged on a hard surface, place your hand onto your knees, palms facing the ceiling. Make sure your back is straight and the crown of your head is extending towards the sky.

Close your eyes. Take a big inhale through your nose. Feel your lungs filling up with air until they’ve reached maximum capacity. Hold the air in and slowly count to two. Gently release the air through your mouth until you feel your lungs “collapsing” inward.

Repeat the steps 5 to 10 times and go to bed shortly after.

Incorporate Hormone Balancing Infusions into Your Diet

There are plenty of infusions available on the market, but I found that the one that works best for me is Rooibos.

Rooibos means “red bush”. It is mainly produced in South Africa and is caffeine free. Rooibos tea is rich in many mineral contents such as iron, calcium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, magnesium and alpha hydroxy acid. It also contains antioxidants.

Rooibos tea functions as both an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant, protecting your cells from damage by free radicals and reducing inflammation. Rooibos tea has been shown to be an easy way to begin to slow down the conversion and depletion of many stress-inducing hormones.

I suggest you try incorporating two cups of Rooibos into your daily routineone upon waking up and one before bed – for at least a month and see how you feel.

If you find Rooibos to be too strong, try adding a slice of lemon or half a teaspoon of honey to it.

How to decrease stress levels

With Love,

Nat

10 reasons why you should try bee pollen πŸ

Read through to get to my 2 awesome Bee Pollen recipes! Remember that superfoods are only efficient if they are part of an overall healthy diet! πŸ™‚

I recently bought my first pot of bee pollen. I had heard about it for a while and had been meaning to try it.

We often overlook the magic that happens in the hive. Much like eggs are very close to perfection in terms of our bodies’ protein and fat needs, honey and pollen are filled with nutrients that boost our immune systems and contribute to giving us what we need to be nice and healthy. 🍯

Bee pollen is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods as it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. Bee-gathered pollens are richer in proteins than any other animal sourceΒ  (approximately 40% protein) half of which are in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body. They also contain vitamins, including the B-complex, and folic acid.

Impressive fact: one teaspoonful of bee pollen contains over 2.5 billion grains of flower pollen!!! 🌼

Bee pollen can be used for many medicinal purposes as well as to help correct certain nutritional imbalances within the body.

Here are my top 10 reasons why you should give it a try

1. Energy Enhancing properties – Bee pollen is a great natural energizer thanks to the carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins that will keep you going all day by enhancing your stamina and fighting off fatigue. ⚑️

2. Skin Soothing properties – Bee pollen is often used in products that aim to treat inflammatory conditions and certain skin irritations like psoriasis or eczema. The amino acids and vitamins protect the skin and help the regeneration of cells. ❄️

3. Helping the Respiratory System – The high quantity of antioxidants may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues of the lungs, preventing the onset of asthma.🌬

4. Allergie treatments – Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, therefore ameliorating many allergies. Many studies have been carried out from asthma to allergies to sinus problems and confirmed that bee pollen is wonderfully effective against respiratory diseases.πŸƒ

5. Digestive System – As if it wasn’t enough already, bee pollen also contains enzymes that can aid in digestion. Enzymes assist your body in getting all the nutrients you need from the food that you eat.🀸

6. Immune System – Pollen is good for the intestinal flora and therefore supports the immune system. As previously mentioned, it is also rich in antioxidants that protect the cells from the damaging oxidation of free radicals. πŸ₯Š

7. Treating Addictions – Bee pollen crashes cravings and therefore may be useful for healthy weight loss. However, more research needs to be carried out, particularly when it comes to weight management.Β πŸ‘ŠπŸ»

8. Cardiovascular System – Bee Pollen contains large amounts of ruin, an antioxidant bioflavonoid that helps strengthen blood vessels, assists with circulatory problems, and corrects cholesterol levels. It could therefore help prevent heart attack and stroke.❀️

9. Prostate Aid – Men who suffer from benign prostate hyperplasia can find relief by using bee pollen. Bee pollen can help reduce inflammation. πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

10. Infertility Problems – Bee pollen stimulates and restores ovarian function, and therefore may be used to assist in accelerating pregnancy. It is also a great aphrodisiac πŸ’‹

I always have bee pollen for breakfast for a big shot of morning goodness that will set my body straight and make me feel strong and ready for the day ahead.

And now, forΒ my two favorite and super easy recipes with bee pollen! Don’t forget to take at least 20 minutes to ingest your meal for better digestion and absorption of your nutrients!

My Greek BeeΒ Breakie

  • 5 table spoons of full fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana, chopped
  • 1 table spoon of organic peanut butter
  • 1 table spoon of organic Chia seeds
  • 1 table spoon of Bee Pollen

Mix everything together or make it into a cute presentation as below before destroying itπŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

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It should be consistent enough to keep you going until lunchtime without feeling frustrated and hungry half way through.

If you are more of an “on the go smoothie” type of person, you willΒ enjoy:

My Nana-Be(e)rry-Pollen smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 5 medium sized fresh or frozen strawberries
  • A handful of fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 table spoon of organic peanut butter
  • 1 table spoon of organic Chia
  • 1 table spoon of Bee Pollen
  • 1 glass of organic and whole grain soy milk or unsweetened almond milk. Add more into the blender if the consistency isn’t liquid enough to your taste

Mix everything up in your blender and voila!

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I hope you found this article useful and if you try my recipes, do give me your feedback or share your own recipes too!

Important! Don’t go beyond 3 weeks of daily consumption and stop for 1 month before starting again! And of course, check with your doctor for potential allergies or medical interactions 😊

With buzzing love 🐝🐝🐝,

Nat

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How I developed a passion for nutrition

Last week I shared with you all the reasons why I started yoga. I also shared the reason why my blog is split up the way it is. This is why after I spoke of my love for yoga and before I speak of my addiction to travel and photography, today I will focus on how my passion for nutrition came about. 

As a teenager and uni student, I was never very interested in what I was putting in my body. Throughout high-school most of my diet was composed of fries with mayo, Nutella panini, coffee and cigarettes. At uni, it changed into kebab, fries with mayo, cigarettes, coffee and alcohol.

Once I started working, the diet became more varied but the quality was still questionnable. A lot of pasta, pizza, bread, cheese, cream…  

Until one morning at 26 years old, right before heading back to London for a new job, I woke up with the start of an acne outbreak. Throughout my teenage years I’d never been a victim of acne so waking up one morning with several red and painful cysts was quite shocking. I initially thought it was linked to my birth control pill not being adapted anymore, which it probably wasn’t, but after seeing several doctors who made me try countless pills and face washes/creams which only made me put on weight and did nothing for my acne, I decided to stop all the nonsense and handle the problem by myself. As a last resort, I was offered to go on Accutane but after all the horrible things I’ve heard regarding how aggressive the treatment is, I decided I’d put my body through enough already and it was time to stop.

I started reading a lot of literature online and eventually realised that the problem was probably coming from the inside and what I was eating. So step by step, I stopped eating certain types of foods which are said to be inflammatory, such as Gluten or Lactose to see if it would have any effect. And it did! My acne started to go away and within 10 months, I was pretty much left only with the scars. My skin has now been pretty clear for 1.5 years and the scars have pretty much all gone away.

How do I know it was linked to the food you ask? Well, I don’t. But what I do know it this: during our south American trip, there was a whole period of about 3 weeks when I had no choice but to eat bread every day. And guess what… The acne started coming back. I stopped bread and it went away again. But I will develop this further in a future post. 

The whole experience made me realise just how important it is to be aware of what I am putting inside of my body. It has also taught me to pay as much attention as I can to what my body is telling me. Because once the body has been impacted by some bad habits, it takes a while to cleanse itself properly. If you think about it: it took 1.5 years for me to realise I needed a change of diet, and that resulted in the same amount of time to clear everything up… 

Remember this though: although your skin is your biggest organ and it is where your body dumps the toxins when it doesn’t know where else to dump them, the effect of those toxins on your body won’t necessarily manifest in the form of acne or rash on your skin. Sometimes, you will develop certain symptoms without even realising they have any link to your food! 

With time, the interest in my food took on a life of its own. Now I am in a place where I learn more and more every day on how to really eat properly, the benefits of certain foods and drinks, the use of superfoods, allergy replacements and alternatives etc… 

So the aim of this blog is also to share what I learn, give out tips and recipes and hopefully useful information for the community and communicate with whoever is interested in the subject too.

I can’t wait to share my first thoughts on the subject of nutrition with you all!! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

Much love,

Nat