As we start to prepare for the transition from Autumn to Winter, it’s worth considering some of the things we can do look after ourselves and feel our best.
Staying healthy is so individual – what works for one person, doesn’t necessarily work for another, however doing what we can to prioritise nutrition, quality sleep and self care, whilst welcoming some of those festive favourites is a great place to start!
One approach that I like to promote when it comes to nutrition; is thinking about the things we can add into our diet to make it more nutritious, rather than focusing on what we feel like we need to restrict.
Here at the Garden we have a variety of juices, smoothies and hot tonics and snacks which work as a convenient and tasty addition to a well balanced diet, as well as an easy way to absorb many key vitamins and nutrients into the body! Great to prioritise all year round, especially during the winter months when the busyness takes over and taking care of ourselves can feel like more of a challenge.
Three ingredients used in many of our products, which are great to include in our diet are Turmeric, Ginger and Lemon! Let’s talk about why they could be beneficial.
Turmeric contains a beneficial active compound called Curcumin.
There is evidence to suggest Curcumin has anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties, and that the powerful anxioxidant could work to support the healthy functioning of our immune system along with contributing to good joint health. Hurray!
A Turmeric Tip:
Combining it with a pinch of black pepper could help to increase absorption in the gut!
Ginger and Lemon:
Ginger is a warming, anti-inflammatory spice which has been suggested to help relieve feelings of nausea. Lemon, like many citrus fruits is rich in vitamin C working to support immune function.
Where can you find them?
These beneficial ingredients are added to many of our juices, smoothies and hot drinks, creating a different nutritional impact depending on the way the product has been produced!
Our juices and hot tonics are a quick and convenient way to absorb key vitamins and nutrients into the body. As they are juiced, the fibrous pulp is removed, which allows larger quantities of the fruit / vegetable (and it’s benefits) to be packed into one bottle.
Our smoothies are blended, and as the ingredients from the whole fruit/veggies remain, these drinks are fibre rich! As well as containing all of the nutrients from the ingredients used to create the drink, the remaining fibre leaves us feeling fuller for longer and can help to support digestive health.
Each of which a really healthy addition to a balanced diet! Mix it up and choose which is best for you each day!
One of my personal menu favourites is our ‘I am Well’ hot tonic. The mixture of lemon, ginger and turmeric works as a winning combination if you’re feeling like a bit of a boost! Available in house and in take away bottles to enjoy at home!
Top tip: Try freezing the take away tonic into portions in an ice cube tray if you’re not going to drink it within a few days of purchase. Then all you need to do is pop out a little cube of goodness, pour over your hot water and enjoy!
Although additional research is needed when it comes to the above ingredients and how they can support our health, alongside the portion size required to feel the benefit, a sensible consumption alongside a healthy lifestyle could help to keep us feeling good in the months ahead! Swing by and grab your festive Garden fix!
Holistic Health Coach - Anna Whyte
The ‘Wellness with Anna’ philosophy focuses on taking a more balanced and holistic approach to health. Often, the tools needed to make a lasting change are already in your toolbox. I offer client led guidance in order to support the progress of an individual working to meet their personal wellness goals. I will not diagnose, treat or take responsibility for bringing about wellness change, but direct, listen and support development.
We work together on a journey to make health a main priority, both physically and mentally.