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Home Brewed Kombucha

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Home Brewed Kombucha

Home Brewed Kombucha

Kombucha is a drink you can easily make at home which is filled with natural probiotics – healthy bacteria and yeast. Adding these probiotics to your diet is important, they are the bedrock of not only your digestive system but also impacts on overall health. Read more

Last Years Egg Bounty

The Rescue Chickens Are Laying

Rescue Hens - Before

Rescue Hens – Before

Rescue Hens - After

Rescue Hens – After

It’s a special day of excitement at home because the rescue hens that I gave a home to during the winter have started laying eggs.

They arrived with very few feathers, looking scrawny, combs flopped to the side and very pale (they ought to be pert and bright pink).

One of the poor girls was in such as state I had to make her a jumper from an old dressing gown. Having lived in cages their entire lives they had no idea what to do with the perch, so I lifted them both up onto it for the night to roost. We wondered if they’d make it through that first night. They did.

So today is a special day. Four months later – a picture of health, fully feathered and laying eggs. I had some for lunch. Fabulous and delicious. Bright yellow yokes like a dollop of sunshine. These birds are lucky to be alive. They survived factory farming and were given a second chance. Without the rehoming rescue scheme these birds would have been put to sleep to make way for younger birds with higher daily egg production even though these girls have a lot of life and eggs left in them yet. Does that seem right to you?

I’m glad they made it. I’m delighted my children watched them come back to full health. I’m grateful we will have free range healthy happy eggs to eat. I’m thrilled the hens have had a second chance, even if the fox gets them, at least they’ll have seen daylight, felt the sun on their wattle and combs, spread and flapped their wings, pecked at grass and heard the birds sing.

Yoga off the mat includes extending compassion to fellow humans and creatures. Chicken yoga :)

If you’re interested in re-homing rescue birds check out Little Hill Animal Rescue.

 

Fertility Infograph

Maximise Holistic Health to Maximise Fertility

Everything we do from the moment we are born affects our fertility and general health.  We are what we eat but I believe in taking that a little further to include ‘we are what we do and what we think‘ too.  When a decision has been made to start a family there is no greater incentive to clean up your life – physically, mentally and emotionally as part of your preconceptual care programme. Three months is often suggested as a good length of time to embrace these changes because it takes that long for sperm to be produced. Eggs are present in women from before birth but each month one or more eggs reach maturity.  So after three months of healthy living, conception can then occur with eggs and sperm which have been exposed to your new healthy lifestyle choices and you will also be feeling like a new person, fit for pregnancy and parenthood.

Once you implement some changes you will see and feel the benefits within days and within a few months your reproductive system will be responding well too. If you’ve been trying to conceive for quite some time it might be time to dig deeper into appropriate life changes that can significantly improve your chances of conception either naturally or during assisted conception procedures.

Fertility Infograph

For our bodies to function optimally in all respects, not just for reproduction, we need to get some very basic things right. This is a list of areas to review in your life where improvements could enhance fertility naturally. Which of these areas need the most attention and improvement in your life?

  1. Ingest enough high quality nourishment to optimally run and repair your body processes.
  2. Eliminate refined and processed foods that are damaging to your body.
  3. Nurture and reinstate your gut flora with live probiotics and prebiotics.
  4. Excrete wastes effectively from your body so toxins don’t accumulate.
  5. Get enough sleep.
  6. Address stress by activating your relaxation response because stress switches off or downgrades certain body processes including the reproductive system.
  7. Physical movement will amplify the benefits.

In another post next week I’ll be making some suggestions to address some of these points.