A very warm welcome to you from the Natural Health Team. In this issue of Nourish we continue journeying with Jay & Arvind through the spice plantations of India, with loads of resources and info to entice you. We also touch on the Banting Diet with info, useful tips and products for you to choose from. We would like to thank everyone who came to visit our Therapists last Saturday on Therapy Day, your presence and support is much appreciated.
We are very excited to welcome Yogita as a contributor to this issue of Nourish, you are guaranteed a real gas!


Detoxification is the process of removing toxins from the body which involves many different elements such as herbal concoctions, change of diet, vitamin supplements, massage & exercise. The most noticeable benefits from detoxification are the physical ones and since toxins store up in major organs, detoxification will help these areas the most. The organs which are affected, such as the liver and stomach, will begin to work more effectively. After the detox is completed, you may feel "lighter" and have more energy. Also, since a detox is used to clear away free radicals, your body's immune system will be stronger and you will have a lower risk of getting cancer. Finally, a detoxification regimen will clear your blood, helping it circulate better.
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BANTING LCHF (Low carb, high fat)

The Banting Diet is named after William Banting who undertook the first attempt at reducing his weight by drastically lowering his carb intake.

Now pioneered by food scientist Professor Tim Noakes, the Banting Diet has taken the world by storm.

It is believed that by reducing carbs and increasing fat, your body will use the fat instead of glucose to burn body fuel. This in turn may result in weight loss and assist in controlling diabetes and insulin resistance

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Thanks to Jay & Arvind we get to offer you first hand information straight from the spice plantations of India. We are so accustomed to seeing spices in jars and packets that we forget about their true origin. Spices are truly nature's miracle food! Not only do they offer great additions to your culinary creations but they have amazing health benefits too!
Medicinal Seasonings by Dr Keith Scott

Eat spices to feel younger and more energetic, reduce oxidative stress and protect yourself against many of today's most lethal diseases. Medicinal Seasonings gives the historical and scientific reasons why spices should become an integral part of your diet; how they slow the ageing process and help to prevent (and even treat) cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, immune disorders, obesity and other illnesses.
Ayurveda, Spices & Detox

Nestled between the coast and mountains, amidst tea plantations is Tekkady (South West India), a hill station and a spice haven set in rural tranquility. Thus, making it a prime destination for anybody seeking adventure with a difference. Our visit to the Spice Farm was fascinating, educational and enlightening.
Arvind and I knew no bounds as we explored the tastes and aromas of the various spices in their raw state.
Tumeric, nutmeg, cardamom and black pepper were among my favourite. We often think of spices as "something we add to food to make it taste better"...on the contrary, spices can actually boost our bodies and can help us rid ourselves of toxins. For example:
Tumeric: In addition to helping the liver function properly, it helps the body to filter and expel toxins. It has strong cancer fighting properties as well as being an anti-inflammatory.
Cumin: Besides having a very distinctive taste, cumin has strong detoxifying properties. It helps with digestion so that toxins are expelled and not re-absorbed into the body.
Ginger: An old favourite - has a strong cleansing effect on the body as well as having a unique function of helping the body to absorb the minerals & nutrients that are ingested. Furthermore, ginger reduces symptoms that arise from detoxing such as flatulence and bloating.

So the next time you grind some black pepper over your steak, spare a thought and reflect on the journey that this marvelous spice has travelled (and the "Spice Route" it's taken) to get to your table!

"The healing tradition of Ayurveda teaches that health and well being depends upon our ability to digest everything we take in from the environment. This includes not only tangible substances like food and drink, but also our experiences, emotions, and the impressions we take in via our sensory portals, namely our eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin"
Shiela Patal MD
Reference: Feasting at Home by Sylvia Fountaine

"Banting", the word on everyone's lips has unlike any other diet taken the world by storm! With so much media hype - good and bad, I would like to share my personal view of the Banting Diet.

It is without a doubt that this diet will shed those unwanted kilo's just by reducing your sugar and carbohydrate intake. The thing that concerns me most is the High Fat part of LCHF. Yes many of the recommended fats like nuts, seeds, avocado's, coconut oil etc are good for you but where I think caution needs to be followed is with the amount of animal fat and dairy that is consumed. In the Real Meal Revolution it is suggested to rather purchase organic or free range meat which yes is understandable because of all the hormones and additives found in meat but unfortunately for most of us organic or free range meat is hard to come by or extremely expensive. Our meats today are either over-processed or contain substances that may be harmful to our bodies. Free-range chicken is readily available at most stores and you will occasionally find free-range beef and lamb.

With the Banting Diet it is also possible to make the mistake of eating too much protein so make sure that the main substance of your meals are vegetable and not meat. The same goes for dairy, if possible purchase organic and free range and for certain individuals too much dairy can be mucous forming and cause constipation so limit if necessary.
Banting Chocolate Pots
One of my favourite Banting recipes - tried and tested many times!
1 large egg
2 tbs melted butter
2 tbs almond flour
2 tbs raw cacao powder
1 1/2 tbs xylitol
2 tsp coconut flour
1/4 tsp vanilla extract or seeds
1/2 tsp baking powder

Melt butter, add the rest of the ingredients, mix well. Split into two portions, bake in a greased ramekin for 1 minute in microwave
For extra yumminess - add a block of dark sugar-free chocolate in the centre before cooking. Enjoy!
Homeopathy & Live Blood Analysis with Dr Daya
Full Consult with Live Blood Analysis – R280.00
Blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol test & healthy eating plan – R100.00
Vitamin B Shots – R30.00
Immune Boosting Shot – R50.00
Tel: 082 903 8007
Nutrition Consulting & Reiki Energy Healing with Jenette 
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Reiki 1 hour – R290.00
Reiki ½ hour – R145.00

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Zen Shiatsu & Sport’s
Massage with Nicolas Duggan
Zen Shiatsu – R320.00 for 1 hour
Sport’s Massage – R320.00 for 1 hour
Back & Neck Massage – R200 for 30 min 

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Therapeutic Reflexology (registered with Allied Health Practitioners Council of SA) with Sue
Therapeutic Reflexology R280.00
1st session – 90 minutes
Follow-up – 45 min – 1 hour
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Therapy Day
On the 7th of February we hosted a "Therapy Day" to showcase some of the therapies we have on offer at our centre. 

Keeping healthy isn't always easy and anyone with a food intolerance to something they love can understand that. Yogita explores the challenges and adventures of keeping healthy.

Have a gas – Yogita Kunvar 
Last Thursday Lala and I decided to go to the movies. Being the fancy pants that I am, I booked our tickets online (well before we left of course) and as usual, we were late. Going to the movies with Lala is always real adventure filled with high-speed car chases and nail-biting drama. If we’re not late, we’re dashing for the loo courtesy of my lack of allergen self-control. Regardless, I was convinced that this time would be different and I was determined not to give in to the hypnotic allure of popcorn, m&m’s and ice-cold Coca-Cola. Of course, for any ‘normal’ person popcorn would be the healthier option of the snacks on offer but for Yogi and her corn intolerance, it’s kryptonite.

As we raced into the foyer the unmistakable smell of home-and-cosy popcorn slyly teased my nostrils making my hair stand on end and my left eye twitch like a junkie spotting a fix. I was doomed before I even started. Giving Lala the tickets and a pathetic excuse of needing the loo (again), I joined the impossibly long queue. I was so excited I could have pee’d. Finally, with a box of popcorn for me and a packet of m&m’s for Lala (or at least that what I told him) I made my way to our seats promising him - when I sat down - that I would have only a handful. Lala knew it was game-over when I made my promise while stuffing my face with fluffy white clouds of doom. “Just so that you know, when you start, I’m moving” said Lala with the unmistakable tone of a man who can see doom approaching.
What you can’t have you want more of and in my case, popcorn - or corn - is something I simply can’t seem to avoid no matter how voraciously my tummy protests. By mid-movie I had already started squirming in my seat. I could feel little gas bubbles forming and popping inside of me like something out of a willy-wonka story only not as dreamy. As the minutes ticked by the intensity increased and the female-mastered art of maintaining decorum seemed more like a finger-painting than any attempt at propriety.

Summoning samurai-like self control I was determined not to prove Lala right. Employing my best poker-face, I focused so intensely on controlling the growing gas-factory in my belly that I couldn’t even follow if Paddington had gone back to Peru or married a shrew. The movie finished and out of the corner of my eye I could see Lala eyeing me with the kind of suspicion one eyes a ticking bomb. With my best Chuck Norris impersonation I stood up confidently and nonchalantly asked ‘shall we?’ and in doing so inadvertently released the loudest bubbling gas-demon in my belly. I froze. Lala froze. And then a wave of laughter hit him harder than Jacob Zuma’s claimed innocence on Nkantla day.
I don’t think i’m going to live this one down.
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