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Iraqi Food I Grew up With is Today's Food Fad

Iraqi Food I Grew up With is Today's Food Fad

Digestive health is today's big food fad. People today are discovering food allergies they were not aware of; that some foods make you young and others make you age; that changing your job, partner or lifestyle would have fixed your ailment more efficiently than being loaded up on antibiotics.     This food fashion is all over men’s and women's magazines. Flipping through them at newspaper stalls in London makes me realise that their ground-breaking discoveries are my everyday food habits since I was a child growing up in Iraq. Back then I didn't once stop to...
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9 Common Medical Myths about Digestive Problems

9 Common Medical Myths about Digestive Problems

Benjamin Brown teaches nutritional medicine and is on the advisory board at the UK College of Nutrition and Health. Here's what he has to say regarding the common myths we are told about digestive problems: 1) It's all in your head For a long time the symptoms of IBS have been thought to be purely psychological and people with chronic digestive problems are sometimes still told it's all in their head. Well, it is in your head, but not how you think! Several studies have found an increased incidence of stress, anxiety and even functional changes in the brains of...
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Managing Stress  with Mindful Eating

Managing Stress with Mindful Eating

If I asked you to simply stand up, both feet on the floor and just stand there, would you consider that stressful? Okay, not exactly. But what if I asked you to stand for five hours? Or better yet, for a full day with no pee breaks and no sleep, or for a full month? What if, while you were standing there for the next full month, I asked you to stand on one foot and then balance an egg on a spoon? Stress is like that. One thing on its own is not necessarily stressful, but stress can slowly build up over time. The daily to-do list gets longer, and at the same...
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RECIPE: Shiitake Mushroom, Bean and Fennel Soup

RECIPE: Shiitake Mushroom, Bean and Fennel Soup

Using beans to thicken soups creates a smooth and creamy texture. Shiitake mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine for their immune-stimulating properties, while fennel bulbs and seeds are excellent for cleansing the digestion as well as supporting kidney function. Ingredients  Serves 4  10g (.oz) coconut oil 200g (7oz) fennel bulb, finely shredded 2 celery sticks, finely shredded 1 onion, finely chopped 100g (3 ½ oz) shiitake mushrooms, sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tsp fennel seeds 4 thyme...
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RECIPE: Warming Chicken Broth

RECIPE: Warming Chicken Broth

This chicken broth can be enjoyed as a soup or used as stock in other dishes. You can make the chicken broth in advance and freeze it, if wished, or you can make double or triple the quantity and then freeze for later use. To intensify the flavour, it can be reduced by one-third before adding the garnish at the end. Ingredients Serves 4 5kg (3lb 5oz) chicken bones 4 celery sticks 4 carrots 2 onions 5 garlic cloves 15g (½ oz) coriander seeds 2 star anise 15g (½ oz) fennel seeds 1 tsp Szechuan peppercorns 3 bay...
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Understanding Microbiota and Weight Management

Understanding Microbiota and Weight Management

The title of Kathie Swift's book 'The Swift Diet' could be misleading. It is not a book about miracle weight loss but focuses on the medicinal power of food to heal our bowel problems, allergies and depression. Weight gain is just one of the side effects to the damage we have done to our immune system by digesting antibiotics and processed foods. The key to fixing this, says Swift, is to restore and boost the bacteria that lives inside our bodies, mostly in the colon or large intestine. Weight gain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), gluten...
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5 Tips for a Healthy Gut

5 Tips for a Healthy Gut

There have been huge advances made in our knowledge about what we eat and how our bodies react to it. We now know that 85% of the serotonin-receptor sites are in the gut, rather than in the brain. With serotonin being the neurotransmitter that makes us feel happy, confident, strong and motivated, this explains why what you eat can have such a profound effect on how you feel. Here are five things you can do to promote a healthy gut: 1) Eat good quality, natural ingredients This has never been more important as we are constantly bombarded with ready-made,...
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RECIPE: Fresh Hummus with Rainbow Carrots

RECIPE: Fresh Hummus with Rainbow Carrots

Fresh turmeric and coriander couscous with rainbow carrots recipe: a delicious and colourful snack, easy to try at home. Recipe from The Life Delight.  The distinct yet delicate flavor of the fresh turmeric combined with the earthy and aromatic coriander and citrus is simply delightful. it is also full of anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting compounds to keep you feeling tip-top this winter. Ingredients Serves 3 1 can of chickpeas – drained (approx 250g) 100g tahini 3 tbsp olive oil 1 handful fresh coriander 1?4 tsp Himalayan...
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What is the Alexander Technique?

What is the Alexander Technique?

Our body has been efficiently designed by nature and evolution, but modern life takes its toll on it. Over the years, through work demands and lifestyle choices, we tend to develop tense habits of movement that cause pain and prevent us from being at our best. With the Alexander Technique, you can learn to undo years of tension and strain accumulated through poor physical use. The Alexander Technique is a practical method that teaches the person to recognise and change patterns of muscular tension, to become naturally coordinated and poised. It works by...
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Chia Seeds: A Simple Way to Nourish Yourself

Chia Seeds: A Simple Way to Nourish Yourself

Simple is a great word for chia. The seeds are tiny but powerful, and adding them to your food is simple. The subtle taste of chia means you can add it to anything you already enjoy and it won't affect the flavour whatsoever. This is only one of the  many reasons why chia has become so popular as a health food. Here's why else these little black and white seeds are so reknowned. Chia is: High in omega-3 fatty acids Chia is among the highest plant sources of omega-3 in the world. Our bodies need omega-3s for brain function, heart health, and many other...
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