GOLDEN POWER - BY WUNDER HEALTH COACH CHANTAL DI DONATO

Most people know about Turmeric and its usage, aside than in Indian Curry. But, few really know the extends, of its magical powers! We all know it is healthy but how?

Turmeric (Curcuma longa), is arguably the most powerful herb (dare I say Super Herb?) on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease.

It has amazing healing properties and, despite the efforts of big Pharma to try and discredit the power of nature, there are currently over ten thousand, peer-reviewed, articles supporting the evidence that turmeric is healing, especially one of its renowned healing compounds, curcumin.

Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant, which grows in India and other Southeast Asian countries. (Wunder Workshop sources its turmeric from an Organic, Ayurvedic farm in Sri Lanka).

The dried root is ground and roasted into the distinctive yellow turmeric powder we are familiar with. There are several chemical compounds found in turmeric, known as curcuminoids and the active substance in turmeric is, in fact, curcumin.

It is easy to state that Turmeric is a healing plant but of the thousands of reviews, some, interestingly compared Turmeric to conventional drugs and found this root MORE advantageous than drugs (no side effects is a great start). One can imagine how upsetting this is for Big Pharma and why they try to discredit Turmeric over and over using mainstream media for their agenda!

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So, what are the real and recognized health befits of Turmeric?

The list is pretty impressive and here some of the most common ailments Turmeric is pretty awesome for:

Anti-inflammatory: The most powerful aspect of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation. Studies revealed that after comparing several anti-inflammatory compounds, it found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. The anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin have also been studied as a possible treatment for Alzheimer's. At this point, evidence for turmeric’s effects on Alzheimer is inconclusive, however, further research might result in the development of future treatments.

Antidepressants: The journal Phytotherapy Research published the results of an amazing, innovative study which took 60 volunteers diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), such as Manic Depression (bipolar), and split the group to determine how patients treated by curcumin fared against Prozac and a combination of the two. Not only was it discovered that all patients tolerated curcumin well, but they discovered curcumin was as effective as Prozac in managing depression.

Chemotherapy (Read this related article on the Daily Mail): Of all the various topics scientists have tackled in regards to curcumin and disease reversal, cancer is one of the most thoroughly researched topics. In the words of charities like Cancer Research UK, Turmeric works incredibly well to help treat cancer and is especially effective at treating breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer.

Anticoagulants: Medical intervention generally includes an array of medications to slow and prevent blood clotting. a few examples of popular blood thinners are: Aspirin, Clopidogrel (Plavix), Enoxaparin (Lovenox), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), Naproxen and Warfarin (Coumadin). Unfortunately, for people with conditions that are treated by these drugs (i.e. deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), this approach may not always be the wisest decision. Ibuprofen overdose is very high! In addition to common side effects like excessive bleeding and haemorrhage, the risks associated with anticoagulants abound and include everything from back pain to headaches to difficulty breathing. The NHS lists them all! Turmeric, on the other hand, has no known side effects unless taken in extremely excessive amounts (which one needs to work very hard to do). Studies show that the curcumin in turmeric is, in fact, a better option for those with vascular thrombosis.

Pain killers: One of the more widely accepted properties of curcumin in scientific communities is its ability to manage pain. The European Journal of Pharmacology published research that discovered curcumin naturally activates the opioid system calming pain! Typically manipulated by drugs, this natural process serves as the body’s inherent pain-relieving response.

Diabetes: For lowering blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance, there’s arguably no better natural treatment than adding turmeric into your diet. In 2009, a study out of Auburn University explored how supplementing with turmeric can help reverse diabetes. The study discovered that curcumin in turmeric is literally 400 times more potent than Metformin (a common diabetes drug) in activating AMPK which improves insulin sensitivity which can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes. Curcumin has also been proven to help reverse many of the issues related to insulin resistance and hyperglycemia. Here a great study to read for this topic.

Arthritis: Because curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing characteristics, a study was conducted on 45 rheumatoid arthritis patients to compare the benefits of curcumin in turmeric to the drug Diclofenac sodium, which put people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease. The study split these volunteers into three groups: curcumin treatment alone, Diclofenac sodium alone, and a combination of the two. The results showed that the Curcumin group had the highest percentage of improvement in overall. More importantly, no side effects.

Skin Treatments: The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of turmeric have proven effective in treating skin conditions. In Ayurveda, Turmeric is, in fact, an active ingredient of most skin care and healthy young women use this root for their daily grooming. But aside from beauty, the benefits for skin include speeding up wound healing; calming the pores to decrease acne and acne scarring; and controlling psoriasis flares. This cool study is one of many that shows how turmeric is excellent for skin health 

This is impressive, right? And this list is not inclusive at all! It is a very sensitive subject to claim that food/nature can trump medication but more and more evidence supports the claims that Turmeric really does. The issue is that Medical Doctors, unless they do the research on their own accord, away from what they have been taught, have no clue about how to use nature anymore and we can only hope this will change sooner or later. This by no means says that science and medicine are unhelpful, science has created hope for those who had none, but we are going a little overboard with drugs and more people die from drugs overdose than diseases.

Does Turmeric have side effects?

Like with literally EVERYTHING, Turmeric can have side effects too. Some people have reported allergic reactions to turmeric, especially after skin exposure. Typically this is experienced as a mild, itchy rash*. High doses of turmeric have been observed to cause a few issues such as:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Increased risk of bleeding
  • Increased liver function tests
  • Hyperactive gallbladder contractions
  • Hypotension (lowered blood pressure)
  • Uterine contractions in pregnant women
  • Increased menstrual flow

But this is more of a concern when taking supplements and high concentrate; it is very difficult to consume too much as food.

People taking certain medications should also be careful when using turmeric in their food or supplementing with it. Turmeric may interfere with anticoagulants, like aspirin, clopidogrel and warfarin. It also can affect medications such as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs.

Even if you are on medication you can have turmeric in your food but always consult your GP for safety measures.

*Like with everything, a word of caution: Turmeric can cause an allergic reaction so do a patch test by applying a dime-size amount to your forearm. Then wait for 24–48 hours to check for any reaction before applying turmeric to your face.

Article written by: WUNDER Health Coach Chantal Di Donato wwww.liveleanhealth.com

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FESTIVE TURMERIC CHAI COCKTAIL

For the festive season, we teamed up with our favourite vodka brand OurLondon to create this delicious cocktail. We are all about balance, so we believe a tipple here and there won't hurt. 

Ingredients (for 2 cocktails): 

  • 2 heaped tsps -Golden Turmeric Chai tea 
  • 2 shots Vodka (we love ourLondon)
  • 500ml Oat milk (we love Oatly, or use any milk of your choice)
  • ice cubes
  • 1 to 2 tsps coconut sugar depending how sweet you like it
  • star anise (optional)

Add the Golden Turmeric Chai with oat milk to a small pan and heat gently until boiling point. Don't let it boil or it will become bitter. Strain the milk and leave it to cool down. This can take 20min. If you are in a hurry just add some ice cubes. Once the chai has cooled down, add it with the vodka, coconut sugar and ice cubes to a cocktail shaker. Shake well. Pour over ice cubes in 2 glasses and add a star anise to serve. Enjoy! 

GOLDEN BALANCE - Kyle Gray

As the notion of equilibrium becomes increasingly elusive in our day-to-day, our Golden Balance series taps into those all-important moments of pure stillness and internal reflection. We sit down with a collection of inspiring souls and discover what keeps them cool, calm and collected despite daily stresses. 

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Angels whisperer to the stars, Lululemon ambassador and meditation guru Kyle Gray shares his most treasured self-care rituals and inspirations. 

Hi Kyle- We would love you to tell us little about you and your story. 

First of all, thank you for having me – it’s pleasure to be here. It all started when I had a virus when I was 3 and a half years old. It started out as the flu and led to me being paralysed in a wheelchair. 

During the same time my Grandmother whom I called ‘Nana’ was also in a wheelchair and we lived in the same house. Although we were already close our bond became inseparable and to make things easier for my mother who was our carer she would often sit me in my Nana’s lap so we could share a wheelchair and go off on adventures. Over the next 8 months or so my body naturally healed itself and my Nana’s health sadly deteriorated.

I remember one night my Nana was moved to hospital and a neighbor was babysitting me while my parents were at the hospital watching over Nana. I remember waking up through the night with Nana sitting at the bottom of my bed – she seemed happy and she turned me over and tickled my back – I fell asleep feeling so loved.

When I asked where Nana was the next morning – my Mum couldn’t answer. She had passed away. This left me wide open with questions and my whole life has been in search of the answers. Why did I see her? How could I see her? 

I’ve since went on to study all aspects of metaphysics, spiritual experiences, yoga and meditation. My specialty is in the field of angels and energy – my vision is to help others recognize that they have the capacity to have a personal supportive relationship with the divine no matter what they want to call it.

How do you find your daily source of golden balance?

I like to nourish my body with great nutritious foods, daily yoga and also I’m an avid gym goer. Just knowing I am fueling myself well is a good feeling and I have found incredible mental clarity from practicing yoga and visiting the gym.

I like to nourish my mind and soul with a daily spiritual practice that is simple but yet effective. Daily I thank the Earth, the Heavens and the angels all around me. I take moments to really root down into the Earth in meditation and throughout the day I come back to my practice and reflect with gratitude upon blessings I have received.

I have found just pointing out the good stuff in my life allows me to experience even more blessings ☺ 

How important is self-care to you, and do you often implement it into your regular rituals?

MEGA.

Often self-care is seen as a body thing – but for me it’s about mental emotional wellbeing too. One huge aspect of self-care for me is being able to say NO. If there’s something I can’t do or know that should I take it on I’ll be left short of energy, time or space I will say NO. I believe often when we say no to others we are saying yes to ourselves.

Share with us a quote that gives you daily inspiration. 

“We can never obtain peace in the world if we forget the inner world and don’t make peace with ourselves” – His Holiness The Dalai Lama

We know nourishment from the inside out is fundamental to you. How do you practice this everyday? 

Eating plant based as possible and daily green smoothies. I love love love my vitamix it’s the most used thing in my kitchen ☺ My favourite power smoothie is super simple: almond milk, vega protein powder, 100g spinach or kale, 1 banana! YUM

What are some of your favourite ways to wind down?

Every single night I have my pre bedtime shower, cake myself in lavender oil and enjoy a peppermint tea in bed with whatever book I’m reading. Right now it’s Hilary Clinton’s ‘What happened’ which I am thoroughly enjoying.

Ingredients-wise, what are your three non-negotiables in the kitchen? 

Right now it’s: Brown rice, Sweet Potatoes and Oats (CARBS ANYONE?)

Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

If you mean with food: It’s ALWAYS PIZZA. Go hard or go home!

If you mean with alcohol: Pinot Noir or BrewDog’s Punk IPA

If you mean with television: The Kardashians (I love them)

What is your favourite way to use turmeric, be it in your beauty regime or recipes?

I take it as a supplement! My mum is a huge turmeric fan and shared this roasted cauliflower in turmeric and grassfed butter recipe with me (I just change the butter to coconut oil) ☺

Coffee or turmeric latte?

Sorry guys – Coffee wins! Almond milk flat white please ☺

Psychic Protection 101: Cleanse, Tone + Moisturise

Kyle has also shared with us a daily energy protection ritual from his new book Light Warrior. He suggests implementing it into your morning and evening rituals. This helps prevent others from clinging to your energy and being brought down by the weight of the world.  

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Follow these three steps: 

1. Cleanse

In order to safely protect your energy – you need to cleanse it completely of any left-over energy that is not serving you. You can remove anything that’s hooked on or attached to you from a challenging conversation, place or person. 

How to cleanse:

“Thank you Universe & Angels, for cutting the cords that bind me to people, places, energy, situations and any other stuff I no longer need. It feels so good to know you are here. I am safe and free!”

2. Tone

Toning is all about firming up the goodness that is already there. When it comes to toning your energy it’s about focusing on an aspect of your present positivity or harnessing a blessing or choosing to remember your current state of goodness. This ignites the warrior energy within.

How to tone:

Claim your wholeness by declaring that you are completely in control of your body because it’s the vehicle of your soul. You can say this in your own words but make sure you are speaking in present tense and REALLY putting your foot down. Let the Universe and your guides bear witness to the incredible inner-strength that you were born with.

My favourite declaration is powerful, effective and simple:

“I AM THE KEEPER OF MY MIND AND BODY.

WHEREVER LOVE IS PRESENT, FEAR IS A STRANGER.

LOVE IS HERE!”

When I say “love is here” I tap my heart three times so I can feel a physical response to what I really know and trust deep within.

3. Moisturise

When you are moisturising your energy – you are essentially putting on that safeguard coating that you know is going to lock in the goodness. This is the step that everyone knows from various books and healing modality trainings but this step will not be as effective unless the previous steps have been taken.

TOP TIP: When doing any light armour work – make sure that the protective light you create goes wider than just your body. I recommend it going 10-20 feet in each direction – really bring that into your vision and intention.

How to Moisturise:

Visualisation: Imagine a cloak of light swirling all over your whole entire body (colour of your choice) or imagine yourself in incredible armour from head to toe.

Light Warrior which has already taken the wellness book charts by storm is currently available on Amazon today.

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GOLDEN BALANCE - Gabriella Block of Nut Blend

We are big believers in discovering and maintaining the art of balanced living. Our Golden Balance series interviews the busiest of individuals, who though lead incredibly demanding and time pressured lives, have managed to find their own golden equilibrium in body, mind and spirit in amongst the commotion of daily life. 

 

Gabriella, aka founder of Nut Blend, a range of all natural nut butters shares with us the secrets to her delicious success. 

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What was the main inspiration behind your collection of nut butters?

In 2015, I invested in a small food processor and started experimenting with a range of pure ingredients and 100% natural nut butters (peanut butter has always been a childhood favourite!). Without any added salt, oil or sugar – including “healthy” sugars and those from dried fruit –the flavour was incredible and made me feel super energised, happy and guilt-free – and there was no subsequent sugar crash. I felt obliged to share this experience with the rest of the world and thus launched Nut Blend Nut Butters.

How do you find your sense of golden balance on the daily?

I drink a lot of green tea, take frequent breaks – either going on a walk or doing a workout– and always get my fix of nut butter for energy!

Is self-care important to you? If so, how do you practice it?

I’m quite a restless person and so switching off is hard for me. To release stress, I love moving – walking or doing a workout like body pump or circuit based. Otherwise, I love reading a good book – John Sandford’s Prey Series and entrepreneur stories are my favourite.

Tell us a quote that most inspires you every day.

“I can and I will. Watch me.”

How do you integrate a nourishing diet into your every day life?

Luckily, I love healthy food – especially veg! I always try and load up my plate with greens; I love porridge and smoothies as well as comforting dishes like chilli con carne and salmon pasta – and ever since I was young I can snack on a tin of sweet corn anytime…

What are some of your favourite ways to unplug?

Watching films, going to the cinema, cooking, working out and seeing friends.

What are your three kitchen essentials when it comes to ingredients?

Can I say nut butter? Three is hard to choose but I would have to say ground cumin, any form of cacao and garlic.

What is your favourite way to use turmeric? (in your cooking / beauty regime etc)

Definitely cooking! It makes a curry, chilli or salad dressing so delicious!

Now tell us, do you have a guilty pleasure?

I don’t want to sound biased but I absolutely love dunking or melting 100% cocoa buttons into both Nut Blend Golden and Indulgent Nut Butter; and then adding cacao nibs and roasted pecans. Literally THE dream team (even thinking about it makes me want it…)!

Coffee or turmeric latte?

I’m a sucker for trying independent café’s – a half-Rude Health almond milk and half-Bonsoy flat white is a total game changer!

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Gabriella has also shared with us a recipe for a turmeric latte with a difference, featuring a spoonful or two of creamy Nut Blend nut butter and a dash of our magic Instantly Golden Turmeric x Chai Latte blend. 

 Nut Blend x Wunder Workshop Chai Turmeric Latte

As you all know, turmeric lattes are absolutely delicious – combine it with chai spice (think cinnamon, cardamom, ginger) and this gorgeously creamy drink is taken to a whole new level!

To make it, you need the following ingredients:

• 250ml hot water

• 15g (2 tsp) Nut Blend Perfect Nut Butter

• ¼ tsp raw maca powder

• ½ tsp Wunder Workshop Instantly Golden Turmeric x Chai Latte

I used a blender to combine and then heated it on the hob; otherwise, add a dash of hot water to the chai mix and maca powder to make a paste, Then add half the hot water, stir in the nut butter and add the rest of the water. Stir thoroughly until well combined, heat in the microwave or on the hob and enjoy.

Golden Mussels, lime & chilli butter in arrack

We love finding new recipes that contain our WUNDER spice Turmeric. We can't wait to read and cook more from Emily Dobbs cookbook Weligama: Recipes from Sri Lanka that is out very soon. To pre-order click here

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Mussels, lime & chilli butter in arrack අරක්කු ගැන අරක්කු,දෙහි හා මිරිස ්

Serves 4

  • 1kg mussels
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 10g garlic, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 large shallot, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 20g coriander stalk, finely chopped
  • handful of curry leaves (if possible)
  • 250ml arrack
  • 3 tsp kithul treacle or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp chilli butter (see below)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • pinch of sea salt
  • handful of coriander leaves

Not native to Sri Lanka however super-cheap, quick and easy to make. Buy your mussels live and shut tight from your local fishmonger. Store before use in a cool, damp place – the sink. This way you can clean them, by removing the barnacles and beards, in a self-contained, no-mess cool box. Rinse the mussels under cold water, removing the beards by pulling them sharply towards you. Discard the shells that don’t close when tapped with a knife.

Heat the coconut oil in a large pan (with a lid). Once hot, add the garlic, shallot, coriander stalk and curry leaves and sizzle for a couple of minutes. Add the mussels, give the pan a good shake and cook for a minute. Add the arrack, treacle or syrup and turmeric and then immediately cover the pan with a lid and let it steam.

Cook for 5 minutes, giving the pan a good shake. Check the mussels have opened and add the chilli butter to emulsify the liquid, add the lime juice and salt, and finish with the chopped coriander. Discard any shells that haven’t opened.

Serve the mussels with fresh pol roti.

Chilli butter කහ කෝපි

  • 250g salted butter, softened
  • 4 red bird’s-eye chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 15g garlic, peeled (optional)

Chilli butter is great for so many things: eggs, stir-fried mushrooms, roast sea bass, corn on cob. You can roast the chillies if you want to make smoked chilli butter. This can keep in the fridge for weeks and the flavour only deepens and improves. Tamarind butter goes with most roast white fish, clams, scallops and game birds. Even roast cherries roasted in brown sugar. Put everything in a blender or mix with a whisk in a bowl. Store in a plastic container in the fridge. 

A Breakdown on Bioavailability

For any and every individual seeking to truly maximise the nourishing potential of their food choices, knowledge of bioavailability, or nutrient absorption is key. Upon full understanding of how and which ingredients work in synergy with each other, one has the power to unlock a whole host of nutritional benefits that can bring a lifetime of healing and energising benefits to the body. 

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The idea behind bioavailability is that the specific combination of certain ingredients or foods can increase their very absorption by our clever bodies. Integrating some very small tweaks and flavour combinations into our daily routines can produce some pretty paramount effects. Now tell us - who wouldn't want that? The best part is that the most powerful of combinations can be found in our kitchen cupboards already, not to mention in our Wunder blends too. 

If you are finding yourself unsure where to start, our favourite hacks are in fact the simplest. Give them a try in your next tonic or meal and reap the magic. No surprise that turmeric is in the mix …

- Turmeric + Black Pepper: While black pepper is already a super spice in its own right, the powerful molecule piperine in black pepper enables curcumin to pass the gut wall and enter the bloodstream, elevating our body’s capacity to harness the goodness of the mighty curcumin compound in turmeric to another level. You will find this very blend in our Instantly Golden Classic Turmeric Latte mix alongside cinnamon and coconut milk for a turmeric taste sensation. 

- Vitamin D + Calcium: Living in the notoriously overcast London can mean we city dwellers aren't able to naturally produce adequate levels of the frequently termed ‘sunshine vitamin’. Fear not; simply combine calcium-loaded leafy greens like chard and kale with vitamin D charged, omega rich salmon to better absorb this elusive nutrient. As the vitamin famously responsible for boosting moods, this certainly is our kind of happy meal.

- Ginger + Turmeric + Healthy Fats: When the ultimate digestion soother ginger is paired with golden turmeric and a healthy fat - think avocado, coconut, or flaxseed for example - our body absorbs the latter better than ever. We don't know about you, but this is giving us serious inspiration for a pretty magical morning smoothie concoction, no? 

TURMERIC CBD

Step up your fight against chronic inflammation with two of the most potent, natural anti-inflammatory ingredients. Your new wellness ritual need never leave your side with this powerful CBD x Turmeric oil.

High quality CBD extract is not what you will find in seedy, back alleys. TURMERIC CBD is hand-crafted in an ISO 5 certified laboratory in the centre of London, using the finest organic turmeric extract and olive oil, it’s designed to have maximum impact on inflammation. Incorporated in the daily rituals of athletes, C-level executives and world-class performers, this is your new go to wellness formula.  

So, what’s all the hype about CBD?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of 113 active cannabinoids that form the chemical structure of the Cannabis sativa plant, yes more commonly known as cannabis, weed, marijuana... you name it. It is a major component of this, accounting for up to 40% of the plant's extract. Whilst much of the past research on Cannabis sativa has focused explicitly on Tetrahydrocannibinol (THC), the chemical responsible for the psychoactive effects that the plant is more renowned for, research supporting CBD is beginning to emerge.

Combining this with turmeric’s well known anti-inflammatory effect may further boosts your ability to reduce low lying levels of inflammation. Antioxidants present in turmeric also help to protect your body from both internal and external damage caused by our stressful environment. At Wunder Workshop we stand for prevention rather than a cure and we are excited to introduce our most powerful wellness booster yet.

Golden Adaptogenics

Adaptogen herbs are a unique class of plants that promote hormone balance and protect the body, especially from excess stress. In addition to boosting immune function and combating stress, research shows that various adapotogens — such as ashwagandha can:

Golden Balance

This unique blend of organic Ayurvedic herbs and spices is designed to combat a stressful modern lifestyle, managing cortisol levels and improving hormone balance. Ashwagandha is rich in iron, improving alertness as well as strengthening the body’s response to stress and anxiety by reducing adrenal fatigue and stabilising thyroid hormones. Turmeric, liquorice and ginger have powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and digestive properties, whilst cayenne pepper stimulates metabolism and circulation, revitalising and rejuvenating the body.

 In our society’s hectic lifestyle where our bodies and hormones are constantly put to the test, Golden Balance helps to maintain your balance day in day out. It can be enjoyed at any time of the day in juices, smoothies, lattes as a nutritional supplement.

Golden Glow

Glowing skin starts from the inside and this blend of turmeric, maca, rice bran, brahmi and black pepper is full of beneficial antioxidants and vitamins. Rice bran is a rich source of vitamin E, which protects skin from premature ageing and environmental pollution and also contains tocotrienols (“tocos”), which may have anti-cancer, neuroprotective and cholesterol lowering properties. Maca, a natural hormone balancer, can enhance the body’s ability to combat anxiety and depression which may negatively affect skin appearance. Furthermore, the antioxidants in brahmi, turmeric and rice bran help to relieve stress and expel toxins from the body and the upper epithelial layers of the skin, stimulating skin cell regeneration.

 To “glow” is more than just having wonderful skin, it is about having a radiance that transcends appearance and that is often affected by our mood and alertness. Brahmi is a potent Ayurvedic nootropic herb that has been known to naturally boost cognitive ability, helping you to feel focused and alive. Golden Glow is a versatile blend that can be enjoyed at any time of the day in juices, smoothies, lattes as a nutritional supplement. 

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GOLDEN BALANCE - Anais Rachel Calzadilla

GOLDEN BALANCE

As we believe it is all about balance in life we have started interviewing high flying//busy individuals who do not automatically fit into your stereo-type ‘health-freak’ box, but instead live very demanding stressful lives and yet manage to create a golden equilibrium between daily strains and a healthy body and mind.

Please tell us a bit about your daily life and what you do for a living?

I’m based in Brooklyn and work as photographic Producer in Chelsea. I liaise between clients, photographers and creative teams so my day to day is very focused on communication. My work life is very fast paced and can be stressful. In my free time I love being with friends, travelling and going on trips in nature. Being in New York is great. It’s an exciting city which has everything to offer. You are also close to the Catskills Mountains and a couple of hours away from the beach.

What does balance mean for you?

Having energy, both in mind and body.

How do you create a golden balance? What are your health tips (supplements, work-outs, eating, therapy etc.)

Drinking a lot of water, eating clean, exercising, reading and being in nature. I used to take a lot of supplements but I focus more on getting the nutrition I need from what I eat.

What is your favourite quote/inspiration?

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts – M. Aurelius

Making healthy meals can be very time consuming, what do you recommend to busy people that have limited time to prepare food?

There are many simple & quick recipes online for healthy and quick meals during a busy period. I recommend steaming vegetables, it’s a quick and healthy addition to any meal and can be topped with a bit of coconut or olive oil, garlic and salt. Of course, there are plenty of healthy eateries in most big cities that offer great options.

How do you recharge? (favourite place, meditation/yoga, or anything else that resets you)

Hot yoga is really nice for recharging after a busy day but sometimes it takes a little more than that. A nature getaway or a trip home to see family always helps me keep grounded.

What's your guilty pleasure?

Little Choc Apotecary’s Chocolate cake

What 3 ingredients do you use most for cooking?

Coconut oil, Turmeric and Garlic.

Coffee or turmeric latte?

Turmeric Latte because coffee is too strong for me to have on a daily basis.