The Nightcap You Should Be Drinking

Golden milk has had a surge in popularity over the past few years within the wellness community, but it has been used within Indian culture for centuries.  Historically known as Haldi ka Doodh (directly translated it means turmeric milk) it has been used to maintain good health and treat various ailments throughout the years.  Haldi ka doodh was often suggested when someone caught a cold in my house growing up, but it never sounded appealing and I somehow (thankfully) managed to avoid having to drink it.

A few years ago I came across a recipe for golden milk which was an updated (translation: more delicious) version of haldi ka doodh and I was intrigued by the many benefits that it was reported to have including being a powerful anti-inflammatory, improving brain and memory function and better immunity.  The benefit that stood out the most for me was that it was a cure for insomnia.  While I was sceptical that this drink would be the miracle sleep potion that I had been searching for, I had spent enough sleepless nights tossing and turning that I was willing to try anything.  Truthfully, golden milk did not send me into dream land for the next eight hours like I had been hoping but it was delicious and very relaxing and that was a start.

Over time I have fine tuned my own golden milk recipe and it has become a tasty part of my wind down ritual before bed.  Filled with healthy fats and warming spices this drink is as comforting as it is delicious. While drinking golden milk doesn’t guarantee a good night’s sleep, it is a delicious, healthy and relaxing beverage that can be enjoyed at any time or the day.

Golden Milk Recipe a la Stylishly Zen

Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon coconut oil (virgin, cold pressed)

1 teaspoon raw honey

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 ground cardamom

pinch of black pepper

sprinkle of cinnamon

Heat the almond milk, coconut oil, turmeric, cardamom and black pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat stirring occasionally until heated through (just under a boil).  Pour into a mug, stir in the raw honey and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Enjoy!

Fall Glow Getters – What You Should Be Eating

To say that I am beauty obsessed is an understatement and I have spent more hours then I care to publicly admit wandering every beauty counter, aisle, website and Sephora that I come across.  But at the end of the day I know that true beauty starts from within – in how you feel and what you eat.  Now that the weather is getting colder and the leaves are changing colour it’s a great time to hit the reset button on your diet to help boost your skin care needs. Here are some of my favourite fall foods to help me look and feel my best:

Apples

The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has a lot of truth to it.  Filled with fibre, vitamins and minerals apples are a great addition to everyones diet.  The fibre helps keeps things moving through your digestive system, will keep you feeling fuller for longer then other foods and it will keep your skin glowing with good health.  The skin on apples contains quercetin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and the vitamin C content helps the body to synthesize collagen for a more youthful appearance along with boosting the immune system.  To reap the full beauty benefits of apples eat them whole rather then without the skin or just drinking apple juice.

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Garlic

Garlic is a staple in my kitchen.  As a natural antibiotic it is also my go to remedy whenever I am feeling a little under the weather.  Filled with antioxidants it helps to combat free radicals in the body.  Garlic is also a rich source of sulphur which is essential for the structure of the skin.

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Ginger

Ginger is great for warming the body during the colder months.  It helps with cellular turnover and blood circulation which helps to transport nutrients around the body and to eliminate toxins quickly.  This detoxifying effect leads to a happier digestive system and clearer more vibrant looking skin.  Try adding ginger to soups and to teas for a tasty boost.

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Walnuts

Walnuts have many health and beauty benefits.  They contain copper that helps to boost collagen production and omega-3 fats (that’s the best kind!) that helps to improve skin’s elasticity.  With all nuts it is important to be mindful of serving sizes – topping your salads or enjoying a handful as a snack is enough to help you reap the beauty benefits.

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Oily Fish

Recently, Victoria Beckham’s interview with The Edit made headlines as she mentioned her favourite skincare secret – she eats salmon every day.  As someone who has experienced the benefits of a fish heavy diet I can personally attest that she is on to something.  Oily fish contains beneficial fats which help to keep the skin looking plump by keeping the skin hydrated from the inside.  Known to be the ultimate internal moisturizer, healthy fats help to keep the cell walls supple.  This is especially helpful in combating the dehydrating effects of summer.  Salmon and sardines are at the top of the my skin savior list.  Try to stick to wild fish as it has a better fat composition compared to farmed fish.

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Pumpkin

Pumpkins are the ultimate fall fruit.  When the leaves begin to change colour pumpkin pies and pumpkin lattes quickly become many people’s dietary staple.  While I am not advocating that more people indulge in either of these sweet treats, pumpkins themselves are filled with many amazing beauty boosting benefits.  Pumpkins are rich in copper and zinc – both minerals play a huge part in achieving healthy hair and skin.  Zinc also helps to maintain collagen, promote skin renewal, fight acne and protect cell membranes.  Pumpkins also contain carotenoids which are phytonutrients that help to improve skin texture, reverse UV damage and promote a healthy glowing complexion.  Vitamins A and C helps to promote collagen production, brighten the skin and improve both firmness and elasticity. Look for new and healthy ways to include this incredible fruit into your diet.  Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of zinc, use them in salads and soups for an added nutritional boost.

Adding any or all of these foods into your diet will help boost your skins radiance and health from within.  Fall is a great time to try new recipes or to find new ways to incorporate these fabulous glow getters into your diet.  Let me know below what your favourite fall foods are and how you like to enjoy them.

I hope that you have a great day! XXS

Why You May Need An Adaptogen

Adaptogens are getting a lot of attention lately and they are often recommended as a supplement, but many people are still not clear as to what adaptogens actually are.

Adaptogens are herbs and natural substances that can help you to adapt, especially to stress.  These (typically) plant based molecules work on the neuro-hormonal system to help improve it’s ability to handle and respond to mental, physical and environmental changes, by supporting balance and promoting a healthy regulation of cortisol within the body.

Life has become increasingly fast paced and hectic for most people and we are constantly faced with a barrage of stressors that cause our body to get completely out of whack. Adrenal fatigue and anxiety attacks are becoming more and more common, demonstrating just how stressed out people are. Adaptogens can help to balance out the stress that your body may be experiencing by calming and nourishing your adrenal glands, enhance your body’s ability to cope with fatigue and anxiety, promote healthy regulation of cortisol, strengthen the body’s response to stress as well as help to stabilize hormonal balance, blood sugar and blood pressure.  Please note that adaptogens are not a quick fix – they are a herbal supplemental therapy to help to support you especially during stressful periods in your life.

Some of the most popular adaptogens on the market today are:

Ashwagandha is known as a calming adaptogen which makes it ideal for people suffering from nervous tension, anxiety or insomnia.  It is commonly recommended for hypothyroidism as it stimulates the thyroid and has been shown to help relieve muscle spasms and in treating fibromyalgia

Licorice Root has historically been known to boost the immune system, increase energy and endurance and protect the thymus from cortisol damage.  As licorice root can affect blood pressure it is important to only use it while under professional supervision.

Holy Basil  is also commonly known as Tulsi.  This herb is popular throughout India as the “elixir of anti-aging”, studies on holy basil has shown that it helps to boost the immune system, regulate blood sugar, hormone levels and blood pressure along with helping the body to fight fatigue and stress.

Rhidola Rosea is popular for it’s broad range of effects which include enhancing fertility, balancing blood sugar and restoring immune function.

Asian Ginseng is a natural stimulant that helps to temper an overactive stress response and increase alertness.  It is also well known to help boost the immune system, combat free radicals within the body and lower blood sugar.

Adaptogens are a great way to help your body deal with stress but as with all supplements it is best to speak with a medical professional to ensure that they won’t negatively interact with any other medications and supplements that you may be taking.  This post is for informational purposes only and it is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified medical professional.

I hope that you have a happy and healthy day! XXS