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Blueberry, Blackcurrant and Thyme Ice Pops
Pour the water into a jug and add the tea bags, sugar, lemon juice and thyme leaves. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
Remove the tea bags after 5 minutes, squeezing out excess liquid.
Allow the tea mixture to cool and then pour the liquid into 8 ice pop moulds.
Freeze for at least 4 hours before serving.
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Raspberry Chocolate Coconut Slice
Line a 28 x 18cm slice pan with baking paper.
Place the dates, nuts, cocoa and coconut oil into the bowl of a food processor and process until the nuts are finely chopped and the mixture holds together.
Press the mixture into the slice pan and then chill in the freezer while you prepare the filling. Wipe out the food processor bowl.
Combine the raspberries, nuts, coconut, protein powder and maple syrup in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse until the raspberries and coconut are finely chopped.
Spoon the mixture over the base and gently press to get an even layer. Return to the freezer for at least 1 hour before serving.
Scatter the slice with grated chocolate and raspberries and then cut into slices. Allow to sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving.
Leftover slice is best stored in a sealed container in the freezer.
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A summer boost
Has the warmer weather caught you feeling sluggish rather than spirited? Life a bit stagnant or too stressful? Turbo-charge your health and vitality with an essential little mineral.
Zinc deficiency is very common and can cause a number of health issues. But there are plenty of warning signs. Here are the five main ones.
5 zinc-deficiency symptoms
- Compromised immune system. Zinc is vital to a healthy body. If you frequently get sick, suffer from chronic allergies or generally have trouble with your immune system, you are potentially zinc-deficient.
- Leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome is a condition in which proteins can leak through the gut and cause systemic inflammation. Leaky gut is also related to food allergies, thyroid problems and adrenal fatigue. Zinc has been shown to support healthy gut permeability.
- The third indicator that you might be zinc deficient is if you suffer from loose bowels. Bowel disease or even gas and bloating are also signs that you are lacking in the essential mineral.
- Thinning hair or hair loss. Lack of zinc is associated with hypothyroidism, a cause of thinning hair and alopecia. Zinc is necessary to support hair growth as well as your body’s growth, repair and healing processes.
- Irritated skin issues. If you have any sort of skin issue or if your fingernails are thin and peeling with white spots, it can be another sign of zinc deficiency.
4 causes of zinc deficiency
It’s also important to understand what causes a zinc deficiency.
- High levels of emotional stress are hazardous to your zinc levels. If you are emotionally stressed out, over time your body has to utilise zinc to heal and repair the body, brain, skin and organs.
- No one doubts the benefits of exercise but if you work out a lot – especially if you do a lot of high-intensity training such as (HIIT) workouts or CrossFit workouts (or maybe even have worked out too much in the past), a zinc deficiency can be the result.
- If you are pregnant and eating for two or breast-feeding, you can suffer from mineral deficiencies, including zinc. To ensure their fertility and long-term prostate health, men require zinc too.
- Last but not least, those with digestive problems or eating disorders, those who are dieting and the elderly tend to have malabsorption problems, meaning they don’t absorb zinc well and tend to have deficiency symptoms.
Red Seal Zinc B6 & Magnesium tablets contain 9mg of zinc sulphate combined with magnesium and vitamin B6. These nutrients together are responsible for more than 500 enzyme complex processes essential for well-being.
Red Seal Zinc Complex is an easy one-a-day vege cap combining three forms of zinc – citrate, amino acid chelate and gluconate 15 mg with additional selenium, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and manganese to support healthy metabolism, nerves, energy production, cartilage and much more.
How to overcome zinc-deficiency symptoms
If you’re going to get more zinc in your diet, a few things need to happen. The most important is to consume more of the foods that are high in zinc. Pumpkin seeds and oysters are very high in zinc; another great form is grass-fed beef. Sprouted nuts and seeds, chia seeds, flaxseeds, almonds and peas are also good sources. Last but not least, you also need probiotics. Remember that it’s not just what you eat but what you digest. So getting more probiotic-rich foods in your diet and adding supplements can improve your overall absorption.
*Always read the label and only take supplements and herbs as directed and if you are taking any medication please check with your health adviser. Endeavour Consumer Health Ltd, Auckland
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