Finally, as I was relaxing on my holidays in Zimbabwe I was able to catch up on the online nutrition course I have been on!! Not an everyday nutrition course – Optimal Nutrition & Lifestyle for Post Natal Recovery & Healing. Wow – full of in-depth information about the healing going on in our bodies, foods to eat to support our collagen, muscle fibers, C Section scars & tears, pelvic floor, embryos and the hormonal changes that go on during & post pregnancy & beyond! Meanwhile whilst at my sister’s home in the countryside I was able to visit Gus (my brother-in-law’s) Baobab factory and learn so much about this amazing tree & it’s medicinal & health benefits. WOW!! I now need to work out how I can import the Baobab powder for you guys!! At the factory they utilise & sell every part of this wonderful fruit from the tree (selling powder, oil, soap). They are fairtrade as they depend on all the little communities around Zimbabwe to pick the fruit – hence giving more local Zimabweans an income enabling them to pay for their children’s education (it costs $25 a term to send a child to school). The powder can be added to smoothies & juices, curries, stews or pretty much anything being cooked. It is slightly bitter but add loads of different herbs & spices and it just adds a fantastic nutritional boost. In Africa it is fed to babies – Baobab milk is richer in Protein, calcium and iron than human milk. Not only is it exceptionally rich in vitamins and minerals (with 6 times the vitamin C of an orange, 6 times the potassium of a banana, 15 times the fibre of wholemeal bread, twice the calcium of milk), it also has phenomenal antioxidant properties. Baobab fruit powder is great as an energy source, for digestion, for enhancement of the immune system, and for skin health. It also has helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Look out for it, I think you can get it at Costco.
27 September 2016
Focusing on Nutrition & Lifestyle!
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