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Support Your Immune System

Word from our nutritionist Cara Redpath:

Supporting Your Immune System

The current global health crisis has left many of us fearful and uncertain about the best way to navigate this new reality particularly when it comes to looking after our health and the health of our loved ones.

Supporting our immune systems has never been more important. I want to give you the tools to show your immune system a bit of extra love.

Think of your immune system as your body’s own private army ready to jump into action and remove anything it doesn’t recognise or that shouldn’t be there. It goes about this with two dedicated lines of defence. The first line of defence is the physical barrier that makes it harder for pathogens the nasties) to get into your systemic circulation. If, however pathogens do break through the first line of defence the second line of defence will kick in. this is cellular immunity and is made up of various immune cells and other inflammatory compounds that kill and destroy the invading pathogens.

Protecting your Lungs

COVID-19 is a virus that affects the respiratory system primary the lungs.

The nose contains its own air filtering system in the form of millions of tiny hairs that filter out larger pathogens.

If you are in a public space, close your mouth and breathe through your nose.

The lungs are lined with a mucosal lining which traps pathogen and keeps the underlying tissue healthy.

It is very important to keep the mucosal lining healthy.

Supporting your Immune System

There are no specific studies to show the efficacy of any specific compound against COVID-19. However, there is evidence that shows that the following supplementation is effective at reducing the likelihood of contracting similar viruses and did shorten the severity and duration of the virus if contracted.

Vitamin C

– There is currently a clinical trial underway in China using 24g of intravenous vitamin C to treat patients with COVID-19.

– This is an extremely high dose and should not be used outside a hospital setting.

– Vitamin C improves overall immunity and is antiviral.

Zinc

– Zinc has effective antiviral properties and improves cellular immunity

– Works in partnership with vitamin C.

Vitamin D

– Vitamin D has immune regulating properties and is vital for optimal function of the immune system.

– The government recommends that we all supplement vitamin D through the winter months as our source is the sunlight which we are currently not getting much of.

Probiotics

– 80-90% of the immune system lies in the gut.

– Our coconut bread contains prebiotic fibre which supports the growth of good bacteria

Eat a wide variety of vegetables

– Eating a wide variety of plant-based foods increases the amount of vitamins, mineral and antioxidants in your diet all of which contribute to a healthy immune system.

Reduce sugar intake

– Sugar weakens the immune system by up to 70% for two hours after you consume it.

Reduce stress

– Stress releases cortisol which weakens the immune system.

– Reducing stress is much easier said than done, especially in the current climate.

– Alternate nostril breathing, hum happily (Studies show that humming helps increase airflow between the sinus and nasal cavities), listening to calming music, mindful stretching and speaking to loved ones on the phone have all been shown to reduce stress and anxiety.

For the full article and further recommendations please visit https://www.cararedpathnutrition.com/new-blog/g31zwcojp76pmasd9egzrgsl2tgz9y

And remember to follow the government‘s and NHS‘s guidelines to keep yourself safe and well, please.

DISCLAIMER

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Any information provided by us is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. We always recommend referring your health queries to a qualified medical practitioner or your GP.

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Allergy Show & Free From Show Glasgow 2020

Our Allergy Show Glasgow stand was hugely successful and it is was wonderful to see people enjoying our bread. We were absolutely mobbed most of the time but it was lovely to meet everyone in person. Thank you so much to you all for stopping by, sampling our coconut bread and also posting on social media about us.

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Growing Team

As of February 2020, Cara Redpath has officially started as our consulting nutritionist. She is a fully qualified Naturopathic Nutritionist with expertise in paediatric nutrition and the developing immune system.

Cara consults both adults and children with a special interest in pain management, weigh management, autoimmune diseases and children’s health. Like myself, she believes in ‘vibrant health is possible for every family’.

I am so delighted to have Cara officially on-board because she has been part of our journey for over 4 years. She is experienced in helping families with allergies and has been of invaluable help to us with Calvin. She was there when I started making questionable attempts of developing an edible bread for Calvin and a very brave taste tester until I managed to create this wonderful fluffy delicious coconut bread as we know it today.

Cara also has a background as a chef and devised some wonderful allergen-free, healthy and nourishing recipes with our Original Coconut Bread.

Together, Cara and I are looking forward to presenting Calvin’s Good Foods at the Allergy Free From Shows in Glasgow (Stand A315) in March 2020 and at Excel in London in July 2020. It would be fantastic to see you there!

Best wishes,

Sabine x

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Big parcel

I have very exciting news: a big parcel has arrived 😉

Yes, you guessed right. The machine has arrived and it is beautiful and amazing. It was a very cold and blistery morning when it was delivered but watching it being set up and giving it its first clean and run made my heart warm! I think you can tell from my smile on my face.

The next steps are getting all set up for our coconut bread production and then to move it into its actual place on the factory floor. Once it is there I will be able to confirm the date when the breads are ready on our website.

We are doing everything possible to get to you as soon as. Thank you for your patience!

I will keep you up-to-date,

Sabine x

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Hurrah, we did it!

Thank you to everyone who has supported us on our RBSBackHerBusiness CrowdFund! It has been an incredible 40 days on this Crowdfunding journey and having your support and kind comments on this way was just amazing.

You helped me reach our target of £10,000 and this also includes the £5,000 from RBS which I would have not received without the right numbers of donations and supporters. Every bit was vital and appreciated!

The raised money will be used to get the production of our tasty Original Coconut Bread set up and market ready in our new home which is in a 100% allergen-free, 100% gluten-free and 100% vegan bakery factory in Scotland.

I will be in touch with updates on our bread and the rewards.

Thank you so so much, I am over the moon,

Sabine x

Calvin’s Mummy

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Ballet, Bodybuilding & Bread

My big Bs in my life.

Here is a little personal reflection on how life sometimes prepares you for the unexpected:

I am German so bread has always been a big part of my life. It makes up most of the German diet or at least how I know it. My teenage years, I spent all my free time dancing and doing ballet. This also involved watching what you eat and my mother was very clever, she taught me that if I eat the right things in balance they will make me strong, fit and healthy. When I got to university, there was less ballet available although I was very lucky in finding a fantastic teacher but I also got very enthusiastic about body building. To be honest, I absolutely love it! However, to get natural body building and your physique right it is crucial to know your nutrition, when and what to eat. Otherwise, all your hard work in the gym will not pay off. I learnt everything I could all about the optimum foods and what works best for me because it is different for everyone.

Ballet and Body Building are my personal passions, I did not do any of them professionally nor claiming I have done but they are my sanity, my strength and my zen. …after my family but we all need some Me Time, don’t we.

So, when Calvin came along, our bundle of joy, obviously dancing and lifting weights fell a bit to the side but little did I know how much they had actually prepared me for what was to come. At 3 months, Calvin showed first signs of having allergies, although back then we did not know nor the doctors. To be honest, I did not know much about allergies in general. He was exclusively breastfed until 6 months and then he ended up in Intensive Care when we introduced cows milk to him on doctor’s recommendation.

With the help of fantastic nutritionists, allergy specialist and a herbalist, I had to relearn what health and nutrition meant but fortunately, I already had an existing understanding of healthy eating to build on and how to make a diet work best for oneself and especially for Calvin. In short, our limited range of foods had to do the ultimate best for us and our health and it has been a constant search to continuously finding new great ones. However, one of the things we could not find was any commercially available bread that was allergen-free and help improve Calvin’s health, so I started working with what we could have, even though it meant standing in the kitchen at 5am making teeny tiny slices so we could have bread for breakfast and for sandwiches whilst being out and about. Calvin usually enjoyed resting on my back whilst I baked.

So, there are actually quite a few cool Bs in our lives: Our Bundle of Joy Calvin, a lot of Bread and even my old buddies Ballet and Body Building have sneaked back in.

I would always recommend whether it is for fitness, life style or health seek professional advice if you want to or have to make dramatic changes to your diet and training. From my own personal experience, there is always so much more to learn.

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Eat Like a Leither

This wonderful cook book full of healthy recipes and thoughts was produced with inspired creativity and skill by Leith Academy based in Edinburgh. I was asked to share a bit of our Food Start Up journey alongside other contributions by amazing chefs like Tony Singh MBE, Tom Kitchin, Neil Forbes and Martin Wishart as well as Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith. The book has been on sale at selected outlets including at the Proclaimers Concert in Glasgow, right next to their merchandise.

Please see below a little excerpt of my contribution and some images from the book that were created by the students. Obviously all copyright belongs to the original artist/authors.

The wonderful cook book can be bought for £10 from Leith Academy.

Further details on

https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2019/06/eat-like-a-leither/

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Raising funds

A lot has been happening the last 12 months, our priority and focus is on producing the best product possible and a big part of it is to raise funds.

I was lucky enough to being accepted into the Business Gateway 5-week programme to getting Investment ready.

https://highgrowth.scot/2018/12/14/eight-edinburgh-entrepreneurs-take-part-in-10th-gateway-to-investment-programme/

We received insightful talks from lawyers, investors and fellow entrepreneurs and I enjoyed sitting alongside other exciting Start Up businesses. One of the best things was that they allowed us to practice and it really helped to iron out doubts and mistakes. So I’m very grateful for this workshop and I have continued staying in touch with the people I met who have been utterly supportive.

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Gluten-free gratitude

I know we have been very quiet here lately but like a swan, we have been peddling underneath. It has been an adventurous journey so far but some of the unexpected turning up here and there but we are keeping focus on our goal: making the most amazing allergen-free products for you!

We are checking field to factory that all is safe and tasty.

Our gluten-free and allergen-free journey has been exciting and mainly made possible by fantastic people who joined, supported and helped us along the way. And I’m utterly grateful! So in short, I will have some concrete news soon 🤗

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Behind the scenes

Last month we had our first foodie photo and film shoot.

Before diving into the delicious world of making our own allergen-free healthy foods, I, Sabine aka Calvin’s Mummy, ran my own video production for over 10 years so no wonder Calvin was born with a cooking spoon in one hand and a camera in the other.

Over the last decade, one of my camera side kicks has been Ian Dodds who filmed and took the photographs for this shoot of our Original Coconut Flatbread. Ian has worked professionally as a drama and documentary cameraman for over 20 years. He has shot many broadcast documentaries in various locations around the world.

After a serious illness Ian has tried to eat a lot healthier. He very seldom eats ready-meals and always cooks from scratch with fresh ingredients.

For this shoot, all recipes with our Original Coconut Flatbread have been expertly created and advised by our student nutritionist consultant Cara Redpath who’s own journey about how good foods healed her is very impressive.

In 2014 in a severe accident, Cara fractured three vertebrae in her back and sustained major soft tissue damage. The road back to vibrant health seemed almost impossible and after ten months living in her bed and still in excruciating pain, Cara decided to see a nutritionist and through her new diet the inflammation in her body was reduced and the pain became manageable. The change in her life was so profound and life changing Cara felt motivated to study to become a nutritional therapist in order to help others who may also have given up hope of healing and help them regain optimal health.

As we always say, we are feeling very blessed about the amazing people that are in our lives and thankful that they share their gifts with us.

Our delicious recipes ideas will be revealed soon…here in our blog, and on our social media.