Cleanse and refresh – food and drink for a feel-good summer

When the sun is out and the mercury is up, it’s even more important that I feel good in my skin. It’s not about guilt-tripping myself, it’s about food that does me good but tastes great too. Food I actually want to eat. So here’s what I reach for.

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Coco Face Fresh Coconuts – these are raw and unpasteurised. Just crack one open, stick in a straw and drink the water, then scoop out the flesh. The flavour is naturally sweet with floral and woody notes. i.e. yum.

(Coconuts are a great source of salts and minerals, plus electrolytes that help muscle and brain function, and are good for rehydrating after exercise.)

Here’s how you open one:

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Dr Hilary Jones on milk intolerance and the a2 solution

You’ll probably recognise Dr Hilary Jones from the sofa of ITV’s Daybreak and Steve Wright’s Radio 2 programme.

As an NHS GP, medical presenter and spokesperson for a2 Milk, we wanted his insight on the importance of milk, lactose intolerance, and the options for those of us who have problems digesting milk. Here’s what he had to say when we caught up with him.

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A lot of people avoid milk and dairy because they suspect it’s causing them digestive issues. Why is that?

Not all cows milk is the same. There are two different types of protein in milk and cows either produce A1 or A2.  Not surprisingly they are known as A1 cows and A2 cows. The A1 protein digests differently to A2 protein and has been linked to discomfort after drinking milk. This is why some people feel they have issues or an intolerance to milk. a2 Milk is cows’ milk that is naturally rich in the A2 protein and contains none of the A1 protein. Put simply, because a2 Milk does not contain the A1 protein, some people may find a2 Milk easier to digest. Continue reading