Probiotic Giveaway

You may have heard on various television adverts about ‘good’ or ‘friendly’ bacteria, but do you really know what this is?

Probiotics are this particuar type of bacteria and are essential to our bodies health and well-being. There are over 1000 strains of bacteria in our bodies and each microorganism plays an important role in the regulation and response of our immune system.

Live good bacteria and yeasts are particularly beneficial to our health and especially our digestive system. They help to suppress the growth of harmful bacteria and work at keeping our gut in tip-top condition. There are different ways our bodies can ingest probiotics, and consumption will increase the bacteria and alter our gut flora accordingly.

There are various foods which you can buy from the supermarkets which contain many valuable probiotic cultures. These live bacteria are found in yoghurts and other dairy products, but also in fermented food such as sauerkraut, kimchi and pickles. You can get similar benefits from drinks like kefir water and kambucha.

There is suggestion that for the ‘pro’biotics efficiency, we should aim to consume ‘pre’biotics too, as the two go hand-in-hand. These are a special form of dietary fibre rich foods and can be found in whole grains, onions and bananas. The prebiotics act as a source of nutrient to the probiotics, enabling them to multiply and thrive in our gut.

Research has shown how probiotics can increase our chances of avoiding illness’ such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Autoimmune complications and allergies. It is also important for anyone who takes antibiotics to ensure that their bodies gets plenty of good bacteria as many medications eradicate this when attacking the harmful bacteria.


So saving the best bit till last! I am running a giveaway in collaboration with iShopNutrition. I have 3 packs of ‘Microbiome Plus+ GI Probiotic’ capsules to give away to three lucky readers. These are a 1 month supply and are worth £19.99. These capsules are a convenient way to ensure you get your daily fix of probiotics for ultimate digestive and intestinal health.



All you need to do is click on the following link and follow the instructions to be in with a chance of winning a packet of these probiotics:

Topix and Tales…Giveaway – 3 Packs of Microbiome Plus+ GI Probiotic


For an entry to be valid, you must follow Topix and Tales by directly subscribing to or by following me on bloglovin at
You will also need to follow my twitter account @chantellelewis1 and send a tweet about this giveaway.

This competition will be open from 8pm on 26/01/2015 and will close on 11.59pm on 09/02/2015. 3 winners will be picked at random and notified on twitter, so keep an eye out on your notifications news feed.

Thank you so much for reading and sending you all the best of luck. Feel free to share this competition on social media, to give your friends a chance to win too.

Hope you have a healthy and happy week, Chantelle x


Winter Survival Kit!

I have put together a list of some winter essentials, all of which I won’t be without!

1.Invisible Gel Cushions
It is most likely that those feet of yours are going to get a tough time during December. This festive holiday brings extra events to your social calendar and that can mean night after night in those heeled shoes.
Scholl do some great cushions called Party feet. I have previously tried and tested these and they really do enable you to shop all day and part all night! These insert like an insole and help to prevent the burning of the soles of the feet. They cushions are also designed to stop the feet from slipping forward in the shoes which normally makes the toes scrunch up and can lead to painful blisters.


2.Dry Shampoo
This is one of those products I just wouldn’t be without. Wether you are rushing from work to a night out or just want to have an extra 5 mins snooze time on your morning alarm then this is a must-have. The spray works by soaking up any excess oils in the hair, as well as adding texture and volume. Spray from underneath the hair and at a distance to avoid a build up of any white powder and work into the hair using your fingertips or brush. By not over washing the hair, it can help to eliminate, dry, frizzy and static hair, something we could all do without. So, say yes to skipping conventional hair washing once in a while and try out a can of dry shampoo. There are plenty of brands on the high-street, here are a few; Batiste, V05, Bed Head, and Colab one of the new additions to the shop shelves. My current favourite is the Batiste brand.


3.Milk Thistle
There is plenty of rich food and alcohol all around us at Christmas time, and our bodies may be working extra hard to filter all those not so healthy cocktails an mulled wine you may guzzle! Milk Thistle is a natural supplement which helps to detoxify and protect the liver and the way it functions. Reach for this plant based extract and give you body a helping hand in keeping it healthy and detoxed.


4.Lip Balm
With all that singing to xmas tunes, munching on mince pies and kissing under the mistletoe you need to keep those lips free from cracking and perfectly puckered! There are so many lip balms on the market, but no matter which I try, I still seem to return to the trusty Carmex in a tube. I love this not only because its really hydrating, but it also contains an SPF 15. Carmex has a unique formula which soothes and relieves, which ensures soft and healthy lips.


5.Antibacterial Hand Sanitizer
Antibacterial hand cleansing gel or wipes are always close by. With my weakened immune system already fighting Lyme Disease, I could do without the added winter germs that seem to be lurking all around. When I’m out-and-about the gels, sprays and wipes are really handy, no water is needed and they can visibly reduce the number of germs. I will always recommend washing hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with soap and water whenever possible.


6.Touchscreen Gloves
Buying touch-screen-friendly gloves feels like a sort of mini revelation! How have I not had a pair of these before now?! There is nothing more annoying than needing to remove your gloves constanltly before missing yet another call you already heard too late as its buried in your handbag amongst half your life! Let this no longer be a problem. Don’t let the cold get in the way of your, tweeting, texting or taking pictures of all your festive fun times. Grab yourself a pair of touch screen gloves. I bought a simple navy pair from Muji, but there are all sorts of fun, finger-friendly designs to choose from. Maybe this year without having to take my gloves of every 5 minutes I may actually manage not to loose a pair!


Its essential that you keep topped up with all those vitamins and minerals which are needed to keep your body happy and healthy now and in the future. There are a number of effective vitamin tablets that contribute to the normal function and support of the immune system. I would recommend going for a multi-vitamin and a time-released supplement of Vitamin C. The slow release function is designed to release the nutrients over a longer period of time, which is going to be more effective in the long run and ensure better absorption.


8.Hand Cream
Last but not least, we can’t forget this winter essential. Our hands and face get affected by the cold weather the most, so use frequently for silky soft hands. I would advise putting one in your handbag and one on your bedside table. By putting them in easy to reach places, its a constant reminder and you are more likely to use them. I am currently using L’Occitane Shea Butter hand cream. This smells amazing and is really nourishing.


Thanks for reading. I would love to know what your winter essentials are…Let me know in the comments.

Festive wishes being sent your way.

Chantelle x