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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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For an entry to be valid, you must follow Topix and Tales by directly subscribing to topixandtales.com or by following me on bloglovin at https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/topix-tales-12942887.
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

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October Favourites

Morning! So, October felt like it flew by, I almost don’t feel like I lived through all 31 days of it! I have made a monthly favourites list of various bits and bobs I have loved during October.

Pukka Organic Three Mint Tea
A delicious and invigorating blend of spearmint, fieldmint and peppermint leaves all bound inside an organic tea bag. I have been drinking this tea every evening and it feels like a minty party in my mouth. Pukka create products which are made with 100% no-GM ingredients, and packaging is made from renewable and recyclable sources. A company helping both our planet and your bodies. Mint tea is known for its ability to promote a healthy digestive system and aid in relaxation and a more restful nights sleep.

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Minvita Baobab Powder
I reviewed this nutritional superfruit powder in a previous blog, after I was kindly gifted this product from Minvita. I have been adding a tablespoon to my morning smoothies and I really love the refreshing taste. It has also given me peace of mind knowing I am adding extra vitamins and minerals to my diet in addition to healthy eating, especially whilst my immune system needs extra attention.

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Gogglebox – Channel 4
Oh My Days! This programme really makes me giggle, like properly laugh out loud. From the tipsy antics of the posh couples in there gorgeous mansion, to the BFF a (Best-Friends for Ever) who are never without a take-away and some serious bling! All the participants comments are so honest, no beating around the bush there. To be fair I’m normally shouting something similar at the box myself!

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Fluffy Socks
I love my feet to be snug and cosy on these cold autumnal days. I can’t be without a pair of fluffy socks, it’s like my trotters are getting a constant hug, who wouldn’t want that! You can buy them at such low cost in places like Primark and Tesco. Even TKmaxx have aloe infused socks for sale that have super soft material and they help to lock in moisture…Happy Feet.

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Origins Hand Cream
I am always washing my hands! It’s constant and this eventually takes its toll and makes them really dry and the skin feels taught. Even when I can’t access a sink I will whip out the antibacterial wipes or hand gel! I have had my Origins hand cream for a while as I was saving till my other brand had been used up. It was so worth the wait. It’s great on the go as it is quickly absorbed and the size of the tube isn’t too big. At bed time I rub in a slightly more generous amount and slip on my beauty gloves, allowing healing time for my hands. This lovely lotion is working wonders.

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Twitter!
This form of social media is basically connecting me to some wonderful people all around the world. I often wonder how we ever managed before the Internet, who knows? Since starting up ‘Topix and Tales’ I really have become a little addicted to Twitter. Short posts, instant information and it is so accessible to everyone either at home, at work or out and about. I still struggle to keep up with the speed of my ever changing news feed but I do love to get a bit ‘hashtag happy’. I have managed to communicate with different companies and other health and lifestyle bloggers too. I like the idea that I am always learning something new and it’s great to be a part of an ever growing community.
Tweet Me! @chantellelewis1 #topixandtales

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Nakd Bars
These 100% natural bars are one of my favourites snacks at the moment. I have an old biscuit tin which I fill with a variety of different flavours, ready to munch on in between meals or a breakfast on-the-go. These bars are gluten, wheat and dairy free and yet full of goodness and with so much taste. They are made with no added sugars, just those that are produced naturally by the ingredients. These fruit and nut based bars count towards your five a day, and come in a really great range of flavours. My favourites flavours in October have been the Cashew Cookie and the Berry Delight. I wasn’t a fan of the Rhubarb & Custard flavour and I am still searching for the Bakewell Tart Bar.

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White Company Seychelles Candle
The smell of this candle is divine! It has a warming yet exotic combination of vanilla, almond, bergamot, orange and coconut. It fills the room with a smell reminiscent of caribbean holidays and evokes a calming image of relaxation. I received the Seychelles candle in a luxury White Company gift set last Christmas. This candle has an approximate burning time of 28 hours and I feel like it is a scent I would happily use all year round.

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What have been your monthly favourites for October? Do you have any recommendations for me to try during the winter months ahead? Feel free to leave comments, I would love to hear from you all.

Chantelle x

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