Morning Sickness Relief

October 11 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Natural health information, Pregnancy

If you are one of the unfortunate women who suffer with morning sickness during your pregnancy, here are some tips to help ease the pain of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, shared by a naturopath.

Best morning sickness remedies

morning sickness

Morning Sickness

We have supplements that can help women with Morning sickness relief, however the MOST important thing, is to have “as close to perfect” blood sugar level control as you can. This is VITAL and one of the most important aspects to controlling Morning Sickness.

This is how we suggest supporting blood sugar levels while pregnant.

Put a packet of plain biscuits beside the bed – Like Griffins Round Wine or Super Wine Biscuits

When you wake up and before even sitting up, eat 1 or 2 of these, then sit up, sit on the edge of the bed and wait for a minute or two and see how you feel.   You need to make sure you feel ok, before you leap up.   You may need to eat more of the biscuits why sitting there.

Then pretty much, you need to have breakfast.  This needs to be a good amount of carbohydrates (around 60 grams of actual carbohydrates) with some protein (around 15 grams of actual protein).  Examples are a cup of cereal, with 1 cup of Anchor Protein + lite milk on it.  You can have a piece of fruit too, if you want.

While morning sickness symptoms are acute, you will need to have a snack every 1 hour between meals, then the main meal and then the snacks each 1 hour until dinner.

After dinner you may be ok for a couple of hours, but you will need to have a good supper about 1 hour before bed.  If you have a good quality protein powder (that does not contain artificial sweeteners), a serve of this stirred into a tub of fresh and fruity yoghurt is good.  But otherwise, it needs to be a good carbohydrate (2 slices of bread, or a piece of fruit, or 3/4 cup cereal etc.) with a good serve of protein (Anchor Protein + Lite Milk).

Wow, that’s a ton of food!

I know this sounds like a lot of eating, but this is the key to getting morning sickness under control.  Once it is under control, you should be able to moderate this and may find that snacking each 2 hours will suffice, but the concept is the same.

You may have thought you had your diet sussed in the past, but being pregnant is a whole different ball game. What may have worked for you in the past before pregnancy, may not work now and may not be relevant now.

More tips to help ease the pain of nausea & vomiting of morning sickness

Always having a drink at hand is a good idea, to cleanse your mouth.  Sipping on Bundaberg Ginger Beer is good and again, a huge source of rapidly absorbed carbohydrates.  As well as this, Ginger can help to settle the stomach, so sipping on this can be good.

Making sure your nutrient level demands are being addressed is also vital and especially iron, which drops dramatically at 12 weeks and 32 weeks of pregnancy.  Low levels cause fatigue, emotional erraticness, breathing problems and makes you a fussy eater, making it hard to top these levels up adequately.   Low iron levels also cause a lack of iron in the blood and a low level of this can causes oxygen distribution problems around the body.  This can cause a light headed feeling, which can bring on an attack of nausea.

Morning Sickness Relief Supplements

Morningmed Relief is a homeopathic remedy specifically for those with morning sickness. It comes in both a spray and also a lactose based tablet that you suck.

Digest Pregnancy  is a pure and gentle formula with a unique combination of vegetarian enzymes and organic ginger root to help women cope with occasional digestive discomforts common to pregnancy. From conception to delivery, Digest Pregnancy may help to lessen digestive discomfort, whilst also promoting nutrient absorption and a reduction in nausea.  Vegan and Kosher

Digest Ease Organic Tea contains a traditional herbal recipe for soothing and settling the stomach.  Can be taken as an enjoyable digestive tonic after food and also whenever discomfort, indigestion, bloating or reflux occurs.  Can also be used by pregnant women who experience morning sickness.  Can be given to children and babies with digestive unease (given directly) Suitable for adults, children and babies.

Organic Ginger & Kawakawa tonic is a New Zealand made herbal combination that can be used during the 1st and 2nd trimester only, for helping to settle the stomach.  It can be consumed hot or cold and can help with abdominal discomfort (especially when caused by overeating), motion sickness and nausea. With NZ Kawa Kawa, Organic Ginger, Organic Peppermint in a base of Manuka Honey. May be taken undiluted or mixed into hot or cold water.  Not suitable for use in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy.

If none of these suggestions help you, then your GP should be able to offer you a drug to help relieve your symptoms.  Remember, if morning sickness goes on for any length of time, both you and your unborn baby will be affected by this (dehydration, lack of nutrients etc) so do not leave it too long before doing something about this.

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health

Natural Health Products Bill & Toxic Additives

October 4 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: In the News, Natural health, Natural health information, Natural health supplements

We received some information from Health Freedom NZ today, with regard to an open letter Guy Hatchard has written to All MP’s.

In this, he details a number of examples whereby substances have been banned around the world but are listed as permitted on the Medsafe white-list.

They say ” This reduces Medsafe’s ‘permitted list’ approach to little more than a bureaucratic Trojan horse, which will ban safe natural medicinal food-based ingredients, while classifying questionable synthetic substances proven by science to have adverse and dangerous side effects, as safe and natural”.

“This provides yet another example that there is a conflict of interest in pharmaceutically minded Medsafe regulating Natural Health products. This style of regulation will harm the reputation and safety profile of Natural Health Products”.

Health Freedom NZ encourage us to write to MPs with this information and request, as per the open letter, that this bill is inappropriate, unacceptable and should be dropped.

This is a pdf of the letter open-letter-to-parliament-sept-2016

Open Letter To MPs, written by Guy Hatchard

Medsafe Defies The Intent of Parliament

3rd October 2016

The intent of Parliament is to improve public health and reduce risk, but in an extraordinary act of defiance and bureaucratic empire building Medsafe has just issued an update (September 2016) on the proposed Natural Health Products bill in which it acknowledges the serious concerns of industry, the public, and natural health practitioners, but in essence proposes to pursue its own agenda regardless.

What has happened?
Medsafe has permitted thousands of chemicals and synthetic substances which differ from their natural counterparts and pose health risks for the public. At the same time Medsafe has restricted or banned many hundreds of Chinese, Indian, Maori, and other herbs which have been used safely in traditional medicine for thousands of years.

How has this happened?
Medsafe has applied two different principles in assessing ingredients, neither of which is scientifically valid. For synthetic substances, Medsafe has used the principle of substantial equivalence—if it appears to be similar, approve it. For herbs, Medsafe has used the principle of doubt—if little is known about a herbal substance in modern medical practice, restrict it (NB the use of this rule has been rejected by EU courts).

Why is this dangerous for public health?
Many substances already approved by Medsafe have been banned overseas because they pose risks to health (see appended list). So many synthetic substances have been approved that even coloured fizzy drinks sold in supermarkets qualify as natural health products (See So many traditional herbs have been restricted that a great many people who rely on natural health products (NHPs) to help maintain health will be seriously affected. More than 50% of the NZ population use NHPs

Why has this happened?
Medsafe has adopted decisions taken in foreign countries who have different laws from NZ. Medsafe has also joined ICMRA—an international coalition seeking to control Natural Health Products (for more info view )

Why does this run against scientific trends?
Research published during the last 15 years has shown that healthy diet and herbal supplements play a key role in maintaining health. Simultaneously research shows that many synthetics, chemicals, additives, and even pharmaceuticals pose a serious risk to health. A report prepared in the EU has found that NHPs are 45,000 times safer than prescribed drugs. In this light, controls on NHPs run counter to evidence. Medsafe should be encouraging healthy choices not restricting them.

Why is the Natural Health Products Bill unworkable?
Medsafe has no expertise in natural health. There are over 100,000 edible plants with medicinal uses, it would be absurd, impossible, and hugely costly to attempt to control what until now has been regarded as food. Moreover there is no evidence of risk to the public. Of course food is healthy, but that doesn’t mean that it should be controlled as medicine.

Is the NZ natural health product industry concerned about the bill?
The scientific sector of the NHP industry is very concerned. This bill will force many companies out of business who are dedicated to public health naturally. They have formed a new industry body to oppose the bill called the Natural Health Alliance (see: It is true that a few companies feel that the bill will knock out their competitors and give them a monopolistic advantage, but this is not in the public interest nor is it intended by Parliament.

Why are natural health practitioners concerned about the bill?
Many natural health practitioners will be unable to advertise their services or use traditional remedies they know to be effective.

Why is the Natural Health Products Bill confusing?
There has been no attempt to reconcile the provisions of the Natural Health Products Bill and the existing Medicines Act. If an NHP provider proves that his product has therapeutic value, the law as it stands will mandate that the product should be registered as a medicine —a very costly process that will severely restrict its distribution, sale, and use.

Can the Natural Health Products Bill be fixed?
Existing laws already protect the public, regulate manufacturing standards, and require labels. The NHP industry has always liaised closely with regulators to ensure these standards work. The proposed NHP bill is a regulatory bill which would give carte blanche to Medsafe to alter regulations as they see fit and even contains a provision that anyone unfairly treated cannot seek redress in a court of law.

Moreover it remains the case that no evidence of risk from natural health products has been presented to Parliament, therefore the whole case to regulate them collapses. The bill in its present form does not serve public health, it amounts to regulatory empire-building and should be dropped.

Under the existing Bill of Rights, there is no provision to protect the right of the individual to make health choices. The only relevant provision is a right to life. The Natural Health Products bill will erode even this right, since in many cases serious ill people rely on NHPs. I am sure you will agree that in the light of accumulating evidence of the critical role fresh foods play in maintaining health, Parliament should be very careful about passing legislation which will hand control of foods, plants, and medicinal herbs to medical regulators who lack any credible expertise in natural medicine or commitment to its use.

The proposals put forward by Medsafe demonstrate a flagrant disregard for the intent of Parliament to improve public health. I would be happy to travel to Wellington along with industry leaders and health practitioners to discuss our concerns more fully with you.

Yours sincerely
Dr. Guy Hatchard,, 022 636 7760

Dr Hatchard is formerly Natural Health Products Director at Genetic ID, a global food testing company

Supporting evidence and information—please review:
Suspected Toxic Additives to be Permitted by Medsafe under the NHP Bill (attached)  Toxic-additives-permitted-by-medsafe
Video: How will the Natural Health Products Bill Affect Us?
Video: New Global restrictions on Natural Health Product

Health Benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements

September 14 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Natural health information

Turmeric and Curcumin are some of the best joint health supplements that can provide an anti-inflammatory action to help with joint pain and other inflammatory disorders. Find out more here

Health benefits of Turmeric and Curcumin Supplements

Turmeric and its anti inflammatory component Curcumin seem to be all the buzz at the moment and rightly so, as they provide many health benefits and are some of the best joint health supplements that can provide an anti-inflammatory action.

What is Curcumin?


Curcumin Powder

Curcuminoids are a Group of antioxidants found in Turmeric root, rather than just one component; of which Curcumin (diferuloylmethane) is the primary constituent.

Health benefits of Curcumin

Henry Osiecki tells us that Curcumin modulates various signalling molecules in the body  including:

Inflammatory Molecules
Transcription Factors
Cell survival proteins
Drug resistance proteins
Growth Factors

Curcumin can selectively modulate multiple cell signalling pathways linked to inflammation and to survival,  growth, invasion, angiogenesis and metastasis of cancer cells.

Health conditions Curcumin may help with?

An extract of Curcumin can help with:

Inflammatory conditions such as in allergies, arthritis, asthma, bursitis, connective tissue disorders, Crohns disease, symptoms of gout, inflammatory bowel disease (post operative inflammation), pancreatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, sinusitis, ulcerative colitis & uveitis.

In Ayurvedic medicine, it has been used for “all intestinal infections and mucus conditions,” for reducing pathogenic bacteria and for treating dyspepsia.

The digestive stimulant properties are also reflected in Western herbal medicine usage, where turmeric is also used for poor liver function and is recognised to have antimicrobial and carminative properties.

A pilot study in patients with GORD (currently taking either PPI or H2 Blockers, but stopping after two weeks on Curcumin), using 2 grams of Curcumin a day over eight weeks, found 11 out of 14 patients (79%) were asymptomatic by the end of the time period.

Curcumin shows promise with the bacteria Helicobacter Pylori (H.Pylori)

This is only a very small amount of ailments Curcumin can help with.

How much Curcumin should you take?

Most dosage recommendations for Curcumin is to take 1-2 grams of a day, with 5 grams being a typical dosage, gradually increasing to dosages of up to 8 grams.  Most Curcumin extract supplements start at 500mg per tablet, so a dosage of 2 twice a day would be needed to even start to produce a therapeutic effect.

Can you rely on ground Turmeric root powder to get Curcumin?

Most Turmeric root powder contains between 2-10% Curcumin, however this level varies greatly.

Factors that influence the Curcumin level include:

The species of Turmeric root and whether it is longa or aromatica
The way the Turmeric root was processed
Where it was grown and the conditions the root was grown in

As you want an exact amount of Curcumin, we suggest using a curcumin supplement, with a guaranteed amount of curcumin in each serve.

Curcumin Supplements

There are a ton of Turmeric and Curcumin supplements out there but we like the patented Curcumin ones, that provide a guaranteed amount of curcumin per dose.  These include Meriva & BCM-95.  As well as this, we have Liposomal Curcumin (in a liquid liposomal form)

Doctor's Best Curcumin Phytosome

Doctor’s Best Curcumin Phytosome

Mervia®  uses a patented Phytosome® technology which enhances the absorption of the curcumins.

They tell us “The Phytosome® technology helps enhance bioavailability. The technology binds each curcumin molecule with one or more molecules of the nutrient PC (phosphatidylcholine), to make molecular complexes called phytosomes. Curcumin molecules in the Meriva® phytosome complexes are more stable against breakdown, and mix far better into water, so that they are better absorbed when taken orally.

The PC molecules in the phytosomes serve as a “delivery vehicle” or “chaperone” that not only chemically protects the curcumin molecules, but also markedly increases their absorption because PC itself is well absorbed when taken orally.

BCM-95®   BCM-95 is the product of a unique extraction process that brings the curcuminoids and


Pain Relief with 117mg Curcumin per dose

naturally occurring essential oils, like curcumin and Ar-tumerone, to the forefront. The ‘95’ in the BCM-95® trademark entails the patented composition of this potent curcumin-essential oil complex (CEC) mixture: 86% curcuminoids, plus 7-9% essential oils.

We have BCM-95 in the product Ethical Nutrients Pain Relief, which provides 117 mg of Curcumin per capsule, with the addition of BosPure® Boswellia gum, known for its anti inflammatory effect.

Liposomal forms of nutrients are very popular these days, for their increased absorption.  Spark of Life Liposomal Curcumin has a huge


Liposomal Curcumin

250mg of curcuminoids per 6ml dosage, providing mg of Curcumin.

Spark of Life tell us “Liposomal technology involves encapsulating nutrients inside tiny lipid bubbles (liposomes). Because of their minute size and make up, these liposomes are absorbed into the body without being broken down by the digestive system. This improves the bioavailability of the nutrients which means more nutrients for the cells to utilise”.

“Additionally, these liposomes provide the body with phosphatidylcholine, an essential phospholipid that is needed for many crucial functions in the body”.

“Spark of Life Curcumin is manufactured using a proprietary Cold Structure Technology which means that the product was never exposed to high temperatures or pressures”.


Is Curcumin Contraindicated with anything?

Yes It is.  Those with gall stones may find they need to use a reduced dosage or not use it at all.  Pregnant women should not take turmeric supplements. Curcumin can aggravate some central nervous system diseases such as in those with Lupus. Curcumin also interfered with the absorption and efficacy of the chemotherapy drug Irinotecan, so should not be used in conjunction with this.    It also decreases the effect of camptothecin and cyclophosphamide, both also used in chemotherapy.  Curcumin also enhances the effect of a number of other drugs, so if you are taking any medication and want to start Curcumin supplementation, check with your prescriber first.   Curcumin is high in salicylates, so should be considered by those who have a problem with these, before taking.

If you would like to know more about Curcumin or the supplements we stock that contain Curcumin, don’t hesitate to phone one of our health team, or email

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health



Zinc In The News Again

September 1 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Health supplement review, Immunity and allergy treatment, In the News, Natural skin care

Zinc is such an important nutrient and involved in so many vital processes in the body, so I was not surprised to see mention of zinc in the news again.

This time it was an article in the NZ Herald written by Martin Johnston, with regard to Zinc deficiencies and children who have Autism.  You can read the full article here

Zinc, A VITAL Nutrient

Zinc, A VITAL Nutrient

He told us about a 2011 study of zinc concentrations in hair from 1967 children with autistic disorders, which found that nearly 50 per cent of those aged up to 3 years old had zinc deficiency. The rate was around 28 per cent for children aged 4 to 9 and dropped to around 3 per cent for those aged 10 to 15.

This is not surprising, when you consider that zinc is a mineral that is deficient in our soils here in New Zealand.

Before this report, we heard about the use of Zinc for sore throats and how using Zinc Lozenges can shorten the duration of common colds.

Scientist George Eby was contacted by Life Extension®, as he is the one who discovered that zinc can eradicate cold symptoms. George Eby has spent decades perfecting the most effective and palatable form and dose of zinc lozenge.

He talked about how his 3 year old daughter was the instigator of this research, while she was undertaking chemotherapy.  He tells us this

“From the first day of diagnosis, I regularly administered zinc and other supplemental nutrients to her. She was totally free of leukemic blast cells two-weeks after diagnosis and being given chemotherapy, radiation, and zinc which was unheard of at that time. Eventually, I published my hypothesis about zinc being vital for a rapid recovery from leukemia”.

Testing the theory

George recruited 2 well known doctors and undertook two clinical trials, one using 23 mg zinc gluconate tablets (used as throat lozenges), which were only one-half as potent as what their previous experience indicated was needed, and the other trial with 37 mg zinc orotate lozenges, used with 10 mmol zinc (gluconate) nasal spray.

The Conclusion for Zinc & The Common Cold

Zinc Lozenge

Zinc Lozenge

Upon analysis, they found that the 23 mg zinc gluconate lozenges, used every two hours (nine lozenges per day) shortened common colds by about seven days, with strong statistical significance (P=0.001).  Years later, they submitted the results for publication to Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

30 years later this information was finally obtaining widespread acceptance of George’s discovery. Perhaps it’s not widespread yet, but zinc for common colds did get favorable mention in the April 2014 issue of the ultra-conservative Journal of the American Medical Association.

Leanne Loves Zinc & Takes It Daily

I personally take zinc every day.  When my immunity is lowered, I take a much large dose than usual, in separated doses.   Generally, I would not take any more than 100mg (elemental) of zinc in a day and would suggest you do not take any more than this, unless under the supervision of an experienced clinician.

George Eby goes on to tell us “Actually, that zinc is good for colds can be surmised from many years of research on zinc and the primary immune system. Without enough dietary zinc and other nutrients, our immune systems don’t function well and diseases are much more likely to develop and become difficult to remedy. Diet and immunity have been linked for centuries.  As we move away from meat-rich diets, our intake of zinc is becoming so low that it is threatening our immune system”.

Plus we need to remember that we are deficient in Zinc in our New Zealand soils, so it would be unlikely that most New Zealanders would have an adequate daily intake or have adequate stores of this mineral in their body.

Where is zinc stored in the body?

Henry Osiecki tells us that 90% of the body’s store of zinc is found in the muscles and bone.  However other “target organs” are the brain, optic nerve, eyes, in semen, the prostate gland, pancreas and adrenal glands. He tells us that the major route of zinc excretion is via the gastro intestinal tract.

Health associated zinc deficiency symptoms

Henry tells us that approximately 47% of the population is at risk of a zinc deficiency.

A deficiency of Zinc can cause retarded growth, delayed sexual maturity and prolonged healing of wounds.  As well as this, acne, alopecia, brittle nails, skin problems such as dermatitis, skin lesions and slow wound healing,  low testosterone, a low sperm count and sperm damage, decreased immune response and increased susceptibility to viral infections, depletion of B and T-cells, poor immunity, depression, DNA damage, impaired growth, impaired cognitive function, impotence, intercurrent infections, learning disorders, loss of appetite, loss of taste and smell, macular degeneration, manic depression, metabolic syndrome, moodiness, poor concentration and poor memory, poor vision, rough skin, neural tube defects, sleep problems, sore throats, sterility, viral infections and stretch marks can all be associated with a deficiency of zinc.

 Stretch Marks are a common Zinc deficiency symptom

Stretch Marks are a common Zinc deficiency symptom.  Picture from Bigstock



Interestingly, Henry tells use that white stretch marks indicate a relative deficiency, while red or purple stretch marks, indicate an absolute zinc deficiency.



Absorption of Zinc

Henry Osiecki tells us that the primary determinants of zinc absorption are the amount of zinc ingested and our dietary intake of foods high in phytates, which have a major effect on zinc bio-availability.  Phytates are mainly found in cereals and grains.

Other things that interfere with Zinc absorption include excess sugar intake, insufficient stomach hydrochloric acid and pancreatic enzymes, gut inflammation and allergy.

Excessive calcium intake impairs zinc absorption.  Zinc competes with calcium and iron for absorption.

A number of pharmaceutical drugs decrease zinc absorption.  These include H-2 receptor antagonists such as Cimetidine, Famotidine, Nizatidine and Ranitidine and Tetracycline – A group of antibiotics

A number of pharmaceutical drugs increase the urinary excretion of zinc.  These include, but are not limited to, ACE inhibitors, Corticosteroid medications, Loop diuretics and Penicillamine (a chelating agent).

A number of pharmaceutical drugs decrease zinc blood levels.  These include a number of Oral contraceptives and Valproic acid (used in Epilepsy)

A number of pharmaceutical drugs decrease body zinc levels.  These include the cholesterol lowering agents Clofibrate and Fenofibrate, Ethambutol for Tuberculosis (particularly in the heart, kidney and liver) and Zidovudine (formally AZT) an antiretroviral medication used to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS.

Other things that can affect zinc levels in the body are Alcohol, Beta blockers, Chlorthalidone, Cholestyramine, Cimetidine, EDTA, Endopril, Ethambutol, Penicillin, Pentobarbital, Polyphenols, Progesterone and Steroids.

Zinc and Copper are capable of decreasing absorption of the other from the digestive tract.   So if you have been taking Zinc and the level of this is not increasing in your body, it could be that you have high levels of copper in your body.  You can have this mineral tested from a blood test, to measure the amount in your blood (will not reveal the stored level is tissues).  Serum Copper is a non funded blood test in New Zealand and the cost of the test in September 2016 is NZ$52.

How much zinc do we need each day?

Henry Osiecki tells us that the Recommended Daily Amount of Zinc is 15mg or 0.2mg/kg, but that a Supplementary Range (a safe therapeutic dose for a range of disease states) is between 10-90mg.

The RDA by Age is:
Infants          5mg
<10 years    10mg
>10 years    15mg
Lactation   19mg

REMEMBER that a RDA relates to the amount you need to maintain your existing level in your body, so if you (like the rest of us) have low levels of Zinc in your body, you will need to take a lot more than the RDA.

Zinc Supplements Healthyonline Stocks

Our three main zinc supplements are:

Zinc Lozenges.  These use the exact form of zinc that George Eby found shortens the duration of the common cold, in a Lozenge form.

Zinc.  These Zinc tablets provide a therapeutic dosage of zinc in each tablet, with the co factors Vitamin A, manganese, magnesium & B6.

Zinc Fix Powder.  This powder is great for the whole family to use (5 years and older).  Each 1.9 grams of powder (1/2 metric tsp) provides 1000mg of Vitamin C, 23mg of Zinc and B6 & Beta Carotene.

You can read more about Zinc here


Some of our Favourite Zinc Supplements

Some of our Favourite Zinc Supplements


If you would like to know any more about Zinc, don’t hesitate to contact one of our health team either by phone on Auckland (09) 443 2584 or email

Written by
Leanne James
Founder of Ideal Health &


Coconut Yoghurt

August 16 2016No Commented

Categorized Under: Healthy eating, Healthy gluten free recipes, Healthy recipes for candida sufferers

I still remember the day when an Australian Sales Rep for Coyo Coconut yoghurt introduced us to their Coconut yoghurt.  I had never tried Coconut yoghurt before, but it was some of the yummiest, creamiest deliciousness I have tried!  Then he shocked us with the price – $9.95 for 350 grams.

My colleague Kerry said “I’m sure I can make that!”  And she did!  She bought in some of her delicious home made Coconut yoghurt for us to try, with a berry coulis.  It was as good (if not better) than the one we had tried AND Super easy to make.

Here are the Step by Step instructions of my latest attempt.  I am thoroughly impressed with the outcome and doubt I will be buying Coconut yoghurt in the future, especially now that I can make it overnight in my yoghurt maker.

How to make Coconut Yoghurt

Step 1. Add Kara Coconut Cream & Probiotic into container

Step 1. Add Kara Coconut Cream & Probiotic into yoghurt container.

Step 1: Kerry determined that the Kara Coconut Cream is the best one to use and I thoroughly agree with her.  In this recipe, I use the 1 litre UHT container of Kara Coconut Cream.

I have a Kambrook Electric yoghurt maker that I picked up from my local Op Shop, but an Easiyo maker  (or any of the hot water yoghurt makers) works too (you may need to keep it in a warm place in colder weather)

I added the entire container of Kara Coconut Cream to the yoghurt container.



Step 2: Add the contents of 2 Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus probiotics into the coconut cream

Step 2: Add the contents of 2 Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus probiotic capsules into the coconut cream

Step 2:  Then I added the contents of 2 Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus Probiotic capsules into the Coconut Cream and gave it a really good stir.

I added the contents of 1 capsule when I had added just half of the coconut cream and then the 2nd one at the end.  I dont know if it makes any difference but this is what I did.  I stirred it really well to make sure the probiotic bacteria was evenly distributed throughout the Coconut Cream.



Step 3: Put the yoghurt container in the yoghurt maker

Step 3: Put the yoghurt container in the yoghurt maker

Step 3:  Next I put the lid on my yoghurt container and put it in the yoghurt maker.  If you have an Easiyo Hot Water Yoghurt maker, you push the plastic insert spacer down inside the Yogurt Maker as far as it can go. (Check the correct side is facing up). Then pour boiling water into the Yogurt Maker to the top of the plastic insert spacer and put your jar into the Yogurt Maker so that it sits on top of the plastic insert. The boiling water will rise part-way up the sides of the jar.  Then you cover it and leave it for 8 to 10 hours.


My yoghurt maker is electric, so you do not need to use boiling water.  You just switch the machine on, put the yoghurt container in the yoghurt maker and put the lid on.

Step 4: Leave over night

Step 4: Leave over night.


Step 4:  I usually put my yoghurt maker on in the late afternoon and leave it until the next morning.  By the time I look at it in the morning, it has this amount of condensation that has accumulated in the lid.   Because my machine is electric, I worried that my yoghurt had got too hot and that it would be wrecked and would have spoiled.  But it hadnt.  It was AMAZING!!!



Step 5:  The finished product!   I was SOOOOO impressed with the outcome.  I really did not think it would be that easy.  I thought my Coconut yoghurt would be runny, not set and maybe, off from getting too warm and nothing like the type I have purchased in the past.

I was very wrong though!.  Just look at how amazing it looks! AND, the taste is absolutely creamy and delicious!!!

Look at that consistency!

Look at that consistency!

Look at this perfect spoonfull!

Look at this perfect spoonfull!









So why not give it a go!  All you need is the Kara Coconut Cream and the probiotic capsule.  I used 2 Ethical Nutrients Inner Health Plus capsules for 1 litre of Coconut Cream, so I am sure that if you are only using 500ml, you will only need 1 capsule.  Here is a link to the Inner Health Plus Capsules

If you make some, have a brag, like I have and post photos of your Coconut yoghurt for us all to see.  Did you make a coulis to go on it?

Leanne James
Founder Ideal Health