Thursday, 26 January 2017

Top 10 Health Benefits of Coconut Water!


For centuries, people from tropical regions have known about the amazing health benefits of tender coconut water, which comes from young green coconuts.
It is a delicious and refreshing low-calorie natural beverage. Tender coconut water contains more nutrients than mature coconut water.
It’s packed with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, B-complex vitamins, vitamin C and minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc.
The micronutrients in coconut water help boost the immune system. Plus, the plant hormones called cytokinins in this health drink exhibit anti-aging, antithrombotic and anticancer effects.
To reap the maximum health benefits, opt for fresh and pure coconut water over the bottled version. You can drink a few cups of coconut water a day or add it to your smoothie recipes.
Here are the top 10 health benefits of coconut water.

1. Rehydrates the Body
Coconut water is an excellent thirst quencher to beat tropical summer thirst. Because of its electrolyte composition, coconut water is also used to rehydrate the body in case of dehydration and fluid loss due to diarrhea, vomiting or excessive sweating. A good source of carbohydrates, it also helps lift your energy level.
Research suggests that coconut water can be used to rehydrate the body after exercise. In fact, a 2012 study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that coconut water has a similar positive effect as sports drinks.
In addition to boosting rehydration, coconut water is also easy on the stomach and thus is used to soothe tummy troubles like indigestion, acid reflux and gastroenteritis.
2. Lowers Blood Pressure
Coconut water is considered good for controlling high blood pressure, thanks to its vitamin C, potassium and magnesium content. Potassium, in particular, helps lower blood pressure by balancing out the negative effects of sodium.
A study published in the West Indian Medical Journal in 2005 also found that coconut water helps control hypertension.
To help reduce high blood pressure, drink a cup of fresh coconut water twice a day. Bottled coconut water, however, may not be very beneficial as may be high in sodium.
3. Heart Tonic
Cholesterol- and fat-free tender coconut water offers cardio protective benefits. It helps lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL or the ‘bad’ cholesterol) and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL or the ‘good’ cholesterol) levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease.
According to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, both tender as well as mature coconut water have beneficial effects on lipid metabolism to counteract increased total cholesterol, very low-density lipoproteins (VLDL), LDL and triglycerides.
Plus, coconut water has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti platelet properties and helps improve circulation. Thus, it helps reduce plaque formation in the arteries and lowers the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
4. Relieves Hangovers 
Coconut water is also a great natural remedy for hangovers. Alcohol robs your body of hydration and this dehydration causes your morning-after booze blues. Coconut water replenishes the electrolytes in the body and boosts hydration, thus making you feel better.
Also, the antioxidants in this revitalizing health drink fight oxidative stress caused by indulging in too much alcohol. It will also help settle an acid stomach.
You can make a smoothie by blending 2 cups each of unsweetened coconut water and ripe mangoes, 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, 2 fresh mint sprigs and ½ cup of ice.
5. Promotes Weight Loss
Coconut water is an ideal drink for weight loss. It is low in calories and easy on the stomach. In fact, this light and refreshing drink contains various bioactive enzymes that aid digestion and boost fat metabolism.
Plus, coconut water is rich in potassium, which helps balance out sodium. Excess sodium in the body tends to cause water retention, contributing to water weight. Thus, coconut water helps flush out excess water as well as toxins from your body.
You can drink an 8-ounce glass of this health drink 3 or 4 times a week to facilitate weight loss. Do not drink coconut water in excess as eventually it may add more calories than you want.
6. Treats Headaches
Most headaches, even migraines, are triggered by dehydration. In such cases, coconut water can be of great help in supplying electrolytes to the body and boosting hydration.
Coconut water is also rich in magnesium. People who suffer from migraines often have low levels of magnesium. Studies also suggest that magnesium can help reduce the frequency of migraine attacks.
7. Balances pH Levels
Stress, toxic load and a diet high in acid-forming foods, such as processed fast foods, often contribute to acidic pH levels that cause low energy and reduce the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals.
Plus, an acidic pH contributes to problems like stressed liver function, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure and immune deficiency.
Coconut water has an alkalizing effect that helps restore a healthy pH in the body. It also helps alkalize the acidic pH levels caused by acidity and heartburn.
8. Regulates Blood Sugar
Coconut water contains amino acids and dietary fiber that help regulate blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity.
It also helps with common issues faced by people who have diabetes. It helps manage your weight. As it helps improve circulation, coconut water is also good for reducing symptoms like numbness in feet and a tendency to develop atherosclerosis.
A 2012 study published in the journal Food and Function studied the therapeutic effects of mature coconut water and found that it helped decrease blood glucose levels and oxidative stress.
9. Natural Diuretic
Coconut water acts as a natural diuretic. Thus, it promotes urine production and flow, cleansing your body of toxins. It also helps prevent problems like urinary tract infections.
Due to its high potassium content, coconut water helps alkalize urine and dissolves certain types of kidney stones to eventually flush them out of the body.
To increase its effectiveness, add a pinch of sea salt to a cup of coconut water and drink it once or twice a day. In addition to its diuretic properties, coconut water has antibacterial properties that help fight bladder infections.
10. Slows Down Aging
Coconut water contains cytokinins that have anti-aging effects on cells and tissues. This reduces the risk of developing degenerative and age-related diseases.
Refreshing and clear green coconut water also nourishes and hydrates your skin to keep it soft and smooth. In addition to drinking coconut water, you can mix sufficient coconut water with 2 teaspoons of sandalwood powder to make a paste, apply it on your skin and rinse it off when it dries completely to maintain younger-looking skin.
Warnings
Do not drink coconut water if your kidneys do not function properly and you have high potassium levels. Coconut water may not be suitable for those with nut allergies.
It may cause bloating and mild stomach upset in some people.
Do not drink coconut water for at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery as it may interfere with blood pressure control during and after surgery.
People with kidney dysfunction should consult their doctor before including coconut water in their health regimen.
Resources:
http://www.top10homeremedies.com/news-facts/top-10-health-benefits-coconut-water.html

Monday, 2 January 2017

Champion of the Coastline!

2017 and beyond. We are delighted to be working with the Marine Conservation Society and be in a position to donate funds and raise awareness of their great work.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the voice for everyone who loves the sea. They work to secure a future for our living seas, and to save our threatened marine wildlife before it is lost forever.
Our campaign for Marine Conservation centres around a the story of a champion of the coastline, a woman who is an everyday hero who looks to make a difference to her environment and the people around her.
To this end we worked with illustrator Christianna Vale to create a comic character based on our model Daisy.
More news to follow - check the website, blog and social media for new updates.
For further information email: lili@sandstormluxury.com



Tuesday, 29 November 2016

ebook - a perfect little Christmas gift!


Confidence issues are something that women of all age deal with.  Read how 'ladies of a certain age' dealt with this issue. Their words in cute little book featuring images from the Sandstorm photo shoot in 2015. It's heart-warming and gorgeous and only 26 pages long. A perfect quick read with a cuppa.

Click on the link above for a preview!

Friday, 11 November 2016

It's all about the bass!

 They say it's all about the bass, bout the base, bout the bass (so the song goes)!

Apparently men like a little more booty to hold at night (again not our words but the lyrics in a famous song)!
Soooooooooooo, we've created some gorgeous little hotpants/swimshorts and leggings to workout in in our 2017 signature prints - seahorses!  Hope you like them. More designs will be released on the website over the coming weeks. 10% profit on all items sold will go to Marine Conservation Society.










Monday, 31 October 2016

Miss Earth England - Luissa Burton

When we were approached by Miss Earth England 2016 to be the sponsor of her swimwear for the Miss Earth International finals, we were more than happy to help out any way we could. 

Luissa Burton is a thoughtful and inspirational model who is keen to promote an ethical and healthy lifestyle where you consider the environment and our place on this beautiful planet. 

Afterall #greenisthenewblack

So we discussed our up and coming campaign with Marine Conservation Society with her and we agreed to create a beautiful bikini highlighting the plight of seahorses in a wow colour combination which was England i.e. Red!  
We took Luissa's measurements and created a bikini specific to her personal needs.  
And the results ........ they speak for themselves. Luissa looked sensational in the resortwear competition (we watched her live streamed online).  Not only does the bikini look amazing it is functional and can be worn in water (afterall that's what bikinis are for).


 
For further information on  pricing for bespoke bikinis please email: lili@sandstormluxury.com

Monday, 3 October 2016

Miss Earth England - Green is the NEW Black!

We're delighted to announce we are supporting Miss Earth England - Luissa Burton on her journey to become Miss Earth 2016. 

#greenisthenewblack 

International model Luissa will wear pieces from our new 2017 collection at the grand finals. 

The Philippines once again plays host to the 16th edition of Miss Earth, the highly anticipated international environmental event crowns beauty queens who serve at the forefront of promoting environmental awareness. 
Our new collection draws attention to climate change and marine conservation issues. 







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Thursday, 1 September 2016

New Logo!

Well!
We've been a little on the quiet side (online) for a number of months.  But, we've been busy creating new everything!
New web content, new designs, new business partnerships. Even a new logo!
Here it is - it will start to populate all our online offering and tags etc from the new year!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

New Designs!

All to be revealed in September!

We've been working on an amazing new idea which brings together elements of fantasy, fiction and reality.

How does the saying go ...... life imitating art or is it art imitating life!

Exciting times ahead!

Working with illustrator Chrissy Vale in secret in Devon! The model has been chosen and so has our secret assignment.


Monday, 7 March 2016

Harmony Magic – Singing Holiday with Award Winning Composer - Helen Yeomans – 27th May to 3rd June 2016



Looking for a holiday with a difference this summer? How about singing morning, noon and night, discovering a beautiful Greece Island, having BBQs on the beach, making new friends and meeting likeminded people as you discover your voice from within?  If you like the sound of this holiday, then join award winning composer and choir director Helen Yeomans for an all-inclusive singing break on the Greek Island of Paros for only £595 including all meals workshops, coaching, car hire) – excludes price of flight.
With a beautiful broad repertoire of music from simple chants, gospel rock, world music and heart-felt original songs written by Helen, this fabulous singing holiday is a unique break away in the sun where you can learn something new. Whether you are an accomplished singer or even if you have never sung before you will be amazed at the beautiful soulful harmonies you will create under the patience and guidance of Helen.
Helen Yeomans is an international award winning song writer/composer and she is the founder and leader of the acclaimed a cappella choir Glorious Chorus. Glorious Chorus’s reputation has taken the choir around the country, including performances at Glastonbury festival, The Isle Of Wight Jazz Festival and Port Eliot Festival. Helen writes and/or arranges all the songs that the choir sings and runs workshops around the UK and abroad teaching her award-winning compositions.  She is also the director of Thula Mama Ltd, teaching songs to mothers and babies, and has franchised groups around the UK.  Helen's song 'Awaken' was chosen as a featured performance piece at 2009's 'Sing For Water' annual fundraiser at London's South Bank, as part of the Mayor's Thames Festival. Her songs were also chosen to be performed at the Brighton Fringe Festival in 2008 and 2009. In 2006 Helen’s song ‘Goddess’ was an Honourable Mention Winner at the Unisong international song writing Competition.  In 2015 she won the gospel/faith prize in a major international song writing competition with her show-stopping song ‘Saved’. With over 7,000 entries in the competition and winners from around the world, Helen is thrilled with this success.
Says Helen "One of the most rewarding aspects of my work to bring people out of their shell and express themselves through their voice".
It is no surprise that Helen is in demand for commissioned work and she is currently working with the Hull Freedom Choir for performances next year.
Helen’s ability to infuse groups with her passion and humour is magical! Expect tears, laughter, exquisite music, passion and lots of love. All in a beautiful family run hotel on the beach in Paros.

Testimonials from Paros:

"A really lovely week which surpassed all expectations. A comprehensive programme to complement the singing, led with great kindness. Workshops, trips, car hire, full board including meal out. Helen's teaching was as inspiring as ever." John
‘Not only did I discover I could sing, and enjoy it, but the holiday included so many other attractions, walks, swimming, visits to other locations included in the cost. The week exceeded my expectations in every way’ Andrew, UK

 For further information contact Helen Email: helen@gloriouschorus.co.uk

Friday, 5 February 2016

The must have Summer Accessory for Women with Big Beautiful Hair - I Can't BeWeave It - Swim Cap!


Calling all ladies who love their braids, dreadlocks, bouncy curls and hair extensions, here’s some fantastic news to get excited about (and it’s just in time for your holidays in 2016)!
The http://www.icantbeweaveit.co.uk swim cap is this year’s must have summer accessory.
Firstly imagine these scenarios; you’re invited to a day at the beach for a relaxing swim or a lovely day at a luxury spa with your loved one, family or friends - You’d love to go, but your hair says no!
Your body is willing but you know getting your weave or locks wet at the roots causes all sorts of headaches, and the thought of an itchy scalp or matted roots are just a couple things which stop ladies from getting involved with water based hobbies, events and past-times.
But ladies, worry no more and take the plunge into the pool with a super stretchy 100% silicone swimming cap from itcantbeweaveit.co.uk
The new to the British market icantbeweaveit.co.uk swim cap is available in a chic black or hot pink. It is a functional and stylish swimming or shower accessory which has been specifically designed for bulky hair and is perfect for ladies which big, bold hairstyles.
Word on the street is that these swim caps are adored by several high profile celebrities in the USA and as a result they are selling like hot cakes across the pond!
Still not sure the product is for you and still thinking about buying one of the icantbeweaveit.co.uk swim caps? Well, here are a few reviews from very satisfied customers
who are loving their swim caps.
Patricia “Perfect! Waist length dreadlocks all contained and the protection is pretty damned good”
Others:
“This is a brilliant product for extensions which I have just had done – hat fits perfectly”
“Perfect for my weave – it’s not flimsy”
To get your hands on this year’s must have summer accessory which only costs £19.99 and is offered with free shipping in the UK by icantbeweaveit.co.uk visit their link on the website at: icantbeweaveit.co.uk


Saturday, 28 November 2015

Move over super models - here come the the 'real' girls - The ladies of Totnes WI!



Move over super models here come the ‘real’ girls!  The women of the Totnes branch of the Women’sInstitute (WI)!
The ladies from the Totnes WI were offered the chance to become swimwear models for the day by UK Swim and Beachwear Designers SandstormLuxury.  12 members took up the challenge and the opportunity to experience something new and therefore embrace the WI’s ethos of empowerment of women.
 
The group along with a young and up and coming film-maker Henry Vinten who is also a local Totnesian descended on the beautiful grounds of Sharpham Trust Estate in South Devon at the end of October to create a thought provoking and beautiful set of images and short documentary film for a campaign called ‘inVisible’.
With no botox between them and literally hundreds of years in age between them, the women stripped off to prove ladies of a certain age are not invisible, that age is but a state of mind and that all women’s bodies should be celebrated.
Lili John, Creative Director for Sandstorm and Events Co-ordinator for Totnes WI said “when we came up the ‘inVisible’ campaign concept earlier this year we carefully thought about how we could inspire women of all ages to be themselves and celebrate their bodies.
 This is something we believe passionately in to the point that we are financially investing in research into this area via an MA programme.  It is refreshing to see that in a celebrity obsessed culture, women want to make a point of keeping things real and we totally support this trend. At Sandstorm we believe we should all stop, think and take note of who and what is important in our society”.
Kate Taylor – President of the Totnes WI branch said “most women have some body issues so to do something like this photo shoot is refreshing and it can help women get over their body issues”.
A short film has been produced to accompany the images from the photo shoot. Take a look at ‘inVisible’ which is a thought provoking 4 minute documentary. It gives an insight into the thoughts, feelings and motivation of everyone who contributed to the event.

Additional contributors (click on their links for more information):
Miss Beaujangles of Totnes 

If you would like further information about the inVisible campaign please contact: Lili@SandstormLuxury.com - Tel: 0843 523 6283