This glossary is not going to make your brain tired or make you Google big words ( or maybe it will ) — but the aim is simply to break down terms and lingo that you might read about on the website or on other wellness platforms. It isn't complete and the way we approach it is to add words and phrases as we stumble across them, when preparing our content. Some of these words will have complete articles dedicated to them, so these are abbreviated one or two liners. If you have a word you want us to add - feel free to send us and email and we will do our best to include it soonest. 



amino acids are the building blocks for neurotransmitters, the chemicals in your brain that control your mood.


autoimmune diseases are sadly on the rise. Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissue get caught in friendly crossfire. Your immune system essentially attacks itself. Examples of autoimmune diseases are, celiac disease, lupus, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, psoriasis. Thankfully, functional/integrative practitioners are now working towards finding the root cause of these diseases instead of simply treating them symptomatically.


a system of farming that follows a sustainable, holistic approach which uses only organic, usually locally-sourced materials for fertilising and soil conditioning, views the farm as a closed, diversified ecosystem, and often bases farming activities on lunar cycles.


cannabis is a naturally growing herb, although a controversial herb, it has been used for thousands of years by people to treat certain health conditions.  It is a very potent herb, and only small amounts are needed for it to have a powerful effect on the body and mind.


Coconut butter is unlike coconut oil, coconut oil is made from the extracted fat of the coconut meat, whereas coconut butter includes the fibrous shreds of the coconut meat, albeit in dried form.


curcumin, is one of the principal active ingredients derived from the spice turmeric.


digestive enzymes are small proteins that act on specific molecules within foods to break them down. If you are deficient in any one of these, your body may not be breaking down food as well as it should, which can cause issues in the digestive tract. Digestive enzymes are sometimes prescribed by integrative practitioners as a means of supporting digestion when support is needed.


a state of microbial imbalance inside the body, whereby healthy microbial species are crowded out by harmful microorganisms ( pathogens ) that multiply and colonise the gut. 


ethnically sourced goods are produced and purchased in a manner that demonstrates respect for the people who produce them as well as for the environment.

Ethnically sourced 

the essence of Glow is to guide the everywoman on her path to glow again — through encouraging a life founded upon conscious living.


this refers to the digestive tract, which includes the stomach, small intestines, and colon. The food that we eat passes through the gut, where it is digested into smaller components and absorbed into our bloodstream for our bodies to use.


this refers to the trillions of microorganisms ( bacteria and yeast ) that live in our gut as well as their genetic material. This microbiome largely differs from person to person, and can include a combination of at least 1000 different species.


A holistic health coach is someone that helps you make and execute behavioural and lifestyle changes. They are a cheerleader, an accountability coach, a holistic practitioner, a wholefoods expert, and a healthy living promoter. During the certification process at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, health coaches gain a significant understanding of how food affects the body, and even more importantly how all the elements of one’s lifestyle impacts our health–from relationships to career to mindset to sleep and stress levels.


integrative nutrition encourages people to not only consider what is on their plate and the power of food but even more significantly their 'primary foods' these being their relationships, work, exercise, sleep and spirituality. All of which are essential building blocks to better health.


Kefir is traditionally a fermented milk drink. It is known for having higher amounts of probiotics than yoghurt and can be made using cow's milk, sheep's milk, goat's milk or even coconut milk.


kimchi is a Korean traditional fermented vegetable typically made from Chinese cabbage (beachu), radish, green onion, red pepper powder, garlic, ginger, and fermented seafood (jeotgal), which is traditionally made at home and served as a side dish at meals.


Kombucha has been around for thousands of years, it is a probiotic rich drink. When used in the correct manner it can aid digestion and support gut bacteria. it can  essentially be described as a sweetened effervescent tea.


Glutamine or L-glutamine, is not only an abundant amino acid synthesised in the human body, it also supports tissue repair, stress reduction, GI tract support and immune function. It is often prescribed by integrative doctor's as part of gut healing protocols, for it's ability to enhance the intestine’s protective mucosal lining as well as preserving muscle mass in the body.



Lactobacillus is a type of bacteria. There are lots of different species of lactobacillus. These are "friendly" bacteria that naturally occur in our digestive, urinary, and genital systems without causing disease. Lactobacillus is also in some fermented foods like yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut and in probiotic supplements.

lacto fermentation is an ancient method of persevering food, which transforms fresh food into delicious creations such as : kimchi, pickles, sauerkraut, miso, tempeh.


Medicinal mushrooms have been used for centuries in Eastern medicine to strengthen the immune system. There are various varieties that fall under this category of ' medicinal mushrooms' namely : Reishi Mushroom “The Mushroom of Immortality”, Shitake "Black Forest Tree Mushroom", Coriolus versicolor "Turkey tail Mushroom", Cordyceps sinensis "Chinese Caterpillar Fungus", Maitake " Hui Shu Hua", Chaga. There is also a lot more research undergoing the effects of these medicinal mushrooms and their ability to aid in fighting cancer through enhancing immune response.


they are found in water, in the soil, and in the air. The human body is also home to millions of these microbes, also called microorganisms. Some microbes make us sick, others are important for our health.


milk thistle (Silybum marianum) a natural herb that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is commonly used to detoxify the body, especially the liver.



Natto is a traditional food usually eaten at japanese breakfast tables along with miso, fish, soup and rice. Tofu, tempeh, miso and natto are all forms of food made from the whole soybean. Natto and Tempeh have some similarities, both are made from fermented soybeans, however they are also very different. Natto originated in Japan and is made from fermented, cooked whole soybeans and is slimy in consistency. Whereas Tempeh is dense like a cake and originated in Indonesia.


pesticides are defined as “chemical substances used to prevent, destroy, repel or mitigate any pest ranging from insects (i.e., insecticides), rodents (i.e., rodenticides) and weeds (herbicides) to microorganisms (i.e., algicides, fungicides or bactericides)

non-digestible food components ( i.e. dietary fibre ) that promote the growth of beneficial microorganisms in the gut.


the living organisms that line your digestive tract and help the gut microbiome remain balanced, intact, and diverse. They are the live microorganisms believed to provide health benefits when consumed.


Satiety is the feeling of satisfaction after eating, that lasts long after that initial feeling of fullness has subsided.


German for "sour cabbage" is a delicious probiotic rich food and a great addition to meals. It is typically shredded cabbage fermented in its own juice with or without a culture starter or a salt water brine. Many other vegetables and spices can be added for extra flavour and variety, but cabbage is usually the main ingredient.


Seed cycling is a simple system where you consume different seeds at different times of the month to support the endocrine system to balance hormones. Read more here


Slippery Elm has a long history of being used to remedy a variety of both internal and external conditions and is also known as Red Elm, Sweet Elm, Moose Elm, and Soft Elm. it is a gentle and safe herb, made mostly of a type of carbohydrate that turns slippery when wet — hence the name. It helps to coat the lining of the oesophagus and stomach, easing acid reflux, and helping to heal tissue.

Slippery Elm

a tongue scraper is an ancient Ayurvedic self care ritual. It's an oral hygiene practise and it is recommended in Ayurvedic medicine for its ability to remove bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue. It is typically used upon waking in the morning.



whole foods are those foods that have not undergone any or very little sort of processing in order to arrive on our tables, foods that are close to or of their original state.