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Supporting Natural Detoxification in the Body

katie strakosch

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The spring season is a time of new beginnings. It’s a time of renewed energy.  We feel it in our bodies, we see it all around us in nature. It’s a time to integrate new healthy habits to support whole body wellness.

I’ve put together a list of methods to help naturally support your body feeling its best this season.

Different Methods of Supporting Natural Detox in the Body:

Hydrate your beautiful body!  

Water is key to flushing out your system, hydrating your skin for that healthy glow, and boosting your metabolism. Add fresh lemon or a pinch of Himalayan or Celtic salt to protect those kidneys. Electrolyte powder is also a supportive tool in giving your cells the energy they need to function, thrive and keep the body energized.

Load up on greens!  

Leafy greens are full of vitamins, minerals, disease-fighting phytochemicals as well as a source of fiber which can aid in weight loss. The more bitter the greens, the better they are for liver support.

Move your body, Move your lymph.

Moving your body reduces stress, supports heart health and helps to flush toxins and stagnant energy out. Aim for at least 30 minutes of daily physical activity. Explore new ways of stimulating your lymphatic system like jumping on a rebounder, jumping rope or taking a brisk walk.

Eliminate inflammatory foods from the diet.

These include sugar, dairy, gluten, corn, soy, caffeine, alcohol. These foods tend to tax the liver and lead to stagnant energy which can show up as pain in the joints, digestive distress, sinus congestion, headaches and irritability.  

Dry Skin Brush on a daily basis!

This is a TWO MINUTE investment of energy which can lead to increased energy throughout the day!  Read more about the lymphatic system here: http://www.sunshinekates.com/blog/the-lymphatic-system

Sweat!

Far Infrared Sauna is a whole body way to increase circulation while flushing toxins out. Far Infrared Waves help expedite toxins out at a cellular level.  Here is a link to my recent sauna blog: http://www.sunshinekates.com/blog/infrared-sauna-health-benefits

Soak.

Epsom salt baths reduce stress and inflammation in the body while enhancing sleep quality. Epsom salts are loaded with magnesium which help to support the nervous system and ease muscle tension.  Don't have a bathtub? Create an Epsom salt foot soak! Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to the bath or footbath and enjoy! I love to take an Epsom bath at the end of the day and drift off to bed. Sleep is the time when the body maximizes its detoxification functions in the body

Flush the Tubes: Coffee Enemas

This is a process where filtered water/coffee is introduced in the rectum through a pipe to soften and expel toxins or accumulated waste from the colon. The colon plays an important part in digestion, and extracting all the nutrients you need from your diet to keep you healthy. Coffee enemas rapidly help remove toxins from the liver. A coffee enema can help support the liver to produce more bile, open the bile ducts, and cause the bile to flow.

Fresh Air.

Improve air quality in homes and office space by opening you windows. Even if it’s for few minutes, crack them open and welcome in fresh air.

Reduce your Time with Electronics (especially in the evening). 

Power down from all electronics at least 30 minutes to an hour before you turn off the lights. Electronics emit a light that disrupts our natural sleep cycle, so it is important to give our eyes and minds a chance to transition.

Create a sleep sanctuary.

Turn your bedroom into a sleep sanctuary. This means removing the electronics from the room! Use an good ‘ol alarm clock, not your phone to wake up. Your sleep sanctuary should be just that! A place for rest.  Try to sleep in a room with complete darkness. Falling asleep with the television on is a big NO-NO!

These are a few of my favorite tools. I would love to hear from you on how you support your body!

 

Point Pleasant Beach Farmer's Market

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Nourish your body with color! 

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Support local farmer's markets to find seasonal, sustainable and fresh produce to fill your plate and nourish your body. Be inspired by the creations of local, handmade crafters, bakers and purveyors.

Point Pleasant Beach Farmer's Market kicks off its 11th season this Sunday, June 5th.

This market draws together a plethora of organic farmers, purveyors, herbalists, woodworkers and small-business crafters including:

Moonlight Acres, Robson Farm, Local Roots Farm, DeWolf Farm, Down to Earth Herbal Products, Whiskerlicious Pet Treats, Rella Woodwork, MeeWee's Treats, Jaker's Pickles and Anita's Guacomole.


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We will have a table there with some crowd favorites, along with some new offerings.

The market is held in the parking lot across the street from Frankie's Bar & Grill on Route 35 South, Point Pleasant. It runs 10-2pm on Sundays through September.

To learn more, follow the PPM on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PointPleasantBeachFarmersMarket/?fref=ts  and on Instagram: @ppbfarmersmarket

Wellness Tips for the Holiday Weekend

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Opt for choices that are loaded with nutrients and minerals

  • Tote along a water bottle (avoiding plastic) filled with filtered water and fresh lemon slices wherever your days lead you.
  • Coconut water is great because it contains electrolytes, which helps with dehydration.
  • Add a packet of freeze-dried green powder like Green Vibrance for an added boost of nourishment and probiotics to inhibit bloating.
  • Celebrate with a mocktail made with mineral water, fresh squeezed grapefruit juice and lime. Cheers to a happy liver!
  • Snack on veggies like celery and cucumbers which support sodium/potassium balance in the body, and create a goddess glow.

PROTECT YOUR SKIN

  • Use sunscreen to protect yourself from aging effects and cancers in skin due to UV exposure.
  • Opt for products that do not contain harmful chemicals that may cause accelerated damage to skin long-term and subsequently weaken internal tissues and organs. 
  • My favorite pick that I use all summer long: ISUN Sun Butter http://www.sunshinekates.com/shop-sunshinekates/sun-butter-1.  I wear it all day long, and after showering my skin feels hydrated unlike many other products that leave you feeling dry and dehydrated.
  • This is a blend of moisturizing seed butters, antioxidant herb-infused oils and high carotene buriti & urucum oils provide natural UV protection. Phytoplankton extract and 18% transparent zinc oxide provide natural sunblock protection.

MOVE YOUR BODY

  • Move your body for at least 30 minutes EVERY DAY.
  • Join us for beach yoga (we begin this weekend in Bay Head on Howe Street 8-9am Saturday and Sunday)!
  • Turn on your favorite tunes and dance. Celebrate!
  • Take a barefoot stroll on the beach.
  • Go for a bike ride.

GO BUNLESS

  • While the BBQ’s kick into full swing this weekend, steer clear of gluten containing inflammatory foods such as hotdog and hamburger buns.
  • Enjoy your dishes over greens inside. This will boost your fiber intake and inhibit the bloated feeling you can experience after consuming gluten. Raw food is skin food.

GRILL WITH CLEAN MEATS

  • Opt for meats that do not contain hormones and antibiotics-ideally grass-fed and organic.
  • When cows are raised conventionally, they are typically fed grains and corn feed (they normally eat grass, and cannot digest corn), and as a result, are injected with hormones. These hormones are then passed on to those who eat the meats. This becomes a problem because it can throw our hormones into a tailspin, as we see a prevalence of estrogen dominance in both women and men.
  • When we consume meats that have been injected with hormones and antibiotics, it can also put a strain on our own digestive systems.

INDULGE WITH THE INTENTION OF PLEASURE AND NOURISHMENT

  • It can be easy to get caught up in the name of rest, relaxation and vacation! A little indulgence here and there helps us all to maintain balance in an appropriate way. So, indulge—but don’t overdo it.
  • Listen to your body.
  • Get in tune with your innate and when you start feeling like you’re reaching your limit (whether it’s food or alcohol), just stop.
  • Overeating (and drinking) not only causes major inflammation in your digestive system which can lead to breakouts, but it’s really taxing on your body and mind.

BEAUTY SLEEP

  • Catch up on your zzz’s and let your mind restore itself. Your body does much of its detoxification while you’re asleep. It is the time your body uses to repair damaged tissue and flush out toxins you’ve been exposed to throughout the day.
  • Let the queen do her thing at night so you can shine radiantly through the day!

Raw Chocolate Pie with Coconut Cream

katie strakosch

I want to share a little slice of heaven with you here.  This recipe that I am about to share with you was where it all began...  The seeds of Sunshine Kate's began sprouting many, many moons ago.

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After graduating from Bastyr University in Seattle, I spent a year living in Aspen, CO apprenticing under a holistic health guru who guided people through whole body detox programs. This was where I learned the health benefits of the infrared sauna, colon hydrotherapy, lymphatic drainage and many aspects of food preparation.

I spent my time in the kitchen juicing up concoctions, blending up soups and chopping up ingredients for the most delicious medleys of food for individuals and groups.

Here is where I learned the alchemy of raw foods, and for the purpose of today's message: RAW PIES!

I hope you enjoy this beauty. She has evolved over time, and holds sweet memories of the beginning of my passion and purpose on this journey.


INGREDIENTS

For the Base:

  • 8 figs
  • 2/3 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup shredded coconut flakes
  • 2 tbsp raw, local honey
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • Additional ½ cup of coconut flakes for bottom of pie crust

For the Filling:

  • 1 can coconut milk– use only the top white, thick layer and reserve the liquid for coconut cream
  • 1 avocado, skinned and pit removed
  • 2-3 spoonfuls of coconut oil
  • 5 dates, soaked in water for 15 minutes
  • 2/3 cup cacao powder

For the Cream:

  • 1/2 cup of coconut water + remainder of coconut milk liquid
  • ½ cup raw cashews, soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1 cup shredded coconut flakes
  • 3 spoonfuls of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of coconut or vanilla extract
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  • Raw local honey, to taste

Garnish:

  • 1 cup of berries of choice
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon and cacao powder

METHOD

For the Base:

  1. Add all of the base ingredients to a food processor and pulse until ground up and a crumbly mixture forms. It should stick together easily, but be mindful not to over-process as the mixture will go too smooth.

  2. Sprinkle a layer of coconut shreds onto the bottom of your  pie pan

  3. When your base mixture is ready, spread it out evenly, pushing some up the sides to make the pie edge, and then pressing it firmly into place all over the pan.

  4. Set the base in the fridge to harden while you make the rest of the pie.

For the Filling:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to the food processor and process until smooth and creamy, scraping often. It should be thick, with no lumps in it. You can add additional sweetener if you prefer.

  2. When the filling is finished, spread it on top the base, smooth it out.

For the Cream:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to the food processor and process until smooth and creamy, scraping often. This requires a bit of pulsing the mixture, then giving it a stir to mix everything together. It should be thick, with no lumps in it. You may want to add more liquid as well. You can add additional sweetener if you prefer.


How to Enjoy the Pie:

  • Leave in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Just before serving, garnish with berries, cinnamon and cacao powder, and slice using a warm knife.
  • Store leftovers covered in the fridge.
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Cheers!

A Whole Body Renewal with Anima Mundi Herbals

katie strakosch

Can we believe we are 19 days away from Memorial Day! That means we are moving closer and closer to warm days and sunny skies.. Ahhh.. I don't know about you, but I am so ready for the approaching summer season!

After the winter months and weeks of damp weather, my body has been asking for a focus on renewal. 

Toxins can naturally build up in the body. They find their way into us through foods, the air, water, chemicals, GMOs and pollution.

Looking ahead at the calendar, I've got lots of upcoming programs and projects that are coming to fruition and lots of teaching and travel days ahead of me that will take me to Seattle, Maui and Italy in the next few months! With all of these external happenings, it's a reminder that I need to check-in within my body to be fully charged. 

The driving forces of a body reboot are the lymphatic, circulation and digestive systems. Once these systems can gently and effectively process and remove the stagnant buildup in the body, we can experience more energy, better circulation, more balanced skin tone, healthy digestion, restful sleep, stable moods and hormonal balance.

Recently I have begun to use a beautiful blend of herbs from Anima Mundi Herbals and it couldn't be happening at at a more divine time! All of their formulas are handcrafted in NYC utilizing Biodynamic standards to ensure maximum quality and vibrance.  They specialize in sourcing directly from native people within Central and South America. This provides a sustainable system, and a direct relationship to the source of botanical alchemy and native wisdom.

From Anima Mundi Herbals' website:

Three essential botanical powerhouses that contain the necessary detox and mineralization for a daily cleanse. We believe that cleansing can be an ongoing process that assists the liver, gall bladder and gut in constant renewal. Although condensed cleanses are a miraculous process, the more you can keep an alkaline lifestyle with potent tonic herbs the greater the longevity results on all your organs. 

Integrating these herbs into your daily life provide you with a wide spectrum of essential nutrition, liver and gall bladder cleansing support, gut mineralization while increasing digestive ecology.

Kit Contains:

Graviola | Blood builder, Alkalizer, Immune Booster.

Chanca Piedra | Liver Protector, Gall Stone Destroyer, Gut Cleanser.

Moringa | Mineralization, Phytonutrients, Anti-Oxidant.

What I love about  these beautiful herbs is that they are naturally integrated into the daily flow.. easily mixed into teas and smoothies! 

A New York Minute

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Just last Friday, I took a quick trip to NYC for a very exciting meeting about a project I am working on... This project will be announced in just a few months (AND it is the biggest one I have worked on yet)! Details will be revealed soon!

After the meeting, I had the rest of the late morning to wander through the city.

Have you explored New York City in the spring?

There's a buzz of Mother Nature's beauty sprouting up from the pavement and blossoming into radiant colors.

I couldn't not make a quick trip to Central Park and take in the last of the cherry blossoms.

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After leisurely strolling through the park, I made my way to the Greenmarket Farmer's Market at Union Square.

If you have not made it here yet, add it to your list! 

It is a sensory experience that must be captured!

Ah, the aroma of the lavender farm, freshly baked breads (and PLENTY of delicious gluten free options), the abundance of spring produce, mixed in with herbs, flowers and enticing samples.

After tasting my way through the market, it was time for lunch... The Butcher's Daughter in the Bowery was my destination. There are locations in both NYC and CA, and it is worth the trip to either.

This 'vegetable slaughterhouse' serves up organic, local and seasonal juices, salad and vegetarian cuisine. I enjoyed a lunch streetside under the warm sunshine.. After tasting about a quarter of their menu:), I headed back to catch the train with a full belly and satisfied spirit.

Sometimes, we just need to step away from the daily routine... Step away to reconnect with ourselves. 

What do you do to renew your spirit?

Our Top 10 Favorite Spring Cleaning Foods & Self Care Tools to Support Natural Detox

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Asparagus

Asparagus is a ‘spring tonic’ vegetable. It helps to clean the body of toxins that have accumulated over the winter. Asparagus contains the amino acid asparagine, which is a diuretic effect and is an excellent kidney-purifying tonic.  

Beets

Beets are a source of soluble fiber which helps to cleanse the large intestine and have a natural laxative effect removing old waste. Beets are high in iron, which makes them a good blood builder.

Burdock Root and Daikon Radish

Both roots have properties which help promote the elimination of toxins through increased kidney function.  They also help purify the blood.

Cabbage

Cabbage contains potent anticancer agents such as indoles, chlorophyll and flavonoids that the block the growth of cancerous cells. Sauerkraut is a wonderful source of beneficial bacteria and is helpful in improving the health of intestinal flora. Cabbage also helps cleanse the bowels and remove excessive buildup of toxins.

Garlic

Garlic has powerful antimicrobial properties and helps to cleanse the blood of unhealthy microorganisms, including bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. Garlic helps boost immune function and flush

Grapefruit

The slight sour taste stimulates liver function and purifies the digestive tract while sweeping out the intestines through pectin. They are also a good source of glutathione, which protects cells from damage by oxidized fats.

Lemon

Lemons are excellent for cleansing the digestive tract and help alkalize the blood. Lemons stimulate intestinal function and the astringent properties help cleanse the body of excess mucus.

Parsley

Parsley contains an abundance of vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium and magnesium, and is a rich sources of chlorophyll. It stimulates increased urination and helps to purify the urinary tract.

Rosemary

This herb is a powerful liver stimulant that increase the quantity of bile and expel toxins. It is also rich in carnosic acid, a compound that helps the body produce detoxifying glutathione.

Watercress and Dandelion Greens

These greens both high in chlorophyll content makes it an excellent blood purifier, and stimulates liver and gallbladder function.  They also offers diuretic properties to help cleanse and flush the kidneys.


Self Care Tools for Increasing Natural Detoxification in the Body

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Start your day with a cup of warm water with a slice of lemon.

You can also add a kick with a capful of apple cider vinegar and a dash of cayenne pepper for an extra zing of energy! This is a natural way to jumpstart your digestive enzymes for the day & to naturally detox your liver.

Shake it up!

Movement mobilizes toxins! Exercise regularly to gently release toxins through skin via sweat. Yoga is great to enhance lymphatic drainage. Slow deep breathing releases toxins through lungs.

Add plenty of greens to your plate.

Spring foods consist of dandelion greens, spinach, parsley, watercress, asparagus, peas, fennel, and mustard greens. You can also add in additional dark leafy greens such as kale, Swiss Chard, and collards. The chlorophyll from the leaves feed the blood, and help your body flush out the winter.

Castor Oil Packs

Castor oil packs offer many benefits to the body including gastrointestinal remedy, supports lowering cholesterol levels in the body, antimicrobial (antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal), anti-inflammatory and can support inflamed joints due to arthritis or overuse, immune system and lymphatic stimulant

Enjoy a hot bath.

To boost the cleansing effects, just add a cup of Epsom salts, Himalayan salt or baking soda.  These alkalize the water to help neutralize acidic toxins.  Epsom salts help your body to absorb magnesium which neutralizes acidic toxins, relaxes muscles and is required by hundreds of functions. Relax and breathe while you soak.

Infrared Sauna

Sweating is the body’s safe and natural way to heal & stay healthy. Far infrared heats the body directly causing a rise in core temperature resulting in a deep, detoxifying sweat at the cellular level, where toxins reside.

 

The Dirty Dozen, PLUS ONE in Personal Care Products

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10,500
That’s how many unique ingredients are in various personal care products we use every day.


126
That’s how many cosmetics ingredients to which the average American is exposed daily, according to an EWG survey.


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That’s how many chemicals in personal care products – including shampoo, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant and cosmetics – are required to be tested for safety before they’re sold in the marketplace.


We are exposed to toxins and pollutants in our food, personal care products, clothing, bedding, cleaning products and environmental exposures


The Dirty Dozen, PLUS ONE in Personal Care Products
 

 1. BHA and BHT

Used mainly in moisturizers and makeup as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disruptors and may cause cancer (BHA). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

2. (Coal tar dyes) p-phenylenediamine, Toluene, Hydroquinone and Phenol carbolic acid

P-phenylenediamine and Coal tar dyes listed as “CI” are used in hair dyes and hair products including colours. p-phenylenediamine and Coal tar dyes are neurotoxin linked to asthma, cancer, ADD and ADHD. 

Toluene made from petroleum and coal tar is found in nail polishers, synthetic fragrance and paint thinners. Toluene is so toxic that’s banned by the entire European Union and has been linked to organ toxicity and anemia.

Hydroquinone banned in UK, Asia, Japan and Australia is another chemical widely used in skincare products and anti-aging creams. Hydroquinone is a neurotoxin and cancer-causing carcinogen linked to organ failure and severe allergies.

Phenol carbolic acid used in skin lotions and beauty creams has been linked to paralysis, convulsions, coma, and even death from respiratory failure.

3. Diethanolamine (DEA), quaternium-15 (MEA and TEA) related chemicals

Used in some creamy and foaming products, such as moisturizers and shampoos. Can react to form nitrosamines, which may cause cancer. Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

4. Synthetic fragrance including Phthalates lead compounds, Parfum and Dibutyl Phthalate(used in nail care products)

Phthalates lead compounds are commonly used in skincare products since their oily texture make skin feel soft and increase the ability of the lotion to penetrate deep inside the skin. Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant. Phthalates including butyl ester, DBP, BBP, DEP,benzenedicarboxylic acid are banned in toys and baby products

5. Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives including DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, methenamine and quarternium-15

Formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are commonly used in straightening hair products (including Japanese and Brazilian blowouts), fertilizers, bleaching agents, food preservatives and personal care products like baby shampoos and soaps. Used in a variety of cosmetics. Slowly release small amounts of formaldehyde, which causes cancer.

6. Paraben, methylparaben, butylparaben and propylparaben

Used in a variety of cosmetics (deodorant, antiperspirant, sunscreen) as preservatives. Suspected endocrine disrupters and may interfere with male reproductive functions.

7. Oxybenzone and OMC, known as Octylmethoxycinnamate and Ureas 

Both Oxybenzone and OMC are endocrine disrupters used in most skincare products and 90% of sunscreens. Amazingly these two chemicals used in sunscreens are known to be most toxic when exposed to sunshine.

8.   PEGs (e.g., PEG -60)

 PEG is used as filler in many personal care products including shampoos, conditioners and soaps and even burn creams including silvadene. Propylene Glycol (PEG) has been linked to impaired immune system, damages to central nervous system, cancer, developmental and reproductive toxicity, organ toxicity, and skin irritation.Studies also show that Polyoxyl 40 Stearate (listed as PEG - 40 Stearate) can contain harmful impurities like Ethylene Oxide, known to increase the incidences of uterine, brain, or breast cancer and leukemia.

9. Mineral Oil, Paraffin, and Petroleum based products

Used in some hair products for shine and as a moisture barrier in some lip balms, lip sticks and moisturizers. Can be contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which may cause cancer.

10. Siloxanes

Used in a variety of cosmetics to soften, smooth and moisten (hair spray, mousse, deodorant, moisturizers)  Suspected endocrine disrupter and reproductive toxicant (cyclotetrasiloxane). Harmful to fish and other wildlife.

11. Sodium laurel or lauryl sulfate (SLS), also known as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)

Used in foaming cosmetics, such as shampoos, cleansers and bubble bath. Can be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which may cause cancer. Look also for related chemical sodium lauryl sulfate and other ingredients with the letters "eth" (e.g., sodium laureth sulfate).

12. Triclosan and Dioxane

Triclosan is endocrine disrupter widely used in antibacterial cosmetics and skincare products including antiperspirants  toothpastes and cleansers. According to researchers at University of California Davis, Triclosan impairs muscle function and skeletal muscle contractility. The leading author of the study, Isaac Pessah says that “Triclosan is found in virtually everyone’s home and is pervasive in the environment. These findings provide strong evidence that the chemical is of concern to both human and environmental health.”

Dioxane is a by-product of ethylene oxide commonly used in many personal care products and shampoos. Dioxane has been linked to cancer, brain damage, damages to central nervous system and kidneys and liver problems. 

13. Gluten: linked to autoimmune and gut issues

Can be found labeled as hydrolyzed wheat protein, wheat germ oil, triticum vulgare germ extract or protein, avena sativa bran, protein or extracts, **much of vitamin E is derived from wheat germ oil, barley extract, samino peptide complex, hordecum vulgare, beta glucan (frequently derived from wheat).

 

Information is sourced from Environmental Working Group www.ewg.org  www.davidsuzuki.org