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HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Why am I bloated?

Why am I bloated?

Amongst the most common questions we are asked are those which relate to Gut Health, with a frequent question being: Why am I bloated after I eat? Although we have written on this topic before, there are many layers and variables.  Despite a plethora of books...

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Sleep as Medicine

Sleep as Medicine

Sleep is something we spend much of our lives doing, it is when we rest, repair, restore and detoxify.  It is not surprising therefore, for an extended period of time without adequate sleep can have serious implications on our health and wellbeing, both...

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Anti viral activity of Quercetin

Anti viral activity of Quercetin

Few people are talking about anything else at the moment other than the COVID-19 pandemic, the devastation it has caused and extreme measures unfolding daily to try and contain this virus.   With no current treatment available, an important preventative...

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Why you need to know your Iron status

Why you need to know your Iron status

Iron may be the best known mineral, known to be essential to life, most notably for its role in oxygen carrying haemoglobin (Hb), within red blood cells (RBCs).  When RBCs and Hb drop below a certain level, anaemia (meaning literally ‘lack of blood’) is diagnosed....

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Alzheimers and Blood Sugar Regulation

Alzheimers and Blood Sugar Regulation

Whilst Alzheimers (AD) and Dementia are associated with ageing population, it is not a normal part of the ageing process.  However, with the prevalence increasing at such a rate, and the way in which it impacts not only the sufferer but also their loved ones,...

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Why our lives depend on Vitamin C

Why our lives depend on Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, may well be the most widely known micro-nutrient.  As,  human physiology cannot manufacture its own supply of this important nutrient (unlike other mammals), dietary sources are essential.  Being a water soluble vitamin also...

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Zinc for healthy skin

Zinc for healthy skin

Zinc is most commonly associated with immune function and healthy skin.  As a result, this essential mineral is often found in cold and flu formulations, as well as in supplements supporting healthy skin.  These are indeed amongst the many important functions in which...

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Soy: Good or Bad for you?

Soy: Good or Bad for you?

Traditionally, the legumes known as soya beans (Glycine max) have been a staple in Asian diets for centuries, and their consumption has increased in popularity in western cultures over recent decades. Since being in naturopathic school over 20 years ago, when I first...

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The critical role of Vitamin A

The critical role of Vitamin A

When many people think of Vitamin A (Retinol), they think carrots and eyesight. Indeed vision is reliant on adequate quantities of this fat soluble vitamin, and carrots are an excellent source of beta carotene, the precursor to Vitamin A.  Sufficient dietary sources...

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Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

Many people have heard of riboflavin thanks to marketing campaigns highlighting that foods have been fortified with synthetic versions of this nutrient, particularly breakfast cereals.  However fewer people know why we need it.  Like many of the B group vitamins,...

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Why we need Calcium

Why we need Calcium

The essential role of calcium (Ca2+) for our bones and teeth is unlikely to be news to anyone, with the discovery of calcium’s role in the development of rickets in infants and children in the 17th century. This is an example of severe dietary calcium deficiency...

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Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Vitamin B1, also known as Thiamine, is a water soluble vitamin like other B group vitamins.  This nutrient is then converted to it’s active metabolic form, TPP (Thiamine Pyrophosphate)  which is essential for energy metabolism, and particularly carbohydrate...

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Hemp & Hemp derived CBD oil

Hemp & Hemp derived CBD oil

Hemp & hemp derived CBD oil is a topic we are frequently asked about and is a source of much confusion.  In the space of around 2 years, we have gone from hemp being a banned substance to a universal panacea which has exploded on to the market.  Laws...

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3 ways with Jackfruit

3 ways with Jackfruit

Jackfruit has become popular over recent years, especially amongst vegans.  The appearance and texture is not dissimilar to meat dishes such as “pulled pork” and can be adapted to a range a dishes from curries to tacos.  Its versatility is largely due to they way in...

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Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Most of us have heard of B vitamins as a collective and know that they are important for energy production.  The different B vitamins, however, do have distinct roles and all are critical for our health.  All nutrients also need to be taken in context, that is their...

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Are you deficient in Magnesium?

Are you deficient in Magnesium?

Magnesium (Mg) is one of the most abundant minerals in the body, and the second most abundant intracellular cation (after potassium).  Because the activity of this mineral is primarily within the cells, deficiency can often go undetected by normal serology testing...

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Plant based sources of iron

Plant based sources of iron

Why do we need Iron? Iron is essential for healthy blood formation as well as many biochemical processes. Despite its vital role, it is one of the world’s most common deficiencies. In this nutrition snapshot we look at how you can maximise absorption of this mineral...

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Health benefits of Nigella Seeds

Health benefits of Nigella Seeds

Nigella Sativa, also known as Black Cumin, Kalonji and Black Seed, has had a long history as both a medicinal and culinary spice.  Used extensively in Middle Eastern cuisine, it has historically been referred to as a “universal healer” by the Prophet Mohammed and...

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Calorie quality not quantity

Calorie quality not quantity

As we have said many times, we do not focus on calories and certainly do not advocate counting calories. We encourage intuitive eating, that is, eating when hungry and eating foods that nourish our bodies, rather than obsessing over calories. This has the propensity...

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Good fats vs bad fats

Good fats vs bad fats

If you are confused about whether fats are good or bad, or which types of fats are ok or not, it is hardly surprising… Ultimately, fats are essential macronutrients and need to be consumed in balance with other macronutrients, fibre and a wide range of foods...

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Tips to achieve clear, glowing skin

Tips to achieve clear, glowing skin

The skin is often an under estimated organ. We do care about how it looks though as it so overtly transmits information about us. People can make instant assumptions about where we come from, how old we are and how healthy we might be, just to begin. People who...

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Healthy Habits

Healthy Habits

Wanting to step up your health routine? Here a few simple and effective healthy habits that you can start NOW that will help set you on the right track. Start the day with a glass of hot water and lemon. This helps to kick-start your metabolism and rehydrate after...

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Why we need B12

Why we need B12

If you follow a plant based diet, it is likely that you are already aware of the importance of B12. The question of why we need B12 is one we often receive so we have put together a brief snapshot including deficiency signs/symptoms as well as factors that increase...

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Boost immunity and stay well

Boost immunity and stay well

Now that winter has arrived in the Southern hemisphere and temperatures taking a dive seemingly overnight, it is time to think of ways to bolster our immune system. Here are a few tips for how we can keep our immunity up in readiness for the cold and flu season, as...

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Hydration for Life

Hydration for Life

We all know that water is essential to life, yet we are so often chronically dehydrated.  Often people are prescribed medications when they just need to drink more water.   In fact water is one of the few substances, if not only substance, which can induce rapid...

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Why we love P’URE Papaya Care

Why we love P’URE Papaya Care

As well as the abundance of nutrients and enzymes Papaya offers, topical application of this product have long been used in treatment of a number of skin conditions. This includes chaffing, cracked heels, minor cuts and grazes, nappy rash, insect bites and eczema. The...

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My Organic School

My Organic School

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of seeing My Organic School in action at Bronte Public School.  This initiative is led by David Walsman, a highly motivated and passionate individual, dedicated to making organic produce more affordable, more accessible and...

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Superfood pantry staples

Superfood pantry staples

Anyone who has followed us on Instagram or has made our recipes, you'll know we are big fans of superfoods. ‘Superfoods’ to us means foods that have a superior nutritional profile. They are often in powder form containing a number of nutrient dense whole foods...

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Blue Zones

Blue Zones

More and more we are hearing about so called “blue zones”. That is, specific areas spread across the globe where there is a significantly higher than average proportion of their populations enjoying long and healthy lives. These regions, which extend from Nicoya in...

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Avoid the Type 2 Diabetes epidemic

Avoid the Type 2 Diabetes epidemic

Diabetes is fast becoming a common illness. Alarmingly though, whilst there is support as well as effective treatment options for those who have it, there still appears to be a general lack of awareness in the community who are not (yet) affected by it. Many people,...

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The hidden cost of cheap food

The hidden cost of cheap food

This article was contributed by Ella Cottee from The Conscious Consumer I recently graduated from university, so like other students and recent graduates, one of the greatest challenges I face is that of a lack of money…or more specifically, learning the skills to...

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Top 8 wellness trends for 2019

Top 8 wellness trends for 2019

2018 saw the rise of crystal healing, turmeric lattes and the domination of colourful poke bowls, which we loved. Now it is time to look into the crystal ball and predict the wellness trends going into 2019.  We researched far and wide on the world wide web...

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Why am I always so tired?

Why am I always so tired?

Fatigue can result from multiple causes, and that a combination of stresses, both physical and emotional, have a cumulative and inter-relational effect. Here are just a few reasons why you may be feeling tired… Dehydration Many of us are chronically dehydrated,...

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Ways with turmeric

Ways with turmeric

From an ancient culinary and medicinal spice to the most googled word in 2016, not many people are unfamiliar with turmeric. This versatile vibrant yellow spice, also known as the golden spice and Indian saffron, can be easily added regularly to our...

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What’s the deal with superfoods?

What’s the deal with superfoods?

It will be no surprise to our audience that we have long been fans of “superfoods” (also called functional foods) and include them in our diet as much as possible. However, there has also been criticism around the use of the term ‘superfood’, as it is unregulated and...

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Cooked or raw?

Cooked or raw?

A question we are often asked is whether it is better to eat cooked or raw food. It’s a good question and there are different perspectives on this which we will explore and summarise. As always, context is important. In most cases, we believe a combination of both is...

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A bit on vitamins

A bit on vitamins

We are often asked questions about vitamins, most recently in our Instagram poll asking you what health topics you would like us to write about. Here is a why we need vitamins, where we can get them (food and supplements) and factors that impact absorption. Food as...

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Another reason to buy organic

Another reason to buy organic

Genetically Modified Foods, Herbicides and Pesticides - yet another reason to buy organic (or at least close to organic). We are often asked the reason as to why buying organic is so important, and while we always cite the avoidance of pesticides and herbicides, as...

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Top tips for gut health

Top tips for gut health

With modern day western lifestyles, our gut flora (known collectively as the microbiome) is frequently out of balance, creating a condition known as dysbiosis. What this means is that the protective (good) bacteria have been largely destroyed, allowing harmful,...

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Why soak nuts?

Why soak nuts?

One of the most common questions we are asked when doing a food preparation demonstration is “why soak nuts/seeds?". People also often ask about activated nuts/seeds, what they are and why are they better. Some experts will say soaking nuts/seeds is a must whereas...

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What you need to know about popular diets

What you need to know about popular diets

It is no wonder people are confused about what to eat or not eat. Following on from our ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ article, we explore some of the current popular diets and provide a snapshot into each. Some advocate quite different strategies, for example GAPS diet...

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The brain and the microbiome

The brain and the microbiome

Very early in my naturopathic studies, now over 20 years ago, I was introduced to the notion that “all disease begins in the gut”, attributed to the writings of well known Greek physician, Hippocrates. Although this was widely thought of as a very strange concept...

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Time to pretox?

Time to pretox?

As we head into December, a time notorious for over-indulgence, the idea of ‘pretox’ is worth considering. Some people think they will ‘make the most’ of the festive season, ahead of a punishing detox they intend to embark upon in January. The more toxic we are, the...

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Stress and our nervous system

Stress and our nervous system

We hear about stress every day. It comes in many forms…. physical, emotional, mental, environmental, workplace, financial, and relationship stress… with many more sub categories within and overlapping this broad overview. There are also varying degrees and timeframes...

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Sugars and natural sweeteners

Sugars and natural sweeteners

Sugar in its many forms is now widely considered to be detrimental to health, especially in the quantities in which it is being consumed today. Researching sugars, however, is a minefield. Information can be confusing, conflicting and often inaccurate. There are all...

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The gluten-free backlash

The gluten-free backlash

Given the popularity of the gluten free diet and paleo diets, we thought it was time we dedicated a post to this controversial protein. Gluten is the collective name for proteins found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. The name is latin in origin and means...

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The rise of veganism

The rise of veganism

We wrote recently about the shift towards increased demand for gluten free products. Another dietary regime gaining popularity at an exponential rate is the vegan trend. The increased demand for vegan produce is driven largely by an ethical decision to not harm or...

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One size does not fit all

One size does not fit all

We often talk about balance and refer to the fact that ‘one size doesn’t fit all’. This point is key to our philosophy and we believe that the better we understand our individual selves, the better our physical and emotional health will be. Whilst the internet is a...

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Food and nutrients as medicine

Food and nutrients as medicine

With many people being time poor and perhaps energy poor at the end of the day, we are enticed by take away food and/or a freezer full of pre-prepared meals. The irony is that these ‘time saving’ measures actually deplete our energy, our enjoyment of food and our...

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Becoming resilient

Becoming resilient

Resilience building is a critical objective of coaching and a valued trait in the workplace. Paradoxically though, we live in a society which largely promotes the antithesis of resilience. That is, we are subtly programmed that we do not need to endure any kind of...

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How inevitable is Alzheimers, really?

How inevitable is Alzheimers, really?

Sometimes I get asked whether I can, you know, remember what it was like for me, how I used to be. But I really can’t. It’s like that person is so long ago, so far away. It feels like an exile from that former self. Whoever I was, I am exiled from that former life.-...

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Quick Tips on Boosting Immunity

Quick Tips on Boosting Immunity

Our immune system, when working as it should, is our defence system, working hard to protect us against disease causing viruses and bacteria. During the cooler months of the year, we need to give our immune systems a bit more love to help keep us in good health. The...

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Meet Hannah & Jen, the mother-daughter duo behind Healthy Luxe

Healthy Luxe was established in 2014 by mother-daughter duo, Jennifer Murrant and Hannah Singleton. The platform evolved from a shared love and appreciation for health, food and travel.

In the last four years, we have worked with some of the leading brands in the health and wellness industry as well as fitness, lifestyle and travel.

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