Recipe (dairy-free probiotic): Super-Simple Coconut Milk Yogurt
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  Serves 6 2 cans full-fat coconut milk 2 probiotic capsules,   Open the probiotic capsules and empty contents into a blender. Blend with coconut milk. Transfer to a sanitised glass jar (make sure it’s not still hot – you don’t want those probiotics to die). Store it in a warm place for 24-48 hours. If it’s not thick enough … Read More

Is My Poop Normal?
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  Yes, I’m serious! (And don’t you sometimes wonder anyway?)   You already know that your poop can reflect your physical, and sometimes even emotional, health. You may get constipation or have diarrhoea when you eat something that “doesn’t agree with you,” or when you’re super-nervous about something.   And what about fibre and water? If you’re not getting enough, … Read More

How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)
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  STRESS!!! Its causes are absolutely everywhere. Would you agree? Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard. It’s supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency and then return to normal after we’ve fought or flown. But, that doesn’t happen too much in our society – it becomes a long-term reaction. … Read More

5 top foods to nourish your gut bacteria
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Our digestive systems are the unsung workaholics of our bodies, toiling around the clock to break down and absorb nutrients from the food and fluids we consume. Within this ongoing cycle, our large intestine – often referred to as our gut – is the office hero. Though perhaps we should say office heroes, because it is actually the populations of … Read More

What to eat this winter
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If the colder weather has you thinking non-stop about food, why not focus on the seasonal foods that are actually good for you, instead of reaching for unhealthy choices? Below, Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella talks about her tips and winter-food winners, explaining how they can help you through the colder months and how to get more of these ingredients … Read More

Recipe (food containing bromelain & papain): Tropical (digestive) smoothie
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Serves 1   1 cup pineapple, diced 1 cup papaya, diced 1 banana, chopped 1 cup coconut milk ice if desired   Put all ingredients (except ice) into the blender and blend. Add ice if desired.   Serve & enjoy!   Note: check your supermarket freezer for pineapple & papaya when they are not in season.  

All About Digestive Enzymes
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  Not everyone should be taking digestive enzyme supplements; and not all of them are created equal.   As a practitioner, I find that many people with digestive issues want to jump straight into using a supplement. And many times I would rather try other strategies first. Not to mention, that some supplements can be harmful if used inappropriately.   … Read More

The Optimal Foods to Eat For Breakfast When You’re in Menopause
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During menopause women tend to gain weight.  While this isn’t great it’s pretty common and there are many reasons why. Two reasons why women gain weight during menopause…   Reason #1 Reduced muscle mass.  Muscle mass uses energy (burns calories) so when we have less of it the body burns less energy overall, leading to weight gain.  Unfortunately, this weight … Read More

Foods to Reduce Night Time Hot Flashes
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  Do you get hot flashes? Are they mostly at night? Do they set the bed on fire (but not in that way)? Let’s get you some solutions!   Before we do that, just some quick info on why hot flashes occur so we can try to effect the root cause of these hormonal symptoms.   What causes hot flashes? … Read More

Haven’t Changed Anything in Your Diet But Getting Fatter?
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You are positive that you’re not eating more food or “junkier” food but you’re still gaining weight. Is this possible? Yes! You are NOT crazy! And here’s why. We both know that the whole “calories in, calories out” argument is an overly simplistic view of weight. There’s definitely more to the story than just what you’re eating, right? A lot … Read More

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