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

Breaking the worry cycle by being active
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When you’re in the depths of worry or anxiety, it can be hard to focus on anything but your racing thoughts. You can feel stuck inside your head, inside a situation that won’t let up … on a loop with no end in sight. So how do you break the cycle of worrying thoughts? With mindfulness and meditation? With stress-relieving … 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.   Please follow and … Read More

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

Recipe (Protein and Fibre): Vegetable Egg Muffins
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  Makes 12 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red pepper (diced) 2 cups baby spinach (chopped) 1 cup mushrooms (chopped) 2 cloves garlic (minced) 6 eggs 1 tablespoon flax/linseed (ground)   Preheat oven to 180C.   Grease or line a 12 serving muffin tin. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.  Add oil and saute diced pepper until tender … 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

Recipe (Veggie): Mason Jar Salad
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Serves 2 3 tablespoons almond butter 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice 1 tablespoon maple syrup 2 teaspoons sesame oil ½ granny smith apple (diced) 4 radishes (sliced) 2 celery stalks (diced) 4 tablespoons of your favourite nuts or seeds (walnuts, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, etc.) 4-6 cups of your favourite greens (spinach, kale, mixed greens, etc.) Add … Read More

3 Supplements You Should be Taking if You’re Over 45 Years Old
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Yes, while I always say that it’s better to get your nutrients from food first sometimes supplements are necessary. Unfortunately there are just some all-too-common nutrients that we simply don’t get enough of.  And they’re absolutely critical to optimal health and wellness.  Especially as we age. Here I sifted through the supplements that are available on the market and boiled … Read More

Recipe (Eggs & Veggies): Veggie Omelette
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Serves 1   Ingredients 1 teaspoon coconut oil 1 or 2 eggs (how hungry are you?) ¼ cup veggies (grated zucchini and/or sliced mushrooms and/or diced capsicum) dash salt, pepper and/or turmeric   Add coconut oil to a frying pan and melt on low-medium heat (cast-iron pans are preferred). In the meantime grab a bowl and beat the egg(s) with … Read More

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