Weight loss realities

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Naturopath Terese Mitchell-Patterson shines a light on the real reasons you can’t lose weight. Many clients are adamant that they cannot lose weight. However, as a practitioner I can honestly say I’ve never had a patient who – once we get down to the nitty-gritty and uncover the reason why they’re having difficulty – cannot … Read more

The Wonder of Epsom Salts

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Naturopath Sandy Rogers shares six ways you can use this ancient, inexpensive folk cure as a modern-day multi-tasking miracle. Named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in England, and patented in 1695 by Nehemiah Grew, Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate heptahydrate, a pure, naturally occurring mineral compound of magnesium and sulphur traditionally extracted by … Read more

Rewind the Clock

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Feeling your age, and then some? Find out how top holistic health experts look and feel younger. 1. Check your thyroid “Hypothyroidism (a sluggish thyroid) is a common problem, particularly in women,” says Dr Rebecca Harwin. “It slows down metabolism, brain function, bowel movements, reproductive ability, and more. In fact, the only thing speeding up … Read more

Adrenals 101

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The move to work-from-home has technology infiltrating every corner of our lives and can have severe consequences for these two little glands. The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys, and they’re responsible for releasing stress hormones – cortisol, epinephrine and norepinephrine – and for keeping the stress response in check. The adrenals are … Read more

Dry Needling can help?

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If you’re squeamish about needles, don’t be. Dry needling could be the key to reducing chronic pain. When you’re in pain, the idea of sticking needles in your sore spots may seem counter-intuitive. But according to practitioners of dry needling – also known as myofascial trigger point dry needling – the technique can be beneficial … Read more

Age-Proof Your Brain

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Discover what to eat to reduce anxiety, overcome depression, and improve your memory.  Certain foods deserve a regular place in our diets for their brain-boosting prowess. Brightly coloured produce – think: berries, broccoli, grapes, butternut squash, tomatoes – along with superfoods like garlic, green tea and cacao, all improve concentration and decision-making because they contain … Read more

Hormones Gone Haywire

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It’s not just menopause or even perimenopause you have to watch out for – stress hormones can seriously mess with your sex life. When it comes to hormonal ups and downs, it’s the Gang of Four – menopause, perimenopause, pregnancy and adolescence – which get all the press. In fact, hormones are most often knocked … Read more

Waste not, want not

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To put the problem of food waste into bite-sized numbers, the next time you bring your groceries home, put one bag out of five straight into the bin, because that’s basically what we’re doing. “Wasting food wastes everything,” says Annika Stott, Sustainability Strategist at OzHarvest. “Think about it in terms of labour, land, water, resources, … Read more

Food for Thought

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Our health and the health of the earth are ultimately intertwined and eating is about nourishing ourselves and the planet Vanessa Kimbell’s book Food for Thought, shows us how our everyday meals can be used as a tool to change the world by sourcing ingredients with thought, and standing up for those who are producing … Read more

Eat Lean

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Look toned and feel strong with the top five post-workout recovery foods to reset your body Protein After intense training, your body naturally enters a catabolic (muscle breakdown) state. Eating protein five to 15 minutes after working out will facilitate protein synthesis – a protein isolate in liquid form will be transported and absorbed by … Read more