Herbal tea has been consumed for thousands of years due to its health benefits, by ancient civilisations right through to modern-day society. Herbal teas have quickly become a popular healthy alternative to caffeinated drinks, sugary juices and soft drinks. But while many may believe that drinking large amounts of herbal teas will ‘cleanse’ their bodies, this is only a half-truth. There is a hidden side to the commercial tea industry that producers try to avoid: pesticides.
We seem to spend a large part of our lives listening to ‘experts.’ There are experts on what clothes we should wear to suit our body shape; what make up we should wear to suit our face shape; experts on what colours we should paint the rooms in our house; experts on who is the perfect partner for us and experts on how to find that person. There seems to be experts on every trivial and not so trivial part of our lives.
Considering how much I love and respect wine, one thing I hadn’t taken into consideration until fairly recently was that very little of the wine I was drinking was organic. My family were eating organic foods almost exclusively, but the wines my partner and I were drinking were not organic and it wasn’t something I had given a lot of thought to. My Ah-ha moment was based around a conversation I had at a cellar-door in Beechworth, Victoria while there on holidays last winter.
Let’s talk about stress. The good, the bad and….well, just the good and the bad today. Now in the past few years or so, as people have become more aware of the impact stress can have on their health, stress has got a bit of a bad rap. And so it should. Long term stress that is unchecked and ignored can lead to chronic illness and debilitating emotional, physical and mental health issues. BUT there is such a thing as good stress.
Dayen Zheng is an ambassador for Australian Organic Awareness Month, which is happening throughout September! Dayen chats to us about why she always looks out for the Australian Organic bud logo and why it’s the best option for your child. Find out what she has to say below: I have had the best job in the world for the last four years – and you know why? I get to work with children, and children are amazing!
Happiness is what we all crave. It often seems that it’s just around the corner if we can just work hard enough. We work hard to get a good job, get married, buy a house, start a family – but what if you check all these boxes and you’re still not happy? The problem is that we have been looking in the wrong place for happiness. Research in positive psychology shows that while a portion of our happiness is due to our genes and life circumstances a full 40% is determined by our daily thoughts and emotions and behaviours over which…
I can’t help it. Call me cynical, but I can’t help but hold a sneaky uneasiness that cancer foundation type charities must be rigged. Why on earth would I think this? Well, very simply: Money. Our world is after all, all about The Money. Cancer it seems is a BIG industry. I looked into it and the United States’ National Cancer Institute has done the math. Presently the cost of this killer disease is in the region of US$125 Billion. By 2020 it’s estimated to be that of US$173 Billion! That’s a whole lot of money spinning around the economy and lining…
The best way to achieve wellness is to re-set your perspective on what a winning week, health and wellbeing really looks like. Throw out the old rules of long workouts and strict diets. Start doing regular exercise you enjoy and schedule your weekly fitness goals based around your schedule. Whatever your age or fitness level you can bring fitness and vitality back into your daily life. Here are my top five wellness tips:
1. BPA Some may say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but do you really want a chemical used in plastics imitating the sex hormone oestrogen in your body? No! Unfortunately, this synthetic hormone can trick the body into thinking it’s the real thing – and the results aren’t pretty. BPA has been linked to everything from breast and others cancers to reproductive problems, obesity, early puberty and heart disease, and according to government tests, 93 percent of Americans have BPA in their bodies!
Lots of not so nice things can get trapped in your skin, things like fungus, yeast and mould, also any petrochemicals you’ve come into contact with. Remember, your skin is the largest organ of the body so you want to make sure your pores are not full of gunk! If you’re embarking on any kind of detox you want to make sure your areas of elimination are open, in particular your skin. Another important organ for detox is your liver, but we’ll delve into that another day.
The fundamental difference between us and 100 years ago is all the petrochemicals in our modern world! You’re accumulating toxins throughout your life, including in the womb. Chemicals, synthetics, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, chlorine, fluoride, plasticisers, the list goes on. So what do we do about it? Other than trying to avoid the toxins in the first place. You need to get clever about removing toxicity from your body. Here’s one good tool you can use:
Ever thought about putting carrots in your smoothies? Not only are they full of fiber but they also contain vitamins C, B3, B6, E and K as well as minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium. What about turmeric in your smoothies? Yep! Turmeric’s been used for thousands of years as a remedy for stomach and liver ailments. Also turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-tumour, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. Rheumatoid arthritis? Maybe throw in an extra half a teaspoon.
This deliciously healthy smoothie is crafted with all sorts of goodness. The coconut contains electrolytes essential for muscle function. The collagen provides amino acids for muscle, tendon and ligament repair as well as great for gut health, skin, hair and nails. The antioxidants in the blueberries help to offset oxidative stress from a hard workout and adds a great colour. What’s great about this smoothie is that each ingredient helps you, there are no fillers or anything unnecessary.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic health tradition for detox and rejuvenation. It is a simple morning practice that offers remarkable results. Many people are doing it, many are talking about it, and many are super keen to get started. Before oil pulling, I had a particular problem tooth, causing nerve pain and sensitivity for at least one year. Dentists wanted to do a root canal, but I refused. Since oil pulling my overall dental health has improved dramatically, and I have no teeth or gum problems.
I’m generally not a big smoothie drinker but after a high intensity workout I often enjoy a paleo styled smoothie with some protein and “good” fats in there. Here’s my favourite recipe for a post workout smoothie. Ingredients: 1 cup organic coconut flesh 1 cup organic coconut water 1/4 teaspoon of organic vanilla powder 1 raw biodynamic egg
As your wellness journey evolves it will start extending to many aspects of your life and growing some of your own organic food is an enjoyable learning experience with lots of benefits you may not have initially thought about. Do you have some backyard space or even a balcony where you can put some pots? Here are my five top reasons to grow your own food: 1. Freshest food possible If fresh is best, then freshly picked 2 minutes ago is even better!
The rate of those living with Autoimmune Disease is steadily rising. In Australia and New Zealand 1 in every 20 people have some form of Autoimmune Disease and there are now more than 50 million Americans living with Autoimmune Disease. Many people diagnosed with Autoimmune Disease will take medication prescribed by their physician without further thought.
Chlorella is becoming one of the most scientifically researched foods and the recent disasters in Japan has increased its world wide attention. This article highlights some of the many benefits and proven detoxifying effects of this fabulous superfood. As well as being known to be a perfect whole food, it’s also a complete protein food, which means it has a perfect balance of amino acids. It also contains all the B vitamins, C and E, as well as the major minerals, especially zinc and iron.
With the likes of healthy eating advocates such as Lorna Jane Clarkson, Sarah Wilson and Pete Evans making online waves, it is clear that the hype around organic foods and products is certainly here to stay. All it takes is a stroll around your local neighbourhood cafes and supermarkets to spot the growing number and affordability of organic options available. But what does it all mean? Is going organic worth it? Where do you start?
Preconception care is more than just making sure there is an egg and sperm available for creating pregnancy. The health of the egg and sperm (and the health of the man/woman they came from) can determine the ability to achieve and maintain pregnancy, the mother and baby’s health throughout pregnancy and health outcomes for the future baby. Some people wait until getting pregnant before making a shift in taking on healthier habits. A little known fact is that many health outcomes for a baby may have already been decided, even before a woman realises she is pregnant.