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Your Period is not Supposed to be an Event

I don’t know about you, but I grew up thinking that periods suck, were a literal physical pain, and something to dread every month. While I’m very grateful that menstruation is more openly talked about now, people who menstruate have been sold a myth…

Movement / November 7, 2022

Bust the Bloat

You know that feeling – where you woke up just fine but by the end of the day it feels like you need to be surgically cut out of your pants?? Being bloated is one of the most common digestive complaints and the reasons behind it are not always straightforward…

Movement / October 24, 2021

Be Well Your Way

Between fad diets spruked by social media influencers, tricky marketing tactics and complicated food labelling laws, health can be a particularly confusing field to navigate these days. Should we try keto, paleo, vegan or carnivore diets? Do we need to stock our fridges with probiotics, or drink bone broth for breakfast? And what’s the deal with ice baths and breathwork?

Nutrition / December 12, 2021

Are You Getting Enough?

If there is one thing you want to focus on to make your gut happy is getting enough fibre into your day. Now when I used to hear the word “fibre” I thought granny undies and bland food – but I promise you a diet high in fibre should be full of flavour, colour and texture!

Nutrition / April 24, 2022

First Aid Foods

Whether it’s coming up to winter in your part of the world or you’ve become more conscious about your immune health in recent years, there’s plenty of ways to make sure that you’re giving your body’s natural defence system the best fighting chance.
Nourish your body and immune system with the foods that you eat every day.

Nutrition / October 24, 2022

8 Ways Prebiotics Make Your Gut Health Soar​

When it comes to optimal function throughout your body, it all starts in the gut. Considering that the gut is home to roughly 70% of your immune system, when your gut is bacterially well-balanced, it’s well-equipped to fight off common pathogens, preventing them from running amok and dragging your health down.

Spirituality / March 22, 2022

Reiki as a Practice of Self-Love

Before we dive any further, let’s do a quick review on what Reiki is. According to William Rand’s book Reiki: The Healing Touch, “Rei” means Universal/spiritual consciousness/spiritual wisdom, and “Ki” is similar to prana or chi which means life force. Reiki means Universal life force, and it is a form of energy healing modality that was founded in Japan in the early 1920s.

Nutrition / February 16, 2022

How Eating a Diverse Diet is Key for a Healthy Gut

Contrary to what you may believe, you don’t need to consume a strict kale-smoothie-and-kombucha diet to improve your gut health. The opposite is true. When we consume a diet that’s rich in plant diversity, it can have an incredible benefit to the health of our microbiome (the collection of microorganisms that live in our gut).

Nutrition / February 5, 2022

Trust Your Gut

Is intuitive eating as straightforward as it sounds, or another diet industry buzzword? Actually, it’s neither. There’s more to this eating approach than eating whatever you feel like, and it’s sticking around for the long haul.

Mindset / January 11, 2022

Pleasure Pathways

This is a formal invitation to pleasure yourself. It’s the end of 2021. It looks like we may be stepping into the light after being hunkered down and isolated for a year and a half.

Mindset / December 30, 2021

Nourishing the Body in Times of Stress

Recent years have seen a heightened state of stress and looking after ourselves is more important than ever. We may not be able to change the situation but we can limit the effect that stress has on our nervous systems, and nutrition is a key component in your toolkit.

Nutrition / December 20, 2021

Fish Free Omega-3

For most of us, when we think of omega 3 – we typically think of fish, seafood and cod liver oil capsules.
However, if you’re following a plant-based diet or simply are not a fan of fish – there are plenty of brilliant plant sources of omega 3 which we’ll explore below.

Nutrition / December 15, 2021

How To Detox Naturally

Whilst the word ‘detox’ may elicit thoughts of juice cleanses, laxative teas or God forbid, a cotton ball diet- our body’s naturally detox every day. Our liver is the metabolic powerhouse of our body and is an important organ for detoxification.

Mindset / December 12, 2021

The Gut-Brain Axis Explained

When you start to feel stressed or overwhelmed, how does your gut feel? Butterflies? Tummy pains? A little bit like you might be sick?

This conversation between our Gut and Brain (more than just when we are hungry!) is therefore really obvious and what we call the Gut-Brain Axis.

Nutrition / December 12, 2022

Food For A Good Mood

The foods we choose to eat shape the building blocks we provide to our bodies to make energy, how long we feel nourished, and the way we make important hormones and neurotransmitters to regulate our mood. Just like putting premium fuel in a car helps it to run smoothly and more efficiently, and a full tank of fuel drives a car much further than a tank running near empty… the foods we choose to eat throughout the day play a huge role in how we feel.

Mindset / December 2, 2021

Are Probiotics the Secret to Better Mental Health?

In the last decade, the number of people living with mental health conditions has risen by 13%, and 20% of children and adolescents around the world have a mental illness (WHO 2021). It begs the question: why are the rates of mental illness continuing to grow in a century where we have access to so many different medical treatments? Why haven’t we worked out clear ways to reduce the likelihood of mental illnesses occurring in future generations?

Movement / November 29, 2021

Adrenals: Overlooked and Under-Appreciated

When we think about self care, we generally think about eating a proper diet and getting good sleep and exercise. While those three are absolutely foundational to sound health, many don’t know what to do when health still seems out of balance. Hello hormones! The missing link that makes or breaks the proverbial cake.

Nutrition / November 8, 2021

Plant-Based on a Budget

There is a common misconception that plant-based diets are costly. This idea likely stems from the marketing-driven “vegan tax” placed upon processed plant-based products, which often sees these food items costing significantly more than their animal-product counterparts.

Nutrition / October 3, 2021

Chronic Pain and Training the Brain

Our brains always have the best intentions. The brain’s ultimate goal is to keep us alive, and pain is used as a communication tool to let us know when something is wrong. The brain is really smart, and to be as efficient as possible, it keeps rewiring the nervous system to communicate effectively with the rest of the body

Movement / January 17, 2021

How Stress Affects The Gut and What You Can Do About It

Digestive flare-ups after a big meal, stabbing stomach cramps right before an exam and feeling butterflies in your stomach during a work presentation. Sound familiar? If you ever thought your gut and brain are linked, you’d be correct. Our brain and gut are in constant communication and stress can affect our gut in multiple ways (Madison and Kiecolt-Glaser, 2019).

Mindset / January 6, 2021

Nutrition for Better Sleep

You know how it feels. When you’ve have had poor quality or an insufficient amount of sleep, and crave higher energy foods like refined carbohydrates, sugars, fatty foods, starchy vegetables, and caffeine, or just have a straight up snack attack.

Nutrition / January 3, 2021

Can Nutrition Impact our Emotional Resilience?

Healthy nutrition has positive impacts on our physical and mental health; yet we often don’t talk about how what we eat and what we can absorb impacts our body’s capability to cope with stress. Research is discovering that people with optimized nutrition habits are often more resilient than people with poor eating habits.

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