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Help Your Body Heal Naturally After Surgery

If you missed Part 1 to this blog series, click here to read all about how I prepared my body for surgery. Recently I had emergency surgery to remove all four of my wisdom teeth. The surgery I had required me to have general anaesthetic which renders you unconscious,...

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How to Naturally Prepare Your Body for Surgery so it Recovers FAST

In less than 24 hours I went from planning my weekend to planning emergency surgery… well, not quite ‘emergency surgery’ as I was lucky enough to have five days to prepare my body for it. But out of nowhere, one of my wisdom teeth got infected and started to cause me...

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Epigenetics and the Influence of Our Genes

“Genetics load the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger.” Caldwell Esselstyn Do our genes have an influence on our health? You might have heard many people around you say, ’My Mum’s overweight, so that’s why I’m heavy too, it’s in my genes’ or ‘My dad had a heart attack...

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The Importance of Prevention in Health Care

Prevention – what does that even mean? The definition of ‘prevention’ is to keep from occurring, avert, hinder or stall. Let's first look at the state of our health, then look at what has caused this instability of health and what do we do to change habits in order to...

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How to Read a Food Label

When I was studying to become a nutritionist, we were taught to always refer to the nutrition panel on food. This is the table that lists the amount of fat, salt, sugar, carbohydrates and protein in the food. So, I began to do this and became obsessed by it. I knew...

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What to Eat if You’ve had Gallstones or Gallbladder Removal

There seems to be a common trend that ‘if you suffer from gallstones then the solution is to remove your gallbladder.’ Why? Every organ within our body has its own function and is vital for your body to perform optimally. If the organ wasn’t serving a purpose, why...

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Signs You Might Have Candida and What You Can Do About It

Yes, I have been there. I had a number of symptoms of a candida overgrowth for years before I even realised it. Eventually my body wouldn’t allow me to ignore the symptoms anymore. I researched my symptoms and was positive I had candida, which was confirmed when I had...

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5 Easy Ways to Make Your Coffee Healthier

Coffee doesn’t just give you a boost in the morning by keeping you alert; it also helps to improve cognitive function, mood, reaction time, memory and raises the metabolism. Coffee also appears to lower the risk of liver cancer. There are also many nutrients found in...

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How to Encourage Your Loved One to Adopt Healthy Habits

Whether it’s a friend, family member, or significant other, many of us have someone close to us who may need a (rather large) nudge in the right direction when it comes to their health. Maybe it's someone who could get off the couch more often, or add more green...

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Soy – Is It As Healthy As You Think?

Today, it’s really easy to become a vegetarian or vegan as the soy industry has created numerous products for vegetarians and vegans to get their daily protein needs. From the humble soy bean we have soy flour, tempeh, tofu, soy milk, soy sauce, vegetable oil, miso,...

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10 Vegetarian Protein Options That Won’t Destroy Your Gut

Protein is important to our health because it is one of the building blocks for our body. Without it, we wouldn’t function at our best and our bodies wouldn’t be able to support us in the long-term. When most people think about protein, they think of meat, fish,...

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Travelling Abroad the Healthy Way

I’ve recently just come home from a 3 week holiday in the South Island of New Zealand. Anyone that loves hiking, adventures and hates the humidity as much as I do would understand why I wanted to stay there forever, it was glorious. People often ask me how I managed...

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Ketosis – can we achieve it in a pill?

The body’s ability to be healthy is not hard. It just needs clean air, clean water, real foods, movement, a sense of purpose and meaningful human connection.Science has changed all this:- funding, interests, poor design, poor hypothesis, non-replicable research have...

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8 Signs Your Body Is Inflamed and What You Can Do About It

Inflammation in your body is absolutely crucial. When your body perceives something as a threat, it protects itself and this process is called an inflammatory response.Many chemical signals are produced in the body which defend it from triggers such as consuming...

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Staying On Track With Your 2017 Goals

Do you have big dreams and goals for 2017?  Are you one of those people that make New Year’s resolutions each year and keep them or do you have great intentions to make changes in your life, however a couple of months into the New Year, your ‘day to day’ life seems to...

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10 Ways to Stay Healthy and Still Have Fun on New Year’s Eve

One of the most important things about health is to ensure you are always happy, having fun and spending time with loved ones. So how do you enjoy yourself on New Year’s Eve without letting all your incredible healthy habits go by the wayside?I can assure you that I...

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Healthy Wholefood Recipe Ideas for Christmas Day

Are you hosting Christmas this year and looking to cater for everyone’s dietary requirements? Whether it’s dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, grain free, egg free, nut free, soy free or meat free, organising a menu that suits everyone’s needs can be a...

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Unmasking Hidden Sugars

Our sugar intake isn’t always as obvious as the usual suspects such as sweets, biscuits, cakes and soft drinks. There are many types of hidden sugars that are included in different types of ‘modern’ packaged foods. Did you know that food manufacturers often use 3-4...

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Why Soil Health Is So Important And How You Can Improve It

The health of our soil is intimately connected with the health of everything that surrounds it. The quality of our vegetables is determined by the quality of the soil they grow in. The quality of the meat we eat from the animals that live off the land is determined by...

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8 De-stressing Techniques That Aren’t Meditation

It’s important to be aware of what causes you stress in your life, enabling you to manage it rather than reacting to the circumstances. Some stress is healthy for you, as it protect you in times of need and can give you a sense of focus.For example when you’re in...

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7 Foods That Boost Your Skin’s Natural Sun Protection

The immunity of the skin is not just based on the tan or the things you put on your skin. It is also important to look at the medications you consume, as specific medications can increase the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. However, did you know that what you eat also...

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