Our blog is packed with professional advice from our team of natural health specialists. It will provide you with valuable information on wellness, nutrition and family health. Our valuable experience will help you and your family live healthier and happier lives.

Are Chemicals Making You Fat? Facts About Obesogens

Obesogens: chemicals which can increase your chances of obesity. If you’re wondering why you can’t shift that weight, here is another piece of the puzzle. It’s not just what you put in your mouth or how much you move your body, it also could be the chemicals in your environment, or even the ones your … Continued

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Making Sense of Salicylates

If dried fruits make you itchy, berries make you wheezy, or tomatoes hurt your tummy, you could be sensitive to salicylates.   Salicylic acid is a naturally occurring compound found in many plants and foods, and has been synthesised also to be used as an ingredient in medicines (most notably aspirin), shampoos, personal care products, … Continued

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What the FODMAP?

FODMAP– you’re either completely bewildered by this word or you know that its an acronym for a group of food compounds that commonly trigger digestive discomfort. For many people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a low FODMAP diet can provide huge relief.   FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These compounds are … Continued

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2018: This Year Will Be Different! Setting Intentions for Change

As the new year gets underway, many of you will be thinking about how to set a new course for this next trip around the sun. The cyclic rhythm of our planetary bodies allows us a time to pause at this new year threshold and reflect on changes we would like to make for our … Continued

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Christmas: Frazzled, Fatigued, or Feeling Fabulous?

Even the most calm and organised person can feel the frazzle of the dazzle in the lead up to Christmas. There are more things to do, more social engagements, more farewells, more family, more of everything in fact! Everything except time and space perhaps, and the extra energy needed to accomplish the tasks at hand. … Continued

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Microbiome: Tending Your Bacterial Garden

Bacteria- we’re made of them! Well, not completely of course, but more than you might think. Approximately 2kg of our weight is made up of microbial organisms. For every human cell in our body, there is a bacterial cell. There are over 1000 species of bacteria in the gut alone! Not only are there more … Continued

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Menopause and Peri-menopause: More Than Just Hot Flushing!

In this world of over-sharing and information overload, it never fails to amaze me how much people don’t know about the natural process of menopausal change. Most people know about hot flushes, and may even expect them, but this is not the only symptom associated with menopause, nor is it inevitable!   Before menopause (defined … Continued

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Antibiotic Resistance: What Can We Do?

If you cut yourself and it becomes infected, no worries, there are drugs for that, right? If you get a chest infection, no worries, there are drugs for that too, right? Hmmm. It might be time to re-think our mindset around infections and our ability to treat them.   Bugs are getting smarter, and the … Continued

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Hormone Disruptors: Tipping a Delicate Balance

Our hormones exist in our body in a delicate state of balance and flow. The intelligence of our body to know how to secrete which hormone and when is an amazing and beautiful thing! Unfortunately, there are an alarming number of chemicals in our environment that are known to disrupt this balance, with a wide … Continued

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Depression & Inflammation: Cause or Effect?

There is no question that depression is big in Aotearoa and worldwide. In New Zealand 1 in 5 women will experience it and 1 in 8 men. As natural health practitioners, there are many ways of understanding depression, and many ways to support people experiencing it. Looking at diet and nutrition is always important, as … Continued

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Being Vegetarian; benefits and cautions of a plant-based diet

Vegetarianism – it’s on the rise again! As more people become aware of the benefits of a plant-based diet, and open their eyes to some of the impacts of large-scale meat production, many want to adopt a vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diet. Almost everyone can be healthier by choosing more vegetables in their daily diet, but … Continued

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Kid’s Kai Time! How to Cater for Food Intolerances

Our children can be picky eaters at the best of times! If you have identified some problem foods that need to be removed from their diet for awhile, you’ll need some tips and strategies.   Remember you’re not the first parent to face this, and many savvy parents before you have paved the way with … Continued

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