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Liquid Gold: Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has become one of the hottest multipurpose tonics.

We have in the past discussed it as a key ingredient in one of our favourite “The Beauty Chef” products, Probitoic Skin Refiner

The use of apple cider vinegar is vast, we have advised in the past it is a great tonic to use as a toner but also really great for acne sufferers.

It is also ingested to ease digestion, preventing in flu, ease nausea and heartburn and recently a study found two table spoons of apple cider vinegar right before bed lowered the blood sugar levels of people with type 2 diabetes!

Taking it at different times of the day can have varying impacts. To aid with digestion one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar will assist with digestion and bloating, this should be consumed on an empty stomach and can be mixed with water. When drinking the vinegar in the morning it’s best to sip rather than sink it down in one hit!

For weight loss two teaspoons of vinegar should be consumed before and after meals, around 2 to 3 times a day. Apple cider vinegar contains antioxidant beta-carotene, which helps breakdown and remove unwanted fat from your body.

Buy raw organic! To obtain the key benefits this is one of the most important factors. Only the raw organic vinegar will contain the strand like enzymes of connected protein molecules with living nutrients and bacteria.

If the vinegar appears clear this means it has been processed and you will not gain any benefits from consuming that vinegar.

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Pristine Hydration: Water Solutions Part 2


Part two

Have you read Part One yet? Read here
With all the different types of water out there and all the hype that goes with each, it can be very easy to get confused about which types of water are really best for your health.

And, if you find yourself struggling with the environmental concerns of bottled water versus the dangerous chemicals in tap water, I understand. In this article I’ll aim to clear up some confusion and help you take control of your hydration.

Bottled Water?
I’m afraid I must be the bearer of some bad news: 40 percent of bottled water is bottled TAP WATER! Yes, you read correctly, which may or may not have received additional filtration.

Also, drinking from plastic bottles is not a good idea. Plastic bottles contain a chemical called bisphenol A or BPA, which is a synthetic hormone disruptor that has been linked to serious health problems.

Aside from the health risks, the devastating impact bottled water has had on our ecosystem is staggering!
Ideally, you want a filtration system that offers a variety of methods to remove different contaminants.

Most systems do not address a combination of organic, inorganic, sediment and metals.
Ionizers and Alkalisers
Engaic Healthy Kangen Water has a pH of 8.5 to 9.5 and is said to help your body balance the acidic effects of eating foods such as meat and eggs.

In my personal experience Kangen actually water tastes better! It’s soft and velvety, but with a mineral aftertaste. This alkaline water is ideal for drinking and cooking, comes out of one of the machines’ spigots, while acid water, which can be used for cleaning, comes out of another.

The degree of alkalinity is often adjustable which has its advantages. The machines have a built-in filter, which filters impurities just like any other water filter. Other benefits include uber hydration through the ‘micro clustered’ structure of the molecules, anti-oxidant free radical scavenging, support of wellness and longevity and it’s environmentally green.

Alkaline Water
Some people experience an initial “high” when they start drinking alkaline water. This can easily be attributed to detoxification, and the fact that they are likely just becoming better hydrated.

Increasing the alkalinity of our water has been shown to provide numerous health benefits due to the fact that disease can only survive in an acidic state.

The benefits of drinking alkaline water include; Slowing down the ageing process by removing toxins and acidic waste from the cells, enhanced physical energy, and improved mental clarity by hydrating your cells.

Mountain spring water is in ideal pH range. It is some of the healthiest water on the planet because it is ‘living water’. Living water, like ‘living food’ is in its raw, natural state the way nature intended.
There’s a great website called FindaSpring.com where you can find a natural spring in your area.

Unfortunately, there aren’t too many in the Sydney area but if you’re near the Blue Mountains there is a spring located north of Lawson.

Have I confused you yet?? ☺ Here’s how I manage my water intake.. I like to mix it up!!  At home we drink fresh spring water from the Barrington Tops, it’s naturally alkaline and tastes delish. I also use this water for herbal tea, cooking, presoaking grains and legumes, and of course Buckie the dog gets to enjoy this water too. We purchase this from Vital source 

At Face Plus Medispa we use the Kangen system which I love for it’s therapeutic  actions. If I’m on the fly and caught without my precious water bottle, I generally buy Alkalife.

Last option is Sydney tap water, which I avoid it but if given no other option, will drink rather than dehydrate.

In addition, Coconut Water and Vegetable Juicing add a little variety to my hydration. As I mentioned in a previous article, coconuts are an excellent source of fresh, pure water and electrolytes.

Coconuts are also rich in lauric acid, which is known for it’s immune-boosting as well as its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, so it’s an ideal choice when you’re sick. I drink a couple of coconuts each week, usually after a heavy workout. Another pure healthy water is vegetable juicing. I recommend buying pesticide-free, organic vegetables for optimal nutritional benefit.

Ultimately, water is one of the most important parts of a healthy lifestyle, so make sure that you are choosing the best possible water, avoiding dangerous plastics, and getting enough vital minerals. Happy hydrating peeps ☺

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Pristine Hydration: Water Solutions

Water Solutions Part one

With all the different types of water out there and all the hype that goes with each, it can be very easy to get confused about which types are really best for your health.

If you find yourself struggling with the environmental concerns of bottled versus the dangerous chemicals in tap water, I understand. In this article I’ll aim to clear up some confusion and help you take control of your hydration.
Toxins in our tap water.

Tap water is quite a controversial topic. We should be aware of the fact that our tap water is only monitored for 70 chemicals, whilst there are over 300 known chemicals that should be of concern.

These include ingredients in pharmaceutical medicines, caustic chemicals such as Lye and pesticides that find their way into our supply. Then there are the contaminants that find their way into your water after it has been treated.

Some of these include lead, copper and plastic residues, all of which can accumulate in the body and cause a host of serious health problems.

Perhaps two of the gravest concerns about tap water centre around heavy metals and the chlorine that is used to disinfect the water:  Heavy metals are known to cause a number of neurological and physical diseases.

High levels of chlorine are linked with a number of health issues, including miscarriages and birth defects. Note; boiling will not get rid of chlorine, it will potentially make it more toxic.

Water Flouridation is another hotly debated topic. Flouride has been added to Australian community water since the late 1950’s and remains today.

There are certain areas, such as Byron Bay, who have resisted this, but a majority of Australians drink fluoridated water every day.

It was introduced to help prevent dental caries, or tooth decay. Internationally, fluoridated water is a controversial issue and many European countries have totally rejected the use of fluoride, these include; Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden. In fact less than 10 countries world wide fluoridate more than 50% of their supplies – so why do we have it here in Australia?

Hydroflurosilicic Acid
The fluoride added to our drinking water is not the naturally occurring calcium fluoride that is found in trace amounts in water from rivers and streams, it is in fact hydroflurosilicic acid.

This is a toxic waste by product sourced from organophosphate fertiliser plants in Victoria. The research relating to fluoride and dental has been done on calcium fluoride, while to my knowledge, no specific research has been done on the health effects and dental benefits of hydrofluorosilicic acid. As a corrosive substance it is also known to leech out heavy metals from older style pluming, adding to the environmental load we are exposed to.

This is of particular concern when it comes to children, who are at greater risk of the detrimental effects of heavy metals.
Let me lay down some hydration and filtration options for you:
Filtered Tap Water – Getting to the Gold
The most economical and environmentally sound choice you and your family can make is to purchase and install a filter for your home.

I recommend three different types of water filters, lets weigh the pros and cons of each:

1. Reverse Osmosis Filter
In addition to removing chlorine, inorganic, and organic contaminants, an RO filter will also remove about 80 percent of the fluoride and most DPBs. The major drawback is the expense of installing an RO filter as most need a plumber to get up and running.

2. Ion Exchange Filter
Ion exchange is designed to remove dissolved salts in the water, such as calcium. This system actually softens the water or exchanges natural-forming mineral ions with its own ions, thereby neutralizing their harmful effect of creating scale build-up.

3. Granular Carbon and Carbon Block Filters
Granular activated carbon is recognised as the best available technology for the removal of organic chemicals like herbicides, pesticides and industrial chemicals. However, one of the downfalls of granular carbon filters is that the loose material inside can channel–the water creates pathways through the carbon material, escaping filtering.

As you can see this is a topic that I am quite passionate about! It continues in “Pristine Hydration: Water solutions, Part two” Click here to read.

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Snack Attack: When & What?

There are so many reasons why a healthy snack is great for you.

Planning two or three snacks a day, every 2.5 or 3.5 hours, can make the metabolism more efficient. Our body best performs when the blood sugar is kept level.

If the blood sugar in your body drops too low you will become lethargic and/or experience increased hunger. If it goes too high, your pancreas secretes insulin. Insulin brings the sugar level back down but this is primarily done by converting the excess sugar to stored fat.

Not snacking throughout the day will mean your blood sugar level will drop, “bad” snacking will cause a spike in your blood sugar.

The selection process –
When selecting a snack it should roughly be between 100 to 200 calories. Try carrying the pre planned snacks with you. Stock up on healthy snacks. Limit your consumption of high salt, fat and sugar foods

Our top 10 snacks –
Carrots with hummus

Cucumber with non fat cottage cheese

Cherry tomatoes

Berries, strawberries and blueberries

One egg, you can skip the yoke if you are being calorie conscious

Almonds, a small handful

Low fat yogurt

Tuna, a maximum of two to three times a week only

Protein shake, look for a low carb, low fat and low sugar

Protein Bar, look for a low carb, low fat and low sugar

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Fit Foods: Get Marathon Ready

It’s running season, the chill in the air and everyone you know is training for the City to Surf.

Keeping motivated and training can be tough; we don’t have any advice for you! But we do have a few suggestions that might just keep you motivated to eat right and stay fit!

The Basics
Stay hydrated. If you’re training hard, on a regular basis we recommend you drink an extra litre of water an hour.
Avoid red meat and focus on eating fish, vegetables and carbohydrates.

Rest days or low intensity training days
If you have a reduction in training volume reduce the intake of carbohydrates. Only one meal a deal should be carbohydrate based, this can be either breakfast or lunch. To fight through the hunger pains on these days you can opt for a protein rich breakfast.

Meal plan suggestion (low intensity training day)
Breakfast: Vegetable frittata
Lunch: Grilled chicken salad with quinoa and lentils
Dinner: Seared Salmon with grilled vegetables

Normal training days
On days you train over an hour or intermediate to high intensity training you should look to have two carbohydrate based meals on these days, we suggest breakfast and lunch. Opt for low GI meals and a moderate intake of protein within each meal.

Meal plan suggestion (Normal training day)
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with a side of spinach and a whole meal English muffin
Lunch: Grilled Chicken with buckwheat noodles dressed in soy sauce, sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds
Dinner: Tuna and pumpkin salad

Heavy training days
Increase your carb in take, carbohydrates should be included in all of your main meals but aim to consume low GI carbs.

As you increase your carbohydrate intake limit fat, but a moderate protein intake should be maintained with each of your meals.
Avoid spices, garlic, onions, fatty foods and high fibre foods, these may cause gastrointestinal issues.

Meal plan suggestion (Heavy training days)
Breakfast: Granola with milk or yogurt (no sugar but maple syrup and coconut can be added)
Lunch: Creamy chicken and broccoli pasta bake (add cheese)
Dinner: Prawn, sweet potato & coconut curry.

Final words on fit foods

Pre plan your meals and set aside an hour a week and sort it out!

Don’t forget the importance of snacking. Planning your mealtimes are also vital to your training to ensure you body is properly fuelled for your training.

If you love to eat red meat, the slow cooker is your best friend.

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Hormones: Skin, Body & Soul

The endocrine system is one of the most important factors involved in the initiation of aging.

The endocrine system is extremely important in women, producing and regulating the hormones. The production and regulation will decline and sometimes drastically with age.

Hormones are the chemical messengers that travel, via our blood, to every organ and tissue in our body, including the ovaries, adrenal glands and thyroid glands. Thyroid and growth hormones are involved in many different functions such as growth, immune, reproductive and metabolic functions, and even hunger and stress.

Extrinsic aging, is brought on by external factors such as sun damage, lifestyle and free radicals, these cause deep wrinkles and photo damage, where as intrinsic skin aging impacts our body’s biological clock.

Dryness, fine wrinkling and paleness is all a part of the skins natural aging process.
Our in house Naturopath/Nutritionist shares some additional insights –
“In my practice I have found that most women have similar complaints, and while the symptoms may vary, a common denominator exists: hormone imbalance. 

Hormonal imbalance tends to show up as women age, but factors relating to our modern world — environmental pollution, chemicals in our food, and synthetic estrogens in our products — leave women of all ages vulnerable to hormonal chaos.”

Here are some tell tale signs that your hormones need rebalancing:

  1. Feeling tired but jittery at the same time. Fluctuating cortisol levels tax your adrenals and put you on a roller coaster ride of feeling wound up but exhausted at the same time.
  2. Your libido has gone missing! For women, not wanting to get frisky is very often more than just a psychological problem; your hormones may be at play.
  3. Cravings. If you find yourself ravenous on a consistent basis, your hormones could be to blame.
  4. You can’t lose the weight. Your hormones are the girl boss when it comes to your metabolism. Stubborn excess weight that just won’t go away — no matter how many spin classes you’re doing — is often rooted in hormonal imbalance that causes fat storage, especially around the midsection.

While I recommend partnering with a doctor or Naturopath and ordering some basic tests, you can also start balancing your hormones naturally right now. Here are a few tips:

  1. Sleep. There’s probably nothing that will help your hormones more than making quality sleep a priority. Bedtime should be a sacred ritual that calms and soothes you: Take a relaxing bath, turn off electronics at least two hours before you go to sleep and perhaps burn some soothing essential oils.
  2. Go gluten-free. Gluten intolerance is a very real problem that doesn’t just affect people with celiac disease. It’s been linked to estrogen imbalances, menstrual disorders and diminished ovarian reserve. I tell all of my patients to cut out or minimize gluten and opt for whole grains like brown rice or quinoa instead.
  1. Stress less. Stress is like pouring gasoline on an already roaring hormonal fire. It raises cortisol levels, taxes the adrenals and zaps you of energy, joy and a healthy libido. No more excuses — adopt a consistent practice of stress-busting activities: yoga, meditation, massage, walking in nature or whatever other activities mellow your mood.

Yvonne Culhane, Advanced Dermal Therapist shares some tips on caring for hormonal skin –
“Hormonal skin can be challenging to manage. I suggest booking a skin consultation with a skilled dermal therapist to assess your condition and recommend an appropriate treatment time. Treatments may vary as some may require medications in conjunction with professional treatments to control hormonal fluctuations”.
Yvonne’s top tips:

  1.  Use a “Clarosonic brush” (Click Here) to ensure skin is being cleansed thoroughly. A double cleanse may be required
  2.  Using a light weight oil based moisturiser will ensure the skin doesn’t become more compromised with dehydration over stimulating the sebaceous gland secretions
  3.  Use a lactic and salicylic serum; this will assist in controlling the outbreaks and reduce the build up of oil present in the pores.

Product recommendations:

Ultraceuticals: Ultimate Brightening Serum – $155 30ml

Ultra MD: Refining A Serum – $155 30ml


Dr Spiller: Propolis Day Cream (Use this cream day and night) – $80 50ml


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Plump Up the Volume

Who doesn’t want luscious plump skin?!

Most anti-wrinkle creams containing collagen and elastin, but the fact is that these two ingredients are structurally too dense to readily enter our skin.

Collagen is a type of protein, and works with keratin to provide the skin with strength, smoothness, elasticity and resilience. When you’re young, you have an abundance of collagen in your body, which is why young children have such lovely shiny hair and plump, smooth skin. It’s kinda like the cement, which holds everything together.

As you age collagen production declines and weakening of the skin occurs, this is when skin wrinkles, necks become saggy, lines form around eyes and mouth. Joy.

Never fear, nature provides us with tasty ways to help increase the collagen in our skin, so we have to know what nutrients our body really needs to do this. Here are a few pointers that will help you plump up your skin.


Dark green vegetables : are an excellent examples of food containing collagen producing agents. Add dark green leafy veggies such as spinach, cabbage and kale to your diet every day.

They are packed with an antioxidant called lutein. Rich in Vitamin C, regular consumption of kale, spinach, collards, and asparagus help to strengthen the body’s ability to manufacture collagen and to utilise the protein effectively.

Avoid starchy foods and sugary substances: this helps reduce inflammation which interferes with the body’s natural collagen production processes.


Beans: help your body produce a vital anti-ageing substance called hyaluronic acid. Aim for at least two tablespoons of beans each day – broad or butter beans make a great substitute for mashed potatoes, yummo.

Red fruits and vegetables: also are excellent sources to up the collagen content of foods in the diet. The presence of lycopenes in these types of foods helps to act as antioxidants, which in turn increases collagen production.


Vitamin C rich fruits and vegetables: are natural sources of collagen production. You should try to include citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and strawberries into your daily diet. Rose hips are one of the plants extract that can present a rich source of collagen. They contain a high level of vitamin C, which is good for the production of collagen.

Omega Acids: Skin cells are surrounded by a fatty layer and the higher your omega-3 intake the stronger that layer is, and the plumper your skin cells are – which helps disguise lines and wrinkles.

Omega Acids also help to create an ideal environment for collagen production. Fish such as salmon and tuna are excellent sources of omega fatty acids Vegan sources include spirulina, flaxseed oil, nuts such as cashews, pecans, almonds and Brazil nuts.

Foods that are rich in sulphur: content are also important to collagen production. Among these are cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, onions, shallots, garlic, leeks. Working in conjunction with the sulphur, vegetables that are rich in Vitamin A also aid in keeping collagen levels high.

Try adding raw carrots and baked sweet potatoes to the diet for an extra boost.


Green Tea Catechins: Catechins are the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory components of green tea. They have also been found to stimulate healthy maturing of collagen fibers and proper collagen fiber orientation in wound healing.

A study in the “American Journal of Pathology” showed that green tea catechins can help your body to build collagen more effectively.

UV protection!!  Take it from me, I learned this one the hard way… A tan is NOT healthy. Yes, it makes us look like a slimmer and more exotic version of our pale selves, but the long term outcome is premature ageing.

If you are not already on a proper sun care regimen, that should be your first priority. Studies have shown that sun protection is one of the most important ways in which you can combat ageing. Nuff said.

Cigarette smoke: like sun exposure, has also been shown to greatly degenerate collagen, and there is also evidence that improper and insufficient sleep has a negative effect on skin health.

Moral of the collagen story? Eat a nutritious diet, don’t smoke and embrace the snowflake.

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Wintery Goodness: Herbs for Winter

These last few weeks have me heater hovering like a cat and dry brushing like crazy.

I swear there was actual sleet in Bondi the other day! While winter is a wonderful time of rest and rejuvenation, it can also be very draining on the body.

Inactivity and being indoors spreads viruses and germs that constantly bombard the body’s immune system. This can lead to an overall decrease in health and wellness. Living in this fabulously modern world, winter can be full of life and good health.

We have herbal remedies at our fingertips during a season in which maladies abound, or at least a season during which we try to fend them off. Herbs are a great way to treat illness by addressing the root of the issue—not just the resulting symptoms. Here are a handful of my favourite winter herbs to improve health throughout the coldest months of the year.

Let it be known that I found it VERY difficult to narrow this list down.

ECHINACEA:
Research shows that echinacea enhances the activity of white blood cells and other specialised immune system cells. It increases their ability to attack foreign invaders such as cold or flu viruses and helps accelerate healing if infection already exists.

It’s not a good ideas to take this plant as immune support over long periods of time, It’s best to take this herb when others around you are sick, you feel yourself beginning to come down with something, or you are already sick.

If you suspect an autoimmune condition, make sure to only use immune stimulating herbs under a doctor’s care. It can be tingly on the tongue so for kids I like to make up a batch of vegan jelly, dropping the Echinacea into an ice tray works a treat.

ELDERBERRY:
These beauties boost the immune system, are great for coughs, colds, flu, bacterial and viral infections and tonsillitis. I often prescribe elderberry flower to induce sweating in order to treat fevers associated with full-blown colds.

Elder protects the mucous membranes from infection and congestion. When simmered with honey or sugar, elder berries make a delicious cough and cold syrup. You can also gargle a cold tea made from elder flowers to alleviate a sore throat.

SLIPPERY ELM BARK:
Slippery elm bark is hands down the best herb to soothe sore throats and hacking coughs. Also called sweet elm, the dried inner bark is used for its mucilages, starches, and tannins.

This chemical structure of the plant decreases irritation to the membranes that line the respiratory passages by coating the passages and creating an astringent environment. The finely powdered inner bark also can be flavoured with a little cinnamon or nutmeg and used as a nourishing food for children. The easiest Slippery elm bark preparation is a tea or gruel, in which the bark is steeped for 10 to 15 minutes in order to release soothing mucilage’s that coat the throat and ease pain.
 
ASTRAGALUS:
This herb is an immune tonic, meaning that you can use it often and over long periods of time to build strength and maintain health. You can take it to prevent getting sick or during recovery from an illness.

I tend not to prescribe it in acute cases as it can potentially make you worse, but there are immune stimulants we can use at this time.

ANDROGRAPHIS:
King of Bitters, is a traditional Chinese, Southeast Asian and Indian herb, and used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine.The herb has been revered for treating infectious diseases and highly regarded also as having a preventative effect from many diseases, due to its powerful immune strengthening benefits. It is a potent stimulator of the immune system by two direct ways; (1) antigen- specific response: antibodies are made to counteract invading microbes; (2) non-specific immune response: macrophage cells scavenger and destroy invaders. King of Bitters activates both responses, making it effective against a variety of infections and oncogenic, cancer-causing agents.

Thyme:

Culinary herbs have been used for many generations around the world to help maintain health, both in our foods and as teas or other remedies. Thyme is very powerful and is specific for supporting respiratory health.

GINGER:
A fresh ginger tea warms the body and increases blood flow to fight off infection. Encouraging this blood flow also brings more oxygen to the tissues, which enables immune cells to function at their peak and ward off infection.

Add a teaspoon of Manuka honey to soothe a sore throat, and you’re on to a winner remedy. If you’re lucky enough to have access to organic dried herbs, licorice and marshmallow are wonderful additions to this mix.
  
LICORICE:
I LOOOVE Licorice! Both medicinally and in the cheeky confectionary sense ) This sweet tasting root supports the adrenals, soothes mucus membranes, and is calming and anti-viral.I also love it for it’s synergistic quality, making it the perfect taste improver for its not so sweet herbal friends..Andrographis, I’m looking’ at you.

MEDICINAL SHROOMS:
Medicinal mushrooms work magic where the immune system needs strengthening, supporting your immune system on a fundamental, multi-levels basis.

Mushrooms have a long traditional use in Chinese medicine and contain powerful antioxidants, essential minerals, selenium, copper, vitamin D, B vitamins and fibre. They can help maintain a healthy strong immune system, stimulate your body’s defences, relieve symptoms of upper respiratory tract (URT) allergies, strengthen the lungs, relieve coughs and colds, relieve symptoms of mild URT infections, reduce mucous congestion, facilitate cell death of old, unhealthy cells, reduce viral, bacterial and fungal infections. Powerful stuff…

Some of the most popular medicinal mushrooms include Shiitake, Reishi, Cordyceps, Snow fungus and Turkey tail, which apart from having healthy immune system properties, also possess a number of other health giving properties.

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Eat and Glow: Can Food Help Dry Skin?

The winter months can be rough.

We are in the midst of the coldest and driest time of year and what’s also rough during these months is our skin! Skin is the body’s largest and fastest growing organ. It needs to be treated with love and care, especially during winter.

Here are some tips to help your skin stay hydrated and thrive!

Heal your gut

Your skin needs to be treated just like your stomach, they are synonymous!
Not the first time with spoken about this link, read here (Click here to read more about Bone Broth).

A clear connection has been shown between the gut microbiome and the skin, particularly with acne rosacea, eczema and dermatitis herpetiformis.

We must apply the rule of ingesting and applying real food ingredients into our stomachs and onto our skin, we must also understand how the foods we eat or may not eat enough of, can be effecting our skin health.

Digestive distress or nutrient deficiency can lead to dry skin, skin diseases, and skin disorders. Be sure to address your gut health; in effect, your skin will feel healthy, hydrated and more vibrant than ever before! Incorporating probiotic foods into your diet is a good place to start.

If you’re interested in reading up on ferments check out this book on the topic is ‘Wild Fermentation : The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods’ By Sandor Ellix Katz with a forward by Sally Fallon. This book is gold!

Herbal infusions

We need electrolytes to absorb water. We also need a proper balance of electrolytes to blood volume. Plain water is not absorbed through the gut very well, and it dilutes the blood volume to electrolyte ratio, so the body is constantly trying to get rid of it.

Herbal tea contains electrolytes, hence it is absorbed better and the body is not constantly trying so hard to balance the blood volume to electrolytes… You see what I’m getting at??!!

You’ve probably heard that you should drink enough water to hydrate your dry skin, and it’s true.

But better still you can boost your skin’s hydration with herbs by drinking caffeine-free herbal infusions. An infusion with rose and marigold (calendula) is especially helpful for dry skin because of the plants’ moistening and healing properties.

Healthy Fats


Healthy fats and oils will add needed moisture to your skin, making it suppler.

A key component to healing your dry skin is to increase the amount of healthy fats (such as avocados, nuts, and olive oil) in your diet. In particular, medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil are easily digestible by the small intestine.

The Omega-3 fats in salmon reduce inflammation in the body, which can also reduce the inflammation and redness in your skin. Vegetarians can find Omega-3s in flaxseed and walnuts.

Eat Wholefoods

Have you noticed the connection between your skin and diet?? First and foremost, it is important to cut back on gluten, grains, dairy and refined sugar in order to lower the secretion of the stress hormone cortisol and minimise inflammation.

By eliminating these items, it is crucial to stay satiated on plenty of antioxidants, zinc and collagen building proteins from fresh vegetables and fruit, nuts & seeds, high-quality meat & seafood and eggs.

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Stress Less: Stress Management Techniques

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Stress Less: Stress Management Techniques 

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Stress, according to the Oxford Dictionary “A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”.
Stress can effect people in many ways, including:
Emotionally
Brain function
Behaviorally
End of financial year can be one of the most stressful times of the year.
Grace Barnes shares some of her management techniques –
Body movement:
Kinetic strategies for stress relief involve motion or movement, like running or lifting weights. The idea is that muscular movement works with the fight-or-flight response and the physical body preparation that builds up to this response, rather than against it. By providing a direct outlet and release for the physical stress response, kinetic strategies prevent the buildup of muscular tension.
Stress Yoga Nidra
Yoga, Meditation and breathing exercises:
Yoga helps you to access an inner strength that allows you to face the sometimes-overwhelming fears, frustrations, and challenges of everyday life.
A few Yoga exercises practiced daily (especially if they are done just prior to meditation) help to regulate the breath and relax the body by gently releasing tension from the large muscle groups, flushing all parts of the body and brain with fresh blood, oxygen, and other nutrients, and increasing feelings of well-being. “Whole body” exercises such as the Sun Poses are particularly helpful because they encourage you to breathe deeply and rhythmically. Many exercises can be adapted so you can do them even in an office chair. Our Basic Yoga video provides a complete introduction to these exercises and contains a 30-minute exercise routine with breathing, relaxation and meditation.
Yoga Nidra is Nadi Shodhana, or “alternate nostril breathing,” is a simple yet powerful technique that settles the mind, body, and emotions. It is particularly helpful to ease racing thoughts if you are experiencing anxiety, stress, or having trouble falling asleep.
Get Earthed: 
Ever notice how you feel so energized and vibrant while walking on the beach? You probably attributed that to being on a beach vacation where your stress literally evaporated upon sinking your toes in the silky sand, inhaling that salty ocean air and soaking up some vitamin D elixir from the sun’s healing rays, right? Well that’s partially true. But there’s something else going on that’s creating this optimal state of health. What’s the magical ingredient? Electrons.
Our feet contain a rich, intricate network of nerves and acupuncture points and are especially adept at picking up free electrons from the earth’s surface. It’s called barefoot or caveman medicine, and walking barefoot – aka earthing or grounding – may be the easiest, simplest and cheapest way of shifting your body back to an optimal state of homeostasis and health.
The gist of the earthing theory is simply this: the earth is negatively charged, so when you ground, you’re connecting your body to a negatively charged supply of energy. And since the earth has a greater negative charge than your body, you end up absorbing electrons from it. These free electrons intercept the firestorm of free radicals (that create oxidative damage and inflammation) in our body and extinguish this fire. When you walk barefoot, you’re literally soaking up millions of electrons that decoagulate and detoxify your blood. So instead of your blood being all viscous and thick, like ketchup, it becomes free flowing, like red wine. Earthing also shifts the sympathetic nervous system back to the point where it has more tranquility, and clinical studies have shown that earthing helps with everything from inflammation to insomnia, and from autoimmune to heart disease.
HOW TO GET GROUNDED CONVENIENTLY? We don’t all have a the time or location to frolic on the beach daily…here are some easy alternatives.
In warmer weather, go barefoot.  Even concrete allows some of the earth’s energy through!
Swim in natural waters: rivers and lakes.
Take naps or read in nature, on nature: right on the sand or grass, no towel down, or against a tree.
As the weather turns colder, consider bundling up and finding some wet grass to walk on!  It feels great!  (Dew and rainwater have additional energy in them.)
In cold weather, use earthing tools: grounding sheets, pads, stickers, and shoes.
Stress tea
Eat Grounding Foods:
So when we think root chakra, we want to focus in on grounding. Adding in foods like: carrots, potatoes, parsnips, radishes, onions and garlic, and anything else that roots itself, can have a soothing effect for our root chakra.
Dandelion Root tea can be a great way to end a day that has left you feeling a little disconnected, and it’s caffeine free!
A healthy root chakra vibrates at the color red. Therefore, red foods provide the vibration needed to help balance the root chakra. Nutritionally, red foods usually have high levels of vitamin C–a nutrient utilized by several body parts that the root chakra oversees, like bones, teeth, skin and adrenals. Some red foods you could try are tomatoes, strawberries, apples, pomegranates and cherries.
Avoid Stimulants: 
Including caffeine, amphetamines, artificial colours and flavorings and sugar.
Herbs you can include:
Chamomile
Lavender
Ashwaganda
Holy Basil
Skull cap
Passionflower
Kava
Nutritional Supplements:
Magnesium
B complex
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