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Reflexology

Reflexology is a safe and relaxing treatment that involves applying pressure to points on the feet to prevent and treat mental, physical and emotional problems.

Reflexology works by activating parts of the body to heal itself, eliminate toxins and reduce tension and inflammation.

It’s availability is widespread and the medical evidence and acceptance of reflexology is increasing.
To find a local reflexologist in Australia click here to go to Natural Therapy Pages

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Milk 101

There are so many types of milk; cows, soy, oat, rice, almond, full fat, low fat, skim…the list goes on.

So what’s what and which one is best for you?

Type Info Pros Cons Something to consider….
Full Fat Cows Milk Traditional form of milk. Either fresh or longlife.

Most of the milk available in grocery stores is both pasteurized and homogenized. Even though pasteurization alters the quality and nutritional value of milk.

Source of protein, zinc, calcium, Vitamins A & B and Iodine.

One of the best sources of calcium available.

Products are available that are closest to the source, natural and fresh which maintains there

Higher saturated fat content that most other types of milk.

Can be difficult on digestion for some people.

Skim milk goes through extra processing to remove the fat……how much milk do you drink in a day? Is it better just to have the real deal?
Skim/Low fat milk. Cream, with its heavier fat content, settles to the bottom of storage tanks if the milk is allowed to sit for a short period of time. 
Once the separation occurs, a machine simply pushes, or skims, the lower-fat milk off the top. This is how skim milk gets its name. The lighter 1% and 2% milks are made in the same manner, by skimming lower-fat milk off the top. Additional steps separate the milk and fats to reach the targeted fat percentage. Lower fat content. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, its concentration in milk is reduced through the removal of fat.
Soy Milk Generally made by soaking and grinding soy beans. Lactose and cholesterol free.

Research has seen links between soy intake and decreased risk of certain cancers.

Lower source of calcium so look for calcium enriched.

Be aware of genetically modified (GM) products.

A dairy free alternative for those that are lactose intolerant.
Oat Milk Oat Milk is made from oat groats (hulled grain broken into fragments), filtered water, and potentially other grains and beans, such as triticale, barley, brown rice, and soybeans. Cholesterol free. Low in fat.

Research has shown it can lower cholesterol and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Not the best milk to cook with.
Rice Milk Rice milk is made by pressing the rice through a mill stream using diffusion to strain out the pressed grains. It is sometimes also made at home using rice flour and brown rice protein, or by boiling brown rice with a large volume of water, blending and straining the mixture.

Be sure to look for sugar free varieties.

Rice milk is the most hypoallergenic of all milk products. People with lactose intolerance or casein allergy cannot have dairy, and those with soy or nuts allergies cannot drink soy or almond milk. Rice milk contains a generous supply of balanced nutrition for those who are not able to tolerate other milk alternatives. Since rice is highly starchy, so is rice milk. One cup of rice milk contains 33 grams of carbohydrates, 3 to 4 times the amount in milk or soy milk. If you have diabetes, rice milk may cause a sudden sugar overload. Therefore, you may be much better off drinking cow, soy or almond milk.

Remember……Variety is the spice of life! Using a range of milks will expose you to a greater number of nutrients. Try different types and listen to your body!

Vital Greens

So, there is a lot of arguments about supplements and if they are worthwhile.

My take on it is that I think they are worthwhile. My reasons are:
-Our fruit and veg isn’t as high quality as it use to be due to farming methods, refrigeration, transport etc. (Good work to those people that only eat locally grown organic produce-you will be getting so much more nutrients then the rest of us!)
-Lifestyle….do I need to say more?! Lack of sleep, alcohol, sugar, caffeine…the list goes on.
– Stress! This depletes our bodies so much of the nutrients we need for optimal health….zinc in particular gets zapped!
-Diet….who can honestly say they are eating enough fruit and veg and a wide enough variety??? Even if you have a great diet, you can’t always be sure that your gut is absorbing the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals from your food.

I don’t think we need to go overboard on the supplements but I think you will notice a difference from taking a good quality supplement that suits you. I have tried so many different types and there were a lot that I didn’t think were very good. My opinion is that a lot are quite basic and had the vitamins and minerals that my diet was giving me as it was. I have recommended Swisse Vitamins to friends and family as they seem to be quite good but I don’t take them myself as they make me feel sick….I think they’re a bit hard on my stomach. Make sure you are careful when you take any supplements and LISTEN to your body (that’s what health is about!)

There is one product I LOVE. Vital Greens! It has so many different supplements in it, particularly herbs, that I wouldn’t otherwise be getting in my diet. I definitely notice the difference in my energy levels and skin when I take it.

Vital Greens is a nutrient and enzyme-rich, complete superfood containing 76 nutrients essential for optimal health, energy and vitality.
Includes: naturally occurring whole food source vitamins, trace minerals, antioxidants, pro-biotics, essential amino acids, omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids, digestive enzymes, cell pigments, plant sterols and fibres.

Vital Greens can be found at most health food shops. It’s a little on the pricy side but ends up equating to about the same as some generic supplements such as Swisse. It’s a powder that you mix with water (or juice, or whatever you need to swallow it!). I don’t mind the taste but I know of some who aren’t a fan!
I take about a teaspoon each morning but if I’m starting to get tired and run down I will add an extra teaspoon at night time about an hour before I go to bed.

You can buy small sample packets from some health food shops. If you can’t find any, please let me know and I can source them for you. If you give it a try, please let me know how you go!

Vital Greens Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VitalGreensAustralia

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Quinoa……pronounced keen-wa!

Although somewhat new to the supermarkets, quinoa dates back to the time of the Incas.
It is often referred to as a grain but is actually a relative of leafy green vegetables.
Quinoa is high in magnesium which can help if you suffer migraines. It is great for cardiovascular health and supports energy production within cells. Quinoa is a great source of iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium. Good work quinoa!
For more information, click here

Quinoa can be found in the health food section of supermarkets and in health food shops. There are a couple of different varieties but cooking instructions can be found on the back of packets.
I recommend Macro (I love Macro products in general!) Royal Quinoa from Woolworths

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Cooking with Quinoa
-Use as a substitute for rice or mashed potato
-Add to savoury muffins
-Use in muesli’s and cereals

My next trial of quinoa is to make burgers from it.
I found the recipe here
They look delish. Wish me luck!blog-58

Mean, Green, Bug Fighting Machine…..Chlorophyll!!

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Chlorophyll is one of my favourite health products. It is the natural green part of plants which has many health benefits. It’s a natural internal cleanser and antioxidant and is a great source of magnesium.
Chlorophyll helps support healthy skin, gut, blood and oral health.
My husband and I have definitely seen the benefits of taking chlorophyll. With out giving too much away, it helps keep you regular and and cleans out any excess ‘crap’ sitting in your bowel!
This is a definite on my ‘must use’ list!

Coconut Oil

I remember as clear as day sitting in a nutrition lecture at uni hearing about the negative impacts of the fat found in coconut oil. Now 6 or so years on it has come out that the fats in coconut oil have health benefits!

I have had a bit of a play around with coconut oil to see what I think…..

I have tried cooking with it, which I haven’t really enjoyed because the brands that I have used have left my food tasting very coconut-y!

But I have discovered that I love coconut oil in my green tea! Sounds weird but it feels like I’m having a nice treat and it’s healthy!

The science behind coconut oil is that it is composed predominantly of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs). It is the MCFAs in coconut oil that make it different from other oils and which give it its remarkable nutritional and medicinal properties.

Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature, unlike your typical oils such as olive oil. If you wish to use it you will need to heat it up and melt it.

I don’t know if I’ve physically seen any benefits of having the coconut oil but I enjoy it and only have a teaspoon or two a day which isn’t over the top.
I also find it a little filling as it has quite an oily texture so it would be useful if you are trying to lose weight…a green tea with coconut oil to ward off the nibbles! Just be sure to not have more then a teaspoon or two a day!

Coconut oil can be found in health food stores and online. Be sure to by 100% cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil to ensure you are getting the best quality.

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Kale….a healthy snack!

Kale is a form of cabbage and is one of the healthiest vegetables out there. However, it’s somewhat hard to find! Try your local grower or try growing some of your own.
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Kale is rich in minerals, antioxidants and vitamins K, C and A. Over 45 different flavonoids have been found in kale and it has known anti-inflammatory benefits for the body.

Kale can be eaten as a steamed vegetable or made into kale chips. You can buy kale chips from Loving Earth
or you can make your own.

To make your own kale chips just tear the kale into bite sized pieces, drizzle with olive oil and sea salt or other seasonings that you like and bake in the oven at 175degrees Celsius for about 10 minutes. Yum!

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