Are you feeling weighed down? Is the pressures of daily life causing you to feel anxious, overwhelmed or depressed?  These are normal feelings. The good news? There is a way out of anxiety and depression.

Modern Day Pressures

In our modern day world, life just seems to be getting busier.  Between family commitments, work deadlines and that never ending to-do-list, it’s no wonder more and more people are experiencing mental dis-ease symptoms such as anxiety and depression.

These symptoms that must be taken seriously and treated as a health problem, without placing blame on the person suffering the condition. We do not blame others for their asthma or arthritis, so why blame someone for their depression?

Symptoms To Be Taken Seriously

Anxiety

Best described as a feeling of rushed stress. A person with anxiety may feel overwhelmed, like there are too many thoughts going on in their head. They may feel breathless, have chest pain, heart palpitations, difficulty sleeping and a racing mind. The worry, agitation and nervousness can cause people to act in ways that affect relationships and increased aggression.

Depression

The feeling of not wanting to get out of bed. Life feels pointless and there is a reduction in motivation and drive. Depression can cause people to reject their family and friends as they experience desolation, sadness and despair.

The loss of interest in life can cause people to make decisions detrimental to their health.

Anxiety and depression are seperate symptoms, but people can fluctuate between both throughout their life. Panic disorders, aggression, violence and even suicide are all a possibility when a person struggles with their mental health.

We All Need Help From Time To Time

This is why we need to take it seriously. If you have a child, a friend, a co-worker or an elderly parent who shows signs of anxiety or depression, it is your responsibility to help them. Show them this article, or start a conversation.

Every person on this planet needs food, shelter and love. Different personality types will respond in different ways. 

Take a look at Beyond Blue or call 1300 22 46 36 and talk to a professional to get some advice that can help you or someone you know.

Nourish Your Brain

Now, I want you to consider this… the brain requires certain vitamins and minerals for proper neurotransmitter production. Our brain requires things like serotonin and dopamine so that we can be happy, have motivation, energy and drive.

A poor diet, low in certain vitamins can contribute to causes of mental health issues. 

A health check up with blood testing is important to determine whether a person can improve their mental health through diet and supplements.

Pharmaceutical medications as well as counselling can also be extremely beneficial and psychology consultations can be covered under Medicare under a ‘mental health care plan’ which you can discuss with a GP.

Five Dietary Recommendations For A Healthy Mind:

  • Eat a diet high in good fats. Foods such as oily fish like salmon and mackerel, brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds and avocado are high in Omega 3. Alternatively, take a good quality fish oil supplement such as Kissun Pharmaceuticals Memory Power.
  • Take a good quality B vitamin supplement. My recommendation is Kissun Pharmaceuticals  CardiOz. B vitamins have been strongly linked with boosting energy, reducing stress and increasing motivation.
  • Talk to a clinical naturopath about whether herbs such as Gingko Biloba, Brahmi, Saffron or Passionflower may be useful
  • Eat adequate protein. The brain needs protein from foods like eggs, fish, turkey and lentils to promote healthy brain chemistry. Alternatively, take a good quality protein supplement such as nanopro Vegan Protein.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine and alcohol. The brain needs adequate hydration and it is important to avoid stimulants such as coffee, especially in the instance of anxiety. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and should be avoided in both anxiety and depression.

Look after your self and your mental health, and be aware of the stresses that can creep up.

When it comes to falling pregnant, sometimes it’s the simple things that are the most important. Once any structural issues or disease states are rules out, difficulty in falling pregnant can come down to the levels of specific nutrients that are required to facilitate the growing embryo.

The Fertility Rollercoaster

When trying for a baby, couples can come up against any number of issues that are frustrating and that they just don’t understand (sound familiar?).  Here are a few common ones:

  • Failed attempts at IVF
  • An irregular period, and not understanding if and when they ovulate
  • Difficulties cause by endometriosis or polycystic ovaries
  • Low sperm count, or damaged sperm

Being told that “everything seems ok… just keep trying”, yet after months of “keeping on trying” coupled with the high costs of IVF and still no positive result, you can be left feeling deflated, defeated and hopeless.  But don’t give up yet, these is still hope.

A Combined Approach

During what can feel like a fertility rollercoaster ride, it’s important to take stock of your health from a holistic point of view.  Below we cover the main points to keep in check and simple, yet effective ideas on doing so.

Checks and Balances

In most men and women, fertility is a natural by-product of a healthy lifestyle.  Sometimes though, even when we think we are leading a healthy lifestyle, there can be nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and toxic overload occurring in the body that we aren’t aware of.

Pathology, blood and hormone testing are ways in which simple deficiencies can be found.  There are over 170 different vitamin, mineral, hormone and toxin levels that can be checked, and the results may paint a clearer picture as to why things are not going as planned. As each individual brings with them their own set of health variables, it is recommended to see your local naturopath or fertility specialist to have your levels checked and balanced through a fertility health.

Nourish Your Body

Eating nutrient dense, whole foods is key in leading a healthy, fertile lifestyle.  When we say whole foods, think fruit, vegetables, nuts, legumes, seeds and herbs.  These foods are packed with essential vitamins and minerals such as zinc, selenium and antioxidants (important for sperm health), B vitamins, iron and folate (crucial for a healthy pregnancy) – AND SO MUCH MORE!

A Quick And Easy Nutrient Boost

Another simple way to boost your nutrient levels, and prime your body for conception, is by taking a premium quality supplement.  We suggest the following:

For Women

Kissun Mum-2-B Gold, a formula designed to support the healthy development of the unborn baby while providing the necessary nutrients to the mother to supporting a healthy pregnancy.

For Men

Kissun Cardioz, as it contains zinc, selenium and antioxidants to protect sperm health.

For Both

Nanogreens Vegetable and Fruit Superfood. In just one serving you get the antioxidant power of 10 servings of fruits and vegetables from 55 different ingredients. This green powder supplement is truly a powerhouse of nutrition and wellness, made easy.

Reduce Stress and Anxiety

The effects of stress and anxiety on the body can hinder conception.  When we are stressed, our body releases cortisol (the stress hormone) which, if left unchecked, can wreak havoc on our bodies. High cortisol levels may contribute to a loss in libido, affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, and has been linked to anxiety and depression.

Below are a few simple and effective ways of reducing stress and anxiety:

Acupuncture

This ages-old healing technique has been found to be effective for reducing anxiety.  The researchers of a 2016 study suggested that it impacts how the body triggers the fight-or-flight response.  In another randomized controlled clinical trial, it was  indicated that acupuncture may be successful in decreasing the perception of stress in staff and students and at a large urban university, with the effect persisting for at least 3 months after the completion of treatment.

Meditation

Meditation promotes relaxation and a sense of calm. When you are feeling stressed or anxious, this can be a useful technique to employ.  You could try a guided meditation, tapping meditation or just sit in a quiet place and completely focus on something such as your breath or a colour for 10 minutes.

Herbs

There are certain herbs that are potent sress-busters. For example Ashwagandha is a botanical herb from India that has been used for centuries to naturally lower stress and balance mood.  It has been scientifically proven to lower cortisol. You can find this herb in BioPharma Nanolean Support For Stress, Energy and Satiety.

When cortisol is low and the body is nourished, there is a greater chance of a healthy conception.

By making small, tangible changes like those listed above, not only will you both feel better and have more energy, your bodies will be primed for making a baby.

Signs of hormonal imbalance include: 

  • Problems conceiving 
  • Hormonal acne on face or body 
  • Premenstrual tension
  • Weight gain and fluid retention 
  • Difficult menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes
  • Problems sleeping and anxiety 
  • Low sex drive 
  • Signs of osteoporosis 
  • Low energy
  • Mood swings
  • Polycystic ovaries or endometriosis

Do any of these symptoms prevent you from living life to its fullest?

Balancing your hormones as a female can be a tricky business

Adolescence, pregnancy, weight fluctuations, menopause and other factors can have a huge influence on our hormone levels.

Besides these normal phases in our life, exposure to hormones from the overuse of oral or implant contraception, plastic bottles (PCB’s), consumption of certain meats/dairy products and elevated stress levels can make it hard for our body to maintain hormonal balance. 

Women of all ages can be affected by this issue

The use of hormone replacement therapy in menopausal females has now been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke (1). 

When hormone imbalance is the cause of bad acne the contraceptive pill is often prescribed as treatment. Unfortunately the pill has been linked to mood swings, weight gain and issues with fertility later on in life. Often the pill only masks symptoms rather than actually fixing the hormone imbalance. For this reason many women are turning to effective natural therapies for balancing their hormones. 

Fem21 – The Natural Solution

Fem21 is a herbal formula designed specifically for women that balances hormones, detoxifies the body and balances alkalinity. Supporting women’s health holistically, Fem21 is handcrafted from a unique formula of 21 ingredients known for the following actions .

For women, hormonal balance is extremely important. We’d all love to meet the different stages and cycles of female life feeling our very best, but for many this isn’t the case. Unfortunately a lot of women ride a monthly physical and emotional rollercoaster which impacts our quality of life. By naturally balancing our hormones we can feel energised, calm and in control.

The beautiful Fem21 formulation is a combination of functional foods, herbal medicine and natural therapies that balances out the hormones, helping you to feel and function at your best.

Fem21 supports the body by:

  • Stimulating the liver and digestive cleansing, which helps everything from the absorption of nutrients to the elimination of toxins.
  • Providing an array of powerful nutrients to control inflammation, reduce cellular oxidative stress and boost energy.
  • Supporting adrenal and thyroid function, which may decrease stress and boost metabolism.

Along with a healthy lifestyle and diet, the Naturopathic Fem21 formula has been developed to support your body to regain health, balance and vitality.

A Naturopaths Perspective

See what Integrative Medicine Naturopath Rowena has to say about FEM21

The Finer Details

  • Not recommended for use in pregnancy.
  • Not recommended whilst exclusively breastfeeding, generally safe after baby is 6 months.
  • Not recommended if using oral contraceptives or implant devices as it may alter the contraceptive action (can be used safely with an IUD)
  • Monitoring is advised with high blood pressure if sensitive to licorice.
  • Discuss use with your doctor or health care practitioner if you have any concerns
  • ALWAYS BE CAREFUL WHEN BUYING PRODUCTS THAT CLAIM TO HELP HORMONES.
  • There are a lot of products out there but do they actually work? Are they recommended by medically trained integrative medicine practitioners?

Manufacturing

Australian made and owned. 

Fem21 is made with HACCAP approved Private Label Foods in Molendinar on the Gold Coast in Australia and is totally Australian owned. The 21 natural ingredients are sourced from local suppliers where possible. 

See our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to many of the questions we receive about Fem21.

What Fem21 can help with:

  • Fertility/Infertility
  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis
  • Hormonal Acne
  • Menopause
  • Weight issues
  • PMS/PMT
  • Oestrogen dominance
  • Progesterone deficiency
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Fibroids
  • Irregular menstrual cycles including: length, pain, flow

The superfood blend contains 21 ingredients that supports the liver, digestion, adrenals, good bacteria in the gut, detoxification, hormonal metabolism, thyroid function, reduces oxidative stress and alkalizes the body. 

… and if you have special dietary requirements, you’ll be pleased by what Fem21 DOESN’T have:

What to expect when taking Fem21

The mix of herbs, superfoods, probiotics, antioxidants, greens and fibre has been specifically created to support liver & digestive cleansing, alkalise the body. and address hormonal imbalances that many women face.

Hormonal Balancing

The main active hormones throughout a woman’s life are estrogen (both good & bad), progesterone, and testosterone (plus the signaling hormones LH & FSH). The balance & metabolism of these hormones contributes to many physical symptoms & conditions.

One of the telltale signs to monitor for hormonal issues is menstruation & patterns of symptoms in each cycle. Heaviness, irregularity, pain & clotting are signs of imbalances, which can be addressed with appropriate support.

Our other endocrine glands including Thyroid (metabolism & weight control), Adrenals (energy & stress response) & Pancreas (sugar control & insulin resistance) also play a big part in our overall hormonal balance & general health.

Fem21 addresses multiple endocrine systems in the one formula for support, balancing & healing

Tthe effects of hormones fluctuating can play a big part on a woman’s quality of life & overall health. With a multitude of symptoms associated with menopause, anxiety, irritability, sleep disruptions, fatigue, weight problems, irregular periods, heavy periods, painful periods, PMS, low libido, fertility issues – and the list goes on.

Diet, lifestyle, activity levels, stress levels, weight and nutritional status can play a big part in the severity and longevity of hormonal symptoms. In an ideal world we’d all be happy, healthy and completely in balance and therefore not have any issues. However this is not a reality for many busy working women juggling family, work, study and other commitments.

When it comes to hormones it seems simple –  our ovaries release eggs (ovulation) and therefore our output of estrogen & progesterone from the ovaries happens cyclically and we get a period 2 weeks after ovulation. The tricky part is the fluctuations and the making of good estrogen & progesterone.

Below are the systems that require hormonal support in women and how we can do this naturally:

Hormones

Black cohosh is the herb used to increase levels of good estrogen (improving egg quality, cervical mucus, regulates flow of blood in a period). Broccoli & kale are superfoods which contain Indol-3-Carbynol (I-3-C) which works on estrogen metabolism and helps to lower testosterone (also improving symptoms of PCOS). When our body is holding on to too much potent (or toxic) estrogen it can be very difficult to lose weight. An imbalance in good to bad oestrogen is very common.

Women can produce & store too much toxic, potent, bad oestrogen metabolites and have difficulties eliminating them.

This can also throw out the balance of the many different types of oestrogen, imagine a seesaw with good oestrogen down the bottom and bad oestrogen at the top.  Often termed “oestrogen dominance”, this can lead to a multitude of issues like endometriosis, infertility, ovarian cysts, fibroids, fibrocystic breasts, swollen painful breasts and oestrogen dependent cancers – eek.

Also when the body has an excess of bad oestrogen it will convert it to testosterone which can lead to PCOS, acne, pigmentation, strong dark hairs sprouting, hair loss and sometimes hair growth in areas we don’t want (back, chest, face). Unfortunately there is a little enzyme called aromatase which is involved in the hormone balance between testosterone and oestrogen, which is sensitive to stress, thyroid function and nutrients (like zinc & B6).  

When bad oestrogen is detoxified effectively (via the liver & digestive tract) and good oestrogen is restored, this process allows our menstrual cycles to become regular and balanced.  This improves health in the eggs, the symptoms around ovulation and leads to a healthier, stronger endometrial lining – this is certainly important with fertility. 

Chaste tree is the herb that works to regulate ovulation & cycle length as well as increasing progesterone which plays a big part in PMS. It is extremely important to have a good balance between oestrogen and progesterone.  Progesterone comes in after ovulation and peaks in the middle of the luteal phase, when there is not enough progesterone to balance oestrogen problems can certainly occur.  A lack of progesterone also heightens the symptoms associated with bad oestrogen or oestrogen dominance, making the pre-menstrual period a nightmare. 

A lack of progesterone also makes the symptoms of menopause a lot worse.   Chaste tree has the action of regulating dopamine and thereby reducing hormonally fuelled emotional states like irritability. Chaste tree can also work on increasing melatonin secretion in the pineal gland & help with quality of sleep. Understandably it’s important to get the hormone balance right and maintain it through our beautiful lives as women.

Adrenals

A healthy adrenal system is vital for our stress response, energy levels, emotional state and quality of sleep.

Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress and lowers progesterone levels. Cortisol is made from progesterone, our adrenals help to make progesterone along with the progesterone released from the corpus luteum. If we are stressed, “running on adrenaline”, “always on the go” or our adrenals are burnt out then our progesterone is converted to Cortisol.

Lifestyle adjustments to maintain a healthy emotional balance, low stress levels and reduced stimulants like caffeine & alcohol are vital for our adrenals.

Nutrients and herbs can also help our adrenals immensely especially B-vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, Licorice, Siberian Ginseng & Withania.

Thyroid

Thyroid function plays a big part in healthy metabolism throughout our body not only in weight loss but also in hormonal metabolism (estrogen & testosterone). When this system is sluggish it can feel like our whole body is slowing down and not working very efficiently.  

Bladderwrack & Withania are herbs that help to balance and support the thyroid gland to produce more thyroid hormones. This also helps to improve energy levels, clear brain fog, loose weight, lift mood, reduce headaches, improve dry skin, reduce the thinning of hair and lift vitality.

Liver

Our liver is where the majority of our hormonal metabolism is taking place and is one of the vital organs which keeps us healthy & filters out toxins.  The liver is know as the “brain of the gut”. When it comes to hormonal metabolism of toxic oestrogen the liver filters these hormones out and dumps them into the bowel to detoxify them out of our body.

Supporting liver function through diet & lifestyle choices includes reducing chemical exposure, eating organic when possible, minimising processed foods, reducing the intake of alcohol, caffeine and medication (where possible).

Herbs that help to support liver function include Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Kale & Rosemary. These herbs/foods also work well to decrease oxidative stress in the liver (antioxidants) as well as throughout the body.

Digestion

Digestive function is crucial to nutrient absorption & elimination of toxins. A sluggish bowel or build up of bad bacteria is very common. This can be due to a lack of energy, nutrients (like zinc & magnesium) low activity levels, dietary choices and medication.

Fibre, both soluble & insoluble, leads to a clearing in the bowels of the metabolites from the liver detoxification processes and prevents recycling of hormones. Slippery Elm reduces inflammation along the digestive track as seen in IBS, women with food sensitivities and can improve “leaky gut syndrome” which creates systemic inflammation & puts more pressure on the liver.

Psyllium husks is a wonderful fibre which regulates bowel motions and clears out any built up fecal material in the colon. Multi-Strain Lactobacillus, Bifidiobacterium & Saccharomyces all work to re-inoculate the bowel with good bacteria, reduce inflammation and improves signaling to the immune system.

Antioxidants/Alkalizing

This is very important to sustain health. Antioxidants repair damage to the body ensuring that everything functions & is well maintained. Pomegranate, Ginger & Raspberry are very high in antioxidants especially associated with women’s health.

Wheatgrass & Barleygrass are deep greens high in chlorophyll which alkalize the blood and reduce oxidative stress. They also provide a rich source of phyto-nutrients and contain no gluten which can be irritating for some people. Due to the bitter constituents of wheatgrass & barley grass they can also benefit the digestive system by increasing the release of digestive enzymes to break down foods.

When not supported adequately or too much pressure is placed on these systems our quality of life can be influenced dramatically. Thank goodness for a daily, long term solution like Fem21.

The taste of Fem21 is quite palatable as it includes stevia as a natural plant sweetener and contains licorice & raspberry which improves the flavour against the more bitter herbs. Licorice has been shown in some people to increase blood pressure, this can be of benefit for women who are experiencing dizziness or vertigo but should be monitored in women that have issues with high blood pressure. 

Fem21 is a wonderful alternative to the OCP and the known side effects of this medication, to help support women’s general health & hormone balance.

Fem21 Timeline

Each woman is unique with differing needs for their body, however below is a timeline of what you may experience after introducing Fem21 into your lifestyle: 

If you have any other questions, please see the Fem21 FAQ page.

When we think about the word diabetes, most of us commonly think of “too much sugar”, but did you know the problem often arises firstly due to bad fats? Let’s explore this idea a little further.

What Is Diabetes Type II

Diabetes type II is diagnosed when a person has too much glucose (sugar) floating about in their body instead of inside the cells. 

In a healthy person, when we eat sugar, it goes in to our body, pairs up with insulin and then penetrates into our red blood cells. If we don’t have enough insulin, or if our cells have a layer of bad fat around them, sugar can’t get inside so it floats about on the outside and damages our body. 

We need to fix this layer of bad fats by consuming less bad fats and more fish oils, nut oils and flaxseed/linseed.

The Role Of Insulin

Insulin is like you best friend who has the spare key to your house and you are sugar. You come home and realise you left your keys at work, insulin will come over and unlock the door so you can get in. Once you (sugar) are in the house (cell) you can make energy.

What You Can Do To Help Your Health

Diabetes is Australia’s FASTEST GROWING CHRONIC DISEASE and is the 6th leading cause of death in Australia. For some sufferers, genetics and other underlying diseases are the cause, but for most sufferers, Diabetes type II is due to a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle.

Those with diabetes type II must ensure they follow a diet suitable for their condition. 

Many diabetics are on medications but there are a number of health supplements which are vital for the health of diabetic patients, and should be taken in conjunction with their pharmaceutical medications.

Supplements That Can Help

Take a look at the list of supplements below for those suffering from, or at risk of Diabetes type II.

nanoEPA – Supplementation with Fish Oil will slowly but surely change the lining of our red blood cells. It will allow our bone marrow to produce more cells with a healthy Omega 3 coating. This type of coating will allow glucose to penetrate more freely. This means there will be less glucose circulating outside the blood cell!

Sugar Balance – This supplement taken before the two biggest meals of the day is extremely effective in reducing sugar cravings, carb cravings, and regulating our energy throughout the day.

CardiOz – This supplement contains antioxidants and vitamins to help protect the cells. Heart disease affects many of those suffering type II diabetes later on in life, so CardiOz functions as a protection to these types of diseases. CardiOz also contains vitamin E which helps with slow healing wounds, itching skin and infections, which can become a problem in type II diabetes.

Remember, for many sufferers of diabetes type II, the disease can be reversed or improved. Speak to your Naturopath about a diet and supplements regime which is easy to follow and conducive to your lifestyle.

Healthy, vibrant, beautiful skin is not easy for everyone to achieve.

It was once thought that a skin care regime using fancy products was the answer, but as It turns out, many women using high-end skin care products are also purchasing foundations, concealers and powders to cover up their blemishes, pigmentation and uneven skin tone. We may look stunning with a thick layer of makeup, but this is not true beauty.

True Beauty

Imagine waking up in the morning, looking in the mirror and being completely happy with the way your skin looks. Healthy, hydrated, no dark circles around your eyes and ready to face the day with minimal or no makeup.

True beauty stems from being comfortable and confident in your own skin. Beautiful, healthy skin along with a healthy body and mindset are, in my opinion, the way to go.


Flawless Skin In 7 Steps

Here is 7 things we can all do to achieve a flawless complexion:

You are what you eat

Colourful, fresh healthy food will improve your body’s ability to detoxify as well as generate healthy skin cells.

Coffee, alcohol and packaged foods are by far the worst things we can consume.

Every single mouthful of food and drink should be consumed with intent, with the objective of nourishing your body so that it can perform and regenerate at its best. The biggest issue here is that we don’t often think before we eat. Why did you need to eat chocolate after dinner? Why did you eat those biscuits when you know you have a food intolerance?

If we plan our meals and snacks, just like we plan our day, it is much harder to make unhealthy decisions.

Use high quality, natural skin care

Don’t put chemicals on your skin! The product may feel or smell nice, but what are the chemicals doing to you long term?  Our skin is our largest organ and absorbs nearly everything we put on it. 

Once absorbed, chemicals can be absorbed into the blood, filtered through organs or stored in our fat tissue (hello unsightly cellulite).

By choosing natural skin care products, you’re not only giving your skin cells the best nourishment, you’re avoiding unnecessary toxic overload in your body. 

We recommend the Kissun Skin Science Pack. A 3 step beauty regime that lightens skin tone, evens out pigmentation and wrinkles, boosts collagen production, and smooths and rejuvenates the skin!

Adequate hydration

Just like a car needs fuel to drive, your body needs water to thrive.  Every biochemical function in your body depends upon H2O, including those functions that keep your skin healthy.

Our organs, namely the liver, kidneys and bowels, depend upon water to help flush out toxins.  Without adequate water supply, toxins can build up and may cause anything from high blood pressure to fatty liver disease, obesity, fatigue and chronic inflammation.

Our skin (the amazing organ that it is) will let you know when your inner health is out of balance.  Think skin pigmentation, dark circles under the eyes, acne and sagging.  The point – drink more water for a vibrant, healthy complexion.

Plentiful antioxidants

Does your plate look like a rainbow? Next time you look at your breakfast, lunch or dinner plate, check how many colours you have. A bowl of porridge can be ‘coloured’ up with fresh berries, apricots, almonds and pumpkin seeds. A dinner of rice and curry could have a side of beetroot, steamed broccoli and carrot sticks.

Colourful food increases our antioxidant intake and our skin needs this to correct skin imperfections.

If you’re struggling to eat enough fruits and vegetables and feel like you need an anti-oxidant boost, why not try a good quality supplement?

We recommend Kissun Skin Science “Beauty From Within”.

Beauty From Within

  • Containing antioxidants, detoxifying herbs and colourless carotene from white tomatoes to create flawless, healthy skin from the inside out
  • Rose-hip provides high level of antioxidants
  • Vitamin C has been proven to assist in skin health and healing
  • Cysteine HCL is a well researched ingredient which helps to detoxify and protect the skin from every day pollutants.

Avoidance of sugar and preservatives

Do you recognise all the ingredients in your food? Turn the packet around and take a look at all those numbers and big words.  They don’t sound natural, do they?

Be careful with what you choose to eat. Preservatives, sugar and chemicals in food have been linked to many health problems and prevention is better than cure.

Be sun smart

UV rays damage our skin. They can cause dry, pigmented skin, which is difficult to improve when caused by the sun. Excess UV exposure is linked to skin cancers and are very common in Australia, so please be careful.

  • Use a natural sunscreen
  • Keep out of the sun in the hottest parts of the day
  • Wear a hat and sunglasses

Balanced hormones

Have you noticed pigmentation around the face increase as your hormones have changed? Peri-menopause and the change in hormones can often create dark patches on the skin.

Herbal medicine, functional foods and natural therapies for hormonal imbalances, such as the beautiful Fem21 formulation, can be a wonderful alternative to help you look and feel your best.

Fem21 is a therapeutic blend of herbs, superfoods, greens and probiotics formulated specifically for women.

So if you want that “I woke up like this” natural beauty look, start from the inside and work your way out with clean food and water, good quality supplements, natural skin care products and avoiding the harsh sun.

It’s never too late to start moving your body and achieving optimal health.  By exercising you will feel energetic, strong and motivated.  Exercising can be tough for some though, for different reasons. Can you relate?

There are many reasons why people struggle to exercise.  Whether it be a time constraint, an injury or illness or just not feeling motivated to do so.  Below we have some great tips that tackle these reasons, and more.  Read on…

What’s Stopping You From Moving?

If you’re suffering from one of the following health issues below, read on to see what type of exercise will suit you.

FATIGUE

If you are waking up in the morning feeling sluggish, or finding it hard to concentrate at work after lunch, it sounds like fatigue is becoming a problem. Having your B vitamins, iron and CoQ10 levels checked is important. 

A good quality B vitamin may help provide some get up and go.  Try Kissun Pharmaceuticals ‘CardiOz’.

Exercise can be difficult for those suffering fatigue as it is hard to get started, but if you commit to getting up a little bit earlier and pushing yourself to do a small amount of exercise you will in fact have more energy in the long run.

GOAL

  • Set your alarm and get up 30 minutes earlier  
  • Have a big glass of water
  • Walk for 10 minutes down your street, then 10 minutes back
  • Try to go a little further each time

One day your walk may turn into a power walk, which may turn into a light jog. After only three or four days your joints will be limber, your muscles relaxed and your blood will be pumping to the brain, delivering the nutrients it requires for energy.

OSTEOPOROSIS

For those over the age of 55, bone density screening is important. Brittle bones are often caused by many years of coffee, tea and soft drink consumption. A deficiency in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, boron, vitamin D and silica can also be to blame. 

Osteoporosis usually goes hand in hand with joint stiffness and pain.  Kissun Pharmaceuticals ‘Ruflex’ supports bone and joint health, and may relieve the symptoms of mild arthritis.

We strengthen our bones by using the muscles around them. 

GOAL

  • Try lifting light weights, as well as using your body weight to climb stairs 
  • Find a YouTube video on how you can begin a simple weights session from your own home

INSOMNIA

When you go to bed at night and find it hard to fall asleep, consider this – have you moved your body enough today to have expelled your excess energy? 

The body was designed to move, and if you don’t get your blood pumping each day, even for as little as 20 minutes, your brain will not like the idea of sleep. 

GOAL

  • Take a walk after dinner, it will help you digest your food and get your body and brain ready for sleep

CONGESTED SKIN

Our skin is the largest organ of the body and it does a wonderful job of removing toxins. But this can only happen effectively if we drink enough water and sweat. 

Any physical activity that raises our heart rate will make us sweat. Bike riding, aerobics, a brisk walk or skipping is a quick way to get the heart rate up. Raising our heart rate will help with weight loss and keep our cardiovascular system healthy.

GOAL

  • Text a friend and arrange a time to meet and do something active
  • Take a look at the local gyms, rock climbing centres, public pools or bushwalking clubs

SET A GOAL & REAP THE REWARDS

Having goals is a great way to motivate yourself to exercise. Your goal can be anything from walking your dog five days a week, to climbing a mountain in the Himalaya. Or if you’re stuck, follow the goals mentioned above.

When you accomplish your goal, you will feel accomplished, successful and motivated to do even more. 

HOT TIP: you could include a reward for achieving your goal.  For example, if you walk your dog 5 days in a row you reward yourself with an hour massage!

Make moving your body a priority and reap the rewards!

Does your child have a behavioural issue? Before going down the path of medical diagnosis and medication, I encourage you to take these seven easy steps to look for a change in behaviour. 

Many happy teachers and parents have reported results in as little as one week!

Seven Tests To Help Work Out The Reason Behind Your Childs Behaviour

Food Intolerances 

Symptoms of food intolerances are not just centred around the gut. Besides tummy pains, constipation or diarrhoea, food intolerances can also cause fatigue, skin issues, asthma and even stuttering. 

Simply put, when a child eats a food they are intolerant to, it is very common for their behaviour to suffer.

Heavy Metal Testing

Confusion, fatigue, exhaustion and learning difficulties can all be attributed to heavy metal toxicity. Heavy metal exposure can be caused by water or air pollution, industrial exposure, foods sprayed with pesticides, improperly coated food containers, medicines, or the ingestion of lead-based paints. 

MTHFR and Pyrrole testing

Genetic testing for mutations in genes is becoming more popular as scientists have become aware that some of us are unable to absorb certain vitamins from food. 

Without those vitamins, behavioural issues can become apparent.  In such cases supplementation will not work well unless testing is done and the correct supplements are given, at the correct dosage for the condition.

Vitamin B12

Symptoms of B12 deficiency can include low appetite, nervousness, behaviour and energy issues. There may also be underlying gut issues. 

A deficiency of B12 can cause issues with memory which can be a huge problem in the classroom. The brain and nervous system require B12 for adequate function and good bacteria in the gut is needed for absorption to occur. 

Iron

Iron deficiency is more prevalent than you may think. Low iron causes issues with behaviour, memory, concentration and may cause dizziness, breathlessness or pica (eating odd items like rocks or dirt). 

An underlying parasitic bowel infection can also be the cause for iron deficiency. 

Children with poor immunity must have their iron levels checked, as iron is an important component for strong immunity. If your child has not been wormed then this must also be done.

Folic acid

Folic acid has been scientifically shown to provide great benefits in issues such as headaches, numbness, weakness, epilepsy, behavioural issues and nervous system disorders. 

There is a lot of talk around folic acid during pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects, but we must remember that the brain and nervous system are still growing in childhood too, so we must prevent deficiency. 

Omega 3 

Studies have shown that essential fatty acids (EFAs), especially omega-3 EFAs, can reduce inflammation and improve your immune system and brain function. 

Without omega 3, all other vitamins may not absorb well, therefore omega 3 is imperative for any child with behavioural issues.  This is especially true if the child has an omega 3 deficiency.

Testing for the above can be done at your local Naturopath or GP.

Boost Nutrition Easily

Did you know we need 3 times as many vegetables today to make up for the nutrients lacking in our soil? Almost everyone should consume 7-9 daily servings or more of fruits and vegetables of all the colours.

For those who find it difficult to get their kids to consume this amount daily (always the best way), current science appears to support supplementing with fruit and vegetable juice powders rich in polyphenols as the next best thing.

So a quick and easy way to boost your child’s nutrition status, and possibly improve their behaviour, is by including a good supplements in their diet.

Recommended Supplements

NanoEPA

A solution for those who need omega-3 fatty acids in their diet. 

Benefits:

  • Healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Balanced hormones
  • Improved joint function
  • Healthy heart and brain function
  • Radiant skin, hair and nails
  • Powerful antioxidant protection
  • Healthy immune function
  • Anti-inflammatory protection against disease
  • Cardiovascular and metabolic health
  • Cellular protection and nourishment

Nanogreens Vegetable and Fruit Superfood

In just one serving you get the antioxidant power of 10 servings of fruits and vegetables from 55 different ingredients. This green powder supplement is truly a powerhouse of nutrition and wellness, made easy.

Nanoreds Fruit and Vegetable Superfood

Packed with super fruits and vegetables, with a concentration on high-antioxidant berries.

The Benefits Of Antioxidants

Do you know the incredible benefits of phytonutrients and antioxidants?

Here are just a few:

  • Cellular nourishment and protection
  • Naturally increase your energy level
  • Assist your weight-loss efforts by reducing your appetite and improving your metabolism
  • Reduce inflammation and help relieve your stiff joints and achy muscles
  • Lower your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke
  • Protect your vision from age-related vision loss and blindness (ARMD)
  • Help you maintain strong bones
  • Support your immune function and increase your resistance to infections
  • Reduce allergy symptoms without drowsiness
  • Improve your mental acuity, protecting your mind and memory
  • Detoxify toxic metals and chemicals
  • Help slow ageing of your skin and dulling of your hair
  • Restore healthy digestion
  • Inhibit the hardening of arteries

We hope this information can help you and your child lead healthier, happier lives.

Vision is such an important part of our everyday life. It often seems that we only go to our eye doctor once something is wrong, whether it be impaired vision, blurriness or burst capillaries.

Once the eyes start to give symptoms, it’s often too late to fix the problem with diet and lifestyle, and more drastic procedures may need to be pursued.  This is why we believe that prevention is better than cure.

Prevention Is Better Than Cure

In order to maintain eye health, it is vital that we consume adequate vitamins through nutrition and supplementation. Healthy eyes need adequate circulation, antioxidants and essential fatty acids to maintain good function.

Consuming Omega 3 fatty acids is one of the best ways to care for your eyes. Omega 3 comes from avocado, nuts, seaweed and fatty fish. These good fats maintain good eye health and function. 

Without adequate Omega 3, our eyesight and eye health can be impaired.  Did you know, studies have proven that eating a diet high in Omega 3, or taking a good quality Fish oil, high in DHA, can actually improve our vision and reduce our glasses prescription!

Food

Listed below are foods that you can add to your meals to feed your precious eyes the nutrition they need to be healthy, bright and disease free:

  • Avocado – try eating 3 avocados a week.
  • Fish – go for oily fish such as salmon and mackerel, and try to eat fish at least four times a week.
  • Foods to improve blood circulation to the eyes include rosemary, chilli, ginger and garlic.
  • Foods high in lutein, beta carotene and vitamin A are excellent for eye health and include blueberries, carrots, beetroot, cod liver oil, capsicum, figs and coriander.

Supplements

We recommend Kissun Pharmaceuticals ‘Memory Power’ fish oil, and ‘EyeMax’.  

Both of these high quality supplements will support eye function and healthy vision, as well as  provide relief from eye strain and dry eyes.

What Impacts Eye Health?

Obesity and Diabetes

These health issues can have a huge impact on our eye health. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when the tiny blood vessels behind the eye are damaged due to diabetes. Almost one-third of diabetics in Australia have diabetic retinopathy.

It is so important that those with diabetes have a regular eye exam. 

It is also important that all of us maintain a healthy weight by consuming a diet high in whole fruits, vegetables and protein, and avoiding excess sugar and carbohydrates.  Doing so significantly decreases the risk of developing diabetes.

The Sun

Wearing sunglasses when outside, especially when driving, is important for maintaining healthy eyes. Strong sunlight can damage the eyes and may increase the risk of developing cataracts. Speak to your optometrist about the best sunglasses to suit your situation.

Exercise

Increasing blood flow to the eyes is a great way of improving eye health. Exercise is by far the best way to do this. 

Herbal medicines such as Gingko biloba and Rosemary can also do this but must be prescribed by a qualified natural health practitioner.

Age

Most of us expect our vision to get worse as we get older, but this does not need to be the case. Eating well, exercising and boosting your eye health using a good quality supplement can help slow down or halt age-related eye deterioration.

If you feel you might need more help with your eye health, visit your optometrist for a check up.  Having a regular eye examination and check up every two years can act to avoid many serious issues in the future. Eye checks are covered under Medicare.

Have you ever wondered “What am I doing wrong?” when it comes to your health? If you are trying to lose excess fat around your mid section, keep your energy levels up through the work day or improve the appearance of your skin then you need to look at how you can improve your diet.


Follow these four tips below and you will feel happier, healthier and lighter!

Drink Up

Keeping some herbal tea in an insulated flask, or some lemon water in a glass bottle, is an easy and effective way of keeping hydrated.  If we don’t drink enough water it can easily cause dry skin, wrinkles, constipation, immunity issues, digestion problems, urinary tract infections and fatigue. 

We do not expect our car to function without petrol, so why do we allow our body to function without water?

How much should I drink?

For Females

Every 50kg of body weight requires 1.42 litres with sedentary daily activity. 

For Males 

1.72L of water is needed for every 50kg of body weight.:

This means that if you are a 76kg female, you will need a minimum of 2.2 litres a day. 

No matter what your health goal is, whether it be healthy skin, weight loss or more energy, water is a necessity.

Eat Half Your Dinner

We eat too much. Losing weight can be a lot easier than you think with some self control. 

An experiment conducted in a Queensland clinic showed that when a group of people were asked to eat exactly half the amount of dinner they would usually consume on four nights of the week for one month. In that one month, patients lost between 3-7 kilograms! They did not do anything else, no exercise program or tablet, they simply ate less on four nights a week (they were allowed an apple before bed if they really needed it).

Eating this way over one month trained their stomach to be happier with less food at night time. Food is energy, therefore we should eat well during the day, and reduce our intake at night because we don’t need extra energy before going to sleep.

In fact, aiming to stop eating 2-3 hours before going to bed will mean that instead of having to digest food whilst you’re asleep, your body can focus its energy on healing the cells of your body.  

*N.B. Seek medical help if you are diabetic before trying any diet.

Protein At Breakfast And Afternoon Tea

Breakfast is an important meal, but did you know that afternoon tea is just as important? If we do not eat a protein-rich, healthy afternoon tea it can leave us starving at night time.  This may lead to loss of self control and overeating. 

Healthy afternoon tea ideas:

  • hummus (chickpea dip) and rice crackers
  • a boiled egg
  • a can of tuna
  • a handful of almonds and cashews with a banana
  • protein shake

It is important that the snack you pick contains protein so that it takes time to digest and keeps you satisfied until dinner time.

People often forget to add protein to their breakfast. Eating a carbohydrate rich bowl of cornflakes or a piece of toast will digest too quickly. This is because they do not contain protein. To power up your cereal, you could add nuts, seeds and yoghurt which are all protein rich foods. To the toast you could add an egg or almond paste. 

These simple additions create a breakfast that will bring better energy and mental clarity to your day.

Ditch The Sugary Drinks

Are you a tea/coffee drinker?  Do you add sugar? Do the math and work out how many teaspoons of sugar you are consuming (just in your beverage alone) for the week.  Now multiply it for the month.  That is a lot of extra sugar you are consuming.  

When sugar is consumed it is turned into energy.  When we don’t use up all of that energy it is converted and stored in the body as fat for use at a later time.

If you are serious about losing weight or improving your health, sugar must be eliminated. The best way to start is by removing sugar from tea, coffee and substituting soft drink or juice with herbal tea, mineral/spring water or coconut water. 

If you feel like you need the sugar for energy, try following the above 4 tips for one week and see if you notice a difference in your energy levels.

A Little Help

To help you on your health journey, whether your goal is to lose some weight or maintain the shape that you’re in, increase your energy, control cravings, or lower stress then we recommend incorporating Nanolean Support For Stress, Energy and Satiety into the above tips.  

Remember, any day is a good day to start the journey of a healthier life!  You just have to start.