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This soup is easy to digest and contains cruciferous vegetables which are well known for their detoxifying ability. Cruciferous vegetables contain many different nutrients to support our health. They also contain compounds called glucocinolates. Glucocinolates are broken down to isothyocinates by an enzyme called myrosinase. This enzyme is activated when the fresh vegetable is chopped to smaller pieces. Isothyocinates are special in that they support both phases of liver detoxification. Cruciferous vegetables are in season in Spring – the perfect time to detox. Try to add cruciferous vegetables to your meals every day.   Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup Ingredients 1 leek roughly chopped 1 head of broccoli roughly chopped 1 head of cauliflower...

Why we should eat seasonally and locally   What we eat plays an integral part in how healthy we are. The phrase you are what you eat means that what we eat can affect our mental, emotional and physical health.  Eating seasonally and locally is important, as produce grown close to home has the perfect combination of nutrients for the season in which they are best harvested and eaten. Whats in season - September/October Fruit apples - avocados - cumquats - grapefruit - lemons - mandarins - blood seville oranges - pears - rhubarb - strawberries - tangelos - tangerine Vegetables asparagus - bok choy -beetroot - broccoli - cabbage - carrots - cauliflower - celery - choy sum -...

1 – 7 August is World Breastfeeding Week. We have put together a 3 part series on breastfeeding and hormones, nutrition for breastfeeding, and weaning and hormones. Welcome to Part 1. Breastfeeding and Hormones Breastfeeding sounds simple enough right?!… That is until you actually have to do it! Breastfeeding can be difficult and stressful no matter if it’s your first of fourth baby. There are so many factors that come into play before breastfeeding works. There may be supply issues (too much or too little), pain and discomfort, mastitis, let down issues, hormonal issues, issues with latching, rooting, suckling and swallowing, tongue tie, mental health and lack of support/...

Winter calls for slow cooked comfort foods. And what could be better than a hearty beef casserole. The best part of this recipe is that you don't need too many ingredients - the basic version calls for beef, potatoes, carrots and stock. Simple and delicious. Ingredients 500g diced beef 4 carrots cut into chunks 4 large potatoes peeled and quartered 1L Bone broth or 1 massel beef stock cube + 1L water 1 clove of garlic crushed Oil for cooking Optional - dried or fresh herbs  Optional - 1 tablespoon of tomato paste Method - Heat oil in saucepan    -Brown diced beef    -Add all other ingredients -Bring to boil, then put lid in and simmer slowly for 1.5 hours*      ...

A number of  internal and external factors can mess with our hormones causing them to become unbalanced. In this blog post we talk about how diet, stress, endocrine disrupting chemicals, genetics and inactivity can cause our hormones to become imbalanced. Diet - Highly processed foods, preservatives and growth hormones in animal products including dairy, pesticides sprayed on fruit and vegetables and alcohol can negatively affect hormones. Phytoestrogens found in foods like soy, citrus and wheat can have a positive or negative effect depending on what stage of life you are at.  Stress - Stress in the short term is likely to have a positive effect on the body. It signals...

Zilch Acne Formula

"Zilch started out as a formula I created in the clinic for my patients. After years of tracking its success, I knew I had to make it available to acne sufferers everywhere." - Dr Vivian Tam, Doctor of Chinese Medicine & Founder Zilch Acne Formula by Dr. Vivian Tam is a 100% natural, Chinese Medicine herbal supplement designed for acne. Its powerful blend works on healing the skin from the inside out to provide a real,long term solution to problematic skin. Zilch Acne Formula has taken the world by storm; all the positive feedback through reviews and sales is SO exciting, so first and foremost, we’d like to thank every...

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Menopause: From the viewpoint of Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), menopause is viewed as a time of new beginnings and celebration. At menopause, the woman has moved through the stage of carrying and birthing offspring, and the energy used to nurture the uterus can now be redirected to the heart which allows the women to nurture herself and become a ‘wise women’. For some women menopause is no cause for celebration due to a range of symptoms that can drastically affect their quality of life for 5 – 10 years. Approximately 57% of women experience symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats during menopause. Some women may experience the grief of...

Chicken Bone Broth

Chicken Bone Broth Recipe

Bone broth is a nutritious liquid full of vitamins and minerals that may help with digestion, reduce inflammation and joint pain and lead to better sleep. It may also boost your immune system. Sandra’s go-to bone broth recipe is a great way to add this nutritious food to your diet. Ingredients 1 Whole Chicken 1 – 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar 2 Massel chicken stock cubes 1 onion cut in quarters 2 sticks of celery with inner leaves cut in half 2 carrots cut in half 1 teaspoon of flat leaf parsley 1 clove of garlic Filtered Water (enough to cover ingredients) Optional - ½ a tin...

Supplement of the Month: Astragalus 8 for Immune Health and Recovery

Astragalus 8 for Immune Health and Recovery Astragalus 8 is a tonic made up of 8 immune boosting herbs. The herbs have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and/ or Western Medicine for centuries. Winter is the perfect time to start taking Astragalus 8 as it may prevent colds and flus*, assist in recovery from illness and operations, boost your immune system, reduce stress and improve general health. It also may prevent seasonal allergies coming into Spring. Astragalus 8 can be purchased in clinic with 10% off for July 2020. *not to be taken in the acute stages of colds and flus. Please contact us for a telehealth appointment to discuss...