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The Microbiome

What is the microbiome? The microbiome are the collective of over 10 million microbes including bacteria, fungi and viruses that naturally live on and in our bodies. A large proportion reside in the gut where they function intricately to help digest food, fight infections, produce certain hormones and synthesize certain vitamins. There is now significant research that indicates the importance of the gut microbiome and its impact on health. Signs that your microbiome may be out of balance or have low diversity include but not limiting to Constipation Bloating Diarrhoea IBS Sugar cravings Food intolerances Mood instability Skin conditions Reflux Fatigue Candida ...

Questions & Answers – Acupuncture

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a stream of Chinese Medicine in which fine (disposable) needles are inserted into various acupuncture points along meridians. The treatment works by balancing the flow of Qi along the energy pathways known as meridians. This enables the body to return to a state of wellness over time....

Christmas inspired recipes

Festive tomato salad This salad is simple but very festive looking. The addition of the optional editions (especially watermelon) make it super kid friendly too! Ingredients  1kg of Heirloom tomatoes diced, quartered or sliced OR 4 punnets of mixed cherry tomatoes halved ½ cup of Basil leaves chopped ¼ cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil Himalayan salt to taste Optional additions Crumbled feta or grilled cubed haloumi Watermelon cubed Red onion sliced All of the above Method Mix all together and present using a bowl or plate (super simple 😊)   Christmas Bliss Balls Ingredients 1 cup natural almonds 10 dates pitted 1/4 cup currants 1/4 cup raisins 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste 1 tablespoon...

Healthy tips for the festive season

If you are having lunch or dinner, skip the snacks beforehand and focus on the main meal Try to stick to one plate of food and avoid seconds Balance is good - Load your plate with veggies and salad. Try for half veggies/ salad + ¼ protein + ¼ carbs You can have your cake (or pudding) – but try to stick to a small serve and eat it mindfully so you enjoy it 😊 If you are drinking alcohol, alternate with water between drinks Swap soft drink for sparkling water, and add some fruit like lemon or berries Incorporate exercise into your plans. Even a...

Gut Health in Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, digestive energy (spleen and stomach qi) is inextricably linked to mood – more specifically worry. Quite often if you are feeling worried or stressed, your digestive qi is most likely out of balance. And feeling worried and stressed can lead to an imbalance in digestive qi. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can also be beneficial in restoring your gut health. How can you boost your digestive energy according to TCM? Enjoy eating - eating should be pleasurable in that you enjoy giving your body the nourishment it needs to make you healthy. Eat mindfully - try to avoid distractions when eating and focus on purposefully...

Prebiotics & Probiotics

Prebiotics are fibres that pass through our digestive tract and help to nourish our gut microbiome. Good sources of prebiotics are onion, garlic, leek, rolled oats, chickpeas, lentils, and unripe bananas. Probiotics are live microorganisms which can be taken to replenish our gut microbiome. Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kombucha as well as yogurt are good sources of probiotics. Supplements are also a great option. We stock a number of different supplements which contain strains beneficial for certain conditions. Please speak with Sandra or Bernie about the most suitable probiotic for you....

Basil Chicken Stir-fry

Ingredients 500g Chicken Mince 1 cup of diced capsicum* 1 cup of diced celery* 1 cup of diced zucchini* 1 cup of grated carrot* 1/2 a cup of basil leaves finely chopped 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of chili flakes/ 1 raw chili deseeded and sliced 2 cloves of garlic crushed (can add leek if not able to tolerate garlic) 2 tablespoons of tamari 1 tablespoon of cooking oil of choice Method Brown chicken mince in oil of choice Add garlic and saute for a further 30 seconds Add vegetables and stirfry for 1 - 2 minutes Add basil, tamari and chilli. Mix and cook for a further minute or until vegetables are as you like them Serve on...

Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

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. Ingredients 1 leek roughly chopped 1 head of broccoli roughly chopped 1 head of cauliflower roughly chopped 2...