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What are your gut microbes doing?

Want to find out what your gut microbes are really up to? Book an appointment with our Qualified Naturopath Melanie. She can guide you through how to optimise the good guys and also offers a full microbiome analysis which is an accurate assessment of bacterial species and their metabolites. This will give you more understanding of: which bacteria are in sufficient levels which of the nasty ones may be taking over and identify changes needed to optimise your health. Our Naturopath Mel creates personalised treatment plans to enhance health for each individual. To find out more or to book an appointment, please call us on 8296 4333 or via our Contact...

The importance of 40 different colours

The foods you eat daily may play a part in controlling or guiding which metabolites your gut produces. A diverse diet rich in vegetables, legumes, nuts, fish have shown over a longer period to modulate the gut microbiota for the better. These foods provide fibre and plant chemicals known as phytochemicals which turn into short chain fatty acids such as butyrate and propionate. These  metabolites may potentially decrease the inflammatory process, regulate appetite, stabilise blood glucose levels and help protect the gut barrier. Colourful phytonutrients, fibre and omega 3 help promote the growth of beneficial bacteria. A diet high in plant based foods, fibre, low in processed foods is...

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 ...

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...

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...

In season – September

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 -...