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Christmas Babies

Did you know that having a baby on Christmas Day is really uncommon? It is actually the least common day for a baby to be born! This could in part be because medical inductions are not generally scheduled for Christmas Day. But the only other day that is as uncommon is the 29th of February, and that is because we only get this day every 4 years! And this isn’t just in Australia. December the 25th is the least common birthday in the USA and New Zealand too. Even the dates around Christmas and New Years are not as common as the rest of the year. The most common birthday’s fall...

Weekend Wellness: Sunlight

We all know that sunlight helps us to get enough Vitamin D. But did you know that sunlight can also affect our mood? Research shows that we produce more serotonin - the happy hormone - on sunny days than we do on cloudy days. The temperature didn't seem to have an affect. Therefore, a sunny day in any season can boost a person's mood and make them calm and focused. Sunlight may be especially beneficial for anyone suffering anxiety and depression, including pregnancy and postnatal depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). So what does this mean? Try to make sure you get some sun for at least a few minutes on any...

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 -...

Umbrella in the rain

Top 10 Tips for Winter

In addition to acupuncture, chiropractic and naturopathic treatments, there are several ways to help you stay healthy through Winter. Protect the back of your neck. In TCM, the back of your neck is where pathogens enter the body. Try not to leave your neck exposed to the cold by wearing a scarf or high neck clothing. Eat nourishing foods. Think root veggies, bone broths, stews and soups made with seasonal produce. Use slower/ longer cooking methods. This helps to create meals that are easier for your body to digest meaning you gain more nourishment from your food. Reduce intake of cold foods and drinks especially first thing...