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Mushroom and noodle hotpot

The powers of Fungi- rich in b vitamins, beta glucans, selenium and immune regulating properties Ingredients 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced Small knob ginger, thinly sliced 1L filtered water 500g swiss brown mushrooms thinly sliced 3 shiitake mushrooms thinly sliced 1-2 tbsp white miso paste 1 tbsp tamari (gluten-free soy sauce) 1 long red chilli thinly sliced (or ¼ - ½ tsp red pepper flakes – adjust depending on heat preference) 3 spring onions thinly sliced 200g buckwheat soba noodles, cooked (or noodles of your choice) Small handful coriander, to serve Nori seaweed, to serve Optional add-ons 1-2 tbsp bone broth (powder or concentrate) 1-2 tbsp marine collagen 225g organic firm silken tofu, to serve (or steamed white fish,...

Support your child’s immune system naturally

Your child’s immune system undergoes a massive amount of change in the first few years of life and is sensitive to both internal and external factors. Helping to support your child’s immune system so they are resilient and can bounce back rapidly and become stronger. How can we do this naturally? Through proper diet and lifestyle and targeted nutritional support. A healthy diet and lifestyle are the basis of a healthy immune system. This is where real food, connection to people and our environment, moving our bodies daily and getting good quality sleep plays a crucial role. Daily habits Colours – eat as many as possible every day. Fruit and vegetables that...

Toxins & Your Hormones – Endotoxins

Many things in your household can be harmful to you and your hormones. Today we are talking about endotoxins or mould, which can have a toxic effect on human health and can factor in fertility issues. Endotoxins Endotoxins are widely present in our environment- one of the most well known one is mold. The primary sources include airborne endotoxins from water damaged buildings, dust, animal waste this can lead to inflammation in the respiratory tract. These chemicals may enter the body through the skin or inhalation this may have serious adverse health consequences such as shortness of breath, lung conditions, headaches, fatigue, nausea, impaired memory, skin reactions, dermatitis, irritation to the nose,...

Toxins and your hormones – Phthalates & Parabens

Many of your household products can be harmful to you and your hormones. Synthetic chemicals can have a toxic effect on human health and can factor in fertility issues. Today we are talking about phthalates and parabens. Phthalates ❌ Phthalates are found in many household items and personal care products such as hairsprays, aftershave, perfumes, shampoos as plastisizers. The toxic molecules will often find their way into our body. A few to watch out for dibutyl phthalate (nail polish), Di -2 -ethylhexylphthalate, diethyl phthalate. There is also a significant amount in building materials, furniture, air fresheners, shower curtains, polyvinyl flooring, plastic coated wallpaper. Phthalates have various mechanisms of action including mitochondrial and...

Avocado – The fertility fruit

Did you know that avocados are great for fertility? They are high in lots of nutrients including folate, potassium and Vitamin C which are beneficial for general health and fertility. More specifically, avocados have a high amount of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs). Studies show that IVF may be more successful in people with a diet high in MUFAs. They also have 20% of our daily Vitamin E requirements. Vitamin E has been shown  to help with the lining of the uterus. When cut in half, they even look like a uterus 🥑 If you want to know more facts like this, tune in each week in Instagram and Facebook for #fertilityfriday....

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...

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 -...

Breastfeeding and hormones

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. 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/ education on breastfeeding techniques....

IVF & Fertility Support

Welcome to our new and updated website!

Welcome to our new and updated website, which now features a blog and newsletter. Future blogs will be posted both on our website and our Facebook page. If you’re not linked in with us on Facebook or Instagram, we invite you to like our page and join our newsletter to stay updated with all the latest info on, IVF and Natural Fertility, Nutrition and Recipes and all things Health and Wellbeing. All our links to join are below! Essence of Health has gone through some HUGE changes in the last year and new health services, such as Chiropractic, Physiotherapy and Acupuncture for general health and muscle and joint pain...