Below is a list of select articles written by Cate McRae and/or Stefanie Kocon on a range of topics.

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Are you fighting the moody blues ??

Your Journey to Greater Mental Wellbeing Mental health disorders are more common than many people realise. It is natural to feel like you are the only one that may be feeling low or experiencing depression, but you are not alone! There are many reasons why you might be feeling blue. Stress, poor health, loss and trauma, and changes in life circumstances can all be triggers for depression.

Thankfully, there are some natural medicines and positive lifestyle habits that can help improve your mood and set you on the path to greater mental wellbeing. Put the Fire Out in Your Brain   Depression can feel like a fire is smouldering in your brain and without the appropriate support, this fire can get out of control. Inflammation is not just the hot, painful swelling you see and feel when you sprain your ankle. Those same markers of inflammation that increase when you have an injury, can also be present in your brain and body with depression. Addressing this inflammation can be an important aspect of treatment. Your Practitioner is in a prime position to help you to put out your depression fire. It is important that treatment is addressed in a multi- faceted approach with appropriate herbs and nutrients, as well as adopting a healthy lifestyle and developing a positive mind.

Herbs for Health and Happiness Feeling low or depressed does not have to be a fact of life, and it does not have to be your version of ‘normal’. There are natural medicines that may be beneficial for those with depression which can even be taken safely with antidepressant medication.

• Turmeric: this golden herb is not just an ingredient in your Asian cooking. It can act as a potent anti-inflammatory and antidepressant that can help put the fire out in your brain. Curcumin, the active constituent in turmeric, can also increase the size of regions of your brain that promote healthier brain function.

• Saffron: considered the most expensive spice in the world, saffron is famous for its yellow dye and delicate perfume. It is an equally useful herbal medicine for managing depression due to its anti-inflammatory actions.

• Magnesium and B vitamins are essential for nervous system function. They can assist with insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, a frazzled feeling and depression. Often a fairly high dose is needed initially and we usually recommend the powder form.

Get Moving for Healthy Mood Did you know that those who exercise have improved brain function and feel happier? Aerobic exercise is also proven to decrease stress hormones, which can exacerbate mood disorders - try running, swimming, walking, or cycling. There are many informal ways of
exercising also, such as dancing in your lounge room to your favourite songs! Perhaps you prefer to join a sporting team with work, or a local sporting club such as football, cricket, golf or tennis. Don’t underestimate the power of exercising in a group or with a friend. Social connection and relationship building can be very powerful for improving mental wellbeing.

You Are More Resilient Than you Know! Never underestimate your inner strength. If you are facing adversities that are worsening your mood, consider what your ‘silver lining’ may be? It could be a renewed appreciation for life, a realisation of true priorities and friendship, or recognition of how strong you really are. Just remember, when life challenges appear on your path, use it as an opportunity to flourish and grow.
Here to Lend a Helping Hand With the support of your natural healthcare Practitioner, you will be able to develop holistic strategies to help you feel more positive and in control of your situation. As well as supporting you with herbs and nutrients for healthy mood, your Practitioner can help you adopt a mood-enhancing lifestyle for improved stress management and mental health. Here’s to greater health and happiness!
Contact us today to get your health and happiness prescription underway.

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Better Livin through Detox

What’s the Big Deal About Detoxification?

 

Detox. It’s a term you’ve no doubt heard a lot of on TV, in magazines

or in the gym. But why should you ‘detox’?

Detoxification is your body’s natural process of changing dietary and environmental

toxins into less harmful substances before eliminating them from your body. Supporting natural detoxification processes can help improve digestive function and may facilitate healthy weight loss, however the benefits do not stop there as healthy detoxification pathways may also lead to a reduction in other seemingly unrelated symptoms, such as sore joints or painful periods.

 

Even if you’re fit and well, for many people a regular detox leaves them feeling more energised whilst reducing the toxin load.

 

Toxins in Daily Life

 

The term ‘toxin’ refers to any substance with the potential to interfere with normal cellular function and which may negatively impact both your short and long-term health. You do not have to look very far to find toxins as they may be found in household chemicals, personal care products, and also in some foods (e.g. food may be exposed to pesticide residues or toxic metal contaminants). Your body is designed to remove these toxins via the ‘channels of elimination’, i.e. your liver, kidneys, bowels

and skin; however it is possible for these channels to become overwhelmed, depending upon your level of exposure, and this may reduce your overall health and wellbeing.

 

Why Choose a Practitioner Only Detox Program?

 

Walk into any pharmacy or health food store today and you will find a number of over the counter detox products. However, since these packages don’t assess your individual health requirements they are limited in their ability to meet your detoxification needs.

A personalised program based on your specific health history, together with the added benefit of professional support and advice from your qualified Practitioner can have a much greater impact on your detox capacity – helping to promote long-term wellbeing beyond the duration of the program.

 

Herbal Help to Boost Your Detox

 

The Practitioner Only Detox Program incorporates three key herbal and nutritional formulas, based on scientific research, to lay the foundation for effective detoxification. These formulas focus on supporting the three main channels of elimination: the

liver, kidneys and optimal digestion.

The first formula helps optimise your liver’s detoxifying capacity. It contains the herb Milk thistle along with Cape jasmine and Green tea to help protect your body from the harmful effects of metabolising toxins. In addition, the amino acids taurine and glutamine support liver detoxification pathways and promote a healthy digestive tract.

The second formula incorporates the greens Spirulina, Coriander, Kelp and Aloe. These herbs assist with the binding of toxins and promote alkalinisation, since an alkaline pH is required for effective removal of wastes via the kidney.

Finally, a traditional herbal formula containing Dandelion, Gentian, Lemon balm and Ginger not only helps to minimise any existing symptoms of poor digestion such as burping and bloating, but helps stimulate the digestive secretions and bile flow you require for optimal digestive function.

 

Detox Diet and Lifestyle Support

 

Modern diets can be a major source of ongoing toxin exposure due to the intake of caffeine, alcohol and refined processed foods, which typically contain artificial additives, preservatives and toxic fats. Not only do these add to your toxin burden but

put unnecessary pressure on your organs of detoxification. By minimising certain foods, whilst increasing your intake of plant-based wholefoods, you can enhance the effects of the herbal and nutritional formulas and boost your detox capacity. During your personalised detox program, your Practitioner will advise you on the specific dietary and lifestyle measures that will help you get the best results.

 

The Path to Long-Term Wellness

 

Supporting effective detoxification is a cornerstone of Natural Medicine practice. A personalised detox program prescribed by your Practitioner can not only help you achieve optimal results but offers long-term benefits for your health and wellbeing

that cannot be matched by an over the counter package. The Practitioner Only Detox Programs are simple and easy to follow, accompanied by a comprehensive diet and lifestyle plan, and come with the qualified support and advice of your Practitioner

– so speak to your Practitioner about a detox program today and put yourself on the path to long-term wellness.