We really enjoy the taste of chocolate. The cocoa in chocolate gives it the antioxidant benefits and it is rich in magnesium (double bonus), however most chocolate contains refined sugar so if it is a 70% cocoa then it is going to have 30% sugar! Generally small amounts in moderation is a good rule of thumb, however for some trying to reduce sugar from their diet a dilemma exists on how to get the deliciousness of chocolate and the antioxidant benefits of cocoa without the added sugar. So to help in this we’ve dug deep into our recipe books to give you some chocolate yumminess this Easter
I love the onset of cooler weather, cold, crisp, clear mornings are a welcome respite from the long Aussie summer. But as temperatures plummet and we dig out the slippers, blankets and woolly jumpers, we also need to brace ourselves for cold and flu season. There’s a lot we can do to help protect ourselves from the viral onslaught.
By Karen Latter, naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist
I feel that this year with the bonus of a late Easter rolling into Anzac Day that there is genuine excitement from everyone, whether it is time to holiday, to be with friends and family, to rest or to simply slow down and take stock, Easter is certainly a welcome break. And as we slow, we allow room for mindfulness and an opportunity to lighten our cognitive load and gain the many health benefits. WHAT the heck is mindfulness?
Let’s take two men: John and Matt. Both are looking to conceive with their partners in the next three months. They are chatting about whether they need to do anything to prepare. Their partners have started taking a preconception multivitamin and eating healthier, but would eating better and living a healthier lifestyle make a difference to their sperm health? Read more to find out.
Thyroid diseases are more common than you may think. It is estimated over 14% of Australian adults have a thyroid disorder and a further 4% remain undiagnosed. Women are ten times more likely to have a thyroid disorder than men. Many of those affected do not have any family history of thyroid disease. So, what is going on? What is the cause of this growing malady? According to researchers, a major contributor to thyroid disease are environmental toxins. This guide outlines the specific environmental toxins that are most crucial to minimize in order to protect your thyroid against damage. Toxins are pervasive in modern society, however, by following these simple steps, you can do much to protect thyroid health.
In the modern gender-balanced world women are flying high. It’s emancipating. We have a voice, we are in business, in the boardroom, in government, in sport, in media. Women are fundamental to making communities thrive. The changes in how women live their lives are unprecedented. But at what cost to our health? If we consider energy as a marker of health – how is your energy report card faring today? How often can you honestly say you feel refreshed waking up in the morning? Do you find yourself asking… if only I had the energy?
Join me in a weekly 1-2 hr lunch-box prep pledge and try some of these yummy and simple recipes to get you started! I am a stickler for healthy school snacks and lunches, yet the morning lunch-box panic-on often has me reaching for “packets”. Judging by the school lunch boxes pictured in a recent survey of two Melbourne schools, it seems most Aussie parents are falling short of providing nutritious school lunches for their kids. Whether from wealthy or lower income families, it’s clear the conundrum of delivering on the healthy school lunch is ubiquitous and that junk food is winning. We cannot let that happen.
By Alison Maunder naturopath, herbalist, nutritionist
Valentine's Day is a very old tradition. Some believe it originated from a pagan festival called Lupercalia held at the start of spring. In a sacred cave, priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. Following the feast, the goat’s hide was made into strips, dipped into the sacrificial blood and taken to the streets to anoint the women. Those touched by the hide were believed to become more fertile in the coming year. Thankfully, the tradition has changed over hundreds of years! Valentine’s Day is now a time to celebrate our loved ones and a wonderful reminder to support your fertility. At Northern Beaches Health & Fertility, we see many opportunities to boost your chances of conceiving a healthy child. Here are my 10 recommendations to get you started:-
If you have Australian private health extras cover you might already know about the federal government changes to health insurance. The change means that for naturopathy, western herbalism and another 14 natural therapies (alexander technique, aromatherapy, bowen therapy, Buteyko, feldenkrais, homeopathy, iridology, shiatsu, reflexology, kinesiology, pilates, relexology, rolfing, tai chi and yoga) you will no longer be able to make a claim through HICAPs or directly with your health fund. This change will be made on the 1st April.