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What Are Allergies?

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If you are bothered by allergy symptoms, you are not alone. In the Pacific Northwest, even seasonal allergies can occur during much of the year: February-April for trees; May-September for grass; and May-October for weeds. In addition, allergies to dust mites, mold and animal dander usually bother people throughout the year.

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Sugar-free Easter Recipes

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Those who know me know that I have an incredibly sweet tooth and LOVE chocolate. From age 5 I’d eat so much in one go that I’d give myself a migraine… needless to say by age 6 chocolate was banned from the house aside from Easter time. Easter became more exciting than Christmas for me.

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Venomous Botox Alternative

Some grow old gracefully, while others fight and scratch the whole way. It’s an innate part of human nature to want to stop the ageing process, especially when it comes to our appearance. So, what if I told you there was a natural Botox alternative that doesn’t cost the Earth and is completely pain free…

Made famous by the likes of Kate Middleton, Camilla Parker Bowles and other celebrities, New Zealand Bee Venom Mask has become the anti-ageing beauty treatment du jour, touted as ‘Nature’s Botox’. And for good reason too. When bee venom is applied to skin it fools it into thinking it has been gently stung stimulating collagen production beneath the surface. The collagen production has an instant firming and tightening effect on the skin. Our Nature C Bee Venom Mask has been specially formulated for use as a leave on cream or a wash off mask. I like to apply a small amount each morning before putting make-up on – it plumps up the skin and gives it a healthy glow. Alternatively, using it as a wash off mask twice a week will still give you great results. When first applying the mask you may feel a slight tingle, there’s no need to be alarmed this is just the mask doing its job. The tingling sensation goes away after a few minutes, for some you may feel nothing at all. Results are cumulative so the longer you use the product the better the result.

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Detox Secret Weapon

After a month (or two) of decadence it’s time to say goodbye to the booze, bon voyage to the late nights and good riddance to sugar. Oh yes, it’s detox time and today I start mine.

The biggest mistake many make when embarking on a detox is not easing into it first. Going cold turkey on sugar for instance can spike insulin levels, drag energy levels way down and make you crave it all that much more. So my first detox tip is: Preparation.

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Top 5 Anti-Ageing Products

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Last week Lifestyle Asia HK named Wild Bounty Bee Venom Mask as one of the top 5 new anti-ageing products in Hong Kong and for good reason. The beautifully packaged mask has been touted as the natural alternative to Botox.

Dermatologist Lisa Lam explains “when first applying the mask you will feel a very slight tingling sensation, which is completely normal – this is simply the mask working and stimulating the collagen production beneath the skins surface. Leave it on for 20 minutes and wash off. After using the mask my skin felt immediately tighter. You will see more dramatic results when using it over a few weeks. It is the best anti-ageing product I’ve come across in my career – and its natural”.

Final Countdown

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Where has time gone? It seems to be evaporating these past few months! I’ve been so busy setting up our Wild Bounty natural health food store here in Hong Kong that I haven’t had a chance to write. Moving to Asia for work I’ve had to adapt hard and fast to my new surroundings and there have already been invaluable things I’ve learnt over the past 4 months…

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Miracle Chinese Detox

He Shou Wu

Living in Hong Kong I am surrounded by an abundance of fresh vegetables, live fish and meats on the streets. The melange makes for a very colourful neighbourhood – the aroma however, is another story.

One amazing thing I found here tucked away in a Chinese traditional medicine shop is a root herb known for its detoxifying benefits and ability to get rid of bloating – He Shou Wu (or Fo-ti Root).

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PHD Cleanse

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Indulgent is a word I have used far too often lately when describing meals out and social appointments alike. So last week I chose to practice the virtues of another word… repentance.

My repentance came in the form of PHD Cleanse.

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3-minute Superfood Dinner

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Personally I think more things in life should be quick and easy… well some things, dinner being one of them. Spending an hour creating a healthy meal from scratch is probably the last thing you want to do after a long day mid week. When I’m in a rush or just can’t be bothered cooking dinner I have a Japanese inspired go-to meal. It only takes 3 minutes to make and is packed full with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, selenium, zinc and chromium. For a spicy touch try adding cayenne pepper and/or dried chilli.

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The Colon Cleanse

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There are many different approaches to nutrition, from Ayurveda to Paleolithic, and they all have their own merit. My nutrition philosophy and approach is purely from a digestive perspective. Your digestive system is responsible for eliminating waste and toxins from the body, when this does not happen properly it seriously impacts your overall wellbeing, you may notice slow weight gain, low energy level, headaches, vitamin deficiencies and other such symptoms. Regularly consuming vegetable juices is a great way to help support and maintain healthy digestion. If you’re feeling heavy and bloated or just that your body needs a bit of extra something then you may want to try my colon cleanse recipe using bentonite clay.

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