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Herbal Rescue

Frequenting the local garden centres in the past would not have been my idea of a good time. However, I now seem to be at one with nature spending my weekends shopping for plants and potting mix. Maybe I’m getting older… who knows. I do however feel a burst of satisfaction each time I look over at my plant collection at home. Sure, the first few weeks experimenting with my plant fetish were touch and go… I couldn’t remember if the fern I bought from the markets went inside or out until a week later when it was lying near lifeless on the terrace.

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48-hour Spring Cleanse

Green Vege Juice

If you’ve been feeling irritable, run down, or maybe even depressed and modern medicine hasn’t given you any relief then your body may benefit from a spring-clean. Everyday we’re exposed to thousands of toxins… from the chemicals in the coke zero you guzzled down at lunch to the car exhaust fumes you breathe in walking down the road. Those unavoidable pollutants can build up in your system over time and make you feel off kilter. A cleanse can restore balance in your body and get your health back on track.

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Sparkling Mineral Water

There’s nothing like a cold glass of refreshing sparkling mineral water… other than a glass of Champagne. However, as a healthier topic of discussion let me talk more about sparkling mineral water and it’s cholesterol lowering and bone strengthening benefits. Only recently have I discovered a gem of a shop in Auckland called the Aquadeli that specialize in mineral water of all varieties imported and local.

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Bean Sprouts

Eating on the run is the norm these days, especially when you’ve got a full on work and home life. And as much as I try to make every meal a nutritious culinary experience packed full with goodness it is often a complete FAIL. So make the meals you do have time to prepare count with the help of bean sprouts.

Bean sprout aficionados can harp on and on about the health benefits of sprouts, and while they may seem overly enthusiastic much of what they say is true. A study conducted at Yale University by Dr Paul Barkholden found that B vitamins increased in sprouts by as much as 2000 per cent. Another study, at the University of Pennsylvania by Dr Barry Mack reported a general overall average vitamin increase of more than 500 per cent when seeds are sprouted”. Bean sprouts are also highly praised as a superfood in Ayuvedic health science. The guiding principle around the ancient health science is maintaining healthy digestion. According to Ayurveda the most nutritious foods are the ones we can easily digest (like bean sprouts). Sprouts are the very young shoots of germinated edible seeds from vegetables, beans or grains.

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Top 3 Natural Cold Remedies

1. Omega 3 supplement
Popping an omega-3 supplement daily will ensure you are getting enough essential fatty acid’s that contain powerful immune-fortifying properties. According to a study by Britain’s Institute of Human Nutrition and School of Medicine, Omega-3 supplements can increase the activity of phagocytes (cells that fight flu by eating up bacteria). Other studies carried out show that omega-3 can protect lungs from colds and respiratory infections.
Try potent Nature’s Relief Omega 3 available online here

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Apple Whitening

It’s near impossible to avoid foods that stain your teeth: coffee, red wine, berries, dark chocolate… the list goes on. And no matter how often you visit the dentist, they will inevitably lose their pearly white appearance. Sure you can have them artificially whitened a few times a year but the peroxides that are used (hydrogen and carbamide) wears down tooth enamel exposing dentine and causing sensitivity… not to mention the process can hurt like hell. Equally, brush on teeth whiteners sound good on paper, but are just as bad on your teeth. The Glycerin and alcohol content in brush on teeth whiteners can strip moisture from the teeth, leaving gums (and your breath) in bad shape as well as causing sensitivity.

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Home cure for hangovers: Honey

If you’re guilty of overindulging once in a while you’ll be pleased to know that there is a sweet little hang-over cure that is probably already in your cupboard: honey. Honey contains powerful antioxidant properties that can neutralize the harmful effects of alcohol. The natural fructose content helps the body to rapidly metabolize and digest alcohol. According to Dr John Emsley from Britain’s Royal Society of Chemistry, the fructose in honey is an essential compound that helps the body breakdown alcohol into harmless by- products. Read more…

Pacific Noni

Pacific Noni

Ever stopped to think about your kidney health? – probably not. Most of us go through life torching the candle at both ends (myself included) blissfully unaware of the real value of our health until we actually get sick.

An impromptu trip to Tahiti helped me rediscover a forgotten gem that works wonders for your kidney health: Tahitian Pacific Noni. After feeling slight kidney discomfort whilst lying on the soft Bora Bora sand (yes, I know poor me right) I started chatting to a very savvy spa therapist who recommended I try taking Pacific Noni juice.

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Eat Smarter: The Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen

Should you pay triple the price for an avocado because it is organically grown? Probably not…. but you should if you’re buying celery.

There is a widely differing opinion on whether or not organic produce is nutritionally more beneficial than non-organic and as we all know buying organic can be outrageously expensive. So the real question is – how important is it to buy organic? Aside from the nutritional value the main issue is the chemical residue from pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers that are sprayed onto the produce when farmed. For example, potatoes are sprayed several times with herbicides, pesticides and fungicides in their short little lives: as sliced potato “seeds” before they are planted, the leaves are sprayed while the potatoes are growing below, and the mature potatoes are sprayed after they’re harvested. Read more…

Coconut Hair Treatment

If you’re anything like me your hair takes a daily ritualistic thrashing with a blow dryer and pair of GHD’s which leaves it extremely dry and looking half dead in its ungroomed state. Now the obvious solution here would be to simply stop however if that is an impossibility then may I suggest you try using coconut oil as a bi-weekly nourishing hair treatment.

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