Category Archives: environment

would you eat your moisturiser?

ingredientsApologies in advance for jumping up onto the soap box, but this is something I am extremely passionate about!

They say knowledge is power, so here are some gems of knowledge to get you thinking…..

Would you eat your moisturiser?

Nicotine patches…. do you know how they work? The are absorbed by the skin and end up in the blood stream.

Well your moisturiser is no different. Neither is your shampoo, your body wash, your face mask or your deodorant. Many ingredients in personal care products are questionable. And it only takes your body 26 seconds to absorb what you put on your skin. Continue reading

drop it! back away from the smart phone…

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I recently had a very intense work week, which required my time and attention during lunch and after work. For that week, I didn’t have a chance to spend ANY time on Facebook, personal email, reading other people’s blogs or newsletters. I felt completely disconnected from the world that I am so passionate about. I felt like there were all these new breakthroughs about wellness, health and life, and I was missing out on them.

Do you ever feel like the entire world is being captured in your smartphone and you better make sure you keep refreshing your newsfeed so that you don’t miss anything? Hasn’t it been tagged as “FOMO” (fear of missing out)? Well, maybe the missing out is the stuff that goes on in the real world….

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natural cures summit

By now I’m sure you know that I’m a bit of a summit junkie. I love free online courses that share new information regarding your health and your life.

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Today, I thought I would share a little bit more information on the Natural Cures Summit, which is on 6-13 October 2014. Speakers include a range of doctors, naturopaths and health experts, sharing their wisdom on natural ways to heal:

  • autoimmune disease
  • arthristis
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • leaky gut
  • insulin resistance and diabetes
  • thyroid conditions
  • candida
  • mood disorders
  • lymes disease
  • infertility

Best of all? It’s freeeeee!

Don’t forget to share the summit with any of your loved ones who may be dealing with one of these conditions!

Find out more and sign up today!

Stress, Sleep and Sex

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One of the most underrated negative effects on health is stress. I recently attend a live event by the lovely Nat Kringoudis which focussed on the impact of stress on our bodies.

Often when we think of stress, we think of deadlines at work, or being late and stuck in traffic. But what about the silent stressors that you have no idea are lurking around, wreaking havoc on your body? I’m talking things like pollution, artificial light emitted from our iphones, and chemical stressors.

For me, sleep is one of the first things to be affected by my stress levels. I just can’t seem to switch my mind off, and I endlessly toss and turn until I finally fall asleep 10 minutes before my alarm is due to go off! Talk about frustrating!

Do you know that over an average lifetime, we will sleep for 229,961 hours!? That is an average for someone who sleeps for 8 hours a night, which is about right. Anything less, and there are some worrying health implications. Some of us might get the recommended 8 hours a night, but what about the quality of that sleep? Some spend the first few hours trying to fall asleep, with no luck. If this is you, read on my friend!

Today, I want to share with you my night time routine, and some tips for getting a good night’s rest. I found this stuff particularly crucial when healing from the likes of adrenal fatigue, where sleep and recovery is just sooo important.

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After dinner, try turning off all the main lights. Perhaps even light a few candles! “Back in the day”, once the sun had set, the only light we had access to was fire.

Artificial light (in particular, the blue light emitted from your iphone, ipad, computers and tv) in the wrong setting can have a negative effect your sleep quality,  specifically through disruptions to melatonin production and circadian rhythm.

I turn on my Himalayan Salt Lamps for mood lighting and wear my blue blockers when watching TV or reading my ipad!

To find out more about how artificial light is impacting your melatonin levels, Dr Chris Kresser has written this excellent article.

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a few more thyroid facts

In case you haven’t worked it out by now, I have a keen interest in all things hormonal.

Recently, there was another Thyroid Summit hosted by Suzy Cohen and  Dr David Brownstein. More valuable information for those of us who are looking for ways to heal our thyroid rather than pop another Thyroxine! 

Here are a few of the highlights:

Pills spelling the word help over white background“Your thyroid gland is a sponge for iodine. It produces thyroid hormone. When you take in fluoride, the fluoride displaces the iodine in your gland. And it reduces your ability to produce thyroxin. Fluoride is in about 100 popular drugs!” ~Suzy Cohen, RPh 

This is why it’s really important to invest in a filter for your water

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