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Nutrition & Supplements Blog

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  • Bec's recipes of the month

    Anti-Inflammatory Hummus
    Ingredients
    1 ½ cup cooked chickpeas
    ½ cup Hemple hemp hearts
    2 tbs oil of your choosing (Melrose Olive oil or Hemple Hemp oil is best)
    1 – 2 garlic cloves
    Juice of ½ lemon
    1 tps Tahini (Yeeks/Leah, please add brand of a tahini we have in stock)
    1 tps of Bio-Grape Turmeric powder
    1 tbs roasted sesame seeds
    Method:
    Combine all ingredients in food processor until smooth. Drizzle extra oil and top with sesame seeds.

    Hot Chocolate with Medical Mushrooms
    Ingredients
    2tbs Powerfoods (or loving earth you choose) Cacao powder
    2 tsp Teelexirs mushroom of choice
    2 tsp Loving earth Lucuma powder
    2 tsp Maca powder
    2 tbs maple syrup ( I forget brand ?pure harvest?)
    2 tsp coconut oil (you choose brand)
    500ml Pure Harvest Almond Mylk (probably better to put in Haydens mylks – didn’t know brand name)
    Desired sweetner
    Method
    Warm mylk on low temperature on stove top. Mix in powders and wish until frothy. Alternitvly pour mix into nutrabullet and blend for 5-10 seconds to achieve a ‘latte’ consistency.

    Gut healing Beef Pho
    Ingredients
    2 tbs dry (or enough to make 4cups of liquid) NutraOrganics Beef Stock Original flavour
    Thumb size piece of ginger
    1 onion
    2 garlic cloves
    3 star anise
    2 cinnamon quills,
    2 tbs Loving Earth coconut sugar
    80ml fish sauce
    350g Konac noodles (which every noodle we have that’s in the yellow packet with black writing)
    350g beef fillet
    2 red chillies
    125g bean sprouts
    A handful each of basil, mint and coriander leaves
    6 spring onions
    Lemon/lime wedges
    Method
    In a large saucepan combine stock powder/liquid, spices, ginger, sugar, fish sauce, garlic and 4 cups water and some of the sliced onion. Bring mixture to the boil and simmer over a low heat for 15-20 Minutes, strain the liquid throwing out the solids
    Cook the noodles according to the packet and drain.
    To serve, divide the noodles into 4 bowls and top with thinly sliced beef. Pour over the hot stock, then top with the fresh vegetables and add the fresh herbs to your liking. Serve with lemon/lime wedges and sliced fresh chilli.

  • Getting summer ready – how to achieve weight loss

    Summer’s around the corner, and as per usual, we’re staring at ourselves in the mirror, grabbing that excess belly fat, staring at our cellulite (ladies), getting anxious and self-conscious about having to head to the pool or the beach.

    And as much as body confidence and loving yourself at all stages in your life is our goal, knowing where to start to enable yourself to feel proud and confident in your own skin is what this blog is about.

    First things first. Diet, is just another word for food intake. It is now confused with  calorie restriction, food group exclusion, anxiety and rebound weight gain. For true, sustainable weight loss, the answer is  what are your hormones doing?

    Our hormones are a key player to achieving real, healthy, long-term weight loss.

    Our hormones are the masters of the ship, and communicate with all our other bodily systems and determine how fast we are able to break down food into nutrients and energy; where fat is stored, how hungry we are, how much we’re able to eat, how our efforts in the gym pay off, and this is just superficially speaking. Balancing and optimizing our hormones is SO important, and the foundation to living an incredible, vivacious life.

    Key hormones to balance:

    Cortisol

    Cortisol is familiarly known as our “stress” hormone.  Cortisol is actually anti-inflammatory, aids in memory formation and helps to balance blood pressure.  when cortisol becomes dysregulated, due to constant chronic stressors, that’s when it causes havoc and inflammation in the body.

    When the bodies in an inflammatory state, weight loss is the last thing it cares about. It’s depleting nutrients, putting us in a fight or flight response, and cortisol tends to store fat around the midsection.

    Adopting stress managing lifestyle techniques, movement, meditation, breathing, journaling, etc. along with supporting the adrenals through nutrients and herbs will aid in regulating cortisol.

    Insulin

    Insulin is usually associated with T2D, insulin enables glucose (our primary fuel source) to be taken up by our muscle and liver cells. It then gets stored as cellular energy (glycogen), with Glucagon – Insulin opposite - freeing up stored glycogen, converting it back to glucose so that its able to be utilized for energy. Ensuring we have insulin sensitivity, meaning that our body is sensitive to insulin, enables us to have optimal blood sugar levels and energy.

    To decrease insulin resistance, and improve insulin sensitivity - cut way down / out on the processed, refined carbohydrates (cakes, biscuits, pastries, breads, pastas, wraps, fast food), and opt for a more higher fat, moderate protein, rich in vegetables, approach. You’ve got Paleo / Keto / WFPB style diets as a template to help you navigate the waters.

    Intermittent fasting, along with regular exercise are also awesome for restoring insulin sensitivity, improving your ability to lose weight and reduce inflammation.

    Ghrelin

    Ghrelin is our hunger hormone, and also regulates glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity, and is a nutrient sensor. When we don’t listen to our internal hunger cues, and go by the clock / habit, Ghrelin can get out of whack. Eating processed, refined packaged nutrient-empty foods, such as the biscuits, white breads, crackers etc. also throws Ghrelin out of balance, as it doesn’t sense any nutrients, and so doesn’t say “hey we got what we need, you’re done eating”.

    To re-establish ghrelin’s role, including periods of intermittent fasting and eating a diet based of wholefoods.

    Leptin

    Leptin is the master controller of appetite/satiety/weight loss, and when we’re leptin resistant, there is a miscommunication between our fat cells and our hypothalamus – the control centre of the brain involved in hunger.

    Leptin’s released from our fat cells, so similarly to insulin, we can become leptin resistant - creating the miscommunication between the brain and body that we’re full and not hungry. Hence why it doesn’t add up how overweight and obese people can eat so much – leptin’s message isn’t reaching the brain.

    To regain leptin sensitivity, like the running theme, incorporating more periods of fasting, avoiding processed and refined carbohydrates and sugars and fast food, as these foods don’t signal satiety and just hit the pleasure centre of the brain, causing us to crave more (hence why will power is no match). Eating real whole foods triggers our nutrient sensors letting us know that we’re full, satisfied and happy.

  • Top 3 Must have supplements from our Nutritionist 

     

     

    If I had to choose my “island” supplements, it’d have to be Activated B Vitamins, Magnesium and a blend of Adaptogens.

    B vitamins are involved in anything and everything, to name a few; macronutrient utilisation, energy production, cell turnover, tissue regeneration, brain function, and they’re also zapped from our body when we’re exposed to stress – which is all of us. I personally, notice much better energy when I take them and feel they’re just an awesome addition to life in 2018, and yes we get B vitamins from our food, but due to all the exposure to environmental and out of our control stressors, I feel topping ourselves up with a supplement is idea. Choose activated B vitamins to save your body having to “turn them on”. Activated B  also beneficial to individuals who have SNP or polymorphisms and methylation issues – two highly under diagnosed and discovered genetic changes that influence how we’re able to utilise and absorb B vitamins.

    Magnesium. I love magnesium, as it has such a broad application, and is involved in over 300+ enzymatic reactions. Magnesium is amazing in helping to improve sleep, reduce anxiety, help digestion and bowel movements, muscle recovery, cognition, cramps, PMS, and so so many more.Symptoms of magnesium depletion include cramps, muscle twitches, anxiety, poor sleep and fatigue. Utilise magnesium before bed / at night time, to help your nervous system calm down and get ready for sleep. My favourite supplements are: Fusion Magnesium tablets and Herbs Of Gold Magnesium powder.

    Adaptogens. I incorporate this broad spectrum of herbs and foods into my life every single day, because I feel they’re able to make us just a little bit more bulletproof. Adaptogens include Withania/Ashwagandha, Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps and Lion's Mane medicinal mushroom, Rehmania, Rhodiola, Turmeric, the Ginseng’s, He Shou Wu and so many more (these are just a few!).  Adaptogens do as the name suggests – they help us to adapt. If we’re too high, they bring us back down, or if we’re too low, they bring us higher as to help restore balance (homeostasis), which our body is constantly striving to achieve. Adaptogens also work better together, so stacking multiple is ideal, as it boosts the varying and common traits these herbs and plants obtain. Adaptogens are particularly useful for stress. In fact, all 3 of my every day supplements are geared towards helping to manage stress, as it’s all around us. Adaptogens support the adrenal, nervous system, hormone, immune and digestive system in particular, and help to tell your body its okay and not to issue a stress response whenever we breathe in some pollution. My favourite combinations of adaptogens include ATP Science CORT RX, Fusion’s and Stress & Anxiety

    Written by  our nutritionist Eliza.

    If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or info@evelynfaye.com.au or comment on this post.

    Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.

  • 4 Steps to Managing Stress

    Stress is all around us – it’s internal, being a by-product of cellular function, as well as inflammation, elevated insulin levels, hormone imbalances, and it’s external with environmental pollutants, strenuous exercise, EMF’s, traffic, workplaces. Either way, stress is impacting us. So, what can we do to mitigate its negative health effects?

    Acute stress, is beneficial to us, and without it we wouldn’t be the dominant species on the planet. It’s when stress is chronic – ongoing – that cortisol’s inflammatory effects start to wear the body and mind down. Elevated cortisol leads to inflammation, and with inflammation being at the core root of ALL disease states, managing and decreasing our exposure to chronic stress is so fundamental to being well and in optimal health.

    Step 1

    Manage the stressors and decrease the ones you can. These include, what face and body products are you putting on your skin? Our skin absorbs 80% of what we put on it, and 99% of commercial brands are filled with parabens and hormone imbalancing ingredients, which add to the internal stress load.

    Can you give distance and perspective to the situations and environments that cause stress?

    How can you use gratitude to decrease its impact?

    Can you delegate tasks to remove some of the load?

    Can you set up systems to minimize additional stressors?

    Step 2

    Implement lifestyle practices to help decrease the psychological, biological and emotional impact that chronic stress has.

    Meditation, yoga, breath work, journaling, walking and any other creative outlets that bring you joy also help to decrease the negative effects of stress.

    Step 3

    Support and nourish your adrenals through diet and supplementation. Eating a wide variety of nutrient dense wholefoods will provide the nutritional support your body needs, with stress sucking your vitamins and minerals.

    Supplementing with stress-buffers, such as Activated B vitamins, Magnesium, Vitamin C, and adding in alkalizing greens powders, probiotics and gut support, GABA and Theanine, adaptogenic herbs – Withania, Reishi Mushroom, Turmeric/Curcumin, Passionflower, Ginseng, Licorice are also great additions to support you, and one’s you’ll notice a huge difference with.

    Combination’s we love are:

     

    Step 4

    Optimize your sleep. Sleep is crucial to restoring and revitalizing our body systems, so reducing screen time before bed and creating sleep routine that enables the body to relax and ascend into sleep is ideal.

    Living in our society, it’s almost impossible to not be exposed to chronic stressors so adopting lifestyle practices and teaming them with nutrients to support the adrenals and body is advantageous to optimizing your health and well-being.

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    Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.

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  • How do we optimize our sleep ?

    We very much live in a society that celebrates exhaustion and we’re always encouraged to get ahead and improve – whatever the cost. And the currency we usually pay for such outcomes is sleep. Sleep has previously been looked at as a time of nothingness, something that can be foregone. However, as more research being done about the mystical time of sleep, we learn that sleep is more integral to our well-being than initially thought.

    Within the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) there’s a system called the lymphatic system. When we sleep, our brain shrinks, and this enables the lymph to float through, cleaning up wastes and plaque, that when left – are linked with Alzheimer’s, dementia, impaired memory and cognitive decline. When we sleep, our body releases hormones, such as growth hormone enabling our body to repair and grow.

    Optimal sleep enables our hormones to be balanced, increases energy, improved cognition and mental focus, improved mood, better efficiency and increased libido. Sleep deprivation is linked to progressing type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression and weight gain, just to name a few.

     

    So how do we optimise our sleep?

    Actions include decreasing phone and screen time before bed. Getting off our devices at least 30 minutes before we plan to go to bed sets us up for melatonin – our sleep hormone, to be released, enabling us to switch off. The blue light from our devices blocks melatonin’s production and is also neural simulator.

    Go to bed within a consistent time frame. This will set up a cycle and pattern your bodies able to get into, improving the quality of your sleep and your ability to fall asleep.

    Leave the bedroom as the bedroom. I think that’s pretty self-explanatory. TV’s, food, work, all these things diminish the role of the bedroom, and causes a dis-association with the bedroom as a place and time for rest and sleep.

    Utilize magnesium, whether internally, topically or in a bath to help relax and get you ready for bed. Additional sleep helpers include the herbs passionflower, zizyphus, magnolia, L-Theanine and Homeopathic melatonin.

    How we end the day sets up the next day. Create importance around sleep and treat it as a time of deserved rest and recuperation.

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    If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or info@evelynfaye.com.au or comment on this post.

    Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.

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    Written by our nutritionist Eliza

  • Allergies: What Can I Do?

    Spring is here, and with this comes allergies.

    The itchy nose, throat, eyes, congestion, irritation, redness, are all unwelcomed side effects of the season change. However, there's a few things to know about why allergies come about that can help you minimise their symptomatic effects.

    Allergic reactions are driven by an over alert immune system, who sees the pollen's as foreign invaders, and thus, creates an inflammatory and immune attack to prevent potential harm (our immune system doesn't know pollen isn't harmful).

    With 75% of our immune system located within the gut, treating and healing the gut is the core of minimising allergy season.

    Like everything, reducing the processed, refined, packaged foods that causes inflammation is the place to start optimising the gut and reducing allergic reactions. Adding in wholefood sources, rich in nutrients and antioxidants such as: Bone Broth, Fermented Food, Healthy Fats such as Flaxseed Oil, Fish Oil, Turmeric and Pre-Biotic will help to strengthen the gut lining, reduce inflammation and encourage the population of beneficial bacteria.

    We love: Fusion Gut Healing Powder as a support, teamed with probiotics.

    With the dietary changes, you can now add in histamine clearing nutrients, such as Quercetin, Bromelain, Vitamin C and immune-modulating herbal complex's such as Fusion Allergy, Herbs of Gold Hay Fever and Sinus, and Brauer's Hay Fever Tablets and Spray all work synergistically to heal the gut, reduce the histamine and thus, minimise the symptoms experienced with allergies.

    Healing the gut, reducing inflammation, eating nutrient rich foods and working to clear out excess histamine is an easy, effective approach to decreasing allergies, and gets rid of your reliance on pharmaceutical anti-histamines which actually reduce your body's own ability to clear out histamine, thus creating the reliance on the product and ongoing seasonal struggles.


    If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or info@evelynfaye.com.au or comment on this post.

    Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.


    Written by Eliza

    Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition

  • Easy Supplementation for Stamina

    Stamina, who doesn't want this? Especially when it comes to training and working out. Improving our stamina leads to increased reps, increased sets, greater times, greater endurance, enabling us to smash PBs, workout and running efficiency.

    Stamina is defined as: "the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort".

    As we age, our stamina tends to decrease, so topping up our cells with vital nutrients and superfoods to ensure the building blocks of stamina are available, is a direct helping hand. These include:

    CoQ10

    Co-Enzyme Q10 is involved in the production of cellular energy- ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) which, when our mitochondria are damaged (via oxidation) or aren't working optimally (due to diet and lifestyle habits), the efficiency to create ATP is diminished. CoQ10 can help to boost energy and stamina, as it enables nutrients to be utilised, like our B vitamins, and made into energy. It's also a potent antioxidant which is another win.

    See our range of CoQ10 here

    Activated B Vitamins

    B Vitamins, as a family, work together to metabolise macronutrients (protein, carbs and fats) and produce cellular energy- ATP. So, incorporating an activated B supplement into your life will see your stamina and energy increased, and recovery improved.

    See our range of B Vitamins here

    Cordyceps Mushroom

    Cordyceps boosts oxygen utilisation and production in the body through supporting the lungs, and also increases ATP production- increasing energy and stamina.

    See our range of Cordyceps here

    Ashwagandha/ Withania

    Along with Cordyceps, both are adaptogens- enabling the body to deal with more. They essentially support us, which is beneficial when it comes to increasing our stamina. Withania has a boat load of benefits, and supports the body and our adrenals, preventing burn out and fatigue- enabling us to improve our reps, sets, strength, distance and time.

     

    Improving your sleep and bowel movements will also lead to an improved utilisation of nutrients and oxygen, improving recovery and stamina, so don't forget to prioritise good, revitalising sleep (track your sleep with the SleepCycle App) and ensure your bowels are moving and happy (fibre, lots of water and magnesium are a good starting point).

    Incorporating one or a combination of these supplements, along with adjusting lifestyle habits and ensuring adequate training and recovery, will see your stamina improved and the benefits reaped.


    If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or info@evelynfaye.com.au or comment on this post.

    Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.


    Written by Eliza

    Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition

  • Recovery for Everyone

    No matter what exercise or sport you do, the faster you recover, the better you train. If you compete, the better you train, the better you play.

    Lactic Acid

    If you are a runner, you will build up Lactic Acid, which causes a heavy feeling and tightness the next time you run. The same will apply with bike riding; your legs will feel heavy.

    Taking Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) will dramatically reduce this lactic acid. Some examples are:

    • If you play a sport such as tennis, golf, squash, hockey or you are a swimmer, the lactic build up is all through your body- not just in the legs.
    • Apart from the BCAAs, you should think about your whole protein intake- meat, fish, chicken, eggs, lentils, and nuts. BCAAs are in these foods- just not enough.
    • If you are a vegan, we have White Wolf Vegan Protein and Prana vegan proteins. We also have all our dairy/whey-based proteins.

    Some Tips

    Some people really do suffer with recovery and find it really difficult. If you do, add some Glutamine. It is also really great for recovery.

    Triathletes and distance athletes should always have electrolytes- sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium in the drink bottles to reduce dehydration and cramping.

    You can also take gels or blocks. Sodium Bicarbonate tablets also remove lactic acid build up.

    Salt Stick products- buffered Electrolyte Salts also help reduce heat stress, muscle cramping and maintain electrolyte levels.

    For people lifting weights and really wanting muscle growth you will normally be taking a protein supplement, plus a pre-workout or creatine. This means your muscles will be very stressed and recovery may be slow. If this is the case, you will respond very well to BCAAs and Glutamine.

    For a full list of all our BCAA products, please click here.


    If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or info@evelynfaye.com.au or comment on this post.

    Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.


    Written by Ian

    Owner of Evelyn Faye Nutrition

  • Key Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms

    Despite any initial worries and thoughts you may have, medicinal mushrooms aren't hallucinogenic- they're therapeutic! And all contain 3 core health-boosting properties, they are:

    • Adaptogens
    • Immune Modulators; and
    • Anti-Bacterial & Anti-Viral

    Adaptogens are wonderful, powerful herbs and plants and fungi that help our body to adapt in any state. Think of them as a chameleon. They become whatever you need them to do. They specifically raise our overall resistance to acute and chronic stress. They work if we’re too low, they bring us higher, if we’re too high they bring us lower.

    Adaptogens grow and thrive in obscure landscapes, literally competing for survival from harsh weather conditions and other species, and only the best DNA and strongest adaptogens survive. It’s these amazing qualities that we then consume and assimilate into our own bodies – making them true super foods.

    Immunomodulating means medicinal mushrooms able to upgrade, nourish, balance and stimulate our immune system. When we’re worn down from stress, our immune system becomes compromised, and we’re more vulnerable to getting sick and chronic fatigue. Medicinal mushrooms support our immune system, bringing it back online and strengthening it, ensuring we’re able to be more bulletproof.

    For individuals who have autoimmune diseases, medicinal mushrooms such as Cordyceps and Reishi, are beneficial, as they help to restore balance and calm down the over active immune system that sees the immune system attacking its own cells.

    Medicinal mushrooms are also Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Viral. They’re able to interact with our gut bacteria and encourage the growth of beneficial strains, and help kill off unbeneficial strains, such as Candia albicans. Their anti-viral properties help to alert the immune system of viruses hiding throughout the body, further, boosting overall health and wellness.


    All medicinal mushrooms encompass these 3 components, and then further, each mushroom has additional specific health boosting properties, enabling you to decide which ones are best suited to you, your lifestyle and health goals.

    The 6 key mushroom’s discussed are; Cordyceps, Chaga, Lion’s Mane, Reishi, Maitake and Tremella.

    Cordyceps

    Key Features

    • Boosts Cellular Energy
    • Increases Oxygen Production
    • Boosts Libido
    • Supports Lungs, Liver and Kidneys

    Cordyceps are amazing for boosting energy - as it increases oxygen flow, and ATP production (cellular energy) by anywhere between 20-30%! This makes Cordyceps an awesome addition to individuals who are physically active and are wanting to maximise their training efforts – whether it’s HIIT, weight based, endurance, martial arts. Cordyceps is also great for individuals who are chronically relying on caffeine and stimulants for energy, as unlike coffee, it supports the adrenals whilst providing energy, with coffee taxing the adrenals.

    When there’s more oxygen flow, we’re better able to utilise nutrients and clear out toxins, improving recovery, and Coryceps also helps with stagnated blood, improving circulation.

    You feel cordyceps effects almost instantly.

    Cordyceps also aid in respiratory issues (asthma, coughs etc) through stimulating lymphocyte production, which are a type of white blood cell.

    Cordyceps are also legendary for boosting libido boosting blood flow and testosterone production. Studies also show cordyceps ability to improve fertility in both men & women.

    Who Would Benefit From Cordyceps?

    Active individuals, asthma sufferers, individuals with low libido and hormone imbalances, active individuals, and those wanting to improve every day energy levels and recovery.

    Chaga

    Key Features

    • #1 Antioxidant on the Planet
    • Protective and Nourishing for the Skin
    • Aids Digestion
    • Helps With Allergies and Hayfever

    Chaga #1 most potent antioxidant on the planet - containing SOD superoxide dismutase which is one the potent antioxidant properties.

    Chaga’s also rich in zinc and melanin, so doubling that with SOD - is protective for the skin, prevents weathered and ageing skin, and also acts as a natural internal sunscreen.

    Chaga is also a digestive enhancer, containing an array of enzymes and also aids in the reduction of inflammation, beneficial for gut health. Further, through its ability to help regulate the immune system, Chaga also acts as a natural anti-histamine and can help calm down the effects of allergies and hay fever.

    Who Would Benefit From Chaga?

    Those exposed to high levels of free radicals, through toxic substances and fumes like if you're around machinery, chemicals, pollution and exhausts. Individuals who spend a lot of time in the sun, have inflammatory gut disorders (IBD/UC etc), or experiences skin conditions, acne, eczema, psoriasis. As well as hay fever and allergy sufferers.

    Lions Mane

    Key Features

    • Boosts Cognition, Memory and Focus
    • Improves Mood
    • Repairs Nerve Damage

    Lion’s mane is an epic brain booster, and one of our favourite mushrooms. Lions mane stimulates NGF neural growth factor, which strengthens existing and enables new neurons to be made. This means it’s able to repair and regenerate our brain cells, as well as all nerve cells throughout the body.

    Lion’s mane also has mood boosting properties and effects, and through its ability to reduce neural inflammation has a calming effect on the mind and balances mood.

    Who Would Benefit From Lions Mane?

    Anyone who wants to improve their cognition, students, people with a family history of Alzheimer’s, dementia or Parkinson’s, people who have memory recall barriers, those who experience anxiety, depression and overthinking, neural issues or who have nerve damage.

    Reishi

    Key Features

    • Ultimate Stress Adaptor
    • Supports Adrenals and Cortisol Balance
    • Supports Sleep
    • Supports Liver Function, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

    Reishi mushroom is the ultimate stress reducer. Reishi does this through it’s incredible adaptogenic properties and working on balancing the endocrine (hormone) system.

    Reishi is able to balance cortisol rhythms, helping to support sleep and deal with daily stressprs. Reishi also helps to calm down the nervous system, and helps the body to relax, without being sedative or sleep-inducing.

    Reishi is also great for blood circulation and boosting liver function, aiding to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

    Who Would Benefit From Reishi?

    Anyone who experiences anxiety, restlessness, nervousness, depression, OCD, insomnia or has chronic fatigue, works night shifts/shift work. Anyone who experiences stress, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia. Reishi is pretty much awesome for everyone.

    Maitake

    Key Features

    • Improves Insulin Sensitivity
    • Helps with Metabolic Activity
    • Improves Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and Triglycerides
    • Immune Boosting

    Maitake is effective at combating metabolic syndrome – which is a cluster of metabolic issues, such as insulin resistance, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and high triglycerides, all of which are the drivers of chronic disease – heart disease, stroke, T2D and cancer. Maitake works also to reduce the inflammatory cascade that see’s the progression of such disease states.

    Maitake is also a highly effective immune booster.

    Who Would Benefit From Maitake?

    Anyone with any of the above conditions, low thyroid, under stress, sluggish metabolism, individuals who get recurring colds, flu’s, viruses and illness’, and tend to have a poor immune system.

    Tremella

    Key Features

    • Improves Skin Elasticity, Plumpness and Appearance
    • Antioxidant
    • Source of Vitamin D

    Tremella also contains SOD superoxide dismutase, which is a potent anti-oxidant that Chaga’s rich in, and this aids in preventing the skin from ageing and being damaged.

    Tremella is able to retain the fluid that lives within the dermis (skin) layer, enabling the skin to stay hydrated, plump and glowing. Tremella is also a source of Vitamin D, further improving skin appearance due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

    Who Would Benefit From Tremella?

    Individuals with skin conditions, dry skin, acne, sun damaged skin and ageing skin.

    Here are some of the brands we stock:


    References

    Powell, M, Medicinal Mushrooms - A Clinical Guide. Mycology Press. Kindle Edition.


    If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or evefaye@bigpond.net.au or comment on this post.

    Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.


    Written by Eliza

    Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition

  • 8 Ways to Start Living a Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Lifestyle

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    We are hearing a lot about Plastic Free July and the Zero Waste movement, but what do these things mean?

    Simply put, these movements are rising to everyday conversation as we become more aware of our impact on the earth. We live in such a "throw away society" that the vast majority of our trash is not recyclable and breaks down over hundreds of years. Plastic, one of the worst contributors to this problem is winding up in our oceans- all 1.15 to 2.41 metric tonnes of plastic is migrating to 1 of 5 offshore accumulation zones on our planet; two of these accumulation zones are on either side of Australia.

    If this isn't frightening enough, what is broken down is consumed by marine animals- and that's only what is happening in our waterways. BPA (Bisphenol A.) is a chemical used in plastic production and is a known endocrine inhibitor- mimicking oestrogen, disrupting androgens, and thyroid hormone utilisation. Over long periods of exposure this can have detrimental effects on your body.

    What can you do to reduce your impact on the environment and improve your health?

    Below are 8 ways to reduce your eco footprint and reduce the risk of hormone disturbances, helping you become plastic free all year round.

    Ditch the Single Use Plastic Bottle

    Stop buying bottled water. Make the investment to purchase a BPA free bottle, or better yet, a glass or stainless steel bottle. I like to believe that I drink more water when I use a fun looking stainless steel bottle especially if it's a nice big 750ml to 1 litre, three of these and I'm done for the day! Check out the Bobangles range here.

    Take Your Own Shopping Bags

    This is a no brainer really with the big supermarkets no longer giving out single use bags. Pick up a cute cotton one from Ever Eco. The amount that these babies can carry is huge- they just keep expanding.

    Use Beeswax Wraps

    These babies are fantastic instead of cling wrap. Just cover your jar, avocado or bowl and fold over, the warmth of your hands will do the rest. Find them here.

    Invest in a Reusable Coffee Cup

    Approximately 2,700,000 take away coffee cups are thrown away each day in Australia, and if you're thinking "it's okay they are paper", think again. They are a mix of paper and liquid polymer, making these cups extremely difficult to recycle as very few recycle plants in Australia have the facilities to do so. Therefore, they end up in the landfill. Do your bit and buy a reusable coffee cup.

    Say No to Plastic Straws

    Straws are produced using polypropylene, a by-product of petroleum, and cannot be recycled therefore are left in landfill polluting the environment. Animals also consume straws and suffocate. So what's the solution? Avoid straws or use a stainless steel one. Ever Eco are a good choice. Their straws come with a bag and brush for cleaning them.

    Use Soapberries Instead of Laundry Detergent

    What are Soapberries you ask? They are the dried fruit off the Sapindus Mukorossi tree, these dried berries naturally contain 'saponins' that act as a natural soap and remove dirt from fabrics by reducing the tension of the water while washing, making them 100% waste free and Eco-friendly. My favourite brand that supply these amazing berries is That Red House. As their soapberries are sourced from local villages in the Himalayan mountains where these special trees are found. This amazing company has gone one step further and regularly visits the region to ensure the working conditions are acceptable and the farmers are happy.

    So how do you use them? Take 5 berries, place them into the pouch provided and throw it into the wash. Simple! You will get 5 to 8 washes on a cold load and once they are 'expired' you can throw them into the compost or your garden, therefore they are grey-water safe.

    Chemical-Free Cleaning Products

    House work is not a very interesting subject. I beg to differ.

    What happens when we use the everyday cleaning products that you find at a supermarket? They are rinsed down the drain. Those chemicals include bleach and ammonia. These chemicals are listed under Volatile Organic Compounds- making these the worst environmental hazards found in cleaning products, it should also be noted that these chemicals are not biodegradable. We know that we shouldn't use these chemicals on our skin because they are harmful to our health, so why would we wash them down the drain? The simple answer is, we shouldn't. There is another option- Probiotics. Cultured Kitchen (previously known as Probiotic Solutions) use a mix of specific strains of bacterium to clean and freshen your counter tops, floor and bathroom. They are chemical free, environmental safe with recyclable packaging and smell amazing.

    Start Composting

    Until recently I was guilty of this myself- I would throw my kitchen scraps into the garbage bin, because living in an urban area with little space I don't have access to a compost bin. I tried to outsource my compost items to community gardens and local waste plants, without luck as they couldn't not keep up with the amount of raw materials. Until I found ShareWaste- an app that shows an individual who is willing to take your kitchen scraps and utilise them. I highly recommend downloading it and putting a better use to your food scraps.


    If you are unsure about anything you have read in this article, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or evefaye@bigpond.net.au or comment on this post.

    Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.


    Written by Rebekah Battika

    Nutritionist at our 360 Bourke Street, Melbourne Store


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