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Monthly Archives: July 2015

  • Three Ways to Prevent Winter Infections

    If you are one of the lucky one’s who hasn’t been sick this winter or simply don’t want a repeat event, there are lots of herbal and nutritional options you have at your disposal. Here are three suggestions that can help prevent winter infections.


    Whilst there is often confusion in the media as to the role that Echinacea can play in colds and flu, research suggests a prominent role in the prevention of travel-associated infection. This is accompanied by a statistically significant contribution to the prevention of winter infection.

    Phil’s Pick: Mediherb Echinacea Premium

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    Chinese medicine describes Astragalus as a force field for the body. It is not appropriate for acute colds and flu but is very beneficial for post infection with Siberian Ginseng to get those energy levels back up! Best use is between infections to stop you from getting sick.

    Phil’s Pick: Fusion Astra 8

    1e1657a1-9879-4fdb-a675-16ecadae995c__L Available in either liquid or tablet form. This is one supplement that we constantly sell out of and people always come back for.

    Vitamin D

    People who are low in Vitamin D can be to one third more likely to get an infection. Asthma sufferers can be up to 6 times more prone to infection with compromised Vitamin D levels. When the sun comes out by all means get your dose but during winter it pays your immune system to be diligent with your vitamin D levels.

    Phil’s Pick: BioCeuticals Vitamin D Forte

    This easy to use drop dose makes it easy to keep regular. Ideal for those who don’t like taking capsules.


    Want more information? Why not visit our South Melbourne or City stores and speak to our qualified staff who will happy to make sure you get the best choice for you.


    Philip Watkins – Naturopath

    Evelyn Faye South Melbourne

  • How You Could Feel More Positive in Just Four Weeks with Probiotics

    In previous posts we have looked at how probiotics can influence your food choices, but recent research also suggests just four weeks of probiotic use using a combination of Bifido bacteria and Lactobacillus, we can have a better relationship with events in our past (commonly referred to as rumination), leaving us less at risk of developing depression.

    The study involved a small group of healthy people with no current mood disorders in a triple blind, placebo-controlled and randomised study. In order to measure the results of the multi strain probiotic administered a revised version of the Leiden index of depression scale was used.

    One of the most interesting parts of this study is that the probiotic formula was actually found to decrease what’s called the “cognitive reactivity” to sad feelings. Something considered an established marker when looking at people’s vulnerability to depression.

    Whilst we all experience sad feelings at some point in our lives it is often the spiral of negative thoughts towards these feelings that can trigger deeper symptoms of depression.

    These results now give us the first real evidence using gold standard methodology, that not only is the gut bacteria an integral part of our brain and cognitive function, but managing the balance of the bacteria in the gut can actually now be a preventative intervention for those either prone to depression or those who simply want to maintain their positive outlook!

    The strains of bacteria used in this study were Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus salivarius and Lactobacillus lactis. All of these strains can be found in the formulas we stock in our probiotic range, don’t forget to ask one of our friendly staff for help in sourcing one right for you.

  • 3 Liver Detox Recipes


    Serves 2-3

    • 1 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
    • ½ red onion, roughly chopped                                    
    • 1 garlic clove, crushed
    • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
    • 1 large sweet potato, chopped
    • 1 heaped tsp grated fresh root ginger
    • ¼ tsp turmeric
    • 2tsp reduced salt vegetable Bouillon powder
    • ½ red pepper, diced
    • 75ml coconut milk


    1. Heat the oil in a large pan and gently sauté the onion and garlic for a few minutes until softened.

    2. Add the carrot, sweet potato, ginger, turmeric and vegetable powder. Just cover with boiling water and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the vegetables are soft.

    3. Add the red pepper and coconut milk, then blend until smooth and thick.



    Serves 1

    • ¼ bag watercress, rinsed and dried
    • ¼ bag baby leaf spinach, rinsed and dried      
    • a handful of basil leaves
    • a handful of parsley leaves
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • squeeze of lemon juice, to taste


    1. Blend all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor, or finely chop the herbs and stir in the oil. The mixture should hold together in a similar way to pesto.



    Serves 1                                                                                   

    • 40g whole rolled porridge oats
    • 1 tbsp ground almonds or desiccated coconut
    • 1tbsp of mixed sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, grinded
    • ½ small apple, grated
    • 1tbsp mixed berries or dried fruit like sultanas
    • ½ tbsp ground cinnamon, to taste


    1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl and cover with double the amount of boiling water.

    2. Stir and leave to thicken for a couple of minutes until the oats have soaked up the water and become soft and plump 

    Reference: Halford. P & Joyce. F, The Halford 9-day liver detox, SHE, p.142-146, 1st February, 2008

    By Cherihan Zaydan

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