25 May, 2018

The importance of a good night’s sleep

by Jean Jarrett

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for your energy levels and cognitive function but did you know sleep quality also influences your mood, hormones, gut health, weight, detoxification and risk of chronic disease such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

We are all busy and value our relaxation time, however, many of us do not dedicate enough time and effort to preparing for a good night’s sleep.  We take for granted that sleep will come and it is often not until lack of sleep becomes chronic and begins to impact our health that we decide to address the problem. 

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10 May, 2018

Cacao Energy Balls

by Jean Jarrett

Health benefits:

Raw nuts and seeds are rich in protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals.

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19 Mar, 2018

10 ways you can improve your immune health and reduce your risk of illness this cold and flu season

by Jean Jarrett

  1. Eat a whole food diet.  Eating an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables and raw nuts and seeds is important for our general health and for immune health.  In particular vitamin C and zinc are immune enhancing. Pumpkin seeds, oysters and grass feed beef are excellent sources zinc.  Citrus fruit and green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli are high in vitamin C. 
  2. Improve your sleep and reduce your stress:  Sleep deprivation and chronic stress can lead to an increase in cortisol which can impact immune health and increase your risk of falling ill.
  3. Avoid cigarette smoke.  Smoking or exposure to second hand cigarette smoke increases your risk of developing bronchitis and pneumonia and increases the risk of middle ear infections in children.
  4. Reduce your alcohol intake.   Alcohol consumption can impair your immune system and increase your risk of lung infections.
  5. Take a probiotic and eat fermented foods.  Studies have found some probiotic strains enhance our immune response against pathogens that cause illness.  Probiotics have also been shown to reduce the incidence of respiratory infections. 
  6. Get some sunshine.  Vitamin D is essential for immune health and we need direct sunlight on our skin to make vitamin D.  In the cooler months aim for 20-30 minutes of sunshine each day without sunscreen. 
  7. Add garlic. Garlic is antimicrobial and an immune booster.  If you are not a fan of garlic in your food take an odorless garlic capsule each day in the cooler months to boost immunity. 
  8. Take medicinal mushrooms.  Medicinal mushrooms have a variety of amazing health benefits including improving immunity.  Look for Shiitake Maitake, Cordyceps and Lion’s Mane or blends that contain these varieties. You can take them as a capsule or add the powder to your coffee or smoothie. 
  9. Try some immune boosting herbs.  Herbs such as Echinacea, Cats claw and Olive leaf improve your immune response and reduce the duration of a cold or flu.  They can also help your immune system recover and replenish after illness.
  10. Rest and recovery.  If you do catch a bug take the time to let your body recover. Rest, get lots of sleep, drink fluids, eat nourishing soups and bone broth and take the time your body needs to recover properly before throwing yourself back into your regular routine.  Doing this will replenish your immune system and reduce your risk of getting ill again soon.

 

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13 Mar, 2018

Beginners guide to green smoothies

by Jean Jarrett

I’m a big fan of smoothies, they can be a quick and nourishing breakfast on the go, an energy boosting mid morning snack or a great post workout snack.

Green smoothies can seem daunting for some of us. This basic recipe is a great introduction to green smoothies and below I have included some suggestion to take your smoothie to the next level.

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15 Feb, 2018

10 Signs You Need to Detox

by Jean Jarrett

What is a detox?

Detoxification is the body’s way of eliminating waste and toxins.   Our bodies detox naturally every day and usually do it well, but occasionally our toxic load becomes too great and our body systems need some help to detox efficiently.

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