6 tips to improve gut health by balancing your …

Traditional Chinese Medicine rests on a framework of five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. According to the Five Element Theory, all living things, and the world at large, are comprised of these basic elements. A balance of the five elements in the body promotes good health. Each element is associated with specific meridians and organs. The Stomach and…

This Valentine’s Day, teach your kids the …

If the card shops are anything to go by, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. If you want to make use of this ‘holiday’ to do something gorgeous with your children, then I have something for you. I came across this exercise last year, when my fellow IIN graduate Danielle Rae, shared how shes uses February, the month of love, to…

The magic formula for daily pleasures

What makes you smile? Laugh? Go giddy with glee? It may be a walk barefoot through the grass. Or a spin on a roller coaster, a solo movie date, playing with your pet or a perfectly ripe mango (see below). So… when was the last time you did something that makes you happy? If it’s been awhile, consider this: “Happiness…

Navigating cravings with mindfulness

Navigating cravings with mindfulnessThere are many causes of strong cravings for certain foods or flavours that can make navigating them seem difficult. However, gaining a deeper understanding of how cravings work allows you to mindfully respond to your specific cravings. This means: Acknowledging cravings when they arise Exploring the origin of the craving with non-judgmental curiosity Proceeding from a place…

Are you supersizing without realising it?

Let’s start with a quick quiz: How many portions are in bag of snack-size whole grain crackers? Or a small bottle of locally-pressed juice? Or a lunchbox pack granola bar? Hint: it’s not “one.” Often, the above products contain two or two-and-a-half servings per package. Can YOU eat just one? Sure, you could go ahead and enjoy just half the…

A new approach to New Year’s Resolutions

New year, new you? That’s right, New Year’s Resolutions are back in season!  Do you have the same resolutions most years? Lose weight, drink less alcohol, drink more water, go to the gym, [insert your own list here].  Yet it’s so hard to keep them. January might start out with you pounding the streets in your new running gear, but…

An introduction to Fermented foods

The production and consumption of fermented food dates back to many thousands of years when people did not have refrigerators and did not want their seasonal surplus to go into waste. They found a way to preserve by fermenting the foods. Types of fermented foods Fermented foods and drinks are enjoyed in many cultures all over the world. Most of…

Gut-friendly snacks (infographic)

We all have bacteria that lives in our intestinal tracts. Some of that bacteria benefits us while other bacteria can hinder our health. Healthy gut bacteria not only helps us digest and absorb nutrients, but it also boosts our immune systems and regulates metabolism. By eating the right foods that encourage and maintain healthy and diverse gut bacteria—called prebiotics and…

Oestrogen Balance Protocol

Oestrogen imbalances can affect gut health, and gut health can affect oestrogen. If you suspect you have an hormonal imbalance, it’s always a best practice to check with a healthcare provider for proper lab testing. However, overall health and hormonal balance can be supported with basic diet and lifestyle shifts. The following balancing protocol may be helpful if you’re looking…

Non-toxic cleaning products (DIY)

Toxins are all around us, and are often found in shop-bought cleaning products. By making your own, you will save money, and give your microbiome a rest from unnecessary toxicity. Here are ‘recipes’ for an all-purpose cleaner and a natural scrubber: All-purpose cleaner This solution can be used on most surfaces. Simply mix a solution of ½ water and ½…

Herbs and spices that are good for gut …

It’s not all about what you eliminate from your diet, when it comes to gut health. What you add in can be just as important. There are many herbs and spices that can help to positively influence the health of your gut microbiome. Here’s a list of gut-healthy herbs and spices to try, along with a measurement guide and some…

Broccoli: how to extract its super powers

Broccoli, as you no doubt know, is super good for you. This humble cruciferous vegetable has the ability to boost your liver detox enzymes, target breast cancer stem cells, activate defences against pollutants and pathogens, help to prevent Lymphoma, prevent DNA damage and metastatic cancer spread, and reduce the risk of prostrate cancer progression. * Sulforaphane is the component thought…