Quercetin is widely found in nature, providing natural anti-histamine activity, and is particularly beneficial for the relief of respiratory allergy symptoms related to acute or chronic allergic rhinitis (hayfever) and sinusitis. Anti-histamines do not inactivate or affect the release of histamine; instead, they help to protect your body from the ill-effects of large amounts of histamine.

Quercetin is a natural, plant-based chemical

Quercetin is a naturally occurring flavonoid or bioflavonoid, a water-soluble plant pigment found in many fruits, vegetables, leaves and grains. Flavonoids possess potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties useful for a number of health benefits. Other flavonoids, including rutin and hesperidin, have a similar action to that of quercetin, although quercetin is the most active of the flavonoids, providing greater bioavailability for a better therapeutic effect.

As quercetin is a plant pigment, foods that are brightly coloured provide a naturally rich source of quercetin including apples, red onions, red grapes, citrus fruit, tomato, broccoli, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, green tea, capers and parsley.

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Don't be SAD this winter

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Don’t be SAD this winter

dont be SAD this winterSAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), sometimes known as the ‘winter blues’, is a mood disorder characterised by mild to moderate depression that follows a seasonal pattern usually starting in autumn, running right through winter and eventually subsiding in spring. Shorter days and less sunshine can lead to lowered mood, less energy and the need to spend more time indoors resting.

Symptoms of SAD

While most of us can adapt to these seasonal changes, others find it difficult. SAD is generally diagnosed if you have had the same symptoms for two or more years during the winter months including:

  • Loss of energy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hopelessness
  • Heavy, "leaden" feeling in the arms or legs
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Oversleeping
  • Craving foods high in carbohydrates
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weight gain
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Could your body do with an immune boost?

During winter your hard working immune system may need an extra boost to protect you from colds, flu and other minor respiratory infections. Here are three signs that it might be time to give it a boost.

1. You’re run down or stressed out

Are you feeling run-down or stressed out? If so, listen to the signals your body is sending you and take a proactive approach to giving your immune system the extra support it’s craving, because either of these situations may indicate that you’re more susceptible than usual to minor infections.

2. You’re surrounded by sick people

If everyone in your office, classroom or home is coughing and sneezing, it’s highly likely that you’ll get sick too.

Supporting the immune health of babies, toddlers and children when they’re exposed to adults or other children with colds and flu is especially important, because their young immune systems are still learning how to identify and destroy infectious organisms, leaving them more prone to getting sick.

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Relieve joint pain to improve mobility naturally

It doesn’t matter how old you are, with over 230 moveable and semi-moveable joints in your body, there’s a very good chance that at some point in your life you’ll suffer from some sort of joint pain and inflammation. In fact, you may already be one of the millions of Australians affected by some form of arthritic pain. Early intervention with a proactive treatment approach can help to delay the onset and severity of joint pain and inflammation so you can actively participate in everyday activities for years to come.

 Joints, pain and inflammation

We all experience joint pain differently and may even have completely different symptoms, range of mobility and other factors that can make it better or worse. Inflamed, painful joints are characterised by swelling, heat, immobility and redness. Joint pain limits your movement which further decreases mobility and increases stiffness, while chronic inflammation leads to tissue destruction and thickening or scarring of the connective tissues found in joints.

 Joints are made up of connective tissues including cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones, and joint pain is usually associated with some form of cartilage damage. Smooth healthy cartilage protects the joint and the end of the bones, and once the cartilage is damaged, it becomes uneven and creates friction of the bones. Tendons, ligaments and muscles surrounding the joint tend to weaken with the joint becoming distorted, inflamed, painful and stiff.

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Lifting mood after childbirth

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Becoming a new mum, whether it’s your first, second or third time can be exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. During pregnancy and after childbirth, your body goes through quite a few physical, emotional and hormonal adjustments, and many women’s expectations of being a capable and happy mother can change to feelings of unhappiness as the reality of exhaustion, irritability, stress, low mood and sleep deprivation begin to take effect.

Postnatal low mood

Many women feel confused and uncomfortable about experiencing sadness or low mood after childbirth, after all, isn’t having a baby all about being happy and content? Not so for 1 in 7 new Australian mothers each year. Ongoing low mood following childbirth is quite different to the ‘baby blues’ which affects 8 in 10 Australian women each year. The ‘baby blues’ is a mild and short-lived mood disturbance where you may feel anxious or weepy between the third and fifth day following childbirth.

Postnatal low mood is quite different to the ‘baby blues’ and may start anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 year after childbirth, taking many new mothers and their families by surprise. Postnatal low mood can affect women in many different ways, although the combination of hormonal influences and increased stress levels in conjunction with possible nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy and breastfeeding have been implicated.

Signs & symptoms postnatal low mood

Signs and symptoms to look out for can be many and varied. If you think you have been experiencing any of these symptoms for a period of two weeks or longer, seek help from your healthcare practitioner. Early intervention leads to a faster resolution, helping to reduce the amount of time you suffer from postnatal low mood. Signs and symptoms may include:

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 Lower Bowel Stimulant – Nature’s Sunshine’s Herbal Laxative.

 This herbal combination blends strong, effective purgative herbs together with protective, gentle and soothing herbs to modify possible unwanted effects associated with laxatives. Together, these herbs enhance elimination, improve digestion, soothe the digestive tract and promote the growth of friendly colonic bacteria. This Senna free combination includes Cascara sagrada, Alder buckthorn, Liquorice, Couch grass, Oregon grape, Red clover, Rhubarb root. Also included in the formula are Capsicum and Ginger because they minimise griping and help calm the digestive tract. Because of the purgative effect, this product is not recommended for children under 12 years or if pregnant or breastfeeding, medical advice should be sought before taking this product. 

 Nature’s Sunshine Lower Bowel Stimulant (LBS) has been one of Nature’s Sunshine signature and popular product for over 25years. The reason is how effective LBS is in providing gentle relief from constipation.

 Nature’s Sunshine Lower Bowel Stimulant is also suitable for anyone experiencing the more common symptoms associated with constipation such as itchy/problematic skin, headaches, lethargy and bloating.

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pregnancy health

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Pregnancy is one of the most special and memorable journeys of a woman's life. Having a wonderful pregnancy that leads to a healthy and happy baby is every mothers dream. By nurturing her body and making intuitive and informative choices, a pregnant woman will ensure she gives herself the best pregnancy possible. 

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addressing baby blues naturally

Monday, 12 October 2015

baby bluesBecoming a new mum can be an exciting and nervous time. There are so many new skills to learn and challenges to overcome looking after your new bundle of joy. During pregnancy and after giving birth your body goes through many physical and hormonal changes and it can feel like the body you once knew so well now changes from day to day. Although you have a new baby to look after, it’s now more important than ever to look after your physical, emotional and mental health to provide you and your baby the right foundations for a healthy and happy future. 

 It’s not uncommon to feel anxious and weepy after the birth of your child. Your body is undergoing many hormonal changes and this may result in a condition referred to as the ‘baby blues’. During this time you may experience mood swings, fatigue, anxiety and difficulty sleeping. These feelings may occur in the week following your child’s birth, reaching their peak on day four to five postpartum. Experts are unsure of the exact reason behind these changes, but believe that fluctuations in hormone levels are the main cause. If these feelings continue one month after the birth of your baby, it’s important to seek help from your doctor, midwife or healthcare professional to ensure you’re receiving the right support.

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allergy relief for spring

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

natural allergy reliefAllergy relief for spring

If you’re one of the unlucky ones that regularly suffer from seasonal respiratory allergies such as hayfever, now is the time to take action. Spring is the peak season for airborne allergens including dust, pollens and grasses, and if you’re susceptible to these allergens, you can expect increased immune activity and symptoms such as sneezing, runny noses, headaches and watery, itchy eyes.

Hayfever & allergies

Hayfever and allergies often run in the family. Airborne allergens typically affect your nose, eyes and lungs. Hayfever can be seasonal, as a result of respiratory allergens or perennial, through contact with a reactive substance eg: pet hair. Cold air, stress, cigarette smoke and environmental pollutants can all make your hayfever symptoms worse.

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recovering after winter illness

Wednesday, 02 September 2015

Often when the symptoms of a cold or flu subside, you can be left feeling tired, run down and with no energy. Your immune system has been busy fighting off infection so needs a little care and maintenance to help you recover. A strong healthy immune system helps you reduce the risk of getting another cold or flu, and improves your energy levels so you feel fit and healthy again.recovery

Effective herbal and nutritional options

Recovery strategies can be used long term, especially if you have a tendency to get a cold or flu every winter, or have a compromised immune system.

There are a number of effective herbal medicines, nutritional supplements and healthy lifestyle choices that can help you bounce back and recover from a cold or flu. Building up and strengthening your immune system helps improves your body’s defence system so you stay well.

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