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This benefit of fish oil is one you’ll want to SEA

This benefit of fish oil is one you’ll want to SEA

We all know fish oil is so beneFISHal for your skin and joints, reduces inflammation and supports your general health and wellbeing. But there are claims about another surprising benefit of this incredible supplement which just might blow your mind…


TROUT yourself to some of our Fish Oil...this one is for the body and the mind.


Fish oil may also support emotional wellbeing, cognitive function, and general mental wellbeing. Evidence has suggested it may improve mood stability (say goodbye to your psycho b**ch days!) and manage depression and other mental conditions.


Positive associations have been found between fish oil supplements and mental function, as well as differences in brain structure between people who use fish oil supps and people who don’t…. Mind blowing! ;)


So basically, fish oil supps may have an incredible impact on brain health and mental wellbeing.


You’ve just been SCHOOLed!


Now that’s enough fish puns, I think it’s time we scale back… (TONGUE POKING OUT EMOJI)


References:

H Le-Niculescu, Y Balaraman, S D Patel, M Ayalew, J Gupta, R Kuczenski, A Shekhar, N Schork, M A Geyer, A B Niculescu. Convergent functional genomics of anxiety disorders: translational identification of genes, biomarkers, pathways and mechanisms. Translational Psychiatry, 2011; 1 (5): e9 DOI: 10.1038/tp.2011.9


L François, N Frasure-Smith, E St-André, G Turecki, P Lespérance, S R Wisniewski. The Efficacy of Omega-3 Supplementation for Major Depression: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2010; DOI: 10.4088/JCP.10m05966blu


Dyall SC. Long-chain omega-3 fatty acids and the brain: a review of the independent and shared effects of EPA, DPA and DHA. Front Aging Neurosci. 2015; DOI: 10.3389/fnagi.2015.00052

Revealing the secret ingredient in our Hair + Energy formula

Revealing the secret ingredient in our Hair + Energy formula

Umm, excuse me.. Can we kelp you? 


What is kelp?

Did you know that kelp is a sea vegetable that absorbs minerals from ocean water and is an amazing natural source of iodine. Iodine is a trace element that is vital for many important functions of the body. The JSHealth Vitamins contain iodine from two high purity kelp materials.

What do these two high purity kelp materials do?

  • Hair we go - they help to restore hair strength and volume to give you those luscious locks you’ve always dreamt of! 
  • Provides that boost of energy you were thinking you needed right about now!! Especially if you’re a mumma running around after your kiddies. 
  • Regulates metabolism: Our metabolism is in control of turning the food we eat into energy, can impact our temperature regulation and influences our weight.
  • Assists in maintenance for our general wellbeing. Because who doesn’t want to feel fly at all times? 
  • Last but not least! Iodine is also essential for the manufacture of our thyroid hormones, which regulate our basal metabolism and supports energy production throughout the body. Ba-dum-TSH! (FYI TSH is your thyroid stimulating hormone which basically tells the thyroid how much of its hormones to make). 

Food sources and requirements

You can get Iodine from things like seaweed, iodised salt and fortified bread. However, some fussy eaters may struggle to acquire enough!! Another potential reason for iodine deficiencies are due to the reduced amount of iodine in the soil that vegetables and crops grow in, in some countries. The need for Iodine also depends on things like growth, development, pregnancy, lactation and physical activity. 

Sea Kelp from our amazing Hair + Energy formula! 

Especially since you now know the secret ingredient. Just ensure you check in with your health practitioner prior to starting to assess if they will be suitable for your individual needs. Now shout out to all you vegans out there - no this is not technically vegan as it may contain small traces of crustacea due to the sea grown kelps that we use.

Uncovering the truth about Collagen

Uncovering the truth about Collagen

Before you jump on the collagen supplement bandwagon, you’ll want to read this!

 

Wrinkles are natural, normal and beautiful! They’re signs of a life well-lived! Learn to appreciate your wrinkles, crinkles and imperfections - they are part of what makes you unique! We are alllll about self-love…


However, collagen is the flavour of the month in the beauty and health industry at the moment - thanks to its ability to slow the onset of wrinkles, and achieve healthy, glowing skin… so we decided to investigate if collagen supplements are all they’re cracked up to be.


Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, and is involved in so many of the body’s processes - think strengthening bones, maintaining skin structure and promoting muscle, tendon, ligament and joint health… the list goes on! 


Your body naturally produces collagen every day but, starting in your 20s, the amount you produce begins to slow down over time. So don’t stress, you’re not officially old as soon as you start spotting those laughter lines *cough* wrinkles *cough*.


Suddenly, the beauty industry is ALL over collagen - attempting to harness its ability to provide youthful, healthy-looking skin in the form of powder or tablet supps.

 

While research has shown that collagen can help improve the appearance of fine lines, skin elasticity and wrinkles, collagen supplements are not the optimal way to increase collagen levels in your body. The studies that have been done on collagen supplements so far are too small to actually draw any conclusions about whether collagen supplementation has any benefits… 


But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Our solution?


Drumroll please….


Vitamin C!


The best way to achieve glowing skin, tissue and joint health, is to naturally boost your body’s collagen production, using our specially-picked ingredient: Vitamin C - which we have conveniently added to our Skin + Digestion formula. We believe this is a much better alternative that will save you $$$$ on pricey supps that don’t do much….


Our JSHealth AM Stress + Energy + Immune formula also contains Vitamin C, to support general health and wellbeing - giving you your best shot at a collagen boost, while also improving your energy levels and immunity, and managing stress! Sign us up!

 

Vitamin C stimulates collagen synthesis, helps provide antioxidant protection against UV damage to your skin, and also produces new skin cells to help with the recovery of wounds or imperfections. Too science-y? Basically, it’s a skin miracle!


Not only that, but Vitamin C is also needed for the growth and repair of body tissue, iron absorption, optimal immune system function, and the maintenance of your cartilage, bones and teeth. It’s the real MVP!



References:

  1. Choi F, Sung C, Juhasz M, Mesinkovsk N. Oral Collagen Supplementation: A Systematic Review of Dermatological Applications. J Drugs Dermatol. 2019;18(1):9-16.

  1. Hausenblas H. Effects of Resveratrol and Collagen Supplementation on Facial Aging. Natural Medicine Journal. 2013;5(10).

  1. Pullar J, Carr A, Vissers M. The Roles of Vitamin C in Skin Health. Nutrients. 2017;9(8):866.

3 Smoothie recipes to help you get back into the swing of things

3 Smoothie recipes to help you get back into the swing of things

It’s official, the Christmas holiday period is over, and the new year has arrived! Want to get back into a routine? These recipes should go down smoothly. We recommend pairing any of these recipes with our AM formula, for that extra boost of energy to start off this year on a high!

 

Blood sugar balancing smoothie

Hey sweetie! Let’s balance those blood sugars, shall we? This smoothie is brilliant to enjoy as an arvo snack! It really helps keep you going until dinner, with the added benefit of stabilised blood sugar levels to keep those cravings at bay. 


If smoothies aren’t your jam but you’re still determined to stabilise your blood sugar levels, try our Metabolism + Sugar Support vitamin with your brekkie - this baby is designed especially to manage sugar cravings, support healthy blood sugar levels, enhance metabolic rate, and support the metabolism of sugar, carbs, lipids and proteins… Your saviour in a vitamin!


Recipe 

Ingredients:

  • 1 (25g) scoop JSHealth Protein + Probiotics blend
  • 1 cup (250ml) almond milk, or milk of choice 
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds, or psyllium husk or flaxseed meal
  • 1 tbsp almond butter, optional
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp stevia granules or a few drops of vanilla stevia, optional

 

Method:

Place all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

 

Bounty Smoothie

I made the most delicious bounty smoothie because I love Bounty bars and wanted a healthy version! This is the ultimate healthy swap if you craving a chocolate smoothie.

 

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1/2-1 frozen banana, chopped
  • 3 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tbsp almond butter or coconut butter
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum, to thicken, optional
  • 1-2 tsp stevia granules, optional
  • raw cacao nibs and extra desiccated coconut, to serve

Method:

  1. Place the cacao powder, banana, coconut, dates, chia seeds, milk, butter, ice cubes, xanthan gum and stevia granules, if using in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and top with cacao nibs and an extra sprinkle of desiccated coconut.

 


On-the-go Breakfast Smoothie 

Imagine sipping a creamy vanilla crumble with sticky date pieces that get stuck in the straw. Not only is this smoothie tasty, but it’s packed with fibre, omega-3 fatty acids and protein.

 

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed/LSA mix (or natural protein powder)
  • 1 Medjool date, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp stevia or raw honey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 cup ice cubes

To serve: 

  • almonds 
  • flaxseeds
  • fresh banana, sliced 

Method:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blitz until it’s smooth. Decorate with toppings and enjoy.

We love our bread, we love our butter, but most of all we love our liver

We love our bread, we love our butter, but most of all we love our liver

The liver supports metabolism, immunity, digestion and detoxification, and interacts with your hormonal and digestive system. It’s one of the most important organs in your body! So, with the holiday season well underway, we’re sharing a few pointers on how to give some love to your liver!


Consider your alcohol intake

We’re not saying don’t drink - where’s the fun in that? But the liver is the first organ targeted by heavy drinking, so excessive consumption can be damaging.

Consider going for a kombucha or soda water and lime instead...or if that’s TITF**, stick to clear spirits or a glass of wine to avoid excess sugars and horrific hangovers...Ain’t nobody got time for that!


Supplement with Detox + Debloat

The three main ingredients in our beloved Detox + Debloat formula are: 

  • Turmeric, which protects the liver
  • Milk thistle, traditionally used to support the liver’s detoxification process
  • Dandelion root, which contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components as well as inulin - a soluble fibre which benefits digestion. 

Tonnes of liver love in there! Goes without saying really, this formula is a miracle worker!


Eat your beets

Beetroot can help protect the liver, and can actually prevent fat from building up thanks to its miracle compound, Betaine. This reduces inflammation, protects against toxins and minimises the risk of liver damage. We love beetroot raw, shaved in a slaw, roasted or pickled... Just don’t wear white!


Fill up on fibre

Fibre can improve gut function, which helps protect the liver and kidneys from inflammatory bacteria. This means the liver can focus on its metabolic processes, rather than worrying about reducing inflammation. So enjoy your oats, lentil curries, chickpea salads, fruit and veg (Top tip: Keep the skin on! This is where most of the fibre lives). 


So de-liver some love to your liver this silly season!


**PS: Still wondering what TITF means? Don’t worry, if you’re not cool enough to know either, the Millennials tell us it’s “Taking It Too Far” (crying/laughing emoji)


References: 

  1. Kalra A, Tuma F. Physiology, Liver. [Updated 2018 Dec 18]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2019 Jan-.
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  8. Roberfroid M. Concepts in Functional Foods: The Case of Inulin and Oligofructose. The Journal of Nutrition. 1999;129(7):1398S-1401S.

How to navigate the Christmas table

How to navigate the Christmas table

Ho ho ho! How is it that time of year again?! But here’s news: the holidays don’t have to be stressful!

After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! 

So this Christmas, navigate the lunch (or dinner, whatever floats your boat) table like a boss with these tips!

 

Pop your Metabolism + Sugar Support in the morning

This vitamin is magic! It helps with the metabolism of glucose (fancy term for good ol’ sugar), which can reduce those sugar cravings we all know too well. Not to say that you shouldn’t be having any sugar - by all means, eat that Christmas pudding, girl! This vitamin may just help you avoid going too overboard...because you’re sweet enough already (wink emoji).

 

Enjoy a protein-rich snack before your Christmas lunch

All too often we think we need to “save” our calories for later. Do you ever find yourself avoiding eating all day before an event, so you can “afford” to eat when you get there? It’s time to put this to bed! Do yourself a favour and enjoy a protein-rich snack like a boiled egg, some veggie sticks dipped in nut butter, some cheese and tomato skewers or a handful of nuts and Greek yoghurt two to three hours before any event. This will stabilise your blood sugar levels, giving you energy and reducing your chances of overeating and falling into that food coma! Because no one likes a party pooper...

 

Wanting to get into the ‘spirit’ of Christmas? 

By all means! But please keep a few of these tips in mind. 

  • Water water water! Urine for a few trips to the loo! Alcohol is extremely dehydrating, and if you don’t drink enough water, your hangover is guaranteed to be ten times worse the next day… No thanks! 
  • Stick to spirits! Never thought you’d hear that one coming from us, hey? Enjoy a vodka lime and soda or even a vodka kombucha! These are less energy-dense and contain less sugar than cocktails, which can also help prevent the nasty hangover.
  • Sip slowly and make your drinks last. This will help you consume less over the whole period. Aim to enjoy no more than two or three drinks at once. We don’t want any ‘One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor’ this Chrissy!

 

Enjoy the company! 

Talk to people outside and mingle. You don’t need to be constantly standing next to the buffet table. No one likes a lurker... When you end up standing next to the table, you open yourself up to mindless eating. Think of this tip as a good excuse to meet and chat with new people. 

 


Put what you want on your plate! 

Yes, even the less nutritious festive foods. This is part of enjoying the holiday period! I know you’re probably sick of hearing it - but everything in moderation!! It can be done, believe it or not. If you forbid yourself from trying any of the desserts, you’ll only want them more. It’s like dating...when a guy pays hard to get, suddenly you cannot get enough!

Practice mindful eating! Ensure you’re always sitting down when you eat and chew slowly, appreciating the textures and flavours. This will help you tune in to your hunger and satiety signals.


What foods to start with: Don’t stress about it, it’s Christmas! Enjoy and relax, balance is key to the healthy life!

Packing for your holiday? Make room for these essentials!

Packing for your holiday? Make room for these essentials!

Busy packing for a long-awaited, well deserved holiday over the Christmas break? Think you’ve got everything sorted and ready to go? Hold it right there!


We’ve got some travel essentials you’ll want to make room for in your suitcase - these will make your trip plane awesome!


1. AM/PM Formula

    Often when we travel, our bodies can get run down, stressed and exhausted from all the flights, hectic schedules and different environments. Not to worry though, our AM/PM has you covered!


    The AM formula helps your body adapt to stress, relieving tiredness and weakness, and boosts your immune system and energy levels. No more need to worry about catching a bug on the plane, or feeling drained after a long day of exploring!


    Even better, the PM formula is designed to improve sleep, and reduce tension and unrest, using Magnesium and Lavender - true powerhouse ingredients! Say goodbye to crappy sleeps, and hello to the new, rested, energised version of you! Because who doesn’t want to make the most of their holiday?!


    2. Skin + Digestion

    TFW you’re suffering from serioussssly dry skin when on holidays - from the plane, the heat, or the change in climate! It sucks, big time! But our Skin + Digestion can help!

     

    This formula contains Vitamins B2 and C to support skin health, and Zinc and Burdock to help heal any imperfections or skin conditions. This miracle vitamin also contains Turmeric and other ingredients to support digestion, and boost your metabolism.


    3. Mental Wellbeing + Skin Health + Joint Health - FISH OIL!

      Want to boost your skin health even more, for extra protection on those long haul flights? Our fish oil formula is for you! Supporting general health and wellbeing, along with emotional wellbeing and cognitive function, the omega-3 in this formula is amazing for skin health, and relieves inflammation and joint pain.


      So perfect for travel time!


      4. Detox + Debloat

        Last, but definitely not least, our Detox + Debloat formula is an essential to pack when you’re travelling! It supports liver health, cleansing and detoxification in the body - just in case you’re like us and have a tendency to have one too many wines while you’re on holidays! ;)


        This vitamin also relieves digestive discomfort, bloating, distention and inflammation - all super handy when it comes to tasting new or foreign foods which mayyy not quite sit well with you. 


        This way, you can have your cake and eat it too! No need to wing it, now you know you’ll be healthy, energised and ready for alllll the foods!


        Time flies when you’re travelling, so don’t waste a second feeling under the weather, bloated, exhausted or uptight. This combo is #winning!


        No need to bring your emotional baggage away with you - clothes, shoes, swimmers and your JSHealth vits will have you covered!


        Bon voyage!

        Bad sleeper? We have a solution!

        Bad sleeper? We have a solution!

        Tired of not being able to sleep?


        We know the feeling. Especially at such a busy time of year, it can be all too easy to neglect sleep - after all, what sounds more fun: Christmas drinks with the gals, or a long, good night’s sleep? Actually you’re right, screw FOMO, a good sleep sounds so. Damn. Good… #GrandmaLife


        Many of us also suffer from poor sleep quality, so we’ve come up with some dreamy solutions to make sure you’re getting enough, good-quality sleep to fuel your body and get you up and at ‘em!


        1. Exercise! Daily exercise helps improve sleep - just avoid working out too close to bedtime, so your adrenaline isn’t pumping as you’re trying to close your eyes…
        2. Limit coffee and alcohol! Stick to one coffee per day, before midday, to avoid disrupted sleep. Also watch your alcohol intake, as this can lead to a shocking sleep - we’ve all been there, so stoked at how quickly we drift off after a night of drinking, only to wake at 3am the next morning, wide awake and feeling unrested… Thanks but no thanks. Moderation is key!
        3. Add our PM: Sleep + Calm formula into your life. This is the real MVP! This vitamin contains Lavender, which calms the mind, relieves and improves restless sleep, and has been traditionally used in western herbal medicine to support the nervous system. Even better, we’ve added Magnesium, which helps relax you, maintains energy levels, and maintains general health, muscle and cardiovascular function. These miracle ingredients are what dreams are made of! ;)
        4. Establish a nighttime routine! Whether this involves taking a warm bath, reading a book, or lightly stretching, having a routine helps your body recognise it’s time to wind down. Even better, switch your phone off at least an hour before bedtime to help improve the quality of your sleep!
        5. Prioritise sleep! Aim to get to bed around the same time each day, to support your circadian rhythm and allow you to get in that 7-9 hours every night. Because news flash: one night of 8 hours just won’t cut it!

        Give these suggestions a go - before you know it, sleeping will come so naturally, you’ll be able to do it with your eyes closed! 😂

         

        References:

        https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/sleep-hygiene

        Our sugar balance formula is helping people find weight balance

        Our sugar balance formula is helping people find weight balance

        Finding yourself reaching for that chocolate biscuit come 3pm? Peckish for some sugar and not sure what to eat? Trying to eat anything BUT sugar, then end up caving and going overboard? We’ve all been there. We get you! 


        So why not try our Metabolism + Sugar Support formula? You’re sweet enough already. 


        Cinnamon

        The magical spice! Cinnamon helps to regulate glucose levels and improves resistance to insulin. What is insulin? It’s a hormone made in the pancreas that controls the amount of sugar in our blood. Hello, stable blood sugar levels! 


        Gymnema

        So we HERB that Gymnema has a beneficial impact on the maintenance of blood sugar levels, stabilises sugar cravings and supports your pancreas! This herbal extract is used in supplements to support weight balance and healthy cholesterol levels. It also helps slow down glucose absorption, which means you won’t experience that crazy spike in blood sugar levels. 


        Chromium

        Did you know that Chromium is an essential nutrient needed for metabolising sugar and fats? It helps improve blood glucose, insulin and lipid levels in the blood. We’re sorry to say, but eating a high-sugar diet creates stress in the body and can actually result in low levels of Chromium. This coupled with a low dietary intake, may lead to a deficiency. Hello Metabolism + Sugar Support!


        Magnesium

        I heard there was Magnesium in the Metabolism + Sugar Support and I was like Oh Mg! Are you aware that we need Magnesium to produce insulin? This precious insulin is vital for regulating our blood sugar levels. 


        We love you so much, we want you to feel confident and happy in yourself and your body - and managing your sugar cravings and weight imbalance is all part of that! This silly season, keep those cravings at bay with one of our top formulas - it’s the secret ingredient that will keep you feeling your best this Christmas!


        References:

        1. Broadhurst C, Polansky M, Anderson R. Insulin-like Biological Activity of Culinary and Medicinal Plant Aqueous Extracts in Vitro. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2000;48(3):849-852.
        2. Tiwari P, Mishra B, Sangwan N. Phytochemical and Pharmacological Properties of Gymnema sylvestre: An Important Medicinal Plant. BioMed Research International. 2014;2014:1-18.
        3. Anderson R. Chromium as an Essential Nutrient for Humans. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. 1997;26(1):S35-S41.
        4. Lefébvre P, Paolisso G, Scheen A. Magnesium and glucose metabolism. Therapie. 2019;49(1):1-7.

        Bloat Be Gone! How to debloat your belly

        Bloat Be Gone! How to debloat your belly

        The uncomfortable puffiness, the swollen feeling, the hard stomach, the feeling like your skin is stretching to accommodate the meal you just ate… sound familiar? Yeahhh, nah. You don’t need that! 
        While it’s not uncommon to feel bloated after a meal occasionally, and your tummy may distend throughout the day as you eat and drink, it becomes an issue when this gets painful and uncomfy. Let’s be real here, no one enjoys that feeling. 

        But don’t stress, you can reduce the severity of that bloat in the blink of an eye if you follow these tips:

        1. Manage your stress - stress and anxiety affect the function of your stomach and colon… so chill out! Your mental health can really impact your gut, so think about minimising stress by running a warm bath, reading a book, or sipping on some herbal tea.

        2. Rethink that onion and garlic - we know, you hate us for even daring to suggest it, but both garlic and onion are part of a food group called FODMAPs - short-chain carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the gut. These can result in bloating, diarrhea, all that fun stuff… 

        3. Yoga - fun fact: the stretching and twisting motions in yoga can help manage bloating and stomach aches! That’s right, get the downward dog going, thank us later!

        4. Detox + Debloat - can’t stomach the bloat for another moment? Luckily we have created the perfect solution for you! This formula contains milk thistle and broccoli extract to naturally detoxify your liver, while containing fennel and turmeric to relieve digestive discomfort, bloating and inflammation. Get onto it, fam!

        5. Pop a probiotic - probiotics are fab for making you poop on the reg, improving intestinal health, and reducing bloating and discomfort. Chat to your health professional to find a good quality one that is suitable for you - there’s no one size fits all approach here! There are no CONS to PRObiotics!

        6. Hold your horses! - eating quickly and shovelling down your food as though you’ll never eat again can cause bloating and gas. Instead, slow down, sit down, take a few deep breaths and remove all distractions when you eat alllll the foods!

        Yep, it sucks feeling like you’ve swallowed a balloon, but give these a go and say bye to the bloat!

        Do you really know why you’re taking that B-complex?

        Do you really know why you’re taking that B-complex?

        B vitamins are so important for your health and wellbeing. To be at your best your body needs you to constantly replenish your supply… but do you know why they’re so important?


        Your B vits are your water-soluble vitamins, so any excess you consume will be excreted in your urine. Yes, this will turn your pee a brighter shade of yellow. And no, dw, it doesn’t mean you’re dehydrated. It just means some B vitamins are safer to consume at higher doses than other vits, but they require you to consume them more regularly since your body can’t store them for long.


        These vitamins are the B all and end all! 


        Energy Production

        Many B vitamins are involved in every step of your body’s energy-generating process. A deficiency in any B vitamin is bad news for this process… say bye bye, energy! Active forms of certain B vitamins are essential for converting your food into energy. How cool is that?


        Liver Support

        Okay, we’re not saying you can just pop some B vitamins after a night on the wines and miraculously reverse any damage. Sorry, not sorry! A deficiency in water-soluble vitamins (mainly the Vitamin B-complex) is common in chronic liver disease, so de-liver some love to your liver and swallow those vitamins on the reg!


        Brain Function

        We’re about to blow your mind… B vitamins are essential for every aspect of your brain function. B vitamins play a major role in promoting long-term brain function throughout your life.  Vitamin B1 is essential for the healthy growth and function of organs, including your brain, while B5 is also vital for brain health.


        Stress and Anxiety

        Netflix and Chill not quite cutting it? We have another solution to relieve your stress! B vitamins such as folate, B6 and B12 are needed to convert amino acids in the body into proteins. If you don’t have enough B vitamins in your body, you could experience high levels of homocysteine; an amino acid produced in a state of inflammation. This can lead to heart problems, increased stress and an imbalance of antioxidants in your body. 


        Skin and Digestion

        What don’t the B vitamins do?! B2 is incred for skin health, while B5 helps metabolise fats, protein and carbs, and B6 is amazing for supporting the health of your nervous system! Aaaaand (drumroll please), that’s why we’ve included these in our Skin + Digestion formula! This vitamin is so effective in achieving glowing skin, reducing inflammation and relieving digestive discomfort! And now you know how important it will always B to get in those vits, what are you waiting for?!



        References:

        • Mock D.M. Biotin. In: Zempleni J., Rucker R.B., McCormick D.B., Suttie J.W., editors. Handbook of Vitamins. 4th ed. CRC Press; Boca Raton, FL, USA: 2007.
        • Cabré E, Gassull M. Nutritional aspects of chronic liver disease. Clinical Nutrition. 1993;12:S52-S63.
        • Mills P, Shenkin A, Anthony R, McLelland A, Main A, MacSween R et al. Assessment of nutritional status and in vivo immune responses in alcoholic liver disease. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1983;38(6):849-859.
        • Spector R, Johanson C. REVIEW: Vitamin transport and homeostasis in mammalian brain: focus on Vitamins B and E. Journal of Neurochemistry. 2007;103(2):425-438.

        4 Drinks to Drink Instead of Coffee - And They’re Not Water, We Promise!

        4 Drinks to Drink Instead of Coffee - And They’re Not Water, We Promise!

        Who doesn’t love a cup of coffee in the morning? We look forward to it each and every day, but too much caffeine can really drive up our cortisol and adrenaline levels, increasing stress in the body… So, reaching for that second cup in the afternoon might not be the best idea.


        But not to worry, since we recommend sticking to one coffee a day, preferably before midday, we understand those withdrawals are real. So we’ve got you covered with four caffeine-free alternatives, which will still hit the spot when you’re craving your coffee hit!


      1. Herbal tea. Herbal teas improve digestion and immunity, provide antioxidants and encourage a relaxed state of mind for the body - bonus! They taste super good, too! We are loving the Pukka Vanilla Chai at the moment! Other great flavours include chamomile, peppermint, ginger and licorice.
      2. Kombucha. If you haven’t tried kombucha by now, we’re willing to bet you’ve been living under a rock… This trendy drink is made from fermented tea and sugar, containing probiotics and antioxidants for some extra gut love! Look for options with low sugar content (think less than 5g sugar per 100g)! There are some damn delicious flavours out there, and the light fizziness will really hit the spot when you’re in need of a pick-me-up!
      3. Dandelion chai. This caffeine-free alternative tastes similar to coffee - no, it’s not quite the real deal, but it is anti-inflammatory, antioxidative and anti-rheumatic, and won’t add stress to your body! We likeeeee! Try it with a bliss ball as an arvo snack.
      4. Spiced turmeric latte. We’ve all heard about the amazing anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of Turmeric - so why not throw some into a latte for some added benefits without the caffeine? A super different, delicious alternative, and adding a touch of honey will make it deeeelish! We love the endless benefits of Turmeric so much, we even added it to our incredible Detox + Debloat formula, so you can experience all its miraculous effects even if you’re not a fan of the flavour!

      5. Thank us later xo


        References:


        Ravikumar, C. (2014). Review on Herbal Teas. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, 6(5), pp.236-238.


        Kapp, J. and Sumner, W. (2019). Kombucha: a systematic review of the empirical evidence of human health benefit. Annals of Epidemiology, 30, pp.66-70.


        Choi, U., Lee, O., Yim, J., Cho, C., Rhee, Y., Lim, S. and Kim, Y. (2010). Hypolipidemic and Antioxidant Effects of Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) Root and Leaf on Cholesterol-Fed Rabbits. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 11(1), pp.67-78.


        Wirngo, F., Lambert, M. and Jeppesen, P. (2016). The Physiological Effects of Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale) in Type 2 Diabetes. The Review of Diabetic Studies, 13(2-3), pp.113-131.


        Benzie, I. and Wachtel-Galor, S. (2011). Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects.. 2nd ed. Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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