Sleep arrives in response to a delicate balance of hormones that shut off your mind and sink you deep into slumber. These hormones that induce and maintain sleep are released in response to external triggers in your environment. Creating such an environment is called sleep hygiene and is essential for those of you who struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep and wake refreshed.
If you’re like almost half of Australians, the stress of your daily life, an overexposure to technology and a less-than-ideal diet can see you struggle to fall asleep at night. Sleep isn’t a lost cause however, with these five simple, pre-bedtime rituals which can see you snuggled up in bed, dreaming peacefully in no time.
It’s easy to imagine the different parts of our body working independently of one another, our brain leading the charge. It is especially easy to imagine this link between your brain and your gut. Our moods and emotions often manifest themselves in your stomach – just think about the nausea you may have felt when you have a deadline or exam looming. However, with more nerves than your spinal cord, […]
Humans have been consuming sources of probiotics for thousands of years! They can be found in fermented foods and foods high in probiotic activity such as miso, kimchi and kombucha. The question is, what exactly are probiotics? What is the difference between probiotics and prebiotics? How can we promote their growth and development in our guts? Probiotics Probiotics are ‘good’ bacteria that, when taken in adequate amounts, help support the […]
So far in this “Looking after your Gut Health” series, we’ve talked about: The bare-bones basics of supporting your digestive health Herbs and nutrients that can help The importance of digestive enzymes And now, let’s talk probiotics … A probiotic primer: what are they, and what do they actually DO? You’ve probably heard the term “probiotic” before – perhaps as an ingredient in yoghurt, kefir or kombucha. If so, you […]
In the previous article of this “Looking after your Gut Health series”, we briefly touched on your pancreas and its role in creating digestive enzymes. In this article, we’re going to explore what each of these enzymes is and what it does in more depth. First though, a little background on enzymes in general… Enzymes 101: what are they and why are they important? An enzyme is a type of […]
Have you been paying attention to the media in the last few years? You’ve probably noticed then that gut health is a hot topic. Stories about Kiwis’ digestive health – from the importance of intestinal bacteria balance to fibre, enzymes, gut-supporting nutrients and more – no longer just appear on health-focused websites. They’re now part of mainstream media sites like the New Zealand Herald and Stuff   . We’ve […]
Looking for extra gut health support? In the first article of this “Looking after your Gut Health” series, we talked about the bare bones basics of supporting a healthy digestive system. If you missed that article, the short version is that it all begins with a healthy diet: one that’s low in sugar and processed food, and high in fibre and nutrients. Get that wrong, and the best natural health products […]