SAFFRON – the natural way to treat depression

Every year, about one in 25 Australian adults meets the criteria for being diagnosed with depression, with women more likely to be diagnosed compared to men (9.9% for women compared to 5.6% for men) More than 1 in 10 people are currently taking anti depressants, with Australia being the second highest prescriber of anti depressant…

Rice – does it really contain arsenic?

Arsenic is a chemical element present in the soil, water and air. There are 2 different types of arsenic – organic and inorganic (nothing to do with farming practises). When arsenic atoms bond with carbon atoms, the arsenic is referred to as “organic”. When the arsenic atoms do not bond with carbon atoms, it is…

Anxiety – is it all in your mind?

As with depression and other mental health issues, anxiety has a rather chequered past. The Ancient Greek philosopher Plato described anxiety (coined as hysteria) as being caused by the female uterus, which would travel around the body “…blocking passages, obstructing breathing and causing disease”. The Ancient Greeks also suspected that women produced semen which, when…

A Journey to Finding Inner Peace

Would you like to be free of negative emotions and thoughts such as anger, frustration, resentfulness, regret, bitterness, anxiety, worry, stress? Are you a compulsive thinker, your mind going over and over problems? Would you like to learn how to clear your mind, how to live in the moment and how to experience inner peace?…

Thirsty? The importance of hydration.

On average a human can survive 3 weeks without food but only 3 days without water, although circumstance obviously plays a big part in how long we can survive. The average human adult’s body is made up of around 60% water and an infant around 75%. Your brain is made up of around 73% water….

Paleo bread rolls

Thanks to Pete Evans for allowing me to share this recipe. You will find it in his “Fast Food for Busy Families” recipe book. Ingredients: Whenever possible, use organic ingredients 300 grams almond meal 55 grams psyllium husks 1 tablespoon coconut flour 1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda (not baking powder) ½ teaspoon Himalayan, celtic or…

Stress and its impact on your body – Part 5

In this final part to the series on stress and its impact on your body, I will be looking at the impact of stress on your adrenal glands and hormones. Adrenal health: The adrenal glands are 2 small glands located on the top of your kidneys. They are made up of 2 parts – the…

Creamy cashew cheese

For those following a dairy free diet, you no longer have to miss out on beautiful smooth, creamy textures. This cashew cheese is simple to make, tastes delicious and is full of wonderful probiotics for good digestive health. Use as a dip for vegetables or biscuits, spread it on my zucchini flatbread, my nut and…

Stress and your body – Part 4

The first 3 parts of this series on stress covered the impact on the digestive and immune system, skin conditions, migraines, headaches, insomnia and cardiovascular health. It should now be obvious just how far reaching stress is with regards to negative impacts on the body, and how it is not only high levels of stress,…

Stress and its impact on your body – Part 3

In Part 1 and 2 of this series on the impact of stress on your body, I looked at the impact of stress – both high levels and chronic low levels – on the Digestive and Immune systems, on skin conditions, headaches and migraines. Part 3 of this series will investigate the impact of stress…

Stress and its impact on your body – Part 2

In Part 1 of “Stress and its impact on your body”, I discussed the impact of stress on the digestive and immune systems. The impact of stress plays a role in many health conditions, and affects virtually every bodily system, mainly through the release of cortisol and adrenalin from the adrenal glands. These essential hormones…

Zucchini Flatbread – Paleo

350 grams grated zucchini ½ teaspoon Himalayan or Celtic salt Another ¼ teaspoon Himalayan or Celtic salt 3 eggs – large or jumbo size 2 tablespoons flour. I used Green Banana Flour but you could use Quinoa ½ tablespoon Chia Seeds 1 tablespoon fresh coriander, finely chopped – optional Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celcius….