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Are you Getting enough Iron?

July 12, 2017

Iron is involved in numerous physiological processes. The primary function of iron in the body is to support the formation of healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body so it can be used to produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate) or cellular energy. This is why, if we are low in iron, we often feel tired. However, many people do not consume adequate amounts of iron in their diets or their digestive system is compromised so iron is not readily absorbed by the body. The most vulner....

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Coenyme Q10 – A Must Have

June 14, 2017

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) must be one of my favourite nutrient supplements because it is essential for so many mechanisms of action in the body. It is mostly known for its role in energy production and I believe good energy levels are the foundation of good physical health and good mental health. It is generally referred to as ‘ubiquinone’ due to its ubiquitous nature throughout the body, and has been used as a therapeutic supplement for more than 30 years. Whilst small amounts of CoQ10 are avail....

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Are You Armed & Prepared for an Amazing Winter?

May 22, 2017

Winter is almost upon us and already we have noticed a high influx of clients and patients with colds, flu, gastro and viruses! So I chatted to Kate Loftus, Mammoth’s consulting Naturopath, and I’d like to share with you her amazing insights, expertise and passion for the healing powers of natural medicine and healthy lifestyle practices. This time of year, Kate finds it very useful in clinic to enable patients to set up a personalised winter protocol. And if you have been inclined to g....

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Top Immune Herbs to help Prevent Winter Illness

May 16, 2017

On the weekend we ordered some native plants and trees for our garden as well as seedlings for our winter vegie crop (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, parsnips, carrots, winter greens and peas). The expert down at the nursery told us that now is the ideal time to plant because there’s still enough warmth in the air and soil for the plants to establish their root systems before Winter. If we leave it too late, when the warmth is all gone, then they won’t get a chance to establish themselves b....

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Back to School Checklist

January 31, 2017

Now’s a great time to take stock of your child’s health needs as they settle back into their school routine. Ensuring your child gets the right nutrients so they can grow and thrive is at the forefront of any parent’s mind. All children need certain nutrients to thrive as they go through their stages of growth and development.  But children are different and so their requirements for certain nutrients may differ if they experience some of the following common health issues. *Special Fr....

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Liver Support During the Festive Season

December 13, 2016

It’s inevitable… it’s the time of year we tend to over-indulge in alcohol and festive foods that we wouldn’t normally eat… it’s the season for festivity, feasting and celebrating with friends and family. With the recent Christmas eating and the upcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations our liver is being assaulted with an added array of toxins (alcohol, rich, fatty foods and sugars). It’s on “detox overload” busy rendering the added toxic load harmless and safely excreting them fr....

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Introducing Nervines for Optimal Brain Health

November 14, 2016

I speak a lot about adaptogenic herbs – these are the beautiful herbs that protect our nervous system and adrenal glands especially when we are exposed to acute or prolonged stress. However today I want to talk about the beautiful nervine herbs and in particular the nervines that not only calm our nervous system but help keep our brain calm, focused and alert. It seems poignant, with Christmas just six weeks away and with many of us feeling tired and weary and yet knowing we still need to m....

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The Role of Probiotics

November 8, 2016

Supplementing with a daily probiotic capsule influences the composition of our whole microbiome. They positively alter the microbiome environment and encourage the proliferation of microbiota of the good bacteria. You will notice at your local health food store that the probiotic formulas can have over 10 strains of different bacteria at varying strengths. Ongoing research is constantly revealing that specific strains are great to treat certain health conditions and consequently good vitamin com....

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A Gut Feeling

November 2, 2016

Emerging research is increasingly highlighting the significance of the role of our gut and its influence on our mental health, our immunity, our weight, our metabolism and on disease prevention and treatment. The human microbiome is the collection of microorganisms or bacteria (known as microbiota) that ordinarily exist in and on the surfaces of the human body. The majority of our microbiota however, reside within the gastrointestinal tract and make up approximately two kilograms of body weight.....

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Navigating the Vitamin Maze

October 4, 2016

When you walk into a health food store is the array of vitamins confronting, confusing and overwhelming? Do you wonder whether you actually need a certain supplement or what it is for, or how much to take? We often hear that if you eat well you shouldn’t need supplements. With the amount of chemicals we are exposed to, both in our foods and in our environment coupled with the pace of our lifestyle which brings added stress and pressure, supplements are essential health boosters that supp....

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Rongoā Māori

April 1, 2016

Many of us are very familiar with the concept of Traditional Chinese Medicine and some have also come across Ayurveda, or Traditional Indian Medicine. In fact most indigenous cultures have their own plant medicine and the beauty of Western Herbal Medicine is that we can embrace and include amazing herbs from many different traditional cultures in our dispensary and use them to successfully treat health conditions. Rongoā Māori, or Maori Traditional Herbal Medicine is only just beginning to ....

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Vitamin D – what’s all the fuss?

November 3, 2015

Vitamin D has attracted a lot of hype in the past 12 months mainly due to the increased research into both the benefits of the vitamin and the amazing Vitamin D deficiency in Australia (despite us living in the “sunburnt” country. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and it was assumed that for most Australians adequate Vitamin D levels were obtained from sun exposure. But our lifestyles have changed and see us indoors more often than our parents and grandparents were.  Couple this with ou....

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Gymnema who?

August 11, 2015

Many of you have now experienced for yourself the amazing effect of our “Sugar Stop”. And the “magic” herb that is “Sugar Stop” is Gymnema sylvestre. The common name for Gymnema is ‘Gurmar’ which in Hindi means “sugar taste destroyer” – which is exactly what it does! In the herbal world we use Gymnema to block sugar cravings, for sugar regulation, for diabetes and to assist with weight loss. In A Nutshell When we eat sugar (glucose) the brain signals the pancreas to prod....

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Virus Attack

July 6, 2015

Over the past weeks we have seen both in our clinic and in-store an onslaught of acute viral attacks. These viruses are coming on fast. Symptoms are acute and recovery is slow. The symptoms being reported are headache, sore throat, muscle ache, chest pain and coughing, runny nose, nausea, dizzy spells, general malaise, loss of voice and a persistent post-viral, dry cough. Also the spate of whooping cough cases that we are seeing and are being reported is concerning. Colds And Flu Are....

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Harvesting Your Own Herbs

March 31, 2015

Plants have been part of our lives and health since earliest time and many of us are yearning to re-learn and re-connect with some traditional herbal techniques and remedies. Making your own herbal medicines can be a very enjoyable and empowering experience. And growing your own herbs is very simple and rewarding. General Guidelines For Harvesting Herbs It is so simple and in-expensive to grow your own culinary and medicinal herbs. Different techniques apply for harvesting flowers, seeds, lea....

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Our Top 6 Immune Tonics

April 29, 2014

Yesterday’s Geelong Advertiser (29th April, 2014) reported that almost one quarter of all Australian adults suffered flu symptoms last year. There’s been a lot of noise in the media in recent weeks  about the flu ‘hitting’ Australia... and it’s about this time every year that we see similar headlines and reports. The thing to remember though is that the flu is a virus that has been around for thousands of years and every year, at about this time, we are at a higher risk of infectio....

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Make Your Own Herbal Cream

March 25, 2014

Applications such as lotions, creams, ointments and liniments  have been used for thousands of years to treat rashes, wounds, skin conditions as well as bruising, sprains and muscle spasms. It is very empowering and rewarding to be able to prepare your external preparations when the need arises. Our skin secretes a mixture of oil and water to protect itself so preparations applied to the skin are better absorbed if they are also a mixture of oil and water (Adams & Tan, 2006). We need....

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Shatavari… “The Queen of Herbs”

February 18, 2014

Today I thought I’d share with you the amazing benefits and actions of one of my favourite women’s herbs – Shatavari. "Capable Of A Hundred Husbands..." Shatavari is a traditional Indian (Ayurvedic) herb and is often referred to as the ‘Queen of Herbs’ because it is said to promote love and devotion. In Hindu the word Shatavari literally translates as “capable of a hundred husbands”. It is traditionally used throughout a woman’s entire reproductive life cycle because of its cle....

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Magnesium on the Menu

February 4, 2014

In our Back on Track program we include magnesium as an essential supplement - and here’s why... Magnesium is needed for our body to produce energy Magnesium is needed for muscle relaxation Our nervous system needs magnesium to function optimally Our bones need magnesium Our heart needs magnesium Magnesium is great as both a mood and sugar stabiliser Suffice to say, Magnesium is an essential nutrient. Early Signs Of Magnesium Deficiency Can Include: Muscle cramps and sp....

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Lipoic Acid – a “Game Changer”

October 1, 2013

There has been a lot of “buzz” lately around Lipoic acid and deservedly so. Lipoic Acid Is A Unique Antioxidant And Free Radical Scavenger In That It Is Soluble In Both Fat And Water Not only is it an antioxidant in its own right it also has an uncanny ability to ‘recycle’ and prolong the life of other antioxidants in the body including Vitamin’s C and E, coenzyme Q10 and glutathione therefore strengthening the body’s antioxidant network. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that ca....

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The Power of Convalescence

July 28, 2013

There are a myriad of really nasty bugs around at the moment that seem to be lingering in the form of post-viral coughs, colds, lowered mood, energy and vitality. The message we keep hearing in-store goes something like this… “I need something that works fast because I have this deadline; I can’t take time off work; I can’t be sick...” My concern is that what we are seeing is a direct reflection of a driven, unbalanced culture that allows no time for illness.  Our society expect....

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Top Immune Herbs to Prevent Winter Illness

April 19, 2013

There’s been a lot of noise in the media in recent weeks about the “deadly flu” hitting Australia... and it’s about this time every year that we see similar headlines. The thing to remember though is that the flu is a virus that has been around for thousands of years and every year, at about this time, we are at a higher risk of infection from viruses because of increased exposure to them. We have no control over this exposure but we do have control over our immune system and we can s....

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Krill Oil or Fish Oil

August 22, 2012

With all the marketing noise out there it’s difficult to know whether we should be taking Fish Oil or Krill Oil. Let’s have a look at the two…   Krill Oil Krill oil is a relatively new supplement on the market and therefore has become ‘flavour of the month’. Krill are those tiny crustaceans at the bottom of the ocean which whales feed on. They are ‘bottom of the food chain’ which means they are less likely to be contaminated with mercury and other toxins. There has....

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Take Control

April 30, 2012

Channel 9 news recently reported (16/4/12) that each year 80,000 Australians will get the flu. 15,000 of these flu victims will end up in hospital with a further 2,000 deaths. We have noticed in-store and in our clinics a much higher influx of clients and patients with colds, flu, gastro and viruses… and winter hasn’t even started yet! The thing to remember though is that the flu is a virus that has been around for thousands of years and every year, at about this time, we are at higher....

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Ginger Offers Chemotherapy Relief

April 29, 2011

It was reported in The Age (16/5/09) that a study has found Ginger reduced, by 40 per cent, the sick feeling of cancer patients taking chemotherapy. Julie Ryan, the study’s leading author, found that patients who took ginger with an anti-nausea drug reported improvement on the first day after chemotherapy, compared with patients who got the drug and a placebo. About 70 percent of chemotherapy patients experience nausea, even when they take anti-vomiting drugs. Ginger is one of those most am....

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