1. Slippery Elm Bark


    Slippery Elm Trees are native to Eastern North America, they can live for up to 200 years. They have been used for their medicinal properties for many years - with studies dating back to the 1920s! The inner bark is dried and ground into a powder, and can now be found in most health store in capsule or tablet form. Have a read below to learn about the benefits of including this supplement in your diet (for yourself and even your pets!)
    Improves digestive function - Slippery elm contain mucilage (gelatinous substance found in plants) When the powder mixes with water it becomes a gel, this gel soothes and coats the digestive tract. This can help protect against ulcers, acidity and help treat symptoms of IBS and crowns disease.
    Helps treat diarrhoea - Taking the capsules, tablets or drinking slippery elm tea can help treat diarrhoea in humans and pets! (Speak to your
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  2. Blog - Turmeric

    Turmeric comes the root of the curcuma long plant and it’s a member of the ginger family. If you have seen the raw turmeric in your supermarket you would notice that it looks like a smaller version of ginger, but bright orange on the inside.
    Turmeric has many health benefits and contains serval antioxidant compounds with the main one being curcumin. Curcumin has strong anti bacterial, anti fungal, and anti inflammatory properties. Have a read below to learn about the benefits of adding turmeric to your diet whether into your cooking or in supplement form.
    Anti-inflammatory - curcumin has excellent anti-inflammatory abilities, and when used with piperine (a compound found in black pepper) it has the ability to improve absorption of the curcumin. So if you are wanting to get the full benefit of the curcumin make sure you are grinding black pepper into your meal too. Alternatively if you are t
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  3. Blog - Evening Primrose Oil

    Evening Primrose oil is from cold pressed seeds and flowers of the Evening Primrose plant which is native to the America. Evening Primrose oil contains two essential omega-6 fatty acids Linoleic acid and gamma-linoleic acid. - essential meaning we need to get it through our diet as our body can’t produce it. Balancing omega 6 fatty acid along with omega 3 fatty acid is important for many bodily functions including improved hormone function.
    Woman have taken Evening Primrose Oil for many years to help reduce the pain and other symptoms associated with PMS. It can also be used to help balance hormones during menopause.
    Evening primrose oil has shown to be beneficial in increasing cervical mucus which can help improve fertility. It can be taken as a natural remedy to increase fertility and it also has the ability to improve uterine muscle tone in the preparation for pregnancy by causing the m
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  4. Weekly Tip - vitamin D deficiency

    Are you more at risk of vitamin D deficiency 
    Our main source of vitamin D is the sun, so supplementing with vitamin D during the winter months is key to preventing deficiency. That being said, there are other factors that can make us more at risk of a vitamin D deficiency. Have a read below
    • Having darker skin - people with darker skin have higher levels of melanin which results in less vitamin D being absorbed from the sun. 
    • Wearing sunscreen - wearing sunscreen reduces the absorption of vitamin D, try spending 10-15 minutes in the sun before applying sunscreen. 
    • People who are house bound or have jobs that keep them working indoors. 
    • Age also raises our risk of becoming deficient - as we age our skins ability to absorb vitamin D lessens.
    • Having cystic fibrosis, celiac or Crohn’s d
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  5. Peppermint

    Peppermint has a long history of use dating back 1000BC, and one of the most popular essential oils used worldwide. It’s actually a hybrid species of water mint and spearmint. It can be bought in many different forms - essential oil, tea, capsules or tablets and sprays. The essential oil which is the most commonly used form is made by cold extraction of the arial parts of the plant (leaves, stems and shoots). 
    There are many benefits of using peppermint either topically or taking it orally. Have a read below to learn about the benefits of this ancient herb. Please note the benefits below are from taking peppermint oil capsules or using the oil as an inhalant or topically. Peppermint tea whilst tasty - is not made for medicinal uses.
    • Improve IBS symptoms - peppermint oil capsules when taken orally has been used as a natural remedy for treating irritable bowl s
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  6. Weekly Tip - L Carnitine

    4 benefits of L Carnitine
    L-carnitine is a type of amino acid. There are several different types of L-carnitine. It’s mostly found in animal products, so vegetarian and vegans are at a high risk of becoming deficient. Luckily it is available in supplement form! 
    Increasing exercise endurance
    Many studies done over the years have shown L-carnitine to be beneficial to energy production and the endurance. L-carnitine carries fatty acids into our  cells mitochondria where they can be burnt and used for energy. Think of the mitochondria as the cells engine. Supplementing with L-carnitine can be beneficial for endurance sports.
    Increases fat-burning and weight loss
    With L-carnitines ability to carry fatty acids to our cells mitochondria this leads to increased fat burning during exercise. Studies h
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  7. Weekly Tip - Three supplements to benefit your health during the cold and flu season

    The below supplements can help support your body during the cold and flu season.
    Propolis - containing over 300 natural compounds that work along side the immune system as complimentary agent helping it be more effective when fighting illness. Studies have shown it to help treat and shorten the length of colds. Take it at the first sign of illness.
    Vitamin C - Most peoples ‘go to’ vitamin at the first sign of a cold. Studies have shown that it can help reduce the length of illness and helps with the absorption of other important vitamins and minerals.
    Zinc lozenges - can help reduce the length of a cold. The lozenges allow the the zinc to be absorbed closer to the effected nasal passage preventing the virus from spreading.
    When taking a supplement you need to make sure you are taking it correctly and
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  8. Blog - Probiotics

    Probiotics are the beneficial live bacteria and yeasts found in our bodies.They 
    have several characteristics - Probiotics are able to be isolated from the
    human body, resistant to the acidity in our stomachs when consumed, and 
    safe to include in our daily diet. Probiotics help us to absorb nutrients and 
    maintain healthy gut flora, which keeps our immune system healthy.
    If you are lacking in beneficial bacteria you might find yourself with condition known as gut dysbiosis. Dysbiosis occurs when the bacteria in your digestive tract becomes unbalanced. Symptoms can include anything from diarrhoea, bloating, heartburn, stomach ache, nausea to anxiety and depression. Low levels of beneficial bacteria can also lead to conditions like irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory conditions in the body.
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  9. Weekly Tip - Top 3 benefits of bilberries

    Bilberry are very similar to blueberries, they are native to Europe so often referred to as European blueberries. They are one of the richest sources of naturally occurring anthocyanosides. Anthocyanosides are chemicals found in some plants that provide the plant with their dark purple/blue pigment and gives it its high antioxidant status. Bilberries also contain numerous other phytochemical providing it with a powerhouse of all the antioxidants needed to fight off free radicals in the body. It also contains iron chelators which can help remove heavy metals from the body.
    There are many benefits from including them in your diet or taking them in supplement form, but below are my top 3.
    Circulation - Research shows that supplementing with bilberries can help improve circulation (CVI chronic venous insufficiency) varicose veins and decreased blood flow to the veins.
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  10. Weekly Tip - Vitamin D Reminder

    It’s that time of year again, the days are getting shorter, it’s getting colder and we are wearing more layers and because of this we are having less sun exposure. Our main source of vitamin D is the sun, so as winter starts approaching it is an important time to start supplementing with vitamin D.
    Vitamin D deficiency can cause many different symptoms throughout the body from weakened bones, poor immune function, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, fatigue, hormone imbalances, poor cognitive function and even making us more susceptible to certain cancers. Studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and respiratory track infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia.
    There are many different types of Vitamin D supplements available which will prevent you becoming deficient in the winter months. I personally prefer FSC’s vitamin D3 drops as all you need is a few drops on yo
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