Go Mag | Issue 66

Go Mag Issue 66 is packed with great articles full of effective simple solutions to help you stay in shape this season!






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From floods to pandemics, the last year has been a rocky ride for most of Australia, so it is with great resilience and hope that we start afresh for 2023. Not surprisingly, top of mind for many of our customers is looking after their immune wellness and in stores we see products that once only sold in winter months now selling all year – in particular vitamin C, vitamin D, probiotics and immune support herbs are amongst our most frequently purchased products. While we are fortunate indeed to live in Australia with stable economic and political environments, we do know that the additional challenges of inflation and interest rate rises, and constant pressure on cost of living has hit hard for many and for independent local businesses such as Go Vita, we are there to provide support and wellness advice to local communities especially during these tough times. As a co-operative, Go Vita is owned by its members (our store owners!) so when you shop at Go Vita you are supporting a local business and helping your local economy! Each of our stores is individually owned and operated, each is unique and this, we truly believe, is one of our greatest strengths. Through the collective efforts of the co- operative, our stores are able to offer better prices, extensive product offerings and more services to all customers. Most importantly, when you shop at Go Vita, we are genuinely interested in you! We love what we do and are proud of the reputation we have built for Go Vita – the place to go for trustworthy, professional and personalised health and wellness advice, and an extensive range of products and services. As we begin 2023, we wish that you can start the year with fresh hopes and goals for a re-energised and re-imagined YOU!

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Make 2023 your best year yet, with these top tips for health and happiness

The best start

free your inner artist

Painting, drawing and other forms of artistic expression are used by psychologists and therapists to help with overall emotional and mental wellbeing. All you need is a selection of paints, crayons and

pens, paper and some privacy. You may not have a clear idea or image – just make shapes or marks or doodle. Try using your non-dominant hand to bypass your conscious and controlling mind. Allow any memories, thoughts or emotions to surface and reflect on them. c your way clear Take at least 1000 mg of vitamin C daily; the body is unable to make this water-soluble vitamin by itself, and if your diet is anything less than optimal, it is easy to slip below the recommended intake. The adrenal glands use up to three times more vitamin C when you are under stress or experiencing anxiety, and your immune system also relies on this nutrient to function properly.

take time for tea Herbal teas are

soothing, calming and nutritive. Look past the chamomile and peppermint varieties, and try passionflower, which

Go Vita loves … Vitamin C in powder form Not a fan of taking big tablets? It is so much easier to add a spoonful of powder to your morning water, juice or smoothie.

has mild soothing and tranquillising properties and is excellent for insomnia, restlessness and emotional or physical tension; licorice, which helps to support and nourish the adrenal glands, and ginseng, for energy and stamina.

make scents Aromatherapy as we know it today came about in 1910, when French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse burned his hand in a lab accident and dunked it in a jar of lavender oil to gain relief. Not only did the wound heal faster, it did not blister or scar. Exploring the many healing qualities of essential oils is fascinating and fun – it also opens the door to making moisturising body and bath oils and scented room and laundry sprays.


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It’s easy being green When you are busy and rushed, your appetite is the first thing to be affected: you may forget to eat, lose interest in food, overeat or eat foods high in sugar or fat. A good quality diet, rich in leafy green vegetables, carrots, sweet potato, lean protein, beans, berries, sprouted seeds, oily fish, nuts and seeds, oats, and green tea, plus the pre- and probiotic supergreens, like chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass, bilberry, green tea and barley grass, are full of phytochemicals that boost the immune and cardiovascular systems, protect bones and eyes, detoxify and support and strengthen your body and mind. Go Vita loves … Organic Road Amazing Super Greens Plus, a nutrient-dense, delicious blend of supergreen sprouts, grasses and algae that is extremely rich in chlorophyll and antioxidants to alkalise, cleanse and purify your body.

Take helpful herbs Ashwagandha while an ancient herb has gained popularity in recent years due to its calming and relaxing properties, and research has shown that it can be effective in reducing stress and anxiety. The active ingredient – withanolides - has anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety effects. One study found that withanolides can help to decrease cortisol levels, which is the hormone that your body releases

when you’re under stress. This means that taking ashwagandha KSM66 ® (the gold standard in ashwagandhas!) can help to reduce your body’s stress response and improve your overall mood. If you’re looking for a natural way to relieve stress and anxiety, give ashwagandha KSM66 ® a try.

Want healthy hair, skin and nails? Fusion Hair, Skin & Nails contains nutrients to support healthy hair, nails and skin, including biotin to decrease hair loss when dietary intake of it is inadequate.

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Try these fresh and simple ideas for maintaining children’s optimal physical and mental health. Keeping kids Healthy


The good health diet There is much conflicting information on diet and nutrition. Should your child eat more or less protein? What about food intolerances and allergies? Do you have a fussy eater or a junk food fiend? At Go Vita, while we recognise that individual metabolic, growth and development requirements and likes or dislikes will vary, we advocate the following basic health and safety guidelines for feeding children and adults. Buy organic food where possible, especially fruit and vegetables; conventionally-grown produce may absorb pesticides via their skin. If you can’t find organic, always peel the produce. Choose food in season, as it will have more nutrients and vitality. Food grown out of season may have been forced with excess fertiliser and been in cold storage.

Avoid foods with additives, colourings, preservatives, genetically modified (GM) ingredients, such as highly processed and convenience foods like conventional fast foods and ready-made meals. Avoid smoked or over-salted foods and ‘diet foods’, which often contain artificial sweeteners. Cut down on red meat, dairy produce and saturated fat. Buy organic food where possible, especially fruit and vegetables; conventionally-grown produce may absorb pesticides via their skin!

After eliminating these bad guys from your shopping list, rest assured that there are many tasty and nutritious options that should form the basis of your child’s daily diet, including low-glycaemic complex carbohydrates, fresh fruit and vegetables, and lean protein, including vegetarian proteins such as tofu, quorn, pulses, seeds and nuts. You will also find many healthy,


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Creating a healthier family

plant-based, vegan-friendly, gluten- and dairy-free foods, including kid-tested breakfast cereals, snacks, drinks, sugar-free sweet treats and supplements and shake mixes to support digestive, brain and immune health at your Go Vita store. Go Vita loves … Funch Kid Pow! Shake It is hard to over-emphasise the importance of a good breakfast for children and teens – but it is also true that mornings can be chaotic, thanks to school, sport and house-hold commitments. These creamy shakes contain 100 percent plant-based ingredients, with added vitamins C and D, calcium and iron, and probiotics to support gut health. Try our recipe for a Blueberry Blast Shake (see opposite). Eating to improve gut health Two common culprits behind upset tummies, abdominal pain and wind often turn out to be fruit juice and dairy products. Fruit juice contains fructose, a sugar which can pass undigested into the colon, where bacteria eventually break it down, resulting in bloating and indigestion. Low-fructose fruit choices include apricots, nectarines, peaches, passionfruit and watermelon. Low-fructose vegetables are leafy greens, asparagus, mushrooms, celery, avocado, root vegetables and peas. Beware processed sauces and spreads that may contain high-fructose corn syrup. If dairy products make your child feel gassy, it may be due to lactose intolerance – being unable to digest lactose, a sugar found in dairy foods. There is a wide variety

You want a healthier life for you and your children, and it really is easy to initiate lifestyle changes – the key is to make them small, incremental ones, not try to do it all immediately. Another good tip is to break it down into 12 manageable monthly chunks, such as: Months 1, 2 and 3: Gradually replace unhealthy choices with nutritious and diverse ones. Sample and experiment with better versions of the foods your children like, such as sauces and snacks. Months 4 and 5: Commit to at least 30 minutes of play and exercise every day (for adults as well as kids!) Months 6, 7 and 8: Run a stress audit in your household – no one can live free from stress, but it’s time to identify triggers and find ways to live with them – meditation, aromatherapy, hypnotherapy and music therapy are just a few ideas. Months 9 and 10: Lock in the recommended eight hours of sleep every night for everyone – and no screens after 5 p.m. Months 11 and 12: Regularly review the interior health of your home, and aim to make it reasonably unwelcoming to pollen, smog, chemical toxins and germs.

of lactose-free products available, including plant-based milk, yoghurt, cheese and ice cream. Children are also not known for the ability to sit still for long, such as at the table, and wolfing down snacks and meals on the run will definitely cause bloating and flatulence at any age. Try to ensure your child sits to eat, and eats slowly; also try to have the last meal of the day at least two hours before bedtime, because the digestive system works best when the body is moving, not lying still. There are several handy and effective home remedies that are quick and easy to add to the daily routine, and which will help. For example, add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a breakfast smoothie to help digest it, as there is less acid in the stomach in the morning. Daily probiotics are recommended to support beneficial gut flora, immune system health and general wellbeing. Powdered probiotics are easy to add to cold morning drinks for children.



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Surprising Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar Versatile vinegar is useful for beauty, health and household issues. How does Go Vita love apple cider vinegar? Let us count the ways …

1 It is nutrient-rich! Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a tremendous source of minerals, particularly phosphorus, magnesium, sulphur, iron, silica and potassium, which support bone, immune, nerve and brain health. Frequent colds, headaches or susceptibility to illness, difficulty sleeping, signs of premature ageing, such as hair loss, brittle fingernails and muscle cramps or twitching, may all benefit from a daily booster shot of apple cider vinegar. 2 It is loaded with live enzymes and natural acids , such as malic acid, which help to play a role in preventing arthritis and excess mucus production, as well as potentially helping to lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and muscle stiffness. For indigestion, gas or gastric reflux try one teaspoon with a half cup of warm water before meals.

3 It is a handy multipurpose household cleaner , on dirty surfaces a mix of equal parts apple cider vinegar and water with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil will leave surfaces sparkling clean. For polishing wood, mix a half cup of vinegar and a half cup olive oil. Try mixing one part apple cider vinegar with one part water, in a spray bottle, as a deodorising spray. 4 It is awesome as a beauty treatment too! For pigmented, spotty, scarred or oily skin, simply add one part apple cider vinegar to four parts water. Apply to your skin with a cotton pad as a toner, rinsing off with warm water after ten minutes. For treating dull hair, combine one cup cool chamomile tea and one tablespoon apple cider vinegar. After conditioning rinse through hair for a shiny sheen.

Rawesome! Most commercially available apple cider vinegar is not raw. Unless it says ‘raw’ on the label, it will have been heated to high temperatures and filtered, which destroys its beneficial live enzymes and nutrients. Raw apple cider vinegar is made from freshly crushed apples that have been aged and allowed to ferment naturally in wooden, non-reactive barrels until it is mature and ready to be bottled. Check the label to ensure that the brand you select is unpasteurised, unfiltered, contains ‘the mother’ and is raw. Go Vita loves … Cleopatra’s Apple Cider Vinegar, which is made with fresh New Zealand apples, contains ‘the mother’ and is unpasteurised and certified organic.

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What is the Keto diet?

T he Go Vita team has put together an easy guide about what keto entails, and how it works. The ketogenic - or ‘keto’ - diet is an eating plan that is very low in carbohydrates (10 percent), moderately low in protein (20 percent) and high in fats. It shares many similarities with the Atkins diet. Research indicates that this kind of diet can help you to lose weight, with one study finding that it was particularly effective for older adults, who lost around five times more total body fat in just eight weeks, compared with those on a low-fat diet. The keto diet provides many health benefits. It may have preventive effects against cancer, as well as heart disease, by lowering diastolic blood pressure and triglycerides. It is thought to play a role in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as diabetes and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), because it causes reductions in blood sugar and insulin.

virgin olive oil, coconut and avocado), and low-carbohydrate vegetables (leafy greens, capsicums, tomatoes, onions). Foods high in carbohydrates must be avoided, including sugary foods, most fruits (although berries may be eaten), low- fat foods, sugar-rich root vegetables, wheat-derived cereals, bread and pasta, rice, beans and legumes. Apple cider vinegar is an excellent addition to a keto diet, because it promotes fat burning and weight loss, decreases blood sugar levels, increases insulin sensitivity and improves cholesterol levels. Go Vita loves … Locako Apple Keto BHB Energy Blend , a blend of apple cider vinegar, garcinia, l-theanine and green coffee bean with exogenous ketones, which help the body to reach ketosis faster, plus beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), a natural metabolite that supports fat digestion and metabolism, and TeaCrine ® , a patented compound that delivers energy and mental clarity.

How it works Replacing most dietary carbohydrates with fat puts the body into a metabolic state called ketosis, where it becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can then supply energy to the brain – Replacing most dietary carbohydrates with fat puts the body into a metabolic state called ketosis, where it becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. which is why people on a keto diet often say that they have more clarity and focus. Foods which form the basis of the keto diet include meat, fatty fish, dairy foods (butter, cream, cheese), eggs (preferably those which have been enriched with an omega-3 feeding program), ‘good’ oils (extra

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Tips for a healthy Heart

H eart disease is the number one killer of older Australians. The good news? You can easily reduce your risk.

omega-3 fatty acids, nuts, lentils and beans, plus plenty of extra virgin olive oil, herbs, a small amount of red wine and very little or no meat or sweets. Eat heart-healthy foods A wide variety of foods have specific heart health benefits, which in turn reduces, or even removes, the need to rely on conventional medications. For example, foods to lower blood pressure include leafy greens, such as spinach, pumpkin seeds, fruit,

When it comes to heart disease, there are some things you cannot control. For example, age (over age 55, risk increases), gender (men

fatty fish like salmon, (which are an excellent source of omega-3 fats), beans and lentils, berries, (which contribute anthocyanins to increase nitric acid production to keep blood vessel walls pliable), celery, tomatoes, chia seeds and flaxseed. Foods which bring down levels of cholesterol, especially LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, include legumes, walnuts (rich in monounsaturated fats) and

are more vulnerable), being postmenopausal (for women) and a family history of heart disease. On a more positive note, however, there are many factors which you can control, including losing extra weight, taking up an aerobic exercise, such as walking or cycling, managing your mood and minimising stress, and

Vitamin K2 as MK-7 is a key supplemental hero for a healthy heart, with significant research studies providing strong proof of its efficacy

almonds (provide l-arginine, which the body uses to produce nitric oxide), oats and barley (both contain beta-glucan, a soluble fibre that helps lower cholesterol), and avocadoes, with one study showing that test subjects who made avocadoes their primary source of dietary fat lowered their LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Foods rich in soluble fibre, found in fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, particularly cooked beans (soy, kidney, lima, cannellini, chickpeas)

scheduling regular check-ups for blood pressure and screening for cholesterol and C-reactive protein. Rethink your diet There is an enormous body of research to support the Mediterranean Diet as being a powerful tool in lowering heart disease risk. The Mediterranean Diet focuses on whole grains, fruit, vegetables, seafood, especially fish rich in


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will prevent the build-up of arterial plaque. Tea contains catechins that lower blood pressure, and garlic is rich in alliin, which has a similar effect. Best heart-healthy food treat? Dark chocolate! It lowers LDL cholesterol and contains antioxidants which help prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Choose a brand with a cocoa content of at least 80 percent or higher, or choose raw cacao nibs. Get a supplemental advantage There are several natural medicines which can be added to your heart disease prevention plan, including garlic and fish oil capsules, which act as anti-clotting agents. Research suggests that folate and vitamin B6 can play a helpful role, by reducing elevated levels of homocysteine, a substance which may increase the risk of heart disease. Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinol) is a powerful antioxidant that provides an array of heart health benefits, including cholesterol and blood sugar regulation, as well as generating cellular energy, reducing oxidative damage and strengthening arteries and veins.

Vitamin K2 as MK-7 is a key supplemental hero for a healthy heart, with significant research studies providing strong proof of its efficacy. By activating K-dependent proteins already present in the body, Vitamin K2 as MK-7 helps the body to use calcium properly: activated osteocalcin directs calcium to the bones, while activated GLA protein (MGP) stops calcium from depositing in arteries and soft tissues. MenaQ7 ® is the only K2 as MK-7 formula which has been scientifically proven in over 22 published human clinical trials to deliver these benefits. For example, a study published in Thrombosis and Haematosis showed that healthy postmenopausal women given 180 mcg daily of MenaQ7 ® showed not only cessation but remarkable regression in arterial stiffness. Another large-scale study where male and female

test subjects were given MenaQ7 ® over a 12-month period, also showed a large improvement in the activation of MGP, which had a positive benefit on vascular elasticity. This research explains why MenaQ7 ® is the only K2 as MK-7 formula patented

for cardiovascular health. Vitamin K2 as MK-7 is unique because it impacts arterial calcification; no other compound (drug or vitamin) has been shown to do this. The medical community is taking note, with positive results of a trial to assess benefits of MenaQ7 ® on arterial stiffness and blood pressure announced last November, and trials currently underway on the effects of MenaQ7 ® Vitamin K2 as MK-7 on coronary artery calcification, a strong precursor to atherosclerosis. References available on request.


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The original THROAT-CLEAR lozenge with the lingering sensation of cooling minty menthol Pretorius THROAT-CLEAR Sugarfree Herbal Lozenges contain Menthol, Vitamin C and Zinc. ✓ Menthol is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to relieve the symptoms of sore throat and pharyngitis. ✓ Vitamin C and Zinc support healthy immune system function. ✓ Vitamin C and Zinc provide antioxidant support to reduce free radicals formed in the body.



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A healthy balanced diet coupled with the help of some specific nutrients and herbs can help not only with healthy hair, but also the condition of your skin and nails. Biotin supports healthy hair Biotin is a really great nutrient to ensure you’re getting enough of to help you on your way to your healthy hair goals. If you aren’t getting enough from your diet, supplementing with biotin can help to reduce your hair loss. It’s also a good one for supporting the health of the skin and nails, so if you’re after some assistance in that department then it really is the nutrient to look for. Biotin is one of the B-complex group of vitamins, specifically vitamin B7, and is found in many common foods such as almonds, eggs, sweet potato and spinach. Be sure to include these as a part of your healthy hair diet. Zinc for healthy hair, skin and nails Like biotin, zinc is an important nutrient for supporting healthy and strong hair and nails. Zinc can also help with both the health and repair of the skin so it’s definitely a nutrient you’ll want to make sure you’re getting enough of every day. You can find zinc in animal-based foods such as chicken, red meat or oysters, and plant-based foods including legumes and pumpkin seeds, so try to incorporate some of these into your diet on a regular basis. If you’re looking for extra support, consider a supplement containing zinc glycinate, which is a more readily absorbed form of zinc than Vitamin C and silica are used by the body alongside zinc to help to form a substance called collagen. As well as being a trendy ingredient used in smoothies, collagen is one of the substances that supports the structure of the hair follicles, which are responsible for anchoring each individual hair in-to the scalp. Look out for vitamin C-rich foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, papaya, sweet potato and tomato. Silica is found in bananas, brown rice, mangos, spinach and wholegrains, so try to mix these into your healthy and balanced diet on a regular basis. some other forms including zinc sulfate. Vitamin C and silica to the rescue M any of us long for a full head of healthy hair that we can let loose to billow in the breeze. Here’s our pick of the best nutrients and herbs to help you on your way.

How to live your healthiest hair life

Traditional Chinese medicine and hair health According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the blood nourishes the hair, skin and nails. Dong quai is a herb traditionally used in TCM as a blood tonic that promotes hair health, strengthens the nails and relieves

skin dryness to enhance skin health. Diet tricks for healthy hair

Make sure you include high-quality protein, fresh fruit and vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids (by eating regular servings of oily fish, nuts and seeds) as part of a healthy balanced diet for luscious locks.

References available on request. Erika Bass is Technical Support team leader at Fusion ® Health. She has over a decade of experience in the natural health industry, and a particular passion for helping women look and feel their best.


Hemp Highlights Providing an ever-growing range of impressive health benefits, this cousin of cannabis is in the news for all the right reasons.

Hemp is related to Cannabis sativa , or marijuana, but it does not possess its mental and psychoactive effects. Instead, it has been cultivated for centuries as a source of fibre, to make cloth, sails and rope, and most recently, for the highly nutritious oil which its seeds yield. Hemp oil is cold-pressed from the hemp seed in a natural raw process to carefully produce the highest quality vegetable oil possible. The oil contains: Vitamin E: Hemp seed oil provides high levels of the antioxidant vitamin E, which is required for support and maintenance of eyes, skin and soft tissues, along with the optimal function of the brain, joints and immune system. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant, meaning it fights the free radicals in the body that trigger and accelerate signs and symptoms of ageing. Good fats: Hemp seed oil is especially rich in the ‘good’ omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are known to significantly reduce risk factors for heart disease, including LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and total cholesterol levels, as well as improving circulation of blood and lymph, reducing high blood pressure and triglycerides, and keeping the arteries, veins and capillaries strong and supple. Hemp oil is one of the healthiest culinary oils available! It has 40 percent

less saturated fat than olive oil and has a superior fatty acid profile to flaxseed oil.

Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA): This fatty acid is found in only a few plant foods, including evening primrose oil and hemp seed oil. GLA has been shown to have particular benefits in alleviating inflammatory conditions, such as psoriasis, eczema, and itchy or dry skin conditions. Plant-based protein: Hemp seeds and the products made from it, including the oil, are one of a small number of plants that provide complete protein, which is defined as having all the essential amino acids present. It is an excellent alternative to cod liver oil for vegetarians, vegans, or anyone choosing to eat more plant-based foods. Go Vita loves … Hemp Foods Australia , located near Byron Bay, were founded in 1999 with the mission to make a positive difference to people, communities and the planet. Hemp foods not only have amazing nutritional benefits but sustainability benefits too. Hemp Foods Australia Hemp Oil Organic Gold is one of our pantry favourites, and now Hemp Oil Capsules and Hemp Oil & Turmeric Capsules make taking the benefits of hemp oil even easier.

Hemp dressing for Life by Simon Toohey, Hemp Foods Australia ambassador and MasterChef finalist. Ingredients • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 1 clove garlic, minced • 2 dash tabasco • 80ml Hemp Foods Australia Hemp Gold Seed Oil Method In a bowl add mustard and lemon juice, whisking as you go. Add garlic and continue to whisk, while adding tabasco, then slowly whisk in the oil.


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Prevent Constipation

C onstipation is a very common health complaint, and it affects around 20 percent of Australians. Constipation is a condition in which you cannot move your bowels on a regular schedule, resulting in a hard stool that is difficult to pass. What constitutes a ‘normal’ bowel routine varies widely between people – some go once or twice a day, others just two or three times a week. Constipation is defined as occurring when whatever bowel routine is normal for you slows dramatically. Symptoms of constipation include straining to pass a bowel motion; a feeling of incomplete evacuation; hard, lumpy stools; infrequent bowel motions; abdominal pain, fullness, bloating and rectal discomfort. This is usually a temporary issue, but in some cases it becomes ongoing; it can also be uncomfortable, even painful, and lead

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Life’s golden formula

to other health concerns that interfere with the quality of your life. What causes it? Constipation occurs when the stool moves too slowly through the colon, causing too much water to be absorbed from the stool in transit. This leaves the stool hard, dry, and lacking the lubrication to make its way through the colon. Other common causes of constipation include a diet low in fibre, lack of physical activity, dehydration and certain medications. These factors can cause a detrimental shift in the balance of gut bacteria and the microbiome that is also linked to constipation. Pregnancy, menopause, older age, functional gut disorders, and changes to work and travel routines will all potentially

your intake of refined and over-processed foods, while also increasing your intake of prebiotic dietary fibre obtained from fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. If you are unable to increase your fibre intake from dietary changes, try a supplement. Synbiotics are a powerful new diet-based strategy which can play an important role in solving the problem of constipation. Synbiotics combine the synergy of prebiotic fibres and probiotics to provide a unique path to healthier digestion, regular bowel movements and increased diversity within the gut microbe population. Based on the latest research into the gut microbiome and synbiotic ingredients, Health Food Symmetry Ltd has introduced KfibrePro Dietary Constipation Support. KfibrePro Dietary Constipation Support is a prebiotic and probiotic blend scientifically formulated by a team of IBS dietitians, to help assist bowel regularity, ease diet- caused constipation and promote beneficial changes to the microbiome that normalise gut health and function.

The KfibrePro difference The product is gluten-free and Monash Low FODMAP-certified. It contains clinically proven prebiotics and probiotics to improve digestive function and nutrient absorption. The primary actives in KfibrePro include: Kfibre ® virgin sugarcane fibre prebiotic, to assist with bowel regularity, healthy bowel function and digestive health; Bacillus coagulans , for relief of symptoms associated with diet-caused constipation and to support bowel regularity; and whole green kiwifruit powder to support normal bowel function.

affect bowel movements. How is it treated?

Simple lifestyle changes are a very good first step: a healthy diet with plenty of fluids and fibre; regular exercise; and reducing

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The Chlorella cure

T his nutrient-packed algae offers a unique alternative to traditional supplements. Chlorella’s popularity has surged as evidence for its many health benefits has grown. As a whole food produced with minimal processing, chlorella maintains high concentrations of intact nutrients; plus, there are organic and climate-conscious sourcing options available, making it environmentally friendly and non-toxic. Immune support: Chlorella supports immune function, primarily due to antioxidants which bind to free radicals (reactive molecules in the body).

been shown to bind to these reactive metals, and remove them from the body. Liver support: The liver is a meeting point between the digestive and circulatory systems, where nutrients are processed and sent to their intended destinations. It is also where non-nutrient chemicals go to be broken down and excreted as waste. Chlorella’s ability to bind to heavy metal toxins reduces liver stress. Promising research on chlorella’s ability to improve fasting blood sugar and lipid profiles also suggests a role in preventing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Blood sugar metabolism: An appropriate blood sugar range reduces the risk of kidney disease, heart disease and diabetes, which all count high blood sugar as a contributor. Chlorella lowers blood sugar and insulin resistance, therefore improving blood and hormonal health. Healthy ageing:

Home-grown hero BioGenesis Chlorella is grown organically in Northern Australia’s pristine Great Barrier Reef region. Bathed in golden sunshine, the chlorella thrive in fresh spring water ponds. They have an innovative energy-efficient hydrodynamic growth system that replicates natural river flow. When harvested, they apply advanced biodynamic

Free radicals are ingested or created from external environmental sources, such as pollution or chemical

technology to gently crack the hard outer cell wall, making the nutrients fully available. Biogenesis is Australia’s only Licenced Chlorella grower.

exposure. Chlorella reduces the damage they cause.

Chlorella’s antioxidant properties may counter age-related disruption of the functioning of body cells at a DNA level. Ageing is essentially

Detoxification: Environmental toxins, like heavy

metals in pesticides, medications, water and dental products, are a major source of inflammatory triggers. Chlorella has

a gradual process of accumulated damage


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inhibiting the body from working as well as it once did. The antioxidants in chlorella may help delay this inevitability. Rich iron source: This is of particular interest to women, because they have lower dietary iron intakes and higher iron demands. Chlorella is a rich source of naturally occurring bioavailable iron, vitamins C and B12 and prebiotic fibre, which all work synergistically to increase iron absorption and regulate iron levels. Eye health: Chlorella contains

building blocks of cellular DNA. Chlorella growth factor helps the body adapt to exercise by supporting healthy cell repair. Countering organophosphates Pesticides, insecticides and herbicides are xenobiotic compounds, meaning they are foreign to animal life and humans are ill-equipped to process them. Humans are exposed to these environmental pollutants via residues present on food, as well as their bioaccumulation in the food chain. Xenobiotic pesticides can accumulate in the body and cause nausea, headaches, dizziness, abdominal pain and reproductive problems. Chlorella removes these toxins, with one study showing that it was up to 94 percent efficient at degrading pesticides into less harmful by-products for the body to eliminate. Cardiovascular health: Excessive blood cholesterol levels can create plaque in the arteries, reducing blood flow and causing high blood pressure. By reducing blood cholesterol, chlorella keeps arteries clear and blood pressure in check. Hardening of the arteries: Arterial plaque also causes hardening of the arteries, so by preventing plaque build- up, chlorella reduces arterial hardening before it occurs. Chlorella contains arginine

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substances that reduce the risk of degenerative eye diseases. Chlorella is rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants needed in high concentration in the eyes to combat inflammation and preserve eye function. Digestive health: The

gut is often referred to as the body’s ‘second brain’, because it is a hormonally active organ that sends signals throughout the body based on the health of its bacterial

population. Chlorella feeds ‘good’ gut bacteria with high concentrations of prebiotic fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, encouraging them to create a thriving gut microbiome. Assists weight loss: Taking chlorella for weight loss is effective because of its very high nutrient content. Also chlorella will help to reduce


and antioxidants that are converted in the body to nitric oxide, a vasodilator that keeps the arteries flexible.

Energy source: Chlorella contains magnesium, vitamin D and the B-group vitamins, which are essential co-factors for proper energy metabolism. Inadequate levels of these nutrients have been shown to cause fatigue in test subjects. Muscle repair: The cellular DNA ‘building block’ materials in the chlorella growth factor increase muscle and tissue repair, leading to improved athletic performance. Chlorella also contains amino acids required for building muscles and tissue. References available on request.

cravings from empty calories as well as help to balance blood sugar. It is also high in iodine, a necessary mineral to support thyroid function, often an issue for people struggling with weight. This essential mineral is often missing in modern diets. Aerobic endurance: Chlorella helps to improve oxygen reuptake, which is a direct indicator of aerobic function. Chlorella also provides the ‘chlorella growth factor’, a regenerative molecule containing nucleic acids which are the


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Change the World with Chocolate I t is a little-known but distressing fact that much conventionally-produced chocolate utilises child labour. This Easter, you can help to change that. This section is dominated by a handful of chocolate giants that profit from keeping the cacao purchasing price as low as possible. As a result, farmers are forced to live in

the result of exploitation at the beginning of the supply chain, where people live in extreme poverty, that is not right. The cacao supply chain is shaped like an hourglass. At one end, there are the farmers who produce the cocoa; in the middle, there are a few multinationals, and at the other end, there are billions of consumers who eat the chocolate. The bit in the middle is where it goes wrong. Big chocolate companies keep the price they pay farmers inhumanely low, so they are caught in a poverty trap which leads directly to child labour and modern slavery. Farmers in Ghana and Ivory Coast only receive the fixed farm gate price per kilo set by their governments, and are rarely encouraged to operate more professionally and improve the quality of their crop. The fact that farmers do not receive more than the farm gate price for their cacao is not the only problem. Many farmers produce only 30-40 percent of what they could, because they do not have the knowledge or equipment they need to improve productivity. Old trees produce fewer beans, but the farmers can’t afford new ones. And even if they run their farms more professionally, they still are just not paid enough for their cacao.

There is a painful truth about chocolate that most chocolate lovers don’t know. Dirt-cheap chocolate prices are only possible because children as young as six are trafficked and forced to work on cacao plantations. According to the 2018 Cacao Barometer, there are as many as two million child labourers in West Africa alone, many of whom were kidnapped and forced into the servitude of the chocolate industry. Smugglers are paid to traffic children from countries like Mali and Guinea into the Ivory Coast, Ghana and Algeria. Modern slavery How on earth does modern slavery exist in 2023? The problem arises with the chocolate supply chain. This chain starts with millions of farmers who produce cacao and ends with the consumers who enjoy chocolate. But what about the bit in between?

Big chocolate companies keep the price they pay farmers inhumanely low, so they are caught in a poverty trap which leads directly to child labour and modern slavery.

poverty, leading to child labour and slavery. Now, there is nothing wrong with companies making a profit – they would go broke without it. However, when profit is


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Chocolate Mousse Tart From Nourish in 5 by Amy Lee

At Go Vita, we are big fans of Loving Earth and Tony’s Chocolonely, two ethical chocolate brands that are on a mission to make a difference and to end modern slavery and child labour in the cacao industry. Read on to discover how they are changing the world, one chocolate bar at a time. Loving Earth: This Melbourne-based company makes plant-based chocolate, using the highest quality Peruvian cacao beans which have been regeneratively grown in the Amazon by the Kemito Ene co-operative of Peru. This indigenous community grows their crop as they have for generations, using traditional methods to protect and regenerate hectares of forest. Loving Earth has been working with the Kemito Ene for over a decade, watching them go from strength to strength with each harvest. For the Kemito Ene, the cacao harvest is a culturally sensitive source of income, native to the area. It means the co-operative does not need money from loggers or coca (cocaine) growers, which are two of the main sources of destruction of the forest. Loving Earth does not use cacao grown through child slavery. Degrading practices like these are just another reason to make sure you know what kind of world you are supporting with your dollar. Tony’s Chocolonely: Right now illegal child labour and slavery exist on cocoa farms in West Africa, a direct result of the unequally divided cocoa chain. Tony’s Chocolonely

A protein-packed chocolate tart with a secret superfood ingredient: tofu! Don’t worry, you won’t taste it - the ingredients will transform into a rich, velvety mousse that tastes naughty (but isn’t!) You can buy your own base if you don’t want to make your own; however this base only has three ingredients, and it is ridiculously easy to make. Ingredients Base • 2 cups (250 g) walnuts • 1 heaping cup (approximately 16) dates*, pitted • ¼ cup Organic Road Raw Cacao Powder Mousse • 1 block (90 g) Dark Chocolate, melted • 1 can Organic Road Coconut Cream, frozen for 1 hour • 1 packet (400 g) Silken Tofu • ½ cup Organic Road Maple Syrup • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Topping • Pomegranate seeds Method To make the base, pulse the walnuts and cacao into flour in a food processor. Add the dates and process until the mixture sticks together. Press into a tart pan or cake tin. To make the mousse, blend all the mousse ingredients, pour into the base and freeze for 1-2 hours, or refrigerate overnight. Top with pomegranate seeds to serve. * Soak dates in boiling water for 10 minutes if they are dry.

aims to change that, with 100 percent modern slavery-free chocolate – not just for their brand, but for all chocolate worldwide – via their unique sourcing plan.


Energise with MCT s

R educe inflammation, improve digestion and boost your stamina with heart-healthy coconut- derived MCTs. Coconut has been widely used for a multitude of purposes, including diet, shelter and medicine. In particular, coconut’s rich medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are gaining popularity through further research studies and support from health professionals for their many health benefits. MCTs can help you to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, support metabolism, digestion and healthy skin and hair, as well as help to prevent colds and viruses, reduce inflammation and boost overall immunity. Heart health Fats are not all the same. Saturated fats are different from unsaturated fats, and even within saturated fats there are varying types - short-chain, medium-chain and long-chain fatty acids - which all affect the body in different ways. Coconut is especially rich in medium-chain triglycerides, a unique type of fatty acid that has tremendous benefits for the body and behaves quite differently in the body from other fats. For example, MCTs are quick to digest and easily used for energy, rather than stored for the long term. Coconut’s MCTs are also less likely to contribute to plaque build-up in the arteries, which is what

The right weight The MCTs in coconut have been shown to suppress appetite, with test subjects who followed a high MCT diet demonstrating a significantly reduced caloric intake. MCTs boost the body’s metabolic rate, helping with weight control, while also ensuring the body feels full and satiated for longer. MCTs are therefore helpful for athletes or diabetics who follow a higher-protein, lower-carbohydrate diet, because they provide energy, yet do not affect insulin levels and blood glucose levels in the way that sugars from carbohydrates will. Better immunity Lauric acid is one of the principal components of MCTs, and provides significant immunity-boosting benefits. Lauric acid is extremely nourishing and provides powerful antibacterial and anti- infectious effects, helping the body to fight off a variety of viruses and germs, including herpes, influenza and even the bacteria that cause stomach ulcers and urinary tract infections. Some reports suggest that another MCT, caprylic acid, can help overcome long-standing and stubborn yeast infections, such as oral thrush or candida. Go Vita loves … Niulife Coconut Clarity MCT Plus+ (brain health formula), Coconut MCT and Coconut Endurance MCT Plus+. (long-lasting formula).

can lead to arteriosclerosis, due to their energy-producing effects. They are rich in the antioxidant nutrients vitamins C and E, which help to fight free radical damage in the body. Additionally, MCTs have marvellous antimicrobial and detoxifying nutrients,

Tip: People interested in losing weight will find that Niulife Coconut Sugar is a great alternative to regular sugar; it is a low-glycaemic food and also provides iron, zinc, potassium and calcium which conventional sweeteners do not.

helping to negate the effect of exposure to toxic environmental pollutants such as chemicals, which are often associated with heart problems. ‘Good’ fats like MCTs are very important for helping the body to absorb nutrients efficiently, particularly vitamins E and D, which are required for heart health.


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