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Welcome to the August issue of Go Magazine! We are thrilled to present Robyn Lawley, the beautiful ambassador for Inika, a remarkable 100% natural makeup and skincare brand, gracing our cover. Just like the untouched image of Robyn, Inika Organic represents purity and power, offering you a truly authentic beauty experience. In this issue, we aim to provide you with valuable insights into the world of natural health and wellness. Have you ever wondered what a naturopath is and why you might consult one? Turn to page 4, where we have an enlightening article that delves into the role of naturopaths and how they can help enhance your health and wellbeing. We are delighted to bring you a feature from a key partner, Nutra Organics, who have shared some fantastic tips and recipes for keeping your children healthy. From supporting mood and combating brain fog to tackling acne, we have you covered with expert advice that will benefit both you and your loved ones. Moreover, don’t miss our article on the power of keto diets. Discover how this dietary approach can help you achieve your health and weight loss goals. Our in-depth article will guide you through the principles and benefits of the keto lifestyle. Looking ahead, next month marks Australian Organic Awareness Month. As Go Vita stores proudly stock many certified organic products, we thought it would be essential to clarify the difference between “certified organic” and “organic.” Learn more about the

standards and practices behind these labels to make informed choices for yourself and your family. We hope this issue of Go Magazine enriches your journey towards a healthier and more vibrant life. As always, we appreciate your continued support and encourage you to share

your thoughts and feedback. Wishing you a month filled with wellness and joy! Be well! Ann Cattelan BSc Editor


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Since its earliest days, when it was known as ‘the nature cure’, naturopaths have always focused on healing from a purely natural perspective. Today, naturopathy has developed into a highly effective evidence-based form of natural medicine. Naturopathy ... Evidence Based Natural Medicine

• Musculoskeletal conditions: such as sarcopenia or arthritis, respond well to anti-inflammatory diet plans and herbal intervention. • Gastrointestinal disorders: including gastric reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, and food sensitivities. Improving gut health also plays a key role in recovery from fatigue, autoimmune conditions and mental disorders. • Mental health: for those not requiring critical care, naturopaths may provide basic counselling and evidence-based nutritional and herbal medicines for the treatment of mild to moderate mood disorders including anxiety and depression. • Performance optimisation: Strong evidence shows dietary modification, supplements and herbal medicines boost cognitive function and physical performance. Athletes, gamers and businesspeople leading stressful and busy lives can benefit from seeing a qualified naturopath for cognition and physical performance. A qualified naturopath will promote an evidence-based approach to practice and know how to work safely alongside other medical practitioners to provide a best- practice approach for health. Naturopaths can provide both a primary and synergistic approach to medicine, thus enabling a greater therapeutic outcome for their clients. Matt Steinacher is a highly qualified and educated naturopath and sports nutritionist who has actively practised natural medicine for over 20 years. www.viveclinic.com.au

• Cardiovascular disease: by reducing inflammation, cortisol and stress, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure. • Diabetes: individualised nutritional planning, and exercise to stabilise blood glucose and possibly minimise insulin requirements. • Weight loss or gain: through diet and exercise planning, plus emotional challenges addressed via counselling and coaching. • Immune disorders (including autoimmune): infections, and inflammation, are greatly influenced by diet and lifestyle. • Cancer: Scope exists for evidence- based adjunctive therapy in most cancers, especially for those undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiography. A naturopath can also provide nutrition plans specific for recovery, energy, immunity, nerve and gastrointestinal health while undergoing cancer therapy. People undergoing chemotherapy are usually unable to maintain a normal diet, so individualised diet plans can prevent nutritional deficiencies. • Hormonal imbalances: including menopause, infertility and premenstrual disorders, can be modified with condition-specific herbal medicines.

Hippocrates (460-370 BC), known as ‘the father of medicine’, first highlighted the impact of our environment, diet and lifestyle as factors contributing to disease. Naturopathy grew in popularity throughout the 18th century in Europe and the USA, and in Australia during the 1970s. Naturopaths could be considered the general practitioners of natural medicine with their education and experience, focusing on a broad range of subjects - anatomy, physiology, biological chemistry, clinical nutrition and medicine, pharmacology, and herbal medicine. Consulting a naturopath Around five million naturopathic consultations occur each year in Australia. Appointments typically combine a thorough case history with functional and conventional blood testing to identify which body processes are malfunctioning. This informs evidence-based prescription of safe and effective nutritional and herbal medicines. Counselling, lifestyle, sleep, movement, and exercise may also be included as part of the prescription. Naturopathic consultations are typically at least one hour, enabling trust, empathy and understanding of both psychological and physiological challenges. Naturopathy can be of benefit for many disorders, including but not limited to:


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Pure with Purpose

INIKA Organic are proud to announce the People with Purpose initiative, and to unveil Robyn Lawley as brand ambassador.

Change for good INIKA has launched People with Purpose, a grant program to recognise people who are doing incredible things with purpose, whether that be protecting the environment, fighting for animal rights or helping to create a more sustainable future. The grant is open to Australian residents and will see the recipient receive $10,000 to further invest in their purpose. https://www.inikaorganic.com/ pages/people-with-purpose Go Vita loves … INIKA’s Phytofuse Renew ™ clinically tested anti-ageing skincare range, with rose of Jericho, grapeseed extract, caviar lime and maca root.

Australia’s premium 100 percent natural, certified organic beauty brand, INIKA Organic, has appointed eco and sustainability warrior and supermodel Robyn Lawley as their new brand ambassador. As one of Australia’s most celebrated models, as well as an author, podcaster and environmental activist, Robyn epitomises what INIKA Organic stands for: authentically natural, sustainable and pure with purpose. “We partner with people who are as passionate as we are, and Robyn lives and breathes her purpose, just as we do,” says Tony Rechtman, founder and CEO of Total Beauty Network. “She uses her platform to advocate for sustainability, animal rights and the environment, which are all core to INIKA’s values.” Beauty in imperfection INIKA has unveiled a series of stunning images of Robyn that are completely unretouched. “Being beautiful doesn’t mean being perfect,” explains Amanda Connors, Global Chief Marketing Officer

for Total Beauty Network. “We wanted a beautiful campaign that was also natural and real, to reflect our brand ethos, so we decided not to retouch the images.” “I’m thrilled to be a brand ambassador for INIKA Organic,” says Robyn. “I’m passionate about what I put into my body and on my face, so to be aligned with a 100 percent natural, certified organic, cruelty-free and vegan-friendly brand is the perfect fit. INIKA is also doing incredible things to combat plastic packaging within the beauty industry.” Plastic neutral INIKA is the world’s first certified plastic neutral make-up brand, helping to reduce the 120 billion units of beauty packaging that is produced annually. Plastic neutral certification assures responsible plastic waste management: for every kilo of plastic waste that INIKA Organic puts into the environment, they collect and recycle another kilo which is made into fence posts for Australian farmers devastated by bushfires and drought.


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Guard Your Brain Health

Nootropics is a medical term used to define a variety of substances that support and enhance cognitive function, thinking, learning and memory. Nootropics include some medicinal prescription drugs and an increasing number of natural substances, primarily antioxidant nutrients, amino acids and herbs. Here are the ones to look for. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) A staple of Ayurveda, the centuries-old healing tradition practised in India, ashwagandha improves psychological balance and wellbeing by increasing cognitive ability, improving sleep Cutting-edge research into nootropic nutrients and herbs shows that they improve cognition, memory and mental alertness.

adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the brain, which boosts the transfer of energy, blood and oxygen to all cells in the body. This action also has benefits for heart and brain health, with small-scale studies suggesting a potential role in recovery from brain injuries. As an adaptogenic herb, cordyceps regulates mood disorders, stress and anxiety. Folic acid Folic acid is probably best known for its ability to prevent birth defects; however, a growing body of research points to its critical role in nervous system health, especially in supporting brain health and both short- and long-term memory. There is also evidence of its importance to the ageing brain, especially in mental and emotional balance and motor function. Nutrient-dense greens, such as alfalfa, wheatgrass and spinach, are all excellent sources of folic acid. Lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus) This medicinal mushroom is rich in antioxidants and plays a role in regulating cortisol levels which rise during stressful periods, as well as having been shown to have potent effect on cognitive function and memory and increasing overall vitality and energy and having a mild pain-relieving effect. Research shows that taking lion’s mane boosts Long used in traditional Chinese medicine to improve brain function, reduce brain fatigue and speed recovery from illness and debility, this is an adaptogenic herb, which means that it helps the body to adapt to stress and maintain mental focus during difficult times. Contemporary research has proven that it does improve mental function, possibly due to its anti-inflammatory action, which protects the brain from oxidative stress. reaction time, alertness, and focus. Ginseng (Panax ginseng)

quality, and sharpening focus. Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis)

A neuroprotective mushroom, this works to minimise damage to the brain caused by oxidation, which increases with age, and to fight mental fatigue, improve learning capacity and memory,

and to support overall mental health and brain function. Cordyceps also improves physical stamina and performance by increasing the production of


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L-theanine This natural amino acid is found in tea, particularly green tea. It can be used in a

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concentrated form as a nootropic, with studies showing that it improves memory and focus, without putting the body under stress or causing jitters. L-theanine has been shown to increase the alpha-waves in the brain, which is the state that encourages creativity, deep concentration and lateral thinking. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) Derived from coconut oil, medium-chain triglycerides are a must-have in any brain-boosting diet. They have been shown to reduce the ageing process in the brain, and to reduce ‘brain fog’ and increase speed of recall and response to stimuli. This is largely due to MCTs’ beneficial effects on the digestive system, which is closely linked to cognition and mood. N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) This is an important amino acid, which the body requires to make glutathione, an antioxidant that is needed for a wide range of metabolic functions to occur correctly. It plays a specific role in liver detoxification and in simultaneously increasing the brain neurotransmitter glutamate and reducing toxic inflammation that damages brain cells and tissue.

Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) Another adaptogenic herb, research shows that rhodiola not only boosts mood and mental stamina and promotes calm in everyday life, but it is also especially effective in preventing burnout and anxiety in people who are in excessively stressful situations, such as students taking final exams. It also boosts alertness, attention, and motor function.


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Mighty Magnesium

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Your body contains a very small amount of magnesium – less than 30 grams – but this mineral is vital for almost all body functions. Even more important is the fact that most people are likely to be deficient in magnesium because it is easily depleted in the body. For example, stress rapidly reduces magnesium levels; so do some medications, certain diseases and physical activity; if you eat a lot of processed and refined foods, you are unlikely to be obtaining sufficient magnesium from your diet. 10 top reasons to supplement

improving blood flow to the heart. While further research is needed to fully understand the extent of magnesium’s impact on heart health, its potential benefits make it a mineral worth considering for maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. 2 Anxiety and stress: Magnesium deficiency may enhance stress reactions, and emotional stress, especially anxiety, has been shown to increase the body’s requirements for magnesium. Taking a supplement may be of assistance for sufferers of anxiety. 4 Blood sugar: Studies show magnesium manages insulin and carbohydrate

Magnesium is involved in energy production, nerve function, muscle relaxation and bone and tooth formation. Research shows that it is also of benefit for:

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of benefit for people with asthma because low dietary intakes of magnesium are associated with poorer lung function.

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6 Headaches: There is some evidence that magnesium deficiency may play a part in the

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development of chronic headaches. Migraine has also been related to low magnesium levels and magnesium deficiency. Taking a supplement may help to prevent headaches and may be of particular benefit for women who suffer from premenstrual migraines. 7 Osteoporosis: Magnesium is an important mineral for bone health because it facilitates the incorporation of calcium into bone; it is also

10 Menstrual Pain: Natural health practitioners consistently recommend that calcium and magnesium should be taken daily to help prevent and alleviate menstrual pain and cramping. During the period itself, taking a high-

associated with higher bone mass. 8 Chronic fatigue syndrome:

There is some evidence that patients with chronic fatigue symptoms will often have low levels of magnesium, and taking a supplement may improve energy and mood. 9 ADHD: There is good evidence that many children do

dosage supplement of both these minerals often helps to ease symptoms.

not receive adequate amounts of key nutrients in their diets, including magnesium, which is required for brain function and is known to affect mood. Studies show that some children with ADHD have low levels of magnesium, as well as B-group vitamins.

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There are three species of echinacea: Echinacea angustifolia, E. purpurea and E. pallida . The first two are most widely used and researched for medicinal purposes. Both the roots and leaves of echinacea are used to make herbal medicines to prevent and treat colds, flu, nasal congestion and a sore throat; it can be administered as a liquid extract, tablets and capsules, on its own or with other synergistic plants. Echinacea is an immune stimulant, meaning that it helps strengthen the body’s natural immune response and increase resistance to infection. This makes it an effective remedy for colds and flu, upper respiratory tract infections, as well Indigenous to the North American plains, echinacea was used by native Americans to treat wounds, infections and snake bite.

as genitourinary infections. It is especially useful for people with weakened immune systems. It has been shown to be an effective antiviral agent, against the herpes virus and to noticeably increase phagocytosis, the process by which foreign bodies are engulfed by the body’s protective immune cells. It is particularly favoured for treating the all-too-common cold, restoring the body to health quickly while helping the immune system to fight off other secondary infections which often strike when the body’s systems are overwhelmed. Health professionals recommend starting to take echinacea right at the onset, within 24 hours of the first symptom. No adverse side effects have been reported from taking echinacea; however, speak with your health professional before using it for prolonged periods.

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In 2021, 3.4 million Australians aged between 16-85 years saw a health professional for their mental health. Traditional medicine (Western herbal, Chinese and Ayurvedic) and conventional medicine have been shown to support mood health. Saffron (affron®) to support healthy mood balance You might know saffron (Crocus sativus) as an exotic ingredient that an important therapeutic herb. Crocus sativus flower, has an increasing body of evidence supporting its efficacy. Based on a meta-analysis of 23 trials, it was demonstrated that saffron at a dose of 28 to 30 mg daily had positive effects on mild anxiety and depressive symptoms in adults. Affron® is one of the highest quality saffron extracts in the world and was named as the winner of the NutraIngredients Awards (USA) Ingredients of the Year for Cognitive Health in 2020. Reishi mushroom to relieve fatigue and calm the mind Reishi mushroom is one of the most adds colour and flavour to your favourite recipes. Its dried potent red thread-like parts of the flower (stigmas) are most recognisable and used to make saffron spice, but it’s also How to naturally support your mood Moods are a natural part of your emotional rhythm and understanding your moods can help you manage your emotional wellbeing.

Reishi mushroom has also been commonly referred to as the “mushroom of immortality”, which suggests auspiciousness, blissfulness, and happiness. Zinc and Vitamins B5 and B6 to support brain function These nutrients are essential for many of the body’s functions. Zinc is essential for supporting brain function and energy production. Vitamin B5 is a B-group vitamin that supports a healthy stress response in the body and vitamin B6 contributes to neurotransmitter production of serotonin (from tryptophan), norepinephrine and dopamine, often referred to as ‘feel good hormones’.

How to support your mood and lifestyle with Traditional Chinese Medicine tips

1 Stimulate your qi (your vital energy) with acupuncture, tai chi, swimming, brisk walking, yoga or cycling. 2 Balance your yin and yang through diet, exercise, work and emotional life. 4 Breathing exercises can activate your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), bringing relaxation and a sense of calmness.

3 Support your Shen (spirit and mind) with reishi mushroom, connecting with friends, family or nature. 5 Daily integration of simple tips can make a positive change. Avoid eating too close to bedtime for optimal sleep, light meals in the evening, move your body every day and eat green vegetables and fruit daily for a positive effect on mental health.

widely researched botanicals in Asia. Reishi mushroom consists of the dried fruiting bodies of Ganoderma lucidum . Numerous legends surrounding reishi mushroom provide an historical record which

spans 2000 years. Traditionally, it was used in China by Taoist monks to promote a centred calmness, improve meditative practices, and attain a long and healthy life. Chinese royalty, seeking longevity, held reishi mushroom in high esteem.

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


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BioGenesis Natural Australia

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Green superfoods are a must-have for anyone who cares about their health and wants to feel their best. They are a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, trace elements, essential fatty acids, prebiotics and probiotics, and will help to improve cognitive and physical performance. Their well-rounded and all-natural nutritional profile makes them an appealing alternative to more traditional synthetic multivitamins. What to look for When choosing a greens product, you should examine not only what the ingredients are, their quality, and check that the density of active ingredients is sufficient to provide functional benefits. Wheat grass: Wheatgrass is so beneficial because of its dense and varied combination of nutrients and enzymes. It’s even colloquially known as ‘green blood’, because it contains such high and nourishing levels of chlorophyll, a plant pigment used in photosynthesis. Barley grass: Its nutritional profile is similar to wheat grass, but there are important differences that make both ingredients worth seeking out. Barley

grass has 30 times the thiamine and also contains five times the iron content of spinach and is high in vitamins C, E, K, folic acid, magnesium and a host of other health-boosting substances, including glutamic acid, which reduces cravings for sugar, alcohol, coffee and nicotine. Chlorella: As an algae, chlorella possesses distinct properties not commonly found in other plants. It is a valuable source of vitamin D, vitamin B12, and omega-3 fatty acids - nutrients that are often lacking in plant-based diets. For vegans and vegetarians, chlorella offers a natural way to obtain these essential nutrients. Additionally, chlorella is renowned for its detoxifying properties, making it an ideal addition to any wellness routine. Marine Plant Minerals: These minerals are sourced from Lithothamnium calcareum , a type of red seaweed that grows in the mineral-rich marine environment that boast an impressive array of calcium, magnesium and 70 other trace minerals that are crucial for maintaining healthy bones, teeth, and muscles. Calcium, often associated with dairy products, is typically in short supply in plant-based diets.


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Organic Living

Do you know the important difference between products that are labelled ‘organic’ and ‘ certified organic ’?

Choosing certified organic products is an easy, natural, and practical way to care for our planet and your future. A passion for healthy, wholesome living and respect for the world around us lie at the heart of organics. Choosing certified organic products is important for anyone who is seeking a healthier way of life, and it makes it so much easier to make better choices about food and drink, health and beauty, babycare, petcare, gardening, home, office and clothing purchases. Understanding the difference There is currently no domestic regulation surrounding the term ‘organic’ in Australia, which means that some products labelled ‘organic’ simply may not be what they say they are. For example, a product claiming to be organic could contain as little as two percent of organic ingredients, while other ingredients could have been produced using synthetic chemicals. However, products labelled ‘certified organic’ have been put through a rigorous certification process to ensure that they meet an approved set of standards, such as the Australian Certified Organic Standard (ACOS). This means that every certified organic farm, product, and service must have had each part of their supply chain independently and third party- verified by a certification body. This verification ensures that everything is examined, from the growth of the produce in the field, to the sourcing of additional ingredients, manufacturing, and processing procedures, all the way through to getting the products into stores. Only by choosing products labelled ‘certified organic’ can you be sure that you are buying truly organic products and supporting certified organic producers. September is Australian Organic Awareness Month – AOAM, for short – and it is our country’s largest campaign promoting

the Australian certified organic industry. Led by the peak industry body Australian Organic Limited, AOAM aims to raise awareness

of certified organic products, brands, and businesses, while also educating consumers about the importance of looking for certified organic logos on their organic purchases. Join in this September by supporting your favourite certified organic brands and businesses like Go Vita, and sharing your stories on social media. Visit www.whyorganic.com.au to find out more.

Why Certified Organic?

• Only 19 percent of

free range can run up to 10,000 per hectare. • Thirty-three percent of shoppers have purchased a product, thinking it was organic based on packaging claims - only to later find it was not. shoppers recognise the Australian Organic-owned ‘Bud’ certification logo. • Seventy-seven percent of organic shoppers are now • Sixty-four percent of

chemicals are removed when washing non- organic strawberries in tap water. Toxic chemicals and pesticides are not permitted in organic foods. farming systems emit up to 40 percent less carbon emissions than non- organic systems. • No more than 1,500 birds are permitted per hectare for certified organic chickens, but non-organic • Numerous long-term trials show organic

aware of certification marks, up from 59 percent in 2019.

Statistics extracted from Australian Organic Market Report 2023 and budorganic.com.au


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How Hemp Can Save the Planet


Hemp is not just a nutrition powerhouse; it can preserve the Earth and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.

The environmental benefits of hemp cultivation are exciting and far-reaching. Reduces carbon emissions: Carbon sequestration is the process by which a plant absorbs excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and stores it; effectively, it is how plants purify the air. All plants do this, but some are faster and more effective at it. For example, hemp plants are fast-growing and mature in 90-100 days, compared with pine trees, which take 20 years to mature. This rapid growth rate means that hemp plants capture approximately 10 times more carbon dioxide than pine trees. Potential fuel: Preliminary research indicates that hemp seed oil can be converted into a sustainable biodiesel fuel, while the rest of the plant can be used to make ethanol, another form of fuel, two important new developments which have the potential to significantly reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. Biodiesel fuels are better for the environment and create less greenhouse gas emissions. Soil doctor: Hemp is not just nutritious for humans, it also supports regenerative farming practice by improving soil fertility. A hardy plant, hemp requires less fertiliser and water than many other crops. This hardiness means hemp can be grown almost anywhere, making it a cash-producing crop that can be

cultivated in disadvantaged countries with limited water and agricultural services. It is also deep-rooted, which means it aids in crop rotation by creating a loose, friable soil, and reduces erosion. Multi-tasking miracle: Every single part of the hemp plant is useable – roots, seeds, flowers, fruit, fibre and leaves – and for an enormous variety of applications. For example, hemp can be used to make fabric, textiles, paper, cardboard and rope, plus steel, wood and bioplastic alternatives, and even a fire-resistant form of bricks to build houses. Hemp building materials are high in insulation capability, meaning they also have the advantage of greatly reducing energy consumption in future buildings. Healthy hemp: Hemp seeds are a great source of plant-based protein, making them an excellent choice for vegetarians and vegans looking to meet their protein needs. They’re also abundant in essential fatty acids, particularly omega-3 and omega-6, which are crucial for maintaining heart

Roast Vegetable and Quinoa Salad • 3 beetroots, cubed • 2 carrots, diced

• 1 sweet potato, cubed • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 teaspoon dried oregano • ½ teaspoon sea salt • 2 cups rocket • 1 cup quinoa, cooked • ¼ cup dried cranberries • ¼ cup sunflower seeds and Hemp Foods Australia Hemp Seeds Dressing • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger • ½ clove garlic • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard • 1 tablespoon honey • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar • juice 1 lemon • 1 teaspoon sea salt • 1 tablespoon tahini • ½ teaspoon turmeric • ¼ cup Hemp Foods Australia Hemp Gold Oil Directions: Preheat oven to 180˚C. Place vegetables on a baking tray with oil, salt and oregano. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until golden. Place dressing ingredients in a jar and shake well. Arrange veggies, rocket, quinoa, cranberries and seeds on a platter, add dressing and serve.

health, reducing inflammation, and supporting brain function. They are high in fibre, so ideal for a healthy gut and packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, magnesium and phosphorus, which contribute to immune support, bone strength, and overall wellbeing.


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Collagen Plus The ketogenic – or ‘keto’ diet – is popular for its ability to create rapid weight loss, especially of the adipose belly fat which is considered most dangerous. Low in carbohydrates and high in protein and (zucchini, cucumber, celery, asparagus). Refined oils, milk, artificial sweeteners, processed foods, grains (rice, quinoa, bread, pasta), potatoes, and high- carbohydrate fruits (pineapple, bananas, grapes, mango) must all be avoided. There will possibly be some Ketogenic diets speed weight loss and are good for your heart! However, if you follow this diet you may need to take special nutrients.

healthy fats, the keto diet improves appetite control by increasing satiety, and has benefits for heart health, because it lowers LDL (‘bad’ cholesterol), while simultaneously elevating triglycerides. What happens during ketosis? When your carbohydrate intake is low, your body breaks down stored fat for energy instead, using a metabolic process called ketosis. During ketosis, ketones are produced which fuel the body and brain with energy. Ketosis leads to increased weight loss, because the body is burning fat at a higher rate than usual. This metabolic state usually kicks in after three to four days of restricting carbohydrate intake. A keto diet will certainly help you reach a weight loss goal sooner, but it does have a few downsides. One is that it is quite limiting – in order to be effective, the dieter needs to eat no more than 25 to 50 grams of carbohydrates daily. Foods like nuts and seeds will need to be carefully limited. The focus is on meat (preferably wild-caught), eggs, cheese, healthy oils (olive, avocado, coconut), avocadoes, non-starchy vegetables

symptoms resulting from the altered metabolic state, collectively nicknamed ‘the keto flu’, including loss of appetite, nausea, constipation and bad breath (halitosis). Also, given that any diet based on eliminating

or dramatically reducing one or more entire food groups, may lead to nutritional deficiencies, supplements and multivitamins are recommended. Of particular importance are key electrolytes and collagen, which work in synergy to hydrate the body and replenish minerals lost during ketosis, as well as supporting hair, skin and nail health. Combining electrolytes with collagen protein helps to improve absorption and utilisation of protein, while also supporting overall health and wellness.

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Keep Kids Healthy

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Safeguard and improve the health of your children with nutritious superfoods that strengthen the young immune system, protect the brain and gut, and help to prevent common childhood ailments.

Do you wish your kids could eat the foods they pester you for - and for those foods to actually be good for them? Nutra Organics has done just that with their new Gutsy Gummies range. Gutsy Gummies™ is an instant natural gummy mix that is naturally delicious, nourishing and low in sugar, and comes in three mouth-watering flavours: Mango, Strawberry and Tropical. Just add water Say goodbye to store-bought gummies and lollies that are laden with refined sugar, gluten and artificial colours and flavours, a

Nutra Organics have been loud and proud about taking a holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Their approach to supporting the health and wellbeing of children has been praised by parents across Australia, with thousands of glowing reviews posted online and the entire original range of Superfoods for Kids (Veggie Hero, Berry Immune, Choc Whiz and Captain Calm) selling out three times over. Nutra Organics children’s range continues to deliver clean, clever, delicious and nutritious products to support and protect growing children. In addition to the new Gutsy Gummies™, you can also now find these four original superfoods in a nifty 125 g size. If you have never tried the award-winning Superfoods for Kids range, but you do want to start sneaking more nutrition into your children’s meals, these small yet mighty sizes are for you. If you’re already a fan of Superfoods for Kids, sampling the rest of the range in these handy sizes is ideal – plus, they are great travel buddies for you and your family. Super Tummy also joins the superhero gang of Nutra Organics Superfoods for Kids. Super Tummy is the no-fuss, all-in-one, natural gut health solution for children. It contains organic fibre, soothing herbs, prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes. Super Tummy is especially supportive for children who experience digestive discomfort, irregular bowel movements or lack fibre in their diet.


Each preparation makes 6 serves.

1. ‘Bloom’ Gutsy Gummies by adding 50 grams (1/3 cup) into 100 mL of water and stir until an even texture is achieved. 2. Add 250 mL of recently boiled, hot water to the bloomed Gutsy Gummies and stir until dissolved. 3. Pour into moulds and refrigerate for at least 2 hours to set. Eat straight from the fridge.

Get creative by adding your favourite juices or fresh fruits.


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Australia’s favourite kids range Now with NEW Gutsy Gummies & NEW Super Tummy







Go Loco for Coconut!

Chicken Lettuce Cups Ingredients: • 500 g chicken mince • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 3 cloves garlic, crushed • 1 lemongrass stalk, sliced • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger • juice of ½ a lime • ¼ cup Niulife Naked Coconut Amino Sauce • ¼ red cabbage, sliced • 3 carrots, grated • 1 cup coriander leaves, chopped • 1 tablespoon mint, chopped • 1 baby cos lettuce Directions: Heat oil in a frypan over medium heat. Add ginger, lemongrass and garlic. Add mince and stir until cooked. Add lime juice, coconut aminos, cabbage, carrot and herbs. Cook until soft. Remove from heat and spoon into lettuce cups.

Coconut aminos , to be precise. Here are the top six coconut amino sauces you need in your kitchen, right now. Soy sauce is a staple in many cultural cuisines, especially Asian food; however, not everyone can tolerate or digest soy products. The good news is that there are delicious free from key allergens (soy, gluten, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts), FODMAP-friendly and certified organic alternatives. These are the ones ranked the best by the Go Vita team:

Naked Coconut Amino Sauce: Certified FODMAP friendly, just fermented nectar and sea salt: perfect for marinating, basting, dipping and pouring. Original Coconut Amino Sauce: The famous original not-soy sauce, much loved for its rich tangy flavour. Coconut Amino BBQ Sauce: A classic sauce including garlic, that adds magic to sauteed mushrooms. Vegan Fysh Sauce Cocominos: A plant-powered version of an iconic seasoning sauce, essential for an authentic vegan laksa! Coconut Sweet Chilli Sauce: A dark, spicy- salty blend with garlic and bird’s eye chilli. Coconut Teriyaki Sauce: A tasty alternative to traditional Japanese-style teriyaki sauce.




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Shake It Up

As well as providing protein and nutrients, meal replacement shakes are high in fibre, to improve digestion. Plus, they have been proven to help weight loss.

What is a meal replacement shake? Meal replacement shakes are designed to replace one or more daily meals. Every shake contains the necessary vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre found in a healthy, real-food meal. By replacing at least one meal a day with a shake, you can easily reduce your daily calorie intake, enabling your body to achieve a calorie deficit by using more calories than you consume. How does a meal replacement shake differ from a protein powder? Food Standards Australia and New Zealand defines the amounts of protein, calories, vitamins and minerals required to replace a meal, and classifies these products as Formulated Meal Replacements. To be classified as such, the shake needs to deliver a certain amount calories, protein and specific vitamin and minerals that would be found in a standard meal. A stand- alone protein powder, however, does not necessarily contain fibre, vitamins, minerals or the right number of calories. Studies show that a partial meal replacement diet can achieve up to seven percent of weight loss goals in the first three months - nearly double the success of trying to lose weight without the meal replacement products.

What benefits do meal replacement shakes provide? Meal replacement shakes are helpful for pre- and post- bariatric surgery, weight management and weight loss and to support gut health problems, including coeliac disease and irritable bowel syndrome. They can help diabetics, by reducing sugar intake, and anyone recovering from surgery or illness, by increasing protein intake and minimising muscle wastage. Go Vita loves … Progranics Meal Replacement Shake , a low sugar, plant-based, dairy- free formula that has been scientifically formulated for weight management and safe, effective weight loss. Proganics meal replacement shakes deliver at least 25g of protein per serve while being a good source of fibre to keep you feeling full. They provide adequate vitamins and minerals and healthy fats for energy and brain health while supporting your metabolism. Proganics meal replacement shakes contain prebiotics, probiotics, and digestive enzymes for gut health.


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The Story of Baresop Change the world and clean up plastic waste, one bathroom at a time. We chat with Founder of Baresop Prisca Ongonga-Daehn about how Baresop began.

"We are excited for the Go Vita community to join us in our goal to eliminate one billion single-use plastic bottles from landfill and 50,000 tonnes of CO2 from our atmosphere."

“Several factors came together to coalesce the Baresop proposition and concept in my mind, with the aim of creating personal care products that make it easy to create meaningful change, without compromising your lifestyle and needs. The first factor was living in South-east Asia, where I witnessed first-hand how much single-use plastic was immersed in our everyday lives; the second was having an outspoken daughter, whose main wish in life is to clean up the Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch. Together, as a family, we decided to do our bit to reduce plastic waste. We started by researching just how much single-plastic waste was created by personal care products, and working out how to find a solution that was a fully closed loop, and not ‘greenwashing’. I took the responsibility to create the solution I wanted and aimed to bring the community along with me to create positive change. It was not to be a linear journey, in any shape or form. Undertaking conversations with Australian consumers showed that 90 percent saw the importance of finding an alternative to single-use plastics, provided that it was convenient, easy to use and

provided value. I was also surprised to learn that it is the water content in personal care products which makes it necessary for them to be packaged in single-use plastic, so I decided to find a way to cut out the water content. Despite initially being told by many cosmetic chemists that this was impossible, persistence paid off. The result is Baresop. Baresop products are Australian-made, with plant-derived ingredients and none of the toxic chemicals often found in traditional personal care products. They are palm oil- and cruelty-free, and suitable for vegans. The bottles are made from recycled waste and the sachets are also recyclable. Importantly, our concentrate concept means we cut a huge percentage of carbon emissions from the processes of making, transporting and storing our products. We are excited for the Go Vita community to join us in our goal to eliminate one billion single-use plastic bottles from landfill and 50,000 tonnes of CO2 from our atmosphere. We also aim to conserve 600,000 litres of water by 2035; plus, for each litre saved we make that amount accessible to communities that do not have clean drinking water.”

clean ingredients inspired by native Australian bush scents create impactful change with every wash


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Natural Pain Relief

Muscle, nerve and joint pain can be mild or severe, chronic or just come on suddenly. The good news is that Mother Nature can ease the ache.

Your body is an intricate network of bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. Pain can result from an acute physical injury, such as a pinched nerve or strained muscle, which in turn may be caused by a variety of triggers, such as whiplash – often from an accident or sports injury – lifting a heavy object or engaging in strenuous activity. Pain can also result from habitually poor posture and chronic and degenerative joint and/or nerve disorders, such as arthritis, rheumatism, sciatica, fibromyalgia or a prolapsed disc. Fractures resulting from osteoporosis also cause severe pain. Stress, pregnancy and certain occupations, such as working on computers, are other predisposing factors. Treatment should focus on resolving the underlying problem, if possible, or, at the very least, bringing short-term relief and organising the long-term management of chronic pain.

of north- east Tasmania, with a long history of use for its anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties and is now earning international attention. This topical analgesic cream quickly penetrates skin to reach the area of pain or inflammation. Due to this exceptional ability to be absorbed deep within the skin, it is highly recommended for people with symptoms of mild muscle injury, pain or soreness. It has a soft, unobtrusive scent and is a non-irritant formula which will not burn even the most sensitive skin. Kunzea Pain Relief Cream comes in an eco-friendly recyclable tube made from 32% post-consumer recycled plastic, and is available in three sizes for personal and professional use – 50g, 100g and 480g. It is proudly made and owned in Australia, independently tested, vegan-friendly and cruelty-free, and contains no parabens or sulphates. One percent of profits from all sales is donated to planet-friendly causes. Always read the label. Use only as directed. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.

Can kunzea help you? Kunzea Pain Relief Cream is listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods for the following therapeutic indications: • Anti-inflammatory • Relieves muscle aches, pain and soreness • Helps reduce symptoms of muscle sprains, strains and injury • Relieves mild arthritis, joint pain and mild rheumatic aches • Relieves mild sciatica, mild nerve pain and neuralgia • Reduces free radicals formed in the body • Decreases free radical damage to body cells • Relieves feelings of general malaise • Helps increase and maintain vitality • Soothes skin inflammation and irritation • Helps promote and maintain skin health and hydration.

Nature has the answers At Go Vita, we are big fans of the best-selling Kunzea Pain Relief Cream, a therapeutic anti- inflammatory cream containing 100 percent natural active lavender oil, kunzea oil and vitamin E - for easing muscle aches, soreness, strains, mild nerve pain, mild arthritis and joint pain. Kunzea (Kunzea ambigua) is a native plant that grows in the pristine wilderness ingredients – rosemary, antioxidants, Tasmania


A roller-skating accident in the 1970s left Geoff Surtees in crippling pain. “Climbing stairs was not an option and even getting out of bed in the morning was painful,” he says. After trying every possible treatment, doctors said that he would have to undergo knee replacement surgery. However, he then discovered Zea’s Kunzea products – and he has not looked back. “I’ve used this cream for years and I still love it!” he says. “I never leave home without a tube of it and I often suggest it to other people. Living without pain – now, that’s a big thing.”


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