Go Magazine | Issue 59

Go Mag Issue 59 is packed with great articles full of effective simple solutions to help you stay in shape this season!


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welcome With no travel, no concerts and no large parties on the horizon anytime soon, it will be a Christmas like no other. Entertaining at home with small groups of family and friends will no doubt be the go-to way to celebrate this year. And what a year it’s been – from bushfires to a global pandemic, it has been a challenging year for so many. Which is why supporting those around you will be key – pick up the phone and talk to a family member interstate or overseas, invite your neighbours in for a Christmas catch up, make hampers for friends and family members who are struggling to make ends meet, and remember the most valuable gift you can give, is the gift of time. Take a friend or family member for a picnic, or a day out – spending time with people you care for is one of the most cherished gifts you can give. 2020 has taught us that you just don’t know what’s around the corner. We sincerely hope that you are able to rest and reset over Christmas, make sure you take a break from the digital world which has consumed many of us this year – our article on page 4, Digital Detox, will help give you some ways to switch off. Also check out our top 10 tips to look and feel your best this summer on page 2. There are some great tips to make sure you can start the 2021 year feeling refreshed with renewed energy. Many of you will be creating beautiful home-cooked festive spreads and we hope that our gorgeous festive party cake will be on the menu, premium quality fruit and nuts go in to making this traditional festive favourite! From all the team at Go Vita, we hope that you are able to



celebrate the festive season with your loved ones in a safe and meaningful way, and may 2021 be filled with health and happiness.

Ann Cattelan BSc Editor


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Summer Get ready for L ook and feel your best this summer with these 10 expert holistic health tips from naturopath Danielle Marasco .

Did you know that the average human being eats 25,000,000 kilograms of food over their lifetime? And in a COVID-affected world in which we stay at home more – and potentially eat more, and less healthy, food options, as well as drink more alcohol – this figure is on the rise. The main source of toxins to affect our body is most often food, which may be laced with chemical additives and preservatives; the second largest source is our lifestyle, which plays a role in exposure to environmental pollutants and chemicals found in personal care and household items. The good news is this simple 10-step detoxification program will improve your energy, mood, sleep and digestion, as well as boost your skin and hair health.

3. Drink up One of the easiest ways of ensuring a successful detox is to drink a minimum of two litres or pure water every day – add more if the weather is very hot or when you are exercising. A good rule is that, if your urine is not almost clear, you need to drink more.

5. clean conciously Eliminate, or at least minimise, the use of conventional personal care and household cleaning products which may come with unwanted chemical fragrances, sulphates, aluminium, bleach, petrochemicals, herbicides and pesticides. Swap to natural products that contain white vinegar, herbal extracts, essential oils and bicarbonate of soda – they are just as effective, and much safer for you and the environment.

4. Say no to the naughties Caffeine, tobacco and alcohol are the three most common toxins, so give your body a break from them.


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7. Take out nutritional insurance Supplements which improve your body’s natural detoxification processes include: Aloe vera – cleanses the colon, neutralises toxins by slowly breaking down food residue, improves digestion and reduces bloating. Spirulina – alkalises the body, increases liver function and supplies high levels of chlorophyll, which speeds the removal of heavy metals from the body. Hemp seed – contains soluble and insoluble fibre to regulate elimination and nourish beneficial probiotic bacteria in th e digestive tract; also high in chlorophyll.

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8. Brush it off

Your skin is your body’s largest organ of elimination, but any dead skin cells which accumulate on its surface can compromise this ability to eliminate toxins effectively. Before showering, use a firm- bristled body brush to dry-brush your legs, back, arms and chest – this will not only remove the dead skin cells and improve your skin’s appearance, it will also make you feel more energised.



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• 1 serve Raw Protein Slim & Tone Vanilla Cinnamon • 250ml non-dairy milk • 1 frozen banana • ¹/₄ cup macadamia nuts • 2 Medjool dates • peanut butter, for topping (optional)

Place all ingredients in a blender and process. Pour into a glass, drizzle with peanut butter and enjoy immediately.

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Danielle Marasco is a naturopath, nutritionist and hypnotherapist, at Go Vita Tuggerah, with over a decade of experience in the natural health industry. www.daniellemarasco.com.au


Switch OFF!

D uring these devices more than ever – is it time for a digital detox? Technological advances have provided us with some important gifts, including increased connection and access to information. However, just as eating too much of the wrong foods can damage our bodies, overdosing on screen time can harm our health and wellbeing – disrupted sleep, thanks to exposure to backlit screens at night, plus dry scratchy eyes and poor posture are just a few of the possible physical health side effects of technology overload. COVID-19 times we are glued to our There is also growing research to suggest that too much technology causes mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression and mood swings. Constantly scanning information online is altering our ability to pay attention. For example, we no longer find it easy or natural to focus on simply reading a book, and we will look for other stimuli at the same time. Not only does this dilute the reading experience, but it undermines our ability to concentrate on complex tasks and to break tasks down into a step-by-step process. Then there is ‘the Google effect’ - the fact that we know answers are always

yourself. How you fill these time slots is up to you – tried-and-true ideas include spending time in nature, taking a walk in a park or on the beach, practising yoga or meditation, talking with a trusted friend, reading uplifting material, taking a warm scented bath and pottering in the garden. Choose one day a week to go completely offline, and shut off your phone and computer. Consider booking yourself in for a retreat at a spa or health resort to clear your mind and reset. 3 Commit to real-time: Face-to-face conversation and voice connection provide important information to all the people involved, which is not present in Facebook posts, emails or text messages. When nonverbal cues like tone of voice, facial expression and body posture are absent, it makes misinterpretation of the message more likely. Be deliberate about making time to see friends and family in person, or at least to speak on the phone. 4 Take a break: A paradox of

at our fingertips discourages us from the effort of retaining information because we can just look it up again. The Go Vita experts have put together this handy 7-step guide to having a digital detox, so that you can unplug, recharge and reclaim control. 1 Set limits: Put daily reminders on your phone, iPad or computer to check in with how you’re doing with respect to stress and fatigue levels and overall exposure time. Always log off at least

There is growing research to suggest that too much technology causes mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression and mood swings.

one hour before bedtime and use that hour to meditate or read. 2 Prioritise self-care: Diarise time slots in every day which will be absolutely technology-free and use them to nurture

technology is that although it has the potential to connect us more than ever before in history, it is also making us feel less


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7. Get help Used appropriately, technology can be a great servant – but it has the potential to be a dangerous master, with some experts warning that signs of technology overload are remarkably similar to drug addiction, such as being unwilling or physically unable to turn off a device

connected. In particular, too much time on social media can cause FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), anxiety and low self-esteem. If you feel social media is not adding value to your life, schedule a break for 30 days. 5 Be present: “Be. Here. Now.” This famous phrase from spiritual teacher Ram Dass is particularly apt for our times. Challenge yourself to be present. Stop scrolling and savour taking time out, rather than rushing on to the next thing. Pay attention to the moment. 6 The eyes have it: Too much screen time can make eyes dry, scratchy and sore. Protect and support your eye

health by eating oily fish like salmon (a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids), citrus fruits and leafy greens (both are excellent sources of vitamin C, to fight age-related eye damage) and orange foods like carrots and sweet potato (packed with the antioxidant vitamins A and E,

which play an essential role in vision). Supplementing with zinc and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin has been linked to better long- term eye health and may help delay age- related sight loss and macular degeneration.

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the ocean’s Superfood

S eaweed is a traditional food that is being rediscovered for its many health benefits and tasty flavours. Seaweed is the basis of the ecosystem of our oceans; it is also one of the most nutrient- dense foods on Earth, providing three key health benefits: 1 Nourishment: Seaweed contains many concentrated and bioavailable minerals, trace elements, vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. It supplies a complete fat-free protein, similar to that of an egg, and is the best natural source of iodine, which is necessary for thyroid health. Seaweed is a rich source of vitamin B12, which is often hard to find in non-animal protein sources, for anyone following a vegan or vegetarian diet. 2 Detoxification: Seaweed contains alginic acid, which binds to heavy metals and environmental pollutants so they may be excreted from the body; it also contains fucoidan, which inhibits pathogenic bacteria, fungi and viruses. Green-coloured seaweeds are particularly rich in chlorophyll, which has a cleansing effect.

3 Digestive andmetabolic balance: Seaweed is alkaline, helping to counter acidity in the body from dietary and environmental sources. Seaweed provides prebiotic fibre, which encourages the growth of good gut bacteria and supports metabolic and hormonal function. Getting started It is easy to incorporate seaweed in your diet. Try these ideas: Swap salt: Replace table salt with Pacific Harvest Kelp Salt or Seaweed Salt. Add a garnish: When you serve a salad, vegetables or pasta, finish with a sprinkle of Power of Three Seaweed Flakes, Sea Lettuce or Dulse Flakes. Learn and explore : Use Pacific Harvest’s range of dried seaweed flakes, leaves and fronds to add flavour, texture and nutrition to casseroles, stews, soups and more. Note: Seaweed’s high iodine content means that a little goes a long way, so read the usage information, especially if you have a thyroid imbalance. Consult a healthcare practitioner or nutritionist for personalised guidance.


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How to use seaweed products Agar Powder: An odourless, flavourless, plant-based alternative to gelatine. Try it in raw desserts or as an egg replacement. Atlantic Dulse Flakes or Leaves: Dulse adds a unique smoky flavour to food, earning it the nickname ‘vegan bacon’. Try it with eggs and as a garnish on potatoes. Irish Moss: A cleansing supplement which may also be used as a plant-based thickening agent. Simmer to make a broth or rehydrate and leave to form a gel - a great addition to your morning smoothie Kelp Salt: An organic New Zealand salt enhanced with raw kelp from New Zealand’s pristine ocean. Switch to Kelp salt for a naturally iodised salt. Nori Flakes or Wild Fronds: Enjoy nori straight from the bag as a nutritious snack, or try it with eggs, stir-fries and seafood. Sprinkle flakes onto prepared food for added nutrients, dramatic colour and umami flavour. The flavour of nori can change depending on how it is prepared. Power of Three Seaweed Flake Blend: A colourful, tasty blend of three seaweeds - green (sea lettuce), red (Atlantic dulse) and brown (sugar kelp). Use it on vegetables, fish and rice for added nutrients and umami flavour. Sea Spaghetti: Adds texture, flavour and nutrients to salads, soups and stir fries. Soak in tepid water for 30 minutes, or boil/steam until it expands and takes on the texture of al dente pasta. Seaweed Salt: A blend of organic New Zealand salt, organically harvested Atlantic dulse flakes and wild wakame which adds beautiful colour and smoky flavour to any dish. Wakame Wild Leaves or Farmed Fronds: Adds nutrition, a silky texture and subtle flavour to any food. Soak in tepid water to rehydrate.

Pacific Harvest Power A sustainable star, seaweed is being hailed as the food of the future. It is carbon negative and requires no pesticides or fertiliser to grow – just the goodness of the ocean. Pacific Harvest has specialised in seaweed since 2002 and only works with ethical harvesters to source farmed and wild seaweeds from around the world. All their seaweeds are tested in accordance with the Australia New Zealand Food Code for contaminants. Additionally Pacific Harvest conducts nutritional testing to validate the claims of all their seaweeds. You will note the Fernmark on New Zealand harvested seaweeds – a valuable mark of provenance and trust. Their packaging is now fully recyclable following a recent overhaul.

Hayley Fraser-Mackenzie, Managing Director says, “We have reduced plastic in our range by over 30 per cent and will continue to raise the bar as new technologies become available. We are delighted that our new packaging is fully recyclable.”

To learn more about the health benefits of seaweed, tune in to our podcast at govita.com.au/podcasts


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Nuts are an excellent source of protein as well as being high in heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats, and an excellent source of vitamin E, essential fatty acids, dietary fibre, vitamins and minerals. Nuts are cholesterol-free and make an excellent snack. Choose small serves of salt-free varieties. Here are our favourites of these true nutritional gems...

Pecan Nuts

Brazil Nuts


Pecans are one of the few plant sources of both mono- and polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fats, which all play an important role in heart health, along with antioxidant polyphenols, which protect the body’s tissues from damage. HEALTH BENEFITS Improve total cholesterol, reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides, increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Provide vitamin E and arginine, good for heart health. Reduce insulin resistance and fasting insulin in overweight or obese adults.

Chestnuts are quite different from other nuts nutritionally, being more like a wholegrain as they are low in fat, and contain protein as well as carbohydrates, dietary fibre, trace minerals and potassium. HEALTH BENEFITS A low-GI diet can help to manage blood glucose and insulin levels, and may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Chestnut meal has a low glycaemic index. Chestnuts are the only nuts that contain vitamin C, with a serve providing around 30 per cent of the RDI.

Rich in protein, iron, calcium and zinc, Brazil nuts also contain the highest natural source of selenium – just one nut exceeds the recommended daily intake (RDI). Optimal selenium intake is linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer. HEALTH BENEFITS Contribute to heart health, reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, assist with weight management, reduce the risk of cancer, improve sperm quality and reduce depression. Increase selenium levels in the blood.

Pine Nuts



Very high in manganese, a mineral which is needed for bone formation and the metabolism of nutrients, as well as providing iron, zinc and vitamin E, and valuable trace minerals like copper and selenium HEALTH BENEFITS Improve satiety by increasing levels of appetite-regulating hormones. Improve cognitive function, attention capacity and working memory.

Rich in fibre, calcium, magnesium and vitamin E, hazelnuts are a particularly good source of protein. Also contain plant omega-3 oils and monounsaturated fats. HEALTH BENEFITS

Macadamias provide manganese and niacin, and also contain the highest content of monounsaturated fats of all tree nuts (81 per cent), which is important for heart health. HEALTH BENEFITS Reduce oxidative stress, which is an important factor in the development of disease and ageing. Contain high levels of palmitoleic acid, an omega-7 fatty acid that helps skin to retain suppleness.

Reduce total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and improve HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Improve cognitive function, attention capacity and working memory.


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Pistachios Pistachios are one of the few nut sources of resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant with anti- ageing, anticancer, antiviral and cardioprotective properties. They also contain the highest amount of protein of all the nuts and valuable amounts of the amino acid arginine, which causes the blood vessels to relax and remain elastic. HEALTH BENEFITS Improve total cholesterol and LDL:HDL cholesterol ratio, reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Reduce triglyceride levels in adults with type 2 diabetes, as well as decreasing fasting blood glucose. Increase beneficial gut bacteria, therefore improving intestinal health.


Almonds provide protein, calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin E, which is highly protective against heart disease. They also lower blood cholesterol levels – in one study, volunteers who ate 75g of almonds a day had a 10 per cent drop in LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. HEALTH BENEFITS Reduce total and LDL cholesterol and LDL:HDL cholesterol ratio. Increase the growth of beneficial gut bacteria, leading to increased butyrate production which keeps the colon healthy. Improve performance in tests measuring cognitive function, attention capacity and working memory in children.

These are an excellent source of essential fatty acids, fibre, protein, B-group vitamins, iron and zinc. Cashews have a lower fat content

than most other nuts. HEALTH BENEFITS

Have a low glycaemic index (GI) of 25; a low-GI diet can help to manage blood glucose and insulin levels, and may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Are particularly high in iron (12 per cent of the RDI), required for transport of oxygen in the blood, and zinc (14 per cent of RDI), important for wound healing and immunity. High in niacin, a B-group vitamin required for growth and metabolism.

NUTTY FACT: Most nuts have a high percentage of fat; however, this does not mean that they are bad for our health. On the contrary, the fat content of nuts is mostly mono- and polyunsaturated, which is beneficial in the prevention of heart disease and in lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

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Relief for IBS

A re you one of the 20 per cent of Australians who suffers from IBS? Read on to discover if short- chain carbs (FODMAPs) are the culprit. The old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is not always true; in fact, the humble apple can actually create wind, pain and bloating. In 2006, when Monash University researchers were developing the low FODMAP diet, they discovered that high-FODMAP foods, like apples, can be both friend and foe to the body, depending on an individual’s sensitivity to them. Since then, doctors, dietitians and nutritionists have widely recommended the low FODMAP diet as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), with very successful results. Beat the bloat Do you regularly experience a distended tummy, embarrassing wind, abdominal pain, and constipation or explosive diarrhoea? And do these symptoms persist even after you have eliminated common causes of digestive disorders, such as alcohol, caffeine, dairy, hot spices, legumes and ultra-processed foods? If so, a possible diagnosis of IBS may be confirmed by your healthcare provider, after they have ruled out coeliac disease, colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, parasites, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), and other digestive disorders.

If you do have IBS, the good news is that the low FODMAP diet is a scientifically supported and drug-free treatment method that results in significant improvement in three out every four people with the condition. The not-so- good news is that considerable discipline is required in order to follow the three-phase process of restriction, reintroduction and maintenance. The Monash Uni Low FODMAP Diet ™ provides great guidance and support, including recipes, detailed Doctors, dietitians and nutritionists have widely recommended the low FODMAP diet as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), with very successful results. food information, a food diary, symptom recorder, shopping lists, tutorial and feedback channels to the FODMAP team – all for around just $10.00. Follow the FODMAP path FODMAPs are short-chain carbohydrates that many people find difficult to digest, and they include an extensive list of fermentable oligosaccharides (eg. onions), disaccharides (eg. Lactose in some dairy products), monosaccharides (eg. Excess fructose like in honey) and polyols (eg. Sorbitol as in apples

and peaches). FODMAPs pass through the small intestine attracting water as they go, which causes bloating, when they reach the large intestine they are fermented by healthy bacteria that live there, producing gas. These two things cause extreme discomfort – in fact, one study found that IBS patients said they would trade an average of 25 per cent of their remaining lifespan if it meant being symptom-free. The low FODMAP diet classifies foods along a ‘traffic light’ system, ranging from low (green) through to moderate (orange) and high (red) – see box “Seeing Red” for examples of high FODMAP foods. Low FODMAP foods may be substituted for high FODMAP foods from the same food group; for example, wheat can be replaced with oats, rice or quinoa. Serving sizes also determine a FODMAP rating; for example, 10 almonds equates to a low FODMAP serving size, but 20 almonds is considered to be high FODMAP. Following a definitive IBS diagnosis, it is recommended to eliminate all high FODMAP foods for two to six weeks. High FODMAP foods may then be reintroduced, one at a time, and the reaction tested for three days. The food is then usually removed again while testing for tolerance to remaining fodmap groups. Finally, a personalised diet and meal plans that minimise the most poorly tolerated FODMAPs may be designed by a dietitian, naturopath or nutritionist. Holistic health tips to soothe IBS stress and pain include taking moderate exercise, eating mindfully and slowly, sipping warm water, and gentle stomach massage.


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Selecting supplements Although there is an abundance of apps, blogs and cookbooks to educate people on how to follow a low FODMAP diet, confusion remains about medications and supplements,

caution because it draws water into the intestines.” Herbs and nutrients that are often prescribed by

as these often contain FODMAPs. For example, any ingredient name ending in “ol” is likely to be high FODMAP. Having first gained guidance from your healthcare practitioner, it is advisable to elim- inate any non-essential supplements or medications that contain FODMAPs. If you

naturopaths to heal the gut, such as charcoal, liquorice tea, glutamine, marshmallow, flaxseed and slippery elm, are all low FODMAP. Other stomach-soothing supplements include low FODMAP digestive enzymes, fennel leaf tea, and a Bifidobacteria probiotic. However, prebiotic supplements

Seeing red High FODMAP foods include: apples apricots artichokes artificial

leeks legumes mangoes maple syrup milk mushrooms nectarines peaches pears plums quark rye snow peas sugar watermelon wheat yogurt

sweeteners asparagus barley Brussels sprouts cauliflower chamomile tea cherries coconut water dessert wine

are unsure about whether a product contains FODMAPs, ask your health consultant or the manufacturer. Although the FODMAP app is regularly updated, not all

like inulin and artichoke powder, along with whey protein powder, are high FODMAP. Protein powders which are permitted at the recommended dose include brown rice, egg, hemp

supplements appear on it yet, so I sought advice from Jane Muir, Monash University dietitian and nutrition scientist. Muir explains: “Collagen has no carbs, so it is OK. Spirulina gets the green light, but other green powders are not yet FODMAP approved. Aloe vera is fine at a maximum of ¼ cup per day, but psyllium should be taken with

and pea. Muir warns against excessive protein because it can ferment and produce toxic by-products, such as ammonia. However, if the protein is taken with a well-tolerated natural fibre, this will reduce the impact of the fermentation.

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Caroline Robertson is a naturopath with a special interest in digestive and skin disorders.


“Kfibre™ is a low FODMAP complex dietary fibre that provides prebiotic support to assist in preserving the health and diversity of your gut microbiome, while following a low FODMAP diet.” –Joanna Baker APD & Gut Health Specialist



plant-based menopause

H ot and bothered by menopause symptoms? Menopause is a natural stage of life for women, but nevertheless, is often associated with troublesome symptoms, ranging from hot flushes to mood swings. Luckily there are herbs that have traditionally been used to help relieve them in both Chinese and Western herbal medicine, says Erika Bass. Menopause is the end of a woman’s reproductive years and is said to have taken place when no menstrual bleeding has occurred for a period of 12 months. For most women, this occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. The symptoms of menopause About 85 per cent of menopausal women experience symptoms of some kind. Most common are hot flushes and night sweats (collectively referred to as ‘vasomotor symptoms’), which affect up to four in five menopausal women. Menopausal women who get hot flushes also often experience sleep disturbances and mood swings. The links between hot flushes, sleeping difficulties and moodiness are complex and may vary from one woman to the next. However, it’s hypothesised that for many (but not all) women, sleep disturbances during the menopausal transition are triggered or exacerbated by night-time hot flushes, and that the resulting poor sleep may contribute to moodiness. Vaginal dryness (decreased vaginal

lubrication) is another very common symptom. It’s experienced by one in three post-menopausal women and may be associated with discomfort during sexual intercourse. Menopause symptoms: the traditional Chinese perspective In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), normal healthy function in the human body is considered dependent on appropriate balance of Yin and Yang. The Kidney organ-meridian system is regarded as the source of all Yin and Yang in the body in TCM. It’s also traditionally believedtogovernall aspectsof reproductive function including menopause, and is regarded as the storehouse for Jing (also known as Kidney essence), a form of life force energy that’s associated with vitality but declines from mid-life onwards. In TCM, menopause is traditionally recognised as a time when Kidney Yin becomes deficient in comparison to Kidney Yang. Since Yin has cooling and moistening properties, a deficiency of Kidney Yin produces symptoms characterised by heat (like hot flushes and sweating) and lack of moisture (like vaginal dryness). Yang has heating and drying properties, so as Kidney Yin declines and Kidney Yang becomes relatively dominant or hyperactive, the severity of heat-related menopausal symptoms is exacerbated, and the body fluids start to dry up. In TCM this symptom pattern is known as ‘internal heat in Yin deficiency’ or ‘deficiency heat’.

Yoga for menopausal women

Research suggests that practising yoga might help women who are peri-menopausal or post-menopausal manage both vasomotor symptoms like hot flushes and night sweats, and psychological symptoms such as mood swings. In particular, regular yoga may lead to a small-to-moderate reduction in the severity of hot flushes – but you’ll need to develop a regular practice, as these effects don’t occur in the short-term, according to research published in the Journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine .


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Herbs traditionally used to relieve the symptoms of menopause. A variety of herbs have traditionally been used to relieve menopausal symptoms in Chinese and Western herbal medicine. Below are some of the most important to be aware of if you’re looking for symptomatic relief.

Anemarrhena: In TCM, the herb anemarrhena (or Zhi Mu) is traditionally used to relieve hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal dryness when Kidney Yin deficiency is present. It’s traditionally regarded as having cooling properties and the ability to moisten dryness, so is traditionally used in TCM to nourish Yin and cool deficiency heat.

Black cohosh: Traditionally used to relieve menopause symptoms such as disturbed sleep, mood swings, irritability, mild rheumatic aches and pains and hot flushes in Western herbal medicine.

Vitex: Also known as Vitex agnus-castus or chaste tree. It’s traditionally used to ease symptoms of menopause in Western herbal medicine, as well as to provide overall support for hormone health.

Dong quai: Traditionally used to relieve menopausal symptoms in TCM, where it’s also traditionally taken as a blood tonic to strengthen Jing.

What is peri-menopause? According to the Australian Menopause Society, peri-menopause refers to the time leading up to menopause when a woman may start experiencing changes in her menstrual periods such as, irregular periods or changes in flow. Cycles can be shorter or longer in length. Symptoms may also include hot flushes and night sweats, aches and pains, fatigue or irritability as well as premenstrual symptoms such as sore breasts. These changes may be caused by fluctuations in the production of hormones from the ovary. Some women can experience menopausal symptoms for 5-10 years before their final menstrual period. There is no way to predict the age at which a woman’s menopausal symptoms will start or how long they will last.

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.


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Festive fare

Party Cake

Natural Road Festive Cake Mix is a premium blend of nuts and sweet, plump and juicy dried fruits that makes other dried fruit mixes seem uninspired by comparison. And this cake is so impressive and easy to make! Ingredients: • 125g plain flour • ½ teaspoon baking powder • pinch of salt • 1 kg Natural Road Festive Cake Mix • 200g caster sugar • 3 eggs • 1 cup brandy or 1 cup fresh orange juice • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Directions: 1. Grease and line a 20cm round baking tin. 2. Sift flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add cake mix and caster sugar. 3. Combine eggs, brandy or orange juice, and vanilla essence together in a separate bowl. Add egg mixture to fruit mixture and mix thoroughly. Pour into prepared tin. Bake at 150 0 C for two hours. Dairy free honeycomb custard Combine 1 scoop White Wolf Nutrition Honeycomb Custard Powder with 80ml of milk of choice into small saucepan. Use a fork to mix well. Gradually add more liquid (maximum 150ml) until custard reaches the desired consistency. Warm on low heat for approximately two minutes.

Pitaya, Lime & Chia Dip This sweet dip from Nourish in 5 by wholefoods cook Amy Lee is perfect for jazzing up your festive fruit platter, and it will be sure to impress your guests.

Ingredients: • 1 x 400ml can Organic Road Coconut Cream, refrigerated overnight • 3 tablespoons Organic Road Chia Seeds • 2 tablespoons Organic Road Maple Syrup

• 1 tablespoon pitaya powder* • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract • juice of ½ lime Directions: Scoop off the thick part of the coconut cream that has risen to the surface,

will recolour

and discard the leftover water. Mix all ingredients together until smooth and refrigerate for 30 minutes to thicken. Serve chilled with sliced fruit and berries. * Can substitute with beetroot or matcha powder.


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Choc-Berry Christmas Ice Cream

Raw Blueberry & Hemp Tartlets To make crusts: place all crust ingredients into a food processor and process until the mixture sticks together when pinched. Press mixture into silicone

Directions: 1. Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor and blitz completely until smooth. 2. Stir in the chocolate and blitz again for a few seconds, making sure that chocolate chunks still remain. If your preference is for a soft serve-style of ice cream, you can serve immediately. Or, pour the mixture into a large freezer-safe dish and place in the freezer overnight. Remove the ice cream from the freezer and place on benchtop for 10 minutes before either slicing or scooping to serve and topping with flaked coconut and shaved chocolate.

This recipe from Kira Constable is a real show-stopper – chockful of luscious berries and yummy chocolate, it is the perfect finale for a special meal. Serves 8-10 Ingredients: • 6 bananas, peeled, chopped and frozen overnight • 4 cups frozen raspberries • 1 x 80g bar Loving

These pretty mini tartlets are wonderful to have on hand for Christmas catch-ups with loved ones. For the crust • 150g almonds • 25g Hemp Food Australia hemp flour • 4 medjool dates, pitted • ¼ teaspoon sea salt For the filling • 120g cashews, soaked for two hours prior and drained • 50g Hemp Food Australia hulled hemp seeds • 80g frozen blueberries • 1 medjool date, pitted • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted Toppings • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs • 1 tablespoon Hemp Food Australia hulled hemp seeds • handful of blueberries

tart cases and freeze for 20 minutes, then pop the crusts out of the cases. To make filling: place all filling ingredients except the coconut oil, into a food processor and process until smooth. Stir coconut oil into mixture until well combined. Spoon filling into tart cases. Freeze until set. Remove tarts from freezer and leave on benchtop for 10 minutes before serving chilled. To serve: top with coconut, cacao tips, hemp seeds and berries.

Earth Raspberry Chocolate, roughly chopped

• 2 x 400ml cans

of coconut cream, refrigerated overnight • 4-8 tablespoons maple syrup or rice malt syrup • flaked coconut and shaved chocolate, to serve

Check out Brookfarm’s full range of gluten free products at your local GO VITA NEW PUFFCORN GLUTEN FREE SNACKS

T&C’s: Offer ends 31st December 2020.

There is something for everyone in the Go Vita guide to the best eco- friendly presents that bring joy,

Raw Nuts by Organic Road Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without delicious nuts to nibble on. Organic Road nuts are a crowd-pleaser with certified organic Brazil nuts, cashews and raw mixed nuts. Create your own hampers for eco-conscious family and friends.

health and wellbeing.

Haircare Duo pack by Springfields A beautiful duo haircare pack with bonus certified organic argan oil, Australian made botanical haircare infused with pure essential oils and botanical extracts for simply healthy shiny hair.

Plant Protein Custard by White Wolf Nutrition

Drop the sugar and amp up energy-providing protein – a whopping 20g per serve – with this keto-friendly, plant-based custard. Comes in five scrumptious flavours: Banana Ice-cream, Honeycomb, Strawberries & Cream, Chocolate Malt and Peanut Brittle.

BioSnacky Glass Sprouter It’s easy to grow fresh, nutritious and delicious sprouts with this nifty gadget, and it’s a present that will appeal to all

Superfood Gift Packs by Weleda

Choose from a selection of stunning eco- friendly packs from Weleda, all created with high-quality natural and organic ingredients sourced ethically and sustainably - such as Superfood Active Regeneration with Pomegranate Hand Cream and Skin Food, or Superfood Daily Renewal with Seabuckthorn Hand Cream and Skin Food Light.

ages, from kids to grandparents. Pop in a couple of seed packets – such as chickpea, sunflower, alfalfa or mung beans – and start sprouting!

Gift Sets by Inika Organic

Nourish in 5 by Amy Lee A feast for the senses as well as the tummy, this collection of healthy, easy and delicious

Gift sets from $49

dessert recipes from the popular health, fitness and wellness blogger Amy Lee is the ultimate ‘must- have’ wholefood baking cookbook. All recipes are triple-tested and produce zero waste.

Whether the ladies on your Christmas list are health- conscious, fashion followers or eco-warriors, we’re sure you will find something for them in Inika’s selection of unique, sophisticated and green beauty products, which are proudly certified organic, vegan and cruelty-free.

Organic Bamboo clothing by Boody Comfort meets function with this fabulous and versatile range of organic bamboo, super-soft and durable socks, t-shirts, briefs, bras and boxers. Hip green-design Australian brand Boody sustainably source the bamboo they use in their clothing.

Drink Bottles and Coffee Cups by Cheeki

Bread Mixes by Simply No Knead A great gift for any foodie on your Christmas list, these Gourmet Bread Mixes are made from the highest quality flours and can be used to create a huge range of delicious bread including fruit loaves, finger buns, scrolls and pizza bases. Choose from Tuscany, Sourdough, Pizza, Swiss Light or Dark Rye.

Avoid single-use plastic with these sturdy, eco-friendly, BPA-free reusable stainless steel accessories. Like all the pieces in the Cheeki collection, their bottles and cups are made to last – for life.

Power Plant Protein - Gingerbread by Prana On This limited edition flavour is smooth, sweet with a hint of spice, making it delicious in smoothies, oats, shakes and pancakes. Loaded with 30g of plant protein per serve, probiotics, digestive enzymes, aminos and organic Reishi mushroom; this is the ultimate gut-friendly protein powder to support peak performance, lean muscle growth and optimum recovery.

While stocks last. Stock may vary between participating stores.

W hether your hair is too fine, too frizzy or just right, natural haircare products will ensure it stays strong, shiny and healthy. Conventional shampoos, conditioners and hair styling products such as gel and mousse can contain an alarming range of chemical toxins. These ingredients have been linked to a range of health disorders. In particular, the parabens, which are used as preservatives and antibacterial Ironically, certain ingredients used in haircare products may actually damage hair. For example, sulfates (sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate - the ingredients that make shampoos foam) can strip the hair of its natural protective oils, resulting in itchiness, dandruff, reactive dermatitis, brittle hair and even hair loss. Petrochemical-derived synthetic silicones used in conventional Haircare Heroes agents in haircare products, are known to disrupt hormone function, an effect that is linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and reproductive problems.

NEW CLEAR ACNE NATURALLY With the Power of Tea Tree Oil Australian Sourced Free from Benzoyl Peroxide


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conditioners and anti-frizz creams can weigh hair down and dull its shine, while artificial fragrances can trigger allergies. So it makes sense to be safe and not sorry, and choose products that do not contain ingredients that can harm your health.. Better choices The good news is that there are many beautiful natural hair care brands, such as Springfields, which pride themselves on using pure, gentle and beneficial ingredients derived from herbs, fruit and vegetables that nourish and rebalance the scalp and also protect, strengthen and nourish your precious tresses. For example, sunflower, macadamia and marula oils

can try a free bottle of argan oil with your purchase – visit one of the 130 Go Vita stores around Australia to find out more. Natural haircare products rely on a wealth of botanical ingredients to rehabilitate and protect your hair, such as camellia leaf, liquorice root, green tea, ginseng, olive leaf and oatmeal. Aloe vera juice is particularly valuable, because it is rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals that nourish and moisturise hair, leaving it soft, manageable and shiny. Wheat protein is an excellent non- animal protein derived from wheatgerm and it increases the hair’s natural ability to retain moisture while also making hair appear thicker and giving it a glossy sheen. If your hair

are great for restoring hair texture and tensile strength and helping to prevent hair breakage, while coconut oil is high in lauric and linoleic acids, which both improve shine and bounce. Jojoba ‘oil’, extracted from the jojoba seed, has a time-honoured history of use in maintaining beautiful hair. The natural wax esters found in jojoba closely mirror the skin’s natural sebum (oils), meaning that it is extremely compatible with skin and hair and very easily absorbed. Then there is Moroccan argan oil: this is often referred to as “liquid gold”, and for good reason, because it is full

could do with a colour hit, oatmeal and liquorice root help to improve the health of colour- treated hair and enrich its depth of shade and condition. Essential oils like frankincense, cedarwood, rosemary, sandlewood, lavender, rose geranium and orange all help to stimulate the scalp and therefore encourage new hair growth, as well as penetrating the hair shaft to strengthen it.

of nutrients and essential fats that strengthen and regenerate the actual root bulb of each hair and leave hair soft, shiny and smooth, while also providing natural UV-protective effects and having a lightweight texture that won’t make hair feel or look greasy. It is a must-try for anyone plagued by split ends, flyaway hair or scalp irritation. Springfields have a special offer in December where you


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Colour heroes Hair

B ad hair day? You don’t have to have bad hair dye as well, provided you choose natural, chemical- free brands. Fun fact: social distancing and the temporary closure of hair salons are inspiring more women to take matters into their own hands and experiment with at-home hair dye jobs, whether it’s to maintain an existing colour, or to try a whole new look during this emotionally taxing time. D-I-Y hair colouring is also a smart way to save money when the economy is suffering and so many people are doing it tough. However, conventional home hair dye brands contain a long list of chemicals with dangerous side effects. These include hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, ethanolamine and sodium lauryl sulfate. Of particular concern are lead acetate (a neurotoxinandsuspectedcarcinogen), resorcinol and parabens (endocrine-disrupting chemicals

Vegan Cruelty Free 100% Recycled Plastic Bottles* & Boxes 75% Certified Organic Ingredients Ammonia Free Propylene Glycol Free Resorcinol Free Gluten & GMO Free No Colour Stripping Salts Paraben Free

Permanent hair colour by Tints of Nature

Unrivalled Colour Offering Beautiful Grey Coverage Nourishes & Conditions

Our permanent hair colour offers a healthier alternative to traditional hair dyes, with exceptional results.

For more than two decades we have strived to provide the most ethically produced, healthy and high-performing hair colours and aftercare products. Totally unique in our approach we apply natural chemistry using the best possible natural and certified organic ingredients; leaving out the harsh chemical additives to ensure hair stays healthy and colour lasts longer.

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*Previous packaging may still be in circulation, please check packaging.

B the best The Go Vita team is delighted to congratulate one of our favourite

ineffective. There are ethical cruelty- free options, such as cell culture technology. Certified organic ingredients: This provides an assurance that an item has been grown and produced without chemical contamination, and is fully traceable and sustainable. Vegan: This guarantees that the product and its ingredients are not tested on animals and are 100 per cent cruelty-free. Kinder to your hair: You don’t have to worry about brittle hair or breakage with natural hair dye products, as their ingredients help to keep hair shiny, soft and manageable. At Go Vita, we love the Tints of Nature Tints of Nature Permanent Hair Colour range. Available in 24 stunning shades from black, brown, red and blonde, there’s a perfect colour for everyone.

that interfere with hormones and are linked to reproductive abnormalities and a range of other disorders), and PPS and toluene (both of which can cause an allergic reaction, ranging from a mild burning sensation, redness or rash, through to more severe weeping blisters, chemical burns and swelling of the face). Go natural The good news is that there are great natural alternatives to conventional at-home hair dyes, which are gentle, effective, economical and free from dangerous chemicals. Natural at-home hair colouring products also offer the following advantages: No animal testing: According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the use of animals in experiments to test safety and efficacy of chemicals used in personal care products is not only cruel, but often

natural hair colour brands, Tints of Nature, for becoming a Certified B Corporation, or a B Corp, for short. So - what exactly is a B Corp? B Corps are businesses that meet the highest verified standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. The B Corp community works towards reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of high-quality jobs with dignity and purpose. Importantly, it is one of the only certifications in the world that is for the whole business, rather than the product or service a business offers. Well done, Tints of Nature!

MENOPAUSE SYMPTOMS? Fusion Menopause contains black cohosh, which is traditionally used to relieve menopause symptoms like disturbed sleep and mood swings in Western herbal medicine, while Fusion Menopause Heat Relief features dong quai, which is traditionally used to ease menopausal hot flushes in Chinese medicine. AVAILABLE AT YOUR LOCAL GOVITA STORE

This medicine may not be right for you. Read the label before purchase. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, worsen or change unexpectedly, talk to your health professional.


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