The vital function of vitamin C include producing and maintain healthy collagen, the fibrous protein that gives strength to connective tissues, skin, cartilage, bones, teeth and joints.  Vitamin C supports the body cells and brings more rapid healing to injured tissues and broken bones.   With its collagen function, adrenal support and immune response support, it helps the body defend against infection. Collagen formation also supports and strengthens red blood cell walls.  Its antioxidant properties protect against damage to cells.  A super immune booster which helps to protect from infections such as coughs and colds.  It also facilitates the absorption of iron...

Choline helps make and release a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which is vital for normal brain development, nerve function, muscle movement and supports optimal energy levels.  Choline also plays an important role in metabolising and transporting fats around the body.   Foods high in vitamin C for Healthy Children This is a list of the top foods high in choline to support your child's health. ✅ Liver ✅ Eggs ✅ Raw cauliflower ✅ Mushrooms ✅ Dark leafy greens ✅ Shellfish ✅ Asparagus ✅ Brussel sprouts ✅ Bok choy ✅ Fish   Deficiency Signs | Kids Natural therapies Here is a list of common deficiency signs your child may display if they are low in choline. ✅ Low energy...

Some.kids can take a little while to settle down before bed, but if this happens to your child on a regular basis, they may have a sleep disorder. Listed below are common indications of a possible sleep disorder: your child lies in bed, calling for another book, song, drink, or trip to the bathroom, for what can seem like hours your child only sleeps for about 90 minutes at a time, even at night your child complains of itchy legs at night your child snores loudly Here’s how to recognize the signs of a sleep disorder and when you should seek help for your child.   How children...

Perhaps you or someone you know has been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition. But what does this really mean? ‘Auto’ is the Latin word for ‘self’ and ‘autoimmune’ essentially means that your body mounts an immune response against itself. This is characterised by inflammation and destruction of body tissues by the body’s own immune system – commonly experienced as pain, swelling and a wide variety of symptoms depending upon what areas of the body are affected. Autoimmune conditions include: Type 1 DiabetesRheumatoid arthritisLupus (SLE); • PsoriasisCrohn’s diseaseUlcerative colitis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis Why does the body attack itself? Autoimmune conditions are thought...

Does Your Body Need Nutrients? With up to 80% of Australians and New Zealanders deficient in essential minerals,1 does your body need a nutrient top up? If you have been feeling low in energy, getting frequent colds or finding your stress levels increasing, your body may be in need of important vitamins and minerals to function at its best. You may experience a decline in health and be at an increased risk of developing certain health conditions if your nutrient status is low. Those with health conditions may also have higher demands for particular vitamins and minerals. The ideal way...

The Return of the Silly Season Each year the seasonal festivities pose a challenge to sustaining your health. You may give in to cravings for refined carbohydrates, sugary treats and alcohol – waking up in the New Year with a metabolic ‘hangover’ of weight gain and fatigue caused by erratic blood glucose (sugar) levels. However, the holiday period doesn’t mean your health has to come undone providing you put in place some simple strategies, including balancing your blood glucose and insulin levels. Blood Glucose vs. Insulin Following each meal your body releases the hormone insulin in response to rising blood glucose...

Are you sick of being sick? Disease causing viruses or bacteria can enter your body simply by breathing or eating! Fortunately, only a few of these, particularly viral, ‘pathogens’ result in a cold or flu because you are equipped with an immune system specifically designed to fight off unwanted invaders. That said, are you one of the many people, for whom a string of colds and flu is a way of life in winter? Perhaps getting rid of the seemingly endless sniffles, sneezing and sore throats seems like an unachievable ideal. Fortunately, it is possible to improve your immune system function...

The gut is considered in traditional Naturopathic philosophy, as the seat of all health. It’s not surprising then, that managing the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is a key step in managing almost all other body systems. The gut is a complex system and any dysfunction in the gut can have a profound influence over other body systems. As a result of this complexity, managing digestive disorders isn’t always simple and there are often many contributing factors that lead to, and are a consequence of, GIT dysfunction. To truly restore gut health, a treatment plan will ideally address each and every one of...

These delicious and creamy satay's use coconut milk which is high in a beneficial fat called lauric acid that is easily absorbed and used by the body as energy.  Coconut milk is also a good source of vitamins and minerals plus it contains important antiviral and antimicrobial properties to support children’s immune function. Ingredients 1 ½ tablespoon GF red curry paste3 tablespoons crunchy peanut butter400gm coconut milk500gm chicken thigh fillets, chopped1 onion, finely sliced2 carrots, grated2 zucchinis, grated Method Heat oil in large saucepan; cook onion until soft.  Add red curry paste and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add finely sliced chicken and grated...

This cottage pie recipe is such a great way to get additional vegies into your healthy child’s diet.  You can use whatever veggies you have at hand. Ingredients Quantity of Fibre Rich Bolognaise Sauce (see our recipe)Veggie Mash½ cauliflower1 medium sweet potato2 potatoes or carrots2 tablespoons butterMilk of choice Method Heat oven to 180oC (350oF). Cut your vegetables of choice into chunks or florets.Using a pot of boiling water or a steamer, cook veggies until well cooked.  (Cauliflower 10-15 minutes, sweet potato and potato 20-30 minutes).Allow to cool slightly.Either mash the vegies by hand or in a food processor.  Add butter and enough milk...

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