Whether due to an intolerance or allergy, the choice to follow a vegan diet, or the want to reduce environmental impact, the number of people choosing to go dairy-free has risen dramatically. To meet this demand, the range of non-dairy milks has never been greater. Derived from grains and legumes, each type of milk alternative comes with its own benefits. However, some milks may have hidden pitfalls, such as additives or greater ‘food miles’. Given the myriad of dairy-free options, how do you choose the right one for your needs? To help you make an informed choice, read on for...

From the first day of school through to your well-deserved retirement, challenges can arise at every age; your health is no exception to this. More and more, research is showing that your microbiome (i.e. your gut bacteria) is foundational for good health, especially when it comes to having a robust immune system. For example, the microbiome coordinates how active your immune system is (which is important for fighting off infections), while also ensuring your immune system doesn’t become over-active when exposed to things that are foreign to the body (e.g. allergies). The microbiome is also important for maintaining digestive health....

Fun Facts of Essential Fatty Acids Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are beneficial fats, essential in maintaining good health. Since EFAs cannot be made in the body, they must be ingested daily, through diet and supplementation. There are two families of EFAs: omega-3 and omega-6. • Omega-3 EFAs are crucial to maintain optimal health. Small amounts of omega-6 EFAs are important for physiology. Excessive omega-6 EFAs may lead to increased inflammation and development of chronic disease. A Western diet is already typically higher in omega-6 EFAs, so focusing on adequate intake of omega-3 EFAs is important to guarantee good health. How omega-3 essential fatty acids Boost Children's Health EFAs...

Eat S.L.O.W. means consuming foods that are in season.  They are also organic, locally grown and unprocessed whole foods. Seasonal Locally Grown Organic Wholefood How to eat SLOW Eating fruit and vegetables in season, means they are fresh and contain the most nutrients to nurture and nourish your child's health.  When food is sourced locally this means that it hasn't travelled for long distances (even from overseas) and therefore it is more likely the nutritional content of the food is in tact.  Farmers markets are one of the best places to source seasonal and locally grown produce.  If you shop at the...

Herbs and spices These are a list of my most used herbs and spices. ✅  Bay leaves ✅  Cardamom, ground ✅  Cardam om pods ✅  Cayenne powder ✅  Cinnamon, ground ✅  Cinnamon Quills ✅  Chilli flakes ✅  Coriander seed, ground ✅  Cumin, ground ✅  Cumin seeds ✅  Curry powder (mix) ✅  Fennel seeds ✅  Garam masala (mix) ✅  Ginger, ground ✅  Mexican spice (mix) ✅  Mustard powder ✅  Mustard seeds ✅  Oregano ✅  Paprika, smoked ✅  Paprika, sweet ✅  Peppercorns to put in your mill ✅  Rosemary ✅  Salt, always Himalayan or Celtic sea salt ✅  Tarragon ✅  Turmeric ✅  Vanilla beans, vanilla powder, vanilla bean paste or real vanilla essence (not vanilla flavour)   FIONA STOCK | THE CHILDREN’S NATUROPATH | MELBOURNE NATUROPATH MAKE A NATURAL THERAPIES APPOINTMENT...

Feeling seen, heard and supported during times of struggle has been shown to enhance patient immune function (p<0.001). In a meta-analysis and systematic review of 56 randomised-controlled clinical trials, psychological support provided to 4,060 patients (e.g. cognitive-behavioural counselling) led to a 14.7% improvement in systemic immune function.1 Such clinical outcomes were evidenced with higher immune cell counts (CD+4 lymphocytes), as well as an 18% decrease in pro-inflammatory cytokines (interleukin-6) associated with weakened immune function. These results persisted for six months following treatment, evidencing the therapeutic value of interpersonal support to promote healthy immune function. In obese patients, reducing body mass index (BMI)...

Children's Nutritionist - Raspberry & Banana Cake Try this delicious cake that is gluten and dairy free, your kids will love it Ingredients 4 cups desicated coconut 2 ripe bananas, mashed 1 banana, sliced for topping 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 1/4 cup maple syrup 2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries (extra for toppings)   METHOD Heat oven to 180 and line baking tray with baking paper. Beat the eggs, vanilla and maple syrup until well combined. Add the mashed banana and mix thoroughly then fold in the coconut followed by the raspberries. Pour into tin and top with sliced banana and raspberries. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden and cooked...

Protein is made up of building blocks called amino acids. Your child's body uses these to repair their muscles, produce hormones, stabilise blood sugar levels, provide energy and much more! There’s a misconception that children can’t get enough plant-based protein. When people think of protein, the foods that come to mind first are typically sources such as chicken, fish and red meats. However, it is definitely possible to get enough quality protein on a plant-based diet, either as a vegetarian or vegan. A varied diet rich in vegetables, whole grains, legumes, soy, nuts and seeds can provide the amino acids their body...

Fiona is a respected Naturopath and Nutritionist, trained and experienced health coach, educator, mentor and author.  Fiona has over 20 years of Natural Medicine industry wisdom combined with a successful practice and extensive clinical experience. She has successfully treated thousands of patients for a wide-range of conditions focusing on gut health utilising evidence-based naturopathic philosophy alongside integrative nutrition.  After nearly two decades of owning and directing one of Australia’s largest natural medicine clinics, she understood it was time to begin empowering families to transform their children’s health through education. For the past 4 years she has been wholeheartedly committed to researching and...

Your child's body relies on iron in red blood cells to carry oxygen to all their cells. Without enough iron, red blood cells will be unable to supply enough oxygen. If you suspect your child is experiencing an iron deficiency, a blood test checking ferritin levels will measure the amount of stored iron in the body, which will give an overall picture of iron levels.   What is Ferritin? Ferritin isn’t the same thing as iron. Instead, ferritin is a protein that stores iron, releasing it when the body needs it. Ferritin usually lives in the body’s cells, with very little actually circulating in...

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