When life doesn’t go according to OUR plans…stop & pause for effective change
Mental Health, Mindfulness 18 December, 2017
When life doesn’t go according to OUR plans…stop & pause for effective change

Perhaps you’ve gone ahead and made choices and changes in your life – but there is a feeling like no matter what decision or movement ‘seemingly’ forward you make, the metaphorical door keeps getting shut in your face? Ironically – to effect change, we need to pause. Stop pushing for change and driving forward. Observe the desire to move away from the uncomfortable painful feelings. Pause, reflect and lean in a little more. And listen.

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Can’t sleep?  Try L-theanine for insomnia and better mental health.
Immunity, Inflammation, Mental Health, Sleep 8 December, 2017
Can’t sleep? Try L-theanine for insomnia and better mental health.

Anxiety, insomnia, heightened stress response & systemic inflammation unfortunately seem to be part of life these days. L-theanine a naturally occuring amino-acid found in tea, is a non-addictive and a relatively cheap nutritional supplement addition. L-theanine has been studied extensively for his ability to reduce mental and physical stress and improve mental concentration, mood and cognition. It has also been shown supportive in depression like symptoms and even schizophrenia.

L-theanine supplementation along with tailored personalised advice, allows a person with anxiety or insomnia more of a window of time and tolerance. To regain their footing long enough in developing more ability to discovering the root cause of their anxiety or insomnia. Lets face it, anything is possible with restorative healing quality sleep and reduced neuroinflammation.

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Self Compassion – an antidote to low self-esteem, anxiety & perfectionism
Mental Health, Mindfulness 3 October, 2017
Self Compassion – an antidote to low self-esteem, anxiety & perfectionism

In my experience not many people know what being compassionate to oneself or “self-care” really means, nor “get” the concept or “practice” being kind to themselves. Yes “practice” – because it has to be a practice and must be practiced regularly, until those neural networks in our brain and re-wired and we then learn to do it automatically. I think it is the biggest hurdle I have faced myself & continue to face, and the biggest hurdle I witness in those I work with.

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Andrographus – my herbal pick for immunity boosting
Gut-brain-immune, Immunity, Inflammation 4 September, 2017
Andrographus – my herbal pick for immunity boosting

Andrographus would be my favourite go to herb as a general immune system booster and flu fighter. Specific for chest or head colds and influenza (think chest, throat and head) – I mix this herb with others if sinus infection/congestion or throat pain is present for added targeting. It is specific for fighting virus’s and bacterial illnesses (especially respiratory or upper respiratory) and stealth infections like Lyme and Lyme like disease.

Specific for those who haven’t quite gotten over the flu and still feel vulnerable to re-catching it, or are around people with the flu and wish to prevent it.

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