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Fertility Friday

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Introducing… Fertility Friday!

Fertility is not just about making babies, but rather a deeper reflection of
optimal health, nutrition,balance & vitality. Whilst there are infinite variations
on ‘normal’, for the ladies at least , it means experiencing a balanced
menstrual cycle, free of debilitating pain, mood-swings, skin breakouts,
weight fluctuations, and without drive to overeat.

Here at awaken your health, we love nothing more than
harmonised hormones and are dedicated to helping you achieve just that!
Each Friday, we will post recipes, tips,give examples of common
clinical presentations and the latest research
that will help you nurture your hormones and promote optimum fertility.

So, to kick off our first Fertility Friday and to celebrate the
last weeks of summer we are starting with our super simple and delicious

Balance-Banana Ice-Cream

If you haven’t tried making banana ice-cream before, then you are in for a treat!
This recipe is not only gluten, dairy and sugar-free but also contains
essential nutrients & ingredients that help balance hormones and
promote fertility including:

Maca– this South American root vegetable has been used for centuries to boost fertility.
It is a hormone balancing, libido & stamina enhancing superfood that is also
nutrient-rich.
Coconut butter– A rich source of mct saturated fat, which provides the building
blocks needed for hormone synthesis. Not enough fat in our diets can lead to
poor hormone production and hormonal disturbance.
Cinnamon– This super spice is fantastic for improving insulin sensitivity
and balancing blood sugar levels. It also promotes blood flow to the
reproductive organs. Balanced blood sugar levels are essential for
regular ovulation and healthy ormonal balance.
Banana– High in tryptophan, which converts to serotonin or our ‘happiness hormone’
and helps ward off postnatal depression. Bananas are also high in potassium,
an essential nutrient for regulating blood pressure and preventing pre-eclampsia.

Ingredients:
2x frozen bananas (peel, chop & freeze)
1tsp maca powder
1 tbs coconut butter or oil
¾ tsp ground cinnamon

Optional: chopped nuts or seeds of choice – pepitas or cashews are excellent
for their generous Zinc content.

Method
Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until
smooth and creamy. If bananas are too frozen, add 1 tablespoon of water.
Add chopped seeds or nuts!

Fertility Friday
Enjoy!

Wishing you all peace & happiness. 
Yours in good health,
Tabitha x

 Level 1, 101-103 Queen St, Woollahra NSW 2025  Phone: 0421 921 469
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Spring 2012 Newsletter

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The awakenyourhealth Spring 2012 newsletter is now available featuring:

Announcement: Nutrition and the Yoga of Eating, with Tabitha McIntosh
Natural Sugar Alternative Chart
In Season Fruits and Vegetables
Two Recipes: Raw Cacao Pudding and Green Pea Spring Soup

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How Can I Reduce My Chemical Exposures? By Tabitha McIntosh ND

Have you ever thought about the hundreds of different chemicals we are exposed to each day – in products we use to clean our homes, the personal care products we use on our bodies, in the pesticides we spray in our homes, offices, gardens, and playgrounds and in our food, water and air?

Numerous industrial chemicals have been detected in human blood, urine, hair, breast milk, and even umbilical cord blood.

It’s an even scarier thought that the vast majority of chemicals that are in use and in circulation have not been adequately tested for their impacts on human health or their particular impacts on children and developing babies – yet – it is now widely recognised that babies and young children are at greatest risk from these chemical exposures. Some chemical exposures can have life-long impacts on an infant’s health, immune function, and ability to learn.

As a mother, I want to do everything I can to keep my family safe from harmful chemicals, and no doubt you feel the same way. Parents can do a lot to protect their children from chemical hazards simply by changing their own personal behaviours and consumption patterns.

So if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, are breastfeeding or have young children, it is advisable to pay particular attention to reducing chemical exposures as much as possible.

Here’s a ‘starter-list’ of some practical measures you can take to protect yourself and your children from common chemicals: making yours and your family’s life just a little less toxic.

Stay tuned for information to come about a lecture I will be giving on this exact topic atBondi Beach Public School in August this year.

Store your food in glass containers whenever possible, as it is the most inert container you can use. Don’t microwave in plastic or with Gladwrap: use glass or ceramic instead. It is especially important to look for BPA-free bottles for your infants (these will have a golden tint); and BPA-free water bottles for your children and yourself. Ask your health care provider for some options of suppliers.

• Avoid processed foods, and become a food label detective. Avoid artificial food additives of all kinds, including MSG and artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are found in most chewing gums, diet foods and drinks, and some children’s medications.

Buy and eat organic produce and free-range, organic foodswhere possible, to reduce your exposure to pesticides, GMOs and fertilizers. This especially applies to animal produce (meat, chicken, eggs) and full-cream dairy products, as these may contain higher levels of some pollutants. If you don’t have access to Organic produce, consider eating fewer meat and high-fat dairy products. In addition, ask your Naturopath or Health care provider about the EWG’s ‘Clean Fifteen’ Vegetable and Fruits List.

Avoid the use of insecticides / pesticides in the home or garden, or on your family pets. Examples of common things to avoid: Mortein, Baygone, garden sprays, flea treatments, mosquito repellants that contain DEET etc. There are safe, effective and natural alternatives out there.

• Throw out your Teflon pots and pans and instead use safer cooking materials like ceramic, stainless steel, and glass.

Run your tap water through a home-filter, or drink spring water. Filters can reduce levels of common tap water pollutants.

Avoid artificial fragrances: in air fresheners, fabric softeners, perfumes, cheap candles, and other synthetic fragrances. Use fresh flowers, essential oils and natural alternatives instead.

Reduce the number of cosmetics and other personal care products you use, which can contain harmful chemicals and can be sold with no safety testing. With most people using about 10 cosmetic and personal care products each day, aim to switch to Natural brands of personal care items: including shampoo, toothpaste,antiperspirants and cosmetics. Skin care products are notorious for containing a slew of dangerous chemicals. See the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database or ONE Groups’ Chemical Directory for more info.

• Avoid Nail polishes and Nail polish removers; aerosols like hairspray, conventional hair dyes and bleaches while pregnant and breastfeeding.

Carefully consider what you put on your baby’s skin: be cautious of Ingredients such as preservatives, parabens, foaming agents (SLS), fragrances and petroleum-based ointments. Speak to your Health Care provider about some alternative brands and products.

Carefully consider the toys you choose for your children, as children like to ‘mouth’ things. Avoid toys that have been painted overseas, plastics, adhesives, lip-glosses, nail polishes, etc.

When renovating your home, look for “green”, toxin-free alternatives in lieu of regular paints, varnishes and floor coverings. Use low VOC paints, varnishes and sealants (available from your hardware) and avoid formaldehyde resins. Ideally, aim to finish the Reno’s, polish the floor boards, and paint the baby room well before you conceive. See the Safer Solutions website for more advice on healthy home renovations.

Become a conscious purchaser when buying house-hold goods, cleaning chemicals, aerosoles, air fresheners etc. Look for green, toxin-free alternatives.

Reduce the number of household cleaners you use; and only use natural cleaning products in your home. Most health food stores will have these available or you can search online for them.

See the Safer Solutions website for keeping your home healthy and green

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Christmas Newsletter

The awakenyourhealth Christmas 2011 newsletter is now available featuring:

Christmas Clinic Dates
Recipe: Roast Veggies with Dijon Mustard Sauce – perfect for Christmas Day
Useful health tips to make it through the silly season

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Spring 2011 Newsletter

The awaken your health Spring 2011 newsletter is available now featuring:

Announcement: Refreshed awaken your health website
Find Me On Facebook
Recipe: Broccoli Quinoa Salad
Annual Leave Dates

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Winter 2011 Newsletter

The Winter 2011 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:

Interview: Donna Macmullen
How Can I Make My Life Less Toxic
Recipe – Winter Minestrone

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April 2010 Newsletter

The April 2010 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:

Building Your Resilience
Recipe: Pumpkin, sweet potato and ginger soup
Wholefood by Jude Blereau

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October Newsletter

The October 2008 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:

Reminder of Dates for practice in November and December
Focus on Weight: 6 Simple steps to awaken your summer body
Recipe -Lemon and Ginger Salmon

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September Newsletter

The September 2008 awaken your health newsletter is available now featuring:

Announcement:Introduction Of Phone Consultations
Reminder Of Dates For Practice Before The New Year
The Deal With Pesticides

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The Importance of Nutrition

Every day you make choices about food, and these choices have a direct impact on the health of your body. Diet has a profound influence on your short and long term health, and can contribute to the onset, prevention and management of many chronic diseases. Nutrition is the study of how food nourishes the body. The nutrients on food become the building blocks of our cells, hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters, organs and body systems. Nutrients are also necessary for the growth and repair of the body, and are absolutely fundamental to the maintenance of homeostasis or ‘healthy-harmony’.

A Naturopathic Nutritionist may define Health as:

“A fully integrated state in which all bodily, mental and spiritual functions are operating in an optimum manner and are harmoniously co-ordinated.; the natural defence systems are operating completely; the nutrient intake is complete and balanced; the mind is free from tensions, repressions, conflicts; the spirit is active, awake and co-ordinates the body-mind within the mighty laws of nature.”

Relatively few people are truly healthy: many exist in a substandard state, reflecting that it is our lifestyles, eating habits, excesses and stresses that bring us into a state of imbalance. Many factors have a negative impact on our access to nutrients within our foods, such as changes in farming methods, depleted soils, processing, food storage, micro waving, eating-on-the-run, poor digestion and assimilation, caffeine/alcohol/nicotine intake, and the list continues!

state of balance, supporting you to achieve and maintain optimum health.

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