Healthy Gut: Tried & Tested Product Essentials

Healthy Gut: Tried & Tested Product Essentials

Research on the human gut has been one of the biggest revelations in nutritional science & medicine as health professionals are recognising the important role that the gut plays in health and wellbeing. Did you know that at least 70% of your immune system is found in your gut, which is why keeping it in top condition is so important! It’s no wonder everyone can’t get enough of gut health products in store! Here are 6 gut friendly products from WholeLife that we love and have tried & tested for you.

Peace, Love & Vegetable Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a fermented food product. It’s jam packed with vitamins, fibre and probiotics. The probiotics found in sauerkraut are important for good digestive health as they ‘feed’ the good bacteria in your gut and can help combat inflammation. Peace, Love & Vegetables have an epic range of sauerkraut flavours, the one featured here our favourite at the moment is the Seaweed Superkraut. With the addition of Tasmanian Wakame, this jar of goodness is as refreshing as an afternoon swim!

Morlife Complete Gut Restore*

With a yummy tropical flavour, this gut restoring blend features a combination of both probiotics and prebiotics that promote a happier belly. This blend also provides an extensive range of functional herbs and extracts as well as Calcium, Zinc plus Vitamins A, B2, B3 and Biotin to encourage gut lining repair, optimise digestive enzymes and support metabolism.

Gevity Total Tummy Mayo

Gevity have harnessed the power of bone broth to make a delicious mayo. This mayo is packed with prebiotics, fibre, bone broth and zero additives, plus the addition of anti-inflammatory turmeric to support and repair. Bone broth is known to be one of the best foods to consume for those suffering with digestive issues, as it is rich in gelatin. Gelatin is essential for connective tissue function to heal and seal the gut, an essential for those suffering chronic inflammation or leaky gut syndrome.

JS Health Detox + Debloat*

The JS Health Detox + Debloat formula assists in banishing uncomfortable bloating and gives your liver some loving. These tablets contain two main components to detox and debloat.

 

Detox:

Milk thistle is traditionally used in western herbal medicine to maintain and support natural liver cleansing and detoxification processes. Turmeric helps to maintain, support and protect the liver.

 

Debloat:

Fennel is traditionally used in western herbal medicine to relieve digestive discomfort and decrease, reduce and relieve bloating.

Herbs of Gold Gut Care*

This Vanilla flavoured dissolvable gut care powder is a nutritional formula to support gastrointestinal tract function. The blend incorporates Aloe Vera and Liquorice to maintain health mucous linings in the digestive system. The Calendula acts as an anti-inflammatory to help relieve mild gastrointestinal tract inflammation and the L-Glutamine is an important fuel source for intestinal mucosal cells.

Remedy Kombucha

Making kombucha involves a natural fermentation of sweet tea, wild healthy bacteria and yeasts. The result is a super yummy sugar free drink that contains healthy, living cultures (good bacteria) and organic acids that are good for your belly and overall wellbeing.

 

We hope that you enjoyed our top gut health products! Chat to our friendly team in store to learn about what products are right for you and your gut health.

*Nutritional supplements may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate. 

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The Power of Pets

The Power of Pets

Do you ever suddenly feel happier and less stressed when you are greeted by your furry friend when you come home from a long day at work? That’s the power of pets!

 

Multiple studies have shown that pets can be known to positively influence the state of our mental health and can do wonders to alleviate anxiety, depression and loneliness, increase our emotions of positivity hope and joy! Humans are naturally social beings and long for deep emotional connections with other living beings, making pets perfect companions that make us feel more supported! It is these strong bonds which can be formed between the pet and owner, that can positively influence our mental health, especially during these unprecedented times where many of us are isolated from our loved ones and are desiring company and support.

 

After long stressful days, especially during these times, we are desperately longing for something that allows us to unwind and alleviate us from our stress. Not only do pets uplift and nourish our own emotional wellbeing, they can also encourage us to live a more active lifestyle which can be enjoyed outdoors. Walking your pet not only benefits them but can also give you an opportunity to physically enhance your own wellbeing and clear your head, which can be great for your mental health!

 

At WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods, not only is your health important to us, but so is the health of your pets! At a number of our stores, we offer compounding services for your furry friends, providing them with the best chances of a healthy and happy life that they deserve! We can fully customise the experience for your pets by incorporating delightful flavours into those not so pleasant tasting pills and customising dosages that suit your pet whatever size they are, making it a more pleasant experience for your pet.

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Gut Loving Buddha Bowl

Gut Loving Buddha Bowl

As the weather warms up, our pantry and fridge items transition into lighter, fresher foods! We have gathered some of our favourite WholeLife pantry staples that you can call on to make a super healthy and fresh buddha bowl that your gut will love you for!

Prep time: 30 minutes

Serves: 1 large bowl

Ingredients:

Half an avocado

1 carrot spiralised

1 Lebanese cucumber

2 radishes

1 medium sweet potato

Small bunch enoki mushrooms

Tofu

1 cup Forbidden black rice

1 tsp WholeLife Healthfoods black sesame seeds

Green St. Kimchi

Ingredients for Dressing:

2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp Braggs apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp soy sauce

1/4 cup miso paste

1/2 tsp fresh minced ginger

Let’s Begin:

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C

2. Peel the sweet potato and slice into 1cm thick rounds, arrange on an oven tray with olive oil, salt & pepper. Cook until edges are turning golden, approximately for 15-20 minutes

3. Prepare the fresh veggies:

. Create ribbons of cucumber using a peeler

. Sprialise the carrot

. Finely slice the radish in rounds

. Remove the skin from the avocado and chop in slices

4. Prepare the dressing:

Combine sesame oil, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, miso paste and ginger using a blender or food processor. If mixing by hand, use a whisk and beat until smooth

5. Pan fry your tofu, we have opted for a teriyaki flavoured tofu but you can pick whatever you like best!

6. Cook your black rice as per the instructions on the packet – We opted for the microwave option as that was the easiest!

7. Begin putting your bowl together. Start with the rice then begin layering all your toppings in sections around the bowl

8. Dress the avocado with the black sesame seeds

9. Spoon your desired amount of dressing over the buddha bowl

10. Enjoy! Bon appetite!

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The Future of Pharmacy Scripts

The Future of Pharmacy Scripts

When a patient visits their GP, they can now request to receive their script electronically. The script will be provided to the patient by SMS or email. The patient can then present this notification to their pharmacy or load the script electronically into the MedAdvisor app to send it to the pharmacy digitally.

Electronic prescribing provides greater choice for patients, improving efficiency in prescribing and dispensing medications, supporting electronic medication charts in hospitals and residential aged care facilities, removing the need for handling and storing a physical paper prescription, supporting digital health services such as telehealth ensuring continuity of patient care, providing an opportunity to protect community members and healthcare providers from exposure to infectious diseases (eg. COVID-19) and maintaining patient privacy of personal information. 

The WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods app, MedAdvisor, also provides patients with dosage and script reminders as well as access to script status and history.

So, whilst paper prescriptions are still available, e-script provides a convenient and simplified solution for all script management.

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Interview with Phytality

Interview with Phytality

You may have seen that Phytality has been gracing our store shelves for a few weeks now, so we thought it would be a perfect time to get to know the founder of Phytality, Mark Pages a little bit better and ask him all of our burning questions about Phytality.

1.What inspired you to create Phytality?

Phytality came about as a result of my search for a plant-based alternative to fish oil and long chain omega-3s. When I adopted a vegetarian diet many years ago, I found that there were no products on the market offering a plant-based solution to this key nutrient. This lead me on a journey of discovery where I found that the original and pure source of these nutrients is not fish at all, but the plants that the fish eat – marine microalgae!

2.How is ULTANA Phytoplankton produced?

The microalgae strains in ULTANA Phytoplankton are grown in a controlled environment called a photobioreactor. Essentially this is a high-tech greenhouse where we can control all the inputs to ensure the final product is of high purity. It’s also a far more sustainable alternative than looking to our oceans to supply us with these nutrients, which is more important than ever with the increasing pressures on our oceans, from fishing and pollution. Sustainability is a huge part of our story and our mission.

3.What are the benefits of taking ULTANA Phytoplankton?

There’s so much to talk about based on ULTANA’s broad suite of nutrients. The omega-3 fatty acids (EPA & DHA) are anti-inflammatory and offer benefits for heart and brain health, while the vitamins, minerals and beta glucans help support the body’s immune system. Micronutrients in ULTANA help increase energy and aid in recovery from exercise. ULTANA also contains antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin which are important for eye health and help protect the macular region of the eye.

4. What is the best way to use ULTANA Phytoplankton?

I always suggest taking it first thing in the morning for a nutrient boost to start your day. It’s great in a glass of water with a squeeze of lime, or you can also add to your favourite smoothie to supercharge the nutrients! We recommend starting with just 1 gram/day (approx. 1 tsp) which delivers (believe it or not) 1 Trillion microscopic plant cells into your body.

5.What is your favourite recipe that incorporates ULTANA Phytoplankton?

At the moment I’m really enjoying our green smoothie with papaya recipe, which is nice and creamy.

Ingredients:

 1 fresh banana

½ papaya

1 loose cup spinach

1 tsp maca powder

1 cup plant milk

1 tbsp hemp protein

1 tsp ULTANA Phytoplankton

1 squeeze lime juice

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