Interview with Pelvi

Interview with Pelvi

  1. Tell us a bit about who Pelvi is?

Pelvi is owned and run by a nimble team of women. Since 2012 it’s been Pelvi’s passion to design the best quality pelvic health and period care products for women’s hard-working bodies.

  1. What kind of products do you offer?

Pelvi offers alternatives to single-use period products, our unique period care range treats women’s bodies and the earth with respect. These include the Pelvi Menstrual Cup, Pelvi Reusable Leakproof Underwear, and Pelvi Cloth Pads. Combining medical research, female insight, and body-friendly ingredients, Pelvi products ensure happy results and a healthier body.

  1. What is Pelvi’s mission?

Our mission is to open up the conversation and break down the stigma when it comes to talking openly about pelvic floor issues, and period care and providing alternative more sustainable options for conscious consumers.

  1. What is Pelvi’s contribution to sustainability?  

We are lucky enough to be based in the sunny Gold Coast surrounded by a beautiful environment – which we are passionate about protecting in any way we can. We believe that reusable menstrual products are the future of period care. By educating women about the current waste, we hope to empower women to make the change to alternative more sustainable choices.

  1. What advice would you give to women who are apprehensive of switching from traditional period products to Pelvi? 

Making the switch from disposable to reusable is a positive change for women’s health and the environment. Vaginas are one of the most absorbent parts of the body and by using Menstrual Cups and reusable Period Underwear you’re avoiding potential harmful materials. If you are unsure on where to start try the Pelvi Leakproof Undies, they give you ultra-protection with no leaks at all and are designed to remain dry and fresh, plus they are super comfy!

For more information on Pelvi’s story and products, you can check out their website here.

 

Our Top in Store Sustainability Picks

Our Top in Store Sustainability Picks

As we move to a more environmentally conscious society, there has been a push for more sustainable products. But where do we even begin our journey to sustainability and what brands can we trust?

We are here to help! WholeLife stocks a vast range of products and brands that embody ‘good for you and good for the earth.’ See our favourite sustainable brands that we stock at WholeLife below.

  • Cheeki is an Australian brand that has introduced an extensive range of products, including water bottles and tumblers, but what is so amazing about these products is that they are stainless steel and reusable!
  • Ever Eco is cracking down on single-use plastics and has introduced a range of products that aim to eliminate this! From reusable facial pads to produce bags and stainless-steel bento boxes, Ever Eco has all your essentials to kick-start your plastic-free journey.
  • Bio Tuff solves the issue of using plastic and contributing to mass waste in landfills with their compostable and biodegradable products including bin liners and cling wrap. Imagine your bags decomposing in 0 to 90 days instead of decades!
  • Go Bamboo is the perfect alternative to plastic products! Switching to bamboo products can assist in cutting global levels of carbon dioxide and reducing your carbon footprint. Additionally, they offer a large range of products including biodegradable toothbrushes, reusable straws and clothing pegs!
  • Pelvi is not only empowering women and their bodies but also advocate for the importance of cutting down waste with their reusable period products including their leakproof underwear, menstrual cups and cotton pads.
  • Who Gives A Crap is an amazing brand that offers products which are made from 100% forest friendly bamboo and to top it off, 50% of their profits go to help build toilets for those in need.
  • Ecostore’s products protect not only you but the environment! Offering various home, body, oral and baby care products, Ecostore does their bit by being all-natural, cruelty and GE/GMO free. Their products are also made from 100% renewable and recyclable plastics.
  • Gem is a proudly Australian made brand that offers non-toxic oral care products including toothpaste, floss and mouthwash!
  • Noosa Basics offers a wide range of products that are organic, vegan and cruelty-free including skincare and deodorants. Plus, they are 100% Australian made!

Consider adding some sustainable options into your daily life to help reduce your environmental footprint!

For more information on how to live a more sustainable life, read our blog post on the difference between biodegradable, compostable, recyclable and reusable.

Skincare from Within

Skincare from Within

Building beautiful skin begins deep beneath the dermis. As the largest organ, your skin keeps no secrets, and it can reveal a lot about your inner health and wellbeing. Pay attention and listen closely to it – it will tell you what it doesn’t like and what it does like!

We know that what we put into our bodies can have just as much impact on our skin as what we put on the outside, and finding the perfect combination of the two is ideal. As you probably already have your external skincare regime down pat, let’s delve deep into the world of all things internal skincare.

Fusion Health Skin Tonic Vege Capsules

Fusion Skin Tonic includes Japanese catnip which is traditionally used in Chinese medicine to calm itchy skin and relieve symptoms of mild eczema. These tablets also contain burdock which support the natural detoxification process via the skin. The addition of Dong quai may aid in promoting skin regeneration and relieving dry skin.

Teelixir Pearl Beauty Tonic 

Pearl powder is a premier adaptogen that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Notable benefits of Pearl powder are its ability to help promote more healthy, radiant and younger looking skin.

Herbs of Gold Clear Skin

Clear Skin provides 12mg of Zinc per tablet to support connective tissue health and wound healing, plus 1500IU of vitamin A to support collagen formation. It also contains Calendula, traditionally used in Western herbal medicine for wound healing. Burdock and yellow dock are used as blood cleansers to support waste elimination via the skin and relieve mild symptoms of eczema and dermatitis.

QSILICA Skin, Hair & Nails ONE-A-DAY Multi-nutrient Tablets

Qsilica Skin, Hair & Nails ONE-A-DAY tablets contain colloidal mineral silica, biotin, zinc and selenium in a convenient, once daily supplement. Silicon supports bone integrity, assists connective tissue production and together with biotin and zinc, supports the health of your skin, hair and nails. Selenium and zinc help reduce free radical damage to body cells.

Nutra Organics Collagen Beauty

Collagen Beauty™ is a natural formulation with VERISOL® Bioactive Collagen Peptides to support structural integrity of skin and decrease skin aging factors after 8 weeks of use, supporting skin quality of the entire body and smoothing skin wrinkles from within. Research has shown that consuming Collagen Beauty™ with VERISOL®, as part of a balanced diet, may:

  • Reduce skin wrinkles and smooth fine lines
  • Increase skin hydration and improve moisture levels
  • Increase skin elasticity
  • Contributes to healthy gut and skin by supporting structure and function of connective tissue with Vitamin C
  • Contributes to collagen formation & protection from free radical damage with Vitamin C
  • Contribute to maintaining skin structure, support wound healing, and support healthy hair & nails with Zinc
  • Support tissue building & repair with a good source of Protein 
  • Plus contains the naturopathic herb Horsetail, which is traditionally said to make hair strong like a horse’s tail.
Superfeast Beauty Blend

A super-blend of beautifying herbs that nourish from the inside out. The Superfeast Beauty Blend brings vitality to skin, hair and nails. Beauty Blend harnesses the toning and detoxifying properties of goji, schizandra, longan and micro-ground pearls to promote inner and outer radiance.

JSHealth Skin + Digestion Tablets

Banish those blemishes and get glowing skin! These tablets contain Zinc, which may relieve symptoms of acne, pimples, and other minor skin eruptions. Burdock is traditionally used in western herbal medicine to relieve minor skin breakouts and symptoms of mild eczema and dermatitis. They also contain Vitamins B2 and C which can help to support skin health, collagen formation, and wound healing.

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Trick or Treat with Loco Love

Trick or Treat with Loco Love

It’s Halloween and we thought we would celebrate with some treats from Loco Love. The sweet cacao sorcery… Each Loco Love treat is packed with secret ingredients; including superfoods, tonic herbs, medicinal mushrooms and healing spices. If you’re asking us, chocolates with benefits are the best kind of trick AND treat you could possibly get your hands on this Halloween! So, without further ado, let’s indulge guiltlessly and reap the benefits of these delicious little chocolate love letters.

Imagine

Trick: Lion’s Mane

A delicious blend of melt-in-your mouth caramel, white chocolate and coconut, laced with Lion’s Mane. Lion’s Mane is a medicinal mushroom whose extract are used by traditional herbalists to help support the brain and nervous system, improve cognitive function and boost digestive health.

Nirvana

Trick: Tonic Herbs

A seductively smooth blend of 66% Peruvian cacao, coconut blossom nectar and a selection of tonic herbs. Reishi for calm, Chaga for antioxidant, Cordyceps for energy, Lion’s mane for focus and He Shou Wu for longevity.

Salted Caramel Crunch

Trick: Mesquite

The Perfect combination of chewy and crunchy, a raw salted caramel with activated buckwheat. Spiked with mineral rich mesquite, which has the ability to balance blood sugar, it is also a source of protein.

Hazelnut Praline

Trick: Maca

Think Ferrero Rocher without the harmful sugars and additives. A smooth freshly ground hazelnut butter centre with pops of crunchy hazelnuts blended with Maca powder. Maca powder, also known as Peruvian ginseng, is known for its adaptogenic qualities and supporting libido.

Black Cherry Raspberry

Trick: Schizandra

Tangy and sweet, smooth and creamy, a delightful combination of antioxidant rich berries and cacao. Schizandra is also known as the ‘beauty berry’ and was used by ancient Chinese royalty to preserve youthfulness, enhance physical radiance and get you glowing from the inside out!

Butter Caramel Pecan

Trick: Tonic Herbs

Everything you need to give your brain and taste buds an otherworldly boost. Chewy buttery vegan caramel sits atop an activated organic pecan base. Boosted with Jing, a super-blend of a traditional Taoist herb, used to cultivate energy in the kidneys & adrenals and also supports healthy hormone function, stamina and libido.

Coconut & Cashew

Trick: Vanilla

If you like the classic coconut bounty, you will love this one! Boasting a slightly salted and chewy texture with a kick of vanilla. Vanilla beans are potent antioxidants, helping to prevent cell breakdown and supporting the body’s natural rejuvenation capacity.

Almond Caramel Crunch

Trick: Ashwagandha

Chewy almond butter caramel blended with crunchy tamari toasted almond pieces for the ultimate umami experience. Ashwagandha has been treasured for its ability to revitalise and rejuvenate, it helps calm the mind and promote restorative sleep.

Peanut Butter Caramel

Trick: Lion’s Mane

Made with homemade crunchy peanut butter, this slightly salty, slightly sweet chocolate is spiked with Lion’s Mane. Lion’s Mane is a medicinal mushroom whose extract are used by traditional herbalists to help support the brain and nervous system, improve cognitive function and boost digestive health.

Smooth Orange Ganache

Trick: Reishi & Chaga

A citrus delight on your taste buds. A smooth wild orange cacao centre boasts the added benefits of Reishi and Chaga, these adaptogenic medicinal mushrooms help to boost your immune system and restoring adrenal functions.

Wild Rose Ganache

Trick: Pearl and Goji

A decadent cacao ganache with Bulgarian Rose Oil laced with micro-ground pearls (yes actual pearls!) which are an ancient Chinese beauty tonic said to mineralise and nourish the skin from the inside out. The Goji adds a kick of antioxidant power.

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Interview with Peace, Love & Vegetables

Interview with Peace, Love & Vegetables

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself; Peace, Love & Vegetables and how it came to fruition.

At our core, PLV is all about health and providing life-giving and healing foods and drinks that taste amazing. When I met my wife Anya we did not muck around and by the next day we were already talking about starting a life together and part of that conversation was what are we going to do? At the time I was working on a natural supplement website and she was already making sauerkraut for a handful of dedicated customers. So we decided to go with the ferments because of the incredible importance that probiotics can offer to people’s wellbeing in this modern world. 9 years, 2 beautiful girls, and a lot of ups and downs later we are still here stronger, happier and better than ever. We live and breathe the organic/natural lifestyle and love the idea that we are contributing positively to the planet and people’s health.

2. What fuels your passion for fermented foods?

Originally my wife Anya had candida and was following the Body Ecology Diet which focussed on fermented foods but now Anya is a full-time mum and my drive is largely using the knowledge that I am constantly procuring about what is healthy for us and applying that knowledge to better our current line of products and developing new ones. We are constantly tweaking and working out ways to make our products healthier and that is our philosophy, a very strong foundation in health and that happiness comes from within.

3. This month we are focusing on gut health, what are the benefits of eating fermented foods for your gut health and overall wellbeing?

There are many benefits, from the lactic acid, enzymes, increased nutrient absorption and of course the probiotics. But not all ferments are created equal. We do something very unique where we use ancient fermentation practices; where we grow the friendly microbes that are already present on cabbage but I have also researched and sourced the most positively studied strains for gut health and wellbeing. This is our point of difference and why I believe at this point PLV makes the healthiest fermented products in the world, these strains are in everything we make now. If you look in the ingredient panel you can read and research the 10 strains that I carefully chose that have all been rigorously studied and can be anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, D lactate free and make a bio available form of Vitamin K2 that is essential for bone health and is hard to find in a plant-based diet.

4. Tell us a little bit about your different fermented products available.

We make Sauerkraut and Kim Chi, we call it superkraut because we focus on the super strain probiotics and also the superfoods that we love. We make a generous selection of incredibly yummy cashew cheese and the world’s strongest probiotic drink, our Coconut Kefir.

5. What is your favourite fermented product from Peace, Love & Vegetables? 

Without a doubt the Coconut Kefir. A lot of scientists and probiotics companies said that they didn’t know that getting all these super strain microbes to grow on the single culture of the coconut water was possible. But 3 months of my life later with too many errors to mention I finally got it! I said after that I could never be a scientist because all the failures can be very disheartening, especially when you make a brew and then wait in anticipation for 2 weeks, then go to see how it turned out with the expectation that you finally got it but was another failure. But with every failure, I learnt and got closer to my goal and now I can say that at PLV we make the strongest probiotics drink in the world!

6. What is your favourite recipe including that product?

Wow, now this is so hard. I eat superkraut with every meal and I love spice so Kim Chi or our new to be released Smokey Chipotle kraut is so good, but all the krauts are amazing. But simple is often best so I love one of my cashew cheeses (French Onion is a total hang for me ATM) spread onto a piece of my home make sprouted and sourdough spelt bread with some avo and choice of kraut on top that I am in the mood for at the time and then washing it down with a few gulps of Kefir then wow I am a happy camper. But I will say keep an eye on our social as I will be showing people ways that they can creatively use all of PLV’s products in and on the foods that we love.

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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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