Sleep and Relaxation Rituals for Better Living

Sleep and Relaxation Rituals for Better Living

There’s really no better feeling than waking up in the morning feeling like you just had the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had. However, do you ever struggle to feel that way and don’t have a set sleeping ritual? We’re here to help! Beauty sleep is very important to us here at WholeLife, so we’re giving you our top 10 sleep and relaxation rituals that can assist in bettering your sleep.

 

 1. Clean your surroundings

We strongly believe that a clean room equals a clean mind. Do you also get that ultimate feeling of satisfaction when you tidy up your room? We sure do! Cleaning and organising your room before going to bed can assist in reducing stress, making you feel calmer. To top it off, having a clean room PLUS putting on your favourite essential oil is the most perfect combo. We love GumLeaf Essentials’ Sleep Soundly Pure Essential Oil. This 100% natural oil can help in relaxing and relieving mental tension. So, next time before you go bed, try tidying your space and turning on your oil diffuser with a relaxation essential oil.

 

2. Meditate

Meditation is another one of our favourite sleep and relaxation rituals before bed. If you’re someone who stresses a lot about certain events and outcomes, it can make it extremely difficult to fall asleep and have peace of mind. Meditation[1] can promote calmness, reduce your heart rate and increase your melatonin, which is the sleep hormone. The Meditation Bible written by Madonna Gauding has ample techniques and practices to help kickstart your meditation journey! This book can be found at WholeLife.

[1] https://www.healthline.com/health/meditation-for-sleep#how-it-helps

 

3. Journal

You may be thinking how on earth could journaling assist in improving your sleep?! We are here to tell you that writing down your thoughts and giving yourself a list for the next day can allow you to utilise a physical space to express any concerns you have, minimising the need to analyse them in your brain right before you go to bed.

 

4. Drink a tea

There’s nothing better than ending the day with a warm, calming tea. We love English Tea Shop’s Organic Wellness Sleep Me Tea. This tea is beautifully blended with calming caffeine-free chamomile, lavender and hop leaves for a citrusy flavour. Shop English Tea Shop in our stores now!

 

5. Listen to music

Listening to relaxing music before going to bed can assist in slowing down your heart rate and breathing, which can ease stress and anxiety. Make sure to avoid music which is upbeat and can trigger emotions like excitement or sadness. If you don’t know what music to listen to, we recommend Reiki Music VOL.1 by Salerno Martine which is also stocked at WholeLife.

 

6. Take care of yourself

After a long and strenuous day, it’s important to take some time to take care of yourself. Name a better feeling than jumping into bed feeling squeaky clean? You can’t! Try taking a warm bath with the Luvin Life Soothe Bath Salts. This is a perfect blend with an amalgamation of Himalayan salt, Epsom salt and soothing pure essential oils, perfect for calming the soul. Even a warm shower at the end of the night is a perfect way to unwind and allow you to relax.

 

7. Comfortable clothing

I’m sure all of us can agree that we often get excited about the thought of getting home just to jump into our comfiest clothing! Comfort is key for a good night’s sleep. We love Boody’s Goodnight Raglan Sleep Top which is made from organically grown bamboo that is super breathable, lightweight and soft. Pair this top with Boody’s Goodnight Sleep Pants which are also silky soft. A perfect combo. Shop in your nearest WholeLife store to find the right pyjama set for you by Boody!

 

8. Read a book

Your sleep ritual can be the perfect time to unwind and detach yourself from your electronic devices, giving your eyes a rest. It’s time to grab a book! Try avoiding highly suspenseful books right before bed which could make it difficult for you to settle down. We love the Mindful Body by Noa Bellin which explores the path to mindfulness and mindful living. You can find this book in WholeLife stores!

 

9. Lighting

Lighting is ESSENTIAL! A top tip before jumping into bed is to make sure your room’s lighting is exactly how you want it to give you the best beauty sleep possible. If you need your blinds down…put those blinds down!

 

10. Extra assistance

Sometimes we need a bit of extra help when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep. If you’re struggling, visit your nearest WholeLife store and talk to one of our pharmacists for advice on finding the best products for you! Click here to find our Store Locator.

Some of our favourite products include…

  • Amazing Oils Magnesium Pro Sleep Lotion: This Australian-made and vegan lotion incorporates healing properties of lavender and chamomile which can assist in mind relaxation, calming your nervous system and relieving disturbed sleep.
  • Fusion Sleep: These tablets contain passionflower and many other amazing ingredients which can assist in relieving sleeplessness, stress and mild anxiety.
Amazing Oils Magnesium Pro Sleep Lotion
Fusion Health Sleep

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Why You Should Consume More Fermented Foods This Winter

Why You Should Consume More Fermented Foods This Winter

What do yogurt, sour pickles and kimchi have in common? You guessed it, they’re fermented foods! Packed with antioxidants and probiotics, fermented foods can do wonders for your digestive and immune systems. And with flu season on the way, our bodies may need a boost.

 

WHAT ARE FERMENTED FOODS?

Hey, remember that time a guy turned water into wine? Ancient articles tell us that fermentation has existed for thousands of years. Before refrigerators and Tupperware, the process of fermenting was necessary to preserve food through seasons when fresh vegetables, fruit and milk were scarce. Today, we use fermentation as a simple, tasty method to preserve food and its nutrients.

Ever heard of tempeh, sauerkraut or miso? They are vegetables and soybeans that have been prepared, sealed and left to ferment. Over time, good bacteria convert carbohydrates into acid and/or alcohol. This produces essential catalysts, vitamins, and probiotic strains that help balance the natural flora in our bodies. But before pouring yourself a GENEROUS glass of red, remember that the benefits of fermentation do not outweigh the negatives of consuming excess alcohol.

 

WHAT’S THE HYPE ABOUT?

If you jumped on the sourdough bandwagon during the lockdown, you’re probably familiar with the key benefits of preserved food/drink. Studies have confirmed that cultured and fermented foods are loaded with good microbes—BILLIONS of them—that help the flora flourish inside our digestive system. Yakult! Remember drinking those as a kid? Those small bottles of fermented milk are densely rich with nutritional probiotics. Now, we have access to a HUGE variety of fermented wonder-food in grocery stores and e-markets. Kefir, chocolate, and pickles. Feeling hungry yet? Here are some examples to include in your diet:

  • Yogurt – You’ve heard of this stuff. Yogurt is cultured dairy that contains living probiotics. And if lactose doesn’t work for you, you can try out non-dairy options like almond or coconut milk yogurt.

 

  • PL&V cashew cheesePeace, Love & Vegetables is a Byron Bay-based organic food producer bringing you organic, fermented foods like cashew cheese. Yum! Choose from Dill, Mediterranean, French Onion, Medicine Mushroom or Chipotle flavoured cashew cheese, packed with probiotics.

 

  • Kombucha – Made from sweetened tea and symbiotic culture, this fermented wonder-drink is now homebrewed globally. Ever heard of a SCOBY? It’s that pikelet-looking growth agent, a blob of bacteria and yeast that converts sugar into ethanol and acetic acid. After a week, a scoby can transform tea into sweet bubbly kombucha. Filled with gut-nourishing antioxidants and said probiotic functions, kombucha drinks come in SO many flavours! Mango, ginger, blueberry—discover your favourite at one of our WholeLife stores. A Kombucha also goes perfectly with our Healthy Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Nachos with Oven Baked Tortilla Chips! Click for the recipe here

 

  • Kimchi – Brined (salted and drained) vegetables, such as radishes and cabbage, are seasoned and sealed air-tight in jars to ferment for 24 to 48 hours. This stuff is a staple in Korean cuisine. So go ahead, spice up that fried rice with some Kimchi goodness!

 

SUMMARY

  1. Fermented food/drinks contain antioxidants and good bacteria (probiotics)
  2. Probiotics help balance the natural flora in our bodies
  3. Healthy flora boosts our immune system, which reduces the risk of common infections (e.g. cold virus)
  4. Fermentation breaks down food, making it easier for us to digest and absorb nutrients
  5. You can upgrade any meal with tasty fermented food/drinks
The Relationship Between Gut Health and Skin

The Relationship Between Gut Health and Skin

The skin is your body’s largest organ, acting as our protective barrier, a temperature regulator, and as a communicator. Your skin can tell you a lot about what’s going on inside; if you’re too hot, if you’re dehydrated and even if you’re not eating the right foods for your body. Your gut health and skin health have a complex relationship.

The gut-skin axis is the term that describes how the health of your gut microbiome is reflected on your skin. Recent studies have linked skin conditions like psoriasis, rosacea, and acne to the balance of microbiota inside your gut.

 

What is the Gut Microbiome?

Your gut microbiome is essentially the name for the trillions of different types of microorganisms, mostly bacteria, that live in your gut. Bacteria often gets a bad rap but is actually a healthy guts’ best friend!

Everyone’s gut microbiome is different and shaped by a variety of factors like genetics, stress level, illness, and lifestyle. Most of these factors are out of our control ­– but luckily, we’re able to influence a healthy gut through diet.

The bacteria in your gut help digest and break down food, absorb and synthesise nutrients, and can even influence your mood, all functions critical to our health and wellbeing. Turns out keeping trillions of bacteria in your gut (that you rarely think about) happy is important after all!

Highly processed, excessively sugary or greasy foods can disrupt the balance of good versus bad bacteria in your gut. This disruption triggers inflammatory immune responses: your body’s way of trying to regain a harmonious balance. Since the skin is our largest organ, it comes as no surprise that these inflammatory responses are sometimes reflected on our skin. Your skin could be telling you that your gut microbiome isn’t happy if you have persistent breakouts, dullness, discolouration, redness, dandruff or rashes.

Green St Kitchen Kimchi | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods   Peace, Love & Vegetables Superkraut | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Peace, Love & Vegetables Probiotic Kefir Berry & Mandarin | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods   Rok Kombucha Ginger Pop or Lemon Licks | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

A Healthy Gut for Glowing Skin

The old cliché that chocolate gives you pimples may not be too far off the truth after all.

Sometimes we can’t control stress levels, how much sleep we’re getting or catching a cold going into the cooler months, but we can control the quality of food we consume. Yes – this is your sign to delete your junk food takeaway apps and pen your whole food shopping list ASAP!

Food that is high in fibre take longer to be digested than other foods and are recommended for a healthy gut. These high-fibre foods are sometimes referred to as prebiotics, since they feed our beneficial microbiota. Garlic, onion, bananas, leeks, asparagus among others are all a healthy gut’s favourites.

Probiotic foods contain live bacteria that grow during the fermentation process. You can find plenty of these in WholeLife Healthfoods fridges and shelves; think sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, apple cider vinegar and kombucha. Introducing beneficial bacteria into your gut that are found in these food and drinks helps balance out the harmful bacteria. Happy gut and happy tastebuds!

If you’re taking steps to improve your gut health for glowing skin, chances are you’ll reap the benefits elsewhere, too! Your mood, immune system, endocrine system (your hormones) and brain function have all been found to link to gut health.

Don’t Skip Your Supplements

Taking a daily probiotic supplement can also help you nourish your gut microbiome. When choosing your probiotic for skin health, look for these two species on the label: Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. These species have been linked in clinical studies to reduce skin inflammation, boost skin ceramides, reduce redness and improve acne. Science backed skincare – yes please!

Life-Space Probiotics | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods   Herbs of Gold Probiotics | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

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Steps to Improve Your Gut Health

Your gut microbiome isn’t going to be healed after one kombucha and a probiotic supplement. The road to a healthy gut varies person to person, but with consistency can take up to four weeks to notice any changes in your skin health.

Some steps to take to make sure you’re on the right track:

  • Diversify your microbiome by eating a wide range of fibrous, plant-based foods
  • Increase your fermented foods intake and try incorporating kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha into your diet
  • Stay away from sugary, processed, and packaged foods that are harmful to your good gut bacteria
  • Take a broad-spectrum daily probiotic
  • Stay hydrated! Your gut and skin both love water, so you should aim to drink 2-3 litres a day

 

Nourish from The Inside and Out

Even though the gut-skin axis link is strong, that doesn’t mean we’re giving you a free pass to give up on your skincare! Your skin stills need loving from the outside too, especially if ageing is a skin concern. UV damage is widely maintained as the number one cause of ageing; think wrinkles, discolouration, loss of elasticity – it’s all linked to UV damage. A broad-spectrum 50+ SPF is a daily essential to protect your dermis.

 

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Vitamins for Women and Men

Vitamins for Women and Men

We understand that it’s hard enough to juggle a balanced diet, regular exercise and sufficient sleep, let alone knowing what the benefits are of taking certain vitamins and supplements. It’s clear that women and men have differing nutritional needs and certain vitamins are more relevant for women than they are for men and vice versa. However, there are also particular vitamins and supplements which can benefit both. Learn more down below!

Vitamins for Women

Iron: Iron deficiencies are a lot more common than you think, affecting 20-25% of the world’s population! Though men can also be iron deficient, women tend to be more susceptible to iron deficiencies because of monthly blood loss during menstruation. If dietary intake is inadequate, taking iron supplements can assist in maintaining energy levels, red blood cell production and much more! Our top WholeLife pick is Fusion Health’s Iron Advanced tablets.

# Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. This medicine may not be right for you, read the label before purchase. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. *Nutritional supplements may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate.

Folic Acid: Although folic acid is usually associated as a prenatal vitamin, it’s an important addition to your diet whether or not you are planning on having children in the future. This is because folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin and cannot be stored in your body. Taking folic acid vitamins can assist in forming red blood cells and reduce the risk of birth defects and miscarriages. Our top pick at WholeLife is Herbs of Gold’s Folic Acid tablets.

# Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. This medicine may not be right for you, read the label before purchase. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. *Nutritional supplements may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate.

Calcium: It is clear that men and women can receive sufficient amounts of calcium through a balanced diet of foods that contain dairy, vegetables, and nuts to name a few. However, you may not be receiving enough calcium-rich foods if you are vegan or have a health condition that doesn’t allow you to absorb calcium. In addition to this, women are actually at a higher risk of getting osteoporosis! Calcium supplementation in postmenopausal women can assist in the prevention of bone loss which causes osteoporosis. Our top pick at WholeLife is Fusion’s Calcium Advanced tablets.

# Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. This medicine may not be right for you, read the label before purchase. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional. *Nutritional supplements may only be of assistance if dietary intake is inadequate.

Vitamins for Men

Zinc: Men actually require more zinc than women! Taking zinc can assist in testosterone production and to support a healthy prostate necessary for seminal fluid production and overall reproductive health. Zinc is also an extremely beneficial supplement for immune function, DNA and protein production. Our WholeLife top pick is Herbs of Gold’s Ultra Zinc + Capsules.

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Vitamins For both women and men

There are multiple vitamins which can benefit both women and men. Some of these include multivitamins, various antioxidants, magnesium and fish oil! Learn more about all of these vitamins in our previous A-Z Vitamin blog.

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A-Z Vitamins

A-Z Vitamins

It’s easy to become overwhelmed in the world of vitamins, with a seemingly endless list of supplements on offer. Vitamin and mineral supplements can be of huge benefit to those who are needing extra help in some areas, such as those with special diets, vegetarians, vegans, pregnant women or people with food allergies to name a few. Vitamins and minerals play an integral role in the healthy function of the human body right down to a molecular level so it’s important to understand what supplements are the right fit for you.

But where to begin? We’re here to breakdown the A to Z of vitamins, shedding light on some of the most popular vitamin and mineral supplements here at WholeLife Pharmacy and Healthfoods and how they can work with your body to make you feel your best! Of course, we always recommend that you seek the advice of a doctor or dietitian for personalised advice on what may be of benefit for you.

Read on for our A-Z Vitamins guide!

A – Vitamin A

Vitamin A is integral for healthy vision, cell growth and immunity, and also has antioxidant properties that can play a role in fighting free radicals in your body. A vitamin A supplement may lower your risk of specific cancers, reduce your risk of acne, support bone health and promote growth and reproduction. Vitamin A is a popular choice for those wanting to support their skin health.

B – Vitamin B12

Uniquely, vitamin B12 is one of the few essential vitamins that we cannot produce on our own. It is integral in red blood cell formation, neurological function, and DNA synthesis and is important in supporting our energy levels, general health, and wellbeing. Those who follow vegetarian or vegan diets may find their B12 levels difficult to maintain, which is where a B12 supplement could be of benefit.

C – Calcium

Calcium has become synonymous with bone strength and health. You’ll often find a calcium supplement combined with vitamin D, which enhances calcium absorption. Like other minerals in the supplement game, there are a variety of forms available that differ on factors such as how easily it is absorbed into the body and price. People at risk of medical conditions such as osteoporosis may benefit from taking a calcium supplement.

D – Vitamin D

Vitamin D is naturally produced in our body through sun exposure on skin and is involved in immune function and calcium absorption. Vitamin D deficiencies can actually be quite common, especially for people who have a predominately indoor lifestyle, live in cities where tall buildings may block sunlight, and wear sunscreen often. Wearing sunscreen, while good at protecting our skin from skin cancer risks, can reduce the body’s ability to synthesise vitamin D by more than 95%. A Vitamin D supplement can support bone and muscle strength in people who are unable to receive vitamin D through sunlight exposure or diet alone.

E- Echinacea

Echinacea, a herbaceous flowering plant, has long been used to treat the onset and severity of the common cold or flu. You’ll often find echinacea packaged up with other vitamins such as vitamin C, zinc and even garlic, all aimed at bolstering your immune system and starving off illness.

F – Folic acid

Folic acid is widely recommended by health professionals to be taken by pregnant women, or women planning to conceive, as a way to mitigate the risk of the baby developing defects of the brain and spine, including neural tube defects. You will often find folic acid in women’s health multivitamins and pre-conception and pregnancy multivitamins; however folic acid is beneficial for both men and women!

G – Glucosamine

Glucosamine is one of the important building blocks of cartilage which is the connective tissue cushioning your joints. It’s often found in supplements in combination with chondroitin, which is also important in maintaining healthy joints. These supplements are used to treat osteoarthritic pain due to their anti-inflammatory properties.

H – Horseradish

Horseradish is mostly associated as being a spicy condiment, but it may have a variety of healing properties in Western herbal medicine ranging from relieving symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections to helping out with urinary tract infections (UTI). You’ll find horseradish packaged up with other immunity boosting vitamins and herbs such as vitamin C and garlic.

I – Iron

Low iron levels are common and can be the cause of a myriad of issues such as lack of energy, hair loss, headaches and shortness of breath. An iron supplement can be of benefit where your iron needs are not being met through diet alone. Replenishing your iron levels if they are low or depleted, can assist you in feeling energised in your day to day.

J – Juniper

Juniper is a plant, and its berry is often used in herbal medicines to treat digestion issues such as indigestion, flatulence, heartburn and bloating. It may also help urinary tract infections due to its perceived antiseptic effect.

K – Vitamin K

Supporting bone health, vitamin K is usually found on the shelves in the form of a vitamin K2 supplement. Vitamin K2 supports calcium absorption in bones, as well as supporting cardiovascular and artery health. A vitamin K supplement may be recommended for those who are at risk of developing osteoporosis.

L – Lecithin

Lecithin is a fat that is essential to the healthy functioning of cells in the body. Taking lecithin in supplement form can help to support your liver health and help with the digestion of dietary fats.

M – Magnesium

Up to two thirds of people in the Western world don’t meet their magnesium intake needs through diet alone, which is why some people may benefit from a magnesium supplement. There are different forms of magnesium available in supplements with varying levels of absorption. Magnesium aspartate, citrate, lactate, and chloride have been found to absorb better and are more bioavailable than other forms of magnesium, so make sure to look for these types on the label of your magnesium bottles.

Magnesium may help boost exercise performance and recovery, alleviate the severity of menstrual cramps, relieve symptoms of PMS, prevent migraines, help calm the nervous system, decrease pain and inflammation, improve mood, and help you sleep.

N – Niacin

Niacin (also known as vitamin B3) can help lower cholesterol, ease arthritis, boost brain function and support skin health.

O – Omega 3 and 6

Omega 3 and 6 are polyunsaturated fatty acids, both a type of fat that our bodies can’t make alone so it’s important we’re monitoring our intake to make sure we get enough. It is also important to get the ratio right; we should be getting more omega 3 than omega 6.

Omega 3 can help improve your heart health, fights inflammation, supports your metabolism, supports your mental health among many other benefits. Omega 6 mainly provide energy for your body. You can often find omega 3 and 6 supplements as an all in one capsule on the shelves at WholeLife, often under the label of fish oil for omega 6 and evening primrose oil for omega 6.

P – Probiotics

Probiotics contain millions of beneficial bacteria that can assist in maintaining the balance of good versus bad bacteria in the gut. Probiotics can help those with irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease manage symptoms. Probiotics are also beneficial for those who have been prescribed a course of antibiotics, as they can kill the beneficial bacteria in the body as well as the bad. Having a balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut also helps maintain the natural balance of bacteria in other areas, such as the vagina and urinary tract.

Q – Quandong

Quandong is a native Australian bush food that is high in vitamin C and antioxidants. As well as being able to be eaten in its fruit form, quandong can also be supplemented in powder form or as a liquid extract.

R – Red Krill Oil

Red krill oil, like fish oil, contain essential omega 3 fatty acids that our body needs but cannot produce on its own. There is some research to suggest that krill oil may be a better source of omega 3 than fish oil as the fats in krill oil may be easier for the body to absorb. Krill oil is often taken as a supplement to help with joint and arthritic pain due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

S – Spirulina

Spirulina is an algae that can grow in both fresh and salt water. It isn’t just one vitamin, but in fact is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals that are essential for your immune health. It is classified by many as one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Spirulina contains protein, vitamin B1, iron, omega 3, chlorophyll and powerful antioxidants among others.

T – Turmeric

Turmeric isn’t just good to add flavour in your favourite dishes! Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties due to containing curcumin (which is sometimes what you’ll find this supplement named as on the shelf at WholeLife). Turmeric’s key benefits includes relieving inflammation, supporting joint health and supporting healthy digestion.

U – Ubiquinol

Ubiquinol is a form of coenzyme 10 (usually written as CoQ10, which is what you’ll often find it as on the shelves at WholeLife) which supports cellular energy in the body. Ubiquinol is an active and bioavailable form of CoQ10. As we age, ubiquinol levels naturally decline, so taking a ubiquinol supplement may help you mitigate the slow decline in your ubiquinol levels.

V – Vitex

Vitex, also known as vitex agnus-castus, is a supplement that is used in herbal medicines to treat a variety of issues related to hormonal balance. Vitex is often used as a natural way to help treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS), acne, infertility, menopausal symptoms among other hormonal related issues.

W – Withania

Also known as Ashwagandha, withania is an important herb in Ayurvedic medicine. Withania is often used to help stress, anxiety, fatigue – in fact, withania is an adaptogen meaning that it can be used to help your body resist physiological and psychological stress. Ayurvedic medicine is one of the oldest alternative medical systems in the world, originating from India.

X – Xanthium

Xanthium is one of the most popular herbs in Chinese herbal medicine used to help alleviate the symptoms of sinus congestion and respiratory allergies. It is a herb known in many medical traditions for opening the nasal cavity.

Y – Yarrow

Yarrow is a herb that is commonly used to help wound healing, fever, the common cold among others. Essentially it is a herb that may help support the immune system. You can find yarrow in a capsule form, as well as in teas and essential oils.

Z – Zinc

Zinc is a mineral found throughout your body and is commonly thought to shorten the length and severity of the common cold. People who benefit most from taking zinc are those who are deficient or those who are wishing to give their immune system a boost. Zinc is also involved in wound healing, as adequate levels of the mineral is needed to create new cells.

Our A to Z Vitamin guide is only scratching the surface of the world of vitamins! If you’d like any more information on a certain supplement or want to discuss which supplements may be of benefit to you, make sure you have a chat to your preferred healthcare professional.

Don’t forget to head over to our Vitamins for Women and Men blog and Vitamins for Kids blog to make sure you’re completely across all things vitamins!

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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.