Eco Baby with @yumglutenfree

Eco Baby with @yumglutenfree

We’ve teamed up with our long-time friend and gluten free goddess Olivia Jackson from Yum Gluten Free to chat about all things mum-life since giving birth to her now 4-month-old baby, Eloise. Olivia chats with us about her newly uncovered mum hacks and her go-to ecofriendly products that she couldn’t live without from her local WholeLife!

 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

Hi! I’m Olivia, owner of Yum Gluten Free, diagnosed coeliac of over 10 years and a new mum to four-month old baby Eloise. I wear many hats, but at Yum Gluten Free, we share all things in the gluten free wold. My husband and I also started another Instagram called @pandemic_parents to support those going through family life during this unprecedented time. It’s become being such a positive space to share our journey.

How did you find the shift in lifestyle to the role of becoming a mum?

It’s really and truly been the best experience of my life! Eloise has brought me more joy and fulfilment than I ever could have imagined. Some days are tough and others beyond exhausting… but she is just our greatest gift. My husband and I made a commitment to speak positivity over her while I was pregnant and it’s been so sweet witnessing our dreams become our reality.

What’s your ultimate mum hack that you have discovered?

Be sure you’re doing full feeds! In the early days, she was feeding on demand which helped my milk supply. But once my milk came in and we got the hang of things, I started lengthening our feeds. Then I found that full feeds meant long sleeps… and that’s the best thing any mama could ask for.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt about motherhood?

That I’m more capable than I ever could have believed I was. I had so many insecurities about how I would be as a mum whilst pregnant and I’ve surprised myself with how capable I’ve been since having Eloise. I’m also learning to ask for help when I need it… That was a tough lesson to learn but very important!

What is your favourite thing about being a mum?

There are so many things… but my favourites must be the smiles, watching her grow and develop and getting to know her little personality.

Any advice for the new mamas out there?

I’ve got three things.

1. Mum-instinct is absolutely a thing so trust your gut.

2. Join your local mother’s group through your community child health centre. Having the support of those with babies around the same age also helped me feel more confident and capable in my abilities as a parent.

3. Find a perinatal psychologist and have a fortnightly call. Even the weeks I didn’t think I needed it… I did!

What is important to you when looking to buy and use baby products?

Even before Eloise was born, I have always looked for products with clean ingredients. To me, this means ingredients that I can pronounce and know what they are. Knowing just how sensitive babies are, this is my number one rule of thumb when buying products for Eloise.

Finally, which baby products have you discovered and would recommend from WholeLife?

All of the products are ones I would recommend to any new parent. I am especially loving the Ecoriginal nappies, Weleda Nursing Tea, Natural Rubber Soother Teether and the Wotnot Naturals Nappy Rash Creams. I love that I can purchase all of these products in one place!

We hope that you loved hearing from Olivia as much as we did! You can shop all of your favourite eco baby products at your local WholeLife, and check out our latest catalogue here.

Stay up to date with Olivia through her website, social media platforms, private Facebook Group, the Yum Gluten Free Village, and digital magazines.

Breastfeeding Support with Herbs of Gold

Breastfeeding Support with Herbs of Gold

Breastfeeding support with Herbs of Gold. For over 30 years, Herbs of Gold have been devoted to producing a ‘gold standard’ range of therapeutic herbal and nutritional supplements to nourish Australians with quality products. 

There are so many amazing reasons to breastfeed, for both babies and mothers. Breastmilk contains all of the necessary micronutrients to provide a strong foundation for your baby’s health and wellness. Breastmilk is a living fluid. It’s full of live cells and immune factors to help protect babies from illness.

 The concept of “Breastmilk as medicine” dates back in history. It is documented as early as the seventeenth century that breastmilk was used as a medicine to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions for infants and adults.

 In modern times, we understand the science behind breastmilk and are well on our way to knowing more about what makes the components of breastmilk so healing.

Herbs of Gold Breastfeeding Support contains herbs to support breast milk production in breastfeeding women. This lactation support contains two powerful herbs, Fenugreek and Blessed thistle, both of which support breastmilk production in breastfeeding women.

Fenugreek and Blessed thistle are well-known herbal galactagogues. The word “galactagogue” comes from the Greek “galacta,” which simply means milk.  Galactagogue herbs have traditionally been used in Western herbal medicine to promote breastmilk production in breastfeeding women.

Herbs of Gold Breastfeeding Support is suitable to be taken either once or twice a day and available in a convenient, cost-effective 60-tablet bottle. 

Please speak to your WholeLife pharmacist, doctor or lactation consultant to ensure this supplement is appropriate for you and your baby.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.

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A Complete Guide to Washing Fruit & Vegetables

A Complete Guide to Washing Fruit & Vegetables

Due to the current circumstances with the COVID-19 global pandemic, this has ignited concerns by many people speculating whether more aggressive washing techniques should be used when washing their fruit and vegetables. In response to this, health professionals have advised that using pervasive substances are unnecessary and global pandemic or not, individuals should be adequately washing their fresh fruit and vegetables to remove germs and any unwanted residues from their surfaces before eating them.

How to do this? The first steps even before washing the fruit and vegetables, is that the individual washes their hands with soap and water and ensure that any utensils or surfaces that the fresh produce may come into contact with is thoroughly cleaned.

The next steps of washing the fruit will depend on the characteristics of the produce. Fruit including apples and pears and vegetables like potatoes that have firmer skins can be brushed with a clean, soft bristle to remove any residues and must be washed before peeling to prevent surface bacteria from reaching the inside of the produce. Leafy greens, which include spinach, lettuce and bok choy should be submerged in a bowl of cool water, swished and rinsed off with fresh water. With delicate produce, including berries or mushrooms which can fall apart can be cleaned with a steady stream of water and gently using fingers to remove any grit on the surface.

Fruit and vegetables offer an abundance of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants which can enrich an individual’s diet once the effective cleaning methods which were mentioned above are applied.

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Understanding Elderberry

Understanding Elderberry

Could understanding Elderberry help you get through cold & flue season this year?Elderberry refers to several different varieties of the Sambucus tree. The most commonly used in nutritional supplements is Sambucus nigra, also known as the European elderberry or black elderberry. Various parts of the elderberry plant have been used throughout history for medicinal and culinary purposes. Hippocrates (often referenced as the father of medicine) called elderberry a medicine chest because of its seemingly endless health benefits and usability.

 

For hundreds of years people have been using teas and syrups made from elderberry to fight upper respiratory infections and boost immunity. So, should we be adding elderberry into our diets during cold and flu season?

Elderberry supplements include syrups, gummies, lozenges, pills and teas. These are believed to work by supplying the body with antioxidants and boosting your natural immune response. Elderberries have twice the natural antioxidant capacity of blueberries and significantly more than cranberries. Some studies found that elderberry has been shown to reduce the severity and length of the flu. One study of 60 people with influenza found that those who took 15ml of elderberry syrup four times per day showed symptom improvement in two to four days, while the control group took seven to eight days to improve.

For most people, it wouldn’t hurt to include elderberry as a part of a healthy diet as we navigate cold and flu season, along with foods and supplements high in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and vitamin E, to support the immune system. Make sure you check with your doctor or healthcare professional that the product is right for you. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not recommended to take elderberry.

Find out more about cold & flu season with our naturopath here

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The Ultimate Guide to Herbal Tea

The Ultimate Guide to Herbal Tea

From the boiling of the kettle to the steeping of the tea, sipping and cupping the warm mug, there is something almost meditative about the ritual of a humble cup of tea.

 Sometimes the wonderful world of herbal teas can be a little bit daunting, with the amount of varieties, and trying to find which one is right for the benefits you wish to achieve. We’ll give you our ultimate guide to herbal tea for Winter and why you should be stocking up on them!

An infusion on dried flowers from sweet chamomile plants, chamomile tea is most commonly known for its calming effects and is commonly used as a sleep aid. It has a gentle flavour that is perfectly paired with a teaspoon of manuka honey stirred through.

Peppermint tea is commonly used to assist in relieving discomfort of the digestive tract. Studies have found that the peppermint oil in the tea can be known to help relieve nausea, cramping, spasms and stomach cramps. Try having a cup after a big wintery meal to help with digestion.

Rose Hip tea is made from the fruit of the rose plant, it has a delicate floral flavour with a tart aftertaste. It is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, making it a great tea to add to your routine in winter during the cold and flu season.

Ginger is regularly used as a remedy for nausea, morning sickness and motion sickness. Sipping on ginger tea offers not only these benefits, but is also anti-inflammatory and packed full of antioxidants.

Echinacea tea may help boost the immune system which is why it’s a very popular remedy to prevent or shorten the duration of the common cold.

Rooibos is an herbal tea that comes from South Africa. It is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.

Lemongrass tea has a fresh lemony citrus flavour that is nice to drink either hot or cold and is commonly blended with green tea. Lemongrass contains antioxidants, so it’s another good one to keep handy throughout Winter.

Hibiscus tea is made from the flowers of the hibiscus plant. When brewed it has a red colour and a tart flavour which tastes nice served hot or chilled. Hibiscus has also been shown to have some heart health benefits, believed to be due to a compound called anthocyanins, which is what gives hibiscus it’s bright red colour.

Passionflower tea is traditionally used to help relieve anxiety and improve sleep. Drink a cup of passionflower tea before bed for a more restful sleep.

Always read the product label before use. Speak to our friendly WholeLife team if you need help determining if this product is right for you.

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The Difference Between Prebiotics & Probiotics

The Difference Between Prebiotics & Probiotics

The diffrence between prebiotics & probiotics… You may have heard the terms prebiotic and probiotic but what do they really mean and what is the difference between them? They both play vital roles in keeping the body healthy and functioning optimally.

 

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live microorganisms (good bacteria) that reside in the gut, where there is an ecosystem of bacteria working to help your body stay well. This delicate ecosystem in commonly referred to as your gut flora or microbiome.

Probiotics play an integral role in maintaining healthy gut function by supporting out immune system, aiding digestion, assisting with nutrient absorption into the bloodstream and preventing the invasion of harmful microbes.

The benefits of taking probiotics are there ability to restore the natural balance of gut bacteria. An imbalance happens when there are too many bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria. This can happen from a multitude of reasons including taking antibiotics, poor diet and illness.

You can find probiotics in yogurt (with live cultures), some cheeses, some fermented foods and of course a good quality supplement. You can chat with our in-store pharmacists or naturopath to find the perfect probiotic supplement for yourself.

What are prebiotics?

 

Prebiotics are the fibres that feed the healthy gut bacteria and are important in maintaining a balanced gut. Essentially, they give the probiotics the nutrients they need to flourish.

 Prebiotics are found in a variety of plant-based foods including wholegrains, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, leeks, asparagus, onions, bananas, whole oats and flaxseeds. You can also find prebiotic supplements at WholeLife.

Overall, the combination of prebiotic and probiotics in your diet can be beneficial to your health and wellbeing.

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