How To Beat The Flu: Interview With Our Naturopath

How To Beat The Flu: Interview With Our Naturopath

Here at WholeLife, we value taking a holistic approach to assist in improving your health and wellbeing. One of our many in-store services include having a fully qualified Naturopath in select WholeLife stores. Ever wondered what Naturopaths actually do? Our friendly naturopath Tekla from WholeLife Maroochydore, is here to answer some frequently asked questions for Naturopaths.

1. What is the role of a Naturopath?

The role of a naturopath is to focus on long-term health and prevention and are able to support acute and chronic conditions.  It is a non-invasive medicine that blends age-old healing traditions with scientific advances and research, to support building a greater foundation of health.

2. What is the difference between a Naturopath and a Nutritionist?

A Naturopath and Nutritionist are both degree qualified fields. Although slightly different modalities, they both work complementary and alongside one another. Naturopathic medicine combines scientific and traditional treatment methods, utilising herbal medicine, nutrition and dietary planning, lifestyle modifications, and other modalities including flower essences, iridology and tissue salts for therapeutic treatments. Nutritionists focus on therapeutic management of patients using an evidence-based understanding of nutritional principles and the functional role of food and nutrients in the body. Both modalities require a sound understanding of digestion, absorption, transportation, and excretion of nutrients to comprehensively acknowledge the physiologic and biochemical processes involved in health and disease processes.

3. What are the benefits of seeing a Naturopath?

Naturopaths are great at supporting treatment of a whole range of complaints including, but not limited to:

  • Digestive problems including bloating, reflux, IBS
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Immune support such as chronic viruses, frequent colds and flus, and autoimmune conditions
  • Allergies
  • Chronic fatigue and low energy problems
  • Anxiety, stress and emotional problems
  • Thyroid ailments such as hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Skin ailments
  • Menstrual & menopausal problems
  • Fertility support
  • Dietary and lifestyle support

4. What are your favourite supplements for building immunity?

Some favourite supplements we use to build the immune system are a strong combination of Vitamin C and Zinc. Ethical Nutrients Mega Zinc powder is a favourite formula for general immune support and acute cold symptoms because it has a good dose of Zinc, Vitamin C and Betacarotene. Always remember to take zinc after food and check with your healthcare practitioner about dosage requirements.

BioCeuticals ArmaForce is also a great product for acute cold and flu symptoms. A great preventative tonic is the Fusion Astra8 and the Marten & Pleasance KI Immune Defence. They both contain Astragalus which can help in building the immune system and tonify the nervous system. Vitamin D is also a great immune support – Ethical Nutrients do a great one based on MCT oils, and for vegans we carry the Herbs of Gold and Naturopathica Vitamin D.

We also carry a large range of Metagenics, Orthoplex, BioCeuticals and Eagle products which may be prescribed after a consult with one of our practitioners.

Naturopath Recommended Ethical Nutrients Mega Zinc
Naturopath Recommended BioCeuticals ArmaForce
Naturopath Recommended Fusion Astra 8 Immune Tonic
KI Immune Defence and Energy Formula
herbs of gold vitamin d3 1000 immunity

# 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.

5. As Winter is fast-approaching, what are your top tips to beat the flu?

Top tips for preparing for the cold/flu season would be to create a good nutrient dense bone broth from quality organic bones, herbs, and vegetables. Or if you are Vegan, broth made from a variety of mushrooms, herbs, sea vegetables, and vegetables may also be beneficial for building your immune system. If you don’t have the time to make your own, you can pick up concentrated or powdered broths from the shop to have on their own or add into your stews, soups, stir fries etc. Infrared Saunas may also be a great way to support your immune system and can be used as a regular activity in your wellness routine. Get lots of fresh air and sunshine. Listen to your body and as soon as you start to feel run down or unwell, start taking your supplements, like the ones mentioned above and rest up.

If you’re interested in talking to one of our WholeLife Naturopath’s, contact your nearest WholeLife store to see if they have a naturopath in-store. A complete store listing is here.

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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#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.

10 Summer Road Trip Essentials

10 Summer Road Trip Essentials

With international travel firmly off the agenda for this summer, it’s time to round up your best road tripping pals, pack the car, and set off on a summertime adventure!

Australia has countless amazing regional hidden gems that are begging to be explored and deserve a spot on your road trip itinerary. While you’ve been busy plotting stops on the map, we’ve been busy getting your summer road trip essentials list ready.

Don’t even think about leaving home without these 10 must-have road trip items.



Most of us by now are well-versed on the importance of wearing a broad spectrum SPF while enjoying the great outdoors that Australia has to offer – we’re not called the sunburnt country for no reason! But we’re often lulled into a false sense of security when inside the car.

You can still get sunburnt and cause damage to your skin through car windows, so make sure you slip, slop, slap even while driving!

Lip Balm

If our past few hot Aussie summers are anything to go by, we know you’ll be blasting the aircon as hard as you’ll be blasting your road trip playlist. Air conditioners in cars can strip the moisture from your skin and lips, so a hydrating lip balm is an absolute essential. We have lots of lip balms with natural ingredients to keep your lips moisturised and healthy whilst being gentle on your skin.


Snacks are an absolute must have on your road trip! Is it even a road trip without snacks? We think not. Does a road trip pardon you from accidentally eating enough snacks to feed a small village? Absolutely. Make sure to bring a good mix of sweet, savoury, and healthy snacks to keep everyone in the car happy (and to avoid a sugar overload and subsequent crash). Chopping up some veggies like celery, carrot or cucumber into bite sized pieces are an easy way to balance the sweet or salty snacks.


Keeping your eyes on the road when the sun is glaring in is not ideal! Give the squinting a break and protect your eyes with some sunnies. We’ve got styles to suit everyone, and will make you look super cool in your summer road trip snaps. 

Reusable Water Bottle

A hydrated driver is a happy driver! Refill as you go to avoid buying countless plastic water bottles along the way. Reusable water bottles are eco-friendly, stylish, and often keep your water cooler for longer. Gone are the days of desperately drinking the boiled dregs of plastic tasting water from that crunched-up bottle you found under the passenger seat of your car. Up your hydration game and save the planet at the same time!


When in need of a little bit of extra hydration, we reach for Hydralyte. It’s easy to forget to reach for your water bottle when you’re busy driving, navigating or singing along to your road trip playlist.

Keep Cup

Those coffee breaks add up if you’re getting a disposable coffee cup every time, impacting both the environment and your wallet. Most cafes will offer a discount to those who can BYO cup. Bring your keep cup with you for sustainable sipping!

First Aid Kit

A simple first-aid kit will do and is a must have. You never know when someone might take a small tumble while hiking to the waterfalls of Instagram. Make sure to keep it in your car at all times, even on short trips.

Headache Medication

Sitting in the car for long periods of time can take a toll. So can listening to your tone-deaf friends belt out their rendition of Christmas Carols. Our over-the-counter pain relief such as Panadol* and Nurofen* can help relieve those pesky headaches and get you back to cruising along the highway in no time.

*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

Hand Sanitiser

2020’s most coveted product is also one of ours! Keep those nasty germs from public bathroom pit stops at bay with hand sanitiser. Also super useful to cleanse your hands with when you’re picnicking on the go, after filling up the car with petrol, or before you’re about to demolish one of your road trip snacks.

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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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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.

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How to Correctly Wear a Mask

How to Correctly Wear a Mask

Some members of the public may choose to wear a mask in situations where it is not feasible to maintain physical distancing e.g. on public transport and/or if they are at increased risk of severe illness if infected (e.g. because of their age or a chronic medical condition). Should you choose to wear a mask, it is important to do so safely to avoid increasing the risk of infection to yourself and others.

How to put on a disposable face mask:

  • Wash your hands before putting on the mask
  • Make sure it covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly under your chin, over the bridge of your nose and against the sides of your face.
  • Do not touch the front of the mask while it is on or when removing it (and if you do so accidentally, wash or clean your hands immediately)
  • Wash your hands after removing the mask

There are different types of masks – which one should I use?

The term ‘face mask’ includes cloth masks and single-use face masks (commonly called surgical masks). Both masks are suitable for use to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Cloth masks are any nose and mouth covering made of washable fabric. We recommend a cloth mask made of three layers of a mix of breathable fabrics to ensure adequate protection. It does not need to be surgical quality to be effective.

Surgical masks are made with a non-woven meltblown polypropylene layer and available in various levels of protection. These are single use masks only so can’t be washed and used again.

Remember, a face mask is not a substitute for other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • staying at home when unwell, with even mild respiratory symptoms
  • physical distancing (staying >1.5 m away from others)
  • hand hygiene (and avoidance of touching potentially contaminated surfaces)
  • cough etiquette and respiratory hygiene

Inappropriate use of masks is associated with risk, such as;

  • they provide a false sense of security and may result in neglect of more important measures
  • the use of a mask, alone, will not prevent infection
  • touching the mask during use or when removing it can contaminate the hands
  • risks are compounded if masks are pulled down or removed to consume food or drink
  • single-use masks should not be reused, and discarded immediately after use
  • masks will be less effective if they become damp or damaged
  • many commercially available masks are of low quality and likely to be ineffective
  • P2 or N95 masks should not be used as they are difficult to put on and take off safely

People with chronic respiratory conditions should seek medical advice before using a mask.