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August 14, 2019
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We are super excited to be part of the Wests Biggest Bootcamp Event.

Take the challenge and get sweaty with your mates in a 45 minute bootcamp session.
All fitness, ability levels and ages are welcome. Westgate Gym trainers will help to power you through it. You will even be given a bag of goodies to take home.

Don’t forget to check out the health market and sample some of our Health Tea Box teas.

For tickets and more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wests-biggest-bootcamp-tickets-65390848789


July 24, 2019


A cup of tea is so much more than just a beverage . . .

Warming you up, facilitating social interaction and boosting your cognitive function, tea may also be the answer to your unwanted winter blahs and blues!
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The colder winter weather, limited sunshine and shorter days can sometimes have us feeling a little bit gloomier during the winter months. Add to that the dark mornings and lack of natural light in the evening, and it’s no wonder we go searching for a little bit of positivity during this time.

Search no more! Today we are bringing you Positivi-TEA!

We want to tell you how drinking tea helps improve your mood, as well as three other action-oriented steps you can take to build up our endorphins and fill your brain with feel-good chemicals to heighten your mental and emotional wellbeing.



Let’s start with tea!

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One of the main reasons we offer a health tea box is because it means you get the benefits of healthy teas every single day! From helping you relax and get to sleep to helping you become more energized in the morning, there are a lot of benefits that can come from a cup of tea. We have carefully selected the ingredients for each tea blend to target a particular area of health and wellbeing, and a few of them are particularly good for helping improve mood and mental and emotional wellbeing.

Ginseng – This ancient Chinese herb is well-known for enhancing cognitive function, and is part of our cognitive assist tea. It  enhances mental clarity, and improves the brain’s operating ability, allowing it to more effectively manage hormones and mood.

Lemon Balm – That fresh citrus burst is just what your brain needs to give it a renewed burst of energy. Found in our tension taming tea, in addition to helping you destress, Lemon Balm is rejuvenating and plays a role in helping you feel more energized, and mentally engaged.

Turmeric – An anti-inflammatory, inflammation in the body causes stress for our systems. This can have a short-term and long-term, cumulative, negative impact on our mental and emotional functioning. Consume our digestion boosting, gut health tea for your daily turmeric intake.

ChamomileStudies with chamomile have found that this plant can play a role in helping manage depression and anxiety. Found in our night time tea, it is also a sedative, meaning ig can help you sleep, should your emotional instability be keeping you awake.


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What else can I do?

Endorphins are the natural “feel-good” hormones released in your brain and while tea helps elicit some of them, there are several other things you can do to be the master of your own high!

Get Moving – If you’re heard of the runner’s high, it’s a real thing. Research has shown that physical activity encourages an endorphin response in the brain, releasing dopamine and other feel good chemicals. Not only are these beneficial during your workout to help you get through, but they last in the period following your workout as well. And no it doesn’t have to be running! Go for a walk or hike outside, enrol in a new fitness class, or try out Pilates, Yoga or Barre.

Get Social – Put down your phone and go talk to someone in person! The human to human interaction is crucial for our wellbeing and the body craves this natural human connection. Technology, working remotely and online shopping have meant this is often decreased during the day and this can have negative effects on our mood. Better yet, why not invite a friend or family member over to share a cup of tea! Tea is a great way to get social and you benefit from the amazing health properties – such as improved immunity and increased antioxidant consumption – at the same time.

Get Some Sleep – Your low affect, may just be because your brain is tired and overwhelmed and doesn’t have the capacity to make you feel good right now! The brain works hard every day, not only cognitively processing, but also in all of our other bodily functions including movement, hormone regulation, stress response, digestion regulation and so much more. Sometimes it gets overworked and needs appropriate sleep for a full reset to be able to perform its tasks. Tonight, have your night time tea early and then crawl into bed for a restful night’s sleep.



Putting it all together

Nobody likes to feel down or depressed, but sometimes it happens. it is totally fine to feel this way, and normal to have off days or days when you are feeling a lttle lower than your usual positive self.

The good news is however that you can also be in control of creating your own positive energy and using it to bring you up and improve how you feel. From drinking tea, to exercise, to simply having a reliable friend you can call on in these times, figure out which option works best for you and then establish a positivity building routine around that. When you feel yourself having a little bit of a low day, start your routine. Or at the very least, wrap your hands around a cup of warm tea and feel your soul warm up from the inside out. Because sometimes on a cold winter’s day, that’s all that it takes!



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



July 18, 2019
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This Wednesday, over 30 residents attended our wellness event at Barwarre Gardens – Retirement Village, where our resident Naturopath – Kimberlee Ashanti shared information about the role that herbs and herbal supplements can play in promoting healthy aging. It was a very interactive session with lots of questions and answers shared over multiple cups of Health Tea Box natural teas.

One thing is for sure, everybody left hydrated and with a bunch of practical tips to kick start their individual wellness routines.

Learn more about our natural herbal wellness program.


July 8, 2019


When it comes to providing optimized health services to aged clients, doing so with the highest standards of quality and benefit is of utmost importance. The goal is to help these individualsage with dignity and to continue to feel their best, despite their age.

While there are a lot of products on the market that can do this for the general population, few meet the demands and cater to the needs of the aging individual. Their needs are different: the nutrient demands are altered, the brain and mental health requirements change, and the goals surrounding preventative health are different as well.

And while other health products may not work, we know the health tea box does: it has been shown to improve cognitive function, support improved gut health, increase energy and reduce stress.

Specially formulated teas, designed with a target purpose and their own unique nutrition profile, these teas are an ideal addition to the daily routine of individuals in aged care living. In fact, in many cases, they are a great alternative to other products which individuals do not enjoy consuming and therefore resist as part of their regular schedule.

Each tea has carefully researched ingredients, all of which serve a specific purpose in being part of the recipe. With this high degree of research behind each one, we are confident that these teas and their contents can help satisfy the requirements of Quality Control Agency Checks:



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Hydration at any age is crucial for overall health and wellbeing. In aged care however, it is particularly important because this age group is more susceptible to dehydration:

  • Dehydration has shown a decrease in cognitive performance, particularly relevant for the aged population who are typically already suffering cognitive declines
  • Adequate hydration can have a positive effect on patient quality of life, including reducing incidence of urinary tract infections, emotional outbursts, and kidney degradation.

The tea is a great way to encourage individuals to stay adequately hydrated, as it is more flavourful than water, is warming and can be part of a ritual and social routine with other facility clients.


Nutritional Properties

The teas as part of the Health Tea Box are designed to be nutritionally rich. They offer a variety of nutrients and health properties which are particularly relevant for the aging population:

  • Antioxidants– present in the matcha, turmeric, coconut, and fruit in the teas and important for reducing oxidative stress in the body.
  • Anti-inflammatories – turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory which helps reduce inflammation at the cellular level
  • Vitamins and Minerals – Vitamin C, found in our teas in the orange zest and kiwi, is an important vitamin for immunity. The immune system in the aging population is sometimes compromised and needs additional nutritional support whenever possible.
  • Anti-Cancer – containing licorice, ginseng and turmeric, throughout the blends, all of these ingredients have been shown to have anti-cancer properties, an important consideration for the aging population
  • Digestion Enhancement – A healthy gut is at the root of a healthy mind, disease prevention and emotional stability. The tea blends contain several functional digestion promoting ingredients, including fennel, peppermint and rose petals.

Preventative Health

Much of the work with the elderly population is in preventative care, working to offer them the appropriate lifestyle choices, such that they can prevent any further decline in their bodies physically and mentally. There are many areas of preventative health which are important to address:

    • Sleep– Increased age facilitates a natural decline in sleep requirements. Sleep is still essential however, and our tea contains sleep boosting ingredients, such as Valerian, Chamomile and Lemon Balm.
    • Immunity– With a tea designed specifically for immunity, containing antioxidant rich ingredients like orange zest and peppermint, targeting immunity in the elderly is essential for reducing the chance of fatal illness. Other teas include immune boosting benefits from licorice, pomegranate and chamomile.
    • Type 2 Diabetes– Many individuals in aged care have pre-existing conditions such as Diabetes. Our teas contain antioxidants and ingredients such as Turmeric, Ginseng and Coconut which help address these diseases at the root cause and mitigate their negative effects. The antioxidant properties from licorice, and adaptogen benefits from rhodiola are also critical players in addressing chronic illnesses such as diabetes.
    • Cardiovascular Distress– A prominent concern amongst the elderly population, our tea contains ingredients which have been shown to improve cardiovascular function, including Ginseng, Gingko Biloba, Rhodiola and salvia miltorrhiza.

Mental Health

Memory, cognition, and mental health are all top priorities when it comes to bettering the life and wellbeing of the aging population. While genetics and life history play a large role in determining mental health outcomes for an individual, there are many lifestyle changes one can make that can influence these outcomes positively, and act as preventative measures towards further declines. Two of our blends in particular – Cognitive Assist and our Afternoon/Evening blend – target cognitive and mental health. They assist with stress adaptation, promotion of clarity of thought and strengthening of memory. They contain ingredients such as:

  • Red Ginseng – offers cognitive benefits to patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Gingko Biloba – effective and safe long-term for patients with dementia
  • Huperzia Serrata -– derived from Huperzine A, which helps improve behavioural disturbances and general cognitive function
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The ingredients used as part of the Health Tea Box are all natural and plant-derived and the teas contain no added sugar, artificial flavours or preservatives. In essence, these blends act as a non-pharmaceutical alternative to fighting and preventing health degradation and disease which commonly affects aging individuals.

Baby Boomers are filling an increasingly larger percentage of those looking for aged care, but members of this demographic are unique in that they enter aged care educated in natural health practices, and in many cases with the desire to help themselves through natural health solutions. The Health Tea Box is the answer to this, with research-backed ingredients and multiple health benefits behind it.

Aging is an inevitable part of the life trajectory. It doesn’t however, have to be an unpleasant and difficult one. Through proper nutrition and exercise, the use of health promoting products like a Health Tea Box, and through the care and commitment of the generous aged care workers, these individuals can maintain a high quality of life into their final days.



From the experts:

“The use of natural ingredients offers a holistic approach to helping aging individuals, allowing them to gain benefits across their whole body – from brain and memory to joints to inability to sleep. Natural alternatives encourage health issues to be targeted at the root cause, not simply through a band-aid solution that may stop working or have other negative consequences. Furthermore, drinking tea is a simple integration into the daily routine of most people, and it tastes delicious!”



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



June 26, 2019

A cup of Herbal tea could be the best solution for everyday wellness.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! It is a simple rhyme that has stuck with us from childhood in an attempt to keep us eating our fresh fruit and vegetables. A study has been conducted on the matter, and although not statistically relevant in keeping the doctor away, daily apples do manage to lower the need for prescription medicines.

So if a simple addition of one apple can really make the chance of a person needing prescription medicine decrease, what could the potential of consuming more than 30 scientifically effective herbs, spices and fruits be when infused into daily cups of herbal tea?

Can it really be as easy as a simple cup of tea for improved everyday wellness? I truly believe so. Let me share with you why.


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What our bodies need in the morning

Firstly, we need to drink something. More often than not we are dehydrated in the morning and we don’t even know it. Many of us immediately reach for a sugary coffee in order to pick us up, but this further exasperates the issue by increasing blood flow through our kidneys and making them work harder.

Starting the day in the best possible way not only sets you up with more energy to tackle life; it can also boost immunity and improve your mood which can have a positive flow on effect for the entire day.

So, in the morning, by drinking water that is infused with elements that can further enhance energy in a natural and complementary way, you are not only breaking your fast in a healthy manner, but giving you that good morning shake up as well.


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What our bodies need during the day

As you settle into your day, you might be interacting with other people, you could be problem solving or perhaps you’re trying to close a deal or finish an assignment. Regardless what you’re doing, you are constantly learning and in order to succeed, you need to always be on your best game.

By utilizing the neuro-protective and memory enhancing compounds that certain herbs such as gingko biloba, ginseng and dong quai possess, blood pressure can be regulated and a harmonized flow can occur throughout your body. This can provide the mental stamina boost needed to power you through the productive part of your day.



What our bodies need in the afternoon

After lunch, we can fall into a slump which sees the rest of the day drag by in a haze. Delicious coconut is known to provide a quick energy boost that doesn’t drag you down.

A mouthwatering combination of coconut, lime, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper and turmeric actually result in an immense overhaul for poor digestion and gut health as well as reducing our inflammatory responses.

Piperine, the active compound found in black pepper can help to improve the absorption of nutrients. Ginger is an age old remedy for poor digestion and works by stimulating processes in the body, such as saliva flow to aid digestion. Saliva is aided by lime to break down nutrients whilst cinnamon and turmeric have anti-inflammatory properties which support healthy digestion.


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What our bodies need before we sleep

So that we can sleep well and easy, it is important to take the time to relax. It is a good idea to spend time away from digital devices and to avoid eating and caffeinated products. There are a few well-known and scientifically proven herbs that soothe and calm the body and mind in consumable amounts.

Chamomile is a safe and effective choice to use due to the abundant presence of the compound, apigenin. Apigenin is a muscle relaxant and can reduce anxiety in low doses, whilst promoting mild sedation in higher doses.

Other effective herbs include passionflower, lemon balm and valerian. They are safe to combine when mixed by a professional and can have an immense effect on the body in a natural and safe way.


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An everyday solution

By drinking scientifically tested and effective herbal teas infused with the qualities of nutrients that our bodies demand during certain times of the day and not others, we can most definitely improve our everyday wellness by nurturing ourselves in the right way at the right time.

The Health Tea Box wellness programcan certainly help you stay healthy and improve your wellness. With over 30 scientifically tested and proven medicinal herbs, delicious tea leaves and an array fruits and spices, each combination has been artfully designed to satisfy both taste and the necessary requirements for different stages of the day.

From a kickstart in the morning filled with metabolism boosting matcha, rose and fragrant strawberries, through to a tension reducing night blend of calming herbs sweetened with vanilla.

There are a choice of 5 teas in total, including an all day blend with immunity boosting licorice, pomegranate and orange zest for those days you’re feeling a little low.

By offering their customers a cost-effective and uniquely presentable way to easily take action and improve their wellbeing, the team at Health Tea Box are dedicated to using holistic nutrition as a means of providing inspiration to leading happier and healthier lives.

Love yourself and enjoy your life by fusing professional health care with the enjoyment and great taste of a simple cup of tea. A few cups a day could even keep the doctor away!


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We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



June 21, 2019
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Everyone is a winner when it comes to employee health and wellness. Great to be part of Linfox’s employee health, wellbeing and benefits expo. Often “Prevention is the best cure”, and it is our aim to ensure that your staff have all the knowledge and tools to be proactive and align themselves on their own path to wellbeing. The Health Tea Box offers something for everyone, depending on your taste, mood, and health goals.

Learn more about our natural herbal wellness program.


May 27, 2019

Wondering why your employees are present, but lack presenteeism? Feeling like you are constantly finding covers for sick employees? Thinking about adopting a workplace wellness program, but not sure what to do? Here’s what you need to know about programs that work . . . and those that probably won’t!



Workplace wellness is a multi-million-dollar industry. When done right, those millions of dollars spent earn far more than that in return. When done wrong however, workplace wellness focuses around a reactive instead of proactive approach and leads to millions of dollars in workplace productivity loss, employee absenteeism and loss of company ROI.

If you want to find yourself in the latter category it’s time to stand up and get real about what your employees need and how you can get there.

What’s Wrong With my Workplace Wellness Program?
Here’s the thing: it might not be that there is anything outlandishly wrong about your program, as much as it is outdated. Heck, even something you started last year could be outdated by now with the rate of advancement of technology and wellness trends. And while some of it is indeed trends that will always be on again, off again, a lot of it is backed by science and research. And when it comes to that, there are a few areas of your program that researchers know are no longer best serving your employees:

  1. Symptoms over Cause
    Employees show up to work (or are absent from work) with symptoms of compromised wellness: fatigue, gut distress, poor concentration, no energy, lack of focus.But wellness programs that only address these symptoms instead of helping employees get to the cause of them will only go in a vicious circle of getting rid of symptoms temporarily, and then seeing them return.
  2. Trends over Sustainability
    Similar to addressing a symptom instead of a cause, programs that just jump on trends an don’t offer their employees the resources and education to make sustainable changes will never see long term progress. For example, encouraging employees to do a challenge of 3 weeks meat free is not as effective at promoting enhanced long term heart health and diabetes reduction as if employees are educated on what it looks like to adopt a plant based diet.
  3. Short-Term Over Long-Term
    Quick fixes and plans with a short turnaround are less effective than setting down a foundation that will allow your employees to adopt habits that they can maintain over the long-term.

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How can I fix it?

Let’s start with the hard part: you have to make a change. Change is indeed hard – logistically, financially, physically, and emotionally – and as a result is often avoided. In fact, the reality that things have to change is often the primary hurdle in the way, and why workplace wellness programs remain the same for so long. But now that you know you are going to have to make a change, let’s jump in and figure out what you need to change.

  1. Answer the Why
    One of the biggest issues surrounding wellness programs is adherence and consistency: employees start a program, but fail to see it through or fail to engage in it consistently. You can help address this issue by relating the program to their real life: why what they are doing is important for their everyday functioning. For example, how drinking the energy tealets them be more productive at work, but also have more energy for their kids. How the night-time tea, which improves sleep, will allow them to more easily get up and exercise before work and help them have more patience for their family.
  2. Break Down Barriers
    In addition to answering the why, find out the why not. What are the hurdles in the way of your employees’ adherence or starting the program? What is holding them back from committing? Things such as lack of knowledge, feeling unsupported or uncomfortable, or not able to connect with other employees to form a network and feel part of a team can all be contributing factors.
  3. Cultivate a Community
    Addressing the issues surrounding making employees feel comfortable, supported and part of a team can largely be addressed by working to create a community. Make workplace wellbeing an integral part of weekly happenings at the office and something that everybody participates in. Cultivate a culture of positivity and encouragement and encourage employees to reach out to each other to aid in maintaining accountability and adherence.


If you’re ready to make a change and create a wellness program that works, we have just what you need to get started: a Health Tea Box! Complete with energy boosting teas made with science backed ingredients, it might be just the answer you are looking for!


Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au



May 23, 2019
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It was a great turnout for our first educational “Health Day” event at Delmont Private Hospital. Our resident Naturopath & Herbalist, Kimberlee Ashanti, shared a holistic perspective and understanding of health and wellbeing through the use of herbs and healthy hydration. We enjoyed discussing all things herbal with the staff over a cup of tasty Health Tea Box teas.

Thank you, Rachel Wheeler, for organising this educational event.

If you would like to kick-start your wellness program by organising a Health Day event at your workplace or office send us an email at info@healthculturesystems.com.au or call (03) 9528 30 98

 


April 26, 2019

6 Simple ways to help avoid catching a Cold or Flu!



Dont Get Sick

The cooler weather and decrease in sunshine are often precursors to a cold or the start of the symptoms of flu. The immune system works hard to keep us healthy and functioning optimally, but sometimes it can’t keep up!

This year, as winter slowly starts to descend, prepare ahead by strengthening your immune system and arming it with everything it needs to help you stay healthy and keep sickness away!

Maintain Sleep
Sleep is the foundation of a healthy body. During sleep, the body repairs itself, including cleaning out old cells, tackling viruses or bacteria and replenishing the cells of the immune system so they can be on guard and ready to fight. Lack of sleep means this doesn’t get done, and eventually that catches up to you in the form of cold or flu. If you have trouble getting to sleep, why not try a sleepy time tea?

Practice Stress Management
Whether you meditate regularly, engage in yoga and deep breathing or simply get out and exercise, reducing your stress is a key step in helping keep your immune system healthy. The body doesn’t differentiate between different types of stress: physical stress from exercise, family stress or that from work, the sympathetic nervous system enacts the same pathway to fight it. If this is enacted too often however, the immune system starts to break down because it can’t keep up. Regularly engage in your most efficient stress reduction techniques to stay healthy. And better yet, try some tension taming tea to help you out.

Tackle Lymphatics
The body has its own built-in detoxification system, that is manually pumped through our movement, exercise and breathing. Known as the lymphatic system, the body uses this system to get rid of toxins, clean out dead and unwanted cells, and help release viruses or invaders in the body. Having a healthy lymphatic system is key to having a healthy immune system. Tackle this by regular exercises, deep breathing exercises, drinking lots of water and avoiding long periods of sedentary behaviour.


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Become Adaptogenic
Adaptogenic ingredients, such as ashwaganda, rhodiola and certain varieties of mushrooms, have adaptogenic properties. This means they are able to help the body adapt to stressors and be better able to deal with the stress that is presented. Illness is a stress on the body, and it is important to arm your immune system with the proper tools to stay healthy before illness strikes.

Eat Plants
Leafy greens, broccoli, sweet potato, blueberries, beetroot and any other brightly coloured plants are your best friend when it comes to fighting disease and boosting immunity. All of these contain antioxidants, which help remove free radicals in the body. These free radicals can be at the root of illness – acute and chronic – so it is important to keep them in check. Aim to make the majority of your diet plant-based, with less coming from animals and minimizing processed foods and sugar.

Get Moving
Finally, don’t forget the importance of exercise! Not only can it be a valuable way to improve your lymphatic health, help you sleep better, and be a great way to reduce stress, but exercise also releases natural endorphins, which are beneficial to immunity. Furthermore, if you engage in your activity outside, you are exposed to environmental stimuli which can also strengthen your immune system by exposing it to additional stimulants which it has to develop antibodies against.


Keep Moving

Above all else, listen to your body! It will tell you when it is tired, when it needs more water or if it is time to press pause and take a rest. When you do this, it will reward you in return keeping you healthy all season long!



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







We’d love to help you become healthier and be the best version of yourself!

Got a question? Send us an email:
info@healthculturesystems.com.au