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March 31, 2020


Immune System, We’re Coming for You!

The time seems more important than ever now to focus in on maximizing immune health. To be sure, there is no magic fix or quick acting ingredient that will make you instantly safe from any immune invading viruses (we’re looking at you Mr. COVID!). But there are some smart things you can do that will help your body be better at what it is already meant to do: activate your immune cells to be able to fight off invaders to keep you healthy.


Eat Whole Foods
Eat Whole Foods

One of the best ways to encourage optimal immune functioning is to make sure your body has everything it needs to support ant reproduce healthy immune cells. When our body is stocked up on nutrients and phytonutrients – like Vitamin C, B vitamins, antioxidants, and magnesium – these are available in supply for the cells to call on when they need them.

  • Consume vegetables and fruit that are bright in colour and in their natural form
  • Choose whole grain sources of carbohydrates to increase fibre intake and maximize B vitamin intake
  • Eat a variety of foods to maintain an efficient level of fat, protein and carbohydrates. All of these macronutrients are important in body functioning.
  • Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant, a compound which helps remove free radicals in the body. This is why it is important in immunity, and can be found in red capsicum, citrus fruit, Kakadu Plum and many other fruits and vegetables.

Hydration Nation!
Hydration Nation

While you cannot “wash away” a virus, there are many reasons why it is important to consume adequate water or hydrating beverages like herbal teas:

  • Water is required to maintain blood volume, and adequate blood volume ensures consistent blood circulation of immune cells.
  • Hydrated cells are healthier cells! Think about how you feel when you are dehydrated – tired, low-energy, fatigued – and the same thing happens to your cells! Lack of water means they might not have the functional capacity to do their job

Plain water is the most accessible source of hydration for your cells. Other options however, like herbal tea, sparkling water and coconut water all present hydration alternatives. Mix it up in your daily routine to make sure you get enough and aren’t bored by just plain water!



Keep Moving
Keep Moving

If you have always thought about committing to at-home workouts, or want to make use of the set of dumbbells you have in your garage, now is a great time to do so. You can do your own at-home workout with bodyweight or hand weights if you have them, and integrate high intensity cardio activities, like jumping Jacks, running, high knees, jump squats or Burpees. In these times movement is good for many reasons:

  • Helps the movement of lymph which contains waste that your body is trying to get rid of.
  • Encourages the intake of increased oxygen and helps with blood circulation. some immune cells travel through the blood and need to get to their destination!
  • Improves your state of mind, helping reduce stress and anxiety and make you feel happier and more in control
  • Move outside! Doing it outdoors gives you the added bonus of a Vitamin D hit from the sunshine. Vitamin D is important for immune cell function.

Boost Your Body
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Eating whole foods and drinking adequate water goes a long way in making sure you maintain a heathy body and a fully functioning immune system. However, there are some ingredients or foods that are particularly high on the immunity friendly list.

  • Turmeric – an anti-inflammatory that helps reduce unnecessary inflammation in the body so immune resources can be more efficiently used.
  • Vitamin D rich foods – Mushrooms, eggs and fatty fish contain this vitamin that is essential for immune function. Added bonus if you head out into the sunshine and get a double dose!
  • Peppermint – Great for fighting congestion or helping reduce symptoms in the early stages of illness.
  • Probiotic foods – These help maintain a healthy gut biome and ensure a proper balance of bacteria in your gut. The bacteria function in manufacturing some of the immune cells, so it is imperative that they are able to do this.

There is no one food, one thing or one ingredients that is going to protect you from contracting a virus or instantly give your immune system a boost. But when you stack together lots of healthy habits and stay consistent, there is a great chance that your immune system will be armed and ready in case anything decides to make an entrance!



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



March 2, 2020


Who said self-care has to break the bank?

Some people focus in on March for March Madness . . . but we get mad about focusing in on Self-Care. Last month we talked about self love, and this month we’re giving you five ways to practice self care that don’t even cost a thing!


Integrate Movement
Staying Active

We have unfortunately made the concept of movement way more complicated than it needs to be and interwoven it with exercise and gym time and “that is not enough.” Moving your body reinforces for your brain that you care about yourself and how you feel and how you are able to function. The brain and body do not care about what the movement is, they just want movement – even 5 minutes!

Instead of calling it exercise, call it movement, and find time every day to move! It does not have to be an hour or in a certain place or for a certain duration. You can go for a five minute walk outside on your lunch break or after you finish work, or you can spend 3 hours on the weekend on a hike. You can go to the gym at 6am for a spin class, or finish your day at a Pilates studio for an hour class.

And if you can’t go to any gym or classes or studio, it doesn’t matter. Just go outside and walk. Or stand on your step and stretch and jump up and down. Something is always better than nothing!


Choose Optimal Fuel

The truth is most of us know that we are supposed to eat lots of vegetables and leafy greens, choose whole grains, focus on plants and eliminate processed foods, refined sugar and simple carbohydrates. But wherever often stumble is creating a food selection that is optimized for our own body and our body’s preferences. Some people feel great eating lots of fruit with their vegetables, while others find it makes their energy crash. Some people tolerate gluten and grains well, others feel heavy and sluggish after. One of the best things you can do for your self-care and self love is find your feel best diet.

Find the selection of foods that helps yu feel the most energized and at your best mentally and physically, and stay away from the ones that you know cause you to feel unwell or put you in a negative mindset. This can take some time to work through, but give yourself a chance and don’t fall into a diet because everyone else is doing it.



Stay Hydrated

Poor hydration can actually be the root cause of many other symptoms in the body that we may mistake for something else. Things such as headaches, poor concentration, irritability, hunger, poor gut health, decreased energy, fatigue, muscle cramping and much more can, in some cases, be mitigated by just adding more water to your life! If you are struggling to get enough in, consider consuming it as herbal tea, or adding some fresh mint and lemon to your ordinary glass of water.


Find a Mantra
Mantra

Sometimes the hardest part of slef care isn’t the care itself, but avoiding everything else we do that negates the care we provide. That negative voice in your head that discourages you; that line that keeps going around in your mind as you run, telling you you are slow; that voice that says you aren’t good enough, smart enough, fast enough, funny enough, skinny enough . . . just not enough.

Caring for yourself is about reminding yourself you are worth caring for. Find a mantra that you can repeat in times of self sabotage to reverse it. Things like “I am enough;” “you’ve got this;” “you can do hard things;” are all good examples of where you can start.


Do something for Someone Else
Help Others

While we are talking about self-care, at the root of it is feeling good about yourself and in your body, physically and mentally. If you’ve ever done an act of kindness for another person, given selflessly to someone, expecting nothing in return, you know that this in turn makes you feel really good. One way you can practice self-care is to turn outward and do something for someone else. This might be a surprise – such as having flowers delivered to them at work – or it might be something simple, like making dinner for a friend who is really busy at work. Choose something you can do that will allow you to still conserve energyto devote to your other self care practices, but get in the habit of giving to others and you might see the biggest gains for yourself!



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



November 14, 2019
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17 NOVEMBER – 11am to 4pm
Bialik College – 429 Auburn Road, Hawthorn East

The Maccabi LIFE Health & Wellness Expo – an informative and fun day-out that will get you and your family thinking about health and wellbeing.

The Wellness Expo will bring together leading professionals, speakers, exhibitors and lots of kids activities at an informative and fun day-out that will get you and your family thinking about health and well-being.

Arrive early, take time out at LIFE EXPO Marketplace and enjoy health and well-being product demos, cool vibes with live DJ Nic Herskope and sample our great healthy teas from our Health Tea Box stall.

Learn more about our healthy teas…

We would love to see you there!


October 1, 2019


Why it’s time to go outside!

If the winter weather had you stuck indoors, huddled under a blanket (with a cup of hot tea!), don’t worry – you weren’t alone. But with the warmer weather now peaking in, it’s time to take advantage of the sun, light and all the fresh air, as you reap the benefits of being outside!
Spring cup of tea

The warm days that have been teasing us off and on these past few weeks are the perfect glimpse into the new spring season that is upon us. More than that though, they are the ideal time to be outside. Winter doesn’t usually lend itself to being outdoors, and in the process of spending all that time inside, we lose the natural benefits of the sun, fresh air, interaction with plants and the natural endorphin release that comes from breathing it all in and being in nature. It’s time to put the winter blues aside and step outside into spring.



Benefits of Being Outdoors

Spring Outdoors Bike

Aside from the bright skies and pretty flowers, you’ll be happy to know there are a few additional reasons why the great outdoors is so great:

  • Japanese researchers have shown that “stressful states can be relieved by forest therapy.” The Japanese regularly walk forest trails and researchers are finding evidence to support that it offers decreases in cortisol, sympathetic nerve activity, and blood pressure.
  • Natural settings reduce directed-attention fatigue, an issue caused by the brain having to constantly manage competing stimuli
  • Recent research looked at the connection between soil and the gut microbiome, concluding that the soil biodiversity we are exposed to is decreasing and our rate of microbiome related lifestyle diseases is increasing
  • Natural light exposure is required for adequate vitamin D, and also helps regulate your sleep schedule. The brain is cued by light changes for when to produce melatonin and elicit sleep.

Camping herbal Tea

Outdoor Activities.

Here’s the good news: getting the benefits of going outside doesn’t require you to spend hours on a hike or commit to devoting Saturday to Mother Nature:  just 30 minutes of time outdoors can be enough to give you incredible physical and mental benefits. If you’re not sure what to do or where to start however, here are some outdoor activity ideas which are perfect for spring:

  • Go for a walk – down the street, on a local trail, around your backyard. It doesn’t have to be long or to a destination, just incorporating movement is enough!
  • Forage flowers – The next time you drive by a spot in nature that has nice flowers, stop and pick a few! Go for a walk around the area and see if you can forage a nature-made bouquet for your home. Not only will you get the benefits of being outdoors, but you will also be able to go home and bring the outdoors in!
  • Move the Meet – Whether it is a meeting with colleagues or a meet-up with friends, take it outside. For a work meeting, opt to sit outside for coffee instead of in, or suggest a walking meeting. If you are meeting up with friends, think of an outdoor activity, such as a walk along the beach, frisbee in the park, or a walk through the local gardens.
  • Choose Outside – Sometimes getting outside is as simple as choosing to do so. Choose to walk to places when you can; get up from your desk at work and go for a walk outdoors; shop at outdoor farmer’s markets instead of the store; exercise outside instead of at the gym or in your garage.

Use the change in season to change the way you think about the outdoors – a place to be in and visit, not a place to ignore or walk away from. Plus, there are so many great additional benefits to getting outside, that really, you have nothing to lose!


Health Tea Box - Herbs Planter Box

Plants for Purpose.

More than just soaking up the sunshine and getting a dose of those feel-good hormones though, being outside surrounded by plants lets you get an appreciation for the large diversity of plants found growing in abundance in our own backyard. Better yet, did you know that a lot of these plants are edible and have impressive health benefits? In fact, many of them could be considered nature’s superfoods given their nutrient profile. And this is a big reason behind why they are included in some of the teas we offer as part of the Health Tea Box:

  • Hibiscus – While beautiful in nature, hibiscus is that much better in the body: it helps reduce  blood pressure. Whether you suffer from hypertension or stress, the hypotensive properties of hibiscus are the perfect solution. Combined with its antioxidant benefits, it’s a clear winner and found in several of our teas.
  • Rose Petals – Not only are roses beautiful to look at in nature but the petals adds a refined sweetness to desserts and tea, while also providing anti-inflammatory benefits. The red blood-like colour of roses is also symbolic of their ability to act as a blood tonic.
  • Lemon Balm – An Australian native plant, lemon balm adds a subtle lemon flavour to teas and you can use it in your cooking in the same way. In addition, it is rich in antioxidants and can act as a sedative, aiding in sleep and de-stressing.
  • Fennel – A pleasant smell and a delicious flavour, this liquorice like plant has anti-inflammatory effects and is a great digestive aid. Drink the digestive tea after a meal or when you are feeling bloated, nauseas or suffering from unwanted gut distress.
  • Peppermint – Peppermint tea is soothing and comforting, and this is not an accident. Peppermint is great for helping elicit calmness and reduce tension, as well as is a beneficial digestive aid, helping in both chronic and acute gut symptoms.

There are lots of benefits from getting outside, but the only way to reap them is to try it yourself. What are you waiting for? Get outdoors!



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



September 22, 2019
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Bring along your lunch and indulge in sampling a selection of tasty and healthy Health Tea Boxinfusions.

Unlock your potential with the Health Tea Box. Packed with over 30 herbs & nutrients, Heath Tea Box Infusions are specially formulated to reduce stress and anxiety, encourage better sleep, boost energy, enhance focus and working memory, and promote healthy hydration.

Our special guest speaker Holistic Nutritionist Laura Peill shares her holistic perspective and understanding of Health and Well-being.

This is a FREE event, Reserve your place now. Only 24 places available. 

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More information on the Health Tea Box at https://healthteabox.com.au/individual-wellness/


September 17, 2019
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During the National Safe Work Month, find a little healthy surprise in your Pro Health Pack from Bodycare Workplace Solutions. The sample of our DAY herbal tea blend helps heighten your cognitive performance and enhances your memory function. It is also a great source of healthy hydration.

Glad to play a small part in encouraging your clients to make positive health choices.


August 27, 2019


What are Wellness Teas and why should you try them


Herbal medicine has been used for over 60,000 years and still manages to produce results today. Although we have more advanced pharmaceuticals to help with complex issues, and modern medicine has advanced human society as a whole, we cannot deny this one thing: the old tricks are the best tricks. If nothing else, falling back on some herbal or wellness teas doesn’t hurt so long as you know what the ingredients are for and any possible side-effects if they aren’t consumed as prescribed. In tea form, though, most dosages of the herbs are totally harmless.


Enjoy a cup of wellness tea

What Are Wellness and Herbal Teas?

So, what exactly are wellness and herbal teas? Truthfully, both teas are pretty much the same, however there are some slight differences.

An herbal tea is a beverage infused with spices and herbs in hot water, sometimes including other plant materials like tree bark. The essessences from these materials mix with the water to promote health in many different ways, depending on the ingredient. Therefore, if you’re dealing with high blood pressure, a gruesome cold, digestive issues, or loss of energy, then herbal teas might do the trick for you.

A wellness tea, on the other hand, is the same as an herbal tea except it focuses more on daily health. Wellness teas are perfect to drink for any time, some of them suggesting that you drink them at different times of the day to be at peak performance. For instance, if you have an upcoming work presentation or preparing for an exam, then gingko might be the perfect tea for improved brain function. Meanwhile, teas like chamomile, lemon balm, and passion fruit are all sedatives that can help you relax at night.


Herbal Teas

Benefits of Wellness Teas

The main benefit of any wellness tea is to promote better health even when you aren’t sick. You want to get the whole body in harmony to reinforce preventative measures before you get sick. Herbal teas aren’t a cure-all and certainly can’t replace prescription drugs but they can help when used correctly and regularly. Whatever you’re problem is, there’s a tea for that.

Maybe you’re already health conscious enough to have explored nutritious drinks or medicinal elixirs. The usual problem with these are their taste. Wellness teas don’t just work better than most of their counterparts but are also delicious. If you don’t like something in your tea, there are millions of combinations to find something that you’ll enjoy. There are even several services that allow you to build your own tea blends from scratch. The thing is, if you enjoy what you’re doing, then you’re likely to keep doing it. This is the key to developing healthy habits.


Prevention is Better than Cure

All-In-One Options

A prime example of the herbal teas and the wellness system is the Health Tea Box. This box is formulated to provide you with five different teas made with over 30 spices and herbs. Each of the five blends is created specifically for different times of the day to combat different needs. Every blend has a specific purpose and they all work together to help you get through almost anything.

The morning blend, which is made with white tea, is designed to give energy and boost physical performance. The usual tea for the day is meant to assist with cognitive memory with ginkgo, allowing you to maintain attention and improve learning and memory. We all could use a little of that!

The afternoon blend, made with turmeric, is to promote digestive health. They say every illness can somehow be attributed to your gut health, so this tea is great for encouraging positive digestive function.

Tired of counting sheep at night to get your mind to stop racing? The night blend, with chamomile, is relaxing and tension reducing to help you sleep and manage stress.

Lastly, we have an all day blend made with licorice to help boost the antibacterial and antiviral properties you already have.

Plenty of wellness teas can be found at a local supermarket and many companies sell sampler boxes online to promote different aspects of health. The Health Tea Box, though, is a comprehensive, proven system to treat specific problems most people encounter throughout their daily life. For people looking to get into wellness teas and are unsure where to start, this is an excellent system to start out with.


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Finding What You Need

Whether you’re trying to find a specific tea to combat a condition or just looking around for something you like, the best thing you can do is to just get started. Different ingredients can do different things to the body in surprisingly strong ways. Some can even pose a health risk, especially during pregnancy, so doing a little research and treating herbal teas like you would any medication is a great place to begin. From there, just go with what tastes good to you and enjoy your cup of tea.


Herbal Cup of Tea






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



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!
Bad mood

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!

Health Tea Box Lemon

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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DelmontKimberleeTalk

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.