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April 29, 2020


Tackling the day . . . one cup of tea at a time!

The sun is just coming up glimmering through the window as you get out of bed and walk into the kitchen. The cooler mornings make it a little harder to get started, and leave the warmth and comfort under your covers, but you know there is something waiting for you every morning when you get up: a warm cup of tea. And tea isn’t just there to help you start the day, it is there for your entire day. In fact, in more ways than one, tea is there to help you get through all of the day’s challenges and be a constant, comforting companion by your side.



Starting your day with a hot cup of tea warms you up from the inside out and offers a motivating incentive to help you get your day started. When you choose a tea that has added health benefits however, you get more than just a warm cup between your hands. Energy boosting ingredients such as matcha are an incredible alternative to caffeine-filled coffee, and it gives you the energy boost without the crash afterwards. Antioxidant-rich ingredients such as pomegranate are also a great addition to morning beverages, as they help in detoxifying the body and removing any oxidative compounds.

As you carry on through the morning, tea can continue to be that comforting companion. With the whole day ahead, you do not want to allow the first stress of the morning to bring you down. Tension taming ingredients such as peppermint and lavender are great options for a mid morning tea. Have these in the presence of other herbs and flowers as a herbal tea, or on their own as a refreshing cup of peppermint tea!

It might however, be the perfect time for a boost to your brain power! Ingredients such as Ginseng and Chinese Clubmoss present in our Cognitive Memory Assist Tea are all beneficial ingredients for your mind and cognition. A great, natural way to keep you focused for the day ahead and not let any anxiety or distractions take over from your productive mindset.



Lunch time! With lunch only marking the halfway point of the day, you want to make sure that your productivity throughout the rest of the day continues to be at its all-time high. Once you finish your lunch, enjoy a digestion-friendly tea. These teas, consisting of ingredients such as ginger, turmeric and liquorice are digestive boosting. They encourage the appropriate balance of bacteria in the gut and also help reduce any unwanted digestion symptoms such as bloating, upset stomach or gas.

With lunch and digestion behind you, you might feel those mid-afternoon tummy rumbles, or that 4pm fatigue that has you waning to reach for a cup of coffee. Counter both of these thing with a cup of tea instead! Now is a great time to turn to a fun, deliciously flavoured tea. Perhaps something that has cacao, and makes you feel like you are drinking chocolate, or something that has vanilla or liquorice and satisfies your desire for something sweet.

Tea takes on the flavours of the natural ingredients it is crafted from, so get creative and think of what your dream flavour would be and make yourself an afternoon cup of tea!




As your day draws to a close and dinner is done, sit yourself down on the couch and take a deep breath. Exhale as you allow yourself to breathe out the stresses of the day. As you continue to breathe deeply, close your eyes and let calm overtake the chaos in your mind as you encourage all the distracting thoughts to move on. Whether you have been working from home, or working in your newly assigned job as “Mum/Dad the teacher,” these thoughts try to intrude and be present.

Get up and pour yourself a calming cup of tea. Perhaps chamomile or lemon, or another cup of peppermint. And as you sit there allowing yourself to unwind rom your day, allow your deep breaths to continue and the soothing warmth and comfort of the tea take you out of the day the same way it brought you in – with peace and a smile.



Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist







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

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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
Herbal Tea

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



February 3, 2020


When was the last time you committed to self love?

When February rolls around, many people turn their thoughts to Valentine’s Day. The universal day of love, it is often the time when we think about giving to others and showing our love to our spouse, partner or family. But what about treating the day as an opportunity for some self-love?


Rethinking Valentine’s Day

In a time where we are bombarded with content and media, and constantly exposed to images and curated feeds, we are also often sitting in the comparison cycle, where instead of seeing ourselves as enough, we see ourselves against other media and images and think we aren’t good enough. We offer negative talk instead of positive comments, self-sabotage our efforts to make progress and sometimes verge on the edge of self-hate instead of self-love.

This Valentine’s Day, no more! Commit to Self-love. You can still offer your normal love chocolates to your partner, or best friend, but treat yourself the same as you would your best friend: show yourself some love.


Tea for Love
Tea Self Love

We may be biased, but we think one of the best ways to spend some time loving yourself and looking after yourself is with tea. A universal drink, tea has been part of rituals and routines for hundreds of years. Many cultures integrate tea into rituals that are all about love, such as a marriage or birth, but you can integrate tea into your everyday life, just to show yourself some love:

  • Start your day with a cup of tea to help wake you up and energize your morning
  • Opt for tea mid-afternoon for an energy hit instead of coffee
  • Enjoy tea with friends or family, trying some specialty versions at a tea house, instead of heading for happy hour drinks.
  • Before bed, tuck into a calming sleepy time tea to help you get a better night’s sleep.


The Benefits of Tea
Health Tea Box Lemon

Now that you have tea regularly, you may be happy to hear that it offers more than just a comforting ritual and a hot cup to hold in your hand.

Researchers have found many health benefits offered from consuming tea. Tea leaves contain the amino acid L-theanine, which in addition to offering a slow energy boost, also stimulates the release of feel-good neurotransmitters. These naturally occurring hormones in the brain, including GABA and serotonin, help improve mood and make us feel good!

The L-theanine however is not only beneficial in terms of helping with hormone release: it has also been shown to help in stress. In one study, conducted in 2016, participants consuming an L-theanine containing beverage were shown to have lower cortisol levels and reported feeling more relaxed in stressful tasks than the placebo group. Cultivating self-love also requires one to learn about one’s causes and triggers for feeling stressed and find suitable ways to eliminate these. Tea may be a great stress-taming solution!


Now We’re Feeling Good!

In addition to modulating stress, an important component of being able to feel good however comes from being able to have a restful night’s sleep. During sleep, our body rejuvenates our brain and cells and does some internal housekeeping for all our bodily systems, including our digestive, and immune. Tea can be a great way to encourage this sleep, with options such as chamomile helping to prepare the brain for a restful night!

The feel good hormones tea releases are just one of the benefits. When you drink health-teas that are made with natural, intentionally chosen ingredients, you can also benefit from the science backed health advantages these ingredients offer.

The teas that are included in the Health Tea Box, for example, offer many benefits which can improve your overall state of health and help you feel better inside and out:

  • Matcha – Rich in antioxidants and a natural source of energy, this is one of the main ingredients in our energy-boosting morning tea.
  • Fennel and Liquorice – Both of these, slightly sweet plants, offer digestive support and help relieve gut distress. With the increasing research supporting the gut-brain connection, having a healthy functioning gut is critical in helping you achieve a healthy mindset.
  • Multiflorum – If aging and memory loss are at the root of your worries when it comes to fostering self-love, this ingredient is the answer. Found in our cognitive blend, not only does it improve learning and memory, but also helps reduce cholesterol and offers cardio-vascular support
  • Cinnamon – Ah, the sweet smell of cinnamon! For many of us it conjures up visions of sweet treats and gives that little feel-good dopamine hit in the brain. In your tea, it can do the same thing, but also offers blood sugar stabilization, carminative and circulation benefits.
  • Pomegranate – You can’t feel your best and show up for self-love when you’re sick. Fruits, such as pomegranate, rich in antioxidants, are great for enhancing the immune system and helping it be able to fend off any unwanted visitors in the body.

This February, treat yourself to your favourite tea, and take a few minutes to remind yourself that you too deserve some extra love.



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



January 13, 2020


What if a routine was as simple as committing to a sequence of habits?

The holidays have come and gone, family has left to go back home and the Christmas lollies have all but disappeared. And with 2019 a thing of the past it’s time to look ahead now to 2020 and a brand-new decade. For many people, this time of year involves thinking about dreams and goals for the future as well as plans for changes – new job, new health plan, new exercise routine. And at the root of much of it is exactly that: a new routine.


What is a routine?


A routine is defined as a sequence of actions regularly followed. This can be as simple as the routine you follow when you brush your teeth to the routine you follow when you get to work in the morning. In each of these, you can likely think of each of the actions you perform, and in what order. These are examples of routines that have already been established . . . But what about when it comes to establishing a new routine?

In many ways, routines are synonymous with habits. The series of actions you perform as part of your routine are habitual and you know that performing them sequentially will yield a certain result.


Why should I establish a routine?

Old New Habits

The habitual component of routines is the essence: establishing a routine means you create habits. Once you have actions that are a habit, there is less brainwork and energy involved – fewer decisions, reduced cognitive demands – and hence, it becomes easier to execute. For example, you don’t think about brushing your teeth and how to do it, or put off doing it because it is hard. But at one point, you did and it was!

This simplicity of habits in a routine translates directly to other behaviours you want to adopt – exercise more, drink more water, eat less processed food. When you can establish a routine around your desired change, you will be more likely to inflict said change due to increased automation and decreased opportunities for you to deviate from the routine or fail to follow the sequential steps.


What defines a good routine?

Healthy Routine

It is clear that routines are beneficial, and in many cases, are critical in helping you adhere to desired behaviours. But what defines a good routine, and how do you establish one that you can count on to become habitual, and hence help you reach your goals?

The Reason and the Why – Start with why. Your reason for creating a new routine or changing a current one needs to be really strong and compelling. Choosing to establish a routine because a friend did or because you saw it in a magazine is likely not a good enough why to push you forward when times are difficult or you do not want to perform the actions. If for example, you are looking to establish a new routine around your diet, what is at the root of your desire to change? Get really clear on this aspect, write it down and put it in a visible place. Each time you start to fall off track with your routine, read your why and be reminded of the success you are capable of.

Laws of Habits – Since a routine is a series of habits, the basic laws of habits, as established by James Clear in his book, Atomic Habits, are important to abide by. In order for an action to become a habit, Clear recommends it follows the flour laws of habit change:

  • Make it easy
  • Make it attractive
  • Make it obvious
  • Make it satisfying

If you were trying to drink more water for example, you should make it easy and obvious to get water, by regularly having a full water bottle nearby. You should make drinking water more attractive and satisfying, by occasionally substituting it for herbal teas or by adding lemon and mint.

Sustainable and Reasonable – The purpose of establishing a routine is so that you can start to carry out actions that you will be able to do for a long time, and that will ultimately put you on the path to achieving your goal. This is not possible if you have an unsustainable component in your routine. For example, if the routine is not financially viable and you will run out of money; if the routine is not time efficient and requires too much time to complete it. If the routine is not sustainable given your living, relationship, or job status. You can think of the routine as something which you are trying to seamlessly slide into your life, with minimal disruption, and hence minimal chance that there will end up being a reason you can’t carry on.

Establishing a new routine does not have to be time consuming or difficult. With a clear understanding of what a routine entails and some basic principles to follow,  you will be launching into a new decade already experiencing success.



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 26, 2019


This January, We’re Giving you Permission to Ditch the Resolutions

Tired of the January 1st new year’s resolution that ends before it even starts? Embrace the new decade with something different: this year, ditch the resolution and try a lifestyle change instead. We’ll tell you how!

The holiday season is upon us and amidst all the Christmas songs, shopping lists and card signing, you’re starting to hear the voice in your head that says: don’t forget about your new year’s resolution! If you set a resolution every year, only to find it takes you nowhere or ends badly, it’s time to make a change.



What’s wrong with resolutions?


Holiday season

First off, if resolutions work for you, and you set them every year and find success, maybe nothing is wrong with them. But if you set them every year and don’t see success, your mind is already in that place of “resolutions don’t work for me,” and you are setting yourself up for the opposite of success. And who wants to set themselves up for failure?

Often it’s not that the resolution itself is bad, it’s the conditions (or lack thereof!) surrounding them. For example, you might say “starting January 1st I am going on a diet!” Or, “on January 1st, I am going to start exercising!” Perhaps every year you say, “I am going to start the year off by eating healthy!”

These are all with the best of intentions, but they are broad, lack the ability to be accurately measured or tracked and are too easily manipulated to suit your life versus you having to make some hard changes and restructure your lifestyle.


What should I do instead?
Resolutions

This year, instead of pegging down a resolution, ditch that mindset and focus on a lifestyle change. Focus on making sustainable changes in your habits – forming them or breaking them – that you can measure, maintain and repeat. Here are some things to consider:

  • Set a goal or a plan to change that is specific
  • Make sure you have a way to measure your progress and a gauge for the final outcome. You need to know whether you are on track and whether you have or haven’t met your goal!
  • Set up a way to stay accountable. Perhaps you check in regularly with a friend or partner, or you keep track on a calendar.
  • Make it time-specific – set a deadline for when you want to reach your goal.
  • Break it down and change one thing at a time. If you are looking to “get healthier,” first set a goal surrounding exercise, then around food choices, then around a healthy mindset. Doing these all at once will likely make you discouraged.
  • Celebrate the small wins and give yourself positive feedback along the way.

Making small tweaks in the goals you set and the way you set them can lead to a make or break outcome. Be open to taking different approaches to change this year and you will be more likely to get a different (more desirable!) result!


How do I make sustainable changes?
Change

When it comes to making changes and adopting new habits, ask yourself: “is this something I could maintain for the rest of my life?” Drastic, large scale changes, like cutting out entire food groups or going from no exercise to an hour a day, are likely unreasonable and unsustainable. Consider some of the following sustainable changes to help you get started:

  • Make a swap – Change your daily consumption of soft drinks to tea instead, or swap to have one night meatless, and power up on veggies for a day.
  • Start small – Incorporate exercise in small amounts to begin, such as 15 minutes of walking three times per week.
  • Make it attractive – If you are trying to do more of something, make it an attractive thing to do! For example, if you want to drink more water, add lemon to it, or drink it in the form of iced tea. If you want to exercise more, choose an activity you enjoy or people you enjoy being with.
  • Don’t forget your brain – Diet and exercise are common targets for change, but it might start in your brain! Giving yourself a cognitive boostcan go a long way in helping you concentrate better, stay focused and ultimately, more effectively achieve your other goals
  • More sleep, less stress – Part of cognitive health is getting enough sleep and cutting down on stress. Start by taking your phone out of the bedroom at night and practicing some deep breathing exercises to destress your mind and body.

Sail into a new decade setting yourself up for success, not failure. Set aside the annual resolution tradition that you do because you “should,” and instead get really specific on some measurable, actionable goals you can tackle to create sustainable lifestyle change. Bring on 2020!


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 29, 2019


Is that true?

With the increase in popularity of tea in the last few years, there has also been an increase of tea options hit the market. Some promise to be the healthiest beverage you consume, others to help your liver and others still to be the answer to your slim-down desires. But which of these claims are actually true and which is a myth? We’re here to tell you all about it!



Myth 1: Tea will dehydrate me
Tea will dehydrate me

Truth: You may have heard that coffee is a diuretic, and therefore, dehydrating for the body. This is true. Tea however, does not necessarily fall under the same category.

If you are consuming a tea made with natural ingredients that contains no caffeine, tea can actually be hydrating! Steeped in water, you can think of tea as simply flavoured water – just like you would add lemon or fresh mint to your iced water. In fact, if you struggle to drink enough water every day, tea can be the perfect way to help you drink increased amounts of water and reach your daily required intake.

Water is essential in our body for adequate digestion, brain function, helping improve blood flow and energy and for aiding the immune system in optimized function. Without enough, you may find yourself with constipation, headaches, feeling sluggish or unable to think well. Likewise, a simple change, like drinking an additional 500mL of water per day, will help you sleep better, be more alert, have more energy and enhance your digestion.


Myth 2: Tea will help me lose weight

Truth: There are a lot of teas advertising to help you “lose weight” or “slim down,” or claiming to contain the magic ingredient that will help you shed those last few pounds. Its important to understand the nuances of these statements however and recognize that tea is not a weight loss miracle drug.

It is true that tea can contain certain ingredients – such as senna – that will promote digestive movement and reduce fluid retention, but in essence, these teas are allowing your body to have an express line to emptying waste, not taking pounds off your waist.

If you are looking to lose weight, the best thing to do is adopt a healthy sustainable lifestyle, consuming a high volume of fruits and vegetables, and lots of complex carbohydrates, as well as regular exercise. In addition, drinking water is critical, and this is where tea can come in. as mentioned above, in addition to plain water, you can drink herbal and caffeine free tea to help meet your daily water requirements. One idea is to have 500mL of water (sound familiar?) every time you have a tea. This doubles your water intake, while still letting you have some of it as the delicious tasting tea!



Myth 3: Tea doesn’t taste very good
Health Tea Box Lemon

Truth: If the first thought you have when it comes to tea is the dark coloured black stuff your grandma used to drink, that you drowned in sugar, good news: there is more than one type of tea. Over the last several years, the types of teas, their flavour, nutrient profile and ingredients have shifted dramatically, and tea can now not only steer away from tasting bad, but actually be incredibly delicious!

Ingredients such as licorice, ginger, naturally dried fruit, antioxidant rich berriesand cinnamon are all examples of ingredients which not only add incredible flavour to tea, but which also have impressive health properties. Ginger and licorice or example are great for improving digestion and reducing stomach distress, not to mention, licorice tastes sweet, without having any sugar. Likewise, cinnamon and fruit add a natural sweetness, while cinnamon has also been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels.

Many berries, such as goji berries, blueberries, juniper berries and strawberries make regular appearances in tea. When immersed in hot water, they allow extraction of magnificent colours, lending the beautiful purples, reds and burgundies to teas. More than just for looks however, berries are a potent source of antioxidants, compounds that help fight free radicals in the body and work to optimize cell function.

Collectively, with the right combination of ingredients, not only can tea taste good, but it can be healthy for you too! Just hold off on the sugar and fill it with natural sweetening ingredients.


Myth 4: Detox teas are healthier than other teas

Truth: In simple terms, not necessarily. Words like “detox,” “clean,” and “slimming,” are a common sight on tea boxes. And you aren’t alone if you assume that those teas are the healthiest option and the one to go for if you are looking to tea to offer you health guidance. In reality though, it’s all about what’s in the tea that determines how healthy it is.

In many cases other teas without the fancy detox label have the same or similar ingredients – and often a lower price tag! Turmeric is anti-inflammatory and a common ingredient when it comes to detoxifying due to its ability to help reduce inflammation within the body. Hibiscus is a potent source of antioxidants, an essential compound to have circulating through the body when it comes to reducing potential cancer-causing oxidative compounds.

Not only are some of these ingredients similar, but teas without the attention-grabbing detox label, might in fact have ingredients that are even morenutritionally advantageous. Rhodiola and ginseng for example, are adaptogenic plants that help the body adapt to stress, and which also improve cognitive function. They are just two examples of the many, nutritionally opportune ingredients included in our teas.

And that’s why we want you to have some! We’re not making false promises or filling them with unsavoury ingredients. just real tea, real ingredients and the science behind them to show that they can effectively do what we say they can do.



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



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.

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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!


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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!

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September 22, 2019
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