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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.


Health Tea Box teas and spices

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!

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March 29, 2019

I’m absolutely obsessed with tea, and here are 5 teas that I’ve been having lately as part of my daily wellness routine!




Morning Tea – Herbal Tea Blend

This is the perfect tea to start your day with!  I love that this tea can offer an energy boost thanks to the unique combination of the matcha, green tea and white tea. Unlike coffee however, since these teas release their caffeine differently, I don’t feel jittery or have that dreaded mid-morning energy crash. Plus, I like that I get the added health benefits of matcha at the same time as being gently woken up!

Herbal Power

  • Matcha – Ground green tea leaves, offering a high level of antioxidants, disease-fighting catechins and natural relaxant L-theanine.
  • Hibiscus – Antioxidant and helps reduce high blood pressure
  • Rose Petals – Anti-inflammatory and helps improve digestion and blood health

Tasting Notes – The apple and berries balance out the sometimes-potent flavour of matcha and green tea and the slight fragrant taste of rose and hibiscus gives the tea a nice finish.



Day Blend – Cognitive Memory Assist

Sometimes I feel like my brain is overloaded, and I just can’t think straight. Whether it is a busy day with lots of demands, or I have a large project on the go, having a tea to bring clarity and help with the brain fog is essential. I consume this tea daily for the added long-term benefits of reducing Alzheimer’s risk, but I find it particularly beneficial when I’m in the throes of overwhelm and a to-do list that seems never-ending!

Herbal Power

  • Gingko Biloba – Improves blood flow, helping enhance blood circulation in the brain and augment memory
  • Ginseng Panax – Reduces amyloid, disease-causing, plaque build-up and helps lower blood pressure; offers anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits
  • Rhodiola – An adaptogen that helps the body adapt to stress; offers learning and memory protection and enhancement
  • Dong Quai – Improves immune system function and helps protect the cardiovascular system

Tasting Notes – Natural sweetness thanks to the mango, balanced out by the tartness of kiwi and apple; slight, but pleasant medicinal undertone from the memory enhancing ingredients.



All Day Blend – Immunity

Anybody else feeling the effects of the incoming cold weather? A little sniffle here, or waking up with a bit of a sore throat are my typical early symptoms to let me know a cold is on the way! Now though, I sip immunity tea off and on all day and within a few days, all my symptoms have gone! It’s easy to do when it tastes so delicious (thanks orange and pomegranate!), and I know I am getting a major Vitamin C boost at the same time. Win win!

Herbal Power

  • Liquorice – Beneficial for improving digestion, and nourishing the mucosal lining of the intestines; anti-inflammatory, immune enhancing and adoptogenic
  • Fennel – Containing anti-inflammatory properties, this seed also helps ease digestion discomfort and nausea
  • Peppermint – A multi-use natural herb, this plant is anti-spasmodic, helps ease digestion and enhances cognitive function

Tasting Notes – Naturally sweet thanks to the liquorice and fennel this tea has a hint of peppermint from the fresh peppermint leaf that is included in the blend. The orange and pomegranate give fruity finishing notes.



Afternoon Blend – Gut Health

I would drink this tea every day, thanks to the delicious flavour, but the fact that I get a gut boost at the same time is amazing! I tend to go for this tea 30-60 minutes after I have had lunch, as I find it helps me feel satisfied and lets me focus more on the afternoon tasks. Because the gut biome plays such a critical role in concentration, mood and brain function, I always make sure this tea is close by if I feel any early signs of gut distress, like nausea or bloating.

Herbal Power

  • Turmeric – A potent anti-inflammatory due to its high levels of curcumin, and rich in antioxidants; helps in supporting inflammatory processes in the digestive tract
  • Ginger – A natural anti-nausea, ginger’s fiery flavour helps it act as a natural circulatory stimulant, while simultaneously easing digestion.
  • Coconut – A source of healthy fats to enhance digestion and immunity, while also optimising brain function
  • Cinnamon – A natural way to help balance blood sugar, while offering circulatory benefits and helping maintain blood pressure

Tasting Notes – With the combination of ginger, coconut and lime, this tea tastes like a tropical paradise! It is pleasantly sweet, with a fiery, but balanced, ginger kick, and



Evening Blend – Relax and De-Stress

When the evening hits, and I am ready to unwind, I always crave a comforting cup of tea that I can wrap my hands around and curl up with on the couch. The truth is though, I am not always good at shutting my mind off and relaxing so I can sleep, and having a tea that is part of my routine to initiate that makes a huge difference. I love how this tea helps me instantly feel less stressed and calmer, and I always feel like my thoughts can finally slow down and I can get ready for bed.

Herbal Power

  • Valerian – Offering sedative and calming effects, this decreases nervous tension and encourages parasympathetic activation
  • Chamomile – Anti-inflammatory and immune boosting, offering antioxidant properties and aiding in relaxation
  • Lemon Balm – An antioxidant that enhances cognitive function and has calming properties
  • Passionfruit – A natural sedative, that encourages relaxation

Tasting Notes – Hints of cinnamon and vanilla, as well as a slight hit of lemon thanks to the Lemon Balm. The blend of ingredients allow this tea to be simultaneously soothing and satisfying.



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 8, 2019
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Very excited about the upcoming “Lunch & Learn” workshop at Work Club Melbourne’s amazing office.

The Work Club’s ethos of freedom of movement, curiosity of mind and courage of spirit to transition effortlessly between work, life and leisure is a perfect match for our goal to introduce natural healthy habits to everyday life and empower a positive change to help people be the best version of themselves.

Be ready for some wellness tea tasting and lots of helpful herbal wellbeing hints and tips from our nutritionist Kimberlee Ashanti.


February 10, 2019
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It is often said that staying well hydrated is important, but why? The average adult’s body consists of 50-65% water about 2/3 of which is contained in our intracellular fluid. Water plays a very important role in keeping our body functioning properly. Some of the roles that water carries out include: regulating body temperature; helping (as saliva) to metabolize protein and carbohydrates; acting as a shock absorber for the brain, spinal cord and internal organs; flushing waste and toxins from the body via urine; and carrying oxygen and nutrients to the cells.

Dehydration is caused when a person loses more fluid from their body than they take in. If untreated, severe dehydration can cause seizures due to an electrolyte imbalance, a reduction in the volume of blood in the body also known as hypovolemic shock, kidney failure, heat injuries, and even coma or death. Elderly people are particularly susceptible to dehydration.

What causes this susceptibility to dehydration in older people?

  • The ability of elderly people to overcome the effects of vomiting, diarrhoea and fever can be reduced.
  • Older people are often on multiple medications, some of which can cause more frequent urination leading to dehydration. Some of these medications include diuretics, antihistamines, laxatives, antipsychotics and corticosteroids
  • The sense of thirst decreases with age so many older people simply do not realise that they require more fluids.
  • Mobility difficulties and relying on others to provide fluids can constrain seniors from drinking frequently.
  • Urinary incontinence or needing to go to the toilet more frequently can cause some elderly people to purposely reduce their fluid intake.
  • With age, the capacity of kidneys to retain fluid decreases.

Symptoms of dehydration in older people include:

  • Reduced urine output
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Constipation
  • Low blood pressure
  • Reduced or no sweat
  • Difficulty in walking.

How can we prevent dehydration in older people:

  • There is a general notion that drinking plenty of water helps to remain hydrated. However, our body is hydrated not only by water but also by other fluids or high fluid foods like fruits, soup and jelly. Offering a wide variety of fluids and high fluid foods can help increase the overall volume of fluid that an elderly person consumes.
  • Encourage visitors to share a beverage with their loved one while visiting.
  • Maintain a hydration program while tracking the impact of different foods on the patient. Keep providing adequate drinks not only after meals but in-between meals too.
  • Ensure that a variety of beverages are available, and offer smaller amounts more often rather than larger amounts less frequently.
  • Make sure that a beverage is always in reach of the elderly person at all times.
  • If you feel particular medications are resulting in dehydration, speak to the person’s doctor to see if there are alternative options available.

Hydrating alternatives:

If water is used for hydration, it is best to offer either warm or room temperature water. Cold water is more difficult to drink in higher volumes, contracts the stomach and makes digestion harder. It also makes nasal mucous thicker hindering normal respiration.

It is important that beverages offered other than water are healthy choices. Drinks such as cordial and soft drink are high in artificial colors, flavours, caffeine and sugar or artificial sweeteners. Fruit juice if consumed frequently also contributes a high amount of fructose or sugar to the diet. Drinks which can hydrate the body along with providing much-needed nutrients are thus needed.

One such healthy supplement is opting for herbal teas. They are a powerhouse of vital nutrients and anti-oxidants thus supplying the body with health giving benefits, helping to prevent cognitive decline and improve immune fuction while simultaneously preventing dehydration.

Using Health Hydration Station herbal teas

Health Hydration Station offers a combination of five different herbal teas made from a combination of natural herbs, flavouring and spices designed to address various areas of health and wellbeing. They are:

  • Morning blend, a combination of white and green tea, matcha, hibiscus and fruits, which enhances energy and reduces fatigue.
  • Day blend, a mix of a number of Chinese herbs including ginseng, gingkgo, and salvia, as well as fruits. It enhances alertness, working memory, focus and cognitive function in general. It reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and assists with neuro-protection.
  • All day blend, includes licorice, pomegranate, orange zest, and hibiscus, it boosts immunity by increasing antioxidant intake.
  • Afternoon blend, a combination of turmeric, ginger, peppermint, and cinnamon, it helps to improve digestion and gut health and relives nausea and stomach discomfort.
  • Night blend, a mixture of valerian, chamomile, lemon balm, cinnamon, and vanilla, it reduces stress and anxiety and aids rest and sleep.

These teas have pleasant flavours and provide a healthy alternative from water for elderly people, while offering a daily well-being tonic for the mind and body and addressing common health concerns of older people.


January 10, 2019
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Living species are all dependent on each other. It is this dependency which completes the biological cycle. It is the same with maintaining health and fitness. A healthy lifestyle begins from our home and so do medicines to cure ailments. Simple ingredients used in everyday cooking could actually do wonders to our health. Due to modernization, we have begun to consume more junk food and fizzy drinks, a style statement for people nowadays. All this together has taken a severe toll on general health.

The World Health Organization conducted research that found that three-quarters of the world population relies on medicinal plants for their medical uses.

The advantage of using medicinal plants:

First and foremost, herbs are the safest for treatment. They have minimal or absolutely no side effects and they are in sync with nature. Herbal treatments have also been found effective across age groups.

Herbs such as tulsi, aloe, neem, turmeric, and ginger are readily available but actually have a deep impact on the general health of people.

Common herbs and uses include:

  • Black pepper, cinnamon, myrrh, aloe, sandalwood, red clover, burdock, and bayberry are few herbs which are useful in healing wounds, sores, and boils.
  • Basil, cilantro, fennel, apple mint, golden oregano, and lemon can be simply used as a part of our daily diet. They are easy to maintain at home.
  • Turmeric is an antiseptic used on wounds to heal them. It also controls the growth of germs and harmful bacteria.
  • Chirayta, black pepper, and sandalwood are natural remedies to control fever and production of heat recommended by healthcare specialists.
  • Sandalwood and cinnamon are natural astringents which are aromatic and can also be used for arresting the discharge of blood and mucus.

Precautions to be taken:

Herbal medicines contain active ingredients and are powerful. Always ensure to take a note of:

  • Over-the-counter herbal supplements and vitamin supplements you are taking
  • Any allergic reactions you might have experienced
  • Other medications you are undergoing for ailments.

Feather in the cap:

The best part of herbal medicines is they are a part of our everyday life. Health Hydration Station teas blendsare one such impactful herbal alternative to cure ailments. This herbal concoction when consumed on a regular basis can provide wonderful results in protecting our body from health issues. Health Hydration teas are tasty and can be consumed by people across age groups. Though medicines aim at body health, blossoming teas are a treat for both the body and soul. They refreshe the mind and stimulate health from the inner self.

What’s more? They are readily available, can be easily brewed and consumed in few minutes. Health Hydration teas include fresh herbs, spices, dried fruits, variety of green tea leaves which doubly benefit us with the nutrition of the flower as well as the natural nourishment of the green tea leaves.

  • Health Hydration teas are rich in antioxidants and help in slowing down the breakdown of LDL cholesterol. All this prevents blood clots, improves vessel function, and protects the body from heart diseases.
  • Health Hydration teas have a great impact on lessening the stress levels. A continuous intake of this herbal concoction can lower the systolic blood pressure in just six months.
  • Health Hydration teas have no caffeine (except for Morning Energy blend) and hence do not make the mind jittery like fizzy drinks. They literally boost alertness and improve concentration levels without taking a toll on the body.

Are you still thinking? Without second thoughts, shift over to the plethora of herbal options available to lead a permanent healthy lifestyle.


December 17, 2018
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Recent study by National Center for Biotechnology InformationU.S. National Library of Medicine suggests that People who drink hot tea daily are less likely to have glaucoma than those who did not consume hot tea.

Frequency of a diagnosis of glaucoma in individuals who consume coffee, tea and/or soft drinks.

Wu CM1, Wu AM1, Tseng VL2,3, Yu F2,4, Coleman AL2,3,4.

Abstract

AIMS:

To evaluate the association between consumption of coffee, tea or soft drinks, and glaucoma in the participants of the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

METHODS:

The exposures of interest of this retrospective cross-sectional study were caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, iced tea, hot tea and soft drinks. The outcome of interest was a clinical diagnosis of glaucoma based on the Rotterdam criteria. Analysis of the correlation between the frequency of consumption of each type of beverage and glaucoma was performed using logistic regression modelling while controlling for age, body mass index, gender, ethnicity, smoking status and diabetes. Data were weighted using the multistage NHANES sampling design.

RESULTS:

Among a total of 1678 survey participants, the overall prevalence of glaucoma was 5.1% (n=84). Most participants were non-Hispanic white (n=892; 53.2%). There were no statistically significant associations between consumption of caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, iced tea and soft drinks, and glaucoma. Participants who consumed at least one cup of hot tea daily had a 74% decreased odds of having glaucoma compared with those who did not consume hot tea (adjusted OR=0.26, 95% CI 0.09 to 0.72, P=0.004 for trend); however, no statistically significant association existed for decaffeinated hot tea and glaucoma.

CONCLUSION:

In NHANES, participants who consumed hot tea daily were less likely to have glaucoma than those who did not consume hot tea. No significant associations were found between the consumption of coffee, iced tea, decaffeinated tea and soft drinks, and glaucoma risk. This study is limited by its cross-sectional design and use of multiple statistical testing, and larger prospective studies are needed to investigate the proposed association between tea consumption and decreased glaucoma risk.

Full details of the article. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29242183#)


December 14, 2018
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We are super excited about our new series of short videos that we are planning to release early next year explaining the the benefits of each Health Hydration Station herbal blends and teas.

You’ll be able to learn directly from our Naturopath Kimberlee about the herbs and spices of each infusion/tea and its benefits in keeping hydrated and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Filming is done. Now for editing and post-production.

Special thanks to Kimberlee and Florient for doing dozens of takes, trying to get the perfect shot. 🙂

 


November 28, 2018
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Looking for some immunity boosting magic? Here’s a delicious and simple immune-boosting smoothie based on our “All Day” – Herbal tea that boast anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.


Ingredients

  1. 1 Cup of our Immunity Boost “All Day” blend tea.
  2. ½ Cup of frozen or fresh mango.
  3. 1 tbsp. Chia seeds.
  4. Handful of spinach.
  5. 1 tsp. Honey.

Method

Brew our “All Day” blend tea for 4-5 minutes in hot water to extract maximum nutrients. Let it cool down before adding to the blender.

Place all ingredients in high-speed blender and blend to the desired consistency. If you use frozen fruits, there’s no need to add ice, otherwise you can add a small handful of ice to cool the smoothie.


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