Lifestyle Excellence Blog – Living Valley Detox & Wellness Retreat 2016-09-15T09:23:24Z http://www.lvs.com.au/feed/atom/ WordPress http://www.lvs.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/cropped-Living-Valley-Leaf-32x32.jpg Jessica Gaunt http://www.lvs.com.au <![CDATA[Jessica’s Elcho Island Updates]]> http://www.lvs.com.au/?p=6321 2016-08-25T03:48:57Z 2016-08-25T01:15:47Z The post Jessica’s Elcho Island Updates appeared first on Living Valley.

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August 25th – Update

Indigenous health retreat volunteer project

This week we are very excited to send two of our staff members back to Elcho Island to support Hope for Health with their first ever Island Health Retreat Program!

Hope for Health is a Yolngu lead initiative based on Elcho Island in North east Arnhem land and Living Valley has had the privilege of partnering with Hope for Health to provide ongoing support for their start up health retreat.

Last year in April a group of Yolngu women from Hope for Health, came to Living valley to experience a healthier way of Living by coupling education with that experience. They learned so much during this time and were able to take their new found information back to their community and use it to empower the Yolngu people to reclaim their traditional diet as a way forward for their health and healing.

Indigenous Health Project Update with JessJessica Gaunt, one of our experienced Naturopaths and Michelle Luxford one of our friendly hospitality workers here at living Valley who went to Elcho Island in August 2015 to follow up with the women and provide on going support. The Yolngu women had such fantastic results in this time which was largely due to them returning back to their traditional diet.

Since then Living Valley has been providing ongoing care to Hope for Health and its Yolngu participants.

So this week we will be sending off Jessica and Michelle as support workers for Hope for Health’s Yolngu Island Health Retreat which will involve 30 Yolngu participants going through a two-week detox health program to learn and experience health and wellness in their own environment.

Michelle will be working closely with other volunteers on the program in the kitchen providing nutritious meals, facilitating detox menu’s and offering hands on support wherever is needed.

Jessica will be actively supporting the Yolngu participants through Naturopathic consultations, food and nutrition coaching and on going wellness support. Jessica will also be keeping the Living Valley community up to date on the latest information with regular blog posts.

So stay tuned on this exciting journey in the restoration of hope, health and life with the Yolngu people. Follow us for updates on Facebook and Instagram – @livingvalley and @jess.gaunt

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Kirsten Sweeney <![CDATA[YOUR PROSTATE… FACT & FICTION]]> http://www.lvs.com.au/?p=6228 2016-08-18T06:20:58Z 2016-08-11T01:41:58Z The post YOUR PROSTATE… FACT & FICTION appeared first on Living Valley.

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Well here are the facts guys!  Almost all men from the age of 40 onwards will experience some urinary symptoms as their prostate enlarges naturally.

It’s a fact that as men age their hormones change and testosterone is converted into a more potent form called dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT causes an overproduction of prostate cells, which in turn causes the prostate to enlarge, causing urinary problems. This enlargement has become one of the most common debilitating conditions experienced amongst men. This prevalence increases with age, 10% of men diagnosed at age 30, 40% diagnosed at age 50 and 90% over 85.

Let’s talk about the Prostate Gland and what it actually is?

The prostate gland is a vital component in the male reproductive system, located underneath the bladder, wrapped around the urinary tract.  It’s function is to produce the fluid that carries and nourishes the sperm.

Why this Gland can malfunction?

Due to men’s hormones changing as they grow older. The prostate can grow larger and then it can start to press on the urethra. As the prostate enlarges it can obstruct the bladder outlet, increasing urinary frequency and urgency, causing intermittent flow, reduced force and the necessity for night visits to the bathroom. This enlarged prostate can result in a disease called benign hyperplasia which can clamp down on the urethra blocking it from transporting urine from the bladder and out of the penis or resulting in frequent urination, difficulty voiding, urinary tract infections and leakage.

Living Valley Mens Health Packages

Here at Living Valley Retreat, we have been helping men of all ages destress, lose weight, improve muscle mass and assist with prostate health for more than 20 years. Like to learn more about these packages? Please leave your details and we will contact you to discuss your needs.

Investigative Therapy

An annual prostate digital rectal examination can determine the size of the prostate. Blood tests can reveal adverse changes in hormonal chemistries. A variety of factors can be responsible for the changes that produce prostate enlargement. Rather than seeking mere symptom relief it’s better to take a more holistic style of approach and improve your overall health:

Natural Medicine

Natural medicine has a lot to offer for both prevention and treatment of enlargement of the prostate or BPH. As we previously mentioned BPH is thought to be an accumulation of testosterone in the prostate, its then converted to DHT. DHT is what stimulates the cells to multiply excessively eventually causing the prostate to enlarge. There are some natural substances that can affect the uptake of testosterone into the prostate and interfere with the conversion of testosterone to DHT and interfere with its ability to act on the cells of the prostate.

A herb well known for the prostate is Saw palmetto. In many clinical studies Saw Palmetto has been shown to greatly improve the signs and symptoms of enlarged prostate.

Learn More About Our Mens Prostate Program

  • Our Mens Health Package

    Please Note: Our mens 7 day programs start every Sunday with departure on the following Sunday.

How To Improve Your Overall Prostate Health

  • Check your vitamin and mineral status with your Naturopath. Zinc has been shown to reduce the size of the prostate gland & reduce symptoms of BPH in a majority of people. Nutritional deficiency is a big factor in BPH. A lack of zinc, copper, selenium, folate, iodine and omega 3 fatty acids in the diet could contribute to the problem.
  • Ensure a whole food diet with plenty of good fats, protein and complex carbohydrates. Refined, processed and sweet foods deplete the body of vital nutrients.
  • Increase your consumption of tomatoes, onions and garlic. Stew tomatoes with onions, garlic & olive oil. Doing this will provide the antioxidant lycopene found in tomatoes & sulphur compounds found in the onion and garlic which are both effective in the maintenance of a healthy prostate.
  • Increase the Omega 3 Fatty Acids in your diet. These can be found in fish, flaxseed, nuts, seeds, avocado have many benefits due to their anti inflammatory effects. People with BPH often have an underlying EFA deficiency in their prostatic and seminal secretions.
  • Use Maca Powder it’s a Peruvian root vegetable that provides nutrients for the prostate, studies have also shown its helps shrink the prostate. Men the bonus is it will also enhance sexual performance!
  • Reduce alcohol consumption as it can be linked to BPH. Increases prolactin levels and effects testosterone uptake in the prostate. Also can decrease zinc and other nutrient levels.
  • Check the Central Nervous System. Spine problems in the lower back can reduce nerve supply to the prostate. This can be aggravated by poor posture and lack of exercise. Chiropractic assessments followed by a series of adjustments have saved lives in cases of prostate disease.
  • Check your teeth. Mercury vapour from amalgam fillings can indirectly affect prostate hormone levels. Dental infection (failed root canal therapy) can also result in inflammatory changes that can exacerbate prostate issues.
  • Consider counselling. Prostate conditions have been associated with relationship problems, breakups and a lack of emotional and sexual fulfilment in marriage.
  • Increase exercise. In a study reported in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine walking 2 or more hours a week lower your risk of BPH by 25%.
  • Get your Naturopath to mix you up some herbs that support the prostate and to help balance your hormones!

Revive your prostate by joining one of our programs here at Living Valley Health Retreat.

Living Valley Health Retreat can really help!  We assess your overall health, your vitamin and mineral status, provide Men’s healing time, educate you in all areas of your health, increase your fitness levels with gym training or boxercise and we put you on the right track, supporting you the entire time.  

What are you waiting for, get in touch with us today to go book one of our exclusive MEN’S HEALTH PACKAGE’s today!

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Beck Hall <![CDATA[A Story about Courage and Survival – My Fight Against Breast Cancer]]> http://www.lvs.com.au/?p=6120 2016-08-01T01:41:51Z 2016-07-28T12:58:00Z   I arrived at Living Valley Health Retreat in October 2015 feeling depleted, exhausted and broken after a year of intense Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment. Here I share with you my story of survival, a story into my life last...

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I arrived at Living Valley Health Retreat in October 2015 feeling depleted, exhausted and broken after a year of intense Chemotherapy and Radiation treatment. Here I share with you my story of survival, a story into my life last year, how I felt at the end of my treatment and the transformation that I experienced after 14 nights at Living Valley Health Retreat – A very different girl to the one that arrived!

The Diagnosis, Surgery & Treatment

It was February 17th, 2015. I remember the date clearly. I was told the news that you don’t ever believe that you will hear ‘Beck you have Breast Cancer and in my honest opinion you need immediate treatment and surgery.’ My life in that moment in time, changed forever. My cancer was already at a very advanced stage and the tests were showing that it had started to spread. The tumour was grade 3, stage 3, triple negative and for those that don’t know what this means, it means that the cancer was at a very aggressive stage.

I carry the BRCA1 gene which is a genetic mutation passed on at birth by a parent, my Mum in fact. This gene is very strong in my family and we have lost many relatives both females and males, however many have survived – just like myself including my beautiful mum! Because I am a carrier of this gene, I have been having ultrasounds and mammograms for the past 10 years. I was three months off my yearly scans when I found a lump. It was rock solid and protruding out of my left breast. I had been feeling run down and very tired, which was unusual for me. But when I found that lump I got that anxious sick feeling, I just knew what it was. I went to the doctor straight away, a biopsy was booked and within one week I was laying in a hospital waiting for a double mastectomy. My life as I knew it was about to change, life was heading in another directly on fast forward. After the double mastectomy I started weekly chemotherapy for a gruelling six months, with daily radiation treatment to follow over 5 weeks and a few other surgeries thrown in as well. It felt as though I was trying to drowning and struggling to keep afloat.

The months to follow were an absolute blur and the surgery was tough, really tough! I woke up in a lot of pain and then everyday to follow. My body was struggling and so was my mind. The drive that kept me going was the huge support network that constantly surrounded me, my gorgeous friends and family, the amazing team of doctors and the nurturing natural healers that strengthened my heart and body. These beautiful people kept me focused and made everything that much easier to deal with and accept. One thought that never left my mind was to live! I remember calling my mum and one stage saying I have to stop treatment, I just can not go on, it is too hard, it hurts, I feel sick and I just need to stop. She told me to never, ever give up because the world needed me! So I thought of those words so often.

After my surgery I spent the next few weeks with drains protruding from my chest, consistent mind numbing pain, and not being able to sleep. I felt odd, like a part of me was missing and there was the endless mind chatter but that was nothing compared to the restless, painful, sleepless nights that followed.

On top of all this was the stress of money, money was tight. If I chose to go the public system it could of been too late. So I decided to go privately and due to this I had to continue to work part time to pay the out of pocket expenses. I can honestly say this was a struggle in its own right however I was lucky to have such a supportive family and friends to help me. Fortunately after surgery I had some annual leave available to use, so I was able to spend the next few weeks recovering. It was after this time I started Chemotherapy, I had to go back to working three days to earn just enough to cover rent, food, medication, surgery, natural therapies. All of these necessities are not not cheap, but I had no option but to follow this path. Through my continued support of family and friends I kept focused on the end result thus helping to keep my mind strong. My dear friend Michelle who is a Naturopath would spend hours with me, nurturing and strengthening my mind and body through natural medicine. Every day throughout this journey I meditated, every day sometimes all day as much as I could. Often the mind chatter would not stop but it helped and Yoga was a huge part of my healing also.

During the months that followed surgery and chemotherapy I focused all of my energy on a holistic recipe for recovery and strength. The ingredients consisted of good whole food nutrition, lots of sleep and rest time, walks by the ocean, laughs with family and friends, mindfulness, meditation and yoga as mentioned. Mixing these the right way was such an integral part of my healing. I also dropped in the mixture a Chinese Doctor, herbs from my Naturopath and regular acupuncture. Fortunately I also had an incredible Oncologist that supported my choice to continue with Natural Medicine during my treatment, I believe this played a major part in my recovery in the end.

A couple of months into recovery I was told I had to go back in for a few more surgeries, this rocked my boat and I started to panic, I felt anxious thus leading to bouts of depression. All my strength and the goodness that had gone into my body I felt draining away. I now felt emotional, depleted, stressed, anxious and depressed and and I was tired oh sooo tired it had been over 6 months of gruelling treatment and I felt like I had barely slept. Lack of sleep thrown in with drug induced menopause was not a good mix. Yes you heard right I was now in full blown menopause. My head and body had changed and I felt like it was spiralling out of control and I couldn’t control it.

My body was now in full menopause from the drugs and that alone is not a nice process to have to experience on top of everything else.  However, as I am a stubborn and determined person I pushed myself as hard as I could to rise each day with a grateful heart and to smile because at the end of the day I was alive, I was fighting this and I was winning!  My strong and determined mind never let me down, I constantly thought about my future, about feeling well, about sleeping soundly, about having fun with my family and friends. I knew I had so much to live for, so much to look forward to and that I was loved by many and this drove me to push forward.

Let me tell you, My Mum was my rock, my hero, I called her many times because I needed her, I needed her to help me, listen to me, to give me that hope.  At times I felt I was falling, I felt I could not take it anymore, then she would help me push forward and climb that mountain a little bit more. I couldn’t take the drugs, the pain, the sleepless nights, everything was going in slow motion, I was sick of hospitals, doctors, blood tests, appointments and I just wanted my normal health life back!  I was exhausted and I was so over it.

My mum was my saviour she kept pushing me, she told me to stay strong, that I was a fighter and that I could do this. She said the world needed me, that I had too much to give and to never, ever, ever give up.  So I didn’t!

My Recovery

Once the journey had finished all I wanted to do was escape, I needed to feel the sun on my body, I needed good food and loads of rest. Actually I felt like running away and just being on my own. My amazing friends organised a fundraiser and I used the money to book a 14 night detox retreat to Living Valley Health Retreat in the Noosa Hinterland on the Sunshine Coast, QLD. I had heard about the medically designed detox programs that they offered for pre and post treatment and I just knew that it was the perfect escape for me.

This turned out to be the BEST DECISION I have ever make. It changed and saved my life all at the same time.

So one week after finishing treatment I packed the car, hit the road, spent some time recovering on the gorgeous beaches of the Sunshine Coast, immersing myself in sunshine and yoga and then I headed over to Living Valley for 14 days of recovery.

I often think back to how I felt when I arrived at Living Valley – my head was foggy, I was crying a lot, I was not sleeping still, I had gained a lot of weight from all the steroids, my skin was severely burnt from the Radiation and I felt just unwell and not my normal vibrant self.

On my second day I met with Toby (John Tobin), Living Valley’s head Naturopath and I was amazed at his knowledge about Breast Cancer. He knew a lot and he had great advice and he genuinely cared about what I had experienced and wanted to support me with my recovery.  Together we created a life long plan of health moving forward and to this day I am very much on journey.

He placed me onto a Ketogenic diet, cut out all sugars and encouraged me to have detox clay wraps and steam up to twice a day in Living Valley’s russian steam bath, which I did. My two weeks consisted of 4 days of cleansing both weeks, detox mud wraps, facials, massages, steam baths, sunshine, beautiful bush walks and even a hike to the top of Mount Cooroora, twice!

During my two weeks I had three appointments with Toby, he also did a live blood analysis to check my cells and gave me a detailed plan to take home. The information he shared and the research that he did to help me understand this disease so much better and it gave me the tools to work with to make positive changes to my nutrition and life moving forward.

I am sharing my journey in the hope that this reaches out to the many women and men suffering not only from breast cancer but many chronic illnesses and diseases and to let you know that Living Valley can help, it honestly changed my life and I do not think I would be as well as I am if it wasn’t for my two weeks here!

When I arrived I was depleted, I had no energy and when I left I felt as though I could have run a marathon, the transformation was unbelievable! I had completely regained my health, I was exploding with vitality and I was ready to start my new, healthy life.

I was able to take all of the lessons and education that I gained from my time here and make them a part of my life. From the moment I left the anxiety and depression went, never to return and the burns from Radiation had completely healed after 10 days.

My heart is full of so much gratitude for the wisdom shared here, for the devotion of the therapists and to all of the staff for caring for me and supporting on my journey to wellness.

Thank you Living Valley Health Retreat.

Beck xx

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Jessica Gaunt http://www.lvs.com.au <![CDATA[Hope for Health Project Update]]> http://www.lvs.com.au/?p=6138 2016-08-24T05:40:24Z 2016-07-27T07:19:59Z The post Hope for Health Project Update appeared first on Living Valley.

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Jess is on her way, and will be updating this blog post as she goes, so please keep reading below to stay up to date:

Last April, a group of twelve Yolngu women traveled from Arnhem Land to the Sunshine Coast. Their dream was to take the experience and learning offered by Living Valley Health Retreat back to their community. The overall goal was to create a local retreat and health coaching solution in Arnhem Land. The team at Living Valley was instrumental in preparing & equipping these ladies with the tools they needed to start a health revolution amongst their own people.

Follow their progress on Facebook or www.hopeforhealth.com.au and help spread the word on social media! Also, follow @livingvalley on Instagram and Facebook for updates from Jess as she travels back to Elcho Island in August.

Follow Jess On Her Journey

August 24th Update

Jessica Gaunt, one of our experienced Naturopaths and Michelle Luxford one of our friendly hospitality workers here at living Valley who went to Elcho Island in August 2015 to follow up with the women and provide on going support. The Yolngu women had such fantastic results in this time which was largely due to them returning back to their traditional diet.

Since then Living Valley has been providing ongoing care to Hope for Health and its Yolngu participants.

So this week we will be sending off Jessica and Michelle as support workers for Hope for Health’s Yolngu Island Health Retreat which will involve 30 Yolngu participants going through a two-week detox health program to learn and experience health and wellness in their own environment.

Michelle will be working closely with other volunteers on the program in the kitchen providing nutritious meals, facilitating detox menu’s and offering hands on support wherever is needed.

Jessica will be actively supporting the Yolngu participants through Naturopathic consultations, food and nutrition coaching and on going wellness support. Jessica will also be keeping the Living Valley community up to date on the latest information with regular blog posts.

So stay tuned on this exciting journey in the restoration of hope, health and life with the Yolngu people.Follow their progress on Facebook or www.hopeforhealth.com.au and help spread the word on social media! Also, follow @livingvalley on Instagram and Facebook for updates from Jess as she travels back to Elcho Island in August.

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Samuel Clarke http://samuelclarke.com <![CDATA[Fresh juice, nut butter & healthy Ice-cream – the amazing Champion Juicer!]]> http://www.lvs.com.au/?p=6011 2016-08-01T02:04:11Z 2016-07-13T23:57:25Z   Watch as Giselle Eve, chef and real food creator, shows you how to make fresh juices to cleanse and nourish the body, healthy nut butters and delicious natural soft serve ice-cream! We’ve been using the Champion Juicer at Living Valley...

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Watch as Giselle Eve, chef and real food creator, shows you how to make fresh juices to cleanse and nourish the body, healthy nut butters and delicious natural soft serve ice-cream! We’ve been using the Champion Juicer at Living Valley Health Retreat for over 20 years and have found it to be both extremely reliable and long lasting.

 Buy your own Champion Juicer & save $130!

Let us make the juice for you! View Retreat Standby Specials for 24th July 2016

Here’s 4 reasons we love the Champion Juicer:

  1. A Champion is easy to use
    Designed with simplicity in mind, the Champion 2000+ Juicer doesn’t require nuts, bolts, screws or clamps. Assembly can be completed in seconds. Cleaning is equally quick and painless.
  2. A Champion is very versatile
    A large feeding chamber reduces prep time by eliminating the need to cut vegetables into smaller pieces. In addition to fresh juices, this unit can also make fruit sauces, baby foods, nut butters, ice cream, sherbets and everybody’s favourite – fruit smoothies. Exchange a single part, and your juicer is instantly transformed into a homogeniser. A grain mill attachment extends your healthier eating choices to include grains and flours.
  3. A Champion is powerful
    A heavy-duty motor delivers true, industrial-strength power for an improved masticating process that chews the fibres to break loose high volumes of cells saturated with important healthy values. A floating cutter effectively separates the juice from the pulp in one quiet, continuous – and seemingly effortless – operation. (Bonus: no intermittent cleaning required!).
  4. A Champion is durable
    Long-lasting stainless steel construction resists both wear and food odour. A stainless steel shaft is complemented by the tempered stainless steel blades cast directly into the cutter for added strength. This way, the blades will never separate, twist, tarnish or rust. The durability of the Champion 2000+ Juicer is backed by a 5 year limited warranty on all juicing parts and a 3 year warranty on the motor.

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Kirsten Sweeney <![CDATA[Dry July & Detoxification]]> http://www.lvs.com.au/?p=5937 2016-08-01T03:57:38Z 2016-07-07T00:43:44Z The post Dry July & Detoxification appeared first on Living Valley.

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“Already”, you say! –  Dry July again!

Yes this is the time of year that thousands of Aussies prepare themselves to give up alcohol for a month to raise money to support people living with cancer. Brett Macdonald, the Dry July CEO and Co-Founder, comments, “Current research shows more and more Australians are becoming aware of their own health and looking to make positive changes to their habits”. This is why Dry July is important. It encourages people to sign up to help victims of cancer. It also encourages people to review their own drinking habits and the value of a balanced, healthy lifestyle. Find out more at www.dryjuly.com

Does the thought of a month without alcohol is scare you? You’re not the only one! It is important to be realistic. Yes, it will be tough! Go ahead. Sign up. Set realistic expectations and accept there will be difficult times.

Think about why you want to participate?

Put a personal value on your commitment. It is always easier when your goals have meaning. You may want to become healthier, fitter and lose weight. You may just want to ‘Dry July’ to support people affected with cancer. It is ultimately a detoxification program that you could use to kick-start a longer term commitment to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

Consider the health benefits.

Alcohol is, amongst other things, a toxin. Too much alcohol is linked to numerous chronic diseases and health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, liver disease and cancer. It can also cause electrolyte imbalance leaving you feeling tired and moody. Alcohol depletes vitamins that are essential for all metabolic processes, including energy production, hormone balance and the proliferation of red cells. It causes sleep disturbances and kills essential bacteria in gut causing digestive disturbances. Alcohol has strong addictive properties that can affect all aspects of your life.

What is a detox?

A detox is all about cleaning your body – refraining from substances that impede health, such as alcohol, tobacco, junk food and soft drinks.  It involves renourishing your system with concentrated nutrients including fresh juices, protein shakes and low-carb meals. Detox programs are far more effective when carbohydrate intake is reduced to a minimum. When sludge is eliminated and replaced with healthy nutrients, you will build a new, healthier frame. You will feel fresh and new, while being better equipped to deal with illness and injury. But how do you get started?

Getting Started.

The first step is working out where to begin. What do you want to achieve? Lose weight, increase energy, clearer skin, brighter eyes, beat an illness? List the foods and drinks that you want to eliminate from your diet – substances such as nicotine, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, junk food, refined oils, etc.

A little more difficult to cut out of your day-to-day life is stress. However, you should try your best, as stress can severely derail your attempts to detox. When stressed, your brain releases toxins that can interfere with natural detoxification enzymes. Combat stress with regular exercise, mindful movement and meditation.

Once you have listed the substances you choose to cut out of your life, the next step is a little more complicated – choosing the foods, vitamins and nutrients that will be replacing them. Focusing on whole food nutrition with plenty of vegetables, grass fed meats and good fats is a start. Also, include some of the following:-

Fibre is an essential part of any detox diet, so make sure to include it in yours. Great sources of fibre include beetroot, avocado, cabbage, sweet potato, chia seeds and salad vegetables just to name a few. Your liver, the organ which cleanses the blood and detoxifies chemicals, can do with a helping hand every now and then, so what better time than during your detox? Dandelion root and milk thistles are two herbs that help cleanse the liver, as does green tea.

Eat foods rich in Vitamin C such as capsicum and sulphur-rich vegetables such as broccoli, bok choy, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and cabbage. These can aid your body in its production of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that helps to eradicate toxins from your system.  Finally, drink plenty of water each day to ensure that your entire system is thoroughly hydrated to rinse away toxins on a constant basis.

Explore our packages today, then call Living Valley on 1800 644 733

We look forward to caring for you!

Treat yourself to the Dry July detox experience at Living Valley Health Retreat! Your body will be given a thorough service both inside and out by a team that has achieved detoxing excellence over 26 years. Therapeutic treatments, organic nutrient-rich foods, cleansing juices and exercises will complement a whole raft of other proven detoxing techniques.

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Kirsten Sweeney <![CDATA[Certified organic makeup – why should we use it?]]> http://www.lvs.com.au/?p=5897 2016-08-01T03:53:43Z 2016-06-23T05:56:37Z The post Certified organic makeup – why should we use it? appeared first on Living Valley.

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Women use makeup everyday as part of their beauty regime to enhance appearance and boost self esteem. Typically, makeup is worn all day and sometimes into the evening – thus it is on the face 8-12 hours every day. Remembering that the skin is the biggest organ of the human body and is porous, meaning it will absorb anything you put on it!

Chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and into our bloodstreams causing toxic effects. Although the skin acts as a protective barrier against many microorganisms and chemicals, there are some chemicals that can penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream. Researchers are now beginning to uncover that some of the ingredients in makeup, beauty and personal care products can be linked to disease.

Fortunately in the last few years, as people have been made aware of this research, there are more companies that have come out with natural organic alternatives.

Here are some reasons why we recommend only certified organic natural makeup:

Certified Organic Makeup Vs Natural

Natural is a loose term that has a lack of industry standards. It refers to ingredients or products derived from plants, mineral or algae. Companies can label a product as natural even if it contains a very small portion of natural ingredients. Certified Organic refers to items produced, manufactured and handled using organic means as defined by certifying bodies such as the Organic Federation of Australia. This means producing the products without conventional pesticides, irradiation, fertilisers, bio-engineering or synthetic chemicals of any kind. The best way to ensure you are using a truly safe product is by looking for one that is certified organic.

Eco Friendly

Conventional beauty products use petroleum based ingredients often combined with a cocktail of other chemicals for their production process. These can be harsh substances such as petroleum, aluminium and lead, all of which require extensive mining that can damage some of the world’s most beautiful and sensitive areas.

No Harsh Chemicals

Conventional makeup contains harsh chemicals that may cause irritation, inflammation and allergic reactions. These chemicals can also be absorbed through the skin and cause a myriad of problems including hormonal disruption, liver conditions and irritation of the mucous membranes. Some examples are talc, parabens, nanoparticles, titanium dioxide, sunscreen, chemical dyes, bismuth oxychloride. Some of these can be linked to cancer and diabetes.

Natural Fragrance

Man-made aromas expose our bodies to a number of toxic effects. Some of these fragrances can be linked to cancer, nervous system disorders, intolerances, allergies and birth defects. Not only do we inhale these into our lungs, we absorb them into our body. Essential oils are the best natural perfumes in the world and the most concentrated so we only need a little.

Nutrient-Rich

Certified organic makeup products contain skin nurturing ingredients such as essential oils, herbal extracts and botanicals that will feed, nurture and hydrate the skin. Some of these could be aloe vera, hyaluronic acid for increased skin elasticity and hydration, lavender, lemon myrtle, jojoba oil and the list goes on. If it’s good enough to wear then it better be good enough to eat!

Protection from Premature Ageing

Certified organic makeup made with natural minerals generally provides a certain level of sun protection. Our skin on the face is thinner and more susceptible to UV-related skin ageing, so choosing a mineral-rich organic makeup product may help support healthy skin. Common organic mineral ingredients include:

  • Zinc oxide, which helps protect against both UVA (ultraviolet A) and UVB (ultraviolet B) types of light
  • Titanium oxide, with build in sun protection by reflecting and scattering UV rays.

When it comes to your makeup, beauty or food the best choice is always organic – you can be sure that you’re doing yourself, the planet, and others a great deal of good.

Shop Certified Organic Makeup & Skincare

 

Beauty comes from within, and it starts with you!

Here at Living Valley we believe that true beauty comes from good health within, with certified organic makeup just being an added bonus to help nourish our major organ, the skin, and make us as women look and feel fantastic! To promote that beautiful radiant healthy glow it’s important to consume a diet rich in different coloured vegetables, plenty of good fats, good protein sources and get plenty of exercise and sleep.

Are you ready to transform your body and your life? A seven or fourteen day stay at Living Valley could be the key!

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Kirsten Sweeney <![CDATA[Keep Warm, Keep Well This Winter!]]> http://www.lvs.com.au/?p=5718 2016-08-01T04:03:04Z 2016-05-26T00:09:15Z The post Keep Warm, Keep Well This Winter! appeared first on Living Valley.

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It’s been a long hot summer and we are all welcoming the winter season this year, cool nights, warm fires and cosy beds. Some of us dread this time of year as winter brings about more viruses and bugs, officially it’s the cold and flu season. However with a little bit of effort we can boost our immune system and keep well, so we can enjoy this time of year.

Here we highlight Living Valley’s ‘5 Easy Tips’ for boosting your immune system, so you can keep well this Winter!

Eat Whole Foods

As winter sets in it is very nourishing to find comfort in foods, such as warming and nourishing soups and stews full of protein and healthy vegetables. Discover the secrets to living healthier and feeling great in this seven part lecture series. Gary Martin ND. and John Tobin BHSc., ND. share the latest in their health research, based on over 30 years of combined experience.

Living Grrens

Have more Greens

Boost your immune system and keep well during winter by eating a range of fresh foods, including leafy green vegetables. If you don’t have time and need an easy option why don’t you try Living Valley Greens. Living Greens is a potent combination of three outstanding leaves: alfalfa, green barley and wheatgrass, which together produce an abundant supply of vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. Combined, these superfoods are a dynamic blood cleanser, body deodoriser and promote an alkalising response in the body to create an ideal internal environment for optimal health.

Introduce Proven Supplements

Further boost your immune system by adding some supplements to your diet such as Aged Garlic Capsules and a reputable Vitamin C. Wagner’s Aged Garlic is organically grown, odour free and aged for 20 months.

This process transforms the sulfur compounds into beneficial, water soluble, more tolerable, odourless compound with increased antioxidant activity. Research from over 700 papers shows this supplement boosts immunity, increases antioxidant levels, reduces stress, reduces blood pressure and lowers cholesterol Vitamin C increases the production of infection fighting white blood cells and antibodies. It has antiviral and antibacterial effects, helps with warding off colds and flus, helps with the healing of wounds and aids in fighting infection in the body.

Bio Vitamin C is a high strength vitamin C formula that is formulated with bioflavonoids, amino acids, and a standardised green tea extract to make it more absorbable and work the same way as when we get it from our food.

Cayenne Pepper

Drink some Immunity Tea

2 tablespoons of ginger, 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 lemon, dash of Cayenne Pepper. Steep ginger with water then add in squeezed lemon and a dash of cayenne pepper. This tea boosts immunity, promotes circulation and promotes detoxification.

Cayenne Pepper is the spice of life, is an anti-irritant, anti flu/cold, breaks up mucous, anti-fungal, antiallergic, promotes circulation & detox support and promotes heart health. Get some Living Valley Cayenne Pepper today.

Keep Moving

Although it’s a little harder to find the motivation to exercise when it’s cooler outside, remember keeping active is essential to support our health and wellbeing. Strength and resistance training enhances cardiovascular health, promotes bone development, helps balance blood sugar levels and is essential to our health. Get your resistance bands at Living Valley today.

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Gary Martin http://www.lvs.com.au <![CDATA[Eat for Peak Performance]]> http://www.lvs.com.au/?p=5502 2016-04-15T03:51:27Z 2016-04-01T03:49:37Z We eat to survive. However, what we eat determines much about our personality, our physical, emotional and mental health, and our potential. It starts before conception. A tree planted in nutrient-rich soil produces quality fruit. One in nutrient-deficient soil produces...

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We eat to survive. However, what we eat determines much about our personality, our physical, emotional and mental health, and our potential.

It starts before conception. A tree planted in nutrient-rich soil produces quality fruit. One in nutrient-deficient soil produces poor quality fruit or no fruit at all. It is the same with humans. Our soils have been farmed to exhaustion and are now mostly dependent on artificial fertilisers. Processed and refined foods dominate our supermarkets.

Our hospitals are full. Pharmaceutical companies prevail. Cancer is a plague. Childhood cancer is now the second most common cause of death in 1-14 year olds. Those who aspire to produce healthy children and achieve a long and healthy life must maximise nutrition and minimise exposure to toxins. This should be our very first science.

There are three nutrient categories, ie Protein, Fats and Carbohydrates. The most important is protein. The word, ‘protein’ is a plural word, referring to twenty two different amino acids – all individual nutrients. Complete proteins are found in animal products such as eggs, chicken, red meats, fish and dairy foods. Proteins are responsible for growth, repair, maintenance and most physical and mental functions. In 1992 the Bordeaux University determined the minimum proteins required daily should be calculated by subtracting 100 from the person’s height in centimetres. This will give the number of grams required for optimal health. A physically active person would need more.

Dr Jan Kwasniewski of Poland advises that a sedentary person should eat one gram of protein per kilogram of his ideal body weight per day. Both calculations generally produce the same number. Kwasniewski advises physically active persons to increase protein consumption in proportion to their activity levels.

Most meats comprise 25% protein. An egg has seven grams while most dairy products range from 12% to 20%. Eggs provide the most efficient form of complete protein of all foods. Adequate protein can be helpful in the relief of depression, as the amino acid, L-Tryptophan, enhances the production of serotonin, the mood regulator. Inadequate dietary protein can adversely affect cognitive function, healing, hormonal balance, sleep, and growth in children. It is also related to fatigue, immune dysfunction, frequent infections and muscle wastage.

Fats are also important for optimal health. The fat family has been black-listed as public enemy number one since the mid 1900’s. There are fats that heal and fats that kill. The good fats include coconut, olive and other quality oils, butter, cheeses, eggs and, to the surprise of many, the fat on our meats. Even chicken skin has great nutritional value. The Bordeaux University studies in 1992 concluded that daily fat consumption should be 2½ times the intake of protein, of which 80% should be saturated fats. Sounds high, but France has the lowest death rate from heart attack, cardiovascular disease and stroke in the world.

Symptoms related to fat deficiency include aching joints, attention deficit, anxiety, cognitive problems, constipation, course hair, cracked heels, eczema, hypertension, irritability and immune dysfunction.

The brain has a mechanism to warn us when we have eaten enough protein and fat. We feel satisfied. However carbohydrates can make a full person feel hungry again. This food group requires self-control. A diet low in fat leaves a person feeling dissatisfied. Hence one gravitates to carbohydrates.

Carbohydrate foods include grains, sugars, legumes, fruits and vegetables. The French studies recommend that carbohydrate consumption should be kept to 80% of protein intake. It is best to dispense with sugar based foods and refined grains altogether. Also it is far more efficient to derive one’s prime energy from proteins and fats rather than carbohydrates.

Food should be nutrient-dense, prepared in such a way as to smell, look and taste wonderful. A diet that is high in good fats, moderate in protein with controlled levels of carbohydrate encourages healing, while promoting wellness and longevity. Give your body the right fuel and it will give you peak performance, maximum potential and optimal longevity.

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Giselle Alford http://www.giselleeve.com.au <![CDATA[Valentine’s Day Raw Cacao Chocolates]]> http://www.lvs.com.au/?p=5286 2016-08-01T02:08:32Z 2016-02-13T12:55:35Z Raw Cacao Chocolates – Peppermint or Jaffa Flavoured (Raw, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo) Raw Cacao is a highly nutritious superfood rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. It is a great source of magnesium, potassium, zinc and many other important...

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Raw Cacao Chocolates – Peppermint or Jaffa Flavoured

(Raw, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Paleo)

Raw Cacao is a highly nutritious superfood rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. It is a great source of magnesium, potassium, zinc and many other important nutrients needed by the body.

  • 200g Cocoa Butter (or for the complete raw version use Virgin Cacao Butter)
  • 60g Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Pure Organic Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp Natural Vanilla Extract
  • 15-20 Drops Pure Organic Peppermint Essential Oil or Pure Organic Orange Essential Oil if you like a Jaffa flavour. (Adjust the drops depending on how strong you’d like the flavour)

Method with Thermomix:

Roughly chop Cocoa butter into small chunks and place into Thermomix. Set temperature to 37 degrees at speed 2 for 8 minutes or till completely melted. Add remaining ingredients and blend on speed 5 for 15 seconds.

Place silicon moulds onto a flat tray then pour your chocolate mix into each chocolate mould and place them straight into the freezer (not fridge) for a minimum of 15 minutes before serving.

Note: The Chocolates need to cool very quickly to stop any separation.

Method without Thermomix:

Roughly chop the Cocoa butter into small chunks and place into a glass bowl. Sit glass bowl in pot with warm to hot water and gently stir until Cocoa butter completely melts. Be very careful to not get any water in the mix as it will separate. Use a whisk and mix till evenly combined. Alternatively you can pour melted cocoa butter into food processor then add remaining ingredients and blend till smooth.

Place silicon moulds onto a flat tray then pour your chocolate mix into each chocolate mould and place them straight into the freezer (not fridge) for a minimum of 15 minutes before serving.

Note: The Chocolates need to cool very quickly to stop any separation.

Once set, these delicious chocolates will keep in the fridge or freezer for as long as you like so you can sneak a healthy treat whenever needed.

Alternate flavour option:

Leave out the essential oil flavouring and place a macadamia nut in each mould before pouring chocolate over the top….So delicious!

Organic Essential Oils for Flavouring:

For more information about the Organic Essential Oils I recommend for flavourings, or to order them at a discounted price please email me: giselle@lvs.com.au

My Preferred brand choice for this recipe:

I prefer to use the Absolute Organics brand of Cocoa Butter and Raw Cacao Powder. I find their Cocoa butter to be very smooth and creamy adding a beautiful texture to my chocolates.

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