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Nutrients To Support Mental Health

Often times issues such as depression are thought of mainly in terms of a biochemical imbalance or emotional issues - but did you know the foods you eat play a huge role in determining the state of your mental health ? Eating patterns that occur when someone is depressed are much the same as they are PRE depression - these things include lack of appetite, meal skipping, cravings for sweet foods. Many people suffering from depression may be deficient in an array of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. In this article I'm going to discuss a few of the most important nutrients, minerals etc - and give some examples of where you can source them in your diet. Please not...

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5 Herbs to Support Mental Health

My main goal for Lavender & Co. Botanicals is to help you not only look your best, but also feel like your best self. Mental health plays a huge part in how one can feel on a day to day basis, and it's something I've been interested in for quite a while now. Before I started studying Naturopathy I was about a year into a bachelor of psychology. Understanding how we think, make decisions and are as people, will always be an interest of mine, as well as how we can change our patterns and behaviours.The reason I switched to naturopathy from psych was because I wanted to be able to help people more holistically. So here we are, and...

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The Gut Microbiome

Since the I've been speaking more about the gut microbiome and how we can help look after this area of health, I thought it would be useful to write a little 'overview' post talking you through what the gut microbiome actually is, and what some of it's functions are. Now when someone mentions the word microbiome, they may not always be meaning in relation to the gut. There are many microbiomes within the human body - but for today I am focusing in on the one in our digestive system. DEFINING THE MICROBIOME & ITS FUNCTIONS: The word 'microbiome' refers to the collection of bacteria and their genetic material, in this case - the ones that live within your digestive...

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5 Nutrients for Healthy Skin

Hello everyone, I hope you're all still doing well. Today I'm continuing on with another skin health blog post - focussing on the nutrients required for glowing, healthy skin. In this post I'll be discussing 5 nutrients, their mechanisms that make them useful for skin health - and what foods you can find them in. I'm all about using food as medicine so won't be going through any specific brands of nutrients - I think if you're skins looking a little lack lustre, improving your diet first will definitely give you great benefit. If you are lacking in one of these nutrients, it's best you see your health care practitioner to get some tests done before supplementing with anything, as you...

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What Causes Acne ?

As a student naturopath, looking into the reason behind the illness or health issue is one of my main tasks. Generally speaking, there are usually many different potential causes, some may overlap, and sometimes there may only be one cause. These factors can be external and controllable factors such as diet, and lifestyle choices, or intrinsic factors such as genetic 'snips' and predispositions. For this reason please take this post with a grain of salt, this is not to say these are the only causes of acne, nor that these are the causes for YOUR acne. It is always important to seek out a healthcare practitioner that can take a look into your specific case, and determine what needs to...

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