Sneezing, itchy or bloated? It could be an allergic reaction

Australia has some of the highest allergy rates in the world. Some people suffer allergies chronically, for others they’re a seasonal affliction, with spring often the worst time of year.


Even non-allergy sufferers can experience symptoms of ‘hayfever’ (allergic rhinitis) due to environmental allergens such as pollens, grasses and dust mites. Inflammation of the mucosal membranes in the nasal cavities result in redness, itching, and a clear, serous, exudate (runny nose) in between sneezes. 1 in 5 Australians are affected to some extent.

Over-the-counter antihistamine medications are the most popular treatment option, but many sufferers develop a tolerance that reduces their effectiveness. If you find everyday antihistamines are no longer working, or want to avoid some of the common side effects of these medications — such as a dry mouth, drowsiness and dizziness — you might like to consider some of the ‘alternative’ approaches here.

Herbal Management

Perilla is famous for its anti-allergy effect, with the flavanoid compound luteolin inhibiting histamine release.
The mustard oils in Horseradish help decongest, dilate and clear respiratory passages.
Garlic can relieve hayfever and rhinitis through the action of sulphur compounds.
Vitamin C helps to support the immune system.
Other herbs such as astragalus,


Seven Fundamental Characteristics of Paleo

  • Higher protein intake
  • Lower carbohydrate intake and lower glycemic index
  • Higher fibre intake
  • Moderate to higher fat intake dominated by monosaturated and polyunsaturated fats with balanced Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats
  • Higher potassium and lower sodium intake
  • Net dietary alkaline load that balances dietary acid
  • Higher intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant phytochemicals


+ Coconut based products
+ Cacao
+ Chia
+ Flaxseed
+ Nut based products
+ Nuts & seeds


+ Absolute Organic
+ 2Die4
+ Aclara Health
+ Beet It
+ Loving Earth
+ Niulife
+ Raw C
+ The Chia Co.


Paleo Please


The Paleo way of eating is based upon every day, modern foods that mimic the food groups of our pre-argicultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors.
There are seven fundamental characteristics to optimise your health, minimise your risk of chronic disease, and lose weight.


Our Dubbo store owner Mike Parish chatting about the benefits of the paleo diet.


+ Lose weight
+ Improve athletic performance
+ Improve acne (or eliminate)
+ Sleep better
+ Gain more energy
+ Enjoy an increased libido
+ Improve your mental outlook and clarity


+ Grass-produced meats
+ Fish/seafood
+ Fresh fruits and veggies
+ Eggs
+ Nuts and seeds
+ Healthful oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)


+ Cereal grains
+ Legumes (including peanuts)
+ Dairy
+ Refined sugar
+ Potatoes
+ Processed foods
+ Salt
+ Refined vegetable oils


Freshen up your home with a springtime clean and de-clutter

Having a big clean out and getting everything organised is a great way to enter a new season. There’s no need to spend a fortune on cleaning products or risk a chemical overload; bicarb, vinegar and a good application of elbow grease are generally all you need.

Put a Spring in your step with these spring cleaning classics
Air doonas, pillows and mattresses leave outside in the sun for 3-4 hours to kill dust mites and mildew.

Beat out rugs hang on a clothesline outside and beat to get rid of sneeze-inducing nasties.

Wash windows your rooms will feel lighter and brighter with less dirt and grime clouding your view. Use 1/2 cup vinegar in warm water and some scrunched up newspaper. For best results choose a cloudy day (so the sunshine doesn’t dry your cleaning solution too quickly and cause streaks). Clean frames and screens before glass.

Clean walls use a dry sponge, clean broom or vacuum to get rid of dust build up on wall surfaces. Pay special attention to the corners where spiders’ webs like to gather.

Wipe down paintwork make your own mild-all-purpose cleaner using 4 tablespoon bicarb soda in a litre of warm water. Dip …


Eat like a hunter gatherer to avoid the diseases of civilisation

In the Western world there’s is an over abundance of everything, especially food – we are obsessed with what we should and should not be eating. Yet, with so many choices and so much information isn’t it peculiar that food allergies, food intolerances and degenerative diseases growing at an alarming rate?

Paleo lifestyle advocates believe that many current health issues are related to our modern lifestyle: the food we eat, the amount and type of activity we engage in and the quality of our sleep.

Why go Paleo?

Anthropologists studying the 84 remaining hunter-gatherer tribes left in the world, whose diet and lifestyle are pretty well unchanged from their Palaeolithic ancestors, have found these people remain amazingly free of what have become known as the ‘diseases of civilisation’. They have great teeth and good eyesight, and in addition occurrences of common diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer are rare. There’s a growing body of evidence to suggest this is largely due to their eating regime, which has stuck with the foods that the human species genetically evolved to obtain calories from instead of the ones that have been introduced over the last 10,000 years since the development …


Eat smarter for more efficient weight loss

Most people understand that to lose weight they need to use up more energy than they consume.This generally means more physical activity and less calories. But you can impact on this basic equation by changing the type of calories you eat and improving your metabolic rate.

Avoid ‘empty calories’ of high GI foods 

Calorie counting is only part of the story. Choosing foods with a low glycaemic index means you’ll feel less hungry and have fewer cravings. The same number of calories from a high-GI food will tend to be less satisfying.

What is glycaemic index?

When food is broken down in your gut, carbohydrates are converted into sugars, the main one being glucose, which passes through the gut wall into your bloodstream. To remain healthy your blood glucose level needs to remain pretty stable, which is where the hormone insulin comes in.

Insulin works on the cells of your body instructing them to take in glucose from the bloodstream to use for energy, or to convert the excess into glycogen or fat (which are stores of energy).

High GI foods, such as pastries, cakes, white bread and even white rice, contain simple carbohydrates that are quickly converted to glucose …


Whole food supplements for winter wellness

With the increasing number of foods and supplements on the market, the twenty first century should herald a time of optimal health. But, how do you know which supplements are best for lasting health? And which ones are better off left on the shelf?

It all comes down to one key word… assimilation. That’s to say, what your body can actually recognise and absorb.

Keep it real for easier assimilation This means products that come from RAW, nutrient-dense whole foods, products that come from RAW, nutrient-dense whole foods are easier to assimilate, and may have a balancing action for your body systems.

So, if whole nutrition is the foundation for vitality and healing within the body, where do you find the best products? One company that has done it well is Amazonia. Their Raw nutritional range encompasses concentrated whole superfoods, algae-derived sea minerals, herbs, greens, sprouts, seeds and living pre-probiotics, which provide comprehensive whole food nourishment.

Less taken out and less additives Amazonia’s products contain no artificial nasties, sugars or fillers and, wherever possible, Australian ingredients are sourced due to their high quality. Literally every ingredient in their blends is a functional food. Take for instance, the sweetener found in …


Your eye health is worth looking at

This information is provided courtesy of  RANZCO Eye Foundation, a medical eye specialists’ foundation, dedicated to restoring sight and preventing vision loss throughout Australasia.

A regular eye check not only helps to maintain your optical health, it could also detect early signs of eye disease. The good news is that 75 per cent of vision loss in Australia can be prevented or treated.

How common is vision loss?

More than 200,000 Australians are estimated to suffer from vision loss related to eye disease, and every year a further 10,000 Australians are expected to lose part of their vision or go blind.

Who should get their eyes checked?

As a guide, it is worth having your eyes checked if you:

  • Have a family history of eye disease
  • Age 40+
  • Have a medical condition that could impact your eye sight, such as diabetes

Eye disease does not just affect the elderly – it can happen at any age, as many eye conditions can be hereditary. In fact, such ailments can even cause blindness in babies, teenagers and adults.

An eye test every two years is recommended as the most effective way to identify problems early.

How can an eye test help?

An …


Winter is here

It’s time to prepare for winter to ensure your immune system is in top shape.

There has been much talk recently about superbugs, the overuse of antibiotic medications and their consequences. Doctors are now being urged to prescribe antibiotics only when absolutely necessary, which is really how they should have been used in the first place. With this in mind, building your own natural immunity is the ideal way to give you and your family the best chance of getting through winter unscathed.

These Top 5 tips can help support your immune system and give it a well-deserved boost:

Vitamin C – Good old vitamin C sometimes gets forgotten in a world of herbs like Olive Leaf and Echinacea.

Vitamin C can increase the production of white blood cells (the soldiers in your immune army), helping to inhibit viruses from entering the cell wall and reducing the chances of harmful bugs.

Eating a broad range of fruit and vegetables is a great way to make sure you get sufficient vitamin C.

Citrus fruits, strawberries, mangoes, guavas and papaya all have good vitamin C levels, while the vegetables to include are kale, red capsicum, brussels sprouts and broccoli – that’s right, …


What to expect when you visit a Naturopath

If you’re interested in taking a more natural approach to better health and keen to get someone who will consider the whole picture – taking into account your diet, medical conditions and lifestyle – think about making an appointment to see a naturopath.

Just make sure you check their qualifications and experience so you know that you are getting good quality advice.

Be prepared to put in the effort

Before your initial visit, your naturopath will usually ask you to keep a diet diary to help them assess your eating habits.

Be diligent with this and write in everything, including little indulgences as well as meals during the day. It’s also helpful to note down foods you crave, even if you resist the temptation. Your fluid intake, including hot drinks and alcohol, needs to be recorded as well.

Have a clear outcome in mind

Your naturopath will spend an hour or two taking detailed case notes about every body system. Each will be looked at individually, and then considered as a whole.

Firstly though you need to explain what outcome you are hoping for. Do you have specific health issues that you want to resolve? Or are you after a …