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Detox Your Life

What’s the Deal with Detox?                                                                               
Are you feeling sluggish, hormonal or overweight? Do you frequently experience digestive symptoms such as constipation, wind or bloating, or are you in pain? A detox may just be the answer! Supporting detoxification can not only help increase your energy, but also improve digestion, aid weight loss, reduce pain, balance hormones and support a healthy mood.

A Practitioner prescribed detoxification program can be a catalyst to take you from feeling lifeless to incredible, and improve your health in ways you never thought possible.

Where do Toxins Come From?   
Your body is exposed to toxins on a daily basis, which have the potential to damage cells and contribute to ageing and disease. While some toxins are naturally produced in your body, you are also exposed through dietary and environmental influences, such as alcohol consumption, smoking, chemical exposure and pollution.

If you are a hairdresser, plumber, builder, mine worker or work near or on roads, your risk for toxin exposure is increased and makes detoxification even more important. Nevertheless, everyone can benefit from a detox.

Toxins… A Balancing Act    
While toxin exposure cannot be avoided, it is possible to improve your ability to cope with and eradicate toxins efficiently. By completing a detox, you effectively reduce your toxin burden by decreasing your level of exposure to various toxins. You will also improve your ability to process and eliminate toxins from your body (known as toxin resistance) for improved health…so what are you waiting for?!

A Practitioner Only Detox is Best  
Talk to your Practitioner about whether a detox is indicated for you, and which program is most appropriate for your needs:

    • The Health Reset Program is suitable for most individuals. It helps to optimise your detoxification capacity, supporting your overall health, and keeping you feeling energised.
    • The Gut Pathogen Elimination Program is indicated for people with persistent gut conditions, helping to reduce digestive symptoms such as pain, bloating and wind for a happier digestive system.
    • The Liver Chemical Clearance Program is ideal for those with known exposure to chemicals and heavy metals. It enhances the elimination of these toxins to leave you feeling regenerated and vibrant.

Key Ingredients to Enhance Your Detox                                                      
The following ingredients are essential to any successful detox program:

    • Spirulina: supports detoxification thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions. It’s particularly useful in assisting the removal of heavy metals from the body.
    • Milk thistle: reduces the impact of toxins on the liver.
    • Cape jasmine: protects the liver from damage caused by toxin exposure and aids in elimination of toxins.
    • Amino acids (from rice protein): bind to toxins and facilitate their removal.

Detox Your Diet                                                                                                             
An essential aspect of any detox program is implementing a detox friendly, healthy diet. This should be predominantly plant-based, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, spices, nuts, seeds and whole grains. It is also important to stay hydrated by drinking 2 to 3 litres of water daily and avoiding sources of toxin exposure including alcohol, caffeine and processed foods.

Detox Your Home and Lifestyle                                                                   
During a detox is the perfect time to give your home a spring clean too! This can be achieved by opting for natural cleaning products and selecting more natural skincare products, avoiding chemical ingredients that can be absorbed through the lungs and skin.

Other detox tips include:

    • Keep moving! Aim for 30 to 40 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise three or four times a week, plus one or two strength training sessions.
    • Dry skin brushing before your shower for 5 to 10 minutes each day can aid toxin elimination via the skin.
    • Reduce toxic emotions and stress by reading positive affirmations that inspire you to fight off negative thoughts.

Talk to The Green Gingko today about a Practitioner Guided Clinical Detox Program, and begin an exciting journey to a happier, healthier you!

Shake It Off Using Cutting Edge Science

The Burden that is Excess Weight    
Obesity and excess weight are occurring in epidemic proportions. Nearly two-thirds of Australian adults and over a quarter of children and adolescents were classified as overweight or obese in 2014-2015.[1] Apart from the detriment to cardiovascular health, carrying extra weight often comes with self-esteem issues which affect quality of life. Despite all this doom and gloom, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It’s called the Shake It Program and it can help you achieve a healthier weight!

Your Body Weight Set-Point – Time for a Re-Set!                                   
All individuals have a unique metabolic ‘set-point’, a weight range that your body fights to maintain. To stay in its ‘happy place’, your body will resist weight loss attempts and cause you to regain weight after successful weight loss. The set-point is raised by a number of factors – sedentary lifestyle; lack of exercise; frequent consumption of sugar combined with saturated fats; inadequate protein; poor sleep; stress or anxiety; poor gut health; and high toxin exposure.

Lowering your set-point is key to losing weight and keeping it off. This can be achieved by following the cutting-edge principles in the Shake It Practitioner Weight Management Program. Shake It makes adhering to a weight loss program simple, and prevents the rebound weight gain that often occurs with diets that aren’t designed for safe and sustainable weight loss.

Today’s Food Sets You Up to Fail     
Highly processed foods can be a roadblock on your weight loss journey. They are specifically designed with ingredients such as fat and sugar to hijack your brain, making it harder to stop eating them. Described by obesity researchers as ‘hyperpalatable’, these often highly processed foods confuse your brain’s fullness threshold so you continually want more. In contrast, wholefoods have minimal fat and sugar, and contain fibre which naturally allows your appetite to normalise. Wholefoods are a cornerstone of the Shake It Program, making it easier for you to eat fewer calories yet feel more satisfied.

Shake It: Research > Apply > Win!
Reviewing over 400 scientific papers on excess weight and obesity uncovered three profound new findings:

    • Low carbohydrate (LC) diets are no more effective at reducing weight than low fat (LF) diets in overweight individuals. This means as both give positive outcomes, you can follow the diet that best suits you.
    • Controlled diet breaks prevent your body from adapting to your new diet and slowing your metabolism; also providing a mental break. With the clarity of hindsight, diet breaks also allow you to see how far you’ve come from your previous eating habits.
    • Sufficient protein decreases hunger. Shake It strategically addresses this by providing Shake It Shakes, Soup and Keto Bars, along with a new range of nourishing proteins (e.g. whey, collagen and pea), to also provide paleo and vegan options.

Shake It in a Snapshot
The Shake It Program begins with the Intense Phase; six weeks of calorie reduction on your choice of LC or LF eating plan. This phase helps you establish new eating and lifestyle habits, and maximises initial weight loss. You then begin your first diet break in the Pulse Phase, cycling between two weeks off and two weeks on your diet until your goal weight is achieved. The final step is the Maintenance Phase where you transition to the Wellness Program for Weight Management, which incorporates Mediterranean-style eating recommendations and evidence-based exercise guidelines for sustained health and weight maintenance.

Throughout the Shake It Program you are able to track your food, exercise and sleep using the innovative Shake It App. Plus your Practitioner will be there to support you all the way with tailored behavioural change strategies and motivational resources to keep you powering through your weight loss journey – all designed to help you make winning a habit!

You’ll Never Walk Alone   
In the battle with excess weight, you need not walk alone. Your Practitioner is on your side with the necessary expertise, skills, motivation and support to put you on the weight loss winner’s podium!

Talk to The Green Gingko today about the Shake It Practitioner Weight Management Program and achieve the best you ever!

[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Overweight & obesity. Overview [Internet]. Canberra, ACT. [Updated 2018 January. Cited 2018 August 17].

Allergies: Beyond Skin (and Nose) Deep

Sneezing, Sniffing and Scratching? Allergies Blow!
Does your dog send you into a sneezing frenzy? Do certain foods leave you bloated and headachy? Or do pollens and certain grasses leave your skin desperately itchy? If you answered yes, then you know this is a daily reality for you and the millions of people living with allergic conditions such as hay fever, asthma, food allergies and eczema.

So why does your body react this way? Essentially, your body believes that these otherwise harmless substances (animal hair, foods and grasses) are threatening. Hence, when it comes into contact with these substances, known as allergens, your immune system releases large amounts of the chemical histamine. Histamine is like a burly bouncer outside a club: its job is to muscle an allergen out of your body by any means necessary. Some of the way’s histamine does this job is by producing redness and inflammation, a running nose, itchy eyes, constricted airways, bloating and diarrhoea; manifestations of allergic disease.

Allergies are Like Onions, They Have Layers
Current approaches to allergy management centre on both allergen avoidance and reducing histamine (e.g. antihistamine medication). But why does your body think these substances are harmful and mount this response against them in the first place? Several contributing factors lead your body’s immune system to respond this way, including:

Inflammation within your digestive tract (where the majority of your immune system is found). Damage to the lining of your digestive tract commonly known as ‘leaky gut’, allowing small particles (undigested food, bacteria and/or toxins) to pass through to the blood stream causing inflammation in other areas of the body). Low levels of good bacteria and/or an overgrowth of bad bacteria within your intestine that interferes with your body’s immune response.

Addressing the Roots of Your Reactivity
Truly holistic allergy management encompasses symptomatic relief while also retraining the body’s immune system to tolerate ‘threatening’ allergens. One way you can achieve this is by following an Allergy and Reactivity Reduction Program guided by your Practitioner. This specially designed and professionally supported program incorporates carefully selected herbs and nutrients combined with tailored diet and lifestyle recommendations; to help repair your gut, improve your ability to tolerate allergens, and reduce your reactive symptoms.

The Ingredients that Reduce Reactivity
A number of herbs and nutrients can help you manage your symptoms of allergy and reactivity; by helping to restore balance to your immune system:

    • Aller-7®: This unique combination of seven traditional Ayurvedic herbs has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory actions – key to providing you with symptomatic relief. Quercetin and Bromelains: These potent antioxidant nutrients help retrain your immune system, minimise respiratory congestion, and reduce mucus production. Avoid processed sugar and processed fats: excess calories from these sources are stored as fat, especially around your waistline. They also encourage dysbiosis within your digestive tract.
    • Reishi and Shiitake: Medicinal mushrooms support healthy immune system function and neutralise allergens, along with reducing wheeze and excess mucus production.

A Tolerable Diet
Following a prescribed diet in conjunction with specialised supplementation greatly assists in reducing symptoms and building tolerance to allergens. Your Practitioner will recommend a specific dietary plan depending on your symptom presentation and health history. While following the Allergy and Reactivity Reduction Program you will ‘rest’ from foods that may be creating inflammation and damage within your gut, giving your immune system an opportunity to ‘reset’ and become more tolerant. Your Practitioner may also work with you to strategically re-test the foods you have been ‘resting’ from to determine the right amount for you in the future; so you can remain symptom free, while still enjoying the foods and activities you love.

Time to Breathe Easy
Now is the time to address those irritating allergic symptoms by tackling the underlying causes. Completing this program can help you gain control of your reactivity and increase your tolerance levels, leading to a reduction in symptoms. Imagine indulging in the foods and activities you enjoy; patting your dog without sneezing, eating the foods you love without bloating, or having a picnic in the grass without itching – now that would be life changing!

If you’re ready to reduce your symptoms of allergy and reactivity, talk to The Green Gingko today!

Getting to the Guts of Detox

Listen to Your Gut 
Do you frequently suffer from diarrhoea, constipation, bloating or gut pain? Have you had a case of ‘Bali belly’ or travellers’ diarrhoea and never fully recovered? A Practitioner prescribed clinical detoxification program can be the answer to tackling these uncomfortable and frustrating symptoms, improving your digestive health and restoring your vitality once more.

Getting the Balance Right
Within your digestive system you have trillions of helpful bacteria (and other organisms), together referred to as your ‘microbiome’. In a healthy digestive system these bacteria coexist in balance with each other, however they can be disrupted by infectious organisms such as certain food-borne bacteria (e.g. salmonella), or parasites (e.g. threadworm). Other people may develop an excess of bacteria in the small intestine (known as small intestinal bacterial overgrowth or ‘SIBO’), with all infections potentially leading to symptoms of gas, bloating, diarrhoea and/or abdominal pain. Left untreated, a gut infection causes damage to the lining of the digestive tract, leading to ‘leaky gut’. This condition causes inflammation and further microbiome imbalance resulting in ongoing and/or worsening of symptoms.

Your Practitioner Knows 
Your body and health concerns are completely unique, therefore generic ‘one size fits all’ detoxes off the shelf are unlikely to produce the best results (and sometimes no results at all); wasting both your time and money. Avoid this by speaking to your Practitioner first, who can recommend an individualised gut detoxification program that targets your specific symptoms for a long-term solution.

The Gut Pathogen Elimination Program is only available from your Practitioner. This specially designed, professionally guided program incorporates researched herbs and nutrients with tailored diet and lifestyle recommendations. This program will help relieve your digestive symptoms by improving overall digestive function along with neutralising any gut toxins, removing unhealthy bacteria and parasites, restoring balance to your microbiome, and providing the ingredients required to soothe and repair your gut lining.

Healing Herbs
The key to success when following the Gut Pathogen Elimination Program are the specialised herbs used to remove any parasites, as well as tackle unwanted fungal or bacterial overgrowths. These include:

    • Myrrh – a precious tree gum resin, this age-old herbal remedy removes parasites, worms and unhealthy bacteria, while also helping to relieve indigestion and bloating.
    • Nigella – a traditional Ayurvedic herb used to expel worms and remove other parasites. Nigella’s ‘carminative’ action soothes digestive discomfort including indigestion and diarrhoea, creating a healthier gut environment within which to re-establish a healthy microbiome.
    • Pomegranate peel – offers antifungal, antibacterial and antiprotozoal actions (protozoa are types of parasite). Pomegranate peel is also used as a digestive aid, to help relieve flatulence, reduce cramping, and soothe the digestive system.
    • Phellodendron – traditionally used in Chinese medicine to maintain upper intestinal health, this herb is indicated when SIBO is present due to its potent antimicrobial properties.

Detox for Life 
The foods you eat (or don’t eat!) play an essential role in detox so your Practitioner will tailor your detox diet based on your symptom presentation and health history. The Gut Pathogen Elimination Program recommends eating plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, spices, legumes, nuts, seeds, and wholegrains. These foods contain fibre and antioxidants to support your microbiome, promote regular bowel motions, and reduce symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain. When combined with the herbs and nutrients in the Gut Pathogen Elimination Program, a detox-friendly diet helps you return to optimal digestive health.

Other detox tips include: drinking 8 glasses of filtered water each day to support healthy kidney detoxification; incorporating daily exercise (ideally work up a sweat!) to support skin and gut detoxification; and aim for 7-8 hours restorative sleep every night so your body can generate the vital energy it needs to be well again.

If you (or someone you know) are experiencing any digestive discomfort; speak to The Green Gingko about the Gut Pathogen Elimination Program today. Enjoy a happier and more vital you!

Kick Recurrent Infections to the Kerb

Are You Sick of Feeling Sick? 
Do you shudder when you hear someone cough nearby because you just know you’re going to get sick? Do you often complete a course of antibiotics to treat an infection, only for it to return a month later? You are not alone! Hordes of people are frequently unwell with upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs), influenza (flu), ear infections, and a multitude of other recurrent infections. So, what is it that decreases your immune system function – and what can you do about it?

Has Your Immune System Gone on Strike?
Several factors have the potential to diminish your immune function and make you more susceptible to getting sick; these include stress, a lack of regular exercise, inadequate sleep, and poor nutrition. Frequent antibiotic use, which often goes hand in hand with repeated infections, can also contribute to lowered immunity. It’s true that antibiotics serve an essential purpose in eliminating bacterial infections to help you feel well again. However, they are commonly overprescribed for viral infections (such as colds, flus, and URTIs), even though they do not have any effect against viruses.

This overuse of antibiotics can not only reduce their efficacy, but also unbalance the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut, further compromising your immunity. So, you may be asking “what’s the solution?” Fortunately, there are natural treatments available which can help to strengthen your immune system and keep you well for longer.

Boost Immunity to Combat Infection
Can you imagine a life in which you feel vibrant and healthy? With the correct immune support, this could be a reality! Ask your Practitioner about the following natural immune boosters:

    • Coriolus: This medicinal mushroom increases the production of immune cells that help you fight off infections more effectively.
    • Reishi: Another medicinal mushroom which exerts potent antiviral activity to help you recover faster.
    • Astragalus: A well-known immune enhancing herb which can reduce the occurrence of reinfection. Astragalus also helps to restore your energy levels after being sick.

Lifestyle Tips to Improve Your Immune Defences
In addition to taking immune enhancing herbs and mushrooms, there are numerous ways you can support healthy immunity through your diet and lifestyle choices:

    • Rest! You may be surprised by how effective your immune system can be when you give it a chance. Ensure you get a good night’s sleep and let your body work its magic.
    • Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits. These foods contain abundant immune supportive vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and zinc.
    • Go for garlic and ginger. Garlic is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent and an immune booster. Ginger helps to warm you up and fends off illness by reducing inflammation.
    • Drink plenty of water. It is essential that you keep hydrated. When you are unwell, fluids are rapidly lost through having a runny nose, coughing, and sweating.
    • While it may be difficult to reduce stress in your life, it is possible to manage stress more effectively. Participate in yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises 3 to 4 times a week, or as often as needed.

Keep Your Immune Game Strong
Another way that you can ward off infection is by ensuring you have sufficient stores of some key vitamins and minerals that support and improve immune health, such as:

    • Vitamin C – sources include red and yellow capsicum, citrus fruits (especially oranges), kiwi fruit, strawberries, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and even the humble tomato.
    • Zinc – at the initial signs of a viral or bacterial infection, zinc deploys infection-fighting white blood cells to destroy it. Food sources of zinc include seafood, meat, wheat germ, spinach, seeds (e.g. pumpkin, sesame), nuts (especially cashews), and beans (e.g. chickpeas, adzuki).

Embrace a Life of Wellness!
If recurrent infections are an issue for you, speak to The Green Gingko today about boosting your immune function to get well and stay well. Kick sickness to the kerb, break the antibiotic cycle and enjoy a life of health, happiness and vitality!

Take Out Insurance Against Colds and Flu this Winter

For many people, the shortening days and cooler weather heralds not only the start of winter but also a string of absences from work and a backlog of tasks as you or your loved ones succumb to winter illness. What if you could take out a wellness ‘insurance policy’ against colds and flu, and gain back that precious time for winter sports and family fun instead of being stuck at home, rugged up and sniffling, with a box of tissues for company? This year, arm yourself with the tools you need to boost your immune function and help insure against illness.

Key Nutrients for a Strong Immune System
Remember when your mum told you to eat oranges in winter to help keep colds at bay? She was right! Citrus fruits of all kinds are rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that plays a key role in the mobilisation of your immune system defences. However, vitamin C is not the only nutrient beneficial to your immune system. Zinc is another powerful immune system supporter, found in meat, eggs, seafood, nuts and seeds. Zinc helps infection-fighting white blood cells to be deployed at the first sign of a disease-causing invader, such as a virus or bacteria. These two nutrients form an essential immune system foundation to help reduce the incidence and severity of colds and infections.

Vitamin D also plays an important role in the overall function of your immune system, working behind the scenes to help ‘marshal’ your immune cells to the site of an infection. During winter, your stores of vitamin D can decline as you spend more time indoors and less time soaking up the sunshine required to manufacture your own supply. At this time of year supplementing with this important vitamin can help maintain your infection fighting capacity over the winter months. The Green Gingko can recommend high quality, clinically effective immune-boosting nutrients at the correct dose to help you stay well this winter.

Looking After Your Gut = Looking After Your Immunity
Believe it or not, your gastrointestinal tract contains approximately 70% of your immune system, so ensuring your gut is populated with plenty of beneficial micro-organisms (‘good bugs’) is central to you maintaining optimal immune function. These beneficial bacteria or ‘probiotics’ are now understood to have very different health benefits depending upon their subset or ‘strain’, with certain specific strains able to support your immune system and help keep it in top form. Supplementing with Lactobacillus acidophilus (NCFM strain) and Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG and HN019 strains) in particular can reduce the incidence of respiratory infections that are common in winter. Speak to The Green Gingko about supporting your gut with specific immune-boosting probiotics.

Simple Lifestyle Tips to Support Good Health this Winter
Busy people often forget to prioritise regular ‘down-time’, but the stress of being on the go all the time can significantly drain your immune function and leave you more susceptible to falling prey to any viruses you may come in contact with. Help yourself recharge by scheduling regular relaxation and ‘me time’ such as reading a good book, getting a massage, or perhaps a yoga class followed by a long soak in a warm bath. Ensuring you get sufficient sleep also enables your body to rest and repair, keeping you ready to fight whatever battles you may encounter tomorrow.

A Penny of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure
Rather than succumbing to yet another cold or flu this winter, change tack and take out a wellness ‘insurance policy’ to help support your immune system and keep you enjoying what the winter season has to offer. Speak to The Green Gingko today about boosting your infection-fighting capacity with high quality, clinically effective vitamin C, zinc, vitamin D and immune-boosting probiotics. Remember, prevention is always better than cure!

Multivitamins Matter!

Do You Need to Take a Multivitamin?
Do you require important nutrients that your diet is not delivering? Chances are you do – you just may not realise it yet! Even if you are making a concerted effort to consume a healthy diet, soils are commonly low in trace minerals (particularly zinc, selenium and iodine) and food is often less nutritious than it once was. In modern times, it is easy for people to eat highly processed, refined foods, devoid of nutritional value. Compounding this is the use of pesticides, pollution and selective breeding for commercial purposes, which may further compromise your nutritional status. Fast-paced lifestyles also take their toll; increased stress and excessive alcohol intake not only depletes important nutrients but increases requirements.

Taking a multivitamin and mineral formula that provides therapeutic dosages of easily absorbed essential nutrients can optimise and support your health overall, empowering you to embrace life wholeheartedly.

Enhance Your Diet with a Daily Multivitamin
Has your Practitioner prescribed an individualised therapeutic diet for you? These interventions are a vital component of treatment and can provide excellent results for health. However, in some cases, dietary restrictions may inadvertently lead to nutritional deficiencies. For example, gluten free diets may be lacking in vitamin B12, folate, iron, zinc, magnesium and calcium. Dairy free diets are also commonly prescribed, and are associated with lowered calcium levels. Alternatively, you may have chosen to adopt a particular way of eating that may indirectly affect your nutritional status. Many vegetarian/vegan diets are also associated with nutritional deficiencies, including vitamin B12, iron, iodine and selenium.

Taking a high strength, scientifically formulated multivitamin and mineral formula can help ensure you get the most out of your therapeutic diet, while meeting your nutritional needs.

A Multi with a Multitude of Benefits
Ask The Green Gingko about a potent multivitamin and mineral formula specifically designed to address the nutritional shortfalls of therapeutic diets, and which incorporates these key nutrients:

    • Activated B-group vitamins: B vitamins aid energy production and support healthy mood, helping you feel happier and more energised.
    • Minerals: Magnesium and iron also support energy production, while zinc helps to strengthen your immune defences. Selenium and iodine are significant for maintaining thyroid function, while calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth.

Superior Absorption = Superior Clinical Results
Practitioner-grade multivitamin and mineral formulas stand out from the rest by delivering high strength, highly absorbable forms of minerals and vitamins to quickly improve and maintain your nutritional status; particularly where an individualised diet is being followed. For example, thanks to their unique shape, Meta Mag® (magnesium), Meta Zn® (zinc) and Meta Fe® (iron) are highly absorbable forms of minerals. Also look out for activated B-group vitamins – being activated means they can perform their therapeutic actions rapidly and effectively, requiring less effort from your body to utilise them. Ultimately, the benefit of superior absorption is a happier, healthier you!

Antioxidants Explained
Your body is exposed to free radicals (unstable molecules that damage cells and contribute to ageing and disease) on a daily basis. While some free radicals are naturally produced in your body, other factors such as alcohol consumption, smoking, stress, nutritional deficiencies and pollution also create free radicals and compromise cellular health. Antioxidants (e.g. vitamins C and E, zinc, beta-carotene) help to counteract the damaging effects of free radicals. Ensure your multivitamin and mineral formula is rich in antioxidants to support healthy ageing.

Tailor Your Nutrition Today!
Whether you are following an individualised therapeutic diet or just trying to eat healthily, talk to The Green Gingko today about taking a high strength multivitamin and mineral formula with superior absorption. Support your whole body with the nutrients it needs and live a healthier, more energised life.

The Strength of Iron

Is Iron on Your Side?
Iron is essential for maintaining good energy levels and optimal health. It is arguably one of the most important minerals, particularly as it is involved in carrying oxygen to every cell in your body. Haemoglobin is the body’s oxygen-carrying protein and where you find approximately two-thirds of your iron; therefore, without adequate iron the transportation of oxygen is affected. As iron is involved in maintaining healthy immunity, it’s no wonder you don’t feel great when your levels are low!

Symptoms of Low Iron
The following symptoms could be signs of low iron levels:

    • Fatigue and lethargy;
    • Frequent colds and flus;
    • Paleness inside the mouth and lower eyelid;
    • Fuzzy head, not thinking clearly;
    • Low body temperature;
    • Dizziness; and/or
    • Restless legs or leg cramps at night.

Reasons for Low Iron
Iron deficiency can be mild, however when it is very low you can become ‘anaemic’. Low iron can be a result of not obtaining enough from your diet. Factors that may cause low iron include tea and coffee intake, blood loss, pregnancy, or poor absorption as a result of underlying gut problems. Certain populations have been identified as potentially more at risk of low iron levels, including teenagers, the elderly, pregnant women, vegetarians and vegans.

Test – Don’t Guess
If you suspect you may be low in iron, it is important to speak to your healthcare Practitioner or Doctor about a simple blood test to assess your iron levels, especially if you are at increased risk. Testing can ensure your safety, as symptoms of iron excess may be similar to signs of iron deficiency and in some circumstances, high iron intake can be detrimental.

Dietary Sources of Iron
Include plenty of iron-rich foods in your diet to maintain a healthy intake. Animal foods provide a good source of iron, including beef, lamb, kangaroo, turkey, chicken, fish, oysters, liver and sardines. The redder the meat, the higher the iron content. Plant-sources of iron include molasses, shiitake mushrooms, dark green leafy vegetables and lentils. Vegetarian sources of iron may not be as well-absorbed as animal sources.

Talk to The Green Gingko today about taking a high potency iron supplement. If you are vegan or vegetarian, your Practitioner can provide vegan-friendly options.

Iron Needs a Little Help from its Friends
Iron works best in your body with the help of other nutrients:

    • B vitamins: Vitamins B6, B12 and folate are involved in iron transportation and red blood cell production. Taking an essential B vitamin can help you build healthy cells and move energising oxygen around your body.
    • 5-MTHF: Known as 5-methyltetrahydrofolate – the activated form of folate. It is the same form made by your body and is readily utilised.
    • Vitamin C: It has long been known that vitamin C increases the absorption of iron; therefore, when taking iron, ideally pair it with vitamin C.

Forms of Iron Matter
Side-effects, such as constipation, are commonly complained about with certain forms of iron. Therefore, it is important to choose a highly absorbable form of iron to minimise the chance of gut symptoms. Ask your Practitioner for Meta Fe® (Iron bisglycinate), a gut-friendly, vegan form of iron that is a highly-absorbable form of iron, therefore reduces the chance of constipation occurring.

The Green Gingko can recommend a suitable iron formula with all the necessary nutrients needed to restore your energy levels and maintain healthy immunity.

It’s D-lightful, It’s D-licious, It’s D-lovely

It’s Vitamin D – for Diverse
Vitamin D is a vital nutrient required by your body for a wide range of jobs, such as helping to boost your immunity so you are less likely to end up in bed feeling sick; playing a role in mood modulation – helping you feel good; and supporting your physical structure – making your bones and muscles strong.

D is for Dense Bones
How tough are your bones? Vitamin D improves the absorption of the minerals calcium and phosphorus, both of which are crucial for keeping your bones strong and dense. A vitamin D deficiency is strongly linked with osteoporosis and osteoporotic fractures. Therefore, having adequate vitamin D levels may reduce the risk of fractures as you get older.

D is for Muscle Definition
Are you feeling strong? Vitamin D is required by human muscle tissue to modulate muscle strength. A vitamin D deficiency can lead to muscle wastage, leaving muscles looking weak and weedy. Several studies have shown that vitamin D supplementation can improve muscle strength, function and balance.

Not as Simple as Popping a Pill, or Sunbaking!
Common ways to build up your vitamin D include catching some sun or taking a supplement, however vitamin D on its own may not be enough. Calcium, phosphorus and particularly magnesium are all needed to activate vitamin D and ensure it can do its many jobs properly; therefore, if one of its cofactors is lacking then your vitamin D levels may be adversely affected. For example, recent studies have discovered a link between low vitamin D levels and magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is widely available in a variety of foods, such as green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains, however it is not uncommon for people to consume less than recommended amounts for optimal wellbeing. Signs that you might need some additional magnesium are twitching eyelids or cramps, fatigue, feeling stressed or perhaps a drop in mood, so if you are experiencing any of these symptoms speak with your Practitioner.

D is for Difference
Your Practitioner is the best person to assess your nutritional needs and educate you on the most effective vitamin D supplement for you, particularly as not all supplements are the same. Your Practitioner will prescribe an appropriate supplement by assessing the following criteria, so you can be confident you are acquiring a good quality vitamin D:

    • What conditions has it been stored in? Being exposed to high temperatures, humidity, air or light are factors that may affect the quality of vitamin D.
    • Is the vitamin D in a specialised antioxidant oil base to enhance its stability and absorption?
    • Has it been tested using real time stability testing, to ensure it stays fresh right up until the expiry date?
    • Has it been tested to ensure it’s free from the presence of   contaminants to guarantee you are getting the purest quality supplement?

Delving into D
Vitamin D deficiency may have negative effects on your health and prevent you from looking and feeling your best. If you have poor bone health, are lacking muscle strength or are catching every cold or flu around, this may mean your vitamin D levels are low. Speak to The Green Gingko today and make it a priority to build up your vitamin D stores with a high-quality supplement and healthy sun exposure [1], and take another step closer to optimal health.

[1] The ideal level of sun exposure to aim for in order to support vitamin D synthesis is six to seven minutes mid-morning or mid-afternoon during warmer months, and seven to forty minutes at noon during winter. Arms and shoulders should be visible and without sunscreen. (Nowson, McGrath, Ebeling, Haikerwal, Daly, Sanders, Seibel, Mason. Vitamin D and health in adults in Australia and New Zealand: a position statement. Med J Aust 2012; 196 (11): 686-687.)

Zinc – Can’t Live Without It

Essential for Health
You may currently take zinc when you have a cold or flu. However, did you know that your cells need zinc on a daily basis? The adult body contains approximately 2.0 to 3.0 g of zinc, mostly stored inside your cells. Zinc has far-reaching actions which affect the health of your whole body.

Are Your Zinc Levels Low?
If you experience any of the following symptoms, your zinc levels may be low:

    • Recurrent colds, flus and/or infections;
    • Poor appetite, reduced sense of taste and/or smell;
    • Sluggish digestion;
    • Slow growth and development;
    • Slow healing acne and other skin conditions;
    • Infertility;
    • Sugar cravings and/or stress, anxiety, and depression.

The Low-down on Zinc Deficiency
Many people are deficient in zinc. Inadequate dietary intake, increased physiological needs, or a diet high in sugar or alcohol and profuse sweating are common causes of zinc deficiency.

Nourishing Your Body from A to Zinc
Zinc protects your cells from free radical damage, providing antioxidant defence. Zinc’s actions include supporting healthy immunity, and improving appetite and digestive function. Its ability to increase the healing rate of acne and wounds makes it indispensable for skin health. Zinc also plays a key role in blood sugar metabolism, for greater blood sugar control.

Zinc aids growth and development, and is an important nutrient during pregnancy for both mother and baby. Zinc is also important for male health, fertility and sperm production, increasing sperm motility and concentration, therefore enhancing the chances of conception. Zinc is found in high concentrations in the hippocampus area of the brain which controls thought and memory. Recent research has shown zinc to be good for the brain, reducing stress and having a positive impact on mental function and mood.

You Don’t Just Have to Eat Oysters!
You can top up your zinc levels by increasing the intake of zinc rich foods:

    • Oysters are a rich source of zinc, but if you are not a fan then beef, pork, chicken and lamb all contain zinc.
    • Non-animal sources include nuts, whole grains, legumes, yeast and ginger.

Meta Zn® For Greater Absorption
If you need more zinc, talk to your Practitioner about taking the highly absorbable Meta Zn®, or zinc bisglycinate. With its enhanced cellular uptake, it increases the availability of zinc to your body. Meta Zn® is less likely to interact with other minerals, including copper, calcium and iron. The more zinc your body can absorb, the greater benefits it will deliver in improving your health.

Talk to The Green Gingko today about a high-quality zinc formulation for your health needs.