WHY CHOOSE CERTIFIED ORGANIC?

Did you know the term ‘organic’ isn’t regulated in Australia? The term is splashed across labels, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that a product is really organic! Organic Certification logos, like the Australian Certified Organic Bud logo, guarantees you’re buying a truly organic product.

CEO of Australian Organic, Australia’s leading organic industry body, Mr Paul Stadhams, encourages us to look for a certified organic logo whenever we buy organic – like the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) Bud logo. “The Bud logo is your 100 per cent guarantee that you are buying real, honest organic products that have been audited all along the production chain – from paddock to plate – to comply with strict organic standards.” ACO is one of seven certification bodies nationally. Owned by Australian Organic, ACO is now Australia’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce and products, certifying in 16 countries and with auditors reviewing and maintaining over 17,000 products with the Bud logo. The ACO Bud logo means that product is cruelty-free, non-GMO, pasture fed, socially responsible, sustainably fished, biodiversity friendly and of course grown free from harsh synthetic pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics.  You can find it on a range of products from food and drinks to skincare, clothing, homewares, gardening, and pet food.

Why choose ORGANIC

Go Vita Tanunda give you 7 reasons to choose certified organic

  1. Good for the environment ACO works towards the future, focusing on organic, sustainable farming practices, land regeneration, and biodiversity protection.
  2. Certified organic products are the only true free range products Livestock must be 100 per cent free range to be certified organic. This means no caged chickens and no sow stalls. Animals must be given a high standard quality of life that allows them to perform natural social and physical functions.
  3. Certified organic food products are real Certified organic food is real food made without synthetic colourings, preservatives, additives or GM ingredients, items that can be linked with allergic reactions.
  4. If you can’t eat it, you shouldn’t put it on your skin! Skin products aren’t tested on animals and don’t use any synthetic colouring agents, fragrances, ethoxylated ingredients, silicones, paraffin or petroleum.
  5. No GMO Buying certified organic is the only way to know if a product is free from genetically modified organisms as there is no requirement in Australia to label GM ingredients.
  6. Be 100 per cent socially responsible. By buying Australian Certified Organic, you’re protecting workers’ rights.
  7. The Bud logo is a logo with integrity ACO has one of the strictest food regulatory programs in the world. Every ACO product has a certification number unique to the operator, allowing full traceability, and random audits and product testing ensure ongoing authenticity.

 

Adapted from Go Mag issue 44

GOOD FOR YOUR GUTS

We know Licorice as a delicious sweet treat, the herb itself has very different benefits. As a medicinal herb, licorice root has long been valued for the profound and positive effect it has on your digestive system.

Licorice has been used in many forms over the centuries. It is known that the glycyrrhizin in licorice root can cause high blood pressure. A procedure developed to remove this compound from licorice provides a new safer form known as DGL or deglycyrrhizinated licorice. Anti-inflammatory DGL is highly effective for soothing digestive disturbances, particularly gastritis and peptic ulcers.

The mechanism of DGL in peptic ulcer treatment is that it stimulates and/or accelerates the factors that protect against ulcer formation. Specifically, DGL improves both the quality and quantity of the protective substances that line the intestinal tract. The licorice produces a thick protective mucus gel that covers the lining of the stomach wall providing welcome relief for heartburn sufferers too.

Chewing DGL between or twenty minutes prior to meals seems to produce positive results as it must mix with saliva to promote the regeneration of salivary compounds that stimulate the growth and regeneration of stomach and intestinal cells.

DGL may also prove useful in eradicating Helicobacter pylori. Patients with duodenal and gastric ulcers may test positive to this bacterium.  Stress and anxiety were thought to be the main cause of ulcers, but H. Pylori causes damage to the stomach lining and DGL can combat this damage.
 
Licorice is also one of a group of herbs that has a marked effect upon the endocrine system. It was traditionally used as an adrenal tonic. Licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid, similar to the hormones of the adrenal cortex, these glands have the task of responding to any stress the body is under, whether it is study, work or life.  
 
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) may help relieve:

  • Functional dyspepsia
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea and stomach pain
  • Gastritis
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Peptic ulcers

Licorice supplements contraindicate with anti-hypertensive or diuretic medications. Do not take if you suffer kidney insufficiency, liver cirrhosis or are pregnant.

IBS SOLUTIONS – Go Vita Tanunda

If you have tummy troubles you may be among the 20% of Australians suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. Naturopath, Peter Balogh, outlines a six step process to help your stomach smile.

Stomach cramps, bloating, nausea, diarrhoea and constipation are common IBS symptoms. It’s best to visit your healthcare professional for a diagnosis as IBS can continue indefinitely if mismanaged.

Six steps to IBS relief

The key to overcoming IBS is the discipline to avoid allergens, eat mindfully, relax and take appropriate complementary medicines consistently.

1. Exterminate aliens
Remove parasites contributing to gut inflammation with wormwood, black walnut hulls, or oregano. Ask a Go Vita health specialist for the best product for you.

2. Cleanse the colon
Flush out toxins with magnesium oxide for two consecutive nights. Then take aloe vera juice for a week. This mild laxative softens stools, heals gut lining and reduces gut sensitivities seen in IBS.

3. Eliminate allergens
Every IBS sufferer has food foes. Along with food allergy testing, which can be done at Go Vita Tanunda, by Naturopath, Peter Balogh, an accurate way to identify allergens is to remove them from your diet and reintroduce them with awareness.

Common irritants include lactose, gluten, legumes and yeast.
Stimulants should be reduced including cigarettes, caffeine, and alcohol.
Sugars tend to feed IBS.

4. Focus on what you eat and how you eat

The following foods minimise post meal moans.

  • Peppermint tea has been shown to reduce all symptoms associated with IBS.
  • Fibre intake builds beneficial bacteria but too much can trigger diarrhoea and too little bogs up bowels. Try soluble fibre sources such as dates, prunes, figs, carrots and sweet potato. Eat flax seed oil for softer stools. If you get constipated, try psyllium as a bulking laxative.
  • Probiotic foods like yoghurt and sauerkraut banish bad bacteria and heal the gut.
  • Prebiotic rich foods such as bananas, garlic, and honey fertilise probiotic flora.
  • Fruits are less likely to ferment when eaten alone and before 6pm. Papaya is rich in enzymes and pineapple contains anti-inflammatory bromelains.
  • Add anti-gas herbs like cumin, dill, mint and ginger to dishes.

How you eat is as important as what you eat. Try these tips:

  • Don’t eat three hours before bed
  • Sit in an upright posture, breathing deeply
  • Take digestive enzymes with each meal
  • Chew each mouthful 20 times
  • Sip warm water
  • Take a stroll after dinner

5. Heal your gut
There are many complementary medicines important for gut health:

  • Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory turmeric provides improvement to IBS symptoms.
  • Slippery elm: Heals gut inflammation and softens stools.
  • Probiotics: Improve abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation.

6. Dissolve stress
IBS sufferers often hold tummy tension. Therapies like meditation and yoga are recommended. Regular exercise is also important.

 

11 EASY STEPS TO A NEW YOU IN THE NEW YEAR!

What was your New Year Resolution?

Ours was togo for a Body Cleanse after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Download your free Body Cleanse detox Q&A Click Here and decide if your need to join us feel revitalised for 2018.

Seriously there are so many more benefits to joining in with our Body Cleanse detox month. Here are some guidelines from Pete to get you thinking Click Here

Here are 11 of Pete’s top tips for a 2018 Body Cleanse

1. Planning your meals for the week ahead is one of the best ways to make sure your detox goals are achieved.Meal planning is asking the “what’s for dinner” question once for the whole week.

  • Make lists! Organize your pantry, toss out the junk, gather recipes, sketch out weekly menus, make shopping lists for healthy foods you will be eating and formulate a cooking schedule to ensure you allot time to prepare your food for the week.

2. Each of us has an individual pattern of weaknesses and strengths in our bodies. A detox diet can be tailored to target weak organs and systems, giving support to those areas that need the most help.

It is wise to consult a Naturopath to discuss your health, symptoms, diet and lifestyle before starting a detox. In Pete’s clinic he can test to identify your weaknesses and strengths, recommending supplements and dietary changes that address your weaker areas. For example:

  • Magnesium and zinc are the best minerals for flushing toxins from the cells of your body.
    • – Magnesium stimulates cell activity so that toxins are released into the blood stream.
    • – Zinc is a strong antioxidant that works to destroy ‘free radicals’ in the body. Zinc also helps in removing heavy metals from the body.

Most importantly, if you are taking prescription medicines, check with your doctor before starting a Body Cleanse or changing your supplements.

3. Use Sunday to prepare meals for the busy week ahead by cooking up organically detoxifying and delicious meals. This way youcan make wise choices with your meals. Staying organised will help your Body Cleanse detox be a success!

4. If you enjoy a glass of wine while preparing a meal, here is a very delicious non alcoholic alternative to enjoy throughoutyour Body Cleansing detox.

Using a favourite glass with loads of ice, sparkling mineral water, bruised mint, fresh raspberries or lemon and a couple of drops of Bitters… just divine, refreshing and you’re not blowing your cleanse.

Bitters does contain alcohol, so only use a couple of drops, it is also a digestive tonic

5. Add a green juice to your daily Body Cleanse detox routine. We mix it up with different ingredients like organic coriander, cucumber, lemon, spinach, apple, celery, parsley. Throw in some ice, they are so fresh and delicious!

The health benefits are extensive.

    Here are 5 great reasons to add some green juice to your day.

  • Removes Toxins from the Body (and Cleanse the Liver)
  • Alkalising and helps to reduce Inflammation
  • May help with Weight Loss
  • Promotes Skin Health
  • Boosts Energy & Mental Alertness

 

6. Many of us detox in order to eliminate internal toxins from our body, but what about the toxins in our homes? Common household and body-care products are being found to have negative health effects on the nervous and immune systems, on our reproductive systems and on our endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Did you know that the average home contains hundreds of chemicals, you probably put at least 60 chemicals per day on your skin! While these chemicals may be tolerated individually and in small doses, problems can arise when one is exposed to them in combination or in larger doses.

Your body’s chemical toxicity can be investigated in a consultation with Peter Balogh, and with the help of staff at GoVita Tanunda, we can help you to change your household and personal care products over to healthier options.

7. Exercise stimulates our bodies. It flushes out our lungs and improves oxygen delivery while also opening the sweat glands and cleansing the skin through perspiration. It promotes circulation of blood, facilitates lymphatic flow and kick-starts the kidneys. Digestion is also improved with exercise.

Luckily, any activity that gets your body moving is going to provide cleansing benefits. You don’t have to join a gym (if that’s not your thing). Brisk walking, biking, swimming, tennis, yoga, strength training or just about any activity that moves your body is great! So, find out what you enjoy and do that. You will have fun and stick to it, and gain some stress-relief in the process!

8. Drinking pure water is essential to the health of your skin and body because it sustains the health of the cells, assists with the elimination of toxins and waste, helps regulate the body’s temperature and aids in proper digestion.

Most people should have no problem meeting needs with the guideline of eight cups (2Ltrs) of water daily.

Staying well hydrated is one of the easiest and most effective ways you can support your overall health. Making sure you are drinking the right amount of water every day, will keep your body’s detoxification systems working at their best.

9. Some people feel guilty about taking time for themselves, not us…. It’s our number 1 rule!

You don’t have to come up with hours and hours of alone time. Just start off small and see what happens.

Hopefully, the little bit of time you steal for yourself will become so reinforcing that you’ll find more and more ways to get more of it.

Guilt is counterproductive to reaping the full benefits of solitude. If you spend all or even some of your “found” time feeling guilty, it defeats the purpose! Try this –

“I don’t feel guilty because….

– Spending time with myself is time well spent because it makes me a happier person to be around.

– Spending time with myself benefits everyone because by having a happier and healthier mindset, I’m in a better frame of mind to take care of the people who are important to me.

– Spending time with myself is preventative medicine to combat burnout. What good will I be to anyone if I eventually burnout?”

10. This detox month is the perfect time to get grounded!
Being grounded means you are present in your life, not obsessed with the past or future. It means you have stability, security, and control over your life. It means being ready to handle life’s challenges instead of burying your head in the sand and pretending they aren’t there.
5 Tips for getting yourself grounded….

  • Walk on the Earth – Take off your shoes and walk on the Earth. Not the concrete, actual earth!
  • Exercise – Moving your physical body
  • Meditation – Sit quietly and imagine roots going from your feet deep into the core of the Earth. Plant yourself
  • Sit in hot water – It’s cleansing. Take a hot bath with some Epsom salts mixed into the water. Water is purifying
  • Sit in Stillness – Be in the present moment. Sit outside on the grass under a tree. Get quiet. Just look, just listen, just feel the air gliding around your body. Notice what you smell. Notice what you hear. Just absorb the present moment.

11. Avoiding caffeine is important during our detox journey. Alternatives that support the health benefits of your detox diets can include a caffeine-free coffee alternative that contains freshly brewed chicory Chicory is a bitter herb that stimulates the liver and gallbladder for an effective liver cleanse

GoVita Tanunda has a large selection of high quality herbal teas, there is something for all tastes.

Bone broth is one of the most nutrient-dense, healing foods for the digestive system, containing collagen, amino acids and numerous trace minerals, just for starters.

Add a variety of alternatives to your pantry and keep it interesting

  • The Body Cleansing month is. We had 2 events in January to celebrate with family and friends.
    We are all human!
    Here are 5 tips on how to maintain your body cleanse when you are a social butterfly…..

    • Don’t beat yourself up
    • Limit yourself to one meal or only a couple of alcoholic drinks
    • Don’t blow the whole day over one slip, accept it and move on
    • Re-frame why you want to complete your Body Cleanse
    • Follow splurges with detoxifying foods

    It’s not a “Cheat Day” that mentality may do more harm than good. Find what matters to you—if coffee with a friend is your go-to, then enjoy that. If you love pizza, have a slice and really relish it. There is so much power in enjoying your meal without guilt.

    Then get back on the horse and keep going

RESULTS!

The verdict is in, our January detox was a success!

We experienced clearer thinking, improved productivity, less joint pain, more mobility, enjoyment of the process and a real sense of self satisfaction! We learned to slow down and take time for ourselves.

Those are the un-measurable results.

With the BIA scales Peter uses in his clinic, we measured and recorded a loss of 4kg each, lower visceral fat count (fat around the organs of the abdomen), better hydration and, due to exercise, greater muscle mass.

Peter’s VEGA testing, conducted in clinic, showed an improved alkaline body state, improvement in digestive function, lower toxicity levels in certain areas and a reduction of stress in the body.

We are feeling great and have decided to keep going with the fundamentals of this program, relaxing the strict guidelines and maintaining the good health habits.

Detoxification is safe when under the supervision of a Naturopath. Booking a consultation with Naturopath, Peter Balogh, will involve testing and some detective work to uncover ways to tailor a specific detox program best suited to you and your body, to achieve positive results.

Detoxification is not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

The Unexpected Benefits of Going to a Naturopath

The human body is an amazing thing. It is made up of about 200 kinds of cells, each with a job to perform. Cells form the tissue of your beating heart, the hormones that control your moods, and the chemicals that trigger thoughts in your brain. Trillions of cells are performing processes during every second of your life.

Whenever something causes these processes to become unbalanced, the body no longer performs to precision. You may feel specific symptoms or an overall feeling of not being well. A naturopath uses natural resources to help the body restore balance so that you can achieve optimal health. These “resources” often include herbs, but they also extend to meditation, counselling, and other alternative treatments.

The Role of the Naturopath

A natural health provider, or naturopath, has in-depth knowledge of the tools he uses. This knowledge includes an understanding of natural resources such as herbs, and their innate properties. A skilled naturopath has a strong desire to improve the way you feel in body, mind, and spirit. He understands the impact that your physical, mental, and emotional symptoms have on your life.

Prevention is also a large part of naturopathy. The naturopath can look at the morphology of your blood or your genetics to assess your risk for health conditions in the future. He takes a more personalised approach to determining the types of treatments and therapies you need to achieve your best health and general well-being in both the present and the future.

What a Naturopath Can Do for You

Naturopathy is often used to complement medical treatment for chronic conditions. It may also lead to relief for symptoms of common conditions like allergies, food intolerances, digestive disorders, skin disorders, and stress. These conditions are often difficult to pinpoint. While most are not life-threatening, the symptoms you live with each day can greatly affect every area of your health and keep you from enjoying activities that are important to you.

The Dangers of Self-Diagnosis

Some of the conditions that cause a loss of well-being require some trial and error to detect. Many conditions cause similar symptoms in spite of being quite different from one another. This is why self-diagnosis is never a good idea, especially if you are already on medications. Making a wrong assumption or mixing homemade remedies or OTC medications with prescription medications can result in serious complications. Instead, you should put your care into the hands of a knowledgeable and experienced naturopath who knows how to find the best solutions for you.

What to Look for in a Naturopath

There are many levels of naturopathic care providers with varying areas of study. Some of the most important features to look for in a naturopath are training, experience, and the areas of specialty that pertain to naturopathic treatment.

Peter Balogh N.D. more than meets the criteria as a safe and trusted naturopath. He is a certified homeopath with an advanced diploma of nutritional medicine, diploma of natural science which includes herbal medicine, and an advanced diploma of nutritional medicine.

Pete has been providing compassionate care for more than twenty years. He has built a successful practice and the variety of services he offers continues to grow.

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