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The Gut and Stress


We’re all aware that stress isn’t good for us, but did you know that stress levels wreak havoc on our gut? When we think of stress, we think of pressure at work, not having enough time to do all the things we need to get done in a day and having too many commitments with family, friends or work to juggle. But did you know that too much exercise, not getting enough sleep and not feeling moments of joy and pleasure in our daily life can also cause stress that affects our gut?

Stress produces too much cortisol in our bodies, which is linked to the “flight or fight” response. Cortisol activates the sympathetic nervous system. When the sympathetic nervous system is activated, the parasympathetic nervous system must be suppressed, since they cannot operate simultaneously.

Usually when we’re eating, the parasympathetic nervous system is at play. This is important because for the body to best use food energy, enzymes and hormones controlling digestion and absorption must be working. When you have a stressed out and cortisol-flooded body, digestion and absorption are compromised, indigestion develops and the mucosal lining becomes irritated and inflamed. Mucosal inflammation can lead to the increased production of cortisol becoming a vicious cycle.

Chronic stress results in alterations in your gut-brain connection, which can cause or worsen gastrointestinal symptoms and disorders like heartburn, reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome and even food allergies. What’s more, various studies have found that bacteria in our gut can also affect our mental health. It is easy to see how this can become a kind of chain reaction. Stress causes poor gut health, and poor gut health causes poor mental health with conditions like anxiety and depression.

The first step is to be mindful of how big of a role stress is playing in our lives and start noticing when it affects us and what triggers it. The next step is to look at ways of minimising the stress in your life. If you’re always stressed about being late to work, perhaps you could start getting ready a little earlier or prepare what you need the night before. It seems obvious, but these simple steps can make a very big impact in reducing our stress levels and therefore, our overall health.


Why is Seaweed so Nutritious?

The most nutrient-dense seaweed on the planet… more so than any other landbased vegetable. Kelp is full of various nutrients and its benefits as a supplement are well known. Seaweeds contains around 70 minerals, 21 amino acids, enzymes, trace elements, iodine, calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium. Kelp provides our body with all the required trace elements — you will also find traces of lesser known but still valuable minerals like iridium, germanium and rubidium in kelp. It is very difficult to find food sources of these minerals since most soils are depleted of them.
Why our Seaweed Supplements play an important health role:
Seaweed plays an important part in the overall health and wellness of your body — here’s where it can make some big impacts and health differences. The super strength that seaweed offers to our body is truly amazing!
Natural Multi-Vitamin: Contains essential Vitamins, Minerals, and trace elements to help support your nutritional needs .
Including seaweed in a daily health routine is a great way to ensure that your body is getting all the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs and requires.

Oceangreen Organics Seaweed
Supplements are a balanced nutritional supplement which ensures that absorption is better. Our Seaweed Capsules offer an easy, stated dosage and are a convenient way to consume seaweed.


Seaweed are one of the best natural sources of iodine. Iodine plays an important role in regulating your metabolism, which in turn can prevent you from gaining weight. Seaweed can help control hot flashes in menopausal women and regulates body temperature in
general. Seaweeds are high in potassium, which helps to regulate blood pressure.
Seaweeds are particularly high in bone benefiting nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc.
Although these nutrients are beneficial to everyone, they are particularly important for women to take during this time of
physical change.
Gut Health:

Seaweed can aid and greatly improve digestion, pancreatic function, constipation, energy levels, the functioning of the pituitary gland, help with weight loss, improve liver functioning and metabolism rates. It can also improve memory, brain functioning and arthritis.

Skin Irritations:

Surprisingly beneficial for your skin! Give a boost to your skin with the antioxidants contained in seaweed — the vitamins, amino acids and minerals contained in seaweed are believed to be 10 times more potent than any land plant. It is rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12, which help reduce redness, burning sensations and calm any itch of the skin.
Seaweed is highly anti-inflammatory, calms and helps strengthen skin.

Immune Support & Strength / Defence:
Brimming with vitamins A and C — vital nutrients to strengthen your immune system — and vitamin E which is known for its antioxidant activity. Plus, seaweeds are a great source of vitamin B12 which is an essential nutrient for healthy nerve and blood cells and DNA synthesis.

WHY WE stand out above the rest:
• 100% Pure New Zealand Macrocystis Seaweed / Brown Kelp. Many other kelp supplements are sourced from Canada or the North Atlantic coastlines.
• Each harvest batch is fully traceable — the harvest coordinates are recorded on each bottle… which is pretty cool.
• We are both made in New Zealand and only produce New Zealand
Macrocystis Seaweed. Our supplements contain no additional
fillers or additives at all.
• Our product is Organic Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly as well as Gluten Free — encased in a vegetable capsule.
• Each capsule is fully absorbable — the body naturally knows what to do with it — so no nutrients are lost.
• Safe for pregnant and breast feeding women.
• For both men and women.
• It is an ultimate and premium natural

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Love Your Gut

What is Love Your Gut Powder?
“I use it everyday, twice a day.” Lee Holmes
“I’ve taken diatomaceous earth (d earth) every day
for over 5 years on advice from my naturopath. For
me, it helps with bloating, weight management, gut
cleansing, energy levels and regularity.
I researched sources of diatomaceous earth for the
first 2 years of taking the powder. There are a number of levels of quality and consistency even
for food-grade d earth. I liken it to salt – there’s pool salt which is not for consumption, all the
way up to finest Celtic sea salt which has many health benefits. I eventually found an exclusive
source from the USA that is both food and naturopathic-grade, organic and pure. My LYG
powder is the highest-grade available on the planet.
A clean gut is an efficient gut. With a healthy gut your digestion and nutrient absorption
improves noticeably.
LYG powder cleans out an accumulated build-up of waste, toxins, metals and mucous in the
digestive tract. Like brushing your teeth, if you don’t clean them regularly, plaque builds-up. It’s
the same with your digestive walls and intestines. We can be carrying between 1-3kgs of excess
waste at one time. Plus we are more bacteria than we are human!
It’s A Whole Food.
The powder is actually a food, not a medication. It is fossilized mineral remains of fresh water
algae which means it’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and all-around a fantastic food
source for you.
I like to have it first thing in the morning with a glass of water for a supercharged-digestive kickstart
or pour it in my bottle and sip throughout the morning. It’s also great with your favorite
supplement or green powder. It’s important to drink lots of water when having the powder as it
acts as a detoxifier. Because it’s high in absorbable iron having it with orange juice is a great
way to enjoy it as well.

The Magic Of Minerals.
With over-processed foods making up
the majority of our diets, and the state
of our depleted soils, now more than
ever we need to find new natural
sources of minerals. In finding d earth
I’ve done all of the hard work for you.
My Love Your Gut Powder contains up
to 90% silica which can help strengthen
and soften skin, improve hair and
harden nails. There’s also an additional
15 other terrific trace elements,
including calcium, magnesium and
The powder has a pH of 8 which helps to
create a healthy alkaline environment in
your body. By balancing out your pH
levels, you will be on your way to
becoming the best and most beaming
you there is.
Need to reduce your blood pressure?
The powder is low in sodium – helping to bring that blood pressure down. High blood pressure
can lead to a myriad of unwanted diseases, so it’s important to keep it at bay.
The Love Your Gut Powder is even high in absorbable iron, which can be hard to find in plantfoods.
Iron supports tiredness and fatigue, assists in healthy cell division and supports cognitive
function. Unlike many supplements, the LYG powder won’t make you feel constipated or
bloated. “-Lee Holmes.

Love your Gut Powder is available at Naturally Healthy – Hamilton.


Manuka Honey Supports Wellbeing

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We all know honey is good for us. And that Manuka Honey is even better.

But what can it do?

Read this article to find out more of how and what Manuka honey can do for you.


Lectins and Leaky Gut Syndrome:

Naturally Healthy NZNaturally Healthy NZ

Sanderson NZ has published an article that we too have been doing a lot of study on.


Lectins are a way that nature has equipped itself with its own system of defence and the way that vegetation defends itself against larger predators such as humans and animals. Lectins found in grains, nuts, legumes and nightshade vegetables have been linked with digestive distress, leaky gut syndrome and chronic inflammation.

Read More in our articles or use this link.

What is poor bladder control?

Naturally Healthy Hamilton NZWhat is poor bladder control?

Bladder weakness is a common problem affecting up to 20 per cent of the adult population. Incidence increases with age in men and women and after childbirth and menopause for women.

According to the Continence Foundation of Australia around 50 per cent of men and women aged over 50 years are affected.

Around 77 per cent of nursing home residents in Australia are affected by incontinence. Between 40-60 per cent of these residents will wet the bed tonight.

Bladder problems remain under diagnosed and under reported. An estimated 50 per cent of sufferers do not discuss their bladder issues, even with their GP’s, and around 60 per cent of people with continence problems do not seek help.

What are the symptoms?

The main symptoms of poor bladder control include:

  • Urination more than 7-8 times a day, and passing small amounts (less than 200ml) at a time
  • Waking more than once to urinate during the night
  • Frequent bed wetting
  • Leakage when coughing, exercising or laughing
  • Occasional leakage during sex
  • Sudden and urgent need to urinate

What are the main types of urinary incontinence?

Stress incontinence

This occurs more in women, often as a result of the stretching during pregnancy and childbirth of the pelvic floor muscles that support and hold the bladder in place.

Stress incontinence typically gives you no warning and occurs when ‘stress’ is placed on the pelvic floor and bladder muscles during activities such as coughing, laughing, jumping and sneezing.

Those affected by stress incontinence typically pass a small amount of urine but receive no warning that the bladder accident is about to occur.

Urge incontinence

This occurs when you do have a warning that you urgently need to go to the toilet, but you just don’t reach the toilet in time. Urge incontinence affects men and women at roughly the same rate and you typically pass a significant amount of urine. It is associated with overactive bladder and can be a very stressful condition which limits lifestyle and general activity due to fear.

Overactive Bladder (OAB)

OAB (or sensitive bladder) is thought to be due to involuntary contractions of the detrusor muscle, which is a muscle within the bladder wall itself. With OAB, a sense of immense urinary urgency is experienced as well as frequent visits to the toilet, both day and night.

If you are lucky you will make it to the bathroom, but if not, you will have an urgency accident.

Diet and Lifestyle

Simple changes to your diet and lifestyle can prevent the problem from becoming worse, especially into menopause and old age.

  • Maintain a healthy weight and make exercise a daily routine
  • Address constipation and eat plenty of fiber-rich foods including fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Avoid too much tea, coffee and alcohol which are diuretics and may irritate the bladder
  • Drink around 6-8 cups of water each day, preferably spread throughout the day; do not reduce fluid intake as this may make the problem worse
  • Only go to the toilet when necessary
  • Practice pelvic floor exercises known as Kegel (pelvic floor) exercises. These strengthen the muscles involved during urination.

Urox Bladder Control Capsules support these conditions.

Available at Naturally Healthy.

Online or instore.



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Reset your body clock

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Our sleep/wake cycle in one of the most primitive mechanisms in the body and is so simple. When it’s light we wake up and when it’s dark we go to sleep. However, in recent years many people are finding this simple body clock function is out of sync. This can result in poor quality sleep and waking in the morning feeling unrefreshed.

Naturally Healthy can support all the reasons you cannot sleep.
Stressed/Night Shift work/ Mind Talk or just plain over exhausted.
We can help.

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Here is a particularly effective recipe for a gentle internal cleanse:

Naturally Healthy NZ

Cleansing and detoxifying the body is a great way to help the body defend itself against the negatives of modern living. And coming out of the winter from all those extra carbohydrates presents the perfect time to spring clean your system as you ease your way into a lighter diet of naturally cleansing fruit and vegetables.

Here is a particularly effective recipe for a gentle internal cleanse:
Blend in a glass of water 1 teaspoon of White Argyle Clay (Organic) and 1 tablespoon of Rose Floral Water (Organic). Drink this pleasant blend each morning on an empty stomach, for 10 days.
Enjoy the sensation of spring’s arrival from the inside out.
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NEW Consults at Naturally Healthy

Monica van de Weerd

practitioner Monica van de WEERD is now available for the following consultations

-Stress less Program

-Weight management Program

-Detox program

-Motivation Program

-General Health Appraisal

All programs are a 45 minute consultation at $80. And include a general health appraisal during the initial consult & FREE Guide Booklets to take home.

BOOKING Required – phone 07 958 3845

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