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Should you be eating organic?

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Adonai, Articles | 0 comments

Should you be eating organic?

    There has been much debate over the years as to whether organic produce is really any better for you than conventional. To weigh this up, there are a couple of points to consider.     #1. Is organic fruit and veg more nutritious? Organic fruit and veg appear to contain similar vitamin and mineral content as conventional, varying slightly depending on farming methods and where it is grown. The difference in Phytochemicals, including many important anti-oxidants is where the difference lies. Higher concentrations are found in organic produce offering greater protection on our health. #2. What about the chemicals? This is a very important and significant difference when deciding to eat more organically. The level of chemical toxins we are exposed to in modern life is horrifying. Frequent intake of pesticides makes extra work for our body and increase our need for many different nutrients. Some common pesticides used have been shown to disrupt hormone balance and Thyroid health. Eating 100% organic is not always an option for some due to availability or cost. However, even partial intake of organic foods can help reduce the toxic load on your body and boost your anti-oxidant status. Take a look at the environmental working groups dirty dozen to see which fruit and vegetables are sprayed the most and try to choose organic versions of these where possible. Growing your own fruit, veg and herbs is another way to help with organic eating. At least you can control what types of product and how much you use. There are some people for whom eating organically may be particularly helpful. Below I have listed some instances where the importance of organic eating is more significant. Please note this is not a complete list. People suffering Thyroid Disorders Conditions or symptoms indicating Hormone imbalances Infancy and Childhood Pregnant and lactating women Men and women planning for a baby or struggling to conceive Those with Auto-immune or Neurological conditions My advice… Eat organically where and when possible including meat and dairy products but keep in mind that it is still better to eat conventional fruit and vegetables than to not eat fruit and vegetables at all!   About the author: Kelli Kieselbach is the Naturopath and owner at Adonai Natural Health Clinic in the North East suburbs of Adelaide, SA. Kelli is passionate about restoring health and preventing disease using nutrition and herbal medicines. As a Naturopath, Kelli uses her skills clinically to empower clients of all ages to achieve better health and quality of life. To request an appointment with Kelli or to make an enquiry, please click on the links below or contact the clinic on 08 8396 7500.   REQUEST AND APPOINTMENT                            MAKE AN...

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Top 5 Must Dos for Boosting immunity

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Adonai, Articles | 0 comments

Top 5 Must Dos for Boosting immunity

It’s well and truly cold and flu season and not many of us will escape free from one of the many winter bugs going around. But, did you know that there are several simple steps that you can take to boost your immunity? Take note of the following tips and reduce your risk of being knocked flat by another nasty virus this season.   Below are my top 5 must dos for building your resilience this winter. 1. Get adequate sleep Sleep is vital for a robust defence system. While you sleep your body is busy producing chemicals that are involved in warding off infections. Sleep deprivation, aside from it’s other detrimental effects, will increase the chance of picking up a cold or flu and will most likely slow your recovery. 2. Moderate exercise While over-exercising may not be the best for our immunity, regular moderate exercise has been shown to aid in fighting off bugs and viruses. Do your best to keep moving despite the wintry weather. 3. Consume a whole food diet A whole food diet includes foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. These types of foods tend to be rich in nutrients and anti-oxidants which are required for optimal immune function. Make sure you include regular protein (fish, legumes, meat, chicken, eggs, nuts and seeds) along with plenty of colourful fresh vegetables. 4. Manage stress Stress, especially if persistent, is known to have a detrimental effect on our immune state. Avoiding stress is not always possible, however managing stress through relaxation techniques, rest, laughter and self-care are all important strategies for reducing the impact of stress on your immune system. 5. Avoid sugars and processed foods Diets high in refined sugar suppress the immune system by impairing function of the immune cells. As well as this a processed and high sugar diet is deplete in nutrients required for a good defence system and crowds out space where other nutrient dense foods should be.  Still getting sick?…. Some of you may find that despite implementing the above strategies you are still prone to frequent or lingering infections. Nutritional deficiencies, severe, long-term stress, food sensitivities, hormone imbalances and pre-existing conditions might be contributing to low immune function. In this case further assessment and support using herbal and nutritional medicines may be useful for both preventing illness and assisting recovery. If this sounds like you click on the link below to request an appointment today. We’d love to help you!:-)   About the author: Kelli Kieselbach is the Naturopath and owner at Adonai Natural Health Clinic in the North East suburbs of Adelaide, SA. Kelli is passionate about restoring health and preventing disease using nutrition and herbal medicines. As a Naturopath, Kelli uses her skills clinically to empower clients of all ages to achieve better health and quality of life. To request an appointment with Kelli or to make an enquiry, please click on the links below or contact the clinic on 08 8396 7500. REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT                            MAKE AN...

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Quick and Easy Home Made Baked Bean Recipe

Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Adonai, Recipes | 0 comments

Quick and Easy Home Made Baked Bean Recipe

    Prep Time : 10mins Cook Time : 10 mins Yield : 4 small serves   Ingredients 1 brown onion, finely diced 3 x rashes of shortcut bacon, fat trimmed, finely diced 1/2 large red capsicum, finely diced 1 large tomato, finely diced 1 heaped teaspoon mild mustard 2 x heaped tablespoons tomato paste 1 x can canellini or butter beans 1 x can red kidney beans 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley   Directions In a saucepan heat a small amount of olive oil. Cook onion until it softens then add bacon and stir for 1 minute. Add capsicum and tomato and cook for 2 minutes or until just soft Add mustard and tomato paste and allow mixture to simmer for another couple of minutes. Drain beans and rinse very well. Add beans and parsley to tomato mixture and stir until combined and heated through.   To Serve Top with sliced avocado or a poached egg. Eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack.     About the author: Kelli Kieselbach is the Naturopath and owner at Adonai Natural Health Clinic in the North East suburbs of Adelaide, SA. Kelli is passionate about restoring health and preventing disease using nutrition and herbal medicines. As a Naturopath, Kelli uses her skills clinically to empower clients of all ages to achieve better health and quality of life. To request an appointment with Kelli or to make an enquiry, please click on the links below or contact the clinic on 08 8396 7500. REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT                               MAKE AN...

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What is a Naturopath and why would I see one?

Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Adonai, Articles | 0 comments

What is a Naturopath and why would I see one?

I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve been at a party, my child’s playgroup or a friend’s wedding and the inevitable question comes… “so, what do you do?” The most common response I seem to get is a blank look and a vague …”ok”, quickly followed by a change of subject. Of course this isn’t always the case, but often it is as many people don’t really know what a Naturopath does and seem too afraid to ask, so I thought it was about time that I wrote something to explain exactly what I do.   First things first….a little introduction to Naturopathy. The term Naturopathy is relatively new. It was coined in the late 1800’s as a term to describe a system of medicine that followed the philosophies below. These philosophies were based on the principles and philosophies of Hippocrates, the Greek physician who has incurred the title of ‘The father of Medicine’. A Naturopath is someone who practices this system of medicine. Naturopathy is considered a Complementary medicine, meaning that it works side by side with conventional medicine. Modern Naturopaths undergo extensive training in health sciences as well as both scientific and traditional understandings of Nutrition and plant medicines (Herbal medicines). A Naturopath who has undergone appropriate training through an accredited college or University should be registered with an industry governing body. This is important to make sure that your practitioner is appropriately trained to advise you on your health needs. Naturopathy incorporates Nutrition, Lifestyle Counselling and Herbal Medicine based on thorough health assessments. It may also include other modalities such as Massage, Homoepathy or Counselling for those with specialist training in these areas.   Every Naturopath may work slightly differently but the foundation for every Naturopathic treatment is based around the following philosophies…. The Healing power of Nature The body knows how to heal, it just needs the right environment and resources to support those inbuilt healing processes. The aim of the Naturopath is to provide the body with everything it needs to return to balance. Identify and treat the causes There are times when relief of symptoms is required however our main aim is to get to the root cause of the problem so that symptoms can be alleviated for good where possible. First Do no Harm Naturopaths, like all health care professionals, have a duty of care to their patients to only use medicines and therapies that are non-toxic and beneficial to the client. Naturopaths aim to use medicines and therapies that are as gentle and close to nature as possible. This means starting with dietary and lifestyle changes and using herbs and nutrients as indicated for extra support. More aggressive therapies are considered a last resort. Important note: this is not to imply that all nutritional and herbal supplements are completely safe for everyone at every time. It is important to seek guidance on natural products from a trained professional to check on interactions, dosage, quality of product etc. in order to ensure safety and benefit. Naturopath as teacher Part of a Naturopaths role is to empower people to take responsibility for their own health. Ultimately our aim is to educate our clients to know their bodies better and feel confident in making choices for their well-being. Treat the whole person A Naturopath takes a holistic approach to a person’s health. Addressing all areas of health and life is important for achieving the best results. We understand that every body part and system doesn’t work in isolation but effects many other areas of the body. We also recognise that there are...

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Gluten Free Zucchini and Spring Onion Muffins

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Adonai, Recipes | 0 comments

Gluten Free Zucchini and Spring Onion Muffins

I love these muffins. They are quick, easy and nutritious to boot! We love these for picnics with some veggies sticks or a nutritious snack. They are also great for ‘grab and go’ breakfasts or lunches out on the road. Enjoy, share with friends and be sure to let me know what you think!   Makes 12 muffins Ingredients 1 ¼ cup of almond meal 1 tsp Gluten free baking powder 2 large zucchini, grated 3 – 4 Spring onions, finely chopped 1/3 cup cottage cheese 50g Feta cheese, crumbled 4 eggs, lightly beaten ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped   Directions Preheat the oven to 220 degrees Celsius or 200 degrees Celsius fan-forced. Grease a 12 hole muffin pan with some olive oil or coconut oil Combine almond meal and baking powder in a medium bowl. Add the zucchini, spring onion,Parsley, cheeses and eggs. Mix until well combined. Distribute mixture evenly between muffin holes. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.  ...

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