Screen fatigue imageWhether you’re a pilot, student, night driver or spend a lot of time in front of your computer or doing close work, if you suffer with eye strain then you might want to take a closer look at the benefits of Bilberries.

Are you suffering Screen Fatigue?

In today’s fast paced world, we are all becoming increasingly more reliant on computers and mobile devices than ever before, all of which places stress on our eyes. This unnatural activity, of constantly looking at screens can cause eye fatigue and eyestrain, as well as headaches in some individuals.

The good news is that clinical trials have shown that Bilberry can help reduce these symptoms. Bilberry has been used for centuries as a traditional medicine. In World War II pilots used bilberries as a tonic to aid visual acuity (sharpness) and to improve the eyes’ adjustment to both dark conditions and glare. In more recent times, research into this special berry 
has revealed that the biologically active components – the anthocyanosides hold the key to its beneficial eye health effects.

Antioxidants from Bilberries bring relief

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The anthocyanosides in Bilberries are powerful antioxidants that have been shown to increase the strength and reduce the permeability of the capillaries and in this way bilberry helps to reduce damage to the microcirculation of the eye. Anthocyanosides also help you to see in dim light.

According to results of a recent small study published in Biomedical Research, Bilberry works best for eyestrain when combined with fish oil and lutein. After four weeks of supplementation eyestrain and mental fatigue were significantly improved. [Read more…]

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Feeding Fussy Eaters

by Karen Ball on April 14, 2014

in Nutrition

boy and cooked vegetablesMany families seem to have one – a small child that refuses to eat what the rest of the family eats at meal times.  And often vegetables are the problem, with many children declining to try or taste anything green on the plate.

Making Fussy Eaters a thing of the past

If you’re currently dealing with a fussy eater in the family, there are a number of techniques that may help change behaviour in a positive and gentle manner to have them munching up their greens in no time at all…

  • Create good habits: children respond well to set, structured meal times.  This means they should occur at regular times each day and last for a consistent length of time. Create boundaries and manage your child’s expectations surrounding the meal time – discuss and outline what is expected of them regarding behaviour and eating
  • Small tummies = small spaces: reduce snacks between meals and limit liquids before and during meal times to save precious tummy space for nutritious food
  • Create a happy environment: set the table with help of your child, use special placemats or plates to help to create a sense of ritual. Share discussions of the day’s events at the table – both good and bad, and allow them to eat at their own pace
  • Lead by example: children follow by example, so ideally parents should sit at the table and share the meal to teach good habits – fussy children often have parents that may not be as open to trying new foods, so it’s important for all the family to enjoy the food prepared
  • Start young: expose young children to as many tastes and textures as possible.  The WHO and Australian guidelines now advises that solids should be introduced between 4 and 6 months of age, or when your child shows readiness.  Recent research seems to suggest that introduction of food from 4 – 6 months is a golden ‘window’ of time that may lead to reduced allergies, but it is best to seek assistance from a practitioner for individual cases, especially with a family history of allergies, asthma or eczema. Baby-led weaning may be an option for your family to help children be exposed to more structured adult foods to reduce likelihood of later fussiness

Stay tuned for more tips and tricks from Karen for feeding fussy eaters…

Karen BallGet great Nutritional Advice from Karen Ball

Get expert advice and help with your nutrition and fussy eaters from Mr Vitamins Nutritionist, Karen Ball and find out how you can improve your health with the best natural ingredients

Find out more about Karen here…

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sauerkraut with ingredientsDid you know that if you eat bread, have yoghurt on your morning cereal or enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a long day, your already experiencing the taste and health benefits of fermented foods?

How does fermentation improve food?

Fermentation works as bacteria or yeast are added to foods to stabilise or nutritionally enhance their qualities. In fact, in some cases, the fermentation of foods leads to the development of new, healthy antioxidants and phytonutrients not found in their fresh counterparts.

When you ferment rockmelon (also known as cantaloupe) for example, enzymes develop that encourage the building of a strong, biologically active enzyme known as Superoxide dismutase (or SOD). This SOD is extremely important as it helps the liver to rid the body some very poisonous toxins, including some heavy metals.

Another example of nutritional enhancement caused by fermentation, is the role traditionally fermented foods such as miso, tempeh and sauerkraut play in helping to keep the digestive system healthy. They do this by supplying not only healthy probiotic bacteria to the gut, but by enhancing the digestibility of the ingredients found in these products, such as soy beans and cabbage.

Newly created biochemicals change the ecology of the gut

With a beneficial effect on the health of the gut as well as gut microflora (those being the good bacteria or ‘probiotics’ you hear so much about), the newly formed nutritional compounds found in fermented foods work by providing easy to digest and assimilate nutrients, not found in fresh or dry products. These nutrients are easy to absorb, help you digest difficult to digest plant matter, and for the most part, higin in strong, healing antioxidants.

What is fermentation?

Ancient cultures used fermentation methods to store fresh milk for days in ceramic jars. The resulting yoghurt was then consumed within days without the need for daily milking. Other ancient methods lead to the development of alcoholic beverages, as the fermentation of grapes in bacteria and yeast rich cellars lead to the development of wine, whereas other fermentation processes such as the addition of yeast to grains, lead to the development of modern foods such as bread.

Nutritional advantages of fermentation

  • Promote healthy bacteria in the intestinal tract, to encourage or restore intestinal balance [Read more…]

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krill fish for Krill oilThe term ‘antioxidant’ refers to a substance that eliminates potentially harmful chemicals generated in the body, known as free radicals.

Astaxanthin is a natural substance created by microalgae. It is also found in krill and salmon, and gives them their red colour.

Astaxanthin the most powerful antioxidant

Research has shown Astaxanthin to be significantly more powerful in its antioxidant activity than vitamin E, vitamin C, coenzyme Q10, beta carotene and other carotenoids.

Astaxanthin has an extensive array of beneficial health promoting properties and actions including:

  • Powerful anti inflammatory effects throughout the body, especially in joints
  • Significantly reduces oxidative damage to DNA
  • Protects the brain against degenerative processes that lead to Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia
  • Protects the cardiovascular system against oxidative damage that leads to heart disease
  • Boosts general immune function
  • Protects kidneys from damage caused by high blood sugar
  • Improves fertility
  • Improves physical endurance, muscle recovery and workout performance
  • Interferes in processes involved in abnormal cell replication
  • Reduces the damaging effects on the eyes from UV radiation
  • Reduces cataract formation.

Being a fat-soluble substance, Astaxanthin is stored readily in tissues and organs where it performs its beneficial protective actions.

Astaxanthin really is one of the world’s super nutrients and would have a place in almost anyone’s health regime.

Peter Radi (1)Peter Radi – Naturopath and Nutritionist

Having completed many years of study, experienced Naturopath Peter Radi can give you specific health information on antioxidants and whether Astaxanthin would be right for your specific health needs.
Learn more about Peter here… 

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1.    Eating for healthy vision

Include plenty of antioxidant and omega 3 rich foods to prevent the development of degenerative eye conditions. The carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, appear to perform as natural sunglasses, filtering out some of the sun’s harmful rays.

  • capsicum
  • pumpkin
  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • oily fish
  • whole eggs
  • berries

2.    Exercise your eyes to keep them strong and active

You can relieve eyestrain by exercising the muscles that control your eyes. This is really important if you spend most of your day staring at a screen.

Try this eye exercise:

  • Look as high as possible without moving your head and then look down. Repeat 10 times. Close your eyes for 30 seconds. Next:
  • Looking right as far as possible, then left, without moving your head. Close your eyes for 20 seconds. Next:
  • Make 10 wide circles clockwise with your eyes. Repeat counter-clockwise. Relax your eyes for 30 seconds. [Read more…]

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Lucia Light Experience at Mr Vitamins Clinic

Lucia Light is hereUPDATE: Due to the enthusiastic response from the Mr Vitamins Community we are delighted to announce that Mr Vitamins  now has our very own Lucia Light at the Mr Vitamins Clinic – so you can have your Light sessions by appointment whenever you like!

You can now follow up for an appointment here. Mr Vitamins Naturopath Yasmin Issa is trained to guide you with a Lucia Light experience as well as any support you may need with naturopathic advice or massage therapies.

Message from Abraham James: Mr Vitamins

The Lucia Light is a new opportunity to experience a profound sense of wellbeing – just by enjoying a session at the Mr Vitamins Clinic. Mr Vitamins founder and owner, Abraham James was so impressed with his own experience and the benefits he received that he asked practitioners Richard and Sian to make this available to the Mr Vitamins community. Here is what Abraham and his wife Helen have to say about Lucia:

Abraham James Mr VitaminsI am very proud to bring the Lucia Light experience to the Mr Vitamins Community. Richard and Sian are master practitioners and their work with the healing power of light through this Lucia Experience is very valuable.

When I experienced the Lucia Light it changed my state very quickly to a calmness that has had a lasting effect on me. Nothing else had done this for me previously in a way that the Lucia Light has. I highly recommend the Lucia experiences to anyone committed to their health.

The monitoring software that Richard uses as part of the Lucia experience is very useful to show you the ‘before’ and ‘after’ patterns and ‘colours’ of your brain. You will see and experience the benefits immediately

Abraham James
Mr Vitamins founder

Helen James 157

The benefits of the Lucia Light are quite profound and long-lasting. I’m enjoying the benefits many weeks after I first was able to have a session.

I still have a deep feeling of relaxation each day.

If you are keen to experience a profound sense of wellbeing and unity with life, I highly recommend this.
Richard and Sian are a delight to be with and their commitment to supporting people to improve their health and wellbeing is truly inspiring.

Helen James
Mr Vitamins Co-founder

 How to Experience Lucia Light

Please check out more about how you can benefit from the Lucia Light experience. This special opportunity is only available for a limited time – while Richard and Sian are in Sydney and practicing at the Mr Vitamins Clinic.

Lucia Light Talk

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Benefits of Chocolate photoIn the western world chocolate is a much loved and craved favourite food. So much so that it is a joy both to give and receive fine chocolate as a gift.  Chocolate – cacao in its natural state – was so highly valued in its native South America that it was used as a currency, before the discovery of America by Europeans.

The wonderful taste of chocolate may be a key to its immense nutritive value.  It is, after all, used as survival rations and it’s no coincidence that bushwalkers wouldn’t be without a block of this amazing superfood in their backpacks.

So What Makes Chocolate so Special?

First of all we are talking here of pure chocolate, which comes from Cacao beans. These are seeds of the fruit of the Cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, to give it its botanical name. Interestingly Theobroma translates from the Greek as “Food of the Gods”!

  • Cacao beans are an extremely rich source of antioxidants. The best way to use raw cacao beans is to grind them up and add them to food and drinks. However, cacao beans are most often roasted, and in this process they lose some of their nutrients. This processed form is called Cocoa.
  • Both Cacao and Cocoa are high in antioxidants, but cooking destroys these valuable substances and adding milk inhibits their absorption.
  • Cacao/Cocoa contains Theobromine, which is a bitter alkaloid that is similar to caffeine. Theobromine helps to dilate blood vessels and is a natural circulatory stimulant encouraging the flow of oxygen to all parts of the body including the brain, which helps mental clarity and memory.  Theobromine is not addictive.
  • Theobromine also helps to relax smooth muscles, can reduce the symptoms of Asthma and lower Blood Pressure. A study published in April 2007 in the Archives of Internal Medicine (US) shows that cocoa is more effective at lowering blood pressure than green and black tea.
  • The Kuna Indians of the San Blas Islands off Panama, consume large amounts of cacao/cocoa and, according to studies by Harvard Medical School, show significantly lower rates of heart disease and cancer than those living on the mainland who consume far less.
  • Chocolate and Magnesium
    Many people today are deficient in Magnesium, a mineral that plays a vital role in bone health, heart health and is essential for over 280 biochemical reactions that take place in your body. Being deficient in magnesium can increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke, type II diabetes, and osteoporosis. However, one of nature’s richest sources of magnesium is, yes that’s right, cacao. 100 grams of cacao contains about 550 mg of magnesium.  Could this explain our cravings I wonder? [Read more…]

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Pineal GlandDid you know that one of the smallest parts of your body makes up the majority of your being? Your spiritual being that is. It’s true, the once thought invisible third eye is actually a physical structure that sits in the center of your brain. This structure is the pineal gland, and evidence over the centuries has shown that it is your key into the spiritual realm and your bridge to the non-physical.

Spirituality: It’s different for everyone…

Individuals commonly equate religion with spirituality, but they are not the same. Religion is a system of belief and practice whereas spirituality is a feeling of awareness and connection. For those reasons, spirituality varies greatly from person to person.

The pineal gland has been linked to spirituality, because its stimulation appears to enlighten individuals in a number of different ways. From resolving conflicts and overcoming sufferings to remembering dreams and activating psychic intuition, motivating your pineal gland can provide you with many spiritual benefits.

Understanding the Pineal Gland

Named for its pine cone shape, the pineal gland resides in your brain just behind your eyes; hence, its nickname, “third eye.” This tiny gland is responsible for producing three very important agents—the hormones, melatonin and serotonin, and another substance called dimethyltryptamine, or DMT.

As you may know, melatonin regulates your sleep cycle and serotonin regulates your emotions. However, you may be less familiar with DMT, a natural and powerful psychedelic substance that in adequate amounts opens your third eye.

DMT and the road to enlightenment

Now, you may be wondering if DMT is naturally produced by the body, why is it so difficult to feel aware, connected, and enlightened? Well, there are really three answers to that question:

1)    The pineal gland stops growing in children at just 2 years of age. It remains unchanged until puberty when its weight gradually increases into adulthood and its melatonin production decreases. Consequently, the pineal gland is technically under-developed.

2)    The pineal gland is not properly exercised and spiritual enlightenment is not emphasised in many cultures. Therefore, DMT levels are often too low and insignificant to activate your spiritual awareness.

3)    Without the proper attention and diet, the pineal gland becomes calcified. This greatly affects melatonin, serotonin, and DMT production.

Is your Pineal Gland calcified?

Calcification refers to the build-up of calcium phosphate crystals in certain areas of the body like the pineal gland. [Read more…]

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Come and Join the Fun – Saturday April 12th

Come and meet our team – plus a team of Sports Experts to give you the best advice and a chance to try out all your favourite workout and performance products.Mr Vitamins Sports Grand Opening

Lot’s of free give-aways – Plus discounts up to 60% off RRP

Free Samples & Taste Testing | Expert Advice

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HeartQuest MonitorHeartQuest is a health assessment monitor that allows both you and your Mr Vitamins health care practitioner to find out more about you.

The HeartQuest monitor allows us to more accurately assess your physical, and psychological state by providing data that gives us more in depth and valuable information about a patient than a case history alone.

This extra information about you gives both you and your practitioner the knowledge to make more effective therapeutic decisions and gives you an idea of how you are responding to a particular therapy, lifestyle or nutritional change.             

Greater Knowledge = Better Decision Making = Improved Therapeutic Results

How does HeartQuest work?

HeartQuest measures the beat to beat changes from an ECG reading. This is classic heart rate variability (HRV) that is a reflection of the autonomic nervous system. Basic HRV can tell you how the autonomic nervous system is adapting to internal and external stressors.

Using simple and gentle sensors that are placed on your wrists, the software uses various techniques, such as spectrum analysis, and various mathematical algorithms to sort the ECG information.

Heart rate variability is one of the most reliable ways to gauge your stress levels and to discover how stress is effecting your heart and nervous system.

Among other data, HeartQuest gives you information about:

  • The electrical activity in your brain (alpha, beta, delta and theta brain waves)
  • The status of your neuron-hormonal system (by analysing more than 600 biorhythm parameters)
  • The status of your chakras, meridians and your overall vital force
  • Your chronological versus biological age
  • Your risk of developing health problems
  • the energy patterns of your chakra and meridian systems

How is the test conducted?

A HeartQuest reading is determined from information sent to the computer from ECG sensors that are placed on your wrists. The scan takes about 5 minutes, recording at least 300 of your heartbeats.

How to prepare before a reading

  • Avoid caffeine and smoking for at least 2 hours before the measurement
  • Avoid having the measurement right after a meal (1 hour after the meal is best)
  • When you have future readings to compare your results and progress, it is best to repeat the test at a similar time of day

During a reading

  • Maintain a comfortable sitting position
  • Don’t move or talk. Don’t close your eyes or fall asleep
  • Breathe normally and don’t control your breathing intentionally

Your results will then be interpreted by your practitioner and discussed with you. [Read more…]

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