Issue 177

How to Fight Fatigue: 10 Tips!

One of the most common complaints we hear from our clients is that they feel tired. Below are 10 tips to start helping you find that long lost energy you remember as a child.

1. Sleep. Research indicates the number one reason for fatigue is lack of sleep. Often this is due to lifestyle factors such as poor sleeping habits and diets. Minerals like magnesium and calcium along with herbs such as Zizyphus, Passion Flower, Skullcap and Withania are favourites that may be used depending on your individual needs.

2. Water. Believe it or not, a loss of only 2% water from our bodies can manifest as a 10% loss in energy. Start looking at your water consumption and make an effort to drink filtered alkaline water daily. Between 1 - 2 litres daily is recommended for most people.

3. See your Naturopath. Naturopaths are particularly well educated to identify underlying causes of energy dysfunction. However, if you are already seeing a traditional Chinese practitioner or Homeopath they will similarly be able to help get you back those energy levels.

4. Diet. Our bodies are like factories. If we use second class components for food then our outcome will also be second class. Here at Vive we can create your diet plan tailored for individual requirements. By simply following a diet high in organic unprocessed foods you are already half way there! Remember to keep sugar, alcohol, caffeine and take-away food to a minimum. Cigarettes should be avoided!

5. Testing. At times we need to go out and get some evidence. Below are a list of blood tests that you could consider speaking to your GP about: Full Blood Count / White Blood Count Liver Function Test Serum Chemistry Master Iron Studies Thyroid Blood Sugar Level

6. Get Moving. Noted Physiologist Edward Guyton clearly explains how our bodies create energy from expending energy (use it or loose it!). Although getting started may be a challenge, getting moving is also very important to correcting low energy levels. Businesses like Studio Pilates and Mums-ercise are well-equipped to help you reach your goals - once you're away on a weekly exercise plan your energy levels will quickly respond.

7. Supplements: Although lifestyle, hydration, diet and sleep are our main building blocks to good health sometimes an extra boost can make all the difference. Make sure you have adequate intake of nutrients such as B vitamins, iron, magnesium and protein. In addition, herbs such as Schisandra, Bupleurum, Bacopa, and of course the Ginsengs will all help. If you are interested in a supplement plan please feel free to drop in and say hi to any of the staff at Vive and discuss what individual options are available to you.

7. Lifestyle. Stress is a major contributor to lack of energy. Remember to make time for fun and relaxation each week. We have a number of Yoga and meditation classes here at Vive that can help you with that much needed time-out. Irenee and Stefano are contactable and able to offer advice on these topics.

Irenee's Yoga classes Stefano's Yoga classes 10. Allergies. Environmental allergies as well as food allergies are major contributors to fatigue. Identifying allergies is the first step in reducing the effects they may be having on your health. One of our Naturopath, Linda Brown, specialises in Allergy detection and elimination. She is available for consultation on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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36 Riding Road Hawthorne 07 3399 1002

Cleanse Your Impurities: with Alkaline Water!

Our bodies were designed to be healthy, energetic and have the ability to heal itself in the correct environment. Instead we are overweight, disease-prone and tired. Why?

Dr Robert O. Young author of "The pH Miracle" simply states that the over-acidification of the body is the single underlying cause of all disease. Dr. Young has found that when the body is in healthy alkaline balance, germs are unable to survive.

Optimal health starts with maintaining the right acid-alkaline balance. If your body's pH becomes too acidic, you may experience fatigue, low energy levels, poor digestion, excess weight and even more serious conditions. This is often due to the foods we eat, lack of exercise, stress and the body not eliminating acids properly. The correct acid-alkaline balance starts with proper nutrition. This includes eating more alkaline forming foods and drinking plenty of alkaline water.

Alkaline Water

The most important thing you must learn is to hydrate the body with alkaline water. Food cravings are often the body's cry for water. A thirst for water will begin as one begins to hydrate with water.

A diet high in acid foods such as meat, dairy grains, high sugar fruits and bread, causes acid wastes to build up in the body. When acid wastes enter our blood stream, the blood system will attempt to dispose of these wastes in liquid form through the lungs or the kidneys. If there are too many wastes to handle, they are deposited in various organ systems like the heart, pancreas, liver, colon, and other locations.

The breakdown of this disposal process of acid waste could also be called "the aging process". To slow down and reverse this process, one must begin by removing this over-acidification of the blood and tissues by including liberal amounts of alkaline water in the diet. Alkaline water will neutralise harmful stored acid wastes and gently remove them from the tissues.

Water is the most essential element in establishing and maintaining the correct acid-alkaline balance. The quality of the water is just as important as how much of it you drink, as it must be capable of preventing toxins from accumulating and damaging bodily cells. It also transports minerals and nutrients that are necessary for cell metabolism, and remove substances that can damage the cell. Only alkaline water can help neutralise acid and allow your body to remove them.

alkalife Natural Alkaline Water supplies alkaline bottled water that helps neutralise acid waste and flush toxins from the body. Sourced from the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, it is a naturally occurring alkaline water high in calcium, bicarbonate and silica. alkalife is available in in Sydney and interstate. For more information, please visit or call 02 9380 9977.


Chemical Free Detox Progam: With Dry Brushing!

If your ant to eliminate toxins, increase circulation and energy levels get them started on Dry Body Brushing Today. Dry body brushing can provide an effective detox for your body by assisting in the elimination of waste via your circulatory and lymphatic system.

Most people remain unaware of the number of toxins building up in their systems daily and slowly over time. Toxic metals and other chemicals can be in the food we eat, our water supply and air pollution. Our bodies can produce toxins as well from stress, muscle fatigue and lack of sleep and if not eliminated they can cause health problems.

Dry Body Brushing assists in the stimulation of the lymphatic system which aids in the elimination of waste from the body and also helps increase the rate of the blood circulating to the heart. As well, it exfoliates the top layer of dry skin to help open the pores and assist in the skin functions such as releasing sweat from pores, producing collagen to make skin supple and elastin to keep skin pliable and soft. For best results combine dry body brushing with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

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Raw Food: The Revolution!

Raw food is the biggest food phenomenon of the moment, burgeoning into the realm of the "ultra trendy". A plethora of raw cookbooks are being released on the market by big name chefs. But there is much more to the raw food movement than just fashion.

Dead or Alive

The raw food lifestyle advocates eating uncooked and unprocessed foods, or warming at low temperatures. Raw foodists claim the more raw food we eat, the more health benefits we can expect to enjoy. Generally the raw food movement refers to diets based on vegetable and plant (usually organic) products, but some emphasise the consumption of raw meat and animal products too.

The idea is that eating raw, organic foods will deliver far more nutrients and enzymes than their chemical-drenched, over cooked counterparts. As one online distributor of raw food accessories - says, the movement is getting bigger and bigger.

Ï think people are just waking up to the fact if you put good food in your body you are going to feel good", she says. "You can't put dead food in your body and expect to feel good forever."

Raw foodists often draw a distinction between "live" and "dead" foods. The idea is that unprocessed and uncooked food still contains its nutrients, and therefore is "living" as opposed to cooked or "dead" products.

You still get all your nutrients there in raw food. For instance, when you look in a medical dictionary, it says high levels of B12 are killed off by cooking. When we cook our food we kill much of the nutrition in it and very often we take out the water content in it. We put dead food into our bodies.

Some raw foodists also claim that cooked foods contain cancer- causing carcinogens.

A Brand New Body

Raw food advocates claim the health benefits of going raw are tremendous. Some claim their mental and physical states are transformed since changing to a largely raw diet. One raw food advocate said, "My personal benefits have been absolutely amazing. I dropped 20kg and I dropped that really fast - in a month". "My hair went from being lank and greasy to being curly. I had a few grey hairs- they've gone. I used to get boils on my neck, they've completely gone.

While the health benefits are inspiring, some research has suggested some types of raw food diets can lead to nutrient deficiencies or other health problems, so be sure to speak with a professional before making drastic changes to your eating. What to Eat?

Despite how it sounds, following a raw food diet certainly doesn't mean eating raw broccoli for the rest of your life. Raw food has become somewhat of an art form, where almonds can be refashioned into burgers and beans can be eaten like pasta. In other words, many of your favorite foods can be recreated with raw foods - even meat.

When a lot of people go raw, they are often interested in a style of raw cuisine called 'raw gourmet'- where you can recreate pasta, etcetera, on a raw diet. When you change to a raw food diet, most people go to raw food trying to replace their previous diets, then gradually change their eating."

Many raw foodists are also keen on what some people called "super-foods". They have a very high concentration of nutrients, which is why they are called super-foods. The super-foods include agave nectar, cacao, goji berries, noni berries and flaxseeds. However, consuming these foods is not essential to a raw food lifestyle.

If you are switching to a raw food diet, find support of some kind. Having people to talk to about your different way of eating that other people think is weird or freaky is wonderful.

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Brisbane Circle : Expand Your Circle Of Influence!


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Established in 1991, Brisbane Circle is an entirely independent magazine with a target market of the intelligent reader actively participating in networking events, theatre, health seminars and the many attractions that Brisbane has to offer.

Published monthly Brisbane Circle has a woman focus with a male inclusive attitude. The huge following, gained over 18 years of publishing, ensures a unique niche in the Brisbane market for readers and advertisers.

Brisbane Circle is distributed all over Brisbane - a list of points is available on the web. The magazine is also published on the web and an e-zine is sent out each month with free tickets, jokes and theatre reviews.

Editor/Publisher, Di Watson, is a great supporter of Brisbane small business and extends her circle of influence to ensure advertisers receive premium attention.

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Short and Sweet:Lemongrass Beef Salad!



500g beef rump steak, trimmed 1 tablespoon olive 2 limes, juiced 2 tablespoons fish sauce 1 teaspoon of soy sauce 1 tablespoon brown sugar 1 stalk lemongrass, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped ½ Chinese cabbage chopped 1 cup of bean shoots washed and trimmed ½ cup mint leaves, roughly chopped 3 Spring onions, sliced 1 small red capsicum thinly sliced 1 tablespoon chopped coriander


Coat both sides of steak with oil and season with salt and pepper. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat until hot. Cook steak for 4 to 5 minutes each side or until cooked to your liking. Transfer to a plate. Cover and set aside to rest for 5 minutes. Whisk ¼ cup lime juice, fish sauce, brown sugar, lemongrass, garlic and chilli in a small bowl until well combined. Thinly slice steak across the grain and place in a large bowl. Add cabbage, mint and green onions, bean shoots and capsicum. Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Garnish with fresh coriander.


Laughter is the best medicine!

Grandpa John was celebrating his 100th birthday and everybody complimented him on how athletic and well-preserved he appeared. "Gentlemen, I will tell you the secret of my success," he cackled. "I have been in the open air day after day for some 75 years now." The celebrants were impressed and asked how he managed to keep up his rigorous fitness regime. "Well, you see my wife and I were married 75 years ago. On our wedding night, we made a solemn pledge. Whenever we had a fight, the one who was proved wrong would go outside and take a walk".

.Quote of the week!

To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” Robert Muller quotes

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