hard-wired to respond to stress. Our bodies’ “fight-or-flight” response system
is designed to kick in when we’re faced with a threat. However, living in our
modern world, we encounter a constant barrage of stressors that the body
misinterprets as threatening, which can keep you on edge unnecessarily.
10 tips will help you soothe your nerves and put your mind at ease.
will always exist but the good news is you can pinpoint your triggers to help
eliminate the unhealthy side effects of stress. Before you can reduce stress, it’s
important to identify the sources of it first. Examine the different areas of
your life: work, finances, relationships with family or friends. Do any of
these cause you stress? Is it possible to reduce the amount of stress you feel
in any of these areas? While jobs, family, and finances will continue to play
integral roles in your life, you can change the way you cope with them –
especially during challenging times.
Sweat it Out
you need more reasons to schedule exercise into your calendar, evidence
supports the benefits of physical activity for managing stress. In addition to
helping your heart, regular exercise can boost your mood, manage your weight,
and ensure a healthy night’s sleep. For adults, aim for a minimum of
two-and-a-half hours of vigorous activity every week and muscle-toning
exercises at least two days a week. If this sounds like a lot, break up it up
into effective, yet manageable workout sessions.
studies show that you may feel better following a good cry. The release of
pent-up stress is like washing your emotional palette clean: endorphins
(feel-good hormones) rush out, lifting tension. A recent study found that
crying in front of a friend increased participants’ feeling supported and
better overall. Also, understanding that a problem could be solved played a
major part in how good people felt after producing tears. So, go on: let it all
Learn to Be Imperfect
it’s healthy to have goals, putting too much pressure on yourself to accomplish
unrealistic expectations can have a negative effect on your health. First, you
have to accept that there is no such thing as perfection. Then, you need to let
go of your need to achieve it. Embrace your flaws, and learn from your
mistakes. Your mind—and your heart—will thank you.
Schedule “Me” Time
to pay, piles of laundry, groceries to buy, house cleaning – the list can go on
and on. Sure, these things need to get done, but you won’t have the energy or
enthusiasm to check any of these chores off your to-do list without penciling
in some private time. Whether it’s five minutes of meditation to close your
day, a half-hour bath, or a walk, make time for you—and only you.
Do One Healthy Thing Each Day
the stairs at work. Swap the biscuit for a piece of fruit. Trade in your
morning cup of highly caffeinated coffee for (antioxidant-rich) green tea.
Drive in the slow lane on your commute home from work. Amidst a cluttered calendar,
find the time to insert healthy steps towards reducing stress. You might just
find that each healthy choice keeps you motivated to make more healthy
happen, but you can reduce or eliminate stress by being prepared for inevitable
or unpleasant events. Make copies of your house, apartment, or car keys to give
to a family member or close friend. Keeping an easily accessible spare will
leave you less stressed if you happen to lose a set. For those times when the unavoidable
strikes, count to 10 before speaking, take three deep breaths, or go for a walk
to clear your mind.
Write it Down
evidence suggests that journaling can help you sort through a gamut of emotions
such as sadness, loss, and anger. Studies show that when people write about
meaningful or traumatic events, their health and other biological markers for
that is. Hydration is important for staying healthy and combating fatigue.
After all, how much can you accomplish if you’re feeling lethargic and cranky?
Stress management relies, in part, on staying hydrated. When you don’t drink
enough water, you might look to sweets to satisfy a sugar craving. To keep your
body healthy, your mind sharp, and stress at bay, don’t wait until your mouth
is parched. Drink water throughout the day and with meals.
might feel natural and downright nice to say “yes” to every project, proposal,
and task that comes your way. However, recognizing—and sticking to—your limits
will keep you in control of your time and your health. Piling too much on your
plate can lead to a major meltdown. Instead, accept what you are willing to
handle and politely say “no” to the rest. Use some of that downtime to recharge
Kiwikitz, we offer you natural solutions to help you cope with stress and
emotionally challenging times. Our Stress
and Anxiety Support Tonic combines the powerful herbs of Chamomile,
Oatseed, Nettle, Skullcap, Motherwort to calm nerves and create better health.
Instant Drops are a natural pick-me-up, providing emotional relief in
situations of high anxiety. Pocket-size, they can easily be carried around in
your hand bag and pulled out when you need them most.
also have a remedy designed especially for Mums. Our Mum’s
Calming Wind Down Instant Drops are perfect if you feel your “buttons” are
being pushed or you’re just getting a bit “niggly”. Popping a few drops in your mouth can help
you unwind at the end of a busy and draining day.
The anti-ageing battle: Mother Nature versus Father Time
Written by Alison Brown
Sunday, 18 August 2013
say time has a way of catching up with you when you least expect it. Your last
birthday may have been a reminder of that. Although you may like to think you
have as much energy as you did in your 20s, the number of candles on your cake
might suggest it's time to start looking after yourself a bit more.
The harsh reality of life
cruel fact that one of the few certainties in life is that we all physically
age and one day die. A sobering thought, isn't it? There are many theories
about how or why our bodies age. Some scientists believe that our ageing is
pre-programmed by our genes, and that our genetic coding is responsible for up
to 30 per cent of our lifespan. I'm sure you could name one or two people who have
"aged" well or come from "good" stock. Genes may play a factor but it's also
agreed that chemical reactions in our body can irreversibly damage cells too.
radicals are toxic molecules within our cells that are produced naturally as
the body breaks down food. But they can also form as a result of exposure to
pollution, pesticides, smoke, industrial chemicals and solar radiation. Over
time, free radical damage causes fatigue, ageing and disease.
But wait...help is on the way
which are found naturally in our foods, defend against free radicals. They
neutralise them before they attack your healthy cells but they can also help
repair those cells that are damaged. Eat the following foods rich in antioxidants
to give your body a fighting chance against havoc-causing free radicals:
When food isn't enough
always possible to rely on food as a good source of antioxidants. Kiwikitz have
developed several natural health supplements that contain antioxidants to slow
down the ageing process and boost energy. Our Organic Kiwifruit Skin Cream combines a natural cream base with nutrient rich Organic
Kiwifruit which is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and essential minerals to
reduce blemishes and accelerate skin repair.
But perhaps the antioxidant product
that packs the biggest punch is DONZ
Natural OPC capsules. Produced in
New Zealand for 18 years, these capsules are rated highly for their resveratrol
super-antioxidant properties. The combination of grape seed extract, bilberry,
acacia berry and various vitamins and minerals, works to improve heart health
and boost energy.
So while many are still searching for
the Fountain of Youth, at Kiwikitz we work with Mother Nature to slow the
effects of ageing and cell damage naturally.
Using the power of natural herbs as a treatment for anxiety
Written by Alison Brown
Tuesday, 06 August 2013
Life is full of ups and downs. We ride the rollercoaster of
life every day and it takes us on many twists and turns. While the ride can be
exciting and full of joy at times, there are days when we feel there are more
downs than ups and we want the ride to STOP! Events like moving house, having a
baby or changing jobs can be positive change but equally, that change can bring
about feelings of anxiety and stress.
Stressful events can be short-lived but sometimes, those
events may endure for weeks or even months. People living with stress for any
length of time may find their feelings snowball and events become unmanageable.
Our busy lives often mean we don't recognise the signs of
stress and what that stress is doing to our emotional and physical health until
it's almost too late. If allowed to continue, stress can result in depression, obesity
and heart disease.
The best ways to reduce your overall stress is to:
Get enough sleep (seven to
eight hours a night for most people)
Eat healthy food
Reach out to supportive
friends and family
Focus on things within
Listen to your body
Your body may show you signs you're stressed before you
realise it yourself. Some of these signs aren't obvious but being "body aware"
may minimise the risk of your stress snowballing into a more serious long-term
Hair loss. About three to six months after a difficult period
in your life you may notice more hair in your brush.
Eyelid twitching. The twitching can be off-and-on for a few
minutes and doctors say stress is generally the cause.
Back pain. The hormones your body produces when you're
stressed can result in muscle pain, especially if you are bent over in
worry. Movement is the best remedy.
Acne. The same hormones that are linked to hair loss are also
responsible for more frequent skin break-outs.
Rashes. Stress can upset your immune system, making your skin
more sensitive to conditions like eczema or other troubling bacterial
Natural herbs for
It's comforting to know there are natural treatments for
anxiety and stress at Kiwikitz.
One of our popular products is our Stress
and Anxiety Support Tonic. At $35, it's packed with time-proven stress
herbs that work to calm and soothe your nerves, leaving you feeling less
anxious and fragile. The Chamomile is
rich in feel-good magnesium while the Oatseed
has natural vitamins that benefit the brain and nervous system. Nettle has vitamins and minerals to
support emotional stability and Skullcap
relieves mental and emotional exhaustion. Motherwort is a much-loved natural herb for health, commonly used
in remedies for hormonal mood swings.
Another natural treatment for anxiety is our D-Stress
Instant Drops. These pop-in-your-pocket drops can be used in
conjunction with our Stress and Anxiety
Support Tonic or used on their own at times when you need them most. They
offer an immediate help for anxiety and can be put under the tongue at the
onset of fear or while experiencing a panic attack.
The concentrated drops contain Chamomile, Nettle, Passionflower, Skullcap and Liquorice and are recommended before travel if you have a fear of
flying. The combined stress herbs are also helpful to help you relax before
public speaking or to relieve muscle tension. These drops can be yours for $20.
Check out our full range of stress herbs and natural
treatments for anxiety in our online
One of the most common problems women experience is a
lack of energy. It's that feeling you get when almost everything you do feels
like such an effort. Sometimes, the reasons for that sluggish-feeling are
obvious - not enough sleep, long hours at work or endless running around with
the kids are typical examples.
Our busy lives can easily get on top of us and just
slowing down and taking time out for yourself can do you the world of good. But
even then, many women can still feel wiped out. That's when Kiwikitz can help
with a natural
First, let's take a clinical look at why women may experience
Women of reproductive age are generally losing blood
each month. As a result, the normal range of haemoglobin, the red blood pigment
that carries oxygen around the body and delivers it to tissues, is lower in
women than in men.
When combined with a diet that's naturally low in
iron-rich foods like red meat and liver, a woman may become anaemic or
iron-deficient and as a result, suffer low energy.
tests and iron-deficiency
A visit to your doctor and subsequent blood tests will
determine whether you are anaemic (have low levels of haemoglobin). However,
even if your tests reveal you are not anaemic, you may still be iron-deficient.
A blood test for the ferritin levels in your blood will determine this.
natural solution to low iron levels
There are various options available to you to boost
your iron levels and your doctor can prescribe those. However, if you're
looking for a natural health remedy for low iron, look no further than Kiwikitz'
Iron Pick-Me-Up Tonic.
Using a traditional blend of herbs valued for their
rich vitamin and mineral content, the tonic will boost your energy levels the natural way.
It contains Burdock, Nettle, Dandelion, Chickweed, Yellow Dock and the
ingredient everyone seems to be talking about these days – Turmeric.
All these ingredients work together to give you a
natural energy boost. Chickweed is
packed with Vitamin C and is naturally high in iron.
is rich in chlorophyll and iron, Burdock
is an additional source of vitamins and minerals, Dandelion helps with fluid retention and skin problems, Yellow Dock is a natural blood purifier
and Turmeric is your powerhouse
antioxidant which helps to naturally detox your liver.
This tonic is your number one choice to help your body
absorb iron and boost your energy levels naturally, plus it's:
pregnant and lactating women
A gentle liver
children and the whole family
sources of iron
If you want to further boost your iron levels, consider
changes to your diet too. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds, chicken, dried apricot
and liver can pack a real iron punch. Foods naturally high in Vitamin C, like
lemon juice, kiwifruit, oranges, green peppers, brussel sprouts, broccoli and
kumara will help your body absorb the iron it gets. But foods high in tannins can
hinder that absorption so avoid drinking tea too close to mealtimes.
and boost your energy levels the natural way for $35. Take the time to browse
the Kiwikitz online store for more natural health products made in New Zealand.
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a flexible ingredient used widely in many sweet and savoury meals. It's at the
heart of a variety of cultural dishes and who doesn't like a good ginger slice?
But did you know that ginger holds a lot of medicinal health benefits too? At
Kiwikitz, we use it in a lot of our favourite herbal remedies and as history
shows, we're not alone.
than 2000 years, Chinese medicine has recommended the use of ginger to help
cure and prevent health problems. It's known to promote energy circulation in the
body and increase our body's metabolic rate. That's because it contains
chromium, magnesium and zinc which can help improve blood flow, as well as help
prevent chills, fever and excessive sweat. Here are some other benefits:
sickness. Ginger is a known effective remedy for the
nausea associated with motion sickness. The exact reason is unknown but
studies involving naval cadets has shown those given ginger powder
Ginger improves the absorption and stimulation of essential nutrients in
the body. It does this by stimulating gastric and pancreatic enzyme
Cold and flu
prevention. Ginger has been used for thousands of years
across Asia as a natural treatment for colds and flu. The University of Maryland
Medical Centre states that to treat cold and flu symptoms in adults, steep
two tablespoons of freshly shredded or chopped ginger root in hot water,
two to three times a day.
discomfort. Ginger is ideal at improving digestion,
improving fast absorption and avoiding possible stomach ache. Ginger
appears to reduce inflammation in a similar way to aspirin and ibuprofen.
Reduce pain and
inflammation. Ginger contains potent anti-inflammatory
fighting substances and is a powerful painkiller.
respiratory problems. Ginger helps expand
your lungs and loosen up phlegm because it is a natural expectorant that
breaks down and removes mucus.
immunity. Ginger helps improve the immune system.
Consuming a little bit of ginger a day can help avoid the risk of stroke
by inhibiting fatty deposits from the arteries. It also decreases
bacterial infections in the stomach and helps battle a bad cough and
sickness. Many women in the early stages of pregnancy
will testify to the feel-good factor of ginger at helping relieve their
Kiwikitz, we've developed several products using ginger for some of the special
reasons mentioned above. For a quick pick-me-up, try our Energy
Booster instant drops. Ginger, combined with Gingko, Schisandra,
Barberry and Liquorice work to stimulate circulation, settle digestion and
maintain physical and mental endurance.
favourite is our Seasonal
Congestion Tonic. This combines
ginger with a host of herbs, including Witch Hazel and Bilberries to build
resistance to seasonal congestion and heal inflamed or irritated skin.
a time-proven ingredient in so many herbal remedies and one we'll continue to use to benefit the
wellbeing of all our Kiwikitz clients.
How to avoid runny noses the natural way this winter
Written by Alison Brown
Tuesday, 09 July 2013
With winter well underway, everyone is digging out their woollies and finding an extra layer or two to keep warm. For many, the cooler weather may simply mean spending more time indoors. While it makes sense to seek shelter and a cosy fire, crowding indoors makes it easier for viruses, like the common cold, to spread.
Children are among the most vulnerable to colds because their immune systems are still young and haven't fully developed. That low level of resistance to cold viruses means it's not uncommon for children to experience more than six colds a year - just ask any parent who feels they're endlessly wiping their kids' noses.
Short of living in a bubble, it's hard to stop getting colds altogether but it's good to know Kiwikitz has developed a natural health product for children to help boost their immunity.
How do we catch a cold?
Colds enter the body through the nose or mouth. The virus becomes airborne when a sick person coughs, talks or sneezes. The virus can also be spread by contact with a sick person. It's said we "catch a cold" when we have the virus on our hands then touch our face, nose or mouth. An infected adult or child can unknowingly spread the virus because it can take a whole day before they show any signs it has invaded their body.
Signs and symptoms
Typical signs of the common cold include:
Sneezing and coughing
Scratchy or sore throat
Reduced sense of taste and smell
Watery eyes and feeling miserable
There are more than 200 viruses that cause the common cold but the rhinovirus is the most common cause. Most symptoms go away in a week to ten days and don't include a fever.
A natural health product to boost immunity and ward off colds
In addition to their immature immune systems, children who spend time with other children may contract cold viruses through inadequate hand-washing or not covering their mouths when they sneeze. Children should be encouraged to sneeze or cough into their elbows to avoid spreading the virus through the air and to also washing their hands frequently.
Cold viruses are lurking around every corner, however, and sometimes, despite all your best prevention efforts, they manage to break down your barriers. Give your kids' bodies a fighting chance with a natural health remedy. A natural way to boost a child's immunity is to use the Kid's Immune Booster Lymphatic System Tonic. Made by Kiwikitz, the blend of herbal extracts can be taken safely all winter to help children bounce back from typical cold symptoms, as well as exhaustion, over-sensitivity and that "run down" feeling.
The tonic is a combination of liquorice, echinacea, red clover myrrh, calendula, ginger, cleavers and peppermint. The drops are tasty and can go directly under the tongue, in water or in your child's favourite juice.
Available now through our website store, the natural health tonic comes in two sizes to support the needs of an individual or their whole family. Buy yours today and survive winter with your kids the natural way.
Every wondered what all those numbers or names listed under ingredients, really mean?
Humecants - added to pet food to keep up the moisture content. Humecants often contain propylene glycol, also used in antifreeze. Propylene glycol if used excessively can cause serious health problems including heart, kidney and liver damage. This is stated on the safety data sheet of some industrial chemical manufacturers.
If absorbed through the skin in excessive amounts, this may lead to liver and kidney problems and problems with the central nervous system. Some manufacurers are responding to public demand to remove many of these chemicals and are now using natural humecants in their products. As many body washes, shampoos, conditioners, moisturisers, foundation, even baby wash and baby skin products, pet shampoos and conditioners, personal pet care products,contain popylene glycol, it would be reasonable to assume that over time the amount of chemicals absorbed through the skin could be considerable.
Synthetic preservatives - such as BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) & BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) have been known to affect the nervous system of some pets. These preservatives are often used in animal foods and can be listed just as EU. Ethoxyquin another additive 'antioxidant' that has also been used as a pesticide is genetically modified and was created initially to harden rubber. Organ failure, allergies, skin problems have all been implicated with this product.
Salt & Sweeteners - excess amounts of salt and sugar (or different forms of sugar) are found in many pet foods.
Artifical colours, flavour enhancers, stabilizers, emulsifiers and more..... What do the labels on your pet food reveal?
Check out our Kiwikitz New Zealand Natural Pet Remedies - especially formulated natural health products for pets - natural flea control, tasty everyday wellness drops, stress and anxiety, itchy skin and even a natural blood and skin pet detox! Just add to your pets water or food.
Did you know that Sodium Flouride is not a natural mineral but a by product of fertiliser?
Did you know that Sodium flouride is also a byproduct of the nuclear and alluminium industry?
Did you know that Sodium Flouride is classified as toxic if ingested or inhaled when taken in excess? Did you know excess Sodium flouride is known to cause multiple health issues?
Did you know that Sodium Flouride is used as a cockroach and rat poison as well as being used as an industrial cleaning agent?
Wikipedia states the following 'Flourides are toxic to humans however CaF2 - Calcium flouride a natural form of flouride, is considered relatively harmless. Many professionals promoting flouride toothpastes and adding flouride to the water supply do not state that sodium flouride is used and that sodium flouride is a man made toxic substance - apposed to the calcium flouride found in nature.
Just thinking about Marma therapy and how I have found it very helpful.
Marma therapy is about massaging some key points on the body that the ancient Ayurvedic healers knew would be beneficial to our health. I generally combine Marma therapy with the appropriate Kiwkitz herbal remedy to maximise results
Some important marma points are:
the soles of the feet. which have a beneficial effect in soothing the nervous system
just below the navel to help with digestion and especially when habitually constipated or bloated
the chest, near the end of the sternum i.e bottom of the ribcage - really good when going through emotional upsets, grief, trauma or stress
between the eyebrows and moving upwards towards the middle of the forehead - particularly beneficial for headaches and inducing sleep.
These points are massaged gently using a circular motion. For a few minutes daily. Works a treat -even on babies! Try it and let me know how u go.
Colonics colon hydrotherapy - flushing your bowel for good health
Written by Debs Chase-Paterson
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
Why have a colonic - colon hydrotherapy?
Toxic overload reduced
Improve absorption of nutrients
Weight loss advantages
Clearing old sludge from the bowel
Clean the colon and watch many of those irritating symptoms that have been plaguing your life, robbing you of energy....disapear like magic!
Ensure that you find a Colon Hydrotherapist who is well trained and registered with a reputable organization who can also produce a yearly practicing certificate.
What is colon hydrotherapy or colonic (same meaning, different words? Warm water is gently infused in to the rectum and the aim is to help remove accumulated waste matter and to safely flush the colon.
What colon hydrotherapy is not! It is commonly believed that tubIng is inserted up into the whole of the bowel area then water is infused. The tubing only goes in a few inches and the water is then infused. Great treatment - all ages, most people can have this done. Check it out!
Check out our kiwikitz Detox products. We can send you a Detox Eating Plan, Natural Gall Bladder flush program and a 7 Day Safe Flush regime when purchasing any of the Kiwikitz Detox Kits or Natural Weight Loss products