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Latest Newsletter - December 2014

Welcome to the Summer edition of Health Matters!

The sun's out and things are starting to wind up for the year. Whether you are off to the bach or enjoying a summer at home, we've got some tips to help you stay healthy in body and mind over Christmas.

>> Are you lacking essential trace minerals?

Certain minerals, required for essential functions in your body, are lacking in NZ soil. Because our soil levels are so low in these minerals, any vegetables or fruit grown in it, or grazing animals that feed from it, will not contain as much of these trace minerals as other parts of the world. So, although you may already eat a variety of healthy foods, you may still lack some or all of these essential elements. Find out what they are here.

Taking a quality multi vitamin every day is one way that you can help to ensure you include vital trace minerals each day. I formulated the Xcel Health Multi-Vite specifically to include these key trace minerals, as well as B Vitamins for energy.

If you think you might be lacking key trace minerals, or just need an energy boost, a daily Multi-Vitamin may be just the ticket. Our very own Xcel Health Multi-Vite is formulated specifically for New Zealanders and is suitable for both men and women. 

>> Attention Men! Looking for an extra boost?

A product we recommend is Radiance Men's Multi. Formulated to help bridge the nutrient gap and provide antioxidants for cell protection, enzymes to support digestion and ginseng and B Vitamins to help maintain energy and male vitality.

>> Top 4 "must have" natural products for surviving the kiwi summer...

  1. Superior Magnesium - To help with relaxation and sounder sleep
  2. Aloe Vera Mist - For relief of dry or sunburnt skin
  3. Weleda Eyedrops - For the relief of itchy, red eyes, caused by hayfever and allergens
  4. KiwiHerb Herbal Insect Repellent - 100% natural, made in NZ, non-greasy with a pleasant lemon scent

>> Protecting your eye sight - coloured foods can help...

Antioxidants are found in brightly coloured fruits and vegetables, like berries, carrots, pumpkin, tomato and beetroot. The richer the colour, the more antioxidants there are. Most health professionals suggest having a serve of brightly coloured fruits or vegetables with every main meal. Are you?

I read an interesting article in the June 2013 Listener on Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Dr Dianne Sharp, an ophthalmologist and chairwomen of Macular Degeneration NZ said specifically that "many observational studies have found the greater the intake of fruits and vegetables, particularly those high in antioxidants, the lower the incidence of AMD".

So I hear you ask, "Why is Age-related Macular Degeneration relevant for me?" It's relevant, because one in seven New Zealanders over the age of 50 will develop it.

What's worse is that it’s the leading cause of eye sight loss, however most of us have never heard of it, let alone have any idea how to prevent it.

Find out more in my Blog Post on this topic.

>> Going nuts is healthy!

Scientists uncover huge health benefits from eating nuts.

A handful of nuts (28 g) every day could reduce the risk of dying from conditions including heart disease, stroke and other serious health issues. The reduced risk is dramatic! Read More >>

>> Travelling Tips?

If you're leaving on a jet, don't let jet lag hinder your time off. Find out about natural tips and products which could help your body adapt to the major changes in circadian rhythms that occur during long distance travel. Read More >>

If you are travelling by car and you (or someone in your family) suffer from car or motion sickness, there are natural products that can help settle an upset stomach and make the trip less stressful! Read More >>

>> New Products...

Introducing Speick Natural Skin Care products for Men. We are frequently offered new skin care ranges to feature on healthyonline, but I have never been offered a 100% natural, Men's only range. The Speick range of products feature an extract of the Speick root, prized for its therapeutic properties, even as far back as the 10th century.

This is the only range in the world that contains Speick and is guaranteed 100% free from synthetic fragrances, colours, preservatives, silicones, parabens and mineral oil based ingredients.

We have introduced their 4 main products, Speick Active Shaving Cream, Roll-on deodorant, Deodorant spray and After shave lotion. View all these new Men's natural skin care products here.

See all our latest products here >>

>> What Anjani said...

"Very impressed with the speed of the whole delivery experience on your website. I will surely be using your website from now on for all health and beauty products!"

- Anjani S. 

>> Thanks!

Thanks for being part of our healthyonline community. I wish you a happy and healthy festive break. We will be open throughout December and January and will be back in touch in the New Year.

Kind regards,


Leanne James
Naturopath and founder Ideal Health






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