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Through hard work, a little luck and, most importantly, the ongoing support of our valued clients and customers, ASPAR has experieinced the kind of growth and success that enables us, now, to source our ingredietns and materials more cost effectively. And we want to pass these savings on to you.

You can look forward to an average saving of 20% across the range though on some products you’ll save a little more including one of our best sellers, the Ultra Rich Body Cream (200ml) which will now retail for $36 (was $52).

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To Stress or Relax?

UNWIND LOW RES

The stress response is the body’s natural response to a stressful situation.  With The stress response we unleash our “fight or flight” response where our bodies release stress hormones.  In the days of humans as hunter gathers, we needed this response to stay safe and it served us well. In today’s world our stress response can be triggered more frequently in our 24/7 hi-tech society.  However, the effects of triggering your stress response frequently can lead to many health issues. Whilst having some stress in your life is positive, having too much can lead to an imbalance in your body.

Some of the effects of the stress response are:

  • Heart rate increases
  • Blood pressure rises
  • Shallow breathing
  • Muscles contract
  • The immune system is less effective
  • Anxiety increases
  • Digestion is less effective amongst many other bodily and brain responses

In the 1970’s, Dr Herbert Benson conducted an extensive amount of research on the effects of how we respond to different situations – a stress response vs a relaxation response and how they affect our bodies. He found that a relaxation response can counterbalance the effects of stress.

A relaxation response is a more positive response that helps to keep our stress levels down. The relaxation response is the polar opposite to the stress response as it helps to restore a state of equilibrium in the body.   The relaxation response is what helps us to increase mind and body balance as well as concentration, creativity, immunity and digestive health and also to reverse the predominant stress response effects. There are many ways to cultivate more of the relaxation response, think about what you can do when you are relaxing, nourishing or nurturing your body.  Some ways that I like to have more relaxation in my life are having a bath, a quiet cup of tea, a massage or reading a book.  It is a time when nothing is required of you and you are doing something you feel is pleasurable. More relaxation, less stress sounds like a great recipe for living your best life.

STRESS RESPONSE “fight or flight” RELAXATION RESPONSE
 

Breathing rate increases

Heart rate increases

Blood pressure rises

Adrenaline increases

Cholesterol levels go up

Immune system is less effective

Anxiety increases

Depression is more prevalent

Sleep disorders increase

Fat is more likely stored around stomach

Irritability increases

Digestion works less effectively

Sex hormones/sex drive decreases

 

 

 

 

Breathing rate slows down

Heart rate slows

Blood pressure lowers

Adrenaline lowers

Immune system improves

Sense of wellbeing increases

Sleep improves

Brain wave patterns slow down

Thought process increased

Digestion improves

Increase in creativity and concentration

Sex hormones normalise

Internal Skin Brightener Juice

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½ pineapple
3 oranges
3cm piece of ginger
ice cubes, to serve

Juice pineapple, oranges and ginger through a juicer. Stir and serve over ice for a quick energy and immune system boost.  Serves 2.

Recipe sourced from Squeezed, Murdoch Books Australia, 2006

Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit Chia Trifle

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Eat your way to healthy skin with this Kiwifruit Trifle recipe. Yum!

Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit Chia Trifle   

 The SunGold Kiwi Chia Trifle combines this nutrient dense kiwifruit with the protein rich chia seeds. A nourishing, revitalising breakfast or the perfect snack at any time.

This trifle is packed full of fruit and the nutritionally rich chia seeds. Add that to a complete protein seed like chia and you’ve got a nourishing, nutritionally dense breakfast or anytime snack.

The chia seed belongs to the mint family and helps repair the mucous membranes of the intestinal wall that may be depleted due to ulceration and inflammation. It is a complete protein as it contains nine amino acids. When combined with golden kiwifrut the nutrient value sky-rockets with all the goodness of vitamin C. A great start to the day.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons black chia seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 SunGold Kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean scraped 
  • 2 SunGold Kiwifruit, peeled and sliced for layering
  • 1 tablespoon mint, washed, dried and finely chopped
  • 1 cup coconut yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons macadamia nuts, crushed
  • Extra maple syrup for drizzling

 

Method

  1. Soak chia in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, combine Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit, maple syrup, lemon juice and zest, vanilla
  3. Add chia and blend until smooth in a food processor
  4. Layer the base of two balloon glasses with sliced SunGold Kiwifruit
  5. Distribute half the mixture between the glasses, layering mint and add more chia mixture. Then add a layer of coconut yoghurt
  6. Continue this process so you have two layers of chia and two layers of kiwifruit to create a trifle effect
  7. Set in fridge 4 hours or overnight
  8. Garnish with crushed macadamias and drizzle with maple syrup to serve

Serves 2.

For the month of June, Samantha has generously given us a promotion code for you to download her ebook The Healing Feeling for $14.95 (full prince $19.95). ‘The Healing Feeling’ is packed with information and inspiration to eat and live well every day.  To purchase The Healing Feeling click here and use code AURORA at checkout. Visit Food Health Wealth for more information.

Images courtesy Zespri SunGold kiwi

Eat Your Way to Better Skin Part 4: Gold Kiwifruit

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It’s our last week receiving skin tips from Samantha Gowing, we’ve loved hearing all about the foods we can put into our bodies to make our skin glow! This week Sam tells us all about Gold Kiwifruit.

Did you know that gold kiwifruit is the richest source of vitamin C of all fruit? Gold kiwi fruit helps to enhance the integrity of the cell membranes, boost collagen production, and assists in the important absorption of iron. The fruit is high in soluble fibre making it an important ingredient for a healthy digestion and the low G.I. count ensures balanced energy throughout the day.

In addition, gold kiwifruit are great sources of soluble fibre contributing to enhanced digestive health by reducing the symptoms of bloating and improving the intestinal enzymes. This may help in natural resistance to illness due to an increased of beneficial bacteria and inhibition of harmful bugs.

Sweet golden kiwi fruit also contain high levels of vitamin E compared to other fruits.  These antioxidants help to promote all-important immune boosting activity, essential for the stimulation of cellular renewal and collagen production.

Samantha Gowing, Spa Chef, Nutritionist, Mentor

For the month of June, Samantha has generously given us a promotion code for you to download her ebook The Healing Feeling for $14.95 (full prince $19.95). ‘The Healing Feeling’ is packed with information and inspiration to eat and live well every day.  To purchase The Healing Feeling click here and use code AURORA at checkout. Visit Food Health Wealth for more information. 

Images courtesy Zespri SunGold kiwi  

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