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How to survive the Spring Allergies

Posted on September 06, 2018 by Revitalize Lifestyle
Spring Pollen and Allergies Hayfever sinus Asthma     
Spring has sprung and many of us are feeling that spring wind and pollen. 

Spring is a beautiful season but also the allergy season.  Asthma, Hayfever and Sinus have been running rampant over the past few weeks.  Having suffered hayfever and sinus severely when I was young, I know how debilitating it can be, though thankfully I found Ear Candling 20 years ago and I haven't endured either allergy since.

Along with having an Ear Candling session here are my best remedies for allergies such as Hayfever (allergic rhinitis, asthma, sinus, sinusitis and hives)
  1. Vitamin C: An effective natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory, and it also supports healthy immune function and protects from secondary respiratory conditions.Good sources are kiwi fruit, oranges and other citrus fruits, strawberries, red capsicums, broccoli, papaya, guava and mango.  You may choose to take a Vitamin C supplement.
  2. Local Honey: Locally made honey acts as a natural immunotherapy, giving your immune system a daily dose of the allergen and a chance to get used to it.
  3. Pollen: Check daily pollen counts and if it's high in your region keep windows closed.
  4. Onion, Apples, Kale, Capers & Broccoli: There are many foods which contain the natural antihistamine, quercetin. Onions and Apples are among the most common and help ease the symptoms of an allergic reaction
  5. Horseradish: Acts as a decongestant, helping to clear the nasal passages.
  6. Garlic: helps clear nasal congestion and anti histamine, it's also an immune enhancer.
  7. Ginger: A powerful natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce nasal swelling and associated hay fever symptoms.
  8. Pineapple: A rich source of bromelain , an enzyme with strong systemic anti-inflammatory effects, which helps decrease mucosal inflammation and nasal congestion.
  9. Salt Therapy: We go to Salts of the Earth in Torquay for our kids Asthma and Eczema and it works a treat for all allergies 
  10. Brauer's Allergy Range
  11. Martin & Pleasance Tissue Salts (Combination Q or H)
  12. Quay Osteopathy: Cranial osteopathy is a very subtle, gentle technique bringing more mobility to the facial bones and sinuses.  

  13. Fire Tonic regularly daily dose does wonders

  14. Vacuum regularly
  15. Change bed sheets regularly
  16. Air Atomiser with Essential oils: Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon or doTerra's Easy Air
  17. Take Probiotics
  18. Avoid diary: Limit or avoid cow’s milk and other dairy products as they can increase the production of mucus in the respiratory tract and exacerbate nasal congestion. Try alternatives such as rice, almond, quinoa and coconut milks.

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TURMERIC GEMS for Spring and Winter Spring Delight Smoothie and Immune Boost Elixir - Yummy, Easy and Healthy Turmeric Warming Drink to keep you healthy

Posted on September 20, 2015 by Revitalize Lifestyle

The ancient spice Turmeric (Cucuma Longa) is the 'in thing' at the moment for all of it's positive healing powers.  I remember when I studied Naturopathy we were told it was one of the most powerful foods you could eat and we used to trial all sorts of recipes.  It is grown in the Sub Continent and Asia.  Turmeric is an awesome anti inflammatory and since many people have some sort of inflammation in their body at some time it's a great ingredient to add regularly to your food or drinks.  It's a natural antiseptic, anti bacterial, detoxifier, pain killer, improves metabolism, assists in wound healing and is used in treatment for many types of cancer.  The list is endless.

Here is a Spring Smoothie Sensation


1 cup of coconut milk (or almond,rice,oat)

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1 fresh banana

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1/2 tbs chia seeds

Mix and enjoy!

Here is a yummy warm Turmeric drink you may like to make. 

Immune Boost Elixir


1 cup of Organic Almond, Rice, Oat or Cows Milk

1 Teaspoon Raw Organic Coconut Oil

1/4 Teaspoon Turmeric Paste

Local Organic Honey or Rice Syrup to taste

Pinch of Cinnamon

Pinch of Nutmeg


Combine all ingredients into a small saucepan or Thermomix (except honey)

Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly.  The drink should be warm but not too hot.

Add honey/rice syrup and ENJOY!


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Netwalking - The new way to exercise, connect and be social

Posted on September 08, 2015 by Revitalize Lifestyle

A Netwalk you say, what’s that?


It’s Spring and members of the local community are looking for new ways to connect and meet people, whether you have your own local business or want some exercise Revitalize Lifestyle think it is a great idea to get people together and exercise while they chat, network and meet new people.  It’s time to make the most of the fresh air and join other locals for a free motivational walk, networking and socialising with like minded people.


Jo Surkitt from Revitalize Lifestyle has heard from many clients and friends that people have had enough of awkwardly trading business cards, chasing an elusive ideas around a stuffy boardroom or stagnating alone their your desk when people work for themselves or in small business? So she thought it was time to try a new approach which included bringing the community together through the outdoors and movement. These NetWalks are the perfect opportunity to get out of the office for an hour and explore some of the most beautiful spots our region has to offer. It’s free to join and open to everyone in local business or anyone wanting to meet new friends.  ‘These motivational jaunts are designed to help you meet new people, exchange ideas and get active. Ideal for busy parents and executive multitaskers alike, they are a great place to make friends and connect with like minded people.’ Jo explains.  Jo believes the Surf Coast is a welcoming community and NetWalks are the perfect spot to bounce around new ideas, forge lasting business relationships and gain new perspectives. And they always finish with a well-earned cuppa, giving you plenty of time to develop those winning ideas, trade stories and catch up with new friends. So next Thursday 10th September at 9.30am, ditch your stuffy desk and overflowing in-tray and join us; it’s time to make the most of our beautiful hometown and NetWalk. WHEN: 9.30am 2nd Thursday a month WHERE: Torquay: head to website to see locations details as we will be find a new exciting location each time click here for info 


WHAT TO BRING:  Your wonderful self, Water bottle and business cards

Contact: Jo Surkitt 0417 549218 revitalizehealth@bigpond.com

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How to reduce those debilitating allergies in the Spring Time

Posted on September 08, 2015 by Revitalize Lifestyle
ALLERGIES SEASON: Most of us love the arrival of Spring Time after a long winter.  Pretty flowers blossoming, green grass everywhere after the winters rain and birds chirping reminding us that the warmer weather is coming.  However, it can be a difficult time of year for those that suffer allergies like hayfever, sinus and asthma.  There are some easy and extremely effective ways to reduce symptoms of these allergies. Here at Revitalize Lifestyle we have great results with Ear Candling and Reflexology, not only do clients have an instant relief their symptoms are often dramatically reduced or alleviated.  So those that already experience those sneezes, blocked heads, runny noses and congestion give us a call.  Other awesome ways to assist in reducing allergy symptoms include Salt Therapy and Accupunture and of course increasing your Vitamin C intake through foods like kiwi and citrus, increase foods that have an anti inflammatory response like turmeric and pineapple and increase your intake of garlic, onions and horseradish as they have an antibiotic and decongestant effect.  And importantly you may want to reduce your dairy intake which increase mucous formation in the lungs and exacerbates nasal congestion.  For more info on Reflexology and Ear Candling http://www.revitalizelifestyle.com/pages/revitalize-clinic

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The IPad/IPhone injury: How your favourite gadget may be damaging your back It’s time to be Mindful of your posture

Posted on August 05, 2015 by Revitalize Lifestyle

Image Source: ATMS Winter Journal

Got a twinge in your neck? Sore shoulders? Stress headache? Well, it could all be down to that nifty little gadget in your hand (the one you rarely put down). That’s right, your phone could be responsible for more than a news feed full of selfies and your busy social life. It could be curving your spine, tilting your head and damaging your shoulders. In actual fact, it might be destroying your body and causing harm that will long outlive even the most flattering selfie, especially if you’re not paying attention to your posture while you’re texting your mates or surfing the Net.

 Upper Crossed Syndrome

The iPad wasn’t even a possibility when a clever Czech doctor called Vladimir Janda discovered a condition called Upper Crossed Syndrome (UCS). A common posture problem, UCS describes a chronic over tightening and under working of a group of muscles in the upper back and neck. 

These muscles form a cross shape (shown in the image below), with the weaker muscles connected by one line of the cross and the overworked, tighter muscles connected by the other.


Image Source for above two photos: ATMS Winter Journal 2015


What causes UCS?


UCS is caused by a number of everyday tasks that required us to work down and in front of our bodies. Back in 1979 when it was discovered, very few people held these positions for long periods of time. They might tend a baby, breastfeed or read a book, but they didn’t spend hours typing at computer keyboards only to come home and spend the evening surfing the Internet on a tablet on their knee. At the time, Dr Janda had relatively few patients to study, today he could take his pick.



Spending hours on your phone, tablet or working in front of a computer screen causes your upper spine to flex, your head to protract and your shoulders to rotate your arms forward. If you maintain this position for extended periods of time, then you can expect some muscle to contract and shorten (causing them to become tight) and those opposite them to lengthen (causing them to become weak).


Continuing in this position after you’ve done the damage, and even the long, weakened muscles will start to become tight as they try to balance out the shorter ones. At this point, your muscles are described as locked long and locked short. Neither are strong or able to contract properly, and you’re going to have a fight on your hands trying to repair the damage so that you can stand and sit straight.


That’s not to say it’s completely your fault. Some doctors believe that we are predisposed to this condition and that our modern, gadget-centric ways have only exasperated it. They think that the flexors in the neck and the rotator muscles that let you roll your arms forward are more likely to become weak because they are essential for achieving the foetal position, a primordial protective pose. Which is comforting to known if you feel you have this posture.

Signs and symptoms


If you’ve got UCS then you’ll have poor posture — you just might not notice it because you rarely put your phone down. And we rarely see ourselves in this posture in a mirror.  People with UCS have hunched backs and they carry their heads further forward than someone without it (think Disney’s Quasimodo without the unflattering outfit).


In the early stages of UCS, most people don’t experience any pain. So if you’ve got twinges (or full-blown pain) in your upper back and neck, the condition has already progressed (although there are many reasons for neck and and upper back pain so all need to be investigated and addressed). The pain you are feeling is caused by tightness in the muscles in your upper back and the stress of carrying your head a little too far forward. If left untreated, you may to start get some tension headaches as well —lucky you!




The good news is that UCS is treatable and, if you have been experiencing UCS symptoms or you are worried about your posture, you can seek treatment from a medical practitioner. Osteopaths, chiropractors, remedial massage therapists or Physiotherapist are all able to diagnose and treat the condition.


Your healthcare professional will give you a list of exercises designed to help you slowly built up the strength in your weak muscles and correct your posture. It is important to recognise that any improvement will not happen overnight. Strengthening weakened muscles and loosening tight ones takes time, patience and dedication. You may also look into postural exercise such as Pilates, Yoga and Chi Kung.


Avoiding UCS


Or you can stop it before it starts. Avoiding UCS is all about being aware of your posture. Pay attention to how you are sitting and avoid collapsing into the upper crossed rounded bearing as much as possible.


When you are standing, try to get into the habit of clasping your hands behind your back. Sure, you’ll look like an old fashioned teacher, but you’ll lengthen out tight muscles and correct the upper crossed posture.


If you do work at a desk, elevate your keyboard. If you are surfing on a tablet, hold it at head height or lie out on the floor. Basically, any position that stops you from tilting your head down, curving your shoulders and rotating your arms forward will help you beat UCS.


For more information on exercises to assist in relieving postural issues contact Jo at Revitalize Lifestyle for a consultation on 0417 549218 or www.revitalizelifestyle.com

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