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NO:03 The O Health Declaration Monthly Newsletter June 2018

6th June 2018
Anthia Koullouros

THANK YOU FOR JOINING a growing number of Ovvio Organic / Anthia Koullouros Naturopathic Health Devotees and Enthusiasts committed to improving health as a collective through simple, positive and powerful changes.



I choose Health, Every day. Not because I should, but because I Love it and it Feels Good.

I choose what’s Simple, Delicious, Honest and True.

I choose to feel Energetic, Excited, Curious and Educated.

I choose Remedies from Nature and Food as Medicine.

I choose Old-School Wisdom for Modern People.

I choose Non-Toxic Body, Home and Lifestyle Products.

I choose Whole, Organic Ingredients.

I choose Ethical Farming.

I choose to Support Local Producers.

I choose Seasonal Eating.

I choose Cultural Cuisine.

I choose to Sidestep Gimmicks, Dietary and Wellness Fads.

I choose Food Cooked, and Shared, with Love.

These choices Positively Change my Mind & Body, and the World.

I seek to Know the Why of How I Feel and Believe it is Possible to Heal Myself.

I Allow my Joy and Love to come through.

7 Simple, Positive & Powerful Ways To Contribute To Your Health & The Health Of Others Every Month

1. Livelihood

Tom Peters’ practical solution to overcoming silo-ed working in a company is eating lunch together. “The finance people don’t talk to the logistics people, who don’t talk to the human resources people, who don’t talk to the purchasing people and it’s all of those interfaces between the functional specialties that slow things down.” He also says that silo-ed working is a barrier to delivering a connected and consistently great customer experience. So grab your work colleagues, leave work aside for at least 30 minutes and enjoy lunch together. Human connection in a group or gathering increases the quality of work and can help set the tone, energy and intention of the company.

2. Creativity

Happy music – A new study sheds light on the potential association of music listening for optimising divergent and convergent creativity, and demonstrated that listening to ‘happy music’ e.g classical music, is associated with an increase in divergent thinking, but not convergent thinking. Creativity is one of the most important cognitive skills in our complex, fast-changing world. In the past decades, various techniques to enhance creative thinking have been developed and tested. However, many of the currently available creativity enhancement techniques have to be trained and explicitly communicated, which can be time and cost intensive. Employing music listening as a means to stimulate creativity has yet, remained relatively unexplored—despite earlier scientific studies demonstrating a beneficial effect of music on human cognition. In addition to the scientific contribution, the current study may provide important practical implications—music listening may be useful to promote creative thinking in inexpensive and efficient ways in various scientific, educational and organizational settings when creative thinking is needed. Read the study here

3. Heart & Soul

The Manifesto of the Brave & Broken-hearted by Brene BrownThere is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fear mongers than those of us who are willing to fall because we have learned how to rise. With skinned knees and bruised hearts; we choose owning our stories of struggle, over hiding, over hustling, over pretending. When we deny our stories, they define us. When we run from struggle, we are never free. So we turn toward truth and look it in the eye. We will not be characters in our stories. Not villains, not victims, not even heroes. We are the authors of our lives. We write our own daring endings. We craft love from heartbreak, compassion from shame, grace from disappointment, courage from failure. Showing up is our power. Story is our way home. Truth is our song. We are the brave and brokenhearted. We are rising strong. Check out Brene’s free downloads and guides here 

4. Mind & Body

Healthy bowel motions. Proper gastrointestinal motility, a term used to describe the contraction of the muscles that mix and propel contents in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, is essential for optimal rates of nutrient and fluid absorption, elimination of toxins and overall abdominal comfort. GI motility is regulated by over 100 million neurons embedded in the walls of the GI tract. Collectively known as the enteric nervous system, or the “gut brain,” these neurons communicate by way of numerous neurotransmitters and neurohormones to coordinate smooth muscle contraction. Approximately 90% of the human body’s total serotonin is located in the GI tract. Serotonin is also known as the happiness neurotransmitter – a mood, appetite and sleep regulator. Did you know that a healthy Gut Biome produces tryptophan which makes serotonin. If you are eating well, hydrating well, exercising and still having trouble with moving your bowels, the problem may lie with serotonin. Taking tryptophan and making more tryptophan may be the key. See your naturopath, herbalist, nutritionist or integrative GP for support in this area.

5. Food

Why does broccoli give me wind? Blame it on a substance called raffinose. Raffinose is a sugar in broccoli that doesn’t get broken down in the small intestine, as we lack the enzyme to do so. Instead, raffinose gets passed down to the large intestine where it is fermented by gas-producing bacteria that do possess the enzyme and make carbon dioxide, methane or hydrogen. Raffinose is not only found in broccoli, it is also found in the rest of the Brassica family which includes cabbage, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower and kale and it is also found in beans and whole grains. What can be done about the gas? Cook the Brassica family with carminative seeds such as fennel, caraway, dill and aniseed as they can alleviate colic, bloating and wind. Enjoy them as a lactofermented or pickled food such as kim chi or sauerkraut. The fermenting process enhances digestion. I have found with my patients, that the healthier the gut biome, less wind is produced. Soak beans overnight in salty water and some lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, rinse the next day and cook in fresh water until soft. Prepare wholegrain the same way. Eliminate or rotate these troublesome foods while you are addressing digestion and absorption issues.

6. Environment

Did you know that 70 % of new clothes are made from synthetics? Polyester and nylon clothing is actually plastic clothing; the materials are derived from petroleum. Synthetic textiles shed tiny plastic fibres during their making, wearing and washing. Millions of these fibres, which can be 60 to 100 times finer than your hair, escape with the wastewater from washing machines. How much of a problem is microfibre pollution & what can we do about it? Full story on Thank you Clare Press of @mrspress and Sustainability Editor-at-Large at Vogue Australia for sharing. #beatplasticpollution Let’s get ready for Plastic Free July. Find out how we’re beating plastic pollution at Ovvio here.

7. Home

Are you composting yet? Turn your food scraps into liquid fertiliser and rich soil and reduce landfill and greenhouse gas emissions. We’ve set ourselves up at our warehouse, clinic and homes with Bokashi. Did you know that you can buy, at a discount, a worm farm, compost or bokashi bin and have it delivered to your home by your council? Simply contact the Compost Revolution who are currently partnering with 26 councils across Australia, to inspire, educate and equip households so they can recover their food waste instead of throwing it in landfill. About half of what the average Australian household throws out is compostable organic material, so using home composting systems significantly reduces the amount of stuff we send to landfill.