The Kuvings Silent Juicer: well-deserving of its name

Kuvings Silent Juicer WhiteWe love adding new products to our ever-growing online catalogue of natural health and natural beauty products. And we’re very taken with one of the newest additions to the Echolife website – the Kuvings Silent Juicer – so we thought we’d tell you a bit more about it.

Juicing is one of our favourite ways to get our daily dose of fresh fruit and veg – but goodness knows not all juicers are created equal. This applies to the resulting juice as well: a centrifugal juicer will give you ‘boundary’ juice that oxidises / loses nutrients and changes colour before your very eyes, whilst a cold-press masticating or slow juicer will give you a thicker juice, with plentiful nutrients intact.

The Kuvings is a proud member of the slow juicer family – and is so sturdy it is suitable for commercial use. And that’s only the beginning of what this amazing upright juicer can do.

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Mood-changing foods

Happy sad facesRemember when we wrote about certain foods that can keep you hydrated? The list is here if you need to refresh your memory – have a look, we’ll wait.

Well, it also turns out food can have a different sort of impact on the eater: uplifting or lowering mood. We’re not talking about eating ice-cream to cheer yourself up (no matter how effective this is short-term!) – but how the actual nutrients or chemicals present in food affect the body and brain chemistry, for good or for bad.

If you’re eating a fair amount of mood lowering foods, you might like to substitute with better alternatives for a few weeks and see how you feel.

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A whole foods challenge and homemade tea

Herbal Tea BlendNo sooner than our 21 Day Green Smoothie Challenge comes to an end, here we go again: we’re taking another food challenge! This time it hails straight out of the beautiful mind of Wellness WA creator and editor Annette – and it’s so healthful we really should be eating like this all year round!

Annette’s challenge is easy to take: this current week is all about Whole Foods – this means no pre-prepared meals, no junk, plentiful fresh food. If possible, no coffee – go herbal tea instead! Are you in?

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To the finishing line! The last two days of the 21 Day Green Smoothie Challenge…

Cartoon frog crossing finish lineIf you’ve been with us since January 13th and drinking one green smoothie each day, you may be running out of ideas by now… Last week we compiled everyone’s recipes to date so we could all get inspired and marvel at some of the participants’ creativity and boldness (the boldness was mostly Jade throwing in cabbage).

This week we’ve got something else for you: a tasty list of extra bits and pieces to throw into your smoothies to change them around and make them special. Sometimes slight tinkering can make a big difference in taste! Read on…

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Health and wellness tips: a quick catch-up with Annette from Wellness WA

Freshly Squeezed Orange JuiceThe multi-tasking, ever energetic Wellness WA editor Annette is the busiest writer on the block. She also happens to be a great source of inspiration for anything health and wellness related. Bath enthusiast, yogini, green smoothie drinker, Annette knows what’s good – and she managed to find time to answer a few questions for us – what a treat! Read on to find out how she keeps healthy in the hot months…

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Summer foods to keep you hydrated and beautiful

Cucumber slicesThe temperature around Australia is now clearly screaming ‘Summer!’ – and we should all be especially careful to stay well hydrated inside and out. If like us you don’t always remember to drink plenty of water until a headache hits – or ever cheeky, you count milky Earl Grey tea as part of your daily water allowance, you might enjoy the cheat sheet Kimberly Snyder put together: behold, foods that help you stay hydrated!

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