The Amazing Benefits of Lemons


To boost your mood instead of reaching for a morning coffee have a hot water and Lemon instead it will get you off to a great start.


Lemons are packed with Vitamin C and are great for boosting your immune system.

They also contain Vitamin B6, iron, thiamin, potassium, pantothenic acid, fiber, calcium, magnesium, copper, riboflavin and folate.


If you want to get the most out of Lemons pop them in the freezer and once frozen grate the entire Lemon without peeling it.  By using the entire Lemon you will get approximately 10 times more vitamins than the Lemon juice on its own.  You can then add the grated Lemon on any dish or juice you wish.


Lemons contain oil called limonene, which according to the Journal of Nutrition protects cells from damage that may lead to Cancer.


Although Lemons are acidic once they are digested they help to reduce the acidity in the body, thereby correcting the pH of the blood, reduces inflammation by drawing uric acid from joints, which helps anyone suffering from gout.

Lemons are also awesome at breaking down calcification.

Lemons are a wonderful detox and skin cleanser as they help the liver produce bile.

How to pick a good Lemon:-

  • Lemons have more juice if they are heavier and have a thinner skin.
  • Pick a ripe Lemon as they have more antioxidant.

So there you have it, for an amazing boost to your health and well being go and stock up on a load of Lemons.

If we can help you at all with your health and well being contact us on or 0284060679 or email to discuss how we can best support you.

Sheila Dickson

Jin Shin Jyutsu (Accupressure)

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Soul Realignment

Sugar Cravings?

Many of us crave sugar when we are lacking in energy and are looking for a pick me up to get over that afternoon slump.  Eating or drinking something high in sugar will temporarily give us a boost of energy but is usually short lived and we find ourselves craving even more sugary treats. It can become a never-ending cycle, which will eventually lead to negative health issues.


So why not start today and nip your sugar cravings in the bud. Start by understanding the root cause of your sugar cravings and take positive steps to bring these cravings under control.


Firstly are you eating enough protein?

Protein helps stabilise your blood sugar levels and helps to keep cravings at bay.

Start the your day with eggs a complete protein or add nuts and seeds to your muesli. If you are short on time in the morning add a good quality protein powder to your green smoothie it only takes a couple of minutes to blast in your blender and off you go. Plan your breakfasts ahead of time, so you don’t slip back into old habits. No excuses, where there’s a will there’s a way.


It is also important to stay hydrated. Some people find themselves eating when in fact its not hunger but THIRST.  Try to drink water before eating anything. It is essential for us to drink at least 8 glasses or a minimum 2 litres of water per day. This of course must be increased depending on activity levels and body size.


Avoid sugary snacks as they create blood sugar dysregulation, which in turn sends your body and mood on a rollercoaster of energy ups and downs.  If you have something sweet go for a piece of whole fruit ensure you complement the fruit with a fat or protein, which will help slow down digestion and regulate blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels are balanced you will reduce cravings for sugar and will feel more satisfied.

Examples of food combining can be as easy as an apple and any nut butter, or a handful of nuts and seeds with an orange or Greek yoghurt, avocado with oat cakes, carrot sticks with hummus or home made bliss balls are just a few ideas to get you started.


If you really have a sweet tooth then make all you’re sweet snacks at home.  Use wholefoods that way you know exactly what ingredients are in the foods you eat and you can control how much natural sweeteners you add to each recipe. It’s also cost efficient.


I hear in clinic regularly that no one has time to prepare food from scratch. To me this is a shortsighted excuse. Look after your body now and as you age your body will return the favour and look after you giving you more time to have fun and explore your world in good health instead of ill health.  It really can be that easy.  Invest in yourself and your body’s good health and you will save beyond measure down the road of life.


Remember Hippocrates said, “Each of the substances of a man’s diet acts upon his body and changes it in someway and upon these changes his whole life depends”


If you feel like you need some help adjusting your diet or addressing health concerns such as diabetes why not book in for a comprehensive evaluation by our Naturopathic Nutritionist and Herbalist.  Shirley will spend time asking you about your body systems and will put together a detailed treatment plan tailored to your lifestyle.

It’s worth investing in your health now for a long a healthy life.


You can book a Nutrition/Herbal appointment online contact us on ph.02 8406 0679 or email to discuss how we can best support you.


Shirley Carmont

Nutritionist and Western Herbalist

BHSc. NM, Adv. Dip WHM


1. Choose the right caregivers for you
2. Surround yourself with a good support team
3. Find positive birth stories
4. Work out what ‘Your Perfect Birth’ would be, then write it down!
5. Do a Calmbirth course!

We are very lucky to live in a country where we have choices in who we have care for us in pregnancy, birth and beyond. Whether you choose a homebirth, birth centre, public or
private hospital care, it’s really important to choose what’s right for YOU! You need to feel comfortable with your caregivers and to be able to communicate what your birth
preferences are and how you would like to achieve them. Talk with your partner what kind of birth you would like, and then research all your options and where you believe you will achieve this ideal birth of yours!

If this is one person or four, again it’s what will work for you. Birth is a team effort between
the mother, baby and partner/support person. It’s really important to have a great support team that are on the same page as you with what your birth preferences are and to support you through your pregnancy and especially the birth. Some woman like having just their partner and other like having extra support such as a Doula. A Doula is someone specially trained in supporting woman and their partners throughout the labour and birthing experience.

Our thoughts and beliefs about birth are a huge driving force behind our fears/anxieties and excitement about our birth. Some women are very quick to talk about their ‘long, painful’ labours and are keen to advise you on what you should do in your own labour and birth. This is YOUR day and YOUR labour and you CAN enjoy it. There are many positive stories about birth and I encourage you to find those ones and try not to concentrate on what might happen and start focusing on what you WANT to happen.

Have you imagined what your ‘perfect’ birth would be? How would you like the day to
unfold? Why not visualise how you would like it to be and focus on that instead of the
worries or fears of what might happen, which may not happen at all. The power of the mind is a very strong force so rearranging fears and anxieties into confidence and excitement can help create a positive birth experience.

I left the most important till last!  The Calmbirth motto is ‘With Knowledge Comes
Confidence’. Become confident and empowered about your upcoming birth by gaining
knowledge about your body, how it works in pregnancy, labour and birth. This will in turn help reduce or even eliminate your fears and become excited about the birth. Learn about the mind-body connection, breathing techniques, creative visualisation and how support people can help create the perfect environment to birth with confidence however your day unfolds.


Call Martine to for a chat to see if Calmbirth is right for you 8406 0679 or visit to learn more

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