The 3rd to the 7th of September is The Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week. It’s a week dedicated to all women across Australia designed to make good health a priority. Founded in 2013, the week was created because it’s time women put themselves first!

The two biggest barriers for women not maintaining a healthy lifestyle is ‘lack of time’ and ‘health not being a priority’. Women’s Health Week is the time to put yourself first, for just one week, and start making positive changes that can last a lifetime. You can read all about the week here, and all the wonderful events and promotions going all week.

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WIN $250 Worth Of Personalised Nutritional Consultations!

To promote Women’s Health Week, we’re giving away two consultations with our resident in-house nutritionist, Brigit! These sessions usually cost $250, and cover all things holistic health and nutrition. Head to our social page here to enter!

To get you in the self care mood, we’ve asked Brigit a couple of questions about women’s health in particular, and dug deep on how women can maintain their health, and flourish while living a busy lifestyle.

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How can women boost their immunity and general health through their diet?

I always say to 'eat the rainbow'.Eating lots of different fruits and veggies offers a range of immune boosting nutrients like Vitamins A and C, as well as Iron and Folate. These foods are also packed full of antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties that help to combat free radical damage and support our body’s natural defence systems.

What's your favourite "kick the cold" remedy?

I have a few go-to’s when I start to feel a little run down:

  • Warm water with lemon, grated ginger and turmeric.
  • Adding extra leafy greens, garlic and bone broth to up the nutritional impact of every meal.
  • Ensuring that I listen to my body and take the time to rest when I need it.
  • Keep hydrated.
  • Sleep!

How important is gut health?

Gut health is so important! Did you know that up to 80% of our immune cells are located in our digestive tract? So when our gut is in a state of imbalance, it is evident why this can have a ripple effect throughout other body systems. Feeding our microflora with prebiotic fibres and supporting the good guys with a decent probiotic lays the foundations for a happy, healthy gut.

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What is your take on dietary supplements?

My first approach is always modifications to your natural diet, however, at times a bit of extra support is required, which is where dietary supplements come in. I believe that there is definitely a place for supplements, but they should not take the place of good quality nutrition.

What is your top tip for women who want to live well in today's fast-paced world?

Be consistent in your dietary and lifestyle habits. Consuming a varied, wholefood diet with minimal refined products (and lots of water!) will ensure that your body is being fuelled in the best way possible, which will ultimately support you towards optimal health. That said, life is all about balance, and moderation is key here. So don’t be too hard on yourself when you eat that piece of chocolate cake! Enjoy every piece of it, knowing that it’s not something that you have every day. And lastly, reduce screen time, increase time outdoors and invest in time for yourself, whether that be running a bath or catching up with friends.

Want to know more? Stay tuned for more awesome tips from Brigit by following our Instagram page here. We will be sharing weekly tips, tricks and Self Care September updates!