Author: Dr Sandy Krafchik


The Benefits and Uses of Propolis

Propolis (bee glue) is a sticky substance produced by bees. It is a resinous mixture produced when bees combine their saliva with beeswax and the sap they collect from needle-leaved trees or evergreens. This creates a sticky, greenish-brown compound which is used as a coating to seal small gaps during the construction of bee hives. Research has identified more than 300 compounds present in propolis – including polyphenols (mainly flavonoids and phenolic acids), phenolic aldehydes, coumarins, amino acids, sequiterpene-quinones, steroids and inorganic compounds. Propolis is one

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WHAT IS IN CHAI?

By GMB doctor / health advisor Dr Sandy Krafchik. Chai is a sweet, spicy, soothing tea known for its fragrant scent and immune boosting properties. According to Ayurveda and medicine, Chai spices are considered ‘Sattvic:’ calming, vitalizing and mentally clarifying - perfect for counteracting the stress of modern life. Chai has been an integral part of Indian culture throughout history. It is renowned for its many health benefits imparted by the spices it contains. The spices found in Chai vary. The most commonly found spices are

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How To Get Enough Protein On A Vegetarian Or Vegan Diet

By GMB doctor / health advisor Dr Sandy Krafchik. There are many different reasons that people follow a vegetarian/vegan diet. Here are some of the most common: 1. Health Diets rich in plant foods (such as grains, legumes e.g. beans/chickpeas/lentils/peas, fruits, vegetables, soy) reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. Animal products and full-fat dairy products have been linked to vascular disease, heart disease and stroke. Hormones and preservatives may be found in some meat products and these are detrimental to

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Why You Need Lavender In Your Life

By GMB doctor / health advisor Dr Sandy Krafchik. Lavender (lavandula augustifolia) is a flowering plant belonging to the mint family and is known for its sweet floral fragrance, beauty and multiple uses. It is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean, India and the Middle East. Many ancient cultures relied on lavender for its signature scent, its pain relieving and sedative properties, for bathing and for cooking. Lavender is best known for its ability to enhance relaxation and promote restful sleep. It is one of

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Five Nut-Free Kids’ Lunchbox Snacks

By GMB doctor / health advisor Dr Sandy Krafchik. Peanuts(legumes) and tree nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, brazils and pistachios) can act as allergens and can cause an allergic reaction in some people. The commonest nut allergy is a peanut allergy. Australian children have a relatively high prevalence of peanut allergy (about 3 out of 100 children). Nut-free lunchbox snacks are therefore a necessity in day cares and schools in Australia. Approximately 20 % of children grow out of their peanut allergy. Those children who

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Your Guide to Healthy Gluten Free Snacking

By GMB doctor / health advisor Dr Sandy Krafchik. In today’s society more and more people are following a gluten free or gluten restricted diet. The main reasons for this are the following: Coeliac Disease Coeliac disease is an autoimmune condition that affects about 1 in 70 Australians. However, around 80% of these remain undiagnosed. In people with this condition the immune system reacts abnormally to gluten (a protein found in wheat, rye, barley), causing small bowel damage. The tiny, finger-like projections which line the

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