Vitonix revolutionizes healthcare for those who are motivated to obtain greater positive health results and for those living with degenerative conditions.

Vitonix revolutionizes healthcare for those who are motivated to obtain greater positive health results and for those living with degenerative conditions.

The medicinal properties of Pomegranate There has been an explosion of interest in pomegranate in recent years and over the past decade, significant progress has been made in establishing the individual constituents and pomegranate’s pharmacological activity. Extracts of all parts of the fruit appear to have therapeutic properties (Lans...

Fallen out with mrs smoothie this winter?
This is my on the run breakfast:
Frozen organic berries, fairtrade bananas, raw organic muesli and that beautifully made raglan vanilla coconut yogurt.
Make the night before as to not dawn freeze your tongue off. #boom #healthyliving #vitonix #eatontherun #aucklandnaturopath #lovethislife

Minding your mitochondria | Dr. Terry Wahls | TEDxIowaCity

Great 18-minute watch for age-related conditions.
Just a reminder of the ancient quote:
"Let food be your medicine and let medicine be your food".

Note from TED: This talk, which features health advice based on a personal narrative, has been flagged as potentially outside TED's curatorial guidelines. Vi...

When you just feel like eating your fruit! #goodfriday #vitonix #lovethislife #healthyliving #herbalist

Mark Hyman, MD

This is the approach I take when dealing with eczema!

Simply put, eczema is a sign that your body is inflamed. The solution is figuring out what’s going wrong inside your body and reducing that inflammation.

Full video and article:

How Herbalist's deal with Autoimmunity!

Herbal Approaches to Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune diseases are becoming increasingly common and many diseases with previously unknown etiologies are now known or thought to be autoimmune conditions. The disease process causes inflammation and progressive destruction to tissue. Women are more likely to experience autoimmune disease than men, suggesting a possible hormonal link. Genetics also play a role as the tendency for developing autoimmune disease can run in a family. Ethnicity can influence the prevalence of some autoimmune conditions. Stress, nutritional deficiencies (especially zinc, Vitamins C, D, & E, selenium, carotenoids, and other antioxidants), food allergies, environmental pollutants (mercury, hair dyes), xenoestrogens, sunlight (lupus), and viral/bacterial infections may all be triggers for autoimmune diseases.

Several theories exist as to the causes of autoimmune diseases. Chronic low-grade bacterial or viral infections and molecular mimicry – where there are close similarities between microbial proteins, as well as gluten and casein proteins, and human proteins. The immune response directed toward the foreign protein crossreacts with the similar self-antigen.

Autoimmune diseases fall into two broad and overlapping categories. In organ-specific disease, localized trauma or a lesion produced by autoantibodies or cell-mediated reactions against a specific target antigen located in a specific cell, tissue, or organ. Organ specific conditions include Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Grave’s Disease, myasthenia gravis, glomerulonephritis, primary biliary cirrhosis, type 1 diabetes, Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, vitiligo, autoimmune hepatitis, and autoimmune adrenal disease. In systemic autoimmune disease, tissue damage and inflammation occur in multiple locations in organs or tissues without relation to their antigenic similarity. Systemic autoimmune diseases include systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Sjogren’s Syndrome, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS), polyarteritis nodosa (PAN), polymyositis, and relapsing polychondritis.

In addition to patient specific protocols, treatment for autoimmune diseases should include herbs from the following categories:
• Immune amphoterics or immunomodulators (e.g. American or Asian Ginseng Root, Ashwagandha Root, Holy Basil) normalize hypo or hyper immune activity.
• Antiinflammatory agents (e.g. cinnamon bark, sarsaparilla, turmeric) stabilize mast cells, reduce histamine release, and inhibit allergic response.
• Alteratives (e.g. burdock root, calendula flowers, cleavers, dandelion root) increase elimination of metabolic wastes.
• Antibacterial agents (e.g. andrographis, garlic, myrrh) may be necessary to resolve chronic infections. )
• Much of the immune system is located in the gut lining so the health of the GI tract is vitally important. Herbs that heal the gut include aloe gel, chamomile, marshmallow root, plantain leaf, slippery elm, turmeric, and yarrow.
• Digestive/hepatic tonics (e.g. angelica root, artichoke leaf, dandelion root) promote effective digestion and liver function and can help prevent immune dysregulation.

This blog is intended as an informational guide. The remedies, approaches and techniques described herein are meant to supplement, and not be a substitute for professional medical care or treatment. They should not be used to treat a serious ailment without prior consultation with a qualified health care professional.

Acetaminophen Use Alters Sex Hormones, May Cause Birth Defects?

Interesting article form medscape Metabolomics study identifies 'unexpected effects of a commonly used drug, acetaminophen, on hormone metabolism. Closer scrutiny of this commonly used medication is warranted.'

Beat diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and dementia by choosing the right foods If you knew about a "miracle pill" that could significantly boost your health and lifespan, wouldn't you want to know more about it? According to Dr. Michael Greger, a renowned doctor at some of the top medical institutions in the United States, a "simple dietary prescription&

Precision Dietetics Urges Personalized Approach to Dietary Recommendations Genetic differences shown to influence health responses to diet, calling into question population-wide dietary guidelines.

Apple Cider Vinegar Warning.... When And How To Use It Right

Renewed enthusiasm for apple cider vinegar In recent years, apple cider vinegar has attained fame and glory amongst the alternative health community. It’s supporters claim that this product of ferme

The MSG in your supplements - Gene Food

I've recently come across this! Updated January 24th, 2018 Most everyone has heard of the dreaded monosodium glutamate, or “MSG” for short (remember the word glutamate in that phrase). The stereotype is that MSG is an additive in many Chinese dishes, and so it’s easily avoided, but it’s actually much more common than you m...

8 Foods That Fight Inflammation

Easy list for beginners! Often we meet a friend we haven't seen for a few years, and they've barely changed at all. Others have aged so much we barely recognize them. The difference? Good genes can't be discounted, but the most important elements of aging involve lifestyle, especially eating a...

What a new age coffee date looks like! Thanks Rachel! #lovethislife #wellnessday #vitonix

Vitonix's cover photo


#whenigethomefromwork and the house is like a bomb #obliterationroom #ilovemykids

#whenigethomefromwork and the house is like a bomb #obliterationroom #ilovemykids

Sometimes though, we need further reaching antiflammatory effects then just the G.I tract ( see previous post re encapsulated turmeric). This is where a medicinal herbal extract can do just that. Conditions turmeric would benefit: osteoarthritis, R.A, liver dysfunction and long term as a preventive for cardiovascular disease... love that turmeric ...

Turmeric for G.I health, super easy to encapsulate yourself! #turmeric #naturopath #herb #health #auckland #harvestnaturalhealthcentre #guthealth #antiinflammatory #wellness

Why I love Rosemary Rosemary is one of those herbs with a thousand uses. It's extremely hardy and therefore easy to grow and maintain inside or out. It is prepared as a dried whole herb or a dried powdered extract, useful as a tea and magic as a medicinal herbal liquid

Looking for a Naturopath in Grey Lynn? Lieke is now available at Harvest Natural Health Clinic above Huckleberries Organic Store - Call 0800 848 6649 or the clinic directly on (09) 376 0174

West Auckland Mama and Baby Yoga! Laising with Orayoga for classes Tuesday and /or Friday mornig need some extra participants to make this happen - so PM me to enhance the beautiful relaxed mama vibe :)

Breakfast for raising champions! A Breakfast to combat environmental toxins - Leafy greens such as spinach, eggs, on organic wholemeal bread is a breakfast for raising champions especially for pregnant mothers.

Human Milk, Tailor-made for Tiny Humans

Quite incredible that research is finding human milk for our babies has protective mechanisms even through to later stages of life such as Alzheimers!

'Human Milk, Tailor-made for Tiny Humans' Breastfeeding Advert
A Tiny Humans and BURST co-production.

For more information on the project, visit
Read the story behind the ad:

#humanmilk #breastfeedingadvert

Dandelion secret - resolving the need for a holiday after the holiday Dandelions may well be the world's most famous weed, whether you love him or love him not these simple and effective recipes may just be the trick to soothing digestive disturbances and supporting liver function. So if you've given your body a bit of a hard time over

5 Home remedies to balance the indulgence season We all know that it’s good to ‘let our hair down’ every now & then and its definitely this time of year that we tend to let loose. Sneaky little indulgences creep onto our plates and into our glasses. If you've over done

5 Home remedies to balance the indulgence season We all know that it’s good to ‘let our hair down’ every now & then and its definitely this time of year that we tend to let loose. Sneaky little indulgences creep onto our plates and into our glasses. If you've over done

NZ’s Red Admiral Butterfly and the Nettle Connection:

Herb Fact: The kahukura, is endemic to New Zealand and it turns out the nettle spines (yes the stingy kind) are absolutely essential for these butterflies to propagate their caterpillars on. Because of its nasty sting, the native nettle

Herbal Healing for Campylobacter and E-coli:
Both are a common source of food and water borne illness,

Keep fluids and electrolytes up - this is most important when loosing a lot of fluids and risk of dehydration is high.

A good dose of Vitamin C - Ascorbic acid powder, added to nutrient rich broth such as chicken or vegetable, at a concentration of 0.5gms per 1/2 lt has been shown to be bactericidal towards Campylobacter jejuni. This will also give you nutritious easy digestible fluid and food intake in this time of need.

Fresh rosemary tea and manuka honey for this is another excellent choice for keeping fluids up. Rosemary is antispasmodic and astringent, so a mild tea made from this herb is excellent for infant and childhood diarrhoea. The antispasmodic property relaxes painful abdominal cramping and the astringent quality helps tighten the lower intestine and solidify the stool.

50gms Fresh rosemary
1 cup water
Combine Rosemary with the water in a covered pot, bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Sweeten with manuka honey to taste.

Other highly beneficial herbs advisably sourced from your local herbalist or by contacting Lieke (see contact details below) are:

Echinacea - To support the immune system's natural defences.
Bilberry - For its anti-diarrhoeal properties, great for children, where compliance may be an issue for yucky tasting herbs.
Goldenseal - Contains the phyto-constituent berberine shown to inhibit campylobacter and E-coli bacteria

If you would like to order herbal / nutritional products or receive more information in regards to childhood prescribing, contact:

Lieke Bliekendaal,
Registered Naturopath and Medical Herbalist.

[email protected]

021 02757984

How to grow fresh air

Improve respiratory health, energy and work out-put by having these plants in your house and work environment.. Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.

Doctor Sells His Practice, Opens Up “Farmacy” Using Food as Medicine Instead

The word is getting out! What a feel good beautiful article The brilliant Dr. Robert Weiss did something completely unheard of in the medical community.  He sold his medical practice and decided to…

Winter Wellness Package $47 - Delivered to your front door!
Be prepared and snuff out the first sign of winter ills - No appointment necessary.

Fe Phos x 20 – Tissue salt specifically to be taken at the first sign of illness.

Liposomal Vitamin C x 3 – Faster absorbing and clinically proven to reduce cold and flu symptoms by up to 37%

Winter immune boost herbal formula 100ml- Contains Echinacea, Elderflower, Manuka, Thyme herbal extracts in a raw native bush honey base.

Zinc and menthol lozenges x 10 – soothing to the throat, clearing for the nasal passages. Zinc is an essential nutrient for optimum immune function

Health providing recipe's to nurse the most stubborn winter ills

Warning: Herbal formula not to be taken if on immunosuppressant medication, Warfarin or antibiotics.

Please consult your natural health practitioner or naturopath if on diabetic medication or pregnant.

To Order email: [email protected] or txt/phone 021 02757984


Naturopathic Practitioners Network


Overnight Oats Could Be The Secret To Activating Your Body’s Weight Loss Abilities (Recipes... Oatmeal is one of the most nutritious breakfasts that you could consider eating. It is packed with fiber and various nutrients that improve your health. The fiber alone is worth the effort of preparing a bowl of oatmeal. There are various types of oats and the type that you choose can impact the amo…

Interested in childhood disease prevention?....This is the place to be!

Come play with me at the Voices of the Sacred Earth Festival! Vitonix will be promoting herbal medicine, providing Bach flower consultations and a selection of creams and energy blends... This will be an amazing three days of workshops, music and fine arts... See you there


Is January brain fog creeping into February are you noticing back to work brain blues? if so check out this blog on how to lift, clarify and energise! Start of the work year brain blues Now that you’re back to work, looking out the window at the glorious day, reminiscing about campsites, beach days and deckchairs, you may be experiencing back to work brain blues. Brain fatigue can be described as burnout,


Voices of Sacred Earth

Come to the voices of sacred earth festival, and meet some truly inspirational people, and check out our stall for some kawakawa and liquorice energy blend ...

3 Tips to ensure you get the relaxation and recuperation this festive season:

The Festive season can be a time of great fun and celebration, time spent relaxing and rejuvenating and catching up with loved ones and friends. On the other hand for many the festive season can be more stressful than joyful. Sometimes feelings of obligation, dividedness, aloneness or separation can creep into this time of joy and relaxation. These experiences often lead to increased levels of stress, depression and or anxiety that result in default copying mechanisms such as the over consumption of food, alcohol and/or drugs. Below are 3 simple techniques to help you get clarity on what’s really important for you this season. Lieke at Vitonix wishes you all the merriness, and may health and wellness follow you into the new year.

Tip 1.) Get clear on what you wish to experience this holiday. Write a list of things you would like to spend time doing this holiday that would make your heart sing
Examples might be:

• It might be to read those books still sitting beside your bed!
• Take an afternoon nap everyday!
• Catch up with friends you haven’t had time for!
• Spend time in nature, walking or swimming.

The ego is well trained in creating any number of justifiable distractions to keep you from valuing and meeting your own needs first, therefore by making a list and sticking it to the fridge, or somewhere you will see it often, the intension for this festive season is set.

Tip 2.) Meet your needs before your wants.

Practical examples of meeting your body’s basic needs are:

• Start the day with a breakfast that consists of all three macronutrients, Proteins, fats and Carbs to balance blood sugar levels during the day: A good example are eggs (cooked to your liking) with some sautéed mushroom and steamed vegetables.

• Drink half your body weight in water by following this formula. 0.033 x (your body weight in) kg = litres required per day

• Go for a walk or exercise during the day to support your metabolism and circulation.

• Honour yourself with some quiet time just you, you don’t have to meditate, just a walk alone in nature can quieten the monkey chatter and ground you.

• Avoid drinking on an empty stomach, Have a good breakfast, and if you find that the day has wizzed passed without lunch a mid-afternoon platter with cheese, raw nuts, fruit and vegetables are great for afternoons with loved ones. And of course, have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink, whilst waiting for the boys to fire up the BBQ

A body that is well hydrated nourished with wholesome food and given the time to rest is less likely to crave an excess of sugar, processed food, coffee and alcohol or even recreational drugs. Often your commitment and diligence to meeting your body’s basic needs is lost in the busyness of the holiday season leaving you susceptible to increased cravings. Once your basic needs are met through providing yourself with enough quality water, quality unprocessed food, enough movement, rest and quiet time then your wants and desires can be more easily managed.

Tip 3.) Value YOU time as equally as important as time spent with others.

• Over committing yourself creates stress and anxiety. Taking the time out to give back to yourself is the most effective and empowering way to provide your self with the energy to give back to others.

And remember - see your medical herbalist for expert advise on health maintenance and prevention of dis-ease

much love Lieke

Want your business to be the top-listed Clinic in Auckland?

Click here to claim your Sponsored Listing.




407A Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Other Alternative & Holistic Health in Auckland (show all)
Consciouslyreconnect Consciouslyreconnect
3 Moloney Terrace
Auckland, 2120

Rahanni Healing and Teaching, Aroma Touch Massage and Doterra Oil Consultant, Kaha Ra Mirimiri Massage, Selenite Crystal Healing, Women’s Empowerment Coach

Angel Crystal Healing Angel Crystal Healing
Arkles Bay
Auckland, 0930

Angel Crystal Healing

Bring Balance to your Life Bring Balance to your Life
Auckland, 0772

Bring Balance to your Life with Holistic Life Coaching

Body In Motion Body In Motion
Unit 1, 42 Paramount Drive
Auckland, 0610

Body In Motion (BIM) is a unique Dance Yoga studio that incorporates elements of contemporary dance, yoga, and pilates.

Health Logic Health Logic
32 Lowtherhurst Road, Massey
Auckland, 0614

Health information and spiritual advice from a former health professional including topics relating to ayurveda, meditation, Emotional Freedom Technique, Mindfulness, Diet and spiritual insights as an intuitive spiritual healer.

well & truly well & truly
183 Jervois Rd, Herne Bay
Auckland, 1011

Our well & truly page is a place to share health news, events and information we think will interest our friends and community

Puriri Healing Puriri Healing
Golf Road, Warkworth
Auckland, 0910

Reiki, Sound Healing

Pure Energy Pure Energy
Auckland, 0614

A complementary therapy that can help you to stay balanced on all levels - physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally - with no side effects.

Takapuna Spinal Clinic by Dean Kenny Takapuna Spinal Clinic by Dean Kenny
99 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna
Auckland, 0622

Zest - Skin, Health and Beauty Zest - Skin, Health and Beauty
10 Grand Drive, Remuera
Auckland, 1050

Modern suburban clinic, specialising in skin care, hollistic wellbeing and beauty therapy treatments customised to your needs and skin type. International qualifications and over 20 years experience. Products include Environ.

Tracey Jones Reiki and Beyond Tracey Jones Reiki and Beyond
Rangihina Road
Auckland, 0616

Reiki is a beautifully gentle yet powerfully healing energy that is ideal for the whole family. It soothes the soul.

Gut Health Collective Gut Health Collective

A team of wellbeing gurus passionate about gut health. Find a gut health talk near you!