Q&A with Lovewell’s naturopath and clinical nutritionist Maria Harpas, Chrissy & Teresa!


– Hi guys, thank you for joining us today for another one of our
vlogs, we are really excited. We have Maria Harpas here
from Natural Health Medicine. (laughing) – Well done. – And she is our go-to
Lovewell nutritionist, has been just an amazing
source of knowledge for us. So we’ve actually
decided to start a series where you guys can ask questions and Maria will answer them. So we have four months’ worth of questions and we are so excited. And do you wanna just talk about how you guys got to know each other and how you got involved with Lovewell? – Yeah that’s right, well myself, my husband James and our kiddies have seen Maria for many many years and she’s helped us with
lots of different issues. We’re the same as any family, as healthy as we try to be, things come up so Maria’s been our go-to
and so we’re so excited to have her working with us at Lovewell. Because she’s just helped
us formulate the product, just be a support for you guys as well so thank you so much. – My pleasure. – And you’re also offering
15 minutes free consultation for anyone who needs her help. Guys, I’m telling you– – To see if we’ll be the right fit. – Yes, but you need to speak to her because she is brilliant and
she’s been so helpful to us. How do people get in contact with you? – Sure, so they can through email or our clinic phone number or Instagram. – And what’s your email? – Email’s
[email protected] – Great. Thank you so much! – Yeah so thank you so
much for your questions. We’re so sorry if we
don’t get around to yours but hopefully some of the questions we do ask resonate with you. One of the ones that we do
get contacted regularly about is the benefits of the Lovewell products. – Good one to start with! – Yeah, it’s a great one isn’t it? – Yeah! – So, having a look at the products, I think the first thing
that really stands out and it’s good to understand is that it’s a whole food product. So herbs and nutrients are
sourced from foods basically but foods that are sorta
harder for us to get, things like wheat grass and barley grass and spirulina that have
got B vitamins and things and so that’s really different to isolated nutrient products where you’re just getting zinc on its own or vitamin D on its own. It’s much safer because nature knows how to put the nutrients
into the foods correctly and balanced, so that’s really good. – ‘Cause a lot of the
vitamins you get out there are synthetic, is that right? – Yeah that’s right, they’re
not always coming from foods because we need to get
them in high high doses to have a therapeutic change that we need. But we’re checking and measuring to see and adjusting to see that what we’re doing is okay and working. But when you don’t know your
individual biochemical make-up you should be using whole food products so that’s really the go-to and especially, that’s what
we try to get people to once we’ve resolved things as well so that’s always been a really big thing. Yeah, so I think that’s nice
for everyone to know that, that it is a whole food product. – Definitely. – Amazing. – And no substitute for food. – Yeah it’s not a meal replacement. – But still good to help boost. – Yeah yeah. And they are harder things to get. Like if we look at the mushrooms, they’re not mushrooms, they’re special. – And the tremella– – Therapeutic mushrooms. – Isn’t tremella a vegan
source of collagen? – Exactly yeah. – That’s amazing. – That’s why we put it in there. – Chrissy wanted it in
there and she was like, “We need to have some form of collagen.” And I was like, “Oh but it
all comes from animals.” And then we managed to figure out one that comes just purely from plants. That’s amazing. Mushrooms, not my favorite
thing to eat, I have to say. I can’t taste it in Lovewell though. – No no, ’cause they’re so different. – And there’s a bunch in
there, I can’t taste it. – Yeah, they’re really
that therapeutic herbs and they’re not mushrooms
you’d normally eat. – Yeah exactly. – Amazing. – And I think the other thing is is if we a look at the ingredients
in the Lovewell products, we can see that pathways are supported. So detoxification
pathways are up-regulated with all the greens that are in there, spirulina, the chlorella. Chlorella actually helps kelate which is remove heavy metals as well so it’s supportive in that
way which is really good. Other things that it does is
it supports the immune system with the mushrooms but
also the prebiotics as well that are in there so it’s got
immune-boosting properties. – Fantastic. – Good for gut health, right? – Yeah, gut health as well, which, the gut drives the immune system. – Right. – Too so it’s really good. The other things in there
are the adaptogenic herbs like the maca root and
the mushrooms as well are also good for the adrenal glands so boost of energy! (laughs) – That’s good, I need that! As a tired mama! – Yeah so that’s really good. And the gut health that we talked about. So it’s got all of those
things that it’s supporting which is fantastic. – And it tastes like chocolate! (laughing) – It tastes really good, I did mine this morning
with my sister-in-law, we did coconut milk and
almond milk, half and half. – Yep. – And a banana, it was beautiful. – I do that too. Yeah, I have that Nutty brand, I have– – Yeah. – Yeah! And it’s a split, like coconut, almond, that’s exactly how I make it. And it’s delicious! – So that was beautiful. – It’s really good. – So that’s good. – And one important thing
for me formulating it as well is that a lot of us know the importance of the B vitamin complex as well and I wanted to pop that in there and we found this great
source from sprouted quinoa which I got from a supplier in Germany so I feel like that’s really innovative in what we’re doing and making sure it’s not coming from synthetic. So for those who don’t know much about, you don’t know your B
vitamins, what would you say? – Well energy, you need B vitamins for, if you’re under more stress than normal you need more B vitamins as well. If you drink alcohol. (laughing) You need B vitamins, you need
more than normal as well. (laughing) – I heard it helps lift
your mood, is that? – Yes absolutely. We haven’t talked about that, definitely, it’s good for mood. I mean B12 and folate
alone can effect mood. So it’s really important
to have those in there. – Great. – Another question that we got actually, I found quite interesting,
it was about mental health and fluctuating hormones. ‘Cause I think those
two can go hand-in-hand. – Yeah for sure. – People just wanted to know about supporting those particular things. – So there’s a few things. First from the products,
we’ve got the maca root that’s in there so that’s really good because that’s specifically
for hormone balancing so that’s great. And fertility as well. – Oh amazing. – Yeah it’s often given preconceptionally. So that can balance hormones. But I think dietary things and lifestyle things as
well that can be done, making sure that you drink enough water. So usually we recommend around
30ml per kilo that you weigh, so if you’re 65 kilos
that’ll be about two liters, if I’ve got that right. – Okay, great. – So sleep is important. Making sure with your food
that you’re not going too high on the sugars and the processed foods. – Like the Cheerios that
my husband picked up from the supermarket! For my children! – But they are vegan! (laughing) – Yeah, vegan! Mummy was away in Sydney and I came back and found Cheerios in the house! (laughing) – Yeah. That’s so funny. – Oh well. – Yeah so the sugars definitely
and the processed foods and good essential fats
so we want things like– – Avocado? – Avocado yeah, coconut oil, chia seeds are really good and flax seeds. – I’m having, they are
essential fatties in here too. So delicious! – They’re essential because our body doesn’t naturally produce
them, is that right? – Yeah so you have to get
them in your foods, yeah. – Right, interesting. – And they’re so important for hormones. The other thing also that I
think people don’t realize is the liver detoxifies the
hormones and clears hormones so if liver’s not working well then you can have issues
with your hormones. So you need the greens and
certain things to help the liver. – And is that particularly
helpful for teenagers as well? – Yes, yes. – We have someone writing about that. Teenagers and the ups and the downs. – Yeah yeah. The same sorts of things, that’s right. So they need those things
and then other foods as well, making sure protein sources are good and even seeds, pumpkin
seeds and sunflower seeds and that have got your
essential fats in them. Fatty fish, eggs also. So they’re good sources. Sleep, everything again
because that pushes and effects cortisol which
is our stress hormone. So it needs to be looked at. – And would you say it’s like
a mind, body, soul thing? Right because I have people in my family who suffer from mental health issues. And a lot of the time when they’re putting healthy things into their body, they’re getting enough sleep and they’re choosing
something that they love, something that sparks joy in their life like meditation or yoga or
just some kind of movement, they’re always feeling like they’re in a more balanced head space. So do you recommend movement as well? – For sure and I think if people are really fatigued as
well, with the hormones, then gentle movement. – Gentle, like swimming? – Yeah swimming and yoga. – Walking? – Walking, yeah. And then if they’ve got good energy then they can do more, but
that’s definitely important. And you’re right, I think
if the sleep’s not right then that doesn’t put you
in the right head space to eat well and then you
do reach for the sugars and the processed foods. – You cut those corners. – And then it’s that downward spiral. (laughing) It’s like catch up, catch up. – Oh my gosh, my husband
literally gets addicted to sugar. So he will have one, as you know and then, remember the chocolate at
your house that time, Chrissy? – I had this chocolate
bar that I just had one that I was just savoring for like a month and one square a day and I’m like, “Oh you have to try this.” And he just gobbled it all up! – The whole rest of the chocolate bar. (laughing) That she would’ve had for
at least another few weeks and he was like (gobbling). – Well that’s okay, we bought
some Loving Earth ones. – Oh yeah cool. And that was the brand too!. (laughing) – It’s got no nasties in it, at least! – Sugar is bad for everything
and another question we got was how to improve hair, skin and nails. – So not having sugar. – Not having sugar, I
know is like number one ’cause James, my husband, he’s big on that and first thing to cut
out is sugar in all forms. – Yeah I think because sugar definitely has lots of connection
with chronic disease. So that’s the big thing. But I wonder when it comes to skin, especially like acne, what’s going on, whether it’s what the sugar is in as well. So there’s two main foods that some people have a real problem with with their skin and one’s dairy and one’s gluten. And so it’s not that everyone
has to go and take that out but you could experiment with it if you’ve got acne problems. – I took dairy out recently because my baby was getting
terrible breakouts on her skin. And then I ended up cutting out dairy and her skin is beautiful. – It cleared up straight away! – Straight away. – Yeah it can be really quick. – But on day two, I noticed a difference and I was like, “Well that’s
it, there goes my Cadbury!” (laughing) Oh well, now I know it’s good ’cause Cadbury also has sugar so a good thing to cut out. (laughing) – Yeah, well that’s the thing isn’t it? You can experiment, take
it out for a few weeks, see if that solves the problem, if not you can try the gluten, ’cause I have clients
where it’s one or the other or sometimes both. And it’s not always the problem but it’s definitely worth trying. – So like an elimination diet,
sort of where you take out… – Yeah, maybe just, if
you find it hard to do it, you can just take one thing first and see if it– – It makes a difference. – If it makes a difference. – Otherwise you won’t know what helps. – Yeah, yeah. The other way is you
take lots of things out and then you bring one back in at a time. So it just depends on what people feel. – But it is a frequently asked question, why again we wanted the tremella, the collagen, in there to really help. – The nails. – From the inside. – Collagen is just fantastic isn’t it? And it’s good for the skin and yeah. And you need zinc and again, zinc’s in pumpkin seeds
and it’s in oysters and you also need things
like some of your B vitamins and magnesiums and
things like that as well. – So lots of those things are
in the Blossom, aren’t they? – Yeah, yeah. And the antioxidants. – Yes, they’re in there too yeah. – And actually the prebiotics as well because that really
can affect skin health, what’s going on in the gut. – That makes me happy. – Yeah (laughing). – Well thank you so much, we’ll
be back with you another day to do the next series of questions. – Thank you. – And thanks everyone for
sending those questions in, they’ve been wonderful. – Thank you. – So we will see you next week. (kissing noises)

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