Biohawk in New Zealand

In August this year I took myself off to Brisbane to meet with Dr Cliff Hawkins and see what could be done about making Biohawk products readily available to New Zealanders.  Like me, other people in NZ ordered products from Brisbane online, but the frozen products Digest easy and Pine Crush, that are so good for children and to fight infection couldn’t be ordered due to shipping time, and the freight and exchange rate made the order more expensive.

I had been using the products myself for dairy intolerance for a few years and every time I went to Australia would bring some back in my suitcase, but this wasn’t sustainable and meant I was limited in the number of people I could recommend them to in my Practice.

Dr Hawkins had been looking into the New Zealand market, knowing how many people from NZ are connected with Australia in some way, and that he was getting a few orders from over the ditch.  He was more than supportive of building a relationship with Upbeat Health and supporting us to make the whole product range available in Aotearoa.

So in September this year the first bulk shipment arrived at Upbeat Health in Katikati, safe and sound thanks to the care of Mainfreight Ocean and Air.  We worked overtime to get our website upgraded to show our new focus as Biohawk Distributor, and get an online store up and running smoothly so people could easily learn about the Biohawk products and purchase them.

To help people learn about the products and understand how to use them, I have started presenting Dr Hawkins work in a two hour seminar that is free to attend and includes a one hour food preparation demonstration.  The unique Treat Your Food – Treat Yourself protocol is different and feels challenging to learn initially so the practical demonstration of the food preparation techniques is a great way for someone new to the protocol to get started. I will be making these presentations around the North Island in 2016 and if you are interested in arranging a seminar in your town please contact Jenny.

I am enormously excited about the partnership between Upbeat Health and Biohawk.  The opportunity to help New Zealanders, who are experiencing health problems from Food Intolerance and Autoimmune Disease, to implement Biohawk’s unique products into their lives to help them feel well and live well.

If you know someone suffering from food intolerance, inflammatory bowel disease, any one of the 300 or so autoimmune diseases or fertility problems including multiple miscarriages then please do them a huge favour and tell them about Biohawk.

We look forward to providing Biohawk help to New Zealanders in the years to come.


Kia ora




Detox Allowable Food List

Detox allowable food list – click to download

During your detox your practitioner will recommend a diet based on your individual requirements.  The diet will ensure that you are eating the right foods for your body in order to maximise the detoxification process.

Ensure you eat one portion of protein per meal, preferably organic and free range, with a maximum of two serves of red meat per week.

When shopping always look for seasonal fruit and vegetables.  Farmers Markets and local produce stalls are an excellent way to source fresh seasonal produce.  Its always preferable to buy organic when possible.

Fresh vegetable juice makes a great addition to your detox diet.  If you own a juicer try juicing carrots, green apples, ginger, beetroot, celery and lemons.

Avoid packaged and processed foods.

Avoid foods containing artificial colours, flavours, additives, stabilisers, flavour enhancers, and hydrogenated fats.  Read the labels to check.

Read ingredients list to ensure there is no saturated fat, gluten or sugar in your detox food.

Choose organic soy milk made from whole beans, and organic rice milk is also a great option.

Plan your meals and shopping in advance to avoid impulse purchases of foods that aren’t on your shopping list.  Never shop when you’re hungry.

Before you start your detox remove as many ‘avoid foods’ from your home as possible to make it easier to stick to your guns and complete your detox successfully.

Instead of meeting friends for a drink or coffee, meet for a walk.  You can still chat and be social while avoiding unhealthy food and getting exercise.

Ensure a good night’s sleep.

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Detoxification and Rheumatoid Arthritis

I have a lot to be thankful for, after the 12 week Detox Program Jenny put me on in 2007. It was the one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life but I had good motivation to do so!!

I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Psoriasis and excruciating pain, which together were debilitating and had seriously diminished my quality of life.  I couldn’t do the simplest things, like hanging up washing, preparing meals for my family, dressing myself easily, washing my hair … even driving the automatic vehicle became a struggle. I became depressed, which I had never experienced before in my life.

It was truly awful, I had forgotten what it was like to have a good laugh.

Then … I was diagnosed with Chronic Rheumatoid Arthritis, and told I would be in a wheelchair in 5 years!

I decided to follow my gut instinct, and ignored the advice given by my neurologist and rheumatologist to use Methotrexate (a chemotherapy drug) for the rest of my life.  I rarely even took a Panadol so this was not the way for me.

I researched dietary changes and began to eliminate acidic foods from my diet and replace with wholesome alkaline foods.  I removed carbs (sugar and white flour), alcohol, coffee and dairy and even certain nuts! In 4-6wks I started to feel less pain and after 8mths I was so much better I decided to re-introduce my favourite foods (pasta) and coffee and wine.  Within days I was in pain, my bowel symptoms returned and I was terrified I was going back where I had come from.

I spoke to Jenny and she recommended doing a serious Integrated Detoxification Program of 12 weeks to Remove (bad bugs), Renew (good bugs) and Repair (the gastrointestinal tract).

Well, it worked a treat and along the way when I experienced a few hard times, Jenny was there to help and support me. The last phase was the hardest, but I’m so glad I stuck with it and I haven’t looked back.  I have been in remission now for 5 yrs.

I advise anyone with any chronic illness to go and seek advice from Jenny at Upbeat Health and you too could get your health and vitality back!  Life is to be enjoyed, not to be spent in misery thinking POOR ME!!  You must be proactive to get results that can be life changing.  Thank you so much Jenny, you’re a gem” –  Myriam; Perth WA

Overcoming Reflux

WELLNESS REVIEW from Metagenics

Overcoming Reflux

Is reflux burning you up inside???

Reflux and indigestion affects millions of people’s lives every day with one in ten adults experiencing reflux every week.  For some, the symptoms of reflux and indigestion may only be mild, with only a slightly uncomfortable sensation in the stomach or the occasional regurgitation.

For others the pain can be severe and quite disruptive.  Although symptoms may be mild, your body may still be suffering damage.

What goes down shouldn’t come up

When you swallow, food passes down a long tube between the mouth and your stomach called the oesophagus.  Your digestive system has mechanisms for allowing food and drink to pass into your stomach, and prevent it from coming back up. When these mechanisms don’t work properly, your stomach contents can squeeze out of your stomach and back up into your oesophagus. When this happens, the acid and other secretions that normally digest your food actually burn and begin to digest the lining of your oesophagus; this is what causes the burning sensation that is so irritating for people with reflux. If this happens often enough, the tissue may become so damaged that it becomes ulcerated.

Read more: WR Overcoming-reflux

Please phone or email to make an appointment if you would like support to achieve relief from reflux or any other of your health concerns.

Spring Time is Detox Time

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the Spring season relates to the Wood element and it is the time of the year when the Liver and Gallbladder are due for a service.

In TCM Yin is inward, dark, quiet and slow and Yang is outward, colourful, bright, loud and fast.  The energy of Spring is Rising Yang, when everything in nature bursts into life after the Yin time of Winter.

Spring is the perfect time for a Spring Clean of the digestive tract and liver with a practitioner supported Integrated Detoxification Program from Upbeat Health

In our busy modern world, toxins are very common.  Environmental toxins include things like heavy metals, pesticides, chemicals, food additives, drugs and pollutants, which are present in the air, water and food that we consume.  Toxins can also be generated internally by unfriendly bacteria, yeasts and parasites in your digestive system.  These internally-generated toxins are then absorbed into your bloodstream, affecting your health and vitality.

Your body has mechanisms for eliminating all these toxins, but these detoxification pathways can become overwhelmed if you produce, consume or absorb more toxins over a lifetime, than you can easily get rid of.  If you are not feeling 100% Upbeat Health has a safe and effective detoxification program that will help clear your body of accumulated toxins.

Your safety is important to us, and whilst a detoxification program can be one of the most effective strategies for rapidly improving your health, it is a serious business that should not be attempted without the guidance of a trained health care professional.  The natural supplements used in our program support your body and help it detoxify and repair without causing any undesirable side-effects.

Upbeat Health prescribes a detox program that is safe, simple and effective and involves

3 steps over 6 weeks:

1. Remove the bad bugs from the digestive system.
2. Renew or replace with good bugs and improve digestive function.
3. Release the toxins via the kidneys and liver.

We make recommendations and provide resources for a simple wholefood diet to support detoxification, and for stress management, exercise and relaxation.

In some individual circumstances this program may be extended up to 12 weeks to achieve the desired results.

The Upbeat Health Detoxification program is the most effective way of giving your body a thorough spring clean and getting you feeling fantastic again!

Book a Detox consultation today for more information on the Upbeat Health Integrated Detoxification Program for your Spring Clean!

Food for Thought

Food For Thought :: Evidence For Eating Cruciferous Vegetables

Cabbage :: Kale :: Broccoli :: Cauliflower :: Brussels sprouts ::Turnips :: Watercress :: Bok Choy

‘Its well known that the cruciferous vegetable family is purported to reduce breast cancer risk’

Dr Jeffrey Bland PhD – founder of the Institute for Functional Medicine, Gig Harbour, Washington.

‘Everything I have seen has indicated that eating cruciferous vegetables is an excellent thing to do.  That food group, to me, is the most likely one to help prevent cancer’

Dr Eleanor Rogan PhD – Professor at the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre

‘One of the most important effects of cruciferous vegetables is that they contain compounds that induce a very important enzyme called quinone reductase, which takes the reactive form of estrogen back to a non-reactive form.  It’s the reactive form of estrogen that seems to be the source of cancer initiation’

Dr Eleanor Rogan PhD – Professor at the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre 30 years in the field of Cancer Research




Chakra Quinoa Slaw

A lovely gluten-free spring salad  :: Chakra Quinoa Slaw

This light, refreshing slaw is made with organic black quinoa and a tasty organic pomegranate juice and apple cider vinegar dressing – a great balance to any meal.
• 1 ½ cups organic quinoa (best with black quinoa but any colour will do)
• 3 cups water
• 1 head red cabbage, shredded
• 1 1/2 cups sugar snap or snow peas, cut on diagonal
• 1 1/2 cups carrots, shredded
• 1 large red onion, chopped
• 1 large bunch fresh coriander, roughly chopped
• 1 red capsicum, diced (optional)
• 1/2 cup organic pomegranate juice
• 1/2 cup raw apple cider vinegar
• 5 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
• ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
• Juice of one lemon or lime
• Celtic sea salt to taste
1. Soak quinoa overnight, then rinse.
2. Add quinoa to boiling water and simmer for 15 minutes or until fully cooked.
3. Remove from heat, fluff with fork, and cool completely.
4. In a small bowl, combine pomegranate juice, apple cider vinegar, ginger, lemon/lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, and sea salt.
5. In a large bowl, combine black quinoa, red cabbage, snap peas, carrots, red onion, red pepper, and coriander.
6. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and lightly fold in.
7. Enjoy!

Recipe from BED website (by Tara Armstrong)