our story – how food boost and immune+ began

our story - how foodboost and immune+ began
our story - how foodboost and immune+ began


Our story began in 1970 when our family launched Rener Health Centres, a naturopathic clinic in Perth, Western Australia. Decades later, it is now Rener Health Clinics, headed by my sister.

As I write my first blog in November 2019, I’m about to celebrate 58 years of living and loving and learning. Dad has retired in his eighties. The era of Rener Health Centres has ended. Family members have died. I miss them. And it’s time to leave behind the knowledge and skills we have gained.

The idea of Food Boost began in 2018. My sister and I were talking about ageing and life. That there are no guarantees. And what legacy did we want to leave behind?

Around that time, a friend of mine came down with a virus — coughing and aching and miserable. And as friends do, I was visiting with my ‘brews’ (as my sister calls them). Honey and lemon drinks with fresh ginger and spice. Ointment for a sore nose. Essential oil blends. Soup loaded with fresh herbs from my garden and fortified smoothies to rebuild strength.

While I was doing that, I was thinking about all the simple things we have in our homes that can help us heal. That it’s the everyday things we do that add up to the quality of our lives.

The challenge is we live demanding lives, and we neglect ourselves. We use our stash of I’m busy excuses, and we don’t make time for healthy living. No time for healthy eating, we grab and go. No time to rest. No wonder we get run down and sick.

That conversation with my sister and a friend getting ill became a defining moment. What if I could make something that could help time-poor people protect their health every day? It would have to be easy to use. Quick. And it would have to taste good.

our story created immune+

And that’s how our first product immune+ came to be.

I wanted to create a solution that people anywhere could add to what they already do. I needed to consider cultures and lifestyles. There is no one way we all do things.

The answer came to me while I was making a cup of tea and thinking about people around the world. What do we have in common? Of course! Drinking.

I could create a blend that you could add to a drink – a morning cup of coffee, a cosy hot chocolate, a cup of tea, a morning smoothie, a soothing lemon drink if you had a sore throat. Something that would boost nutrition to support the immune system. One of my ‘brews’. And people could drink a cup or two a day to keep germs away.

I have my family and friends and neighbours to thank here, for being my taste testers and you-can-do-it life coaches, for giving me honest feedback and encouragement.

Immune+ is our first product, and there are more to share with you. We are starting slowly and thoroughly, producing small batches at a time because fresh is best.

And to solve the challenge of people being time-poor, we’re producing powdered products, so they can be as instant as can be without compromising the nutritional qualities of our organic ingredients.

together we can create a new story

Along the way, we will share what we know in our blogs and social media posts on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

You can also explore other natural health resources in our FRIENDS directory.

We can all make a difference by caring and sharing and collaborating.

It’s your turn now to tell your story.

We’d love to hear from you. You are always welcome to leave comments, ideas and feedback – especially if it helps others.

all the best!

Tracey Rieniets | Food Boost

how are you? are you well? how are you really?

how are you
how are you


how are you really?

Hi, how are you?

It’s a common greeting. And we reply we are ‘fine’ – even when we are not.

We tend to ignore ourselves as much as the question.

Why? Because we live in a fast world, and our to-do lists often take priority over our personal needs.

But busy doesn’t count when it comes to health.

If you want to be healthy, you need to understand what your body requires to function effectively and provide it.

When you neglect you, it’s easy to lose awareness of what your body is trying to tell you.

Exhaustion becomes – no wonder I’m tired, I’ve had a busy day/week/month/year. We make excuses.

And when you lose connection and misunderstand the signals your body is giving you, you suffer the consequences. You get run down. You end up ill.

That’s when you need to stop and make your health your top priority.

connecting with your body

Your body is the vehicle that helps you live your life – and it needs to be kept in good condition for you to achieve anything.

Most people spend more time and money on their appearance than their health. But what’s the point of looking good, if you don’t have the vitality to enjoy life?

So let me ask you again, how are you – really?

Are you running on empty? Unfit? Stressed?

Be still for a moment. Close your eyes and scan your body.

What’s happening on the inside?

Don’t just think about it though, write it down so you can see your truth right there in front of you and reconnect with you.


Are you mostly full of energy or tired? Do you feel healthy or rundown? Are your muscles relaxed or tight? Are you in pain? What is your body experiencing?


Are you happy, peaceful, sad, anxious, angry, worried, numb? What are you generally feeling most of the time?


Is it negative or positive, calm, or continually thinking and analysing? What’s going on in your mind?

now is the time to connect with you

Don’t put off this exercise because you’re too busy right now.

It’s a lot faster and easier to mend than to have to rebuild. And prevention is always the best cure for sickness and disease.

Noticing you – the condition you are in right now – is a good place to begin improving your health.

When you ‘make’ the time to connect with your body, your emotions and your mind, you will find what you need to repair.

because your health is worth nurturing!

If you need inspiration, motivation or simply want to explore ideas about nutrition and your health, visit our FRIENDS directory and connect to a wide range of supportive resources, or visit our Pinterest page for links to recipes and healthy food ideas.

your diet & disease – eat well to be well

Your diet
Your diet

your diet & disease

Diet simply means the kinds of food you eat all of the time. But the word itself can cause negative reactions. Diet – arrrgghhh!

So let’s eliminate the word diet, and tell anyone who asks you’ve decided to improve your nutrition.

Nutrition is the process of providing nourishment necessary for health and healing. More than ever, it is essential to understand the connection between diet and disease.

Research on population health reveals that we are living longer, but we are also getting sicker. And a leading cause of our chronic diseases and one in five deaths is nutrition.

What these findings mean is that millions of us are eating the wrong kinds of food for good health.

It also means that we are suffering and dying from something preventable. 


what are we doing wrong?

Global Burden of Disease studies concludes that we are eating too many highly refined foods and not enough whole grains. We are consuming too much salt, sugar and the wrong kinds of fats. And we are not eating enough fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds.

We also need to consider the consequences of ingesting artificial chemicals that are used in food processing to preserve, colour and flavour.

What too many of us are putting into our bodies is a recipe for diet-related disease.

Every time we eat or drink, we are either nurturing or undermining our health. So why aren’t we engaging in healthy nutrition?

what are our reasons?

Poor nutrition is all about food choice.

Many of us are time-poor. We live busy lives and believe healthy eating takes too much time. ‘Fast’ foods suit our hectic schedules.

Some of us think healthy meals are complicated. We prefer easy options, ‘convenience’ foods that are often highly processed and low in nutritional content.

You can also become a victim of poor nutrition, stuck in a vicious cycle of blood sugar highs and lows. You feel tired all the time and crave sugar-loaded food and drinks.

No matter what our reasons are, there is no escaping the consequences of a poor diet. What we eat and drink directly affects our health.

the healthiest food to eat

One important way to protect your health is to make sure that what you eat is not contaminated with toxic chemicals because they accumulate and poison your body. It means eating foods that are grown in fertile soil, without the use of artificial fertilisers, pesticides or genetic modification. In other words, eat organic food.

Naturally grown, organic food is the healthiest food to eat.

Eating organic food also means you avoid ingesting preservatives designed to keep food fresh longer. The cocktail of chemicals sprayed on fresh produce is linked to heart attack, stroke and cancer.

And ditch highly processed foods – they are stripped of vitamins, minerals and fibre. You might think they taste delicious, but they are empty of nutrition and contribute to preventable diseases.

Instead, eat food that is as close to nature as possible. Certified organic, whole foods are nutrition-rich – and free of artificial flavours, colours or chemical preservatives.

balancing nutrition in your diet

To provide your body optimum nutrition, eat a variety of foods to ensure a balanced intake of nutrients.

Imagine a circle on your dining room table that represents the food you eat in a day.

Fill half of the circle with organic fruit and vegetables.

Fill a quarter with low GI carbohydrates.

Fill the final quarter with organic sources of protein.

why low GI carbohydrates are important in your diet

And make sure you eat healthier carbohydrates!

The healthiest carbohydrates to eat are low GI – below 55.

What does GI mean?

When you digest the foods you eat, they are rated according to how fast (high) or slow (low) sugar is released – it’s called a Glycaemic Index or GI.

Foods that are whole and natural tend to have a lower GI – so you get an even release of sugar and balanced energy.

If you eat highly processed foods, sugar releases quickly. You tend to get a quick spike of energy and a fast crash. It’s a familiar story for those who experience the highs and lows of sugar cravings.

To break this destructive cycle, make sure that the majority of the food you eat is rich in fibre to slow the release of sugar – and made up of organic vegetables, protein and low GI carbs. Fresh food is always best.

Or visit a nutritionist. They are a great resource to get your diet sorted.

You can also buy shoppers guides to low GI foods or search online for Glycaemic Indexes to learn more about food and nutrition.

resources to help you improve your diet

If you need inspiration or guidance, check out our FRIENDS directory Nutrition page where you can find links to resources and wonderful recipes. One source of delicious and nutritious food ideas we love is Chef Cynthia Louise. She offers online classes that are fun and full of flavour.

eat well to be well!

cosmetics – are your personal care products ageing you?

Are your cosmetics ageing you?
Are your cosmetics ageing you?


Cosmetics are anything you apply to your skin when you clean, groom and beautify your body. And every day, you may unknowingly be ageing your skin and undermining your health using products in your bathroom.

It’s eye-opening when you start investigating your personal care products.

Everyday cosmetics, such as soap, shampoo, moisturisers, body lotion, eye, lip and facial makeup, fingernail polish, toothpaste, deodorant, perfume and hair dye can contain synthetic chemical ingredients proven to be harmful to health.

Some of these chemicals dry, irritate and age your skin. While others have been shown to contribute to hormonal disruptions • headaches • allergies • skin conditions • depression • chronic fatigue • learning disabilities • hyperactivity • irritability • and even certain cancers.

be chemical-free

To protect your skin from harm – it’s worth using toxic-free cosmetics on your skin.

There are so many beautiful natural and organic cosmetic brands available now that it’s easy to make the switch.

what’s hiding in your cosmetics?

There are two great websites you can investigate ingredients in the products you use:

  1. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics – www.safecosmetics.org
  2. Skin Deep Cosmetics Database – www.ewg.org/skindeep

One of the healthiest things you can do for yourself and your family is to avoid synthetic chemicals that are hazardous to your health and age your skin.

anti-ageing foods your skin loves

Take a look at your diet too.

When it comes to anti-ageing and skin health – what you put inside your body is more important than the cosmetics you put on our skin.

A growing number of studies reveal that the most effective way to prevent skin ageing is through nutrition.

We’ve put together a list of the nutrition your skin loves in our blog post – skin loves anti-ageing foods – how to stop ageing your skin.

worth watching

Toxic Beauty Documentary

Website link: www.toxicbeautydoc.com/the-film

Toxic Beauty is an excellent investigative documentary that exposes hard truths about dangerous, unregulated chemicals and toxins in cosmetics and personal care products.

Woven throughout the film is a human experiment that documents a medical student who measures her chemical body burden from using over 27 personal care products. Scientists monitor her shocking results.

In the end, there is hope when the filmmakers meet companies and people who offer solutions for safer, toxicant free cosmetics.

sometimes truth confronts us and sets us free!