As clear as MUD

Remember back to your childhood, playing in the garden making pies out of mud and eating dirt before your parents could stop you. Well, two Victorian friends have taken this concept to a new level producing a holistic health brand called MUD. MUD is a range of natural clay based products designed to purify your skin, detox your body, and clear your mind. But rest assured there is no backyard dirt in these products!
We live in a world full of environmental toxins, heavy metals, pollution, and chemicals, which can accumulate in our body over time making us unwell and disrupting our equilibrium. On top of that, extremely busy and stressful workloads do nothing to help the situation. MUDs mission is to create a movement around ‘balance’. Their aim is to help people take control of their own health and wellbeing, because as much as we try, our lifestyles can’t always be a picture of health, or as they put it ‘as clear as mud’.
MUD is actually an acronym which stands for My Ultimate Detox. Its’ key ingredient is Australian Bentonite Clay which has an electrical charge which comes to life with water. The negative charge in the clay attracts the positive charge found in toxins thus, extracting them from the body.

My recovery MUD bath!

I tested Muscle MUD to aid my recovery after a heavy training session. It’s a soothing bath soak designed to ease sore muscles and detox your skin. If you lack access to a tub it can also be used as a full body mask or a foot bath. All ingredients in MUD are 100% natural, vegan, and cruelty free. Along with Bentonite clay Muscle MUD contains;

  • Kaolin clay to increase circulation,
  • Himalayan pink rock salt as a cleanser,
  • Aloe Vera to moisture skin,
  • Peppermint Essential Oil to reduce inflammation,
  • and Epsom Salt which has been used for centuries to relax muscles and soothe muscle pain.

Unlike the real stuff, MUD comes in a durable pouch as perfectly refined power that you simply add to water. My 20 minute bathe in MUD certainly did the trick for my achy body and made me feel completely relaxed and sleepy. Definitely try this one before bed if you have trouble getting to sleep and feel restless.

Check out the full range of MUD bath and body products at their website and start restoring your balance with MUD.

Photo credits: S.Seipel.

The Paddle Shop

Only one week to go until racing starts at the 2017 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Racice, Czech Republic.  I am very proud to be representing my country at my 4th World Championships and will compete in the women’s Paracanoe individual KL2 (kayak) and VL2 (outrigger canoe) races.  Time will tell if all my hard work at training, in the gym and on-water, over the past year will lead to improvements in my performance.

Last year was so incredible with the sport of Paracanoe making it’s debut at the Rio Paralympic Games.  I will never forget hearing the crowd cheering loudly as I crossed the finish line, feeling completely exhausted but relieved and elated in the knowledge that I just made history winning Australia’s first ever Paracanoe medal at Paralympic level!  It’s a hard act to follow…

Consequently, this year I have made a few changes in the hope to shave off those few crucial seconds that make all the difference in sprint racing.  I also have some new equipment that I am very excited about! I am so grateful for the support of The Paddle Shop, who have supplied me with a new outrigger canoe paddle – the Quickblade V Drive.


The Paddle Shop is Australia’s leading supplier of water craft, paddles, clothing and accessories.  They are passionate for all things paddling and are happy to help assist you with exactly what you need whether you are a professional or beginner. They have a wide range of stock at their Mooloolaba showroom, on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, that allows you to compare brands, styles, and products.

Can’t get to the shop? You can also see their product range online at their website; They ship around Australia and world-wide! Also join me in following them on Facebook for all the latest news, upcoming events, blog post, and general paddling information.

I am so impressed by the The Paddle Shop for their service, friendliness, product range and prices. They really are a one stop shop for all your paddling needs!

Photo credits:  North Coast Foods (top), S.Seipel (middle).