- Created on Wednesday, 01 May 2013 17:58
If cleanliness is next to Godliness, then oral hygiene isn’t far behind. If you want to know how healthy you really are, open your mouth and look in the mirror. Poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease, mouth ulcers, and tooth decay, have all been associated with chronic disease including:
- and heart disease.
Good oral hygiene doesn’t just help you flash a great smile - but also helps you stay healthy and prevent disease. Combined with regular brushing and a good diet, these three tips can help improve your oral health.
Tip 1: Try Oil Pulling With a High Quality Coconut Oil
Oil pulling is a practice that dates back thousands of years to ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine. The highly anti microbial & anti bacterial properties of coconut oil help to kill bad bacteria that build up in the mouth - these bacteria are one of the common causes of plaque that lead to periodontal disease.
Oil pulling is simple & easy to add to your morning routine. Simply take 1 or 2 tablespoons of good quality coconut oil and swish in your mouth for 10–15 minutes. Once done, make sure you spit out the coconut oil, rather than swallowing.
Tip 2: Add
- Created on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 09:46
Recently we looked at the danger of taking calcium supplements, particularly without advice and monitoring by a Naturopath or other health care professional. One of the most common reasons given for calcium supplementation is the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis. While low dietary calcium intake is definitely a contributor to osteoporosis, an increase in calcium intake above the amount in a balanced diet, saw little or no reduction in risk of osteoporosis and related fractures. (1)
The reality is that treatment and prevention of osteoporosis, like other metabolic disorders, requires addressing all contributing lifestyle not popping a calcium pill. In this article we take a look at some of the most common metabolic drivers for osteoporosis, and what you can do to prevent them.
Impaired Nutrient Absorption
We often find that although clients may have enough calcium in their diet, they have other digestive problems that lead to problems with calcium absorption. When this happens, dietary calcium travels straight through the digestive tract and without being absorbed.
There are a few factors that can lead to problems with calcium absorption.
Firstly, weak stomach acid. Calcium requires an acidic environment
- Created on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 13:32
The festive season is over and many of us now face the challenging prospect of returning to the stress of daily work life. New research by The Australia Institute shows that stress is becoming an 'epidemic' national health issue. Stress damages many of your body’s systems, including immune and inflammatory response.
Is your health being affected by stress? Do you often feel anxious, worried, depressed, irritable, exhausted, overloaded or forgetful? Do you suffer from stiff or sore muscles or joints, tension headaches, high blood pressure, frequent colds or the flu? Or do you have irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers or worsening of an existing condition? If you answered "yes" to one or more of these questions, your body is overburdened by stress.
Fight or Flight: Your response to Stress
Your body has a complex, but very important response to stress. Thousands of year ago, the threat of a predator triggered an immediate response to prepare you for attack, or to run away. Chemical messengers including adrenaline, cortisol and noradrenaline produced by the adrenal glands and brain increased blood flow to essential organs such as the heart, lungs, brain and muscles while shutting off non-vital systems such as digestion and
- Created on Monday, 11 February 2013 16:21
During our life style reviews we ask our clients for a list of pharmaceutical drugs and supplements they are taking. Invariably calcium supplementation is one that appears on most people’s lists. This is often present in multi vitamin and multi mineral formulas, pharmaceutical calcium supplements for osteoporosis, or is present in antacids.
Calcium has become such as popular supplement, and so tightly linked to bone health, that the last 20 years has seen its use grow by over 100% among women over 60.
Calcium supplementation though, has a dark side that causes untold problems to your cardiovascular, mental, and hormonal health. If you are using calcium it is very important that you be doing so with regular advice and checkups from a qualified health practitioner with experience in nutritional medicine.
Calcium & Your Heart
Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is one of the biggest single risk factors for death from cardiovascular disease. Increasingly, research is finding that excessive calcium intake from supplementation dramatically increases the risk of cardiovascular disease mortality (1) as the free calcium prevents your body from dissolving arterial plaques as they build up.
This additional risk was not seen where calcium
- Created on Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:25
Have you been working hard all year to lose body fat or get into shape? There are few things as frustrating as returning from a relaxing holiday and finding you’ve acquired a few extra kilos along the way. Suddenly, those new jeans you bought during the post-Christmas sales don’t fit any more and stress levels start to rise as you wonder exactly what you are going to wear to work!
If your Christmas holiday plans involve travel, don’t despair, you can enjoy your holiday and still keep the extra weight off with a little pre-planning. This month we look at some important tips for anyone travelling on the holidays.
Mild dehydration is common with any sort of travel and, made worse in air travel. Dehydration is often misinterpreted as hunger and by drinking water, you can give your body what it needs without adding extra calories.
Stick to plain water and avoid soft drinks, or fruit juices that are high in calories. Vitamin waters, and sports drinks, are another big trap, while claiming to help improve hydration levels, these contain sugar and extra calories.
Pre-purchase Nuts & Dried Fruits
Nuts and dried fruits are a life