last Newsletter, we have been busy conducting Seminars and Health
Checks through out the country and have noticed a few key issue's
that are of concern to many. As a result this newsletter and the
following one in November will focus on some of these subjects.
This month's newsletter will focus on 3 key areas:
1. Smart Foods? Think again
2. Boost your energy. Look and feel great for
3. Hot Tips
Smart foods? Think again
By Maria Deveson Crabbe, Author Your Body Your Life
bread with omega 3s to lemon squash with ginseng, it seems more
and more products are undergoing a bit of a "health"
makeover. But do they really deliver the health benefits they
As good as
it feels to be opting for the healthy alternative at the supermarket,
we need to be cautious when purchasing these nutrient-boosted
Australia New Zealand is the Government regulator responsible
for ensuring our food is safe. While current food laws prohibit
manufacturers claiming any food has a medicinal effect, clever
companies know how to push the envelope. "Functional foods",
products tweaked to deliver a health benefit, are increasingly
appearing on our shelves.
with the functional food trend is twofold. When it comes to good
health, a balanced diet is paramount. Rather than look for a silver
bullet solution, look for the PCF (protein, carbohydrates and
fat) balance of the product. This is a truer indicator of how
healthy a product really is.
Of more concern
is that many functional foods simply do not deliver. Here are
some facts about five foods worth keeping in mind when making
your purchasing decision.
1. White bread
with Omega 3s. Normally found in fatty fish, omega-3 essential
fatty acids are very susceptible to damage from heat. Popping
these in your toaster can increase the likelihood of dangerous
'trans-fatty acids' being formed. Additionally, a diet high in
white bread can elevate blood sugar and endanger heart health,
negating the heart health benefits of omega 3.
2. Fruit juice
with Calcium. The high acid environment in some fruit juices inhibits
the absorption of Calcium. Furthermore, Vitamin C and some forms
of Calcium when taken together can lead to reduced absorption
bars with Guarana. Guarana may be all the rage and certainly does
provide energy burst in most people, however, make no mistake;
it is the caffeine that is providing the "kick". All
caffeine, whether from a coffee bean or guarana can be both addictive
and overstimulating of the adrenal glands (which can lead to long
term adrenal exhaustion).
4. Soft drinks
with Ginseng. There are many wonderful health promoting herbs
from various medical traditions, however as powerful therapeutic
agents, care needs to be taken to ensure that there are no adverse
reactions and only qualified practitioners can provide the necessary
advice. Some common medications have been found to react badly
with various herbs.
with Omega 3s. Margarines contain what are known as photosterolesters,
substances found naturally in plants. These have been found to
reduce the uptake of vitamin
A. In addition, to develop the smooth spreadable texture, most
margarines contain processed fats including trans-fatty acids.
These fats are not easily digested and have been linked to arterial
plaque formations and other heart disease, working counter to
the Omega 3s.
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Hot tips and research
some interesting tips and bits of research on a wide variety of
a cup of chamomile tea for nervous upsets and any digestive
fennel or peppermint tea for indigestion - great for baby's
with an infusion of thyme for colds and sore throats.
some cotton wool in an infusion of lavender flowers, and place
over the eyes to relieve headaches. Also good for dark circles
under the eyes.
cloves are highly antiseptic and may be rubbed directly onto
garlic is efficient at drawing out corns.
slice of fresh ginger infused in hot water will ease nausea
or prevent travel sickness.
stings and insect bites place fresh slices of onion on the sting
for rapid relief.
oil is great for relieving headaches and soothing tired sore
oil can be used to treat any fungal skin infections. A few drops
in warm water may be used to soak the affected area.
oil is the smell found in many commercial rubs and is the essential
ingredient that gives them the ability to relieve pain. Apply
the oil to aching joints and muscles, overstrained elbows shoulders
are excellent for relieving toothache; apply directly to the
oil is excellent for penetrating colds and sinus problems. Place
a few drops on a tissue or add to boiling water or an oil burner.
has shown that eating about 47g of soy protein a day can reduce
"bad" LDL cholesterol levels by 13% and triglycerides
by 10%. Other studies suggest it can inhibit the growth of prostate-cancer
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