OCTOBER 2002-10-09

Daylight saving is here and it is beginning to feel like summer is on the way. To celebrate we are focusing on some topical issues to inform, educate and support you and to help you increase your energy and vitality to make the most of your longer days.


The liver is the largest and one of the most important of our internal organs.
It is like a chemical processing factory, where everything you eat is converted into substances your body needs for health. It processes fats, stores certain vitamins, minerals and sugars and controls the production and excretion of cholesterol. The liver's most important job is to reduce or remove toxic chemicals (such as drugs, alcohol & chemicals) from the bloodstream.


  • Your liver stretches across the entire width of your body.
  • If 80 per cent of your liver was removed, the remaining part would have
    rebuilt itself (as long as its healthy, to its original size within a few months.
  • At any given time, 13 per cent of your blood will be in your liver.

Good things you need:

  • Try to eat high fibre foods like wholemeal breads, grains, rice, cereals, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables & good quality protein.
  • Drink two litres of filtered or purified water every day.

Bad things to avoid:

  • High-cholesterol foods, deep-fried and fatty foods, salted foods, sugar, processed and refined foods.
  • Too many medications as chemicals can harm your liver - try something natural whenever possible.
  • Consume less alcohol, coffee, tea & carbonated drinks.
  • Don't smoke
  • Cut back on your alcohol intake - no more than two glasses per day.
  • Be careful when using aerosols eg. insect sprays, hairsprays, paint sprays, chemical cleaners - always make sure there is plenty of ventilation or wear a mask.

If you stay at a healthy weight, exercise regularly and don't overindulge your liver will look after you better!

One way to take care of your liver is to give yourself a liver cleanse, do it the easy way and try our liver cleanse supplement - 100 mls - $23.50 (click here to take you to our Liver Cleanse)

Sensible Skin Protection against those damaging rays
The average recorded sunburn time around the country at present is 20minutes. As the month passes this will reduce very quickly. It is time to get your sunscreens out and use them everyday. There are many available on the market that work very well. We have found a totally natural sunscreen that is excellent "Wild Pansy and Coffee Sunfilter Day Lotion" with Macadamia and Olive Oils it moistens the skin and gives protection against the elements - 50g- $15.66, 150g -$39.94 (click here to order)

Weight Management
One in two New Zealanders is now above their ideal weight for good health or obese. Most people associate weight loss with summer and looking and feeling good for appearance sake, but the greatest concern always is your health. Summer is a good incentive to get moving and take better care but long term creating lifestyle habits for good health is most important. We can help you manage this process and achieve good health with a full weight management - body composition report and consultation followed by ongoing Wellness Coaching. Email us to find out more

Did you miss our Managing Menopause Seminar
If you would like to speak to our presenter, Karen Moffatt about the topics covered please email We are also able to offer you a resource list of products that are useful for managing menopause, please email us for the order form.

Fighting Jet Lag

Almost everyone on a long flight suffers jet lag to some degree; in fact, a major US study by Upjohn showed 94% of long haul travelers experience it.

Jet lag symptoms include:

  • Fatigue - Being so worn out and tired for days after arriving, that any activity-- especially those requiring effort or skill--becomes harder, and one's capacity to truly enjoy a tourist holiday is reduced.
  • Disorientation, fuzziness - Having memory difficulties and sharpness of awareness
  • Becoming irrational or unreasonable - Losing the ability to remain calm and rational under normal situations
  • Broken sleep patterns after arrival - Crossing time zones can cause you to wake during the night and then want to fall asleep during the day. Your inbuilt circadian clock is thrown out of rhythm, and it can take many days for the body to readjust to the new time zone.

In addition to the above symptoms of jet lag, the syndrome is made worse by some common physical problems caused by being confined in an airliner for hours:

  • Dehydration - This can cause headaches, dry skin and nasal irritation also making you more susceptible to any colds, coughs, sore throats and flu that are floating round in the aircraft.
  • Discomfort of legs and feet - Limbs swelling while flying can be extremely uncomfortable, and in some cases may prevent travellers wearing their normal shoes for 24 to 48 hours after arrival.

    Most people's bodies adjust at the rate of about one hour a day. After a 4-hour time zone change, our body requires about 4 days to resynchronise its normal rhythms.

What jet lag is ...
The 'body clock' mechanisms in people, also known as circadian rhythms, are under neuro (nerve)-endocrine (glandular) control, and under normal circumstances, function in a synchronized manner. The symptoms known as 'jet lag' are not due to fatigue, but to de-synchronization of body rhythms. The body clock's principal control center is a part of the hypothalamus gland in the brain, which processes nerve signals. In order to reset the body clock we must send properly coordinated signals to the hypothalamus and 'trick' it into shifting to a new pattern, which fits the time zone at our destination. The principal devices used to accomplish this phase change are known as Zeitgebers (German for 'time giver').

Zeitgebers are agents, such as bright light, melatonin, food, caffeine, exercise, and social or interpersonal stimulation that regulate or shift the phase of a circadian rhythm establishing your body clock setting.

While we may not be able to avoid jet lag, there are some things we can do to help our body clock re-adjust.

A different attitude accompanies the people who don't get jet lag compared to those who do. Those who suffer from jet lag are often the people who hold to fixed schedule in their daily lives. When they land they often maintain their watches set to the incorrect time, the time it is where they began their trip. With diligence, they track how many hours they've been awake. This is a mistake.

To discourage jet lag keep your watch and awareness up to date with where you actually are, how you feel in the present, and what the people around you are doing. If you're fatigued when you reach your hotel in London, for example, take a nap. When you open your eyes, if it's teatime, have tea. If you find people are eating breakfast, enjoy as much of sumptuous English breakfast as you like. In short, get in rhythm with what others are doing. Set your watch and internal thinking for the current time.

1. Be prepared. This is one of the most important aspects of combating jet lag. Before departing, make sure you have all your affairs, business and personal, in order. Ensure you are not stressed-out with excitement or worried.
2. Practice a "When in Rome" mentality. Reset your watch upon arrival at your destination. Eat when the locals eat, sleep when they sleep etc.
3. Drink up! Airplane cabins are dry and can lead to dehydration, which can make you feel out of sorts. Drink a lot of pure water. Skip caffeine and alcohol. Caffeinated beverages and alcohol can cause dehydration (jet lag is bad enough without mixing a hangover with it).
4. You can take natural supplements to assist your body to adjust, please email for further individual assistance.

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