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Can Cardiovascular Disease Lead to Dementia?

photo (3)There is an important link between our heart and our brain function. In this article in Issue 15, Matthew Pase highlights the importance of maintaining good cardiovascular health in order to maintain good brain function.  He writes “looking after your heart, blood vessels and blood pressure may be one means to reduce the risk of both cardiovascular disease and Vascular Cognitive Impairment.”

It seems that if we are to keep thinking clearly, we need to make sure our heart is functioning well. Having mild hypertension over a long period can so the seeds for dementia.

 

By |October 7th, 2013|Blog Post|1 Comment

Margarine and butter imposters – get them OFF your table!

Bread And ButterMargarine is a butter imposter and does not deserve any praise. 

Would you ever choose to eat a food created by a chemist? That is exactly what you are doing if you are eating margarine. This food has a long history and has had a few variations over time. The thing is, because it is not natural, when it enters your body, your digestive system does not know how to deal with it. It’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. It creates damage in the attempt.

We have been sold a myth. The myth is that somehow margarine is good for you and your heart. This is definitely not true. One reason for this is that margarine is created by hydrogenating oils. Hydrogenation is when the molecules of the oil have been altered and changing their state from a liquid to a solid.  Hydrogenated oil is also referred to as a trans-fat. Man-made trans-fats contribute to cancer, heart disease, bone problems, skin disease, hormonal imbalance, difficulties in pregnancy, problems with lactation, infertility, low birth weight, learning disabilities and growth problems with children.  Some scientists have done studies on man-made trans-fats and declared that they are unsafe at any level for human consumption.

The use of margarine as a substitute for butter has become so common that many people refer to it as butter in everyday speech. Have you ever been into a sandwich shop and been asked if you want butter on your sandwich? Very few sandwich shops use real butter.

One of the reasons that butter has been maligned is that it contains saturated fat. There has been a common misperception […]

By |July 2nd, 2013|Blog Post|0 Comments

How sweet it is – or is it

 chalkboard with stevia and aspartame written on itWho said sugar wasn’t addictive? In fact, research shows that the average American drinks more than a gallon of soda (soft drink) a week. That works out to be a staggering 56+ gallons a year. Some of these drinks are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (a whole separate story) while those labelled as “diet” drinks usually contain Aspartame, a more dangerous sweetener. Millions of people consume diet drinks thinking that they are better for their health than those sweetened with a more natural form of sugar, unaware of the possible dangers of consuming artificial sweeteners. In fact, instead of helping you lose weight, ‘zero calorie’ drinks may double your risk of obesity by stimulating your appetite and inhibiting your body’s ability to monitor calorie intake.

Although there are other forms of artificial sweeteners, Aspartame is now the predominant one used in ‘low cal’ food and drinks.  Discovered in a lab in 1965, Aspartame is considered by some to have a questionable history, taking 16 years to be approved by the FDA as a sweetener for human consumption. It is worth noting that studies that were funded by the industry found no adverse side effects from consuming Aspartame, whereas 90% of independent studies came up with a range of negative side-effects.

Most of the side-effects reported are neurological and affect the nervous system. Some people report ‘foggy’ thinking, headaches, hallucinations and mood swings after consuming Aspartame. Other complaints are gastrointestinal. In fact, there have been more reports to the FDA for reactions to Aspartame than for all other food additives combined.

Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners are […]

By |April 30th, 2013|Blog Post|1 Comment

Fats – the good, the bad and the ugly.

Depositphotos_22600583_lFats – The Good, The Bad and the Ugly!           

There is so much discussion about fats today.  A lot of people are not sure what is good and what is bad.  Some people are sure that ALL fats are bad. This is very wrong! We absolutely need fat – the human brain is said to be composed of up to 60% fat. These fats are known as Essential Fatty Acids.  We want to assist by tying to clear this up for you.

The Good Fats  

As already stated we need fat. There is a good reason why some fats are referred to Essential Fatty Acids or EFA’s, because they are essential to our good health!

The group of fats known as unsaturated fats are thought of as good fats. These include monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and are generally liquid when at room temperature. Monounsaturated fats are found in nuts, seeds, avocados and olive oil. Polyunsaturated fats can be found in soya beans, oily fish and walnuts. There is evidence that eating foods rich in polyunsaturated fats may improve unhealthy cholesterol levels.

Omega 3 fatty acid is a well-known polyunsaturated fat and is found in both marine and plant foods, such salmon, sardines and linseed (flaxseed).

Omega 3 fats are very beneficial to your cardiovascular system and help to keep every cell in your body supple.

The Bad Fats

The worst fats are trans fats. These are also the ugly ones. They are created by a process known as hydrogenation, which occurs when liquid vegetable oils are converted into solid fats. Hydrogenation happens when hydrogen atoms are added to unsaturated fats, thereby altering them to create a partially […]

By |April 14th, 2013|Blog Post|3 Comments

How will you cope with ageing?

Senior woman with her medicine bottlesWho’s going to look after you when you’re old? Do you have adequate plans in place? With the massive baby boomer generation entering the stage where aged care is becoming an increasing concern, we ask, how well are you prepared?

From our philosophy, the better you prepare for this point in life using natural methods the better the outcome and the least expensive it will be. If you begin taking pharmaceuticals as you age it is most likely that the list will grow as well as the list of side effects.

The bulk of people go to their doctor for answers to their health problems looking for answers. It is the few who look at everyone else and reflect upon their own situation who start seeking answers outside the box.

BE PROACTIVE, in fact the best thing you can start with is BE ACTIVE. Exercise is the one activity you can undertake that is free that will have the greatest effect on your health. Watch your weight, in fact if you heed our first point early enough, the second point is already addressed very closely to this one.

The next MOST IMPORTANT part is; watch what you eat. Start reading labels for fat content and fat type and sugar content. Food labels are extremely deceptive. Low fat has nothing to do with low sugar on a food label. Sugar comes in many forms like glucose and fructose. Often food labelled as low fat is high in sugar. If you do not burn up consumed sugar immediately, it converts to FAT in your body.

Start addressing your health with these two bitter pills – Diet and […]

By |April 11th, 2013|Blog Post|1 Comment

Fibromyalgia and Smoking – chronic pain makes quitting difficult.

I can't quit!

Did you know that whilst smoking rates have dropped to only 22% in the general public, over 50% of people with chronic pain still smoke? Most people are well aware of all the reasons to quit smoking, but people living with Fibromyalgia find it particularly difficult to quit because of their chronic pain condition. Whilst people living in chronic pain get some immediate comfort from smoking, they are compounding their physical problems. One of the issues that arises for smokers is Parasthesia, a burning or prickling sensation that a person experiences on the feet, legs, arms, hands, and other parts of the body.

 

The problem for sufferers of chronic pain is that quitting smoking adds to their discomfort when they are dealing with the challenges of nicotine addiction withdrawal as well. Dr. Steven Yen has some great tips for anyone wanting to quit which he shares in Issue 9 of Health Naturally Magazine.

 

Whilst it is common knowledge that quitting smoking is beneficial to one’s health, it may not be as well known that the body does begin to heal very quickly. By adding a few important foods and supplements, this healing will happen even faster. When you quit smoking, in 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure will drop. In 4 hours the nicotine level in your blood will halve. In 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal and the oxygen level increases. In 1-2 days, nicotine by-products are removed from your blood. In 2-3 days, Taste buds revive, and your ability to taste and smell improves. In 2 – 12 weeks, your heart attack risk begins to […]

By |April 8th, 2013|Blog Post|2 Comments

Recent Reviews – Thanks!!!

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We have had several great reviews from around the world.

Thanks to everyone who contributed. If you give us review, maybe you will end up here!

Click on the image to see what people are saying…

By |March 24th, 2013|Blog Post|0 Comments

Macular Degeneration – Are you at risk of going blind?

yay-5190966Macular degeneration rates are soaring. Macular degeneration affects your vision and can send you blind and can devastate someone who is affected. The rates are increasing rapidly around the world and in countries like the USA and Australia there is a 10% chance in developing the age related macular degeneration. Recent studies are showing that it may have to do with the type of oil you consume in your diet. This includes margarine. Many of the processed foods we eat are rich in polyunsaturated vegetable oils. The oils that you eat become part of your eye. In issue 8  of Health Naturally Magazine we have a great article by Dr. Bruce Fife who outlines this problem and gives you ways to prevent macular degeneration.

By |March 20th, 2013|Blog Post|0 Comments

Gallbladder Health

GallstonesHave problems losing weight? Got digestive issues or maybe some allergies? It is a sign that your liver is not functioning properly. Fatty Liver is something effecting millions of people today. Why? Because we are so hooked on processed foods that are refined and loaded with sweeteners and salt. I say sweeteners as there are a huge variety of them in our foods and if you live in the USA, a large majority of these sweeteners are derived from corn. These corn sweeteners are terrible for you but that is another story. We are also eating large quantities of the wrong fats in our diet. Today, I want to talk about your gallbladder. Many people have no idea where their gallbladder is or what its function is. Some doctors will try and tell you that you don’t really need it, particularly if it’s causing you difficulties, they will suggest that you have it removed.

The gallbladder is known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as one of our most important organs. It is closely related to our liver function and is crucial in breaking down fats in our digestive system. Our liver produces bile at a slow and steady pace, delivering it to our gallbladder. Our gallbladder is used as a storage area for bile and when our bile is required, like after eating a meal with fat in it, our bile is released to assist in breaking down these fats. Over time, because of eating the wrong foods and drinks, our gallbladder will develop what are known as gallstones. These gallstones prevent the bile from filling up the gallbladder properly (because it’s full of gallstones). The gallbladder […]

By |March 14th, 2013|Blog Post|0 Comments

Why finding an alternative to soft drinks makes sense…

This is outrageous, a woman who became addicted to her favorite brand of soft drink, has died

By |February 22nd, 2013|Blog Post|0 Comments