It often seems to me, in clinical practise, that patients are not aware of the importance to normal body functioning of trace nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Our diets are often below par nutritionally so we don’t get all the vitamins and minerals from the foods we eat. If the soils the crops are grown in are also deficient, then we get even less of those essential nutrients.View full article →
We have all heard the saying “listen to your gut”. This phrase tends to mean “ listen to your intuition, your gut feeling ” but it could just as well apply to paying attention to how your digestion is functioning. Do you suffer from bloating after eating and seem to have a “food baby” at the end of the day? Are loose stools and stomach cramps a part of life for you ? Are you feeling tired, have no energy and just generally don’t feel well nourished?View full article →
Our bodies deal with toxin exposure every day – petrol, diesel and gas fumes, perfumes, chemicals, cigarette smoke, processed foods – I could go on! These compounds contain destructive free radicals which damage our bodies and cause health problems. Our liver works hard for us every day and I believe that we owe it some care – and a gentle herbal detox tea is a really supportive way to do this without the harsh side effects of a full-on detox.View full article →
It is estimated that over 75% of all doctor’s visits are stress related, or due to stress related complaints! Being overly stressed for a long period of time is a physical hazard! And the more stressed out we are, the more vulnerable we are to colds, flu, and a host of chronic or life-threatening illnesses.View full article →
Sleep problems have become a prevalent health issue in our modern society - Can’t get to sleep, can’t stay asleep, and can’t get good quality sleep. A lot of this is to do with the fast paced world we live in and the excess adrenalin and cortisol we produce just to get through the day.View full article →
It is no secret that the diabetes and obesity – diabesity – epidemic has reached epic proportions worldworld. Our health services, already stretched, are at the cliff face trying to deal with the fallout of a population living a fast paced life, eating less than optimal food – and too much of it! - and being more sedentary.
Blog post by Joanna Vinsen Loveys BNatMed HbT MNZAMH
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When I was training one of my lecturers had a favourite saying when it came to nutrition – “Eat a Rainbow!” – Now, she had a good point, because a diet rich in colour promises excellent health benefits. This obviously does not mean eating green lollies and blue jelly and downing orange Fanta though – don’t even get me started on food colourings and artificial additives! The Rainbow refers to choosing clean real foods which are all the colours of the rainbow. There is definitely a growing awareness that good nutrition and eating habits have a large impact on our health status. People are really embracing this right now, which is heartening to see.View full article →
When we think of bone strength, we often think of Osteoporosis, which is often present in the elderly because aging causes bone loss, This is when we find bones become thin, weak and fragile as we get older so fractures of the wrist, spine, hips and limbs are common. Osteoporosis, of course, shows up as porous thin bones caused by a declining bone mass, and bone loss which causes fractures and deformities. If your bones are strong then a break will only occur with a serious trauma.View full article →
I read a quote once that menopause is puberty’s evil older sister. While some women sail through menopause relatively unscathed, others are not so fortunate and suffer the more unpleasant symptoms of menopause, as we wind down into a different stage of life.
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Sometimes I feel like modern medicine misses the point that the body is not made up of separate systems – it is a whole fluid entity, all parts interconnected. I guess therefore modern medicine sometimes can only control symptoms. Each pill works to stop something from happening, or make something happen, but it doesn’t reach the cause.
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