power of probiotics

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Power of probioticsprobiotic

The health of your digestive system has a direct relationship with your overall health, and if your digestive system is unhealthy, you’ll be at greater risk of experiencing ill health. Your digestive system contains a large reservoir of digestive bacteria which play an important role in maintaining not only the health of your digestive system, but of your whole body.

Friendly vs unfriendly digestive bacteria

When there is a healthy balance between friendly and unfriendly bacteria in your digestive system, your body is in harmony and you enjoy good health. When that balance is disturbed, unfriendly bacteria can take advantage of this disturbance and begin to flourish and outnumber your friendly bacteria. Disturbances to this balance may occur through poor food choices, stress, medications (particularly antibiotics), excessive alcohol consumption and gastroenteritis. Friendly digestive bacteria are directly involved in the digestion of your food, supporting immune system function, protecting against infection, producing a number of vitamins and enzymes, and maintaining healthy mood.

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Herbs and nutrients for healthy hair

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Herbs and nutrients for healthy hair

Keen to keep your hair looking its best and in healthy condition too? These herbs and nutrients may help.

Fallopia: traditionally used to maintain healthy hair

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the herb Fallopia has traditionally been taken to help maintain healthy hair growth and keep hair in optimum condition (for example by enhancing its shine, strength and volume). It may also help to manage thinning hair, damaged hair and hair loss associated with alopecia (sometimes referred to as spot baldness) and/or male- and female-pattern baldness.

These effects are traditionally believed to occur as a result of Fallopia’s supportive effects on the health of the Liver and Kidney organ-meridian systems.

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Quercetin is widely found in nature, providing natural anti-histamine activity, and is particularly beneficial for the relief of respiratory allergy symptoms related to acute or chronic allergic rhinitis (hayfever) and sinusitis. Anti-histamines do not inactivate or affect the release of histamine; instead, they help to protect your body from the ill-effects of large amounts of histamine.

Quercetin is a natural, plant-based chemical

Quercetin is a naturally occurring flavonoid or bioflavonoid, a water-soluble plant pigment found in many fruits, vegetables, leaves and grains. Flavonoids possess potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties useful for a number of health benefits. Other flavonoids, including rutin and hesperidin, have a similar action to that of quercetin, although quercetin is the most active of the flavonoids, providing greater bioavailability for a better therapeutic effect.

As quercetin is a plant pigment, foods that are brightly coloured provide a naturally rich source of quercetin including apples, red onions, red grapes, citrus fruit, tomato, broccoli, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, green tea, capers and parsley.

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Don't be SAD this winter

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Don’t be SAD this winter

dont be SAD this winterSAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), sometimes known as the ‘winter blues’, is a mood disorder characterised by mild to moderate depression that follows a seasonal pattern usually starting in autumn, running right through winter and eventually subsiding in spring. Shorter days and less sunshine can lead to lowered mood, less energy and the need to spend more time indoors resting.

Symptoms of SAD

While most of us can adapt to these seasonal changes, others find it difficult. SAD is generally diagnosed if you have had the same symptoms for two or more years during the winter months including:

  • Loss of energy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hopelessness
  • Heavy, "leaden" feeling in the arms or legs
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed
  • Oversleeping
  • Craving foods high in carbohydrates
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Weight gain
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Could your body do with an immune boost?

During winter your hard working immune system may need an extra boost to protect you from colds, flu and other minor respiratory infections. Here are three signs that it might be time to give it a boost.

1. You’re run down or stressed out

Are you feeling run-down or stressed out? If so, listen to the signals your body is sending you and take a proactive approach to giving your immune system the extra support it’s craving, because either of these situations may indicate that you’re more susceptible than usual to minor infections.

2. You’re surrounded by sick people

If everyone in your office, classroom or home is coughing and sneezing, it’s highly likely that you’ll get sick too.

Supporting the immune health of babies, toddlers and children when they’re exposed to adults or other children with colds and flu is especially important, because their young immune systems are still learning how to identify and destroy infectious organisms, leaving them more prone to getting sick.

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Relieve joint pain to improve mobility naturally

It doesn’t matter how old you are, with over 230 moveable and semi-moveable joints in your body, there’s a very good chance that at some point in your life you’ll suffer from some sort of joint pain and inflammation. In fact, you may already be one of the millions of Australians affected by some form of arthritic pain. Early intervention with a proactive treatment approach can help to delay the onset and severity of joint pain and inflammation so you can actively participate in everyday activities for years to come.

 Joints, pain and inflammation

We all experience joint pain differently and may even have completely different symptoms, range of mobility and other factors that can make it better or worse. Inflamed, painful joints are characterised by swelling, heat, immobility and redness. Joint pain limits your movement which further decreases mobility and increases stiffness, while chronic inflammation leads to tissue destruction and thickening or scarring of the connective tissues found in joints.

 Joints are made up of connective tissues including cartilage, tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones, and joint pain is usually associated with some form of cartilage damage. Smooth healthy cartilage protects the joint and the end of the bones, and once the cartilage is damaged, it becomes uneven and creates friction of the bones. Tendons, ligaments and muscles surrounding the joint tend to weaken with the joint becoming distorted, inflamed, painful and stiff.

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Lifting mood after childbirth

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Becoming a new mum, whether it’s your first, second or third time can be exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. During pregnancy and after childbirth, your body goes through quite a few physical, emotional and hormonal adjustments, and many women’s expectations of being a capable and happy mother can change to feelings of unhappiness as the reality of exhaustion, irritability, stress, low mood and sleep deprivation begin to take effect.

Postnatal low mood

Many women feel confused and uncomfortable about experiencing sadness or low mood after childbirth, after all, isn’t having a baby all about being happy and content? Not so for 1 in 7 new Australian mothers each year. Ongoing low mood following childbirth is quite different to the ‘baby blues’ which affects 8 in 10 Australian women each year. The ‘baby blues’ is a mild and short-lived mood disturbance where you may feel anxious or weepy between the third and fifth day following childbirth.

Postnatal low mood is quite different to the ‘baby blues’ and may start anywhere from 2 weeks to 1 year after childbirth, taking many new mothers and their families by surprise. Postnatal low mood can affect women in many different ways, although the combination of hormonal influences and increased stress levels in conjunction with possible nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy and breastfeeding have been implicated.

Signs & symptoms postnatal low mood

Signs and symptoms to look out for can be many and varied. If you think you have been experiencing any of these symptoms for a period of two weeks or longer, seek help from your healthcare practitioner. Early intervention leads to a faster resolution, helping to reduce the amount of time you suffer from postnatal low mood. Signs and symptoms may include:

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 Lower Bowel Stimulant – Nature’s Sunshine’s Herbal Laxative.

 This herbal combination blends strong, effective purgative herbs together with protective, gentle and soothing herbs to modify possible unwanted effects associated with laxatives. Together, these herbs enhance elimination, improve digestion, soothe the digestive tract and promote the growth of friendly colonic bacteria. This Senna free combination includes Cascara sagrada, Alder buckthorn, Liquorice, Couch grass, Oregon grape, Red clover, Rhubarb root. Also included in the formula are Capsicum and Ginger because they minimise griping and help calm the digestive tract. Because of the purgative effect, this product is not recommended for children under 12 years or if pregnant or breastfeeding, medical advice should be sought before taking this product. 

 Nature’s Sunshine Lower Bowel Stimulant (LBS) has been one of Nature’s Sunshine signature and popular product for over 25years. The reason is how effective LBS is in providing gentle relief from constipation.

 Nature’s Sunshine Lower Bowel Stimulant is also suitable for anyone experiencing the more common symptoms associated with constipation such as itchy/problematic skin, headaches, lethargy and bloating.

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Four strategies to support your weight loss plan

If you’re serious about losing weight, you need all the help you can get sticking to your diet and lifestyle goals. Once you’ve chosen the nutritious diet and exercise plan that’s right for you, the next step is to maximise your chances of success. These smart strategies will help boost your discipline and support your hard work.

1. Find an exercise routine you can stick to

A healthy diet is only part of the solution when it comes to weight loss. If you’ve found it difficult to maintain a training regime in the past, optimise your chances of becoming a regular exerciser by incorporating your activity into your existing daily routine. For example, try scheduling your workout to occur immediately before or after your work commute, or as soon as you’ve dropped the kids off at school.

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say no to yo yo dieting

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

yo yo dietingYou’ve probably tried many diets over the years (remember the grapefruit diet?) only to find that when you ‘finish’ your diet, the weight you lost creeps back on, and then some extra! And so the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting begins. Following various ‘diets’ for weight loss is not a long term solution, it’s only a bandaid soluti
on. Permanent weight loss lies in challenging your existing food and lifestyle choices, and then making the decision to eliminate those unhealthy habits. With a little planning, commitment and some extra motivation with certain herbs and nutrients, you can say no to yo-yo dieting once and for all. 

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