As I sat down to write this week’s newsletter on ‘calcium’ what should pop into my inbox but an article written by a colleague of mine on just that topic. Naturopath Lisa Costa-Bir from www.thefoodcoach.com.au has written a fantastic article on the problems with calcium sources from dairy and plant based alternatives. As I couldn’t have written it better myself, she has allowed me to forward it to you all. Keen to hear your thoughts, happy reading!
‘Superfoods’ are all the rage at the moment. It has become trendy to fill the cupboards with superfood supplements and products. Superfoods such as spirulina, acai and Noni juice have become household items. While I don’t think that superfoods are the be all and end all for health, they can be a great addition to your daily diet. They provide a range of nutrients and health benefits and (as long as they don’t replace a balance meal) can be thought of a simple way of boosting your daily nutrition.
Here are my favourite superfoods that I use at home on a regular basis: Read more
Why is it that so many people are instructed by Naturopaths to limit dairy consumption? The problem with cows milk is not the fat. And the lactose ( a milk sugar) is only part of the problem. The problem with cow’s milk has to do with the protein it contains- particularly the casein.
Our digestive and immune systems are not designed to deal with the amount of dairy products found in the standard western diet. Cow’s milk is designed for a baby cow’s digestive system, not a human’s. Think about it. Would you ever see an elephant drinking the milk of a giraffe in the wild? Of course not!
Juicing or blending- which is better?
There are a lot of opinions out there on whether juicing or blending is better, which fruits and veggies should be used for each option and which method is healthier. While at the end of the day both methods are a great way to increase your daily nutritional intake, there are a few points to remember for each: Read more
Bloating is one of the most common complaints that I get from my patients. For many people being bloated and uncomfortable is part of everyday life. This is not normal. Bloating is a sign that something is wrong and that your digestive system is not coping well.
There is usually 2 different forms of bloating that can be experienced.
1) Painful bloating that leaves you feeling full, sluggish, tender and swollen in the abdomen.
2) Painless bloating. Often described as an abdomen that is sticking out like being pregnant. Read more
The ritual of drinking coffee and the social aspect of being able to enjoy a coffee with friends or take a break from your desk makes it one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world today. It is the world’s favourite pick-me-up giving us energy and clarity. It helps us through the afternoon lull and keeps us focused. In fact, there are countless studies that prove coffee is useful for mental and physical performance and may even improve some aspects of health. But like any ‘drug’, it is addictive and has negative qualities. Caffeine appears to have a greater effect on men than on women and the effects start just 10 minutes after it is consumed. Its half life is 30 minutes, meaning that it will reach maximum absorption (and effects) at this time. So it is good for you or not? Read more
Fatigue and low energy research results- Why are you so tired?
Thanks to everyone who participated in our study. It was great to have so many people involved and I found the results fascinating. So what was the number one cause of fatigue? The response was overwhelmingly STRESS. And going into this a bit more it was the stress of trying to balance work and family life that came up time and time again. Read more
We know just how many programs, pills, shakes, bars and celebrity fad diets are out there. It is hard to know what will work and even harder to maintain your weight once you reach your goal. The truth is, there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to weight maintenance and healthy eating (literally!). Every body is different, everyone has different stories and reasons for why they have reached an unhealthy weight. Read more
Is it all bad?
Chocolate is the single most craved food (closely followed by pizza in second place). The key ingredient in chocolate is cocoa (well it should be!!). Cocoa possesses many health benefits which were first exploited by the Native American’s in the 17th and 18th centuries. Unfortunately the key ingredient in most chocolate these days is sugar and this is where the problems start. But for now, back to the good stuff….
So it’s the time of year when most of us start to feel burnt out, exhausted and stressed. With Christmas just around the corner it can feel as though there is too much to do and not enough time to do it in. In between finishing up at work, present shopping and Christmas parties our lives are full and busy. And as exciting as it is, it can all be a bit overwhelming and exhausting. If you want to find out how herbal medicines can save your Christmas day read on!
There is a specific class of herbal medicines known as ‘Adaptogens’. Adaptogens might be just what you need to breeze through the Christmas period and not fall victim to the “getting sick as soon as you stop” scenario. Read more