Why is bio-impedance screening important!?

October 16th, 2018

The key to longevity is not so much living long, as it is living well.

The chronic degenerative diseases of ageing are now known to be partly due to genetic inheritance, but mostly due to lifestyle

 

Exciting new evidence has demonstrated that the body’s decline is not due to the passing of years but rather to the combined effects of inactivity, poor nutrition and illness.

Generally most of us would consider health simply the absence of discomfort and a functioning we are familiar with. Actually true health is a state where the functioning of the body is the best it can be. Similar to feeling fantastic. (Homoeostasis is a balanced state of the  functioning of the body which is naturally maintained by the body’s internal processes. At any point in time the body is working to maintain that balance. For instance the body needs to be at a certain temperature and there is a cold breeze; as a response our hairs stand up we get goose bumps and our blood vessels contract to conserve body heat.)

What we are saying here is that the balanced working of the body requires that the building-up and repair processes of the body need to be equal or exceed the processes which cause harm. For instance when we eat the action of food passing through the digestive system wears the lining of the digestive system (catabolic influence). So therefore the body needs to be able to repair that constantly. In another example if we experience prolonged periods of stress (a catabolic influence) and we do not have proper rest and adequate nutrients to support the body it will eventually start to run down.

Many factors influence a person’s state of health. Some have positive influences and other negative ones. We want you to consider which of these factors can be adjusted to favourably influence your wellbeing. Your state of health is in direct proportion to the body’s ability to match repair to ware.

Each of us has our own unique needs. This can be seen in all areas of our lives and it is the same with our diet. But generally we can say that people living in the western countries do not eat sufficient protein in their diets. This is promoted by the whole range of cereal products available for easy eating. From corn flakes to pasta we find our diet is deficient in the essential building blocks for building and repair of our bodies, protein.

Why is exercise important; well, if you don’t use it you loose it, the saying goes, and it is the same with our muscles, bones and aerobic capacity. (See Biomarkers)

Research conducted by Evens and Rosenburg from the Human Nutrition Research Centre at Tuffs University lead to the identification of ten key biomarkers which can be used to chart the progression or regression of sarcopenia, (the disease of ageing).

Biomarkers are the key physiological factors which are associated with the prolongation of youth and vitality

These studies demonstrated that by adopting a particular pattern of activity and eating, it was possible for virtually anyone to slow down the ageing process and maintain functional capacity and vitality for the longest period of time.

Clients are monitored at their visit and at each subsequent visit. This allows us to see firstly where they are in relation to cellular health and secondly it show how effective their treatment program is.

Biomarkers of ageing

Biomarker #1            Body Cell Mass (especially muscle mass)

 Typically, lean body cell mass declines with age. From young adulthood to middle age, the average person losses 3 kg of lean body mass per decade. This rate of loss accelerates after age 45.

Lean muscle is a very important functional tissue. The following functions of muscle demonstrate why it is vital for optimum function.

  1. Glucose Disposal

Our ability to control our blood glucose level is dependent on muscle mass, because 80% of circulating glucose is typically stored m muscle as glycogen. With low muscle mass blood glucose clearance is delayed, resulting in dysglycaemia and an exaggerated insulin response. (see Biomarker 7.)

  1. Organ Reserve

Muscle is a major body reservoir of body glutamine. This glutamine store is called upon to repair and fuel many other tissues. The immune system is dependent on adequate glutamine reserves for optimal function. The integrity of the gastrointestinal mucosa (the lining of the digestive system) relies heavily on glutamine availability. Low muscle mass, therefore, leads to a reduction in organ reserve and limited function under stressful circumstances.

  1. Metabolic Rate

Muscle is the key determinant of metabolic rate. A higher metabolic rate will typically result m more kilojoules consumed per day and greater control over body fat mass. To achieve long term weight control muscle mass must be adequate. A progressive reduction in basal metabolic rate is a recognised characteristic of the ageing process and diminishing muscle mass may be largely responsible.

  1. Mobility

The ability to exercise, to maintain basic physical activity and to avoid frequent falls is an important consideration in the ageing process. Adequate muscle mass and function are required for normal daily activities and to maintain balance and required strength.

The two primary factors which influence this that we can readily engage and improve are:

i)Our level of physical activity

  1. ii) Our nutrition.

EXERCISE

What we do not use, we lose. Muscles used properly and stimulated regularly strengthen and do not atrophy. This is true for people of all ages.

NUTRITION

To maintain and maximise muscle function and health we must also have a supportive nutrition plan. One which favours anabolic hormone, balance.

Biomarker #2            Strength/Musculoskeletal Fitness

Building muscle tissue and regaining and/or maintaining strength obviously go hand in hand. The muscles which attach to and move your skeleton are referred to as your skeletal muscles. Your skeletal muscles receive direction from the motor nerves, which run from your central nervous system via the spinal cord and its branches, which exit from your spinal column. Sets of motor nerves and the muscle fibres that they supply are known as “motor units”.

As we age we typically lose motor units, approximately twenty percent over the 40 years between age 30 and 70.

There are two primary kinds of muscle fibres: the red slow twitch and the white fast twitch fibres.

  • The red slow twitch fibres are focused on low force, endurance

related activities (e.g. posture and walking).

  • The white fast twitch fibres are for shorter, high intensity

activities (e.g. lifting heavy objects and sprinting).

Studies show that we lose fast twitch fibres more rapidly with age and that we typically lose approximately thirty percent of our muscle cells between age 20 and 70.

This gradual muscle loss appears to be the catalyst for a number of other age related changes in our bodies.

These include:

  • A decreased blood sugar tolerance
  • A declining metabolism
  • An increase in body fat
  • A reduced aerobic capacity
  • A loss of bone mineral density

The remarkably good news is that human studies have proven that with the right exercise program, those in their 60th, 70th, 80th and even 90th decade of life can expect improvements in strength and muscle cell size similar to those of young people doing the same amount of exercise!

Skeletal muscles can be considered the engine of your body and your skeleton the chassis. The more efficient your engine, the farther you will go. Which leads us to our next biomarker.

Biomarker #3 `           Phase Angle/Expected Phase Angle

The phase angle is a measure of the amount of muscle mass and the function of cellular membranes and is a mathematical relationship between the resistance and reactance readings.

Phase angle is related to the integrity of the Phospholipid membrane. The membrane of each cell is made of two rows of fat molecules. Research has shown that the consumption of Omega 3 fatty acids such as those found in Salmon, Tuna and Sardines is beneficial. All cellular functions are dependent on the membrane of the cell.

The phase angle is one of the best indicators of cellular health and function available. It is computed from the resistance and reactance values, and is an indicator of the amount of electrical charge the cell membrane can hold. This is dependent on the total cell membrane mass (including the mass of the active tissue mass) and the efficiency of protein and electrolyte channel functions. The larger the phase angle, the better the cellular membrane integrity and, therefore, cell function.

 

The change the cell can hold is also dependent on the intracellular volume, so the phase angle is also an indicator of tissue cell volume. When patients are dehydrated, the extracellular volume (extracellular water) becomes depressed and a falsely elevated phase angle may be read.

The greater the phase angle, the better cellular health the patient has. This is one of the most important readings to gauge the integrity of your cellular membranes. Females (and small framed individuals) have reduced phase angle readings (generally lower by half to one point), which is due to the lower amount of active tissue (muscle).

This number will generally decline as you age. However, it can be reversed. Strength training, quality protein and essential fatty acids are considered important for improving the phase angle.

Expected Phase Angle

The phase angle will increase with an increase in muscle mass and cell function. By allowing for the muscle mass, the % expected phase angle gives the practitioner information on the cellular function and general energy levels. The % expected phase angle is often low in individuals with chronic fatigue. A normal range is from 75?85%. If low, there is a need to detoxify and support mitochondrial function.

Biomarker #4            Body Fat Percentage

Unlike the first 3 biomarkers which typically decline with age, our body fat usually increases with age, even if our weight does not.

Here again, human studies have demonstrated unfavourable changes in body composition with advancing age. The sedentary man or women at 65 has approximately twice the body fat they had as young people!

MUSCLE

Proportion of lean-body mass versus fat in young and older women

These two magnetic resonance images make a dramatic point about the loss of lean-body mass and the accumulation of fat as we age. Both show a cross-sectional view of a women’s thigh. The left photo is of a 20 year-old athlete and the right of a 64 year-old sedentary women. The younger women has a body mass index (BMI) of 22.6, and the older women a BMI of 30.7.

A body fat mass above ideal has numerous ageing effects that strongly disrupt metabolic control and contribute to most of the common conditions seen in modem clinical practice.

These include:

  1. Insulin Resistance

A high body fat mass invariably results in high circulating serum free fatty acids. These fatty acids have a well?recognised effect to inhibit insulin signalling resulting in insulin resistance. The resulting elevations in insulin and (later) blood glucose, are potent age promoting factors causing increased blood pressure, tri-gylcerides and inflammatory response. (see Biomarker 7.)

Insulin resistance leading to hyperinsulinaemia also reduces fat release from adipose stores, thereby further promoting obesity. The insulin resistant state also disrupts hormonal/neurotransmitter control causing gonadal dysfunction and neurological difficulties.

  1. Inflammation

Obese individuals are now recognised to be producing elevated levels of inflammatory cytokines resulting in high levels of inflammatory markers including C?reactive protein. This proinflammatory state of obesity is due to elevated production of inflammatory chemicals like TNF?a and interleukin?6. These create immune dysfunction and heighten any inflammatory response.

  1. Hormone Imbalance

Fat tissue is a producer of weak oestrogen (oestrone).  Oestrone can block more potent oestrogens like oestradiol, thereby inhibiting normal cyclical oestrogen surges resulting in oestrogen/progesterone ratio imbalance with subsequent menstrual disturbance and infertility.

  1. Cardiovascular Disease

The insulin resistant state promotes arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, whilst obesity may do this directly by increasing inflammation and directly increasing circulating lipids.

It is important to note that where your body fat is stored may be as important to your health and how much of it you have.

Biomarker #5             Fluid Index

The fluid index is simply the % extracellular water, divided by the % intracellular water. This result will give you a quick reference number for the ratios between the intra/extracellular water. What causes the fluid index to rise is oedematous conditions, and a high body fat %. The lower the number, the better the patient’s composition health. Women, due to their naturally high levels of body fat, would be expected to have a higher fluid index.

To improve fluid index, the extra and intracellular water levels must thus be considered independently.

Intracellular Water

Intracellular water (ICW) is the potassium?rich fluid volume found within the cell. Intracellular water is a sensitive indicator of cellular function. An increase in ICW is associated with anabolic metabolism (cellular health) whilst a loss of ICW is associated with catabolism.

Maintenance of intracellular water is dependent on cellular membrane integrity, mitochondrial energy levels and the regulation of electrolytes.

Possible causes of reduced intracellular water are:

  1. Electrolytes are ineffective at maintaining an osmotic gradient that holds water within the cell. Magnesium is the key mineral responsible for regulating electrolyte pumping into and out of the cell. Low magnesium levels result in sodium accumulation within cells and the failure of potassium to be pumped through the cell membrane into the cell.
  2. For effective cellular function, the cell membrane requires its constituents to be able to move about efficiently. Adequate levels of essential fatty acids ensure membrane fluidity and the efficient passage of nutrients and factors passing into and out of the cell.

Stress, inflammation and oxidant stress are associated with cellular catabolism, decreased mitochondrial energy production and loss of intracellular electrolytes necessary to regulate ICW.

Extracellular Water

Extracellular water (ECW) is the sodium?rich fluid volume found outside the cells. These fluids include plasma, interstitial and transcellular (normal and pathologic) fluids. The plasma represents the major proportion and the most labile of the extracellular fluids. Any oedematous condition (such as PMT) increases ECW.

Fluids can be held outside the cell in the extracellular space by various toxins. Toxic chemicals, metabolic wastes, infections and other foreign antigens (foods etc.) can initiate inflammatory and catabolic reactions associated with increasing ECW. High extracellular water may be due to a reduced ability to maintain normal intracellular water volume. Typically, high extracellular water will be seen with low intracellular water.

The toxic cause of high extracellular water can be addressed with Bowel and Gut/Liver Detoxification.

A depleted ECW (dehydrated) is often due to dietary indiscretion, inadequate water intake or malabsorption.

There is increasing evidence that people who accumulate fat around their waist (apple?shapes), have a significantly higher risk for developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes, than people who store fat around their hips (pear?shapes). Monitoring waist?to?hip ratios can be a valuable indicator of health and aging status.

Biomarker #6               Aerobic Capacity

This refers to your body’s ability to take in and properly utilise oxygen. It requires healthy lungs, a strong heart and an efficient circulatory system (vascular network). Aerobic capacity typically declines with age: men peak at approximately 20 years of age and women at around 30 years of age. By age 65 oxygen utilisation has typically declined by thirty to forty percent. The key word here is “typically”.

As with each of the previously discussed biomarkers, proper exercise and nutrition can markedly improve your aerobic capacity, commonly referred to as your V02max. (the maximum volume of oxygen you can utilise over a given period of time). The older you are however, the longer it takes, exercising regularly, to achieve the V02max. of young people.

The healthy changes in oxygen utilization or V02max. that we see in those who exercise properly, are primarily due to adaptations in the skeletal muscles, far more so than changes in heart function.

Biomarker #7             Blood?Sugar Tolerance

For most, ageing is synonymous with increasing blood?sugar (glucose) levels. This compromised ability to regulate and utilise glucose is quite insidious, with the first sign of trouble for many being a diagnosis of diabetes.

The inability to efficiently regulate and utilise glucose is due to reduced insulin signalling effectiveness ? insulin resistance. Insulin resistance leads to higher insulin secretion in an attempt to maintain control. Eventually, control cannot be maintained and glucose levels begin to rise. This is noncompensated insulin resistance and is characterised by high insulin and glucose levels. Both of these can be damaging chemicals.

Hyperinsulinaemia

High levels of insulin promote Syndrome X and its associated pathologies: hypertension, dyslipidaemia and obesity.

Each of these conditions is becoming an epidemic and is associated with significant mortality and morbidity.

Hyperglycaemia

Glucose becomes a toxic chemical at high doses and causes the considerable damage in diabetic complications. Glucose can glycate biomolecules, rendering them ineffective and potentially pathogenic.

High glucose levels are associated with microangiopathy, cataracts, retinopathy and peripheral neuralgia.

Poor glucose control is a strong promoter of the ageing process and is clearly environmentally mediated.

Diagnosis

The most useful test available to diagnose glucose intolerance or hyperinsulinaemia is the two?hour glucose tolerance test, which measures glucose and insulin levels after a glucose challenge. No other test is capable of measuring abnormalities in insulin secretion, the major determinant of blood sugar abnormalities.

Biomarker #8               Cholesterol/HDL Ratio

Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is a necessary component of your body chemistry. It plays an essential role on the health of your cell membranes and in sex hormone metabolism. Under certain conditions, it can accumulate in artery walls and form fatty plaques, restricting blood flow and leading to arteriosclerosis, a form of heart and circulatory disease.

Cholesterol metabolism is one of the most misunderstood areas in healthcare today. Cholesterol is not an essential nutrient, as your body manufactures it in your liver whenever necessary. It circulates in your blood stream as “lipoproteins”. These are combinations of fat bound to proteins. Some of these cholesterol?containing lipoproteins have been found to actually protect us from heart disease, these are called high density lipoproteins or HDL’s. The other lipoproteins, low density or LDL’s, and very low density VLDL’s are the types associated with the arteriosclerosis mentioned earlier.

Studies have shown that when the ratio of total cholesterol over HDL cholesterol is 4.5 or lower, there is a reduced risk to heart and circulatory disease. Unfortunately it is typical for cholesterol 1 HDL ratios to increase or worsen with age, increasing your risk to disability and premature death.

Here again, the key to reducing LDL’s (the most harmful form of cholesterol) and raising HDL’s (the beneficial form), is better dietary management, proper supplementation and a proper exercise program. More specifically, diet changes can lower LDL’s, but it takes both exercise and a reduction in body fat to raise HDL’s.

The paradox here, is that for some people to reduce body fat, they must actually increase their intake of the “healthy” fats and oils, while decreasing their intake of the “cholesterol?free” carbohydrates.

Is it any wonder that so many people today find themselves feeling confused and bewildered about what and how to best meet their nutrition needs.

Ibis area of fats and health, further exemplifies the need for individual assessment and targeted recommendations with respect to ones nutritional needs.

Biomarker #9               Blood Pressure

Although there are cultures around the world who show no increases in blood pressure with age, the United States and Canada are not among them. Hypertension, often referred to as “the silent killer”, affects 65 million North Americans, increasing their risk to heart attacks, stroke and other serious diseases with seldom any warning symptoms.

Your blood pressure has two components:

  1. i) Your systolic pressure (read first) which reflects the

pressure on your arteries when your heart contracts.

  1. Your diastolic pressure (read second) which represents

the pressure in your arteries between heart beats when

your heart is at rest.

Normal blood pressure is less than 140 systolic (with 120 considered ideal) and less than 85 diastolic. Even though some people are genetically predisposed to hypertension, the proper nutrition and exercise program will restore normal healthy pressures in most cases.

You can also have blood pressures which are too low. The symptoms of which are very similar to those of low blood sugar levels. These include: episodes of weakness and light?headedness especially on sudden changes of posture.

In more acute cases, such as hypotension, can be related to dehydration and electrolyte imbalances. For example, following heavy exercise in very warm weather or after protracted vomiting or diarrhoea.

With more chronic cases the hypotension, especially if it is posture­ related can be a sign of adrenal insufficiency as the result of prolonged distress. If this. is suspected further tests on adrenal function should be conducted. Conducting blood pressure tests in several different postures, can be a valuable screening tool here.

Biomarker #10                      Bone Mineral Density

There is typically an age?related decline in bone mineral density that leaves older people with weakened bones and at risk to disability and life threatening complications. The later stages of this bone mineral loss is called “osteoporosis”. Contrary to popular belief, it affects men and women. Although it is accelerated in menopausal women it is not a problem which is exclusive to them.

Studies show a typical decline in bone mineral density if one percent per year after peak bone density is reached at between ages 28 to 35 years in men and women. After menopause, typical bone loss increases to three percent per year and for some it can be as high as fifteen percent.

What may shock you is that your rate of bone loss increases 50?fold during prolonged bed rest. Research shows, that two weeks of bed rest can cause as much calcium loss as one full year of ageing! Needless to say, the very best prescription for the prevention and treatment of bone loss is proper exercise and proper nutrition. The nutrition component must include adequate levels of calcium and associated bone building nutrients.

As with each of our biomarkers, there is a simple test that can be conducted to assess whether you are losing significant bone density or not. It involves analysis of your urine to assess the levels of several by?products of bone breakdown, which when elevated signals an accelerated loss of bone. Corrective measures can then be initiated and a re?test done several weeks later to ensure resolution of the condition.

BIA offers a unique window in to the body. It is simple non-invasive and there are no contra-indication to its use. Linked with computing programs it is able to give us a snap shot of the body at that time.

 

 

Typical lifeline Ideal lifeline

Old age in our society is linked with declining mobility and increasing morbidity. Typically in our 40th or 50th decade we begin to experience a decline in our health as can be seen in the illustration of typical lifeline. Unfortunately without any corrective measures this progresses to poor health and then progressive disability. Fortunately with the knowledge available today this need not be the picture of our life. The ideal lifeline shows that with correct intervention our wellbeing can be extended well beyond the norm giving us a fruitful old age.

FSM Frequency Specific Microcurrent: for pain, joints, stress, gut, brain!!

October 16th, 2018

We have used our Cellular Regeneration Therapy for just about everything…  It truly works!!!

New Leaf Natural Therapies:  94 Edith Street, Wynnum 4178

ph: 3348 6098  /  0417 643 849

 


  • Any Pain & Inflammatory conditions
  • Fibromyalgia / toxin release
  • Spinal cord/ spinal pain
  • Scar softening
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Toxin removal
  • Natural facelifts
  • Vaccine toxin removal
  • Fibrosis & adhesions
  • Anesthetic, drug & opiate removal (NSAID’s)
  • Shingles & nerve pain
  • Concussion /head injuries; learning problems/ memory issues
  • Skin care – acne; psoriasis; eczema
  • Bulging discs
  • Endometriosis; fibroids; polyps; uterine pain
  • Gut inflammation, IBS, diverticulitis
  • Neuropathy/nerve pain
  • Sinusitis, bronchitis etc
  • Thyroid / adrenal support
  • Stress, anxiety, depression
  • Gut, liver, bowel support
  • Detox after cancer treatments!

And much, much more!!!


These treatments are fabulous: pain free and simple!  All living tissue has a certain frequency – we can find which body organs and tissues are not functioning correctly and help them to heal – much faster than on their own or even with supplements!!!  If a cell is inflamed, congested, has scarring or adhesions, it simply can’t function properly.  This treatment simply and effectively removes these conditions from the cells and allows them to function normally, again!

The number of treatments depends on how ‘out of whack’ the particular tissue is, for example, it might take 3-22 treatments to dissolve calcifications in the body, excruciatingly painful conditions such as fibromyalgia may require up to 2 treatments per week initially, autism/aspergers/ADHD may require a similar protocol weekly or bi-weekly for a month or two to support all of the aggravating factors. There are many variables that come into play, so therefore it’s very difficult to estimate how many treatments it will take.  But, it works!!!

TGA Approved, it promotes healing of conditions which have not responded to other treatment. The speed of recovery is increased, the effect is long lasting, and there is a more complete healing of tissues than with other therapies. 1 session for pain is equivalent to around 5 hrs massage, which does not have the benefit of returning cells into balance.

During the 1900’s Dr Albert Abrams was the first to develop a calibrated instrument which was capable of detecting the radiations of living tissues. He became convinced that if he could match the frequencies involved, the tissue would be isolated and healed and would return to balance.

Every tissue within the body has its individual frequency or output and the practitioner is able to set the frequency of the device to match. This can be extremely helpful when there are a variety of conditions like trauma, inflammation, stress, or environmental influences. Several treatments may be required to enable complete recovery.

Because the output current from the device is low, it doesn’t stimulate sensory nerves, and therefore the client may only feel some warmth or slight coolness during the treatment. Frequencies are continually changed as it has been shown using a combination of frequencies directed toward the tissues will ease the pain and insure a faster, long lasting recovery.

Every person is an individual and the longevity and the severity of the condition will affect the number of treatments required. Approximately 60-80% of changes which occur within one treatment will last until the next treatment providing it is within an appropriate time frame of up to seven days and you’re HYDRATED!  By undergoing continual treatment the client is training his muscles to respond the way they are meant to, however until this becomes permanent the muscles will attempt to return to their old pathways which will lead to the return of the original condition.
The treatment may be used to alleviate both viral conditions and pain, and for skin toning.

There may be some side effects due to the release of toxins from the treatment; a patient may feel nauseated, fatigued, and slightly drowsy, have a slight increase in pain, or have flu like symptoms after the initial treatment. These symptoms are completely normal. The patient should drink water before and after the treatment as this helps the release of toxins and reduces the severity of effects. The client may also be advised to take supplements to aid the liver detoxification pathways to deal more quickly with the by-products which will prevent overload. These symptoms only last for a few hours after treatment, however if symptoms do continue, then the client should continue to drink water.

Follow Instructions!


It is very important clients follow the instructions as explained by the Cellular Regeneration practitioner due to the changes that will take place in the body as a result of the treatment. Cellular Regeneration therapy increases the cellular oxidation or ATP by 500% over 48 hours, thus increasing the uptake of oxygen and nutrients as well as cell regeneration and repair of tissue inflammation.

Where pain therapy has been undertaken using C.R., many clients experience a dramatic pain-free period after the first treatment, and opt out of follow-up therapy. However, it is wise to undergo the full series of treatments as advised by your practitioner to allow a full healing response.

In certain situations, the symptoms may return within a short period. This type of aggravation is common if the client does not rest sufficiently, or if the treatment stirs up tissue stagnation during the healing process.  It may be that the tissue is far removed from normal and may take some time to return to health.  Compliance with supplementation such as magnesium and EPA/DHA as recommended by the practitioner is important and increased dosages may be recommended during an aggravation.

Call us to book on 3348 6098 or email healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au

 

Ross Walter Nutritionist & Naturopath can improve your health!

October 4th, 2018
My treatments are:

PERSONALISED

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Consultations and treatments are personalised to you and your circumstances, because everyone is different! The causes of your health condition will be different to someone else with the same condition, so a tailored plan is needed.

HOLISTIC

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A holistic treatment means analysing what is happening in your whole body, and providing a treatment plan which treats the whole body, on all aspects of your health.

EMPOWERING

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Much of the treatment plan is about educating you on the right foods to eat, lifestyle advice, supplements and other treatments for your situation, to enable you to take control of your health.

EVIDENCE-BASED

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Our advice and treatment plans are based on recent and proven scientific evidence from science and medical journals, research studies, textbooks, courses and ongoing Professional Education, as required by our professional associations.

NATURAL & SAFE

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Advice and treatments recommended will be natural and safe for you, including the best foods for your health (and which to avoid), lifestyle changes to improve health, education, and therapeutic strength practitioner-branded quality supplements if needed. Any recommendations will take into account your medications, allergies, lifestyle and other preferences.

COVERED BY MANY HEALTH FUNDS & HICAPS

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Many health insurance funds understand the importance of having a healthy diet and lifestyle and these can reduce the risks of disease and even prevent disease. As such, these funds offer rebates on Naturopathy consultations. Contact us to see if your health fund covers you for this! We now have HiCAPS in the clinic, so you can get your health fund rebate back immediately!

 INCLUSIONS & VALUE

An initial consultation will include the following:

  • 90 minutes of questions and advice – to get a full health and medical history, and to identify the causes of your health issues
  • Analysis of your weekly food intake, and a detailed report of what you are doing well, and what you can do to improve this
  • Naturopathic analysis of your pathology results, in a detailed report
  • Physical tests – blood pressure, blood glucose, oxygen saturation, physical signs and more
  • Lifestyle improvement advice, including how to improve sleep, reduce effects of stress, and environmental health
  • Detailed treatment plan, outlining the prioritised treatment details, personalised for you

That’s a lot of value for your investment in your long-term health!

BENEFITS

Ross Walter Nutritionist & Naturopath can improve your health by helping you to:

  • lose weight
  • have more energy
  • sleep better
  • improve immune system
  • reduce pain
  • reduce the effects of stress
  • improve your diet and lifestyle

and generally feel better and look healthier!

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SPECIALTIES

Ross Walter Nutritionist & Naturopath is experienced in treating the following:

  • weight issues (see here for more information), and weight-related conditions
  • analysing your weekly diet, to see if you are meeting your nutrition requirements for your health and fitness goals
  • chronic or inflammatory disease conditions type 2 diabetes, arthritis, pain
  • skin conditions (acneeczema and psoriasis)
  • heart related conditions (blood pressure and cholesterol), heart disease
  • digestive conditions (Irritable Bowel Syndrome, IBS, constipation or diarrhoea)
  • immune system conditions (colds/flu, autoimmune conditions, and chronic infections)
  • mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, Pyrrole Disorder, and similar
  • sleep issues (getting to sleep, interrupted sleep, or maintaining sleep)
  • allergies and intolerances or sensitivities to foods, chemicals or environmental substances
  • hormone conditions (thyroid, male and female hormones, PMS, PMDD, menopause)?
  • ?Men’s health (erectile or prostate conditions, low testosterone)
  • ?Women’s health (menstrual cycle issues, fertility, preconception and pregnancy care)
  • natural cancer support and adjunct treatments (see here for more information)
  • difficult and complex chronic (long-term) conditions for which you may not have an answer yet.

Introducing Ross Walter Nutritionist & Naturopath! Now at New Leaf

October 4th, 2018

Are you sick of being sick? TIred of being tired? Depressed about being depressed?

In order to see a change and get improvements in your health, you need to decide when you have had enough of your current situation, and make the decision to want to improve your health!

Are you ready yet?! The sooner you make that decision to get professional help, the sooner you can have your health back. Do it now!

Ross Walter Nutritionist and Naturopath can help you to improve your health. You can do it now!



How can Nutritional Medicine and Naturopathy help me?

The aim of Naturopathy is to identify the causes of your health issues, then to treat those causes using evidence-based natural solutions. This is the only way to treat any health condition, to make it go away and stay away! Unfortunately this is not the medical approach, which is to suppress your symptoms and pretend that the problem has gone away, but it hasn’t. This will only cause a longer illness duration and worsening health.

Naturopathy combines the modalities, advice and treatments of Nutritional Medicine and Herbal Medicine, all 3 of which I have qualifications in! Naturopathic treatments can include nutrition advice, lifestyle improvements, stress management, herbal medicines, nutritional and herbal supplements, flower essences, and even pathology testing as needed.

It doesn’t matter what your health issue is – digestive complaints (IBS, constipation, diarrhoea etc), skin conditions (acne, eczema, psoriasis), diabetes, hormone issues, heart disease, cancer, or anything else, Nutritional Medicine and Naturopathy can help to reduce your symptoms, reduce pain, improve sleep, increase energy, and make you feel better and give you a better quality of life! I have a range of treatments and services to help you return to health! I specialise in chronic (long-term) and complex conditions, for which you may not have been able to get an answer for to date.

To find out how Nutritional Medicine and Naturopathy with an award-winning practitioner can help you, please call for a free 15-minute chat, or to book your treatment now!

healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au
07 3348 6098
94 Edith Street, Wynnum
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Is cortisol messing with your life??

September 5th, 2018

 

Have you had your cortisol levels checked? It may be time to do so.  Talk to your doctor or chat to us at New Leaf about ways your cortisol can be checked!

WHAT IS CORTISOL?

Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. It is important to understand how to balance this hormone for optimal health.

Cortisol is a naturally occurring hormone that is secreted by the adrenal glands located on your kidneys. It is one of the main stress response chemicals with adrenaline being the other. Both are responsible for maintaining balance in your body.

CORTISOL LEVELS

When it is in a healthy rhythm, cortisol is highest in the morning to give us the energy to get our day started, minimise inflammation and boost our immune response to peak levels. It is naturally lowest at night to help us wind our bodies down into rest-and-repair mode. When this natural cycle is disrupted, we can end up with dysfunction of cortisol levels such as:

HIGH CORTISOL SYMPTOMS:

  • Sleep problems (insomnia, waking in the night)
  • Blood sugar issues (including sugar cravings, metabolic syndrome, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and diabetes)
  • Weight gain (increased fat storage and belly fat)
  • Immune system imbalances leading to more frequent infections, reactivation of old viruses, allergies, inflammation, and even autoimmune disease
  • Poor digestion and impaired absorption of nutrients
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Decreased memory, focus, and willpower
  • Mood swings
  • High blood pressure
  • Racing heart or palpitations
  • Flush face
  • Increased urination

LOW CORTISOL SYMPTOMS:

  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty waking in the morning
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Weight changes
  • Salt cravings
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Dizzy or faint
  • Feel “weird”

Most chronic and long-term health issues like obesity, digestive issues, diabetes and even cancer can be linked to disturbances in our natural cortisol patterns.

Let’s look at the range of some low or high cortisol health scenarios:

1. CORTISOL AND WEIGHT GAIN

Persistently high or low cortisol levels can cause you to experience changes in your body weight. High levels of cortisol can stimulate your appetite and lead to obesity. Excess weight in this situation is often to carried on the upper body and a round face or excess fat tissue around the neck may develop.

2. CORTISOL AND HYPERTENSION

High cortisol levels may increase your risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension) or high blood sugar levels (hyperglycemia). Low levels of cortisol can have the opposite effect and cause decreased appetite or significant weight loss. Loss of appetite can lead some people to become dehydrated or develop low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia) due to poor fluid intake. Symptoms include increased thirst, headache or dizziness.

3. CORTISOL AND SKIN

High cortisol levels in your blood can contribute to skin issues like thinning or easily bruising skin and stretch marks that are pink or purple in colour on the arms, buttocks, legs, stomach or breasts. On the flip side, abnormally low levels of cortisol may cause patches of increased pigmentation (hyper-pigmentation) on your knees or elbows.

4. CORTISOL AND SLEEP

Cortisol is a part of your sleeping and waking cycle. Imbalanced levels can cause excessive tiredness or fatigue that can be long-lasting (chronic) and may cause sore or weak muscles. Men with high cortisol levels can experience impotence and may also be accompanied by decreased sexual desire. Cortisol imbalances in women can lead to the development of an irregular menstrual cycle, which can make it difficult for women to become pregnant.

5. CORTISOL AND DIET

Studies have revealed that eating balanced meals and participating in physical activity 3-5 times a week can help maintain cortisol balance. But in today’s go-go-go world, chronic stress, can over time, cause the adrenal glands to become overworked which in turn effects cortisol levels. And there may be times when this process cannot be dealt with diet and lifestyle changes alone. This is when a hormonal imbalance needs to be fully evaluated and corrected in conjunction with a customized nutrition and fitness program that meets your unique needs.

HOW TO REDUCE CORTISOL

Lowering your cortisol levels requires attention paid to a few things that with some management, can prove to be successful. Here are some tips:

1.  Look at your sleep schedule

Cortisol regulates the production of melatonin, which is important not only for sleep but for detoxification and immunity. High cortisol levels suppress melatonin and that means you may not only experience insomnia and other sleep issues, but you are increasing your risk of inflammatory conditions like diabetes and cancer.

How much sleep do you need? At least seven hours of mostly uninterrupted sleep for at least two weeks can begin to reset your cortisol levels. Also, make sure you are going to bed and waking up at the same time to create a regular sleep cycle.

2. Get rid of EMF’s

And remember — we live in a world of electronic devices full of EMFs (Electromagnetic Frequencies) and bombardment of blue light. Using ear plugs to get rid of white noise, silencing your phone and turning off your computer a couple of hours before going to bed is helpful to ensure quality sleep. This practice will make a huge difference in controlling your brains internal clock that tells you when to sleep.

It is important to remember that timing, length and quality of sleep all influence cortisol for better or for worse.

3. Eat the right foods, at the right time

Believe it or not, that low carb diet we are all into these days can increase cortisol — if it is too low. You may benefit more from eating a small number of healthy carbs three to five hours before going to bed. And in general, eating just before bedtime can affect not only how well you sleep but also your cortisol levels. Try not eating within three hours of settling in for a night’s rest. What you eat and when you eat can have a profound effect on your cortisol response.

4. Plan on exercising at the ideal times

Studies show that exercise can help to reduce cortisol levels. However, the opposite can be true if you over exercise or exercise late at night. Doing intense exercise earlier in the day increases cortisol levels immediately following exercise but it can have positive effects of reducing cortisol levels in the evening and before bedtime.

5. Relax and reset

It is important to learn some relaxation strategies, especially after a long, hard work day/week in order to help reset both mentally and emotionally. This can lead to healthier cortisol levels and a healthier YOU in general. Even 15 minutes can make a difference, but I suggest to my patients that taking that walk in nature or getting into an easy yoga routine, are great ways to handle cortisol issues.

6. Practice deep breathing

Deep breathing helps to lower stress and is an easy habit anyone can do anywhere. Studies show that this simple technique can help to substantially lower cortisol levels. Who would have guessed? Read my article on how to effectively practice deep breathing for relaxation. Other helpful techniques that incorporate deep breathing for relaxation are yoga and tai chi.

Check out this helpful guide on adding other relaxation techniques such as meditation, visualisation, music and progressive muscle relaxation.

7. Avoid caffeine and alcohol late in the day

A great cup of coffee or tea can be a sure way to get some energy and also some pleasure in life. But both, along with chocolate, can keep you up at night. Caffeine can affect your cortisol levels and disrupt sleep patterns so be mindful of when you have it. I have also noted that many of my patients report that they slept better and felt better all-around when they limited their alcohol consumption, especially in the evening.

8. Eat clean

Chronic inflammation is a huge trigger of cortisol imbalances along with blood sugar balance. Simply put — a diet of processed foods, poor-quality fats, and too much sugar can cause inflammation that leads to chronically over activated cortisol production.

9. Find happiness

When was the last time you found time to do something that really made you happy? Pursuing things that bring you happiness and satisfaction can help to lower your cortisol levels. Hobbies such as art, music, gardening and spending time outdoors can provide a sense of well being and pleasure which will help keep cortisol down. It’s time to develop those hobbies you’ve been dreaming about!

10. Spend time with family and friends

Having strong relationships with family and friends can help you to manage stress and lower your cortisol levels. However, at times, these relationships can be the cause of your stress. Learning to deal with conflicts and seeking positive outcomes will provide stronger bonds and emotional well being. Having more friends and family in your life can be a source of great happiness and support.

Even furry companions such as canine pets can prove to be helpful in lowering cortisol levels.

11. Add Essential oils 

Some essential oils are shown to harness stress and excess cortisol levels. Such oils include lavender, cinnamon leaf, cedarwood, eucalyptus, and ylang-ylang. The aroma of these essential oils can actually pass right through the blood/brain barrier which has a direct effect on areas of the brain controlling your feelings of stress and anxiety which influence your cortisol response.

12. Take supplements for stress

Studies show that taking certain supplements can help to manage cortisol levels and stress. Supplements such as fish oil and other adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Cordyceps, and Reishi have been shown to lower cortisol levels within 60 days. Below are some of my favourite supplements for restoring cortisol levels.

13.  Kinesiology, Acupuncture, Massage, Chi Nei Tsang

All of our processes can support reducing your stress, and rebooting your adrenal glands.

CORTISOL SUPPLEMENTS

I recommend a few supplements to my patients that can help keep cortisol levels in good balance overall and nourish the adrenals as well.

One of my favourites is Omega Brain Care, a Phosphatidylserine and essential fatty acid supplement that has been found to naturally block the harmful effects of cortisol. The body produces very little of it, so supplementation can ensure you are getting enough to maintain overall good health.

I also like to suggest Adrenotone which is a combination of standardised adaptogen herbs and nutrients designed to help support healthy cortisol levels as well as protect you against chronic stress.

Ready to get your cortisol in balance but feel unsure about where to start?   Testing is usually the first step and I can help with that (Doctor’s test, nutripath testing through us, kinesiology). A simple cortisol saliva test is one way to get an accurate reading of your cortisol levels and way to monitor your progress over time. Then we can discuss some great protocols that can help you achieve balance – naturally.

Know someone who needs help, forward this article to get them started on their road to recovery!

Easy Ways to Beat Colds and Flus, Fast Feeling Flu-y?

August 16th, 2018

Easy Ways to Beat Colds and Flus, Fast Feeling Flu-y?

Feeling run down with a sore throat, runny nose, pounding head, cough, or fever? Don’t suffer in silence waiting for your cold to run its course. Instead, try these easy, natural ways to help you kick that lurgy and feel better, fast.

Your (Natural) Medicine Cabinet Did you know that natural medicines do double duty when fighting an infection? Not only do they help you feel better quicker by reducing your symptoms, they can also boost your immunity and reduce your chances of getting sick in the future.

Ask your Natural Healthcare Practitioner whether these four cold-busting remedies are suitable for your particular symptoms:

Andrographis – a potent herb that can help reduce the symptoms of colds and flu by stimulating your body’s own immune function; improving your runny nose, cough, fever, headache and fatigue.

Medicinal mushrooms – coriolus, reishi and shiitake can help reduce congestion and mucus, helping you breathe easier.

Probiotics – did you know that there are specific probiotic strains able to help you fight off a cold? The probiotics Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG®), Lactobacillus plantarum HEAL 9 and Lactobacillus paracasei 8700:2 have been shown in multiple scientific studies to help reduce the symptoms and duration of the common cold.

Zinc – reduces both the duration of infections and the severity of symptoms, helping you get back to your normal activities sooner. Having adequate zinc levels also decreases the likelihood of you getting sick in the future; meaning fewer sick days needed annually.

Do-It-Yourself Recovery Alongside taking your natural medicines you can help yourself get well by using these seven DIY symptom-relieving strategies:

1. Ease nasal congestion – use a nasal spray containing antimicrobial essential oils (ask your Practitioner for a recommendation). Also, try a steam inhalation or take a steamy hot bath or shower, so you can breathe easier and be more comfortable.

2. Gargle with warm water regularly – this can help ease a sore throat. Add a teaspoon of salt for added antiseptic and gentle anti-inflammatory benefits.

3. Drink plenty of fluids – dehydration can occur if you do not replenish fluids lost through sweating, having a runny nose, or having a fever. Being dehydrated can make you feel sicker than you need to. Choose water rather than sugary drinks which can increase inflammation.

4. Eat regular meals – to keep your energy levels up. Try nourishing, cooked and vegetable-rich foods like soups and stews (they also help keep you hydrated). If you don’t feel like eating, a simple chicken broth can help provide the electrolytes and minerals (such as magnesium, calcium and phosphorus) your body needs to function well.

5. Use ‘food as medicine’ principles – chicken soup can also help reduce mucus congestion, especially if you add warming and pungent herbs and spices such as cayenne, ginger and turmeric. Add plenty of garlic too as it’s considered ‘natures antibiotic‘, helping reduce the chance of developing a secondary bacterial infection that can follow a viral cold or flu.

6. ‘Eat a rainbow’ – include lots of colourful fruits and veggies where you can, to give your immune system the antioxidants and vitamins (such as vitamin C) it needs to support healthy immune function and keep you fighting the infection.

7. Take time off – don’t feel guilty about staying home from work. Convalescing will give your body and immune system the chance to recoup its energy – getting you back to work quicker and fighting fit again. Your colleagues will also thank you for keeping your germs at home! We’ve saved the best tip for last.

See Your Practitioner… For a personalised immune-boosting treatment plan. As everybody is different, your Practitioner can tailor an effective strategy for your situation. Maybe you also have a history of catching every cold and flu there is – so ask them how you can also address the factors that may be weakening your immunity, such as a nutrient deficiency, stress or lack of sleep. Rather than wait for your cold or flu to run its course, be more immune savvy this time around. Support yourself with these natural tips and tricks, and get back to enjoying all the activities you love. LGG® is a registered trademark of Chr. Hansen A/S. Talk to your Practitioner about easy ways to naturally beat colds and flus today.

Auto-Immune Disease – let’s get well!!

August 16th, 2018
5 Things You Can Do to Help Reverse Your Autoimmune Disease That Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You
  1. Heal Your Gut. Your gut is your gateway to health. …
    • look at your blood for signs of fungus, candida, parasites, bacteria and viral infections
    • have kinesiology sessions to support better immunity – and find old infections!
    • break down the biofilms in your body with specific herbs and nutrients
    • boost your gut immunity and heal your gut!
  2. Optimize Your Diet. …
    • what is best for you?  we can work towards finding if your body needs a paleo diet, ketogenic diet, weightloss process such as HCG, auto-immune paleo, specific carbohydrate diet
    • remove the toxins – eat fresh, healthy, organic foods
    • think of being toxin free, pesticides free, GMO free
  3. Reduce Your Toxic Burden. …
    • look at all of your products – for washing, cleaning, hair and body products – start researching which ingredients are toxic for your immune system
  4. Heal Your Infections. …
    • start the process.  help infections out of your body, boost your immunity.
  5. Relieve Your Stress.
    • huge!!!  see us for kinesiology, massage, universal consciousness and supplements specific for stress!

Men’s Health, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome & New Leaf Natural Therapies!

July 24th, 2018

Men’s Health is so important!

It’s been fantastic since Congress….  top take-home factoids I’ve been loving are:

  • Men – get your testosterone checked!  If you need, support your testosterone levels with injections or supplements that contain tribulus, zinc, horny goat week (true herb!) etc
  • Testosterone is linked to mood disorders and exhaustion
  • Men born since 1970 have 1/2 the testosterone as those born before…  This is due to environmental toxins.  As I’ve always said, we can’t get rid of the toxins but we can support our detox capabilities with herbs and nutrients such as silymarin, lipoic acid, glutathione, anti-oxidants and vitamin C.  Lots of other herbs too!
  • This lack of testosterone since 1970 is being studied to see if it’s linked to kids with higher anxiety, depression, suicidal rates
  • It’s once estrodial takes over as the main hormone in men that estrodial interacts with environmental toxins and is linked to cancers…  Pre-1970 testosterone levels peaked at around 40 years old, Since 1970’s it’s often in the teenage years/early 20’s, so estrodial is becoming dominant much earlier
  • Adrenal fatigue should be named ‘Burnout Syndrome’ according to Dr Flavio Cadigiani
  • Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome should be renamed under ‘Metabolic Syndrome’ as it’s insulin and inflammation that drive the PCOS, yet women can have metabolic syndrome without the PCOS, therefore many practitioners run out of ability to support clients with painful periods.
  • Mast Cell Activation Syndrome – if you get your histamine levels tested, the maximum histamine levels you want are 8.  MCAS is linked to allergies, dizziness, asthma, POTS, anxiety
  • if you get unexplained pain in the brain (migraines), gut, uterus, spinal cord – you could have MCAS…  Pop in and see us!  There are nutrients known to pull stored histamine out of your body.
  • Every thought we have affects our genes either positively or negatively
  • Traumas from childhood can affect our kids / grandkids etc for up to 7 generations!  With kinesiology and universal consciousness techniques we can mitigate these effects.  In fact, studies show that a trauma in childhood activates obesity genes (we’re more lucky if we’ve been traumatised and don’t end up with weight challenges!) and addictive behaviours (are you self-medicating??)
  • Intermittent Fasting is proving to be a fantastic health-improvement tool for longevity!  The most researched and popular Intermittent Fasting time bracket by the speakers was the 18/6.  Off food for 18 hours (say 7pm until 1pm next day…).  Every hour over 12 hours of fasting doubles the benefit of the previous 12 hours!

AT New Leaf we support these issues with

  • detoxification processes including dietary adjustments; acupuncture; kinesiology; supplements & herbs; weight loss detox processes…
  • kinesiology to access information about where the histamines are and what we need to release them
  • emotional support – using Universal Consciousness Processes; kinesiology & LEAP

Talk soon,

 

Madonna
0417 643 849

Soy: Safety issues – fact or fiction!

July 18th, 2018

A Note from Madonna:
Great article from Metagenics on Soy…

I’m in the unique position to have been doing kinesiology for over 20 years…  I always joke I’m lucky to have done my naturopathy first as kinesiology was so much fun.
I’ve got a 15 step process to find allergies/intolerances/substance issues with people:

  • we have Nutripath food testing to find if people have allergies to substances
  • we use the Food Detective blood test in-house to find if people have intolerances
  • I’ve found generally over the years that organic soy is fine!  (Generally, of course!)
  • Georgia and Madonna use kinesiology to target specific substances and see if your body is able to utilise them…
    • if dairy is an issue, is it the casein, the lactose, a DPP4 enzyme deficiency, lectins, hormones?  Is Organic OK?
    • if grains are an issues, is it a FODMAP problem, lectins, gluten, gliadins, DPP4 enzyme deficiency, pesticides, GMO?  Is Organic OK?
  • Enjoy!!!

    Madonna Guy
    You Tube:  New Leaf Health Team
    07 3348 6098
    healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au

All the Noise About Soy

The world we live in is a melting pot of mixed cultures which has resulted in the spread of many ingredients and cuisines. One such example is the soybean, finding its way onto the plates of many individuals, and offering a blend of protein, fibre, fats and phytonutrients (e.g. isoflavones). Despite a long traditional use in Asia and the scientifically proven benefits of soy consumption, vocal soy critics have cast concern over this eminent legume, confusing many people about whether soy is safe or not. Whilst some objections against soy for reasons such as overt allergy are well-founded, anti-soy arguments based on misinterpreted data have tainted the perceived safety of soy; leaving many individuals hesitant on whether to enjoy or avoid it. However, research offers remedies to several soy myths, enabling them to be busted – read on for details:

Myth #1: Soy is a goitrogen.

Fact: Goitrogens are substances that disrupt the production of thyroid hormone by interfering with the uptake of iodine into the thyroid gland. Soy has previously been classified as a goitrogen; however, this was based primarily on observations yielded from in vitro and animal studies,1 which in this instance offer limited relevance to humans due to differing metabolism between human and animals with regards to soy.2 That said, in situations of inadequate dietary iodine intakes, thyroid symptoms caused by this lack may be amplified by simultaneously high intakes of soy.3 Nevertheless, a comprehensive review of 14 human clinical studies provided little evidence that soy exerts anti-thyroid effects in healthy subjects,4 which is further supported by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).5

In summary, human evidence supports the safe consumption of dietary soy6,7 alongside adequate iodine intake.8

Myth #2: All soy is genetically modified.

Fact: In the past decade, there has been a surge in the production of genetically modified (GM) crops, with soy representing one of those most commonly affected. Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are those whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques designed to produce specific traits. It is true that without sufficient data we can’t predict the effects of modified proteins, so selecting non-GMO soy products avoids unknown risks. As such, non-GMO sources of soy are available, and consuming it in this natural and unadulterated wholefood form is always advised for maximal health benefits.

The Humble Soybean Manifests in Many Dietary Ways.

Myth #3: You should only eat soy if it’s fermented.

Fact: In early China, soy was traditionally cooked like a grain. Processing of this legume then evolved across different regions of Asia to become a variety of modes like those illustrated in Figure 1. This included fermenting (to create tempeh, miso and natto), sprouting, grinding to make a ‘milk,’ and the pressing of unfermented bean curd to create tofu. Fermentation is especially favored in Korea and Japan for producing strong flavours, however doing so is not the golden rule for soy consumption. Similar to other legumes, simply softening soybeans with moisture and heat (e.g. boiling) causes the hardy components within the bean to denature. This allows the nutrients to then become bioavailable and absorbable, and therefore allow us to attain the benefits from consuming them.

In summary, soy has not always traditionally been fermented, and it is perfectly safe and appropriate to consume it in its unfermented form.

Myth #4: Soy is a phytoestrogen.

Fact: The term phytoestrogen describes the ability of certain compounds (found in foods and medicinal herbs) to act similarly to the actions of the hormone oestrogen. However, incorrect interpretations of the term phytoestrogen have raised some concern.

As it pertains to soy, experts have corrected the term phytoestrogen, defining the bean instead as a selective oestrogen receptor modulator or ‘SERM’.

Being a SERM, soy communicates with the body similarly to oestrogen as it can bind to what’s known as oestrogen ‘receptors’, which then modulates their activity (the ‘output’). For example, soy isoflavones have been shown to down-regulate oestrogen receptor alpha (ER-?) activity. Given that ER-? is associated with negative events such as tumour growth, SERM compounds (like the isoflavones found in soy) are viewed as beneficial, as they can favourably influence the state of play. What’s more, soy isoflavones also bind to the beneficial oestrogen receptor beta (ER- ?), whose activity is associated with protective health benefits in both men and women.9 In summary, a SERM such as soy does not increase oestrogen levels, but balances oestrogen receptor activity, which can lead to more optimal body function.

The Balance of Soy

It’s important to keep in mind that the health benefits of soy, like many wholefoods, are broad. The soybean is much more than just soy isoflavones – it provides additional health-promoting nutrients including protein, fibre, minerals and B vitamins, all nourishing your body in more ways than one. To enjoy some soy as part of a balanced, check out the healthy Tofu and Veggie Stir-Fry recipe below. You too can reap the benefits of this highly versatile legume.

 

 

Tofu and Veggie Stir-Fry 

Makes 1 serve.

Ingredients:

• 1 tablespoon of olive oil
• 200 g tofu
• 50 g broccoli
• 50 g cauliflower
• 1 clove garlic (cut into small pieces)
• 1 tablespoon of diced chives
• 1/3 cup water

Method:

• Heat oil with garlic until garlic is lightly cooked.
• Add cauliflower, tofu and broccoli and stir through very quickly.
• Add water and continue stirring.
• Cook on high heat for approximately four minutes and continue stirring.
• Add a little more water if required to prevent sticking.
• Add chives.
• Turn out and serve.

 

References

1. Messina M, Redmond G. Effects of soy protein and soybean isoflavones on thyroid function in healthy adults and hypothyroid patients: A review of the relevant literature. Thyroid. 2006 Mar;16(3):249-258. doi: 10.1089/thy.2006.16.249.

2. Soukup ST, Helppi J, Müller DR, Zierau O, Watzl B, Vollmer G, et al. Phase II metabolism of the soy isoflavones genistein and daidzein in humans, rats and mice: a cross-species and sex comparison. Arch Toxicol. 2016 Jun;90(6):1335-1347. doi: 10.1007/s00204-016-1663-5.

3. Messina M. Soy and health update: evaluation of the clinical and epidemiologic literature. Nutrients. 2016 Nov;8(12):1-42. Doi: 10.3390/nu8120754.

4. Messina M, Redmond G. Effects of soy protein and soybean isoflavones on thyroid function in healthy adults and hypothyroid patients: A review of the relevant literature. Thyroid. 2006 Mar;16(3):249-258. doi: 10.1089/thy.2006.16.249.

5. EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS). Risk assessment for peri?and post?menopausal women taking food supplements containing isolated isoflavones. EFSA Journal. 2015 Oct;13(10):4246. doi: 10.2903/j.efsa.2015.4246.

6. Rizzo G, Baroni L. Soy, soy foods and their role in vegetarian diets. Nutrients. 2018 Jan 5;10(1):43. doi:10.3390/nu10010043.

7 EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS). Risk assessment for peri?and post?menopausal women taking food supplements containing isolated isoflavones. EFSA Journal. 2015 Oct;13(10):4246. doi: 10.2903/j.efsa.2015.4246.

8. Rizzo G, Baroni L. Soy, soy foods and their role in vegetarian diets. Nutrients. 2018 Jan 5;10(1):43. doi:10.3390/nu10010043.

9. Kuiper GG, Lemmen JG, Carlsson B, Corton JC, Safe SH, van der Saag PT, et al. Interaction of estrogenic chemicals and phytoestrogens with estrogen receptor beta. Endocrinology. 1998 Oct;139(10):4252-4263.

Keeping the spine happy under stress!!! New Leaf Tips

July 12th, 2018
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Stretching:  Many people do work that will eventually lead to repetitive strain injury.  Learning how to stretch and take care of your body is a sensible thing to do.  These stretches are specific for the upper body and neck.  Doing these several times throughout the day when we are feeling the muscles ‘tighten’ can help us relieve the pain as it happens.  These are useful for anyone using a computer many hours per day, students, hairdressers, mechanics, massage therapists…anyone who does similar movements with the upper body over and over again.

Acupuncture:  Has been used for centuries to support better health of the bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles.

Why do we need to stretch?  When we start to feel that ache or burn in a muscle, it is building up lactic acid.  Lactic acid dehydrates the muscle, and eventually the muscle becomes ‘gluey’ and later on the muscle tissue calcifies.  Stretches gets the blood supply into the muscles and helps to release the  waste products from the muscles, and support re-hydration of the muscles.

Massage:  When we feel those ‘knots’ during a massage, the muscles are somewhere between ‘gluey’ and ‘calcified’.  It can take many hours of massage to remove these knots.

Stem Cell Nutrition:  https://madonnaguy.cerule.com/

Cellular Regeneration: Our Frequency Specific Microcurrent equipment can dissolve these calcifications much more quickly than massage can.  Chronic calcification may take many treatments, and long term will prevent surgeries.

Nutrition:  Muscles which regularly ache require both magnesium and water.  Drinking plenty of water is massively important for muscle health and quality.  Magnesium products such as Fibroplex (much more potent than any tablets on the market) help to get magnesium into the muscles as quickly as possible.

Kinesiology:  we can use ‘muscle testing’ to find out which muscles are hypertonic, ie causing pain and use techniques such as PNF stretching to release these muscles.  We may also find stubborn muscles which are switching off other surrounding muscles, thereby  making the whole area ‘weak’ and hard to keep pain-free.  We recommend monthly treatments to re-establish integrity of the major 84 muscles of the bodye