Archive for April, 2013

Beat Colds and Flues as the season changes

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

With the change of season we’ve had a number of people coming into the clinic with respiratory infections, coughs, wheezing, and other respiratory-related complaints. Here we’d like to share our best tips for recovering from acute respiratory illness such as these.

Move inwards..

It’s subtle in Queensland, but the shift in the season brings about subtle shifts within our bodies. In Chinese medicine, the direction in cooler months is inwards, and so we may find we have less energy than summer, and we feel like doing a little less. Follow those urges. It’s time to gather things in, reflect , adjust and gain clarity. All our activities have an influence on our health, especially being out of harmony with nature.  

What is your body telling you?

If you feel run down, listen to your body.  Symptoms can be seen as a form of intelligent communication from our bodies.  Go to bed a little earlier, and nurture yourself a little more. Cook a big batch of vegetable and chicken-broth soup, allow yourself to sleep in, and start to make a few less commitments on your calendar. Your body will thank you for it.

Breathe easy

Take a walk in the fresh air (with a scarf around your neck if you are chilly or sick), preferably in a park, in nature or by the sea. Breathe deeply. Alternatively, take a few deep, conscious breaths when you wake in the morning. Using the timeless remedy eucalyptus oil in a burner or as a steam inhalation can help to open the airways and help you breathe easier. Our Specialist in the aromatherapy massage Raindrop Technique, Rachel, can also recommend some specific, potent oils for the lungs and immune system. 

Herbs and nutrients for the lungs and immune system

Herbal medicines are a powerful aid to the immune system. There are many herbs specific for different conditions, which we would select based on your individual symptom picture. From lung tonics to herbal expectorants to overall immune system support, herbs are an extremely effective means of preventing and treating colds, flues and general low immune function. We also stock a highly concentrated zinc and C powder that provides the body with essential, highly absorbable nutrients for the immune system.

Balance and fortify your body with Kinesiology

Kinesiology can help in the processing of stress and emotional factors that have a very real impact on the strength of the immune system. Kinesiology also helps to identify how well our organs are functioning and raises their energetic vitality when they are sub-optimal. Very often being run down is a product of a deeper issue on an emotional level; kinesiology helps to not only bring about our awareness of this but heal it as well.

Home remedy

Cold and Flu reliever

Juice of ¼ lemon or ½ lime

A pinch of cayenne pepper (or a twist of freshly ground black pepper)

1 teaspoon of raw organic honey

½ tsp of Zinc and C powder

  • Add all above to a mug and fill with warm (not boiling) water and drink .

Take up to 3 times daily to ward of a cold.  

For more advice, remedies and support, please come at see one of our qualified practitioners here at New Leaf Natural Therapies.

Phoebe Boonkerd ND

New Leaf Natural Therapies

3348 6098

Need a viality boost? Trying to lose weight? Crashing in the afternoons?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Many of us still opt out of eating breakfast, or if it is eaten, its a rushed slice of toast that doesn’t sustain us past 10am.. Habits like this can lead to blood sugar crashes, weight gain (you eat less, but your metabolism winds way down and your body keeps all the calories it can when you do eat), fatigue, moodiness, and of course, nutrient deficiencies.  

Breakfast really is the most important meal – it can influence how we eat for the rest of the day! In general, breakfast eaters weigh less than those who skip it. Eating breakfast gets your metabolism going, helps to maintain a healthy body weight, helps you concentrate, have more energy throughout the day and deal better with stress. If you skip breakfast, you are very likely to end up compensating for it later in the day by overeating the wrong foods.

If you lack appetite in the morning, a smoothie is a great way to get an easy to digest, nutrition-packed breakfast. Try this recipe:

Breakfast smoothie

 1 cup almond or rice milk

1 serve of plain, undenatured whey, rice or pea protein powder

1 teaspoon of honey or to taste

1 /2 cup fresh or frozen fruit, such as berries, pear, banana or peaches

A dash of pure vanilla extract or almond extract

1 teaspoon of Spirulina powder or Greens powder

Grated  fresh nutmeg or organic cinnamon powder

 1-2 ice cubes

Blend all ingredients and enjoy. Cinnamon is great for blood sugar balance, Spirulina or greens powders boost energy and add an extra serve of all important greens to your breakfast. Protein supports blood sugar balance and cuts cravings for carbs or sweets later in the day. High quality protein powders are available from the New Leaf clinic dispensary.

For more on weight loss and boosting vitality, immunity and health, see us at the New Leaf clinic for a personalised plan.