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

Thursday, 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!!

Thursday, 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!

Benefits of Hot Stone Massage: Winter Special with Shelby!!! 3348 6098

Monday, June 18th, 2018
What happens during a hot stone massage?

A hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy. It’s used to help you relax and ease tense muscles and damaged soft tissues throughout your body.

During a hot stone massage, smooth, flat, heated stones are placed on specific parts of your body. The stones are usually made of basalt, a type of volcanic rock that retains heat.  Hot massage stones are heated to between 45 to 60 degrees.

The stones may be placed:

  • along your spine
  • on your stomach
  • on your chest
  • on your face
  • on your palms
  • on your feet and toes

Massage therapists may hold heated stones as they massage your body using Swedish massage techniques such as:

  • long strokes
  • circular movements
  • vibration
  • tapping
  • kneading

Sometimes, cold stones are also used during a hot stone massage. Cold stones may be used after hot stones to calm any engorged blood vessels and to soothe the skin.

 6 benefits of hot stone massage

All massages generally fall under the alternative medicine umbrella. They’re becoming a popular complementary therapy for many conditions. Here are some advantages of getting a hot stone massage:

1. Helps relieve muscle tension and pain

Heat has long been used to ease muscle tension and pain. It helps increase blood flow to the affected area. It may also reduce muscle spasms and increase flexibility and range of motion. Cold therapy helps relieve inflammation. Depending on your symptoms, alternating hot and cold stones during your massage may be helpful.

2. Reduces stress and anxiety

It’s the position of the American Massage Therapy Association that “massage therapy can be effective for stress relief.” Research supports their opinion. A 2001 study showed that a ten-minute massage improved cardiovascular responses such as stroke volume. A 1997 study found that 15-minute, onsite chair massages in the workplace significantly reduced stress compared to a 15-minute break without massage.

A 2015 study found that people who underwent abdominal colorectal surgery had less pain, tension, and anxiety after receiving post-operative massage.

3. Promotes sleep

A 2006 literature review found massage may be an alternative to sleeping pills in adults with insomnia. The research showed that back massage helped promote relaxation and sleep. A 2001 study showed that infants with sleep problems who were given a 15-minute massage by their parents went to sleep faster. They were also more alert, active, and positive upon awakening. Massage is thought to help you enjoy more restorative sleep, although it’s not completely understood why.

4. May help relieve symptoms of autoimmune diseases

Hot stone massage may relieve painful conditions such as fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread, chronic pain. According to a 2002 study, people with fibromyalgia who received a 30-minute massage slept longer, had fewer trigger points, and had decreased levels of substance P (a substance involved in transmitting pain signals) than people with the condition who received relaxation therapy. More research is needed, however, before massage becomes a standard fibromyalgia treatment.

A 2013 study found that people with rheumatoid arthritis may benefit from a moderate-pressure massage, such as hot stone massage. Participants in the study experienced less pain, greater grip strength, and a greater range of motion after one month of massage therapy.

5. May help decrease cancer symptoms

A large, three-year study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management examined how massage affected pain, fatigue, stress and anxiety, nausea, and depression in 1,290 people with cancer. The study showed massage, especially Swedish massage, improved cancer symptoms, even in those with substantial symptoms. Researchers believe the comforting use of human touch played a role.

6. May boost immunity

Massage may give your immune system a boost. According to a 2010 study, a single session of Swedish massage therapy had a positive and acute impact on immunity. Blood samples taken before and after the massage showed a decrease in arginine-vasopressin, a hormone that helps regulate blood pressure and water retention.

 Risks and warnings

When performed by a trained therapist, a hot stone massage is generally safe. There are some circumstances where it should be avoided. Consult your naturopath/doctor before getting a massage if you have:

  • a bleeding disorder or take blood thinners
  • burns on your skin
  • open wounds
  • a history of blood clots
  • had surgery in the last 6 weeks
  • a fracture or severe osteoporosis
  • low platelet count (thrombocytopenia)
  • diabetes

A prenatal massage may help relieve stress and ease uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms. Still, most massage therapists won’t use hot stones on pregnant women. If you’re pregnant, you should only get a massage with your doctor’s approval, and under the hands of a trained prenatal massage therapist.

Winter Special:  only $99 for your initial 1.5 hour Stone Stone Massage with Shelby 🙂

Air Quality & Our Health: Madonna Guy Naturopath

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

How the Air Quality of Where You Live Affects Your Health

If your home is close to the freeway, you could be putting your health in jeopardy.

This article from the U.S. is well written and gives great ideas about supporting your health!  Madonna’s thoughts:

  1. there are herbs which support the lungs, sinuses and airways
  2. there are anti-inflammatory nutrients and herbs that can be used to support better breathing under stress
  3. Vitamin D is important for every cell in your lungs!
  4. Old infections can create low level inflammation that adds to your risk of sinusitis, hayfever, allergies and asthma
  5. Overuse of steroids suppress the mucus in your lungs to the lower lobes – over years of use we end up with less capacity in the lungs – chi nei tsang can help loosen the congestion in the lower lobes of the lungs
  6. Overuse of Anti-biotics has been shown to destroy the villi in the intestines and lead to lung conditions – there are nutrients and probiotics specific for re-growing the intestinal villi
  7. Biofilms can build up in the lungs and intestines – and hold old infections – which are released in a mutated form when we are run-down
  8. Our Food Detective shows 60 food intolerances that are causing inflammation in your body – this can be done within a 60 minute consultation with our naturopaths
  9. Glutamine, vitamin A, vitamin D are all crucial for healing the gut and lungs
  10. Kinesiology, Acupuncture and Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage all support better immunity, better lung function, less allergies and less inflammation

Call us on 3348 6098 to book an appt 

 

The Los Angeles freeway system was designed to get you where you need to go fast (well, more likely in tons of traffic). But it also has had unintended consequences for the health of people who live near the busy roads — especially children, who can suffer lifelong consequences as a result.

The health risks of air pollution.

First, some good news: The USC Children’s Health Study, one of the largest research projects into the long-term effects of air pollution on children’s respiratory health, has found that, overall, kids’ lungs have improved in the past 20 years in the LA area. Bronchitis symptoms have also declined. This is all due to improvements in air quality, as policies to fight pollution were put in place and emission levels from vehicles declined.

But, it’s still clear based on the study’s findings that children who live in areas with more pollution have poorer lung function, reduced lung growth, more asthma and greater lung damage than kids who live in areas with less pollution. The air quality is definitely the cause, as lung function improves when kids move away from these areas. Plus, days with higher levels of air pollution lead to more respiratory infections that result in more school absences.

More negative health outcomes discovered.

Kids aren’t the only ones at risk. USC Environmental Health Centers notes that high levels of air pollution near freeways can cause high blood pressure and gestational diabetes in pregnant women. It could also lead to more cognitive problems in their babies. In teens, another USC study showed pollution particles can affect still-developing brains and increase delinquent behavior. In adults, another USC study found that preventable heart disease deaths are a direct result of living near a major road. Living near air pollution can lead to more cardiovascular disease, including heart attacks and stroke, and premature death as a result.

Urban living or the suburbs?

So how close is too close? The state Air Resources Board recommends against building homes within 500 feet of freeways, although the LA Times reports that this is happening anyway. The City Planning Commission has even warned against building 1000 feet from a freeway and notes negative health consequences as far as a mile away. (Check out how your home fares with the LA Times’ interactive map.)

In some ways, urban density can have environmental benefits — living close to public transportation hubs reduces the number of cars on the road. Better air filtration systems, vegetation barriers and other anti-pollution measures may help new buildings that are close to busy freeways. But experts still agree that living farther out has current benefits for your health, even though you have to drive a greater distance to get to where you want to go. In general, the farther you are from the freeway, the less pollution poses a risk to your health.

But besides moving, what else can you do to protect your respiratory health if you live in an urban environment with pollution? Monitor the air quality by visiting the Environmental Protection Agency website airnow.gov. You can also sign up for email alerts or download their app. Or, check out the World Health Organization’s air quality website, breathelife2030.org.

Follow these tips to keep safe when air quality is low:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible in a building with air filtration. At home, close the windows and use an air conditioner with a HEPA filter, or use an air cleaner/purifier, especially in your sleeping space.
  • Keep your home clean of particles by using a vacuum with a HEPA filter, and a wet mop on floors. In general, carpet is going to hold onto more dirt and dust, so bare floors are better.
  • Don’t use a fireplace, smoke or light candles.
  • On your commute, see if you can go in off-rush hour. Try taking back roads or, if you walk, go through a park.
  • Take off your shoes as soon as you get inside, and change your clothes.
  • If you exercise outdoors, skip mid-afternoon on warm days.

Colds Flu Bugs! Let’s get well!! 2018 Winter Specials (use by 31st August 2018)

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Are you trying to prevent the flu this year?  Trying to avoid the Flu Vaccine?

Let’s think about what it means to get sick…

…  it means your immune system is lowered.  Herbs and nutrients help to boost white blood cells – your immune system – so you can fight infections faster.

…  being sick ripens your immune system.  Each time you get unwell, and NATURALLY boost your immune system, and NATURALLY  get well afterwards, you then have this immunity for the rest of your lives.  Vaccines give no long-term protection – which is why it’s recommended each year.

…  looking at your blood (Book in at New Leaf – winter special is only $199 for 1.5 hours with Georgia or $219 with Madonna) will give you an idea about how worn out, exhausted, challenged your liver, gut, immune system is…

…  Big enough doses of vitamin C (anywhere from 3-20 grams daily) has been shown to kill viruses… increase daily until you hit bowel tolerance – vitamin C.

…  We have herbal nasal sprays that have essential oils and xylitol which will help to locally kill infections and break down old biofilm / mucus that’s holding old infections in the sinuses.  These infections are reactivated once we’re exhausted and run down – and our immune system is compromised.  We also have herbal throat sprays which do a similar thing in the throat – locally kill infections.  Obviously, we still need to boost the immune system as well, local infections (sinuses, lungs, throat, gut) are just a sign that the overall immune system isn’t working well!

…  Probiotics – there are very specific strains of gut probiotics that boost immunity.  The regular strains are not the ones proven to boost immunity – see us for specific strains that raise the gut immune system

…  Herbs all have different ways of working for us:  there are herbs that are mucolytic, herbs that tone the lungs and sinuses, herbs that boost immunity, herbs that settle the cough, herbs that kill viral infections, herbs that destroy bad bacteria….  once again, think probiotics as well!

…  Stress will reduce the immune system – we find that sometime unless that stress is lessened (or resolved) the immune system will never improve.  All of our processes (OligoScan, Blood, Acupuncture, Kinesiology, Naturopathy, Massage) can all find reasons for stress and help to support lowering it.

…  Acupuncture helps to boost immunity, tone the lungs, boost energy to and from our bloodstream and lymphatic systems…  Book a series of immune boosting Acupuncture sessions for only $89 each!  Mention this special!!!

…  Kinesiology helps to find blockages stopping your immune system from functioning properly…  1/2 hour Immune Boosting Kinesiology for only $99 with Georgia or $119 with Madonna

…  Naturopathy / Kinesiology combo with Georgia only $149 for 1.5 hours!

…  Hot Stone Massage heats the body, which of course, is nature’s way (fever) for killing infections.  We have infrared saunas too!!    Book up to 3 x 1.5 hour Hot Stone Massages for only $99 with Shelby!

…  Frequency Specific Microcurrent can target the immune system, lymphatic system and boost these cells to detox faster!

 

Call us on 3348 6098 to book

Simply Life-changing health advise for you and your child.

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Join me for FREE at The healthy mommy Movement summit.

Are you wondering and asking the question “What is wrong with me?” and always feeling sick and tired or health issues in the family are constantly dragging you down, you are wanting more answers to start feeling amazing and live a much happier healthier life you and your child deserve…..

You need to know the number 1 most underling issue to nearly every disease in the human body.

Where you have the ability to take control of your health, you want to find safer and more effective ways to help you and your child.

Then I want to invite you to an online event that’s perfect for you.

It’s called The Healthy Mommy Movement Summit: Healthy Home Healthy Food Healthy Gut Happy Child.

I’m participating in it, and I’m so excited to invite you to join for FREE!  https://thehealthymommymovement.com/madonna

It’s all about how you can make better informed decisions when it comes to you and your family’s health.

Just click here to claim your FREE spot in The Healthy Mommy Movement. https://thehealthymommymovement.com/madonna

Here’s a little more about this unique event:

 

My friend, Jade Venables is interviewing me and 21 other acclaimed functional medicine doctors, nutrition practitioners, health and wellness coaches, fitness trainers, meditation and mind full thinking, ADHD, Autism, neurologists, scientists, food experts and so many more.

 

Are you wondering what could possibly be going on inside your body..

 

What are the underlying causes of all health issues so you can work out their solutions and start feeling and living the life you and your child deserve, what to eat, how to release stress, anxiety and have optimal health and energy?

 

Where you can have full control over your health, once you know what to do and have the tools to start building your health, how you can apply the solutions to your life right away?

 

The answers she’s getting are transforming lives. They may set you on your ideal health journey and help you reclaim your strength and energy as a whole family.

 

Through these interviews, you’ll find out how to:

 

  • Reverse auto immune disease
  • Natural treatment for Autism and ADHD
  • Increase your energy mind body and soul
  • Find optimal health and wellness
  • Why we need our hormones and what they do for us.
  • Dangerous household items highly effecting you and your childs health
  • The underlying cause to almost every disease
  • Helping your IBS or SIBO, anxiety, and chronic conditions
  • How to find inner peace, relax meditate and love
  • How to get the best from yourself in your parenting and all areas of life
  • What does your poo say about you! Healing your digestive tract
  • Unlocking the unlimited power within you, so you can release the struggle, heal easily and live a life you love

 

And much, much more…

 

You’ll come away with an increased clarity about your nagging symptoms and what steps to take next so you too can learn how to have better optimal health.

 

So, click here to claim your spot in The Healthy Mommy Movement!  https://thehealthymommymovement.com/madonna

 

Much Love,

 

Madonna Guy

thehealthymommymovement.com

 

 

P.S. Each interview in this series will only be available for a limited time. So register now and get ready to unlock your key to living the life you your child deserve!

 

Click here to register https://thehealthymommymovement.com/madonna

Nutrition and psychiatry!

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Great article from the UK about nutrients and psychiatric conditions!  Obviously we treat all of these conditions at New Leaf – our combination of:

kinesiology
naturopathy
universal consciousness
acupuncture
chi nei tsang
microcurrent therapy
nutritional supplementation

gives great support and relief and hope… for our clientele.

Call us on 3348 6098 for support 🙂

 

A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part of an integrated or alternative treatment for mental health disorders.

But nutritional approaches for these debilitating conditions are not widely accepted by mainstream medicine. Treatment options tend to be limited to official National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines which recommend talking therapies and antidepressants.

Use of antidepressants

Antidepressant use has more than doubled in recent years. In England 64.7m prescriptions were issued for antidepressants in 2016 at a cost of £266.6m. This is an increase of 3.7m on the number of items prescribed in 2015 and more than double than the 31m issued in 2006.

A recent Oxford University study found that antidepressants were more effective in treating depression than placebo. The study was led by Dr Andrea Cipriani who claimed that depression is under treated. Cipriani maintains that antidepressants are effective and a further 1m prescriptions should be issued to people in the UK.

This approach suggests that poor mental health caused by social conditions is viewed as easily treated by simply dispensing drugs. But antidepressants are shunned by people whom they could help because of the social stigma associated with mental ill-health which leads to discrimination and exclusion.

Prescriptions for 64.7m items of antidepressants were dispensed in England in 2016, the highest level recorded by the NHS. Shutterstock

More worrying is the increase in the use of antidepressants by children and young people. In Scotland, 5,572 children under 18 were prescribed antidepressants for anxiety and depression in 2016. This figure has more than doubled since 2009/2010.

But according to British psychopharmacologist Professor David Healy, 29 clinical trials of antidepressant use in young people found no benefits at all. These trials revealed that instead of relieving symptoms of anxiety and depression, antidepressants caused children and young people to feel suicidal.

Healy also challenges their safety and effectiveness in adults. He believes that antidepressants are over-prescribed and that there is little evidence that they are safe for long-term use. Antidepressants are said to create dependency, have unpleasant side effects and cannot be relied upon to always relieve symptoms.

Nutrition and poor mental health

In developed countries such as the UK we eat a greater variety of foodstuffs than ever before – but it doesn’t follow that we are well nourished. In fact, many people do not eat enough nutrients that are essential for good brain health, opting for a diet of heavily processed food containing artificial additives and sugar.

The link between poor mental health and nutritional deficiencies has long been recognised by nutritionists working in the complementary health sector. However, psychiatrists are only now becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of using nutritional approaches to mental health, calling for their peers to support and research this new field of treatment.

It is now known that many mental health conditions are caused by inflammation in the brain which ultimately causes our brain cells to die. This inflammatory response starts in our gut and is associated with a lack of nutrients from our food such as magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, vitamins and minerals that are all essential for the optimum functioning of our bodies.

Recent research has shown that food supplements such as zinc, magnesium, omega 3, and vitamins B and D3 can help improve people’s mood, relieve anxiety and depression and improve the mental capacity of people with Alzheimer’s.

Magnesium is one of most important minerals for optimal health, yet many people are lacking in it. One study found that a daily magnesium citrate supplement led to a significant improvement in depression and anxiety, regardless of age, gender or severity of depression. Improvement did not continue when the supplement was stopped.

Omega-3 fatty acids are another nutrient that is critical for the development and function of the central nervous system – and a lack has been associated with low mood, cognitive decline and poor comprehension.

Research has shown that supplements like zinc, magnesium and vitamins B and D can improve the mental capacity of people with Alzheimer’s. Shutterstock

The role of probiotics – the beneficial live bacteria in your digestive system – in improving mental health has also been explored by psychiatrists and nutritionists, who found that taking them daily was associated with a significant reduction in depression and anxiety. Vitamin B complex and zinc are other supplements found to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Hope for the future?

These over-the-counter” supplements are widely available in supermarkets, chemists and online health food stores, although the cost and quality may vary. For people who have not responded to prescription drugs or who cannot tolerate the side effects, nutritional intervention can offer hope for the future.

There is currently much debate over the effectiveness of antidepressants. The use of food supplements offer an alternative approach that has the potential to make a significant difference to the mental health of all age groups.

The emerging scientific evidence suggests that there should be a bigger role for nutritional psychiatry in mental health within conventional health services. If the burden of mental ill health is to be reduced, GPs and psychiatrists need to be aware of the connection between food, inflammation and mental illness.

Medical education has traditionally excluded nutritional knowledge and its association with disease. This has led to a situation where very few doctors in the UK have a proper understanding of the importance of nutrition. Nutritional interventions are thought to have little evidence to support their use to prevent or maintain well-being and so are left to dietitians, rather than doctors, to advise on.

But as the evidence mounts up, it is time for medical education to take nutrition seriously so that GPs and psychiatrists of the future know as much about its role in good health as they do about anatomy and physiology. The state of our mental health could depend on it.

Stalls on HCG… Steak days and Apple days!

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
Are you aware that you can do a Steak Day if you hit a ‘stall’ on HCG? Easy!!  If you require you can choose to do a couple of steak days per week if your weight loss has been sluggish…
Or…. You can have an apple day! Eat only between midday and 7pm – eat a maximum of 6 apples all day – plenty of water and herbal teas…
Reasons for stalls?
1. Constipation – there are natural herbal laxatives that support the gut, liver and gallbladder such as Cascara Complex & Liver combinations;
2. Poor metabolism – there are supplements such as ThyroCo / Balance that improve thyroid energy and support better energy expenditure and production
3. Poor detoxification – we support the body with Silymarin combinations for the liver and Gut/Kidney detox supplements…
4. Insulin release – as we release tummy fat we release insulin. If we can’t ‘sop it up’ as quickly as it’s released – we can end up simply storing it again as fat…
5.  Viral or Bacterial Detoxification – sometimes we’ve stored old viruses and bacteria in our bodies that are released during HCG.  I love using fully-cleansed-Zeolite products and lots of Vitamin C to support ridding the body of these viral and bacterial ‘particles’ as they’re released.
Consider our Weight Loss Programme Consults – only $130 / month for 4 x 1/4 hour appts to check in with our Naturopaths – Saves more than 50% off these consult costs if you come weekly!
Call us on 3348 6098 to discuss which products will support you…

Katherine Lynn back at New Leaf Natural Therapies! Phone 3348 6098

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Musculoskeletal Therapist, Manual Therapies Lecturer, Kinesiologist, Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner in Training

Kat began her training in body therapies over 10 years ago and was a practitioner at New Leaf from 2009-2013.  She then taught for several years, developing her skills in training and teaching  (both manual therapies and kinesiology), supporting clients to take care of themselves for better health long-term:  body, mind and spirit.

Kat infuses her formal training in musculoskeletal therapy with kinesiology and yoga to help her clients feel a deeper sense of peace and wellbeing so they can truly be of service to others. Her treatments are focused on searching and finding the root cause of imbalances in mind, body or spirit.

Areas of experience include stress resolution, spiritual revolution, structural alignment, child development/support, breaking patterns, fulfilling relationships, releasing emotional trauma and finding your highest potential by helping the life energy within you to resume its inner work of healing.

What is Kinesiology?

Kinesiology is the use of therapeutic muscle monitoring to support growth & change physically, mentally and spiritually.

What is Musculoskeletal Therapy?

A manual therapies modality that focusses on the treatment and management of pain and dysfunction in the musculoskeletal system. Musculoskeletal therapy involves extensive physical assessment and a variety of treatment techniques to return musculature, joints and nerves to a balanced state.

Specialties:

A treatment session could include; remedial massage, lymphatic drainage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, positional release, muscle energy technique, passive joint mobilisation, pregnancy massage, cupping, acupressure point therapy, ligament/sprain therapy, corrective and rehabilitative exercise prescription, meridian massage, chakra balancing, emotional, mental and spiritual development, past life balancing, flower essence therapy, liquid crystal therapy, neural organisation technique, survival pattern deactivation, holistic mineral/vitamin/amino acid/essential fatty acid deficiency testing, allergy/intolerance balancing, holistic heavy metal toxicity balancing, hydration therapy, immune balances and cranial kinesiology.

Private health fund rebates available.

Email us on healthteam@newleafnaturaltherapies.com.au or phone 07 3348 6098 / 0417 643 849

Types of Fat Cells – Making Fat Cells Healthy!

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

I found this article by Dr Deanna Minich – a beautiful explanation of current thinking of fat in our bodies!  I hadn’t heard this term of ‘beiging’ our fat cells before – interesting concept and article!!!  Of course we have supplements available at New Leaf with the following healthy nutrients, which make our fat cells healthier!

Beiging: Making Your Fat Cells Healthier with Nutrients

Although excess body fat might contribute to the development of certain diseases, it is important to not simply think of fat as bad or unhealthy. You have different types of fat, or adipose tissue, in your body, each one serving a distinct and important function.  One is designed to store energy for when your body requires additional food, such as when you fast, and the other is ready to burn energy to make heat when you are cold.  Adipocytes, or fat cells, also play a key role in the regulation of appetite, glucose, and energy balance through secreting adipokines, or messengers, such as leptin and adiponectin (Adiponectin is a protein which in humans is encoded by the ADIPOQ gene. It is involved in regulating glucose levels as well as fatty acid breakdown.)

Some adipose tissue is also protective against obesity and metabolic diseases, so it is thought of as the healthier fat. New research is demonstrating that there might be a way to switch the type of fat you have to this healthier type, so it works for your health, not against it, through a process known as beiging.

Types of Adipose Tissue

For decades, it was presumed that there were two main categories of adipose tissue: white adipose tissue and brown adipose tissue. In very general terms, brown adipose tissue is healthier, as this is the one involved in thermogenesis, or the burning of calories to make heat. It is protective against obesity and contains a higher number of mitochondria. White adipose tissue stores excess calories and generally exists in the stomach area and subcutaneously. It is the one associated with disease, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

However, recent research has discovered a third type of adipose tissue: beige. As its name implies, it is a blending of the two types of adipose tissues, although it has a distinct gene expression. Beige adipose tissue has the low basal expression of white fat cells but still will respond to the cyclic AMP stimulation as needed. This feature suggests that the cells have the capacity to switch between storage and creating energy depending on the needs of the body.

Beige adipose tissue arises when brown-like cells accumulate in white adipose tissue, which happens more often in subcutaneous adipose tissue than visceral fat tissue. The addition of the brown cells increases the capacity to burn calories through thermogenesis. There are certain components of these cells that provide them with the special characteristics, including PR domain containing 16 (PRDM16), which is like a switch that differentiates brown adipose tissue. The cells also express the genes for uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1), which typically are reserved for brown adipocytes and are associated with mitochondrial cells, which is where energy production occurs. In general terms, the more mitochondria in a cell, the more energy it can burn.

There are ways to boost the beiging to combat obesity and obesity-related diseases. As an added bonus, many of the recommendations have multiple health-boosting benefits beyond converting your adipose tissue.

Exercise 

Exercise provides many health benefits, including reducing stress, facilitating weight loss, and increasing strength. One way it might provide its benefits, especially in terms of weight loss, is through instigating beiging. In a study on mice, exercise on wheels for just 11 days led to a significant increase in the UCP1 expression. This suggests that physical activity increases the number of mitochondria and the expression of the marker for UCP1, which is typically associated with brown adipocytes. As more mitochondria enter the white tissue, more beige cells arise.

Another reason exercise promotes the development of beige adipose tissue is due to an increase of irisin. Irisin is a hormone that increases fat loss, glucose tolerance, and energy expenditure. Irisin levels are directly related to muscle mass. In a study using murine cells, differentiated cells were incubated with irisin alongside a control group that was not. Irisin led to upregulations of the markers for brown adipose tissue in the white adipose tissue, including UCP-1 and PCG-1A. The researchers also performed the study on live mice and found similar results. These studies suggest that exercise fights obesity not just by reducing the number and size of fat cells but also through switching at least some of the white adipose tissue to the healthier beige variety.

Environment

Another way to stimulate the production of beige adipose tissue is through your environment, including your social activities. One study on rats found that enriched living conditions simulated the upregulation of PRDM16 and UCP1 levels, suggesting beiging. This study defined enriched living as social interactions, increased physical activity, and new experiences. Although physical activity played a role in the environment, it was not the sole reason for the beiging effect.

The researchers looked at several groups, including those with an enriched living situation that did not have as extensive of an exercise regimen. That group still lost weight, although those who did have access to an exercise wheel had a more effective browning. This suggests that social interactions, learning new information, and trying new hobbies could also help boost the beiging effect, even if your lifestyle changes do not include physical activity.

Capsaicin

Capsaicin has a reputation for assisting in weight loss, and this might be due to its ability to facilitate thermogenesis and beiging. In terms of the beiging properties of food ingredients, capsaicin is one of the best studied, and the one that has advanced into human studies. Capsaicin is the component of hot red peppers that give them their spicy properties. A closely related particle is capsinoids, which are found in the less-spicy red peppers. Both have demonstrated the capacity to enhance fat oxidation and increase energy expenditure to aid in weight loss. One way they do this is through brown adipose tissue. In one study, the group with positive markers of brown adipose tissue had a 3-fold increase in their energy expenditure compared with those who did not after consuming capsaicin. Another study found that consuming 9 mg per day of capsinoids in a capsule form for a period of six weeks led to increased activity in brown adipose tissue, even in the group with low activity levels, when exposed to cold temperatures. Similar thermogenic effects in connection with capsaicin have been demonstrated in beige adipose tissue as well. One study demonstrated that capsaicin inhibited adipogenesis and increased the expression of browning-specific genes in white adipose tissue, especially at higher doses.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids 

You have probably heard time and time again to get your omega-3 fatty acids to gain from their anti-inflammatory and other health-promoting properties. Another reason to do this is to boost the conversion of your white adipose tissue into beige or brown. Specifically, you want to consume eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. One study found that after treating fully differentiated human white adipose subcutaneous tissue cells of women who were overweight with 100 – 200mg of EPA for 24 hours, there were alterations in the mRNA expressions of the genes suggestive of beiging. There was an increase in the number of mitochondria and the gene expressions for fatty acid oxidation, which burns fat as energy. There was also an induction of specific genes of beige, including PRDM16 and UCP1, as well as expression of specific markers for beige cells.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin whose metabolites, such as retinoic acid and other retinoids, play a key role in differentiation of tissues and cells around the body. The body stores excess vitamin A and its metabolites in the liver and adipose tissue, and it might do more than simply sit in the adipose tissue. A certain metabolite, all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA), has been shown to stimulate beiging. In one study, cells treated with ATRA had an increased number of mitochondria and UCP1 expression. The study also looked at the effects of ATRA on mice.

A group of mice consumed feed with 5 IU of vitamin A per kilocalorie and six of the mice received subcutaneous amounts of ATRA at levels of 50 mg/kg of body weight per day (this would be equivalent to .375 grams in a 165-pound person, which is quite high). Despite not reaching statistical significance, there was a definite increase in mitochondrial gene expression in the treated mice white adipose tissue. This study looked at a specific metabolite of vitamin A, rather than vitamin A. However, it does suggest that beiging could be another possible benefit of consuming sufficient vitamin A in your diet, although more research needs to be done to confirm the exact dose.

Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Alpha-lipoic acid is an important antioxidant naturally produced by the body, which supports mitochondrial health. It demonstrates anti-obesity properties, and this might be due to its beiging effect on the body.  A study looked at the effects of subcutaneous adipocytes treated with ALA at doses of 100 and 250 uM over a period of 24 hours. After treatment, the cells had increased mitochondria numbers and markers of brown adipocytes.

Resveratrol

As with many of the above, consuming resveratrol increased the markers of brown adipocytes, including UCP1 and PRDM16, in white adipose tissue. In a study on female mice consuming a high-fat diet, researchers gave one group 0.1 percent resveratrol in their feed and the control group did not have any resveratrol. The researchers also performed a similar experiment on cultured cells. Their findings pointed to the beiging of the white adipose tissues based on the increased markers.

Curcumin 

Curcumin has numerous health benefits, thanks to its anti-inflammatory and other health-promoting properties. Additionally, it has the power to induce the beiging of adipose tissue. In one study, curcumin was found to increase the number of mitochondria in the white adipose tissue. It also increased the ability of the cells to perform beta-oxidation and augment lipolysis. Additionally, there was increased expression of UCP1 and other specific makers of brown adipose tissue. This finding suggests it converts the white adipose tissue into the more fat-burning and healthier beige or brown adipose tissue. Curcumins fat-fighting benefits do not stop simply at converting white brown tissue to beige or brown; it also has the potential to inhibit the genesis of adipose tissue as another way to help combat obesity.

Berberine

The herb berberine has many health benefits, including helping prevent and treat diabetes. One reason for its efficacy in weight regulation and diabetes prevention might stem from its effects on beiging white adipocytes. A study on db/db mice, which are a variety that has impaired glucose tolerance and marked obesity, treated one group of mice with berberine. This group lost weight despite no significant difference in caloric intake. The berberine reduced the size of the white adipose cells, and it activated AMPK, which increases the energy production of adipocytes. There was also an increased number of mitochondria, suggesting beiging.

There are other ways to stimulate the production of brown or beige fat cells, including cold temperatures, conjugated linoleic acid, and green tea. Many of the studies on beiging thus far are still in the in vitro and animal trial phase. However, there are promising results demonstrating that there are ways in which you might be able to increase the number of brown and beige fat cells in your body, especially in your subcutaneous white adipose tissue.