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Let’s chat MTHFR

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

What is MTHFR?

You may have seen the abbreviation “MTHFR” pop up in recent health news. It might look like a curse word at first glance, but it actually has to do with a relatively common genetic mutation.

MTHFR stands for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. It’s getting attention due to a genetic mutation that may lead to high levels of homocysteine in the blood and low levels of folate and other vitamins.

There’s been concern that certain health issues are associated with MTHFR mutations, so testing has become more mainstream over the years.

Variants of the MTHFR mutation

People can have either one or two mutations (or neither) on the MTHFR gene. These mutations are often called variants. A variant is a part of the DNA of a gene that is commonly different (or varies) from person to person.

Having one variant (heterozygous) is unlikely to contribute to health issues. Some people believe having two mutations (homozygous) may lead to more serious problems. There are two variants (forms) of mutations that can occur on the MTHFR gene.

Specific variants are:

  • C677T. Guestimates of up to 30% p of the Australian population may have a mutation at gene position C677T. About 10-15% of Caucasian people have this mutation.
  • A1298C. Around 20% of the Australian population may have a homozygous mutation at gene position A1298C.
  • It’s also possible to acquire both C677T and A1298C mutations (one copy of each).

Gene mutations are inherited, which means you acquire them from your parents. At conception, you receive one copy of the MTHFR gene from each parent. If both have mutations, your risk is higher of having a homozygous mutation.

Symptoms of a MTHFR mutation

Symptoms vary from person to person and from variant to variant. If you do a quick internet search, you’ll likely find many websites claiming MTHFR directly causes a number of conditions.

Keep in mind that research around MTHFR and its effects is still evolving. Evidence linking most of these health conditions to MTHFR  is currently lacking or has been disproven and should be taken with a grain of salt.

More than likely, unless you have problems or have testing done, you’ll never become aware of your MTHFR mutation status.

Conditions that have been proposed to be associated with MTHFR include:

  • cardiovascular and thromboembolic diseases (specifically blood clots, stroke, embolism, and heart attacks)
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • bipolar disorder
  • schizophrenia
  • colon cancer
  • acute leukaemia
  • chronic pain and fatigue
  • nerve pain
  • migraines
  • recurrent miscarriages in women of child-bearing age
  • pregnancies with neural tube defects, like spina bifida and anencephaly

The risk is possibly increased if a person has two gene variants or is homozygous for the MTHFR mutation.

Some at-home genetic testing kits offer screening for MTHFR as well.

  • 23andMe is a popular choice that provides genetic ancestry and health information. It’s also relatively inexpensive (up to $260). To perform this test, you deposit saliva into a tube and send it via mail to a lab. Results take six to eight weeks.
  • My Home MTHFR (up to $225) is another option that specifically focuses on the mutation. The test is performed by collecting DNA from the inside of your cheek with swabs. After shipping the specimen, results take one to two weeks.

Treatment for related health concerns

Having an MTHFR variant doesn’t mean you need medical treatment, it could just mean you need to take a supplemental vitamin B. Treatment may be indicated when a person has very high homocysteine levels, almost always above the level attributed to most MTHFR variants. Doctors should rule out other possible causes of increased homocysteine, which can occur with or without MTHFR variants.

Other causes of high homocysteine include:

  • hypothyroidism
  • conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure
  • obesity and inactivity
  • certain medications, such as atorvastatin, fenofibrate, methotrexate, and nicotinic acid

From there, the treatment will depend on the cause and doesn’t necessarily take into account MTHFR. The exception is when you have all of the following together:

  • high homocysteine levels
  • a confirmed MTHFR mutation
  • vitamin deficiencies in folate, choline, or vitamins B-12, B-6, or riboflavin

In these cases, doctors may suggest supplementation to address deficiencies along with medications or treatments to address the specific health condition.

People with MTHFR mutations may also wish to take preventative measures by changing certain lifestyle choices that can elevate homocysteine levels. Things like stopping smoking, getting enough exercise, and eating a healthy, balanced diet may help without the use of medications.

Complications in pregnancy

Recurrent miscarriages and neural tube defects are potentially associated with MTHFR. The Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center says studies suggest that women who have two C677T variants are at an increased risk of having a child with a neural tube defect.

A 2006 study looked at women with a history of recurrent miscarriages. It found that 59 percent of them had multiple homozygous gene mutations, including MTHFR, associated with blood clotting, versus only 10 percent of women in the control category.

Speak with your naturopath or doctor about testing if you’ve experienced several unexplained miscarriages, have had a child with a neural tube defect, or if you know you have the MTHFR mutation and become pregnant.

Though there is little evidence to support it, some doctors suggest blood clotting medications. Extra folate supplementation may also be recommended.powered by Rubicon Project

Potential supplementation

The MTHFR gene mutation inhibits the way the body processes folic acid and other important B vitamins. Changing up supplementation of this nutrient is a potential focus in countering its effects.

Folic acid is actually a man-made version of folate, a naturally occurring nutrient found in foods. Taking the bioavailable form of folate — methylated folate — may help your body absorb it more readily.

Most people are encouraged to take a multivitamin that contains at least 0.4 milligrams of folate or folic acid each day. Pregnant women are not encouraged to switch prenatal vitamins or care based on their MTHFR status alone. This means taking the standard dose of 0.6 milligrams of folate daily.

Women with a history of neural tube defects should speak with their doctor for specific recommendations.

Diet considerations

Eating foods rich in folate may help naturally support your levels of this important vitamin. Supplementation may still be necessary, however.

Good food choices include:

  • proteins like cooked beans, peas, and lentils
  • veggies like spinach, asparagus, lettuce, beets, broccoli, corn, Brussels sprouts, and bok choy
  • fruits like cantaloupe, honeydew, banana, raspberries, grapefruit, and strawberries
  • juices like orange, canned pineapple, grapefruit, tomato, or other vegetable juice
  • peanut butter
  • sunflower seeds

People with MTHFR mutations may want to avoid foods that contain the synthetic form of folate, folic acid — though the evidence is not clear that is necessary or beneficial. Be sure to check labels, as this vitamin is added to many enriched grains, like pasta, cereals, breads, and commercially produced flours.

The takeaway

Your MTHFR status may or may not be impacting your health. More research is needed to assess the true implications, if any, associated with the variants.

Again, many respected health organizations don’t recommend testing for this mutation, especially without other medical indications. Speak with your doctor about the benefits and risks of testing, as well as any other concerns you may have.

Continue to eat well, exercise, and practice other healthy lifestyle habits to support your overall well-being.

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Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

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Sulforaphane was discovered in 1992 at John Hopkins University School Of Medicine. When Glucoraphanin and Myrosinase enzyme are present, once chewed or swallowed they convert to Sulforaphane. 

Sulforaphane is molecule that is easily absorbed into our bloodstream and genes/cells.

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Sulforaphane is currently one of the most studied natural substances on the planet by all the major universities. 

Sulforaphane builds up in our body and is enzyme active.  Once the BrocShots Cap is activated, the enzymes have a matter of minutes before dying due to instability of Sulforaphane once activated in water or saliva.

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Q: HOW MANY BROCSHOTS CAN I TAKE A DAY?

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Q:  WHO CAN TAKE BROCSHOTS?

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Fabulous Article from Dr Mercola about magnesium!

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Fabulous Article from Dr Mercola about magnesium!

 

The fact that magnesium is involved in more than 300 biochemical processes in the body highlights how critical this mineral is for supporting and maintaining health. It also makes it easy to understand that magnesium can have a role in relieving many different types of pain.

Interest in the ability of magnesium to resolve pain, both acute and chronic, has been growing for years, as has the research into this phenomenon. Experts believe the reason magnesium can relieve pain is the fact that it is “a physiological antagonist of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor ion channel, and that the NMDA receptor plays a key role in central sensitisation,” which is the main way magnesium kills pain by blocking the NMDA receptor in the spinal cord.

Here are some of the discoveries experts have made about the ability of magnesium to help manage different types of pain.

Arthritis. Magnesium helps strengthen bone, maintain joint cartilage, and assists with muscle function. Without enough magnesium, these essential processes cannot function optimally, which can contribute to and cause pain. Therefore, as noted by the Arthritis Foundation, it’s important to get enough magnesium (RDA is 320 mg for women and 420 mg for men), as many studies have reported that eating foods rich in magnesium and potassium improves bone density.

Read about do you need a magnesium supplement

Fibromyalgia. Managing fibromyalgia pain is especially challenging, and having access to an effective natural remedy is most welcome for many patients. Numerous studies have identified magnesium as one such treatment option. In a study conducted by experts at Mayo Clinic, for example, 24 women applied a transdermal magnesium chloride solution in spray form to each limb twice daily for four weeks. All of the women completed a questionnaire and survey about their experiences with the spray. Generally, use of the magnesium resulted in a significant improvement in pain after 2 and 4 weeks of treatment.

Among people with fibromyalgia, it seems that magnesium inhibits the nerve receptors that are associated with the pain trigger points. In a studyfrom Turkey, for example, the authors noted that magnesium citrate supplementation (300 mg/d) resulted in a significant reduction in tender points, fibromyalgia impact questionnaire scores, and depression scores.

Menstrual cramps. A study appearing in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews noted that taking magnesium supplements can relieve painful menstrual cramps. Subsequent research also pointed out how important magnesium can be for relieving not only menstrual cramps but other symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome and post-menopause.

Read about are these foods high enough in magnesium?

Migraine and tension headache. Many people who suffer with migraine have a magnesium deficiency. Research has indicated that supplementing with 400 mg daily of chelated magnesium or magnesium oxide can reduce the frequency of migraine as well as lower the severity of pain. For individuals with tension headache, magnesium can help relieve muscle tension associated with the head pain.

Neuropathic pain. Neuropathic pain is believed to be associated with peripheral nerve issues, such as neuropathy associated with spinal stenosis, spinal cord injuries, and diabetes. Numerous studies have revealed the ability of magnesium to help reduce and manage neuropathic pain. For example, a report published in Current Medicinal Chemistry in 2016 noted that magnesium “has been shown to exert an analgesic effect on humans in conditions presenting…chronic (neuropathic) pain.”

Postoperative pain. The amount and level of pain experienced by people following surgery can be overwhelming and challenging to treat. Research suggests administering magnesium can significantly reduce pain and pain intensity. For example, 44 individuals who underwent bilateral total knee arthroplasty were given either magnesium sulphate or isotonic saline (22 patients each) during surgery. A comparison between the two groups of levels of postoperative pain and the amount of patient-controlled analgesia (fentanyl) and rescue analgesia (ketoprofen) used during the first 48 hours revealed that those in the magnesium group used significantly fewer rescue analgesics and fentanyl during the first 48 hours postoperatively.

[Editor’s Note: Natural Vitality Natural Calm and Pure Essence Labs Ionic Fizz are our favorite ways to supplement magnesium.]

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Arthritis Foundation. Magnesium
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Chiu HY et al. Effects of intravenous and oral magnesium on reducing migraine: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Pain Physician 2016 Jan; 19(1): E97-112
Engen DJ et al. Effects of transdermal magnesium chloride on quality of life for patients with fibromyalgia: a feasibility study. Journal of Integrative Medicine 2015 Sep; 13(5): 306-13
Parazzini F et al. Magnesium in the gynecological practice: a literature review. Magnesium Research2017 Feb 1; 30(1): 1-7
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Shin HJ et al. Magnesium sulphate attenuates acute postoperative pain and increased pain intensity after surgical injury in staged bilateral total knee arthroplasty: a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. British Journal of Anaesthesiology 2016 Oct; 117(4): 497-503
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Srebro D et al. Magnesium in pain research: state of the art. Current Medicinal Chemistry 2016 Dec 12
WebMD. Magnesium

Why is bio-impedance screening important!?

Tuesday, 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!!

Tuesday, 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!

Thursday, 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.

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 🙂