Stress and Cortisol

Cortisol is a hormone that is secreted by the adrenal glands. It regulates blood pressure and regulates the body’s use of macronutrients. Cortisol also affects the release of insulin release and your body’s ability to convert sugars into energy. Typically, cortisol levels peak in the morning, and is at its lowest level in the middle of the night. At natural, healthy …

Healing

We really do live in a fast paced world. We want quick results and instant gratification. Whether it is losing 4 kilograms in a week, or expanding the size of your biceps in a week, right through to having pre-prepared food, buying luxury items on credit, or having liposuction at the same time as a Caeserean. What I do know …

Lifestyle disease and cholesterol

High cholesterol readings might be misleading. Hi all, I’ve just returned from a thought provoking seminar about the metabolic syndrome. This is another way of saying lifestyle diseases eg diabetes, hypertension, heart disease. There was wonderful information and great tips about how to how assist people that have signs of lifestyle disease. Assistance through first line therapy (diet, exercise, relaxation) …

Disease Prevention

For many years the scientific community believed that genetics played the major role in our health status. There still are many surgical procedures being carried out due to people carrying a certain gene and being fearful of developing a disease as a result of that gene. BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutation is currently at the forefront with regard people having …

A ray of sunshine

The alarm goes off in the morning – we wake up, rug up, rush to the train, head inside where it’s warm. Later we leave, drive to the gym, and then home to bed……. What’s missing from this picture?   Vitamin D has been receiving some press recently, notably, in New Scientist magazine and the newspapers. They are reiterating the …

Preventing Heart Disease

The best weapon against heart disease may not be surgical interventions or drugs, but rather something much simpler: changing the way we eat. Avoiding heart disease through nutrition is the radical yet science-based idea that Dr. Sanjay Gupta addressed in his special, “The Last Heart Attack,” which aired last night on CNN. Gupta interviewed a number of pioneering doctors to discuss …

Neck posture and health implications

Not having your head on straight can affect your health The importance of head position extends further than just into how we look – it can have a drastic impact on our state of wellbeing. Who would have thought that our head posture can impact so much within our lives? Check out these points and PLEASE ensure that you are …

Emotional wellbeing – new years resolution

It’s a whole new world! Well, it’s a new year, with new resolutions, and my resolution is to improve my overall health by improving my emotional wellbeing. Emotional wellbeing is one of the most important, and most overlooked, components of our health. Health is a totality of your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and it can be difficult to get …

Start the day with a difference – breakfast

New strategies for a healthier you- Dr Bec’s New Year ‘Resolution’ ‘To think clean and fresh at breakfast’ A new year calls for new strategies to create a healthier you. This should not be about ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ (because we all know they work so well!), it’s about creating healthy habits- for life! Not many things in life are as …

Your Body’s Balancing Act

For those of you who feel your diet is a weak area, making some simple changes in this regard will make a big difference to your health.  For those who already eat a balanced diet, with a variety of fruit and vegetables, following this guide more strictly may be what you need to boost your health and vitality and give …

New Creating Healthy Habits Course

Next course begins Tuesday 11th October @ 7:30pm – places are limited Whether you are super healthy and looking for some extra tips, or looking to improve your health but lacking the motivation or know-how to get you there – this workshop is perfect for you! Despite our initial enthusiasm to make changes to the way we live our life, …

Keeping hydrated

Water is one of our most vital nutrients. We can survive for approximately 40 days without food, but only 4 days without water. It plays many roles in our body, from digestion and detoxifying, to thinning our blood and increasing our mental performance. A drop of even 2% in our body’s water stores can affect our energy and body’s function. …

Optimum nutrition tips

Latest facts on a healthy diet We take looking after your body from the inside out seriously. Follow this simple strategy to ensure that your body has the specific requirements it needs for optimal cell replication, regeneration and brain and nervous system health. “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”  Hippocrates A review of over 2000 research articles …

Thermomix demonstration

With today’s fast paced lifestyle, we cook far less than we used to. Homemade bread, jams, juices, soups, sauces, salads, dips, cakes, biscuits are a thing of the past. The fast, ready-made foods that feature in today’s diet are making us sick. In children and adults, disease and obesity are at an all time high. We’ve heard alot about the …

The importance of five a day

Why is five a day so important? All this talk of five fruit or vegetables a day is all very well, but why do we need it, and how much is actually required? What is a portion? A portion is about 80g of fruit or veg which roughly equates to an apple, an orange, two plums, a handful of grapes …

Healthy Habits graduation #1

Congratulations to the first Creating Healthy Habits crew! Dedication and determination After 13 gruelling weeks we have emerged healthier, happier, fitter and stronger. Last Tuesday we held a little party at the practice to celebrate the healthy changes we have made, enjoying some good food and great company. The Healthy Habits crew have noticed all sorts of changes in their …

Whom to see for nutrition advice?

Nutrition Within the specialist field of nutrition there are three main groups of people who can help and advise professionally – dieticians, nutritionists and naturopaths. What is the difference between them, when and whom should you consult? We take expert advice from these professionals discussing how you can best look after your bones, joints, muscles and nerves and ways to …

Essential supplements

Supplements for Musculo-Skeletal and Immune Health We have researched the basic supplements required to help improve your musculoskeletal and immune systems function. This information is designed to make it easy for you to choose the right supplements and with the help of Nutri (our preferred supplement company) have them delivered straight to your door. Musculoskeletal system health The three supplements …

Pregnancy – eating for two?

It is an old wives fable to say that a pregnant woman needs to ‘eat for two’. It is important however, to have accurate information about what constitutes a healthy diet for pregnancy as unhealthy dietary habits lead to inappropriate weight gain which is a well known risk factor for gestational diabetes. Many women have concerns about putting on too …

Backpack essentials for school children

Backpacks for schoolchildren – interesting facts and stats While many of the current bags children use may be fashionable, unless they allow for even distribution across the back they can cause pain. According to an international study, daily backpack carrying is a frequent cause of discomfort for school children. School backpacks were felt to be heavy by 79.1% of children, …