Supporting different types of Arthritis
October 19, 2017
As we age people expect they will start to develop aches and pains, however all arthritis is not the same and may need to be managed differently.
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Urinary Tract Infections
June 12, 2017
A urinary tract infection, or UTI, can happen anywhere along the urinary tract and on average 1 in 4 women will suffer from UTI's in their lifetime.
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
October 19, 2017
IBS seems quite generic diagnosis for any gastric disorder with no obvious solution…
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Perimenopause to Menopause
October 19, 2017
For many women hormones can start to fluctuate in their late 30’s through to their 40’s…
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Insomnia and Stress
October 19, 2017
Lack of sleep can make you feel tired, grumpy, short tempered and unable to think.
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Combating spring allergies
October 10, 2016
There are ways to lessen those Spring allergies without resorting to antihistamines...
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Are you tired of being tired?
February 24, 2016
If we don’t manage stress we eventually burn out and are left with adrenal fatigue...
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The Secrets of Stress
November 8, 2014
Stress is the secret cause behind many of our health problems, literally ruining some people’s health and lives...
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Time to Detox?
January 20, 2016
Apart from Christmas, birthdays etc, when many of us know we have overdone it, most of are not aware of when we need to detox...
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DNA Profiling Tests
June 12, 2017
Personalised genetic profiling offers an insight in to how your body responds to diet, nutrition, exercise and lifestyle at a cellular level.
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Corporate Wellness
June 12, 2017
I have spent many years in the corporate world dealing with stress and keeping a work/life balance. Now as a naturopath I enthusiastically work with Corporate Wellness.
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Metagenics Detox
June 12, 2017
Metagenics' natural detoxification program can rapidly improve the state of your health.
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Allergy Hair Tests
June 12, 2017
This test is great for identifying food and non-food related allergies.
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Conditions
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Supporting different types of Arthritis
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Irritable Bowel Syndrome
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Perimenopause to Menopause
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Can I Get Off the Meds?
July 13, 2016
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Combating spring allergies
October 10, 2016
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The Secrets of Stress
November 8, 2014
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Time to Detox?
January 20, 2016
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Boosting Winter Immunity
June 29, 2016
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Menopause
September 18, 2016
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Are you tired of being tired?
February 24, 2016
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Iodine - Running your Metabolism
November 9, 2016
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Genetic Profiling for Personalised Health
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Metagenics Detox Programme
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Allergy Hair Tests
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Boosting Winter Immunity
Winter is on its way…
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Winter is on its way…
… bringing the increased potential for colds and flu. Now is the time to start building up your immune system so you can stay well for winter. There are some key nutrients that you need to build your immune system and interestingly they are in many of the seasonal vegetables that are around at the moment. All nutrients play a part in keeping us healthy and well, but with regards to building the immune system we will look at vitamins A and C, the mineral zinc and herbal remedies.

Vitamin A

Why is it important?

This vitamin is important for keeping the mucus membranes in the nasal cavity healthy; to provide good defensive barriers against inhaled germs. Vitamin A also boosts the production of white blood cells, which are the cells that help us fight infection.

Vitamin A also stops virus replication, so in a way stops them in their tracks. Low vitamin A is linked with poor wound healing, repeat infections and night blindness.

Which seasonal foods are rich in vitamin A?

Vitamin A is found in many yellow, orange and red foods, in the form of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the digestive system. At the moment there are an abundance of root vegetables this colour such as carrots, pumpkin and golden kumara. So your mum was not lying when she said carrots could help you see in the dark.

Also persimmons are orange in colour and a good source. We are not just looking at orange foods though. There are a number of green vegetables high in Vitamin A.

You may be interested to know that these vegetables would be orange if they did not contain chlorophyll.  Good sources around at the moment are spinach, cabbage, kale and other green leafy vegetables and brussel sprouts, broccoli, capsicum and celery.

High sources available all year round are eggs and oily fish.

Vitamin C

Why is it important?

Most people are aware that vitamin C can help prevent colds. The reason being is that it is used in every cell in the body and in this way is important for the immune system. If we become ill it is quickly depleted as it is a major component of white blood cells and it also stimulates white blood cell production.

As mentioned before white blood cells are the army that protects your body from invasion, so you can see how important vitamin C is. It is worth noting that Vitamin C is depleted by alcohol, certain medications (for example the oral contraceptive pill) and most significantly by smoking.

So people taking medicines or smoking and drinking regularly will need more vitamin C than others.

Which seasonal foods are rich in vitamin C?

Vitamin C can be found in most green vegetables, so we have double the reason to be enjoying the green leafy vegetables and others mentioned previously. Kiwifruit are an excellent source as are feijoas and persimmons.

The other major fruit category is citrus fruits, so start enjoying those tangerines, oranges and lemons!

It is also worth noting that vitamin C is easily killed by heat.  Therefore eat some fruit and vegetables raw and try to steam rather than boil when cooking.

Zinc

Why is it important?

Zinc has antiviral properties and is released into the saliva to help kill any ingested bacteria and viruses. Like vitamin A it strengthens the barriers in the mucous membranes and it is used extensively by the immune system. Studies show a 50% reduction in cold duration when taking zinc.

Which seasonal foods are rich in Zinc?

When you are enjoying those pumpkins for their vitamin A, don’t throw away the seeds as they are a rich source of zinc. In fact most nuts and seeds are a good source of zinc.  Beans, lentils and grains are good sources, so start making those hearty winter soups.

Herbal immune boosters

Garlic

This is a fantastic food that has so many excellent properties. With regards to immunity it is anti-microbial, antiviral and anti-fungal. This means it helps kill bacteria and viruses and boosts the immune system by increasing Natural Killer Cells.

Many of these actions are due to the compound called allicin that has been proven to induce an antibiotic action over the Staphylococcus aureus strain of bacteria and many other strains.

Staphylococcus aureus is one of the bacteria causing respiratory infection and as garlic is excreted through the lungs it is in the right place to kill it.  Also garlic can help loosen a cough and with expectoration.

So make sure you start adding it to your soups and stews for prevention or if you feel a cold coming on. Onions like garlic are sulphur-containing vegetables and have the same antimicrobial actions, so pop them in too.

Echinacea

This immune booster is quite well known these days. It can be taken to enhance the immune system or if you fall sick it can help to get rid of bacterial and viral infections quickly.

One way it does this is by inhibiting an enzyme that invaders in the body use to enter the tissues.  Therefore it helps prevent a hostile take over. It also boosts the production of the white blood cells that patrol the body and fight infection.

There are 2 species of Echinacea, angustafolia and purpurea and for immune boosting purposes a blend of both seems to work best. I also like this herb for when you have sore throats as it has local anaesthetic properties that help to relieve the pain.

Astragalus

This is an herb used extensively in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is effective for exhaustion. It is a great immune system booster and is also great for helping to support the stress response.

So for those people who get completely over stressed and seem to fall sick all the time this is a great herb. It can also help to support high blood pressure.

 

The Digestive System

Since 70% of the immune system is in the digestive tract it is very important. So start the winter with a healthy digestive system and make sure you have plenty of those good bacteria.

Good bacteria look after the mucous membranes, help to increase T Cells for immunity and help us absorb our nutrients. This is why taking a probiotic at the start of the cold and flu season can be helpful.

Also I have come across many people, especially children who keep getting sick and being put on courses of antibiotics. These antibiotics kill the bacteria (they do nothing for viruses) well enough, but they also kill the good bacteria.

If probiotics are not taken alongside or afterwards the immune system is already at a disadvantage and before you know it they are back on the antibiotics again.

 

Above all look after yourself this winter - stay warm, get plenty of sleep, exercise, drink lots of fresh water and eat wholesome, nutritious and delicious foods
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