Research suggests the benefit of supplemental vitamin D to assist with immune function. Vitamin D controls the expression of selected genes as it's a steroid hormone. It can effect transcriptional changes within our genes. Further evidence suggests vitamin D to be an important regulator of immune function. An observational study in Germany showed reduced mortality to respiratory conditions with adequate vitamin D levels.
Many of my patients are aware of optimal vitamin D levels and osteoporosis but few know about the link to the immune system. White blood cells (WBC) have vitamin D receptors and have been shown to reduce the risk of infections such as influenza. It has also shown to increase antimicrobial peptides in human WBC.
A survey conducted in the United States indicated that people spend around 86,9 percent of their day indoors. Although figurers may be different for anybody living over the 34 degrees latitude. Viral infection are higher in the winter months and in cities more south.(Australia)
There are other factors leading to lower vitamin D levels such as a diet with an increase consumption of high fructose corn syrup, higher body mass index and patients with chronic kidney disease. Skin colour also effects vitamin D absorption and with aging the skin is no longer efficient to make adequate vitamin D levels.
Do you know your vitamin D levels? Consider doing a test.
Medicare only funds testing for patients with certain relevant health conditions. It is advisable to know your levels for optimal dosage.
You can contact us for a referral to have your levels tested. Some Pathology labs can test for both your storage and active vitamin D. This is important for anybody with chronic auto immune conditions. Some references.
MacLaughlin J & Holick M F (1985), Aging decreases the capacity of human skin to produce vitamin D, J. Clin Invest, 76 (4) 1536-1538.
Calder P C, Carr A C, Gombart A F, Eggersdorfer M (2020) Optimal nutritional status for a well-functioning immune system is an important factor to protect against viral infections, Nutrients,12:118
McCarthy D M, O'Shea P M, Faul J L et al (2020), Vitamin D and SARS-COV-2 infections evolution of evidence supporting clinical practice and policy development, Ir J Med Sci.Griffen T P, Bell M, Robinson T (2017), Vitamin D and Vitamin D deficiency in Ireland a call to action: UPDATE
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With Spring in full swing now is the perfect time to put your newly found motivation to good use and shed those extra 'winter' kilos. To help you on your weight loss journey here are 10 tips to get into shape naturally.
1. Start your day with lemon water
Starting your day with a glass of warm water and a piece of lemon in it is a great way to detox and wake up your system, so put this one down on your New Year's Resolutions list.
2. Track your food intake
Track the frequency, amount and types of foods you are eating. With loads of tempting treats around, it's important to choose your foods wisely so you fill up more on good foods and leave the treats as just that treats. Opt for leafy green salads, vegetable dishes, and lean proteins, not only will these be better for you they will also leave you fuller for longer and help you to maintain consistent energy levels.
3. Be Prepared
Clean out the junk in your pantry and fill it with healthy alternatives for that mid afternoon snack attack! Prepare snacks for work or outings and with parties eat a healthy meal before going out and/or take a healthy dish to contribute that you can enjoy.
4. Listen to your body
Don't automatically assume to loose those extra kilos you need to stop eating and start exercising hard or excessively. You may be the opposite, where you're life is so hectic you need to stop, meditate and calm your system down, stress can often be a contributor to weight gain.
5. Watch your coffee
Are you consuming too much coffee due to a hectic lifestyle? If yes, substitute some of your coffees for water. Not only will it keep you well hydrated in the heat of summer, it flushes out toxins, aids in digestion, raises your metabolism and aids in weight loss. With your brain being mostly water too, it will also help you feel more awake and alert.
Daily exercise will not only make you look fitter and thinner, you'll prevent many life-threatening conditions, improve your muscle strength and joint function, boost oxygen and nutrient supply to all your cells, you'll sleep better and be less stressed.
If exercising is becoming more of a chore, mix up your routine to include brisk walking, swimming, beach walking (you'll use more muscles) or other fun activities like climbing, hiking and snorkelling.
Keep moving. Did you know standing can burn up more calories than just sitting 1.5 times more in fact! Give your seat up on the bus or train; walk around while on the phone or even work at the computer standing up every now and again.
8. Supplements and Herbals
Nutritionally we recommend Chromium, Magnesium and Lipoic Acid supplementation for weight loss. Chromium helps to improve blood sugar regulation, reduction in leptin levels waist, hip circumference and thus abdominal obesity. Magnesium has been shown to reduce BMI, body fat percentage, insulin and insulin resistance, and Lipoic acid improves insulin sensitivity.
There are also a number of herbals that can assist with weight loss:
- Nigella sativa provides significant reduction in cholesterol and blood glucose)
- Gymnema reduces cravings for sweetness/sugar and offers a favourable shift in lipid profiles
- Fenugreek has been found to reduce fasting glucose, plasma insulin and insulin resistance
- Coleus has a positive effect on fasting insulin, improving lipid profiles
- Holy Basil - has the ability to reduce fasting blood glucose by 17%)
- Magnolia - can manage stress and prevent hyperglycaemia and insulin resistance, which suppresses weight gain and stimulates adipocyte differentiation
Please note though that herbals do need to be prescribed by a professional after a consultation to avoid herb drug interactions.
9. Get a good night sleep
Lack of sleep can really affect the way our bodies function. When you get a good night's sleep your metabolism speeds up, you look more vibrant, you're less likely to get ill and it's proven to help us live longer. Ideally you want to aim for 8 hours, so try to be in bed by 10.30pm.
10. Be kind to yourself
It's okay to have an off day. Healthy eating isn't about elimination it's about moderation. Remind yourself of all the good days, give yourself a pat on the back and keep going! Incorporating a healthy lifestyle will ensure that all your future summers are greeted with enthusiasm rather than trepidation.
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Just a quick update regarding the recent government restrictions on some allied health providers due to COVID-19.
We wanted to assure you that as healthcare practitioners we are exempt from these restrictions.
Our professional organisation representatives have attended a briefing with the Principal Medical Advisor at the Department of Health today. The key message from that briefing is:
Government encourages healthcare professionals to continue working to help ease the pressure on our hospital system.
Continue using your immune support, and follow the Government Guidelines paying particular attention to personal hygiene and infection control by washing hands regularly, coughing into your elbow or on a clean tissue and disposing of it immediately.
Whilst there has been a general consensus in the community that this is merely, for most people a mild flu. My research since it first came to my attention in January leads me to feel that this respiratory illness should be taken very seriously. The mechanism of this virus does not follow the normal mechanisms of many known upper respiratory viruses and is highly infectious.
All consultations will be carried out via online or phone by appointment only.
Our clinic operates on Tuesday and Thursday as our staff are committed to other organisations offsite on alternative days.If you would like to book an appointment or purchase supplements please email us at email@example.com or call us on 07 5525 2211. Please be patient and respectful with our staff, we are working through our enquiries as quickly as we can.
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Sometimes this condition can be due to an endocrine disorder such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Acne is also linked to excess hormone production such as androgens, growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), insulin and glucocorticoids.Androgens, hormonal mediators (including IGF-1) are found in dairy products and are best avoided during treatment. A low GI diet has also been researched and improvement observed in male patients.
In an open-label trial treatment with chaste tree for a minimum of 3 months resulted in an improvement for 70% of the patients. This could be due to the mild anti-androgenic effect of chaste tree.
Address the glycaemic load with diet, the herb gymnema and green tea with meals. This will regulate insulin and IGF-1 .
Some studies recommended lower animal protein intake due to IGF-1 aspect in these products.
Supplementing with selenium and chromium for PCOS patients has decreased the severity of acne.
Zinc as well as lactoferrin also reduced the lesions in the treatment group.
Without treatment cysts and scarring may occur and often a combined approach is needed.
Please contact us on (07) 5525 2211 in confidence for further information or for assistance to assess and help try and resolve acne problems.
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Non alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
Risk factors put forward for the development of NAFLD have diets high in refined carbs, high fructose intake and some medications such as cortisone, methotrexate and anti retrovirals.
Many patient with NAFLD are type 2 diabetics or pre diabetic. Untreated this conditions
evolves in NASH which has inflammations added to the fatty liver accumulation.
Emerging drivers of NAFLD are now proposed such as gut dysbiosis and altered microbiome.
and reduction in a pro-lipogenic state. Untreated this condition could lead to renal failure.
Non conventional treatment focuses on dietary modification. The Mediterranean diet high
in fruit and vegetables will improve liver fat content. At present there is no standard
pharmacological treatment available.
was reduced. High intensity training reduced the liver triglycerides even further.
To turn your liver back into a healthy state many different agent are needed such as vitamin
E, omega 3's, phosphatidylcholine and herbals.
The University of Miami did studies using Rice Bran Arabinoxylan in adults with NAFLD and
liver enzymes reduced significantly after 90 days.
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