Six detoxing tips to keep you at your best

Posted by Rita Texeira on 9 October 2014
Six detoxing tips to keep you at your best

With an endless amount of stressors that affect our health today, from chemical additives and colours in our food and drinking water, to toxic metals, pesticides, chemicals, plastics, environmental toxins, radiation and more, our bodies can quickly become overrun with toxins.

These toxins cloud our system; they make us tired, fatigued and more susceptible to allergies, sickness and over time, disease. To prevent this from happening and to help your body function more effectively and efficiently, regular detoxing is essential.

To get you started, here are six detoxing tips to get you feeling your best and your body working at its best.

1. Drink warm water with freshly squeezed lemon each morning

Start each day with a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice in warm purified water. It aids digestion, enhances liver detoxification, cleanses your system, boosts your immune system, balances your pH levels and aids in weight loss among other benefits. Don’t throw away the peel either, add the zest to salads and other meals to further the detoxification process.

2. Skip the coffee and switch to green tea

Loaded with antioxidants, green tea will help neutralise toxins in your body. With a small level of caffeine, it will also help you manage those tough coffee withdrawals while you are detoxing.

3. Add more naturally detoxing foods to your diet

There are so many fruits, vegetables and “superfoods” that have incredible detoxing benefits. Almonds, avocado, artichokes, beets, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, chlorella, cranberries, lemon, garlic, onion, radishes, spirulina, and seaweed are all excellent detoxifying foods to add into your diet.

4. Drink at least two litres of purified water each day

Water is vital for our body’s health and wellness. Among its many health benefits, water helps your body flush out toxins and allows your cells to take in nutrients and expel waste products – so drink up!

5. Add fresh herbs to your meals

Add some fresh coriander, dandelion root, burdock, fennel and milk thistle to your meals, not only do they have excellent detoxing qualities, they’ll give your food great flavour.

6. Get some exercise

While there are conflicting views on whether exercise does help with the detoxifying process, exercise is proven to prevent many life-threatening conditions, improve your muscle strength and joint function, boost oxygen and nutrient supply to all the cells in your body and expel toxins through sweating. For this reason it’s certainly a good idea to add exercising into your detox program.

Do you detox regularly? Have you found its made a big difference?

Posted in: Detox Wellbeing Building Your Immune System Nutrition Healthy Eating Diet Fertility Health Cold and Flu  

Is the cure for your child's behaviour in their diet?

Posted by Rita Texeira on 22 September 2014
Is the cure for your child's behaviour in their diet?
With an increase in the diagnosis of behavioural and learning difficulties like ADHD, ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder) and CD (Conduct Disorder) and an increase in processed and packaged foods, it’s hard to look past the fact that these two may be linked.

More and more research is suggesting that allergies and intolerances play a large role in children’s behavioural problems. To ensure you are informed, here are some of the common foods and food habits that might be causing behavioural issues in your children.

1. Sugar

Sugar is a given. While you may limit the intake of sugary foods like chocolate, ice cream, cakes and soft drinks, what many parents don’t realise is that sugar is a common ingredient in many other foods children have on a regular basis. Fruit juices, some cereals and many packaged kids snacks all contain high amounts of sugar.

While the obvious behavioural reaction to sugar is hyperactivity, it can also cause children to become irritable, angry and tired.

2. Additives, preservatives and colouring

With so many additives, preservatives and colours being added to the foods we eat, these can often be harder to avoid then sugar. This is why it pays to read the label of the food you are buying, particularly when it comes to snacks for your children. If you can’t understand what you are reading chances are it will be an additive or preservative.

Research has shown additives can cause hyperactivity, irritability and learning difficulties in children, affecting their ability to concentrate.

3. Salicylates

Salicylates are chemicals that occur naturally in most fruits, particularly oranges, berries, apricots rockmelons and plums. They also occur in vegetables such as corn, tomato, gherkins, button mushrooms, radishes, olives, capsicums and cucumber. As well as wheat, milk, soy, eggs, chocolate, dried fruits, honey, liquorice, peppermints and chewing gum.

Salicylates have been known to create intolerances and can cause irritability and restlessness.

4. Skipping meals

This destructive food habit can have a huge impact on a child’s behaviour, particularly if it is breakfast.

With most children sleeping for 10-12 hours this is a long fast without food. Blood sugars can be depleted and with limited energy, they can become irritable, tired, disruptive and moody, not to mention struggle to concentrate. Breakfast and regular eating corrects this and helps the body to function properly.

5. Allergies and intolerances

While we often associate rashes, digestive issues and anaphylactic shock with allergies and intolerances, symptoms can also show through behaviour. A food allergy or intolerance upsets the system of the sufferer, which also changes their behaviour.

The real challenge is though with many of the foods and habits causing similar behavioural reactions it can be hard to know which one is the true cause, or at least a contributing factor.

The only way to really discover which chemicals or foods could be responsible is to do an elimination diet, and speak with your medical practitioner to organise allergy testing.
That frustrating behaviour might be a quicker fix than you thought!

Have you found certain foods set off certain behaviours in your children?

Posted in: Wellbeing Food Allergy Food Intolerance Tiredness Allergies Children Children's Behavior Healthy Eating Diet Health  

Four signs you might have a food intolerance - and what to do about it

Posted by Rita Texeira on 19 September 2014
Four signs you might have a food intolerance - and what to do about it

When your body is suffering from a food intolerance and is not running at its best it will start to give you signs. But the trouble is, many of these signs can be put down to stress, tiredness, a bout of sickness or another condition, leaving many people suffering for months if not years undiagnosed.

In fact a study, carried out by food intolerance website Foodintol, found that 42 per cent of people who have a food intolerance experience symptoms for more than five years before they realise they have the condition and seek help, and 28 per cent live with symptoms for two to five years.

To ensure you don’t become one of these statistics, here are four signs that you might have a food intolerance and what you should do if you are showing them.

1. Tiredness, fatigue and continual exhaustion

While we normally get our energy from food, if you are regularly eating a food that you have an intolerance to, it can have the opposite effect. With your body working hard to fight what it sees as a threat, you can be left feeling tired, fatigued and continually exhausted.

With tiredness and exhaustion easily put down to a busy lifestyle, sicknesses or other condition, it can be hard to identify this as a new and different symptom. But tiredness and fatigue will often be one of the first warning signs that you have a food intolerance.

2. Gas, bloating, belching or diarrhea

This is perhaps one of the most common signs of a food intolerance, typically to gluten (celiac disease), lactose or fructose.

If you do find yourself having gas, bloating or diarrhea, particularly after eating, it may be due to a food intolerance.

3. Constipation

When your body has a food intolerance it can find it hard to digest the food in question causing you to have constipation.

If you do find you suffer from chronic constipation even despite drinking the required amount of water and having a high fibre diet, a food intolerance could be the cause.

4. Headaches and migraines

Headaches and migraines can often be associated with certain food chemicals. MSG, preservatives, artificial colours and even whole foods can be responsible for triggering chronic and severe headaches and migraines.

While pain killers can certainly ease the issue, changing your diet and getting tested for potential intolerances could drastically reduce your systems or cure your headaches altogether.

Are you showing any of the signs? Here’s what you should do

While many of these signs and symptoms can be caused by other factors and conditions, it pays to at least rule out a food intolerance before you go on to treat anything else. Here are three ways to do this.

  1. Keep a food diary of what you eat for a couple of weeks and write down when your symptoms present – can you see any pattern?
  2. Food intolerances are normally caused by a reaction to a central allergen like dairy products, wheat and wheat products, food additives, chocolate, citrus fruits, corn, eggs, oats, nuts, gluten, yeast or glucose. If you do suspect a certain food, try eliminating it from your diet to see if your symptoms improve.
  3. Get tested. There are quick, easy and painless tests that can be done to test for food intolerances that will give you instant answers as to what is going on. To find out more talk to your naturopath or physician about how you can diagnose your allergy
Posted in: Wellbeing Food Allergy Food Intolerance Allergies Healthy Eating Diet Health  

Managing insomnia for the over 60's

Posted by Rita Texeira on 28 August 2014
Managing insomnia for the over 60's

Insomnia can be debilitating. When you have difficulty falling asleep, remaining asleep, or have consistent early morning awakenings, it can leave you tired, fatigued and exhausted, but that's not all.

Insomnia can also impair cognition, increase irritability and depression, lower your pain threshold and even cause many diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and mental decline.

While insomnia affects many people, those over 60 are at a higher risk of suffering from it. So to help you, here are some ways you can manage and reduce your insomnia.    

Rule out a medical cause first

Before you treat your insomnia with medication, it is important to rule out a medical issue causing it.

Chronic Infections, nutrient deficiencies, sleep apnea, dysglyceamia (blood sugar control issues), heavy metal toxicity, restless leg syndrome, reflux or other digestive disturbances, night sweats (hormonal or infection related) and food intolerances have all been linked to sleep issues.

Also take into consideration any side effects of current medication you are taking that might be impacting on your sleep or lack there of.

Evaluate your lifestyle and environment

Stress, diet and lifestyle changes can also impact our ability to get a good night sleep.

Pollution from noise or light (particularly florescent light and tablet and smart phone screens), stressful circumstances, excess intake of stimulants or alcohol, consumption of caffeine and high Tyramine foods (like banana, chocolate, liver, beans, avocado, yoghurt, cheese and soy bean products) can all impact your sleep.

With this in mind, limit your stress, allow proper wind down time before bed and eat foods rich in Tryptophan like spirulina, chicken livers, pumpkin seeds, turkey, almonds that increase Melatonin and assist in establishing the circadian rhythm.

Develop a sleep protocol

In order to get back into a sleep rhythm you need to develop a sleep protocol or routine. A sleep or bedtime routine will help your body wind down and prepare for sleep.

Obviously you need to develop a routine that works for you, though here are some tips to get you started.

  • Get early exposure to morning sunlight to stimulate your circadian rhythm
  • Exercise in the morning, not at night
  • Avoid caffeine containing beverages after 3pm
  • Have a television, laptop, mobile phone and tablet PC ban in your bedroom to minimise exposure to electromagnetic field (EMF) radiation
  • Set a regular bedtime that is before 11pm
  • Make sure your bedroom is a comfortable temperature and has minimal light and noise

Try natural alternatives before medicating

Medication can often bring about other undesirable side effects and can create a dependency, so it is important it is used as a last resort. Thankfully though, there are some natural alternatives that can help too.

Here are a few to think about:

  • Meditation and hypnosis
  • Eat more alkaline foods (green vegetables, salad greens, almonds, apricots, figs, carrots)
  • Avoid drinking excess fluids at night
  • Supplement with essential fatty acids
  • Investigate nutritional deficiencies

The following suggestions should be discussed in consultation with your health practitioner to determine the suitability and appropriate dosage.

  • Supplement with Adenosine
  • Supplement with Melatonin
  • Medication review to see if there are other alternatives available
  • Alkaline agents (keeping your body as alkaline as possible will improve overall sleep)
  • Herbal remedies
Have any questions about your personal sleep habits or insomnia symptoms? Call 07 5525 2211
Posted in: Wellbeing Over 60 Tiredness Insomnia Sleep Health  

Natural fertility tips to boost your chances of pregnancy

Posted by Rita Texeira on 12 August 2014
Natural fertility tips to boost your chances of pregnancy

There is nothing more exciting than for a first time trying couple to find out they are pregnant.  But with one in six couples experiencing infertility challenges, starting a family doesn’t always happen as naturally or as easily as we’d like.

There are many causes of infertility, from Endometriosis, ovulation problems (absent or infrequent periods), poor egg quality and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), to tube blockages, sperm problems, sperm allergies and simply the unexplainable. 
If you are experiencing difficulties in falling pregnant, or you are about to try, here are 10 natural fertility tips to help improve your chances of falling pregnant.

1. Nourish your body

The causes of infertility are many and they are not always hormonal as most people think. More often than not it’s due to nutritional deficiencies. This is why eating a healthy balanced is even more important during conception and pregnancy.

Currently, less than 50% of Australian women and men consume enough fruit and vegetables, and the average intake of selenium, calcium, and iodine is below the average for both NZ and Australia.

You want your body to be operating at an optimal level so be sure to eat foods that will boost your immune system and keep your body nourished. These include foods rich in protein, iron, zinc and vitamin C like fish, meat, dairy, eggs and beans.

Also keep in mind that the most important nutrients involved in preventing adverse epigenetic events are folic acid, B12, Vitamin D and methionine so it is important to ensure adequate intake. By increasing methylation at certain points these nutrients can stop expression of certain genes.

2. Watch what you drink

When trying to fall pregnant it is important to reduce your coffee and alcohol intake and increase your water intake. Alcohol can alter your oestrogen levels, which can interfere with egg implantation. Drink more water throughout the day to flush out the toxins and keep your body’s system flowing better.

3. Stop smoking

If you are a smoker, it’s time to quit. Cigarette toxins can damage your eggs, interfere with fertilization and implantation, and it can also increase your chances of being infertile.

4. Take time to relax

Stress can drastically impact your fertility, as well as infant development and behaviour, so it is important to avoid stressful situations and relationships as much as possible, and block out regular time in your schedule to relax, mediate and calm your body.  If you do struggle to relax, check out these 10 tips to manage stress.

5. Bring back the fun

It is important to still have fun in the bedroom. When you are trying for a baby it can become very task orientated, but remember to stay focussed on the connection you have with your partner.

6. Preconception care

More and more evidence points to the fact that the way we were nourished and grew in our mother’s womb can have an important impact on your health as an adult.

That is why taking nutritional supplements is imperative. It is preventative medicine and can be seen as foetal programming. Our body can influence a foetus in utero and determine their susceptibility to future disease.

7. Detox

With an endless amount of stressors that affect our health today, from chemical additives and colours in our food and drinking water, to toxic metals, pesticides, chemicals, plastics, environmental toxins, radiation and more, our bodies can quickly become overrun with toxins.

These toxins cloud our system; they make us tired, fatigued and more susceptible to allergies, sickness and over time, disease. To prevent this from happening and to ensure your body is working at it’s best; consider doing an integrated detox before conception.

8. Acupuncture

Acupuncture provides many benefits to conception and fertility. It can help promote strong ovulation, increase blood flow to the ovaries, eliminate underlying inflammation that can harm fertility, improve sperm count and regulate menstruation and ovulation cycles.

9. Western Herbal Medicine

Western herbal medicine can help stabilise hormones and regulate periods, cycle length and ovulation times. It can also help ease endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome as well as improve sperm morphology, motility count, and egg quality.

10. Homeopathic fertility program

At Resolve Health and Wellness we follow the internationally renowned Liz Lalor Homeopathic Fertility Program© that has a pregnancy success rate of 87% within 4 cycles.

Started at any stage of the menstrual cycle, the program is designed to help the female body produce the fertile conditions necessary for conception and consists of a series of four or five natural homeopathic remedies taken by the woman at various times during her menstrual cycle. Your male partner is also prescribed a homeopathic remedy and supplements.

If you have been trying to fall pregnant for a while or would like to look at preparing your body for pregnancy, call us today on (07) 5525 2211 to give nature a little helping hand.

Posted in: Wellbeing Nutrition Fertility Health Pregnancy  

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