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.
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.
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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Researchers have been studying the Diabetic Epidemic. In 1960, diabetes only affected 1% of population and sugar consumption was steadily raising since the early 1900. They concluded that there is no relationship between BMI and diabetes risk in those people with lowest toxin load.Persistent organic pollutants (POPS) have detrimental effect on blood sugar metabolism. The prevalence of pre-diabetes is three times larger in populations exposed to high levels of organchlorine.
In addition, organochlorine and organophosphate pesticides have been found in rheumatoid arthritis patients and in children with ADHD. Eating conventionally grown foods (non-organic) dramatically increases your levels of these pesticides. Blood levels drop dramatically within 3 days of only eating organically grown foods.Most people are aware that fish consumption will lead to higher mercury levels.
Most people are not aware of the half lives of many of the toxins hiding in our tissue. Cadmium has a half life of 16 years, and commonly found in conventionally grown tofu. On the other hand, arsenic will be excreted after 2-4 days and most is found in rice.Exposure to environmental toxins is ubiquitous in today's modern society with biomonitoring projects in Australia indicating sources of toxins are widespread.
One study measuring chemical exposure from personal care products showed a total paraben and benzophenone-3 concentration are significantly higher in Australian population than reported worldwide.There is a definite need to clinically support patients with detoxification. Consider Oligoscan which is painfree and revolutionary way to assist in detecting the bioavailability of trace elements and heavy metal intoxication in real time.
Please contact us on (07) 5525 2211 in confidence for further information or an appointment should you believe you may be suffering from toxicity issues.
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We've all heard about the importance of probiotics after a course of antibiotics, but should we have them other times? Should there be specific probiotics we take or are any fine? And what about the quantity and how long we need to have them?
To help you navigate the murky waters of myths and facts about probiotic use, we dispel four myths about probiotics and gut health.
Fact: Nearly all over the counter probiotics dare different from each other and do not permanently colonise the gut.
Unfortunately probiotics don't last long in our system, while we don't know what makes probiotics so transient, we do know that:
A human gut microbiome is comprised of a core microbiome and variable commensal community, which depends on recent diet
We also know that the first three years of life are crucial for the development of your own individual core microbiome. C-section delivery, stress, antibiotics and other factors can all change the microbiome leading to a decline in diversity.
Probiotics have been shown to change the pH of the gut, and allow the core microbiome to grow. Needless to say if you want to improve your microbiome, then you need to include probiotics.
Fact - While it takes bacteria to ferment the milk to make yogurt, not all of the bacteria are alive by the time you purchase it.
Yogurts that have specific probiotics in them should have on the label "live active cultures" or similar wording. Also, keep in mind that you would need to consume a lot of yogurt to get the required amount of bacteria.
Fact - Our bodies naturally manufacture billions of flora in our intestines and digestive track but sometimes it needs a boost, particularly when on antibiotics or our systems have been overloaded with toxins.
Probiotics can be used for extended periods to nurture your gut and digestive tract back to good health and improve specific conditions.
Some probiotic strains have been scientifically researched as they do enhance the growth of your own indigenous populations. (Bifidobacterium lactis HN019 and Bb12 as well as Lactobacillus rhamnosus LGG). To establish a more diverse microbiota we recommend including prebiotics and prebiotic-like foods.
Fact You can and should take probiotics while you have antibiotics.
While you should take probiotics when having a course of antibiotics, it is important to take antibiotics and probiotics at different times.
Most antibiotics get absorbed in the upper gastrointestinal tract where probiotics work mainly in the lower gastrointestinal tract. So it's important you give the antibiotics time to move through the gut.
If possible wait around six hours between the two. It's best to take probiotics that have more potency when on antibiotics as the probiotics can be affected by your medication.
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This constant illness through winter can lead to weakened immune systems and affect the whole family. But by incorporating the following eight tips to boost your child's immune system this winter you can break the cycle and sleep a little easier this winter.1. Goodnight sleep
We know the effects on behaviour when young children have not had enough sleep, but we don't often think about the effect on their health. For healthy bodies and minds, children should have at least 8-10 hours sleep to perform at their best.2. More exercise
Children who spend too much time watching TV or playing video games are compromising their immune system. We now know that the effects of the 'blue screen' can affect sleep patterns but exercise enhances sleep patterns. On the other side, too much exercise and sports can have an adverse effect, so be sensible as to the number of sporting activities your child is enrolled in.3. Limit sugar
It is sometimes tempting to 'reward' your child with a sweet 'treat' after school or sport, but the effect of refined sugar on their immune system is anything but rewarding. Before leaving home take the time to prepare a healthy snack such as nuts and seeds or chop up their favourite fruit and vegetables. Be sure to let them see you eating healthy as well so it becomes normal to them.4. Increase the garlic
Garlic has long been recognised in both ancient and modern times for its medicinal and healing properties. Include it in as much of your cooking as possible.5. Give probiotics
Known as 'good' bacteria probiotics assist with healthy digestion. With most of your child's immune system residing in their gut, this can be the quickest and easiest way to increase their immunity.6. Watch their stress
Adults are sometimes so used to living with stress and we forget that life can be stressful for our children as well. The daily round of school, peer pressure, daily popularity even at a young age, can place significant stress on their young shoulders.
If necessary, cut back on unnecessary items on their daily or weekly agenda and take the time to laugh out loud with your child. Encourage them to see the funny side of situations and then look for solutions rather than stress about it. Not only will you be boosting their immunity, but also teaching them valuable coping skills they will need.
7. Use herbs and supplements
When all else fails and your little one's health is being compromised, don't rule out herbs and supplements. Zinc and Vitamin D top of the list for boosting a weakened immune system and don't forget Omega 3 as well. Be sure to talk to your Naturopath, who will be able to recommend a personalised combination to address your child's needs.
8. Make smoothies
One of the easiest ways to include good healthy food in your child's diet is a smoothie, particularly a green smoothie. Include carrots, spinach oranges, lemon, banana and acai berry or acai berry powder that has more than 40 times the concentrated antioxidant than blueberries.
Experiment with different flavours to see if you can come up with your very own green smoothie immune booster!
What are your tips for keeping kids healthy through winter?
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Last updated over 20 years ago, the new Healthy Eating Pyramid is a reflection of the most recent Australian dietary evidence-based guidelines after a large study of over 55,000 research papers.
What is the Healthy Eating Pyramid?
The original Food Pyramid was introduced in Sweden around 1974 when as a way to introduce nutritious and supplemental foods that were affordable for everyday consumers after food prices soared.
Divided into basic food groups, the base of the pyramid included staples such as milk, margarine and cheese, and bread, cereals and potatoes. Next came vegetables and fruit and at the apex of the pyramid, meat, fish and eggs.
In 1980, Nutrition Australia presented their first Food Pyramid, based on the same 'more to less' ideas developed in Sweden. Over time, it has been modified and updated to encourage Australians to eat a balanced diet according to what was considered healthy at that time.
Why a new Healthy Eating Pyramid?
With the growing prevalence of fast food outlets and restaurants and overscheduled, fast-paced lifestyles, it has become convenient for Australians to embrace takeaways, sugars and fatty foods.
As a result, 65% of Australian adults 18 and over considered overweight and of that number, 25% of are considered severely obese. Even more alarming is that every fourth child is overweight.
Without a conscious change to our health and eating habits to decrease these alarming statistics, a heavy burden will be placed on our health system and economy, not to mention our quality of life will decrease.
What are the changes?
Although varied over time, previous Healthy Eating Pyramids showed a much larger proportion of fats, oils and sugar, with threetiered food groups. However, the new Healthy Food Pyramid has five clearly defined food groups and sugar has been removed.
In the new Healthy Eating Pyramid, plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables and legumes take up the bottom, largest layer with whole grains appearing on the second largest tier.
The third tier includes milk, yoghurt, cheese and dairy alternatives, alongside lean meat, chicken, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds. Lastly, the fourth tier includes only healthy fats.
Unlike previous pyramids, sugar is excluded with a side note to limit added salt and sugar. Instead, we are encouraged to embrace the use of herbs and spices to flavour our food and to 'choose water' instead of sugary or caffeinated drinks.
Some 'modern' food additions include tofu and soba noodles, as well as soy milk and quinoa that have recently become more popular.
You can view and read more about the new food pyramid at Nutrition Australia.
So what are your thoughts? Do you like the new Healthy Eating Pyramid and will you be making any changes to you diet as a result?
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