Apple Cider Vinegar! Are you getting it’s benefits?

For thousands of years Asian philosophy has found that good health is achieved when all the elements, wood, fire, earth, metal and water are in harmony and this is the underlying structure of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Herbal Remedies.

Following the elements is a great way to keep healthy and balanced throughout the various seasons.  Winter is the element of water, which is the time of year that supports our Kidney and Bladder.  It is also a time for inward reflection and for rest. To help keep healthy during these winter months we can do a variety of things and one of them could be adding Apple Cider Vinegar to your daily routine.  This will aid the detoxification of the body allowing the Kidney, Bladder and Liver to be supported.

Apple Cider Vinegar contains loads of properties that are essential for a healthy metabolism, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Pectin, Acetic Acid and Potassium to name just a few.  According to the Australian’s National College of Traditional Medicine, Apple Cider Vinegar has many healing powers.

One of the reasons Apple Cider Vinegar is so effective is because it helps the body become more alkaline rather than acidic and this aids in detoxifying the accumulation.

Apple Cider Vinegar should be diluted as taken straight may damage tooth enamel or burn the mouth and throat. Two tablespoons in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning is a great way to keep your body in balance during the following months and throughout the year.

Also, I was speaking to a client of mine this morning she said that a great way to remove chemicals off fruit and vegetables is to soak them in water and a little Apple Cider Vinegar for an hour.

If you are doing all this and still feel out of balance perhaps it’s time to visit me in clinic. My name is Sheila Dickson and I available on Wednesdays and Thursdays offering Jin Shin Jyutsu. Jin Shin Jyutsu works on the meridians and acupuncture pressures on the body,  it is a gentle, relaxing one hour session using fingertip pressure over clothing creating balance and harmony.

Call 02 8406 0679

Coconut oil Is it as good for you as you think?

According to a new report released last week from the American Heart Association (AHA) discussing dietary fats and reducing heart disease.

Coconut oil is to be avoided and is worse than lard, beef dripping and butter due to its high saturated fat content up to 82%.

We relate saturated fats to animal products such as butter and lard, junk food, cakes, processed foods and chips.  Too much of these foods can lead to increased cholesterol levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) which may lead to cardio vascular disease (CVD) by way of clogging your arteries.

So what does that mean for you? 

Coconut oil contains both high-density lipoprotein (HDL) aka “good cholesterol” and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) aka “bad cholesterol”.

The latest AHA review concludes that coconut oil raises both LDL and HDL blood cholesterol in the body.

While high in saturated fats coconut oil is derived from a plant and has a complicated molecular profile with many fatty acids contributing differently to blood cholesterol.

The main fatty acid in coconut oil is lauric acid, which can be classified as a long chain or a medium chain fatty acid.

Relating this information to digestion and metabolism coconut oil acts more as a long chain fatty acid because of its mode of absorption from the intestines to other parts of the body with up to 75% absorption.

Medium chain fatty acids are more water-soluble than long chain fatty acids and are therefore absorbed faster up to 95% absorption.

The report acknowledges that changes in HDL through diet or drugs can no longer be directly implicated in changes to CVD.

Other studies suggest that “consumption of coconut products that contain fibre, such as coconut flesh and coconut flour, within a traditional dietary pattern that includes sufficient polyunsaturated fats (omega-3) in the absence of excessive calories from refined carbohydrates does not pose a risk for heart disease” 1.

Excessive use of coconut oil with a standard Western diet will produce similar effects to saturated fats in the body. Unsaturated fats such as olive oil, nuts and seeds would be a preferred option.

We need to ensure we include a well balanced diet rich in whole fresh foods and healthy fats for maintaining good health. Too much of anything will lead to imbalance and potential health concerns.

Should you want more advice on restoring your health and wellbeing why not book an appointment with our Nutritionist. You can contact us on 02 8406 0679 or email reception@nbip.com.au to discuss how we can support you.

(1) https://academic.oup.com/nutritionreviews/article/74/4/267/1807413/Coconut-oil-consumption-and-cardiovascular-risk retrieved 21/6/2017

Winter Wellness

How are you holding up with the recent drop in temperature and winter really setting in? If you haven’t already, it’s time to ramp up the immune support and put some extra defences in place to keep sickness at bay.

Natural medicine is a powerful therapy that is very effective in treating coughs, colds and influenza. Naturopathic treatment can bring rapid relief to symptoms and reduce the risk of a cold developing into a more serious condition.

There are a few simple steps to take as soon as you feel the dreaded lurgy rearing its ugly head which may help speed up recovery.

Rest! That’s right- rest! With all our commitments and the busyness of daily life we tend to “soldier on” and not give our body the rest it deserves. Taking the time to rest may not only reduce the severity of your cold, but it can also reduce the duration of the cold.

Stay warm. Keeping warm, particularly when braving the great outdoors on miserable days is important. Remember to add an extra layer or two under the kids’ clothing too. With this is mind, remember fresh air and sunshine are not only free, but necessities for optimal health and wellbeing.

Eat well. Nourishing your body with warming nutritious foods is something you are entirely worthy of. Packaged processed foods are often high in sugar which is damaging to your immune system and puts a further load on your liver’s detoxification processes. Including more immune-stimulating foods into your diet in the cooler months will help build immunity and lower susceptibility to disease. Garlic, onion and ginger, for example, contain antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral properties which are perfect for targeting dis-ease of the respiratory system.

To supplement or not? There are many specific nutrients that are needed for immune function. The most common ones are vitamin C, zinc and probiotics all of which support the immune system and perform many other essential functions in the body. At times supplementation may be necessary, particularly in times of acute stage illness. A naturopath can recommend specific nutrient supplementation targeted at immune support and respiratory function including information around dosage.

Herbal medicine can offer patients suffering from coughs, colds and the flu, not only symptomatic relief but long term immune modulation and balance. Different medicines exert different therapeutic activity which enables a naturopath to prescribe a customised formula targeted at individual symptoms and causative factors. Naturopaths have so many wonderful herbs to choose from which can be tailored specifically to the patient. Herbs can be used to balance multiple imbalances within the body at the same time which can be helpful if your sickness is causing other dysfunction such as sleep disturbance.

There are many natural remedies available to us that work efficiently and effectively, suitable for all ages and at every stage of illness. Tissue salts can offer immediate relief to sufferers young and old and for many conditions. Speak to your natural healthcare practitioner about which remedies are best for the common cold, sore throats, coughs and mucous congestion.

The famous “flu brew” is a concoction aimed at getting rid of that awful flu sooner than later. Juice one lemon, crush one clove of garlic, add a few slices of fresh ginger, 1 tsp of Manuka honey, mixed with one cup of boiling water. This can be made several times per day and sipped to aid in fighting off those nasty winter ailments.

YEP tea (yarrow, elderflower and peppermint) has been used to fight against the common cold and flu for many years. Drinking these teas, which can be found at your local health food store, have been known to bring some relief due to their medicinal properties.

A naturopathic consultation is based on thorough case taking to investigate the cause of the dysfunction so it can be addressed and resolved. If you are experiencing recurrent sickness you may be immune compromised. Natural medicine can offer you the support you need to strengthen your immunity and reduce the risk and frequency of becoming sick over winter.

Don’t underestimate the power of naturopathic medicine when it comes to your immunity and wellbeing. If you feel you need some extra support this winter, book a naturopathic consultation to get your defences in place and reduce the risk of catching the winter sniffles. Call us on 02 8406 0679 or email reception@nbip.com.au to discuss how we can support you.

Winter Wellness

How are you holding up with the recent drop in temperature and winter really setting in? If you haven’t already, it’s time to ramp up the immune support and put some extra defences in place to keep sickness at bay.

Natural medicine is a powerful therapy that is very effective in treating coughs, colds and influenza. Naturopathic treatment can bring rapid relief to symptoms and reduce the risk of a cold developing into a more serious condition.

There are a few simple steps to take as soon as you feel the dreaded lurgy rearing its ugly head which may help speed up recovery.

Rest! That’s right- rest! With all our commitments and the busyness of daily life we tend to “soldier on” and not give our body the rest it deserves. Taking the time to rest may not only reduce the severity of your cold, but it can also reduce the duration of the cold.

Stay warm. Keeping warm, particularly when braving the great outdoors on miserable days is important. Remember to add an extra layer or two under the kids’ clothing too. With this is mind, remember fresh air and sunshine are not only free, but necessities for optimal health and wellbeing.

Eat well. Nourishing your body with warming nutritious foods is something you are entirely worthy of. Packaged processed foods are often high in sugar which is damaging to your immune system and puts a further load on your liver’s detoxification processes. Including more immune-stimulating foods into your diet in the cooler months will help build immunity and lower susceptibility to disease. Garlic, onion and ginger, for example, contain antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiviral properties which are perfect for targeting dis-ease of the respiratory system.

To supplement or not? There are many specific nutrients that are needed for immune function. The most common ones are vitamin C, zinc and probiotics all of which support the immune system and perform many other essential functions in the body. At times supplementation may be necessary, particularly in times of acute stage illness. A naturopath can recommend specific nutrient supplementation targeted at immune support and respiratory function including information around dosage.

Herbal medicine can offer patients suffering from coughs, colds and the flu, not only symptomatic relief but long term immune modulation and balance. Different medicines exert different therapeutic activity which enables a naturopath to prescribe a customised formula targeted at individual symptoms and causative factors. Naturopaths have so many wonderful herbs to choose from which can be tailored specifically to the patient. Herbs can be used to balance multiple imbalances within the body at the same time which can be helpful if your sickness is causing other dysfunction such as sleep disturbance.

There are many natural remedies available to us that work efficiently and effectively, suitable for all ages and at every stage of illness. Tissue salts can offer immediate relief to sufferers young and old and for many conditions. Speak to your natural healthcare practitioner about which remedies are best for the common cold, sore throats, coughs and mucous congestion.

The famous “flu brew” is a concoction aimed at getting rid of that awful flu sooner than later. Juice one lemon, crush one clove of garlic, add a few slices of fresh ginger, 1 tsp of Manuka honey, mixed with one cup of boiling water. This can be made several times per day and sipped to aid in fighting off those nasty winter ailments.

YEP tea (yarrow, elderflower and peppermint) has been used to fight against the common cold and flu for many years. Drinking these teas, which can be found at your local health food store, have been known to bring some relief due to their medicinal properties.

A naturopathic consultation is based on thorough case taking to investigate the cause of the dysfunction so it can be addressed and resolved. If you are experiencing recurrent sickness you may be immune compromised. Natural medicine can offer you the support you need to strengthen your immunity and reduce the risk and frequency of becoming sick over winter.

Don’t underestimate the power of naturopathic medicine when it comes to your immunity and wellbeing. If you feel you need some extra support this winter, book a naturopathic consultation to get your defences in place and reduce the risk of catching the winter sniffles. Call us on 02 8406 0679 or email reception@nbip.com.au to discuss how we can support you.

Plantar Fasciitis is a pain in the……. FOOT!

Plantar Fasciitis (PF) has been showing up in clinic a lot lately. Thankfully for the sufferers relief through acupuncture has been achieved. Acupuncture is known to reduce inflammation, stimulate local muscles to enhance the lapsed foot arch, alleviate pain and encourage better engagement to support body weight through activity.

Being one of the most common causes of heel pain PF develops when the plantar fascia, a thick and fibrous band which travels through the foot has been strained or developed micro tears due to overuse, injury or incorrect walking patterns.

Given that the plantar fascia is an integral ligament that stabilises the arch, distributes body weight when walking and is a shock absorber any inflammation or pain can readily impede on daily activity. PF usually develops slowly and can be an intermittent pain depending on use and whilst rest is recommended it’s not always possible which is where acupuncture can aid in the recovery process.

Risk Factors Of Plantar Fasciitis
• Flat footed or high arches: Both types of arches can put the plantar fascia under stretch and strain leading to micro-tearing or inflammation of the fascia.
• Occupation: Employment that requires walking or standing on hard floor surfaces for long periods can also put additional strain on the plantar fascia.
• Overweight: Carrying those extra kilos puts the plantar fascia under extra stretch and strain.
• Activity: Plantar fasciitis can be considered an overuse injury in athletic types when the constant activity puts extra strain on the plantar fascia and structures of the foot. Example: Runners and ballet dancers..

If you or anyone you know is suffering from plantar fasciitis feel free to give us a call to see if acupuncture is right for you. 02 8406 0679 or email chloe@nbip.com.au