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Medicinal Teas

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Did you know that Medicinal Teas have been used as healing remedies since the second century BC? Although nobody is quite certain how it was discovered, Tea is still a favourite drink today and has many beneficial properties. It’s a fact that next to water, Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world with a whopping two-thirds of us drinking it. Here are some of the benefits of drinking medicinal tea:

Immune Boosting

There is evidence that green tea and chamomile tea can help strengthen the immune system. Even if the effect is minimal, you can’t go wrong, since both are loaded with powerful antioxidants unique to each tea.

Warming Teas to fight the cold

Certain teas simply make us feel good or please our taste buds. Others, though, are here to deliver us from the cold, actually helping our bodies fight the freeze, combat the germs floating around, and even battle the bulge. Warming teas, as we call them, are both warm in terms of flavor and in terms of their duty – to actually heat up our palettes and bodies. These include Peppermint, Ginger and Cinnamon based teas.

Improving Circulation

Proper blood circulation is essential to improve the ability to regulate body temperature, decrease heart wear and therefore reduce the chances of cardiovascular problems.

One of the organs most benefited by the consumption of tea is the heart, which receives the protection of the flavonoids. Varicose veins are another cause of poor circulation. Teas that can help improve circulation include Astralagus Root Tea, Ginger Tea, Ginko Biloba Tea and Hibiscus tea.

 

Eye Health

The study of U.S. adults found that people who drank hot tea on a daily basis were 74 percent less likely to have glaucoma compared to those who were not tea fans.
Special antioxidants called flavonoids in the tea leaves help protect the eyes against diseases such as cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and some types of glaucoma. One particular flavonoid known as gallocatechin collects in the retina and actually protects the retina against dangerous UV rays. The best teas for eye health include Rooibus, Green and Eyebright tea.

Skin health

Did you know that some teas also have skin benefits? It’s true! Tea, which is rich in polyphenols (molecules that have antioxidant properties), can help keep your skin hydrated, reverse the effects of UV damage, and reduce inflammation. Studies have shown that drinking green tea may actually help reduce your risk of skin cancer (although you still have to wear SPF 30 daily, of course).
Want to keep your skin looking youthful? You might want to give yerba maté tea, also known as maté, a sip. It’s loaded with antioxidants, which help prevent and repair skin damage caused by free radicals. The drink is made from the dried leaves of the yerba maté plant found in Central and South America and also contains high levels of caffeine.

Pain

Chronic inflammation occurs when the protective response goes into hyperdrive. This extends the body’s response to injury well past the time when it should have stopped. The immune system may switch on to continue the cycle, but sometimes inflammation occurs with no inciting injury or condition.

So how does anti-inflammatory tea help relieve the dangerous cycle of inflammation and pain? Some anti-inflammatory teas help to reduce the body’s production of cytokines, a chemical that causes inflammation. Others not only help limit cytokines, but also reduce the activity of cyclooxygenase enzymes that promote inflammation.

Green tea is one of the most-researched anti-inflammatory herbal teas available. While not a leaf, turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory root that has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal tea. Turmeric is earthy-tasting and harnesses the power of curcumin, a well-studied compound that fights inflammation. Rooibos tea is grown only in South Africa. Caffeine-free and with a sweet, barely tart flavor some compare to cranberries, rooibos contains two of the most powerful flavonoids found in anti-inflammatory tea: aspalathin and nothofagin.

Digestion

Stomach problems are a drag. They make it difficult to function and can cause a host of side effects that prevent you from tackling the day ahead. Fortunately, most minor digestive issues are easy to treat in a tasty way. Tea is backed by extensive research as an effective digestive aid. Whether you’re suffering from cramps and bloating or simply want to streamline digestion, these teas can help.

Ginger root tea has long been used to treat digestive ailments including nausea. The spicy taste of ginger stimulates the production of gastric juices and digestive enzymes that help break down food. As a result, ginger tea may help to speed up metabolism and ease digestive symptoms such as bloating and stomach cramps

Peppermint tea is a popular ingredient in herbal remedies for pain treatment. The tingly, fresh aroma and taste can help soothe stomach pain by decreasing inflammation. This tea is particularly effective at treating stomach pains caused by upset stomach, bloating, and excess gas. That’s because it contains menthol and menthone, which help to reduce inflammation and soothe the lining of the stomach and intestines

Licorice root tea is famous for treating a cough. It has also been used for centuries to treat digestive issues in traditional medicine in Asia. Licorice root may help to prevent and treat ulcers by increasing the production of mucin, a compound that lines the stomach and protects the stomach from excess stomach acid. The tea also contains flavonoids that may fight off H. pylori bacteria that cause ulcers.

Ooolong tea aids the digestive tract because it is mildly antiseptic, and helps to inhibit the growth of bad bacteria in the gut. In addition, it has an alkalizing effect that helps reduce acid reflux. Thai Lemongrass Oolong also contains licorice root, which helps to reduce inflammation and soothe ulcers. Lemongrass has been used extensively to treat gastrointestinal discomfort and is very soothing.

Enjoy !!!

Feeling tired all the time? It could be Chronic Fatigue Syndrome!

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Are you feeling tired and exhausted all the time, and think it’s just because of your busy lifestyle? Are you feeling sluggish when you wake up and find it hard to get going in the morning? Do you have more energy at night rather than during the day or feel like you need a nap mid afternoon?  You could be suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome!

Symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

  • Feeling Fatigued for at least 3 months
  • Fatigue that doesn’t improve with bed rest
  • Extreme fatigue after physical or mental activities
  • Feeling unrefreshed after a nights sleep
  • Insomnia or extremely restless sleep
  • Loss of memory / reduced concentration / Brain fog
  • Getting dizzy when going from lying down to standing
  • Headaches
  • Greatly lowered ability to do activities like you did before
  • Often people with chronic fatigue syndrome are tender to touch and may also have sore glands

 

 

What causes CFS?

Fatigue may be caused by numerous factors including nutritional deficiencies, lack of exercise, and lack of sleep but mainly due to these reasons:

1. Depleted Adrenals

The adrenal glands are small, but they have a very big role, because they are responsible for managing stress. The glands are an integral part of the endocrine system, and secrete hormones that manage a range of body functions, including adrenaline. The adrenal glands can become depleted due to stress, chronic inflammation, lack of sleep, excessive exercise, and overwork. When this happens, chronic fatigue is often the result. Adrenal fatigue is often a driver of hot flushes on menopausal woman.

2. Digestive Issues

Food is processed through the digestive system. However, if food is not broken down so that it can be absorbed in the blood stream, this can give rise to problems in the digestive system. These problems can trigger internal discomfort, inflammation, poor absorption and cause fatigue. The functionality of the liver, its ability to clear toxins and process foods and chemicals can also contribute to fatigue.

3. Food Intolerances

Chronic Fatigue Symptoms can also be caused by food intolerances, which is a chemical response that some people have after eating specific types of food. Foods that often cause intolerances include milk and other dairy products, wheat, gluten, yeast and eggs. Eliminating the food is the best way to alleviate the problem. This may require a visit to the clinic to see Tony Daniel our naturopath so that he can perform a Food Intolerance Test to help identify the offending foods. Most people experience a significant increase in energy and reduced brain fog when the eliminate foods that they are intolerant to.

4. Mineral Deficiency

Minerals are literally the ‘Spark plugs of life’ and deficiencies in these essential nutrients will result in symptoms such as fatigue, brain fog, cramps, aches and pains. Every process in the body is mineral dependent and therefore ensuring you have the right balance of minerals is critical to a healthy functioning body. Most people with Chronic fatigue Syndrome have mineral deficiencies, often Magnesium, phosphate and iodine. Magnesium deficiency is often responsible for the muscle aches and pain, headaches and fibromyalgia type symptoms associated with chronic fatigue.

5. Heavy Metal Toxicity

With today’s society being so polluted and with the use of pesticides and herbicides the body accumulates heavy metals which it doesn’t know what to do with. Excess levels result in many negative symptoms and often mimic chronic illness, especially the symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The main symptom associated with heavy metals is fatigue along with brain fog, poor memory, joint pain and poor concentration. Removing these toxic substances can significantly improve your health and well being and increase your vitality.

6. Viral Infections

Scientists have recently discovered that certain viruses can trigger Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This can also be referred to post viral syndrome or post viral fatigue and can last for months after being struck down with a virus. The most common culprit being Epstein Barr Virus though other viruses can also create this type of fatigue.

 

How to treat it:

If you have have been suffering from the above symptoms for a few months and things aren’t improving there is a good chance that you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Adrenal Fatigue. Here at Capalaba Natural Health our award winning naturopath Tony Daniel specialises in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. We can do a complete naturopathic assessment and test for all of the causes of fatigue and advise you which ones are driving your fatigue and then put together a natural health plan to correct any imbalances found.

It’s Tony’s belief that everyone should have 8/10 energy levels and strives to achieve this for his clients. If you would like to book an appointment with Tony then call the clinic today on 3823 3103 or click here for more information on treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

A guide to working from home – Part 2

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For Part 2 of our ‘A guide to Working from Home’ we will talk about weight loss, weight management and stress management. It is really easy to gain weight while working from home as you are out of your normal routines and able to go to the cupboard to get food whenever you like. You can also become more sedentary with gyms being closed and feelings of laziness and complacency. Feeling stressed and anxious can play a big role in gaining weight too as you may be comfort eating, pushing down emotions with food or eating out of boredom. Here are some tips to keep to you on the right track for your weight loss and weight management so that you can come out the other side of this fitter and healthier than ever before!

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A guide to working from home – Part 1

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As companies and businesses around the world are shifting to working from home, this will be the first time for many people who have never worked from home before. This will be challenging as existing routines and habits get thrown out of balance and can create pressure for yourself, your family and the people you work with.

We have put together a 3 Part series to help you with this transition to home based working.

Poor working from home practices and habits can lead to feelings of isolation, burnout and overload. It can easily cause blurred lines between work and home and can lead to feelings of guilt if you know that you are getting emails or phone calls out of work hours and aren’t responding to them. It can also reduce focus and productivity and can have an impact on our health and fitness. Work and personal relationships can also be negatively impacted leading to feelings of anxiety and depression. Read More

Important information about Corona Virus

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With the Corona Virus currently impacting Australia and the Rest of the World I wanted to let you know that here at Capalaba Natural Health we are following the advice from the Department of Health in terms of safely and hygiene plus applying our own Natural Health Knowledge. We want to reassure you that we are committed to a safe and healthy environment for everyone entering the clinic and have taken the following safety measures:

– Disinfecting / cleaning of rooms, equipment and surfaces daily
–  Ensuring staff and clients are washing hands regularly
– Providing hand sanitisation
– An Anti viral / Anti bacterial essential oil blend is also being diffused within the clinic.

We want to continue helping support you with your health and weight loss journey and see no need for cancelling appointments unless you have:

1. Recently returned from overseas AND have respiratory symptoms (including fever, sore throat and a cough)

2. Been in close contact with someone confirmed to have Corona Virus

We are offering Naturopathic and Weight Loss phone consultations too if you prefer or are self isolated.

As health is our main priority we would like to remind all our clients that if you are experiencing flu like symptoms e.g. temperature/fevers, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing or cough that you call the clinic and book in for a phone consultation so that we can still assist you rather than coming in to the clinic.

If you are in need of supplements we are able to post them out to you. Immune boosting herbs like Super Mushroom Complex or Andro NK  are a great addition to a healthy diet right now along with Zinc, Vit C and Probiotics.

Should you have a cough or cold we can make up liquid herbs to support you.

Our Kinesiologist Sinead is continuing to treat clients but she is also offering distance healing too.

Prevention is always better than cure so please ensure that you are taking all the necessary measures to avoid getting sick and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support through these stressful times as we all try to navigate this new territory the best way we can.

Take Care

Tony
Naturopath and Owner of Capalaba Natural Health.

6 Ways to boost your immune system

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With Corona Virus on the rise and the greater population starting to get nervous about what’s to come, you may be wondering what you can do to protect yourself. There are many things that you can do to help your body fight off any invaders. Boosting your immune system is the biggest and best way to do that! So here are six ways to boost your immune system.

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Dairy Free Alternatives

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Are you lactose or dairy intolerant? Do you suffer from cramping, bloating, gas, diarrhoea, skin rashes, hives, asthma? You quite possibly could be dairy or lactose intolerant. Around 65% of the population is dairy or lactose intolerant. When you think about it, it’s a little bit weird that humans drink milk from another species? I mean, would you honestly walk up to a cow and start sucking on it’s teet? Cow’s milk is designed for baby cows to drink so that they can grow up to be big cows. Just like human babies drink their mothers milk in the early stages of life. So why would we swap species? No wonder there are so many people with dairy or lactose intolerances.  If you are unsure if dairy is an issue for you we can do a simple finger prick and find out. For more information click here. So let’s talk about some dairy free alternatives!

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Why am I feeling tired all the time? Could it be adrenal fatigue?

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Are you feeling tired and exhausted all the time? Do you think it’s just because of your busy lifestyle or stress? It may be more than you think. Although your hectic, demanding lifestyle may be the culprit, persistent tiredness may also be a symptom of Adrenal Fatigue.

 

Depleted adrenal glands leads to what is known as adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands are small, but they have a very big role, because they are responsible for managing stress and are important in maintaining our energy levels and motivation. The glands are an integral part of the endocrine system, and secrete hormones that manage a range of your body functions, including adrenaline. The adrenal glands can become depleted due to lack of sleep, excessive exercise, overwork, stress, chronic inflammation and taking care of everyone else first. When this happens, fatigue is often the result. Read More