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Perimenopause - The great rollercoaster

Did you know that the symptoms many media, doctors, and most women commonly refer to as ‘Menopause’ are in fact those of Perimenopause?   So let’s get our terms straight. Menopause is the life phase that happens 12 months after your last period, and is usually when symptoms such as night sweats and insomnia will settle down.  It’s a time of low oestrogen and you should expect to be symptom free and happy during this period.  The average age of menopause in Australia and New Zealand is 51 Perimenopause on the other hand is the 10 or more years leading up to menopause.  It’s this time of much change in a woman’s body and can bring on all sorts of unpleasant...

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Pomegranate as ‘Art-ery’ Therapy

I find it interesting when I look at fruit, or slice it open. It's often remarkably like the internal body tissue it’s primed to support.  Is it not nature’s clever way of directing the traffic?  Omega 3s for example, which are known for their support of mental health are found in abundance in walnuts, which looks just like a brain. When I cut open a pomegranate I observe luscious drops of red pearls in two distinct chambers, separated by a soft, furry pith reminding me of little drops of blood moving around the left and right chambers of the heart.  It should be no great wonder then that research has identified that the simple pomegranate has an effective artery-clearing action...

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Silent Inflammation

Q? What do heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autoimmune disease, gastritis, fibrosis, rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, arthritis, dermatitis, depression, ADD, dyslexia, schizophrenia and an army of diseases ending in the suffix, “itis”, have in common? A. Inflammation.   We need inflammation to survive. It’s the body’s response to trauma and injury to help repair itself. Without inflammation, infections would go unchecked and wounds would never heal. It is however when inflammation does not resolve the problem that it becomes a longer term issue. Acute inflammation occurs in response to an infection or injury. It is a life-saving process and generally short-lived and localised.  It resolves when the body removes the damaged cells and replaces them with...

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Are your adrenals under ambush?

The human body is exquisitely clever.  We possess intricate mechanisms to cope with all sorts of regular or irregular situations. We don’t instruct our body to run any particular program, it intuitively knows which one to select depending on the coding received from our senses.   During times of stress – a number of areas of the brain receive a call to action.  In the first instance, the amygdala, the area of the brain that can process emotional signals, sends out a distress call to our command centre, the hypothalmus.  The hypothalmus is the part of the brain that generates a fight or flight response.  It determines the size of the lion, whether to run or stay still, or the...

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Natural remedies for pain relief

Chronic or acute pain is one of life’s most frustrating and limiting problems. Many people are faced with limited options like long term pain medications, surgery and rehabilitation often with little hope for a pain free life. There are many natural supplements which may help with the reduction of pain and inflammation.  But first, you need to know what the problem is.  Once you know what the cause is, you can look into all things that would help, which may include physical therapy, exercise, and diet changes, as well as anti-inflammatory supplements. Natural anti-inflammatories may relieve inflammation and thereby reduce pain, help to reduce symptoms, improve daily function and allow you to go about your day-to-day activities.  They may even...

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