Now that Australia has been labelled "The Fattest Nation on Earth" we need to seriously look at Metabolic Syndrome and what that means for us and our long-term health. This syndrome is where pre-diabetes / diabetes (or poor blood glucose management and metabolism) and the onset of cardiovascular disease can affect you at the same time. It can be a slippery slope to really poor health if it is not addressed and corrected using the best nutrition and lifestyle management. Metabolic syndrome can affect our children too, not just adults, and this is where it becomes very worrying. You or your loved ones may have this syndrome or be at high risk if you have:
As men move into their fifties and beyond, their testosterone (male hormone) levels can drop and their oestrogen (female hormones) may rise. This leads to what we know as the "grumpy old man syndrome". Living with a male with this syndrome can make many women feel far from affectionate as they deal with the moodiness, weight gain and increased snoring. Do not despair, there is help at hand! Much can be done through diet, lifestyle and supplemented nutrients and herbs that can make a huge difference to male hormone balance.
Some of the symptoms you might have if you have decreased testosterone include:
Following a cellular health analysis (CHA - body composition) test with me, you will receive a report which graphs your body fat, muscle mass, cellular health, toxicity, fluid retention, your energy production capability and your biological age. The report also tells your "fat distribution index" which is based on your waistline measurement. If you are carrying a bit too much of a "tyre" around your waist, your fat distribution index may state "moderate" or "high" risk. The "risk" is of developing chronic disease such as heart disease or diabetes.
Q: I’m in my early 20s and get heaps of pimples on my back. I don’t want to take antibiotics – is there something natural that can help?
A: Herbs such as chaste tree, berberis and clivers (also known as cleavers) are excellent for treating acne. I may suggest tablets that contain these herbs, or a blended liquid herbal medicine. A liquid herbal mixture can also be made to apply topically to improve healing, and it’s also important that you get enough vitamin C and zinc, which are crucial for skin health. There are many factors that affect skin health and these are..
It's pretty easy to get carried away with the festive cheer and wonderful abundance of food. The trouble is that we sometimes pop on a few kilograms over the festive season and may not manage dropping it off again very well. Then what happens is a slow and steady increase in body fat that feels all of a sudden like it's come from nowhere.
Here are my top tips for managing the festive season so you and your waistline survive better than ever! Firstly, become more conscious of your eating rather than carrying on with unconscious eating habits. Then ...
Winter months with the grey cold days, shorter daylight hours, winds and rain can put a dampener on even the hardiest souls. So many of us reduce our exercise and increase our comfort eating and this may result in low mood and tighter clothes! It's so easy to want to hibernate and be less active. In fact, some people are genetically predisposed to gaining weight and feeling depressed over winter. Here are my top tips for preventing the winter blues ...
"My mission is to spread the word on eating well and living well to create vibrant good health. My passion is assisting my patients to feel the best they can, using a balanced, achievable and effective approach."