Health concerns???

What are you worried about? Sleep, Stress, Energy, Cancer, Auto Immune disease, acne, eczema, digestive, liver, psoriasis or dermatitis, weight problems. You name it, this page is for your concerns, I will post as many articles here relating to your general concerns.

On this page are different health areas.

Article 1. A good place would be to have a consultation, to learn more about what I do http://www.agelessvitality.com.au/2012/consultations/

Thyroid imbalances

Article 2. Do you have a Thryoid imbalance? Weight gain, irritability, drob in libido and feeling like you are ageing faster than you should, then you need to get your thyroid checked. Now, before you tell me, ” I have done that”, make sure that it is has been thoroughly checked, with some of the following suggestions.

  1. Blood test to check Reverse T3, T4 and Tsh ( generally ony Tsh is checked)
  2. Have your iodine levels checked.
  3. Maybe you could need an ultrasound, especially if you are having trouble swallowing , or you feel a change in your thyroid area.
  4. If you have found a change in the thyroid area, it could be because you know how to do a neck examination on yourself. If you don’t email me and I will send you what you need to do.

It is important to know that if your body is gaining weight, it may because you are not absorbing your food, thereby you could be malnourished…..even though you are eating 3 good meals per day. If your thyroid does not get specific nutrients, especially iodine, it will struggle and then if there is an underlying food intolerance it will bring on further difficulties. If you would like more information on your thyroid, check out my “Talk” page, as I frequently present talk on the subject. If I am not presenting one near you, let me know and I can look into it in the future. A recent blog on Thyroid is http://www.agelessvitality.com.au/2012/thyroid-health/

Understanding Cholesterol

Do you really know what cholesterol does in your body? I believe there is a great deal of confusion around the topic of cholesterol and many seem to believe they need to get it as low as it can. However like everything in nature there is a need for balance as it has been shown those with low levels of cholesterol are more vulnerable to hormonal imbalances, depression and mood disorders and many chronic health diseases.

Firstly, I feel the need to discuss what cholesterol does in the body and then to understand why your cholesterol may be high and address the cause rather than the symptoms.

The many roles of cholesterol are ( these are extremely abbreviated explanations) :

  1. Cell membrane function- give each and every cell its integrity and stability
  2. Synthesis of steroid hormones- the sex hormones oestrogen, progesterone, DHEA and testosterone are made out of cholesterol.
  3. Synthesis of adrenal hormones- When we are under stress our bodies will manufacture a great deal more cholesterol.
  4. Bile production- 80% of the cholesterol in our body is used by the liver to product bile salts.
  5. Vitamin D synthesis- Sunlight hitting our skin convert cholesterol into Vitamin D, which is needed to keep our bones strong.
  6. Skin protection- Provides healing of scars and prevent dehydration mood and well being.
  7. Myelin sheath formation- A healthy myelin sheath is needed for good concentration and memory.
  8. Antioxidant function- Cholesterol assists with the transport of fat soluble antioxidants around the body, such as Vitamin A, E and several antioxidant enzymes.

As you can see cholesterol performs a wide range of tasks in the body. What I would be suggesting is reviewing your life style habits and have an honest look at how you could be contributing to the need for more manufacture of cholesterol within your body. I believe the body is constantly communicating with us in signs and symptoms and if we do heed these warnings we are really only shooting the messenger and the body still has the problem.

There will be times in our lives where our body may have an increase need for cholesterol, for example during a hormonal change in life, such as Menopause for women and Andropause for men, also in times of stress or to an insufficient nutritional intake. It is vital to understand that you are aiming for a healthy range of cholesterol with a higher ratio of hdl : ldl, also checking your triglycerides, stress levels and liver function are a starting point. Communication with your health care practitioner is vital and of course, medication may be necessary, however understanding your body by balancing hormones, incorporating more plant based foods, exercise and the reduction of stress will play a huge role, aiming for the reduction on your reliance for any medication.

There is a great deal you can do to assist the manufacture of a healthy cholesterol within your body thereby reducing the worry of heart disease. Like everything in life, it is always best to make your decisions based on the best information available at the time, sometimes we need to ask different questions to sometimes different people. If you always do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got, if you wish a different outcome for your health, you may need to have a different perspective on your role. You only have one life, so you want to live it with absolute passion and vitality….don’t you?

We now have an understanding of the role of cholesterol, however with the heavy concern about cholesterol have we forgotten or misplaced the real concern…..that is of the heart disease? It seems to me we are shooting the messenger as the real cause of raising cholesterol is an imbalance of blood sugars, inflammation, unbalanced hormones, the wrong fats, stress and consuming processed foods and insufficient movement of the body. Would I be wrong in suggesting that by just focusing on the reduction of cholesterol we may be still having these troubles in the body and since the symptom of high cholesterol is being reduced the call to action is now reduced also?

My suggestions would be:

  1. Address the inflammation, get your c- reactive protein and triglycerides checked. If these are high, then talking to someone about the possible causes would be valuable and work out a strategy to reduce them ( Part III I will be discussing supplements and nutrition ).
  2. Improve your liver function and if you have a fatty liver it is even more imperative that you reduce sugars in your diet. Taking a liver supplement to support good detoxification and metabolism and general function of the liver would be advisable. This will support a good balance of your healthy cholesterol.
  3. Reduce all processed and simple sugars, actually even better, get rid of them.
  4. Eliminate artificial sweeteners and fruit juice and soft drinks. These are viewed as simple sugars for the body and are increasing inflammation, raising blood sugar levels and increasing stress on your liver.
  5. Increase “greens” in your diet, this means lots of leafy vegetables and I would highly suggest green smoothies, including supplements like chlorella, spirulina, barley and wheat grass.
  6. Ensure your bowels are moving daily, you want to aim for at least one to two complete movements per day. When we have good formed bowel movements, it allows for proper elimination of toxins and reducing any re- absorption via the bowel wall. This will reduce toxins entering the blood stream, thereby causing excessive work for the liver.
  7. Eat healthy fats, i.e. avocado, activated nuts, olive oil(not heated) wild caught salmon or tuna, coconut oil, organic grass fed butter and meats. If your body is receiving good healthy fats to assist with a healthy membrane, protection, etc. it will not have to produce the cholesterol from unhealthy fats.
  8. Increase your intake of coloured vegetables and fruits, thereby allowing more antioxidants into your blood stream, preventing oxidation of bad fats and cholesterol.
  9. Reduce or manage your stress. This may seem a hard task, but it is vital, as stress has a negative effect on the body and often leads to excess consumption of unhealthy foods and drinks. Stress has a huge impact on the heart, watch the words you say, or others may say about you, like “you take that to heart” , “heart- broken”, “cold hearted” or even “faint hearted”
  10. Eliminate or reduce alcohol, especially mixed drinks. An occasional good wine with dinner is good for the constitution rather than a negative for most people.
  11. If not already exercising, then start, even a quick walk will assist. Get some fresh air in your lungs and a different perspective.
  12. There are excellent books on the truth about cholesterol, email me or check out my shop on the site for my choices.

Another great article on Cholesterol, assisting you to get the facts on this vital substance for a healthy body. http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2013/February/Forget-Cholesterol-Inflammations-the-Real-Enemy/

Cancer

Here is an article on looking at cancer as a form of messenger and changing the view of the need to “fight” it

Cancer- is it time for another point of view?