Exercise is Medicine

I usually talk about how food is medicine – but it’s not the only factor in being healthy – or getting healthy for that matter.  Exercise improves immune function, mental health, sleep quality, blood pressure, helps prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, depression and osteoporosis, and increases your lifespan.  It’s at #5 on the list of factors causing mortality (death), behind diet at #1 and smoking at #2, but #5 is still worth giving some focus to.

Four Essentials to Managing Stress

Ever since Hans Selye published his book, The Stress of Life, in 1956, the word ‘stress’ has become a common word.  Selye, an endocrinologist, described stress as the physiological response of animals to a change in environment.  He knew that stress affected our bodies – it brought about actual physiological changes.  If not brought under control, this change can negatively affect our general health.

In this post are four practical things we can do to manage stress.

Four Ways to Calm Inflammation Down

This is Part Two of my inflammation posts.  Part One describes how inflammation is the intelligent, self-healing  response of the body to some sort of injury.  And how stopping the inflammatory response altogether with drugs is ultimately damaging for other organs.

This second post describes your options (other than drugs) to calm inflammation.

Skin Conditions. What is your body trying to tell you?

Recently I had the privilege of attending a two day workshop by Karen Fischer, Australian nutritionist and author of The Eczema Diet, and several other books on skin health. Skin conditions are one of the most complicated conditions to improve.  Having devoured three of Karen’s books, I was full of anticipation for this workshop.

Many of Karen’s clients are people who have tried everything, seen multiple doctors and specialists, tried all sorts of alternate pathways to healing, and still have unresolved skin issues that are often debilitating, painful and embarrassing.  Karen’s amazing success with so many difficult cases over the past ten years has earned her worldwide acclaim.  Many would have seen her on the Today Show.

Here’s a (very) brief summary of how I processed the workshop information.

Inflammatory Diseases – What is your body trying to tell you?

What is an inflammatory disease?  If you have arthritis, or cancer, or heart disease, if you suffer from gout or Type 2 diabetes or an inflammatory bowel disease – you have an inflammatory disease.  However, and inflammatory disease is not inflammation – it is the inflammation process gone awry.

Inflammation is actually part of the body’s repair process.  It designed to stop infection from occurring. Then when it has stopped this, it halts the inflammation.  Having an inflammatory disease is a message from the body that you are not giving it the right inputs to stop the inflammation.  There is no rogue disease – only a body crying out to be given what it needs to control its own processes.

Issues with Oestrogens in Milk

If you were deciding to improve your health and you knew that animal foods were not as healthy as plant foods, which would you give up first? Milk and dairy or meat?

All the vegetarians in the world have chosen ‘meat’ to give up – and research shows that this certainly improves health in many areas and leads to living a few years longer.

The better choice, however, would be ‘milk and dairy foods’ .

Removing dairy foods while leaving in a couple of serves of meat a week will lead to even more health benefits than giving up meat but continuing with daily serves of milk and dairy.  This article looks at just the oestrogen factor in cow’s milk and a few reasons why it is so detrimental to human health.

Why we need anti-oxidants

Anti-oxidants are one of the best reasons to eat more plant foods.  If everyone knew what powers they had, the government would never need to encourage us to eat 2 pieces of fruit a day and 5 serves of vegetables – we’d eat WAY more than that without anyone saying anything!

So what are anti-oxidants, and what do they do?  Read on and find out!

Acne – Preventable and Reversible

Acne is the most common skin condition in Australia.

Up to 85% of Australians will develop acne in their life, and 5% will have severe acne.  Nearly 50% of men and women will experience acne into their thirties. Severe acne affects relationships and a person’s sense of self, and can lead to anxiety and depression.

Acne is a skin disease caused by diet.  Some people are more predisposed to it than others, but by changing your diet, you will be able to bring an end to it.  This post tells you how.