health-news

Sugar - How sweet it isn't

 


 

If you're reading this, you have likely emerged from your Easter sugar coma. Congratulations! 


Unfortunately, those tasty little nuggets of rabbity goodness have some pretty shocking implications to your overall health and wellbeing.  We have known for many decades how excess sugar negatively affects organs like the pancreas and that it is the main culprit in creating metabolic disorders like diabetes and obesity, but scientists the world over are taking a closer look at how excess sugar intake can contribute to cancerous states and have a severe, negative impact on your overall health. 

As always, moderation is the best policy.  Follow the link for more details on how sugar feeds cancer:

 

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130201100149.htm

Chia: The Amazing Superfood!

 


Sustaining a healthy lifestyle is often a challenging feat. Since most convenience foods seem to typify the antithesis of health, extra effort is required to strategically map out nutritionally-rich preparations that fit within our busy lifestyles.

 

Seeking out nutritionally-dense ‘superfoods’ aids in simplifying the quest towards optimum health. It alleviates some of the strain involved in trying to consume considerable amounts of salubrious nourishment, often not readily available on-the-go.

 

One such ‘superfood’ is the Chia seed, which packs a punch so strong that it is virtually unmatched in its nutritional profile.

Chia (salvia hispanica L) is a tiny little seed that is packed full of goodness! It is a gluten free wholegrain, in fact, the only wholegrain that you can eat raw, exactly as it comes from the plant. It looks much like a poppy seed, and comes in black & white. Despite the colour variations, they are nutritionally very similar.

 

Chia seeds are a natural source of Essential Fatty Acids (Omega 3 & 6), soluble and insoluble fibre, antioxidants, protein & essential minerals (calcium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper and potassium) as well as vitamins A, B & E.

Rarely for a vegetarian source of protein, the Chia seed is complete with all 8 essential amino acids. They are also a great source of antioxidants, assisting in the proper function of bodily organs and tissues and protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease through the removal of damaging free radicals.

                 

Difficulty maintaining bowel regularity? Chia is known for its easy digestibility. Each seed is coated with soluble fibre, which aids in the gelling action, maintaining healthy digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

Absorbing more than seven times its weight when placed in water, Chia seeds form a gel that, when eaten, produces a physical barrier between carbohydrates and digestive enzymes in the stomach. This process effectively aids in the regulation of blood sugar levels.

The exterior of the seed is protected by insoluble fibre, which helps keep food moving smoothly through the digestive process.

 

How do I use Chia?

 

When including Chia seeds in your diet remember that EFA’s (Essential Fatty Acids) are destroyed by heat.  Many of the other health benefits will remain once heated but the EFA’s are gone. For the optimum health benefits of Chia - RAW is best.

Luckily, Chia seeds generally do not have a taste and when mixed with other foods , it does not change the flavour at all.

Chia seeds can be found at good quality health food shops. Here are some easy ways to incorporate Chia seeds into your diet.

 

  • § Mix in through yoghurt
  • § Sprinkle it on salads
  • § Stir it through juice
  • § Add it to your cereal
  • § Add it to icecream
  • § Add it to a fruit salad
  • § Put a tablespoon in a smoothie
  • § Sprinkle it on top of the icing of a cake

So what are you waiting for ?  Get your "Chia Head" on and go get some!


Are You a Couch Potato?

 


Couch Potato Lifestyle Conservatively Estimated to Kill 5 Million People Per Year

 

The medical journal The Lancet has just published a study exposing the estimated death toll of being a couch potato.  Unsurprisingly, the sedentary lifestyle typical of many developed nations has been found to be only marginally less harmful than smoking.  


Conservative estimates of deaths attributed to a lack of physical activity come in around 5 million per year, worldwide. 


The statistics are worrying for individuals aged 15 and over, with around 1/3 not getting the recommended amount of exercise (about 2.5 hours per week), while a shocking 80% of children aged 13-15 fail to meet these specifications.  


Have a look at the ABC's article summarizing the findings at this link:


 http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-07-18/inactivity-kills-5m-per-year/4137902 


and then get out from behind your computer and MOVE!

 

Wiggling to Wellness

 



 




For Anthony Field, better known as the "Blue Wiggle", entertaining and teaching children is his passion. That's why Field – and the entire Wiggles group – turned to chiropractic care as a way to improve their health and keep doing what they love to do.

 

Eight years ago, Anthony Field was smiling in front of the cameras and the crowds, but grimacing in pain backstage. "I was more of a wobble," Field said. "I would go backstage during a show because my back was hurting so much, my knees also hurt and I had a bad neck. It was always the same; I would miss a couple of songs then go back on."

 

In those days, Field, now 48, was also overweight and taking daily Valium and anti-inflammatory drugs for pain to get through the day. He said he was depressed and lost. "I was eating poorly and I was slouching and not strengthening my core, and my back gave way and I got into a terrible cycle of pain. I didn't know any better until chiropractors came into my life," said Field. Fortunately, Field has never had to return to this low point in his life, thanks to a friend's tip about trying chiropractic.

 

"When I first starting seeing a chiropractor, it was mainly to get me out of pain. I thought, I am just going to go and get myself out of pain ... that's what I thought it was all about," Field said. "Later on, I realised they [chiropractors] can help rebuild you into a million dollar man. That's what I feel like now."

 

“The chiropractors I have met have really helped me. If you listen to them, they have a real way of helping you unlock the secrets of helping your body heal itself, and not relying on drugs to do it. It took me a couple of years to learn where they were coming from."  

Field said that these days, because he has reached an optimum level of health through chiropractic, he only receives chiropractic care for maintenance. "I see the chiro less than I used to because I am so much healthier and stronger. I go about once a month, I used to go three to four times a week when I first started getting treatments."

 

"In the last eight years I have undergone a real transformation. I have gone from not being able to pick up my little babies because my back was hurting so much, to being pain free and totally drug free – no pain tablets and stuff like that. Just leading a very healthy life," Field said.

 

Field has released an autobiography that delves into the details of his path to wellness: How I Got My Wiggle Back. The book, he said, is his tribute to chiropractic for saving his life from a downward spiral. "I feel like I can tell my story to teach people who have gone down the conventional path and I can say, 'There is another way of getting there,'" said Field. "It's not a path you hear [about] as much, day to day; I think people should know it's always best to go the natural way."

 

Field said he credits chiropractic care with helping him look forward to a sunny future. "The reason I am evangelistic about it (chiropractic) is because I feel so grateful and so thankful that chiropractors have taught me another way to live - healthily," Field said.

Grass-fed vs Grain-fed

grass fed_cattle 3                                                  grain fed_cattle 2

                           

 

                  Grass-fed                                   vs                                   Grain-fed


There are many differences between meat and animal products produced from animals fed a grain diet as opposed to a grass diet. One of the most important differences is in the ratio of Omega fatty acids.

The fatty acid composition of all cell membranes in humans is to a great extent dependent on dietary intake.


Not only are these fatty acids important to human health, they are necessary in the right proportions. Two essential fatty acids are the omega-6 and the omega-3 fatty acids.

Omega 3 plays an important role in maintaining a healthy heart, supple and flexible joints, healthy growth and strong bones and teeth.


The recommended ratio of omega-6 fatty acids to omega-3 fatty acids should be less than 4:1.


Grain-fed beef can have ratios that exceed 20:1 ratio, whereas grass-fed beef has a ratio of around 3:1.


Grass-fed products are rich in all the fats now proven to be health-enhancing, but low in the fats that have been linked to ill-health and disease. (1)


This imbalance of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids is also common in poultry and egg production as well. (2)


North Dakota University research showed similar results for bison. The grass-fed bison had omega 6 to omega 3 ratios of 4:1, and the grain-fed bison had ratios of 21:1. (3)


Organic milk has up to 71 percent more omega 3 than non-organic milk, according to a recent study by the University of Aberdeen. (4 )


These are important issues to remember when choosing organic/free range food versus food from mass farming practices.


The choices we make today affect our health tomorrow. Choose wisely…

 

References
(1)Australian Organic Food Directory Website

(2) H.D. Karsten, P.H. Patterson, R. Stout and G. Crews (2010). Vitamins A, E and fatty acid composition of the eggs of caged hens and pastured hens.

 (3) Marchello, Martin, "Nutrient Composition of Grass- and Grain-Finished Bison" (2001). Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences. Paper 544.


(4) Dewhurst R J, Fisher W J, Tweed J K S and Wilkins R J (2003). Comparison of grass and legume silages for milk production. 1. Production responses with different levels of concentrate. Journal of Dairy Science (volume 86 pages 2598-2611)