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Take care of your body……….it’s the most amazing thing you will ever own.

Ever come across the expression ‘GIGO’ ? (garbage in….garbage out) It originated with computers but the same wisdom applies to your body. If you continue to put in garbage, in the form of poor quality food and liquid, then your body will absorb that garbage. The consequences will be poor health and feeling rotten in some way.  Any part of your body could cease to function or slow down. If you’re lucky you may just become overweight or develop a scrawny undernourished appearance. If you are not so lucky you could develop a whole raft of more serious problems from digestive disorders to renal failure or even cancer. Either way, you will lack the energy and vitality that will enable you to enjoy a full and active life.

It’s your choice. We’ve made ours and we can help you make fundamental differences in your life. Visit us regularly for the latest knowledge plus hints and tips on how you can make your body the healthiest it’s ever been. Visit our Store to buy healthy natural food and supplements to help you on your journey.

 

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Natural Remedies

Why Use Natural Remedies?

 

Because natural remedies are……. natural.

Most prescribed medicines are synthetic and include man-made substances and compounds that are bad for the human body. Pumping more artificial chemicals into the body is not healthy.

Eating healthily has become a real challenge for many people in western societies. We are confronted by supermarkets full of processed food that contains artificial ingredients in addition to excessive amounts of sugar, salt and fat. The post-WWII rise in obesity and illness is directly linked to poor dietary choices.

The default solution of the modern health system is to put even more processed ingredients into the body in the form of pills and potions manufactured in the vast chemistry laboratories of the major pharmaceutical companies of the world. Eating processed food and processed medicine doesn’t seem to be working therefore increasing numbers of people are ‘going natural’.

Natural remedies are..…….…healthy.

They are mostly made from freely available plants or herbs and have completely natural ingredients, most of which are beneficial to the human body.

Natural remedies are………….easier to obtain than prescription medicine.

It’s not necessary to visit a doctor for an examination prior to getting a solution. Just visit your local health store or buy online through the internet and have it delivered to your door.

Natural remedies are…………. more affordable than prescribed medicines.

The costs involved in research, testing, production, clinical trials, bureaucracy, government approval, distribution and marketing are vast….and then there’s the profit made by the pharmaceutical giants and the bonuses and shareholder dividends. Is it any wonder prescribed medicines are so expensive? Most natural remedies are made from spontaneously growing flora and fauna and also don’t have the bureaucratic burden of approval and licensing to follow before being made available for purchase.

Natural remedies are………… safer and rarely have any unwanted side effects on people.

Benefits of natural remedies include
• More energy
• Less tiredness
• Better quality sleep
• Stabilised hormones and metabolism
• Strengthened immune system

Combined with a healthy dietary regime, natural remedies have a swift and long-lasting positive effect on human health.

Natural remedies …………..….have been used by people for thousands of years. All of the great ancient civilisations (Chinese, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Inca, Mayan and the many original tribes of the Amazon rainforest) used medicines that were based on plants and herbs.

Can natural remedies have side effects? Side effects from natural medicines do happen but are rare and usually mild as dosage strength is often much lower than synthetic solutions. However, some natural medicines do produce adverse reactions particularly if mixed with conventional medicine. It is always wise to check with a doctor before taking a natural cure if you have been taking prescribed medication recently.

Anybody could have an allergic reaction to any substance they come into contact with.

Much more is known about allergies now than 30 years ago. Common allergies include gluten, lactose, nuts, dairy, pollen, asthma, eczema. Allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
Less than 4% of adults have some form of food allergy (WebMD; https://www.webmd.com/allergies/allergy-statistics)

It is always possible that a natural remedy could produce an adverse reaction though reported instances seem to be very low.

Treatments based on natural substances are becoming increasingly popular as more people realise that they can make effective choices themselves to treat many ailments and conditions.

Natural remedies are ……………..….here to stay and will grow in popularity.

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vitamins

Surely We Get Enough Vitamins?

 

Possibly but then, given the number of reports from knowledgeable health and medical organisations over the past forty years that state how poorly we eat, how many people are overweight together with the incidence of serious conditions such diabetes and heart disease, possibly not.

Humans need 3 things to survive – oxygen, water and food.  We’ll take the need for oxygen as a given and we can all remember the answer to the question about whether we die from lack of water or food first. The food we eat contains a range of nutrients that the body needs to grow and to maintain basic functions; water also contains these. 

What we eat and digest produces the various proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals that the various parts of our body require to keep going.  

Most of us were taught this at school but we forget and let’s be honest here…………the last thing you think about when eating a slice of cake or a bar of chocolate is ‘what nutrients am I getting from this?’ 

Proteins are needed to create new cells and repair old ones. They create hormones and enzymes that keep your immune system working. If you don’t have enough protein, your body takes longer to recover from illness. Carbohydrates give us energy.  Fats? Yes, you do need them.   Fats give your body the fatty acids it needs to grow and to produce new cells and hormones. Fat also helps some vitamins move through your body. Vitamins and minerals are needed to keep your bones strong, your vision clear and sharp and your skin, nails and hair healthy and glowing. Vitamins also help your body use energy from the food you eat. 

As we get older, the body gets less efficient at absorbing these from food and therefore produces fewer nutrients that help keep us healthy. 

All vital organs begin to lose some function during middle and late adulthood. Age-related changes occur in all the body’s cells, tissues and organs and these changes affect the functioning of all body systems. 

Our skin thins and becomes less elastic and more fragile and fatty tissue just below the skin decreases. You might notice that you bruise more easily. Decreased production of natural oils might make your skin drier. Wrinkles, age spots and small growths called skin tags are more common. 

These changes vary from person to person. Some people may have an inherited condition that makes things worse. Anyone who smokes risks making any of these conditions significantly worse. 

This is precisely why supplements are needed: to make up for the various deficiencies in our bodily functions as we get older.  

The challenge we face as individuals is – which supplement do I need and when should I start taking it? 

Unfortunately, we don’t notice something might be wrong until we develop pain or discomfort somewhere or we have less energy, or movement becomes slightly less easy than it was. When do we really start to notice these changes? Usually after the age of thirty and particularly after we turn 50. 

Most research about aches and pains in the body will reveal that slight declines become more noticeable after we turn 30. Don’t despair too much – 600 years ago relatively few people lived beyond 50. 

We are all different. Our DNA is unique. Differences in size, height, weight, inherited conditions, levels of activity, type of diet all affect how our bodies change and develop over time. Our lifestyle and habits very much determine what condition the various bits and pieces inside us are in.  Even if you have kept active and have always eaten a healthy and varied diet, it is still possible to develop a weakness in your body that requires additional vitamins or minerals to help rectify it.  

Two common conditions that become noticeable as we get older are rheumatism and arthritis; stiffness, aching joints and muscles, difficulty in doing things that we took for granted a few years earlier. If you aren’t affected, chances are you know someone who is. The causes are manyfold. However, poor diet is likely to be one of them. Your system needs some love, care and attention. Your diet has not been providing the essential minerals and vitamins it needed.  

Time to put that right. You can’t suddenly binge eat lots of good healthy food in the hope of putting things right quickly. The simplest and most effective way is to adjust your diet to remove the unhealthy things you have been eating and to improve it by taking the correct supplements that you have been lacking.  

How do you find out what is needed? 

Read health articles in newspapers and journals. 

Ask questions of friends and acquaintances. 

Google it. 

Visit a doctor. 

Spend some time on this website and read some of the suggestions in various articles. 

Or get tested. Here are some home tests you can do and send off to a lab for analysis and results.

Bioniq    https://www.bioniq.com/

Thriva    https://thriva.co/

 Lets Get Checked    https://www.letsgetchecked.com/

 

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wilted flower

Do We Need Supplements?

 

As our bodies age, we produce less of the natural substances that help maintain them in good condition. Absorption of the nutrients in the food we eat also becomes less efficient.

Think of this process like a flower: after initial growth from a seed or bulb, it blossoms into full bloom. The stem, leaves and petals absorb sunlight plus goodness from the soil, maintain their strength and appearance, and remain looking strong and healthy for a while before starting to fade and wilt. Eventually, they wither and die. Extra nutrients can be poured into the soil to promote growth and to prolong the life of the flower, but the life-death process will continue to its natural end.

Humans have a different life span from flowers and live much longer, but the gradual decline after a certain age is similar.

Just as flowers can be encouraged to grow and have their life in bloom extended by the addition of specific nutrients (think organic waste and fertilisers such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) so humans can make themselves healthier and prolong their lives by adding nutrients to their diet.

As we get older, we don’t absorb nutrients as well as we once did. The decline commences at about the age of 30 and becomes more noticeable after the age of 50.  This applies to everyone, even those people who have a reasonably nutritious diet and are in good health. For people who have an underlying health condition, either inherited or self-inflicted, the decline in the body’s ability to absorb nutrients efficiently will start much earlier.

This progression is perfectly normal and may not be a problem for some people. However, the majority of people over 50 start to notice small changes like drier skin, wrinkles, less energy, increased tiredness, aching muscles and stiff joints. If this sounds like you ……..it’s time to add some supplements to your diet.

Which supplements do you need? That’s not an easy question to answer, as people have different requirements. Think about the changes you have started to notice, then research which supplements are good for that condition.

Here are some simple guidelines that might help you.

If you are unsure which supplements to choose, then those shown below are very common and will make a good starting point.

Common nutrients lacking in our body as we get older: calcium, collagen, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, Vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, dietary fibre.    Vegetarians are known to be at risk of Vitamin B12 deficiency. Vegans often lack calcium, iron and Vitamin B12.

If you have dairy allergies you may need extra Vitamin D and calcium supplements. Talk to your dietician or health professional/doctor.

Magnesium is essential for multiple processes within the body and is essential for your immune system.  Absorption decreases noticeably with age. Fill your plate with as many unprocessed foods as possible, including fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, beans and seeds, all of which are great sources of magnesium.

Potassium is another crucial nutrient needed by the body. Getting the balance correct is critical here: too much (hyperkalaemia) can cause heart and muscle problems, yet potassium is a vital electrolyte your body needs for nerves and muscles, including the heart, to function normally. Low potassium levels (hypokalaemia) can cause heart rhythm problems. It can also cause fatigue, weakness, muscle cramps, and constipation. You must talk to your health professional before deciding whether to take a potassium supplement. You may not require one because controlling potassium intake is relatively easy ….. eat plenty of fruit and veg as these are the richest sources of potassium; bananas, prunes, plums, and potatoes with their skin are particularly rich in potassium.

Good sources of vitamin B12 are fish, meat, poultry, eggs, milk  and milk products.

Being anaemic means a lack of iron in your body. Again, you should consult an experienced dietician or other health professional before bombarding yourself with iron supplements. Folic acid / folate levels can be increased simply by eating more fruit & veg.

A lack of calcium means you are at increased risk of bone weaknesses and fractures. Bone injuries will require a much longer time to heal. Many people take a daily calcium supplement to counteract this weakness; because absorption rates are slow and it takes time to build up calcium levels, it is better to start calcium supplements early, once you turn fifty. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium.

Collagen is a protein and is found in our bones, tendons, ligaments and skin.

“Isn’t collagen what celebrities take to retain their youthful looks?”, you often read in social media posts. Possibly. Collagen is vital to all of us because it is a fundamental building block within the largest single organ of our bodies – skin.

Collagen makes up 75 % of the skin’s support structure¹. “Think of collagen as the frame of your mattress; it gives [your skin] structure and support,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, the Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. To continue with the mattress analogy, the springs are elastic fibres and the stuffing is hyaluronic acid, he says.

Omega-3 fats  are unsaturated fats and can bring a wide range of benefits to our bodies. They are found in fish such as salmon, tuna, sardines and mackerel. Vegetable sources of omega 3 include soybeans, walnuts, flaxseed, and canola oil.

Water might not seem like an essential vitamin or mineral, but it is crucial for good health. With age, sense of thirst may decline. Certain medicines increase the risk of becoming dehydrated.

Vitamin B: there are several types that have different effects, but all help to derive energy from food and help our skin, eyes and nervous system stay healthy. They also help produce red blood cells, which we need to avoid anemia.  After the age of 50, the body does not absorb vitamin B12 so well therefore many doctors will advise people to supplement their diet with this important vitamin.

Vitamin C: high-dose vitamin C supplements have become a popular way to ward off colds.  Whilst it’s true that vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps to fight disease and infections and aids healing, eating plenty of fruit and vegetables should help you to get all that you need. If you don’t eat the recommended ‘5-a-day,’ taking a vitamin C supplement daily would be a good idea.

Dietary fibre comes from fruit and vegetables, which are the best source.

Unfortunately, many people cannot (or will not) eat vegetables. They find them difficult to digest or they find them uninteresting and bland – I hated brussels sprouts as a kid and still do. Taking a supplement containing fibre will help here.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics estimates that only 5% of people have enough fibrous substance in their diet. There are supplements that add dietary fibre benefits to your digestive system; here are some of them Inulin, Psyllium, FiberWell sugar-free gummies, Love Thy Gut; (they are available in the NHRS Store).

Staying hydrated is essential – it helps digestion and aids the absorption of any nutrients into the body. If taking any dietary supplements, drinking plenty of water is important.  You should increase this slightly if you take any dietary fibre supplements.

Please remember – these are not drugs or medicines and do not contain some fast-acting ingredient that will make you feel completely better in a few hours.  You are trying to re-educate your system by increasing the intake and digestion of those important nutrients that your body is lacking.

Just as crash diets don’t work for losing weight, so a crash course in supplements will not have a sudden positive effect. It takes time for any nutrients to have a long-term effect. Supplements are the same; they need to be taken regularly over a long period of time. Increasing the intake of specific vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that you are lacking needs to be a slow and continuous process that is sustained over a period of years, not weeks.

All things considered, it seems that adding extra vitamins and nutrients to your diet is a sensible activity to do, particularly if you are over fifty.

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