One of the most important ways you can enjoy good health is to eat the best food. The best food actually differs from person to person, because it has to be the food that best suits and nourishes your unique body.
When your body is able to digest the right foods, it can absorb the nutrients it needs for your health, and it can easily eliminate what is left over. In this way, you can maintain good digestion, improve your digestion, or create the best environment for other treatments to help you.
Common Digestive System Disorders
- Food allergies
- Gas and bloating
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Leaky Gut Syndrome
- Reflux (GERD) and heartburn
- Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
- Stomach Ulcers
- Celiac Disease
- GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome)
Your skin is your interface with the world. It protects your body from infection, and helps keep you in a constant state of internal equilibrium regardless of what’s happening in the outside environment.
If you have a skin problem, we begin by searching for the fundamental causes of the problem. A skin problem might signal a deeper health problem.
Common Skin Problems and Disorders
- Fungal infections
- Cold sores
- Rosacea and flushing
- Premature ageing and wrinkling
Inflammation is the body’s natural defense mechanism. When our immune systems recognise that something is wrong or the body is being attacked in some way, they set to work to fix the problem. Chronic inflammation can be an indication that there is a medical condition that needs to be addressed. Pain, fever, fatigue, sores, or rashes can all indicate that inflammation is present in your body.
Some inflammatory conditions can be successfully treated by diet alone; others require additional intervention. Because every person is different, no one can offer general advice.
Some common inflammatory conditions:
- Arthritis: osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Hay Fever, Ashma, respiratory conditions and allergies
- Food allergies
- Upper respiratory infections, such as colds, flu, bronchitis, and ear infections
- Urinary tract, kidney infections
There can be multiple causes for anxiety, fatigue and insomnia, so it is unwise to try to self-diagnose with the help of friends or the Internet. It can be dangerous to try ‘cures’ at random without a full understanding of your condition.
Any underlying causes must be diagnosed before appropriate and successful treatment can be offered.
Some common conditions that may impact sleep and energy levels include:
- Adrenal fatigue or thyroid malfunction
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Severe stress
- Underlying physical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal or neurological disorders, or respiratory problems
- Life stress – financial, emotional, work
- Medication side effects
- Underlying illness such as glandular fever
Physical and mental changes, and the greater risk of disease that occur with ageing can be delayed by a healthy lifestyle that includes a good diet.
Ageing falls into two main categories: programmed and damage-related.
- Programmed ageing: related to the genetic programming that follows a ‘biological timetable’, similar to how growth and development occurs in childhood.
- Damage-related ageing: related to both internal and environmental damage, including lack of, and increasing inability to absorb, the nutrients required to maintain health and vitality.
- Oxidative stress and worry are major causes of premature ageing.
- Stress is a significant cause of premature ageing. You cannot reduce the impact of ageing while you are under stress.
An appropriate nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle can help to slow the ageing process and maintain good health into advanced years.
Many plants and foods have excellent anti-ageing properties, and they can also have a positive effect on mood and brain function.
Gotu kola is also known as Asiatic pennywort. It has been a powerful component in traditional medicines for thousands of years. It is used to:
- Help lower inflammation in the body
- Improve long-term memory
- Improve healing
- Help prevent hair loss
- Help increase collagen production, which has a positive effect on skin, hair, blood vessels
- Act as a calmative, to reduce stress and anxiety, and help with good sleep patterns
Amy was born in Kenya, where she spent the first half of her life. Her adult life has been spent in her adopted country, Australia. She has a special affinity for her blended life, and it has informed her passion for health and her approach to natural therapies.