(30 November 2014)
Seafood: Sustainability Simplified.
Over 70% of the seafood we eat in Australia is imported. How to make informed decisions.
Only recently have more of us become aware of the declining population of our seafood. We are now wanting to know where it comes from, if it’s farmed – and in land or sea cages, or wild, what toxic additives have been used in the farming like artificial hormones, colourings, anti-biotics and where the feed is coming from. Do they require more wild fish to feed the farmed fish than they produce? Usually. We also want to know if a particular species has been overfished so we can avoid it, if it contains heavy metals, and in the age of the Internet we’re now looking for ‘apps’ to help us navigate this minefield of information. I think in the end many of us just want to know which seafood we should avoid, and which is somewhat ok to eat.
I have come to realise that whenever I am struggling with my health it’s because A. I am working too much or B. I am putting far too much stress on myself, for too long, or C. Both of the above. It’s never about what I’m eating – because that is divine, or a lack of sleep, because I am zzzzzz almost before I’m in bed, and I stay that way until I wake up in the morning, refreshed. I am mostly happy and always grateful for my life so it’s not malcontent making me sick – it’s bloody stress.
MTHFR Gene Mutation: Is gluten really the only problem? Could the toxic form of folic acid they add to our wheat in Australia be a problem also?
(Blog for October 2014)
Sometimes life throws a curveball at you, sometimes when you’re least expecting it. I wonder if this happens because subconsciously we were asking for an excuse to change something in our lives that isn’t working for us, or to look at something we’ve buried deep. The struggle can’t be for nothing, can it? The curveball can come in the form being of getting retrenched from your job, discovering your partner has been having an affair, someone close to you betrays you, or you or someone you love is sick. In my case it was the discovery of a gene mutation known as MTHFR, and at least 40-60% of us have it.
(Blog for October 2014)
Have you ever considered writing a letter to your younger self? ‘Imagine’…if you had the wisdom you have now back then. Here is mine. It’s kinda personal, but hey – we are all in this together.
My First Media Gig – Community Radio 2RES in Sydney, age 23.
Fresh mushrooms contain a powerful antioxidant called L-ergothioneine. Ergothioneine is found in both raw and cooked mushrooms. Portabella and crimini mushrooms have the most, followed by white button mushrooms. I’ll post pics of the different mushies throughout the week.0 Comments
Naturopath Janella Purcell’s Top Tips for Treating Arthritis Naturally
Arthritis affects 3.3 million Australians*, often having a detrimental impact on every day living. International Arthritis Day this Sunday, October 12 brings awareness to the condition, which symptoms may include inflamed joints, stiffness, disability and deformity.
While many sufferers rely on pharmaceutical medication to ease the pain, a NEW natural product is giving the 17.7% of women and 11.8% of men who have the condition new hope. Lifestream AstaJoint, with its four-ingredient, potent combination** of antioxidant superfood astaxanthin, vegetarian glucosamine, boswellia and flaxseed oil, delivers temporary relief of pain associated with osteoarthritis while also assisting with its management to increase joint mobility, reduce inflammation and swelling.
With a loyal following in New Zealand, where AstaJoint has been available since 2009, this popular vegetarian arthritis supplement is now available in Australia.
Naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist Janella Purcell recommends Lifestream AstaJoint and shares her expertise for managing and lessening the pain associated with arthritic conditions:
1. Alkalise Your Diet
There is so much food out there that we are only just starting to explore. This also means that we’ve been eating too much of the same food for far too long now. And it’s been mainly highly processed and refined food with a long shelf life that creates acidity. Acidity can increase the inflammation in joints creating pain and stiffness. Introduce sprouts, cereal grasses and sea veggies to bring your body into an alkaline state.
2. Take an All-Natural Supplement
Taking a vegetarian, all-natural supplement to help support the body to subside pain naturally is essential for fast relief. AstaJoint helps to maintain joint flexibility, mobility and function, while providing antioxidant protection against the damaging effects of free radicals.
3. Add in Turmeric
Turmeric is a wonderful spice to add into your daily life along with its cousin, ginger. Either grate them into your smoothie or add either or both to your casseroles, grains, soups or roast vegies – perhaps add some garlic for it’s strong medicinal qualities also.
4. Take Aloe Vera
The pulp from this wonderful plant has ‘mucilaginous’ qualities, which means it will help to build up cartilage. For best results, drink Lifestream Aloe Vera juice on an empty stomach.
5. Supplement with Micro Greens
Micro greens, such as barley, wheatgrass and spirulina, are wonderful for not only their ‘cooling’ effect, but also due to their mineral and enzyme-dense nature, plus they’re also alkalising. Look no further than Lifestream for quality, wholefood micro greens.
Lifestream AstaJoint is available at selected health food stores and pharmacies. Or online at www.planethealth.com.au 120c RRP $84.95.
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* Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Health Survey 2011/12
Arthritis is a musculoskeletal condition in which a person’s joints become inflamed, which may result in pain, stiffness, disability and deformity. The symptoms often have a significant impact on everyday life. In 2011-12, 14.8% of Australians (or around 3.3 million people) had arthritis, with prevalence higher amongst women than men (17.7% compared with 11.8%). Of persons with arthritis, more than half (55.9%) had osteoarthritis, 13.6% had rheumatoid arthritis, and 37.3% had an unspecified type of arthritis. Note that as it is possible to have more than one type of arthritis, proportions add to more than 100%. The prevalence of arthritis increased with age, from less than 1% of people aged under 25 years to 52.1% of people aged 75 years and over. Women aged 45 years and over were considerably more likely to have arthritis than men. In particular, at ages 75 years and over, 59.9% of women had arthritis compared with 42.3% of men.
** 4 Potent, Natural Ingredients to Target Arthritis with Lifestream AstaJoint
Glucosamine assists in building and maintaining healthy cartilage, which is essential for healthy function of the joints. It also plays a role in the formation of tendons, ligaments and synovial fluid. This vegetarian formula is great for those allergic to shellfish or who choose ethical sourcing.
Astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant known and a Dr. Oz favourite for good reason. Astaxanthin helps to reduce the risk of cellular damage at the joints and assists in protecting the body from the damaging effects of free radicals. No other joint formula contains this amazing superfood.
Boswellia acids are the active components in Boswellia that act as a natural anti inflammatory without any side effects. Boswellia can be safely used long term for joint support.
Flaxseed oil contains high levels of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which is a beneficial omega 3 fatty acid that plays a role in healthy functioning of the joints, skin, healthy heart and immune function.
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, gluten free, with no artificial additives, fillers, preservatives, colours or flavours. Contains no fish, shellfish or gelatin.
Like other menstrual disorders PCOD is on the rise in pre-menopausal women. It is estimated that between 6 and 10 per cent of women are affected, but it’s likely to be higher.
PCOD occurs when high insulin levels cause the ovaries to produce excessive amounts of testosterone due to an increased production of leutinising hormone by the pituitary gland. The result is a number of follicles rather than one dominant follicle trying to mature at once. Lack of ovulation may result in infertility. There is also an increased risk of osteoporosis in women who have PCOD, due to decreased amounts of progesterone and ovulation. The increased amounts of testosterone may cause male pattern baldness, facial hair, acne, aggression and excessive amounts of insulin.
Carrying extra weight makes everything worse, and there is subsequently a greater risk of high cholesterol and blood pressure and seven times the risk of developing adult onset diabetes. Conventional medicinal treatment is the contraceptive pill, which aims at regulating the menstrual cycle. This may cause weight gain and interfere with insulin resistance, and does not address the root of the disease. Naturally and preferably the whole body must be addressed, and diet and lifestyle changes are imperative. Follow the same dietary guidelines as for any menstrual dysfunction.
- chaste tree will regulate the cycle and decrease androgen levels, which are too high in PCOD
- phyto-oestrogens herbs, such as false unicorn root, black cohosh, dong quai and paoenia, which is specific in treating PCOD as it has a normalising effect on the ovaries
- Gymnema to balance sugar cravings so will reduce associated sugar cravings
- Rhodiola for adrenal fatigue (increasing energy)
- for related nervous tension, use withania, Siberian ginseng, licorice and motherwort.
- essential fatty acids from fish, flax, chia and hemp seeds, and evening primrose oils
- B vitamins for nervous tension.
- reduce insulin levels by following a regular exercise regimen and correcting diet
- deal with underlying stress
- Yoga is very helpful
- PCOD/S is often associated with a thyroid imbalance. Have yours checked
- Avoid chemicals – they interfere with our oestrogen balance. (Especially in chicken – unless organic, not juts free-range – and toxic cleaning and body products.)
Our nails are made up mostly of a type of protein called Keratin. They are there to protect the sensitive nerves at the tips of our toes and fingers. Your nails should be pink, due to proper blood supply. Any problems are usually indicative of a nutrient deficiency, liver issues or an emotional or physical trauma. The health of our nails tells us a lot about our general health.
|White nails||Liver or kidney problems or anaemia|
|Yellow nails||Liver, respiratory or lymphatic problems, or diabetes (before other symptoms appear)|
|Dry and brittle||Vitamin A and/or calcium deficiency|
|Round or dark nail tips||B12 deficiency|
|Horizontal or vertical ridges||B vitamin deficiency, severe stress or a tendency to develop arthritis|
|Thick nails||Poor circulation; thyroid disease|
|Wide, square nails||Hormonal imbalance|
|Blue moons at base of nail||Lung problems or heavy metal poisoning|
|Splitting||Reduced hydrochloric acid production|
|Fungus under nail||Candida|
|White spots||Zinc deficiency|
|Concave or vertical ridges||Iron deficiency or poor general health|
|Inflammation around nail bed||Vitamin C deficiency or arthritis|
|Pitted||Tendency to hair loss or baldness|
|No moons||Over-active thyroid|
|Blue moons on nails||Rheumatoid Arthritis|
|Brittle nails||Thyroid problems, iron deficiency or poor circulation|
|Cut and cracked nails||Dehydration, drink more water|
- Silica or the herb Horsetail for its high silicon content, needed for strong hair, bones and nails
– Calcium and mag for nail growth
– Iron supplement, liquid is best
– Essential fatty acids from flaxseed oil, soy products, royal jelly, parsley or pumpkin seeds for healthy hair, skin and nails
– Use coconut or olive oil to push back your cuticles, don’t cut them as this is harsh and irritating and may cause an infection
– Rub aloe vera into your cuticles and/or under nails for fungal infections
– Foods high in protein from legumes, grains, nuts and seeds
– Sea vegetables are helpful
– Broccoli, fish and onions are high in silicon and sulphur, which helps with nail health
– Carrot juice is very high in calcium and phosphorus, which strengthens nails
– Avoid chemicals on your hands, this dries them out, causes nail problems and may lead to contact dermatitis
– Use a natural hand and nail cream almost daily
– Avoid ‘buffing’ your nails. This really weakens them
– Avoid false nails. These are very damaging to your nails and overall health. (Even being in the salon is toxic enough)
– Use a natural nail polish – there are a few now, thank goodness. Leave the polish off occasionally so your nails can breathe.
– Cut your nails with clippers, avoiding a nail file. Filing will weaken your nails. Keeping them fairly short.0 Comments
Symptoms of pre-menstrual tension (PMT) occur when our hormones are out of balance. This is often caused by dietary factors &/or liver issue.
Excessive amounts of prostaglandin PGE2 from too many animal products in our diets is one way our hormones become imbalanced. Omega 3 and GLA oils control PGE2. Another cause for symptoms is what Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) refers to as liver qi stagnation. All this means is that the energy (qi) is ‘stuck (stagnant) in the liver. There are many reasons both emotionally and physically, for this happening.
Balanced nutrition along with a medicinal herb called Vitex agnus-castus (Chaste Tree) is essential for overcoming PMS.
Symptoms of PMT are categorised as follows –
A-anxiety; B-bloating, (abdomen and breasts); C-cravings; D-depression.
But can also include lower backache, headaches, insomnia, joint pain, food allergies and water retention. Not to mention wild mood swings.
Most women experience at least one of the above symptoms, but many experience more or all. PMT symptoms usually occur in the 7 days before menstruation, but can start to present themselves up to 14 days before.
Foods to Avoid
- Those high in PGE2 fatty acids like animal products (especially non-organic), dairy, eggs and peanuts
– Alcohol, tobacco, coffee, refined sugar and its products
– Refined vegetable oils & margarine.
Foods to Include
-Those high inomega 3. These include sustainabledeep-sea, cold- water fish like cod, sustainably-caught (not farmed) salmon, mackerel, sardines and anchovies; seaweed, walnuts, macadamias, olive oil and avocado’s and hemp, chia and flax oils.
– Alpha-linolenic acid also contains omega 3. Plant sources are flax, hemp and chia seed oil, pumpkin seeds and organic soy products like tempeh (fermented soy product), organic tofu, tempeh and soymilk. Dark green leafy vegies are also a good source.
– GLA oils. Sources include spirulina, evening primrose oil, walnuts and black currant.
– Foods high in Vitamin E such as all nuts and seeds and their oils, wheat-germ, spinach, sprouts, sunflower seeds, broccoli, cabbage, olive oil and mint. Vitamin E keeps the blood ‘slippery’ and helps with sore breasts, nervous tension, irritability and depression.
– Vitamins B6 found in green leafy vegies reduce water retention and restores deficient oestrogen levels, (one cause of PMT).
– Vitamin B12 found in shitaake mushrooms and tempeh.
– Vitamin A found in dark green leafy vegies, yellow fruit & vegies like kale, carrots, sweet potato and mangoes.
– Zinc & magnesium found in whole grains, legumes and seeds. Oysters are especially high in zinc, as are pumpkin seeds. Good sources of calcium include chia seeds, legumes, almonds, broccoli and seaweeds and green leafy vegies.
– Vitamin C helps relieve the pain associated with swollen, tender breasts.
– Check for thyroid imbalance
– Exercise regularly
– Drink 2 litres of clean water daily
– Stabilise blood sugar levels by avoiding refined grains and sugars. Miso and chia seeds helps balance blood sugar
– Try to avoid alcohol, tobacco and coffee especially in the week before menstruation
– Check for Candida. (Symptoms include thrush, food intolerance, fatigue and bloating.)
– Be kind to your liver. Try to realise sources of anger or resentment, as these are some of the emotions stored in the liver and will contribute greatly to PMT.
– Vitex agnus-castus. Dose is 2 1/2 ml first thing in the morning. A ‘practitioner-only’ liquid or tablet is best.