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August 07, 2017

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Say No To Senility And Say Yes To Nutritious Food

Say No To Senility And Say Yes To Nutritious Food

Ageing is an inevitable process of the human body, which brings about physical changes that can affect your physical and mental health and completely change the way we live. As we age, the body slows down in a sense; its immune system decreases, which also makes it prone to catching various diseases much easier.

Conditions, such as high blood pressure, arthritis, and even lung disease are very common in the elderly and require special attention. For this reason, a great number of people over 60 rely on affordable health insurance programs like Medicaid to help them cover medical and nursing home costs. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, in Australia, approximately 94% of people aged 65 years and over live in private dwellings, 67% of which reside in nursing homes. But the question worth examining is, how can the elderly maintain a healthy and active life well into their 60s and 70s? How does one put off senility and enjoys the vibrancy of life even in their golden years? 

Start with your diet

Did you know that food is actually considered to be a form of medicine? As mind boggling as it may sound at first, it sure is the truth. Just think about it; when consuming the right kind and the right amount of unprocessed organic food, your body receives valuable nutrients that help protect its immune system, and ensure it gets enough energy.

Foods such as spinach, bananas, chicken, and believe it or not, even dark chocolate are great sources of protein, iron, and myriads of essential vitamins that provide sufficient energy and help the body recuperate. What is more, once the system absorbs the necessary minerals, it easily fights off undesirable bacteria, which in turn can prevent the onset of various diseases.

Use your blender

Many elderly people are hesitant to consume certain (raw) foods either due to their inability to chew on them or for digestive reasons. However, there is a secret solution - the blender. If you find that your body is having a hard time digesting foods like nuts and raw vegetables, grind them up in a blender and wait til they become softer in consistency. Once you achieve the texture you think your body will be able to handle well, feel free to consume it. Furthermore, when it comes to fruit, instead of struggling with huge bites and chewing until your jaw gets tired, why not use a juicer and get all the vitamins through a refreshing drink?

Even though there is no escape from the golden years, it doesn’t mean you can’t slow down the aging process and avoid serious health complications that may cause you to enter a nursing home. Take time to take care of yourself, and pay close attention to the kind of food you consume. Find healthy alternatives, and rely on food and its beneficial nutrients to help replenish your body and ward off unwanted diseases.

August 01, 2017

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Juicing and your teeth

Ensuring Oral Health While Juicing 

Juicing is an extremely healthy habit for anyone embarking on a system cleanse or simply to maintain a healthier lifestyle. It not only provides an excellent way for both young and old to get their daily dose of fruit and veg in one delicious drink, but can also be of tremendous benefit when trying to lose weight.

One of the few qualms pertaining to fresh juices is their acidic nature and the effect it can have on your teeth and gums.  This is the very reason many dentists suggest reducing the consumption of fruit juice, sodas and energy drinks, especially amongst toddlers and children learning about oral hygiene. Although it is true that fresh juice does contain a certain amount of acid it is nowhere near that found in commercial juice. Fresh juice is by far the better option especially if it contains some vegetables as well.

If you are keen on embarking on a juicing journey but still have a few worries regarding your oral hygiene don’t despair. There are numerous ways you can protect your teeth without having to give up your juice. Here's how to protect your teeth from potential juicing damage. 

Brush Your Teeth BEFORE You Juice

This might sound strange but studies revealed that brushing your teeth directly after drinking juice will increase the acidity in your mouth thus increasing the risk of tooth damage. Instead, rinse your mouth with water after drinking juice and leave the brushing for before.

Use a Straw

This is one of the best ways to protect your teeth. Simply put, drinking with a straw minimises the amount of time juice spends in your mouth and around your teeth.

Attempt Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is another practice rapidly gaining popularity and is believed to reduce plaque and gingivitis. All you need to do is swish around 2 tablespoons of good quality coconut oil in your mouth for about 10 minutes before spitting it out. Oil pulling is not only beneficial but extremely easy to do as well.

Ingredients are Key

Use only fresh, unprocessed ingredients and where possible mix your fruit with a healthy portion of vegetables. Vegetables are generally lower in sugar and less acidic than fruit so mixing the two will really give you the best of both worlds.

When it comes to juicing the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. As long as you follow a healthy, well-balanced diet and stick to a good oral hygiene routine you really can continue to indulge in your fresh juices guilt-free.

July 26, 2017

Posted in obesity, processed food, weight loss


A Question of Time: 50 Years of Growing Obesity

Back in the 1960s and 1970s, it was pretty rare to find anyone with a serious weight problem. Sure, other health issues were worse than they are today, but obesity just wasn't a problem for most people. How things have changed! Nowadays, the world - and doctors' waiting rooms - are full of people struggling with their weight.

A Growing Problem

The first signs of what would become an increasingly widespread obesity problem didn't really begin to surface until the 1980s.  Initially, the situation wasn't too serious, but over time the prevalence of obesity has increased significantly. By 1989–90, the rate of obesity was around 9-10%; by 2001 it had risen to 16% in men and 17% in women. Today, almost 2 out of 3 adults in Australia are obese. 

You Are What You Eat

This left researchers asking why. Lifestyle changes are partly responsible, with deskbound careers replacing manual labour and video games replacing sports. But the real problem might be our changing diets.

Processed Problems

The days when people mostly ate fresh foods are gone. Nowadays, more and more of our foodstuffs are heavily processed, and are often loaded with obesity-causing ingredients like high-fructose corn syrup.

The solution is likely to be complex. It's pretty clear, though, that diet can make a difference. We can't turn the clock back 50 years, but changing our diets to include more fruit and vegetables needn't be too hard. Options such as fresh juice are a great way to improve your diet, for example.

It's not all bad news. Changes in the availability and variety of foods have brought improvements in nutrition. By substituting beneficial foods for high fat and sugar, you can enjoy a 21st century diet without the 21st century waistline.

July 14, 2017

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Can Fasting be Better than a Diet?

We’re all different and we thrive off different foods and different kinds of exercise. Since having children a few years ago, my husband and I have struggled to get back in shape - there’s just too much going on. However, we both found different solutions. For him, it was to actually be more like his father - to skip breakfasts.

This is actually called Intermittent Fasting or IF for short. IF combines eating full meals so you are not restricting or cutting anything back when you do eat, with periods of fasting lasting from 16 hours to an extreme of 36. There are a few popular regimes including:

  • Daily Intermittent Fasting (16 hours - 8pm to 12pm)
  • Weekly Intermittent Fasting
  • Alternate Day IF
  • The Warrior Diet
  • The 5:2 Diet
  • Fat Loss Forever

However, IF is not for everyone - for example, most women struggle with it and it has been linked to adverse health outcomes. What’s good for the average guy in this instance does not work for the average woman. Furthermore, it is not an excuse to pig out on junk food. Before trying it, I recommend you read a more in depth introduction to the subject such as this article on the basics of Intermittent Fasting.

May 17, 2017

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What could be causing your bloat?

  1. Beans and lentils. They contain high amounts of vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre and fermentable carbohydrates called FODMAPS.  These are fermentable oligo di monosaccharides and polyols and are fermentable short chain carbohydrates that provide fuels for beneficial digestive bacteria.  For most people, they don’t cause any problems and improve gut health.  But for some people, those with irritable bowel syndrome, FODMAPs interact with gut bacteria causing major discomfort, bloating and unwanted gas. 
  2. Carbonated drinks. These contain gas, carbon dioxide and therefore a more likely to cause gas to get trapped in the digestive system.
  3. Wheat contains gluten which has over recent decade proven to be a trigger for food sensitivities.  Wheat intolerance, separate from coeliac disease is a major source of bloating and gas, and wheat is also high in FODMAP group Fructans. 
  4. Garlic & onion. These guys contain very high amounts of vegetable fructans, which are FODMAPs and for the small amount of people with sensitive bowls, they can trigger bloating.
  5. Sugar alcohols. These are natural substances that are being very commonly used to replace sugar in our war on sugar.  Inlcude xylitol, Sorbitol and mannitol.  Another one on the FODMAP list.  Consuming large amounts of sugar free gum can cause bloating gas and diarrhea.
Dairy.  Milk, yoghurt and cheese all contain lactose and about 75% of the worlds population cannot break down lactose, the sugar found in milk.  This lactose intolerance can cause bloating, gas, cramping and diarrhea.

The Magic of Shrooms

If you haven’t heard about David “Avocado” Wolfe, then you may be new to considering your food in a different light.  David has been a pioneer in the vegan, superfood and herb movement and is considered to be guy that “knows” what is at the forefront of the next greatest and latest.  I went to see him talk on the weekend and it was a great way to get a download from his amazing experience.  There were quite a few things that I wanted to share with you, and I thought I would spread it out over a few posts.  This week, I thought I would cover the shrooms.  In particular, medicinal mushrooms which are found on trees, Reishi Mushrooms.

Reishi mushrooms are known as the immortality mushroom.  It has some pretty crazy benefits and is definitely something I am going to add to my daily routine.  For the last 8 years I have struggled with hyperpigmentation, otherwise, known as melasma, and have been constantly searching for topical treatments.  With no success, I have thought to start addressing the internal cause (I stopped taking the pill along time ago).  Reishi mushrooms got me excited for a few reasons.  They have some pretty legendary rejuvenating qualities, and the list of benefits include:

  • Slowing down premature ageing
  • Slow premature hair loss and balding
  • Natural immune booster
  • Detoxifying and strengthening the liver
  • Combats depression

These benefits are only just the beginning, but what really piqued my interest was the benefits for skin healing.  There have been various studies that have looked at reishi mushrooms ability to cure various external skin issues. There is a harmony of anti-histaminic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-allergenic properties that provide some juju magic to improve immunity, circulation and the healing begins. Not only this, but it apparently works its magic on hormonal imbalance.  Melasma is a result of sunlight exposure combining with hormones (perhaps an imbalance in progesterone), so a natural food based product that not only helps heal the skin and balance hormones, I thought I am determined to give it a go.  I look forward to posting my feedback over the coming weeks, I can’t wait to share if it really does help!

November 08, 2016

Posted in cleanse, detox, fasting, metabolism, starvation


Does fasting really cause metabolic slow down?

A few years ago I was at a health and fitness expo, it was in the very early days of me starting Schkinny Maninny and I had a stand to exhibit, give taste samples and help people learn about the benefits.  I will never forget that weekend as I was harassed and harassed by personal trainers telling me that doing a juice cleanse would do nothing but slow your metabolism down.  It was horrible.  And they were at least partially right.  So I spent most of the weekend trying to say ,”but…”

Prolonged periods of fasting does put our bodies into “starvation mode”, our bodies start to prioritise the feeding of internal organs and  hold onto whatever calories may be consumed to keep us alive rather than keeping us looking svelte.  But I guess there was a bit of mystique around what “prolonged” meant.   

 Fast forward a few years and now we know that prolonged is exactly what it means, like 2 years.  So a period of 3-7 days is not “prolonged” and can’t really be deemed to impact the body in the same way.  Now we have seen clinical studies that show when you fast your body actually burns FAT stores first to help fuel your body, so concerns about losing significant amounts of muscle whilst short term fasting are simply untrue.  When you expose yourself to long term full time calorie restriction, then starvation mode is a real phenomenon and your body will start to do things like burning muscle for fuel.  But on the short term it is a great way to help burn up those fat stores, but just make sure when you start eating again, eat lots of fresh whole nutritious foods rather than smashing burgers.

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