This is my final newsletter for 2015.
In this issue we look at:
Xmas opening times are as follows:
I will be open up until Xmas Eve then from 29 Dec-31 DEc and on Sat 2 Jan. I will then be closed from Monday 4 Jan and reopen on Monday 11 Jan.
I have several useful gifts for yourself or friends and family.
Gift vouchers - For herbs or massage - $80
Back rolls - For those long trips, going to the theatre or cinema. They help prevent you slumping the back and keep better posture.
Comfortable Pillows - Approved by physios and chiros, they are very therapeutic for stiff/ tight necks. $80
Which is healthier for you - Traditional oats or quick cook oats
Recent research shows that good old traditional porridge oats or steel cut oats which are even coarser cut, are best for stabilising blood sugar levels as opposed to quick oats and oatmeal which caused a greater fluctuation in blood sugar levels. This is important if you are on a weight loss diet but also for all of us for pancreatic health.
Benefits of massage
At this stressful time of the year massage can reinvigorate and relax you in the following ways:
So, if you have not had a massage for a while, this is the time to have one.
Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
In a seminar I recently attended these were the following findings:
What are the causes?
Feeling tired, non specific abdominal pain, bloating/nausea. Also, particular elevated liver enzymes.on blood tests.
So what can you do about it if you have been diagnosed with NAFLD?
Diet, nutrition and exercise are the key factors.
Diet includes low carbohydrates, - cutting out starches and sugars. Cutting down on saturated fats that are found in red meat , cheese, processed meat and chips to name a few and eating more healthy fats such as avocado, fish oils, hummus and olive oil. Eating protein from fish 2-3X a week and eating small amounts of protein regularly during the day rather big meals. Protein snacks between the main meals such as nuts, eggs and tins of fish is a good idea.
Alcohol needs to be limited or not at all. And coffee it seems was associated with a lower risk of NAFLD, suggesting it has a protective effect.
Nutrition and herbal medicine
Beneficial nutritional supplements act as anti inflammatories and anti oxidants, whilst liver herbs help to reduce inflammation in the liver and improve bile production by the gall bladder to emulsify fats better. Fish oils, Vit C , E and D and Taurine are suggested. Liver herbs are St Mary;s Thistle plus others.