Vitamins

6 11, 2017

Colds & Flu

2017-11-07T13:22:01+00:00 By |Ailments, Vitamins|

How to fight off colds and flu naturally

With the shorter days and colder temperatures I’m seeing many more people with colds, coughs and flus.

Analysis of current evidence has recently concluded that Echinacea is effective in reducing both the incidence and duration of the common cold. Echinacea was found to decrease the odds of a patient contracting a cold by 58% and to decrease the duration of a cold by 1.4 days. Also, in a human trial for the immune effect of Echinacea the results showed Echinacea to have a sustained level of immune cell activation. In my experience Echinacea is of most use as a long term remedy to build immunity and to prevent colds and during the winter months I recommend taking Echinacea (liquid form is best) daily to help ward off colds and flus. Echinacea is also a blood purifier and stimulates digestion.

Olive Leaf Extract is a powerful anti-viral and is of good use in fighting any condition where the immune system is compromised. It will also detox the body so take in conservative amounts as there can be detox side effects as the body cleans out if taken at too high a dose. Feel free to check with me before starting.

If you find yourself with a cold starting, treating it quickly will help to either stop it fully developing or will greatly reduce the duration and intensity of the cold.

At the very first onset I recommend you take a clove of garlic, chop it finely, and take it on a spoon with water and swallow (take after food). This can help to abort colds if done early enough. Another way to prepare this is to take 10 cloves of garlic and chop up finely. Add three table spoons of honey and store in a jar. Take a teaspoon as soon as you notice a sign of cold for flu. If you already have a cold take one teaspoon three teaspoon three times per day. This mixture should also be taken after food.

Secondly I recommend quite high doses of Vitamin C two times per day until symptoms pass – contact me to find out more, as this will depend on your age and constitution.

During a cold I recommend avoiding sugar and dairy because of their mucus forming properties.

Blackmores do a good product called PCIP which is effective against colds and this should be taken with Vitamin C. This is particularly useful in treating infection accompanied by mucus and fever.

Homeopathy is also a powerful tool against the common cold and flu. There is a particular homeopathic remedy I like to use as a cold and flu preventative (one dose is taken every two weeks) and can be used by all the family from toddlers to adults. There are also other homeopathics that can be used to help reduce a colds duration and intensity – let me know if you have any questions relation to these.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

16 10, 2017

Is Eating Yogurt as Good as Taking Probiotics?

2017-10-18T10:58:54+00:00 By |Foods, Nutrition, Uncategorized, Vitamins|

Many people ask me if they still need to take Probiotics when they are eating yogurt on a daily basis

Old-fashioned, raw and unpasteurized yogurt was a wonderful source of good bacteria, but unfortunately today it’s very difficult to find yogurt in this form.

Pasteurization kills off or sterilizes much of the good bacteria that gives yogurt it’s good reputation.

WHY DO WE NEED GOOD BACTERIA?

Cultured and fermented foods, such as yogurt, have been consumed by many cultures for years as a source of bacteria, which act as a support to their digestive health and immune function. Today, however, for many it is more practical to take a good quality probiotic supplement, in order to populate the digestive system with good bacteria.

Probiotics, also known as gut flora or healthy bacteria, is a variety of friendly bacteria that benefits the digestive system. The benefits range from helping to normalize digestive function to assisting the immune system, allergies and skin problems.

Probiotics are used to Help Treat & Prevent a Range of Health Conditions:

Probiotics are regularly used by Naturopaths to help treat and prevent the following health problems:

  • Thrush and candida
  • Leaky gut (and associated conditions, eg migraines, acne, lymphatic congestion, and more)
  • Eczema and acne
  • Colic and acid reflux
  • Fatigue
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Food allergies, such as dairy and gluten
  • Post-antibiotic diarrhea
  • Hay fever
  • Sinusitis
  • Weight loss
  • Vaginal infections
  • Diarrhea, constipation and irregular bowel motions
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome and malabsorption
  • Ulcerative colitis

Choosing the Right Probiotics for the Right Condition

The quality and potency of probiotics available in healthfood stores and our food varies enormously.  For example, some of my clients ask if the probiotics in supermarket yogurt is sufficient, but you would probably need a bucket of the yogurt to equal half a teaspoon of a good quality probiotic supplement. Likewise, products on the shelves of healthfood stores also have widely ranging potencies.

In a healthy bowel there can be 3-4 pounds of healthy bacteria, so to make an impact, you need a high potency product, which I usually recommend is taken at the highest dosage on the bottle for adults.

When looking for a supplement, I recommend you look out for supplements that list specific strands of bacteria on their label. I recommend a product with a variety of different probiotics. Also, the list below gives more detailed information about the health benefits of particular types.

  • Lactobacillus Acidophilus DDS1
    Helps with immune support and digestive function, as well as to assist with lactose intolerance
  • Bifidis Regularis
    Gut health and digestion
  • Bifidobacterium Infantis 35624
    IBS
  • Bifidobacterium lactis Bb12
    Immune system support and gut health
  • Lactobacillus Casei Shirota
    Immune system support and gut health
  • Lactobacillus Immunitas
    Immune system support, duration of colds and flu in older people
  • Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GR11
    Helps vaginal infections
  • Lactobacillus Reuteri 55730
    Helps with diarrhea associated by antibiotic usage
  • Saccharomyces Boulardii Yeast
    Helps with diarrhea associated by antibiotic usage

What Puts Healthy Bacteria in the Gut at Threat?

There are several key things which kill and undermine healthy bacteria in the gut, as well as things which fuel bad bacteria. The main things to be aware of are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Drugs
  • Some pharmaceutical medicines
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Stress

For more information about how to correct and rebalance your gut flora please contact me.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

5 10, 2017

Alternative Fibromyalgia Treatment Options

2017-10-18T11:05:08+00:00 By |Ailments, Nutrition, Vitamins|

Fibromyalgia is a common illness – the key to treatment is identifying the underlying cause

alternative fibromyalgia treatmentPeople with it can be wracked with debilitating musculoskeletal pain, tenderness and profound fatigue all over their body for months at a time. The fatigue might feel like exhaustion, a flu-like illness or tiredness, and the pain can feeling like a dull ache, stiffness or burning sensation.

In severe cases, some people can’t get out of bed because of the pain and may have to give up work, while others have a greatly diminished quality of life. In mild to moderate cases people can often lead a normal life, while having to deal with and get through the pain and tiredness. Diagnosis is often tricky, but the main thing in my view is that if a person has any of these symptoms then something should be done to correct it.

CONVENTIONAL FIBROMYALGIA TREATMENT

Pain relief medications are not addressing the cause of the problem, and nor are they often particularly effective. What’s more, long term use can cause problems and there are side effects which are listed on the packet.

WHAT HELPS FIBROMYALGIA NATURALLY?

Identifying underlying causes, such as hormonal imbalances, that include the endocrine system, a rundown nervous system, sleep problems, emotional and stress triggers, is always an important step in the treatment of Fibromyalgia. From there a treatment program to help correct these causes is tailored to each individual’s specific needs, which usually includes a combination of one or more of the below treatment options.

ALTERNATIVE FIBROMYALGIA TREATMENT OPTIONS

  • Nutritional Therapy
    Correcting nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. There are specific nutrients, such as Magnesium and Vitamin D3 (which need to be taken in balance with other nutrients) that are often linked with Fibromyalgia. Turmeric is also an excellent natural anti-inflammatory that can help with pain and discomfort.
  • Diet
    Establishing any food intolerances and giving advice on the best foods to eat to help with fibromyalgia is a key step. For example, avoiding pro-inflammatory foods, such as sugars is very important. There is a typical diet I recommend to people with fibromyalgia, but this is always tailored with some basic testing, depending on the individual.
  • Homeopathics
    Homeopathic medicine is beneficial as it is designed to treat the whole person and help return balance and equilibrium to the body. Specific homeopathic medicines are ideally tailored to each individual’s requirements.
  • Bowen Therapy
    This technique is a hands on manipulative therapy that helps in the reduction of pain and tension in muscles and joints. It is a gentle form of treatment that can have rapid and positive effects.
  • Essential Oils
    There are specific oils that can be used to help alleviate pain (such as lavender and chamomile), and for stress relief (such as frankincense and clary sage) which are best diluted in a carrier oil and then put into the bath, or used as a body oil.

If you have any questions about Fibromyalgia please let me know.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.

20 07, 2017

Vitamin D May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk by 75-80%

2017-10-18T11:07:42+00:00 By |Ailments, Cancer, Vitamins|

Breast Cancer & Preventative Steps

I only wrote about Vitamin D a few weeks ago. But, because breast cancer affects approximately one in eight women, I wanted to write some more.

I recently read an article where breast cancer was referred to as a “Vitamin D deficiency syndrome.”

Breastcancer.org states on its website: “Research suggests that women with low levels of vitamin D have a higher risk of breast cancer. Vitamin D may play a role in controlling normal breast cell growth and may be able to stop breast cancer cells from growing.”

An open letter to the New York Times from Cedric F. Garland, Dr. P.H., F.A.C.E. (Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California San Diego, Participating Member, Moores UCSD Cancer Center, La Jolla, California) stated:
 
“It is not widely realized that most breast cancer is preventable. While the scientific literature reveals many strategies for prevention of breast cancer, the simplest is elimination of the vitamin D deficiency. This is the main known cause of breast cancer. Raising the serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level to 40-60 ng/ml could prevent 75-80% of breast cancer incidence (and deaths, of course).”

I recommend getting your Vitamin D levels checked annually and making sure they are in a good healthy range. Keeping your blood serum levels in a good range is a great way to help protect your health into the future, and is such a simple thing to do. Contact me to find out how to take Vitamin D so that it is in balance with other key nutrients.

WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY?

Visit grassrootshealth.net/project/breast-cancer-prevention to see research and statistics in an easy-to-read format. Below are a couple of examples:

  • “Vitamin D increases breast cancer patient survival: Those with breast cancer who have high levels of vitamin D in their blood are two times as likely to survive the disease as women with low levels, according to a report from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers in the March issue of Anticancer Research.”
  • “77% reduction in all non-skin cancer incidence: A 2007 randomized clinical trial at Creighton University led by Joan Lappe, PhD, RN, FAAN, found that a dose of 1100 IU/day of vitamin D along with 1400-1500 mg/day of calcium helped women aged 55 and older raise their average serum vitamin D level to 38 ng/ml (from a baseline of 29 ng/ml) and prevent approximately 4 out of 5, or 80%, of all invasive cancers, including breast cancer.”

Getting statistics like this can make us all feel a bit more comfortable that there are things we can do to help us control our health. You are always welcome to write to me with any questions or for any assistance you may need.

On this site, I aim is to provide well-researched information, in order to empower readers to make informed choices about their health and wellbeing. In both alternative and allopathic medicine new discoveries are being made and there are vast choices available to people, something to be mindful of. Nicholas Dale, Naturopath is not seeking to impose his views on readers, but rather encourage them to seek out any professional help they may need (in whatever form that may take) and discover what is best for them.

Information on this site should not be taken as medical guidance or advice. Readers should always consult personally with their healthcare provider. Information published on this site is not intended to act as a substitute for advice of medical professionals, and should not be taken as such.