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Pineapple is known as king of fruits, fruit which in the past was only available to natives of the tropics and the rich Europeans. This tropical plant originated from Uruguay, Brazil, Puerto Rico and Paraguay.Ripe and juicy pineapple will satisfy your sweet tooth.
Pineapples contain roteolytic enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain breaks down proteins, has natural anti-inflammatory properties and reduce swelling. Pineapple helps in healing the sore throat, arthritis and joint pain.
Anti inflammatory properties of pineapple fruit reduce the symptoms of arthritis and help to reduce pain after surgery and sports injuries.
To increase the efficiency, pineapples should be consumed between meals without other foods. On the other hand, the health benefits of bromelain is improving digestion. If pineapples are consumed with other foods, bromelain will help in digesting it.One of the benefits of this fruit is that it helps to build healthy bones.
Pineapple is rich in magnesium and trace mineral that is needed by the body to build bone and connective tissue. Just one cup of pineapple juice provides 73% of the recommended daily amount of magnesium.
The benefit of pineapples can cause bone growth in young people and strengthening of bones in older people.
This fruit is a good source of vitamin C and it offers excellent protection from free radicals. According to research vitamin C, the most important water-soluble antioxidant is invaluable against the destructive effects of free radicals.
Pineapple is good for colds and cough. Usually when people get sick they consume orange juice as a source of vitamin C, but it is good to know that the benefits of pineapple juice against cold or cough are also good as orange juice, plus with additional benefits because of bromelain, which helps cough and other symptoms of colds and flu.
Pineapples can improve oral health. Eating pineapple reduces the risk of gingivitis and periodontitis. Besides increasing the ability of connective tissue to regenerate, it also increases the body’s ability to fight invading bacteria and other toxins that contribute to gum disease.
Do you suffer with allergies and regularly seek relief from anti-histamines?
Do you have irregular, painful periods?
Do you have a reaction to wine?
Do you suffer from anxiety?
Do experience dizziness or low blood pressure
Do you get hives or a red rash around your mouth?
Do certain foods give you an itchy tongue or runny nose?
Do you suffer from diarrhoea or bloating?
You may have Histamine Intolerance if you answered yes to any of these!
What is histamine?
So much more than just an allergy response!
Histamine is a vital messaging molecule involved in regulating many functions in our body like digestion, sleep, mood, sexual function and our brain. Histamine is found in the mucous membranes in the smooth muscle of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, uterus, lungs, skin, brain; produced by cells in our body; and present in certain foods. There are four different kinds of receptors in the body and each respond uniquely.
Histamine and your Immune system
Histamine triggers an immune response which causes your blood vessels to dilate or swell so that your white blood cells can act quickly to an injury or infection. A histamine release can cause headaches and can leave you feeling tired and lethargic. While this is normal and part of the body’s natural immune response, if there’s a prolonged period where you don’t break down histamine properly, you could develop histamine intolerance (HIT).
What is Histamine intolerance?
Histamine intolerance (i.e. increased histamine in bloodstream) occurs when there is an imbalance between intake of histamine and the ability to eliminate it from the body. The condition is often misdiagnosed because it presents with many different kinds of symptoms, which are often misinterpreted.
How does it happen?
Under normal circumstances there is a barrier formed by enzymes DAO and HMNT that work to breakdown histamine in the GI Tract, preventing resorption of histamine from food into the bloodstream. Histamine intolerance can be caused when the amount of these protective enzymes is insufficient or these enzymes are inhibited. In this instance, even ingestion of a small amount of histamine in food (usually well tolerated in healthy individuals) can lead to symptoms of high histamine levels.
Possible causes of high levels of circulating histamine:
Conditions of GI tract (SIBO, inflammatory bowel diseases, infections, parasitic infestations, dysbiosis, leaky gut)
Inhibition of DAO from alcohol or medications
Histamine-producing bacteria in the GI tract
Each individual’s tolerance to histamine is different and HIT is often caused by a ‘perfect storm’; accumulation of factors subsequently resulting in a symptom picture. Histamine can affect all of your bodily systems, including your gut, skin, brain, lungs and cardiovascular system. This explains why it may cause such a wide range of problems.
Difficulty in breathing
Drop in blood pressure
Fluctuating body temp
Headaches and migraines
Period cramping, heavy bleeding and pain – due to receptor sites in the uterus
What can we do about it?
Diagnosis of HIT is usually made by a person trialling a low histamine diet (list found below) for a couple of weeks and seeing whether symptoms improve. To manage HIT, histamine will continue to be limited in an individual’s diet according to their threshold. Please always remember that there is no such thing as a “histamine-free diet”! It is also important to assess all possible contributing factors e.g. GI Tract conditions, stress, environment etc. with the help of a health care professional. HIT is often about management, for some it is life long and for others it is easily managed.
Some foods naturally contain high histamine, while others accumulate histamines as they age. Therefore, a low histamine diet will mainly focus on eating fresh foods. The lists below give indications of some of the foods that affect those with HIT (high in histamine, releasing histamine, DAO blocking foods, low histamine) and helps to devise a diet for sufferers.
Foods high in histamine:
Aged cheese: Goats cheese, parmesan (the older, the higher is the histamine level)
Fresh Fruits: Other than citrus, avocado, tomato, pineapple, bananas and strawberries
Fresh Vegetables (except eggplant, pumpkin and spinach)
Freshly Cooked Meat & Poultry (frozen or fresh)
Freshly Caught Fish
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Gluten-Free Grains: brown rice & quinoa
Please be aware, due to any other food intolerances or cross-allergies that may also be present the low-histamine level of a particular food alone says nothing definite about whether or not an individual can tolerate it and it is important to follow professional advice.
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Most of us know about the importance of iron and calcium for our bodies, but what about magnesium? It is the second most abundant element in human cells and the fourth most important positively charged ion in the body. It helps the body regulate over 325 enzymes and plays an important role in organizing many bodily functions, like muscle control, electrical impulses, energy production and the elimination of harmful toxins.
Most of us are deficient in magnesium, so I’m going to put on my wise-granny hat on here and tell you this: soaking in a bath with Epsom salt, which is high in magnesium, is one of the easiest ways to get a boost.
According to the National Academy of Sciences, American’s magnesium deficiency helps to account for high rates of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis and joint pain, digestive maladies, stress-related illnesses, chronic fatigue and a number of other ailments. Who knew?!
Our magnesium levels have dropped by half in the last century due to changes in agriculture and diet. Industrial farming has depleted magnesium from soil and the typical American diet contains much less magnesium than that of our forefathers. And in fact, the modern American diet with its fat, sugar, salt and protein actually works to speed up the depletion of magnesium from our bodies.
Another factor in decreased magnesium levels has been our focus on getting enough calcium. It’s a delicate dance–calcium depletes magnesium yet calcium functions best when enough magnesium is present. Studies indicate that taking a calcium supplement without enough magnesium can increase the shortage of both nutrients. Researchers have found that many Americans have five times as much calcium as magnesium in their bodies, although the proper ratio for optimum absorption of both minerals is two to one.
With such widespread magnesium deficiency one might think that magnesium supplements would be called upon, but studies show that magnesium is not easily absorbed through the digestive tract. The presence of specific foods or drugs, certain medical conditions, and the chemistry of a person’s stomach acid can render magnesium supplements ineffective.
This brings us to Epsom salt. Known scientifically as hydrated magnesium sulfate, Epsom salt is rich in both magnesium and sulfate. While both magnesium and sulfate can be poorly absorbed through the stomach, studies show increased magnesium levels from soaking in a bath enriched with Epsom salt! Magnesium and sulfate are both easily absorbed through the skin. Sulfates play an important role in the formation of brain tissue, joint proteins and the proteins that line the walls of the digestive tract. They stimulate the pancreas to generate digestive enzymes and are thought to help detoxify the body of medicines and environmental contaminants.
Researchers and physicians suggest these health benefits from proper magnesium and sulfate levels, as listed on the web site of the Epsom Salt Industry Council:
Improved heart and circulatory health, reducing irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lowering blood pressure.
Improved ability for the body to use insulin, reducing the incidence or severity of diabetes.
Flushed toxins and heavy metals from the cells, easing muscle pain and helping the body to eliminate harmful substances.
Improved nerve function by electrolyte regulation. Also, calcium is the main conductor for electrical current in the body, and magnesium is necessary to maintain proper calcium levels in the blood.
Relieved stress. Excess adrenaline and stress are believed to drain magnesium, a natural stress reliever, from the body. Magnesium is necessary for the body to bind adequate amounts of serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of well being and relaxation.
Improved formation of joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins.
Prevention or easing of migraine headaches.
All this from a bath? Hurray! While there are many different brands of Epsom salt, they are all the same product chemically, and can be found at most drug stores. Add two cups of Epsom salt and soak for at least 12 minutes. Do this three times weekly.
If you are pregnant or have any health concerns, please check with your doctor before using Epsom salts.
There are several risk factors that can increase your chances of developing breast cancer. And while the risk increases as we age, there are certain preventative measures every women should do, whether she’s in her 20s or in her mammogram years, to help reduce her risk of getting the disease. Read on for 10 things every women should do to help prevent breast cancer.
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Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight or obese can increase your risk of developing breast cancer because fat cells produce small amounts of estrogen, which can fuel some cancers.
Check up on your family history. How many people in your family have had breast cancer? If you don’t know, now’s the time to check. Having close family members who developed breast cancer increases your risk as well since certain risk factors are genetic.
Don’t be a stranger to your girls. Self breast exams may not have been given a ringing endorsement from the medical community, but you should still be familiar with how your breasts feel and look so you’ll notice any changes.
Keep exercising. Not only will working out help you maintain a healthy weight, exercising itself has been shown to reduce your risk of developing cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends 45 to 60 minutes of exercise, five times a week. And the Australian Cancer Council recommends people maintain a healthy body weight within a BMI range of 18.5 to 25.
Support the cause. Everyone goes pink for the month of October, so pick a trustworthy organization and show your support. By donating time or money or dropping a few bucks on a cute product for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, you’ll be supporting breast cancer research that will help millions.
Know the facts about birth control. Taking oral contraceptives is one risk factor for developing breast cancer, but the risk decreases to normal levels the longer you are off them (women who took birth control pills more than 10 years ago, for example, have the same risks as women who never took the pill). Weigh the pros and cons of taking birth control and talk to your doctor if you want to know more.
Assess your risk. It always helps to be informed. Know all the risks of breast cancer — even ones that can’t always be avoided, like starting your period at an early age, having a child after 35, or never breastfeeding — so you know what choices you have. Visit Breast Screen New South Wales and use the Cancer Australia Risk Calculator to understand the risk factors.
Don’t be shy at the doctor’s. Your doctor isn’t just there to admonish you when you admit you have a sugar addiction, she’s also there to make sure you are knowledgeable about why and how lifestyle choices affect your health. Make sure you ask questions about anything that’s unclear to you.
Relax. Just because you have certain risk factors for developing the disease doesn’t mean you’ll get breast cancer, or that you should spend your life worrying about getting it. After all, the biggest risk factors for getting breast cancer — being female and aging — aren’t exactly something you can change. Instead of worrying, just do what you can to live a healthy lifestyle — you’ll reduce your risk, but will also feel better overall.
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Hello there, if you have a question for Monica. Please let us know and Monica will try to answer your question the best that she can
Here are some question/incidents that we have received recently along with Monicas reply. Your wellbeing matters.
A client has had a spontaneous reaction to allergies, he went away and was then bitten by a mosquito. After that he then suffered immune deficiency. He asked why does this happen? I’m usually really well. No body else got the virus!
Well our health is like stacking the deck.. Or sometimes like falling domino’s.
We don’t just get sick, we don’t just suddenly have heart attack, or hormonal disruption, or diahorrea. Usually there are many factors that slowly stack up: for example, say you get stressed, more than usual, then you have a few bad nights of not sleeping. On top of that your social commitments are high and you are not eating well.. Your bodies resistance starts to fall, inflammation starts to rise, hormones start to deplete and your body’s ability to repair becomes compromised. your ability to cope decreases, a passer bye walks past you with a cold, and before you know it… Your sick!
We can minimise our body’s responses by remembering to breath deeply right into the belly, eat well loads of greens, and get really good sleep.
See you in the clinic.
Your wellbeing matters.
2: “Not feeling like I’m in control of my health”.
This was a comment that I received from one of my clients. To regain control, just take one step each day that can have a positive impact on your health, it could be that you just stop and breathe for 5 mins, or choose a healthier option for just one meal. Or decide that you can easily make the changes you need to make for a healthier you. Look forward to seeing you in the clinic, and we can do it together.
3: “Not sleeping, in pain, over weight, brain fog, PMS, sugar cravings.
Should I go on !!!! Oh and decreasing eyesight”.
This is sounding a little hormonal, our diet and daily stressors have a huge impact on our hormones, toxicity, liver function, nutrient intake all effect how our body responds to hormonal balance. Eating a nutritious diet, reducing our toxic load, de-stressing our lifestyle can help reduce the stress on the body and therefore assist in balancing our hormones.
The key to losing weight is to eat foods that make you feel full, so hunger pains don’t drive you to eat high-calorie foods. For the first meal of the day, go for lots of fibre— at least eight grams. If you’re in a rush, here’s a fruity smoothie you can whip up that contains 11.7 grams.
Depending on your weight, your weight-loss goals, and what you eat for the rest of the day, it’s important to keep your breakfast calorie count between 300 and 500. That means you probably don’t want to splurge on a a high calorie pastry. Choose low-calorie options like veggie omelets, Greek yoghurt, fresh fruit, and whole-wheat toast. A bowl of cereal is another great option; just don’t make these calorie-busting cereal mistakes. If you’re into smoothies, here are some ways to save calories before you sip.
Mango-Kiwi Smoothie For Lovelier Locks
If your hair is dull, dry, and brittle, forget spending lots of money on shampoos and styling products that claim to offer shine and moisture. You need to replenish your hair from the inside out! Made from hair-healthy ingredients like Greek yoghurt, blueberries, and kidney beans, this smoothie will help moisturise the scalp and encourage growth. The beans also offer biotin, which is not only great for your hair, but for your skin as well.
This under 400-calorie smoothie contains almost 20 grams of protein. If you’re skeptical about the beans and spinach, the fruit overpowers their mild flavours so you hardly even notice they’re there.
Keep reading for the simple recipe and nutritional info.
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Naturopath Monica Roberts
My name is Monica Roberts and I am the business owner and Naturopathic Practitioner of Croydon Herbal Health.
I became interested in Naturopathy when my daughter was only 3 months old and suffering from a range of symptoms which were not resolved through main stream medicine.
I was so inspired by the results of her recovery that I went on to study the advanced Diploma and became passionate about helping others learn the importance of living healthy, natural, well balanced lifestyle.
I studied Naturopathy at the Australian College of Natural Medicine where I learned the importance of living a healthy naturally balanced lifestyle. I am a member of the A.N.P.A and have a certificate in counselling enabling me to take a holistic approach to health which incorporates physical and emotional health.
Total wellness and vitality is the goal and it is very achievable.
Your Wellbeing Matters.