Rest and Play the Natural Way

Want to know the secret to vitality and longevity? Although a one pill fixes all is appealing, the reality is great nutrition, plenty of water, regular movement, lots of laughter and good sound sleep is the secret. Are you groaning, “We’ve heard this all before”.

The reason it keeps coming back is because it is true, it’s the one secret to improve your energy for good!

The Sleep Factor

One of the biggest factors influencing your day is how you slept last night. It determines how much energy you have to face challenges and embrace opportunities, it will also depict, how you eat and consequently how you function.

There’s big industry in drugs that induce sleep, but with increasing awareness of the health side-effects we see a growing movement towards more natural solutions.

Natural Sleep Solutions

Lifestyle Changes

A very simple and effective step towards good sleeping habits is to ensure your bedroom is totally dark. Any light can affect the release of our wake-up hormones and disrupt sleep patterns.

Exercise (though not before bedtime), light evening meals, disconnecting electronic devices two hours before you go to bed and reducing alcohol and caffeine, are all good sleep habits.

Initially, when attempting to follow a healthy lifestyle regime, you may need a helping hand to bring the metabolism into balance and that’s where natural supplementation comes in.

Gentle Homoeopathic Remedies

Homoeopathic remedies and tissue salts taken throughout the day can have a calming physiological effect. Some of these remedies are safe for children and suitable during pregnancy, a time when sleep patterns are often disturbed.

Increasing your protein intake

Protein is the most abundant constituent in the body besides water. It is responsible for the structure of body cells. It is essential for growth and development. Protein is required for hormonal, enzymatic function and energy production.

Natural Herbal Adaptogens

Adaptogens help the body to resist or cope with stress and are another means of attuning ourselves for better sleep and the consequent benefit of increased energy. Products containing adaptogenic herbs like rhodiola, Siberian ginseng and withania will help to tune and strengthen the nervous system resulting in increased stamina and an ability to deflect tension in times of stress.

WHY AM I SO TIRED?

In today’s face paced society it is not unusual to suffer fatigue, feel tired, and lack energy.

Symptoms

When you are fatigued, the main feeling is exhaustion, weakness and no stamina. In addition, it can affect concentration, mood and libido.

Why it happens?

You may suffer fatigue because of:

  • Depression, anxiety or grief
  • Poor sleep habits
  • Stress
  • Dehydration
  • Poor diet or lifestyle choices
  • Iron deficiency
  • Excessive physical demands
  • Ageing
  • Obesity
  • Medical conditions may include infections, pain, chronic fatigue, restless leg syndrome, blood sugar irregularities or digestive disturbances

What natural therapies can help?

When we are stressed our body utilises magnesiumcalciumzincB group vitamins, and vitamin C. Testing to ensure you are not missing out on any of these key nutrients can be done easily at Go Vita Tanunda, even a minor deficiency may contribute to fatigue.

Iron deficiency anaemia may be improved with supplementation.

Calming herbs like Zizyphus, hops and passionflower may help if you are experiencing sleeping difficulties.

Adaptagenic Herbs increase the body’s resistance to stress and builds up general vitality. Herbal tonics can help revitalise you when you are feeling run down. Herbs such as ginseng and astragalus have been traditionally used for centuries to fight fatigue.

What else will help?

  • We all get tired now and then but occasionally tiredness indicates there’s something going physically wrong. Iron deficiency is one common cause, but hormonal imbalance and other factors could also be at play. If your energy levels are consistently low despite getting enough sleep, it might be time to talk to Peter Balogh, Naturopath at Go Vita Tanunda.
  • Keep yourself well hydrated. Aim for two litres of water daily.
  • Maintain blood sugar levels. Eat small regular meals rather than three large meals
  • Watch the waistline
  • Get adequate rest and follow a healthy diet.
  • Chill out – exercise and stretching helps clear your mind and relaxes your muscles. Try deep breathing exercises and meditation if you can’t slow down.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have any allergies or diagnosed conditions, always consult your healthcare professional before taking nutritional or herbal supplements.

TOP TIPS FOR SURVIVING WINTER

Wouldn’t you love to say “No cold this year!”? The truth is a strong immune system is your best defence again disease.

To prevent colds and flu’s this winter season we recommend getting a step ahead with a game plan to support your immune system.

Build up your resistance by supporting your immune system through healthy eating, exercise, rest and plenty of water. Give yourself an extra boost with targeted natural supplements.

As Benjamin Franklin noted, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Stress less

Stress can leave you susceptible to sickness. Peter Balogh, Naturopath says “Clients often fall ill after overwork or emotional upsets. Managing stress by keeping a sane schedule including relaxation eases immune system strain.”

Exercise waste away

Moving your body flushes toxins through the lymphatics, pumping immune cells to needy areas. Consistent exercise helps to reduce colds. Activity also stimulates the respiratory system to expel mucus and bowels to excrete waste.

Defense downers

When your body’s busy battling toxins like alcohol, cigarettes, chemicals and sugar it has less energy to eliminate infections. Banish bugs by eating fresh foods, drinking filtered water, and washing hands.

Immune armoury

Astragalus. Not only supports immune function, but also improves resistance to stress and enhances vitality and stamina

Elderberry. Enhances immune function and reduces mucus. It is effective against flu strains, reducing the duration and severity. It also combats sinusitis, sore throats, tonsillitis and bronchitis.

Echinacea. Popular as a preventative against colds and flu. It’s safe to take as a daily immune enhancer and may reduce cold symptoms their duration by days.

Garlic contains antibiotic allicin which is antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Research reveals garlic prevents and treats colds, coughs, candida and septic wounds.

Vitamin C and Zinc Vitamin C has long been known to ward off infection by supporting the immune system. But when combined with zinc, you get a powerful team of bug fighters.

Probiotics Besides from keeping your gut in good health, probiotics can also help your immunity. Probiotics before bed increase immunity overnight.

Always check the label and follow the manufacturer’s dosage instructions, and if you have any concerns, consult the team or Naturopath, Peter Balogh, at Go Vita Tanunda.

Help! My kids keep coming home sick!

If you think your kids have been catching more colds since they’ve been at kindy or day care, you’re probably right.

This occurs because children’s immune systems are still developing.

When you encounter a cold virus as an adult, your immune system often recognises it as an enemy that it’s tackled before and fights it again before it can take hold.

Without those years of history to draw on, your child’s immune system recognises relatively few viruses, and is less capable of fending them off.

To exacerbate matters, colds are spread by being exposed to droplets from sneezes, coughs and runny noses, so viruses can spread at childcare centres, where many little ones haven’t yet learned the fine arts of washing hands properly, blowing noses or covering mouths when coughing.

Having a child with a cold can sometimes be as exhausting and frustrating as being sick yourself – so how can you boost your child’s resistance this winter?

Probiotics: In babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, probiotics support the developing immune system, and may reduce the risk of upper respiratory infections. For optimal benefits, choose a product that’s been specially developed for kids.

Immune tonics: Herbal immune tonics such as Olive Leaf, Echinacea or Elderberry may be beneficial for children who are prone to recurrent colds, flu and sore throats, or who are slow to recover after they get sick.

Symptom relief: Some herbal blends for the relief of sinus congestion and other cold and flu symptoms are suitable for children as well as adults, and some are available in liquid tonics that are more easily administered than tablets.

However, bear in mind that the doses may need to be adjusted according to your child’s age and that some herbs are only suitable for young children under the care and supervision of a healthcare professional. Always check the label and follow the manufacturer’s dosage instructions, and if you have any concerns, talk to the team at Go Vita Tanunda.

GOOD FOR YOUR GUTS

We know Licorice as a delicious sweet treat, the herb itself has very different benefits. As a medicinal herb, licorice root has long been valued for the profound and positive effect it has on your digestive system.

Licorice has been used in many forms over the centuries. It is known that the glycyrrhizin in licorice root can cause high blood pressure. A procedure developed to remove this compound from licorice provides a new safer form known as DGL or deglycyrrhizinated licorice. Anti-inflammatory DGL is highly effective for soothing digestive disturbances, particularly gastritis and peptic ulcers.

The mechanism of DGL in peptic ulcer treatment is that it stimulates and/or accelerates the factors that protect against ulcer formation. Specifically, DGL improves both the quality and quantity of the protective substances that line the intestinal tract. The licorice produces a thick protective mucus gel that covers the lining of the stomach wall providing welcome relief for heartburn sufferers too.

Chewing DGL between or twenty minutes prior to meals seems to produce positive results as it must mix with saliva to promote the regeneration of salivary compounds that stimulate the growth and regeneration of stomach and intestinal cells.

DGL may also prove useful in eradicating Helicobacter pylori. Patients with duodenal and gastric ulcers may test positive to this bacterium.  Stress and anxiety were thought to be the main cause of ulcers, but H. Pylori causes damage to the stomach lining and DGL can combat this damage.
 
Licorice is also one of a group of herbs that has a marked effect upon the endocrine system. It was traditionally used as an adrenal tonic. Licorice contains glycyrrhizic acid, similar to the hormones of the adrenal cortex, these glands have the task of responding to any stress the body is under, whether it is study, work or life.  
 
Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) may help relieve:

  • Functional dyspepsia
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Nausea and stomach pain
  • Gastritis
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Peptic ulcers

Licorice supplements contraindicate with anti-hypertensive or diuretic medications. Do not take if you suffer kidney insufficiency, liver cirrhosis or are pregnant.

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