Managing Menopause Naturally with Vitamins for Women

Menopause is a normal biological process in a woman’s life, marking the natural transition between fertility and age-related non-fertility. Menopausal symptoms, in particular hot flushes and night sweats, can vary in their duration and severity and typically begin for women in their late 40’s to early 50’s, often leaving them hot and flustered.

Menopause, hot flushes and night sweats

Hot flushes and night sweats are caused by changing levels of hormones in the body, particularly declining oestrogen levels during the peri-menopause, menopause and the post-menopausal phases.

Peri-menopause is the period of time, usually 4-10 years, before the onset of menopause that tends to affect women in their early 40’s.

Menopause is defined as the cessation of menstruation for at least one year and usually occurs anywhere from around 45-55 years of age.

Post-menopause follows the menopausal phase where the ovaries stop producing oestrogen and while the adrenal glands and the conversion of androgens within fat cells produce small amounts of oestrogen.

As a woman approaches peri-menopause, declining oestrogen levels have a direct effect on the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that’s responsible for temperature control. Low levels of oestrogen trick the hypothalamus into believing the body is overheating. This triggers a cascade of biochemical processes to try and cool the body down by dilating blood vessels, resulting in hot flushes and night sweats.

Hot flushes and night sweats are the number one complaint for women experiencing menopause and are characterised by sudden, intense feelings of heat in the face, neck and arms

Excessive sweating

The frequency, duration and severity of hot flushes and night sweats varies greatly between women. Some women experience mild hot flushes and night sweats every now and then, while other women experience severe hot flushes and nights sweats all day and all night. Avoiding well-known triggers such as caffeine, alcohol, stress and excessive heat, can help to prevent hot flushes.

Top 5 herbs for hot flushes and night sweats

  1. Sage has been used for thousands of years and is traditionally used to relieve excessive sweating, night sweats and hot flushes associated with menopause.
  2. Pueraria (Kudzu), provides isoflavones (phytoestrogens), helpful in managingheat and dryness, improve libido throughout menopause and may help preserve bone health in postmenopausal women
  3. Chaste tree, also known as Vitex, helps support normal healthy hormone balance, helps relieve hot flushes and maintains healthy moods.
  4. Dong Quai may help relieve hot flushes and sleep disturbance in pre- and post-menopausal women.

These herbs have traditionally been used to help relieve a wide variety of menopausal symptoms, especially hot flushes, excessive perspiration, night sweats, sleeplessness, dryness, nervous tension, headaches, and joint and muscle pain.

Get proactive about your prostate health with Vitamins for Men

Getting regular health checkups is important for everyone of every age – but it’s perhaps especially important for Australian men to think about.

Research shows that men are more vulnerable to certain chronic illnesses than women. Unfortunately,  many Aussie blokes take a “she’ll be right” attitude to their health, with consequences that could have been avoided if they’d been proactive.

Some of the checkups we’d recommend booking at least yearly include:

Skin checks / mole maps

Dental and vision checks

Heart health and blood sugar checks

And of course, it’s important to get a prostate check too.

What is your prostate, and what does it do?

Your prostate is a small, walnut-sized gland that sits just beneath your bladder (if you’re a man). Your prostate’s function is to secrete a special fluid that nourishes and protects any sperm cells you create.

Once you hit your forties, it’s normal for changes in your hormone balance – particularly testosterone and DHT – to chemically triggerprostate cell growth. Because the gland is so close to your bladder, this can sometimes have uncomfortable and annoying effects on your ability to urinate. Additionally, although the growth is usually benign, it can mask symptoms of something more serious.

So, if you start to experience urinary issues (or you want to be proactive – even if you don’t have any symptoms), it’s important to get regular prostate checks.

Other ways to proactively support your prostate health

Living a generally healthy lifestyle is a good start to proactively maintain your prostate health. Beyond that, however, there are four herbs and nutrients that are worth incorporating into your lifestyle:

Saw Palmetto: has a long history of traditional use in helping to support normal testosterone balance. Also rich in fatty acids which help to block the enzyme that triggers prostate enlargement.

Lycopene: this bright red antioxidant pigment is found in cooked tomatoes, watermelon and papayas. It supports healthy prostate cell growth and division and helps to protect the cells in your prostate gland from free radical damage.

Zinc: a trace mineral with powerful antioxidant properties, Zinc is vital for testosterone production, as well as sperm formation and motility, and immunity. Good sources of Zinc include shellfish (particularly oysters), eggs, almonds, pine nuts and walnuts.

Selenium: another essential trace mineral, Selenium supportstestosterone formation, sperm health, and general immunity. You can find good levels of Selenium in Brazil nuts, and in some types of fish and meat.

The staff at Go Vita Tanunda can help you find a convenient, one-a-day capsule containing all 4 of these powerful ingredients, which makes supporting your prostate health easy.

Man to man – Naturopath, Peter Balogh will give you highly qualified, proven natural health solutions to prostate problems and their prevention. Book your consultation today.

AN ESSENTIAL SUPPLEMENT FOR VEGANS

Iron is an essential mineral, necessary to produce haemoglobin, which plays an important role in storing and transporting oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body, including the muscles for healthy muscle contraction.

There are two forms of dietary iron known as haem and non-haem iron:

Haem iron can be found in animal-based foods, including lean red meats, poultry and fish

Non-haem iron can be found in plant-based foods, including nuts, legumes, grains, fruits and vegetables

Iron levels are tightly controlled within the body, with levels regulated by absorption rather than excretion, and many factors can hinder the amount of iron absorbed within the gastrointestinal tract.

Iron absorption

Haem iron is more soluble and readily absorbed by the body when compared to non-haem iron. Non-haem iron is less soluble and poorly absorbed as it’s easily disrupted and inhibited by other dietary factors including tea, coffee, milk, wholegrains and chocolate. Combining foods rich in vitamin C with non-haem iron based foods, helps to solubilise and enhance the absorption of iron from the digestive tract. Haem iron is thought to have 2-3 times greater absorption than non-haem iron. Iron supplementation may be beneficial when dietary intake is inadequate, and deficiency is common in vegetarians, vegans, the elderly, and during infancy, adolescence and pregnancy.

Iron and B Vitamins – essential Vegan supplements

Some B vitamins, particularly vitamins B2, B6, B12 and folic acid, when combined with iron, provide important cofactors that help to maintain healthy blood in healthy individuals:

Vitamins B2 and B6 are important for the production of haemoglobin, which transports oxygen around the body in red blood cells

Vitamin B12 and folic acid are necessary for the production of red blood cells for oxygen transport

Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid are necessary for oxygen transport in red blood cells

Types of iron

There are a number of organic (eg: ferrous bisglycinate) and non-organic (eg: ferrous sulphate) forms of non-haem iron available for supplementation. Ferrous sulphate is commonly prescribed medically, and while highly bioavailable, gastrointestinal irritation is common. Ferrous bisglycinate is also highly bioavailable and is well tolerated and gentle on the digestive system.

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.

11 EASY STEPS TO A NEW YOU IN THE NEW YEAR!

What was your New Year Resolution?

Ours was togo for a Body Cleanse after the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Download your free Body Cleanse detox Q&A Click Here and decide if your need to join us feel revitalised for 2018.

Seriously there are so many more benefits to joining in with our Body Cleanse detox month. Here are some guidelines from Pete to get you thinking Click Here

Here are 11 of Pete’s top tips for a 2018 Body Cleanse

1. Planning your meals for the week ahead is one of the best ways to make sure your detox goals are achieved.Meal planning is asking the “what’s for dinner” question once for the whole week.

  • Make lists! Organize your pantry, toss out the junk, gather recipes, sketch out weekly menus, make shopping lists for healthy foods you will be eating and formulate a cooking schedule to ensure you allot time to prepare your food for the week.

2. Each of us has an individual pattern of weaknesses and strengths in our bodies. A detox diet can be tailored to target weak organs and systems, giving support to those areas that need the most help.

It is wise to consult a Naturopath to discuss your health, symptoms, diet and lifestyle before starting a detox. In Pete’s clinic he can test to identify your weaknesses and strengths, recommending supplements and dietary changes that address your weaker areas. For example:

  • Magnesium and zinc are the best minerals for flushing toxins from the cells of your body.
    • – Magnesium stimulates cell activity so that toxins are released into the blood stream.
    • – Zinc is a strong antioxidant that works to destroy ‘free radicals’ in the body. Zinc also helps in removing heavy metals from the body.

Most importantly, if you are taking prescription medicines, check with your doctor before starting a Body Cleanse or changing your supplements.

3. Use Sunday to prepare meals for the busy week ahead by cooking up organically detoxifying and delicious meals. This way youcan make wise choices with your meals. Staying organised will help your Body Cleanse detox be a success!

4. If you enjoy a glass of wine while preparing a meal, here is a very delicious non alcoholic alternative to enjoy throughoutyour Body Cleansing detox.

Using a favourite glass with loads of ice, sparkling mineral water, bruised mint, fresh raspberries or lemon and a couple of drops of Bitters… just divine, refreshing and you’re not blowing your cleanse.

Bitters does contain alcohol, so only use a couple of drops, it is also a digestive tonic

5. Add a green juice to your daily Body Cleanse detox routine. We mix it up with different ingredients like organic coriander, cucumber, lemon, spinach, apple, celery, parsley. Throw in some ice, they are so fresh and delicious!

The health benefits are extensive.

    Here are 5 great reasons to add some green juice to your day.

  • Removes Toxins from the Body (and Cleanse the Liver)
  • Alkalising and helps to reduce Inflammation
  • May help with Weight Loss
  • Promotes Skin Health
  • Boosts Energy & Mental Alertness

 

6. Many of us detox in order to eliminate internal toxins from our body, but what about the toxins in our homes? Common household and body-care products are being found to have negative health effects on the nervous and immune systems, on our reproductive systems and on our endocrine, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

Did you know that the average home contains hundreds of chemicals, you probably put at least 60 chemicals per day on your skin! While these chemicals may be tolerated individually and in small doses, problems can arise when one is exposed to them in combination or in larger doses.

Your body’s chemical toxicity can be investigated in a consultation with Peter Balogh, and with the help of staff at GoVita Tanunda, we can help you to change your household and personal care products over to healthier options.

7. Exercise stimulates our bodies. It flushes out our lungs and improves oxygen delivery while also opening the sweat glands and cleansing the skin through perspiration. It promotes circulation of blood, facilitates lymphatic flow and kick-starts the kidneys. Digestion is also improved with exercise.

Luckily, any activity that gets your body moving is going to provide cleansing benefits. You don’t have to join a gym (if that’s not your thing). Brisk walking, biking, swimming, tennis, yoga, strength training or just about any activity that moves your body is great! So, find out what you enjoy and do that. You will have fun and stick to it, and gain some stress-relief in the process!

8. Drinking pure water is essential to the health of your skin and body because it sustains the health of the cells, assists with the elimination of toxins and waste, helps regulate the body’s temperature and aids in proper digestion.

Most people should have no problem meeting needs with the guideline of eight cups (2Ltrs) of water daily.

Staying well hydrated is one of the easiest and most effective ways you can support your overall health. Making sure you are drinking the right amount of water every day, will keep your body’s detoxification systems working at their best.

9. Some people feel guilty about taking time for themselves, not us…. It’s our number 1 rule!

You don’t have to come up with hours and hours of alone time. Just start off small and see what happens.

Hopefully, the little bit of time you steal for yourself will become so reinforcing that you’ll find more and more ways to get more of it.

Guilt is counterproductive to reaping the full benefits of solitude. If you spend all or even some of your “found” time feeling guilty, it defeats the purpose! Try this –

“I don’t feel guilty because….

– Spending time with myself is time well spent because it makes me a happier person to be around.

– Spending time with myself benefits everyone because by having a happier and healthier mindset, I’m in a better frame of mind to take care of the people who are important to me.

– Spending time with myself is preventative medicine to combat burnout. What good will I be to anyone if I eventually burnout?”

10. This detox month is the perfect time to get grounded!
Being grounded means you are present in your life, not obsessed with the past or future. It means you have stability, security, and control over your life. It means being ready to handle life’s challenges instead of burying your head in the sand and pretending they aren’t there.
5 Tips for getting yourself grounded….

  • Walk on the Earth – Take off your shoes and walk on the Earth. Not the concrete, actual earth!
  • Exercise – Moving your physical body
  • Meditation – Sit quietly and imagine roots going from your feet deep into the core of the Earth. Plant yourself
  • Sit in hot water – It’s cleansing. Take a hot bath with some Epsom salts mixed into the water. Water is purifying
  • Sit in Stillness – Be in the present moment. Sit outside on the grass under a tree. Get quiet. Just look, just listen, just feel the air gliding around your body. Notice what you smell. Notice what you hear. Just absorb the present moment.

11. Avoiding caffeine is important during our detox journey. Alternatives that support the health benefits of your detox diets can include a caffeine-free coffee alternative that contains freshly brewed chicory Chicory is a bitter herb that stimulates the liver and gallbladder for an effective liver cleanse

GoVita Tanunda has a large selection of high quality herbal teas, there is something for all tastes.

Bone broth is one of the most nutrient-dense, healing foods for the digestive system, containing collagen, amino acids and numerous trace minerals, just for starters.

Add a variety of alternatives to your pantry and keep it interesting

  • The Body Cleansing month is. We had 2 events in January to celebrate with family and friends.
    We are all human!
    Here are 5 tips on how to maintain your body cleanse when you are a social butterfly…..

    • Don’t beat yourself up
    • Limit yourself to one meal or only a couple of alcoholic drinks
    • Don’t blow the whole day over one slip, accept it and move on
    • Re-frame why you want to complete your Body Cleanse
    • Follow splurges with detoxifying foods

    It’s not a “Cheat Day” that mentality may do more harm than good. Find what matters to you—if coffee with a friend is your go-to, then enjoy that. If you love pizza, have a slice and really relish it. There is so much power in enjoying your meal without guilt.

    Then get back on the horse and keep going

RESULTS!

The verdict is in, our January detox was a success!

We experienced clearer thinking, improved productivity, less joint pain, more mobility, enjoyment of the process and a real sense of self satisfaction! We learned to slow down and take time for ourselves.

Those are the un-measurable results.

With the BIA scales Peter uses in his clinic, we measured and recorded a loss of 4kg each, lower visceral fat count (fat around the organs of the abdomen), better hydration and, due to exercise, greater muscle mass.

Peter’s VEGA testing, conducted in clinic, showed an improved alkaline body state, improvement in digestive function, lower toxicity levels in certain areas and a reduction of stress in the body.

We are feeling great and have decided to keep going with the fundamentals of this program, relaxing the strict guidelines and maintaining the good health habits.

Detoxification is safe when under the supervision of a Naturopath. Booking a consultation with Naturopath, Peter Balogh, will involve testing and some detective work to uncover ways to tailor a specific detox program best suited to you and your body, to achieve positive results.

Detoxification is not safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

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