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The succulent everyone needs in their garden!

Aloe : Aloe barbadensis

Although aloe is a tender succulent, you can grow it indoors on a warm sunny windowsill or greenhouse during winter. It is a very handy first aid remedy for cuts and skin abrasions – just slice a leaf horizontally and apply the clear gel that oozes out of the centre directly onto the wound.
Aloe gel has been shown to speed up healing time and encourage cellular repair in burns, minor wounds, psoriasis and the red, scaly, flaking skin of seborrheic dermatitis. It can help skin recover from sunburn and frostbite and is often used in beauty treatments as a skin softener. I will post a recipe soon.
Its astringent properties may also help tighten skin and minimise wrinkles. Caution: the clear gel from the inner leaves is different from the yellowish juice that comes from the tough outer edge of the leaves, which is known as aloes when it has solidified. Aloes can cause intestinal cramping, so don’t orally ingest the Aloes.

What Foods Contain Vitamin C?

Think C for CITRUS, this is an easy one to remember – oranges and grapefruits. Think B for BERRIES: cranberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries. Among the VEGIES, capsicum, broccoli and brussel sprouts are amongst the best sources.  Cooking destroys vitmain C so always enjoy raw.

According to nutrition Australia,  on average, we should be consuming at least 2 servings of fruit per day and preferably organic in order to avoid nasty herbicides and pesticides.

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Vitamin C – what’s all the fuss!

What function does vitamin C play in the body?
 
Vitamin C has a variety of roles, all indispensable to good health. It is needed for the body to make connective tissue, or collagen, which is found throughout the body and helps maintain the structure of tissues, including skin, muscles, gums, blood vessels and bones. In the classic deficiency disease, scurvy which was recognised for more than 35 centuries, a lack of vitamin C leads to the breaking open of small blood vessels, the reddening and bleeding of skins, nose, gums, loose teeth and general weakness and death. Like vitamin E and beta-carotene, vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant. That means it helps to neutralise potentially harmful reactions in the body – reactions that can lead to cell damage associated with cancer, heart disease and an array of other health problems.
 
More information on vitamin C to come soon!
 
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Salicylates.

Salicylates, what are they, and why do people develop an intolerance to them?
Salicylates are an important plant hormone that are used to protect themselves from disease. They are derived from salicyclic acid. . Big pharma got their hands on it and used it as a prodrug to develop aspirin.
The liver uses glycine to detoxify it and clear it out but sometimes it builds up causing the body to develop an intolerance. Symptoms can be broad and significant, such as stomach pain, itchy skin, hives, headaches and swelling in the hands and feet. Salicylates have an ototoxic (toxic to the ear) effect which can initiate tinnitus. It can also cause metabolic acidosis and respiratory acidosis.
Does this sound like you?

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Calcium and Calcium Supplements

Calcium supplements; do you need it and are you taking the right supplement in the right way?

Calcium is important for maintaining electrolyte balance in body fluids. Plus calcium is a structural component of bones and teeth, it plays a role in muscle contraction, blood clotting and enzymatic reactions.

Best sources include cheese and yoghurt, salmon and sardines. Veggies such as turnip, mustard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and dried fruits provide a relatively high amount of calcium. Legumes especially tofu are also a good source, meats, on the other hand, are a poor source of calcium.

Calcium carbonate does not absorb well without hydrochloric acid, so if you are taking antacids or proton pump inhibitors your calcium will not be getting absorbed. If stomach acid is not a problem make sure you are taking calcium carbonate with your food and in small doses as calcium absorbs better in low doses. Calcium citrate is better absorbed and it doesn’t require stomach acid for absorption.

Vitamin D is also required for the absorption of calcium. Vitamin D deficiency is widespread as many people are not getting the required sunlight or food sources.

Diet also plays a role in calcium deposition and function. If you are having too much soft drink, for instance, this will pull calcium from the bones to act as a buffer in the blood to counter the effects of the soft drink. Prolonged consumption can lead to secondary hyperparathyroidism.

Zinc, magnesium, iron, fibre, phytates and oxalates are nutrients that are either inhibit calcium absorption or are inhibited by too much calcium. Furthermore, too much sodium, protein or caffeine enhances the excretion of calcium through the kidneys.

Menopause is another factor that reduces calcium absorption as reduced oestrogen levels decrease the vitamin D mediated absorption of calcium.

Calcium can interact with blood pressure tablets and antibiotics, always consult your practitioner prior to taking supplements.

If you would like to discuss any details further please email me or schedule an appointment.

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