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How exercise during pregnancy can make birth easier PLUS our TOP TIPS for safe home pregnancy exercising!

How exercise during pregnancy can make birth easier PLUS our TOP TIPS for safe home pregnancy exercising!

How exercise during pregnancy can make birth easier PLUS our TOP TIPS for safe home pregnancy exercising! 

One of the most frequently asked questions during pregnancy is whether or not it is safe to exercise whilst pregnant and if so, which exercises are safe to do? Generally, exercise is actually encouraged during pregnancy as long as your pregnancy is not high risk. Should your pregnancy be high risk, we recommend that you should rather consult your health care practitioner before attempting to work out!

Let’s take a look at how exercise during pregnancy can lead to an easier delivery AND pregnancy:

  1. You’re less likely to become unhealthily overweight
  • Picking up too much weight can lead to you having a very big baby therefore making it more likely that you’ll have a caesarean
  • Putting on too much weight during pregnancy can increase the risk of you developing diabetes in pregnancy
  • Too much unnecessary fat around your belly means that your doctor will have a harder time looking at your baby during ultrasounds and might miss an important diagnosis that might require treatment before birth
  • The higher your BMI, the greater your risk of delivering prematurely
  1. You will stay fit, even with the bump!
  • Stamina is an important part of the birthing process and regular exercise during pregnancy will increase your fitness levels to help prepare you for the big day!
  • You’re more likely to build a stronger endurance and tolerance for pain – like they say when working out, “no pain, no gain”!
  1. Your body’s ability to recover is greater, the fitter you are!
  • Exercising while pregnant will help your abdominal wall to repair itself more quickly than if you do not exercise whilst pregnant
  • You will increase your chances of having shorter first and second stages of labour
  • Your pelvic muscle tone will be good making it less likely that you’ll tear or need to have an episiotomy

Exercising whilst pregnant will also improve your muscle and skin tone and could even help reduce stretch marks (yes, I said it)!

Make sure that you’re eating a balanced diet to give you the energy that you need when you exercise and don’t forget about those prenatal vitamins as they are important for your baby’s development as well as for your own health. At Feelgood Health, we recommend Solgar Prenatal Nutrients which contain a wide spectrum of daily vitamins, minerals and trace elements needed during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Here are our BEST TIPS for safe home exercise during pregnancy:

  • There’s nothing like good music to listen to while exercising! Whether you’re up for bit of cardio or simply striking those Pilates or Yoga poses, choose music that you enjoy to go with the exercise. Feelgood Health’s Rocking Chair CD will get you AND baby ready for action! The best part is that your baby can hear the music too – and when you play this CD after your baby is born, it will be familiar and can help to soothe your little one!
  • Make sure that you’re dressed comfortably and wear loose-fitting clothes that you can breathe in
  • Your shoe size might have changed due to your feet swelling. If your shoes don’t fit, buy a new pair or even better…exercise bare foot!
  • Stay hydrated! Remember that a lot of your fluids go towards the amniotic fluid and you will lose some while working out. Make sure that your water ration isn’t left out!
  • Begin your workout by warming up first otherwise you could end up straining a muscle or ligament – leaving you in even more pain!
  • Always stop if something hurts. Listen to your body. Don’t overdo it. Remember that you’re doing this to love your body, not punish it.
  • Remember to cool down by stretching out your muscles while allowing your heart rate to slow down to avoid sore muscles (pregnancy comes with enough aches and pains as it is!)
  • End your workout off with a much-deserved warm bath and treat yourself by adding a cap full of Mellow Mama Bath Oil - turning your bath into a relaxing, therapeutic and pampering experience while facilitating a time of quietness, reflection and bonding with your little one
  • Make a commitment to exercise regularly and make it a habit!

Exercising during pregnancy lifts your spirits and helps to prepare your body for childbirth and postpartum recovery however always consult with your health practitioner first to find out which exercises are safe for you. Mostly importantly, you will learn more about your own body when exercising during pregnancy than ever before – love it, listen to it, embrace it!

Our best TOP TIPS for healthy hair, skin & nails PLUS our FREE organic hair mask recipe!

Our best TOP TIPS for healthy hair, skin & nails!

Our best TOP TIPS for healthy hair, skin & nails PLUS our FREE organic hair mask recipe!

We are all given one body in this lifetime and it is our job to cherish and nourish it in every way that we can! All people are different and come with different kinds of skin, hair and nail types. What a lot of people don’t know is that simply caring for your hair, nail or skin type (even problem skin) can make the world of a difference to your self-esteem as well as overall health!

In this day and age where weather extremities are becoming all too common and we often seem to struggle to find the time to give our bodies that extra little TLC (diet included) it is  even more imperative that we share our top tips for healthy hair, skin and nails so that you can benefit too!

Let’s care for that hair!

Taking care of your hair is not just what you wash your hair with. There are also ways that you can care for your hair in an everyday kind of way:

  • Go for regular trims to avoid split ends and breakage
  • The healthier you eat, the healthier your hair looks - remember that daily hair supplements,like Solgar Skin, Hair and Nails, are an important part of your diet too!
  • Stop abusing your hair with heat styling appliances, such as straighteners, blow dryers or curling irons
  • Encourage production of your own natural protective oils – the less you wash your hair the better!
  • Believe it or not…cold water is good for your hair as it locks in the moisture and also stimulates blood flow to the scalp. Start by washing your hair with warm water to open the pores on your scalp and hair, then rinse with cold water.
  • Brush frequently but not too often! Brushing allows for your natural oils to be spread evenly through your hair - however brushing too often can lead to breakage
  • Give your hair a natural hair treatment once a month to boost your hair’s natural health and beauty! See our FREE home recipe below!

Time to win back that skin!

Whether you are struggling with problem skin (acne, eczema, etc) or you are simply looking to beautify your skin and boost your glow, here are some amazing skin health tips that will definitely benefit you!

  • Hydration is key! Make sure that you’re drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day to keep your skin hydrated and to balance your Ph levels
  • Antioxidants protect your skin against damaged cells as well as reduce the signs of anti-ageing. Organic Superfoods, such as Hemp Protein Powder, Chia Seeds and Goji Berries are a great source of antioxidants. They can be mixed into smoothies and added to your food to give your health AND your skin a boost! Let the rejuvenation begin!
  • Natural skin products are best as they don’t contain harmful chemicals that (believe it or not) damage your skin! We recommend Lavish’s all natural and organic skin collection for optimal skin health. Lavish makes an amazing exfoliator, a wonderful day cream and an amazing night cream that smells so yummy that you will want to eat it! In fact, it IS good enough to eat because it contains ONLY natural ingredients and absolutely NO nasty petrochemicals, SLS, parabens or any other chemical ingredients!
  • Avoid chemical sunscreens that can thin your skin, thereby making it even more susceptible to sun damage. Rather practice safe sun behavior. Stay out of the midday sun between 11 – 3 pm in summer and 11 – 2 pm in winter. Wear a hat and protective clothing. Vitamin D is good for you and your skin – but you need to get your doses of sunshine wisely!
  • Cleansing is essential – use cold water to cleanse your face twice a day. Cold water has the same function as chemical cleansers and toners (save a few bucks!) and can close the pores just as well!
  • No matter HOW tempting it may be, DON’T pop your pimples as this could lead to scarring! If you are battling with problem skin, we recommend Silverlab Colloidal Silver gel – first aid for the skin in a tub!
  • Get rid of those dead skin cells, impurities and black heads by ensuring that you exfoliate regularly with a natural and organic exfoliator like Lavish Ex-Factor to make it smooth and flawless!
  • Give your body a good detox by taking a break from make-up which is often loaded with harsh chemicals. Detox your body often with Feelgood Health’s Detox Drops to purify your system from the inside out!
  • Mature skin needs a little help to stay fresh and young for longer. If you want to give YOUR skin a helping hand, you can’t go wrong with AllisOne Beauty Synergy – a specially selected blend of tissue salts to help your skin stay younger for longer! Nourish mature skin at night with pure organic Argan Oil to reduce wrinkles and plump up the skin. 

Feel confident with healthy nails!

So, you’re off to a meeting, job interview or dinner party and instead of looking forward to the event, all you can worry about is that hopefully nobody notices your dry, broken or cracked fingernails? Read no further for effective tips to get your nails back into shape!

  • Use a natural moisturizer – when you rub cream into your hands make sure that you massage it into your nails and cuticles too to get the moisture back (yes, your nails need moisture too!)
  • Avoid harsh nail polishes at all costs as they contain highly toxic chemicals. Besides damaging your nails, they can also be absorbed through your nails and pose a health risk to your body too!
  • Make sure that you’re eating well and try and get into the habit of taking a good quality Omega-3 fatty acid supplement for tip top nail health!
  • Stop biting your nails and picking your cuticles! Replacing a bad habit with a good one, like squeezing a stress ball, will help to distract you! If it is anxiety that is the cause, you can also use Feelgood Health’s PureCalm for natural fast relief from stress, panic or anxiety
  • Protect, beautify and strengthen your nails with pure organic Argan Oil (nature’s beauty blessing!) as well as AllisOne Beauty Synergy tissue salts as an all-round support for healthy hair, skin AND nails!

NATURAL ORGANIC HAIR MASK RECIPE

You can make this natural organic hair mask recipe at home!

INGREDIENTS:

Crede Organic Coconut Oil (250ml)

Soil Organic Rosemary Essential Oil

Soil Organic Cedarwood Essential Oil

METHOD

Scoop all the coconut oil into a pan and heat slowly on very low heat until melted.

Add 5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil and 5 drops of Cedarwood Essential Oil and stir to mix

Pour the oil back into the glass jar and allow to cool in the fridge. You now have a jar of gorgeous smelling organic hair mask that will work better than any hair conditioner that you have ever used! It will not only condition your hair and stimulate growth, but it will also help to prevent dandruff, eczema and falling hair!

HOW TO USE

After you have washed your hair, towel dry gently. Take a teaspoon or two (depending on hair length and thickness)  of the home made hair mask and warm in your hands, slowly working thoroughly into your hair and scalp.  Leave on for as long as you can (overnight is best, but an hour or two is also good). Wash hair again to remove the oil if you want to. However, if you want to leave it in for an amazing gelled look, all the better!

So you see, there’s really no need to go and spend a whole day at the hair dresser or beauty salon. Our top tips take up little time and are exactly what your body has been waiting for!

All YOU need to know about Genetically Modified Food!

The harmful effects of genetically modified food

All YOU need to know about Genetically Modified Foods (GMO)

Modern agriculture has been a rising crisis over the past few decades; chemical fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics fed to livestock and not to mention…genetically modified crops and foods! Let’s take a look at genetically modified foods and the harmful effects they have on your body.

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What is GMO?

Genetically Modified Organisms are artificial DNA that are inserted into animals or food crops. These genes usually come from viruses, insects, bacteria, animals and even humans!

Here are a few reasons why the food industry genetically modifies plants/animals:

  • Research
  • Virus resistance
  • Insect protection
  • Model animals
  • Production of pharmaceutical products
  • Lower costs = greater benefit
  • Herbicide tolerance

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So you’re wondering, “Is it safe to eat GMO foods?” The answer is NO! Let’s take a look at how GMO’s harm YOUR health:

  • Gluten Disorders

Bt-toxin, glyphosate, and other components of GMOs are linked to conditions that can either exacerbate or initiate gluten related disorders

  • Toxicity

Rats given GM soy were found to have deadly amounts of toxicity in their kidneys, liver, sperm, testes, blood and DNA

  • Infertility

Studies show that mice fed GM corn had greatly reduced fertility (both male and female) compared to mice fed non-GM corn as well as their offspring

  • Birth Defects

Studied have shown the link between farmed pigs being fed GMO’s and giving birth to deformed piglets suffering from spinal deformities, visible abnormalities and growths and conjoined twins

  • DNA Transfer

DNA from GMO’s are not completely broken down during the digestion process and remain whole. The larger DNA fragments have been found to pass directly into the circulatory system, sometimes to a higher level than human DNA.

  • Food Allergy

The list of GMO food products intersect with 8 of the most common food allergies: shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, fish, eggs, soy and milk. A coincidence? We think not!

  • Cancer

Glyphosate has been found to double the risk of one blood cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and increase the risk of related cancer; multiple myeloma

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So, the question is…are there GMO’s lurking in your pantry? Without any labelling, GMO’s are difficult to avoid. We advise that your best bet would be to go organic, exercise and detox your body as often as possible!

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Effective Discipline for Headstrong Toddlers!

Effective Discipline for Headstrong Toddlers

Effective Discipline For Headstrong Toddlers!

 "NO!" "I WON'T" or "ME DO IT!" are common phrases that come out of the mouths of toddlers, who are notorious for resisting reason from adults. One minute your toddler is still your baby, cuddling up and being a little angel - and the next she is a raging tyrant, screaming and kicking and throwing herself on the floor! They call the toddler years "The Terrible Two's" or the "Terrible Three's" and sometimes it may feel as though these years will last right into the "Terrible Thirties"! So, let us first look at what is going on with your child during this stage of development and FREE tips on how to handle them!

 

What is happening with my baby?
Well, your baby is beginning to grow up! For the first time in his life, he has begun to realise that he is a separate individual. Small babies have no sense of self. They believe that they are one person with their mothers. At around age two or three, children begin to have a sense of self, but they need to 'test' this and establish their independence and their 'difference' from you in whichever way they can. This is perfectly healthy and normal.

So, try and see your child's toddler years as 'practise' for adolescence and even an independent adulthood. It is a healthy stage and your toddler needs to feel supported and accepted in her developing independence. After all, learning to say 'No' is a very important life skill - and who better for your child to practise on than you!

Prevention is better than cure. Toddlers have a very low threshold for frustration and limited ability to reason, so it is always best to try and avoid putting obstacles in your toddler's way if possible.

Here are some things you can do which will help to prevent frustration and tantrums PLUS four amazing subscriber only discounts!

 

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  • Try to be one step ahead of your toddler

For example, if you know that she hates to stop playing and will resist getting into the bath, don't suddenly tell her to come and bath without any warning. Rather tell her that she has five more minutes left to play and then she is going to have a bath. This will help to prepare her. Learn to put him down for a nap BEFORE he gets overtired, not after he and you are both a wreck! Be aware also that his blood sugar levels will vary according to when he has last eaten and the amount of sugar he is consuming. If he is hungry, he will easily become unreasonable, so make sure that you give him regular healthy snacks throughout the day. Toddlers need at least five small meals a day - not three like adults. Too many sweet things to eat and drink will be bad for your toddler's health and his mood and are to be avoided, except on special occasions.

  • A consistent routine

A consistent routine together with regular naps and healthy meals will help your toddler to feel more secure and prevent many tantrums.

  • Be reasonable in your expectations

Remember that your toddler has a very short memory and little understanding of why certain things are not allowed. Don't become angry and expect that she behave like an older child. Lots of patience and plenty of repetition is what works, not scolding and spanking when your toddler does not 'listen'.

  • Give lots of controlled choices 

Give your toddler things to choose from. This helps him to feel more in control of his life and prevents oppositional behaviour.

  • 'Don't sweat the small stuff'!

Don't get into a battle of wills over things that are not important. There is no need whatsoever to establish who is 'boss'! If it doesn't really matter, don't fight about it. Save the conflict for things which are non-negotiable - there will be enough of them!

  •  Save NO for important things!

There must be some things which are non-negotiable under all circumstances. In cases like these, say "NO" very firmly and follow this up by removing either the object or your toddler from the scene. Be consistent about this.

  • Distraction is your most powerful tool! 

Toddlers have a very short attention span and are interested in everything! This means that they are easily distracted, so make sure that you use this to your advantage when trying to prevent conflict.

  • Keep your child busy

Boredom will create bad moods. Your toddler is developing fast and needs lots of learning opportunities. This need not be an expensive or time consuming pastime. Provide empty containers, sand and water and help her to make mud pies. Go for walks in the park. Join a mothers and toddlers group. Read her story books. Make sure that her day is varied and interesting.

  •  Don't use harsh discipline 

Spanking and yelling should be avoided, especially with toddlers who have little ability to understand this form of discipline and who can easily become angry and begin to bully other children and small animals as a way of coping with the harsh discipline. Rather use one of the preventative or guiding techniques above - they will be much more effective in any case!

  • Model good behaviour

Children learn by example! Model reasonable and kind behaviour at all times. You will have to do this a few times - even many times! But eventually your child will learn.

  • Give lots of praise & encouragement! 

Plenty of positive reinforcement is essential for young children. Too often we reprimand and criticize, rather than building our children's self-esteem and confidence.

  • Be aware of what you have learnt from your parents

Don't repeat bad parenting patterns! 

  • Give yourself a break! 

Make sure that you look after yourself. Take time to be with your friends and to get out for exercise, entertainment and relaxation. Do this regularly, not just when you are at the end of your tether! Your child needs you to be rested, happy and relaxed - not resentful, tired and ratty!

  • Learn to identify problem areas timeously 

Learn to know your child and identify when something is wrong. If you are not sure, consult a professional or someone whose advice you trust.

 

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Above all, make a special effort to highlight positives in your child. It is something we all need! Make time to have fun and spend time with your child. Tell him that you love him and admire him and show him often by giving him a hug!

  

Feelgood Health has developed a range of safe and effective homeopathic remedies for children - especially formulated by a Clinical Psychologist. For more information, please go to www.feelgoodhealth.co.za or our USA distributors at www.nativeremedies.com

 

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THE AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHAGA MUSHROOM (PLUS a FREE smoothie recipe!)

 

THE AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHAGA MUSHROOM (PLUS a FREE CHAGA SMOOTHIE recipe!)

Move over Green Tea, Moringa and other super immune boosters and make way for Chaga Mushrooms! Known as the “King of medicinal mushrooms” Chaga is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods in the world as well as one of the most powerful adaptogens and superfoods on the planet! Chaga is well known for protecting and repairing cells in the body and boosting the immune system. Read on as we take you through just some of the amazing benefits of Chaga Mushroom and how to include it in YOUR daily health regime PLUS a delicious smoothie recipe!

Chaga – the medicinal mushroom that promotes health

Chaga mushroom is a medicinal fungus that is found mostly on birch trees and in cold climates. The first mentions of Chaga are from Russia and most of Baltic countries in the 16th century, where it was traditionally used it to treat various cancers .

Chaga mushroom is a rich source of B-glucans, especially 1-3 B-glucans. It  is a powerhouse of 215 potent and unique phytonutrients and contains flavonaoids, numerous B vitamins, enzymes, phenols and minerals. No wonder it has been respected as a Superfood AND Super Medicine for centuries!

Packed with super nutrient goodness, Chaga mushrooms are definitely a MUST to have in your home!

Let’s take a look at the top 7 amazing health benefits of Chaga Mushroom and how to use this Superfood-  PLUS a fantastic recipe AND Subscriber Only discounts!

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Chaga Mushroom health benefits – 7 reasons to use this amazing Superfood!

  1. Chaga Mushroom stimulates & regulates the immune system

As we mentioned, Chaga Mushroom is even MORE powerful than other immune boosting anti-oxidants like Green Tea and Moringa! This is because Chaga Mushroom helps to MODULATE the immune system (to help keep it in perfect balance!) Instead of over-stimulating the immune system (which could contribute to anti-immune and allergy problems), Chaga Mushroom boosts the immune system when necessary, but slows it down when it’s overactive. This makes Chaga Mushroom a natural Biological Response Modifier (BRM) which will keep your immune system functioning optimally to promote health and prevent and fight disease.

  1. Nutritional support in the fight against cancer

Chaga Mushroom has been traditionally used for centuries in the fight against cancer. More recently, studies have suggested that Chaga Mushroom extracts have the ability to kill human lung, glial, and colon cancer cells in laboratory studies - without harming normal non-cancerous cells. This makes Chaga Mushroom a wonderful nutritional aid for people who are recovering from cancer as well as for those who would like to protect their bodies from abnormal cell growth!

  1. Chaga Mushroom reduces inflammation

Most holistic health experts will tell you that inflammation is one of the top causes of dis-ease and pain of any kind and can lead to many different health complications due to the stress it places on the system. Because Chaga Mushroom is associated with lowered inflammation, it can enhance almost every system in the body and protect you from numerous diseases, while maintaining optimal health. 

Chaga Mushroom protects the liver and helps you detox

Because of its incredible antioxidant activity, Chaga mushroom tea or Chaga supplements are an ideal addition to any detox diet or liver boosting plan. The betulin present in Chaga Mushroom is also known to have a liver detoxifying effect helping you clean out the system and start afresh!

  1. Anti-ageing & skin benefits

Chaga Mushroom is high in melanin, which is also the main pigment present in our skin. Experts suggest that the  melanin content in Chaga Mushroom can enhance the health of your skin, keeping it beautiful and supple.

  1. Helps to control cholesterol and blood pressure

Studies have shown that the betulinic acid found in Chaga Mushroom is able to break down LDL cholesterol (‘bad cholesterol’)in the bloodstream, while promoting the balance of HDL the ‘good’ cholesterol), thus preventing problems associated with high cholesterol levls. And unlike statin drugs, which are associated with the development of Alzheimers), Chaga Mushroom BOOSTS brain functioning to enhance memory!.

  1. Chaga Mushroom aids the battle against ulcers & gastritis

Chaga Mushroom benefits the entire digestive system! It promotes the formation of digestive bile therefore helping to break food down, creating easier digestion. Because of its anti-inflammatory effects, it relieves the pain and discomfort caused by gastric ulcers or heartburn and helps YOU to digest your food efficiently and comfortably.

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How to use Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga Mushroom is easy to add to your daily supplements and we recommend that you use an organic source of Chaga Mushroom to derive the best benefits. Superfoods Chaga Mushroom comes in a convenient powder and can be made into a wonderful health tea or added to smoothies for even more nutritional benefit! 

How to make Chaga Mushroom tea

Use 1-2 teaspoons or Chaga Mushroom powder per person added to hot water and then strained to make a rich, dark, coffee like drink. If desired, raw honey or maple syrup may be added for sweetness. (if you Theare looking for raw, untreated honey, look no further than the Feelgood Health shop in Westlake, Cape Town!)

For an even MORE delicious tea, why not add Chaga Mushroom Powder to one of our amazingly delicious and health enhancing YOGI TEAS

The powder may also just be added to Superfood or other smoothies. Use daily for best tonic effects. 

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Here is another great smoothie recipe you can make with Chaga Mushroom

Raw Chocolate Chaga Smoothie

Although the flavour of chocolate makes people think a recipe is unhealthy or decadent, this chocolate Chaga smoothie uses raw organic cacao powder and is good for the body, with plenty of antioxidants and no added sugar or sweeteners!

The berries add a natural tinge of sweetness and the chocolate flavour in the smoothie comes from raw cocoa powder – another Superfood! You can change up the flavour by adding different types of berries, cinnamon, cloves or any type of spices you like!

Ingredients:

½ sliced frozen banana

1 cup frozen berries (or any other fruit)

1 cup cold Chaga Mushroom tea (see above for directions)

1 tablespoon Superfoods Raw Cacao Powder (Tassi please link to this product on the website)

Optional: pinch of cinnamon

Method:

Combine in blender: ½ sliced frozen banana, 1 cup frozen berries, 1 cup cold Chaga tea & 1 tablespoon Superfoods Raw Cacao Powder

Add a pinch of cinnamon if desired

Blend until smooth. Add more Chaga tea if consistency is too thick.

SuperFoods Wildcrafted Chaga Mushrooms are available online and at the Feelgood Health shop in Cape Town 

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Fight colds & flu naturally this season!

Fight colds and 'flu naturally!

Winter is on its way! While many of us are looking forward to the cooler weather (and hopefully more rain in the Cape!), winter also brings with it a greater risk of infection with colds and ‘flu. By the time winter is well underway, we begin to receive many desperate requests for help from families who have had repeated bouts of ‘flu, ear infections, tonsillitis, bronchitis and other secondary infections. Courses after course of antibiotics, expensive visits to the doctor and time out from school and work can leave families looking for a better way to protect themselves and their children. Before winter starts, let us show YOU how!

 PREVENTION: To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

 We’ve all heard that prevention is better than cure and that is very true. But how can you best protect yourself against colds & ‘flu? Everyone agrees that a healthy immune system is the place to start. Many doctors also recommend a ‘flu vaccine. But with all the negative press on vaccines, is this really the way to promote health?

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 The ‘flu vaccine – Yes or No?

From a naturopathic point of view, frequent vaccinations can weaken immune functioning and ultimately lead to ill health and more serious illnesses. In addition to that there have been studies that suggest that ‘flu vaccines are not really effective for the most vulnerable age groups – children and the elderly. Since we are looking for an option that will promote and not weaken immune functioning, while still protecting you from infection, luckily homeopathy has the solution!

Homeopathy uses the current year’s ‘flu vaccine and prepares this in a homeopathic potency, meaning that you get all the protection of the ‘flu vaccine without the negative side effects! Even better, you do not need to have a nasty injection!

BaniFlu is Feelgood Health’s natural alternative to the flu vaccine – as it contains a 100% homeopathic formulation of the current year’s ‘flu vaccine! BaniFlu will help to build systemic immunity against the flu virus, without any of the toxic side effects that can occur as a result of the conventional flu vaccine. Taken at the start of the flu season (or before travelling),  BaniFlu will stimulate the body’s “vital force”, supporting and strengthening the body’s immunity against the actual flu virus - thereby making it more resilient to the virus strains for the current year. BaniFlu is safe for all ages (even during pregnancy and  breastfeeding) and is recommended to protect the whole family against the flu virus. BaniFlu should be used at the beginning of winter and at the first signs of infection. Not only will it protect your system, but it will also shorten the duration of infection and reduce the risk of secondary infections!

  • Protect your immune system

A strong immune system is the first line of defense! Make sure that your immune system is strong and vibrant by eating healthy and keeping fit, while avoiding immune system killers like smoking, alcohol, too much sugar and over processed foods. Lots of raw veggies and fruit, freshly pressed juices and bowls of delicious soups will keep your immune system happy and strong!

Herbal remedies can also play a part in strengthening the immune system and Feelgood Health has two of the best! KiddieBoost for children and Immunity Plus for teens and adults contain especially selected herbs to boost the immune system and can also be used as a natural antibiotic alternative. Take a 10 – 14 day course at the beginning of winter and repeat if there is an active infection. Children, especially, will benefit from using KiddieBoost. Because children are confined to classrooms for much of the day, colds and flu’s are rife during the winter months. Younger children in crèches and day care are also prone to what is referred to as  ‘creche’ or ‘daycare syndrome’. Due to their developing immune systems, small children pick up infection after infection during winter – often developing secondary infections such as bronchitis and ear infection. KiddieBoost contains a combination of immune boosting herbs especially formulated for children. A 10 – 14 day course prior to winter is recommended, with booster courses every two to three months.

Herbal teas are also a great way to keep your immune system strong. Try  sipping on a cup of delicious Yogi Organic Immune Support Tea which contains echinacea, elderberry, basil, ginger, cinnamon and cardomom. This is a soothing, warming and comforting tea to support the immune system.

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When the dreaded lurgy strikes!

Sometimes, despite all your best efforts, infection can strike! But don’t despair! A bout of ‘flu can be bothersome to say the least, but it is also nature’s way of building and strengthening the immune system naturally! Our immune systems actually NEED a few challenges in order to become strong. The trick is to allow our bodies to recover naturally in the shortest time possible – without resorting to antibiotics and other mediations that may weaken the immune system and prevent it from doing its work the next time infection strikes! (thereby avoiding repeated infections!)

Luckily we have so many allies in nature! Here’s what Feelgood Health has for you. Make sure you keep the following remedies in the home medicine chest at all times and you will sail through winter!

  • Soothe sore throats

During the cold and flu season, our throats often become sore and scratchy, and we have difficulty swallowing. This can signal a bout of ‘flu on the way or even an infection like tonsillitis. Instead of antibiotics, painkillers or even worse a tonsillectomy, use Feelgood Health’s Throat & Tonsil Dr. This homeopathic formula is especially chosen for its ability to gently soothe the throat without any harsh side effects or risk of addiction – giving you fast relief as well as peace of mind. Use Throat & Tonsil Dr, and BaniFlu together at the first signs of a sore throat and in most cases symptoms will subside and a full blown infection will be prevented!

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  • Blocked noses, congestion, fatigue, aches and pains

These are typical symptoms of seasonal ‘flu and respond very well to a natural approach. Apart from rest and lots of liquids, here is what Feelgood Health recommends to treat the symptoms and support your body to a quick recovery

ADULTS: Use our homeopathic BaniFlu (to strengthen your natural resistance to the ‘flu virus and shorten recovery time) and Immunity Plus (as a natural herbal alternative to antibiotics and to prevent secondary infections)

For wet coughs and phlegm-clogged chests or even bronchitis – our homeopathic remedies Mucous-Clear Phlegm Away and Triple Complex BronchoSoothe will help to loosen lungs and provide relief without the side effects of conventional meds.

CHILDREN and BABIES: It can be very heartbreaking to see small babies and children struggle with the symptoms of colds and ‘flu. Added to that, many parents, quite rightly, do not want to start their children on antibiotics so early in life. Sniffly Sprinkles is a homeopathic remedy especially formulated for babies and children to ease congestion and ‘flu symptoms naturally. It is safe for use even for newborn babies and very easy to administer. For many of our customers, Sniffly Sprinkles is the go to remedy for winter colds and ‘flu! Use together with KiddieBoost as a natural antibiotic alternative for children and BronchoSoothe if bronchitis has developed.  

Another great remedy is Congesto-K Kiddie Rub – made from pure essential oils. Many of us grew up with petroleum based chest rubs containing menthol to clear the airways. While they work well, who really wants to rub petrol on a child? Congesto-K Kiddie Rub can be rubbed onto the chest and back before bed or even added to the bath to soothe children and open up blocked airways to enable easy breathing.

Another must-have remedy to treat congestion is eucalyptus essential oil. Simply add a few drops of this oil to a burner to help easy breathing at night. A few drops of eucalyptus essential oil added to bath water also clears the chest and nose before bedtime.  Try Soil Organic Eucalyptus oil for best quality, pure essential oil of eucalyptus without any additives or artificial fillers.

Other effective home remedies which also work like a charm to relieve sore throats are gargling with salt water, sucking on a piece of garlic or adding two to three teaspoons of honey to a cup of hot water or herbal tea. Honey contains antibacterial properties to reduce inflammation and swelling in the throat. It also works as a hypertonic osmotic which means that it helps to drain water from the affected and inflamed tissue, thereby reducing swelling and pain. However, honey must be raw, unprocessed and not heat treated to preserve its amazing medicinal properties, which unfortunately rules out most honey on supermarket shelves! Try Crede’s raw and unprocessed honey in Eucalyptus and Orange Blossom flavours available from the Feelgood Health shop at 15A Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Westlake Business Park, Cape Town.

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More tips to prevent colds and flu

Keep hands clean at all times
Clean hands resist germs. Always wash your hands with soap and dry them well. Remember to keep hands away from your face as germs will not attack you unless you place them on your face with your hands. Most flu germs enter our bodies when we touch our eyes and mouths, so avoid rubbing or touching your eyes and mouth with unwashed hands!

Eat a healthy and well balanced diet

The right eating plan can greatly reduce the risk of colds and flu and also help us to stay in shape when we tend to overindulge. Pre-winter foods such as oranges, grapefruit and naartjies are packed with protective nutrients such as vitamin C, bioflavonoids and anti-oxidants to boost your immune system. Butternut is also agreat source of zinc and the omega-3 fatty acids. Drink herbal tea such as Chamomile which contains strong antibacterial properties and is known as an amazing cold and flu fighter. Snack on plenty of fruits and vegetables and enjoy a bowl of good old-fashioned chicken soup!

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Exercise regularly
Research suggests that moderate daily exercise can help fend off the common cold. Regular, low impact exercise is key in helping the immune system to prepare for the hard knocks of winter! Work out for at least forty-five minutes, three times a week. Exercise is excellent for the immune system and helps to prevent infection.

Rest and sleep.
By now we all know that there’s nothing better than a good night’s rest to feel revitalized and fresh the next day! Get 8 hours sleep a night, and take short breaks during the day to rest your system and prevent colds and flu. Your immune system will love you for it!

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Be kind to your body this winter! Do yourself and your family a favor by preparing naturally to avoid the onset of nasty colds and flu – guaranteed, you won’t regret it!

 

Herbal teas: How herbal teas can boost YOUR health! PLUS – how to make your own herbal tea!

Benefits of Herbal Teas PLUS how to make your own herbal tea

Herbal teas are wonderfully soothing, caffeine-free and jam packed with amazing health benefits. Drinking herbal tea offers an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Made from different parts of the plants like flowers, leaves, roots, seeds or bark, herbal teas are available in a combination of varieties that suit every palate.

Herbal teas are an excellent way to gently treat a variety of every day health concerns and there is literally a tea for every ailment! There are a variety of herbal teas on the market – and we are very excited to announce our NEW range of YOGI teas!

YOGI TEA®’s roots stem from the 3,000 year-old Indian Ayurvedic teachings about the balance between body, mind and soul. In the 1960s, Indian yoga and Ayurveda traditions were first introduced to the rest of the world. Yogi Bhajan, a master of Kundalini Yoga, was a pioneer of this holistic yogic lifestyle, which encouraged people to live a happy, healthy and conscious lifestyle. Yogi Teas are blended according to Ayurvedic principles. Apart from being super-enjoyable, health-giving and convenient, Yogi Teas are also 100% certified organic, meaning you can enjoy all the health benefits without the pesticides and other nasty chemicals! 

We thought we would introduce you to our new range of YOGI teas AND also teach you how to make your OWN herbal teas! The best news of all is that you can also grow your own herbs at home and use the herbs from your garden to make your own home made herbal tea! See the end of this article for more!

Here are some of our favorite healing YOGI Teas:

  1. YOGI Relax Tea

Feel stressed, tense or simply need to unwind? Try chamomile tea which contains calming and relaxing properties to soothe the mind and soul. It also helps to improve sleep, digestion, IBS and colitis due to its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Try Yogi Relax Tea from Feelgood Health - which is infused with the delicious and soft taste of chamomile and linden flower, rose hips, orange peel and raspberry leaf for a comforting pick-me-up!

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  1. YOGI Immune Support Tea

A strong, healthy immune system is essential for your overall health and wellbeing. While eating a balanced diet helps to boost your immune system, drinking tea with Echinacea and vitamin C will also be of great benefit to you. Offering natural support to the immune system, Yogi Immune Support Tea with Echinacea, elderberry, basil, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and Vitamin C is the perfect blend to keep you in tip top health.

  1. YOGI Detox with Lemon

Detoxing the body’s system regularly will not only help to cleanse and flush out nasty toxins but will refresh and invigorate you. Start your day with a refreshing morning tea combined with lemon, dandelion, sweet liquorice, peppermint and spicy ginger for a healthy and gentle detox treatment. Choose Yogi Detox with Lemon blend to kick start your detox journey - you’ll feel renewed and refreshed after a cuppa!   

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  1. YOGI StomachEase

Digestive problems such as heartburn, indigestion and nausea can be very uncomfortable. Soothe these niggly symptoms with a herbal tea called Yogi StomachEase containing fennel, liquorice and peppermint combined with heart-warming spices like cardamom, coriander, ginger and black pepper. Before you know it, you’ll find relief and feel better!

  5. YOGI Women’s Energy

Support woman’s health with a daily blend of tea containing hibiscus, raspberry leaf, peppermint and angelica root extract. These herbal ingredients help to enhance feminine energy, soothe PMS and menstrual cramps, calm and balance menopause symptoms. It is also the perfect tea to enjoy during childbirth and post pregnancy. Get Yogi Women’s Energy to enhance feminine balance and act as a tonic for the reproductive system

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    6.  YOGI Bedtime Tea

Struggling to sleep at night? Did you know Rooibos can help with some much needed shut-eye? Sip on a delicious cup of tea from the Yogi Tea range – the Yogi Bedtime tea combines soothing ingredients such as sweet rooibos, lemon balm, rose petal as well as cocoa, cinnamon, liquorice, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, cardamom, black pepper and ginger to comfort and relax you. This blend soothes and relaxes the mind and induces a state of drowsiness. Perfect for children with sleep problems too!     

    7.  YOGI Cranberry & Hibiscus Tea

If you need your spirits lifted, especially when life gets stressful, sit down and relax with a cranberry infused blend of tea. Cranberry tea is also an excellent tonic for the urinary tract, kidneys and immune system. Keep the Yogi Cranberry & Hibiscus tea with rose hip and lemongrass on hand to increase positive energy and stay healthy.

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   8. YOGI Choco Chili

Nothing beats an exotic brew with warm and intense ingredients. Choose an exciting variety of flavours such as cocoa, cinnamon, liqorice, vanilla with chai spices to intrigue your senses – Yogi Choco Chili will definitely appeal if you prefer a spicy blend! Drink this tea to also improve digestion and overall health. 

Herbal tea is the perfect way to stay healthy and happy! Start and end your day with a delicious cuppa – even better start trying out new combinations and you’ll be hooked in no time!

How to make your own herbal tea at home

There are many herbs which can be easily grown in your garden or even in pots on the window sill – and which you can use to make a cup of herbal tea! Some of the most common are:

  • Rosemary Tea (good for headaches and as a brain tonic)
  • Thyme Tea (good for colds and ‘flu)
  • Sage Tea (good for sore throats and tight chests)
  • Fennel Tea (a good cleansing and digestive tea)
  • Wormwood (Wilde als) – Good to cleanse the digestive system and to expel worms
  • Lemon Balm Tea – Good nerve tonic
  • Dandelion Tea – packed with minerals and vitamins, this so called ‘weed’ is a powerhouse of nutrients and also a wonderful liver tonic
  • Mint Tea (also good for headaches and as a digestive aid)

There are many more herbs you can grow at home and use to make your own herbal tea! Of course, herbs can be mixed to achieve different tastes and effects and can be sweetened with raw honey, cinnamon or stevia if you like. You can also add cloves or cardamom for extra depth and spiciness!

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How to make your own herbal tea

Pick the fresh herbs and chop up to release the oils. While you are doing this, boil the kettle. Use about one – two teaspoons of freshly chopped herbs per cup. If you are making a pot of herbal tea, add an extra teaspoon of the herbs ‘for the pot’. Pour the hot water onto the herbs and allow to steep for at least 5- 7 minutes. Sweeten to taste and enjoy!

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Amazing Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds plus a yummy Hemp Seed & Pumpkin Pate Recipe!

hemp seed health benefits

Hemp seeds are hailed as one of the most powerful super foods because they are jam packed with nutritional value and have incredible healing benefits! They originate from the seeds of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa which is from the same species as cannabis (marijuana). The hemp plant is often confused with the marijuana plant because they not only resemble each other but are also from the same family.  However, as hemp seeds contain only minute amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), they have no psychoactive effect, and are used for their therapeutic effect, rather than their psychoactive benefits.In fact, regular use of hemp seeds can provide many health benefits, acting as a perfect natural booster for your overall health and wellbeing.

Read on as we share some of the amazing benefits of Hemp Seeds – and don’t miss our tasty recipe for Hemp & Pumpkin Seed Pate!

What are the health benefits of hemp seeds?

 1. Hemp Seeds are high in nutrition value

With their mild, nutty flavor, hemp seeds can be eaten raw, cooked or roasted. Hemp seeds are incredibly nutritious and rich in protein, healthy fats and other essential minerals.  They are a great source of protein and contain high amounts of magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and vitamin E. These “super seeds” also contain all 20 amino acids as well as 9 essential amino acids which our bodies cannot produce. Hemp seeds are rich in essential fatty acids, omega -3 (alpha-linolenic) and omega-6 (linoleic acid), and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which is also an essential omega-6 fatty acid.  

In addition, hemp seeds are also allergen free making them the perfect food choice for people with food intolerances. Hemp seeds are gluten free, wheat free, soy free, lactose and dairy free. To ensure that they also contain no preservatives, unwanted pesticides or other chemicals, make sure that you buy organic hemp seeds such as Hemp Seed Protein from Superfoods (available online or from the Feelgood Health shop in Westlake Cape Town.

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2. Hemp Seeds help with digestion

Whole hemp seeds are an excellent source of fibre. They have a soluble fibre content of 20% and insoluble fibre content of 80% which helps to keep you regular and cleanse the colon. This fibre also feeds the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut thereby helping to strengthen your immune system.

Remember to always choose whole hemp seeds as de-hulled or shelled hemp seeds have the fibre-rich shell removed.   If you struggle with constipation or digestive problems, try adding Hemp Seeds to your diet, along with Feelgood Health’s Natural Moves and Gastronic Dr to improve digestive health.

3. Hemp Seeds reduce the risk of heart disease

Hemp seed contains all the essential ingredients such as protein, healthy fats and fibre to promote a healthy heart. Studies show hemp seeds contain high amounts of the amino acid arginine which helps to lower blood pressure and reduce heart disease. Furthermore the soluble fibre in hemp seeds may also help to reduce blood sugar levels and regulate cholesterol levels, thereby providing additional benefits for cardiovascular health. Gamma-linolenic acid in hemp seeds reduces inflammation which may decrease the risk of heart disease. Add 2 tablespoons of hemp seeds to your morning smoothie to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels. Also see the following natural remedies from Feelgood Health: CholestoRite (for balanced cholesterol levels) and High-Rite (for balanced blood pressure)

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4. Hemp Seeds are good for hormone health

Hemp seeds are rich in gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA produces prostaglandin, which is vital to supplement hormone health. Studies show that prostaglandin helps with PMS symptoms and reduces breast pain and tenderness, fluid retention, irritability and depression. GLA in hemp seeds can also benefit menopausal women as it balances hormones and reduces inflammation. Use natural remedies from Feelgood Health such as Femalite to relieve PMS, Don Quai to balance hormones and MellowPause for hot flashes and to address menopausal symptoms.

5. Hemp Seeds improve skin disorders

Hemp seed is extremely beneficial for the skin, especially skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. It improves dry, red, flaky skin and itchiness as well as the overall condition of the skin. The oil in hemp seeds contains polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids with a good amount of omega-3 and omega-6.  It helps to penetrate the inner layers of the skin deeply resulting in soft, smooth skin and also promotes healthy cell growth. Keep your skin in great condition by eating a few tablespoons of hemp seed every day – include it in your cereal, smoothie, salad or trail mix for a healthy snack! Treating your skin topically with pure hemp seed oil can also make the world of difference. We love Soil Organic Hemp Seed Oil, applied directly onto the skin to relieve dryness, prevent aging and calm itchy, flaky or inflamed skin.

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6. Hemp seeds reduce joint pain and symptoms of arthritis

According to a study published in the Arthritis and Rheumatism journal, the GLA found in hemp seeds greatly reduced the symptoms of arthritis. The combination of omega 3 and omega 6 and other essential minerals help to reduce inflammation and improve flexibility and movement. If you suffer from arthritis, increase your intake of hemp seeds or take 1 tablespoon of hemp seed oil daily. Try an all-natural remedy such as MobiLive specially formulated to treat arthritis and joint pain together with Solgar’s Extra Strength Glucosamine Chondroiton & MSM supplement to reduce inflammation and heal damaged cartilage.

7. Hemp Seeds promote weight loss

Hemp seed is an excellent weight loss supplement. It acts as a natural appetite suppressant, helps to reduce sugar cravings and keeps you full for longer. Add 4 tablespoons of these seeds to your meals to keep hunger pangs at bay. Use Hemp Seeds together with EcoSlim, a herbal slimming remedy from Feelgood Health to kickstart your weight loss journey.  

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NB: Hemp Seeds and Hemp Seed Oil are available from Feelgood Health online shop or visit 15A Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Westlake Business Park, Cape Town 

As you can see hemp seeds have excellent nutritional value and hold many health benefits. Do yourself a favour and boost your health and wellbeing with this amazing super seed! Guaranteed, you won’t regret it!

PLUS get this yummy Hemp & Pumpkin Seed Pate Recipe here!

Hemp & Pumpkin Seed Pate

1 Cup pumpkin seeds, soaked 
1/4 Cup sundried tomatoes, soaked 
1/8 Cup almonds or pine nuts 
1 clove garlic 
2 T olive oil 
2 T hemp protein powder (Superfoods Hemp Seed Protein)
1 T lemon juice 
1 t Himalayan rock salt 
1 t dried mixed herbs

Blend all the ingredients together in your food processor. 

Add water if the pate is too thick.

(Source: www.rawlicious.co.za)

The side effects of conventional antacids and how you can treat heartburn and indigestion naturally!

 

Do you regularly use antacids for heart burn, acid reflux & indigestion? Do you know the side effects? Regular antacids can cause constipation, osteomalacia (softening of the bones) and other side effects. Plus they can also worsen your digestive problems in the long run.

Read on as the Feelgood Health team discusses the side effects of antacids and how YOU can treat acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion naturally.

How do antacids work?

If you are popping antacids regularly, then it’s important that you know exactly how antacids work and affect your body. These over-the-counter medications neutralize the acid produced by your stomach and offer instant relief in the short term. However, relying on antacids in the long term can cause more harm than good.

Using antacid medications lowers the amount of stomach gas and acts as a barrier which restricts the backflow of stomach contents into the oesophagus. They cause food to stay in our stomachs far longer than is necessary and as a result this prevents the proper breakdown of food. While the antacids alkalise and neutralize the acid in the stomach, they also raise the pH levels, thereby killing off 99% of your stomach acid, which is necessary for proper digestion.

Many antacid medications contain certain salts such as calcium carbonate, aluminium, magnesium and even sodium bicarbonate - yes, that’s baking soda believe it or not! Antacids often provide immediate relief but quickly become ineffective when over-used, leading to further damage of the stomach.

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What are the side effects of antacids?

Antacids suppress acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion but unfortunately don’t target the cause of the problem. In fact, antacid medications only continue the vicious cycle of these frustrating digestive problems.

Antacids are made up of a combination of various ingredients which can cause side effects.

Antacid medications containing aluminium cause side effects which include diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, kidney stones, feeling of discomfort, weakness, mood changes, swollen ankles and wrists, bone pain, osteoporosis and pale-coloured stools.

For example, Gaviscon contains aluminium with magnesium hydroxide and when high doses of this antacid are taken, increased levels of aluminium are deposited in the bones and joints. The side effects of large amounts of aluminium in the bones may lead to a condition called osteomalacia, or softening of the bones. It can cause bone and muscle pain and weakness, tears and fractures. Continued use of antacids with aluminium can also lead to the development of arthritis.   

Side effects of antacids containing sodium bicarbonate include nausea and vomiting, frequent urination, headaches, loss of appetite, slow breathing, muscle pain, weakness, tiredness as well as mood changes.

Antacids containing calcium carbonate such as Tums can be strong and fast-acting. However, side effects that are experienced include constipation.  Elevated levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia) are also a side effect of people taking antacids which have calcium carbonate – however, these are rare cases. This condition can lead to kidney stones and kidney failure. Using these antacids long term can also cause white-speckled or white stools.

Antacids with magnesium compounds (such as the all-too familiar Milk of Magnesia) will neutralize the stomach, but they can also cause diarrhea when used continuously.

How to treat acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion naturally

Here are some simple steps to take to treat ….

  • Eliminate food culprits from your diet

Start firstly by removing all the foods that are causing discomfort to your digestive system. Avoid high protein and high fat foods that don’t digest well. Foods containing sugar, artificial preservatives and additives should also be eliminated. Keep a food diary where you can list exactly what you’ve eaten. Become more aware of how your body reacts to certain foods – your body will let you what it doesn’t like!

Introduce more low-fibre foods such as fresh fruit and veggies into your diet and drink lots of water too. Chia seeds are also a great source of healthy fibre and vegetable protein - which will soothe the digestive system and prevent constipation. Chia seeds are a wonderful addition to the diet for anyone wanting to improve digestion and can be added to your breakfast cereal or to a smoothy every day. Please CLICK HERE to order Chia Seeds.

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  •  Add vitamin supplements and probiotics

If you are prone to acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion, vitamin supplements such as digestive enzymes can help to break food down into the nutrients your body needs – these are protein, carbohydrates, starch and fat. These enzymes digest food easier and help to relieve indigestion and bloating. Use Solgar’s Digestive Enzymes which is an excellent supplement for digestive comfort and absorption.

Include probiotics which occur naturally in various foods such as plain yoghurt, fermented soft cheeses, acidophilus milk, sourdough bread and naturally fermented pickles. You can also use an oral probiotic supplement such as Solgar’s Advanced Acidophilus Plus which helps to maintain the balance of intestinal flora. It contains beneficial micro-organisms Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains that are essential for gastro-intestinal wellbeing.

  • Use natural remedies

Natural home remedies can ease acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion. Try a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in a bit of water to relieve heartburn and indigestion. Honey is also an effective but soothing all-natural treatment for heartburn and acid reflux. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of raw, organic honey in a glass of lukewarm water (Get Mac’s Raw Honey from Feelgood Health at 15A Westlake Lifestyle Centre, Westlake Business Park, Cape Town). Another quick and easy home remedy to reduce excess stomach acid is to mix a ½ teaspoon of bicarb (baking soda) to 180 ml of warm water. Sipping on a cup of warm water with a slice of lemon before and after meals can also aid digestion.

Herbal remedies such as Gastronic Dr by Feelgood Health can definitely benefit chronic sufferers of bloating, heartburn, acid reflux, indigestion, gas and more serious digestive conditions such as ulcers, IBS or GERD.

In addition, use Acid Free-Flux, a 100% homeopathic remedy to quickly treat the symptoms of acid reflux, heartburn and indigestion when they flare up. Acid Free-Flux comes in liquid drop form and can be added to water to sip after meals whenever relief is needed. This remedy is homeopathic and free from the side effects of conventional over the counter antacids.

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As you can see, continuous use of antacids can have side effects which may cause serious damage to your health and wellbeing. However by making certain lifestyle changes, eating the right foods, using vitamin supplements and probiotics as well as natural remedies, you can keep your digestive system healthy and happy!  

Osteoporosis - are YOU at risk?

Osteoporosis - Symptoms, prevention and treatment

 

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition which cause the bones to lose their strength, become weak and brittle and, most likely to break and fracture. While these fractures can occur in various areas of the body, they commonly affect the hip, wrist and spine. Our bones are constantly being renewed and when old bone is broken down, new bone is produced.

During your youth, your body makes new bone faster than old bone that is broken down – which of course increases your bone mass. By your early 20’s most people reach their peak bone mass but as you age, bone mass is lost much faster. Osteoporosis therefore depends in part on how much bone mass you achieved during your youth. The more bone mass you have acquired, the less likely you will be to develop osteoporosis.    

Initially you will not experience any symptoms in the early stages of bone loss. Over time as osteoporosis weakens your bones, you may experience back pain caused by a fracture, gradually lose height, develop a stooped posture or sudden, unexpected fractures. 

If left untreated many people experience much suffering and pain from this debilitating condition. Fortunately, it’s not all bad news and osteoporosis is preventable and treatable!  

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Are you at risk?

There are a number of factors that can increase your risk of developing osteoporosis and include:   

  • Gender

Women are more likely to develop osteoporosis than men as their bones are thinner, lighter and have a longer life span.

  • Age

As you become older, your risk of osteoporosis increases. Women over 50 years old are more susceptible to osteoporosis.

  • Bone structure and body weight

Both men and women with small body frames have a greater chance of developing osteoporosis. Petite or thin women have less bone to lose than women with larger frames and more body weight, and the same applies to small boned, thin men.

  • Ethnicity

Research shows that women of Caucasian or Asian descent are more likely to develop osteoporosis than women of other ethnic backgrounds.

  • Family history

If your parents, grandparents or sibling experienced signs of osteoporosis like a fractured hip, you are most likely at risk too.

  • Hormone levels

Menopause can increase a woman’s risk of developing osteoporosis because of the drop in estrogen levels. Studies show that the average woman loses 10% of her bone mass in the first five years after menopause. Men also experience a reduction in testosterone levels as they age.

  • Certain diseases

Certain conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid problems (underactive or overactive thyroid), celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, kidney or liver disease, eating disorders as well as lupus and cancer can cause bone loss.

  • Some medications

Long-term use of prescription medications such as cortisone or prednisone can also increase your risk of developing osteoporosis.

  • Low calcium intake

If your dietary intake of calcium is low, your risk of developing osteoporosis also increases. Not getting enough calcium leads to early bone loss, increased risk of fractures and diminished bone density.

  • Smoking

Smoking has also shown to increase your risk of fractures and can contribute to osteoporosis as well as many other health problems.

  • Excessive alcohol consumption

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can lead to thinning of the bones and increase the risk of osteoporosis.

What you can do to prevent osteoporosis and maintain healthy bones

Increase your intake of protein

Eating protein is essential for bone health. Many people such as vegetarians and vegans as well as older adults don’t always get enough protein into their diet. Include a good variety of lean meat, chicken, legumes, dairy products, eggs, soy and nuts into your daily diet to ensure that you getting enough protein. Chia Seeds and Hemp Seeds are also an excellent and convenient source of plant protein, especially for vegans and vegetarians!

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Maintain a healthy body weight

As you know being underweight increases your chance of fractures and bone loss but being overweight can also increase the risk of fractures in your wrist and arms. Maintain your ideal body weight as far as possible.

If you are underweight, make an effort to increase your dietary intake and include more weight bearing exercises into your exercise routine. If you are overweight, start a weight loss program using a healthy eating plan and regular exercise. Of course, losing weight can be challenging and sometimes an extra boost is needed to get you started – try Feelgood Health’s all- natural weightloss remedies, EcoSlim and Detox Drops to keep you slim and trim the healthy way!  

Add more calcium

Did you know that both men and women between the ages of 18 and 50 need 1000 milligrams of calcium per day? When a woman turns 50 years old and a man, 70 years, the daily amount increases to 1, 200 milligrams. Get good sources of calcium from low fat dairy products, dark, green leafy vegetables, canned salmon or sardines with bones, soy and calcium fortified orange juice and cereals.

Include calcium supplements such as Solgar’s Calcium, Magnesium & Boron for bone, teeth and joint health as an additional source of calcium.  

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Add more Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps to improve the body’s ability to absorb calcium and also promote bone health. Get Vitamin D by going outside and enjoying the sunshine. For people who are unable to have access to sunlight or have to avoid it, include a good vitamin supplement into your daily routine. Luckily, most multivitamin supplements contain vitamin D – we recommend Solgar’s V-2000 multivitamin to get a good of dose of vitamin D as well as other essential vitamins and minerals.  

Regular exercise

By now we all know that exercise is good for overall health and wellbeing. It is also vital to slow down bone loss and build strong, healthy bones. Incorporate strength training exercises with weight-bearing and balance exercises into your regimen. Strength training strengthens bones and muscles in the upper spine and arms. Try walking, jogging, running, lifting weights, Tai Chi or Pilates to keep bones and joints strong and healthy.

Stop smoking and reduce alcohol use. Because nicotine use and alcohol consumption have been linked to a greater risk for osteoporosis and can affect bone health and strength, this is just one more reason to stop smoking and cust down on daily alcohol consumption! Give yourself a helping hand with Feelgood Health’s Crave-Rx and Triple Complex NicoTonic, two excellent natural remedies to help with nicotine withdrawal.  

Herbal and vitamin supplements for bone health

Include the following herbal and vitamin supplements to promote healthy bones:

MobiLive: Avoid bone loss associated with cortisone and other anti-inflammatory drugs and use this herbal remedy as a natural anti-inflammatory to ease symptoms of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and degenerative joint disease

Solgar Ultimate Bone Support: this supplement contains advanced calcium complex with added Vitamin D3, K2, Zinc and Boron. It helps to support bone health, strength and density and assists in the prevention of brittle bones and osteoporosis

Solgar Extra Strength Glucosamine Chondroitin MSM: this essential daily supplement is excellent for joint and cartilage health and the added MSM will also help to reduce joint pain.

Solgar Calcium Magnesium Plus Boron: Easily absorbed calcium & magnesium supplement for healthy bones, teeth and nails.

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It’s important to be aware of the risks of osteoporosis before it sneaks up on you. The earlier you take steps to reduce your risks and increase bone health the better! Remember, to make the necessary lifestyle changes, increase your calcium intake and exercise, exercise!

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