This technique helps to reduce aches and pains in the treated area. A pack soaked with an alkalising agent like bicarbonate of soda, Epsom salts or seaweed helps to draw toxicity out of the body through the skin.
The skin is the largest organ and may be used to draw toxicity out. Rubbing the skin with an alkaline solution like seaweed supports detoxification by drawing acidic toxicity out of the body through the skin. Aches and pains may also be reduced by lowering acidity.
Plant essences extracted from medicinal plants have been used historically by various cultures to treat many health conditions. Modern day aromatherapy also seeks to promote health and wellbeing by using therapeutic plant essences known as essential oils.
Aspartame is an artificial sweetener used to flavour many foods, medicines and drinks. It has many brand names such as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. Even though aspartame is an approved sweetener, there are many health concerns.
Within Canada and the USA, canola is widely used for home cooking and to manufacture processed foods. In the UK canola is known as rapeseed and is also growing in popularity. However there are health concerns regarding the long-term use of this oil.
The most common type of dehydration is chronic and occurs within the cells. This form of dehydration usually goes unnoticed and triggers many health imbalances which are often not connected to dehydration.
Cholesterol is a natural substance manufactured by the body. It is an essential material with so many important functions but excessive levels are seen as a pre-cursor to conditions like heart disease.
Consuming cod liver oil has many benefits. It is a valuable source of fat soluble vitamins A and D and is rich in omega 3 essential fatty acids EPA & DHA. There are issues to consider if cod liver oil is to be used as a supplement.
When fruit has been dried it becomes a concentrated source of fruit sugar. The dry fibrous texture becomes difficult to digest and for some individuals can cause digestive upsets of bloating and spasms. To resolve this soak dried fruit before eating.
Olives, most nuts such as almonds, macadamias, rapeseed and avocado are all examples of foods containing predominantly monounsaturated fats. Mainstream recommendations are to use monounsaturated oils for cooking but should we really be doing this?
We are constantly being told to reduce fat consumption and to switch from artery clogging saturated fats to healthier polyunsaturated fats like sunflower oil or monounsaturated fats like olive oil. But is this advice doing us any good?
Food intolerance usually causes a range of unpleasant symptoms. Correcting chronic internalised dehydration, particulary within the digestive system can help considerably to overcome this common issue.
I have often read that certain health-promoting foods like almonds, cashews and broccoli are 'goitrogenic' and therefore bad for the thyroid gland. Should we be avoiding goitrogenic foods like almonds and brocolli?
There are growing numbers of people from all sections of society who are experiencing chronic ill health. This has lead to a rise in the search for a more holistic and natural approach to health. What does this approach involve?
If there are too many toxins and waste products to process at a given time, the main elimination organs (colon, skin, lungs and kidneys) become overloaded. This results in stagnation and a build up of poisonous materials and wastes.
Indian head massage is a form of upper body massage originating from the Asian sub-continent. In the West, the techniques of traditional Indian Head Massage have been modified to create a unique form of massage treatment for the upper body.
Lymphatic massage is a form of gentle massage, which stimulates the body’s lymphatic system. This technique helps the body to eliminate waste and toxins and improves overall functioning of the immune system.
The lymphatic system transports lymphatic fluid through a network of vessels running in close proximity to the circulatory system. It relies on the contraction of surrounding muscle tissue to squeeze and pump lymphatic fluid around the body however it often becomes imbalanced and congested.
Impaired elimination is often a sign of imbalanced health, which triggers additional signs and symptoms of dis-ease. Naturopathic cleansing techniques like skin brushing and massage improves movement within the body and helps to eliminate wastes and toxicity.
Oil pulling is an acient Ayurvedic technique used to cleanse the mouth, throat and teeth. It involves swishing oil in the mouth for a period of time then spitting out. Daily oil pulling can help to tighten gums and to clear toxicity and bacteria from the mouth.
Dietary oxalic acid is often eliminated to help prevent the formation of kidney stones. However this imbalance and many others like arthritis and poor blood sugar management have a common factor of calcium misplacement.
Poor digestion manifests in many ways. The classic signs and symptoms include bloating, spasms, constipation and/or loose stools. Other related symptoms often include bad breath, acid reflux, heartburn, acne and itching. Pain may also occur and mood may also be adversely affected.
Reflexology is based on the principle that there are reflex areas in the hands and feet, which correspond to certain parts of the body. Applying gentle pressure to these reflex points stimulates the corresponding body structures towards more balanced functioning.
Reiki works on the subtle energy levels of the body and involves transmitting a form of energy known as ‘universal energy’ via the practitioner to the client. This energy seeks to harmonise and balance the body.
Water is a vital component to health. When the body falls short of water for normal activities like digestion and elimination of wastes, a survival mechanism switches on to draw upon water reserves held within the body tissues.
Are you confused about sugar and which sweetener to use? There's always some new sweetener coming out, so I am looking at the main health issues with refined sweeteners and sharing my recommendations for natural whole-food based sweeteners.
Symptoms are not random unpleasant body sensations. They are a form of communication that something is wrong. Symptoms are a sophisticated alert system conveying that there is disharmony within the body which needs to be resolved.
Soya has found its way into many processed and everyday foods. It has a long history of consumption in the far East however soya was always traditionally fermented to lower anti-nutrients and improve digestibility.
The gut flora is a key aspect to wellbeing. A balanced gut flora consists of numerous micro-organisms with the right proportion of gut-friendly bacteria. It lines & protects the digestive system, plays an important role in immunity, supports digestion & the production of nutrients like vitamin K & B12.
There are many factors influencing weight gain, which are overlooked by conventional dieting. It's not as simple as eat less and exercise. There are often issues like poor blood sugar management and an imbalanced gut flora, which need to be addressed.