POOR DIGESTION LINKED TO OVERACIDITY

Bev Dunne
After the overindulgences of the holiday season, sometimes we may find our heartburn is worse or our digestive system doesn’t seem to be working as well.This may be because our bodies have become more acidic.As I mentioned last week often our arthritis and gout may flare up at this time of the year, for the very same reason – we have overindulged in foods and drink which have caused our bodies to become more acidic.

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Alkalizing Virgin Mojito Recipe

Bev Dunne
For the designated drivers amongst us this festive season!

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Test Your Body's Acid Levels to Avoid Arthritis

Bev Dunne

I have often written in the past about the negative effects of an over acidic body. When we are born our bodies are in an alkaline state however as we age our body is more likely to become more acidic. Unfortunately, also after the overindulgences of food and drink over the holiday season, our body may be even more acidic. There are many ailments which can be exacerbated when the body is over acidic, in particular, arthritis and gout. Yes, who would have thought, that sore joint you are now suffering from may be because of your holiday overindulgences.

When there is a build up of acid in our body we are at a higher risk of Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Fibromyalgia. Once we suffer from these diseases, a highly acidic body is more likely to increase inflammation, soft tissue degeneration and bone loss.

These diseases are autoimmune diseases and are the result of an over-regulated or under-regulated immune system which attacks the body's healthy cells. When acid waste accumulates in the body, the immune system is compromised.  In an arthritic body the white blood cells attack the healthy cells and because the white blood cells are concentrated near the joints, they do significant damage to the bone and soft tissue. As well, the acid poisons the damaged white cells, causing them to attack additional healthy cells.

An over acidic body also affects the nervous system, which can be detrimental to sufferers of Fibromyalgia. This damage to the nervous system can cause pain impulses throughout the body characterised by inflammation of the soft tissue.

The good news is, a significant reduction in our body's acid level can regenerate healthy cells and tissue thus reversing the damage caused by acidity and arthritis. Arthritis is a common problem - in fact I would say it is one of the major health complaints we deal with in our store every day. Often a customer will obtain relief by taking glucosamine or curcumin or as I wrote about last week, cherry juice, however when we also look address the acid/alkaline balance in their body the results are even more noticeable.

The obvious way to alkalise our body is to address our diet and lifestyle by avoiding eating high acid foods and drinks and ensuring we include lots of alkaline rich foods in your diet. Because foods are either alkaline or acid forming, this balance is mainly determined by the foods we eat. The body can regain the correct acid/alkaline balance by consuming high alkaline foods. For instance, eating green leafy vegetables, pulses, fresh fruit, adding a tablespoon of barley grass powder to your fresh juice each day as well as drinking alkalising water will assist this.

We also know a build up of uric acid in our body can be a major cause of gout. Changing our diet to a more alkaline diet can also be helpful in preventing and treating gout.

Last week I wrote about the benefits of sour cherry juice for arthritis and gout. Combining sour cherry juice and barley grass powder has often been found to be helpful in treating both these conditions.

A FREE ACID/ALKALINE TEST KIT is available from our store which enables customers to test their acid/alkaline levels. There is also available a comprehensive food chart listing alkaline and acid forming foods.  

For further information on this topic or any other health topic call in to see Bev and the team at Go Vita, Your Health Shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay or phone on 44729737. Don’t forget to tune into Bev on Go Get Healthy at 12.30pm on 2EC.

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How Cherries Can Help With Gout, Arthritis & Insomnia

Bev Dunne
At this time of the year, most of us have been eating our fair share of cherries however I’m sure many don’t realise there are some excellent health benefits from eating cherries. It is understood the therapeutic benefits of cherries first became known when Roman soldiers noticed eating cherries helped their sore muscles and joints. Cherry trees were planted along their marching routes to be eaten whilst traversing these various routes. Now we know there are even more therapeutic benefits from drinking cherry juice.

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How Cleaning Tablets Can Reduce Your Plastic Waste

Bev Dunne
At this time of the year, many of us have come up New Year’s resolutions, quite often relating to our health and wellbeing. Maybe this year we should be looking a litter further afield and making a resolution to be more aware of the health and wellbeing of our planet.

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Nurture Your Liver

Bev Dunne
At this time of the year it seems everybody’s going on holidays. Yes, for many it’s rest and recreation time plus party time! However, for the poor old liver there’s no R & R. For many, their liver just will not get a break at all – in fact in some cases it’s expected to work overtime, particularly through the festive season!!

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How Fermented Turmeric Can Help Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Bev Dunne

I have often written about the benefits of turmeric in relation to pain and inflammation. Generally, when we think of pain and inflammation we think of arthritis however our bodies suffer from inflammation for many reasons.

It is believed inflammation plays a quite significant role in causing Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). As we know, IBS is a digestive disorder, the symptoms of which can be abdominal tenderness and pain, bloating and wind and often alternating constipation and diarrhea. This inflammatory action of the bowel can often be caused by food intolerances and even stress.

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Come Help Us Celebrate!

Bev Dunne
Over the last few years, we’ve held our annual Thank You Gala Day Sale. This has been an event we’ve conducted at the end of each year, to thank our customers for their wonderful support throughout the year. This year however, it is not just to say thank you, it is a celebration. It’s a celebration of survival. It’s a celebration of the coming together of a community which has risen above the most challenging of years. Nobody could have ever anticipated the year we have experienced.

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Cooking with Australian Native Spices

Bev Dunne

Last week I wrote about the unique health benefits of our Australian Native Plants and specifically the Roogenic tea range with its exceptional blends and flavours.

Roogenics have also launched three special chai blends which are unique containing Australian Native Plants as well us the usual chai spices. 

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The Unique Health Benefits of Australian Native Plants

Bev Dunne

I’m sure many of us are familiar with the therapeutic benefits of many herbs, however for most of us the therapeutic benefits of our own Australian Native Plants sometimes remain a mystery.

Sometime ago we came across this Australian natural health food company specialising in Australian Native Plants.

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