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The Ultimate Smoothie- Joint, Skin, Hair, Gut Health and Immunity Combining a red and green smoothie into one helps both lymph cleansing (red) and detoxifying toxic metals (green) and with the addition of collagen powder (joint, skin and gut strength) makes it “The Ultimate Smoothie”. With both liver cleansing and lymph cleansing properties whilst  also […]

Collagen- Anti-Ageing, Healing, Joint Protection

Do you want fewer wrinkles, better joints and faster healing from injury? Collagen might be what you need. It is the glue that holds the body together and sadly, it declines with age.

Collagen, the most abundant protein in our body, is an essential protein found naturally, and is the key structural component of connective tissue found in skin, tendons, bones, ligaments, blood vessels and muscles. Approximately one-fourth of the protein in our body is collagen. The strong white fibres of collagen said to be stronger than steel, gives our strength to this connective tissue “glue”.

From the age of 25, collagen is said to reduce by 1.5% a year so by 45, there could be as much as a 30% decline. Not only does collagen reduce with age, but poor lifestyle choices cause a decline in collagen formation too. High sugar diets, smoking and excessive sun exposure add to its demise.

Ancestral diets would have contained far greater collagen than our modern diets do now .Rarely do we eat the high sources of collagen found in bone broths or bone marrow as our ancestors did as we have mostly been content with eating just muscle meat.

The inner layer of the skin, the dermis, contains large amounts of these collagen fibres providing strength, texture and springiness. Working in conjunction with elastin, collagen helps skin maintain its elasticity, characteristic of youth. With age, there is a reduction in collagen density and therefore a reduction in dermal thickness. This dermal collagen network becomes increasingly fragmented presenting less organised fibres over time so boosting collagen nutrients can improve skin health including the improvement of fine lines, wrinkles and skin dryness.

So, is there any research that supports taking collagen supplements? Yes there is!

Research

1.“Preliminary results are promising for the short and long-term use of oral collagen supplements for wound healing and skin aging. Oral collagen supplements also increase skin elasticity, hydration, and dermal collagen density”. J Drugs Dermatol. 2019;18(1):9-16. on”==typeo

2.“Daily oral supplementation with collagen peptides combined with vitamins and other bioactive compounds improves skin elasticity and has a beneficial effect on joint and general wellbeing” with a take home message of “might be an effective solution to slow down the hallmarks of aging.

3. “After 4 weeks of follow-up treatment, a statistically significantly higher skin elasticity level was determined in elderly women.”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23949208

4. One research paper highlighted “the potential application of CPs (collagen peptides) as a healthcare supplement to combat cancer and cardiovascular disease by inhibiting platelet release.”

5. This paper showed “improvement of joint pain in athletes who were treated with the dietary supplement collagen hydrolysate.”

6.“The study demonstrated that collagen peptides are potential therapeutic agents as nutritional supplements for the management of osteoarthritis and maintenance of joint health.

Convinced yet? Let’s look at the type of collagen fibres in the body and see where collagen can help you.

Types of Collagen

Type I: The densely packed fibres of Type I gives great strength and accounts for 90% of your body’s collagen. It provides structure to skin, bones, tendons, fibrous cartilage, connective tissue and teeth. It is important to note that the lining of the gastrointestinal tract is made of connective tissue. Wound healing would be the benefit for Type 1, holding together the skin to prevent tearing of the skin via its elastic properties.

Type II: This type is made of more loosely packed fibres and is found in elastic cartilage, to cushion joints. Healthy joints rely on type II collagen. The lack of type II collagen could lead to age associated joint pain, including arthritis.

Type III: This type supports the structure of muscles, organs and arterial walls and is found in bone marrow. There is evidence that type III support cardiovascular development as type III fibres are found in the heart. Type III benefits skin (elasticity and firmness), hair and nail growth as does type I.

Type IV: This type is found in the skin anchoring system, or basement membrane. The basement membrane anchors the epithelium to the dermal layer and would therefore be helpful in tissue regeneration following injury. Epithelia cells line our digestive organs and respiratory systems so the basement membrane has a very important function here. Type IV fibres are also found in the lens of the eye.

Type V: This type is important for the development of type I and type III collagen. It is required to make cell surfaces, hair strands and placental tissue.

Type VI: This type is considered cell protective.

Type 10: Type 10 is important for bone tissue and cartilage formation and therefore could be important in the healing process including fractures and synovial joints.

Regarding anti-ageing Type I and Type III are the stars, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin elasticity, improving circulation, thickening hair and slowing hair loss, increasing skin hydration and decreasing micro-furrows. For joint health, its Type II.

Science is telling us that this is an important to introduce collagen into our every day life.

How do I get additional collagen into my body?

To help boost the production of collagen, supplement your diet with a variety of nutritious foods that contain collagen making vitamins and minerals. Many people, including us also choose to take a collagen supplement to help nourish the skin, improve joint health and combat the effects of ageing. Drinking Bone broths is a lovely way to add collagen.

Vitamin C is involved in every step of collagen production making it a vital component for healthy skin and healthy body. No Vitamin C means no collagen production. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants are important to fight against free radicals that can break down healthy tissue. Anthocyanidins are another form of powerful antioxidants. These can be found berries, cherries and red grapes. Vitamin C is found in leafy greens, citrus, tomatoes. Visit our vitamin page for a more extensive list.

Chromium is a mineral that helps regulate insulin and glucose.  A diet high in sugar disrupts collagen production so including chromium foods in your diet supports collagen manufacture. Most importantly, reduce sugar intake and be aware of hidden sugars, found mostly on supermarket shelves labelled as low fat. Also look for low GI foods. Start reading labels when you go shopping and try and buy fresh.

 Zinc activates proteins (it is called a cofactor) involved in the synthesis and the remodelling of collagen. Zinc plays an important role in skin repair and wound healing. Found in almonds, grass fed meat, spinach and eggs. For a more extensive list, visit our mineral blog.

 Omega 3’s fatty acids are considered heart healthy but they are also known as collagen boosting. There are 3 main types of omega-3 fatty acids and they are ALA, DHA, and EPA. A diet rich in omega-3s enhances collagen production, can support ligaments to heal and is helpful for reducing inflammation. The plant source rich ALA Omega-3s can be found in walnuts, pecans, flaxseed, and spinach.  Fatty oily fish (trout, salmon, mackerel, prawns, sardines, oysters) and seaweed provide DHA and EPA fatty acids.

Proteins are made up of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Amino acids such as proline and lysine are necessary for the production of collagen. Proline can be found in spinach, legumes (beans, lentils, and chickpeas), cabbage and asparagus. Lysine foods are red meat, chicken, fish, eggs and legumes.

Silica is essential in the development of healthy skin, hair, and nails. As silica levels naturally decline as we age, adding silica to your diet is therefore important to help prevent dry skin, brittle nails and bones.  For better collagen production to keep skin radiant and supple longer try adding carrots, cucumbers with skin, bananas, brown rice, nettle leaf tea and oats.

Sulfur is one of the most abundant minerals in the body and is essential also for the production of collagen. It supports the structure and strength of the body’s connective tissue. A diet deficient in this essential nutrient can result in a host of skin problems such as acne and dermatitis. Sulfur deficiencies are also linked to wrinkle formation. Minimize wrinkles and support collagen development by eating food rich in sulfur like brussel sprouts, kale, fermented vegetables, and onions.

Green tea is rich in polyphenols and due to their powerful antioxidant nature, they have been shown to stimulate the production of collagen and prevent its breakdown. Green tea is also beneficial to build a certain type of good bacteria in the gut.

Types of Collagen Powders

Marine Collagen peptides or Grass Fed Collagen peptides are the two choices. They both seem comparable, however marine collagen might have a greater risk of intestinal upsets for a limited number of people. Some believe that Marine collagen peptides could have better absorption and bioavailability due to their smaller particle sizes compared to other animal collagens. 

Plant collagen does not exist exactly as collagen peptides are found in animal sources, however, there are plant-based vegan/vegetarian elixirs that can help boost amino acids (glycine, lysine, and proline) that are required to make collagen. It is not however comparable to the animal sources.

Important Amino Acids In Collagen Powders

Glycine makes up about one-third of the protein. It helps build DNA strands, important in blood sugar regulation, crucial for soft tissues including the gut lining and therefore important in repairing leaky gut, it’s required for joint health and is one of three amino acids to help make creatinine that promotes healthy muscle and boosts energy production. Proline is important for blood vessel integrity and joint health. Glutamine research has shown benefits for anxiety, sleep, concentration, wound healing, joint pain, digestion and immunity. Arginine breaks down into nitric oxide, an important compound for heart and arterial health. Immunity and male libido benefits have also been reported.

Adding Collagen Nutrients directly on to the Skin

Adding a rich source of Vitamin C onto your skin is important for skin health and recovery as well as well as for the production of collagen. Our very own Australian Kakadu plum has the highest source of Vitamin C in the world.

 Collagen is formed indirectly via peptides and antioxidants (Vitamin C). By adding these products on to your skin, you are helping create collagen.

Certain essential oils and natural peptides have tiny molecular sizes which can penetrate the skin to activate this collagen synthesis.

We stock a few amazing organic products important for anti-ageing. An Ayurvedic brand, Puraveda contains peptides, Matrixyl (speeds up the synthesis of Type I, II, IV, elastin and hyaluronic), argireline (nature’s botox), CoQ10 as well as hyaluronic acid that plumps up the skin. Within their products are botanicals that reduce inflammation, promote collagen and stabilise collagen.
They boast that it has been clinically proven to reduce wrinkles and fine lines by up to 60% in less than 60 days. Depression scarring can also be helped with these products.

Our other product line is Wildcrafted Organics. Their Wild Plum Illuminating C Complex contains the amazing Kakadu plum. Also containing knotgrass, which is photo-protective and Leuphasyl, another botox like peptide. Antarctine increases levels of Collagen I, IV and Elastin.

Toxic chemicals are not required to get amazing results from your skin care. Plant botanicals are extremely powerful and in the right combinations can assist your skin recover, grow collagen, and glow!

Cosmetic Procedures to Induce Collagen for Rejuvenation

Inducing collagen can occur via laser technology and needling. This is creating collagen at speed! We have found the needling mechanism traumatic and painful and not quite as effective as laser treatments. Some needling techniques have also been known to tear the skin and interrupt the skin barrier system.

Ablative laser therapy is definitely a more intense treatment with greater down time but faster effects by thermal and wound induction. Effects are generally noticed after a few months as the collagen continues to form.

Non- Ablative laser therapy is a gentler approach to forming collagen that thermally causes the induction of collagen. Another form of non- ablative treatment is Low level laser therapy. This would best be suited for the highly sensitive and for those who’s skin has been damaged by needling. Effects are also noticed after a few months.

Take Home Message

Supplementation with high quality collagen could be beneficial to promote collagen synthesis in the body, helping to restore collagen to its former state. This is important for the skin, gut, blood vessels and joints.  As collagen is important for skin elasticity, many people choose to take a collagen supplement to help combat the effects of ageing. Peptides and antioxidants are the best way to boost collagen naturally. Bio-availability is the important factor in collagen supplementation. Collagen is a large molecule but hydrolyzed collagen has amino chains broken down to smaller units making it easier for the body to assimilate. This is what you need to look for when purchasing a collagen product for ingestion.

Generally, we are not getting enough collagen in our diet as our ancestors did. Eating nose to tail has become less frequent or virtually non-existent in the standard western diet. If nose to tail eating is not to your taste, you can find collagen in foods that contain gelatin, such as bone broth. Gelatin is a protein substance derived from collagen after it has been cooked. Some people report a histamine reaction after consuming gelatin or gelatin powders and supplements, so gelatin may not be appropriate for those with severe histamine intolerance’s.

Alternatively, try some of our collagen powder recipes to help you get collagen into your body. It is your body’s scaffolding.  You’ll be pleased to know that collagen powder is tasteless and can even be added into your tea or coffee. Start with a tablespoon in your morning coffee or tea. If you are not a beverage drinker, then just mix into slightly warm water or room temperature juice. For the best benefits, drink it on an empty stomach.

Here is our Matcha Beauty and Power Balls recipe, getting the benefits of green tea too. It is really easy to add collagen powder to anything. To make your own bone broth, try this.

 

Nutrition To Help Boost Your Immune System During Winter

70% – 80% of your immunity is derived from the gut so to help improve your immune system, provide your body with the powerful tool of good nutrition. Supporting the body’s immune system through the winter months is therefore beneficial, not only to stay and feel well, but to move that ink out! It is no surprise that the healthier our gastrointestinal tract is, the healthier we are.

Here is a list of immune boosting ingredients you can incorporate into your diet this winter to help maintain or gain health and move ink.

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Minerals for Inner Health and Skin Care

Through modern food production involving over processed soil and contamination with pesticides as well as some genetic predispositions, we can become deficient of important vitamins and minerals. Stress can also deplete our supplies as well. Drugs, cigarettes and certain pharmaceutical medication can also jeopardize our reserves of vitamins and minerals.

Minerals, as well as vitamins are required for Methylation, one of the most important functions in our body that happens in every cell and every organ of the body. Minerals and the active form of Vitamins act as cofactors and coenzymes respectfully in this process. Methylation is required for DNA production, neurotransmitter formation (mood), hormone production, gut and liver detoxification, energy production, the list goes on. For more information, click here.

In this blog, we will cover what certain minerals do for your body and skin and what food source you can find them in.

And remember, taking care of your body is taking care of your skin. Your body feeds your skin.

Zinc

An essential trace mineral, and even though it is at the end of the mineral alphabet, it is one of the most significant for skin health. It is found in every cell of the body and is important for growth and repair. By fighting free radical damage and slowing the ageing process of cells, it is a beautiful anti-ageing mineral. It can also help inflammation and allergies as zinc helps dampen the histamine response. Oral contraceptives and excessive exercise can deplete zinc. Pyrrole disorder is a genetic disorder that causes a loss of zinc and B6 from the body quickly. You need zinc to activate T cells, critical for proper immune function. One study found that “zinc administered within 24 hours of onset of symptoms reduces the duration of common cold symptoms in healthy people.” It is also required to balance insulin. Zinc is needed to convert Vitamin A into its active form, important here in reducing oxidation and inflammation, maintaining good eye health. One research paper states that “replenishing with zinc has been shown to improve cardiac function and prevent further damage” when damage has occurred. White spots on the fingernails can be an indicator that you have low zinc levels. According to the World Health Organisation, zinc deficiency is ranked the fifth-leading risk factor in causing disease worldwide.

Zinc without a doubt is one of the most significant minerals required to help maintain good skin. For its ability to neutralize free radical damage, protecting the collagen producing fibroblasts, controlling inflammation and regulating the skin’s natural oils, it is powerhouse of goodness. Furthermore, in its neurological role, zinc increases BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which boosts brain function and acts as an antidepressant. It can also improve GABAergic pathways (associated with anxiety).

Body Works: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, production of hormones, immunity, mood disorder, insulin balance, muscle growth and repair, essential for protein synthesis and the breakdown of carbohydrates (nutrient absorption), important for taste, smell and vision.

Food Sources: Almonds,  Chickpeas, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Cocoa, Grass Fed meat, Cashews, Mushrooms, Spinach , pasture fed Chicken, Oysters and Eggs. Soaking, heating, sprouting, fermenting and leavening will increase the bioavailability of zinc for plant based foods. (Vegetarians are therefore more susceptible to zinc deficiency due to phytic acid affecting bioavailability)

Skin Works: Regulation of sebum (acne, oily skin), anti-inflammatory (skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and eczema), skin repair and wound healing, protective against UV- induced damage, aids in collagen production (protecting against oxidative stress). Zinc is therefore an important mineral for your skin’s defence.

Many people can be zinc deficient

Magnesium

Magnesium is involved in over 350 biochemical processes in your body, but who’s counting! It is important for the healthy function of most cells especially the heart and muscles.

Magnesium insufficiency or deficiency is really common. It has been recorded to be as much as 80%. Most soils have become severely depleted of nutrients, including magnesium and frequently eating processed foods will magnify this deficiency. Absorption is hindered by excess fat, alcohol, soft drinks, certain drugs and coffee and sweating and the double edged sword is that it Magnesium actually requires Magnesium in the body to be absorbed!

What else is it involved in? The creation of energy, the regulation of blood sugar and insulin sensitivity and it is important in the stabilization of membranes. It has an anti-inflammatory activity and helps with mental and physical relaxation. Feeling tight, crampy, stiff or irritable?–you could be deficient in magnesium. There is a strong link between stress and skin problems. High cortisol produced when stressed leads to higher levels of insulin and increased insulin is associated with increased sebum.

 Learn more about the relaxation mineral and magnesium’s other wonderful benefit by clicking here. Importantly, a deficiency in magnesium can involve a hiccup in antioxidant regulation.

Body Works: Muscle contraction (including the heart), bone formation, regulation of blood pressure, alleviating the effects of stress on the body, maintenance of hormones, essential for calcium, migraines, detoxification, energy, digestion, brain function, the list continues..

Food Sources: Dark leafy greens, dark chocolate, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cashews, avocado, banana and figs.

Skin Works: Anti-inflammatory (red irritated skin), anti-ageing, hormonal acne.

Due to its common deficiency, it is important to include magnesium rich foods in your diet, just don’t go totally mad on dark chocolate as it still can contain sugar! Magnesium is a vital mineral and supplementation may be required. Some forms of magnesium are far better than others. Mg Citrate and Glycinate have greater bioavailability. –

Iron

Iron is an important mineral required for the oxygen carrying capacity of our blood cells from the lungs to transport throughout your body. If you don’t have enough iron, your body can’t make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells and your body and skin can suffer. Have you ever noticed a smoker’s skin? It can appear pale and yellowish colour. Smoking depletes oxygen

Low iron is considered the world’s most common nutritional deficiency. Symptoms can be fatigue, muscle weakness, sensitivity to the cold, brittle nails, brittle hair, depression, headaches, restless leg syndrome and gastrointestinal disturbances.

Iron is involved in many enzymatic systems in the body, including those involved in collagen synthesis. Collagen is the most abundant protein in animals, and the major component of connective tissue. –

For more research papers on iron click here

Body Works: Oxygen to muscles for muscle contraction, immunity strengthening, oxygen for the brain for concentration, neurotransmitter formation (mood), temperature regulation

Food Sources: Liver, beef, dark leafy green vegetables, eggs, legumes, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, beans and oysters. Iron is enhanced by taking Vitamin C foods. Increased requirements of iron for vegetarians are needed as the plant form is more difficult to absorb than the animal form.

Skin Works: Collagen formation, healing of wounds and scars, potentially decrease dark circles, improve skin glow.

Supplementation is best on an empty stomach as absorption in the gut is poor and can be impeded by other foods such as caffeine, fizzy drinks and grains.

Selenium

Selenium recycles Vitamin C and E and protects DNA. This alone makes it important for skin health and longevity. It helps detoxify chemicals and toxic metals and is critical for thyroid hormone production (metabolic rate, heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, mood and bone maintenance). Selenium is often deficient in our Australian soils but may not be deficient in others.

Body Works: Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, with COQ10 for heart protection, blood vessels, thyroid function, detoxification, grey hair prevention

Food Sources: Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, seafood, meat, poultry, oats, brown rice.

Skin Works: Skin elasticity, calms inflamed skin, protection against UV damage

Potassium

This is not often a deficient mineral unless there are cardiac problems, excessive sweating or gastrointestinal diseases are present and is generally best to obtain by the diet. It is primarily involved in the conduction of electricity (e.g memory and learning in the brain) as well as cell membrane integrity. Sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium are interlinked and are the 4 nutrients required for overall cell function and therefore the absorption of nutrients.

Body Works: cell protection and function, water and electrolyte balance, alkalizer, muscle strength.

Food Sources: Swiss chard, white beans, banana, avocado, broccoli, beef, grapefruit, sweet potato, mushrooms, prunes, dates, cucumbers, mushrooms, cantaloupe.

Skin Works: Skin hydration and elasticity

Calcium

Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body is essential for bone health, blood clotting, nerve transmission, muscle contraction and hormone secretion. Calcium in bones is used as a storage area and is released into the bloodstream when required. It is important here to help balance the acid/alkaline environment (pH). A diet heavy on carbonated drinks (phosphorus content), coffee, tea, white flour and beer (acidic foods) will assist in depleting calcium from the bones. Some drugs are phosphorus based so check with your G.P. Hereis a list of acid/alkaline foods. Calcium may also help with appetite suppression. Brittle nails, alopecia (via the synergistic relationship with Vitamin D) and dry skin conditions have been associated with low calcium.

Body Works: Heartbeat, muscle contraction and tone, hormone synthesis and secretion, blood clotting, hair, creates alkalinity.

Food Sources: Broccoli, raw milk, dark green leafy vegetables, sardines, yoghurt, kefir, legumes, almonds, sesame seeds, flaxseeds, quinoa.

Skin Works: brittle nails, dry skin

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential for the body to store and use calcium. Magnesium and Vitamin K are also required.

Body Works: Creates Alkalinity, maintains regular heartbeat, maintains muscle contraction and tone, hormone production and release, blood clotting, bone health.

Food Sources: Dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, almonds, sardines, yogurt or kefir, broccoli, sesame seed oil

Skin Works: The prevention of dry skin (skin firmness and elasticity), possibly help with eczema and psoriasis skin conditions.

So many vitamins and minerals exist in dark leafy green vegetables so as your mother has probably said, Eat Your Greens! …….. particularly the dark leafy ones.

Certain nutrients act either antagonistically or synergistically with others. Please always receive advice from a health professional before self-supplementation. Be careful of your sources of food too. Many pesticides and poor soil quality could reduce the nutrient availability or content of your food.

Lymph News – Long Periods of Sitting can cause Low Back Pain and SNORING too!

The negative effects of long periods of sitting have hit the news again. There has already been plenty of research papers on sitting and back pain, attributed to excessive loading patterns on the spine. According to the latest research “Prolonged sitting may promote leg fluid retention that redistributes to the neck during sleep and contributes to snoring”. The pooling of your lymphatic fluid and its drainage might be affecting your health. It is said that 35% of people who snore have obstructive sleep apnea. Snoring can also cause low oxygen levels in the blood, which is of course crucial to good brain function amongst other things.

The fluid accumulation on lying is said to shift to the neck/throat area compromising the upper airways. For those with already compromised airways due to narrow passages, snoring is more likely to occur.

Calf activation exercises are advised including a pedal type motion or exercises similar advised for preventative DVT (deep vein thrombosis) could be beneficial. Our Back Vitalizer cushions filled with variable amounts of air available at our clinic is a similar but a more convenient idea than sitting on a swiss ball however more activation occurs of the deep core stabilising muscles as well as foot and calf contraction when using the back vitalizer. It can also be used on the ground in a pedal pumping motion. The rhythmic tensing and relaxing of the muscles during physical movement propel fluid through the lymphatic channels.

Sit to Stand work stations can really make a difference and during those times of sitting, a simple air cushion could suffice. The key is always to try and move as much as possible and be aware of the amount of time you spend sitting. If you have an old trampoline in the back yard, have a few jumps on that. The rebounder of yesteryear is making a comeback and places like Kmart are stocking them again and would be a great idea in the office taking up very little room. NASA has actually studied the benefits of trampolining for astronauts to help them regain muscle and bone mass without excessive pressure to their feet and legs like the treadmill. Trampolining can have a tremendous benefit to the lymphatic system. On leaving the surface of the trampoline, the lymphatic valves open, and on landing, there is an increased G force causing the lymph fluid to surge up improving its drainage.

Trampolining therefore could be a great exercise for congested lymphatics! Trampolining exercise benefits are: Easier on the joints, helps with balance and proprioception, improves lymphatic flow and improves oculomotor control (the eyes ability to locate and fixate on an object, moving or not in a field of vision). This last benefit could potentially help children with reading problems to improve their reading as well as maybe hand-eye coordination.

Here is another research paper on the effects of sitting on back pain.

For those of you who do not take care of your posture, research has found that there is an increase in morbidity associated with an increased kyphosis ( upper back curve).

So take the opportunity to get moving, apply for a sit to stand work station, be mindful of your posture and maybe try trampolining!

There are many ways you can help improve your posture including at home and work exercises.

For further enquires please contact us on 02 9418 3930.

Technology has allowed us many benefits, but what are the risks?

Information and research is slowly becoming available on the risks that technology poses on our bodies. In this article, a video is available to watch Dr Paul Ben-Ishai PhD Department of Physics Jerusalem, the Chief Editor of Radiation and Health and Adjunct Professor from Helsinki and MD Professor Emeritus Anthony Miller discuss their concerns on radio frequency that technology produces.

 What was found is that sweat ducts act like an antenna to absorb 5G radiation. One scientist voiced concerns on the effects on young brains and mentioned autistic syndrome. She demonstrates the effects on a 6 year old brain watching virtual reality simulations.

MD Professor Anthony Miller stated that radiofrequency fields are a probable human carcinogen and it could be a major health concern.

I’ve been recently reading articles on the thyroid. Apparently it is very susceptible to EMR and this study discusses mobile phone radiation and the absorption into thyroid tissue. Is this why there are so many thyroid disorders now?

Brussels has become the first major city to halt 5G due to health concerns.

“I cannot welcome such technology if the radiation standards, which must protect the citizen, are not respected, 5G or not. The people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health I can sell at a profit. We cannot leave anything to doubt.” – Céline Fremault, Minister of the Government (Brussels-Captial Region), responsible for Housing, Quality of Life, Environment and Energy.

 Dr. Martin Pall, the WSU Professor Emeritus whose research explains the mechanism of how wireless radiation causes harm in our cells, calls 5G “the stupidest idea in the history of the world.”

And this one is my favourite statement in the Brussels article-“However, within the corporatized halls of government, there is a well-worn pattern of voices of reason being drowned out by the frothed frenzy of technocratic corporations, who envision 5G as an unprecedented economic opportunity for the full-on commercial exploitation of reality.”

Jeromy Johnson, Masters of Engineering discusses the issues of wireless smart metres and cell towers in a TEDx talk here. He personally has suffered ill effects from this form of radiation.

 The science shows, he states, that we are all affected on some level. The reason is that our bodies are electric. This is how are nervous system operates. He recommends you google EMF research.  He states that we now have enough evidence to take precautions. The regulations are about 20 years old and need to be updated with all the evidence available. The science unfortunately is and has been heavily influenced by industry funding so there is definitely an influence of money in a lot of results available. Independent studies are the best to read. The solution he says is fibre optics.  Product designers including biophysicists and biologists would be helpful to make safer products to limit radiofrequency or ideally to remove it all together.

His recommendations

  1. Turn off wifi at night before you go to bed
  2. If the phone is on your body, put it on airplane mode.
  3. Use  the speaker or eartube headsets ( the industry is telling us NOW to keep it 1 inch away from the body- the industry= mobile phone companies)
  4. For children, download information on to the ipad then turn wifi off.
  5.  Turn off baby monitors at night

Dr Charlie Teo, an eminent Sydney neurosurgeon has voiced his concerns about mobile phones causing brain tumours. The Cancer Council  Australia squashed his theory stating that there was no evidence. The question is, is their evidence sources from independent studies or from industry funding? Esteemed scientists showing genuine concern is enough to make me have concerns. What about you?

A better way to use your phone.

Vitamins that should not be missed – Health, Longevity and Beauty Benefits!

Vitamins are important for many processes in our body including the process of gut and liver detoxification, neural tube development and DNA formation. The skin, the largest organ in the body is important as a defense mechanism and its health is a function of our immune system which includes what we put in our bodies. From ageing, acne, skin conditions such as eczema and even abrasive and ablative cosmetic procedures, and the condition of the skin including its protective barrier is very important. What can complicate maintaining healthy skin is that the formation of vitamins and any reaction in the body requires certain complex biochemical processes. Stress, environmental and genetic factors can cause these processes to break down at different points creating individual patterns and problems for that person. Oral supplementation could be helpful here in some cases to re-balance the body, helping promote health and longevity but what can we do for the skin?

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The latest research on ice for injury and tissue repair- our new enemy

We have all grown up with the idea of using ice after we sprain an ankle or injure a muscle to help reduce swelling as well as for post athletic recovery; in fact, we have been doing this for 40 years now. Over time, with advances in both technology and medicine, according to the latest research, ice should only be used for pain and for no longer than 10 minutes. Why? It seems that the application of ice for longer than 10 minutes impedes tissue repair.

What’s happening in the world of science

The acronym, R.I.C.E (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) developed by physician Dr Gabe Mirkin back in the 70’s, is now slowly being replaced by M.E.L.T (Mobilise Elevate Laser Tape).  Scientists, with a growing body of evidence have now realised that some inflammation is actually required to help induce tissue repair and that the use of ice could be counter-productive. In fact, some large Sports Clubs/Teams in the U.S.A are banning the use of ice altogether except for the application in pain management. The theory of ice was to slow the blood flow to reduce inflammation and pain, thereby promoting recovery (so they thought!). So ice has a 40 year reign and appears to be coming to an end. The Chinese could have been right all along. Ice has never been used in Chinese Medicine for any treatment option which follows their old saying and belief that “ice is for dead things”.

Dr Mirkin now recommends that the use of ice should be used to numb pain but only applied once or twice for 10 minute bursts and there is absolutely no reason to apply it later.

Our body uses immunity cells and nutrients to kill germs and in much the same way, it uses inflammatory cells and nutrients to rush to damaged muscles to promote healing. By restricting the blood flow with the application of ice, it will inhibit the essential healing cells and oxygen from arriving at the injured tissue site.

New research from a study at Queensland University of Technology ( QUT) have found that ice baths post strength training reduced long term gains in muscle strength whilst active warm down gained more muscle. Through biopsy, they discovered that ice suppressed the cell-signalling that regulates muscle growth.

“This is the most comprehensive study of its kind and the results suggest individuals, who use strength training to improve athletic performance, recover from injury or maintain their health, should reconsider using cold water immersion as a recovery aid”

So if ice is out, what do we do instead?

In Brazil 2015, scientists concluded that using photobiomodulation (PBM) on Rugby players prior to heavy exercise will increase blood flow by 10% and reduce muscle fatigue by 86%. This could essentially make a difference between a podium and non-podium finish in the elite athlete. A game changer- light therapy actually improving performance!

With over 6000 research papers published on Pubmed on various applications and the biological effects of PBM, it would appear that light therapy could be the future in the healing of any cell. Research is in progress regarding post traumatic brain injury, macular degeneration and stroke recovery. From cartilage to skin, the implications are potentially vast.

It is not a heat therapy, but more like photosynthesis in plants using low intensity lasers and light emitting diodes (LEDs). When LLLT is placed over injured, aged or sick cells, the light energy is absorbed exerting a chemical change. This stimulates the damaged cells to increase their energy production which is used to transform the damaged cells into healthy active cells.

The other area of research is the comparison of cryotherapy to photobiomodulation for Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). Evidence would suggest applying PBM on an overused muscle would be a greater performer than ice.

The end of the ice age or is it?

The latest craze to hit the shores is cold water swimming or cold showers. “The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs” in their first episode showcased a woman with years long depression cold water swimming and consequently she was then able to reduce her medication significantly. It is said to create a state of euphoria! Endorphins structurally similar to the drug morphine create a euphoric response. These neurotransmitter pathways are known to be involved in the regulation of emotions. There is an abundant amount of research linking these brain areas to depression. The endorphin release amongst individuals is variable so, yes, the effects can vary. You might be familiar with other endorphin releases such as exercise, sex, acupuncture, massage and for some even eating chocolate! Some studies suggest cold water can stimulate healthy brown fat, which is found in the upper neck, shoulders, and chest, and can help burn away calorie-loaded fats called lipids, which pile onto your gut and waistline.  Studies have shown that routine cold water showers do have health benefits.

For more information on methods using meditation, breathing and cold water immersion read here. Thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and behaviour can have a powerful impact on our health.

Confused yet?

When it comes to a local soft-tissue injury, the focus shifts to its local blood flow and therefore the body’s ability to deliver the necessary white blood cells to heal.  Ice will impede this local blood flow and therefore inhibit tissue repair by obstructing the natural inflammation that your body has been doing since Adam and Eve. Scientists have also recently discovered that non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) will weaken the strength of tissue repair. Low level laser will expedite this repair. So, for euphoria and a general state of wellbeing, have a cold water shower but when you are trying to repair an injury, evidence suggests using laser. You are better off doing nothing than applying ice if a laser is not available. Remember, science offers the best answers. Ice is for dead things!

Dr Catherine MacInnes has been using PBM for sports injury and performance for over 7 years now and since opening Renude Laser in 2015, has been on top of the game for tattoo removal by developing and using a patent pending protocol for PBM before and after tattoo removal to decrease pain and enhance the process of tissue repair.

Gait Speed Can Determine Longevity-Latest Study

Many of you may have had an elderly family member who has suffered as a result of a bad fall. This might come as a shock but it has been reported that falls have cost NSW $500 million in 2006/2007. I do not have any more recent data. This apparently applies to direct and indirect costs, indirect being time off work and loss of function. In a more recent report, The World Health Organisation (WHO) states that it costs approximately $65 billion worldwide in direct costs. In the WHO report, they name an Active Ageing Cycle and a Fall Cycle. In the active ageing cycling it says that as people get older, falls do not have to be more likely. This is a really important point. The Fall Cycle  is highlighting that once a fall has occurred, the person is scared of moving, mobilises less, deteriorates more, becoming less active, and therefore more likely to fall, it becoming a vicious cycle.

Unfortunately organic diseases such as Parkinson’s, developmental disorders with children such as sensory processing disorder, and even migraine sufferers can have a greater susceptibility to falls. It is known through research that higher level athletes have better balance than the general public. Fall risk factors can be a result of biological, environmental and behavioural means. Research has shown that lack of exercise, low Vitamin D levels (not in all cases), and some medications contribute to the increase likelihood of a fall.

According to recent research “Specifically, individuals with slower gait speeds are at a higher risk of disability, cognitive impairment, institutionalisation, falls and mortality. A meta-analysis has found that older individuals in the lowest quartile of gait speed had a threefold increased risk of mortality when compared with individuals in the highest quartile.”

“Gait speed, also often termed walking speed, has been shown to be associated with survival among older adults in individual epidemiological cohort studies 6–12 and has been shown to reflect health and functional status. Gait speed has been recommended as a potentially useful clinical indicator of well-being among the older adults.” Read here for the https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3080184

In essence, gait speed could be considered a simple and accessible summary indicator of vitality.

There are some tests that can be performed to help determine the reason for a fall, or slow gait, including balance tests.

Balance is defined as the ability to maintain the body’s centre of gravity over its base of support with minimal sway or maximum steadiness. The ability to maintain balance is based on a complex interaction between sensory, vestibular (please see below for a definition) and visual functions and coordination of movements with muscle activity. As previously mentioned, balance does not have to decline as one gets older and when gait speed is reduced, balance is one of the important aspects of body function to check.

Balance measuring systems will need to include visual, proprioceptive (feedback) and vestibular systems (brain based balance centres).

One of the best non- computerised test static tests to measure the separate components of balance is called the Modified Clinical Test of Sensory Imbalance. With the person standing the test involves: eyes open (visual, vestibular, proprioceptive), eyes closed (loss of visual input so rely on vestibular and proprioceptive), standing on a foam pad with eyes open (vestibular system tested and makes proprioception no longer valid) and foam pad eyes closed (testing the vestibular system in isolation).

Dynamic tests include multiple organ systems not excluding the cardiac and the vestibular system. Walking speed is one of them, again so trying to determine the cause of the change of the gait speed is clinically significant and therefore greatly helpful in recovery! The Star excursion test is another dynamic test to assess the ankle or hip stability, two definitely important requirements for balance and stability. It essentially measures the difference between either leg on a postero-medial step back often using duck tape on the floor as a measurement comparison.

 It is important to note that computerised system checks do offer a greater level of testing and would certainly be recommended for many cases.

Some other helpful medical tests to determine why a fall has taken place would be

1. Visual acuity

2. Vitamin D levels – Cochrane review h

3. Medication review

4. Bone density

Please speak to your GP about these.

If you require more information on co-ordination, or balance problems, please contact us so we can help refer you to the appropriate people.

For more information regarding your elderly loved ones, My Aged Care is an informative site.

N.B: “The vestibular system, in most mammals, is the sensory system that provides the leading contribution to the sense of balance and spatial orientation for the purpose of coordinating movement with balance.” (Wikipedia). There are vestibular receptors in the inner ear, the connections between them and other areas in the central nervous system.

“Together with the cochlea, a part of the auditory system, it constitutes the labyrinth of the inner ear, situated in the vestibulum in the inner ear. As our movements consist of rotations and translations, the vestibular system comprises two components: the semicircular canal system, which indicates rotational movements; and the otoliths, which indicate linear translations. The vestibular system sends signals primarily to the neural structures that control our eye movements, and to the muscles that keep us upright. The projections to the former provide the anatomical basis of the vestibular – ocular reflex, which is required for clear vision; and the projections to the muscles that control our posture are necessary to keep us upright.” Taken from SPD Australia.SPD Australia supports and advocates for people with a sensory processing disorder.

Proprioception is the sense of the relative position of one’s own parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement. It is sometimes described as the “sixth sense”. In humans, it is provided by proprioceptors in skeletal striated muscles (muscle spindles) and tendons (Golgi tendon organ) and the fibrous membrane in joint capsules. It is distinguished from exteroception, by which one perceives the outside world, and interoception, by which one perceives pain, hunger, etc., and the movement of internal organs. The brain integrates information from proprioception and from the vestibular system into its overall sense of body position, movement, and acceleration.