Dealing With The Festive Fall-Out…

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Make sure you clean up after the festive season!

Hidden grains, sugars, fats, salt and alcohol make up the basis of our festive fare and, along with a lack of fibre, all take their collective toll clogging up your digestive system.

Constipation is just the same as neglecting to take out the household rubbish!

Just imagine all the toxins, bacteria and other undesirables that would proliferate out of control if you rarely took out the garbage – including the smell!
  The odour and bacteria would eventually spread and contaminate all the other rooms in the house.

Your body is no different, and being constipated irritates your gut lining, increases your risk of colon cancer, your likelihood of acne, weight gain, digestive problems, candida, parasites, bad breath and feeling lethargic all-day long.

If you’re looking for a way to get regular again, help your body lose fat, and feel great in this New Year – here is a simple start.

Follow a whole foods diet, free of sugars, grains and dairy – all are inflammatory, clogging and mucus-producing foods which we generally all consume too much of for good health.

Start detoxing with the high-fibre green Power Smoothies* again, especially if you have let this fantastic practice slide a little…

Make sure you are drinking the recommended amount of water each day. If your colon is dehydrated faecal matter will remain stuck along the inner linings. Water is critical for relieving constipation.

If you’re not having a bowel movement at a minimum 1-2 times every single day, please take our advice seriously – and take action…!

By Anne Laing

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Why ‘Bums on Seats’ Could Cost You Dearly…

By Anne Laing

It never ceases to amaze me how ‘health and safety’ these days is more about preventing people doing foolish things to themselves, and almost nothing by comparison about how they can look after their health, improve productivity, earning power and personal longevity at work.

Technology has chained us to our chairs and frozen our bodies. On top of this, inertia takes it toll and we become more and more prone to inactivity.

Without the freedom to move throughout the day, we will not win the battle of obesity, inactivity and ill health for our employees, because without movement the metabolism becomes dormant.

Furthermore, top executives who don’t become more actively involved in preventative care, and who allow the provision of poor food choices, end up contributing to the damage inflicted on energy, performance, and mental and physical wellbeing.

*Future Thought: The day will come soon in occupations that require periods of uninterrupted sitting time, where failure to provide protective countermeasures to offset the detrimental effects will become unlawful, and businesses culpable.

Nobody Ever Dies of Old Age…

By Anne Laing –

Dr Tom Mulholland

I have just spent the day in conference with Dr Tom Mulholland. He is a well known New Zealand extreme sports person, TV & Radio doctor, and an emergency room practitioner.

His message was Live Fast – Die Old, because nobody ever dies of old age, they die of disease.

Many of us are eating and drinking ourselves to a preventable early death because we ignore basic maintenance rules and symptoms our body is telling us.

Dying isn’t pretty!  Along with the painful and distressing symptoms of being rushed to hospital on a gurney, he sees grown men suffering from acute heart attacks crying for their mothers, suddenly praying, and not wanting to die.  Women wanting to see their children or desperately mourning for the things they hadn’t achieved.

Yet most of what he sees in the emergency room is preventable and here he gave us some examples of the many fallacies he comes across.

Patients who believe when their time is up, it’s up! People who think they die when their health ‘runs out’. People who won’t change their health profile because they don’t want to change their food or drink choices. People who lie to themselves and others that they eat healthy- but live with expanded waistline telling a different story. Or, as is often the case with men, sheer pig-headed bravado: the notion that preventable healthcare is for sissies.

The human body has fantastic built-in alarm systems like fatigue, poor sleep, lack of concentration, depression, aches and pains, shortness of breath, overweight.  These are often put down to aging. They are not!

He urged us to know our numbers, like a car you can drive hundreds of miles more if it is regularly serviced.

Know your basic numbers:

What is your latest blood pressure?

What is your Cholesterol/ Homocysteine?

What is your blood glucose?

What is your waist circumference?

What is your resting heart rate?

Have you had your moles checked?

Think about it.  Define an age you want to live to and plan for it, just as you would your bank balance, your family or your career.  It is now possible to action a little “course correction” – at any age!