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    • Stress, Hormones & Weight Gain: What You Need To Know

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      What Is Cortisol?

      Cortisol is a vital hormone involved in controlling stress, blood sugar levels and metabolism and can affect many other functions in the body.

      Cortisol is excreted from the adrenal cortex, located just above the kidneys, and production is controlled by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland in the brain.

      What Does Cortisol Do?

      When stressed, Cortisol is produced in large amounts, flooding the bloodstream. This process prepares the body with the energy required to deal with stress. It is involved in a process known as the ‘fight or flight response’. It is essential to allow us to take action fast in times of danger.  When body systems are working properly, the brain signals Cortisol to reduce once the danger has passed.

      In times of chronic stress, this may not be the case. As your body is constantly preparing itself for ‘danger’, Cortisol is constantly being pumped out at high levels, leaving your adrenal glands exhausted and wreaking havoc on other body systems, including the regulation of blood sugar and metabolism.

      Because increased Cortisol can help increase insulin levels, blood sugar then drops and cravings for sugary, high carbohydrate and fatty foods sets in.

      Some nasty effects Cortisol can have on your body include:

      • Encourages your body to store fat, especially visceral fat (fat which surrounds the organs and contributes to belly fat)
      • Can raise cholesterol levels
      • Can raise insulin levels

      Obviously cutting all stress out of your life isn’t realistic, but taking steps to reduce and beat stress can get your Cortisol levels under control, and therefore improve both weight and overall health.

      Some Key Things to Consider

      Exercise

      Moving your body is an excellent stress reliever.

      Getting Adequate Sleep

      Getting adequate sleep is vital in regulating Cortisol levels. Your body perceives lack of sleep as a major stressor, so try to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night to keep stress levels in check. Lack of sleep can also increase ghrelin, a hormone responsible for triggering hunger.

      Herbal Support

      Certain medicinal herbs have a regulating effect on adrenals and Cortisol levels. These are called Adaptogenic Herbs. Some adaptogenic herbs include licorice, rehmannia, withania, rhodiola, and the ginseng spp. to name a few.

      Keep Hydrated

      If you're even slightly dehydrated, your Cortisol levels will rise and your metabolic rate will drop. Environmental conditions and exercise levels impact on hydration needs, but the basic rule of drinking eight glasses of water a day is a good one. This rule is based upon a chemical estimate of how much water is needed to metabolize 1,500–2,000 calories from a mixed diet.

      Eat Slowly

      When we are relaxed, the parasympathetic nervous system is in control, allowing us to do things such as rest and digest. In times of stress, the sympathetic nervous system takes over. This means your body is primed for fighting stress, not digesting food. Eating slowly and mindfully can help us relax, so the parasympathetic nervous system can do its job.

       

      As you can see, reducing stress and Cortisol levels have far reaching health benefits, including maintaining weight levels. Implement these strategies into your daily routine and notice your stress levels and weight reduce, and enjoy an increase in energy and vitality.

      If you are having problems with your stress levels, it may be worth considering taking one of the products below:

       

      If you are unsure about whether or not you should be taking a supplement for stress, do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9670 1346 or evefaye@bigpond.net.au

      Our team of qualified staff are here to help you.

       

      Written by Tanya Lim

      Medicinal Herbalist & Nutritionist at Evelyn Faye Nutrition

      360 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000

    • Our Handy Hints to Play it Smart

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      Rushing around, going out, deadlines at work, purchases to sort out, catching up with friends and family – nearly too much!

      To be ahead of the game and to cope, check out our handy hints:

      1. Hydration

      Plenty of water all day (and evening). If you are mixing in exercise and sports as well – Aquaforce Rapid Electrolyte Replacement works well balancing the body’s extra demand on electrolytes and fuel.

      2. Multi Vitamins

      This is the time of the year when a high quality Multi Vitamin is essential – as we skip or rush meals we do not always absorb nutrients as normal. Fusion Men’s or Women’s Multi will solve that issue.

      3. Detox Time!

      And as we get close to end of the year, maybe some holidays; time for a Detox which really gets you feeling so much better as it cleanses your system and helps with weight loss. Natures Origins Liver Detox Advanced is the best formula we have come across. Covers it all.

      4. Exercise & Food

      If excess weight is still an issue with you, apart from the detox, look at your exercise regime, your fatty and sugary food intake and consider Body Ripped Acetyl L-Carnitine, Green Tea, ATP T432 Plus and Body Attack Lipo 100.

      2017 is going to be your best year.

    • Why Detox?

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      With the colder months now finally leaving us behind we want to get out and about to take full advantage of the benefits of sunshine of spring and summer. However, winter always leaves us feeling sluggish and worn out from the lack of exercise, sun and the naughty comfort foods we have consumed. We are walking around toxic and we don’t want that because a toxin is anything that damages the functionality of the body! This means our skin, heart, kidneys, liver, bowels will not be happy. In turn this indicates aspects of our digestion, immune system, weight loss, muscle gain, bowel movements, hormonal imbalance, our “natural glow”, just to name a few will all be effected!

      A detox at this time of year can be a great way to feel revitalized and refreshed for summer. Detoxification and cleansing of our systems allows us to purge our bodies of toxins and to reboot our vital organs. Naturally after detox don’t be surprised if you notice enhanced metal clarity too! The saying goes Better mind better body!

      What Supplements Can We Take to Help Us Detox?

      Fusion Detox

      A blend of western and Chinese herbal medicine focusing on cleansing of the body by supporting the functionality of immune system, liver, kidneys, bowel and skin.

      Pukka Detox

      A gentle yet effective way to incorporate detox herbs while increasing water intake during the day.

      Herbs of Gold St Mary’s Thistle 35,000

      Milk thistle is an integral part of detox supplementation as it aids in liver cell regeneration. This will support those who have had a bit too much naughty processed foods and alcohol during winter! It also will support gallbladder health and assist bile flow resulting in better digestion.

    • Plant Protein and Whey Protein

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      All protein is made up of Amino Acids - 22 including the 8 essential amino acids. [Essential means that the body cannot make this amino acid from another].

      Yes, Plant Protein works just as well for building muscle and for recovery from exercise as Whey (milk derived) protein.

      Each protein source may have a slightly different ratio of Amino Acids, but you will not notice the difference they all work in the same manner.

      So do not hesitate to swap or try a different protein, sometimes a change is triggers the body to improve.

      Plant Proteins such as Prana, Amazonia Raw, Ezy Protein, Sun Warrior, San Raw Fusion, Vital Pea Protein are options.

      Whey Proteins include – Horleys Ice, Optimum Gold Standard, Giant Casein and Victory Hydrolysed.

    • The Sleep Struggle

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      So many people struggle to have enough sleep because they either cannot get to sleep or get to sleep quickly, but wake up during the night.

      There are lots of life style tips available such as:

      • No digital usage in the hour before sleep (including TV): this stimulates the brain in some people.
      • Reading last thing at night is good
      • No coffee in the evening
      • Increasing exercise

      Magnesium

      Magnesium can be helpful, as well as herb mixtures, such as:

      Fusion Organic Magnesium Advanced

      NutraLife Magnesium Complete Calm Formula

      Ethical Nutrients Mega Magnesium.

      Stress and Sleep

      Another common problem is reduced sleep due to stress. This may be work related, home or relationship related. Herbs of Gold Stress Ease for Adrenal Support or Fusion Stress and Anxiety can be very useful. Products such as  Herbs of Gold Sleep Ease or Fusion Sleep can be used when the reason for poor sleep is not clear.

      If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our friendly staff are here to help. Phone: (03) 9670 1346 or Email info@completehealth.com.au

    • The Ketogenic Diet: What Is It?

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      The Ketogenic Diet is very restricted carbohydrates, high fat and moderate protein food intake.

      How does it work?

      Lowering carbohydrate (sugar) intake forces our body to utilise  stored fat to produce energy. This causes a state of ketosis, where ketone acids are produced in the body aiding fat loss. It usually takes at least 4 weeks to reach a full state of ketosis, but you will lose weight from the start.

      Who uses it?

      Ketogenic Diets are used by people looking for significant weight loss or body sculpting.  For further advice do not hesitate to contact our sports nutritionists and naturopaths.

      Phone: 1800 630 261 or Email: info@completehealth.com.au

      Some things to note

      To best manage body fat issues, carbohydrate intake is what we should note.  Reduce carbohydrate intake at all times. To balance this, increase your protein intake, either, meat, fish, chicken.

      If you are often hungry or if you are vegetarian or vegan,  a protein powder drink 1 or 2 times a day can reduce hunger pangs and stop you reaching for high sugar, or fast food quick fixes. We also have Plant based Protein Powder such as Prana, Amazonia Raw, Ezy Protein.  Also your fat intake should be increased, good fats such as Flaxseed Oil, Fish Oil, MCT Oil, Coconut Oil and natural nut butters such as Almond, Brazil, Macadamia.

      What supplements can help us achieve weight loss?

      Carnitine breaks down fat cells in our body and is good choice because there are no side effects and can be used for any age above 15 years.

      Products that reduce sugar cravings, if this is a problem for you, Herbs of Gold Glucoplex, ATP Amp-V are very helpful.

      Products that act as appetite suppressants such as Oxy Shred, Rapid Shred, ATP Amp-V and Hydroxycut Next Gen are also helpful.

      Why is ATP Amp-V in both categories?

      The Peppermint Oil reduces sugar cravings and is an appetite suppressant . It also helps with digestion. The CLA and Coconut Oils in ATP Amp-V help the body burn fat for energy.

    • Pre-Workouts and BCAAs: What Can They Do For You?

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      Pre-Workouts

      Pre-Workouts are essentially amino acid formulas to aid training performance; most having added stimulants as well such as caffeine. Pre-Workouts are designed to be taken before training and are very fast acting. Most take effect within 30 minutes after taking them. Some of the benefits of taking a pre-workout are:

      • Increased stamina
      • Increased focus
      • Higher energy levels
      • Higher blood flow/pump, which can aid muscle growth by increasing the amount of stress you can put on your muscles

      Other ingredients that may be found in pre-workouts include:

      Arginine—converts to nitric oxide in the body

      Beta-Alanine—an amino acid that reduces lactic acid build up. (Tingle effect.)

      Betaine—a modified amino acid that helps boost muscle strength and power

      BCAAs—drive muscle growth, increase energy and stop fatigue

      Citrulline Malate—increases energy levels by removing ammonia from the body, reducing fatigue

      Creatine—provides the muscles with energy and water

      Glycerol—the backbone of primary fats in the diet. It attracts and binds large amounts of fluid to increase pump

      Taurine—an amino acid that helps increase muscle endurance and strength

      Tyrosine—an amino acid that boosts energy, mood, and mental focus by producing hormones and neurotransmitters that can boost intensity during workouts.

      Some of our top selling pre-workouts include:

      1. Cellucor C4
      2. Nutrex Outrage
      3. APN Intense
      4. Next Generation GAME ON
      5. Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Pre-Workout

      BCAAs

      Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) refers to three of the most important amino acids that are good for building and repairing muscle tissue. These three main amino acids are:

      • Leucine
      • Isoleucine
      • Valine

      BCAAs are responsible for protein synthesis which is the body’s process of building protein, which essentially means to build muscle.

      Some of the BCAA formulas come with added electrolytes to keep the body hydrated.

      It is important to ingest BCAAs on a daily basis.

      To recap, BCAA supplements are:

      • Quickly absorbed
      • Great for muscle fibre synthesis and repair
      • Easy to consume by simply adding to water
      • Good energy booster
      • Good for keeping the body hydrated

      Some of our top BCAA supplements are:

      1. PES Amino IV
      2. EHP Labs Beyond BCAA
      3. Optimum Nutrition Pro BCAA
      4. Horleys Amino XL
      5. Scivation Xtend

       

      We advise speaking to our sports nutritionists prior to taking pre-workouts and BCAA supplements. Our friendly staff are always here to help. (Tel 1800 630 261 or email info@completehealth.com.au)

    • Tomato Pill: How It Can Help Stop The Nightmare Peeing Problem

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      Getting up time after time to go to the bathroom at night is a major issue for many men and their relationships.

      A new way of tackling an embarrassing problem suffered by 90% of men as they get older who need to pee frequently in the night has been revealed in a published research paper last week that could transform the lives of millions.

      In the UK the condition was highlighted earlier in this year when BBC TV and radio celebrity Chris Evans told millions of listeners about his plight on his Breakfast show. In Australia Derryn Hinch did the same thing.

      Now doctors reviewing 67 research studies from around the world, have found that a nutrient called lycopene which gives tomatoes their red colour, is a potentially effective treatment for the peeing problems suffered by many.

      With age most men suffer an unexplained expansion of the prostate, the gland which makes semen and which is wrapped around the urinary tract.

      The prostate constricts the tube and may block it altogether causing a condition called benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), which means peeing is slow, difficult or impossible.

      Professor Hiten Patel, an expert in men’s health from the University of Tromso in Norway, who is also a clinical senior lecturer at Bart’s and the Royal London Hospital, led the team which reviewed the research, now published in the journal, Oncology and Cancer Case Reports.

      We knew lycopene seems to slow down the development of prostate cancer, but now it seems it can slow down the enlargement of the prostate and development of BPH as well,” he said.

      One of the problems highlighted whilst researching the paper was that lycopene is not easily absorbed into the blood unless processed in some way. The exception he found was a novel formulation LactoLycopene. It is only marketed in Australia under the brand Ateronon.

      Studies at Cambridge University have shown LactoLycopene doubles the body’s take up of lycopene. Professor Patel has investigated its efficacy and says it could “significantly improve BPH symptoms.”

      Lycopene supplementation is also recommended by Professor Roger Kirby, Britain’s leading prostate specialist who is himself a prostate cancer survivor. ‘”I have been giving prescriptions for it for some years,” he says.

      Dr Athene Lane, a researcher at Bristol University, has investigated the effect of diet on prostate cancer risk and has co-authored a study of almost 14,000 men showing that those who ate the most tomatoes had an 18% reduced risk of prostate cancer.

      Studies on Ateronon are continuing, as it is such a successful supplement.

    • Infection: Resistance to All Antibiotics

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      What a frightening headline- it means less and less can we rely on antibiotics as the total cure- and it highlights the overuse of antibiotics in the community.

      In Pennsylvania USA a woman has a urinary tract infection that is resistant to every antibiotic.

      So what do we do? We build up our natural defence system in our body… Our immune system.

      This is vitally important as it can prevent us getting infections, or if we do get an infection making it easier for our body to fight it.

      This applies to everyone from small children right through to the elderly….

      Especially the elderly as they tend to have reduced immune systems.

      Athletes and people who push for fitness often have lower immune function due to the increase work load they put on their system. This does not mean reducing your intense exercise, it means being aware and taking the necessary supplements.

      A good diet is fundamental to great health and a strong immune system. Having a well-balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates, as well as minerals is necessary. It will supply you with all the essential nutrients used to help strengthen the immune system.

      The supplements we can use to boost the immune system are:

      *SB is a beneficial probiotic yeast that helps to maintain GI function and microbial status by increasing IgA to assist in supporting a healthy immune system and discourage the growth of unfriendly micro-organisms

       

      Always consult with one of our Naturopaths for further advice on 1800 630 261

    • What Is So Good About Zinc?

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      Zinc is a trace mineral that is so important. This special mineral must be consumed each day as there is no particular ‘storage system’ for it in the body. Unfortunately, there is virtually no zinc in Australian soils as it has been removed with high use of super-phosphate fertilisers.

      Health Benefits

      Zinc has a number of health benefits that includes the following:

      • Immune Support—zinc helps activate immune cells in the body. Having low zinc levels may make you more susceptable to the pathogens that make us sick.
      • Diarrhoea Prevention—zinc may help treat and prevent mild diarrhoea in individuals. It is assumed that this is due to the infection-fighting nature of zinc in the body.
      • Learning and Memory Support—research that has been conducted in America states that zinc plays an important role in regulating how neurons communicate with one another. This in turn affects how memories are formed and how we learn.
      • Hormone Balancing—zinc plays an important role in hormone production, including increasing testosterone naturally. Zinc may also help female sex hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) and is also involved in both the creation and release of eggs.
      • Cardiovascular Health—zinc is required to help maintain the health of cells in the cardiovascular system, while also lowering inflammation and oxidative stress. Zinc helps maintain heart health by supporting healthy circulation and cholesterol levels.
      • Liver Health—zinc can help with a liver cleanse to reduce inflammation in the liver, reduces free radical damage, helps with nutrient absorption and allows for proper waste elimination.
      • Muscle Growth and Repair—zinc plays a crucial role in both cell division and growth. This means that zinc helps repair and grow muscle by making the body able to heal itself and maintain strength in the muscular and skeletal systems.

       

      It is important to ensure you have the recommended daily intake of zinc to support your body during the year, especially during cold and flu season.

       

      You may find it useful to do a Zinc Test to see if you need any zinc supplementation.

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