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Chew Food Dude!

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I think people have forgotten why we have these pearly whites – are they really just something to flash when you’re in a good mood and having a laugh? They are for MASTICATION!! You heard me, mastication. The word that sounds a bit rude…… but it’s not! It is actually incredibly important.

Did you know that digestion begins in the mouth? Well actually, it gets stimulated prior to that as we smell, touch and prepare our food. This allows salivation to get going and also stimulates the release of our digestive juices such as stomach acid, bile and digestive enzymes.

So…… why do we vitamise food for babies? Why do we vitamise food for the elderly? Generally, it’s because they both have no teeth to do it for them selves!

There are a couple of other reasons too like bubs have sensitive little developing digestive systems that do better with simple mushed up foods and as we age our digestive function can become way less efficient.

If we miss this vital step of chewing (AKA mastication) food thoroughly, the rest our digestive system is put under a lot of unnecessary pressure making it work harder than need be.

Think about this; there are no teeth further down the tract! The mouth is where mechanical break down occurs and the rest is chemical break down with acid, enzymes and bile plus a little bit of encouragement with peristalsis (the muscle contractions that keep food moving on its way through the digestive tract).

Food lower down that has not been digested properly can sit in the bowels fermenting making us feel bloated, uncomfortable and gassy! Yikes! That’s not good at work or on a first, second or third date.

And even more worrisome this undigested food can look quite foreign to the immune system and may trigger an inflammatory response potentially leading to food intolerances and other inflammatory conditions. Ohh No!

None of these are great outcomes!

And so here is your challenge for the week. Chew chew chew. Take your time when eating. Smell, touch and look at your food! Try and chew each mouthful at least 20 times. Chew your food into a paste before you send it on it’s merry way. Try and eat uninterrupted and without multitasking, be peaceful and relaxed. Don’t shove it in, chomp twice, swallow and run off to do the next thing and wonder why you feel a little sick in the tummy 20 minutes later.

I don’t care if you were one of 10 kids and learnt to eat like a speed demon at age of 2 just to survive. There aren’t exceptions to this rule. It’s really important to change your ways or at least try!

And if you are still feeling bloating, uncomfortable or sluggish in the guts after really trying a bit of thorough mastication there are some great natural remedies to improve & support good digestion that you can discuss with any good Naturopath including myself!
But until then Chew Food Dude!

Love and Healing

Carolyn x

Remember to always consult with a health care professional before taking herbs and supplements especially if you are unsure, taking medications, have an illness or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always take into consideration your individual lifestyle and food requirements before following general health advice. Contact Me to make an appointment to discuss your individual and specific health care needs. 

The Power of HERBS…

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I am a herbalist. I love herbs and their medicine. They are such an awesome gift to us that can provide such amazing healing potential. Herbs are powerful, they must be respected and understood.

Herbs can raise our vibration with their own vibration. Think about the energy of a plant, how it can make you feel when you see different plants. How strong and proud they are. A plant never questions it’s purpose, it does all that it can to grow and be it’s fullest potential.

Using herbs as medicine can strengthen and support different aspects our physical body. They are usually always multi-tasking, for example, some herbs which have a relaxing effect on the nerves can also be taken to support digestion like Chamomile, Melissa and Vervain.

Some herbs are loaded with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants and are natural “multivitamins” which our bodies easily recognise to absorb and assimilate making us feel great – raising our vitality.

They often work best in their whole form or at least a part of their whole form like the whole root, the flowers or the berries. Nature is so clever and perfect in this way. It is in fact all the constituents working together in synergy which can make them so medicinal.

Creating healing herbal tonics and tea mixes is something that is unique to naturopaths and herbalists. Herbs can be chosen and put together for someone’s specific health needs. I love making herbal tonics, it allows me to get my witch on, to be an artist and create healing intention for my client.

A healing tonic may be great for you if you are feeling exhausted and run down, if you are having digestive problems such as bloating, sluggishness and wind, if you are not experiencing quality sleep, if your immune system is struggling, if you’re grumpy and premenstrual, if you have skin problems such as pimples, eczema or itchiness. Or you may just want a tonic to keep you feeling well and healthy so your body can function at its optimal best. :-)

Contact me if you are intrigued about herbs as medicine, to chat about whether a herbal tonic may be appropriate for you at this time or perhaps if you already know how amazing herbs are and would like to have them again.

Love & Healing
Carolyn x

Remember to always consult with a health care professional before taking herbs and supplements especially if you are unsure, taking medications, have an illness or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always take into consideration your individual lifestyle and food requirements before following general health advice. Contact Me to make an appointment to discuss your individual and specific health care needs. 

The joy of Cold Sores…

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The joy of cold sores…

So festival camping over Easter was amazing. I had such a beautiful time in the bush surrounded by my gorgeous like minded friends and people, checking out yoga, dance, chanting and other hippy workshops and swimming in a muddy picturesque creek that runs into the Murray. I was pretty at home.

Everything was close to perfect as were the conditions for cold sores to arise.

Sun-burnt lips, munching nuts and chocolate all day, not getting proper sleep due to excitement and too much other good stuff to do and I was struck. Even naturopaths get sick sometimes.

So it’s good to know, if you are cold sore prone, that there are certain times when you are definitely going to be more susceptible, often it’s a few things combined. This may vary from person to person but these are some things to be conscious of:

  • Big changes in temperatures/ change of season
  • Physical Stress to the vulnerable area like sunburn
  • Post cold or flu (lowered immunity)
  • For ladies just before your period
  • Eating a lot of foods rich in arganine (an amino acid which feeds the Herpes simplex cold sore virus) this includes foods such as chocolate, nuts & seeds especially almonds, cashews, peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts, sesame seeds & lamb.
  • Stress (Perhaps the most obvious one – this can also be too much excitement!)
  • Exhausting yourself, lack of sleep, burning the candle at both ends
  • During pregnancy

 

With all that physical stuff aside, on an emotional level cold sores can be triggered when we are feeling irritated, pissed off, angry about something like someone or something is ‘under our skin’ – then it may manifest literally. Can you relate to this? Cold sores may also be linked with feelings of shame as we can’t really hide the fact we are displaying a contagious kissing disease on our face. :( It’s good to make peace with this. This is when bush flowers essences can be amazing to help work through the emotional stuff which is coming up.

So I must say, this cold sore for me was a doozy and the Herpes simplex virus did knock my nervous system and vanity around making me feel a bit vulnerable and out of sorts. I got onto it as soon as I got home by taking antiviral herbs, nutrients and tissue salts, getting some good sleep and avoiding nuts & chocolate all week and it has been healing pretty fast. Thank goodness.

If you suffer from cold sores once in a while or more frequently and you would like to know more about cold sore prevention and speedy recovery contact me to make an appointment because I would love to share with you the natural weaponry against them! :-)

Love and healing

Carolyn xx

Remember to always consult with a health care professional before taking herbs and supplements especially if you are unsure, taking medications, have an illness or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Always take into consideration your individual lifestyle and food requirements before following general health advice. Contact Me to make an appointment to discuss your individual and specific health care needs.