Amazing properties of Beetroot juice

Have a glass of Beetroot juice before you go to the gym to:

  1. Increases your endurance and stamina by 16%
  2. Boosts running speed by 2%
  3. Lower your blood pressure

It contains nitrate that the body converts to nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels increasing blood flow to your muscles, which increases your stamina, strength and speed plus you don’t need to buy expensive pre-workout supplements.

It also contains the 20% fibre (RDA), 127% Vitamin A (RDA) and 50% Vitamin C (RDA) and other minerals that are anti-cancer. A Superfood indeed!

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Naturopathic/Healthy diet Vs Western diet

Tribulus Terrestris

Tribulus terrestris also known as puncture vine and devil’s weed is native to the Mediterranean regions, India, China, Africa and Australia. Its leaves have been used as a male tonic and for the treatment of male and female infertility and menopause. Research has shown that the active ingredient of Tribulus leaves called protodioscin is mainly found in Tribulus leaf sourced from the Central European regions of Bulgaria and Slovakia.

In Hindu system of medicine, Ayurveda, the plant has been used to treat spermatorrhoea, gonorrhoea, impotence, uterine disorders after birth, cystitis, painful urination, kidney stones and gout.

Actions

  • Tonic
  • Aphrodisiac; increases libido and sexual function
  • Oestrogenic in females
  • Androgenic in males
  • Fertility agent
  • Reduces cholesterol and total triglyceride levels

Therapeutic Indications

  • Male and female infertility
  • Impotence
  • Decreased libido
  • Menopause
  • To restore or build vitality (especially during convalescence or after surgery) and to assist in responding to stress
  • Ergogenic; to improve physical performance in athletes

Products of Tribulus are also used in bodybuilding for its testosterone boosting properties to help build muscle and strength.

For male sexual inadequacy and infertility, Tribulus combines well with Damiana, Korean ginseng, Rhodiola and Saw Palmetto (see Sexual tonic), whereas for low libido in women and menopause, it combines well with Black Cohosh, Shatavari or Wild Yam.

Tribulus should be used with caution in pregnancy. If Tribulus is being used to promote fertility in women, its use should be ceased immediately after pregnancy is established. Also, people with androgen-sensitive tumours should avoid use.

For more information or orders for the above mentioned herbs please contact me or visit here.

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Boost your Immune System

by Savvas Ioannides N.D.

Introduction

The health of the immune system plays an important role in the body’s susceptibility to colds and flu. Maintaining a healthy immune system along with a healthy lifestyle, reduced stress levels, a good quality of sleep and a regular exercise will help to prevent infection including the common cold. It is also important to avoid harmful chemicals and pollutants such as tobacco, excessive amounts of alcohol and refined sugars, all of which can impair the immune system.

Strengthening a weakened immune system may help to prevent catching a cold or the flu. Nutrients that may aid the enhancement of the immune system include the antioxidant vitamins A, C, D and E and the mineral zinc. Immune cell function is influenced by the oxidant and antioxidant balance, so antioxidant supplements have been investigated clinically for their ability to enhance immune responses. Herbs such as Andrographis, Echinacea, Rehmannia and Holy Basil are all useful in both the prevention and alleviation of colds and flu symptoms.

Herbal Remedies

Andographis

Although Andrographis paniculata is used for a wide variety of indications in Ayurvedic and Western herbal medicine, clinical evidence of effectiveness in humans is focused on the common cold. Clinical studies in bacterial and viral respiratory infections demonstrated positive effects, implying an immune stimulant action. There is also some evidence that Andrographis might increase antibody activity and phagocytosis by macrophages. Additionally, mounting evidence suggests Andrographis may have mast cell stabilizing and anti-allergic activity.

Tablets containing Andrographis paniculata have proven effective in the treatment of common cold and uncomplicated sinusitis. An open study found that 1.0 g of Andrographis was as effective as the antibiotics cotrimoxazole and norfloxacin in the reduction of pyuria and haematuria. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, 107 healthy children received either Andrographis paniculata extract tablets or placebo for 3 months during the winter season. By the third month there was a significant decrease in the incidence of colds compared to placebo. The relative risk of catching a cold was 2,1 times lower for the Andrographis group.

In addition, the US Company Paracelsian has developed chemical products based on Andrographis targeted at the AIDS community and cancer patients

Echinacea

Echinacea

Echinacea species has antiviral and immune system stimulatory effects and is commonly used for upper respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold and influenza. It increases phagocytosis and lymphocyte activity, possibly by promoting the release of tumour necrosis factor (TNF), interleukin-1 (IL-1), and interferon. Several constituents of Echinacea seem to be involved in stimulating this non-specific immune response. Investigations have shown an inhibitory effect on inflammation and on the growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi, which might be based on the stimulation of controlling elements of our immune system. This may lead to an increase in polymorphonuclear leukocytes and natural killer cells, and thus to an increase in phagocytic activity.

Echinacea is safe to use in all ages and it is indicated in skin conditions, especially abscesses, boils, carbuncles, and acne. It improves resistance to and recovery from all infections, bacterial, viral and fungal and it is particularly applicable to chronic and low-grade subclinical infections and those marked by debility and cold. It is also indicated in infections of the mouth and upper respiratory tract, such as pyorrhoea, ulcers, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, recurrent otitis media, etc.

Holy Basil

The aerial parts of Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) are highly regarded in Ayurvedic traditional medicine and used fresh or dried to treat skin diseases, impurities of blood, malaria, gastric and hepatic disorders, chronic fever, haemorrhage, catarrh and bronchitis. Fresh leaf combined with honey and ginger juice is a good expectorant, and is beneficial for coughs, bronchitis and fever in children.

Holy Basil has demonstrated antitussive (suppresses cough), immune stimulating activity and adaptogenic activity (anti-stress) from oral and injected administration in experimental models. Improved physical endurance, prevention of stress-induced ulceration, improved resistance against hepatotoxicity, normalization of plasma corticosterone and stimulation of humoral immunity were observed.

Rehmannia

Rehmannia root (Rehmannia glutinosa) is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to reduce heat in the blood, to nourish yin and promote the production of body fluid indicated for skin eruptions, nosebleed and to prolong life.

In Western herbal medicine, Rehmannia is regarded as an adrenal tonic. Results of clinical research suggest that it supports the cells of the adrenal cortex and pituitary glands during times of prolonged stress. It may also be used for the treatment of conditions that involve the immune system such as Rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders. It is also an anti-inflammatory and reduces fever.

The “Immune tonic” formula containing Echinacea, Andrographis, Rehmannia and Ginger may be ordered online or you may contact me for more information.

Nutritional Supplements

Zinc

Zinc is involved in many aspects of the immunological function. It is essential for the normal development and function of cells, mediating non-specific immunity such as neutrophils and natural killer cells and affecting development of acquired immunity and T-lymphocyte function.

Oral zinc supplements, lozenges and nasal sprays and gels have been investigated in the treatment of the common cold. It has been shown that a transient increase in zinc concentrations in and around the nasal cavity prevents rhinovirus binding to cells and disrupts infection and/or modulates inflammatory cytokines that may exacerbate cold symptoms.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C stimulates the immune system. Although vitamin C has been shown to be antiviral and antibacterial, its main action is through the improvement in host resistance.  There have been numerous clinical studies conducted to support the use of vitamin C in the treatment of infectious conditions. Vitamin C is well known for its effects in reducing the frequency, duration and severity of the common cold. It is important to supplement with vitamin C at the onset of symptoms as the levels of vitamin C in the body are quickly depleted during the stress of an infection.

Vitamins A

Vitamin A has been demonstrated to stimulate and/or enhance numerous immune processes, including natural killer cell activity, production of lymphocytes, mononuclear phagocytosis and antibody response. It maintains the health of epithelial cells in the body, which form an important barrier to infection.

Vitamins E

Vitamin E enhances both humoral and cell-mediated immunity. It increases resistance to bacterial infections and decreases levels of lipid peroxides that can also adversely affect immune function.

Vitamin D

Today, vitamin D deficiency is actually one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in developed nations, most likely because the general public has been informed to be afraid of the sun. Vitamin D enhances the immune system to fight both bacterial and viral agents.

Diet and lifestyle

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Rest at least 8 hours each night
  • No smoking
  • Ensure adequate hydration (2-3 litres of water daily)
  • Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
  • Avoid refined sugar and simple carbohydrate
  • Avoid all processed and refined foods
  • Include Manuka honey which is antibacterial
  • Include ginger, herbal teas and soups such as organic homemade chicken or vegetable broths.

Thuja (Thuja occidentalis)

Thuja occidentalis

Thuja, also called the Tree of Life and Arbor Vitae, is a member of the Cupressaceae family and native to North America. Its name is derived from the Greek word “thuo” (θύω) which means to sacrifice, as the camphor-like fragrant wood was burnt with sacrifices.

Actions

  • Stimulating depurative (blood cleansing)
  • Immune stimulant
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-cancer activity especially uterine, breast and lung
  • Anti-tumour
  • Expectorant

Indications

  • Warts, Condylomata
  • HPV, Uterine dysplasia
  • Respiratory conditions especially in the elderly with bronchitis and cardiac failure
  • Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis
  • Psoriasis, Eczema
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome, fibroids

Caution

  • Thuja contains thujone which is toxic to the nervous system and long-term in high doses use is not advisable as it may be stored in the brain
  • Pregnancy & Lactation
  • Infants and children

Is milk essential in our diet?

Some are led to believe that the avoidance of milk and dairy products will cause calcium deficiency, which is needed for healthy bones. However, evidence now support the health benefits of the reduction or avoidance of dairy products even though you are not allergic. Antibiotics and hormones are leaking into our milk due to modern farming, breeding and processing methods. Pasteurisation destroys many essential enzymes and the removal of fat as in skim milk removes the fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A and D.

Dairy products have been associated with allergies, eczema, dermatitis, acne, sinus problems and respiratory mucus congestion. Many people suffer from lactose intolerance &/or milk allergy.

Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest lactose, a sugar found naturally in milk and milk products, due to the luck or deficiency of lactase levels. Lactase is the enzyme that breaks down lactose, is produced by the small intestine and declines after the age of two. Symptoms of lactose intolerance may include abdominal pain, gas, cramping, bloating and diarrhoea after 30 minutes to 2 hours of consuming milk or milk products.

Milk Allergy

Milk allergy is different to lactose intolerance in that people with milk allergy don’t have problems digesting lactose but the protein portion of milk called casein. Casein is very hard to digest and it is 300 times higher in cow’s milk than in human milk. Casein can be further grouped into other variants depending on the genetics of the cow that produce it. For example, the beta casein A1 variant is produced by more than 70% of Red Danish cattle, whereas the beta casein A2 variant is produced by more than 70% of Guernsey cows. Evidence suggest that Type 1 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders such as autism is linked with milk consumption containing A1 casein.

Dairy Free Diet

People who exhibit symptoms due to milk and milk products consumption should follow a dairy free diet and need to read product labels:

Ingredients containing lactose

    • Lactose
    • Butter, Margarine
    • Cheese, cream, yoghurt
    • Whey, milk solids
    • Non-fat milk products, skim milk powder

Ingredients containing milk proteins

    • Lactoglobulin
    • Casein
    • Lactalbumin
    • Sodium caseinate

Depending on the degree of lactose malabsorption some people may tolerate some lactose usually up to 18 grams of lactose daily without symptoms. Yogurt is usually tolerated because it contains an appreciable amount of lactase produced by intrinsic Lactobacilli.

Calcium Concerns

Do you worry about enough calcium intake? There are other sources of Calcium other than milk and milk products such as green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds. It is also important to look into factors that reduce calcium from the body such as caffeine, alcohol, smoking, urinary loss and stomach acid deficiency, and also factors that increase Calcium in the body such as adequate magnesium, vitamin D and weight bearing exercise. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) of calcium for adult men and women is 800-1000 mg daily and for adults aged 65 plus is 1000-1500 mg daily. Sometimes, supplementation of Calcium is needed to fill in the gap if some dietary restrictions apply.

There are many alternatives to milk such as soy milk, rice milk, almond milk and for those with mild lactose intolerance can have goat’s or sheep’s milk. You may also use ghee or coconut milk/cream instead of butter/buttermilk or a carob bar in the place of milk chocolate. Non-dairy gelati and fruit sorbet do not contain milk. Most big supermarkets and health food stores across Cyprus have those alternatives.

Below is a list of dairy free food products containing Calcium (mg of calcium per 100g)

St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum)

Hypericum perforatum

Traditionally, St John’s wort was used primarily to treat the nervous system including anxiety and depression, disorders of the spine such as neuralgia, sciatica and wounds where nerves are involved. It has been extensively clinically trialled and found to be more efficacious than placebo in the treatment of mild to moderate depression.

Actions

  • Nervine and Nervous System trophorestorative
  • Antidepressant
  • Thymoleptic
  • Sedative
  • Antiviral
  • Healing and vulnerary externally

Indications

  • Somatoform disorders
  • Depression
  • Seasonal affective disorder
  • Generalised anxiety disorder, anxiety, stress
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Premenstrual tension (PMS)
  • Herpes (orofacial and genital), shingles, glandular fever, chicken pox, cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus infections.
  • Mood enhancer

Caution should be taken and advice your naturopath or herbalist before taking St John’s wort since it interacts with orthodox medication including the oral contraceptive pill.

Hypericum comes from the Greek word “hyperikon” which is broken down into hyper (υπέρ), meaning “over” and eikon (εικόνα, εμφάνιση), meaning “image” or “apparition” a reference to the belief that Hypericum disseminates evil spirits.

The early Christians named St John’s wort after John the Baptist because the herb will usually flower on or before the 24th of June which is his name day. Another spiritual significance is that St John’s day is when daylight is the longest in Europe, St John is the bringer of Light and St John’s wort treats depression if we consider depression as black.

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