Lisa Tas­sell

Australian Health Today - - Aht Experts -

A qual­i­fied Naturopath with over 15 years ex­pe­ri­ence. Her pas­sion lies in help­ing peo­ple take con­trol of their own health by achiev­ing their health and well­be­ing goals.

I have re­cently been get­ting pain in my joints and I think might be the be­gin­ning of arthri­tis or some other type of in­flam­ma­tion. What can I in­cor­po­rate in my diet to ease the dis­com­fort and pain. I am a 44 year old mum of three kids with a busy life­style. (Sue,44)

It is essen­tial to add ad­e­quate essen­tial fatty acids into your diet such as small oily fish like sar­dines, mack­erel, brazil nuts, wal­nuts, flaxseeds and av­o­cado. Avoid food that is po­ten­tially in­flam­ma­tory, such as food high in sugar, re­fined car­bo­hy­drates, pasta and white bread. Eat fresh, un­pro­cessed food as of­ten as pos­si­ble. Avoid al­co­hol and caf­feine. Drink fil­tered wa­ter to flush out im­pu­ri­ties in your body and to stay hy­drated. Look at an in­te­grated detox­i­fi­ca­tion with your Naturopath to re­store di­ges­tive tract flora and to re­lease toxic com­pounds in a safe and gen­tle man­ner. Of­ten af­ter a detox pro­gram, which can last from two to six weeks, many clients no­tice a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in their symp­toms that have been caus­ing them dis­com­fort. Also fo­cus on your stress lev­els, which can have a pro­found ef­fect on your health and well­be­ing. Med­i­ta­tion, gen­tle ex­er­cise and sim­ple breath­ing tech­niques can dra­mat­i­cally re­duce stress­ful feel­ings.

Some­times I see that my hands and feet can be slightly swollen. Is there any­thing that can re­duce swelling in the feet and hands, be­sides pop­ping pills? I’m a 39 year old male and don’t do much phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity as I am a com­puter geek. (Mike, 39)

It is essen­tial that there is some form of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity taken through­out the day. If you are on a com­puter for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time it can be of great ben­e­fit to have your com­puter on a higher bench, so that you are stand­ing in­stead of sit­ting. Take breaks and do some stretch­ing to help the cir­cu­la­tion within the body would be ben­e­fi­cial. Make sure the body is hy­drated ad­e­quately. Avoid salty, pro­cessed foods. I would ad­vise you to see a nat­u­ral prac­ti­tioner to see if there may be other fac­tors con­tribut­ing to the swelling.

My hus­band is driv­ing me crazy. Ev­ery time he has a slight headache or some­thing is hurt­ing him, he takes some parac­eta­mol or Ibupro­fen for pain re­lief. I have heard that too much of th­ese are not healthy. Is there a healthy sub­sti­tute? (Re­nee, 45)

Of­ten get­ting back to na­ture, out in the fresh air can help clear a slight headache. Make sure that your hus­band is well hy­drated with fil­tered wa­ter as of­ten a headache can be al­le­vi­ated from ad­e­quate wa­ter con­sump­tion. Con­scious breath­ing can re­duce cor­ti­sol lev­els and stress symp­toms. Take three deep breaths and fol­low each with a long ex­ha­la­tion to the count of 3 sec­onds. Prac­tice sets of con­scious breath­ing 10-20 times a day and feel the dif­fer­ence. Mag­ne­sium is re­quired to help mus­cles re­lax and pro­mote a calm mind and re­laxed body. In­clude sup­ple­ments or in­crease food that is high in mag­ne­sium, such as red meat, al­monds, ba­nanas, wal­nuts. There are many nat­u­ral prod­ucts that will be of great ben­e­fit for pain.

I’m con­fused! To eat carbs or not? To eat fats or not? To eat low fat foods or not? To drink cof­fee or not? To eat three meals or five smaller meals? Choco­late is good for you, is it? I’m frus­trated be­cause of the con­flict­ing in­for­ma­tion that comes out. Who is right? How do I keep my­self well in­formed? (Tanya,31)

It is best to start to lis­ten to your own body as to what is best for you. I al­ways have my clients do a food di­ary for a month with phys­i­cal and emo­tional symp­toms as­so­ci­ated with the food they are eat­ing. Your body knows best what is good for you. Every­thing in mod­er­a­tion is the key to a healthy life. Ev­ery in­di­vid­ual has their own unique in­di­vid­ual re­quire­ments to func­tion op­ti­mally. Eat fresh, qual­ity whole foods, avoid pro­cessed foods and see a naturopath to guide you through the po­ten­tial mine­field of con­flict­ing in­for­ma­tion.

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