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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