Stomach pain, gas, bloating and diarrhoea are common and obvious symptoms of an unhappy digestive system, but what if we told you that hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea and other chronic health problems may also stem from an unhealthy gut?
Our bodies need fat to survive. However, not all fat was created equally. Too much saturated fat increases cholesterol in our bodies, increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
We live in a golden age of information and technology. A world that is exciting and fulfilling, providing us with many opportunities to live exceptional lives.
Your endocrine system is all about balance, and is an extremely important system in the body, regulating metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction sleep and mood and much else.
“Endocrine” comes from the Greek words “endo” (within) and “crinis” (to secrete).
This system comprises a collection of glands that produce hormones to regulate several functions and affects almost every organ and cell in the body. In general, the glands select and remove materials from the blood, process them, and then secrete the finished chemical product for use somewhere else in the body. Cellular metabolism, reproduction, sexual development, sugar and mineral homeostasis, heart rate, and digestion are among the many processes regulated by the actions of hormones.
Diets today are highly processed, low in nutrition and high in calories, filled with acid-forming foods like sugars, artificial sweeteners, refined grains and genetically modified organisms. Alkaline-forming foods help our bodies regulate an ideal PH balance of 7.365 in our blood.
When we eat too much acidic food, our blood may fall to a harmful acidic level, affecting our immune system. The solution is simply to maintain balance by eating alkaline-forming foods that include melons, buckwheat, olive oil.
Berries are powerful superfoods. They have some of the highest antioxidant levels of any fresh fruits. Also rich in nutrients and phytochemicals, they help prevent the effects of ageing, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes high blood pressure and types of cancers.
Fresh organic strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries are loaded with flavor and goodness. Whizz them up in a smoothie, add them to salads or top your morning cereal with them to enjoy all they have to offer.
Not just great looking on a plate, it’s even better in our tummies. Black rice is an ancient grain that had even more impressive health benefits than many of its cousins. It is the rice richest in powerful disease-fighting antioxidants, it also contains dietary fibre and anti-inflammatory properties.
Also known as ‘forbidden rice’, it has been eaten in Asia for thousands of years, prized highly by the Chinese. Today this rice in becoming more popular and can be found on the menus of upscale eateries and health food cafes around the world.
This superfood has a unique combination of fatty acids that have a profound and positive effects on health. They include fat loss, better brain function and various other amazing benefits. Stable even in high heat, it is suitable for cooking and frying and does not lose its benefits unlike olive oil.
Traditionally fermented foods are not only delicious, they are also beneficial to your gut health. Rich in lactic acid-producing bacteria, they are considered probiotic in nature. They keep the digestive tract conducive for healthy bacteria to flourish.