Issue 201

Eating to reverse the years…: by Vive Health!

Ageing and Anti-ageing products are the bedrock of the skin-care and cosmetics industries. Every year, hundreds upon thousands of dollars is made by the cosmetics industry by convincing us to slather on the latest, greatest chemical concoction designed to 'de-crinkle eyes' (yes, you read that right) and 'fight signs of ageing'. But have you realised that what you put in your mouth is just as (if not more) important that what you put on your face?

For example, some recent research has shown that eating one or two apples and pears each day may halve the risk of stoke! Clearly diet has a powerful part to play in the way we feel and look as we grow older.

Some of the major bad guys in ageing are free radicals, inflammation and what are known as AGEs (advanced glycation end-products). These may be formed in the body from normal metabolic processes, or may be formed outside the body and then ingested in foods etc. These nasties can damage tissues and interfere with normal bodily function. The theory goes that an accumulation of damage over time is what causes (some of) the ageing process.

Luckily, the foods we eat and supplements we take contain a number of vitamins and phytonutrients (plant chemicals) that can reduce inflammation and 'mop up' free radicals before the cause too much harm. (see Matt's post on Resveratrol for some more information).

The best dietary choices by far are colourful organic fruits, vegetables and spices:

" Berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, acai berries, goji berries and red grapes contain anthocyanadins, which are powerful flavonoids that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity.
" Quercetin may be found in apples, pears, citrus fruits, onions, green and black tea and capers.
" Carotenoids are strong antioxidants found in orange and red foods like watermelon, tomatoes, carrots, apricots, peaches, papaya and capsicums.
Spices like turmeric and mustard contain curcumin, which is believed to be the reason that Indians are much less likely to get Alzheimer's Disease as they age.

These are just a few of the foods to pack into your diet for anti-ageing benefits!

An extra insurance policy for many people is to take some of these super-foods and vitamins in the form of supplements. ViveHealth is excited to have created a new Anti-Ageing page, so that you can find all of your Anti-Ageing supplements, cosmetics and foods in the one place.

What are your best anti-ageing tips? We'd love to hear them…




Osteoporosis & The Benefits of Strength Training: by ifeelgood247!

Osteoporosis is a condition that can happen to anyone and is not restricted just to women or the elderly. Although it is a condition that can make life difficult, there are ways to prevent it and it's not just about drinking your milk.

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a thinning of your bones from a loss of calcium and minerals which eventually leads your bones to become very brittle. Your bones need calcium to stay strong and so do your muscles including your heart. When your intake of calcium is low, your body will remove the calcium from your bones and send it to your blood stream where it can help keep your muscles and heart contracting. If this occurs once in a while, you are fine but it you constantly consume a diet low in calcium, you will reach a point where there is little calcium left in your bones for your body to steal and osteoporosis will be the result.

While it typically occurs in post-menopausal women, older men, adults, and former eating disorders sufferers can all be at risk of developing this condition. Typically linked to your intake of dairy foods, many people believe that the only cure or prevention for osteoporosis is to drink more milk and eat more cheese and yoghurt. While the consumption of high calcium foods is important for the prevention of osteoporosis there are other steps you can take and it's as easy as getting some regular exercise.

Osteoporosis and exercise

Exercise, in conjunction with a diet high in calcium, is an excellent way of increasing bone strength. Weight bearing exercise such as walking, running, strength training, and aerobics all help to place pressure on your bones and muscles which in turn helps to increase the amount of bone mass or bone density you have. The stronger and thicker your bones are, the less likely they are to break.

There are many types of exercise you can do but most doctors will recommend weight bearing exercise. Weight bearing exercise requires your body (i.e. your bones and muscles), to bear your body weight and the impact of the exercise, while you are exercising. Examples of weight bearing exercise include walking, running, strength training, skipping, sports, and gardening. By comparison, non-weight bearing exercise bears the brunt of your weight and the impact of the exercise and includes exercise such as swimming, cycling, rowing, step machines, and elliptical trainers.

While aerobic based exercise is important for your general health and well-being, many doctors and osteoporosis specialists now suggest that strength training has the most benefit in preventing and treating osteoporosis.

Strength training and osteoporosis

One of the reasons strength training is considered to be so beneficial in regards to osteoporosis is because of its effect on the body. When using weights (be it your own body weight, free weights, or weight machines), muscles and tendons are pulled on, creating small tears in the muscle and placing pressure on the tendons and bone. Just as the small tears in the muscle heal to create a stronger muscle, the pressure strength training places on your tendons and bones helps to increase the thickness and strength of your bones, therefore counteracting the effects of osteoporosis.

There are of course many other benefits to strength training, especially for older adults. Not only will regular strength training help to strengthen your bones, it will (as mentioned above) strengthen your muscles. Strong muscles help to reduce your risk of injury, including falls. Strong muscles mean a strong heart, in turn reducing your risk of heart disease, heart attack or stroke.

Regardless of age and whether or not you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, regular strength training is beneficial to everyone. Staying strong will help you to live a long and healthy life. By incorporating regular strength training into your exercise routine, you can reduce the risk of osteoporosis, injury, falls, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke while increasing your strength, fitness, and health. Visit your doctor and local gym to find out how you can live longer and stronger today.

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Invest In Your Long Term Good Health: by Drinking Xooma X20 Infused Pure Water.

We all know that water is essential to life, but what water is best to drink for our on-going health? Obviously water contaminated by harmfull elements is not conducive to good health and your body will do its best to remove most contaminants through its own filtration processes - yes, you, your body, is a filter!

Drinking water that has already been filtered makes sense so as not to apply unnecessary stresses to your body. Similarly, certain "additives" can enhance your bodies ability to hydrate - which is the main reason we need water!

There are many products available with great claims for hydration and health benefits but most are primarily about building a brand and persuading you to 'buy'! A lot of these 'brands' actually contain ingredients that can harm your body or, at least, demand it work harder to keep you healthy. The most common of these are sugars both natural and artificial - if you have to have sugar-laced water, choose the natural and not the artificial. Also, caffeine and other stimulants may be added - more for taste and marketing hype than any real bodily benefit for you. It is common knowledge that high consumptions of such 'water' sources definitely increase risks to your long term good health. Apart from the potential adverse health issues, hyped up sports and energy drinks are also costly, some around $10 a bottle and for what benefit to you? A dubious hydration claim or a false impression that you will be more 'cool' and 'acceptable' to your peers when seen drinking such products?

What's so special about Xooma Sachets apart from the price? This tiny "tea bag" type sachet contains the purest mineral deposits naturally available and is super rich in bio-available calcium and other minerals and trace elements with a high ph (alkalizing) value. Most "processed" drinks (Coke, Pepsi, Sports Drinks etc) are generally acidic which tends to have a deteriorating affect on the human body. We don't die from this or at least, not straight away because the body has mechanisms to cope, short term, with this affect. Continued consumption of high acidic foods and drink can have adverse affects on organ function, especially the liver and kidneys and may reduce your bone density which is especially noticeable as we age.

Invest in your long term good health now! Minimise or avoid sweetened/acidic drinks and foods and always have with you purified water infused with efficient hydrating enhanced compounds such as Xooma X20.

In simple terms, the body's ph 'balance' is maintained around 7 (on the ph value scale). Your gut contains a continuing supply of acidic material normally used by it in the digestive process, but it does not hold a continually replenishing supply of alkaline material. The net effects are: if the body becomes over alkalized (a very rare event) it just absorbs small amounts of acidic material from the gut to compensate but, when (this is much more frequent a event) it becomes 'acidic' the body has to draw alkaline compounds from your organs (mainly your liver) and bones, all of which can contribute to osteoporosis in later life.

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The Curse Of Choice: by Sue Lester Head Transition Coach, Master Practitioner of NLP & Hypnosis.

Remember how it felt, as a child, to have to choose between the chocolate ice cream and the strawberry one, when you loved them both? Remember the agony of having to choose from a whole array of equally delicious flavours, knowing by choosing one, you were denying yourself the pleasures of the others? Too many choices complicate our lives, increasing our anxiety and stress levels, if we let it.

In our modern lives we are bombarded with choices every minute we wake, from the clothes, jewellery, cosmetics and shoes we select, where and how we exercise, the breakfast food we eat from the array on offer in our homes, the type of coffee we can make or buy and so on throughout our day. We can thrive on variety and options, or we can feel more and more stressed..

The anxiety you feel is not only from the sense of missing out on those options not chosen, it is intensified when your levels of self trust are low. You second-guess yourself, doubt your own wisdom of choice and spend enormous amounts of energy agonizing over the ‘what ifs’. Other people’s opinions become important, but often are conflicting, with each other, and with your own ‘gut’ instinct, intensifying your confusion and misery..

Some people deal with this by zipping back and forth between options, but of course you can only walk on one path at a time so you waste enormous time and energy going sideways, slowing your progress. Remember, a cheetah only chases one antelope at a time if it wants to eat. .

Others deal with the overload of choices by giving their choice to someone else to decide for them. This handing over of Personal Power is rarely satisfactory because people very rarely have our own values and underlying needs. It is also often a burden on the receiver, who also has spent the day making choices, though some love the extra control. It does have the advantage of you not having to take responsibility if the choice doesn’t work out. You can blame someone else, loud and long, or quietly resentfully. .

It can start early in life, particularly if children aren’t given the opportunity to learn about choice making and consequences, and how to entertain themselves. It results in the “Mum, I’m bored!” , the classic handing over of responsibility. Later on the same teenagers can freeze on finishing school, overwhelmed by the choices they have in career paths and jobs, feeling they have to choose The one right option for the rest of their lives, and not knowing how. The brighter the child, the more lost they can feel, as the greater their choices..

For most of us the solution is to accept that “You can have anything you want in life, just not everything.” Build our self esteem and self worth so we can make a choice and be happy with that, gaining maximum benefit to the best of our ability, before choosing our next option and thoroughly exploring and enjoying that. .

Building self esteem involves leaving your disempowering stories about yourself and your abilities in the Past, where they belong. Building self esteem involves only going out into the Future (those What Ifs) to imagine how well you can do, rather than how bad. It’s about giving yourself permission to learn, grow and evolve. No one does it perfectly first go, allow yourself to enjoy the learning process. Most of all, it’s about really living in the Present, and finding happiness where you are, right now..

Another important aspect of comfortable choice-making is knowing who we are, what’s important to us, and where we want our life path to head. Being clear on our ultimate outcome, that is, our Big Picture for our life, and our goals or signposts along the way, makes it easier to make choices. .

All you need to do then is ask yourself, will this bring me closer to or further from what I really want? Will this fried takeaway bring me closer or further away from my outcome of a healthy body for life? Will this promotion bring me closer or further away from my outcome of a close loving family life? Will buying this widget bring me closer or further away from my outcome of overseas travel each year?.

In this way you can turn our modern day plethora of choices from a curse into a blessing, and regain your sense of control and peace of mind..

Feel free to email or telephone me to discuss how I can assist you to gain the clarity, confidence and motivation to let go and grow. Sue Lester Ph 07 3103 2679 or



DHA & EPA, Not so Fishy Business: By The Medical Sanctuary.

DHA(docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA(Eicosapentaenoic acid) are both Omega-3 fatty acids naturally found in fish. Although the human body requires both for healthy function it is unable to produce sufficient quantities, consequently DHA and EPA must be attained through diet.

Memory, mental well-being and pregnancy - The many benefits of DHA

Much research is taking place surrounding DHA's relationship with brain function. It indicates people who consume more DHA have better memory, cognitive function and clearer thinking.

Depression, bipolar disorder, dementia and suicide risk have all been linked to DHA deficiency. It plays an important role in mental well-being and regular intake has shown to reduce depression, anger, anxiety and aggression.

During foetal stages and in the first few days of life DHA is essential for the proper development of nerve and immune systems, the brain and the eyes. Mothers who take cod liver oil, rich in DHA, have healthier deliveries and their young children excel academically.

Heart health, immune function and inflammation - The many benefits of EPA

Essential fatty acid EPA;

o Reduces triglycerides

o improves circulation

o manages blood pressure

o supports the body's anti-inflammatory response

o may prevent heart attacks

Strong evidence of the benefits for cardiovascular health from consuming fish oil lead to the American Heart Association

recommending that people with heart disease or high triglycerides take at least 1 gram of EPA and DHA combined every day.

EPA helps to stimulate the production of eicosanoids within muscle and joint tissue, which naturally reduces inflammation. Arthritis, asthma and inflammatory bowel disease may all be helped by taking EPA.

The best source of EPA and DHA

The average western diet is high in Omega-6 fats like vegetable oil, processed foods and meat but greatly lacks Omega-3 fats. Another problem includes factors that limit Omega-3 absorption;

o Low levels of key vitamins and minerals

o a poor diet, high in saturated and trans fats

o Alcohol consumption

o Certain medications

o Aging

With the growing concern of high toxicity levels in our oceans and fish as well as factors that restrict Omega-3 absorption it can be difficult to satisfy the daily recommendation 500mg of EPA and DHA. Research shows that the most effective source of Omega-3 fatty acids is quality fish oil supplement. Look for one that is fresh, molecular distilled, and pure and free of any environmental contaminants

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Serves 6


2 cups thinly sliced button mushrooms (washed) 1 can white beans ? cup lemon juice 1 tbsp chopped chives 1 tbsp chopped parsley 1 tsp dried leaf tarragon ½ cup low fat Italian salad dressing 1 small red capsicum diced pinch of salt pinch of pepper 1 tsp sugar 2 tsp mustard rocket greens

Method Put sliced mushrooms in a bowl; toss with lemon juice, chives, parsley, and tarragon. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Meanwhile, in another bowl, combine Italian dressing, capsicum , white beans, salt, pepper, sugar, and mustard; whisk together. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour. Toss mushrooms with the salad dressing mixture. Arrange on mixed salad greens on a serving platter or individual salad plates.

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