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Are Your Symptoms Because of Adrenal Fatigue?

Do you have trouble sleeping?  Do you wake in the morning feeling exhausted and flat with no motivation for the day?  Or do you drag yourself through your day, needing some type of “pick me up” in the mid-afternoon to get you through to the evening?  Then, when it’s time to go to bed and sleep do you find yourself not sleepy but actually “tired” and “wired”?   If you answered YES to any of the above questions, the chances are you are suffering from “Adrenal Fatigue”.  But don’t worry.  You’re not alone.  It is more common than you think and it IS treatable with good results!   The adrenal glands control stress.  In the presence of stress, the adrenal glands produce cortisol in response to stressors.  It is...

Simple Guide to Liver Cleansing

Your health and well-being depends on how well your body removes and purges toxins. With exposure to environmental toxins, toxic body care products and processed foods, the majority of people are in desperate need of a serious detox. A liver cleanse is a great way to do this. One of the main ways that the body rids itself of toxins is through the liver. In fact, the liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body. It works tirelessly to detoxify our blood; produce the bile needed to digest fat; break down hormones; and store essential vitamins, minerals and iron. When liver function is not optimal, we cannot digest our food properly, especially fats. Some of the essential functions of the liver include: Processing nutrients absorbed by the intestines...

Tame your Gout with Herbs that Support the Kidney and Urinary System

If you suffer from gout, you know that it can cause strong pain, joint stiffness, and swelling.  But there are herbs that will help your kidneys and urinary system to work better and reduce your symptoms. What is Gout? Gout is actually a form of arthritis.  But this form of arthritis is specifically caused by excess uric acid in the blood.  This excess acid forms crystals of uric acid in the joints causing pain. The most common area to experience gout is the big toe, though it can affect any joint in the body.  People with gout typically experience a sudden attack of pain that has no warning. Medical doctors will typically prescribe medications to reduce the inflammation and help prevent flare ups.  It’s also important to treat these...

High Blood Pressure and Top Tips to Lower It

What is High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)? Being a combination of systolic and diastolic pressure, systolic pressure represents blood force, or pressure, while the heart is beating and diastolic pressure stands for blood pressure when the heart is at rest. Systolic pressure is always the first or top measurement in a blood pressure reading. In a reading of 130/80, 130 represents systolic pressure and 80 represents diastolic pressure. In prehypertension, systolic numbers range from 120–129 and diastolic numbers are less than 80.   Blood pressure ranges include:  Normal: Less than 120/80 mm Hg Prehypertension: Systolic between 120–129 and diastolic less than 80 Stage 1 high blood pressure: Systolic between 130–139 or diastolic between 80–89 Stage 2 high blood pressure: Systolic at least 140 or diastolic at least 90 mm Hg High blood pressure happens when the pressure on the arteries...

Anxiety Solved – Nature’s Top Picks

Do you ever have constant worry niggling at the back of your mind?  Wondering if you’re ever going to get everything done?  Wondering how you’re going to meet that deadline at work, remember the numerous appointments, meetings and responsibilities of family life?  Are you constantly running the kids from ‘A’ to ‘B’ and then remembering what time to pick them up whilst also wondering what to cook for dinner, get to the shops to pick up the ingredients, take the dog to the vet, get some cleaning done and pay the bills – all in the space of 8 hours? And that’s only one small part of it. Retired people also suffer from anxiety but for a multitude of different reasons. Anxiety is not only a silent epidemic...

Preventing Gut Upsets During Your Travels

Going on holidays is always fun if not a bit stressful to start off with.  Planning that relaxing or adventurous holiday takes a lot of care and consideration into what needs to be done to pull it off so that everyone has an enjoyable time. But how many of us actually think about taking preventative measures with our gut health before we go? Firstly, start taking off by taking along a good probiotic that has a protective strain of good bacteria in it. This helps to reduce the instances of bad bacteria getting into your gut.  This can happen for any number of reasons, and just a few of them could be due to the water quality, tainted foods (it only takes one little bite of food...

A Look Inside the Brain During Exercise

There seems to be no end to the benefits of exercise. Humans need to move or else fall victim to what is often referred to as the 'sitting disease'. If the majority of your day is spent sitting, your overall health will suffer, it can lead to weight gain, heart disease and other serious chronic illness, as you get older. Lack of movement can lead to heart attack, stroke, and a general loss in quality of life in our senior years. Everyone agrees that exercise is physically great for the body. However, did you know that exercise also has a wide variety of benefits for the human brain? What exactly happens in our brains when we exercise to have such an impressive effect on our mental...

4 Herbs your Heart will LOVE

Heart problems such as atrial fibriliation, arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), high or low blood pressure, angina (heart pain) and tremors are mostly treated with pharmaceutical drugs known as Beta Blockers and Calcium Channel Blockers. Beta Blockers act by blocking adrenaline receptors (norepinephrine and epinephrine) from attaching to the beta receptors located on the nerves.  Their actions then primarily reduce blood pressure by dilating blood vessels. However, they can also act to constrict air passages by stimulating the muscles that surround the air passages to contract (this is considered an adverse side effect of the drug). From a traditional medical perspective, there are quite a few really effective and safe herbs that can be of benefit to help strengthen and normalize the action of the heart.  Four of...

KAVA – Nature’s Muscle Relaxant & Anti-Anxiety Herb

In Captain Cook’s 1768 recount of his voyage in the Southern Seas, he wrote of his discovery of an intoxicating ceremonial drink prepared from Piper methysticum (better known as Kava): “the Kava first causes a numbing and then astringent effect in the mouth.  This is then followed by a relaxed, sociable state where the muscles are relaxed from the drink and fatigue and anxiety are lessened.  Eventually a deep, relaxing sleep arrives and the person that has had the kava awakes refreshed and without a hangover or any after-effects of the herb.” Given the proven anxiolytic activities of Kava root, it is most commonly used to calm anxiety, stress, restlessness and treat insomnia. It’s also used for the treatment of ADHD symptoms, epilepsy, psychosis, depression, migraines and...

Immune Boosting Herbs for Winter Health

There’s always something refreshing about the end of the hot, humid summer months and the arrival of the crisp, cool nights and warm days of winter in Queensland. However, what is not refreshing and invigorating about Winter is when the cold and flu season descends upon us and those nasty viruses get shared around which make us feel sick, depleted and low in vitality. Thankfully there are specific herbs that are incredibly helpful during this period to give us a bit of additional help to boost our immune fighting capabilities and increase our energy levels gently yet effectively. Herbs which can help you keep away those pesky viral infections and keep you going about your daily activities with as much health and energy as possible, are: Siberian Ginseng –...