It's scary how time flies! We're already into the second half of the second month of 2016! At least it's a leap year so we have one extra day this month..Yay! Hopefully not another typically scorching February day. Wow, we certainly have experienced high temperatures like never before but I guess you have too, wherever you are (if in SA), as it does seem to be a hot summer countrywide.
Back pain? Drink water!
Now that sounds like a tall story. But did you know that water makes up a good portion of the spinal chord? The discs between the vertebrae are made of an outer ring which is a flexible substance filled with a gel-like material and an inner ring which is made up mostly of...you guessed it...WATER. During the day , as we go about our normal activities, body weight on these discs gradually squeezes the water out. At night, as long as there is water to supply them, the discs rehydrate. That inner water-filled ring is like the body's shock absorber, shouldering 75% of the weight load on the spine. The outer ring is meant to carry only 25% of the weight however if there is not sufficient water in the body then the inner rings deflate, forcing the outer ring to carry more weight. This is when pain is experienced, swelling occurs and even rupturing or a herniated disc. Can you see how drinking water is so important to the spine? Water is the cushioning between the vertebrae much like a water bed.
Lack of water affects the muscles and joints as well. Just as a grape dries out to become a raisan, your muscles shrink leaving the joints to rub together more closely, causing pain. Furthermore, with insufficient water intake to flush out toxins, they collect where they shouldn't and the nerve endings register the chemical change as pain.
We rarely attribute the pain we feel to a water shortage but why not give it a try? Drink more water and see how it helps. What have you got to lose apart from pain? Such a simple solution that may quickly reduce certain types of back pain as well as many other ailments including headaches and muscle cramps.
The dark side of cortisone shots
While on the subject of pain, the question often arises as to whether cortisone shots are a good option? The goal of a cortisone shot is to inject a chemical into the inflamed area to try to control the inflammation, delivering relief in the short term. For some it brings instant relief, for others it takes a few weeks and a few more shots to take effect. This is where cortisone shots become a problem. There has to be a limit because too much cortisone in the tissues can result in permanent damage, weakening the tendons or causing deterioration in the cartilage of the joint. Because of this, doctors will set the limit to two to three shots. Cortisone is a catabolic steroid which tends to break down and destroy connective tissues and often actual cell death can be seen near the injection site. The other problem with cortisone is that because it inhibits inflammation it also halts healing. The pain may be relieved but the area hasn't healed and, believing he is cured, the patient goes back to working that muscle or tendon, which could cause further damage. Remember inflammation (and fever) is a symptom of the body trying to heal itself, so should not be suppressed, unless unavoidable).
In some cases of extreme pain cortisone shots may have a place, however if the underlying cause is not addressed, such as a simple case of dehydration as explained above, the pain will probably return.
Health benefits of red wine
Did I hear cheering? Yes, for those of us who believe a lovely meal is much improved by a glass of quality red wine, this is good news indeed. A new study on red wine health benefits has concluded that red wine can be super healthy. We've all heard about the benefits of the antioxidants and resveratrol in red wine but now we have even more good reason why red wine IN MODERATION (1 - 2 glasses a day max) can be part of a healthy routine. In this study it was reported that people who drank 2 glasses of DRY (not sweet) red wine per day had higher levels of beneficial bacteria in their gut and lower levels of pathogenic bad bacteria in their gut. By now (yes and after all my harping on this topic) we all know how vastly important your gut flora balance is to everything from your digestion, overall immunity, metabolism, allergies, skin health, and much more.
But wait, there is more...... The same study concluded that the red wine drinkers also decreased systolic and diastolic blood pressure, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, and CRP (C-reactive protein), which by now you know is a measure of overall inflammation in your body. So there you have it, an association between red wine and reduced inflammation!
It seems the benefits were probably related to the polyphenols and resveratrol in red wine and not necessarily the alcohol content itself, because a comparison study using equivalent servings of gin did not yield the same results.
It is also believed that red wine consumed with a meal can slow and moderate the blood sugar response you get from that meal. This is yet another benefit to keeping your hormones balanced, lowering insulin levels, controlling appetite, and staying lean.
Let it not be said that I am encouraging an over-indulgence in wine and no one is saying you must have 1-2 glasses every day. Its just comforting to know that an occasional glass with a delectable meal is doing more good than harm and doesn't need to send us on a guilt trip. (Preggy and breastfeeding ladies you are excluded here, since alcohol is not recommended for Baby).
CoQ10 back in stock
Firstly my apologies to those of you who missed out on the sale of "due to expire" CoQ10s that I offered at a reduced price last month and for the time you have had to wait for me to get my new stock. I have no control over Customs and SARS and there is so much nonsense one has to put up with nowadays when you bring complementary meds into the country. Latest is that the Medicines Control Council which was "regulating" natural supplements is to be dissolved and replaced by what will be called the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority(SAHPRA), similar to the FDA in the USA....mmmm.... But in the interim officials at Customs and SARS are falling around not knowing their you-know-what from their elbow. And so we wait (and in my case, not always patiently).
But the good news is, CoQ10 is back in stock at last and in spite of the nasty increase in the exchange rate since my previous CoQ10 shipment landed, I am not going to slap you with an increase on this one.
So CoQ10 stays at R380 for 60 x 100mg softgels for now.
Why do we need CoQ10?
Supports cardiovascular health and heart function
It's a powerful antioxidant
Promotes physical energy and stamina
Promotes immune and cellular health
Supports normal blood pressure levels
Supports health blood vessels
Helps reduce the normal signs of aging
Improves Ultrasensitive C-Reactive Protein levels
CoQ10 is non-negotiable for anyone taking statins
While on the topic of prices of supplements which I am sure you have noticed have risen in leaps and bounds of late, I would like to assure you that when it comes to the See Yourself Well products which I personally import and distribute, I shall endeavour to absorb small increments in the exchange rate and will only increase the prices if absolutely necessary, as was the case last month when there was a 10% rise in the price of two of the omega-3 supplements. Hey, I'm on your side and would much rather reduce my margins than have you unable to afford the quality supplements that I import. Also since you are buying direct from me, the importer, we are cutting out the middle man, whch helps a lot.
Sorry! Life Support Omega-3 no longer available
I forgot to mention this in last month's newsletter but you may have noticed that the Life Support brand of omega-3 fish oil softgels disappeared from the product list. This is because I have decided not to import it anymore, my reason being that the new See Yourself Well Omega-3 1000 essentially offers the same benefits, if not more (since it it is the more absorbable triglyceride form), and at a comparable price too, making the Life Support an unnecessary extra in my supplement offering.
To make it up to my Life Support clients let's have a special on the replacement See Yourself Well supplement.
This month's special
SEE YOURSELF WELL OMEGA-3 1000 - 150 SOFTGELS
Normal price: R455
Until 31 March 2016: R395 - save R60
Expiry Date on this stock: Feb 2018
Each softgel contains 300mg EPA and 200mg DHA
Triglyceride form and IFOS 5 star rated of course. Read more here.
Delivery not included. Postage R45, door-to-door courier R80.
If you had to tell me you can only afford one supplement, omega-3 fish oil is the one I would recommend without a second thought.
Apple cider vinegar does it again
I had a good friend enquire from me what he could do about a very worrisome corn under his foot. I suggested a good old fashioned natural remedy. Soak a handkerchief in apple cider vinegar which you place under the foot and then tie a plastic packet around the foot. He did this for just 4 nights and on the fifth day the corn came away. I do believe there is a simple recipe like this for most of the annoying little challenges that are sent to irk us. It is our job to find them, and enjoy the satisfaction when we do.
Never forget a name again, says Jim Kwik
Sounds too good to be true but the trouble I'm having lately recalling names was sufficient motivation for me to drop the sceptism and to participate in this Memory Master Class. I learnt enough in the first video to make me look forward to the next. You need a bit of time on your hands and no disturbances because I suggest you do exactly as he recommends which is to focus your entire attention on his presentation. Go here to watch it for free!
By now you probably think I have forgotten how to say Goodbye, so let me end off now with my best wishes for your good health.
Nutritional Therapist (BSc (Hons) HDE, Dip Clin Nutr) The Orchards Nutrition Centre - Somerset East Tel: 042 243 0339 Cell: 084 531 0786 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only and not to be construed as medical advice. It is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or in any way replace qualified medical supervision. For any medical conditions, consult with your healthcare provider before using any products. Abundant health to you all.