2016 January 27 by Julie
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be fit & healthy and live a long life? It is far more difficult to love yourself and life when health and fitness become challenging. Irrespective of your age, practicing the art of healthy living is vitally important. It is never too late to start living the life you deserve and taking good care of the body you have been given. You only have one life. Live it right!
The first step should be to create the right frame of mind to succeed. You must want it bad enough. The mind is a powerful tool and you must learn to use it wisely when it comes to making choices about how you live your life. Take responsibility for your own choices. Stop making excuses for all the unhealthy stuff in your life. Have a realistic plan for your diet and prioritize fitness. Making lasting changes will take commitment and a lot of hard work but set a target of making the healthy things habit.
Know that your body requires a balanced diet because this is the fuel it needs to function properly. Become a conscious eater – choose fresh foods high in nutrients and regard all the processed convenience foods high in sugar and additives as poison. Always think about quality as you want the best grade fuel for your body. Eat for hunger and nourishment and not because you are bored, looking for comfort or feeling stressed. Make breakfast your most vital meal and never skip it. Be aware of portion control and give your body small meals that will not leave you feeling overfull and uncomfortable. You have a handbrake – learn how to use it! Give your body lots of fresh water as part of your diet as this helps to cleans and hydrate.
Make fitness a part of your daily life. Aim for 60 minutes of planned exercising at least 3 times a week and keep activities fun and varied. You need to include aerobic exercises for endurance, strengthening & toning of muscles and stretching for flexibility. Change your sedentary ways and get your body moving at every given opportunity. Walking is a great place to start!
An active body needs time to recuperate and re-energise and this is where sleep becomes very important. Heard the old saying ‘Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’? Take a look at your sleeping habits and make necessary adjustments so that you get a healthy 7-8 hours of sleep every night. You will then feel refreshed and able to cope with multi-tasking and getting it all done in a day without feeling fatigue.
Being healthy is not only about food and exercise. They impact on your physical health but your emotional wellbeing is just as important. Be optimistic and learn to love & accept yourself first. Feel comfortable in your own skin. A positive mind and outlook on life will enable you to nurture, love and provide for yourself as well as motivate & inspire family and friends. Don’t live in isolation. Get out into the world, be optimistic and stay connected with all that is positive and healthy. Always strive to be the best “you” you can be. Accept that loving yourself and living a healthy lifestyle is easier said than done. Not many people have perfected the art. But, take up the challenge and for every healthy habit you develop, your body will thank you.
2015 December 8 by Julie
LOOK BEAUTIFUL NATURALLY WITH GOOD NUTRITION AND SKINCARE
Your skin can tell a lot about your physical and mental health. So, give your complexion a little boost with these basic but important tips.
CLEANSE, HYDRATE, NOURISH, PROTECT, EXFOLIATE, MOISTURIZE
Keep daily cleansing gentle. Use lukewarm water, avoid strong soaps/detergents & rather choose mild cleansers, massage to improve circulation, pat dry after washing, and make moisturiser your new best friend.
Hydration starts from the inside out, so drink lots of water and give your skin a regular blast of moisture. It is a natural way to rejuvenate dry skin.
Eat a healthy diet. There is a strong association between the condition of your skin and what you eat.
Protect your skin from prolonged sun exposure to prevent wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, painful sunburn, aging & skin cancer. Use a good SPF and cover up when outdoors to avoid skin damage from harmful UV rays.
Uncontrolled stress can trigger skin problems and make your skin more sensitive. So, keep calm and manage your stress effectively.
Don’t smoke as this bad habit contributes to wrinkles, loss of elasticity and aging of skin.
Limit caffeine as it strips your skin of moisture and may cause premature aging if consumed in excess.
Get some good sleep and your skin will look noticeably better. It provides vital repair & regeneration so that you don’t look washed out with those telltale black rings or bags under your eyes.
2015 December 8 by Julie
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT THE EASISLIM WAY!
E – EXERCISE is a great way to gain health benefits, feel good & have fun. Inactivity is a health risk, so get smart and include regular exercise into your life. Any activity that gets you moving, gets your heart rate up and gives you enough pleasure to do regularly is good for you.
A – Having a positive mental ATTITUDE will help you achieve weight loss goals. It requires patience and commitment. Focus on “getting healthy” instead of “being on a diet”. Say ‘I can do this, this is easy and I feel good about the changes.’
S – Be SELECTIVE & SMART with your diet. Make good food choices. Avoid junk food & over-processed foods that have no nutritional value. Go easy on high-sugar eating. Instead eat foods that are whole, minimally processed, fresh and nutritious.
I – Are you INFORMED? Know what you are feeding your body. Learn to read food labels so that you can choose healthier options.
S – Don’t underestimate the importance of SLEEP. There is a strong diet-sleep-fitness connection. Eat smarter – Sleep better – Get fitter!
L – LESS is best! Downsize to a food serving that is a healthy portion. Learn about portion size because it matters. Know how much is too much. Stop over-eating and gain diet success.
I – Adopt an ‘I can & I must’ approach to slimming. Aim for the IDEAL body weight that is the healthy range based on your height, gender and age. Be realistic about your goals.
M – Stay MOTIVATED & committed. Stick to your exercise and eating plan. Be driven by the positive benefits. Make your lifestyle changes become habit. Remember only you can make it happen and visualise a healthier you every day.
2015 November 9 by Julie
Looking for a natural sweetener to use as a sugar substitute? Stevia comes from the leaves of the plant Stevia rebaudiana. It has a long history of use in South America where it has grown wild for centuries and been used to sweeten drinks, food & in traditional medicine. Stevia extract can be 200-300 times sweeter than sugar. Nature has given us a powerful combination of a zero calorie sweetener with a plant-based origin.
Stevia extract has some unique properties:
- It is a non-carbohydrate glycoside compound that is calorie free
- It sweetens without triggering a rise in blood sugar
- It won’t cause a sugar rush & crash typical of sugar addiction
- It will increase energy and aid digestion
- It does not cause tooth decay
- It has a long shelf life, can tolerate high temperatures (ideal for cooking/baking) and is non-fermentative
- It passes safety tests for human consumption with flying colours
- It is ideal for people with blood sugar, blood pressure or weight problems
Stevia has a bright future as it becomes accepted as a natural alternative to sugar and the sweetener of the future. It is making a greater appearance in supermarkets and is being widely used in the food & beverage industry.
2015 November 2 by Julie
Want to lose weight and improve your health? Cutting your sugar intake is a good place to start. The human body is not designed to consume excessive amounts of sugar. Unfortunately it is so abundant in our everyday diet. Foods that are high in added sugar are often not high in nutrition. They contain a whole lot of calories with no essential nutrients. It adds empty calories to your diet and replaces the more nutritious foods you should be eating. Are you ready to say goodbye to sugar? Here’s why you need to make a commitment to give up the sweet stuff.
- A diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates will cause weight gain and might ultimately lead to obesity. Be warned – sugar can make you FAT!
- Sugar can become addictive as it causes a large release of dopamine in the brain. The more you eat, the more you will crave. This ‘feel-good’ fix can turn you into a sugar junkie. The sugar fuelled highs and lows will leave you feeling constantly tired and desperate to reach for your next sugar loaded boost to renew poor energy levels. Your sugar rush will become a sugar crash.
- When you eat a lot of sugar, it can cause resistance to the hormone insulin, which can contribute to Type 2 Diabetes.
- Your body will still feel hungry even when you are overeating because chronic fructose consumption can cause leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that controls appetite by signalling when you are full. Cravings occur because the body never becomes fully satisfied.
- Consuming large amounts of sugar in your diet can raise cholesterol and is a major risk factor for heart disease.
- Sugar is a big contributor to mood disorders.
- Sugar can wreak havoc on your skin.
- Sugar is bad for the teeth and causes cavities & tooth decay. Bacteria in the mouth feed on simple sugars, creating acid that destroys enamel.
- Large amounts of fructose from added sugars get turned into fat in the liver, overloading and damaging the liver. This could lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Your immune system is your defence mechanism for fighting infections. A sugar loaded diet will compromise the ability of your immune system to fight illness.
- Chronic disease development (Cancer & Alzheimer’s) is also being linked to too much sugar consumption.
Warning bells should be ringing. Sugar can be toxic, addictive and deadly if consumed in excessive amounts.
As a general recommendation, keep your intake of added sugars to a maximum of 25-30 grams for adults per day. This equates to about 6-7 teaspoons of sugar which will be about 100-120 calories.
Learn to read packaging. Look on the nutrition label for “Carbohydrates (of which sugars)”. Anything over. Below 5g is low. Some sugar words to look for are sucrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, corn syrup, invert sugar. Make sure the product you are buying has the sugar listed low on the list. If it appears at the top, avoid it!
Think before you eat sugar-laden foods and gulp down sugary drinks. Your body has no need for all that added sugar. Give your body nutritious, fresh home-made meals instead.
2015 October 27 by Julie
We recently sent offered our Colon Capsules for review. The response was wonderful and we would like to share the feedback with you.
The questions posed to our participants:
- Did you experience any negative effects ?
- How many days before you noticed an effect ?
- Did these capsules help improve your digestive ailment ?
- If you suffer from IBS did this product help ?
- Did you take correct dosage ?
- How severe is your colon problem and how many years ?
- Would you continue using the product ?
- Do you have any comments about packaging ?
- Pack size ?
- Do you think product is affordable ?
The colon capsules are AMAZING!! Felt a difference within 3 days and have already bought more to continue taking them.
Answers to your queries below:
- Did you experience any negative effects – Not at all. In fact my headaches that I have suffered with for years actually were more manageable and I now have quite a few heachache free days which I have never had before
- How many days before you noticed an effect – it was about 3 days after I started taking them that I noticed that I no longer had a bloated feeling and no cramps
- Did these capsules help improve your digestive ailment – YES
- If you suffer from IBS did this product help – YES
- Did you take correct dosage – I took 2 capsules in the morning and 2 in the late afternoon with a large glass of water
- How severe is your colon problem and how many years – It was quite severe and definitely affected my social life as it was hard to enjoy myself with cramping etc
- Would you continue using the product – Definitely! Already bought more
- Do you have any comments about packaging – Looks good to me J
- Pack size – I like the 120 capsules as this is a 30 day supply for me
- Do you think product is affordable – Yes
I started using the capsules on Friday, 2 October 2015, and I had to stop taking them the following Friday, 9 October 2015, as my bowel went into a total state of diarrhoea. I have 12 capsules left, and plan to finish them this week. My stomach took the whole of last week to recover. I think maybe the dosage of 2 capsules, 3 times per day, might be too much? Perhaps I should just take the prophylactic treatment of 2 capsules twice a day? In my particular case, my intestines and digestive system cannot take any fibre of any kind. I cannot eat any fruit, only a banana. The safest food I can eat, is rice, potatoes, and pasta and meat. Vegetables also give me diarrhoea, except sweet potato and pumpkin.
easiHEALTH Colon Capsules feedback:
Question 1) I did not experience any side effects while taking the product.
Question 2) Initially there was an overall improvement in the intestine and digestive system, but after day 6, I went into a state of diarrhoea, that lasted 5 days.
Question 3) I normally avoid foods with any fibre, but in the period I was taking the capsules, I ate anything and everything. My expectation of the product was that I will be able to eat anything, like a person with no digestive ailment, but I did have the same problem after 5 days of treatment.
Question 4) I only saw an improvement in pain and discomfort for the first 4 days of the treatment.
Question 5) I still felt the symptoms of IBS, when on the treatment.
Question 6) I did make an adjustment to my diet while taking these capsules. I normally avoid foods with any fibre, but in the period I was taking the capsules, I ate anything and everything. No adjustment was made in my lifestyle.
Question 7) I took 2 capsules 3 times a day for a week. I drank water the whole day. This is a permanent habit, to drink water all day. But I do need to mention, that I cannot drink water from a tap, so I always drink flavoured water, with no sugar. aQuelle Lite. Peach and Youngberry. I drink a litre every day.
Question 8) My colon problem is quite severe, and I have had this problem since 12 years of age. I had a colonoscopy done, and the results proved a condition called – Eosinophilic Colitis. It is a rare disease in which a type of white blood cell, the eosinophil, causes injury and inflammation to the colon.
Question 9) I personally would not continue using the product. I used to take 2 x Bevispas before every meal, and it was working for me, but they discontinued the product, and I am searching for an alternative product. After reviewing this product, I realized that I need a pharmaceutical product and not a supplement. I will recommend it to others who need COLON SUPPORT.
Question 10) The packaging is perfect. The information about the product can easily be read on the box, if it is on a shelf. The plastic container is also the right size that will fit easily in a handbag. The container also opens easily.
Question 11) I would prefer the 60’s pack size, because it is just the right size and will last you a month, if you choose the prophylactic treatment.
Question 12) The pricing is correct, and compares very well with other probiotics on the market, and is more affordable than many other products available.
Thank you once again for the privilege to be able to do the trial on this product. It allowed me the opportunity to see that with my type of disease, a probiotic, would not be the correct choice for me.
Find below my feedback
No, I did not experience any negative side effects
I noticed after 3 days a difference
Yes I do suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and it did help
No, I did not
Yes, I took 2 capsules a day 3 times a day and did drink a large glass of water with the capsules
I struggle for many years with my colon and had severe pain and discomfort
Yes, I definitely will continue using this product and recommend it to other
I wish I could have used this product years ago
60 and 120
Yes I do.
Have a fantastic day
– I did not get any side effects while using the product.
– These capsules really helped my digestive system. I don’t have any pains and discomfort any more now that I am using them and I am now going to loo as much as possible not skipping days anymore.
I was taking a correct dosage as requested and been drinking with lot of water and also eating lot of veggies and fruit.
I will definitely continue to use this product’s as it helps me a lot and will encourage people who have the problem that I used to have to try it.
Thank you so much COLON.
2015 October 26 by Julie
Too much anxiety takes the fun out of life! Here are some sensible tips for stressed out students.
Be prepared. Develop good study habits. Study at least a week or two before the exam, in smaller increments of time and over a few days (instead of pulling an “all-nighter”). Try to simulate exam conditions by working through a practice test, following the same time constraints.
Develop good test-taking skills. Read the directions carefully, answer questions you know first and then return to the more difficult ones. Outline essays before you begin to write.
Maintain a positive attitude. Remember that your self-worth should not be dependent on or defined by a test grade. Creating a system of rewards and reasonable expectations for studying can help to produce effective studying habits. There is no benefit to negative thinking.
Stay focused. Concentrate on the test, not other students during your exams. Try not to talk to other students about the subject material before taking an exam.
Practice relaxation techniques. If you feel stressed during the exam, take deep, slow breaths and consciously relax your muscles, one at a time. This can invigorate your body and will allow you to better focus on the exam.
Stay healthy. Get enough sleep, eat healthfully, exercise and allow for personal time. If you are exhausted—physically or emotionally—it will be more difficult for you to handle stress and anxiety.
(Anxiety and Depression Association of America)
2015 October 19 by Julie
Believe it or not, diet plays a huge part in how we feel and behave. Give your body the right nutrition and you will be helping to alleviate emotional & behavioural difficulties. Your diet is your body’s fuel. Fill up with poor quality fuel and expect a bumpy ride. Consider this plan of action which includes super foods for better moods and improved concentration:
Avoid foods with additives or loaded with sugar. Get into the habit of checking labels. Too much sugar can contribute to erratic behaviour and mood changes. Additives to avoid are artificial colourings (eg.tartrazine), sweeteners, preservatives & flavourings. Processed foods should be replaced by fresh, natural, sugar-free alternatives. If you are looking for a sweet treat or “comfort food”, choose dark chocolate as this can give you a mood boost without sending your blood sugar on a roller coaster ride.
Fill up on whole, nutritious foods that encourage healthy digestion. Replace junk food with a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables that will provide vitamins & minerals essential to support health. Seek out foods rich in vitamin B12 and folic acid (seafood is a must!) and eat selenium-rich foods every day (brazil nuts are No.1!).
Essential fats must be included in your diet. The brain & nervous system need a good supply of fat to function and develop effectively. Make sure you boost the right fats and only cut out the saturated fats that are bad for health. Feast on oily fish (eg. salmon), seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, linseed), nuts (walnuts), olive oil, green leafy vegetables like spinach. Supplement with Omega 3 & 6 if your diet doesn’t include enough of these essential fats. Omega-3 is a key mood-boosting nutrient and one our bodies don’t produce. Omega-3’s alter brain chemicals linked with mood—specifically dopamine and serotonin. Low levels of serotonin are linked with depression, aggression and suicidal tendencies, while dopamine is a “reward” chemical that the brain releases in response to pleasurable experiences.
Identify foods that trigger unwanted behaviour/symptoms of anxiety and eliminate these allergens from your diet. Common culprits are wheat, gluten, eggs, dairy, and caffeine stimulants.
Get enough vitamin D. The best source is to get outside into the sunshine for your daily dose.
It is quite a task making sure that from meal-to-meal and day-to-day you have good glycaemic control and your GI tract is operating smoothly. Good moods and focus will be the result, so it is definitely worth making the effort to get it right.
Make sure your diet is rich in these foods to experience some feel-good benefits. Satisfy your hunger and ward off feelings of doom and gloom. Your body will be satisfied and your mind will be calm & focussed. Eating the right foods can improve your memory, lift your mood and help you concentrate for longer.
2015 October 12 by Julie
Ever considered that your emotional state might be linked to the food you eat? The stomach is often referred to as the “second brain.” How we treat our digestive system can dramatically change emotions and alter mood disorders in a positive manner. If you are dealing with anxiety, it might be a good idea to watch what you eat and make some changes to your diet. Certain foods can aggravate symptoms of anxiety leaving you feeling buzzed, edgy and unable to concentrate. Changes to your diet may make some difference to your general mood or sense of well-being.
Here are some diet tips for anxiety sufferers:
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as you need energy to kick-start your day. Make sure it includes some protein (eggs, yoghurt, cheese), as this will help you feel fuller for longer. The stomach takes longer to digest proteins. You will be helping your body avoid blood sugar crashes that might leave you feeling jittery and anxious.
- Make sure you choose complex carbohydrates (eg. wholegrains) as they increase the amount of serotonin in the brain (a chemical believed to act as a mood stabiliser). Stay away from the simple carbs that include sugary foods & drinks.
- Avoid refined sugars as they will wreak havoc with your blood glucose levels and weight. Sweet treats might give you an immediate high or ‘feel good’ emotion, but the effects of sugar leaving the body will turn that spike into a low that can increase symptoms of anxiety in the long run.
- Cut out excessive amounts of foods high in saturated fats. Get the necessary fats for optimal health from foods like salmon, avocado, olive oil & raw nuts. Chips, hamburgers & pizza should go on your ‘avoid me’ list.
- Limit or avoid caffeine. Coffee and energy drinks are stimulants and will give you a temporary boost/high but can also leave you feeling on edge & jittery. It will interfere with sleep which will in turn aggravate anxiety levels. Large doses of caffeine can cause rapid heartbeat which might trigger panic attacks.
- Limit or avoid alcohol. Moderation is the key here! It is a depressant that has a negative effect on mental health. You might think that a drink will calm you down, but as your body processes the alcohol, you will feel dehydrated, edgy and the quality of your sleep will be affected. In large quantities alcohol becomes toxic to your body and mind.
- When thirsty, rather drink plenty of water. Dehydration affects mood and causes headaches. Consuming water will keep your body hydrated, help your digestive system operate at its peak and keep feelings of anxiety in check.
- Pay attention and be aware of what you are eating. Take note of foods you might be sensitive to and cut them out of your diet. Food sensitivities can cause physical reactions like itchy outbreaks on the skin, bloating & cramping of the stomach, headaches, nausea/vomiting which can greatly affect mood and sense of well-being.
- Make an effort to eat healthy, balanced meals. This is important for overall physical and mental health. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and don’t overeat. It is very difficult to reduce anxiety if your body is struggling to process the food you consume. Avoid foods that are difficult to digest and have little nutritional content (eg. fried foods).
2015 October 5 by Julie
In the 21st century, ANXIETY is another word for FEAR. It is a very real, normal and natural part of the human experience.
Whether you are a child, adolescent or adult, you will at some stage experience the emotion of uncertainty and feel like you are not in control. Survival is a “fight or flight” mechanism and anxiety is the fuel that gives energy to do the fighting or running. When you feel inadequate or ill prepared to cope, you might feel nervous, jumpy, uptight, overwhelmed or out of control. The problem is you don’t always know how to manage these feelings. Left unchecked, these feelings will build and lead to chronic conditions like depression.
This time of year anxiety is a very real problem for students. Exam time looms and there is pressure to succeed. For the Matrics who are preparing to complete their school careers, there might be a fear for the future that is becoming overwhelming. For all students, there’s a lot of info, a lot to learn, a lot to know. Some might have trouble dealing with the commitments to school, sports, a social life and family obligations all at once. The growing presence of technology and social media adds to the balancing act and results in children/adolescents who feel rushed and pressured.
Some of the causes of anxiety amongst the younger generation might be economic distress, dysfunctional families, absent and preoccupied busy parents, technology obsession, social media and extraordinary pressure to excel.
Lifestyle is directly related to emotional health, so it’s vital for students to get enough sleep, eat well, avoid caffeine and excessive drinking, limit computer time and build healthy relationships with family and friends.
Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress
- Take a time-out.Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.
- Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.
- Get enough sleep.When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.
- Exercise dailyto help you feel good and maintain your health.
- Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary.
- Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn’t possible, be proud of however close you get.
- Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?
- Welcome humour. A good laugh goes a long way.
- Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
- Get involved.Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress.
- Learn what triggers your anxiety.Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern.
- Talk to someone.Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.
(Anxiety and Depression Association of America
2015 September 21 by Julie
We’ve all heard the old saying “you are what you eat.” It’s true. Stick to a healthy diet and your body will reflect it by feeling healthy and energized. A poor diet with excess junk foods will prevent your body from thriving and the result will be fatigue, low energy and illness. It is important to understand the connection between your health and your diet and make better dietary choices.
Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. A balanced diet means consuming from all the different good food groups in the right quantities – whole grains, fruit and vegetables, protein, dairy, and fat & sugar. The majority of your daily calories should come from fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. The things to limit and avoid are the fatty, sugary, salty and processed foods.
Understand calories. Calories are a measurement, like a cm or a tablespoon. They indicate how much energy is released when your body breaks down food. The more calories a food has, the more energy it can provide to the body. Remember this simple equation – calories in vs. calories out. Eat more calories than you burn, and you gain weight as your body stores the extra calories as fat. Eat fewer calories than you burn and you lose weight.
Within a healthy, balanced diet, a man would need about 2500-3000 calories and a woman 2000-2200 to maintain weight. The amount of energy you need will depend on age, lifestyle (active/sedentary), metabolism and your body size. You will need the help of a qualified dietician/medical professional to determine your specific recommended daily calorie intake.
Become an attentive eater. Pay attention to portion control. Try to make sure half your plate is filled with vegetables and the other 2 quarters is for proteins and starch. Vary your food choices, know what you are eating and then enjoy every mouthful. Notice the smell, taste, texture and colours of the foods you eat. Take the time to chew and digest your food properly. Stop eating when you feel satisfied but before you feel uncomfortably full.
Poor diet and inactivity are the silent killers. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity must not be ignored. Don’t neglect to take this recommended dose:
Adults need at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week. Muscle-strengthening and flexibility training should be done at least twice a week.
2015 September 1 by Julie
Being overweight can not only hurt your confidence, but it can be the root cause of many health problems including some chronic diseases. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight can seem like a never-ending challenge but it is one you have to tackle. You must have a long-term plan to reach and stay at a healthy weight. This plan must include gradual, realistic changes to your lifestyle and eating habits.
If you are wondering what your healthy weight should be, consider the following:Your body mass index (BMI) should be less than 25. A BMI between 18.6 and 24.9 indicates you are at a healthy weight. This is a measure of weight relative to height. BMI is your weight (in kg) divided by your height squared (in cm).Your waist circumference (WC) should be less than 102cm for men and less than 88cm for women.If you are overweight, your aim should be to lose 5-10% of your current weight. A healthy goal is 1-2kg’s per month.
Boost your chances for success by making an achievable weight loss plan that can become a healthy daily routine.
- Get the advice of a dietician to determine the ideal calorie intake for your body.
- Control the size of your portions. Take notice of how much you are putting on your plate and skip those second helpings.
- Plan meals to have the right mix of fresh, nutritious foods – get the right balance of low-glycaemic carbs, fats, high protein & fibre. Don’t forget to drink lots of water.
- Never skip meals. Have about 6 mini meals a day instead of the usual 3 big meals. Breakfast is the most important, so don’t miss it.
- Beware of being an emotional eater – emotions can negatively affect what, when and how much you eat. Eat when you are hungry, not in response to an emotional need
- Increase physical activity. A walk a day will keep the fat away!
- Make sure you have a support network for advice and to keep you motivated.
2015 August 24 by Julie
The word ‘probiotics’ is of Greek origin meaning ‘for life’. Probiotics are the beneficial micro-organisms (in most cases bacteria) in our intestinal tract that fight off “unfriendly” organisms that might cause diseases. These healthy bacteria are pro life or add health to life. It is important to build and maintain large colonies of these friendly bacteria so that they can keep your digestive tract clean and healthy by promoting optimal digestion and preventing build-up of toxic waste materials.
Ensuring healthy gut and colon function through probiotic supplementation ensures a healthy digestive system and a stronger, more responsive immune system; resulting in an overall improved quality of health and well-being. Poor diet, too much alcohol, antibiotic treatment, hormones, bacterial infections and stress can all upset the natural balance of bacteria in your gut and can play havoc with the delicate balance of intestinal flora. Colon health is basically helping the healthy bacteria far outnumber the pathogenic bacteria (harmful bugs).
Digestive problems arise when the ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria is not ideal. Your body has ways of letting you know when your bacterial ratios are not ideal, including bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, excess gas and stomach cramping. When this occurs, it is generally a sign that you need to increase the amount of probiotics. They will provide the good bacteria required to minimize the harmful effects of bad bacteria.
A probiotic supplement acts to maintain and replenish the balance of microflora in the intestinal tract. A healthy intestinal tract with a balanced microflora can boost the immune system, keep pathogenic diseases of the intestinal tract in check, maintain normal bowel movements and prevent poor digestion and bloating. Probiotics are also effective in preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.
easiHEALTH COLON Capsules contain Lactobacillus sporogenes (6bn cfu/g).
Don’t let colon issues disrupt your life. Get the balance right and use PROBIOTICS to support digestive health.
2015 August 17 by Julie
Your colon is incredibly important when it comes to general health and well-being. If you are suffering from any digestive ailments you will realize how disruptive it can be and how desperate one feels to get relief from the symptoms. Good nutrition is an important aspect of good colon health. The same healthy lifestyle habits recommended for weight loss like a balanced, healthy diet, regular exercise, hydration with plenty of water, limiting & managing stress & getting sufficient sleep all impact on promoting colon health. Take a natural approach to dealing with colon issues.
Constipation is a very common disorder where you have difficulty emptying your bowels. If you have hard, dry stools that are difficult or painful to pass or you have infrequent bowel movements then these symptoms need to be addressed. Don’t rush for the laxatives as they can be harmful to the colon and make it lazy. Take a look at your diet first. Eat plenty of fibre – vegetables, fruit, legumes and wholegrains – as they help bulk up stools so they can move easily through your digestive tract. A psyllium husk (isphagula) supplement is highly recommended. It comes from the Plantago ovata plant and these seed coverings (husks) are a very effective soluble bulking fibre. Once ingested, it swells and forms a gelatin like mass that helps transport waste smoothly through the intestinal tract.
Studies also suggest that this natural plant extract can be effective for the following:
Weight loss – may enhance the sensation of fullness, reduce hunger cravings
Regulates blood sugar levels for diabetics
Managing cholesterol levels
Heart health – lowers blood pressure, improves lipid levels, and strengthens heart muscle
Another word of advice – Never suppress the desire to go! Stools and gas build up if you don’t respond to your toilet needs immediately. The longer you delay, the harder your stools become and the more constipated you’ll be.
If you are suffering from diarrhoea at the other end of the scale and passing looser or more frequent stools than is normal, then psyllium husk is also an effective remedy. It soaks up a significant amount of water in the digestive tract, making the stool firmer and slower to pass.
Bloating can be a symptom of IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), a pre-menstrual condition due to hormone fluctuations or a result of stress. Peppermint is known as an anti-acid and a digestive aid. This herb has the effect of soothing & relaxing the ‘smooth’ muscles in the walls of the intestine. It can be used to reduce cramping, bloating and excessive flatulence.
Never underestimate the power of probiotics for dealing with digestive ailments. Do not upset the natural balance of bacteria in your gut through poor diet and lifestyle choices. Build and maintain these friendly bacteria and let them keep your digestive track clean and healthy.
A last tip is to drink lots of water. It will help lubricate your digestive system, move waste along smoothly and ensure that soft stools are expelled with ease.
A trip to the toilet should be hassle free and not something you dread because you experience pain, discomfort or embarrassment. Take good care of your colon because you do not want to be a statistic in the growing number of colorectal cancer sufferers.
2015 August 5 by Julie
Your colon (also known as your large intestine) is a hollow tube about 5 feet long found at the end of the digestive tract. It functions like a powerful waste- storage organ in your body and is responsible for making and storing stools. It moves digested food and waste along by a wave like motion known as peristalsis.The colon is the final stop in your food’s journey through the digestive tract. It is the colon’s job to absorb fluid, electrolytes (salts) and fatty acids from indigestible food residue and produce solid waste for elimination. The colon is also home to beneficial bacteria.
This organ is like the ‘gut brain’ that helps control digestion. Millions of nerve cells sense when food is eaten and respond accordingly. Digestive secretions are adjusted, nutrients are absorbed and a message is sent to the brain to tell it what is going on.
Proper elimination of waste is an essential function of life and herein lays the importance of colon health. If bowel movements are not regular and the digestive system is not working properly, the waste products and toxins accumulate and can compromise our health. Then the body cannot be nourished properly and many health ailments come from poor diet, digestion and elimination.
Waste remaining in the colon longer than it should results in fermentation and putrefaction which may produce harmful bacteria and other toxins that negatively impact the body. Transit time of foods from consumption to elimination should be around 24 hours. Waste must not be left to stagnate in the colon. If we provide our bodies with good nutrition that is adequately absorbed and eliminate waste via a system that is not slow or stagnant, then we can build a healthy body and maintain the perfect balance of growth and life.
Your colon is your key to good health and keeping your colon clean has a number of health benefits:
- Lowered risk of developing colorectal cancer, IBS, constipation, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids, colitis, diverticulitis
- More efficient absorption of water and minerals
- Less flatulence and bad breath
- Your abdomen will feel light and comfortable instead of bloated and sore
Unfortunately, poor intestinal health is a reality for many and easiHEALTH aims to give support with a 4-in-1 supplement, COLON capsules. Try this product and help bring health to your colon and your body.
2015 July 27 by Julie
- Over time, a chronic energy imbalance can change body weight. If you are consuming too many calories you will gain weight and too few will result in weight loss. Get the balance right. The termcalorie is a unit of energy. In nutrition and everyday language, calories refer to energy consumption through eating and drinking. Remember – you are what you eat!
- There are two ways to reduce body fat. Reduce your food intake or enhance your energy expenditure. Through a process called thermogenesis, your metabolic rate can be elevated, the rate your body burns calories will be increased and the fat-burning process is enhanced. Let easiHEALTH ENERGY TONIC trigger this process.
- Are you struggling with weight management and find that you suffer from poor health due to your expanding waistline? If you accelerate your energy levels with the support of easiHEALTH ENERGY TONIC, you will maintain a healthy weight and improve your health, mobility, mood and self-confidence.
- The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about a short-term diet or finding a quick-fix product. It’s an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term healthy eating habits, regular physical activity/exercise, and balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses. Use easiHEALTH ENERGY TONIC to support you in this slow and steady race.
- A common lifestyle and health disorder is obesity and we have addressed this issue by formulating a product that can assist with this no.1 health threat. easiHEALTH ENERGY TONIC will make sure you have enough energy to get moving, burn those calories and beat the battle of the bulge.
2015 July 21 by Julie
- Yerba maté can help put new life into tired muscles. This traditional South American natural anti-oxidant rich tea is gaining popularity in the performance nutrition market. Try this ingredient for a balanced, long-lasting physical and mental stimulation.
- Yerba maté has been researched as an ideal agent in the fight against unwanted body fat. It is an approved herb in the German Commission E Monographs. This ingredient contains 196 active compounds, 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids and high antioxidant levels.
- Yerba maté contains an important chemical called mateine that stimulates the nervous system but doesn’t appear to be addictive and doesn’t cause the nervousness & jitters typical of caffeine use. The magic of this ingredient is that it stimulates the metabolism & converts calories into energy without the negative side-effects associated with other popular stimulants.
- 1 cup of Yerba maté contains half the caffeine of a cup of coffee, the anti-oxidant content of 3 cups of green tea and the vitamins and minerals of a small bowl of fruit. easiHEALTH uses this powerful ingredient to promote health and well-being.
- easiHEALTH sources Yerba maté from Brazil and we guarantee high quality standardized plant extracts. Our most important challenge is ensuring the safety, efficacy and quality of our ingredients. For a nutritional supplement with all the health benefits of quality Yerba maté, start using easiHEALTH ENERGY TONIC.
2015 July 20 by Julie
We live in a fast-paced world full of stresses and demands and because of this, energy products are one of the fastest-growing categories of dietary supplements. Go into any pharmacy or supermarket and you will be spoilt for choice. There are bottles of tonic, energy drinks and energy bars filling the shelves.
It is important to make an informed choice and know what you are looking for. Before you buy anything, you must determine what your needs are. Do you want a stimulant to speed up your metabolism or would you benefit more from a nutritious supplement to fuel your body? Stimulants like caffeine usually just give you a temporary lift. Calories – usually carbohydrates (like sugars) can be easily broken down and absorbed as energy by your body. B Vitamins and amino acids will influence how your body processes the nutrients you eat and converts them into energy. It is important to rule out any medical issues and make sure you develop positive habits with regard to diet, exercise and lifestyle. If you are still struggling with fatigue then supplementation can be a solution to your low-energy problem.
Some questions you should ask when making your choice of energy product – Is the supplement safe, how good is the evidence that the product works and are there any scientific studies to support the use of the ingredients. There are a number of products out there that don’t work at all. Some will give you a temporary energy spike but within hours you will be left feeling fatigued. Others work, but have awful side effects that might be far worse than your symptoms of exhaustion.
easiHEALTH has considered all this very carefully and we have designed a product with a unique formulation. Our ENERGY TONIC contains Yerba maté as the main active ingredient. This is an extract that is gaining popularity as a balanced stimulant that produces a long-lasting stimulation. It is also very nutritious containing 196 active compounds, 24 vitamins & minerals, 15 amino acids and high anti-oxidant levels. There are also trials and research on this ingredient as an ideal agent in the fight against unwanted body fat. To ensure the efficacy of this extract, we have made sure that we have the correct therapeutic dosage. We source our Yerba from Brazil and guarantee a quality extract. We do have added caffeine in this tonic, but in a low dosage. Chromium Polynicotinate is a mineral required for the regulation of blood sugar. It is involved in the metabolism of glucose and is essential for energy. This is the safest and best absorbed form of chromium available. Supplementation with this ingredient has been used successfully to reduce body fat, help build lean body muscle, lower elevated cholesterol and for glycaemic support. Fatigue is one of the symptoms of vitamin B deficiency. We have included these essential nutrients as they help convert food into fuel allowing you to stay energized.
Our tonic has no added sugar and is suitable for DIABETICS and VEGETARIANS. There is also NO ALCOHOL in this product.
easiHEALTH ENERGY TONIC is manufactured locally (Cape Town) in a GMP approved facility. It is distributed via wholesalers to pharmacies nationwide with the Medi-Rite group being our largest stockist. You can also buy this product online via iHEAL, the SA online health store. You have a choice of 3 variants – the handy 10ml sachet and the 200ml + 500ml bottles. We pride ourselves in our packaging and like our ingredients; we offer quality as we strive to make this product stand out from the rest. It is also a priority for us to provide a supplement that is safe & effective yet affordable.
2015 July 13 by Julie
Why choose easiHEALTH ENERGY TONIC
- Did you know that easiHEALTH ENERGY TONIC is safe for DIABETICS and VEGETARIANS and contains NO ALCOHOL. It aims to increase metabolism, aid in the utilisation and breaking down of stored fats while assisting in the support of healthy blood sugar levels.
- For sustained energy it is important that you are getting enough of the Vitamin B micronutrients. They help convert fuel into energy. If you need to supplement your vitamin B intake to fight fatigue and boost energy, then easiHEALTH ENERGY TONIC can offer what you need.
- easiHEALTH ENERGY TONIC contains 2 fat burners. Yerba maté and Chromium Polynicotinate have been added to this tonic to ensure that your body has the support it needs to maintain a healthy weight and promote energy metabolism.
- If you are looking for quality and affordability, then easiHEALTH ENERGY TONIC is the product for you. You can find it at Medi-Rite and independent pharmacies nationwide.
- easiHEALTH ENERGY TONIC comes in 3 different pack sizes. If you are looking for value for money then the 500ml bottle will give you more for less. The 200ml bottle is a perfect 10 day supply and the handy 10ml sachet is ideal for people who are on the go.
2015 April 21 by Julie
Stress is our response to daily life. It affects us emotionally, physically, and behaviorally. The right amount of stress can be a positive force that helps us to do our best and to keep alert and energetic. Too much stress, however, can make us tense and anxious and can cause sleep problems.
What Are the Signs of Stress?
Common signs of stress include depression, sleep problems, tension, anxiety, work mistakes, poor concentration, and apathy, among many others. If high levels of unwanted stress are not properly managed, your health and sense of well-being can suffer. Therefore, it is important to learn how to manage stress.
Tips for Managing Stress for Better Sleep
These tips can help you ease stress and hopefully get a better night’s sleep:
- Assess what is stressful: The first step in getting a handle on stress is to figure out what is causing it. Take a good look at your physical condition and your daily activities. Do you suffer from pain? Are you overloaded at work? Once you identify your stressors, you can take steps to reduce them.
- Seek social support: Spending time with family and friends is an important buffer against stress. It can be helpful to share your problems with people who care for you.
- Practice thought management: What we think, how we think, what we expect, and what we tell ourselves often determine how we feel and how well we manage rising stress levels. You can learn to change thought patterns that produce stress. Thoughts to watch out for include those concerning how things should be and those that overgeneralize sets of circumstances (for example, “I’m a failure at my whole job because I missed one deadline.”) Many commercial audiotapes and books can help you learn thought management exercises.
- Exercise:Exercise can help you blow off steam, thereby reducing stress. In addition, flexible, loose muscles are less likely to become tight and painful in response to stress. However, it’s best to exercise at least 2 hours before bedtime so that your body temperaturereturns to normal. If you have a medical condition or are over age 50, it’s best to check with your doctor before beginning an exercise regimen.
- Eat a healthy diet: Junk food and refined sugars low in nutritional value and high in calories can leave us feeling out of energy and sluggish. A healthy diet, low in sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, can promote health and reduce stress.
- Get adequate sleep: A good night’s sleep makes you able to tackle the day’s stress more easily. When you are tired, you are less patient and more easily agitated, which can increase stress. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Practicing good sleep hygiene along with stress-lowering tactics can help improve your quality of sleep.
- Delegate responsibility: Often, having too many responsibilities can lead to stress. Free up time and decrease stress by delegating responsibilities.
These steps can help many people sleep soundly through the night. However, if you have frequent sleep problems, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can assess you for possible sleep disorders and recommend safe and effective sleep medicine.
2015 April 16 by Julie