HEALTH TIPS

“What you eat today……….walks and talks tomorrow ! John Wherry “

There is much truth to this old saying.

Our bodies need fuel of different types and in the correct proportions, to continue running efficiently.
We all know the mantra; High Fibre ; Low Fat ; watch those kilojoules ; no junk food ; limit alcohol ; drink more green tea ; Dark Chocolate is good for you… (or is it bad for you?) ; exercise more………less coffee; no fizzy drinks; WHEW !

It is all so hard to keep up with.

BUT….here’s a tip; everything in moderation, AND ensure what goes IN, does come out……regularly !

We consume foods and liquids of all types because we enjoy eating and drinking, it is a social activity that gives pleasure to the senses, and caters to our need for interaction with others.

We don’t actually NEED all the food we consume, and we don’t need the variety of foods we eat and enjoy. But we DO enjoy it!!

Beware fruit juices; although there may be no ADDED sugar, most are high in NATURAL sugar. Water, plain or sparkling, is a better option. Drink as much as you like, as often as you like; preferably at least 1.5 to 2 litres a day.

Our bodies will function quite nicely thank you with sufficient water, raw vegetables, and protein from meats occasionally, but hey……how boring would life be if we stuck to that?

SO. We need to ensure that our digestive system is working efficiently, and the foods we do consume are digested properly, the available nutrients extracted, and the resulting waste is expelled regularly.

We don’t give much thought to how our bodies actually process the foods.

We know it goes in.

We know when it is time for it to leave, and hopefully to take the natural toxins with it!

But what about the time ” In- between”, when the body works it’s digestive magic?

Unless you have indigestion, or acid, or a tummy bug, you don’t think about it much, but this is the MOST important time for your body.

To help the process go smoothly, there are a few simple rules to help ensure that your body’s digestive system is working properly and toxins are removed as they should be.

REMEMBER, all the information here is of a general nature only, and may or may not be right for you. If you are pregnant, about to undertake an exercise programme, or taking medications, please consult your Health Care Professional. Every body is different and beneficial effects of health products and lifestyle vary considerably. We do not intend to indicate the advice given here will cure or alleviate any disease or medical condition.

Morning
  • Around breakfast time your tummy has probably been empty for 8 to 10 hours; you have been fasting, and it is time to “break” the “fast”
  • Make a few minutes to enjoy a Health Tea. Peppermint is particularly good in the mornings and the 3 or 4 minutes it takes to brew and cool can be done while you shave or put on make-up or make kids lunches!
  • To avoid blood sugar levels falling, and lethargy setting in by mid-morning, eat some form of breakfast. While almost anything is better than nothing, a low fat high fibre cereal is a good idea, a banana is good, or maybe a piece of wholegrain toast with a little butter and a smear of vegemite perhaps, or a little low fat cheese. Steer clear of peanut butter as this could be 50% fat.

WHY?

The peppermint tea is good for your empty tummy and digestive system, and the fruit, low fat cereal or wholegrain toast keeps blood sugar levels up, and provides fuel for the morning

Mid Morning
  • Enjoy a cup of Natural Green Tea, and if hungry, a few sultanas ( but beware of too many, they are high in natural sugars), or a few rice crackers. Maybe a banana, or a few grapes even?
  • Between morning tea and lunch drink at least one glass of water, chilled, not ice cold.

WHY?

The natural green tea is bursting with anti-oxidants and this together with the water, keeps the body hydrated, and breakfast moving into the digestive system

Lunch
  • BEFORE lunch, have a glass of chilled, not cold, plain water. This rehydrates the body, and fills the tummy so you are not as hungry.
  • Whether at home, shopping, or at work, healthy lunch options ARE available. Consider a tub of low fat fruit Yoghurt maybe OR rice crackers with low fat ricotta cheese.
  • Maybe a nice salad, but watch the oily dressings. If a sandwich is your favourite, no problem; stick to Wholegrain bread with salads, tuna, or maybe chicken breast, and remember, you don’t really need butter or margarine on a salad sandwich !
  • A cup of Natural Green Tea here is a good idea too, its anti-oxidants are good for the body, and provide around 200ml of liquid to help the body function efficiently.

WHY?

We need to keep liquids up to ensure the digestive process is moving as it should. Low fat lunches, with a little protein, set up the rest of the day

Lunch
  • You don’t really need fuel here, but if hungry try a banana, or apple.
  • As a mid-afternoon “pick-me-up” try a delicious ROSEHIP Tea. It’s rich red colouring brightens up the senses, and for centuries Rosehip tea has been considered a way to boost energy, and restore flagging concentration levels. Rosehip Tea is all natural and helps the breakfast and lunch make its way through the digestive system, moving the waste and toxins along.
  • Another glass of plain water, chilled not ice cold, later in the day is good too

WHY?

Again, it is important to keep fluids up, even in winter, and more so in air-conditioning. Energy levels can sometimes fall mid afternoon, so an energy boost can be very welcome

Mid Afternoon
  • You don’t really need fuel here, but if hungry try a banana, or apple.
  • As a mid-afternoon “pick-me-up” try a delicious ROSEHIP Tea. It’s rich red colouring brightens up the senses, and for centuries Rosehip tea has been considered a way to boost energy, and restore flagging concentration levels. Rosehip Tea is all natural and helps the breakfast and lunch make its way through the digestive system, moving the waste and toxins along.
  • Another glass of plain water, chilled not ice cold, later in the day is good too

WHY?

Again, it is important to keep fluids up, even in winter, and more so in air-conditioning. Energy levels can sometimes fall mid afternoon, so an energy boost can be very welcome

Evening Meal
  • When you get home, drink a glass of chilled, not cold, plain or sparkling water
  • Before dinner, consume a delicious FENNEL TEA. Fennel has been used for centuries to soothe the digestive system, and Italian mothers often used it to help babies with colic or wind. We can use it to set up our system for the evening meal, which will follow.
  • If you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner…do so…….(red wine is rich in anti-oxidants)
  • After dinner, a PEPPERMINT TEA will aid the digestive process

WHY?

Food requires liquid in order to be processed and passed through the intestines. Fennel can help “soothe” the system, and peppermint is not only a delicious after dinner drink, it also has been used to aid digestion.

Before Bed
  • Whether or not you sleep well, is often dependant on your digestive system. Wind, bloating, acid reflux, and a general unwell feeling are hardly going to help with a sound sleep
  • Try not to eat in the hour or two before bed
  • This is where a natural remedy can help. One hour before bed, sip a cup of CAMOMILE Tea. Take a few minutes to sit quietly, sip the tea, and reflect on the day

WHY?

Camomile soothes the mind, and helps relax the body. While sleeping, the digestive process is still working constantly and the peristaltic actions of the intestine ensure that waste matter and toxins are moved along the system prior to elimination.

Remember
  • Keep fluids up, even in Winter. 1.5 to 2 litres a day is easy if you sip, sip, sip. Most people use their bowels every day, but what is normal for some people may not be normal for you. This is Nature’s way of getting rid of toxins and waste from our bodies, and is natural, but if the system is not working properly, problems and disease can result. Consult your Doctor if you notice any changes to your digestion or elimination functions. You might find it embarrassing, but Doctors deal with this every single day, it is normal, and ignoring it could have deadly consequences.
  • No one eats healthy ALL the time! We all give in to chocolate cravings sometimes….or salty snacks……too much alcohol……even that fast food hamburger we say we “never” eat! Don’t worry! If it is only the occasional lapse there is no problem, but if you find it is becoming a daily part of your diet / lifestyle, maybe it is time to re-evaluate what you are eating, and how it is affecting your body.
    *Water can be enjoyed chilled , but not too cold, and can be sparkling or still. Tap water is fine almost everywhere in Australia, but if you prefer Natural Mineral Water, look for the source! A water sourced from next to a pristine wilderness, is more likely to be pure than a water sourced from next to a highway or a city; likewise, would you drink water in a country with poor sanitation? NO? well I wouldn’t drink bottled water from there either. * When choosing a Health Tea, take care. Some commercially available supermarket brands may be lower in “active” ingredients than “health food brands” which are tried and true.A good Health Tea should be pure, and free from additives of any kind. Onno Behrends Health Tea is produced in quality certified premises, using natural ingredients with no artificial colours or flavours
  • If in doubt ask the expert staff at your local Healthy Foods Store.