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We would also suggest the following vitamins and minerals:

Creatine: Helps to build muscle. Found in meat and fish but cooking it decreases the levels. Long term use can damage kidneys.

Fish oils: High in Omega 3 fatty acids: play a big role in chronic heart and auto-immune diseases by reducing inflammation. Caution if surgery is planned or you are taking blood thinners.

Calcium and Vit D:  Bone building nutrients that help prevent or slow the progression of osteoporosis. Vit D deficiency is common and often done with regular check-ups. In addition to dairy products calcium can be found in wild salmon and sardine (with the bones), soy milk, shitake mushrooms, broccoli, kale and fortified breakfast cereals. 500-600mg is a recommended single dose. Best taken with food am and pm.

Coenzyme Q10: Can only benefit those with a muscular disease.

Glucosamine: Can play a role in cartilage, ligament, tendon and muscle repair.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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We would also suggest the following Diet:

Grains: A good low-fat source of fibre and energy. Whole grains: brown and wild rice, whole wheat bread and pasta, rye, oats, quinoa, corn and barley. They also provide folate, Vit B6 and Vit B2, selenium and zinc.

Fruit and vegetables: Packed with antioxidants and fibre. Excellent sources of Vit C and Vit A. Low in salts and fat. Eat fresh or frozen are preferred rather than canned. Try 1-2 servings of either or both with each meal. A single serving = ½ cup cooked or 1 C raw.

Dairy products: The richest source of calcium – an essential mineral that builds bone and muscle. An excellent source of zinc, Vit B, Vit D and selenium. 3 servings per day are good.

Meat, fish and poultry: An excellent source of protein, zinc, Vit B and iron. Try and remove skin, trim fat away and avoid frying. Rather broil, roast, poach or grill.

Beans, nuts and seeds: A source of vegetable protein and fibre, Vit E and selenium. Beans are a healthy meat substitute. Use unsalted nuts and low sodium beans.

Healthy fats: Monounsaturated oils, nuts, seeds and avocado. Olive oil is good, unheated. Try and limit butter, stick margarine, lard, shortening as they contribute to heart disease.

Omega 3 fatty acids: Excellent for reducing inflammation. Good sources include salmon, sardines, bluefish, mackerel, tuna and halibut, ground flaxseed, walnuts, pecans, canola oil, walnut oil, flaxseed oil. Add chopped nuts or ground flaxseed to your salads, cereals or yoghurts. Or snack on unsalted nuts.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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Moringa

USES/BENEFITS

Can assist with the following:

  • Reduces weight gain
  • Antioxidant which protects cells from damage
  • Helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Prevents inflammation
  • Helps the body convert fats into energy
  • Reduces fatigue and improves energy levels

APPLICATION/DOSAGE:

1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

  • Alkaloids in the plant may lower blood pressure and slow heart rate
  • Moringa bark can cause uterine contractions

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Burdock

USES/BENEFITS

Can assist with the following:

  • Increases urine flow
  • Kills germs
  • Reduces fever
  • “Purifies” the blood
  • Treats colds
  • Treats Cancer, Anorexia and Nervosa
  • Joint pain (Rheumatism and Gout)
  • Bladder infections
  • Skin conditions including Acne and Psoriasis

APPLICATION/DOSAGE:

1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

  • Burdock might slow blood clotting
  • May cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family
  • Diabetes: Some evidence suggests that taking Burdock might lower blood sugar levels

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Ashwagandha

USES/BENEFITS

Can assist with the following:

  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Helps fight depression
  • Boosts fertility and testosterone in men
  • Boosts brain function

APPLICATION/DOSAGE:

1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Not to be taken in conjunction with antidepressants and anti-psychotics

  • Headache
  • Sleepiness
  • Upset stomach

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Essential Oils

We would suggest the following:

  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • Rosemary Essential Oil

Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 6 drops of Lavender, 2 drops of Rosemary and 2 drops of Eucalyptus. Apply the mixture over affected areas of the body, as necessary. Especially effective after a bath.

Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oil into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender, 1 drop of Rosemary and 1 drop of Eucalyptus. Add Epsom salts.
  2. Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.

Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.

** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **

If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.

** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **

** Eucalyptus – Avoid during pregnancy/lactation, epilepsy, on homoeopathic remedies. Avoid use for children under 1 and with caution up to the age of 8 **

** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **

** Rosemary – Avoid during pregnancy, HBP, Heart conditions, use with caution if on prescription medication. Avoid use with children below 5 years of age. A stimulating oil, so no high doses prior to bedtime **

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