An integrative health practice with six clinics across Sydney, the Mountains and the Highlands
Hands On Superhealth is a multi-discipline team of health providers with a patient-centred approach to healthcare. The chiropractors, massage therapists, podiatrists, acupuncturists, naturopaths counsellors, psychotherapists and other integrative health practitioners work together and focus on you as an individual. For over 30 years we have improved the health of Australians.
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(Adapted from FX Medicine, Bioceuticals Trade Journal: Summer 2014 Vol 72)
During the last century, we have seen an unprecedented chemical revolution as we are increasingly becoming reliant on synthetic and often toxic chemicals to meet the needs of modern society. Industrial pollutants, petrochemicals, heavy metals, pesticides, food additives, pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, hygiene products, cosmetics and plastic compounds are part of everyday life.
Every tissue and system in the body is susceptible to damage by these toxins, with symptoms ranging from non-specific headaches, fatigue and mood disturbances, to directly related cancers, neurological problems, fertility issues and birth defects. Emerging research suggests that these toxins not only have an immediate and significant impact on our generation, they may also promote epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of adult-onset disease in subsequent generations following ancestral exposure.
Whilst the human body has the natural capacity to process toxins, today’s polluted environment may overburden the natural detoxification processes, especially when combined with endogenous toxins that are created due to poor dietary and lifestyle habits.
Organs involved in detoxification
Detoxification can be described as a chain of events. When a toxic molecule enters the body it is sent to the liver for processing. Hence, the liver is our primary organ of detoxification. Once a molecule has been processed in the liver, it is returned into circulation to be removed via the kidneys or through the intestines (Via bile) where it is eliminated with the faeces. This process occurs in two steps: phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification. If any links in this chain are missing or broken, the elimination of toxins will be impaired and absorbed toxins will be retained by the body. Also involved in detoxification processes of the body are the lungs, skin and lymphatic system.
Warning signs of toxicity
Specific symptoms can be directly related to the exposure to a particular compound and are therefore relatively easy to diagnose. Non-specific symptoms on the other hand, can present a real challenge for the clinician as they are poorly defined and greatly overlap with many other clinical issues.
These may include:
- Allergies, intolerance or sensitivities
- Fertility issues
- Menstrual irregularities
- Mood disorders, irritability
- Muscle pains/generalised aches and pains
- Poor concentration and short term memory
- Recurrent infections
- Runny nose, sinus, congestion
- Skin rashes, hives
- Nausea, vomiting
Stay tuned for Part II of the article for recommended nutrients and alkalising greens which are essential for detox!
The most successful key to living longer, looking younger, being healthy, fit and feeling fantastic, is EXERCISE!
Exercise comes naturally to some but to others it doesn’t. Either way EVERYBODY should be participating in some kind of regular exercise. One of the highest risks that can lead to many life threatening diseases, is living a sedentary lifestyle, SO GET MOVING!
You don’t have to be a crazed fitness fanatic to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle; there is a huge variety of different types of exercises to suit one’s own personality and individual activity level.
Below is a list of exercises that are divided up into different levels of fitness.
~ Tai Chi
~ Gym classes
~ Fast paced sport
For the more adventurous:
~ Mountain bike riding
~ Rock climbing
For those less inclined to hit the gym or go for a run, there are still simple things you can do on a daily basis that can help get your heart rate up. Integrating basic actions into your daily routine like taking the stairs rather than a lift or walking rather than driving can, overtime, enhance your body’s fitness level.
For those more inclined to do vigorous exercise but motivation is your issue, start off by setting yourself small health goals. A good idea is to have a reward for yourself as you achieve each goal, like a massage or purchasing a new outfit. These little incentives could really help encourage you to exercise.
The best way to create a good, affective exercise routine is to figure out what works best for YOU.
You may be someone who is more likely to exercise if you’re in a group or with a buddy rather than on your own. You could also find that mixing it up is your thing. Doing different activities every day for your work out may be more interesting and motivating for you than doing the same thing all the time. A gym class or sporting team that has a social aspect could be what you prefer. There are many things to consider when choosing the right exercise for you. If you are doing exercise that you don’t enjoy then you are most likely not going to succeed. So make sure you are doing something you actually like!
Not only does exercise help you to keep fit but it also has lots of other health benefits which include:
~ Happy Emotions
~ Brain function
When you exercise your body releases a hormone known as endorphins. These hormones automatically give your mood a natural boost. Now who doesn’t want to be happy?
Exercise helps you to think straight, it helps to reduce stress by using up energy in your body and giving your mind a break from every day worries and stresses, so your mind is clear and able to concentrate better.
Sleep can be improved by exercise because it is already reducing your stress, clearing your mind, putting you in a better mood so sleep then comes more easily because your body is balanced and relaxed.
Your muscles develop strength when they are used regularly. Especially activities that work your muscles really hard like weights, resistance training or walking up stairs or hills.
Certain exercises like yoga and pilates are great for increasing the body’s flexibility because they both focus on holding stretches for long periods of time. Having good flexibility can improve posture and balance.
Every benefit you get from exercising is enhancing the different aspects of your life to further help your body reach optimal health.
So start exercising TODAY for a better life!
By Laura Coughlan