Category Archives: Diet

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Antioxidants stop the training effect of exercise – Oxidative stress can be a good thing

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Recently I heard on a radio science show something very interesting regarding antioxidants. Apparently they negate the training effect of exercise. One of the usual goals of exercise is to become healthy, stronger and more capable. We do this by over loading the muscles, causing slight damage and then when they repair they come back stronger. In damaging the muscles we cause oxidative stress. As it turns out the, we need these free radicals to stimulate the body’s own antioxidants and cause the wonderful training effect of exercise. If you train and take antioxidants supplement you won’t get this effect and you won’t change physically.  If you want to get buff, throw away the pills and get some tasty, good whole foods.


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How To Know When Acupuncture Is Working

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Acupuncture is not a one-shot deal. It works cumulatively, meaning one treatment builds on the next.

There are certainly instances of acupuncture producing immediate results. However, this is more an exception than the rule—and when it happens, the results tend to be short lived.

If you want lasting results from acupuncture, especially for a chronic condition, you must commit to the process.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

No, You Do Not Have to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

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This is an interesting article written by Aaron E Carrol in the New York Times AUG. 24, 2015. Aaron is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Drink your water with measure and balance. It good to note that a lot of our daily water needs comes from our diet.

If there is one health myth that will not die, it is this: You should drink eight glasses of water a day. It’s just not true. There is no science behind it.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

According to this study that it is not gluten but the FRUCTAN component of wheat that is the issue, particularly in IBS.



On the basis of patient reports, as well as clinical studies, there has been a suspicion for some time that some individuals with IBS who clearly did not have celiac disease appeared to be sensitive to or intolerant of gluten-containing food and the term nonceliac gluten sensitivity has been acknowledged by experts in the field.[35,36] That gluten might play a role in IBS-like syndromes is supported by the symptomatic overlap between IBS and celiac disease[37–41] as well as the precipitation of their typical symptoms in IBS individuals when exposed, in a blinded fashion, to gluten.[42–44]


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Organic Food – Fuel For Health


As a follow-up to the article The Organic Effect below (, a little more about organic foods.

The switch to and benefits of organic foods – fresh, frozen and canned – seems to be an increasingly popular topic trend in both main stream media and specific health/diet journal publications.  However, as in most life or lifestyle choices, it pays to check out the details.

The paradox of the benefits offered by the more expensive organic food choice is you’re paying extra for what you’re not getting.  Organic foods seem to have a similar nutritional value compared to current-practice mass produced food.  What you are paying extra for is the absence of the chemicals used to achieve highest production rates in mass produced foods – the toxic fungicides, herbicides, artificial fertilizers, pesticides as well as preservatives post-production to prolong shelf life and profit.  The practice of warehousing fresh produce for up to six months, or harvesting whilst green and then force-ripening with gas seems to be increasing.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Beetroot Juice, Arterial Disease and Sports Performance


Beetroot juice has been topic of research for the last couple of years and is not just because of its vasodilation properties which facilitates nutrient delivery to muscles, but apparently regular intake of Nitrate (NO₃), which is found in high amounts in beetroot juice, can decrease blood pressure and improve sports performance optimizing Oxygen (O₂) utilization.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Acupuncture

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome – CRPS – also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic progressive condition triggered by nerve injury and characterized by severe pain, inflammation, swelling and changes in the skin affecting arms, legs, hands or feet. Experts have yet to discover the cause of CRPS but know that injury or surgery may initiate the onset (Type 2), even though in some cases no previous or very minor injury occurred (Type 1). [i]

Upper extremity Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Lower extremity Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

The condition is extremely painful, debilitating and difficult to treat as there is currently no cure and most treatment revolves around alleviating the symptoms and pain management.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Introducing Jocieli Reis, our new Nutritionist

We are very proud and happy to welcome Jo to our team.
She is very approachable, good listener and has a stack of great advice to share.
Jo will be at the clinic on Thursday’s and Saturday’s 9 am to 6 pm.

Jocieli Reis

Jocieli is a qualified nutritionist with a passion for food and for the positive impact it can have on our physical and psychological wellbeing. She strives not only to meet her clients needs but also to pair them up with lifelong skills through a holistic approach and nutritional education.

Having completed her Bachelor’s degree at the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul/Brazil, in Nutrition and Dietetics, Jocieli has set her sights on improving the health of Sydney with her vast knowledge and enthusiasm for an active lifestyle (with a little South American flavour).
She has helped clients with a range of nutritional needs from weight management to general wellbeing. Whilst having expertise in public health nutrition and community health, she also has a particular interest in sports nutrition focusing on recovery, hydration, making weight and supplementation to improve performance.

Jo’s “hands on” approach is one that will not be forgotten, as she will not only be there to guide you through your journey but give you that personal experience to form a relationship which you can feel comfortable in. Consultations will not be limited to the office as food shopping tours will be on the cards as well as involvement in your kitchen.

She believes that it is never too late to start on your journey to a healthier self. And that the food we eat shouldn’t become a chore, but an experience every time we sit down to dine.