Celiac disease is a malabsorption syndrome and chronic digestive disorder. The intestine is not able to absorb vital dietary nutrients from foods containing gliadin, an alcohol-soluble portion of gluten. This condition which is often hereditary means the sufferer has a serious intolerance to wheat (including durum, semolina and spelt), rye, oats, barley, and related grain hybrids such as tritaclae and kamut.

Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joint. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis which is characterised by joint degeneration and loss of cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis is a type of inflammatory arthritis which is also an autoimmune disorder. In this case the body's immune system attacks its own cartilage and tissue surrounding the joints.

Some detoxification experts advocate fasting, while others do not. It is known that the components of any well-designed detox program will stimulate the body to cleanse itself, but people who are underweight, are undernourished, have weak hearts, have blood sugar issues or are ill should avoid fasting. Some studies have shown that restricting food intake can actually lead to bingeing.

Hemorrhoids are extremely common in industrialised countries and it is estimated that fifty percent of persons over fifty years of age have symptoms of hemorrhoidal disease. Although most people may begin to develop hemorrhoids in the twenties, the symptoms do not become evident normally until in ones thirties!

Ageing well naturally

Ageing well naturally

Sometimes it seems that our society that has forgotten that ageing brings wisdom and its own unique forms of beauty which are absolutely essential to the wellbeing of our families and communities and also your own journey. It is important to respect the ageing process and enjoy what it can bring. We do however have every right to want to grow old gracefully and in full health and vitality. Therefor at Natures Clinicals we have put together a few tips to help you on your way:

Recommended diet for ageing well naturally

  • Eat a diet high in vegetables and fruits. These are rich (especially if organic) in vitamins, minerals, carotenes, flavanoids and dietary fibres...all which you need to grow old in health. Eat the dietary recommendations for good cardiovascular health i.e increase fish, dietary fibre (especially flaxseed, oat, bran , pectin and all gel forming fibres), and cold pressed vegetable oils. Decrease consumption of saturated fats, cholesterol, sugar and animal proteins.
  • Taking Essential Fatty Acids internally are essential if you don't have a diet high in dark fish. Fish oils, evening primrose oils, EPA's and DHA's should be included regularly in ones diet to balance out the inflammatory fats we find in our diets today.
  • If you suffer from age or liver spots - which can appear on any part of the body, including the face, neck and hands - you need to take a good dose of vitamin C each day. This can be successfully managed by fruits and vitamins high in vitamin C. These spots are a sign of an accumulation of waste products in the cells close to the surface of the skin; although they are usually the result of too much sunbathing in the past, they may also be a sign of a sluggish liver. You can remedy this by taking a tincture of Milk Thistle, which not only supports the liver but actually works to regenerate damaged cells.
  • As we get older we may not be absorbing nutrients that the body needs to stay young and well. One of the more common deficiencies shown up in studies of older populations living in urban areas was a lack of vitamin A, which not only prevents tissue damage due to ageing, but also protects the body's surfaces, including the skin. Good food sources include carrots, eggs, green and yellow vegetables, milk, dairy products, spinach, sweet potatoes and yellow fruits
  • Look after your gut health and keep your digestive enzymes working well by having half a lemon juiced in water before meals. This way you will get more of the nutrients you need out of your food.
  • Drink plenty of water to rehydrate drying skin. 8 glasses of filtered water a day is generally recommended.
  • Antioxidant foods and plenty of vegetables and fruit will help you keep your body functioning at its optimum. Dietary antioxidants of important significance are foods rich in Vitamin C and E, selenium, beta carotene, flavanoids, sulphur containing amino acids and co-enzyme Q10. See our report...'antioxidants' on Natures Clinicals website for more specific information
  • Herbs. A herbalist or naturopath will be able to suggest a herbal treatment protocol to counterbalance negative tendencies you may have (either lifestyle or genetic) and help you towards longer life.

Lifestyle for ageing well naturally

  • Exercise: can't beat it to stay young and healthy in mind and body. Unfit individuals have 8 times more risk of having a stroke or heart attack than a physically fit individual. See other goods reasons to stay fit by seeing our report...'the benefits of exercise' on this site.
  • Breathing exercises keeps the oxygen circulating around your cells, replenishing them, detoxifying them and leaving you feeling calmer and happier and hence younger.
  • Smile, be happy and don't over stress. Stress is one of the biggest agers there is, as it robs your body of nutrients, puts pressure on many of your organs, drives up blood sugars, lowers immunity and leaves you exhausted. Consult a good naturopath or herbalist if you are continually stressed.

Skin Health: ageing well naturally

The shining stars in the scientific race against wrinkles: antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. Antioxidants have the potential to overwhelm destructive molecules called "free radicals," which live in every cell of the body and can destroy the skin tissue.

Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables — and Fish To support healthy skin (and hair and nails, as well), experts agree that certain vitamins and minerals are essential, including:

Vitamin C: This vitamin is critical for strong, healthy skin because of its role in the body's manufacture of collagen, a protein that keeps the skin supple and tight. Even a slight deficiency can compromise the production of collagen. Vitamin E: The vitamin is thought to help in the fight against free radicals, though deficiency of vitamin E is not known to cause any disease.
Thiamine: This B vitamin is important in ensuring normal cellular function in the skin.
Zinc: Normal epidermal cell growth is reliant on this mineral.
Selenium: This mineral is critical in the production of glutathione, a natural enemy of free radicals.

In most cases, these vitamins and minerals are ingested into the body without any extra effort. Many fruits and vegetables, for example, are loaded with antioxidant vitamins such as A, B, C, and beta carotene.

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