Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

 The worries and strains of daily life can be overwhelming and even exhausting. Surprisingly, positive events like an engagement or marriage, moving into a bigger and better home or workplace, going on a trip can also tire us. Understandably, emotional shock from bad news, a failed relationship or the death of a loved one can make us feeled drained. However, if you are TATT… or ‘Tired All The Time’ then read on…
 Fatigue, meaning tiredness or the feeling of not having enough energy, is a symptom that may result from a great variety of causes, and it is probably among the most common symptoms described to physicians and other practitioners. It may range from mild loss of usual energy, to greater weariness at certain times of the day, to complete exhaustion and near inability to move.
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), or chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), is much less common and a more concerning and harder-to-correct problem. Practitioners and scientists are still working to figure out the cause.

Factors contributing to fatigue:-

Chronic diarrhea and nutrient loss
Chronic pain
Depression (and persistent anxiety)
Environmental toxicity
Immune suppression
Lack of sleep (or poor sleep and sleep apnea)
Poor digestion
Progressive disease
Sluggish liver
Stress and overwork
Structural misalignment
Toxicity from the colon

More specific causes of fatigue and chronic fatigue:-

  • Yeast and mold infections and allergies- Candida albicans.
  • Viral infections (acute) - colds, flus, hepatitis and mononucleosis.
  • Viral infections (chronic)- HIV, Epstein-barr, cytomegalovirus and herpes.
  • Parasite infections- many possible such as amoebas or worms
  • Bacterial infections- staphylococcus or streptococcus.
  • Hormonal deficiencies- Hypothyroidism, low adrenal function (often due to chronic stress         and sugar abuse), pituitary dysfunction, as well as menopause.
  • Nutritional deficiencies- Magnesium, potassium, iodine, iron, copper, vitamin B12, folic           acid, other B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin E.
  • Toxic mineral excesses- lead, aluminium, mercury, nickel and cadmium.
  • Metabolic disease- such as of the heart, liver or kidneys.
  • Substance abuse- coffee, alcohol, sugar, food reactions, rancid oils, marijuana and other     drugs.
  • Environmental contamination- fluorescent lights, chemical sensitivity.
  • Psychological problems- boredom and depression, overall unhappiness about life situations and progress.

Our Good Health Always ‘Antifatigue Nutrient  Program’ is aimed at incorporating specific nutrients in amounts required by the individual. It is a multifaceted approach to treating chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia. It includes the following:

-       Nutritional therapies with B complex vitamins, magnesium, iodine,selenium,zinc and specific             amino  acids.
- Natural hormone support, including thyroid, adrenal and sex hormones.
- Incorporating herbs like ginseng, ginger, haldi, ginko biloba, gotu kola, cayenne pepper etc in             case-specific amounts.
- Avoiding sugar, caffeine, alcohol and refined flour.
- Avoiding foods which are allergenic.
- Treating chronic or recurrent infections of the sinuses, bladder, vagina and prostate gland.
- Treating bacterial, yeast and parasitic infections.
- Improving digestion, absorption and assimilation of nutrients.
- Improving the individuals sleep pattern….an important factor in healing fibromyalgia and CFS
- Improving mental health and general well-being

If you would like to enrol for our ‘Antifatigue Nutrient Program’ do send us your details via the health questionnaire available on our website

Hoping to help you get from fatigued to fit and fantastic soon

Stay blessed with good health …always!!!

Warm regards,

Charmaine D’Souza

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Manganese ...from the Greek word for MAGIC

The mineral manganese is a catalyst for enzyme action and synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol. It is necessary for the digestion of protein, for glucose regulation and thyroid activity. It is also needed for normal bone formation and development.
Manganese has also been found to increase the activity of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase

Possible signs of deficiency: 
Joint pains
Bursitis, tendonitis
Being prone to injuries
Weak knees
Creaking  or clicking of joints
Weak muscles

Cause of deficiency:
Dietary deficiencies or genetic inheritance is the cause of manganese deficiency.

 Effects of deficiency:
Achy joints are perhaps the most recognised effect of the lack of manganese. Low levels of manganese in the system cause weak ligaments and over the years the body compensates by adding extra calcium to the joints to firm them up and keep them together, causing stiff joints. Deficiency of manganese may also lead to osteoporosis, diabetes and epileptic seizures.

A supplement is advisable only when a manganese deficiency has progressed enough to exhibit some or all of the symptoms above. Otherwise it is readily available from dietary sources.
Supplementation range: 8 to 25 mg daily. Supplements can be used in the treatment of sprains, inflammation, epilepsy and diabetes.

Dietary sources of Manganese

  • Nuts like pistachios, walnuts, cashews, almonds
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Celery
  • Green peas
  • Beetroot
  • Egg yolk
  • Liver
  • Whole grains and bran
  • Legumes
  • Avocado
  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Pineapple
  • Green tea
  • Dark chocolate

Please note : Foods high in phytic acid, such as beans, seeds, nuts, whole grains, and soy products, or foods high in oxalic acid, such as cabbage, spinach, and sweet potatoes, may slightly inhibit manganese absorption. Although teas are rich sources of manganese, the tannins present in tea may moderately reduce the absorption of manganese. Intake of other minerals, including iron, calcium, and phosphorus, have been found to limit retention of manganese.

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Stay blessed with good health ...always!!!

Warm regards,

Charmaine D’Souza