Manuka Honey Adhesive Dressings

November 14 2017No Commented

Categorized Under: Health product reviews, In the News

I am Very Excited to announce Comvita’s latest addition to their range, their Manuka Honey Adhesive Dressings, called Medihoney Adhesive Dressings, with Antibacterial Manuka Honey. I have long read about the use of these in hospital use and have asked and asked and asked when these will be available to the general public and FINALLY my wishes have been answered and here they are!!!!

Manuka Honey Adhesive Dressings

Available in 2 sizes – Large – 4.5cm x 7.5cm and Small – 2.6 cm x 5.6 cm.

The Antibacterial Manuka Honey assists with

Assists with the healing of minor wounds, burns, cuts, grazes and blisters. These waterproof and latex-free hydrogel dressings are infused with antibacterial medical grade Manuka Honey. Popping one of these sterile dressings on maintains a moist environment for optimal healing of minor wounds, burns, cuts, grazes and blisters. Every medicine cabinet and first aid kit needs a packet of these.

 

The Medihoney Adhesive dressings are waterproof and are a latex free, hydrogel adhesive dressing .

These Adhesive dressings join the rest of the Medihoney range, which includes their Medihoney Wound Gel, which is sterile medical grade Manuka Honey in a tube, for topical application. Also in the Medihoney range is their Medihoney Natural Derma Cream. It can provide natural relief for dry and itchy skin and is calming for dry, itchy and sensitive skin. Its a rich emollient cream with Medihoney Manuka Honey, aloe vera and chamomile extract to calm and soothe skin prone to eczema and minor skin irritations. Enriched with natural moisturising ingredients that replenish and condition dry skin. Made with Comvita’s Medical grade antibacterial Manuka honey.

You can view the entire Comvita Medihoney Range here  

Comvita have very kindly offered YOU the opportunity to win a Medihoney Gift Basket.  Any purchase of a Comvita Medihoney products gives you an extra entry into the draw.  Drawn on Friday the 29th December 2017.

Author
Leanne James Naturopath
Founder Ideal Health

Enzogenol, The High Dose Flavonoid Antioxidant Formula

What is Enzogenol

Enzogenol is a 100% natural extract from the bark of New Zealand grown Pinus radiata trees. The pines are plantation grown in New Zealand’s pristine environment where this species finds ideal growing conditions. New Zealand’s vast pine forests are managed on an environmentally sustainable basis. Through long standing close relationships with our suppliers we ensure high quality raw material supply.

The pines grow for 25-30 years before felling. The bark is then harvested from the lower third of the mature tree trunk. This guarantees a homogeneous starting material and contributes to the guaranteed quality of the Enzogenol composition. The uniform age of the trees and choice of bark ensures consistency in the starting material and thereby minimizes any variation in the compounds extracted from the bark.

process-flow-diagram

Process Flow Diagram

Extraction Method to make Enzogenol from Pine Bark

Enzogenol is produced using ENZO Nutraceuticals’ proprietary, internationally patented pure water extraction technology. The process was developed by a multi-disciplinary team of researchers and engineers, and combines several important advantages:

  • Pure Water Process – The extraction uses only pure, deionised water, no solvents, chemicals, or additives of any sort are used in the process eliminating any possibility of unwanted residues.
  • Full polyphenol compound spectrum – The process produces a 100% natural extract from the pine bark that contains the full spectrum of health beneficial polyphenolic compounds present in the bark.
  • Protecting maximal activity – The extraction conditions are optimised to protect the natural state of the polyphenols preserving the maximal anti-oxidant, and anti-inflammatory activities.
  • Ecologically sound technology – The entire process is environmentally friendly and does not produce any problematic wastes.

Compounds in Enzogenol

Enzogenol is a complex mixture of plant phenolic compounds including many different flavonoids and phenolic acids that occur naturally in the pine bark and function as natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds.  See below for Flavonoids explained for more information on these.

Antioxidant Activity of Enzogenol

Enzogenol has been shown to be a very powerful antioxidant in various antioxidant activity tests. A study by Wood et al. (Food Chemistry 77, 2002, p155) has compared the antioxidant activity of Enzogenol with that of other natural extracts, vitamin C and catechin. The results shown in the graph below demonstrate that Enzogenol was the most powerful antioxidant tested in this study and that Enzogenol is dramatically more powerful than for example vitamin C.

Present data is graphed from Table 1. of Wood et al. The antioxidant activity was analysed as the ability to scavenge superoxide radicals in a hypoxanthin oxidase system using the NBT assay. Numbers from the table have been transformed for better graphical representation to shown the % protection at 0.5 ug/ml antioxidant concentration averaging the activity of the three tests done at different pH values.

Flavonoids – explained

Flavonoids are a group of plant compounds that we usually obtain from our diet as part of the vegetables and fruit we eat. These flavonoids are very important for our health because they are natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Another good source of flavonoids is the bark of pine trees, which is why Enzogenol is extracted from the pine bark. Hence, Enzogenol is a highly concentrated mixture of these natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory flavonoid compounds.

Diet and Health

Research has shown that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has significant protective effects against many diseases including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer and others. This is a well established fact that has been shown in over one hundred epidemiological studies on diet and health.

Flavonoids in Fruits and Vegetables

Much of the disease protection from eating lots of fruits and veggies is due to the plant nutrient compounds known as flavonoids.

There are many different flavonoids and their type and amount differs between the types and varieties of fruits and vegetables. According to the US database for flavonoid content of selected foods, the average amount of flavonoids in 100 g of vegetables is 8.2 mg (based on 59 types of unprocessed/raw vegetables), and 100 g of fruit contain 20.9 mg of these goodies (based on 30 types of commonly available fresh fruit).

Role of Flavonoids in our Body

One important role that flavonoids play in our diet is their natural function as antioxidants. We live in a highly oxidative environment and many processes in our body produce more oxidants, also known as free radicals. Our bodies own antioxidant defence mechanisms are unfortunately not perfect and, consequently, oxidative damage to the building blocks of our body occurs all the time. Research has shown that oxidative damage contributes to many diseases including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer, and most chronic diseases, and accumulation of oxidative damage plays an important role in the aging process. Therefore, it is important to protect ourselves against oxidative damage as best as we can.

Best Sources of Flavonoids

Apart from fruits and vegetables that are part of our general diet there are also other sources of flavonoids in nature that we usually do not utilise. One such source is tree bark and, in particular, the bark of pine trees. This explains why tree bark has featured prominently in many traditional folk medicines for hundreds of years.

Introducing ENZO Professional® and Enzogenol®

ENZO Professional is a practitioner only product, meaning it can only be recommended to you by a practitioner.  ENZO Professional contains a highly concentrated source of flavonoids containing 240 mg of Enzogenol pine bark extract in each capsule.  If you are interested in finding out more about this product, contact us by phoning 0800 HEALTH (0800 432 584).

You can purchase the retail product Enzogenol, a 100% natural flavonoid extract produced in New Zealand from the bark of New Zealand grown Pinus Radiata trees.  Each capsule contains 120mg.  The unique, high potency combination of flavonoids in Enzogenol is extracted from the tree bark with a specialised pure-water extraction method. This method maintains the full activity and integrity of the flavonoid compounds ensuring the high potency of ENZO Professional.

Read more information about the benefits of Enzogenol and Brain Injury and Enzogenol and Migraines

Mosquito Season

October 11 2017No Commented

Categorized Under: Natural health information

As the warmer weather approaches, so do the mosquitoes.  Like most other people, there is nothing worse than the buzzing of a mosquito while you are trying to go to sleep.  Worst still, is when you find you have been bitten and you now have an itchy spot that you want to scratch.  Read on to find out about the Bite Away electronic device and why this simple, but very effective tool, is a must for the mosquito season.

Bite Away for the treatment of insect stings and bites.  Perfect for the mosquito season

Bite Away. Perfect for Mosquito Season

The Bite Away device, made in Germany, is for the external treatment of insect bites and stings from mosquitos, wasps, bees, hornets, horseflies as well as for burns after contact with bluebottles, jellyfish or stinging nettle.

When applied immediately after the sting or bite, the itching or pain is stopped and the swelling is avoided or minimised.

When applied later, the itching is stopped and the swelling is quickly reduced.

How does Bite Away work?

The effect is based on a concentrated heat entry, not using chemical substances.  The contact surface is heated to approximately 50 degrees celsius by an integrated microprocessor and maintained on the skin for 3 or 6 seconds, according to the button selected.  The insect poison is denatured and the release of histamine is therefore prevented.

How do you use the Bite Away device?

There are two treatment times:

The Bite Away device in use

3 seconds – This is obtained by using the Left button on the Bite Away device. This time setting is used on children and sensitive people.

6 seconds – This is obtained by using the Right button on the Bite Away device. This time setting is used on Adults.

After pressing a button, the device works automatically and precisely.  Place the contact surface onto the skin where the bite or sting occurred (for bee stings, remove the sting first).

Press the left or right button once. Release the button and hold onto the skin until the automatic sequence of LED and second acoustic signal is complete.

Now the Bite Away device can be removed.

The illuminated LED shows that a constant treatment temperature is being maintained.

For sensitive individuals, the superficial heating of the skin may cause a short sensation of discomfort.

The treatment may be reapplied at 10 second intervals as required.

The Bite Away device uses 2 x AA Batteries.  You must not use rechargeable batteries – as rechargeable batteries are 1.2 volts and standard AA batteries are 1.5 volts.  Bite away needs the 3 volts to run the thermostat.

It is dermatest tested, 100% chemical free and also safe to use for epileptics and people carrying pacemakers

Bite Away. Such an important tool for anyone wanting to treat insect bites naturally (does not work on snake or scorpion bites)

You can purchase the Bite away device here

Author
Leanne James Naturopath
Founder Ideal Health

Hayfever, Allergy symptoms and relief

Oh No, not allergy season again!

Today we talk about allergies and how you may be able to get some relief from these.

One of the most important aspects in treating these symptoms and helping to prevent developing hayfever, allergies and sinusitis in the 1st place, is to take a probiotic supplement.  If you haven’t watched my Probiotic review where I interview Corene Humphreys, who I consider to be the Probiotic guru (amongst other things) then make sure you watch our Probiotic review video after this one. In this, Corene tells us how 70% of our immune system is situated in our intestinal wall and how a lack of beneficial bacteria can make us more hyper sensitive to allergens, both air borne and from the foods we ingest.

Because of this, taking a probiotic supplement is really one of the most important steps in helping to treat and prevent allergies.

The one we talk about in the video with Corene is the Clinicians MultiFlora.  This does not need to be refrigerated.

We also have stronger probiotics.  Here is a link to all of the probiotics we stock

If you are more hyper sensitive to allergens, and if you haven’t completed a detox before, now may be the time to consider this.  A body over loaded with toxins WILL become more hypersensitive.  Our poor liver is constantly bombarded with toxins, such as from pollution, medications and the herbicides and pesticides on the food we eat.  It is our livers job to convert and neutralise these metabolic products and toxins into soluble and safe by products, which can then be eliminated.  If anything interferes with these processes, then general toxicity levels in the body increase, affecting its functioning ability – but particularly our eliminative organs.  When this happens, we can become more hyper sensitive.

I have talked in length about detoxing and the options we have available.  You can read more about detoxing here.   In the case of hayfever and sinusitis, I would choose a parasite cleanse, that also supports liver function.  Two of the main ones would be Natures Sunshine Parasite cleanse and Harker Herbals Intestinal Cleanse.

Naturopaths have long recommended using a sinus rinse to help relieve sinus congestion, but more recently, specific research has been carried out with regard to doing a daily sinus flush.  This research found that this is one of the best things for the treatment and prevention of the symptoms of allergies and sinusitis.  You can read more about how to complete a sinus rinse for an allergy here.

Nasal spray.  It can be such a problem using the steroidal nasal sprays.  For many people, using these can make the lining of their nasal passages even more hyper sensitive to air borne allergens.  As well as this, they affect the balance of beneficial bacteria in the sinuses and because of this, fungus can grow in the actual cavity.

I have been told by many customers that this nasal spray Gencydo Hayfever Spray works as effectively, if not better than any steroidal nasal spray they have used before for their allergy.

Allergy Support.  This is a herbal combination of ingredients that have been used to help with red itchy puffy eyes, a runny nose with clear discharge, an itchy nose, sneezing, headache and low energy related to an allergy. With ingredients such as Baical Skullcap, Horseradish, Fenugreek and 200mg of Histadine per capsule, this combination can be used to help treat the symptoms, as well as a daily preventative, to help prevent the symptoms from developing.

Another product we use is the Allergy Check from Good health.  The special ingredient in this is the Perilla, which can help with respiratory symptoms, related to allergies.  It also contains histadine, however only 25mg per capsule.  So if you are feeling really allergic, one with a higher histadine level (Allergy Support) may be better for you.

Another herbal combination is Ethical Nutrients Sinus & Hayfever Relief, for the symptomatic relief of allergies and nasal congestion. It combines the herbs olive leaf, horseradish and eyebright to effectively alleviate the symptoms of sinusitis and hay fever. In combination, the herbs possess antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and decongestant activity and are commonly used to ease symptoms including chronic sneezing, mucus congestion and painful, itchy eyes.

If you are into homeopathics, then Sinumed from Naturopharm is an effective formula too.  The indications for use are to assist with clear breathing, by keeping the nasal passages and throat clear.  It helps to thin the mucus allowing it to drain naturally from the sinuses.

I love Olbas oil.  My mum told me about this, after returning from the UK.  I had never heard of it before this, but she raved about it, for helping when she had nasal congestion.  We also have the Dolphin Clinic Decongestant Blend.

I hope this helps with your selection of products from healthyonline to help with the symptoms of hayfever, allergy and sinus.

Author
Leanne James Naturopath
Founder Healthyonline

Healthy weight loss

September 1 201715 Commented

Categorized Under: Healthy eating

Weight loss

Now weight loss is not a term I usually use, as we shouldn’t be concerned about our actual body weight, but more “What is our total body weight made up of?

Our muscle mass is important for weight loss

What I mean by this is that when we hop on the scales, we are measuring our total body weight.  This means our fat, muscle, tissues and organs, as well as the fluid inside these tissues.  But what we are really concerned about is “What is our total fat level? And even more importantly, What is our total Muscle level or Muscle mass.

Muscle mass determines metabolic rate

This is important because our muscle mass determines our metabolic rate.  Muscle is where energy is produced.  So if our muscle mass is low, our metabolic rate will be low and slows down, our energy levels will be low (so we can loose that Get up and go) and it will be harder to burn stored fat.  So bottom line is, Any thing you can do to get your muscle mass up (apart from doing dumb things like taking anabolic steroids) you will only benefit from and you will find your weight loss will be more efficient, not to mention those bounding energy levels! weight loss-image

At Ideal health and healthyonline, we have So many choices for helping with better fat loss.

Demonstration of weight loss

Demonstration of weight loss

However, a very important thing to remember is that what these supplements are offering you is a “helping hand”, while you are making all of those much healthier life style changes, such as increasing your exercise level, increasing your water intake and eliminating stress, as well as reducing your carbohydrate levels at each meal.  All of these things are vital, for effective fat and weight loss.

So lets look at the different kinds of products we have

Thermogenics:  A thermogenic is something that increases your metabolic rate, by offering a stimulating effect.  These ingredients could be things like Bitter orange, green tea, yerba mate and Guarana.  These either have caffeine or ephedrine like properties.  So thermogenics work by getting your body to use your stored fat as a fuel source.

So the benefits of a thermogenic include: They can help you if you have started a fat loss or exercise program and you want to “Kick start your metabolism” and get things happening.  Other people use them if they are on a fat loss program and they have plateaued.  They definitely increase your energy levels too, so this can be a bonus.

So the negatives of a thermogenic are:   You cannot take them if you are sensitive to caffeine or stimulants.  So if you cant handle coffee, V drinks etc, then do not use a thermogenic.  Also, if you already have a sleeping problem, a thermogenic will probably make this worse. Of cause, you should not use anything like this if you are pregnant of breast feeding.   Do not use if you already have high blood pressure, as this will make it much worse.  I also would not suggest you take a thermogenic is you suffer with anxiousness, as this could make this much worse, or if you are taking medication for depression. The main product we stock that contains herbs for helping to produce thermogenesis is Good Health Activator FX

Appetite suppressants for weight loss

One of the main appetite suppressant herbs is Hoodia.  Hoodia helps manage appetite and food cravings by “tricking” the brain into the sensation of energised fullness.   Hoodia is a succulent plant, which has a spiny appearance resembling a cactus.  It has been used for centuries by the San bushmen of South Africa as a way of controlling hunger and thirst during hunting expeditions in the Kalahari desert.

It has been shown that Hoodia offers an effective appetite suppressant activity. Research has shown that the steroidal glycosides in Hoodia acts directly on the hypothalamus, raising local ATP (energy) levels and triggering a message that blood glucose is high. In studies, this effect reduced food intake by up to 60 percent and increased hypothalamic ATP by up to 150%.

Hoodia’s non stimulant, non-addictive ability to trick the brain into thinking the stomach is full offers enormous potential for weight control, assisting with establishing healthy calorie conscious dietary habits and also in helping combat insulin resistance (the metabolic syndrome X).

I have taken Hoodia myself and can tell you that what I found was it took about 5-7 days to kick in, but once I had a build up in my body I found that I lost the idle, What can I eat feeling.  You know the one, when you stand in front of the fridge or pantry looking for SOMETHING to eat.  Hoodia Trim Tea  is the main product we have that contains Hoodia.

Fat Blockers:  Fat blockers contain Chitosan, which comes from crab and shrimp shells.  Fat blockers work in a similar way to the pharmaceutical drug Xenical.  They are cheat pills, as you take them when you eat a meal containing fat (like fish and chips or a big roast or something like that) and they help to prevent you from absorbing the fat from the meal.   Again I have experimented with these and have found them to be effective. Here is a link to this Chitosan Fat Blocker

Another Cheat pill we have is Starch Blocker.  This comes from a white kidney bean extract and works by preventing your body from releasing the enzymes needed to break down carbohydrates.  It temporarily blocks the absorption of starch, which as a result, travels through the GI (gastro-intestinal) tract undigested. The starch isn’t converted into glucose, so hence excess calories from starch cannot be converted into fat.  Here is a link to this Starch Blocker

Garcinia Cambogia has been around for years, but has made a resurgence recently, for helping with better appetite control.  Look for one with the high level of hydroxycitric acid, such as this one with 80% HCA,  which is thought to block the enzyme citrate lyase and support healthy fat metabolism. Supports appetite and healthy fat management. May also support healthy blood lipid and cholesterol levels, as well as normal serotonin levels and balanced mood.

Svetol is a patented Green Coffee Bean Extract, which has been clinically researched to help increase weight loss by reducing body fat through regulating blood glucose levels. The active ingredients inhibit the absorption of blood glucose in the digestive system, therefore reducing and stabilising sugar levels in the body. This action forces the body to use stored fat instead of carbohydrates and results in body fat being burned as the preferred source of fuel.  We have the original patented Svetol and also Svetol mixed with Green coffee bean extract.

Mulberry.  Pure White Mulberry Extract from Morus alba. White mulberry extract contains effective sugar blocking properties, to help in those with diabetes, heart disease and cholesterol problems. The active compound known as DNJ (1-deoxynojirimycin) helps to inhibit sugar digestion and therefore helps prevent sugar from being rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.  It is renowned as the primary food source for silkworms and has been used exclusively in Chinese medicine since AD659.

5 HTP for weight loss

Other products that can help with more efficient fat loss are 5 HTP.  We have talked about 5 HTP before, with relation to depression, but interestingly, if you have low serotonin levels, you tend to crave for carbohydrates more.  People who are typically low in serotonin include those who have a low or very low carbohydrate diet, those who work inside and do not see the sun light and as well as this, some forms of medication lower your serotonin levels.  This is our strongest 5-HTP 160mg

7 Keto for weight loss

7 Keto, is a naturally occurring substance found in small amounts in human blood and tissues, including the brain.  Many studies have focused on its ability to safely lower body weight and body fat.   It has also been found to promote lean muscle growth by reducing levels of cortisol, the body main stress hormone.  This is important because cortisol decreases total body energy and stimulates the breakdown of muscle cells.  The same action enables 7 Keto to facilitate weight control since research confirms that higher blood levels of cortisol correspond to a greater intake of food, and particularly high fat foods.  In addition, 7 Keto has been shown to promote thermogenesis.  It also noticeably increased T3 activity – a thyroid hormone responsible for increasing basal metabolism.  A study found 7 Keto to be 3 times more effective than diet and exercise alone, for reducing both body weight and body fat.

We have the NSP 7 Keto, which provides 75mg of 7 Keto per capsule

Detoxing for better weight loss

Completing a detox can help with better and more efficient fat loss.  I have talked about detoxing before and the many benefits of this.  The main benefits are that detoxing helps your eliminative organs, such as your bowel, liver and kidneys to eliminate toxins more efficiently.  Because it is your liver that produces bile, which breaks down fat, anything you can do to improve the functioning ability of your liver, will only benefit better and more efficient fat loss.   Detox packs include this excellent one specifically for Dieters from Natures Sunshine Products, called Dieters Cleanse. NSP tell us that Dieter’s Cleanse is an essential first step in any fat loss plan, for use between programs, or for use by any adult desiring periodic cleansing.   So when you decide you want to start a fat loss program, you take this for 1 week before starting and then, once finished, start your fat loss program.  There is enough to do this twice in each pack.

I absolutely love these detox packs from NSP. They are such No brainers.  All you do is open the box and there is your dosage, in a little packet.  There is no need to open this bottle and that.  Just rip open a packet and there is your combination of capsules for that dose.

Lets look at this now.
So in each 1 of these packs you get 3 different packets, marked Am, Noon and PM.  The capsules it contains are NSP Bowel detox, for helping with better digestive and intestinal function. Master Gland formula which helps to strengthen the glands throughout the body. Enviro Detox, which helps better detoxification of bad things like herbicides and pesticides, Liver Cleanse formula to nourish and strengthen the liver. LBS11 to ensure your bowel keeps moving, GTF chromium to help with sugar cravings and carbohydrate metabolism and SF to continue with the detoxing process and help with the elimination of parasites and worms.

One of the most common questions that I get at Ideal Health to do with weight loss is “Why don’t you stock the Lemon Detox Diet?” I have made a video about why here.

Do remember that if you are taking ANY pharmaceutical medication, please consult with your health care provider, before taking any of the supplements mentioned above or making drastic dietary changes.

We have a number of other options available for more efficient fat loss, so dont hesitate to contact us to ask one of our team about these.

Author
Leanne James Naturopath
Founder Ideal Health