Your Questions Answered Here
Q: My sinuses are constantly blocked can you suggest anything to help?
A: This is a very common problem and there can be many reasons why it occurs. In Traditional Chinese Medicine this is known as a condition of Dampness. From a dietary point of view certain foods have ‘damp’ producing properties and may create mucous and phlegm. Food items such as Dairy, Bananas, Sugar & refined carbohydrates should be reduced or avoided for a while. Dust, pollen and other environmental irritants can also trigger this over production of mucous. Acupuncture can really help to get to the root of the problem. Also I recommend taking Solgar Beta Glucans and Elderberry Immune Complex.This formulation supports the immune system. Also a product called Mucous Liquescence helps your body to get rid of the phlegm and mucous quicker that you normally would. Sinuforce nasal spray by A.Vogel is excellent for temporary relief of symptoms.
Q: I have high cholesterol, is there any natural remedy that can help to reduce it?
A: One reason our Cholesterol can be high is hereditary. However there are steps we can take which may help us to reduce our cholesterol levels. I suggest reducing your intake of animal protein, refined carbohydrates, sugar, alcohol and other processed foods.
Increase your intake of good fats, for example; oily fish, seeds such as linseed / flax seeds,or Chia seeds. Make sure that you are not constipated.Take 2 teaspoons of Psyllium husks in a glass of water.This will help to keep your bowel regular.Try to get some exercise each day, something you enjoy.This will also help to reduce high cholesterol levels. The liver is an amazing organ.It carries out so many important roles in the body. As the liver plays an important role in processing cholesterol levels a liver cleanse a few times a year will be of benefit. Milk thistle is an excellent herb in this regard.Also 1 to 2 tsps of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar daily. Higher Nature Red Sterol complex is an excellent supplement for reducing cholesterol levels.
Q: I have osteoarthritis, is there something in my diet or any supplement you can suggest which may relieve symptoms?
A: Inflammation causing foods such as processed and fast foods high in omega-6 fatty acids, saturated and trans fats, refined white flour carbohydrates, gluten that is found in wheat, rye and barley, red meats, potatoes, excessive amounts of dairy foods, sugar and artificial sweeteners all cause the body to release inflammation causing substances called cyokines.
Excessive consumption of alcohol can cause inflammation because it weakens the liver. Stress and lack of restful sleep can also cause inflammation. This inflammation causes pain, discomfort and swelling of the joints.
Foods that offer natural anti-inflammatory properties, such as the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish or fish oil supplements, olive oil and flax seed oil, walnuts, avocados are an important part of an anti-inflammatory diet, as are the phytochemicals found in citrus fruits, tomatoes and leafy greens.
• Spices such as turmeric, ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper have amazing natural anti-inflammatory properties.
• Supplements such as Glucosamine, MSM sulphur, Chondroitin may help to relieve symptoms.
• Turmeric, Boswellia, Ginger and Nettle all have natural anti-inflammatory properties.
Q: I suffer from Diverticulitis, what foods should I avoid ?
A: I suggest avoiding the following food items;
• Red meats – like beef and pork
• Nuts and dried fruits that are hard and have course skin
• Gas inducing fruits and vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, kale
• Pulp of fruits and vegetables with seeds
• Hydrogenated oils
• Greasy fried and over processed foods eg. fast foods
• Sugary and fizzy drinks
• Heavy beans like kidney beans and chick peas