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Minerals & Heavy Metal Testing

Have you ever wondered if you were taking the right supplements or perhaps missing certain ones in your diet?
Have you been exposed to heavy metals and is this affecting your health?

At Acupuncture & Beauty Centre we have an advanced and innovative medical device that could analyse and scan your body in less than a minute and provide you a comprehensive analysis of your mineral deficiencies or excesses?

Mineral Deficiency

Minerals play a key role in the proper functioning of the body. Deficiency minerals and trace elements is a major factor to poor performance, tiredness, vulnerability to stress, decreased concentration or mental capacity. It is extremely important to control the levels of minerals in the body so the body is functioning optimally.

Toxic Metals

There are increasing dangers to huge exposures to toxic agents and heavy metals. Either transmitted by air pollution, ground water and soil or food, contamination is becoming increasingly dangerous and we are reaching toxic levels in our body. This leads to decline in health and possible chronic health risks. Toxic metals also cause oxidative stress in our bodies.

Oxidative Stress & Free Radicals

Oxidative stress is a type of aggression of the cell components by free radicals. It is responsible to ageing and many other chronic diseases.

With the Oligoscan, the testing is pain less, results are received within a minute and you receive a full report assessing the body’s overall health.

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Year of the Pig 2019

Year of the Brown Pig 2019 (Abstract by Lillian Pearl Bridges)

February 5, 2019 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Brown Pig. This is a Yin Earth Year with the Yin Water of the Pig below. This combination is a tricky one as the Elements are in opposition. The combination of Earth and Water together make mud, which is why this year’s Pig is brown! This can be taken literally, meaning that there will be more mud created in the natural world, or it indicates that there may be a lack of clarity in people’s thinking.

The Pig is the final animal of the Chinese 12 animal system. This means that many long-term projects, ongoing investigations or delayed lawsuits will be finalised. There is a lot of energy around completion and concluding things that can’t make the jump into the next cycle. Pigs are peaceful animals, except when angered, which is rare. To the Chinese, Pigs symbolise the values of family, friends, home and good food. In fact, the pictogram for home is a roof with a pig under it. So plan on being more of a homebody or staying closer to home this year, as that will bring more fortune than traveling around.

Overall this is a good year for business because both the Earth and Water Elements feed the Wood Element that business runs on. However the Chinese saying is that “Businesses should plan in the Pig Year and launch new projects and expand in the Rat Year”, which is in 2020. Home building, publishing, environmental/ecology industries and businesses based on natural sciences should all have good years. Earth Businesses, like Real Estate home sales and all businesses involving Food will get a boost: food growing, production, distribution, preparation, and sales will also have a good year. Farm to Table restaurants and family dining restaurants will do best. Beauty products and spa treatments using mud, clay, seaweed or stones will be very popular. Partnerships and businesses working together and joining forces will become stronger and gain mutual benefit.

The energy of the Pig will make Education-related businesses flourish, particularly involving children and children’s educational toys. The Pig also benefits all professions involving caring – healing, therapy, counselling and social work. Charities and non-profits that focus on the welfare of children and the disenfranchised, as well as shelters for the homeless and feeding the hungry will receive more donations and gain more volunteers. This is definitely not a year to flaunt money, power, status or conspicuous.

People will be very interested in food this year and the theme is that food must taste good. They will be less concerned about the calories or the nutrients and more focused on flavour. People will be cooking more; gathering and eating together more. They will cook family recipes and from their heritage. Comfort foods will bring pleasure. It is important to eat more cooked foods this year instead of so many raw foods. Fruits and Root

Vegetables and Pulses all belong to the Earth Element and will be very nourishing this year. Yin Earth is also lightly sweet foods or sweets eaten in small quantities, so small pastries, light desserts, and creamy custards will be popular and consumed more than dense heavy desserts.

Weight gain is very likely this year, especially around the stomach. But it will occur in small increments and may not be noticed until the end of the year. This might also occur because people will be drawn to wearing comfortable, oversized clothing that drapes and hides weight gain well.

Because the Pig energy can be somewhat sedentary, light exercise, particularly bouncing with rebounders and Shaking Qi Gong is recommended for moving the lymph fluid. Massages, including Lymph Massage or Bodywork will help alleviate tension and enhance relaxation. Calisthenics and stretching like Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi are also good and taking frequent strolls will be enjoyable forms of exercise. People will also be drawn to group exercise and exercise classes, instead of individual training.

The combination of Earth and Water signifies Spleen Dampness in Chinese Medicine. To counterbalance this dampness, saunas can be helpful. This dampness can manifest as problems with the Spleen, Pancreas and Stomach, which are Earth organs. This may cause digestive disorders, so warm, cooked foods are recommended to ease digestive distress. It is also advised to add Ginger to the diet to aid digestion and for warming the stomach, along with more spices like Cardamom and Cinnamon, and hot drinks. Soups and stews are also good. It is very important to eat very regular meals. However, people won’t be able to resist snacking this year.

The lack of fire makes circulation problems increase and there is slightly more risk of heart failure and small blood clots, haemorrhoids and varicose veins due to stagnant and thicker blood. Giving blood helps alleviate these conditions and some foods are considered very good for improving blood quality. These include Mu’er (Wood Ear) Mushrooms and red fruits that look like hearts, like Cherries, which in Chinese Medicine is said to clean the blood.

The combination of elements symbolised as muddy water can also affect the Kidneys and Bladder. This can manifest as more Urinary Tract Infections, which make the urine cloudy (Blueberries can be helpful). Or, there may be an increase in small kidney stones (Watermelon juice can be helpful). It is unfortunately easier for Kidneys to fail, requiring dialysis or even transplants. Kidney deficiency may also manifest as lethargy, low back problems, teeth problems, knee problems or as a low sex drive. Be sure to rest and sleep more to support your Kidneys. Interestingly, although people may not be having as much sex this year, they will likely be much more fertile and many babies will be conceived.

Phlegm is another manifestation of muddy water, so the number of people who fall ill with respiratory infections is expected to rise, with congestion lasting longer than usual. If you find yourself suffering from congestion, cook more Chicken Soup with Garlic, Ginger, Green Onions and Cayenne Pepper and drink hot Water with Lemon and Honey – a shot of whiskey makes it even better!

People will want to stay at home more because the Pig is considered a home loving and family-oriented creature and they value comfort. There will be a strong pull to gather together with family, friends and workmates often. It is a good year to spoil children and grandchildren. The Yin nature of the year may bother a lot of people, but it will balance out their Yang natures. Take naps and spend more time just being. The idea is to relax and enjoy life in the Pig Year and spend time with loved ones.

People will be more caring, considerate and nurturing this year, and more willing to help others. This is a very good year for dealing with family issues and overcoming previous hurts. Forgiveness is easier and reconciliation is one of the themes of the year. People will take romance seriously and there are likely to be more proposals. It is not a good year to play with someone’s heart or engage in superficial relationships.

Emotionally, people will feel more worried and more fearful, but can be consoled easily by their loved ones. Most people will feel like hugging and cuddling more. They will feel more affectionate and less angry. Confrontations should be easy to diffuse and patience will help. It is easier to feel a connection to others and it is easier to make friends. The main goal is contentment and enjoyment of life – resting and healing to prepare for the new cycle.

Overall, the Pig brings gifts to most people this year. Tigers, Rabbits and Sheep get particular benefit, but any barnyard animal is favoured. Snakes, Monkeys and Pigs (except those celebrating their 60th birthday) will find this year more difficult. This means that they may have to work harder, move, travel more, change jobs, start a new job, get married or have a baby – the Chinese call it experiencing “Good Bad Luck.” The remedy is to carry a Tiger Charm.

Individual Animal Forecasts for 2019:

RAT – Water Element: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

This is a good year for socializing and romance. However, finances are tricky so be careful with money and don’t take a lot of chances. It’s a time to finish up with projects already started.

OX – Earth Element: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021

This is a good year for Oxes. Finances improve and reputation is enhanced. However, it is best to stay close to home.

TIGER – Wood Element: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

This is a good year for Tigers. Business grows and finances improve. New plans can be implemented with success. Some family issues may occur and caution is advised when traveling even short distances.

RABBIT – Wood Element: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

This is a happy year for Rabbits, especially in the family. They will feel more creative, express themselves better and will be more appreciated. However, Rabbits should be cautious about spending money.

DRAGON – Earth Element: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

This is a fortunate year for Dragons, financially and socially. However, Dragons may be more irritable and have less patience with others. This is not a year for doing any remodelling or redecorating.

SNAKE* – Fire Element: 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

This is an up and down year for Snakes. Family connections can become frayed, but it is a good year for romance. Money can be made, but will require hard work. Travel, especially over water, is not well-aspected.

HORSE – Fire Element: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

This is a stable year for Horses emotionally and the family is happy. There is positive growth in work and finances. However there may be some problems with the home, requiring repairs.

SHEEP – Earth Element: 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015

This is a happy year for Sheep, especially in family life. This is a good year to add to the family, by marriage or birth. Short trips are better than long and will make some happy memories.

MONKEY* – Metal Element: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016

This is a tricky year for Monkeys, so they need to be more careful than usual. However it is a good year for making money and expanding business. Watch out for overconfidence and internal tension.

ROOSTER – Metal Element: 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981,1993, 2005, 2017

Life improves a lot this year after two hard years. You get along better with others or reconcile with family members. There is luck in business and finances and it may also be a more social and romantic year.

DOG – Earth Element: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

This is a happier year for Dogs with some sudden good fortune in business. They will spend more time at home and it is recommended that they do not travel very much. People around them may need emotional support.

 PIG* – Water Element: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

This is a slow year for Pigs and may feel boring, but it will be peaceful and calm for the most part. Travel, especially international travel, should be limited. There will be few gains financially, but also no real losses.

*Pigs, Snakes and Monkeys should carry a Tiger charm for protection this year and to bring more luck their way.

DISCLAIMER: All information provided in this forecast is based on the ancient principles of the Chinese Five Element Theory and on an understanding of the animal symbolism in Chinese Astrology. It is intended for entertainment purposes only. There is no express or implied guarantee of results from using this information, and individual users are solely responsible for their own interpretation or application to their own circumstances. Further, the information is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for legal, medical, or psychological advice, evaluation and/or treatment. You are welcome to share this post, but please refer to the source.


Tips For Better Sleep

Are you suffering from poor sleep, insomnia, or do you find it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep? Are you waking up tired and not refreshed? These are common issues amongst many adults and children today.

Are you ensuring your body is as relaxed before bed? Are you doing the necessary steps and routine to ensure you get the best nights sleep and wake up rested and refreshed?

Read below on the tips to getting a better night’s sleep:

1. Stick to a consistent Sleep Schedule

Pick a bedtime and a wake-up time and try to stick to it as much as possible even on weekend.

Bedtime should be no later than 11pm. If you do have a sleep in, try not to sleep in for more than an hour or two so that you can stay on track. That way, your body’s internal clock—also called the circadian rhythm (body clock) can get accustomed to a new bedtime, which will help you fall asleep better at night and wake up more easily each morning.

2. Turn off all screen time 1-2 hours before bed

This is hard for many adults as we are constantly on our phones. However our phones and laptops emit a blue light which sends the wrong signals to our brain to indicate its time to sleep. Our body operates on a body clock and light plays a big part to our brains to let it know when its time to sleep and produce melatonin. The blue light which is emitted from mobiles, tablets, computers and tv tells your body’ clock its not quite sleep time. So turn off all screens at least 1 hour before sleep.

3. Dimming the night lights

Having yellow lights instead of the bright white fluorescent globes will tell the body its time to make more melatonin and that it’s bedtime. Switch off bright white lights after dinner and only use yellow globes or dimmers.

4. Have a light dinner at least 2.5-3 hours before bed

Its not just what you eat, it is also WHEN you eat.. Having a heavy meal too close to bedtime means your organs are overworked when they should be resting while you sleep. Try and have something light for dinner such as a small piece of white protein and vegetables or soup. If you do choose to eat before bedtime then a very small snack such as cereal with banana, cheese and crackers or whole grain toast with natural peanut butter are some light options.

5. Avoid stimulants and drinking before bed

Don’t have any fluids an hour before bed to limit your trips to the bathroom at night. You should also avoid nicotine, caffeine, green or black tea and alcohol in the evenings, since those stimulants take hours to wear off. Instead opt for a herbal tea such as chamomile if you do need a drink and have it more than 1 hour before bed.

6. Avoid desserts and sugar after dinner

Its common to have dessert such as ice cream or cake after dinner. However this just spikes your blood sugar levels. Fruits should be eaten before dinner and avoid anything too sweet before sleep. Save your desserts for early afternoon instead.

7. Take magnesium at night

Running a warm bath with epson salts will relax you before bed. But if you are time poor or don’t have a bathtub, taking magnesium at night will help you to relax. Magnesium is well known for its ability to help insomnia. It helps to decrease cortisol, the “stress hormone” that can keep you up at night. It also helps the muscles to relax, to give you that calm “sleepy” feeling and help you unwind after a long stressful day.

8. Black-out blinds

If you find you can’t sleep after 5am, then your room might be too bright. Having a very dark room allows you to wake up slightly later if you find you can’t sleep in the early hours of the morning. Use dark curtains, blackout blinds or eye shades to keep the room as dark as possible.

9. Check Your Bedroom Environment

Make sure your bedroom is comfortable and ideal for your sleep environment. It should be set to a cool and comfortable 19-21 degrees celsius. Your bedroom should also be free from any noise that can disturb your sleep and free from any lights. Check your room for noises or other distractions. This includes your partner’s sleep disruptions such as snoring. Use ear plugs, ‘white noise’ machines, humidifiers, fans and other devices to help block out noise.

10. Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow

Make sure your mattress is comfortable, firm and supportive. Most mattresses only last 10 years. Having comfortable supportive pillows also help and make the room attractive and inviting for sleep but also free of allergens that might affect you.

11. Try acupuncture

Acupuncture has been shown to relax the body, mind and spirit by restoring balance and harmony.  Acupuncture is nay also help for those suffering from pain which is the source of many people unable to get a good night’s rest.

Tips to naturally younger skin

You’re never too young to start looking after your skin, and if you’re skin is already starting to show the damage caused by our busy, stressful lives in polluted cities, then it’s time to start rewinding the clock and begin your beauty regime to naturally more beautiful younger looking skin.

Some tips are ones we already know, while others may be new and unfamiliar.

1. Lemon water/water
We all know the benefits of water for your skin – drinking at least two litres of water daily is rule #1 for clear, hydrated looking skin. But did you know that you can maximise water’s ability to clear toxins in your body? It’s simple! Every morning before breakfast, drink a large cup of very warm water with two slices of lemon added to it. The lemon water flushes out toxins, alkalises the body and awakens your digestive system for the day ahead.

2. Dark leafy greens
Dark leafy greens are nature’s own skin tonics. These include kale, lettuces (romaine, green leaf, rocket, butterhead), spinach, mustard greens, cabbage and broccoli. As well as excellent sources of magnesium, folate and Vitamin K, they are rich in antioxidants, which is great news for your skin. For full benefits, go organic as much as possible.

3. Vitamin A serum (Retinol)
One of the best known anti-ageing secrets, Retinol (or Vitamin A) helps to minimise the damage caused by the sun and ageing by reversing the skin damage. It helps to restores the skin’s youthful appearance, minimise wrinkles, reduce pores and even treat acne breakouts. Best to use this serum at night time only.
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4. Vitamin C serum
Vitamin C is also another serum which does wonders to assist ageing skin. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, build up collagen, accelerate skin renewal, reduce pigmentation and even out skin tone. It helps to protect from UV damage. Best to use this serum in the morning.
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5. Get 8 hours’ sleep a night – minimum
Lack of sleep is your skin’s biggest enemy. When we get adequate sleep, our skin can restore and heal and look fresh and well rested. You don’t need a scientist to show the effects of lack of sleep on your skin. And don’t think ‘Oh, I can catch up on my sleep later’. Although some sleep experts disagree, a Harvard Medical School study showed it was near impossible to catch up on sleep after two poor nights’ sleep in a row.

6. Cut sugar and coffee
Too much sugar (also including natural sugars like fruit/fructose) can cause glycation. When there is excess, the proteins combine with the sugar and begin to shut down the production of collagen. Too much sugar also causes inflammation in the body which is shown to be the number one cause of ageing.

Whilst coffee appears to have anti-inflammatory properties and has been linked to lower depression levels, it’s also too stimulating to the adrenal glands. In short, coffee causes the adrenals to release cortisol – the stress hormone – whether you’re stressed or not. An overload of cortisol ages the body, so if you do drink coffee, keep it down to one cup a day only.

7. Reduce spicy foods
To much spicy food also has a taxing effect on the body. Excessive spicy foods such as chilli, curries, ginger etc can dilate blood vessels, causing facial redness, puffiness and spider veins. Minimise the amount of spice and always have adequate water with a spicy meal.

8. Light therapy
Emerging as one of the more popular and promising anti-ageing beauty treatments today, light therapy rejuvenates and heals the skin by increasing the production of collagen reducing pigmentation, evening out skin tone, and increasing skin elasticity and oxygenation. There are many types of light machines on the market so do your research and use ones with minimal side effects and from reputable clinics. In our clinic we use ‘bioptron‘ light therapy.

9. Regular facials and peels
These can often work as a pick-me-up and are ideal before any special occasion. There are many types of facials and peels for the difference skin concerns. Facials which target ageing, treat dehydrated or sensitive skin, pigmentation or discolouration, ageing puffy eyes or even natural peels which help to even out skin tone and treat acne and scarring. Facials and peels are recommended as regular treatments for all skins, not just ageing or problem skin.
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10. Jade Rollers
Used by Chinese nobility since before the 12th century, Jade Rollers are an Asian beauty secret that the west is finally finding out about. Using the rollers for a few minutes each day on the face and neck will improve blood circulation and the flow of qi, bringing oxygen to your skin. A cooling, cleansing stone, jade helps improve circulation, smooth out lines and reduce under-eye puffiness. Results are immediately noticeable.
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11. Acupuncture and micro-needling
The ancient art and science of acupuncture has much to offer the skin. Cosmetic facial acupuncture rejuvenation is a natural, non-toxic treatment to to assist with your ageing and skin concerns. It works from the inside out. Find out more here.

An affordable alternative to medical anti-ageing treatments is micro-needling procedures. Micro-needling uses a cylindrical-shaped, drum studded roller with multiple ultra-fine needles. The needles help to stimulate blood flow, assist tissue regeneration and smooth skin texture. Use weekly to see results.

Sydney acupuncturist Eli Huang
Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Beauty Therapist – Eli Huang

If you have any questions on our anti-ageing treatments, or would like more information about how cosmetic acupuncture may help with ageing skin and other concerns contact Acupuncture & Beauty Centre to make an appointment on 9728 6176 or send us an email via our contact form.
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Foods to Avoid During Cold Flu

As the temperatures change suddenly, Winter’s challenge is to stay away from colds and flus which many of us find hard to avoid. Most people don’t realise how important the right diet is to prevent and treat colds and how the wrong diet can prolong the cold longer than necessary. Less sick days means more productive days!

Many patients that have a cold or flu are eating the wrong foods. Here we discuss the foods to avoid when you are suffering from a cough, sore throat or flu. These are all different in nature and the foods we must stay clear of when we have a cough or flu.
In Chinese Medicine, foods are classified as either hot, cold or neutral in nature. This means it can cause inflammation and heat in the body, cause phlegm or essentially cool the body down chemically.

Here we discuss foods to avoid for different types of flus:

RUNNY NOSE – at the early onset of a runny nose or cold you can take ginger, garlic and some hot tea to prevent it getting worse. A warm bath and getting under the covers with plenty of blankets to sweat it out help.

SORE THROAT – if you are suffering from a sore throat, avoid anything spicy and sweet foods. This includes garlic, horseradish, fennel, onions and red meat. We should be eating more cooling foods like fresh green vegetables, lemon, honey, apples, pears, peppermint, fish etc. whilst drinking plenty of fluids, aim for 3L a day.

DRY COUGH – if you are already coughing, you must avoid anything spicy and sweet in nature. This includes garlic, ginger, onions, chilli, sugar, chocolate etc. This can cause the cough to be worse if we have anything spicy or sweet as well as fried foods. Drink plenty of fluids and soups.

PHLEGMY COUGH – if we have phlegm you should be avoiding all dairy, cold and sweet foods including ice cream, milk, cheese, chocolates, sweets, etc. This causes more phlegm and mucus to build up in the nose and throat.

Other Tips to Preventing Colds:
– Remember to dress warmly when outside and wear a scarf
– Get plenty of rest and sleep to regenerate and build up the immune system
– Minimise spread by washing your hands more.
– Eat warm cooked foods, avoid raw cold foods like Salads.
– Reduce dairy, alcohol and refined sugars

For a full list of foods to avoid please download this Food List pdf.

Health Tips for Spring

Spring is the season of a new birth and new growth. It corresponds to the “Wood” element and is related to the liver and gallbladder organs. In Chinese Medicine the liver organ is responsible for the smooth flowing of Qi (energy) in our bodies. This qi circulates throughout the whole body system, when the liver functions smoothly, all physical and emotional actions throughout the body also runs smoothly. So, for optimum health this spring, move your Liver Qi (Energy)!

We are more susceptible to season health problems such as allergies, flu and pneumonia during the spring.  If the liver is not healthy, it could affect the spleen and the lung organs.  These symptoms can include: sneezing, hay fever allergies, running nose, itching eyes, chest congestions and other allergy related problems.  It is very important, especially during spring, to cleanse the liver and lungs and bring balance to these organs.

Tips for a healthy Spring Season:

  1. Pay attention to weather changes – It is an extreme change to our body from winter to spring. With spring, there is usually some extremely windy conditions. Health conditions tend to occur during or immediately following a change of season.
  1. Do some stretches! The liver controls the tendons. The liver stores the blood during periods of rest and winter, now is the time to invigorate and body and increase exercises such as yoga, tai chi, swimming etc.
  1. Change the diet – We should change our diet according to the season. Spring means eating green foods that cleanses and strengthens the liver. These foods include young plants that are fresh green leafy vegetables, onions, leeks, mushrooms, celery, carrots, dandelion, variety of fruits such as citrus fruits, pears, apples, bananas, pears.
  1. Sour foods and drinks – sour tasting foods stimulate the liver’s energy. Add lemon slices to your water, have orange and citrus juices, use vinegar and olive oil for salad dressings and add fermented vegetables to our diet.
  1. Watch the eyes – the liver organ’s energy is connected and opens into the eye. Take frequent breaks from the computer screen and do some eye exercises and look at some greenery.
  1. Sour Tasting Foods – Foods and drinks with sour tastes are thought to stimulate the liver’s qi. Put lemon slices in your drinking water, use vinegar and olive oil for your salad dressing. Garnish your sandwich with a slice of dill pickle.
  1. Outdoor activities fresh air helps move liver qi. Try taking a hike, brisk walks by the beach or park are good for the body.
  1. Get Acupuncture – now is the time to get that seasonal tune up.

Excessive Sugar intake can Kill You

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that you should limit less than 10% of your daily calorie intake from sugar. This means that for an average adult it equates to 25g or less or around 6 teaspoons of sugar for women and 9 teaspoons for men. A can of coke consists of 39g of sugar! However we far exceed this amount recommended amount.

In the USA the average adult intakes around 27 teaspoons a day, that is almost 5 times the recommended daily intake recommended by WHO. So in the past when we thought FAT was bad, studies now show that sugar does more damage than fat!

So what happens to our bodies when we consume excess sugar? Too much can actually KILL US!

Here are the reasons why we should cut down on sugar now:

1. Insulin Resistance – Excess sugar can make you Insulin Resistance, which could eventually lead to metabolic syndrome or diabetes. Studies show excess sugar consumption is associated with insulin resistance, especially when it is consumed in large amounts. When glucose builds up in the blood, we can experience high blood pressure, tiredness, hunger and brain fog.

2. Diabetes – Type 2 Diabetes is becoming more prevalent. In Australia 280 people develop diabetes daily; over 100,000 Australians developed diabetes in the past year and it is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia according to Diabetes Australia. When we drink sugary beverages such as COKE we have an 83% increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes!

3. Zero Nutrition – Added sugar is the WORST ingredient in the modern-day diet. It has such harmful effects on our body and metabolism and causes many types of chronic illness in our bodies. Added sugars like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup contain a whole bunch of calories with NO essential nutrients. This is why it’s called ‘empty calories’. They contain no proteins, essential fats, vitamins or minerals. Only PURE ENERGY. When we eat sugar it contributes to nutrient deficiencies in our bodies. So even though sugar contains a lot of calories it has no beneficial essential nutrients.

When people eat up to 10-20% of calories as sugar (or more), this can become a major problem and contribute to nutrient deficiencies.

4. Liver Overload – Eating too much added sugar will lead to liver overload which is high in fructose. When we have a small piece of fruit this is fine as it is stored in the liver, but if it’s overloaded it turns the fructose into fat and can lead to fatty liver and other serious health issues. You can’t overdose on fructose in fruit.

5. Inflammation – Sugar causes a lot of inflammation in our cells. Certain cells feed off sugar and in turn, grow and proliferate. Sugar is also a cause of ageing in the body.

6. Sugar is Highly Addictive – Sugar is as addictive as heroin and 8 times more addictive than cocaine! It is one of the most addictive and deadly narcotics out there yet it is readily available and legal. This is because it causes large amounts of dopamine to be released in the brain. This is why people become strongly addicted to sugar. In obese people, they need to consume even more sugar to get the same effect. Sugar is the MOST dangerous drug of the modern times which is still easily accessible everywhere!

7. Damages Organs – The damage from sugar in the body is a slow process, but very destructive, however since we take in such large quantities it can do widespread damage to our organs and body function. This can cause problems with our kidney function and can even lead to kidney failure.

8. Obesity – The hormones in our brain from excess sugar leads to fat gain as we lose control over the consumption. When we consume too much sugar we usually become overweight or obese. One daily serving of a sugary beverage leads to an increase of a 60% risk of obesity! If you want to lose weight, CUT DOWN on Sugar! Remove that soft drink from your diet.

9. Heart Disease – It’s no longer fat that is the number 1 cause of Heart Disease. Sugar is the culprit. This is because sugar affects our metabolism. Large amounts of fructose increases our triglycerides and LDL (bad cholesterol), raises blood glucose levels and insulin levels. Excess consumption of added sugars are the cause for diseases that kill millions of people each year.

10. Increases depression – when you have sugar and carbs your mood improves as it triggers your body to release the hormone serotonin. However, having excess sugar seems to reverse this effect. When you have a sugar-heavy diet you are more likely to have massive changes in your behaviour, your blood sugar levels go up very high but they also fall very low rather quickly. This yo-yo effects your metabolism and mood.

11. Reduces immunity – Your immune system defends your body against potential infections. When we eat too much sugar it can damage and compromise the function of your immune system to fight bacteria, virus and other parasites. When you consume sugar at every meal your immune system is essentially functioning at only 50%.

12. Increases yeast infectionsyeast grows by feeding off sugar. With every can of soft drink your body is the perfect breeding ground for yeast infections, both in the urinary tract and in your mouth (oral thrush). This is caused by the overgrowth of candida. When your immune system is working properly, bacteria does not get out of control, however if your blood sugar levels are too high, all the extra sugars in your saliva and urine provide the perfect environment for breeding bacteria.

13. Alzheimer and Dementiaexcess sugar can cause a decrease in cognitive brain function and lead to memory impairment.

We all know excess sugar is unhealthy for us and may lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and auto-immune disease. Sugar or high fructose corn syrup is found in almost any packaged food, soft drinks, fruit juice, baked goods and condiments.








How to Avoid Sugar:

  1. Start reading the labels on food and drinks before you buy! Know what sugar content is in your food. Avoid high fructose corn syrup or glucose/fructose.
  2. Avoid everyday items like bread, salad dressings, canned tuna, canned vegetables, biscuits, sauces, yoghurt, sugary drinks such as coke, ice teas, energy drinks etc.
  3. Avoid processed packaged foods and start making your own. These are usually high in sugar, preservatives and salt.
  4. Avoid and cut down foods made from processed carbs or processed sugars.
  5. Bake your own cookies, chocolate, sweets and make your own dressings so you control exactly how much you put in.
  6. Have foods which don’t contain artificial colours and/or flavours.
  7. Switch from soft drinks to water or green tea. It will make you feel better and you will lose weight too.
  8. Avoid ‘sugar-free’ and ‘diet’ products. They usually contain aspartame which is highly dangerous for your health as it is a neuro-toxin if you consume too much.
  9. Drink warm lemon water every morning to change the acidity from too much sugar in your diet to a more alkaline environment.
  10. Switch the sugar to honey or stevia

Too much sugar is like POISON to our body and is slowly killing your body. So CUT out that extra sugar intake and start getting your body back to good health.

If you require help cutting down on your sugar intake or feel you are addicted to sugar, speak to us about how we may be able to help you.

Tip for a healthy body through Autumn

Autumn is upon us! In Chinese Medicine this seasonal change brings about changes to one’s health and we need to be careful so as not to get sick at this change of season. Chinese Medicine describes the nature’s seasonal changes with a big emphasis on energy. We need to make our own changes within our body and lifestyle as each season shifts so we can be as healthy as possible and not fall ill. As autumn sees a big increase in colds, coughs and allergies.

Each season the health challenge for us is to harmonise our energy and body with the greater energy of nature. Seasonal changes represents a move between yin and yang. Autumn is the yin energy replacing the big yang energy of summer. This energy is moving inward and downwards in autumn towards the earth, as opposed to out and up in summer. Therefore with the new season upon us we need to balance our health with the right diet and lifestyle. As summer is slowing down and autumn approaching our bodies are also going through a change in energy internally.

Autumn is related to the metal element. This means dryness, coolness and winds are more extreme. With autumn comes organs connected to the Lungs and Large Intestine, as the Lungs need oxygen from the air and the large intestines removes waste. Lung and skin issues are more prevalent at this time with dry skin, dry cough and constipation.
Metal relates to the emotion of grief and letting go. This is the time to let go of emotional baggage you have been carrying and remember to breathe (from the belly). Just like the trees of nature do not hold onto their leaves for next year. Be receptive to the new, eliminate what you no longer need!! Just like our large intestine function is to also enable us to let go of our waste products.

Foods to eat in autumn include cooked organic root vegetables such as beetroots, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, squash, yams, celeriac etc. Things that grow under the ground. Avoid raw and cold foods such as ice-cream, cold drinks, cold vegetables, juices, salads etc and op for foods that are warm soups, stews, bakes, braising and warm drinks. Foods that are warm and nourishing will be better for the health and the lungs.

Eat more foods that can moisten our lungs and digestion including pears and apples. You can also add onions, fresh ginger to the diet to assist with colds or allergies.

With exercise try to avoid heavy aerobics as it can drain your vital energy and weaken your immune system. Instead do more gently forms of exercise such as walking, tai chi and yoga.

Remember to go to bed early during autumn and rise early. In Chinese theory, one’s sleep habits should also adjust with the seasons. As the days get shorter in autumn, sleep earlier to avoid the cold nights and wake up to the early morning sun. As the weather cools more, remember to avoid the cold by wearing a scarf or light jacket when outside in the wind.

NOW is the time to come in for your acupuncture seasonal tune up.

Eating a balanced diet

What should we eat daily for a balanced diet?

What should we eat? What is too much and what is too little? What time should we eat? What should we eat for an everyday diet so that we can be healthy and live to be 100?

Should we go back to the old food pyramid or should we all be eating organic and gluten free foods now?

With so much contradicting evidence out there we are confused as to what diets and fads to follow. As practitioners in Chinese Medicine, we talk to our patient’s daily about good eating habits and healthy lifestyle. We find too many people out there eat excessive sweets and spicy and not enough bitter and sour flavours.

The typical Chinese diet usually consists or a variety of foods, meat, fish, vegetables and carbs. We should be eating a little from each food group and not only having excessive meats or carbs. We should also be having different flavours in our diets such as salty, sweet, spicy, bitter and sour, which is able to balance each organ and energy in our bodies.

My top tips to healthy eating are:
* Glass of warm lemon water first thing in the morning
* Have a good breakfast to kick-start your metabolism
* Cut down on alcohol (1 wine night max), coffee (max 2) and too much caffeinated teas
* Have 1-2 portions of red meat a week
* At least 3 servings of fruit and vegetables daily
* Cover all 5 flavours of food in your diet
* Don’t eat too much complex carbs after dark
* Have at least 2-3 litres of warm water daily
* Have a few servings of fish a week
* Switch processed foods for raw organic foods where possible.
* Reduce dairy intake
* Reduce gluten intake
* Eliminate processed sugar