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Year of The Metal Ox 2021

February 12th, 2021 is the start of the Chinese Year of the Golden Metal Ox. The Ox (Cow) is the second animal in the Chinese Zodiac system and is a respected animal valued for its ability to work hard and endure. The Ox is a slow moving animal and usually placid in nature unless they are provoked. The Ox is the animal connected to farming so people working in agriculture will have good abundant crops.

This year will me a much more calmer year without the intense violence we saw in 2020, and less anger. This year is about planting the seeds for the future and to look forward and plan our future hopes and dreams which can start to boost and motivate us again. This year will generally be a positive year, especially towards the second half of the year as Ox can be slow to get started. 2021 will feel more peaceful and less stressful that previous year however it requires a great deal of patience and understanding. It will be slow to get going towards your goals however the outcomes will manifest in the future.

The metal year is also symbolised by jewellry which is made from metals along with gems and money coins. You will feel the desire to put on nice jewellry again or have an interest in collecting coins or investing in bit coin or other cryotocurrencies.

Around the world we will see the easing of restrictions after last year. Agriculture and food production in farming will do well. Make sure you treat the cows in a good humane way.


This year there is generally better for our immune system. We need to be more careful of skin problems such as minor skin irritations, skin rashes, hay fever, allergies, eczema and psoriasis will flare up and be a problem for sufferers. The lungs, skin and hair will feel drier this year too, so keep yourself hydrated all the time. Coughing and throat issues with phlegm will also be harder to expectorate. So do more exercises such as deep breathing, yoga, acupuncture to enhance the function of the lungs.

Covid-19 will still be a problem this year, however the infections are expected to be somewhat milder that last year for many people and it will not spread as rapidly.

Digestion will also be a problem for many this year, so try to eat smaller easier to digest meals, take ginger and digestive enzymes to help with that. You will feel like eating more healthier and cleaner this year. Really look after yourself and cook with love and use the Chinese teachings to nurture your life through better more healthier lifestyle choices.
Practice more mindfulness, meditation and yoga.

You could feel more tired and drained this year, to look after the energy by taking things slowly, getting more rest and not over doing the exercise. Low level intensity exercise is best.

People will value things such as gratitude, kindness, forgiveness and compassion more this year. It is not smart to be aggressive or angry this year.

Overall the year of the Ox will be a slow steady improvement on last year and much more easier in so many ways. So be patience, get ready for small growths, have faith as the year of the Golden Ox will be ready for you.

Animal Forecasts for 2021: (Adapted from Lillian Bridges)

Rat – Water Element: 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032
The Rat is the secret friend of the Ox, so that means that the Rat gets a lot of secret luck this year too! Plans that were initiated last year can come to fruition but try to complete them before the year’s end. The Yin of this year benefits the Rat so enjoy the slower pace.

Ox* – Earth Element: 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
The Ox does better in its own year than most animals. This is a good year for financial investment and creating future stability. Ox people will be more social than usual, which will be a strain, but they will be hosting or going to many family gatherings and weddings.

Tiger – Wood Element: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Tigers will feel frustrated often this year and they must learn to handle the delays that will occur. There will be some obstacles to overcome and Tigers need to learn how to be patient and accepting, which is not easy for them! However, there can be payoffs later in the year.

Rabbit – Wood Element: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
This is a moderate year for Rabbits. They can make steady progress if they slow down and do things thoroughly. There is happiness in the family and more socializing. There is also the possibility of investing in real estate or remodeling their current home, which are both stressful.

Dragon – Earth Element: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
This is not an easy year for Dragons, as they will feel repressed and slowed down. However, steady work brings rewards and there is a good chance for romance and enjoyable social interactions. This is a good year for the Dragon to travel, but make sure your home is secure.

Snake – Fire Element: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013
This is a good year for Snakes. The Yin nature of the year is empowering. There will be financial rewards and opportunities for the Snake that others won’t get, so Snakes need to take them without hesitating. This is also a beneficial year for romance and friendship.

Horse – Fire Element: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
This year will feel very slow to Horses and the energy of this year will feel tedious many times. However, family life is happy and it is a good year for reorganizing and planning. Horses need to get ready for the good times coming and they will have to learn patience!

Sheep/Goat* – Earth Element: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
This is not an easy year. Sheep will feel blocked in their plans and find themselves saying things that they need to apologize for later. They need to watch their health and avoid dangerous activities. There can be unexpected financial benefit by the end of the year.

Monkey – Metal Element: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Monkeys will feel restrained, to their benefit. They need to stay closer to home and take care of all the things they have put aside for later. There is business success based on the plans started last year and it may end up being a more social year than expected.

Rooster – Metal Element: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981,1993, 2005, 2017
This is a very lucky year for Roosters. They will have opportunities for advancement and recognition and will garner a great deal of respect. This is a good year for promoting themselves and their work and they will be well received. It is also a good year for traveling

Dog* – Earth Element: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
This could be expensive year for Dogs and they will feel blocked in their progress. It’s an important time to regroup, rethink and get ready for the good luck coming in the next year. They may feel more irritation than usual, but they will also find fun in unexpected activities.

Pig – Water Element: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
This is a year with a special emphasis on happiness coming from the family. There may be more weddings and births. Pigs may change homes or change their homes. This is a particularly good year for remodeling and there will be opportunities for financial growth.

*Oxes (except those who are turning 60), Dogs and Goats who want to bring more luck their way need to carry or wear a Rat or Mouse charm this year for protection (even Mickey and Minnie will do). Anyone else can also use the charm, but Rats, Roosters and Snakes won’t need them.

And remember that if you are one of the animal years that is not in alignment with the Ox, it just means that you may have to work harder (and possibly make more money), move, travel more, change jobs, start a new job, get married or have a baby – all things the Chinese consider “Good Bad Luck.”

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    Hayfever and Allergies

    With spring here, so is pollen season, which is not good news for hay fever sufferers. Hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, is one of the most common chronic respiratory conditions in this country, affecting three million Australians.

    Hayfever is caused by an antigen-antibody reaction in the nasal mucosa, the antigens responsible are the pollen particles in the air. There is also an over-activity of the immune system to certain allergens, this is weakened with retention of chronic wind in the nose cavity.

    The most common symptoms of hayfever are nasal congestion, sneezing, profuse runny nose with white watery discharge a pale complexion and a mild headache. In some cases it also affects the eyes and conjunctiva may become red and itchy. These are classified as wind cold symptoms according to Chinese Medicine. We aim to alleviate these wind cold symptoms and restore the energy of the Lung. The Lung organs weakness is either hereditary or due to problems during pregnancy or childbirth (Maciocia, 2000).

    Woman with hay fever

    Some other tips to reduce hay fever and allergy symptoms naturally without medications include:

    1. Eat kiwifruit is extremely high in Vitamin C, which is an effective natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory. Kiwifruit also supports healthy immune function and protects from secondary respiratory conditions. Other foods containing Vitamin C and bioflavanoids include citrus fruits, strawberries, red capsicums, broccoli, papaya, guava and mango.
    2. Green fruits and vegetables contain beta-carotene, which gets converted to Vitamin A. This vitamin is important for healthy mucous membranes throughout the respiratory tract. It also helps promote healthy immune function, prevent secondary respiratory infections and reduce inflammation.
    3. Take garlic to helps clear nasal congestion. Its strong antibiotic properties also help prevent secondary respiratory infections in chronic suffers. It is also a good source of quercetin, a natural anti-histamine. 
    4. Reduce or eliminate cow’s milk and other dairy products as they can increase the production of mucus in the respiratory tract and exacerbate hay fever symptoms. Try alternatives such as rice, almond, quinoa and coconut milks.
    5. Reduce stress levels and calm down. There have been links of stress to the severity of hay fever symptoms.
    6. Exercise more. Regular exercise can reduce your hay fever. It is suggested that people with hay fever who exercise most have the mildest symptoms. Exercise will help reduce your stress levels, too.
    7. Eat well. People with hay fever who eat a healthy diet are less likely to get severe symptoms. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
    8. Reduce alcohol intake. Beer, wine and other spirits contain histamine, which can make symptoms worse.
    9. Have a good night sleep. Try to avoid too many late nights during the hay fever season. People with hay fever who sleep well tend to have milder symptoms.
    10.  Reduce excessive sugar intake. This causes inflammation around the sinus.
    11. Do not have cold drinks or foods for dinner especially before bed e.g: ice creams, cold fruits

      In the old Chinese medical texts is it said that spring is the beginning of things, when the energy of the body should be kept open. In spring on a physical level, we need to exercise more frequently and wear loose fitting clothing. Stretch to loosen up tendons and muscles from the cold winter. Spring is the season of the liver, and excess anger, frustration, depression, sadness or excess emotions can injure the liver. Violating the natural order of spring will cause cold illness during summer.
      We should all treat disease by preventing illness before it begins, rather than treat an illness after it has begun. An ancient proverb says: “If someone digs a well when thirsty or forges weapons after becoming engaged in battle, one cannot help ask, ‘Aren’t these actions too late?’”

    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 for $125.

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    Vitamin D

    Vitamin D or the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’ because it’s produced in your skin in response to sunlight is a fat-soluble vitamin in a family of compounds that includes vitamins D1-3. It’s function can affect as many as 2,000 genes in the body. It is extremely important we have enough Vitamin D as it helps our immune system. This vitamin is usually deficient in most adults. It is not about being in the range, but being in the optimal range of Vitamin D; which should be around 120-150nmol/L.

    Benefits of Vitamin D:

    1. Regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorous.

    Not enough Vitamin D will increase risk of bone fractures, soft and fragile bones and osteoporosis.

    1. Helps boost immune system function and fights disease.

    It reduces risk of MS, can decrease your chances of a heart disease, reduce colds and flus.

    1. It is great at regulating mood and reducing depression symptoms. Those with sub-optimal levels of Vitamin D have significantly increased levels of anxiety, stress and depression.

    How do you get enough Vitamin D

    Your body produces vitamin D naturally when it is directly exposed to sunlight. A little can go a long way. All you need is 10-15 minutes a day of midday, pre-sunscreen sun exposure, especially if you have fair skin.

    Besides getting vitamin D through sunlight, you can also get it through certain foods and supplements to ensure adequate levels of the vitamin in your blood.

    Beware of Deficiency

    Many lifestyle and environmental factors can affect your ability to get sufficient amounts of vitamin D through the sun alone. These factors include:

    • pollution
    • use of sunscreen
    • spending more time indoors
    • living in big cities where buildings block sunlight
    • having darker skin

    These factors contribute to vitamin D deficiency in an increasing number of people. That’s why it’s important to get some of your vitamin D from sources besides sunlight.

    The symptoms of a Vitamin D deficiency in adults include:

    • general tiredness, aches and pains, and a general sense of not feeling well
    • severe bone or muscle pain or weakness that may cause difficulty climbing stairs or getting up from the floor or a low chair, or cause the person to walk with a waddling gait
    • stress fractures, especially in the legs, pelvis, and hips
    • weak immune system and frequent colds/flu

    You can find out if you have adequate amounts through a simple blood test. If you don’t have optimal levels (under 80ng/mL) you should take daily Vitamin D supplements and get enough sunlight. If you have a deficiency, your doctor may order X-rays to check the strength of your bones.

    Very few food sources contain natural Vitamin D, some has been fortified these include:

    • salmon
    • sardines
    • egg yolk
    • shrimp
    • milk (fortified)
    • cereal (fortified)
    • yogurt (fortified)
    • orange juice (fortified)

    It can be hard to get enough vitamin D each day through sun exposure and food alone, so taking vitamin D supplements can help.

    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 reduced stress, relax the body, mind and spirit by restoring balance and harmony.  Acupuncture may also help 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, send us an email via our contact form OR Book Online

    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. Avoid the wind – Spring time can be extremely windy so ensure you stay inside on windy days or wear a scarf to protect the wind from the neck and head. In Chinese Medicine we say “The wind is the cause of 100 diseases”.

    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.

    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 that includes protein to kick-start your metabolism
    * Cut down on alcohol (1 wine/night max), coffee (max 2) and too much caffeinated teas
    * Have only 1-2 portions of red meat a week
    * At least 3 servings of fruit and vegetables daily
    * Cover a balance of all 5 flavours (sour, bitter, salty, spicy, sweet) 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