Natural Parenting & Fertility, Life Extension, Performance Enhancement, Fluoride Removal
Our cars are not the only things that are hard to start on a cold and frosty morning. For some of us it takes a while to get the old bones moving. Of course of late, we have been blessed with a spell of sunshine in the afternoon but none-the-less, some of us struggle with energy levels. There are many reasons why we may feel tired. It is important, as always, to see your doctor and eliminate any underlying disease. Sometimes however, there seems to be no explanation as to why our energy levels are low. Causes of fatigue that can be treated by natural medicine are poor digestion and absorption e.g. in Crohn's disease, coeliac disease), bowel flora imbalance, infections, adrenal exhaustion, blood sugar and hormonal imbalance. Visiting a doctor of complementary medicine can illuminate the cause and bring back that old spark.
At this time of year we have a real tendency to overindulge, and with good reason. Christmas and the New Year is celebrated with good food, good wine and (hopefully!) good company. Consuming too many of the things we love though, can leave us feeling tired, rundown and off colour. This issue I'd like to talk about some complementary approaches to recharge the liver and flush out the toxins.
The theme for spring, Inspiration, has inspired me to write about a therapeutic fast. There is nothing like a fast to inspire you! Fasting is extremely beneficial for the mind, Fasting provides a time for self observation and a time to learn about yourself. The spiritual, psychological and emotional challenges of fasting can help address inner demons. When the body is resting, the mind can climb mountains. Fasting exercises one's will power and is an accomplishment, which improves self-esteem.
Carina is available to lecture for your group or institution on this subject. Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.
Inside the liver cells there are sophisticated mechanisms that have evolved over millions of years to break down toxic substances. Every drug, artificial chemical, pesticide and hormone, is broken down (metabolised) by enzyme pathways inside the liver cells.
Many of the toxic chemicals that enter the body are fat-soluble, which means they dissolve only in fatty or oily solutions and not in water. This makes them difficult for the body to excrete. Fat soluble chemicals have a high affinity for fat tissues and cell membranes, which are made of fatty substances. In these fatty parts of the body, toxins may be stored for years, being released during times of exercise, stress or fasting. During the release of these toxins, symptoms such as headaches, poor memory, stomach pain, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and palpitations may occur. The body's primary defence against metabolic poisoning is carried out by the liver.
The liver has two mechanisms designed to convert fat-soluble chemicals into water soluble chemicals so that they may then be easily excreted from the body via watery fluids such as bile and urine.