Hypoglycemia or Blood Sugar

Hypoglycemia, also known as low blood sugar, is when blood sugar decreases to below normal levels. This may result in a variety of symptoms including clumsiness, trouble talking, confusion, loss of consciousness, seizures or death. A feeling of hunger, sweating, shakiness and weakness may also be present.
  • Blood Sugar Support

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  • Diagnose, Assess & Treat Physical, Mental & Emotional Disorders

  • Avandia

    Rosiglitazone (Avandia) is widely used to treat patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, but its effect on cardiovascular morbidity and mortality has not been determined.

  •  GI food

    The glycemic index or GI ranks carbohydrates according to their effect on blood glucose levels. The lower the GI, the slower the rise in blood glucose levels will be when the food is consumed. The effect may differ from person to person. It is recommended that people with pre-diabetes and diabetes have moderate amounts of carbohydrate and include high fibre foods that also have a low GI (not all high fibre foods have a low GI). Some research has shown that by eating a diet with a lower GI, people with diabetes can reduce their average blood glucose levels. This is important in reducing the risk of developing diabetes-related complications.

  • Healthy Aging & Longevity series of consultations, involves a polyphenol rich ketosis diet. A ketosis diet is in itself anti aging. A healthy weight is paramount to healthy aging. If weight is an issue then weight must be addressed and will be with this plan. If weight is not an issue, a ketosis diet does not have to be a weight loss diet and can be adapted

    Practitioner

    Healthy Aging & Longevity consultations, what to expect?

    The initial consultation will ascertain what you eat and make recommendations for a ketosis diet that suits you. This will flatline insulin levels and also aim to maximising polyphenol antioxidant intake.


    The second consultation will ensure firstly, that you have achieved a state of ketosis and secondly to address any issues you have surrounding the dietary recommendations and to add more recipes.


    The third consultation will assist you in moving from phase 1 (short-term) into phase 2 (long-term) of the diet. Phase 2 is the keto diet for health and longevity, mimics fasting and is life extending.

    Healthy Aging Effects of a Keto Diet
    Lowers cholesterol: Lowers LDL & triglyceride levels and raises HDL (good cholesterol).(1)

    Induce Rapid Weight Loss: Reduces body weight and body mass index.(1)

    Lowers Blood Sugar: Studies show a ketosis diet can eliminate type 2 diabetes.(2, 3)

    Enhances physical and cognitive performance: Ketone bodies are the most energy-efficient fuel and yield more ATP.(4)

    Suppresses Appetite: High fats diets increase satiety.(5)

    Starve Cancer Cells: Cancer cells need glucose for fuel. Only healthy cells can live on ketones. Studies indicate a ketosis diet is an adjunct therapeutic aid in cancer.(6, 7)

    Treats neurodegenerative disease: Ketosis is neuroprotective and neuroregenerative(8) & therapeutic treatment in traumatic head injury, neurological disease (9)including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's(10)& epilepsy,(11)

    Extends Life: The benefits of Calorie restriction/Keto diet are scientific fact. A Ketosis diet simulates the Calorie Restrictive Diet(12)that scientists have touted for the main reason behind Okinawan longevity.Like CR, Ketosis also activates telomerase the anti-aging enzyme. Calorie restriction increases telomerase activity and enhances autophagy (breakdown of dead cells).(13)CR improves how cells respond to stress, how they break down (autophagy), induces apoptosis (programmed cell death ie in cancer cells), and alters hormonal balance. Autophagy in particular, is quality control inside cells. It is essential for the maintenance of cellular homeostasis and for the orchestration of an efficient cellular response to stress. Autophagic activity declines with age, and this contributes to the aging process.(14)

    People who may benefit from the Vitality, Longevity and Healthy Aging plan include those who want to:

    • Slow & reverse the effects of aging.
    • Age healthily
    • Manage your weight more effectively
    • Increase muscle tone and fitness
    • Increase your energy, stamina & strength
    • Support the nutrition and health of your body
    • Decrease incidence of age-related disease
    • Look healthier & improve your quality of life

    Specifically the Life Extension plan;

    • Increases expression of the Sir 2 gene, causing an increase in Telomerase, an enzyme allowing dividing cells to replace lost DNA, thus allowing unbounded division (ie. ageless cell)
    • Increases Telomerase activity
    • Lowers Homocysteine, a naturally occurring protein of which, at high levels, is associated with age related disease
    • Maximises dietary polyphenol antioxidants to prevent free radical damage
    • Improves insulin resistance
    • Improves mitochondrial function
    • Strengthens connective tissue
    • Increases digestion, absorption, assimilation & elimination
    • Improves cognitive function
    • Tonifies the adrenal glands to increase DHEA (a precursor hormone) levels to youthful levels
    • Tonifies the Vital Force
    • Replaces nutritional deficiencies
    • Flatlines insulin levels
    • To reduce cancer risks, the plan addresses the following causes of cancer;

    The pathogenesis of cancer is as follows;

    • Overexpression of Tyrosine Kinase Receptor and resultant deficiency in apoptosis (15)
    • Overexpression of Cox (16)
    • Over expression IL6 (17)
    • Overexpression of TNF alpha (18)
    • Increases in ILGF (19)

    Hundreds of bioactive compounds have been identified as potential modifiers of cancer, several of which are active ingredients in herbs (20)

    • Inhibits the inflammatory mediator Cox(21, 22)
    • Inhibits RTK, the enzyme responsible for tumour formation (20, 23)
    • Lower inflammatory mediators IL6 (24, 25)
    • Lowers insulin like growth factor (ILGF) (26, 27)
    • Inhibit inflammatory mediator TNF alpha (28, 29)
    • Induces Apoptosis programmed cell death (30)
    • Lowers C reactive protein (CRP) (22)
    • Inhibits betaglucuronidase (31) & aromatase, (32) enzymes associated with hormone dependent cancers.
    • Is phytoestrogen rich. Phytoestrogen consumption is associated with a significant reduction in breast, prostate and other cancer risk. (33-35)

    You will receive an e-prescription including dietary, lifestyle, supplement and herbal medicine advice.

    When a herb is described as anti-aging they have anti-oxidant, anti-aging, anti-fatigue and anti-inflammatory effects. Anti-aging herbs tonify the nervous system and endocrine system. Anti-aging herbs tonify the cardiovascular system by lowering cholesterol, widening coronary arteries and boosting blood flow to the heart. Anti-aging herbs protect the liver, tone up the main internal organs, settle nerves, improve eyesight and reduce blood sugar levels to prevent diabetes. Rich in antioxidants anti-aging herbs boost the immune system, slow down the process of cellular aging. Anti-aging herbs nourishe vitality, reduces excess heat, detoxify the body, calm the mind and improve mental agility. 

    Your practitioner

    Carina Harkin BHSc.Acu.BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom. Cert IV TAE.
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    1.Dashti HM, Mathew TC, Hussein T, Asfar SK, Behbahani A, Khoursheed MA, et al. Long-term effects of a ketogenic diet in obese patients. Experimental and clinical cardiology. 2004;9(3):200-5.

    2.Westman EC, Tondt J, Maguire E, Yancy WS, Jr. Implementing a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to manage type 2 diabetes mellitus. Expert review of endocrinology & metabolism. 2018;13(5):263-72.

    3.Yancy WS, Jr., Foy M, Chalecki AM, Vernon MC, Westman EC. A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to treat type 2 diabetes. Nutrition & metabolism. 2005;2:34-.

    4.Murray AJ, Knight NS, Cole MA, Cochlin LE, Carter E, Tchabanenko K, et al. Novel ketone diet enhances physical and cognitive performance. FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 2016;30(12):4021-32.

    5.Gibson AA, Seimon RV, Lee CMY, Ayre J, Franklin J, Markovic TP, et al. Do ketogenic diets really suppress appetite? A systematic review and meta-analysis. 2015;16(1):64-76.

    6.Klement RJ. Beneficial effects of ketogenic diets for cancer patients: a realist review with focus on evidence and confirmation. Medical oncology (Northwood, London, England). 2017;34(8):132.

    7.Morscher RJ, Aminzadeh-Gohari S, Feichtinger RG, Mayr JA, Lang R, Neureiter D, et al. Inhibition of Neuroblastoma Tumor Growth by Ketogenic Diet and/or Calorie Restriction in a CD1-Nu Mouse Model. PLOS ONE. 2015;10(6):e0129802.

    8.Shaafi S, Mahmoudi J, Pashapour A, Farhoudi M, Sadigh-Eteghad S, Akbari H. Ketogenic Diet Provides Neuroprotective Effects against Ischemic Stroke Neuronal Damages. Advanced pharmaceutical bulletin. 2014;4(Suppl 2):479-81.

    9.Gano LB, Patel M, Rho JM. Ketogenic diets, mitochondria, and neurological diseases. Journal of lipid research. 2014;55(11):2211-28.

    10.Włodarek D. Role of Ketogenic Diets in Neurodegenerative Diseases (Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease). . Nutrients. 2019;11(169).

    11.Agarwal N, Arkilo D, Farooq O, Gillogly C, Kavak KS, Weinstock A. Ketogenic diet: Predictors of seizure control. SAGE open medicine. 2017;5:2050312117712887-.

    12.Maalouf M, Rho JM, Mattson MP. The neuroprotective properties of calorie restriction, the ketogenic diet, and ketone bodies. Brain research reviews. 2009;59(2):293-315.

    13.Wang B-H, Hou Q, Lu Y-Q, Jia M-M, Qiu T, Wang X-H, et al. Ketogenic diet attenuates neuronal injury via autophagy and mitochondrial pathways in pentylenetetrazol-kindled seizures. Brain Research. 2018;1678:106-15.

    14.Veech RL, Bradshaw PC, Clarke K, Curtis W, Pawlosky R, King MT. Ketone bodies mimic the life span extending properties of caloric restriction. 2017;69(5):305-14.

    15.Paul MK, Mukhopadhyay AK. Tyrosine kinase - Role and significance in Cancer. International journal of medical sciences. 2004;1(2):101-15.

    16.Mazhar D, Gillmore R, Waxman J. COX and cancer. QJM: An International Journal of Medicine. 2005;98(10):711-8.

    17.Kumari N, Dwarakanath BS, Das A, Bhatt AN. Role of interleukin-6 in cancer progression and therapeutic resistance. Tumour biology : the journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine. 2016;37(9):11553-72.

    18.Wang X, Lin Y. Tumor necrosis factor and cancer, buddies or foes? Acta pharmacologica Sinica. 2008;29(11):1275-88.

    19.Kaaks R. Nutrition, insulin, IGF-1 metabolism and cancer risk: a summary of epidemiological evidence. Novartis Foundation symposium. 2004;262:247-60; discussion 60-68.

    20.Kaefer CM, Milner JA. The role of herbs and spices in cancer prevention. The Journal of nutritional biochemistry. 2008;19(6):347-61.

    21.Sagar SM, Yance D, Wong RK. Natural health products that inhibit angiogenesis: a potential source for investigational new agents to treat cancer-Part 2. Current oncology (Toronto, Ont). 2006;13(3):99-107.

    22.Ghasemian M, Owlia S, Owlia MB. Review of Anti-Inflammatory Herbal Medicines. Advances in pharmacological sciences. 2016;2016:9130979-.

    23.Teillet F, Boumendjel A, Boutonnat J, Ronot X. Flavonoids as RTK inhibitors and potential anticancer agents. Medicinal research reviews. 2008;28(5):715-45.

    24.Chun JY, Tummala R, Nadiminty N, Lou W, Liu C, Yang J, et al. Andrographolide, an herbal medicine, inhibits interleukin-6 expression and suppresses prostate cancer cell growth. Genes & cancer. 2010;1(8):868-76.

    25.Hussan F, Mansor AS, Hassan SN, Tengku Nor Effendy Kamaruddin TNT, Budin SB, Othman F. Anti-Inflammatory Property of Plantago major Leaf Extract Reduces the Inflammatory Reaction in Experimental Acetaminophen-Induced Liver Injury. Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM. 2015;2015:347861-.

    26.Milman S, Atzmon G, Huffman DM, Wan J, Crandall JP, Cohen P, et al. Low insulin-like growth factor-1 level predicts survival in humans with exceptional longevity. Aging cell. 2014;13(4):769-71.

    27.Singh P, Bast F. Screening of multi-targeted natural compounds for receptor tyrosine kinases inhibitors and biological evaluation on cancer cell lines, in silico and in vitro. Medical oncology (Northwood, London, England). 2015;32(9):233.

    28.Aggarwal BB, Gupta SC, Sung B. Curcumin: an orally bioavailable blocker of TNF and other pro-inflammatory biomarkers. British journal of pharmacology. 2013;169(8):1672-92.

    29.Ren Y, Qiao W, Fu D, Han Z, Liu W, Ye W, et al. Traditional Chinese Medicine Protects against Cytokine Production as the Potential Immunosuppressive Agents in Atherosclerosis. Journal of immunology research. 2017;2017:7424307-.

    30.Safarzadeh E, Sandoghchian Shotorbani S, Baradaran B. Herbal medicine as inducers of apoptosis in cancer treatment. Advanced pharmaceutical bulletin. 2014;4(Suppl 1):421-7.

    31.Subramanya SB, Venkataraman B, Meeran MFN, Goyal SN, Patil CR, Ojha S. Therapeutic Potential of Plants and Plant Derived Phytochemicals against Acetaminophen-Induced Liver Injury. International journal of molecular sciences. 2018;19(12):3776.

    32.Balunas MJ, Su B, Brueggemeier RW, Kinghorn AD. Natural products as aromatase inhibitors. Anti-cancer agents in medicinal chemistry. 2008;8(6):646-82.

    33.Velentzis LS, Woodside JV, Cantwell MM, Leathem AJ, Keshtgar MR. Do phytoestrogens reduce the risk of breast cancer and breast cancer recurrence? What clinicians need to know. European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990). 2008;44(13):1799-806.

    34.Cotterchio M, Boucher BA, Manno M, Gallinger S, Okey A, Harper P. Dietary phytoestrogen intake is associated with reduced colorectal cancer risk. The Journal of nutrition. 2006;136(12):3046-53.

    35.Ziaei S, Halaby R. Dietary Isoflavones and Breast Cancer Risk. Medicines (Basel, Switzerland). 2017;4(2):18.

    to be a diet for life. If you don't need to lose weight you simply add keto snacks.

  • Practitioner Strength Organic or Wildcrafted Herbal Extracts

  • insulin resistance

    Insulin resistance (IR) is the condition in which normal amounts of insulin are inadequate to produce a normal insulin response from fat, muscle, and liver cells. Insulin resistance (IR) is a prominent pathophysiologic component in a myriad of metabolic disorders, including obesity, prediabetes and type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  • Ketogenic Diets stabilises blood sugar, reduces cravings, improves insulin sensitivity, treats metabolic syndrome & central obesity, assists fat metabolism, tonifies the thyroid gland to boost the Basal Metabolic Rate.

    Your Practitioner

    To achieve a state of ketosis By prescribing a Low GI carbohydrate restricted diet, forcing fat to be broken down to form ketones which are used instead of glucose as fuel for healthy body cells. Suitable for vegetarians/vegans.

    Benefits of a Keto Diet

    • Lowers cholesterol and triglycerides
    • Induces rapid weight loss, in particular abdominal fat.
    • Lowers blood sugar
    • Improves energy
    • Suppresses hunger

    What to expect?

    Your ketogenic diet and weight loss consultations

    The first consultation will ascertain what you eat and make recommendations for a ketosis diet that suits you.

    The second consultation will ensure firstly, that you have achieved a state of ketosis and secondly to address any issues you have surrounding the dietary recommendations.

    The third consultation will assist you in moving from Phase 1 (short-term) into Phase 2 (long-term) of the diet. This occurs when you are near your goal weight. Phase 2 is the Keto Diet for Health and longevity, mimics fasting and is life extending.
    Keto Diet for Weight Loss

    This diet is a carbohydrate restrictive, high good fat, high healthy protein (including veg/vegan based protein) diet. Ketosis is a perfectly normal metabolic process. When we are unable to use carbohydrates as fuel for cells to burn for energy, fats are used instead. Ketones are produced as part of this process. In fact, ketones are the preferred source of fuel for our bodies. This diet is suitable for vegetarians/vegans. 

    Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet

    Lowers cholesterol: Lowers LDL & triglyceride levels and raises HDL (good cholesterol). (1)

    Induce Rapid Weight Loss: Reduces body weight and body mass index. (1)

    Lowers Blood Sugar: Studies show a ketosis diet can eliminate type 2 diabetes. (2, 3)

    Enhances physical and cognitive performance: Ketone bodies are the most energy-efficient fuel and yield more ATP. (4)

    Suppresses Appetite: High fats diets increase satiety. (5)

    Starve Cancer Cells: Cancer cells need glucose for fuel. Only healthy cells can live on ketones. Studies indicate a ketosis diet is an adjunct therapeutic aid in cancer. (6, 7)

    Treats neurodegenerative disease: Ketosis is neuroprotective and neuroregenerative (8) & therapeutic treatment in traumatic head injury, neurological disease (9) including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's (10) & epilepsy, (11)

    Extends Life: The benefits of Calorie restriction/Keto diet are scientific fact. A Ketosis diet simulates the Calorie Restrictive Diet (12) that scientists have touted for the main reason behind Okinawan longevity. Like CR, Ketosis also activates telomerase the anti-ageing enzyme. Calorie restriction increases telomerase activity and enhances autophagy (breakdown of dead cells). (13) CR improves how cells respond to stress, how they break down (autophagy), induces apoptosis (programmed cell death ie in cancer cells), and alters hormonal balance. Autophagy in particular, is quality control inside cells. It is essential for the maintenance of cellular homeostasis and for the orchestration of an efficient cellular response to stress. Autophagic activity declines with age, and this contributes to the ageing process. (14)

    Carina Harkin BHSc.Acu.BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom. Cert IV TAE. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    1. Dashti HM, Mathew TC, Hussein T, Asfar SK, Behbahani A, Khoursheed MA, et al. Long-term effects of a ketogenic diet in obese patients. Experimental and clinical cardiology. 2004;9(3):200-5.

    2. Westman EC, Tondt J, Maguire E, Yancy WS, Jr. Implementing a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to manage type 2 diabetes mellitus. Expert review of endocrinology & metabolism. 2018;13(5):263-72.

    3. Yancy WS, Jr., Foy M, Chalecki AM, Vernon MC, Westman EC. A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet to treat type 2 diabetes. Nutrition & metabolism. 2005;2:34-.

    4. Murray AJ, Knight NS, Cole MA, Cochlin LE, Carter E, Tchabanenko K, et al. Novel ketone diet enhances physical and cognitive performance. FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. 2016;30(12):4021-32.

    5. Gibson AA, Seimon RV, Lee CMY, Ayre J, Franklin J, Markovic TP, et al. Do ketogenic diets really suppress appetite? A systematic review and meta-analysis. 2015;16(1):64-76.

    6. Klement RJ. Beneficial effects of ketogenic diets for cancer patients: a realist review with focus on evidence and confirmation. Medical oncology (Northwood, London, England). 2017;34(8):132.

    7. Morscher RJ, Aminzadeh-Gohari S, Feichtinger RG, Mayr JA, Lang R, Neureiter D, et al. Inhibition of Neuroblastoma Tumor Growth by Ketogenic Diet and/or Calorie Restriction in a CD1-Nu Mouse Model. PLOS ONE. 2015;10(6):e0129802.

    8. Shaafi S, Mahmoudi J, Pashapour A, Farhoudi M, Sadigh-Eteghad S, Akbari H. Ketogenic Diet Provides Neuroprotective Effects against Ischemic Stroke Neuronal Damages. Advanced pharmaceutical bulletin. 2014;4(Suppl 2):479-81.

    9. Gano LB, Patel M, Rho JM. Ketogenic diets, mitochondria, and neurological diseases. Journal of lipid research. 2014;55(11):2211-28.

    10. Włodarek D. Role of Ketogenic Diets in Neurodegenerative Diseases (Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease). . Nutrients. 2019;11(169).

    11. Agarwal N, Arkilo D, Farooq O, Gillogly C, Kavak KS, Weinstock A. Ketogenic diet: Predictors of seizure control. SAGE open medicine. 2017;5:2050312117712887-.

    12. Maalouf M, Rho JM, Mattson MP. The neuroprotective properties of calorie restriction, the ketogenic diet, and ketone bodies. Brain research reviews. 2009;59(2):293-315.

    13. Wang B-H, Hou Q, Lu Y-Q, Jia M-M, Qiu T, Wang X-H, et al. Ketogenic diet attenuates neuronal injury via autophagy and mitochondrial pathways in pentylenetetrazol-kindled seizures. Brain Research. 2018;1678:106-15.

    14. Veech RL, Bradshaw PC, Clarke K, Curtis W, Pawlosky R, King MT. Ketone bodies mimic the life span extending properties of caloric restriction. 2017;69(5):305-14.

  • With this medicines safety now in question, in the light of recent scientific evidence that it poses increased risk of heart attack, what are the natural medicine alternatives to Avandia

  • sugar and acne

    Acne Vulgaris is characterised by the presence of comedones or blackheads, pimples, small superficial sebaceous cysts, and scars. There are over half a dozen types of acne, the most common being blackheads.

  • adrenal exhaustion

    Adrenal exhaustion is the term used to describe the state when adrenal glands are exhausted and unable to produce adequate quantities of hormones, primarily the glucocorticoid cortisol, and adrenalin produced in the adrenal medulla.

  • hypertension

    Hypertension or high blood pressure is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in the arteries is elevated. It is classified as either primary (essential) or secondary. About 90-95% of cases are termed "primary hypertension", which refers to high blood pressure for which no medical cause can be found. The remaining 5-10% of cases (Secondary hypertension) are caused by another conditions that affect the kidneys, arteries, heart, or endocrine system. From a naturopathic perspective there is a plethora of dietary, lifestyle and supplement and herbal medicine advice that will address the causes of hypertension and lower blood pressure naturally

  • Childhood Obesity

    Central obesity is as much linked to cardiovascular disease as cigarette smoking? Obesity is associated with complications in pregnancy, heart disease, late onset diabetes and certain cancers, in particular those related to oestrogen and the gastrointestinal tract.

  • sperm and egg

    PCOS Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common female endocrine disorders and is a leading causes of female infertility.

  • stress

    Whilst occasional anxiety is normal, feeling anxious without reason is not. Persistent worrying thoughts that affect your day-to-day life may indicate you suffer from a generalized anxiety disorder. Symptoms may include irritability, impatience, restlessness, feeling tense or on edge or poor concentration. 

  • why diets dont work

    Excess weight in terms of complementary medicine is seen as an excess condition of toxicity that needs to be eliminated. Did you know that central obesity is as much linked to cardiovascular disease as cigarette smoking?.

  • nfq and eqf

    Carahealth clinic combines the case history taking and diagnostic skills and treatment approaches from the three major  modalities of natural medicine, naturopathy, acupuncture & homeopathy

  • A Naturopathic Consultation is holistic and assesses the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of a person. For example from a Western Medical Perspective you may be medically diagnosed with hypothyroidism however, from a Naturopathic Medical Perspective your diagnosis might be;

    Practitioner

    • Decreased Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) due to "Functional Hypothyroid"
    • Poor breakdown of fats and increased visceral adiposity due to a "Sluggish Liver".
    • Excess cravings for carbohydrates due to “Insulin Resistance” and "Functional Hypoglycemia"
    • Long term stress leading to "Adrenal Exhaustion", cortisol spikes and resultant weight gain
    • Long term stress leading to “Nervous System Exhaustion” and emotional eating
    • Nutritional deficiencies of Iodine, EFAs, selenium
    • Excess Bioaccumulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) such as fluoride, aluminium and  BPA leading to a disruption of thyroid hormone production. 

    Thus

    Naturopathic Treatment Principles 

    • Tonify the thyroid to boost BMR
    • Improve insulin sensitivity
    • Balance blood sugar
    • Tonify the adrenal gland
    • Nourish the nervous system
    • Replace nutritional deficiencies
    • Treatment in the terms of dietary, lifestyle, supplement and herbal medicine recommendations are then derived from these treatment principles.

    Addtional Protocols

    Traditional Chinese Medicine

    As an Acupuncturist, I will also diagnose your Pattern of Disharmony according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. In obesity, it may be for example Cold Damp accumulation due to Spleen Qi and Yang Deficiency. I will prescribe Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Chinese Dietary Therapy to treat your Pattern of Disharmony. Rather than prescribing Chinese Herbal Patent Formulas, I specialise in preparing Traditional Chinese Herbal Formulations in organic 1:1 high practitioner strength extract form 

    Once I have confirmed a Naturopathic Diagnosis, I will then explain the Naturopathic Causes of your condition from a Naturopathic Perspective so that you will be motivated to remove these causes to the best of your ability and have a better chance for cure, depending also, on the strength of your Vital Force. As the "Stress-Less Naturopath" I tailor a Health Management Solution to suit your lifestyle.

    I am trained in pharmacology, herbal and supplement contraindications and drug/nutrient, drug/herb interactions. I can prescribe safely if you are pregnant and breastfeeding or on medication. As a Herbalist and Nutritionist I specialise in matching the pharmacological actions of drugs with natural alternatives using compounds found in food and herbs. I will always give dietary advice and assess your diet for nutritional deficiencies.

    Classical Homeopathy

    As a classical homeopath I may also prescribe what are described as your constitutional remedy, an acute lesional remedy or drainage remedy.

    What to expect during a Naturopathic consultation?

    At either a consult in person or an online consultation I will

    Discuss your presenting symptoms

    • Discuss any medications that you take to ensure that there are no drug/nutrient or drug/herb contraindications with proposed or current treatment
    • Discuss your past health history
    • Discuss your family history
    • Ask you questions about relevant body systems to gain a better understanding of your condition
    • Perform nail analysis and tongue and pulse diagnosis to asses for mineral deficiencies (For online consult you will need to email photo of tongue)
    • Perform Iridology (for online consult you will need to attach photo of left and right iris)
    • Take your blood pressure
    • May recommend blood or other tests
    • Explain the Naturopathic Causes of your health issues from a Naturopathic Medical Perspective
    • Provide a diagnosis from a Chinese Medical Perspective
    • Prescribe treatment in the terms of diet, (including Chinese dietary therapy), lifestyle, herbal medicine, homeopathy and supplements in the form of an email prescription.
    • Provide ongoing support through www.carahealth.com Online Naturopathic Health Resource and Consultant Services.
    • Face-to-face consultation includes acupuncture according to your Pattern of Disharmony.

    For further details contact Carina This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

  • Mental Clarity

    From a natural medicine perspective, there are often physical factors that negatively impact our sense of clarity.Herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, dietary and lifestyle approaches can treat this condition naturally, without the use of pharmacological drugs.

  • For a Natural Performance Boost,  three seperate consultations are reccomended, teaching about performance enhancing supplements, Carbohydrate loading, training tactics & match day diet, Fuelling tactics, Weight gain & Hyper-hydration.

    The plan adapts WHO guidelines and sports nutrition protocols recommended by the Australian Institute of Sport and the adoption of legal ergogenic performance enhancing herbs & supplements.

    Practitioner

    Goals;

    To achieve energy balance & healthy BMI
    Reduce saturated fats & trans-fatty acids
    Increase consumption of omega 3 healthy fats
    Increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains & nuts
    Limit the intake of simple sugars
    Limit salt / sodium consumption from all sources
    Ensure sufficient essential amino acids to assist immune system & repair
    Include essential vitamins & minerals
    Avoiding directly poisonous (e.g. heavy metals) & carcinogenic (e.g. benzene) substances.
    Learn about performance enhancing supplement recommendations according to the Australian Institute of Sport including;

    • Carbohydrate loading
    • The training & match day diet
    • Training tactics
    • Fuelling tactics
    • Meal timing
    • Weight gain
    • Hyper-hydration
    • Evidence based herbal ergogenic/ performance-enhancing aids are prescribed to enhance physical strength and performance capacity.

    What to expect

    1st Consultation

    Involves discussing presenting symptoms including and medications/supplements that you take to ensure that there are no drug/nutrient or drug/herb contraindications with proposed or current treatment. Next we will discuss your past medical and family history. Then I will ask questions about relevant body systems to gain a better understanding of your general health. I will assess your Basal Metabolic Index (BMI) to ascertain where you stand in relation to being a healthy weight. I will assess your current diet to ensure it contains sufficient essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals to assist body function such as immune system and repair and to look for specific nutritional deficiencies and to assess your diet and lifestyle to ensure you are avoiding poisonous and carcinogenic substances.

    Your diet plan will;

    • Make tailored dietary recommendations to address any specific deficiencies or issues
    • Provide advice on healthy fats
    • Provide advice on low GI fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts to sustain energy levels
    • Provide advice on healthy low GI sugar alternatives
    • Provide advice on healthy salt alternatives
    • Provide advice on healthy snacks

    Your prescription will provide a performance enhancing diet plan and lifestyle, herbal medicine and supplements advice in the form of an email prescription.

    2nd Consultation

    Involves discussing a tailored training diet plan to provide sufficient levels of all nutrients and sustained, slow release low GI carbohydrates to help provide energy for long and intense training sessions. The plan is a general guide, and portion sizes will need to be adapted to suit your daily routine.

    We will also discuss;

    Carbohydrate loading and performance enhancement the original and modern carb loading and how taper your exercise before the match/sporting event

    • The Training Diet
    • Match Day Diet
    • Training tactics
    • Fuelling Tactics
    • Meal Timing
    • Weight gain
    • Fluids Hyper-hydration

    3rd Consultation

    Aims to ensure you are on track and address any pitfalls you may be experiencing and how to overcome them. You will be provided with more recipes that tick all boxes for essential healthy proteins, carbohydrates and fat and essential vitamins and minerals to promote recovery from injury and enhance performance.

    Herbal Medicine as a performance booster to enhance athletic performance

    Performance-enhancing substances enhance physical strength to improve performance. A performance boosteris also called an ergogenic aid. (1) Herbal medicine adaptogens acts as ergogenic aids to enhance performance. Frome a herbal medicine perspective adaptogens, testosteromimetic and caffeine rich herbs are ergogenic aids.

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    Herbal Medicine Protocol 

    Adaptogen Herbs

    Adaptogens increase resilience to stress whether it is physical, chemical, biological or emotional in origin. Adaptogens restore and normalise physiological functions in the event of stress allowing us to handle the stressful situations in a more resourceful manner. Adaptogens specifically help our bodies adapt to changes in our circadian rhythm caused by hectic lifestyles (2) or deficiency in sunlight. Current uses of adaptogens relate mainly to treating stress-induced fatigue, improving cognitive function and treating emotional and behavioural disorders. Adaptogens also protect against chronic inflammation, atherosclerosis, neurodegenerative cognitive impairment, metabolic disorders, and other age-related disease. (3)

    Ginseng Asian ginseng Chinese,/Korean ginseng Panax ginseng 

    Panax ginseng, also known as Chinese or Korean ginseng, is the one which is most widely used ergogenic aids. (4) Ginseng is a tonic herb that improves vitality, health and longevity. Ginseng is an adaptogen and enhance endurance and strength. Ginseng root increases muscular strength and aerobic work capacity. It has been reported that the use of ginseng does not lead to any positive test results for banned substances after urine testing of elite athletes, although ginsenosides and their metabolites are detectable in the sera and urine of athletes following the ingestion of ginseng.

    Ginseng roots;

    • Stimulate and protects the central nervous system. (5)
    • Enhances cognitive function and improves mood. (6)
    • Increased production of corticotropin and cortisol and has anabolic actions. (7)
    • Has potent adaptogenic activity that is mediated by regulation of pituitary adrenocorticotropic hormone secretion to combat stress. (8)
    • Possess antioxidant properties and inhibits lipid peroxidation. (9)
    • Has stimulant effect and thus improves alertness and decreases fatigue and stress
    • Increases exercise time to exhaustion. (10)
    • Protects against cardiovascular disease. (11)
    • Supports male reproductive function. (12)

    Siberian ginseng Eletherococcus senticosus 

    Studied extensively by Russian researchers, Siberian ginseng is distantly related to the Panax species. Siberian ginseng contains unique steroidal saponins termed eleutherosides that appear to be structurally similar to, but are distinct from, Panax ginsenosides. Siberian ginseng improves muscular strength, resistance to fatigue and recovery from exercise.

    Siberian ginseng;

    • Supports healthy ageing and improves quality of life. (13)
    • Protects against cardiovascular disease. (14)
    • Is immune stimulatory, has various anti-cancer properties and possesses anti-tumour effects. (15)
    • Protect against cancer formation by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) (16)
    • Reduces fatigue. (17)

    Withania Ashwagandha/ Indian Ginseng Withania somnifera 

    Withania is an adaptogen and enhances endurance and strength. A study aimed to determine the effect of Ashwagandha on the cardiorespiratory endurance capacity, that is, aerobic capacity in elite Indian cyclists found there was significant improvement in the experimental group in all parameters in terms of maximal aerobic capacity (VO2 max), metabolic equivalent, respiratory exchange ratio (RER), and total time for the athlete to reach his exhaustion stage. (18)

    Withania ginseng;

    • Reduces stress and anxiety. (19)
    • Displays anti cancer effects. (20, 21)
    • Is chemoprotective (protects against chemical damage). (22)
    • Is neuroprotective to protect against neurodegenerative disease such as stroke and Alzheimer’s. (23)

    Rhodiola Rhodiola rosea 

    Rhodiola is an adaptogen, enhances endurance and strength. A study to determine the effects o Rhodiola rosea on endurance exercise performance, perceived exertion, mood, and cognitive function found acute Rhodiola rosea ingestion decreases heart rate response to submaximal exercise and appears to improve endurance exercise performance by decreasing the perception of effort. (24)

    Rhodioloa;

    • Improves endurance exercise performance. (25)
    • Alleviates stress, anxiety and depression by increasing feel-good hormones. (26-29)
    • Enhances cognitive function (30) and metal and physical performance. (31)
    • Reduces physical and mental fatigue. (32)
    • Is anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective. (33)

    Testoteromimetic herbs

    Testosteromimetic herbs increase testosterone thus are anabolic, can improve recovery time from resistance exercise and enhance strength. The following herbs increase testosterone levels. Women also make and utilise testosterone so these herbs are safe for use my women as an ergogenic aid during training and performance.

    Sarsaparilla Smilax ornata 

    In Traditional Chinese Medicine is traditionally used to treat sexual hypofunction. Sarsaparilla has a beneficial effect on exercise performance. (34)

    Sarsaparilla

    • Has a testostermomimetic effects thereby increases testosterone so is anabolic.(35)
    • Is a herbal aphrodisiac. (36)

    Tribulus Tribulus terrestra 

    Sarsaparilla has testostermomimetic so is anabolic. It contains a variety of chemical constituents which are medicinally important, such as flavonoids, flavonol glycosides, steroidal saponins, and alkaloids. T. terrestris did not alter the urinary T/E ratio and would not place an athlete at risk of testing positive based on the World Anti-Doping Agency's urinary T/E ratio limit.

    Tribulus

    • Increases strength and fat free mass. (37)
    • Is a male reproductive tonic and improves fertility. (38-40)
    • Is an aphrodisiac and performance enhancer. (41)

    Caffeine rich herbs

    Caffeine supplementation improves performance at varying intensities and modalities of exercise. Caffeine is a well-documented stimulant of the central nervous system as well as the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Caffeine ingestion increases blood catecholamine concentration. Caffeine's ergogenic effect on sports performance is also attributed to its effect on substrate availability, namely, free fatty acids. Increases in free fatty acid concentration in turn lead to a glycogen-sparing effect because the body's energy system will start using free fatty acid as a primary source of fuel. A significant increase (44%) in endurance running performance is achieved after athletes ingested 9 mg/kg body mass of caffeine 1 hour prior to exercise.

    Kola nut Cola nitida 

    Kola nut is a naturally rich source of caffeine. But unlike caffeine, kola nut is rich in vitamins and minerals so has a lot of health benefits. Kola nut is high in antioxidant polyphenols, it is anti-bacterial, rich in theobromine content, which is a vasodilator hence a circulatory stimulant.

    Kola nut

    • Improves locomotor function. (42)
    • Is antioxidant rich and inhibits lipid peroxidation. (43)
    • Is chemoprotective and has been shown to inhibit androgen dependent cancers in males. (44)

    Carahealth PerformanceTonic

    Formulated to help improve exercise performance capacity or enhance physical strength. The tincture contains a blend of adaptogenic herbs and herbs that increase testosterone hence is anabolic. The tincture also contains a caffeine rich herb.

    Ingredients: Chinese ginseng, Siberian ginseng, Indian Ginseng , Rhodiola, Sarsaparilla, Tribulus & Kola nut.

    Actions ;

    Lowers cortisol levels during times of stress
    Boosts immunity
    Increases energy levels
    Improves resistance to stress
    Improves concentration
    Enhances recovery from resistance exercise
    Enhances strength
    Increase muscle mass
    Stimulates the central nervous system
    Stimulates the cardiovascular and respiratory systems

    Ketosis Diet as an ergogenic training aid

    A long-term ketosis, high fat, low carbohydrate diet may be favourable for aerobic endurance athletes, during the preparatory season, when a high volume and low to moderate intensity of training loads predominate in the training process. Fat loading slows down the rate of carbohydrate utilization and enhance endurance performance in long distance events lasting from 2 to 5 h. This is especially true during long-term ketogenic diets, where the body adapts to increased fat oxidation through enzymatic and endocrine changes

    A ketogenic diet has been used by professional cyclists. A ketogenic diet is a diet high in lipids and low in carbohydrates for ~4 days to induce nutritional ketosis. However a ketogenic diet may impair exercise performance via reducing the capacity to utilise carbohydrate, which forms a key fuel source for skeletal muscle during intense endurance-type exercise so is only recommender during training periods only. (45)

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