Health Benefits of Wine

June 3, 2018

Health Benefits of Wine

Wine is an alcoholic drink many people enjoy dinner or to relax. It is an alcoholic beverage made from grapes which have been fermented without the addition of acids, sugars, enzymes, or other nutrients. In this process, yeast consumes the sugar in the fruit and converts it to ethanol and carbon dioxide. Different strains of yeast and different varieties of grapes produce different styles of wine. There are some varieties of wine that are not made from grapes and these include rice wines, and fruit wines such as plum, cherry, pomegranate, and elderberry. Red wines are made from the dark coloured grape varieties and involve the extraction of colour and flavour components from the grape skins. White wines, on the other hand, are made from the fermentation of non-coloured grape pulps, with the process not allowing any colouration from the skins. Because the skin of the grapes contains most of the antioxidants, red wines generally contain higher amounts of these antioxidant compounds. 

May 28, 2018

Tips on Quitting Sugar

Sugar addiction is becoming an epidemic across the globe. It is one of the most widespread addictions on earth, affecting children, teenagers, and adults alike. It has become such a huge issue due to the easily accessible and readily available nature of the substance. Sugar is in almost everything you can consume nowadays, including soft drinks, chocolates, lollies, and cakes, as well as hidden in sauces, cereals, muesli bars, breads, milk, and pasta to name a few. Often food items that one would believe to be healthy actually contain high amounts of processed sugar. Excess sugar consumption can have extremely detrimental health effects some of which include: tooth decay, liver damage, adrenal gland and pancreas damage, insulin resistance, diabetes, cancer, obesity, anxiety, hypoglycaemia, loss of concentration, fatigue, mood swings, depression, high blood pressure, kidney stones, gallstones, headaches and migraines, gastrointestinal tract issues such as IBS, cataracts and other eye issues, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, degenerative neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, yeast infections, lower immune function, increased cell death, osteoporosis, skin conditions such as eczema and acne, increased risk of toxaemia during pregnancy, worsened ADHD symptoms, loss of tissue elasticity and function and therefore premature ag

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April 3, 2018

WAYS TO USE JUNIPER MEDICINALLY:

As a medicine, juniper extracts can be taken internally, inhaled, or applied topically. You can use Juniper berries fresh or dried as well as in a supplement form or as an oil. Many health food stores carry juniper berries in the herbs and spice section and can usually be purchased either dried, fresh, crushed, or whole. The leaves can be burnt on top of a hot wood stove to create an incense which is said to be helpful in the treatment of colds. The average dosage for this herb is 2 to 10 grams, or 1 to 3 teaspoons of crushed berries made into a tea by pouring boiling water over them and steeping for 10 minutes. Drinking the tea 1 – 2 times per day over the course of 4 – 6 weeks is considered generally safe. The extracts of this berry contain terpinene-4-ol, which is a compound that stimulates the kidneys, as well as amentoflavone, a compound with anti-viral properties. Juniper is often ingested in tea or supplement form. The t

March 30, 2018

In an ever changing and innovative world of healing choices our healthcare system is becoming progressively segmented. Each segment is evolving at such a rapid pace with technology in the forefront but we seem to be losing the connections between segments. A little like a chain without the links. Each segment of our system, “our links” from the GP to the specialist to the surgeon seem to work wonderfully well and we are all familiar with the process until we come to the aftercare. This is one area where our links become a little weak. The relief of finally having that life altering surgery, followed by the frustration of the, “what now?” or the “is this it?” feeling. Subconsciously we know that there should be something else but unsure just what it is, who to ask and where to go. There have been many instances where the surgery was a success but because of the lack of aftercare at the onset, for example physiotherapy, hydrotherapy or indeed any other healing options, recovery can and has been put back for many months. One of the objectives of “The Vasi Centre” is to answer the “what now” questions by providing people with healing choices. Whilst working with the many practitioners and healthcare providers including those from the alternative arena to ensure the “chain links” are visible, strong and va

March 27, 2018

The benefits of frankincense oil can be obtained by topical application, inhalation via a diffuser or vaporizer, or by ingesting it in small amounts. For pain relief, massage the oil into the affected area. Using a diffuser, vaporizer, or inhaler works for the treatment of colds, coughs, and other respiratory conditions and blockages. Frankincense can be applied directly to the skin in most cases, or can be blended with carrier oils such as jojoba, coconut, or almond oils. Most packaging and labelling will describe whether or not that particular blend of oil will require dilution. When taking frankincense oil internally, it is best to dilute it in an edible carrier oil (such as coconut), or in a teaspoon of honey, in a glass of water, or in any non-acidic, non-dairy beverage. You can also put a drop or two beneath your tongue. It is thought that rubbing a few drops of the oil into the soles of the feet each day will help to strengthe

March 23, 2018

Virtual reality is not just for the use of gaming anymore, it is used in a wide variety of revolutionary medical applications; from helping with people’s’ phobias to teaching the human body to walk again. (uoflphysicians.com) (MIT Technology Review 2018) There is amazing evidence of the benefit of virtual reality, which can also be said to be the same as mind over matter. Technology has found the perfect way to mimic these natural behaviours. Using this kind of exposure therapy is having a huge effect on rehabilitation for many disorders including Addiction-Dementia-Phobias-Trauma (mental & physical) as well as anxiety, Ptsd, Burn victims for pain management, Autism and Meditation.(Tech Republic (2015)) There are also a number of negative effects from the continual uses of virtual reality goggles. These include nausea, dizziness, walking into walls, tripping, over cables etc. (1995) communication in the age of virtual reality.   There is also a sense of leaving your own physical reality which can be harmful to the individual. A condition known as Photosensitive Epilepsy which is triggered when unnatural stimuli is inputted like flashing lights and moving patterns. (guardian helmets)

March 2, 2018

Physiotherapists are experts in the human body and its movement, which includes muscle and joint anatomy and physiology, therefore they have the expertise required to effectively prescribe Pilates for people with and without pain or injury.

Clinical Pilates

Clinical Pilates includes an initial assessment where the physiotherapist takes into account the individuals injuries, pain, weak areas, tight areas, poor movement patterns and posture, then develops a programme to specifically target those individual areas of concern or to enhance their performance with a specific sport or skill. This makes Pilates perfect for rehabilitation after an injury or surgery, and specific enough to be effective.

In summary:

Pilates with a physiotherapist improves core and spinal stability to help manage and prevent low back and neck pain, enhances postural control, body awareness, muscle and joint flexibility, helps to reduce the risk of pain or injury and strengthens and tones the muscles.

Clinical Pilates will benefit:

⦁ Neck & back pain ⦁ Pelvic Floor concerns ⦁ Sufferers of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue ⦁ Hip, groin, shoulder injuries ⦁ Poor Posture ⦁ Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis⦁ People with joint hypermobility syndrome ⦁ People recovering from surgery ⦁ Pre- and Post-natal women ⦁ People with no pain or injury!

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February 11, 2018

PARACETAMOL AKA ACETAMINOPHEN Paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, is a medicine used to treat pain and reduce fever. Paracetamol itself is commonly used for mild to moderate pain relief but is also often used in conjunction with other types of medications such as cold and flu medications, or opioid pain medications for severe pain. It is used to treat many conditions such as headaches, toothaches, sprains, muscle aches, back pain, arthritis, period pain, colds, and fever. It was discovered in 1877 and is the most commonly used medication for both pain and fever in the United States and Europe. Paracetamol is considered one of the safest and mildest forms of pain medications. It is considered one of the safest for pregnant and breastfeeding women and doesn’t interact with many other medications that do not contain paracetamol. It is also the first choice of pain medication for people on the blood thinner, warfarin. It doesn’t interact with food, or low amounts of alcohol (less than 3 standard drinks in a day), and will not make you drowsy or affect cognitive function. However, studies show that an overdose of this medication can be fatal, and long-term use may cause severe kidney and liver problems. HOW IT WORKS: Unlike aspirin and other NSAID drugs, paracetamol does not appear to inhibit the function of any cyclooxygenase enzyme outs

January 6, 2018
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December 29, 2017

vasi - resolutions for the mind body and spirit When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, our bodies tend to get the focus – and the demands. Look better. Exercise more. Lose weight. There’s nothing wrong with striving to be healthy, but there’s so much more to being well than how we look on the outside. As the holiday season makes way for resolution season, consider these simple, CREATION Health-based ideas that inspire spiritual and emotional growth as well as physical accomplishments. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you.

#1: Set Activity (Not Exercise) Goals

Exercise gives you energy, helps you maintain a healthy weight and may even help you live longer. But exercise doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym if a membership is too expensive or treadmills bore you to tears. In 2018, find ways to be active that you find enjoyable, rewarding and achievable – whether it’s joining a kickball league or taking long walks on the beach. That way, activity will be something you want to do rather than something you have to do.

#2: Make Room for Meditation

Study after study

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