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January 11, 2017

Cooking With Lemongrass

The flavour intensity of lemongrass varies widely depending on the climate where it was grown. The plants stems, leaves and base smell of fresh lemons with a hint of ginger. When cooking with lemongrass it’s best to season by taste rather than using quantities listed in recipes and can be used in a variety of dishes ranging from soups to desserts.       Lemongrass is fibrous and stringy and unpleasant to eat so remember to bash before cooking to release flavour and remove stalks before serving.   Lemongrass is typically sold fresh (a bunch of 3-4 stalks aprox one foot long), but it’s also available dried and powdered (sereh).  One teaspoon of powder is roughly equivalent to one fresh stalk.  You can also buy prepared, ready-to-use lemongrass in tubs in the freezer section of your local Asian/Chinese grocery store.  Dried lemongrass slices should be soaked for two hours before using.   When purchasing fresh lemongrass, look for firm stalks (not soft or rubbery, which means it’s too old). Lower stalk should b

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January 5, 2017

GINSENG

Ginseng is any of the eleven types of short, perennial plants with fleshy roots belonging to the genus Panax of the Araliaceae family. There are three main types of ginseng: Panax ginseng (Asian), Panax quinquefolius (American), and Siberian ginseng and these are commonly found in Eastern areas of Asia, and North America. Siberian ginseng is cheaper and less potent than Panax ginseng, and while both types are adaptogenic herbs, Siberian and Panax ginseng have different active compounds (Siberian has eleutherosides rather than ginsenosides).  

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Improves concentration and brain function (and therefore protects against Alzheimer’s)
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Improves mood and combats depression
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Has adaptogenic properties
  • Aids with weight loss by boosting the metabolism and working as an appetite suppressant
  • Improves lung function
  • Treats sex

January 3, 2017

FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain, stiffness, and tenderness throughout the body, often accompanied by fatigue and emotional distress. Symptoms of fibromyalgia may vary in severity, and many disappear for extended periods of time, even for years. Fibromyalgia is often considered an arthritis related condition, but is not a form of arthritis as it does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles, or other tissues.   This condition affects 2 – 8% of people, mainly women in middle adulthood, but men and adolescents have been known to develop it too.   The cause of fibromyalgia is not yet known, but it appears to be a problem with the brain rather than the muscles and bones, where the brain of someone with fibromyalgia is more sensitive to certain external stimuli which normal people are not, and treats them as pain. Therefore the pain experienced in sufferers originates from the brain and not in the muscles or bones.

SYMPTOMS:

  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Extre

December 31, 2016
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December 29, 2016

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is essential for the growth, repair, and development of all body tissues. It plays a key role in many bodily functions including the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, functions of the immune system, and the maintenance of bone health. Its antioxidant properties allow this Vitamin to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals*, toxic chemicals, and pollution. Unlike most other mammals, the human body is not capable of making Vitamin C itself, and so must be ingested via food or supplements in the form of tablets, capsules, drink mixes, and crystalline powders. Because Vitamin C is not stored in the body and excess amounts are secreted, there is no danger of overdose, making it one of the safest supplements to take. If too much Vitamin C intake happens to occur, symptoms such as stomach irritation, nausea, a

December 27, 2016

Eucalyptus commonly known as ‘Gum Trees’, these essential parts of Australian culture belong to a diverse genus of flowering plants and shrubs called the Myrtaceae family. There are almost 900 species of eucalypts, with the majority found in Australia and the rest found worldwide in temperate, tropical climates.  

HEALTH BENEFITS OF EUCALYPTUS OIL:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial and therefore prevents infections
  • Antifungal
  • Antiseptic, therefore heals wounds, ulcers, burns, cuts, and abrasions
  • Used to treat herpes, acne, chicken pox, and other skin infections
  • Aids with stress and anxiety
  • Relieves itchiness from insect bites/stings
  • Aids with stomach problems as its vermifugal properties cause it to remove intestinal germs
  • Relieves pain
  • Treats fevers by lowering body temperature
  • Treats respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs, sore throat, bronchitis, asthma, and sinusitis
  • Aids with the removal of mucus from the lungs
  • Alleviates art

December 23, 2016

PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is a long -term autoimmune disease which affects the skin, resulting patches of red, scaly skin, which are typically extremely itchy and painful. This condition affects 2% of Australia’s population and conditions can vary from localized in one area, to complete body coverage. Common problem areas for psoriasis are: knees, elbows, scalp, torso, palms, and the soles of feet.   It is known to have a varying or fluctuating course, where the disease improves and then worsens, and is thought to be incurable but not untreatable. Psoriasis can occur in anyone from babies, to elderly people, but the most common age of diagnosis is in early adult years.   This chronic disease is caused the rapid increase in the production of skin cells, which, when these skin cells reach the surface and die, their sheer volume causes a build-up, and raised red plaques covered in white scales appear. This increase in the production of skin cells is caused by the immune system being ‘triggered’ by environmental factors, resulting in the production of excess in

December 22, 2016

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November 20, 2016

THE BENEFITS OF COFFEE:

  • Increases energy levels: This is due to the presence of caffeine which, when ingested, travels through the blood stream to the brain where it blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. Other neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine are then produced, which leads to an enhanced firing if neutrons, and therefore resulting in:Improvement in memory, reaction times, general cognitive function, and awareness

 

  • Aids with weight loss: Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, causing it to send signals to the fat cells in the body and break down fat. It has been proven to speed up metabolic rates by 3 – 11%

 

  • Prevents type 2 diabetes: Coffee contains magnesium and potassium which helps the body use insulin to regulate blood sugar (glucose)

 

  • Contains large amounts of antioxidants: These antioxidants neutralize free radicals which can cause oxidative stress, leading to chronic disease. Antioxidants also help with inflammation and protect cells from dam

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November 15, 2016

SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression that is related to seasonal changes. This condition is also known as: winter depression, winter blues, summer depression, or seasonal depression. To be correctly diagnosed, the affected person should be known to have normal mental health throughout the rest of the year, with periods of depression occurring at the same time each year, usually winter. It is caused by the variation of light exposure in different seasons, most commonly, lack of light in winter. The lack of sunlight decreases the chemical serotonin (which regulates mood), and increases the production of the chemical melatonin (increases sleep and drowsiness). Cases of SAD are rare in Australia and are more likely to occur in places further from the equator where the days are shorter.

Symptoms include:

  • Lethargy
  • Oversleeping
  • Poor sleep
  • Difficulty getting up in the morning
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased libido
  • Body aches
  • Overeating
  • Weight