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  The Vasi Centre proudly presents….. OBESITY (Focus on Weight)   Featuring our Special Guest Speakers Dr Peter Dingle of Dingle Wellness Topic – Weight & Amber Lee Poole of On Your Mind Wellness Centre Topic – Hypno-Band Weight Loss System (as seen on Woman’s Day, New Idea and 7’s Today Tonight)   Your take home information pack includes ·         Simple foods for detoxing ·         Recipe’s ·         Sugar Addiction – What to look for       Afternoon refreshments provided (please let us know if you have any allergies)   There will be some merchandise available for sale – Cash only  

September 17, 2017

THE MINT FAMILY:

Mentha, commonly known as mint, is a genus of plants in the Lamiaceae family. There are a number of different species of mint, along with many hybrids, due to the natural occurrence of cross-breeding between species. Mint plants are aromatic, mainly perennial herbs with highly fragrant, toothed, opposing leaves, and tiny white, pink, or purple flowers, arranged in clusters forming whorls or a spike. Many characteristics of the mint plant can vary with differing species, but will always be characterized by a square stem. The colour of the leaves can vary from a dark green to grey, purple, blue, and even pale yellow. These plants can often grow up to about 2 – 3 feet tall, and will commonly spread out along the ground. Mint plants produce a fruit called a nutlet which contains 1 to 4 seeds. Propagation is considered an easier form of reproduction for mint. The volatile oils which are extracted from the plant are found in resinous dots located in the leaves and stems. The name Mentha is derived from the Greek word minthe, personified in Greek mythology as Minthe, a naiad who was transformed into a mint plant by Persephone when she tried to seduce Hades. The mint plant originated in Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, and Africa, but has been widely distributed throughout the temperate areas of the world, a

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 sexual dysfunction
  • Prevents cancer by inhibiting tumour growth
  • Treats Hepatitis C
  • Alleviates menopausal symptoms

 

WARNINGS:

Ginseng can cause mild anxiety and insomnia especially in people who are predisposed. Other side effects include headaches, st

March 9, 2016

It’s so simple and convenient that it couldn’t possibly count as exercise, right?  Wrong.  Study after study shows that regular moderate walking can help you lose weight and reduce your risk of heart disease.   In a study published in “Diabetes Research in Clinical Practice”, Japanese researchers tested obese men before and after they joined a one-year modest walking plan.  All they did was increase the number of steps they took during their daily activities.  The result: their blood pressure and cholesterol levels improved and the amount of body fat around their abdomen – the dangerous kind that leads to higher rates of heart disease and diabetes – significantly decreased.   For walking to count as exercise you need to walk five days a week for 30 minutes. Listening to music or even an “e” book while you walk takes your mind off the actual walk and making it easier to achieve.   Most people walk around 5000 steps per day without participating in any sport or exercise.   Using a pedometer, find your normal baseline of how many steps you take in a normal day.  Then, increase that amount by at least 200 steps a day until you reach 10000 or 12500 daily steps. (10000 is considered “active” while 12500 earns you the title of “highly active”)   reference: readers digest