Is Gluten-free a Fad?

Is Gluten-free a Fad?

Everywhere you look you see product labels proclaiming the gluten free status. Even items that are naturally gluten free now say Gluten free on the label. It’s a good marketing ploy because of the popularity of the diet. But, does this mean that Gluten free is a fad diet?

The Truth about Gluten

According to WebMD.com, approximately 5 percent of the population is thought to be suffering from Celiac Disease. Celiac Disease is a condition in which the body is unable to process gluten, a type of protein in wheat. This condition can manifest in many ways such as bloating, irritable bowel syndrome, body pain, and even intestinal cancers. It can cause very serious problems in the sufferer. In order to get relief, those suffering from Celiac Disease must try to remove all gluten from their diet.

Another five percent of the population is thought to be gluten intolerant. Meaning that gluten causes some symptoms or problems such as skin rashes and stomach issues but is not life threatening. In these people lowering the amount of or eliminating gluten from the diet can help with the symptoms and improve the quality of life vastly.

Giving up gluten has many benefits and can cause no harm. Therefore, even those who have no intolerance or disease can go gluten free. As long as they replace the potential vitamins that might be missed by eliminating gluten such as some B vitamins, they will most likely feel better.

Is This Fad Bad?

Certainly, companies are going to use Gluten free in their marketing endeavours. They are always on the lookout to see where and how to jump on the newest bandwagon sweeping the nation. It’s just good marketing.

So while it may be considered a fad, it won’t harm anyone. In addition, giving up gluten can help improve the quality of life for many people. As time moves forward more and more gluten free alternatives will most likely appear on store shelves. The trick is to try to only use ingredients that are as close to nature as possible. Avoid getting caught up in using too many fake processed foods.

Benefits of Giving up Gluten

Many people who give up gluten do not experience any difference in their lives at all, but some might argue that the reason is because they didn’t give it enough time. Unlike some allergies, it can take a long time for the gut to heal from the damage caused by the gluten. This is especially true if for those living with Celiac Disease.

To really experience the benefits of giving up gluten, make it a goal to give up gluten for at least a full year to see what the long term effects are. Many people report clearer skin, improved digestion, weight loss, and other benefits of going gluten free – but only if they remember that gluten free baked goods are still often high in fat and calories and should be limited when eating.

Stress Management

Stress Management: 8 Stress Relievers for Health and Wellness

Stress is something we all face, many of us face different types of stress on a daily basis and it is well known that stress can have adverse effects on our health.

Managing stress is a great way to ensure that you maintain your health throughout your life time and there are many different ways you can learn to manage stress.

Stress Relievers

  1. Exercise

One of the best ways to manage your stress is to ensure that your body is getting enough exercise. Exercise has been proven to help maintain mental fitness along with physical fitness. Studies have shown that exercise is very effective in improving concentration, helps the body release natural pain killers and helps to ad in more restful sleep. All it takes is five minutes of aerobic exercise to help stimulate the mind and the body producing anti-anxiety effects.

  1. Meditation

Meditation is another great way to manage stress in your life. One of the great things about meditation is that it is absolutely free! Meditation can actually reverse your stress response which will help to shield you from the effects of chronic stress. Meditation also helps you clear your mind from the things that are causing you stress.

  1. Journaling

Journaling is also and effective stress management tool, because it will help you to clarify your thoughts and feelings. Many people have found that through journaling they are able to come up with a solution to their problems just by seeing it on paper.

  1. Dealing With Mental Stress

One of the reasons mental stress occurs is when the mind is overly focused or concentrated on one thing, this is something typically seen at work. It is important to step away in order to restore balance and clarity and do an activity that does not require any mental concentration.

This can be a walk around the block, getting out in nature also helps quite a bit, being somewhere without noise, distractions and anything that entails the mind having to focus on something so that you can just “be.”

This is often referred to as “gelling” in slang terms and it can really do wonders to clear and refresh the mind.

 

  1. Deep Breathing

Deep breathing exercises work great to help people with stress management. It has been proven that when a person focuses on deep slow breathing they are able to trigger a state of relaxation and their body temperature actually raises. Deep breathing exercises are great because they can be used at any time during the day. You don’t have to worry about having somewhere to exercise or having your journal handy you can simply take a few moments and focus on your breathing.

  1. Music

Many people have also found that listening to music can help to reduce stress. Some prefer angry hard rock while others find that listening to soft classical music helps them to relax. One of the best things about using music to reduce stress is that you can listen to music while you go about your life and you don’t have to set a specific time aside for this type of therapy.

  1. Well Balanced Diet

Finally and probably the most important thing you can do to manage the stress that you face is to eat a well-balanced diet. Avoiding foods that contain caffeine or other stimulants is very important.

These stimulants actually cause the body to be less equipped to handle normal stress. But there are many food that you can add to your diet to help you reduce and manage your stress.

Best Foods To Reduce Stress

  • Walnuts
  • Turkey
  • Spinach
  • Salmon
  • Avocados
  • All green vegetables have all been proven to help the body function properly when dealing with stress.
  • It is also important to ensure you are drinking enough water!
  1. Get Away

If at all possible get completely away from the sources of stress. If it’s work, take a break or a short vacation. If it is the kids and the house, then get a sitter and have a spa day or “me day” where you do things you enjoy.

Choose an activity that allows you to unwind, and if that means turning off your phone and tablet and just watching movies all day, then feel free.

Bottom Line

In today’s world, stress cannot be avoided. We deal with it every day from many different sources but the good news is there are things that we can do in order to help us manage the stress we face so that it does not take a toll on our bodies.

If stress is left unchecked it can lead to many different health problems such as chronic anxiety, heart attack, high blood pressure, and depression.

Simply by following the tips that I have given you, you will be able to manage your stress and reduce the chances that it will cause you future health problems.

 

Don’t Get Caught Up In Fad Diets

You are tired of the jokes, and the odd looks’ people give you. It is embarrassing and you need to address your weight as soon as possible. Read this article and you will find some of the best weight loss tips that exist for somebody living in this day and age.

Don’t Diet Change your Lifestyle

You may be tempted, when trying to lose weight, to cut fat out entirely. But it’s important to remember that fat has a high satiety value in foods, so a little will go a long way. Case in point: baked potato chips may have no fat, but because of that, they don’t trigger your satiety level as quickly as regular or even the “fat-free” Olestra chips do. So, you’re tempted to eat the whole bag. Better, for example, to eat a small amount of high-quality, high-fat food – let’s say, a small high-end dark chocolate bar – then to gorge on large quantities of low- or non-fat foods. You’ll be more satisfied without having to say “No” to treats.

Losing weight starts with a plan. Figuring out what changes you need and want to make and sticking to it will help you stay on track. Determine what sort of foods you are going to eat and stock up. Find out where you are going to work out and how often you can fit it in your schedule. Making these and other plans related to your weight loss will be an important key to your success.

If you find yourself hitting a plateau in your weight loss or fitness goals, try mixing up your exercise routine a bit once in a while. Work different muscles and areas of your body and you may be able to burn off more of the fat that your previous routine wasn’t targeting.

Whatever weight-loss regimen you assemble, make sure it is one you can stick with. Behind every goal to lose weight there is a second, implicit goal: Keeping the weight off. To do this, you need a routine that can be converted into a life-long process. Avoid extreme programs that will be unsustainable in the long run.

A great way to help you lose weight is to purchase a jump rope. Jumping rope might just sound like a children’s game to some, but it’s actually one of the most intense exercises you can do. Boxers jump rope to get in peak condition for a fight.

A great way to help you lose weight is to not eat snack foods right out of their container. When you eat snacks right out of their container like a box of cookies, you’ll be more likely to eat too many. Instead, put a serving or two on a plate.

In conclusion, you cannot tolerate the laughter and dirty looks you have to deal with. Even if they are not directed at you, you still feel as though they are. This article is your escape to being a more attractive looking and healthier individual. Do not hesitate to call us at Taswellbeing and get started now!

IONIC DETOX FOOT SPA

GENTLE STIMULATION THROUGH THE FEET

The Dr Mary Staggs ionic detox foot spa is an  effective but gentle way to re balance your body and gain some extra energy.

This detox system works by gently stimulating the reflex and acupuncture points of the feet with a gentle ionic charge that is passed through mineralised water.

The thirty minute session is a great opportunity to relax and unwind whilst your body gets a tune-up.

It is a fast and gentle way of stimulating and re balancing the bio-energetic fields of the body.  This in turn improves organ function and the body’s ability to detoxify.foot_detoxification

By combining the detox foot spa with an integrated naturopathic detox program you will get the full benefits of a sustained improvement to your health status

Conditions that respond well to the detox foot bath include:

Auto-immune conditions

Degenerative arthritis

Recurrent headaches

Chronic fatigue sufferers

Skin disorders including eczema

Constant virus and/or bacterial infection

Muscle aches and pains

Circulation problems

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THE BEST HEAT FOR YOUR HEALTH.

Tas Wellbeing offers the ultimate infrared experience with the Physiotherm sauna.  Its innovative principle of using lava sand in the radiator filaments allows the heat to be applied very gently, efficiently and safely.

Heat is directly related to well being and health – something humans have always known instinctively.  No one likes to feel cold and, whenever it is cold, we automatically look for a source of heat. Heat feels good and also contributes to emotional well being.

In addition, heat can relax muscles and alleviate pain.

Regular whole-body heat sessions in the infrared sauna are a valued part of our health programmes for a number of illnesses and are used as meaningful preventive therapy.Sauna_Lady1

THE HEALTH BENEFITS

Using the Physiotherm infrared sauna can improve circulation and blood flow to organs, muscles, connective tissue and the skin, stimulate the metabolism and strengthen the immune system.  Heavy sweating can assist with detoxification and purification.

With regular use, it can:

  • strengthen the immune system
  • improve circulation and metabolism
  • reduce tension and soothe back pain
  • promote purification and detoxification of the body via intensive sweating and therefore contribute to weight loss
  • have a positive impact on the treatment of skin conditions
  •  assist with colds and flu recovery
  •  assist bronchial conditions
  •  Help regulate high blood pressure.

The physiotherm enhances your body’s natural ability to re-balance, revitalize, rejuvenate, recover, relax and detox.

FREQUENCY OF USE

Our clients find the benefits are very much more significant with regular use.  We recommend daily sessions for: back pain, muscular tension, common cold, joint pain and rheumatic disorders, skin disorders, supporting weight loss and detoxification.

 

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SCENAR THERAPY

Scenar-machine-on-womans-back-e1366336751193This amazing device, designed by Russian Scientists for use in space missions, is an intelligent electronic acupuncture without the needles.

It stimulates the body to heal itself and is a remarkable treatment for many common ailments and injuries. This has proven to be very popular.

“SCENAR works by stimulating the brain with a constantly varying signal that causes it to instruct the nervous system to generate Neuropeptides, the key biochemicals needed by your body to heal itself.

Neuropeptides may be considered as our body’s own internal pharmacy.body-with-skeleton-view-150x150

In many cases of bodily imbalance or injury, the brain tends to become habituated to a disease or injury rather than aggressively generating the correct neuropeptides and electrical signals needed to effect a complete recovery. The communication system between the brain and the affected body part can break down and this gradually becomes accepted by the brain as being “Normal”.

Girl-running-on-beach-150x150Because of its unique, computer controlled biofeedback capabilities and ability to stimulate the Neuropeptide generating C – Fibers of the nervous system, the SCENAR constantly achieves results that amaze people all over the world” ~ from the RITM SCENAR website.

If you would like to discuss how SCENAR therapy may be of benefit to you, please contact us today.

When can SCENAR be used?

SCENAR therapy is ideally suitable for most pathological and functional disorders associated with injury, trauma or compromised health states.

It is particularly suited to the acute phase of injury or pathology when there is pain, dysfunction and inflammation.

In most chronic conditions it can be used as a highly effective stand-alone treatment or complementary to other therapy.

Why use SCENAR?

 SCENAR does more than just relieve pain!

  • Naturally speeds up the healing processes of the body;
  • Helps to rapidly restore function following injury or surgery;
  • Reduces the need for common pain relief and anti-inflammatory medications;
  • Accelerates recovery from all skeletal and soft tissue injuries;
  • Improves and supports health and wellbeing;
  • Minimizes repeat therapy sessions;
  • Sustained long-lasting benefits for most conditions.

NATUROPATHY

WHAT IS NATUROPATHY?

Naturopathy is a system of medicine that focuses on prevention and the use of natural methods to achieve the highest possible level of health for the individual.

Naturopathy employs such approaches as nutritional therapy, natural diet, homeopathy, herbal medicine and lifestyle advice.

These natural therapies now have a substantial body of scientific data behind them that supports their effectiveness and use.

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN NATUROPATHY TREAT?

This commonly asked question stems from the concept that your symptoms are “the condition” that needs to be treated. The condition or disease only describes your symptom/s!

Treating the symptom only is akin to turning up the tap on the garden hose because the pressure is low when in fact the hose has a kink in it that needs correcting!

In naturopathy we are looking for what is causing your symptoms and why you are continuing to manifest those symptoms.

So to answer the question, naturopathy treats any imbalance in the body that manifests as a dis-ease symptom

WHY VISIT A NATUROPATH?

A number of years ago I had the privilege of practicing natural medicine from a medical centre just out of Hobart.

During that period of time I had the opportunity to converse with a number of GPs’ at the centre about various patient issues and swap “notes”.

What really struck me was the number of people seeking medical care from well meaning medical doctors for completely preventable illnesses and conditions.

Our medical system is first rate when it comes to identifying the name of the disease or condition that is causing your symptoms.

Unfortunately there is a significant gap when it comes to identifying and treating the causative factors that led to the onset of the disease or condition.

It takes only a very casual look at the health statistics to see that the incidence of chronic disease and poor health is on the increase in developed countries like ours.

Many of the common health challenges facing our community are entirely preventable and treatable with simple non-invasive measures.

These measures are most often as simple as feeding our bodies the correct fuel and correcting the deficiencies or excesses.

The results of these simple corrections often amaze our clients.

So visiting a naturopath could be your first positive step towards a much healthier life!

WHY COME TO TASWELLBEING?

We are a team of dedicated fully trained and credentialed professionals with a passion to make a difference in the lives of those who use our services.

We are strong advocates for improving your wellbeing through personal responsibility and knowledge.

From the moment you walk through our door you will feel the emphasis we have placed on making your journey to wellbeing a pleasurable experience.

We offer friendly personable service and exceptional follow-up care. We also provide the convenience of purchasing any prescribed supplements or remedies from our professional high quality range stocked in the clinic.

We also offer a number of highly effective support therapies to ensure you get every opportunity to improve your health in the shortest time frame. These include the amazing SCENAR device, massage therapy, infrared sauna and the ionic detox foot spa.

WHAT DOES A CONSULTATION INVOLVE?

We use a 3-step procedure for all of our new naturopathic clients. This procedure ensures that we cover all of the necessary basics and gives you an accurate incite into the underlying causes of your unique health challenge.

STEP 1

The initial consult of approximately 1 hour is all about listening to you. We need to gather all of the relevant details about your health history and any other information that can help us with the ‘detective’ work of uncovering the real issues behind your health challenge.

We may also make some initial recommendations to get you started on the journey.

STEP 2

We now need to see what is happening to cause your symptoms.

We conduct 3 basic tests for step 2:

RBTI ANALYSIS

The Reams Biologic Theory of Ionization is a unique series of tests carried out on specimens of urine and saliva. The laboratory tests are made with scientific measuring equipment. The information gained from these tests enables us to monitor very complex body functions. A full report is then created for you that will explain each section of the test and what can be done to help re-balance the body.

BIO IMPEDANCE ANALYSIS

This is a science that was originally developed for monitoring patients after surgery in hospitals. A small electrical device is connected to your hands and feet. The device then passes a safe and painless low voltage current through your body.

This provides us with valuable data such as muscle and fat mass, cell hydration and cell health.

It also enables us to accurately monitor your progress towards better health.

INDICANS TESTING

The urinary indicans test is a screening tool that we use to test for faulty breakdown of protein in the gastro-intestinal tract.   A positive test will reflect a state of excess unbeneficial bacteria in the gut due to faulty protein digestion.

We may also recommend the following tests depending on the findings from step 1.

FOOD ALLERGY TESTING

Food allergies and sensitivities can be a major impediment to wellbeing.

If a food allergy or sensitivity is suspected we will recommend that a hair sample be sent away for testing.

You will then be tested for 400 local foods, various household and personal care products.

This tells us exactly what you can eat so that you are feeding your body correctly.

Feeding your body correctly greatly enhances your immune system and allows your body to repair itself more efficiently.

CANDIDA TEST

Candida is a yeast species that can commonly cause problems for those with an overgrowth in their body.

If candidiasis is suspected we will recommend a test that is performed in the clinic so that we can treat the overgrowth.

MEDICAL TESTING

We may recommend a visit to your GP for further medical testing if required.

STEP 3

This visit is to review the test results and present you with a proposal for a treatment strategy.

We will discuss some initial recommendations regarding diet, lifestyle or supplements that are needed to start you on the road to better energy and improved wellbeing.

MASSAGE

REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPY AT TASWELLBEING

Massage therapy describes many different techniques of soft tissue manipulation ranging from relaxing and soothing to deep and therapeutic.

At TasWellbeing we specialise in the deep and therapeutic techniques because of the wide range of benefits for muscular, nervous system and skeletal issues.

Massage therapy is widely acclaimed as beneficial for sporting injuries, arthritis, whip lash, scoliosis, sciatica, repetitive strain injury, post injury and post surgical rehabilitation as well as back and neck pain.

Professionally applied deep tissue therapy can also benefit the central nervous system by causing a relaxation response.  It is the perfect treatment for those suffering from nervous tension, anxiety and poor sleep.

 

At TasWellbeing our therapist Mark Hudson has a wealth of experience treating these issues.

Mark is able to tailor a treatment to suit your individual needs.

For more stubborn issues Mark can combine Laser acupuncture, SCENAR therapy and natural medicines alongside conventional massage.

This combination of approaches is highly effective for the treatment of postural imbalances, chronic pain and a wide range of pain related issues .

Pregnancy massage is also available using a specially designed pregnancy mat.

Health fund rebates are available for all massage services at TasWellbeing

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you feel your best please contact us at TasWellbeing

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