A word reviled by so many people, we get more complaints about this word than any other!
Cholesterol!! There, I’ve said it. A lot of people don’t understand what it is, they’ve just been told they have too much of it. There’s no symptoms, but suddenly you have to watch it and, for a lot
of people, take medication for the rest of your life because of it.
Too much cholesterol in your blood stream starts to park itself in your arteries. More and more builds up forming a lump on the inside of your blood vessels making it narrower. Now blood has a harder time getting past this build-up so the blood pressure starts to rise putting more stress on your heart. If part of this build up comes loose, then it can lodge in the smaller vessels in you brain or lungs and this causes a stroke!
So, cholesterol is important! The good news is there are two types, “good” and “bad”. Just as the “bad” cholesterol lays cholesterol down in you arteries, “good” cholesterol has the opposite effect. You can raise your “good” cholesterol by exercising more, cutting down on the “bad” fats in your diet (remember, cholesterol-free food can still increase your cholesterol!) and increasing whole grains such as oats.
A good quality fish oil is essential for anyone watching their cholesterol and there is heaps of research to back this up. Just be careful, as “oils aint oils”. Cod liver oil is the wrong type for this purpose, the studies we’ve seen show, in our opinion, krill oil still requires more research, and ask to see the heavy metal (mercury and lead) levels in the product you are buying.
Coenzyme Q10 is another important supplement as is bergamot.
Cholesterol is a divisive and confusing subject, but a very important one. If you would like more information, please come in and talk to
us. As pharmacists and naturopaths, we have extensive information on traditional and alternative therapies
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Are you bloated after a meal? Suffer abdominal pain? Constipation or diarrhoea? Flatulence? Heartburn or indigestion? Itchy or inflamed skin?
Your gut could be lacking essential nutrients required for optimal health.
Ever since probiotics were discovered over 100 years ago, researchers have been fascinated by the relationship between the gut and our general wellbeing. They have moved on from a supplement you take after a course of antibiotics, to reducing the symptoms of a range of medical conditions:-
• Prevention and treatment of a range of diarrhoea
• Symptomatic relief of candidiasis
• Manage allergies, including eczema
• Prevent respiratory infections
• Reduce dental caries
• Support and strengthen the immune system
• Maintain healthy urogenital flora and manage urinary tract infections
There are several new and different strains of probiotics now available to treat gastrointestinal symptoms. There is a multitude of products, and professional advice is needed to make sure you get the right one for your particular symptoms.
Probiotics are not the only solution to the complex problems that your digestive system can produce. Supplements with strange names such as Glutamine or Quercetain as well as Fish Oil are important in the three stages of healing the gut.
1. Healing the inflamed intestinal mucosa
2. Preventing further damage
3. Re-establishing healthy intestinal flora
For further information log on to www.mappandhession.com.au and click on the “Health” link for a range of gastrointestinal conditions.
Better still, call into the pharmacy in King St Murwillumbah and have to chat to Paul, Greg or Colin about the best way to get you back to feeling your best. Remember, “No guts, no glory!!”
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Winter is well and truly with us. the days are cold & short and as August arrives, so does the dry weather and winds that remove the moisture from our skin.
It is at this time in the pharmacy that we see the highest rate of dermatitis like symptoms of inflamed, itchy skin, and it quite often stems from people letting their skin get too dry. Because it is not hot at the moment, we tend to ignore our 2 litres of water a day, which contributes to our general state of dehydration.
For the average adult, skin has a surface area of 1.5 – 2.0 square metres.
It is a complex organ, being responsible for helping regulate body temperature, synthesise essential vitamins, protect the body from harmful, cancer-causing UV rays and also ward off infection from viruses and bacteria. All this is achieved in an organ that is only about 2-3 mm thick.
To maintain skin health, you should first help your body from the inside. Drink plenty of fresh water and take a good quality fish oil such as Bioceuticals Ultraclean every day. The fish oil contains an anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps with red, inflamed skin and it also moisturises your skin from the inside.
Prevention is better than cure and a good quality moisturiser such as the Jurlique Moisture Replenishing Day Cream is an easily absorbed moisturising cream for dry skin that works to protect skin. It contains all natural ingredients grown in the Barossa Valley. Marshmallow intensely hydrates and softens the skin,Violet and Calendula help soothe and rebalance any skin sensitivity and Macadamia and Avocado Oil aid in long lasting moisturising of the skin and protect against moisture loss.
If your skin has already started to get inflamed, a product such as Dermaveen is a wonderful moisturising product that comes in cream, lotion, pH balanced shampoo and soap-free wash.
Dermaveen contains the active ingredient colloidal oatmeal, which has been shown to be naturally cleansing, moisturising, anti-itch, anti-inflammatory and protective.
The skin is a complex organ and the right advice is very important, call in and see our pharmacists Paul, Colin or Greg to ensure you get the right product for your skin.
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Fish oil is the natural oil found in the body of fish. It is different from fish liver oil because it contains high concentrations of essential omega-3 fatty acids. The human body is not able to produce these fatty acids itself, so we must get them from our diet.
The essential fatty acids are called EPA & DHA and they work on all the cells of the body. They have anti-inflammatory properties as well as specific benefits for our brain, heart and joint health.
If you’re not eating oily, cold-water fish at least 2-3 times a week, you are probably missing out on the health benefits of this wonder food. Fish oil plays an important role in all stages of our life from birth through to old age.
Because fish oil is something you should take over the course of your life, the source of the fish, the purity and concentration of the oil should be a major consideration. Mapp & Hession Pharmacy recommend a practitioner-only blend of UltraClean fish oil with the lowest levels of mercury and other heavy metals as well as protection from oxidation and no fishy aftertaste.
When we are young, the DHA component of fish oil plays a vital role in the structure ad function of the brain and the immune system. Considering children rarely, if ever, eat cold water oily fish, it is not surprising that learning difficulties and allergies are some of the major challenges that parents face these days.
Fish oils contribute to healthy heart function by helping to manage the healthy fat (triglycerides) levels in our blood and increase the amount of HDL or good cholesterol. Fish oil also helps to maintain a healthy heart rate.
The National Heart Foundation of Australia has made the following recommendation:-
“To lower their risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), all Australians should:
Consume about 500 mg per day of combined DHA and EPA through
a combination of the following:
• two or three serves (150 g serve) of oily fish per week
• fish oil capsules or liquid”
The heart foundation also recommends all Australian Health Professionals should advise all their patients with Coronary Heart Disease to double this recommendation.
We all know that to keep healthy we have to stay active, but if your joints don’t agree with you then this task becomes very difficult. Luckily fish oils have a strong anti-inflammatory component, so they’ll help calm the inflammation and pain of arthritis and get you moving again.
Call into Mapp & Hession Pharmacy for the right advice on the best fish oil supplement for you. As they say “oils ain’t oils”!!
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