Phytochemicals are various biologically active compounds found in plants. Phytochemicals are associated with the colour pigment of the plant and each phytochemical has been researched to have different health benefits. Organically grown plants tend to have higher levels of these health giving substances in them, due to the plants needing to fend for itself, rather than rely on a pesticide to deter different predators, or artificial fertilizers to feed it. As a result to these stressors; the plant exerts an antioxidant defence mechanism, in the form of a phytochemical.
Research has linked diets low in phytochemicals to obesity
More than half of the population is deficient in phytonutrients. Research shows that we require at 9-15 serves of phytonutrient rich foods, in order to experience maximum health benefits.
Red pigmented foods are rich in the phytochemicals lycopene, anthocyanins and astaxanthin. These phytochemicals are related to the following health benefits...
I keep hearing about Naturopath’s negatively in the news…what’s that all about?
“Naturopath’s don’t use scientifically proven therapies”.
“Naturopath’s can’t help with serious health complaints”.
“Naturopath’s aren’t qualified health professionals”.
“Natural Medicine is a magic wand alternative – a Naturopath can look into your eyes, see what’s wrong with you and give you some pills to fix anything…no hard work required”.
These questions and statements are bandied around when the topic of Naturopaths comes up at a dinner party. I will address them all in the following article.
Why should you see a Naturopath?
Naturopath’s can not only treat you for a health ailment that bothers you, but can also help you achieve wellness and prevention of chronic disease. For example, addressing a weight problem will also reduce your cancer risk, help rid your body of stored, unwanted toxins, reduce arthritis pain, prevent you from developing ty...
Was your New Years resolution to stay on track with a healthy eating plan?
Are you struggling to stick to it? I have found it is quite common for people to struggle with change in the early days. Here are some tips and tricks for helping your health plan become a lifestyle change…
Focus on swapping one unhealthy food or habit with it’s healthy alternative at a timeso you don’t feel deprived. If you love chocolate, buy a sugar free, dark chocolate alternative. If you love jelly lollies, make some gelatine lollies with stevia. If bread is your weakness, try different paleo bread recipes until you find one that you love. Let me know what your weakness is and I will help you find an alternative to satisfy the craving!
Planning is essential! Write a weekly meal planner and create a shopping list from this meal planner. Only buy what’s on the list. Not only will this mean that the “naughty food” isn’t available at a time of weakness, but it can also save you a great deal of money.