National Nutrition & Obesity Week 2019

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It is certainly encouraging and heartwarming to see the emphasis during National Nutrition week for 2019 to be focusing on the fundamentals of our core well-being and highlighting the use and consumption of WHOLE FOODS.

Despite what we know about the impact of food choices on our health, overweight and obesity are still on the rise in South Africa, alongside a host of preventable diseases that can be attributed to unhealthy lifestyles.

The message that a coalition of health professionals, including the Department of Health, is highlighting in October during National Nutrition and Obesity Week (9 to 19 October) is that, thanks to our industrialised food system, and far greater, ultra-processed and fast food choices aimed at our ‘convenience’, we’ve got further away from eating the whole foods that are really good for us.

This year’s theme is: 

“Make eating whole foods a way of life”.

Some Facts you may not be aware of:

  • Ultra-processed foods that are high in fats, sugar and/or salt contribute to obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke. Research has shown that even just one additional serving of ultra-processed food daily has been found to increase the risk of death from NCDs by 18 per cent.
  • Globalisation and trade liberalisation influence the prevalence in overweight and obesity. An analysis of food imports in 172 countries from 1994 to 2010 has shown that the level of sugar and processed food imports is significantly associated with a rise in average BMI.
  • The sales of ultra-processed products in the world increased by 43.7 per cent from 2000 to 2013.
  • The 2016 SADHS found that 68 per cent of women and 31 per cent of men in the country are overweight or obese. About 20 per cent of women and three per cent of men are severely obese.
  • Approximately 13.3 per cent of children younger than five years are overweight or obese which is more than double the global average of 6.1 per cent. The 2012 SANHANES showed that 14.2 per cent of children aged six to 14 years are overweight or obese.
  • In South Africa, from 1994 to 2012, there has been an overall increase in energy intake, sugar-sweetened beverages, processed and packaged foods, animal source foods, and added caloric sweeteners, while the consumption of vegetables actually decreased. In particular, the consumption of processed and packaged food, such as soft (sugary) drinks, sauces, dressings and condiments, and sweet and savoury snacks had the most drastic increase (>50 per cent).
  • The 2016 SADHS found that among respondents 15 years and older, the consumption of sugary drinks (including fruit juice) the day or night before the survey was 35.7 per cent, with an average volume of 607.2 ml. 36.5 per cent of respondents consume fried foods at least once per week.
  • The consumption of poor food and drink choices starts at an early age with 18 per cent of children age six to eight months consuming salty snacks and four per cent consuming sugary drinks the day or night before the survey. This increased quickly to 64 per cent and 33 per cent, respectively, of children aged 18 to 23 months. Children of this age (six to 24 months) should not be having any foods that do not contribute to their high nutrient needs.
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Key Messages

  • Enjoy a variety of unprocessed or minimally processed food choices
  • Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit every day.
  • Eat dry beans, peas, lentils and soya regularly.
  • Plan and prepare healthy home made meals rather than buying ready to eat food meals/snacks or eating out frequently.
  • Always check food and beverage lables to read what your food and drink consists of.

At Balanced Healing we focus on the fundamentals of health with the pivotal emphasis being on our daily nutritional intake to be the main focus on health & wellness. Healing begins with adequate nutrition.


Balanced Healing
is passionate about creating healthy eating habits and with individual consultation & tailor made planning, assist many people with their nutritional & Lifestyle management. Thus ultimately promoting healing of chronic or sub-clinical ailments such as inflammation, digestive issues and in the prevention of escalating disease processes in obesity driven ailments such as Insulin Resistance, Cholesterol management and some endocrine / hormonal disturbances.

Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food, often ascribed to Hippocrates (400 BC), and used to emphasize the importance of nutrition to prevent or cure disease.

For more information, please be sure to visit the Department of Health National Nutrition week 2019 web page: https://www.nutritionweek.co.za/NNW2019/

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INSULIN RESISTANCE & DIABETES

As promised we continue our discussion around diabetes but this week we will focus on Insulin resistance which may be one of the key drivers of many — if not most — of today’s chronic diseases.

SO HOW SHOULD IT WORK?

Insulin is an important hormone that controls many bodily processes and challenges with this hormone are at the heart of many modern health conditions.
Insulin resistance, in which your cells stop responding to insulin, is incredibly common.
Simple lifestyle measures can dramatically improve this condition.
Insulin is an essential hormone that controls your blood sugar levels.
Insulin is made in your pancreas and helps move sugar from your blood into your cells for storage. When your pancreas senses high blood sugar, it makes more insulin to overcome the resistance and reduce your blood sugar.

INSULIN:

+ Regulates glucose balance in the body
+ Controls fat metabolism
+ Signals for the processes that move glucose into the cells for energy purposes
+ Causes any excess glucose to be stored in adipose tissue as fat
+ Suppresses glucagons & growth hormones, which regulate the burning of fat (stored fats)

INSULIN RESISTANCE is when cells in your muscles, fat, and liver don't respond well to insulin and can't use glucose from your blood for energy. ... Over time, your blood sugar levels go up. Insulin resistance syndrome includes a group of problems like obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes is the condition of having abnormal levels of glucose, or sugar molecules, in the blood; insulin resistance refers to the mechanism by which one develops that condition.

They're not two different conditions; they're cause and effect — insulin resistance is a prediabetes state
Insulin resistance might develop into type 2 diabetes.
Insulin resistance, prediabetes, and Type 2 diabetes can be managed, and in many cases reversed, by the right lifestyle changes. Medication may also be prescribed.

BALANCED HEALING is able to assist you in improving this condition with simple lifestyle measures, nutritional advice and natural supplementation. PREVENTING INSULIN RESISTANCE may be among the most powerful ways to live a longer, healthier life.

HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM INSULIN RESISTANT?

Raised insulin and blood sugar levels are key symptoms of insulin resistance. Other symptoms include excess belly fat, high blood triglycerides, and low HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

THE EFFECTS OF INSULIN RESISTANCE:
+ extreme thirst or hunger.
+ feeling hungry even after a meal.
+ increased or frequent urination.
+ tingling sensations in hands or feet.
+ feeling more tired than usual.
+ frequent infections.
+ evidence in blood work.

Classic signs and symptoms that suggest you've moved from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes include:

+ Increased thirst.
+ Frequent urination.
+ Fatigue.
+ Blurred vision.

Read more about INSULIN SENSITIVITY VS RESISTANCE & RELATED CONDITIONS @ https://zurl.co/Um6g

RELATIONSHIP TO HEART HEALTH:
Insulin resistance is linked to various ailments, including heart disease, NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease), PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovary Syndrome), Alzheimer's disease, and cancer.

NATURAL SCIENCE-BACKED WAYS TO BOOST YOUR INSULIN SENSITIVITY.
+ A GOOD NIGHTS SLEEP
+ EXERCISE MORE
+ REDUCE STRESS
+ CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT
+ EAT MORE SOLUBLE FIBRE
+ ADD MORE COLOURFUL FRUIT & VEGETABLES TO YOUR DIET
+ ADD HERBS & SPICES TO YOUR COOKING
+ ADD A PINCH OF CINNAMON
+ DRINK GREEN TEA
+ TRY APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
+ CUT DOWN ON CARBS
+ AVOID TRANSFATS
+ REDUCE YOUR INTAKE OF ADDED SUGARS

TRY A SUPPLEMENT
Chromium, berberine and magnesium supplements are linked to increased insulin sensitivity. Resveratrol appears to increase insulin sensitivity, particularly among people with type 2 diabetes.

As with all supplements, there is a risk they may interact with your current medication. PLEASE CONSULT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER before commencing any other natural treatments.
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DIABETES TYPES & MYTHS

November is an action-packed month with many focal points within Healthcare namely – DIABETES, ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS AND “MOVEMBER” – Campaign focusing on Male Cancers & mental health. So stay tuned for our weekly articles.

During week one we’ll touch base on the different types of Diabetes and some myth busters & natural ways to manage the disease process. Week 2 will focus on Insulin Resistance the pre-cursor to type 2 Diabetes and my personal favourite on how to manage lifestyle and supplementation.
Diabetes Types

Diabetes mellitus, commonly known as diabetes, is a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar. The hormone insulin moves sugar from the blood into your cells to be stored or used for energy. With diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t effectively use the insulin it does make. Ideally, there should be a balance between blood sugar and insulin in the body.

+TYPE 1 DIABETES is an autoimmune disease. The immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas, where insulin is made. It’s unclear what causes this attack. About 10% of people with diabetes have this type. This type of diabetes is chronic and long term.
+TYPE 2 DIABETES occurs when your body becomes resistant to insulin, and sugar builds up in your blood.
+PREDIABETES occurs when your blood sugar is higher than normal, but it’s not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.
+GESTATIONAL DIABETES is high blood sugar during pregnancy. Insulin-blocking hormones produced by the placenta cause this type of diabetes.

Diabetes is a complicated disease. If you have diabetes or know anyone who has it, you may have questions about the disease.
There are many popular myths about diabetes and its management. Here are some facts you should know about diabetes.

DIABETES MYTHS

MYTH: No one in my family has diabetes, so I won’t get the disease.
MYTH: I will likely develop diabetes because I am overweight.
MYTH: I eat a lot of sugar, so I am worried I’ll get diabetes.
MYTH: I was told I have diabetes, so now I’ll have to eat a special diet.
MYTH: I have diabetes, so I can never eat sweets.
MYTH: My doctor put me on insulin. This means I am not doing a good job managing my blood sugar.
MYTH: It is not safe to exercise with diabetes.
MYTH: I have borderline diabetes, so I don’t need to worry.
MYTH: I can stop taking diabetes medicines once my blood sugar is under control.

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NATURAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR SUPPORTING TYPE 2 DIABETES:

+ BERBERINE
+ CURCUMIN
+ GINSENG
+ FENUGREEK
+ PSYLLIUM
+ CINNAMON
+ ALOE VERA
+ BITTER MELON
+ MILK THISTLE
+ HOLY BASIL

While many of these supplements show promise, IT IS WISE TO CONSULT WITH YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER before commencing as Herbal supplements have side effects and can interfere with other medications.

Work with your health care provider or BALANCED HEALING to develop a meal plan that works best for you and that you will be able to follow consistently over time. A healthy and balanced meal plan with a healthy lifestyle will help you manage diabetes.
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PARENTS & EXAM STRESS

How stressed is your household during exam time?

What do you do as a parent to alleviate the tension and support your child with revision and studying?

Look no further, BALANCED HEALING can offer support for the entire family from nutritional planning, supplementation for concentration & focus, through to supportive therapy for anxiety and ADD/HD and much more.

So how can you as a parent channel your anxieties and support your child better during exam time?

1. Identify your child’s best way to learn

Try to identify how your child enjoys studying best, and adopt strategies around that. They may be – kinaesthetic learners like to learn via movement such as dancing, counting fingers, gestures or even acting; Auditory learners absorb information the best through sounds such as songs and recordings, OR visual learners study best through picture stories, shapes, mind maps and even paintings.

2. Create a great learning environment

A good atmosphere and comfortable learning space can lead to productive learning and revision. Ensure your child has what they need to thrive, whether it’s sufficient light and quiet, or a comfortable chair and the necessary stationery.

3. Get them to teach

A good way to get children to understand what they are learning, or to just practice their revision, is for them to “teach” you. Ask your child to pretend they’re the teacher, and go through a mock “lesson”.

4. Spread out revision

It’s difficult for anyone to concentrate on learning for long periods of time, so ensure your child is taking short breaks between revision bursts.

5. Support them

Studying is not always fun or easy, so praise your children when they are working hard. Encourage rather than threaten, If they do get stressed, try to respond to their emotions by listening, reassuring them, or hugging them. Once they’ve calmed down, you can deal with practical solutions, such as setting up a revision timetable or getting the necessary help they might need.

6. Ensure they’re sleeping sufficiently

Sleep is important to not only give children mental and physical rest but to consolidate what’s been learnt during the day. Ensure their room is dark as light interferes with melatonin (the hormone needed for sleep) production. The blue light emitted by tablets and phones can also be disruptive to sleep.

7. Set up rewards

Incentivise studying and exams not necessarily through material rewards or “prizes”, but through fun activities that children can look forward to after a series of revisions or after an exam. Incentives can include a dinner out at a restaurant, or watching sport or series together. Or better yet, ask them what they want to do the most.
"Parents needn’t feel alone with their children’s curriculum and revision. The key is to ensure a personalised and powerful learning experience which can also be achieved through technology interventions," (Parent 24)

Below is a survey conducted in the UK on how exam stress affects moms & dads.

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