Importance of vitamins to the body.
The body is a very complex living organism so it is very important that our body has a good balance of vitamins, this will enable us to maintain our everyday body functions more efficiently, and also live a healthier lifestyle. These are essential as they all play an important part of protecting and help preventing us from getting certain diseases, infections and deficiency’s, giving and storing energy, helping us have good skin, hair and nails and also produce enzymes.
There are different groups of Vitamins;
- Water soluble – Vitamins B and C, these are only stored in small amounts for a limited amount of time in the body and the excess is excreted in the urine.
- Fat soluble – Vitamins A,D, E,K, these are found in food containing fats and stored in the body (fatty tissue) until needed
Vitamins are found in all natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and pulses, nuts, seeds, organic dairy, eggs and organic meat and fish.
Eating a balance diet from all these food groups we will help maintain good health.
If we abuse our bodies with alcohol and drugs this will damage and destroy our content of vitamins in our body and sometimes have to take supplements to help repair the damage caused. This also applies to people who are more physically challenged such as athletes, Pregnant women, children and the elderly can also benefit from vitamin supplements.
Exercise and Water
Exercise makes you sweat. Sweat draws out toxins that can clog pores and plague your skin with pimples and blemishes. Toxins are released through the skin, well as the kidneys and liver. Exercise increases blood flow to the skin, increases neu- ronal stimulation, and allows the sweat glands to increase their functions and rid the toxins.” Once you sweat out those toxins, it’s important to wash them off — you don’t want to leave them sitting on your skin. Always shower after a work- out to prevent bacterial or fungal infections that may occur from dirt clogging up your pores.
Exercise boosts oxygen and blood flow to the skin. Studies have shown that regular exercise boosts blood flow enough in type 2 diabetics to help reduce the risk of skin problems that lead to amputation. Exercise gets the blood flowing, and that increased blood flow carries more oxygen to the skin. The boost in blood flow and oxygen to the skin cells also carries nutrients that improve skin health, supporting all the effort you make with moisturisers and other skin care products on the skin surface.
Tissue salts, facial signs and properties
Tissue salts is a homeopathic remedy and is derived from minerals. This addresses issues of energy blockages and energetic imbalances in our chakra system and our energy fields.
The extreme dilution of the mineral salt is placed under the tongue as a powder form. This is then absorbed in the mouth through a semi permeable membrane, then the energy’s enter the bloodstream and carried the energy radical to areas in the body where it is most needed by the means of impulses emitted from cells in distress.
Below are some examples;
- Calcium Fluoride facial signs consist of flaky skin. Lines around eyes when they are squeezed shut which are mainly vertical or oblique. Lines also appear from the inner corner of the eye at an angle (diversified fold) and you get a brown black colouring around the eyes, shiny skin, also cold sensitive teeth and chapped lips.
Calcium Fluoride is a Tissue salt derived from minerals and is an inorganic compound. It is essential to and increases the elasticity of the connective tissue, ligaments and tendons as well as the firmness of the bones and builds tooth enamel. It is found on the surface of the bones and in the enamel of the teeth. It is also a constituent of the elastic fibres and of epidermis. Elastic fibres are found in the skin, in the connective tissue, and in the vascular walls.
- Kalium Muriaticum facial signs consist of a bluish and white colour under the eyes. The whole face can look white as if nauseated and deep sunken temples. Can suffer from acne, eczema, skin warts and skin tags. Other key symptoms include white-coated tongue and milky white skin, also can suffer from flaky skin.
Kalium Muriaticum is a blood conditioner, detoxifying agent and counteracts toxins within the body the toxins are excreted by vomiting which will generally relive the condition but taking Kalium Mur will ease the nausea. This salt is found in the blood corpuscles, muscles, nerve and brain-cells. It has the same physiological character and is closely related to the sodium chloride, which many of the properties they share.
- Magnesium Phosphate facial signs include a slight pinkish to dark red area close to the nose, hot flushes, twitch of the eyelid. Greasy or dull shine on the forehead, greasy or dull shine on the nose, large skin pores and blackheads and other pimples.
It is a nerve nutrient, antispasmodic and general painkiller
Deficiency indications and food sources of the following.
Magnesium is needed to maintain a normal muscle and nerve function, and to keeps our heart rhythm steady. This mineral supports a healthy immune system and strengthens our bones and teeth. Magnesium helps with the prevention and also treatment of PMS, fatigue and hypertension and other nerve and heart problems.
Early signs of deficiency in Magnesium can include loss of appetite, muscle weakness, fatigue and abnormal heart rhythms. If the magnesium deficiency worsens over time you can get muscle contractions and cramps which lead to fits and convulsions.
Some food sources of magnesium include, Spelt, Almonds, kale, brazil nuts, cashews and wheat germ.
Potassium is very important mineral for the function of the cells, tissues, organs and is an electrolyte that conducts electricity in the body( with a positive charge).
Potassium works with sodium to maintain a water balance in the body to prevent dehydration. It also helps maintain healthy nerves, muscles and digestive function. Potassium helps lower the risk of high blood pressure and maintains a healthy heart.
Signs of deficiency in potassium can lead to muscle weakness, mental confusion, heart problems, fatigue, cellulite, pins and needles and chronic diarrhoea.
Food sources included bananas, dates, blackstrap molasses, beets, cabbage, parsley, celery and sweet potatoes.
Iron is part of haemoglobin (oxygen component of the blood), delivers oxygen to our body’s cells and removes the carbon dioxide from them. This mineral is important for energy and our immune system, also mental sharpness. Iron is also good for our skin tone and helps regulate our body temperature.
Deficiency in Iron can cause anaemia – Palpitations, shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue, poor concentration, also pale skin and sensitive to the cold.
Food sources are iron rich foods such as dark green leafy vegetables, cooked pulses and dates.
The logic of the Dr Schuessler, Tissue Salt Theory is that the human body contains 12 essential minerals salts:
No. 1. Calcium Fluoride Connective tissue, skin, joints
No. 2. Calcium phosphate Bones and teeth
No. 3. Iron phosphate Immune system
No. 4. Potassium chloride Mucous membranes
No. 5. Potassium phosphate Nervous system
No. 6. Potassium sulphate Metabolism
No. 7. Magnesium phosphate Muscles
No. 8. Sodium chloride Water regulation
No. 9. Sodium phosphate Metabolism
No. 10. Sodium sulphate Purification
No. 11. Silica Connective tissue, skin, hair
No. 12. Calcium sulphate Joints, pus
These are vital for normal human cell function to maintain healthy if properly balanced. If the human body in imbalanced – which can lead to diseases, then mineral salts can be re-established with the administration of the deficient mineral. The way these are administered are through homoeopathically prepared micro dose and is entered into the blood stream and into the cells.
Key Naturopathic Nutrition Principles
- Variety, balance, moderation
- Fresh, seasonal, local, organic
- Have as many vegetables as possible. At least 5 portions daily – aim for 7-10!
- Drink 2L water daily
- Eat bitter foods – rocket, chicory, endive
- Eat a range of protein legumes with grains –vegetarian protein combining.
Importance of water to the body
Water is an important natural substance for the body. Our body is made up of around 60% of water.
The brain is around 75% water, the blood contains around 80% and the lungs are nearly 90% water.
We can survive weeks with just the consumption of water. We can get water through fluid (which is the best source), fruit and vegetables. We should avoid too many sugary drinks and coffee as these can supress the water content due to the high sugars, salts and caffeine which is a diuretic and also our body can lose 1.5 litres a day through our skin and urine.
- Moisten the tissues in our mouth, eyes and nose.
- Regulates our body temperature
- Protects our body organs and tissues, also lubricates our joints.
- Helps prevent constipation, and lessens the burden on the kidneys and liver in flushing out waste products.
- Water suppresses your appetite and reduces sodium build up and helps maintain muscle tone.
- Helps dissolve minerals and nutrients to make them more accessible to the body, and helps carry the nutrients and oxygen to the cells.
- Helps keep our skin for getting dry.
If your body does not get enough water your body will react and look for other sources to get the water such as, from the blood which can cause the blood vessels to become smaller which will make the blood thicker. This will make it harder for the blood to pump around your system. Headaches, heartburn and also arthritis and be triggered by the lack of water.
The Chakra is an Ancient Eastern belief.
The Chakras are energy systems which are involved in the flow of higher energies within the subtle energetic channels in the physical body, every organ, gland and body system is connected to a chakra and each chakra is connected to a colour vibrational frequency.
They are seven key chakras centres in the body which correspond to the major nerve plexuses. A chakra is a wheel-like spinning vortex (Chakra is a Sanskrit word which means wheel) that whirls in a circular motion forming a vacuum in the centre that draws in anything it encounters on its particular vibratory level. Our chakras receive the health of our environment, including the people we are in contact with; chakras also radiate energy of vibration. This energy is translated into the hormonal and physiological system which brings about the changes throughout our bodies.
To help balance a chakra–whether on an emotional, intellectual, physical or spiritual level–we need to bring in the chakra (colour) vibration, which resonates at the same frequency.
- The lowest (base) chakra is located near the coccyx and represents the foundation of being grounded and is red in colour.
- The third Chakra (solar plexus) is location in the upper middle abdomen below the tip of the sternum and is for the digestion and positive use of emotions eg. Self-esteem and confidence, and is yellow in colour
- The Sixth (brow) chakra is located in the mid forehead above the bridge of the nose, and is situated over the pituitary gland. It is also known as the third eye for wisdom , imagination and is indigo in colour.