Your lymphatic system comprises a network of tissues and organs that help rid your body of toxins, waste and other unwanted materials. The primary function of your lymphatic system is to transport lymph, a fluid containing white blood cells known as lymphocytes, throughout your body. Lymphocytes work to defend your body against bacteria, viruses and other such biological threats.
A blocked lymphatic system can lead to serious illness and disease. Here are just some of the signs to look out for:
Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic health condition in Australia that affects around 1.7 million Australians.
Diabetes is classified as either type-1 or type-2. Type-1 is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the beta cells of the pancreas. As a result, the pancreas can’t produce the insulin needed to help regulate blood sugar and therefore daily insulin injections are needed. Type-2 diabetes, on the other hand, is essentially a lifestyle disease predominantly caused by a poor diet and lack of exercise.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of recurrent major depressive disorder that occurs in climates where there is less sunlight at certain times of the year.
Most people notice SAD symptoms beginning in autumn and increasing during the winter months. These symptoms may include:
Cellulite is a condition that affects about 90% of women and 10% of men. It occurs when fat deposits push through the connective tissue just beneath the skin, usually affecting the buttocks and thighs. Because of its dimpled, lumpy appearance, it can often lead to feelings of embarrassment and a poor self-image.
So what exactly causes cellulite?
You may be well aware of the benefits of drinking matcha green tea for weight loss, but are you really getting the most out of this amazing ‘super food’?
Green tea can help you burn more fat thanks to a unique, potent class of antioxidant known as catechins. In particular, the catechin EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) has been shown to increase the body’s metabolic rate and increase fat oxidation by up to 33%! (This is the reason why green tea is included in so many fat-burning supplements)
However, in order to enjoy these benefits, you would need to drink around 10 cups of green tea EACH DAY! That’s a lot of trips to the bathroom! Fortunately, there is a better option - matcha green tea powder!
The Christmas/New Year period is a notorious goal killer. Many people have good intentions, but then end up falling victim to high-calorie sugary drinks, fatty foods, and of course, alcohol. If you’re trying to get into shape, or just maintain your current body weight, learning how to make the right choices will go a long way in helping you survive the silly season relatively unscathed.
In a world where advances in technology aim to improve our connection with society, the result has been complete disconnection. We have become disconnected from one another, and more alarmingly, even disconnected from ourselves.
In numerous studies, our over-attachment to technology has been linked to health issues such as fatigue, stress and depression in young adults.
When it comes to weight loss, stress plays a significant role. Whether you suffer from physical, emotional, mental or psychological stress, learning to manage your stress can often be the difference between reaching your weight goals and stagnating.
When our bodies are under stress, certain hormones such as cortisol are elevated which can lead to a condition known as adrenal fatigue. Elevated cortisol and insulin levels can also increase our food cravings and appetite, disrupt our sleep patterns and encourage our bodies to store excess glucose as fat, especially around our waist.
Learning to manage the stress in your life is an extremely vital practice to focus on.
Many of us want change in our lives but we aren’t really prepared or willing to change things. If you keep doing the things you have always done you will keep getting the things you have always gotten! It’s a simple concept really.
If you keep talking about starting an exercise regime but never do, or you talk about wanting to eat healthy yet you still hold onto unhealthy eating habits, how is your body going to improve? Through wishful thinking or by throwing magical fairy dust into the air?
My expertise lies in nutrition, however, I am always fascinated by the psychology behind weight loss and why some people struggle with their weight their entire lives. Why do some people lose weight and keep it off while others seem to be trapped in this never-ending cycle of dieting?
There are three things that you need to know if you are to be successful in achieving the kind of body that you want. This is the first part of a three part series on the psychology behind weight loss and how you can access the tools you need to facilitate change in your life.