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Not Losing Weight?

Weight Gain – Everyone knows it is a simple matter of amount and type of food in v amount of exercise and energy used right?

When your body is healthy and fit with all systems functioning normally – the answer is yes. But very often there are hurdles and loops we have to untangle before we can get long term results. If you have been doing everything right; but with no real results. One of those following reason’s could be yours. How do we know and what can we do?

The main reasons are one of the list below – though for some it could be a combination of two or more.

  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Medication
  • Stress
  • Digestion Problems’
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Hypothyroidism (Low thyroid Function
  • Hydration
  • Nutrition – lack of

Let’s have a look at some of the reasons individually.


Our body’s hormones are usually not thought about until they go wrong. When they are working as they should – life is easy. But when they are out of balance due to genetics’ or because we have had to take medication – there is no denying what they normally control. Why would we change our hormonal function? We take medication to suppress our hormones for everything from skin problems to birth control. Some of us take medication to work with the balance of our hormones because of irregularities you might have naturally. Too much, too often, too painful periods etc.  For most of us – when we come off these hormonal medications – our bodies re adjust and work better – In the expectation that when we need them – and stop the medication – they will know what to do.

And usually – they do. But when we are too sensitive or the cause of what the problem was has not gone away – our hormonal balance can be even worse or the same as before we started.  Menopause is another time when weight loss due to hormonal changes can cause weight gain. Side effects can be weight gain, fluid retention and lethargy to name a few. When you have a hormonal imbalance all the right diet and exercise may not allow you to lose weight.

There are herbs that help with hormonal imbalances – Talk to your natural health practitioner today.


Some medications have the side effect of weight gain. Check with your pharmacy (or on line) to receive the pamphlet about the medication that you are on. Using Natural Health to help support weight loss while on medication that causes it can be difficult. As there could be contra indications to taking herbs/nutritional supplements. Read the label and talk to your health practitioner – while always taking care to watch for changes in your body or the initial condition. Always tell your Dr.



  • Sleep disturbance
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Emotional, anxious, agitated, irritable, depressed
  • Reduced mental ability, concentration, memory, ability to make decisions or solve problems
  • Poor or increased appetite, food cravings
  • Reduced sex drive, substance abuse, overwork


Stress can wreak havoc on your health. When you are under pressure, your body reacts by releasing adrenaline. Adrenaline increases your heart rate and blood pressure, causes your muscles to tense, and slows your digestion. This physical response prepares your body to respond to the stressor in one of two ways: to either confront the problem or find a way to escape it. Hans Selye, a well known stress researcher, referred to this as the ‘Fight or Flight’ response. There is another serious effect that stress has on the body. When your body’s adrenal glands release hormones such as cortisal and norepinephrine, these hormones instantly mobilise and use electrolytes and nutrients such as magnesium, potassium. B vitamins, vitamin and amino acids. One of the minerals the body uses the most during stress is magnesium. When your body releases adrenaline, it simultaneously releases magnesium. Magnesium helps the muscles, including the heart, contract and relax, it creates energy for the body, and it helps buffer some of the jarring effects of adrenaline.

If you experience stress, especially chronic stress, it is important to replenish nutrients and help the digestion system to function normally to counter any weight gain.


As we have seen – digestion can be effected by stress, medication, and hormonal imbalance. But we could also have poor digestion genetically or because of poor food choices.

Weight gain is the usual side effect. Though energy levels and immunity will also be lowered. Digestion as a cause to weight gain is a quicker ‘fix’. If you have symptoms of bloating, wind, pain or cramp in your abdomen, too loose or dry bowel movements or less than at least 1 movement a day – there are easy to take over the counter natural herbs and whole food supplements that can be taken. Talking to your local health store team would be the best. As symptoms vary and with that the recommendation and how often to take it. The results can be quick with not only better metabolic function leading to better well being. Weight loss, energy and stronger immunity being some of the benefits you could feel.


Long term stress leads to adrenal fatigue. When you reach this point, your digestive system and hormonal balance are often so fatigued. Weight loss is then a goal ever harder to reach.

How did we get here?

Which form of stress plagues you?

  • Acute
  • Episodic acute
  • Chronic


Acute Stress has an immediate onset, instantly throwing the body into crisis control mode. In an acutely stressful situation, such as a minor traffic accident, a looming deadline at work, or an argument with your spouse or loved one, you are assessing the stressor and developing the best strategy for solving the problem.


The second type of stress is episodic acute.. An example of this form of stress includes ongoing worry about finances, work etc. It also encompasses ‘Type A’ behaviour, which is characterised by competitive drive, anger or impatience with others, and the need to attain personal perfection in all tasks. Studies show that Type A individuals are more prone to heart attack compared to those who are calm.


The third type of stress is chronic, which simply means it’s an ongoing, unrelenting form of stress. Examples of situations that contribute to chronic stress are job and family pressures, sleep deprivation, and strainedroles at work or at home. Chronic stress, because it is an unrelenting form of stress, poses the most serious risk to your health and should be addressed immediately.

When you have adrenal fatigue you need to make some urgent life changes.

This health pyramid is a good goal.


HEALTH Pyramid

least: Drugs

More: Hormonal Balance

More Again: Nutritional Balance

More Again: Lifestyle/diet/sleep/stress/breathing

Most: Detoxification


How to survive the everyday stress of today.

  • Be in the present
  • Health pyramid
  • Multivitamin
  • Omega 3 fish oil/krill oil
  • Correct deficiencies – B Complex, D, C, Zinc, Magnesium
  • Colostrum, probiotics, digestive support
  • Amino acids

As your adrenal system gets stronger as your life moves through the stress level and your body is nurtured back to health – then your body can again become receptive to weight loss (or gain if you lose weight with this much stress)




Hypothyroidism (low thyroid Function) can affect your entire body, so the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism can be very diverse.

Fatigue; weight gain; outer thinning of eyebrows, feet soles hardening and cracking; hair loss are just a few.

Low thyroid can be supported through supplements. Talk to your health care professional today. Some of whom will have a low thyroid risk questionnaire. Weight will be very hard to lose with a low thyroid function.



Weightloss 101. The easiest way to make a change and start losing weight is to drink enough water and have more NUTRITION. Drink a glass of water before every meal/snack. Before every coffee/black tea/sugary drink/alcoholic beverage. You will be less hungry. Drink less alcohol. Not crave the wrong sugary energy drinks as much and be less affected by the alcoholic beverage. And because you are not drinking those drinks for thirst anymore – might be able to limit them completely. Hunger is often confused by the body as thirst. When you drink enough water – and this is the case for you – then you will eat less and crave less to. Mid afternoon mind fog is often diminished.

Add some mineral drops ofr a drop of lemon/apple cider vinegar for taste if you do not like water. This also aids in digestion.


Adding a nutritional smoothie to your daily intake will make that difference to weight loss  if there is not enough in your daily diet. Whole green foods in a powder that taste great and are easy to make up are now a stable item on your health store shelf. Important to choose one that is easily absorbed, nutrient rich with no sugar and added nasties. When people who did not drink enough water or have enough nutrition  added hydration and a nutrient rich smoothie to their daily diet. Weight loss occurred.

If your weight gain trend is due to other factors – these two changes would still be the first I would recommend to change and do.

If plate serving size is one thing you also need to exchange. A smoothie before your meal is an easy way to moderate your food intake –


  • Drink enough water
  • Eat meals regularly – choose food wisely
  • Find out what is stopping you to be able to lose weight.
  • Do a detox

Monica van de Weerd

Naturally Healthy Health Stores – Hamilton

Confusion about Arnica

There is a lot of confusion amoungst our clients and customers about taking Arnica and other Homoeopathic remedies in general. In this article I will endeavour to explain how to use Arnica properly. Arnica is probably best known and most used homoeopathic remedy. Regrettably there is a lot of confusion about this remedy. Even the medical profession is now stating that Arnica is a blood-thinner. This argument is very unscientific.

Following a published article from 1998:

The effect of Arnica Montana

 Bleeding time. Biomedical Therapy 1998, 16: 272-276.

by: L Baillargeon, J Dronin, L Desjardins, D leprous and D Audet.

The purpose of this double-blind, randomised, two cross-over clinical trial was to determine the impact of Arnica Montana in a homoeopathic potency on various blood coagulation tests.

This trial was performed in Canada with the authorisation of the hospital Ethics Committee. Eighteen healthy male volunteers aged 22-46 y were selected and split into two groups. Group A subjects received Arnica at the first study visit. Two weeks later Group A subjects received a placebo. For Group B subjects the procedure was reversed. During the study visits, a haematology technician determined the bleeding time and withdrew blood for the other analyses.

The subjects then took, sublingual, fifteen minutes apart, two doses of Arnica 5C or placebo. The main outcome variable studied was bleeding time. Other dependent variables included platelet count, partial thromboplastin time, thrombin time, prothrombin time, fibrinogen and procoagulant factor aggregation with ADP, epinephrine and collagen.

It was found that Arnica did not influence a number of parameters in blood coagulation in the period following administration to a small number of male subjects. Additionally no clinically significant difference was observed between Arnica and placebo concerning the other tests of blood coagulation.

So what is the problem with taking Arnica before operations or tooth extractions?

Homoeopathy works totally different from taking drugs, supplements or herbs. Homoeopathic remedies do not have to be taken days or weeks before an operation. In homoeopathy this will result in the reversed from what one is trying to achieve. This is why Arnica only taken after (or in birth during) the intervention. Usually for a few days until the initial healing has been initiated. This principle is valid for the administration of any homoeopathic remedy.

For further information about homoeopathy you can contact

Frans van de Weerd, professional homoeopath and BA physiotherapy

at Naturally Healthy – 106 London Street Hamilton CBD ph 9583845.

 Monica van de Weerd

Naturally Healthy Health Stores – Hamilton

Do I need to take and Anti-Oxidant?


Astaxanthin is pronounced – ass . tah . zann . thin. It is a highly potent antioxidant that is a powerful free radical scavenger – put in English it is a nutritional substance that can protect the body from daily toxins both outside the body and from within the body.
Astaxanthin has been around for thousands if not millions of years. It is produced by the algae Haematococcus pluvialis  (H. pluvialis) and can be found in the sea and floating on ponds. Ultraviolet light which can damage the algae causes it to produce astaxanthin which protects the algae from sun damage and turns it a red colour. The red colour is the astaxanthin. Crayfish, crabs, krill, lobsters, salmon, shrimp and trout all owe their colour to astaxanthin. It is a carotenoid which means it is in the same group as vitamin A and beta-carotene.

The highest quality astaxanthin is sourced from H.pluvialis as opposed to synthetic astaxanthin which does not have as wider an application as the naturally sourced version.

It is both a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent when ingested by humans.

What is an antioxidant and why do you need them?

Antioxidant is a term that has been in the popular health vocabulary for many years now. But what is an antioxidant? Where are they found in the body and what do they do? Why are they so important?

The word literally means “against oxidation.” Antioxidants are substances both generated by the body and ingested via the diet that can help prevent the damaging effects of oxidation. They are found in every cell of the body and in some cases floating in the fluid between cells. Oxidation occurs when a substance takes a part of the structure from another substance to make it stable. It is sort of like robbing Peter to pay Paul.

The most well-known example of this is when a copper statue turns green over time. Here oxygen is interacting with the copper. Oxygen removes part of copper’s structure, in this case an electron, so that over time it loses its coppery colour. The Statue of Liberty was originally a bronze colour but over the years has turned green due to oxidation.

Oxidation in the body operates along a very similar principle except that the electron that is stolen normally comes from much needed body tissues. Specifically they rob your cells of parts of their protective walls. This can happen during your body’s natural metabolic processes, with strenuous exercise, with excess drinking, smoking, eating, drug taking, with injury, with stress, and believe it or not even with strenuous over thinking.

The body’s own metabolic processes of converting food into energy, breathing and cellular respiration,  maintenance and repair can also produce a number of substances known as “free radicals” that can produce oxidation damage as well.

Short term damage as in sunburn or pulling a muscle can normally be handled by the body, but when oxidation damage occurs over a long period of time such as stress, bad diet, drinking, chronic injury, sun damage etc – then it can lead to tissue damage which can lead to disease.

Oxidants left unchecked can even damage the DNA inside your cell.

So an antioxidant is either a substance made by your body or ingested via food that can help the cells in your body withstand the ravages of life. Essentially it allows some of itself to be sacrificed to the oxidation rather than your body tissues.

Without them it has been conjectured that humans will age faster than they have to.

Astaxanthin – King

Enter Astaxanthin – one of the most powerful antioxidants currently known. It has over a thousand peer reviewed studies on it and can now be found in over-the-counter supplements.

It has one of the highest ORAC ratings of all the antioxidants. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity

It measures how much an antioxidant could prevent oxidation.

Have a look at the diagram below:

The diagram clearly shows how much more potent an antioxidant natural astaxanthin is

Why Astaxanthin?

What makes astaxanthin so special is that it seems to shoot to the top of the class? Research shows it has a special property that not many other antioxidants have.

Its molecular structure means that it lies across the entire cross-section of the cell wall of all your body tissues. No other antioxidant does this. They either sit in the middle or on the edges, which means that they can only ever protect a portion of the cell wall rather than the whole structure. Astaxanthin protects the whole structure of the cell wall.

Every cell in your body is like a little house unto itself, and just like the house you live in if the walls get damage, worn, broken then unwanted elements and creatures can get in. If the walls get too badly damaged in your house then it will cease to be liveable, likewise the cell with a damaged cell wall will cease to function as cell or function below its optimum.

Astaxanthin can repair cell walls and ingested daily can act to prevent cell wall damage.

Exercise Recovery

Astaxanthin has a reputation for decreasing the recovery time when it comes to strenuous exercise. The mode of action is unknown but it seems that strenuous exercise damages muscle fibres which of course damages muscle cell walls.

And here is another aspect to astaxanthin – it helps increase the speed to repairing damage. While not clear how it works it appears to reduce “oxidative stress.” This occurs when body tissues are placed under great stress.


Inflammation creates a big biochemical mess which needs a lot of energy and attention from the body to clean it up. Astaxanthin can help by taking over some of the role and of course act as an antioxidant. With inflammation comes a lot of oxidation.

Research also shows that it lowers CRP (C-reactive protein), a biological marker of inflammation. The lower the CRP the less inflammation is in the body. An eight week double-blind clinical trial was conducted on rheumatoid arthritis subjects. The different groups received astaxanthin, vitamin A, vitamin E and a placebo. The astaxanthin group scored significantly better than the placebo group.

Cardiovascular Disease

Oxidation may damage the walls of the large and small blood vessels servicing the heart. This damage can lead to inflammation which in turn can affect the supply of blood to the heart. Astaxanthin has been shown to reduce a number of biochemical markers associated with heart disease and could have a positive impact on cholesterol levels.

Overweight and Obesity

Oxidative stress in overweight and obese people is increased. A lot of this is due to the joints and tissues bearing more weight than the body was designed to cope with. The oxidative stress in these individuals can also set up chronic diseases later in life, mostly through low level inflammation. Astaxanthin will help reduce the incidence of this.

Vision and Eye Fatigue

While not conclusive astaxanthin seems to have an ability to help relieve eye strain and eye tiredness, especially for those working at computers. Japanese researchers found that an intake of 6mg of astaxanthin taken consistently improved visual sharpness – even in healthy subjects.

What Conditions Might Astaxanthin Help?

  • Arthritis – both osteo and rheumatoid
  • Sprains, strains, bruises,
  • Tennis elbow
  • Runners’ knee
  • Crohns
  • Colitis
  • Cancer
  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Dementia
  • Alzheimers
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Type 2 Diabetes

Do I need to take Astaxanthin?

If you have any of the above, then yes you do. If you don’t then you still need to take it. Why?

Check out the diagram above. Study it for a few seconds and ask yourself if any of these apply to you?

Even if you only have one of these in your life, there is a great chance that you need a powerful antioxidant like astaxanthin to help protect your body.

What Sort of Dose Should I Take?

  • A good starting dose for a 50kg person would be one capsule per day containing 10mg of Astaxanthin.
  • A 100kg person plus would need two a day of a 10mg Astaxanthin capsule.
  • As the stress goes up in any of the areas illustrated in the diagram above, it would be advisable to double or triple the dose to 20 – 30 mg per day, and in the unlikely but highly possible event of extreme stress then astaxanthin can easily be quadrupled to 40 – 80 mg per day safely.
  • As a totally naturally sourced ingredient Astaxanthin has no recorded toxicity so even doses above that recommendation are seen as safe.
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  • 106 London street – Hamilton NZ

How to Hydrate.

Hydration is not just the amount of water you drink.
But the amount of electrolytes the water has.
In a peer reviewed study, those who drank plain water drank 74% more to achieve the same level of hydration as those who drank water with ELETE*.
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Needing to Detox

Good Health Body Cleanse will be effective without restricting your diet.However, to maximise its

effectiveness we recommend you follow our food and lifestyle recommendations:

  • Choose fresh whole foods over refined, processed foods
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds for fibre and important nutrients
  • Avoid artificial additives, preservatives and sweeteners
  • Limit sugar intake – sugar promotes poor bowel health and may also promote inflammation
  • Drink 1-2 litres of pure filtered water daily – especially when increasing dietary fibre
  • Reduce intake of stimulants and toxins such as caffeine, cigarettes, alcohol and sugar
  • Never overeat – this puts strain on the digestive system and may promote indigestion, excess gas and digestive discomfort
  • Avoid eating when rushed or stressed which can significantly impair digestion. Eat when relaxed, and take your time, chewing food well.
  • Avoid having large amounts of fluid with meals – this can dilute natural digestive secretions and slow down digestion.

 Recommended for

  • Supports liver detoxification
  • Weight loss support and cholesterol support treatment
  • Detoxification against toxic or chemical overload
  • Digestive conditions: diverticulosis, constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence and colic
  • Supports general health
  • Skin problems – acne, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, ulcers, boils
  • Support for weight / cholesterol management problems
  • Allergy sufferers
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Fatigue / lack of energy
  • Water retention
  • Joint pain
  • Recurrent colds & flu

Tips for optimal wellness

Increase your daily activity levels. Exercise 3-4 times per week for 30 minutes to 1 hour. For best results, consult with a fitness trainer.

Eat real food
Enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Include garlic and ginger in your meals. Increase green leafy vegetables. Reduce food additives, preservatives, pesticides and chemicals, saturated fats, fried food, sugar, flour and processed food; as well as caffeine, alcohol and non-essential drugs.

Drink water and herbal tea
Drink at least 5-8 glasses of water per day. In addition try herbal teas. In the hot months try peppermint or mint tea with added apple juice and ice cubes. Try chamomile tea at night to support relaxation.

Skin brushing and toxin removal
Every day brush your skin with a dry flannel or body brush before washing to remove toxins that are excreted out of the skin. Try soaking in an Epsom salts bath, for 15 minutes maximum, to relax muscles and de-stress.

Naturally Healthy – two stores.

106 London street Hamilton Central – free customer parking on site.

419 Grey Street Hamilton East
phone 07 958 3845

Stop cold sores before they start

Labimint Acute Lip Care: Assisted by the powers of nature

When the wind and rain chap our otherwise soft lips, a cold exhausts our immune system or work saps all our energy, many people develop itchy, painful cold sores. At times like this, the power of nature can come to their aid: applied at the right moment, Labimint Acute Lip Care can prevent unpleasant cold sores from forming.

The skin on our lips needs particular care and protection, especially during the formation and healing phases. Dr. Hauschka Med Labimint Acute Lip Care was specially developed to meet the needs of people prone to cold sores. The unique formulation contains a blend of purely natural ingredients with healing properties that can be instantly enjoyed.

Regular preventative care by applying Labimint to healthy lips keeps them silky soft and helps prevent future problems. Stop cold sores before they start.

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