The Importance of Green Leafy Vegetables in Our Daily Diets

Have you ever been told to eat your greens? There is good reasoning behind your parents getting you to eat the green stuff – it is one of the highest nutrient sources that we can get in our diets, and has amazing health giving properties. By greens, I refer to the leafy variety, which includes spinach, silverbeet, rocket, kale, lettuce (but not iceberg), watercress, or anything else that is of the leafy green variety.

There are not many people who are getting in their daily requirements of green leafy foods. Leafy greens are quite different in composition to green vegetables, so although broccoli, zucchini and beans are still good for us they do not make up our daily requirement of leafy greens.

Studies have shown that the antioxidant and mineral composition of leafy greens are far superior to that of regular fruit and vegetables. This means that a high intake of greens can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, premature aging and many other conditions.

Small studies have found that simply by integrating green smoothies (see recipe below) into your daily diet, changes can be seen in your energy, mood and digestion within days.

By eating a variety of green leafy vegetables every day you can ensure you are getting good amounts of iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, B vitamins and boron, along with a great amount of chlorophyll and fibre.

Green leafy vegetables are one of the most alkaline forming foods available. Being alkaline forming means that they help to reduce inflammation in the body, so can benefit anyone with inflammatory conditions including arthritis, autoimmune disease, endometriosis, psoriasis, acne, allergies, asthma, ulcerative colitis and headaches.

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The challenge is to get these health benefits we not only need to eat a lot of greens every day but we also need to digest them. Without proper chewing (into a paste) green leafy vegetables do not release all of their nutrients, so you may be missing out on some of the benefit.

Salads are great, but ensure that you chew them very well. The easiest way to get high amounts of greens into your diet is with a green smoothie.

Natural Fertility Management

Katherine offers comprehensive natural fertility and reproductive health care, including:

  • Preconception Health Care
  • Pregnancy Health Care
  • Post Natal Care

What is infertility?

Infertility is the term used when a couple have been actively trying to conceive without results for 6 months or more. Katherine does not see couples as infertile, rather that their health is not optimum enough for conception to take place.

What are the causes of infertility?

Infertility, or sub-optimum fertility, can be due to many factors. Conditions such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome(PCOS), endometriosis, fibroids and adenomyosis are major causes of infertility.

Hormonal imbalances, which lead to irregular cycles, painful periods, heavy periods, and problems with ovulation can also reduce fertility.

Nutrient deficiencies play a large role in conception, from the development of the ova and sperm right through to maintaining a pregnancy. A deficiency in one of the nutrients involved in the reproductive cycle can lead to the inability to conceive.

How does natural fertility management work?

Natural fertility management works by regulating hormonal imbalances, correcting nutritional deficiencies and improving general health and wellbeing so that your body is in a better state to allow conception to occur.

If there is an underlying cause of infertility, such as PCOS, endometriosis or thyroid disease, this will be treated as part of your natural fertility management program.

Each couple is assessed individually, with management plans tailored to each individuals needs for the best results.

Studies have shown that this method of fertility management works for up to 81% of clients trying to conceive. When used in combination with IVF it has been shown to double the chances of a successful IVF cycle.

The 81% of women studied using natural fertility methods conceived with no miscarriages, perinatal deaths, birth defects or admissions into intensive care.

The principles used by Katherine are in line the ones used in this study, involving herbal medicines, nutritional supplements, lifestyle coaching and dietary advice.

What are the benefits of natural fertility management?

There are many benefits of natural fertility management, including:

  • Regulating your menstrual cycle
  • Regulating hormonal levels
  • Improving egg and sperm quality
  • Increased chance of pregnancy
  • Reduced risk of miscarriage
  • Reduced risk of pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia
  • Increased energy while pregnant
  • Reduced risk or birth defects or malformation

How do I make an appointment to see Katherine?

To make a fertility management appointment, call 07 3367 0337 or click here to book your appointment via email.

Please ensure to mention that your consultation is for fertility, as extra time may need to be allowed.

If you have any questions about the natural fertility management program, click here to ask Katherine directly.

More information on natural fertility care can be found on Katherine’s natural fertility website.

Sleep Duration and Obesity in Middle-Aged Australian Adults

A recent study involving 40,834 Australian adults has proved an indisputable link between sleep deprivation and obesity. In the study it was found that middle age adults who slept less than 7 hours a night had a much higher incidence of obesity than those that slept for more than 7 hours.

This study highlights the importance of addressing sleep in the treatment of obesity.A naturopathic approach to weight loss includes addressing your sleep for maximum results.

Magee et al 2009, Sleep duration and obesity in middle-aged Australian adults, Obesity.