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Good nutrition means good health,
feeling and looking great
• Maximise your energy levels
• Achieve your ideal weight with minimum effort
• Maintain powerful, long term changes.
Call for an appointment today
Helen Elscot ND is a qualifed
medical herbalist, naturopath and
nutritionist and a member of the
New Zealand Association of Medical
She runs Herbal Health Waiheke in
Oneroa and is the health columnist
for Gulf News.
Leader of the pack
The word 'quit' is synonymous with
smoking. We give up chocolate,
become gluten-free and stop drinking but in order to tame the
nicotine habit, we have to quit.
If your New Year's day dawned among the champagne corks,
streamers and overfowing ashtrays of the previous night’s cele-
brations, you will already know that resolutions from the night
before can quickly be put into the 'too hard' basket.
Quitting addictive behaviour patterns can be frustrating and
it may sometimes seem easier to give in to the cravings than to
continue to fght them.
For this reason, many people turn to herbal medicine to help
them get through the withdrawal symptoms of going cold turkey.
If you are heading on the path to a smoke-free life, the leader
of the pack -- no pun intended -- in alleviating nicotine cravings is
skullcap. This herb has the ability to bind to dopamine receptors
and trigger a response which alleviates stress, nervous tension
Skullcap is native to North America and has been used as a
mild relaxant and as an effective treatment in addiction due to
its calming effect on the nervous system. It was also at one time
considered to be a remedy for rabies, hence its common name
"mad dog weed".
Nicotine withdrawal can also induce headaches, muscular
aches and pains and an overwhelming sense of depression. A
close cousin to the opium poppy, Californian poppy is tradition-
ally used as an analgesic and sedative in withdrawal either from
smoking, drugs or alcohol.
Until recently, little was known about Californian poppy's
effect on the nervous system but it appears that it has a posi-
tive pharmacological effect on the brain's opiate receptors which
helps to alleviate the physical effects usually associated with
Aside from the mental effects of quitting smoking, physical
symptoms such as a mucous buildup in the lungs and irritating
coughs may also be experienced as the lungs try to heal them-
Elecampane is a British herb classifed as an expectorant
which helps the lungs get rid of excess mucous. Its Latin name,
Inula helenium, refers to Helen of Troy where the herb was said
to have sprouted from where her tears fell.
Quitting smoking can be diffcult; the statistics show it takes
most smokers several tries before they can stop for good.
The Quitline website is designed to help you cope with quit-
ting by providing Kiwis with a Quit Book, Quit Blog and up-to-
date Quit Stats to help beat the smoking addiction.
Although herbs are not chemical medicines, they may still
interact with pharmaceutical drugs. If you are eager to try herbal
medicine to help you quit smoking, consult a qualifed medical
herbalist and get the very best start to the New Year.
Health and Wellbeing
Sarah Gloyer, owner of Synergy Studio
in Oneroa, is a qualifed personal trainer
and Pilates instructor with more than 25
years experience. She has a degree in
Human Performance and a diploma in
Sport and Recreation Development.
New year detox
Like many, you may have over indulged
a little over the holidays. As a result
you may be feeling a bit sluggish and
uncomfortable. I am not convinced
about "detox" and wonder if it has become the new diet.
When we change behaviours temporarily are they really going
to help us?
When we buy expensive packages that offer us a quick
fx without permanent change to lifestyle and health, are we
throwing our money away? The key thing is to adopt attitudes
and behaviours to exercise and eating that are sustainable and
Here are a few of my favourite tips.
• Eat real food in realistic amounts. Stay away from processed
foods and make sure you understand what a portion size is.
• Fill you plate with loads of fresh vegetables and fruit with
protein as a 'garnish'.
• Eat regularly; plan your meals and practice “mindful” eating.
(Turn the TV, computer and phone off; chew slowly and enjoy
• Drink lots of water, stay hydrated. Your energy levels will be higher
and more consistent and you will feel like exercising more.
• Being hydrated is crucial to weight loss as well.
• Hang out with positive, active people. Studies show we adopt
behaviours of those around us. Spend time with people who
are like the person you wish to be!
• Try new things; if exercise is fun and exciting you will be more
likely to stick with it.
• Set goals; small, daily ones, weekly ones and ‘big’ ones.
Reward yourself throughout the process.
• Sign up for an event later in the year; anything from an active,
adventure holiday which will require a certain ftness level to a
• Most of all, have fun; be thankful for what you do have and
make the most of it.
check out www.Synergystudio.info
tel 372 8811 or 027 255 0215
Helen Elscot ND, MNZAMH www.herbalhealthwaiheke.co.nz
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