Spring's Sudden Daylight Savings Changes Can Negatively Impact Health

Aug 27, 2018

Australians are getting excited about increasing daylight with the Spring Equinox approaching on 21st September. ‘Winter Blues’ or Seasonal Affective Disorder was first identified and studied in the 1980’s and is widely recognised as a Mental Disorder that begins in Winter and spontaneously improves in Spring. Hence many people perceive the imminent approach of Spring of psychological and physical benefit, which it is! However, increasing evidence shows that the days immediately after the clocks change in Spring can have negative repercussions on your health.

A paper in the March 2013 American Journal of Cardiology showed that moving the clocks forward in Spring by 1 hour caused a modest increase in Myocardial Infarction's for a few days. However, the greatest spike occurred on the Sunday after the clocks change on the Saturday night. Conversely, other data suggests that when the clocks go back in autumn and the population has 1 hour more sleep, that for a few days after the clocks change, public health improves!

In an article in the January 2001 edition of ‘Sleep Medicine’, Jason Varughese and Richard Allen studied 21 years of data from fatal car accidents in America. Their analysis demonstrated that during the Monday after the clocks change for daylight savings in Spring, there is an increase in car accidents.

So, what can you do to reduce the effects of this forced jet-lag on you? Here are a few simple things that you can do when Daylight Savings suddenly changes:

  • Take the Australian Bush Flower Essences ‘Sundew’ and ‘Jacaranda’. Ironically Jacaranda’s beautiful lilac flowers appear in the Spring as a sign of their benefit for the shift in our body clocks! Jacaranda can shift you from being scattered, changeable and dithering to being centered, quick-thinking and decisive. Sundew can move you from having a lack of focus and daydreaming to having more attention to detail and being focussed in the present.
  • Continue to go to bed at the usual ‘Winter Time’ for a few days after the clocks change in Spring, to let your sleep slowly adjust, especially if you have a heart condition.
  • Allow more time for travel to work in the morning immediately after the clocks go forward one hour in Spring, as the rest of the Australian population adjusts to 1 hour less sleep.

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How The Fermented Soyabean Paste Natto can Reduce Strokes

May 17, 2018

The TakayamaStudy was a 16 year Japanese Trial involving 30,000 people over the age of 35. It looked at how diet and lifestyle factors can impact the health of the study participants, especially as regards chronic diseases. The Study found that the consumption of Natto, a Japanese fermented soyabean paste contains nattokinase, which has anti-clotting benefits.

High Natto consumption was seen to have a significant reduction in deaths from cardiovascular disease, total stroke, ischaemic stroke and ischaemic heart disease.


Foods and Supplements to Boost Your Immune System in Winter

Jun 01, 2017

The shorter daylight hours and cold weather are depressing enough in Winter, without falling ill with coughs, colds and flu, kindly passed onto you via your work colleagues! We all now know the benefits of Zinc on the immune system, Vitamin C etc. But the article below references a few new foods and supplements that can reduce the severity of the cold/flu virus over Winter.

Elderberry

A clinical trial in Singapore in 2009 involving 64 patients with 3 or more flu-like symptoms (fever, headaches, muscle-aches etc) split participants into two groups. 32 patients received an Elderberry lozenge 4 times a day, the other 32 patients received a placebo lozenge. After 48 hrs 28% of patients in the Elderberry group had no flu symptoms and 60% had relief of some symptoms. In contrast, no patients showed improvements over 48 hrs in the placebo group.

Echinacea, Propolis and Vitamin C

A 2009 Israeli randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 328 children aged 1-5yrs took place over the Winter months. The children were split into two groups, once receiving ‘Chizukit’ which is a syrup containing Echinacea, Propolis and Vitamin C, and one group receiving a placebo. After 12 weeks, the total number of illness was significantly lower in the Chizukit than the placebo group. The total number of illness days and duration of illness were also significantly lower in the Chizukit group.

Probiotic Bacteria

A 2005 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study used Lactobacillus gasseri, Bifidobacterium longum and B. bifidum over two Winter/Spring periods, with participants taking supplements for 3 months. Symptoms scores, duration of colds and days with fever were fewer in the group treated with the probiotics. Colds were found to be 2 days shorter in the Probiotic group. Key immune cells (specifically CD8+ and CD4+) were also higher in the probiotic group when analysed.

Ginger

A 2005 Chinese study on fresh and dried ginger on human upper and lower respiratory tracts infected with the human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV). This is a very common virus that gives symptoms similar to the common cold.

Fresh ginger was general more effective than dried ginger, but fresh ginger was very effective when given BEFORE INNOCULATION with the HRSV virus. It worked by preventing the virus from attaching and being internalised by the body. This shows fresh ginger is good to be taken preventatively during the cold and flu season.

Cloves

Funny how in the northern hemisphere, Cloves are used a lot in Christmas Baking? Obviously ancient people knew that cloves are great for fighting infection and boosting our immune system in the Winter months. In India Clive tea is taken by people with colds and flu due to its anti-microbial effects. Add it to soups and stews to help you reduce the intensity and severity of your cold or flu and add it to your cup of tea during the day.

How Eating Just Two Meals a Day Can Relieve The Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Jun 15, 2016

A study in Saudi Arabia investigated the effects of a change in eating patterns on the symptoms of 20 patients with oesophageal reflux disease. For 2 weeks they would eat only 2 meals a day. In between meals, if they felt hungry, they were allowed to consume only liquids such as juices, tea, coffee, water etc. None of the participants took any reflux medication for the duration of the study.

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