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34 ISSUE 17 | SEPTEMBER 2011


HAWKESBURY DISTRICT INDEPENDENT NEWS | www.hdinews.com.au Natural Health & Wellbeing A complete range of


certified organic & bio-dynamic: fruit & vegetables • meat • dairy • bread • personal care • cleaning goods


We respect the environment and strive to reduce the impact of our lifestyles on the world we share with other species and future generations by seeking to avoid products that depend on the exploitation of others. We support non-toxic, sustainable agriculture. We prefer to buy from local, earth-friendly producers. We recycle and try to lead by example, educating ourselves and others about health and nutrition, cooperation and the environment. Theresa & Yves


HOURS: Mon- Fri 9am - 6pm; Saturday 9am - 4pm


02 4588 5377 www.greenhillsorganics.com.au


39-41 Garfield Rd,


Riverstone NSW 2765 Phone 9627 2244


Digestion, heartburn & ulcers


Your digestive system is a long tube that begins at your mouth and ends at your anus. It has one overriding goal: to break down your food and extract energy and nutrients from it. Your throat, esophagus, stomach, duodenum and intestines are modifications of this tube.


Digestive troubles are often poorly understood. Medical care is often directed at treating symptoms with drugs. Treating symptoms alone, however, apart from the risk of the side effects, can lead you into the false belief that your problem is gone merely because your symptoms are gone.


As early as 1921, it was discovered that spinal abnormalities could cause stomach, esophagus, duodenum and intestinal disorders. In a later study, 87% of a group of adolescents suffering with stomach and intestinal disorders were found to have “pelvic distortion” and “blockage” in the spine. Spinal misalignments (Subluxation) have been found to produce disease by irritating the nerves that supply various organs.


The digestive system can weaken, work improperly and fall prey to a multitude of diseases. The job of the chiropractor is to ensure that the stomach and the rest of the digestive system (as well as all the other organs of the body) are receiving an unobstructed nerve supply. This promotes body harmony, enhanced ability to cope with stress and improved resistance to disease. Remember, if your nerves are impinged upon by vertebral subluxations, no amount of drugs will relieve the pressure. A chiropractic spinal adjustment is what your body needs.


Along with spinal health it has been discovered that drinking water can correct many digestive problems, including ulcers, constipation, colitis and dyspepsia. Many people are dehydrated and dont know it. Coffee, tea and juices may assuage thirst but they do not hydrate the body as a good quality (organic) water does.


OPTIMAL SPINE EQUALS OPTIMAL HEALTH


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ORGANIC FOOD Organic food is increasing in


popularity, but it’s not just because it’s a fad. It because consumers are becoming more savvy and want to look after themselves, and our planet. Te research done on organic food proves that it’s better for us, and it’s becoming harder for the big companies to deny it. WHAT DOES ORGANIC MEAN? Te word ‘organic’ is used to describe


food that has been grown without the use of artificial fertilisers, pesticides and herbicides, growth regulators and hormones, antibiotics, and livestock feed additives. Tis means working with nature rather than against it, by recycling natural materials, maintaining soil fertility and encouraging natural methods of pest and disease control, rather than relying on chemicals. Crop rotations, crop residues, animal manures, green manures, legumes, organic wastes, mineral-bearing rock, and biological pest controls are used by organic farmers to raise whole, natural foods. BENEFITS OF ORGANIC FOODS Nutrient content It’s often claimed that a large number


of studies have found no difference in the nutrient content of organic and non- organic crops. It’s true there have been more than a hundred studies comparing the nutrient content of organic and non-organic foods and the results are inconclusive. But this is because the majority of studies are of poor quality, being either agriculturally or analytically flawed. Official food composition tables,


including data compiled by the US Department of Agriculture, reveal that since the 1940s the mineral levels in fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy have declined substantially in conventional foods. Combine this with earlier (pre- ripened) picking, longer storage, and more processing of crops, and it’s not surprising that we may be getting fewer nutrients in our food than we were 60 years ago. Te artificial fertilization associated


with conventional crops produces lush growth by swelling produce with more water. On a pound-for-pound basis, organic food has more “dry matter” (i.e. food). Partly because of this (and for other reasons too), there are higher levels of nutrients in organic produce.


We can expect also that


phytonutrients, many of which are antioxidants involved in the plant’s own defense system, will be higher in organic produce because crops rely more on their own defenses in the absence of regular applications of chemical pesticides. Evidence is emerging that confirms this expectation. Higher levels have so far been found of lycopene in organic tomatoes, polyphenols in organic potatoes, flavonols in organic apples, and resveratrol in organic red wine. A recent review of the subject estimated that organic produce will tend to contain 10-50% higher phytonutrients than conventional produce. Tese phytonutrients have important roles in our body protecting us from disease and promoting healthy aging. Recent research has showed that: • Conventionally grown fruit and vegetables in the USA have about half the vitamin content of their counterparts in 1963.


• On average organic foods contain about one-third higher in antioxidants than comparable conventional produce.


Two independent, comprehensive


reviews of (around 40) studies that compare the differences between organic and conventional foods came up with similar conclusions showing that there is overwhelming evidence that organic food is more nutritious than conventional food. Heaton stated: ‘On average our research found higher vitamin C, higher mineral levels and higher phytonutrients – plant compounds which can be effective against cancer.’ Food additives Te use of antibiotics, anti-microbials,


hormones and other growth promotants are prohibited in organic production. If animals are treated with veterinary chemicals, they are not allowed to be sold as organic. Similarly the use of synthetic


For an appointment:


0435 170 605 mydietian@people.net.au


Helping You With All Your Dietary Health Concerns


Accredited Practising Dietian (APD) Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) - Honours


Master of Nutrition & Dietetics


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