7 Steps for Healthier Heart

7 Steps for a Healthier Heart!


One Australian dies every 12 minutes from it.

It’s the most costly disease for our healthcare system costing $1.8 Billion for medications alone in 2012. It’s the leading cause of death . . . and yet it’s largely preventable!

It’s Cardiovascular Disease!

Recently I was invited to speak to a group about the topic of ‘Heart Health’ and Cardiovascular Disease. It’s certainly a topic that I’ve had a keen interest in understanding, since I’ve had family members succumb to the effects of poor cardiovascular health.

Cardiovascular Disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, (plus most developed countries) and in addition it is a major cause of disability. According to the National Heart Foundation, CVD is responsible for 11% of direct healthcare expenditure with the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme paying out $1.8 Billion in medications for CVD in 2012 (21% of total benefits that year).

So it’s a very costly disease for the healthcare system and a deadly one at that.

So what can you actively do to stack the odds in your favour?

Well, here’s 7 Steps to get to started . . . 


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The Silent Health Saboteur

Surely if there’s an underlying cause of our widespread weariness, we should know about it?

“The reason doctors don’t flag it is because they’re taught in medical school that the adrenal glands are either working perfectly well or not working at all, which is a condition called Addison’s disease,” explains Dr Peter Dobie,  integrative GP and adrenal fatigue specialist. “However, an increasing number of doctors, myself included, believe there’s a grey area or intermediate zone of adrenal function where the adrenals are working, but not as well as they should be.

The adrenal glands produce around 50 different hormones, which influence everything from how we handle stress to our metabolism, inflammatory response, blood glucose levels, blood pressure and our fluid and electrolyte balance.

The adrenal glands have fundamental functions in the body and are primary to our immune system function, our reproductive function and even our neurological system. If they become exhausted, it can initiate a domino effect where many other systems start to go down,” explains Dr Sherrill Sellman.

Dr Sherrill Sellman naturopath and women’s natural health expert, is author of ‘Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know About Their Hormones’, and ‘What Women MUST Know To Protect Their Daughters From Breast Cancer’. Dr Sellman will be visiting South East Queensland and we are hosting TWO events, one at the end of july and first week in August, so make you get along to hear her talk on all things hormonal, male and female. DOWNLOAD this flyer for more details.


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Does Death Begin In The Colon?

My original exposure to the warning that “Death begins in the colon” and the further investigation of it that I undertook, came after hearing if from Dr. Bernard Jensen, D.C. who, in some circles, is referred to as the “Father of Colonics”. But the term has also been ascribed to physicians in ancient Egypt, and said to be espoused by Hippocrates, the apparent father of modern medicine, whose teachings link many illnesses to problems with the digestive tract, and the lack of optimal functioning of the body.

If not death, then perhaps at least disease and ill health might have a lot to do with the much overlooked function and health of the digestive tract. And the way to achieve that simply and effectively, does depend on the Savvy Team’s three-step process. The strategy of optimising nutrient intake while minimising toxins is also the central focus of the Savvy Team.

The Savvy Team point to the research showing that these days, children, and especially those coming from families with a history of “brain-immuno-gut disorders”, are also being affected with paediatric disorders such as ADHD, Asthma, allergies, autism, chronic illness, depression, learning and language delay, and digestive and behavioural disorders. All of these conditions are now proven to be triggered by toxins, malnutrition and infections as well as inflammatory conditions and stress. While their diets may be ‘good’, they are almost always found to be low in nutrition. (more…)

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Why Progesterone For Men?

Progesterone occupies an important position in the pathway of hormonal synthesis in both men and women. When many of us think of progesterone, we think of it as being a hormone strictly for women. However men need progesterone too, as is explained in the following research. While most Progesterone in women is produced in their ovaries, it is produced in the adrenal glands in both sexes and in the testes in males. In fact, after menopause, the female body makes close to zero progesterone, while the male body makes more.

Not only is progesterone found in males, but men rely on the alleged “female hormone” to preserve their masculinity. In fact, did you know that progesterone is a precursor to testosterone – the male sex hormone? Also did you know that as men age and testosterone begins to decline, estrogen levels steadily rise? As estrogen levels increase, progesterone levels plummet. Therefore, as Progesterone is a precursor to testosterone, and testosterone levels in men decline with age, doing whatever they can to boost progesterone levels can be of great benefit for men, as this article explains.

Hormonal balance is like a jig-saw puzzle – without all of the pieces in place, it just doesn’t work. Hormones are cell messengers that carry important signals to different cells in the body. There can be a lot of things that go wrong in their communication, and these problems can be due to a multitude of factors, including: nutritional inadequacies, stress, toxicity, organ toxicity/malfunction, mineral deficiencies.


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New Research Substantiates the Anti-Aging Properties of DHEA

In 2007, the battle against Congress’s ill-conceived campaign to re-classify DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) as an “anabolic steroid drug” – an act that would have made this life-sustaining compound unavailable to the general public without a prescription – was won, and less than three years later, scientists uncovered even more research substantiating DHEA’s remarkable health-promoting benefits.

It’s called the fountain of youth, the super-hormone, the antidote to aging. It can help people look younger, feel better and live longer. Circulating throughout the human body, it is present at even higher levels in brain tissue. In fact, brain tissue contains 5 to 6 times more DHEA than any other tissue in the human body. As we age our DHEA production falls dramatically. DHEA can be helpful in treating auto-immune disorders, obesity, dementia, osteoporosis and chronic fatigue.  (more…)

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The Health & Weight Benefits of Essential Fatty Acids

We all have a problem with fat. Actually, most of us have two problems with fat. I’m sure you are familiar with the first problem – that our bodies overproduce fat. Statistically speaking, most Australians just need to look down at their waistline to see how big the problem is for them – Australia now leads the world in obesity.

So the first problem is that we tend to put on weight. To help our friends and family take simple steps to reduce the size of their waistline over the course of 2012, the Savvy team have a “One Ton Challenge” (so  make sure you find out more about that).

But the second problem, and you probably don’t realize it, is that you aren’t getting enough “good fat” in your diet. This is often a contributing factor to the first. Is ‘Stay away from fats!’ ringing in your ears? This used to be the ‘classic’ saying that you’ve heard from weight loss ‘experts’ over the years. You’ve probably lost out on the health and weight loss benefits of many ‘good fats’ because you’ve believed in the misconceptions surrounding this topic.

Are you thinking – there really is no such thing as good fat? Well there really is.  (more…)

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Questions & Answers On Essential Fats

The term essential in the sciences refers to the fact that a nutrient can not be synthesized by the body, so you must have a dietary or supplemental source to balance your intake of that nutrient. Basically, there are two essential fatty acids, and they’ve been referred to as Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids.

These two fats that are considered essential, because our bodies do not manufacture them, and therefore we need to get them from our diet, and without them our bodies cannot function optimally.

You should improve your intake of fats. Don’t forget that human body needs particular amount of fat daily. Those two fats are essential nutrients for your health. You need them when you cook – not every food can be cooked without fat. So now we know that those fats should be added in our diet. The important question is how they should be consumed, and what kind of fats are the proper choice?  (more…)

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A Healthy Gut Means A Healthy Body

Inside our large intestines are millions of live bacteria, often a combination of good and bad bacteria. When bad bacteria start to form in large numbers it can cause a potential imbalance to the digestive system.

Sometimes an imbalance can occur through alcohol intake, processed, fast and fatty foods, stress, antibiotics as well as medication such as the oral contraceptive pill. These lifestyle factors can often leave us with uncomfortable digestive disturbances that often continue to plague us for years.

If you have food allergies, particularly if you developed them later in life and are allergic to more than one food, chances are you also have leaky gut or irritable bowel syndrome. If you can heal your leaky gut then you will be able to overcome your allergies as well, and we do have the answer.


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The Importance of Iron In Your Diet

Did you know that one in 12 Australian women are iron deficient? Other research suggests that one in three misses days at work because she is too exhausted to get out of bed. Simply too tired to enjoy life. Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency worldwide.

Iron depletion and deficiency and, less commonly, iron-deficiency anaemia are prevalent in all age groups, but particularly in infants, the elderly and women after the onset of menses, and also in socioeconomically deprived populations, such as refugees and recent migrants.

If you are short of iron, you’ll probably get very tired and may suffer from anaemia. Taking iron supplementation, in combination with other nutrients (in particular fulvic acid which helps it’s absorption) helps prevent anemia, a condition in which a person’s red blood cells are too small and too few. Iron helps both the mother and baby’s blood carry oxygen around your body through the red blood cells, and when you’re pregnant, through the placenta to your baby. Iron helps the muscles in both mother and baby develop, and can also lower the risk of preterm birth and low birthweight.


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Look After Your Man!

Men experience unique health problems as they age. One of the most common health concerns that men pay attention to is related to the prostate gland.

The prostate is a small gland that sits above the rectum in men and provides a great deal of the fluid found in semen. As men age more male hormones such as testosterone collect in the prostate gland and in the blood stream, and the prostate may have a tendency to become enlarged. This testosterone is converted by the body into a more potent hormone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

The result of these changes can lead to an increased concentration of the dihydrotestosterone within the prostate. Dihydrotestosterone is responsible for the growth of prostate cells and an excess of the hormone can lead to the enlargement of the prostate.

Too much DHT in the body causes varying reactions in different individials, including male pattern baldness, excess body hair growth and cell multiplication, which eventually produces enlargement of the prostate. Left untreated, a certain percentage of cases will lead to prostate cancer. (more…)

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