Written by Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD

Volume 1 - Issue 6: June 2007

by Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD

About This Issue

I hope you find this issue of Natural News full of useful tips and suggestions for getting and keeping you in good health.

Sometimes just small changes can make a huge difference. It is often said that you are what you eat but more crucially you are what you digest and absorb.

So it is important ‘what’ you eat but also just as important ‘how’ you eat and nowadays we don’t often think about ‘how’ we eat. A recent survey showed that the average meal is eaten in 14 minutes, compared to 33 minutes twenty years ago. Two decades ago people took their time chewing while talking to their family around the table. The research showed that most meals are gulped down while reading, texting or even talking on the phone. Fewer than two in ten regularly think about what they are eating.

So, make a point of sitting down and eating your food as calmly as possible. Sit down (don’t eat standing up), chew well and take your time. While you are eating, calm your mind and enjoy the food. Don’t just shovel it in.

It is also important to chew well because the first part of digestion happens in your mouth. Chewing also signals the other parts of your digestive system to get ready to receive food. So if you are not chewing well, the first part of breakdown in the mouth doesn’t happen, the digestive system does not get the signal to prepare itself and the food will drop down to the stomach in larger molecules than the stomach can really manage.

Another advantage of eating slowly is you are less likely to overeat. Once you start eating it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register that you are full. So if you eat slowly you will end up eating less food because your brain will tell you that you have had enough. If you eat quickly, you can consume a lot more food than you actually need before your brain realises.

So eat good food and take the time to enjoy it and savour every mouthful.

Kind regards

Dr Marilyn Glenville PhD

Table of Contents

Regular features

4 Letter from Marilyn
5 In the news:
Recent progress in the world of health

  • Cut back on salt to reduce your risk of heart attack
  • Mediterranean diet protects against asthma
  • Cherry juice may reduce arthritic pain and inflammation
  • Don’t diet if you want to lose weight!

25 Case Study:
A life-changing result for Jackie who suff ered from severe PMS

43 Ask Marilyn:
Your questions answered

  • Is hemp oil better than olive oil?
  • Can you suggest a natural treatment for under-arm sweating?
  • Why do I feel nauseous in the mornings?

46 Ingredient spotlight:

  • Avocados – the health benefits

47 Monthly meal idea:

  • Avocado dip – a delicious summer recipe

41 Resources

  • Where to find books, supplements, tests and consultations

48 Coming next month

Special Articles

9 Your weight loss plan for life

  • Think about a whole new way of eating

15 Good news for menopausal women

  • Hot flushes can be avoided by changing your diet

17 Is stress making you ill and overweight?

  • Excess weight around the middle can be a symptom of stress

22 How to get the calcium you need

  • Learn which foods boost your intake

29 A question of balance

  • The relationship between weight and fertility

33 The big vitamin scare

  • Alarming evidence suggests certain supplements may carry a risk

38 Marilyn’s top 10 stress busting tips

  • Fight stress and keep yourself healthy

Top Tips

13 Go potty

  • Brighten your mood with a pot of flowers

14 Jeans too tight?

  • Cleanse your body with dandelion tea

14 Instant stress buster

  • A breathing exercise to calm and relax

16 Cloudy is best

  • Choose the healthy juice

23 Dining out on a diet

  • A healthy choice on the menu

24 Healthy words

  • Inspiring quotes

32 Healthy eating on a budget

  • Good planning and solid nutritional knowledge

40 Chocolate cravings?

  • Dieting could be to blame