Presentations

Presentations and interactive discussions, of various time spans, are offered by Health Insight on many different health related topics.

Such topics include :

“Healthy, balanced eating – how to make informed choices”

Food is vital to all of us.  However, what we choose to eat daily, has a profound long term effect on both body metabolism and overall health.  Our ancestors centuries ago lived mostly on plants and berries, and on occasions when they could, caught lean animals, that lived on the same plants and berries as man.  In this modern age we need to make informed choices as to what we feed our bodies in order to optimize health and metabolism.

“Fats of Life” 

This presentation covers in depth one of the least understood, but nonetheless essential elements of dietary intake, namely the fat content of ones diet.  I describe the good fats and the bad fats and their dietary impact on ones health, as well as their connection to heart disease and cancer. Carbohydrates form the largest part of our daily intake, and insight is also given into good and bad carbohydrate choices.

“Understanding Stress and the Management thereof”||

Stress is an personal, internal experience not visible to others.  Understanding the underlying physiology and its profound effect on the body, helps one deal with it.  The profound role of exercise and other de-stressors will also be addressed.  Besides general de-stressors, personal and individual de-stressors have to be identified for the successful management of human stress.

“Waist Circumference – what is all the fuss about?”

It is becoming more and more evident that measuring ones waist circumference (WC) at regular intervals is more telling and of greater significance than simply monitoring ones weight or BMI (body mass index).

BMI takes both body weight and height into account and can be calculated from the formula :

BMI = Weight in kgs / (Height in metres)2

From the table below it is apparent whether your present BMI falls within normal limits or not

Below 18               –  Underweight

Between 18 – 25   –  Normal Weight

Between 25 – 30   –  Overweight

Above 30               –  Obese

Above 40               –  Morbidly Obese

However, an even more useful and informative measurement to do on a regular basis is that of ones waist diameter at the level of ones navel.  For men over 40 years of age, a WC of 100 cms or less is recommended, while for women the goal is 80 cms or less.  For younger men a smaller WC, preferably under 95cms is suggested.  Insight is given as to why ones waist circumference is such a good predictor of ones future health?

“Stress and Anti-oxidants”

Oxygen is essential to human life but it can also be potentially toxic to our cells, as it has the tendency to form a free radical.  Many other free radicals are continuously being formed in our bodies, all of which can be deadly to cells.  Cigarette smoking too generates free radicals.  Free radicals damage the human body by attacking cell membranes,  body proteins , DNA and they often initiate chain reactions, by which more free radicals are formed.  As we age we are less able to handle the onslaught by free radicals, and this often contributes to various pathologies.

Cells have many mechanisms to protect themselves against the continuous generation of naturally occurring free radicals in our bodies, and the exposure to those from the environment. The orchestra of anti-oxidants in our bodies are one such mechanism and they play a vital protective role -  many of which are obtained from our daily food.

Oxidative stress occurs when free radicals are produced faster than they can be removed by these cellular defence mechanisms.

Insight and understanding will be given into all of these areas of human health.

“Carnitine Metabolism in Humans”

The role played by L-carnitine in human muscle cells and all other cells will be fully discussed. This presentation will include all the ins and outs about carnitine, such as sources, deficiences and supplementation.

“Low Muscle Tone – Hypotonia”

Understanding of what is muscle tone; what controls muscle tone and what are possible causes of LMT (low muscle tone) are all areas discussed in this presentation.  The most beneficial way of improving LMT in a child is through a multi factorial approach, which will be discussed in detail.  This insight will enable lifestyle choices for your family, which with ongoing facilitation, will become a sustainable way of life and allow children with LMT to grow and develop their full potential by enjoying good, vibrant health now and in the future.

Additional topics that can be covered, which are normally of further interest to executives and individuals, are the following:

  • Free Radicals and Anti-oxidants
  • High blood pressure
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes and Insulin Resistance
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Gout
  • Heart Disease
  • Cancer
  • Erectile Dysfunction

 

 

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